Review: The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1) by Stacey Kade


Title:  The Rules
Author: Stacey Kade
Publisher/Year: Diseny – Hyperion 4/8/2014
Length: 432 pages
Series: Project Paper Doll #1


1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival-and that of her adoptive father-depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts Adriane in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening-and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.

My Thoughts

First of all, i’m still not sure why this series is call ‘Project Paper Doll’ since there’s no reference to it in this first book.  I can make my assumptions based on how things are going, but i think that they should have set that one up a bit better.  In any event, i’m kind of mixed about this one and i’ll tell you why.

For the first several chapters i was having this weird sense of deja vu – thinking that i had already read this and wondered why i was reading it again.  then i realized that i was thinking about another series that i had just recently read – The Clone Chronicles by Heather Hildenbrand.  I thought for a second that this was a bit of a duplication of sorts since there was all this talk about being in a lab, under lock and key of a medical staff, and then having this leading female some how have to impersonate a living person.  Well – after about 6 or so  chapters, i realized that perhaps that’s where the similarities ended.  thank goodness.  (although that’s not to say that i didn’t enjoy the other series, since i really did).

So onto this one – now that i was adjusted and on board with the fact that i hadn’t read it yet.  What we have here is an interesting mix of sci-fi (she’s an alien/human hybrid) and YA to the core (we have our high school angst and all that goes along with being a teen) and then a bit of dysopia (a very small bit since it’s not quite at the THG level yet but we’re going there i think).

Ariane – our lead has been cultivated in a lab – as part of an experiment of sorts, and she had been training her whole live to use her powers for some task that she wasn’t aware of, she just knew that she didn’t agree with what they wanted her to do.  to kill.  It’s only after she’s broken out of the lab one night and then hidden away in plain sight that she gets to have a life.  or so she thinks – although not much of one since her father has all these ‘Rules’.  She’s basically not allowed to do anything – since she can’t be found…and of course you know that once she breaks one rule in the hopes of living her own life, things rae going to come crashing down.

The other bit of this is that there’s clearly more to the secret than she knows even.  There has to be more of a motivation for why sh’es not allowed to do anything – for why her father is the way that he is, and for why some of the kids that she associates with are as they are.  They have their own darker stories too – although none of them are really relevant to us, aside from Zane – the boy that causes her to break her rules.

What we have here in this story is a ‘coming of age’ bit – where we see Ariane finally decide for herself that she’s not going to be bound by all of the rules that she’s been given.  We also see Zane come into his own.  He’s been living in the shadow of his older brother who was a star and everyone adored.  now that his brother is in college, he’s left to fall short of everyone’s expectations, especially that of his father.  He also has to live with the issue of his mother leaving – it was the morning after his brother’s graduation party and ironically his own birthday that she up and left, leaving zane behind to deal with the broken pieces of his life.

So you can see that there’s going to be a great dynamic here -2 teens who have nothing really to support them in life and of course that means that they will gravitate towards one another.  Knowing that Ariane has all these secrets that she can’t share with Zane and Zane being the guy that just wants someone to love him.

We see their struggles with just about everything, and how Ariance knows that by spending time with Zane and his ‘friends’ that her secret will come out – yet she still feels the need to do it.  It’s when there’s no way to keep things a secret anymore that things start to get exciting and that’s in the final chapters of this first installment.  Our author has set up such a false sense of security for us, that even i didn’t realize the twist until it was too late.  I think that there’s going to be something great here in this series since it has the beginnings of THG and all of the great ‘fight to the death’ mentality that we all know and love in this genre.  I can’t wait to see what ‘The Hunt’ – book 2 will bring us and thankfully i have that in my library waiting for me.  So, the question is  – will they escape, will both Ariane and Zane survive, and what will it means for the trials.  Who’s going to be on their side when they need help and can’t they trust anyone?  even each other?

Review: The Recovery (The Program #2.5) by Suzanne Young


Title:  The Recovery
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse 2/24/2015
Length: 80 pages
Series: The Program #2.5


Realm hopes that with each past he helps to recover, he’ll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own in this spinoff story to Suzanne Young’s bestselling duology, The Program and The Treatment.

Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients—including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

Along with his friend (yes, friend) James Murphy, Realm will track down those he’s hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives—starting with Dallas Stone. He’s not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he’s not a hero. But helping others may be the only way to save himself.

My Thoughts

I really like Realm now – and i think that he’s come a long way from the guy that we met in the first installment of the series.  In this novella, it’s his turn to try to make amends – to find a way to live with what he’s done and who he’s become.  He knows that it’ll most likely come with a world of hurt – knowing that he’s going to reveal what he’s done to all his friends from the Program, but it’s something that’s necessary.

We go on the journey with him and James – as they go find Dallas first and then a few others.  Dallas being the toughest since Realm knows what their relationship was before the program and what it is now.  His inner frustration is that he still has this unrequited love for Sloane who’s with James, and knows that he won’t be with her, but there’s a strong tie to Dallas that he just doesn’t want to allow her to get back into since he’s just going to hurt her.

The nice thing about this novella too is that we get to see some of the struggle that perfect James has going on.  he’s questioning a lot these days now that he has his memories back and Sloane doesn’t – and that’s something that i hope we’ll get to see get resolved.  He has this sense that he loves her more than she loves him since he has their past – and that their relationship is changed.  i hope that it doesn’t break them up and i think that there’s definitely a good place for that bit of the story to go if our author decides to take us there.

The appearance of someone at the very end of this installment though gives us hope for Realm – that there’s a way to get through on the other side in a good place and i hope that’s going to be a continuation that we see.  So…on that note – i believe there’s another installment coming in April – that’s sort of a prequel of sorts.  So until then, enjoy!

Blog Tour and Cover Reveal & Giveaway!: Six Years by Stephanie Witter

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Title:  Six Years
Author: Stephanie Witter
Category/Genre:  New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Jo Raven
Release Date: June 9th

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They hadnt seen each other in six years.

Shed always had a crush on him. 

He’d only ever seen her like a little sister.

And now…hes back


I thought that he was a part of a distant past. I thought I didn’t feel anything for him now, but I was not so sure anymore. Having him back in my life, for however long it was, was making me see things differently. So many things had changed in the last six years and somehow I’d lost myself and forgotten all about my dreams.

My home life was still a mess, my personal life was nothing to boast about and when I see how successful he is, how everything he’d always wanted came true, I couldn’t help but feel lacking in a lot of ways. But he’s back and he needed me. I knew I was the only one who understood that part of his life, the only one he’s willing to share it with. My heart is still beating too hard and too fast for him and this time around, I was as much an adult as he was.

Having a six year age gap didn’t mean shit.


Being back in Riverdale was harder than I thought. I’d turned my back on that life, but there had always been that one girl in my head. Little B. Now she’s nothing like the twelve year old girl I’d last seen. She’s a young woman, gorgeous and sexy. I couldn’t stay away. There’s something drawing me to her and it goes beyond my need to reconnect with her, to have her back in my life and fill the hollow part of my chest. But I couldn’t forget the little girl she had been; I shouldn’t forget the little girl she used to be.

Growing up with a junkie mother and nobody else, my neighbor, Brooklyn, had been my only happy place. I had taken care of her, and when I had left, I had to leave behind a huge part of me. I couldn’t do it again. I needed her. Once again, she’s the only person I want in my life, but I wasn’t sure if it was for all the right reasons

Were there too many obstacles in the way?


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Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.


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Review: Club Luxe:6 Forever (Billionaires Underground) by Olivia Noble


Title:  Club Luxe 6: Forever
Author: Olivia Noble
Publisher/Year: Loretta Lost 3/24/2015
Length: 88 pages
Series: Billionaires Underground #6


his is the sixth and final book of the Club Luxe series! The stunning conclusion will be available on March 24th.

Victoria has lost nearly everything she cared about. Her man and her job seemed to evaporate overnight and there isn’t anything she can do about it. With Malcolm’s history of blackmailing her into getting his way, she can’t even be sure that he isn’t the reason for all this.

Getting back his family should have made Malcolm the happiest man in the world. Yet, there was something critical missing: Victoria. Being away from her forced him to realize that she was the love of his life. Even though Elizabeth and Claire were in his life again, he knew that he had to do whatever it takes to get his woman back.

