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Billionaire Bad Boys of Romance Boxed Set (10 Book Bundle) (Insatiable Reads)
Billionaire Bad Boys of Romance Boxed Set (10 Book Bundle) (Insatiable Reads)

4.0 out of 5 stars A BARGAIN, Dec 10 2013
Ten short stories for the price listed? Sound too good to be true? It turned out to be a great way to read stories from authors I've never heard of at a bargain price. Although not every story is stellar, most of them are worth the read and there are plenty of choices to appeal to all. "Trapped into a Marriage" by Dez Burke and "The Art of Catching a Greek Billionaire" by Marian Tee were especially noteworthy. Some are self contained novellas, like "The CEO and the Girl from the Coffee Shop" by Terry Towers, and some are intros to upcoming series.

My favorite ("The Art of Catching a Greek Billionaire" by Marian Tee) story ended on a mild cliffhanger with the promise of the second book coming in December 2013. Marian Tee does an excellent job of drawing the reader into an original story even if the plot line is an old one. Cannot wait for the next book in this series.

It stinks when you buy books that sound good but once purchased, you regret spending the money and time reading it. Even if is it a cheap book, it adds up when looking for a book you can sink into. This Book Bundle is so worth the money! If you you don't like a story, just go onto another one. There are plenty of stories to choose from and one of the hot alpha males is sure to please.

Mine To Take (Mine - Romantic Suspense Book 1)
Mine To Take (Mine - Romantic Suspense Book 1)
Price: CDN$ 0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A KEEPER, June 17 2013
Heat Factor - scorching hot
Borrow or Buy - Buy
Sexuality - 18+
Typos - very minor

Although this story is a novella, it did not feel too short. It was the right length to tell a compelling story of suspense and romance.

We meet a ballerina who needs help from her first love, a security expert, to find out who is stalking her and might be behind a recent accident. Mix that with the heroine's obsessed exes, sexual chemistry and the angst of first love. Throw in a good looking policeman who's interested in more than solving the mystery and you got a story that makes for a great read. Did I mention the hero is all alpha?

I really liked that the stalker's identity was a mystery until the end. Some romances have a very thin veneer of suspense but this one delivered. I also liked how the "event" that separated the hero and heroine was realistic and not some silly thing just to keep them apart. This is a well written tale that is worth the read (and a bargain at the sale price).

Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother's Guide to Sanity in Stilettos
Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother's Guide to Sanity in Stilettos
by Laura Bennett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.96
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN READ, April 26 2010
I was in a quandary as to how many stars to give this book. As a real how-to guide for the modern working mother, it would rate around 2.5 but as a tongue-in-cheek guide, 5 stars. If you are looking for a serious guide for the modern day working mother - keep looking! This book does not provide many useful tips. As a fun read it shines!

Using the title as my guide, I found myself intrigued and found this book to be hugely entertaining. I have the season of "Project Runway" with uber New Yorker Laura Bennett so I was familiar with her brand of somewhat acerbic humor. She gives voice to what one might think in their darkest parenting moments, no lectures about being the perfect parent here. This book will not appeal to all but her views are certainly original!

Most of the book was full of sharp commentary but others gave me pause. The story of how Laura handled Peter's (her future husband) maid is a good example. This woman was a huge part of Peter's life and was not negotiable. Her view of how this woman kept track of Peter so she didn't have to was a great way of looking at things but Laura's comment of how she appreciated that this woman never divulged personal information about Peter that she would prefer not knowing left me wondering.... Sure this book is funny but it was written with deep honesty too so I applaud Laura Bennett.

Shell Game
Shell Game
by Carol O'Connell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
83 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe her best one yet......, July 16 2004
This review is from: Shell Game (Mass Market Paperback)
This fifth book in the Mallory series was the best one I've read yet and I love the fact that each one of these books stand alone. Instead of repeating whole sections of previous books to fill the reader in, O'Connell sums up everything you need to know in one or two sentences here and there. She is truly a gifted writer. This story finds Mallory in the middle of a revenge murder surrounded by magicians. The regular cast appears yet they are much more in the background this time as Mallory is front and center. For the first time the reader becomes much more emphatic with her character as we see a softer side and watch Mallory evolve into this more humane person (she opens up and shares a deep dark secret - her pysch evaluation as a child - with another character and we also see how hurt she is when those closest to her don't believe her). However, just when we think Mallory has changed and gone all sappy on us, the plot ends with Mallory being pure Mallory which is pure genius. I've always thought Mallory was a misunderstood character as she does stand for moral principles and maybe you have have to be somewhat cold to be willing to go to the lengths she does when choosing between right and wrong. We even understand why Mallory is the way she is given her background......and although there are no obvious "Stone Angel" references, the revelations of Mallory's past in that book have visibly and profoundly affected Mallory as her story continues in this murder mystery. Speaking of which, I'm thrilled the whole haunting love story of Louisa and Malakhai was the focal point as it was always hinted at previously and the real narrative was fascinating. This author knows how to write a spellbinding tale.

