Friday, 27 March 2020

Audio: For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley

Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Besotted Scots Series, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-28-20
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

Slaps them both. Oh ye fools of little faith!

Lucy wants to live after having spent her life in one place. She also has an idiot for an uncle, and a nice cousin.

Kieran has his own troubles. I did read some of the previous books, but I can't really remember why they fled Scotland. Oh well I do not need too, all I know is that he left someone behind who had hurt him.

They meet, they become reluctant friends, cos men and women can be friends! They get the hots for each other, but do nothing cos they are idiots. Are ye blind and stupid!

Then there is the plot with her enormous dowry and her uncle wanting to marry her off. There I lost a bit of trust for her, Kieran is a good man, stop fighting that. Your uncle is a psycho! Think woman!

Suddenly in the plot there were 2 other love stories too, and at those times I feel cheated cos I can't see how it happened and I always feel they deserve their own story.

I did like it, but I also wanted to slap some sense into them. Lucy went a bit too far in her thinking at times, Kieran I can forgive cos he fell for her.

I do like Anthony as the narrator. I have listened to a ton of Scottish romances with him so I do like her Scottish accent ;) he does them well and make them fun listening too. Sadly there were only one Scot, I know, heartbreaking

After a sheltered upbringing, Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe is finally embarking on her first season, eager to experience everything she's missed. When Lucy realizes that her uncle plans to quickly marry her off in exchange for a slice of her fortune, she begs a favor of a new acquaintance, Ciaran Ramsey. 

If Lucy remains single until she turns 21, she - and her money - will be out of her uncle's power. All the charming Scot needs to do is woo her for six weeks, and then jilt her...

The Ramseys don't need the scandal of a false engagement attached to their name. But Lucy's older suitor is both distasteful and dangerous, and Ciaran can't allow his lovely friend to be forced to marry such a man. And besides, the more time Ciaran spends with his new "betrothed," the more their ruse begins to feel very much like the real thing. 

Passion like this is impossible to feign, but how much is a rogue willing to risk for love?

Thursday, 26 March 2020

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

Hardcover, First U.S., 336 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House
Series: Veronica Speedwell #4
Historical mystery

I devoured this one! More more more, until I was done. The sexual tension was killing me, just jump each other!!! Definitely the best one so far.

I do not know what it was. I slipped into the book, I could not put it down. The lightness, the mystery, the flirting, oh my, it was just the distraction that I needed right now!

Veronica goes with Stoker's brother to an island. She wants to watch a butterflies, he is wondering who killed someone. Better take Veronica with you since she can solve mysteries. And obvi Stoker will follow as his brother flirts too much with Veronica. Oh how I wish Stoker and Veronica would get their act together!

Nonstop greatness that had me hooked until the end! Must have more now!

Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée—much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.

As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund...

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Audio: Love Hard by Nalini Singh

Narrated by: Justine O. Keef
Series: Hard Play, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 03-10-20
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Contemporary romance
For review

Aww all the feels! This was a book that I need right now. A couple who are perfect for each other. Drama that makes sense. Feelings that make sense. And love that hits all the right spots.

Jake is a rugby star, a widower with a kid, and very prim and proper because he feels he has to set a good example.

Juliet was married to an idiot cricket player, she got a rep as a WAG, and the tabloids still keep an eye on her. But it was all her idiot ex fault. Now she keep all her focus on work.

They knew each other as teens and got on each other's nerves. Now they meet as adults and still get on each other's nerves, but other feelings also come out. All the right feelings!

There is some drama as she thinks her bad rep will spoil his good rep. Oh you silly woman, Jake is a keeper.

It was just so good, I could not stop listening. I heard her voice in my head. Oh all these Singh book have been so good. I do think I like her contemporary even more than her pnr ones

Justine O.Keef is amazing as the narrator. The male voices, the female voices, the accent (ok I assume so, I should check ). She is perfect and the book is a joy to listen at 

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.

As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against loneliness and rejection. Years later, having kicked a cheating sports-star ex to the curb, she has a prestigious job and loyal friends—and wants nothing to do with sportsmen. The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend.

Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

March 24th: Spring Break no post (or create your own post)
Latest DNF post

It was all I could think of

The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick 
I found it reeeeeally hard getting into this audiobook.

A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian 
I kept jumping to other books so in the end I gave up

The Pilot & the Puck-Up by Pippa Grant
She was strangely occupied from keeping her 26 year old sister from boinking, what was up with that?

I am so sad, it was a bit too much for me.

She was unlikable.
He was too much

Monday, 23 March 2020

Carole's Monday: Serenade

Serenade (The Nightmusic Trilogy, #1)
Author: Heather McKenzie 
Title: Serenade
(The Nightmusic Trilogy #1)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 346 
Published: April 17th 2017
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)

Teenage heiress Kaya experiences her first taste of freedom when she’s kidnapped from her sheltered life. But as she forms an unlikely connection with her abductor, Luke, her adventure takes a strange turn.