My Thoughts

I think that we were all hoping for some sense of resolution for Mal and Vica and i think that we are finally getting to see how things may shake out for them in this final installment.  If you remember, things are so far from being in a good place at this point that any movement towards the positive is a good thing.  We know that Victoria decided that she can’t be with Malcolm after seeing him kiss his ‘wife’, yet we know that he doesn’t want to be with Elizabeth.  We also know that Victoria’s life is upside now that her job has been taken away from her because of her relationship with Malcolm (or so she thinks) so she’s lost just about everything.

Where we got in this final few chapters is a place that makes you want to root for them, knowing that it can be so easy if they just listen to reason and communicate.  Will they and how long will it take them to get there?  well that’s anyone’s guess.

The other really nice bit of this story is that we get to go down the path of Malcolm’s parents – and what their deal is.  We last learned that his father is still alive – even after he was told that his parents died in a car accident.  So, the question is who is his father and and why did he give him up.  We see that it’s getting very dangerous and you never know who is tied to the organization and to what extend.  It’s really interesting to see how things play out with them.  On the other side of it though, i think that it’s nice to see that there’s reasoning for it, and that the trail was left for Victoria to be the one to help Mal figure it all out.

While i’m sure we are all in agreement that we know what the ending was, and that the journey to get there was full of surprises – it was a bit predictable.  Not a bad thing – i’ll say that again, but i think that there were things that happen to this couple and with this couple that we’ve come to expect.  I do love the power dynamic between them though and i think that’s what makes them so enjoyable to read.  So on that note, i hope that you guys all finished this series with me, and i can’t wait to see if we get more of Chloe and Dom – since i think that they could have a great spin off.

Review: Unraveled (Mastered #3) by Lorelei James


Title:  Unraveled
Author: Lorelei James
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Group 3/3/2015
Length: 372 pages
Series: Mastered #3


In this sizzling continuation of the Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a man will find the domination he’s always craved…

Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren are left to run the martial arts program at Black Arts while Ronin Black travels. On the surface, the two highest ranked belts appear to cooperate—but in private, they butt heads constantly, despite the undeniable attraction between them. Soon their power exchanges start to make for a sweltering dynamic in the bedroom…

At first Knox is shocked to be living out his submissive desires, but Shiori sets out to prove that embracing his true sexual nature doesn’t make him a weak man. But even while their sexual relationship grants him a power and fulfillment he finds surprising, there’s no training regimen for the fight that comes with loving a strong woman…

My Thoughts

Oh how i do so LOVE this series.  What we have here is not just an amazing continuation with some of our favorite characters, but we get a roller coaster ride at that.  It’s a lesson of deciding hwo you want to be, if that’s something that you can do around others, and how can you do it to make you happy.

If you’ll all remember, we met and fell in love with Shiori when she came to the US in a sense to get away from her family since she’s been working for their company for so long.  She also wanted to find herself a bit, and in stepping in to help out at the Dojo, she’s able to do a bit of both.  While she’s doing that, she’s still juggling her life that she’s trying to get away from, and enjoying the spark of chemistry that she has with Knox, with whom there’s this perpetual love hate relationship.  I have to say that it’s quite clear that there’s going to be something amazing between them, but what those boundaries are, that’s to be seen.

And then take a step over to the world of Knox.  We’ve gotten to know just a bit about him throughout the other installments in this series, and it’s about time that we get to see him come to the forefront.  It’s been clear throughout that he’s somewhat of a unique character.  He’s got these alpha tendencies yet i think that there’s more to it than that, and thankfully Shiori and some others are able to help him come to see that.  We learn a bit of his back story and about what makes him who he is, along with what really brought him to Black Arts and that makes us love him so much more.

So where the 2 of these guys meet – it’s explosive and in a good way.  We don’t just get to see the romance blossom between them but we continue to see the animosity and fight that they have bring them even closer and that’s something that i feel is so necessary in this story and genre.  It’s what makes it even hotter when we see them decide to take a risk with each other.

