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Review: Wicklow's Odyssey

Wicklow's Odyssey - R. Cooper

I love R.Cooper. She is the queen of UST and slow, slow burn romances and while there is plenty of delicious sexual tension in this one, the story was just way too lengthy and muddled for me to really connect to the two leads. The plot got in the way! Lol
Perhaps a case of right book, wrong time for me- I wanted to love it but I struggled with the length and skimmed a bit in the middle. 
Liked it but think it would have benefited from little trimming. 

Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek - R. Cooper

I love R. Cooper's stories. They're quiet and restrained and filled with long, lingering looks and tons of UST. And really, there's nothing much else in this latest book of hers. But as another reviewer so succinctly said, there's a wonderful a sense of security and comfort in this. Perhaps it's because it's rather old fashioned and ...pure. The distilled way in which the two main characters connect in the busy, noisy coffee shop reminded me of the scene in Pride and Prejudice (2005) when Darcy and Elizabeth are dancing this frenzied jig (or whatever) and suddenly the background noises fade and it's just them and their gazes lock and it's so intense.
No words are needed.  We are given one, hot kiss and that's it. And sometimes, that's more than enough.  :) 

My Reviews Deleted and Shelf from Goodreads

Reblogged from Katiebabs.....




The email I received:


Hello Katie,


We are contacting you to let you know your reviews of the following books have been deleted:
My Name is Dee
The Return of the Boomerang
Cherry Popper
The Selection
The Vanishing
The Journey Begins
The Firelight of Maalda
Condor One
Murder Most Gay
Talons of the Condor
Condor and Falcon
Four Grooms and a Queen
Jack and Dave
The Orchid Murders
Task Force
Out of the Gilded Cage
One for Sorrow, Two for Joy
Rock Her
Finding Cassilia
Amazingly Broken
The Casino Caper
A Valentine to Remember
A Soldier's Valentine
The Redhead Plays her Hand
Gabriel's Redemption
Beautiful Beginning
Beautiful Player
The Training
Beautiful Bombshell
How to Discipline Your Vampire
The Dominant
Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock
Beautiful Bitch
Sleepers, Awake
Kissed by Twilight
Midnight Caller
Healing Faith
Surviving Raine
A Prior Engagement
Animate Me
Lyon's Crew
Waiting For You
Henry & Sarah
A Beautiful Lie
Beautiful Bastard
The Submissive
Otherwise Alone
Cure For Pain
All I Want - A Tryst with a Twist
Order of the Seers
Edible Delectables
Seduction and Snacks
Gabriel's Inferno
Gilded Cage
The Redhead Revealed
The Unidentified Redhead
A Love By Any Measure
Bad Behavior
With Good Behavior
The Forbidden Room
Falling Stars
Don't Tell
In the past, if a review was predominantly about author behavior and not the book, we would remove it from the community book page. Due to some recent changes to our moderation policy, reviews of this nature will now be deleted entirely from the site.
We will also delete shelves that are focused on author behavior.  As such, the following shelves have been deleted:
will-never-read-bad-author-behavior (I only had 11 books on this list and took off all the books when I heard Goodreads was deleting shelves. Within 30 minutes of me taking all books off this list, I received this email)
Please refrain from posting content like this going forward.  If you continue to act in a way that is contrary to the spirit and intent of Goodreads, your account will come under review.
Most of these books I had shelved as P2P Fan fiction.
Source: http://katiebabs.booklikes.com/post/501501/my-reviews-deleted-and-shelf-from-goodreads

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So, in my real life, I'm a trial lawyer. I prosecute people who rape children and commit murder, and engage that sort of anti-social criminal behavior. Because of that, I'm pretty familiar (actually, extremely familiar) with the rules of evidence.


This post is for the purpose of talking about the rule against hearsay. I don't want to get all boring and legalish and stuff, but basically, the rule of hearsay provides that stuff that is said outside of court (i.e., to a witness who wants to repeat it in court) is sufficiently unreliable that it won't be allowed in court in front of the finder of fact (i.e., jury) unless it fits into an exception that gives it something that we call indicia of reliability. For our purposes, I'm just going to talk about regular old hearsay.


So, hearsay is what happens when some disgruntled author calls someone a troll on an outside website without having any actual evidence to back up that statement. And then, asking other people who haven't seen the evidence and who really don't know anything about what has actually transpired, to rely on their opinion that the person is a troll. Or a bully. Or whatever. That's relying on hearsay to make decisions about someone. It's certainly permissible (after all, life is not a courtroom, and the rules of evidence don't apply in the universe).




It's unreliable. Think of a game of telephone for a moment. That's what this is. It's one big, long game of telephone, but unlike in the big, long game of telephone, the person who is passing the secret message on to the next person is not a disinterested party. They have an interest in twisting the words and in obscuring the facts.


So, think about that game of telephone - there is no chance that the secret will be delivered accurately if you whisper it through a chain of ten people even if all ten people are doing their best to communicate the message accurately. Now, imagine if person number 5 in the message chain has an interest in disrupting the communication between the originator of the message and the ultimate recipient of the message. 