There is nothing magical about growing up in a mountainside castle, when it’s your prison. Kaya’s ruthless and powerful father keeps her under lock and key, watched every second of the day–and Kaya’s not really sure why. She’s just a normal girl…no one special. She doesn’t understand her father’s obsession with her safety – until she is kidnapped.

Dragged through a brutal wilderness, Kaya’s captor shows her the devastating truth, and even though he has dark secrets of his own, she is inexplicably drawn to him–when the stars are in your eyes, sometimes the line between right and wrong is blurred. Passion obliterates common sense. Love... makes you reckless.

As Kaya's father’s men and her devoted bodyguard scour the woods to find her, she wonders if staying in the arms of her abductor is the safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is saying—her head is saying run…

This has been collecting virtual dust on my kindle for a while now. Finally, time to buckle down and read this. 

The story follows Kaya who is held like a captive in her own home by her father. The moment she thinks she finds happiness in the arms of one of her guards, she is swept away by kidnappers. As she is being dragged through the wilderness, Kaya finds true freedom and love. 

OooooooOOOooooOOOoooo Kaya. You are a true victim here. She is a Stockholm queen. She falls in love with one of the guards at home and then immediately falls in love with one of her captors. Poor sweet girl. She is 17/18 so I get it. If I counted all the times I thought I was in love at that age I would still be counting by the end of this review. Oh the youth. 

I was intrigued by this story until about halfway and then I really couldn't get myself to care. I felt bad for Kaya. I want her to be alone and free for a while. Not surrounded by overly protective dudes. She is not truly free. Maybe book 2 she will rise as a strong independent woman. Yes, you can love someone and be a strong woman. 

But yea - this was not what I was hoping for. I feel meh about this overall. It wasn't horrible, but not for me. I'll give this 2 stars. 


- #13 for NOT US/UK setting

Friday, 20 March 2020

Audio: Undone by Kelly Rimmer

Narrated by: Rock Engle, Lidia Dornet
Series: Start Up in the City Series, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-25-20
Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
For review
Contemporary romance

This book suffered a bit cos of Corona, I mean who could stay of the net while trying to listen? I know I know, my bad!

I couldn't really get behind Jess, sure late in the book we do learn why she doesn't want something steady. And yes I get it, but you know, if you actually talk about it then maybe things can work out.

Jake is a sweetie. Omg, why did he keep trying? I would have moved on.

Commitment phobic with issues from the past meets dreamguy, smexy times, hearts broken. Second chance and last chance.

I was actually more interested in her best friend, he needs a hea. Jess was really hard to like when I tried to get under her skin.

I did like it, at other times it suffered do to googling, but then if I really enjoy something maybe I would't let my mind wander. A tough one, yes I liked it, and at the same time I wasn't all convinced. I still can't see these two together.

Two narrators, which worked well as they could do their own voices. But I could have done with more distinct ones at times

The only vow she's ever been prepared to make is not to say "I do".

Running a major tech company without breaking a sweat? No problem. But being bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding is giving Jess Cohen a bad case of the jitters. Maybe that's because she'll have to face the groom's brother, Jake, who Jess dumped mercilessly, unable to tell him the truth about her past. Jake, who's loyal, loving and all wrong for someone who refuses to be tied down. If only Jess's heart could remember that.

Jake Winton spent four months secretly dating Jess, and the past two years trying - and failing - to forget her. He'd been ready to propose, convinced Jess was every bit as in love with him as he was with her. Now he's sure their connection is still there, sizzling and undeniable. Whatever she's holding back, he can handle - if only she'll trust him with her secrets, her fears and her heart.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

No such thing as Dasher and The warlord and the Nightingale

I never really got the feel for this one, it should have been a full novel. i need to try those instead cos her historicals are amazing

Hanzo the karakuri puppet maker is summoned to Koriya Castle to build a mysterious device for a fearsome warlord. Within the walls, he encounters a beautiful courtesan who must sing from dusk until dawn to chase away nightmares. Caught in a madman’s domain, will Hanzo find his escape, or sacrifice himself for the sake of love?

A classic fairy-tale retold with a steampunk twist in feudal Japan.

Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Published July 4th 2015 by Jeannie Lin
Series: The Gunpowder Chronicles #2.5

For Avery, her holiday duties as a forest ranger oftentimes involve tracking revelers who have lost their way in her wilderness domain. After a camper clashes with a reindeer, however, Avery is shocked to discover the creature is defended not by Santa, but by the formidable, yet gentle, shapeshifting Lord of the Forest.

Can the magic of the forest bring together a ranger and a supernatural being, or is Avery destined to celebrate yet another Christmas alone?

Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published November 13th 2017 by Raven Queen Publications
PNR own

Carole was reading this so I read it too.

A woman starts talking to a nekkid guy in the woods.
Next time they meet they kiss.

She knows what he is almost at once,

She hits her head a lot.

Is she insane? She might just be and this antler guy is a figment of her imagination.

Is this a romance? Nope. She kissed a guy through her windshield and liked it

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Audio: Yes no Maybe So by Albertalli and Saeed

I should have written this at once, but you know, the pandemic, I have been occupied.