What makes this story so much better than i expected is that there’s a power struggle, and that’s something that i feel like we don’t often see.  It’s not so much a topping from the bottom, but a means to an end.  Shiori clearly is the alpha, but Knox is struggling to understand what that means for himself.  The other bit is that everything that they are doing is in secret since they can’t let the others that they work with find out and they especially can’t let Ronin find out – since you know that he’s the over bearing big brother and boss man.

As we go on this journey, we get some amazing scening, and because of their unique dynamic, it’s even hotter.  Lorelei James knows how to write these characters and scenes in a way that makes you really feel the passion come off the pages.  And just when you think that things are getting to a safe place, we get that twist.  Someone runs, someone almost dies and Big Brother comes back into the picture.  If that’s not enough, life will change forever for one of them, and we just have to see how they choose to deal.

So, if you haven’t gotten the point yet, i LOVED that we got such a dynamic third installment and i can’t wait to see who’s next on the list since there are a lot of folks that we can get absorbed into.  on that note – Enjoy!

Review: Tame Me (Stark International #0.5) by J Kenner


Title:  Tame Me
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Evil Eye Concepts 3/21/15
Length: 131 pages
Series: Stark International #0.5


Aspiring actress Jamie Archer is on the run. From herself. From her wild child ways. From the screwed up life that she left behind in Los Angeles. And, most of all, from Ryan Hunter-the first man who has the potential to break through her defenses to see the dark fears and secrets she hides.

Stark International Security Chief Ryan Hunter knows only one thing for sure-he wants Jamie. Wants to hold her, make love to her, possess her, and claim her. Wants to do whatever it takes to make her his.

But after one night of bliss, Jamie bolts. And now it’s up to Ryan to not only bring her back, but to convince her that she’s running away from the best thing that ever happened to her–him.

My Thoughts

I think that it’s safe that we are all rooting for Jamie and finally seeing her happy is amazing.  We’ve come to know and love her through Nikki in the Stark Series, and not only is she an amazing best friend, she’s had it rough in LA  trying to be a successful actress and getting used by the people that she meets.  She’s made some really bad choices over the years and has finally decided that The Plan is the best way for her to find herself, get grounded and maybe have a chance at being happy back in LA.

We are reunited with her on the night of Nikki’s wedding where the happy couple has left for their honeymoon and Jamie and Ryan Hunter (Damian’s head of security) are closing things out at the party and their house.  You guys can all recall throughout the main series that there’s been a great chemistry between Ryan and Jamie, yet they’ve never acted on it.  It’s been driving Jamie crazy and maybe this is the night to see what’s going on.

What happens next, well it’s the point of no return since it’s a complete opposite ideal than what her Plan tells her to do.  getting involved with him even for the night will make things go upside down when she really just needs to stay away from men and find herself.  Lucky for her, he turns her down and that makes things even more interesting.

So it’s when Jamie is resigned to just going back to Texas to sort herself out, Ryan flips the tables again, and from then on we see a really passionate roller coaster with someone who wants nothing more than to protect and savor Jamie, and while she wants him, she wants to fight him too.  And she runs….

J Kenner continues to weave this amazing story that you want to get involved in.  While we got a tease that there was something more between these 2, it’s not an entirely predictable path that we go on to get there.  They fight one another and there are demons that caused this.  We also get the revisting of a few folks that caused some of the pain and turmoil in Jamie’s life and it’s always interesting to see if jealousy makes things happen at a faster pace.

Never the less, we get an intro into the dark and stormy side that Ryan (Hunter) has, his proclivity to BDSM and how he’s showing that to Jamie and learns her responses to it.  It’s nice to see that we get that path with these 2 since it’s hinted among some of the others that we’ve read about but yet never fully experience.  I think that while this is a little novella that we’ve seen teased in the ARC i read last night, i think that we’ll be fortunate to see more of them if their relationship is something that can be made to work since Jamie’s set on going back to TX and Ryan’s in LA.  so, with that, i’ll leave you with my suggestion to enjoy it on a nice Sunday afternoon!

ARC Review: Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) by J Kenner


Title:  Say My Name
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:Random House 4/7/15
Length: 254 pages
Series: Stark International #1


ew York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Name features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.
Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

My Thoughts

WOW – i loved this first installment to this spin off series – it was AMAZING!  If you thought i was all ‘fangirl’ on J Kenner before, i think i may be in competition to be executive committee of the club now.