That's this.


I'm not going to go into all of the ways that the fleeing Goodreaders have been unfairly maligned because that's silly and it's just me defending myself, and others, against a witch hunt. And I will not dignify those charges with a response because they are spurious.


All that I - and my fellow readers and reviewers - are asking for on this site is a chance for you to get to know us. Read our reviews. Read our posts. Comment on our reviews. Engage us in a dialogue.


You see, we are a ridiculously social group of people. For many of us (well, for me at least), the internet is where we find people to talk books with us. I am an unapologetic book geek, on pace to read 150 books this year. I am a classics reader, and participate in a classics challenge at my blog. I read Middle Grade and YA for fun, and because I have an over two year long reading streak going with my 13-year-old son. I am passionate about books.


I am passionate about authors, too. I am an evangelist for Edith Wharton, and Maggie Stiefvater, and the Harry Potter series, and Willa Cather. I adore Cinda Williams Chima Seven Realms series, and will tell anyone I can to give it a go if they liked Harry Potter. I love doorstopper genre fantasy novels like the ones that Robin Hobb writes. I wish I could live in Middle Earth, or Narnia (but only if my family could come with me). I read genre fiction, I read literary fiction, I read classic literature. I read authors who are dead, and authors who have retired from writing, and authors who don't write nearly fast enough to keep me happy - although I acknowledge that there is probably no pace at which they could keep me happy.


I read indie authors and traditionally published authors. I ask nothing of authors except that they treat people who review their books with respect, and that they don't insult their readers. Edit your books, damn it. And people who upload 300 pages of unedited crap to amazon.com - if I buy your book, and read your book, and find it to be 300 pages of unedited crap, I will give you no quarter in my review of your book.


Don't tell me how I should've felt about a book, and we will get along fine. I won't tell you how you should've felt either, even though I may passionately disagree with you.


If, in the end, you decide that I am just a troll, looking to ruin the lives of people who have themselves done me no harm, or if you only want to read reviews that are sunshine and rainbows, even of the most terrible books, then go ahead. Block me. My posts  will not be helpful to you. I am absolutely fine with this because I know, in my heart, that if you look at what I write and what I say, that you'll find my reviews and my posts to be honest, heartfelt, and full of my thoughts and my opinions. And hopefully they will help you to pick books that you want to read, too, or they will resonate with you and make you want to comment and talk to me about some part of what I wrote.


So when I see this:




It doesn't scare me at all. Not even a little. Because I'm not a troll and I'm not a bully (let's not even talk about all of the ways that poor word has been abused recently). And people who call me, and my friends, trolls & bullies, will be saying nothing about who I am, and who we are, but a lot about who they are.


Have a lovely weekend!

Homespun - Layla M. Wier 4.5 stars

There's a quiet beauty in this story. The kind that brings an ache to your throat and makes it hard to swallow for a bit. The way the setting is described, the farmhouse seen from afar in the dusk, one solitary light burning from within and the faint sounds of country music carrying across the yard. Beauty in the two main characters, their relationship so fraught with differences and hurt but a love that is pure and strong and healing, if only they'd let it.

Lyrical but spare, the writing is simply gorgeous. I adore the author for giving us two middle aged men and all the character depth and angst that that brings but so wish we'd had a glimpse into how their relationship started those twenty something years ago. But that's me just being greedy :) I loved, loved solid, practical (but secretly romantic) Owen and Kerry, so determined to be unchained and beholden to no one but desperately in need of family, an anchor and a home.

The descriptions of the yarn and the murals, the passions that elevate the two disparate worlds and weave them together into something...beautiful. Something hopeful.

He loved the farm, loved Laura, was happy here—but there was a cool stillness in him when Kerry was gone. Not like an emotional winter, exactly, but maybe an emotional autumn—the world hanging in crisp, sleeping silence, waiting for the first snowflake to fall. Waiting for Kerry to come back into their lives, bringing his art and his unpredictability—like a butterfly, beautiful and wild and fragile, something so delicate that it could only be held with open hands.

Highly, highly recommended to all Sarah Black and Julie Bossa fans. Layla Wier is most definitely an author to watch in the future.
The Making Of - Emma  Grant 3.5 stars

A well written Sherlock (BBC TV) fanfic told from D.I. Greg Lestrade's point of view. A little too long, perhaps- I skimmed a fair bit towards the end, but otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable read. Pretty hot too. :)
The Magpie Lord - K.J. Charles 4.5 stars

Now this is what I call a cracking good read.

Effortless writing. Delightfully dry, ironic humour. Sexy and charming and just a touch ghoulish. Wonderful world-building and two intriguing characters who will no doubt become more fleshed out as the series continues. On that note, I'm really quite satisfied with the way this ends. No dreaded cliffhanger here and for that I'm thankful.

