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The Postman Knock #168


Wow. I've just checked and I haven't done one of those since November last year!
Sorry about it, peeps.
There is tons to do on the farm with building, gardening and animals, and I put all non-essential posts on the back burner. Sorry about non-commenting to all my fellow bloggers as well. I haven't been checking anyone's blogs, and to those of you who still comment on mine, - huge thanks, sisters! It always warms my heart to see you saying hello :)

My reading speed has gone down as well, so I'll be struggling a bit in the next month catching up with reviews. I've run out of all the scheduled posts...
but I'm doing a mini Blog Ahead session in the last 2 weeks of March as I need to travel to Russia to see my family, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up.

Anyway, I've been reading and watching some good stuff lately (mostly watching, to be honest)!
This TV series is totally adorable and gorgeous in many ways. It's in Chinese, based on a book I was talking about last year, and so far 30 episodes have English subtitles (more added every week) so you will be able to watch it as well.
What series am I talking about?


This! Holy sh*t, THIS!
Watch it, peeps. I just can't heart it enough.
i even gushed about it here :)

I am reading and listening to some good stuff too, just not fast enough. However,
I can't not recommend this book. SOOO GOOOD!


This is it from me. Stay safe, read some good stuff, lots of love and peace out xxx



Friday Mini Reviews #98: Julia Kent, J.D. Robb & Michelle Sagara




Random Acts of Crazy by Julia Kent (Random #1)

ecopy from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don't collect guys like that (don't ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop – you stop.

And I definitely never thought I'd be staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star I followed like the slobbering fileshare fangirl I am. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how we fell in love is even more unreal.

Because someone like Trevor Connor, headed to Harvard Law next year, isn't supposed to want someone like me, a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed.

But he did.

When his best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drove eleven hours through the night to rescue him, though, it got real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn.

What do you do, though, when maybe – just maybe – you don't have to choose?

As my Aunt Josie says sometimes, "It's always complicated."

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Random Acts of Crazy is a standalone, full-length novel (300+ pages, 85,000 words) featuring Darla Jo(sephine) Jennings, the 22-year-old niece of Josie Mendham from the Her Two Billionaires series. It has, like many New Adult novels, an exploration of sexuality for the three main characters, doesn't shy away from mature content, and Darla has a sailor's mouth.


Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | Book Depository

8/10
This was lovely, hot, cute and sweet. A classic story of a lost soul finding what really matters in life because of love of a good woman. It totally didn't need a menage as Trevor and Darla were enough for each other. However, I really enjoyed it. A great comfort read, recommended.
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Это было мило, жгуче, обаятельно и неожиданно пронзительно. Классическая история о блуждающей в потёмках душе, которая находит, что действительно важно в жизни из-за любви хорошей женщины. Здесь совершенно не требовался менаж, он был как палка в колесе, так как Тревору и Дарле было достаточно друг друга. Однако, история вышла всё-равно хорошая и уютная. Рекомендую.


 Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #40)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

A crisp winter morning in New York. In a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING.
Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an 'admirer', who just can't stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again...
With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.

Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | Book Depository

8/10
Eve has a stalker and an impersonator who wants to be her best bud & who kills everyone who might have "wronged" Dallas. This is a scary and fascinating insight into a mentally disturbed mind. The investigation is brisk and the killer falls into Eve's lap, so it ends rather abruptly. Overall, not bad.
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У Ив появляется сталкер и имперсонатор, хотящий быть ей лучшим другом и убивающий тех, кто, по его мнению, её "обидел". Холодящая, жуткая концепция и взгляд на ум с сильным психическим расстройством очень интересны. Расследование продвигается быстро и убийца падает в руки Даллас, так что книга заканчивается довольно резко. А так, неплохо.


 Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #10)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

She can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade's latent magic is waking.

And it's not the only thing.


Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | Book Depository

7.5/10
This is not a bad read, actually. I am still supremely irritated by Kaylin's reckless stupidity... And everyone is still enabling her. But. We finally see the Emperor and listen to him talk. Looks like he is another antihero or a very intriguing man to know at least, so I got excited about it!
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Неплохая вообще-то книга в этой серии. Я всё также раздражена  из-за безумно импульсивной и идиотской натуры Кейлин, которая отказывается учиться на своих ошибках, и что ещё хуже, это ей сходит с рук. Однако... Мы наконец встречаем Императора и слушаем как он разговаривает с Кейлин, и он оказывается, вполне возможно, ещё одним антигероем, что меня очень, ну очень порадовало!

Paranormal Fantasy Review: Omens & Artifacts by Elizabeth Hunter

Omens & Artifacts by Elizabeth Hunter (An Elemental Legacy Novella #3)


ecopy from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the elemental world, reputation is everything, but gaining it can get you killed.

Setting up shop as an antiquities hunter means nothing if you don’t have clients. Benjamin Vecchio, nephew of a famed vampire assassin, is the subject of widespread speculation, but so far that speculation hasn’t translated into work.
What Ben needs is a job. A big job. A profitable job.

A legendary job.

Finding the lost sword of Brennus the Celt, the mythical Raven King of the British Isles, would make Ben’s reputation in the immortal world, but it could also draw dangerous attention. The Raven King’s gold hoard isn’t famous for being easy to find. Luckily, Ben has his own legend at his side.

Tenzin is a wind vampire who doesn’t like digging, but she’s more than happy to let Ben do the dirty work while she provides the muscle he needs to make other immortals pay attention. They’re partners. Or so Ben thinks.

But when finding this treasure puts Tenzin’s future plans at risk, will their partnership survive? Tenzin isn’t used to taking orders from anyone, particularly from a young human who used to be her student. Digging into ancient Scottish history can get you dirty. It can also get you killed.


Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

8.5/10

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I love that couple so much, ladies and gents! Maybe the mostest *grins* after Gio and Bi.

Tenzin and Ben have this rapport, this camaraderie & banter which are very hard to find in UF. It comes from long-term relationships. Kate Daniels and Curran have it with such a fun way of communicating with each other. I can't help but feel that Benzin is destined for great things.

Sci Fi Romance Review: Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener

Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener (Sky Raiders #1)


ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
When the people of Barit first saw the sky craft, they felt awe. Then awe turned to fear and they found a name for the mysterious newcomers. Sky raiders.

Garek's one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can't bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she's lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he'll look, but he'll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they'll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they've given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that's exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

She does have an idea of how she can break free--the sky raiders have brought them to Shadow to mine for ore. A very special ore which Taya has worked out is as dangerous to the sky raiders as it is valuable.

What she doesn't realize is she'll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn't giving up. And he's even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.


Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | Book Depository

7.5/10

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 While I was a little bit disappointed that Sky Raiders wasn't connected to Diener's previous space opera series, it was still a very entertaining read. A clash of high technology with a medieval magical world made for a fascinating story.
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