First off – thank you Netgalley for getting me a copy of this before it comes out – but now i’m sad that i’ll have to wait even longer for the 2nd installment.  Anyhow, we are quickly dropped back into Damian and Nikki’s world but from a semi indirect manner.  We get to see Sylvia (Ms. Brooks), Damian’s assistant take a lead role – both professionally and personally.  We also get to see more about Jackson and what makes him tick since he’s dark, handsome and has an aura of naughty that we love.

Sylvia has managed to snag the lead role on a new development project after convincing Damian that buying an island off the coast of Cali is the way to go while they are sorting through options for the Bahamas resort.  Since we know that no good business deal can go off without a hitch, we are fast to learn that there are issues with the architect that they had signed – deciding that he was retiring and moving to Tibet.  This is where things get even better.

Sylvia and Jackson have a bit of a past – a fling of sorts from when she was living and working in Atlanta and they crossed paths.  IT was hot and heavy and something that scared them both, but because of her own demons, she asked Jackson to let her walk away and not follow him and that was five years ago.  Those feelings of course are never quickly dispelled and when they are forced to cross paths again, it’s explosive.  in more ways than one.

The journey that we go on is really complex and that’s something that our author is amazing at doing.  We get to see how complicated and hot and passionate a relationship is, but you know that there has to be soo much more underneath for both characters that we have to dig and dig and dig and when you dig enough, you either get hot passion or deep anger.  we get both.

There are so many demons that Syl has been hiding – getting tattoos as a way to cope that it’s no wonder things are heated and steamy with Jackson.  The man is no saint either – we only get to see glimpses of things with him, but he has his own share of issues, and interestingly you want to think that there’s something there with Damian since there’s so much hatred.  I think that the 2 directions that J Kenner takes us on that one is really amazing and while sort of expected, i think the progression and build up was great.

We’re left at the end with minimal resolution of things – you know that we’re just about at the tipping point for so many of our characters.  Folks that we want dead are coming up, and the strength of relationships are being tested.  While i know that we all want our characters to be happy – i think that the fighting and the turmoil that they put on themselves makes it so much hotter to read.  I for one have spent most of today turned on and aroused since there is so much passion going on here that i couldn’t put the book down until it was done.  on that note – enjoy – please please enjoy!



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Review: Trickiest Job (Executive Toy #4) by Cleo Peitsche


Title:  Trickiest Job
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year:Pouch Productions 3/13/15 2/17/15
Length: 77 pages
Series: Executive Toy #4


Lindsay has never been so alone in her life.

After a private investigator exposes her, she’s on the run once more. Her bottomless bag of tricks is empty, and she’s filling it to the brim with regrets and mistakes.

As danger builds, Lindsay can’t stop thinking about her dominant bosses. Maybe Romeo, Hawthorne, and Slade could save her.

Maybe… if they could find her.

My Thoughts

I really love this story and i’m really curious as to where it’s going.  We know that there’s still so much more to Lindsay’s story than what she’s told the guys so far and i can’t wait to see what the juicy bits are.  I think that the fact that there are 3 very dominating men in her life now, there will be enough safety and security for her to open up and let them help her out.

So where we find ourselves in this next installment is that Lindsay has run away from the guys if you recall and that she’s not in Millford Crossing, the town that she grew up, in the hopes of seeing her sister, yet she seems to be tooscared to really go to the mansion in case her grandfather is there and sees her.  that would be bad.

So we are with her while she’s holed up in hotel, hiding out and trying to bide her time, all the while she’s saddened that none of the guys have reached out to her and she’s even more upset that she’s feeling sad about that too.

It’s only when there’s an emergency with Bandit, the cat that Hawthorne rescued for her that things take a turn.  She’s forced to reach out to get the name of Hawthorne’s sister, and well, you can only assume that once contact is made, the men will come swooping in and take control again.  I think that the best bit here is that you just don;t know what that will mean for Lindsay and what she’ll have to give up in the meantime.

