A dark young adult book told from the perspective of Billy Zeets. Billy is 14 years old and he comes from a family with financial struggles. Billy takA dark young adult book told from the perspective of Billy Zeets. Billy is 14 years old and he comes from a family with financial struggles. Billy takes on all sorts of odd jobs in order to help his father save the house from repossession. While on a job, Billy makes a discovery that leads him to suspect a local man is responsible for a series of murders of young boys. Instead of contacting the local police (with which he's had a few run-ins himself), Billy decides to try to gather as much information as possible on his own.
I enjoyed this book. Billy is the kind of kid that you may not want to have running around your neighborhood, however, he does have a good heart and he means well. It was interesting watching him put together the clues like pieces of a puzzle. It's not a detective/crime story - it's just a boy taking his observations and trying to make sense of them.
I understand that this book is labelled as Young Adult but be forewarned that the language may be objectionable for some readers. There is also drug use although Billy doesn't partake. The last part of the book may frighten younger readers. I would recommend this book for older young adult readers, perhaps Grade 10 and higher.
Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for a review copy of this book.
Initial Thoughts: I needed this lighthearted and very sexy romance. It just made my day. Rock Hard is the story of a rather large T-rex and his lovablInitial Thoughts: I needed this lighthearted and very sexy romance. It just made my day. Rock Hard is the story of a rather large T-rex and his lovable mouse that roared. No, really. OK, T-rex is Charlotte's (Charlie's) pet name for Gabriel Bishop, the big brawny ex-rugby player and very successful businessman. Charlotte is the mouse - shy, reserved, skittish - however, she does stand up to her very demanding boss. This was a lot of fun to read and the sexual tension buildup was delicious. Now I want a Gabriel of my own! Full review to come...
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Initial Thoughts: Once again a wonderful installment in Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series. In this book, we learn even more about Kingsley. TherInitial Thoughts: Once again a wonderful installment in Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series. In this book, we learn even more about Kingsley. There's also some filling in of the blanks of the previous stories (it's really hard to review these books without being spoilerish). It's kind of funny - just when you think you know all about a character, some new details are introduced and they give that character even more dimension. Also, it's hard to beat Nora's sense of humor (pun definitely intended).
Full review to come...
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I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I disliked The Dominant and I thought that The Enticement was a new book in a new series. ItI'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I disliked The Dominant and I thought that The Enticement was a new book in a new series. It's not. The Enticement is book 4 in The Submissive series. Now a little disclaimer - I had read books 1-3 in their original online form years back and enjoyed them immensely. I don't know why The Dominant annoyed me so much when I read it last summer but I feel that The Enticement was a spicy hot read and I loved watching the main characters Abby and Nathaniel adjust to life as parents of young children. It's something that most parents can relate to - the lack of personal time when those little people rule the roost, and generally wake up earlier than the roosters. It can really put a crimp in your "couple time."
I liked how Abby and Nathaniel's relationship was in a state of negotiation. With Abby's new responsibilities as a mother and Nathaniel's busy work schedule, the couple struggle with finding some balance in their sex lives. It really surprised me that they did not have a nanny to pawn the children off to, however they did have a doting relative that jumped at the chance to babysit the little ones.
Abby and Nathaniel's play time just wasn't working for them. And therein begins the negotiations. Abby decides that she will try a 7 day/24 hour schedule with Nathaniel on a trip to Delaware.
With all relationships comes that moment of doubt. Abby doubts Nathaniel's fidelity and it affects her deeply. I think that this was quite realistic, especially since the children were taking up so much of Abby's time. It didn't help that another woman was making a play for Nathaniel.
Because of her lifestyle, Abby is presented with an intriguing job offer. Abby's Submissive Wife blog received a lot of attention and she was offered a job. Abby takes on the job and I feel that this allowed her character to shine.
Nathaniel seems to have mellowed out. Either I am getting used to him, or he has definitely relaxed around Abby. He still has a little sadist within him, but you can see how much he loves Abby.
The sex scenes are spicy hot and well written. Enough said. Read the book.
The Enticement contains scenes of BDSM and is intended for an adult audience.
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