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Ana and Chris
Ana and Chris love books, baseball, travel and our families
Interests: Baseball, Comicbooks, romance novels, traveling
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Growing up we didn't grill steaks very often but if we did, they were well-seasoned skirt steak smothered in salty-garlicky chimchurri. Chris and the girls don't have the same garlic addiction I have so over the years I've stopped making... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Coqui in Winterfell
Brenna Nakmura left the corporate world behind to train as massage therapist. It cost her fiancee but she loves her job and doesn't regret her choices despite how hard it is to make ends meet while getting her small business off the ground. Every job matters and she won't do... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I'm a a semi-reviewing hiatus right now. I've been really tired recently, so instead of staying up reading books or using my time to write reviews I've mostly been sleeping. I'll be back to reviewing soon, as I am starting to feel a little less tired. I've read some really... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Level Up by Cathy Yardley: Every so often I'm assigned a book for RT that I actually already own but hadn't read. Level Up was already on my TBR based on twitter recommendations by Courtney Milan and Bree Bridges on twitter. The book exceeded my expectations. I found it fun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I have been eagerly anticipating this romance since we were first introduced to Lord Richard and his trusted valet David Cyprian. Richard is the linchpin around whom all the Ricardians revolve. The Ricardians (bisexual, gay or transgender) all look out for one another, protecting each other from those who would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This is my third Heyer and I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two I read. It is so much fun to recognize tropes and romance character archetypes, that I have seen in many later romances. The Marquis is behaves like many later billionaire care-taking Alphas, discovering his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I've been in a fantasy mood recently so I ventured out of the relatively safe world of genre romance to read the first book in N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth series. The Fifth Season was in turns heartbreaking, jaw-dropping and thanks to its immaculate pacing, absolutely gripping. I was listening to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Jordan Sykes is a recent seminary grad and newly appointed rector at St. Mary's who discovers she is unexpectedly pregnant. The father is her former advisory and long-time crush Dr. Dominic Lawrence. Dominic is a rigidly correct Ethics professor, known as the priest-buster for his dedication to exposing and removing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
K.J. Charles has built a fascinating magical Victorian world through her numerous Charm of Magpies related novels. I'm not completely caught up on the main Charm of Magpie books, but I couldn't resist jumping ahead to read this one because is features victorian era black hero. A Queer Trade is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Angie's job as a library manager is jeopardy. She is one salacious display or outrageous event away from unemployment. Grant is newcomer to town, moving to Nice County to be closer to his ailing aging parents. Angie is in dire need of distraction, when one of Grant's suitcases flies off... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert I love knitting. I always carry a project with me and knit at every opportunity. I was equal parts wary and excited when I started reading this romance but I loved it. It got the knitting right and I found the romance very lovely and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Lisa Kleypas's romances where among the very first historical romances I ever read and although I own a few of her contemporaries I have never been able to sink into them in the same way I have her historom. I was thrilled to hear she was returning to Avon for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Luke Hamilton has been living as man since, her mother died when she was 12. Guarded and reserved Luke awkwardly tries to avoid the advances of Fleur, a prostitute former military buddies have paid for as parting gift. Although warned by the Tess, the brothel's owner and one of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Beyond Ruin is the seventh book in the gritty and erotic post-apocalyptic romance series by Kit Rocha. I have an unapologetic love for this series, and I loved this book but you won't love it as much as I did if you haven't invested in reading the previous books in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
For the second month in a row I read a TBR challenge book but not one that conformed to the month's theme. The theme this month was series catch-up and my book is a better fit for last month's theme of "We love short shorts". Under His Kilt is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Kari is cutting through a back alley when she is viciously attacked by large dog-like creature. She miraculously survives only to be kidnapped by the Cherchez pack of wolf-shifters. Andreas, the pack alpha is hugely conflicted as he never meant for Kari, who he feels is his mate, to be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
To tonish society Lady Catherine, Viscountess of Cranbook is a somewhat scandalous widow whose pleasurable but short liaisons with younger men draw little notice. When an old associate of her late husband asks her to join his espionage ring, and pose as courtesan in order to help uncover a plot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This morning Chris let our congregation know that after 8.5 years of full-time ministry at RCRC he will be stepping down as pastor and leave full-time parish ministry sometime in June. There were tears and then standing ovation by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Life on the Level by Zoraida Cordova: There was a lot to like in this book but it didn't fully work for me. Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey: I really loved this book. The chemistry and the conflict were just what I wanted and I think it is the best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Saturdays are usually crazy hectic at our house. We run our girls to different activities, choir, karate & other social events and then often head out ourselves in the evening. This Saturday I had a great excuse to stay in my PJs all day as my youngest daughter was feverish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Ranulf Ombrier earned his lands with blood. He murdered his foster father and the king's rival as a teenager, earning himself the king's favor and the scorn and suspicion of all others. That his foster father was an abusive monster was well known but you simply didn't kill a man... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Helen Chang Frobisher, a Portland neurologist, has developed a very personal interest in the long-term effects of concussions ever since her father, a doctor and amateur boxer, was diagnosed in Parkinsonism. When her starstruck supervisor introduces her to Adam and Serge, two massive Portland Wolves hockey players being observed for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This month's TBR Challenge theme is We Love Short Shorts! (category romance, short stories, novella etc.) My #TBRChallenge book is pretty much the exact opposite of short and sweet. I read/listened to the Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. The hardcover was 446 pages and the excellent audiobook 16 1/2 hours... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
One Love collects a lot of great previously released multi-cultural romances along with one new story by Audra North. The stories are great introductions to some wonderful authors and are well worth the .99 price tag. In Roxie Rivera's Her Cowboy Protector, Cruz Montes, a heavily pregnant Doctoral student in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Giving It Up by Audra North I absolutely loved this book when I read it months ago. I am so glad it is finally its release day. The storytelling was great, emotional, humorous and well-paced. The setup to this story is that the heroine Beatrice is professional photographer struggling to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books