The nice thing about this short novella installment is that we get to the crux of a few things.  We slowly see that barriers are coming down and we see that there’s still a chance that she’ll open up to the men even if they prod her.  In return, they offer to give up some information about themselves too so that it’s a semi-even trade, and i think that it’s only going to make their relationship stronger – assuming that they are able to repair it.  and that’s still to be seen.

As we have come to expect from Ms. Peitsche, we get some GREAT scening.  while it’s limited here in this 77 page installment, what we do get is great.  It’s the mix of Naughty BDSM and group activities that i don’t know what i’d do without when i read her series.  While it’s not my personal thing, the way that it’s written is still hot and you can see that there’s such chemistry between these 4 that you can help but be intrigued and turned on.

So with that thought, i’ll leave you and i guess well just have to wait and see what’s next.  i think that their relationship is getting to a point where it’s got to take a big leap or things will fall apart, and then there’s the tension of grandfather and what it is that he has over Lindsay and vice versa.  so…..Enjoy!

Blog Tour & Review: Trompe-l’oeill by Russell Bittner


Title:  Trompe L’oeil
Author: Russell Bittner
Publisher/Year:Russell Bittner 1/4/14
Length: 362 pages


DANEKA SØRENSEN is a Danish transplant to NYC, where she manages her life from an Upper East Side apartment building by night and from the top floor of a mid-town skyscraper by day—ostensibly, all under tight control. KIT ADDISON is a fashion photographer with a sideline penchant for flora and poetry who lives on the Lower East Side. The distance between them, however, is about much more than a mere hundred city blocks.

The first sixty-five pages (other than the “erotic hook” of Chapter 1) are devoted to setting and character development. From that point on, all hell breaks loose.

That said, Russell has always believed that a woman’s most erogenous zone is between her ears. Whatever hell breaks should break only between each such pair of ears.

That’s as much as you need to know about the two principal characters and about the “nature” of this book. The rest will reveal—and unveil—itself in the eighty-two chapters of the story whose journey, incidentally, takes us from New York to Paris, to Lisbon and the coast of Portugal, to Rome and Positano, to Copenhagen and to Bornholm (an island in the Baltic Sea), then finally back to New York City.

About the Author

Russell is first and foremost a father—and quite happily so—of one boy and one girl. The boy is now working his way up onto the silver screen, while the girl continues to practice, practice, practice her way onto the dance stage. I suppose that our little household is not devoid of that special kind of lunacy that adheres to a family of aspiring artists, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s just the nature of life here in Brooklyn, New York—which is to say that we’re in no sense unique, unless it be in our peculiar brand of lunacy.
My Thoughts

So….I have to say that all that i’ve read about what this book was supposed to be compared to and then thorugh reading it to see what it actually was, i think that in my own opinion there’s a disconnect.  I don’t know that i’d put it in the realm of FSOG or those ,but i think that there’s an interesting romance here, something that’s a bit more intellectual than most other books that i’ve read.  I’ve actually had to think quite a bit while i’m reading and while i’m not opposed, it’s definitely something outside of the norm.

We have these 2 characters that are quite confident in their own stature and where they stand among other professionals in their circles, yet what they are to each other, that’s clear in some senses, but it’s certainly a game.  One that i’m kind of enjoying a bit, but still i don’t know that i’m necessarily a huge fan of the overt.

Daneka is a woman who’s definitely ‘mature’ and she’s written to seem not just ‘old and wise’ which i mean in the best sense possible, but she’s established, she takes no prisoners and she’s the kind of woman that i’d be ok becoming when i ‘grow up’ since it’s not so much that i want to be able to manipulate people like she does, but i can see how it has it’s value.

Kit on the other hand, he’s quite smart, and talented but i’ve never quite been able to work him out and i think that’s part of the allure with this book.  that you know his intentions but not necessarily his motivations.

We are on a nice journey and trip with these guys, trying to sort out what makes sense for them since their worlds are so vastly different from one another, but we see that through the development of a meaningful (of sorts) relationship, there’s a way to bridge that gap. Where the conclusion takes us, well that’s something that you have to invest yourself in the novel for to get there.  so…on that note, i’ll leave you with a few links to find this book, the author and all sorts of other great stuff and hopefully you’ll enjoy!

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