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Octoberwoman

Octoberwoman

Joined October 2016

BookCrosser, Book Moocher, blogger, Netflix addict, movie fanatic. Blogging about books at octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com
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On Strike for Christmas | Sheila Roberts
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I had trouble keeping up with all the characters and remembering who was who and who was married to who. Much of the story just kind of plodded along for me, but the last third picked up and I got much more interested. Not my favorite by this author.

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Mehso-so

I‘ve only read two of Natalie Walter‘s books and loved both of them, so I was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with it. The author‘s writing is wonderful, as always, and I loved the scenes where it was just Brynn and Jack interacting, or when they were apart and being angsty about each other. But the international terrorist/cyber terrorist plot just did not appeal to me, and I had trouble staying interested in it.

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Another winner from Ms. Goddard! I don‘t think she could write a bad book if she tried! I feel like anything I say about this book is just repeating myself about the first book in the series or any of the books in Ms. Goddard‘s Uncommon Justice series. I love her writing, I love her descriptions of scenery, I love her characterization.

Full review on my blog: https://octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com/2021/11/deadly-target-rocky-mountain-cour...

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Engaging story about a woman whose schizophrenic fiancé disappeared one day, and an interesting look at life with a schizophrenic. Throw in some homeless people and a hot detective, and I really enjoyed this book.

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Mehso-so

I generally love everything Sandra Brown writes (except STING which I really did not care for). And maybe if I did not work in the surrogacy (and adoption) industry, this book wouldn‘t have irritated me as much. But the whole n”now that I‘m divorced and my child died I have to find my other child that I carried as a surrogate” plot just rubbed me the wrong way. Granted, she was a “traditional” surrogate, meaning she was inseminated and is…

Octoberwoman …the child‘s bio mom, but still. I did really like the hero. Ms. Brown has an uncanny ability to write wonderful heroes. (edited) 2mo
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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Try A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Sheila Roberts. Guaranteed to warm your heart! My review is live at Fresh Fiction - https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=75156

#FFreview

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I love an opposites-attract romance, and this book fit that perfectly.

My review is live at Fresh Fiction:

https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=75097

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I very much enjoyed this book. Slow building romance, some tense moments with the villain, and a satisfactory happy ending. Also, isn't that cover gorgeous?!

My full review is on my blog:

https://octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-marshalsmission.html

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Beyond the Tides | Liz Johnson
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My first time reading Liz Johnson, and I‘m so glad I “discovered” her! The author‘s descriptions of the boat and being on the water and toiling long days with the traps and the lobsters were vivid. I learned more about lobster fishing than I ever thought I‘d want to know. A delightful story about perseverance, forgiveness, family and friendship.

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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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This made me laugh out loud.

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Called into Action | Paris Wynters
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Just the way I like my heroes!

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Elizabeth Goddard has quickly become a favorite author, after having read her Uncommon Justice series. So I was thrilled to get this book from the publisher, set in the same area of Wyoming as the Uncommon Justice series. Along with the evocative descriptions, Ms. Goddard does a wonderful job with characterization. I prefer character driven stories over plot driven, but Ms. Goddard‘s books fall into both camps. Great start to a new series.

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I enjoyed this book more than the previous books in this series. Lil is a still a little too fashion obsessed and self-obsessed, but with her assistant Evie possessed by a demon, she has more important things to worry about and I didn‘t find her as irritating as usual. I wish Ty, the made vamp Lil lusts after, had been more involved in the story. But the future is looking good for the two of them so hopefully he'll be around more in the next book.

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I enjoyed the first book in this series, so when I got an email from NetGalley that this second book was available I snapped it up. I think I liked this one even more. Lots of action that never lets up. Lots of Levi, which I was very excited about. It ended a little abruptly. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but without a full resolution. But it was a fun read, and I look forward to a third book. I certainly hope there will be a third book!

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The Amish Newcomer | Patrice Lewis
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I picked this book up because I wanted something light to counter my recent reads, a steamy series about former military men and their women. I got much more than I bargained for. A character study about a woman rediscovering faith while confronting an uncertain future and the possibility of never being able to return to her former life.