Wonderful debut. Highly recommended!
Winter - Josh Lanyon
This was quintessential Lanyon and I loved it. Beautiful writing, two complex, interesting characters- each so consumed with dealing with their own demons and past traumas they don't appear to need each other at all. Except they do ...and such wonderful dialogue from that delicious push and pull- the snark and dry humour and then the gradual (and swoon-worthy)glimpses of warmth and grudging affection as the two begin to open up more to each other. I loved the slow reveal of why Flynn appears to be holding on to his sanity by his fingernails...and that there is still much to learn about Kirk who, beneath an aloof, austere exterior shows warmth and gentleness. I hesitate to say it, because the Adrien English series is believed to be the benchmark in MM romance and such a crowd favourite, but this one has the potential to be as good.
Just how these two men get to find their HEA has me very curious. I relish the thought that there will be more but please don't keep me waiting too long!

Gumption & Gumshoes - Alex Kidwell 3.75 stars

An utterly charming story. It got perhaps just a little too sweet for me around the last quarter, but Augie is so adorable I could forgive him for being constantly amazed and thrilled he'd landed Sam, his gruff, George Clooney lookalike landlord.
The Adorned - John Tristan A very slow burn and not much plot to speak of, but a wonderfully textured and fascinating world seen through the eyes of a young slave boy, Etan. Twelve and a half hours of immersive, richly detailed storytelling read/performed by Shannon Gunn, a narrator who is fast becoming a favourite of mine = total bliss.
Wonderful characterisation, especially sweet Etan, who starts the story a pretty and somewhat naive slave boy, only useful for rent as an 'adorned' human canvas (and occasional whore) but ends it a changed man.

John Tristan is an author to watch. Shannon Gunn needs to picked up by more MM authors.

ETA- The Amazon Whispersync reduced price offer (buy the ebook on Amazon and get the Audible for cheap)is still available - $2,99 for a twelve hour audio book read by a quality narrator is a bloody good deal.
Glitterland - Alexis Hall It's probably a massive understatement to say that this book ticks just about all my boxes. I adored everything about it. EVERYTHING. It doesn't shy away from very serious themes and is pretty dark and intense in parts but there's a wonderful sweetness and humour here too. Ash's struggle with mental illness was brilliantly written, I thought. I loved his snark and self-deprecating humour ....and how he slowly begins to loosen up, to dare to hope, the longer he's around Darian...his glitter pirate. Oh, sweet Darian. I'd happily sit and watch MasterChef with you...(even though I hate that voice-over ;P)

Alexis Hall skillfully plucked and pulled at my heartstrings to the point where I was cackling gleefully one minute and sobbing pathetically the next. Ash and Darian are real,flawed and wonderful characters and I was utterly charmed by them. And Amy too!

"It seemed, just then, an impossible kindness that two such people could find something worth liking in all my sharp and scattered pieces. I turned into Darian’s shoulder and smothered a smile there."

Intense. Funny. Poignant. Sad. Charming. Thoughtful.
And so, so beautifully written. Mr Hall? You had me at theLord of Scoundrels review you did on Dear Author. Congrats on an awesome debut! Hands down, one of the best books of 2013.

Highly recommended.
Bound By Lies - Lynn Kelling Stopped at around 45% because I couldn't like or believe either MC. I usually have a real soft spot for the weak and vulnerable/fucked up character but I just wanted to slap Brayden. I hated the way Jenner,still just an inexperienced and angry kid himself, bullied Brayden into a D/s relationship. I think that for the BDSM element to seem real and believable(and safe)the Dom must possess some degree of self-awareness, maturity and experience. Jenner did not.
Nothing to Make a Song About - Emma  Grant Well written, filled with simmering UST and just the right amount of angst. Exactly how I like my fanfic, really.image

On a side note: I wish the Beeb would hurry up with season three!
Exodus - The House of Silence - J.A. Jaken Holding the review (and the possible fifth star) until I've read the second book. It's good so far though. :)
Ricochet - The House of Silence - J.A. Jaken I enjoyed this series tremendously. The word I keep wanting to use to describe it is romp--although it's too dark for that, really. It is pretty heavy in parts...there is some very nasty non-con and bdsm scenes that would hardly be called 'play'....I suppose what was really missing for me in this second book was more character development. I love it most when I get to spend time in a character's head and because there are so many in this story, and so much going on, there wasn't enough of an emotional connection for me to give this 5 stars. So what it is is one twisted, hot, action-packed romp involving some vulnerable, scarred, interesting inhabitants of the bordello. I loved the hurt/comfort themes, and that by the end, these men from disparate backgrounds have found a sense of belonging and family. Yes, there were many sex scenes and, for the most part, they were pretty hot. This is not a romance though. A small part of me wishes this was like one of those lonnng slavefic series like Slave Breakers[bc:Bran's Story|7802920|Bran's Story (The Slave Breakers, #1)|Maculategiraffe|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1267502946s/7802920.jpg|10791744] , so that each character could have their own story properly told...and their own HEA fully realised.

If you enjoy dub-con, slavefic and Teahouse[bc:Teahouse|10387381|Teahouse|Emirain|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1296845897s/10387381.jpg|15291086] you'll probably get a kick out of this series.

And now that the AA has come and replaced my car battery I guess I'd better get to work. Three bonus hours to finish a book! Sometimes Monday mornings aren't that bad image