Run This Town

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BLURB:

In the cutthroat world of politics and crime, nothing is more dangerous than love. Ciara Simmons takes her journalism degree and her knife-edged ambition to New York City, where she goes undercover on former playboy Luka Belmonte’s mayoral campaign.
She soon learns Luka’s darkest secret: to run the city, the charming, seductive son of one of NYC’s most famous politicians will have to get in bed with the mafia.
Just like his father did.
Exposing him would be a public service, and guarantee her reputation as a rising star of journalism.
There’s just one problem … she’d rather ride him than ruin him.

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Luka is determined to shed his party-boy image and ascend to the pinnacle of NYC politics. He’ll do whatever it takes, even deal with mobsters.
The one thing he didn’t count on was smart, stunning Ciara. Her refusal to throw herself at his feet only makes her sexier.
He knows she’s a threat, but all he wants to do is take her for his own—and protect her from harm.
With danger on every side, Luka and Ciara must decide whether to honor old loyalties … or forge new ones that could cost them everything.

REVIEW:

It was my first time reading a book by this author so i really had little to none expectations, but even so, it was a bit of a disappointment, it was a short read and the story line was kind of super unrealistic.

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What’s a small town girl from Iowa to do in the big city? Obviously keep reminding the viewer that she’s a small town girl from Iowa now in the big city. And the the small town girl of course falls for the big city, rich play boy wanna be Mayor. Luka is portrayed as a playboy who likes to party and do drugs that plans to stop and turn his life around and run for mayor. This was unrealistic to me, despite the constant reminders, this story is OK. The characters are flawed and unrealistic, but I enjoyed the story’s flow none the less. What I really did not enjoy was how Luka treated  and talked to Ciara, but I guess it all goes with his bad boy persona.

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Personally I love my bad boys respectful and good to women, but what do I know..

The final chapters after the big climax seemed to falter, and it was as if the writer was not sure what else to write about them and there is a huge cliff hanger at the end of the story, which I do not really like.

If you enjoy unrealistic, bad boy, good girl stories with a hint of Mafioso thrown into the mix, then I guess this book is definitely for you.

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Best Book Boyfriends…

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Having been a lover of reading from a time of when when i was very young, I have found that my taste in books is changing, maturing if I may say. I love super adult, contemporary, sexy, romance type of books no. And I was sitting by my window just thinking and day dreaming ( as usual 🙂 ) about who my favourite book boyfriends are from the books that I have read maybe in the past year! and so here is a small list of those hunks. 🙂

1. Christian Grey- Fifty Shades Of Grey

2. Gideon Cross- Crossfire trilogy

3. Adrian Mitchell- A touch of Crimson

4. Elijah Reynolds- A Hunger So Wild

5. Gabriel Emerson- Gabriel’s Inferno

6. Travis Maddox- Beautiful Disaster

7.Bennett Ryan- Beautiful Bastard

8. Kellan Kyle- Thoughtless

9. Will Cooper- Slammed

10. Professor Dean West- Arouse

11. Simon Parker- Wallbanger

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Do share with me, who are your favorite Book Boyfriends? 🙂

Mr Monster..

AUTHOR: Dan Wells

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SYNOPSIS:

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon—the terrifying persona he calls “Mr. Monster”—might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

REVIEW:

Mr. Monster is a one-sitting read so gripping and unsettling that you might want to start over again at page one when you’re finished. Wells’s voice is so crisp and engaging that it feels like John is whispering in your ear—which is a bit shiver-inducing at times. I give it a solid A+ for working out the minor narrative kinks from the first book and, instead of keeping it lighter fair, delving down into the most sinister and dark places of the human psyche. Wells goes there. He’s not afraid to take his readers down the logical path that he’s set up, even though it’s not a conventional sort of story.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares

A Book Affair I could’nt Miss..