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Despite my pet peeves about this series I very much enjoyed the book. The author overuses the word “dryly”, as in “he said dryly”. I don‘t think she understands what saying something dryly actually means. 90% of the time where she used it her editor should have hit delete. And I think it‘s ridiculous that the characters faint after sex. Every time. But other than that, I liked both Cale and Alex and I stayed up too late last night reading.

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It‘s been a few years since I read the previous books in this series. But I remember one of my peeves was the overuse of characters speaking “dryly”. I made it to page 64 without a dryly (unless I didn‘t notice). Two on this page. Maybe I should keep count.

Otherwise, I‘m enjoying this book and getting back to the Argeneau clan.

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I recently started reviewing for Fresh Fiction and the author quoted my review of this book on her Facebook page!

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Three Christmas Wishes | Sheila Roberts
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By the time I was about a third of the way into this novel, I already knew I needed to hunt down the author‘s back list. This is my first time reading this author, and I truly enjoyed every minute. It‘s three romances rolled into one book, but more than that it‘s a wonderful story of friendship and family.

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Three Christmas Wishes | Sheila Roberts
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You ever start a book by a new to you author and before you‘re even halfway through you already want to read everything else that author has written? That‘s where I am right now.

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O'Hara Vs. Wilder | Linda Wisdom
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“64 pages before the pig talked of sex”. 😂 why was that person even reading this book.

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O'Hara Vs. Wilder | Linda Wisdom
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I guess a previous reader of this used book was anti immigration.

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Fruit for Tomorrow | Francena H Arnold
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A very quaint and sweet little book. The cover says "A Hearth Romance", but there was practically no romance until the very end. Instead it's a story about family and keeping faith and persevering through hardships.

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Fruit for Tomorrow | Francena H Arnold
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Halfway through this quaint little book, and learned a new word - shitepoke. I had to google it, it means heron, but was also an affectionate teasing word to call a child, which is how it‘s used in this book.

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Beyond the Higher Ground | Thomas A. Brigger
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I loved this book. It‘s not a light read, but rather requires some concentration. The writing is a little grandiose, and yet eloquent and captivating. The fact that I did not have to set the book down to look up a word, not once, made me a bit proud of myself. The narration is very descriptive, and certainly relays the desolation and hardship of life in the Appalachian mountains, with some colorful characters.

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Down in Texas | Delilah Devlin
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3stories w/ Ms. Devlin's trademark heroes. The 1st, “Wearing His Brand”, is the best by far. The 3rd was my least favorite. The first 2 feature couples who already have some kind of history w/ each other, giving them a foundation to build a relationship on, while the 3rd story is insta lust. I prefer some buildup, some getting to know each other first. But the book would be worth reading for the first story alone.

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A Sweet Mess | Jayci Lee
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This was a fun romp! This is my first time reading Jayci Lee, and I'm happy to have discovered her and this rom-com of a book. There is lots of humor embedded in the story and the situations, but also a lot of feeling as Aubrey and Landon get to know each other while trying, unsuccessfully, to avoid each other.

My full review:

https://octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-sweet-mess.html

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Love Beyond Reason | Sandra Brown
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A bit dated. No cell phones; car bed for the baby; excitement over a fancy new typewriter. But the story still holds up well and was very enjoyable. Of course there's a big misunderstanding with an ‘other woman‘, and that was the only time I got irritated at Katherine for not standing up for herself and at Jace for not communicating with her. Still, I very much enjoyed it and at the end was racing through the pages to finish before going to sleep.

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Derailed | James Siegel
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I loved the writing, the author's voice. I was sucked in fast and mesmerized, as Charles' life goes off the rails. I was rooting for him. I don't want to say much more. If you read this book, you need to experience it the way I did, not knowing what would happen next, thinking Charles might have a handle on it, things might be ok now, and then there's a twist and the unexpected happens. It's dark, I'll tell you that.

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Deadline | Maggie K. Black
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Just started this and the action starts right off the bat! I think this is gonna be good!

Also, Love Inspired Suspense always have such gorgeous covers.

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Started this on my break today. I‘ve only read one book by this author, a Love Inspired, which I gave three stars in Goodreads. But I already think I‘ll like this one more.