Killing Critics
Killing Critics
by Carol O'Connell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please just keep 'em coming O'Connell, July 10 2004
This third book in the series is just as great as all the others, maybe even a little more so. All the characters I've come to love are here as well as the introduction of J.L. Quinn (pretty please let him reappear). This was an intensely emotional story that ends with a bang. Art cricits are being killed off and it has something to do with an old crime handled by her late foster father. All hell breaks loose when a determined Mallory reinvestigates. We've gotten to know these characters so well by now that when Riker's past is delved into or Mallory is proven to be as destructible as the next person, the reader is there. The ending left a quite a blow and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next one in this series (The Stone Angel). I really can't praise this series enough for it's deep character development, unusual as well as strong heroine and well written plots.

The Man Who Cast Two Shadows
The Man Who Cast Two Shadows
by Carol O'Connell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
80 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars This series just keeps getting better and better, July 10 2004
First off let me say that if you're looking for a touchy feely maiden in distress kind of heroine - you won't find it here! When a young woman is found murdered and mistakenly identified as Mallory, our Mallory moves in and uses her expert computer skills to try and trip up three suspects who all live in the same building. Some creepy moments ensue until all is resolved at the end. The whole gang reappears and their characters are further developed to this reader's delight. Once again the author serves up a fascinating suspense that I hated to see end. Some reviewers seem to think that Mallory is this inhuman character that makes the story and author heartless and if you have one shred of decency, you won't like this book. Ummm, what version were they reading? Mallory is a little ruthless and heartless at times (she certainly maintains a "ends justify the means" mentality) but don't mistake that for having no emotion. Knowing her background of having to survive on the streets as a very young kid, the death of her foster parents who kept her somewhat grounded, and you begin to see the tight control she maintains over her emotions as a necessary function. Mallory is so intricate a character that she seems to be a real human being, albeit a flawed one, and not on of those cookie cutter females that pass as heroines.

Mallory's Oracle
Mallory's Oracle
by Carol O'Connell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT intoduction to a series I can't wait to read, July 10 2004
This reader was immediately sucked into this fast paced murder mystery. There were many suspects presented in this serial killer storyline and the suspense was well plotted. However, the characters in this book were the real gems. They almost became flesh and blood before my eyes as the author painted such loving images of not altogether loveable characters. First off, Kathy Mallory is a tough as nails young cop trying to avenge her sort of adopted father's death - Markowitz - and oh by the way, she was a runaway who was "found" on the streets by him when she was around 11. Her terrible and traumatic background is hinted at but never revealed. Mallory is unconditionally loved by Markowitz and his wife and even though both of these characters are dead as we read this book, the reader can see them as relevant characters and we feel her loss. Then there's Markowitz' band of poker buddies (The Rabbi, the Lawyer and the Doctor) who are three dimensional characters as well. Last but not least, there's her two sidekicks of Charles Butler (a modern day Ichobod Crane figure) and another cop named Riker(a drunkard with redeeming qualities). Sure her characters are flawed, but they all have principals that they hold true to and all of them can be admired. Kudos to the author for her skill in presenting such intriguing characters that seem so real. As soon as I finished this book I immediately picked up the next one in this series (The Man Who Cast Two Shadows).

Monster
Monster
DVD ~ Charlize Theron
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 35.17
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I thought it would be......, July 10 2004
This review is from: Monster (DVD)
Let me start out by stating that Theron's performance is outstanding. The movie itself was good but not as great as I believed it to be from the reviews. Maybe it was because I thought it would be more along the lines of a "Biography" or "American Justice" type of film when in reality, it was closer to a romance. This film paid a lot of attention and detail to the relationship between Lee (Charlize Theron) and Shelby (Christina Ricci) and despite great acting, I found their story dragging in spots. I enjoyed watching this film's perspective on Eileen Wormus and would recommend it on Charlize Theron's performance alone (she blew everyone else away in this film) but I would not recommend repeated viewings.

StrangeLand (Widescreen) [Import]
StrangeLand (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Kevin Gage
Price: CDN$ 10.95
20 used & new from CDN$ 6.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars or..... the good, the bad, the ugly, July 1 2004
Although this horror flick was predictable and the pretentious monologues by Capt Howdy/Carlton Hendricks were a bit hokey - I gotta say I liked it overall. Dee Synder did an excellent job as the villian. All of the acting was pretty good if you ignore the father's cop partner (who was funny, although unintentionally so). Some of the characters were amusing (Freddy Kuger as a redneck, fountain of knowledge tow truck driver and the bible thumping woman) but not so for the underlying menace of the movie. It wasn't an over-the-top gore fest but nasty all the same. The mutilation of the victims was horrorific and the story had some depth if you care to reach (true purpose of body modification, issue of insanity and medicated sanity, etc.) and despite some holes - a watchable film that could have been much better given more time (as in running longer than 90 mins.) and a tighter script.

Stick Shift
Stick Shift
by Mary Leo
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read, July 1 2004
I've read a few others in the Flipside series and on a whole, they are a great read - a perfect mix of romance and humor. This story fell way short. The heroine and the entire surrounding characters were interesting but the hero was a big bland nothing. There was no real development of the love story and I couldn't have cared less what happened to him. I was fascinated by the female lead, her wacky co-workers and meddling mother - the author just needed a better male lead.

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