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This weekend I attended the biggest book fair of my life in MINES Mall,Malaysia. Discounts were at an all time high i mean books were going for as low as $1.00. It was my ultimate dream, with over 3 million books to choose from, I felt like a child in a candy store. There were fiction books, cook books, kids books, photography, you name it it was probably there.

I went in there ready for battle, battle for some books that is. With so many people there, it was hard moving around and finding books which i wanted to get, not to mention the strain of having to carry around a big box that I can put all my selections into.

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My feet hurt from moving around so much in that huge area, searching and grabbing whatever book called my attention. I was hot, sweating and more than very hungry. And then when I finally had all the books i wanted( more like all the books I could afford tot take) I finally went to pay and the ques were insanely long. I was exhausted, but kept going, the end was near and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. All that said, it was well worth it and the most unpleasantly fulfilling experience of my life. 😀

Enough of my complaining, these are all the books I bought! I have already finished reading one in one night. 😀

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A Deniable Dearth..

AUTHOR: Gerald Seymour

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REVIEW:

This very tightly written novel opens with a very respectful description of a typical sad funeral procession through Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. Reference is also made to the hundreds of service personnel returning from armed combat in Afghanistan and also Iraq, who have unfortunately lost limbs as the result of road-side bombs. MI6 have identified an engineer employed in Iran who spends all of his time designing and manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which have caused up to 66% of all coalition forces casualties since 2001 to the present day. MI6 detail one of their most senior personnel to take charge of organising a plot to kill the person concerned. Len Gibbons, the MI6 nominee, arranges to contact self-employed contractors as their status can be denied by the SIS should the contractor be captured.

This highly detailed plot is softened by the humanity of the author’s understanding, that regardless of the occupation of the subject there is always a banal background to every person. No matter how humble or exalted they may be. A lot of the focus of the book is spent on the two ‘Watchers’, Badger and Foxy, deep undercover in Iran living for many days in a dugout in very unpleasant weather conditions of extreme heat. Their target is under microphone and binocular night sight surveillance 24 hours a day. As they have come such a long distance overland to their vantage point all their food and water rations are contained in two ruck sacks. They cannot leave any indication that they were ever there, so everything that they eat or drink and all their toilet deposits have to be removed. So we get to hear of one character’s marital difficulties and the other’s interest in wildlife and general loneliness.

On the advance reading copy I used, there is a statement, “You watch, You wait, The hours slide slowly past. You’ve been there a whole day, then two, you lie under a merciless sun, in a mosquito-infested marsh. You can’t move, leave or relax. You’re stuck next to a man you despise. If they find you, you will be left to face torture and death“. The picture this paints so vividly, is of a job that must be done by our armed forces that is very hard and you just have to admire their fortitude and bravery in such adverse conditions.

This multi-faceted story keeps switching from the back-story of the watchers, to their support network in Afghanistan, to MI6 in London and also the American and kindred security connections. We also hear about the back story of the MI6 organiser locally and why his own life has not been so successful. The target, ie the Iranian Engineer who builds the IEDs we learn has a very sick wife who is suffering from a brain tumour that will need an operation soon to remove it or she may die. The date and location of the hospital that the wife of the engineer is going to go to is so crucial and is what the watchers hope to identify. The novel is very powerful and kept me gripped until the final page.

This novel is completely different to all the others that I have read by this very experienced author as they all are written with different themes and characters, which is one of the factors that makes him such an exciting writer. He is also from a journalistic background (fifteen years as an international reporter with ITN) and meticulously researches the background to all his books and it is very reassuring, reading facts and background details in his stories and knowing that they must be authentic because he has such a good reputation. Gerald Seymour has been a full-time writer since 1978. A DENIABLE DEATH is his twenty-eighth novel. This was great storytelling and I hope he writes many more and I hope I get the chance to read them. You just have to read this novel as it is absolutely gripping.

This review was done by 

Terry Halligan

The Pleasure of Reading..

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Some people get pleasure from picnics and tours, some from playing games. Others like to discuss various topics and find pleasure in it. But the reading of books provides us with such pleasure as we do not get from any other activity. Great is the pleasure of books.

