November 19th, 2012

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Book Report (108)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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A Reason to Believe, by Diana Copland oldenuf2nb ***** I really enjoyed this! I started it Saturday night (a little too late), and I couldn't do anything until I finished it Sunday morning. I enjoyed the story, but mostly I enjoyed the characters: Matt was very realistic as someone still grieving and only 'half-living' (loved the Strictly Ballroom reference); and Kiernan, of course, was wonderful. I loved his enthusiasm for life, his ability to keep trying (even though he'd been burned in the past), and the way he embraced the circumstances which came his way. I thought the mystery was good, and the overall mood of the book (although sad in places -- I definitely cried near the end) was very engaging. The story: Matt is called late at night to help with a missing child. When he arrives at the house, however, the child (Abby) calls to him, and it's only when she shows him where her body is hidden that he realizes he's just seen a ghost. Now Matt is on the brink of losing his job (as he told his boss, who was already unhappy with him because he'd admitted his sexual preferences), and he's freaked out that something very strange has happened to him. His SIL (and best friend) drags him to a psychic, hoping to give him some peace about what he experienced. The psychic, Kiernan, is like no one Matt has ever met before -- and even though he's still struggling to get on with his life after the death of his partner 18 months earlier, Matt finds himself drawn to the energetic man. As for Kiernan, he also sees and even talks with Abby, and soon both men are targeted by her killer as they investigate further. Can Matt help Abby's family find peace -- and can he let go of his own pain and past long enough to start building a new future? (Adult romantic suspense, GLBT, released 11/12, publisher: Carina Press)

Currently Reading: Reached (and I'm loving it too)
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Weekend Roundup...

...the kiddos' Auntie took E out for her birthday shopping trip Friday night -- E was delighted.

...I'm slowly catching up on sleep, though not as much as I'd like. But every little bit helps, and the on-going headache I had last week seems to be gone (*fingers crossed*) as of yesterday.

...I'm definitely catching up on relaxing; we spent Saturday evening and into the night (after ten) with our camping friends. And yesterday, I read for a few hours before doing anything else.

...I also got back with NaNo and managed 3100 words yesterday. I'm about 2/3 (or so) through the story, and I'm hoping to finish it by next Sunday (we'll see)., I'm getting together with one of my best friends. We haven't had time since September, so we're long overdue! Our kiddos will be with us, but it's still better than nothing, no? :)

I hope your Monday is a good one -- are you ready for Turkey Day (here in the US)?