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Unlikely Substitute by: Leah Atwood (Mail-Order Husbands #1)

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“Once widowed, once duped Anne Marie Meadows has no desire to be married, but she is down to her last option. In order to save her farm, she sends for a mail-order husband.

U.S. Marshal Jude Malstrom is a loner dedicated to his work, but when a dying man asks him to deliver a letter, he reluctantly carries out the task.

When nature unleashes her fury, Jude and Anne Marie find themselves in each other’s company for longer than they wish. Can they see beyond obligation and find an unlikely love?”

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3 stars

At only 55 pages long this novella was a really quick read. It was a clean, fun and entertaining story.  I enjoyed it enough that I would definitely be willing to read more by this author.

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Kings of the Wyld by: Nicholas Eames

Released on February 21, 2017. Kings of the Wyld is Nicholas Eames’ debut novel. It only came to my attention a few days ago in a booktube video by Rhodes Vlog. Right away I knew it sounded like a book that I would enjoy and I’ve already added it to my ever growing list of books that I want to read. If any of you have already read this book I’d love to hear what you thought of it (spoiler free of course.)

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“GLORY NEVER GETS OLD.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.”

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Nicholas Eames’ Goodreads Page.

The Heartwyld, Nicholas Eames’ website.

Kings of the Wyld, available on Amazon.

 

Affordable books book haul

I love to find books at discount prices and have a few favorite locations for doing just that.

I found The Republic of Thieves at Goodwill for under $2.

I ordered Changeless from Amazon using points that I had built up so it was, essentially, free.

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I found all of the books listed below at Salvation Army for $0.69 each.

A Daughter’s Inheritance

An Unexpected Love

Land of My Heart

Shadow Spell

Every Fifteen Minutes

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And last but not least my favorite used book store, Half Price Books. Where all of the books are, as the name suggests, half off the cover price, sometimes even lower. A few of these books were even on clearance for $1 and $2.

Through Wolf’s Eyes

Red Country

The Rose Labyrinth

Shadow’s Lure

Shadow’s Master

Wolf in Shadow

Beyond the Deepwoods

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Unveiled, the first book in my new Raven Daughter series is officially released into the wild in both e-book and paperback! This has been the hardest release for me, though not because of the book itself. In the middle of January, everyone in my household, including me, came down with a terrible head and chest […]

via New Release – Unveiled is Here! — A.D.Trosper

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A Little Something Different by: Sandy Hall

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Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is a little aloof, Gabe is shy, and it looks like they are never going to work things out.
But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV series. The bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes Lea and Gabe were meant to be together.
Fall in love with falling in love in this irresistibly romantic, completely original novel!

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2 stars (maybe closer to a 1.5 star book for me)

**small spoilers**

When I first heard about this book I was really excited. I thought that seeing this couple’s romance unfold through the eyes of those around them, would be fun. I was even excited that one of the POV’s was that of a squirrel. Sadly this book didn’t turn out to be quite what I was hoping for. I was a bit put off by the college writing professor that became so obsessed with her “project couple” and the speed at which their relationship was or wasn’t progressing that she became emotionally distraught. And the bus driver that was so worried about listening in on the conversation that the couple was having that he sat through multiple green lights. Then you have the POV of the local park bench that was only worried about the perfict butt setting on it. It wasn’t long before I started skimming the book in an attempt to see if it got any better, but when I could literally read the first sentience in each paragraph for multiple pages and not miss anything important to the story line, I simply finished the book because I knew it wouldn’t take me that long and I felt I owed it to the author if I was going to review the book. I really don’t like to give bad reviews. I know authors work hard on their books and I know not every person is going to love every book. Unfortunately this book just didn’t do it for me.

 

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Death’s Acre by: Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson

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Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass’s: On a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the “Body Farm,” nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science — and the cause of justice. For thirty years, Dr. Bass’s research has revolutionized the field of forensic science, particularly by pinpointing “time since death” in murder cases. In this riveting audio book, he investigates real cases and leads listeners on an unprecedented journey behind the locked gates of the Body Farm. A master scientist and an engaging storyteller, Bass shares his most intriguing work: his revisit of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, fifty years after the fact; the mystery of a headless corpse whose identity astonished the police; the telltale bugs that finally sent a murderous grandfather to death row; and many more.

Forensic science and murder investigations are among the most fascinating topics of our time. Dominating television and print media the subjects could not be hotter. As one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists, Dr. Bill Bass is the premier guide to this unusual realm.”

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3 stars

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books, but this one sounded really interesting so I gave it a shot. I was having a hard time making progress with the book, not because it was boring, but because for me reading usually means getting out of the real world and into a make believe world. With this book it was all about the real world. I finally decided to give the audio book a shot so I could still do something I found relaxing while completing a sometimes depressing story about the evil things that can happen in life and the people that try to solve those cases.  Once I switched to audio book I was able to complete the book very quickly. I found it very interesting to see just how the Body Farm came to be and all the good that has come from it.

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The Legend of Holly Claus by: Brittney Ryan

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Santa Claus’s daughter, Holly, comes to Earth seeking an end to the curse cast upon her and the Land of the Immortals by an evil wizard, whose own punishment will end only if Holly willingly gives him her pure heart.

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3 stars

According to Goodreads everyone seems to file this book under Fantasy, but I got a much stronger Fairy Tale feeling while reading it. The basic story line is…Princess baby is born, a curse is placed on the kingdom, princess must grow up and save her kingdom. Throw in a little unexpected romance and you have the complete Fairy Tale package. That being said, I really did enjoy this book. Even though Holly is the daughter of Santa Claus and Christmas is mentioned many times in the book, it didn’t really feel like a Christmas story to me. The Fantasy aspects of the book made it more of a fun winter read than just a holiday read. Laurel Long did an amazing job on the illustrations and they really added to the overall enjoyment of this book.

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