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The Tryst | Michael Dibdin
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This was a strange story. I was swept in right off the bat, and then it got a bit boring, but eventually it did pick up again, and the ending was very unexpected.

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One misunderstanding after another after another. Even when it seems all has been resolved and the HEA is on it's way, there is one more misunderstanding to drive Charlotte and Jack apart, which made the final resolution that much sweeter. The story is set at a resort on Oahu and the author does a wonderful job with the descriptions of the resort and it's surroundings, especially the lava caves and a storm.

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The downside to reading a recently published first book of a series? Having to wait for the next book! I loved this. Packed with characters and plot lines, all integral to the overall story and seamlessly woven together. Not necessarily a romance book, but if you like small town contemporary character driven family relationship stories with a couple of romances thrown in, this fits the bill. I hope there will be another Pecan Valley novel soon!

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Pretty Girls | Karin Slaughter
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My first time reading Karin Slaughter. I really enjoyed her writing style. The subject matter is a little horrifying, and towards the end I was staying up later than usual to keep reading.

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Home Again: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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My current read and first time reading this author. A lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads but I‘m enjoying it.

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The Christmas Swap | Melody Carlson
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I like Ms. Carlson's writing, and she's good with dialogue. Despite the book not being very long (163 pages), we still get to know both Emma and West, and the supporting characters are also well written and unique enough to feel real. I very much enjoyed this novella.

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Thick as Thieves | Sandra Brown
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Does anyone write better heroes than Sandra Brown? She is the queen of romantic suspense! My review of Thick as Thieves is live at Fresh Fiction!

https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=71876

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A Life Once Dreamed | Rachel Fordham
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I loved this book. The characters are all so well written, even the supporting characters. If you're a fan of When Calls the Heart, I believe you'll enjoy this story. I know I did, very much.

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A Life Once Dreamed | Rachel Fordham
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My current read and so good.

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His Substitute Bride | Elizabeth Lane
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For some reason that line cracked me up. Plus, on the same page I learned a new word - tarnal!

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What a sweet story. Lots of angst and longing eventually wrapped up in an HEA.

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Rodeo Daddy | Soraya Lane
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So much angst, which normally angst doesn't bother me but it was almost too much. His angst over his wife abandoning him and their child when he was no longer a rodeo celebrity. Her angst over a patient dying on her table and her inability to ever have a child of her own. I shed a few tears towards the end.

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Cowboy Commando | Joanna Wayne
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I enjoyed this older Harlequin Intrigue. The mystery was well plotted, with a surprise twist at the end. And of course, being a category romance, there's a happy ending. My only complaint is the cover photo. At no point in the book do I recall Cutter climbing over rocks shirtless. And why must cover models always have hairless chests?

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Couldn‘t find this in the database but my current read is Finding Home on Winslow Island by Chrissy Elliot. Quite enjoyable so far.

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I feel my reviews of Ms. Goddard's books are repeating the same things, but they are all truly engrossing. Her descriptions of the surroundings, in this case snow covered mountains with a chase on skis, are so evocative you feel you are there with the characters.

Full review on GR & my blog & and many thanks to @revellbooks for letting me read this!

https://octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com/2020/07/dont-keep-silent-uncommon-justice...

revellbooks So glad you enjoyed it! 1y
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Woman of Straw | Catherine Arley
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I was pretty mesmerized from the beginning, although when the story's focus shifted from the woman, Hilde, to her future husband, it wasn't quite as captivating. Fortunately most of the book is focused on Hilde, and I really worried throughout the last few chapters about what was going to happen to her.

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I requested this book from BookSirens because it sounded like a light, fun romantic comedy, and it was! Great characters, especially Armand, some conflict that I didn‘t see how they would be able to overcome, and lots of funny moments.

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Country Strong | Linda Lael Miller
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Never thought I‘d give this author a low rating, but there you have it. I got this book from Fresh Fiction, and submitted my full review Friday, which I‘m not allowed to post anywhere else. But if they put it on the site you can read it there.

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I‘m excited to have been accepted as a reviewer for Fresh Fiction, and my first review is up! #freshfiction

https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=70961