Literature is said to mirror society. Writers put in their books not only their own ideas and feelings, but also what they observe and find in society. The books of the past reflect the condition of the times in which they were written. By reading books written by great thinkers, we come in contact with their minds. Books enable us to know the best of different countries. So, if we want to keep abreast of the great minds of all ages, we must read books.

When we are alone, books are our best friends. They entertain us in our spare moments. Good novels, books on poetry and short stories, give great enjoyment. At times we become so absorbed in our books that we forget even our important engagements. Loneliness is no trouble for a reader.

If we are in a cheerful mood, our joy is increased by reading. When we are in a depressed and dejected mood, books console and soothe our troubled minds. They provide us with the best advice and guidance in our difficulties. Indeed, books are out best friends as they help us in our need.

Books contain grains of wisdom. They give us sound moral advice. That is why all women around the world love the Fifty Shades of Grey..Where a powerful, sex magnet, bombshell of a man meets and utterly loves and completes his woman( leaving us the readers fanning ourselves from the pure pleasure of him) It is through the reading of books that we learn to love virtue and hate sin. The reading of good books develops and elevates our character.

Now-a-days the world is changing fast. A man cannot remain in roach with the changes in his own country, or in the world, without reading the latest literature. One who wants to be respected in cultured society must keep himself well-informed. Good magazines, newspapers and other books provide us with valuable upto-date information. It gives us great pleasure to feel that our knowledge is upto-date. We get great satisfaction when we feel ourselves to be well-informed and capable of moving in any educated society. Reading of good books is the key to the store-house of pleasure.

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It was the English author Bacon who said that reading makes a full man. No one can question the truth of this saying. But we cannot derive full advantage from reading, if our choice is not good. Some books are such that instead of doing any good, they do positive harm to the readers. Such books must be avoided. Cheap books, not in cost but in contents, should not be read, even if they provide some amusement and entertainment. It is the reading of good books alone which bestows upon us the maximum benefit.

Not only is reading utterly delicious, a study has just been published finding that reading for pleasure makes your brain literally grow.

So what are you waiting for?!?! get to the nearest book store and get to reading! 😀

Where Are The Children..

AUTHOR: Mary Higgins Clark

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SYNOPSIS:
“Nancy Harmon was a housewife who took her two children, a boy and a girl, to the store to get some things and deciding she would only be in the store a minute, just left them in the car. When she came out of the store, her car was gone and so were the children. They were found days later in the water with plastic around their heads. Nancy was accused of murdering her two children and was eventually acquitted because the main witness came up missing. Nancy moved across the country trying to escape the reporters and prying eyes of the public, and she wanted to start a new life. A new life without her children. She plead her innocence but no one believed her so she just started over.

Nancy had started to get on with her life. She remarried, had two more children and the pain of losing her children was starting to go away when the horror was starting over again. Her children were outside playing one morning and when she went to check on them they were gone. Again. This time she was determined to find who was behind this but that was harder than she thought because everyone believed that she was guilty again. Nancy tries to unravel the secrets and has to face the horrors of her past to find the answers to whose behind this once and for all.”

REVIEW:
When i got this book off the shelf i was a little bit skeptical because i have never read a Mary Higgins book. It did not seem like it would interest me so much, but from the first page i was already captivated by the story. The author does not waste any time and we get straight to it from the very beginning, the characters are complex and have so many things going on with them, especially the main character, Nancy. She seems docile at first, the perfect house wive if you may, albeit with a lot of secrets she has not told her husband or the people around her. The story comes from the point of view of many of the characters, not just the main character and that is something i enjoyed greatly, but i have to say when i was 3 quarters into the book i new who the culprit was already. How ever that still did not make the book boring as it still brought on surprising twists and turns i was not expecting.
Needless to say i finished this book in one day and it was worth it. So get yourself a copy and get to reading it because with will be entranced from the start.