Jamie wants to make a difference, but he is not good with people. He is a volunteer and mostly stays inside. He is a bit of a klutz and honestly feels like a really good guy.

Maya doesn't care for all that, she is more busy trying to spend time with her bestie. Oh and I did not like her bestie, she was all about herself and didn't even notice the stuff Maya was going through, like her parents moving apart, and later a bill that would ban headdress in public spaces.

They go canvassing together. They become great friends. Maya can't date because dating should lead to marriage. They do start to fall for each other, and it feels so real, cos it is slow growing from friendship. There is talk about politics since the other guy is a deuce. Politics, racism and more.

I enjoyed it.

I also liked that there were two narrators, and there are also two authors. It works really well, and I enjoyed both narrators.

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate - as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone) Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes...until he meets Maya. 
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing - with some awkward dude she hardly knows - is beyond her. 
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer - and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

TMST: Lucky finds

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

March 17th: Lucky finds: what book(s) do you consider a lucky find?

Oh this is hard. I do read A LOT. And I do not want to mention books that I have found on blogs, hmmm.

I found Jonathan French's Grey Bastards at a book changing table. Free! So I took it even though someone had once said it wasn't for me, and it totally was for me!

This is hard, everything I read has been recced one way or another.

I am going back in time to Magician by Raymond E.Feist. I loved fantasy, but I had never read in English so I read it and fell in love with a new world. An reading in English world. Which is probably why I still love the book more than anything else. All thanks to my library.

At times I still think about Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. It was scary in a real way. What is beyond a dark window....

Thorn by Intisar Khanani, in 2015 it was free on amazon and still today it is the best self pubbed book I have ever read. I plan to listen to it now in March as it has been released through Harper. Wish me luck!

Every book I look at is makes me all, oh yes I was recced this one on a blog, and this one. Wow, you have all made me read A lot of books. And then there are review books, which lucky finds? Nah.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, I found it at the library, and it made me fall in love with UF, pre blogging days so I did not even know what UF was or where I could find it

WHeel of time by Robert Jordan, my in to fantasy.

My mum's Harlequin book. My love of romance started

Monday, 16 March 2020

Carole's Monday: The waxwork Corpse

The Waxwork Corpse (Charles Holborne #5)
Author: Simon Michael
Title: The Waxwork Corpse
(Charles Holborne #5)
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 336 
Published: December 23rd 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

London, 1965

Charles Holborne, maverick barrister, will never fit in at the Bar; he is too working-class, too Jewish and too dangerous.

But that makes him the perfect outsider to prosecute a shocking murder case which has already made its way to the press.

By chance, a body was found, dumped in a lake. It had clearly been there for some time, but the conditions in the water have meant that it was nearly perfectly preserved.

The police have managed to match this ‘waxwork corpse’ to a missing woman and if her husband — a senior judge — was the one who killed her, the scandal threatens to rock the British justice to its foundations.

The waxwork corpse is not the only thing to be raised from the past. The investigation also dredges up a violent mistake made by Charles in his youth which, if revealed, could put his own life at stake…

I was super intrigued by this one. Luckily it works well as a standalone! 

The story follows Charles Holborne who is a maverick barrister. He is too working-class and too Jewish for the Bar. This makes him perfect to prosecute a shocking murder case that has made it to the press and the main suspect is a senior judge who was the husband of the missing woman. Along with all of this, a violent mistake made by Charles in the 40s is being unburied. If revealed, could put his own life at stake.

This was intense and I could hardly put it down. I liked Charles of course, but I was more intrigued by the murder investigation and then the trial. I kept catching myself yelling at the book or gasping (much to my boyfriend's annoyance who had the utter mistake of asking what was up because then I had to try and explain all the drama! I think he was secretly amused and curious because he did ask how it ended later on). 

So good. So good. I haven't read such a great thriller in a while. I am so happy this did well as a standalone. I am curious about the others now. Like I said...I like Charles and I am curious about him and some of the other mysteries. 

I was worried about the mix of the murder mystery and the trial because one aspect is usually too quick or overshadows the other. But I think we had enough time to investigate and then see the trial play out. Perfect blend there. 

AND THAT TWIST! WOW! Didn't see that coming. Kuddos to the author there. 

All-in-all, I really loved this book. It was sooooooooooo good and if you like mysteries/thrillers, then I highly recommend this one. I'll give this 5 stars. 

Friday, 13 March 2020

Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell

Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 2019 by Hot Key Books
Series: Spellslinger #5'

Gonna make it short :)

I can't recall if it was book 4 alone, or book 3 and 4 that felt like  a bump in the road. A big enough bump that I didn't even mean to read more. But for some reason I did and I am glad I did. Book 5 was good again, good that it felt like being back with the beginning of the series. It was Kellen at his best.

Kellen and the best sidekick ever, Reichis, the foulmouthed best, are in trouble again. And then he gets embroiled in plot upon plots. He is the joker in the deck and he might help an empire, or bring it down.

Kellen is great and it does show that he has become older. Reichis on the other hand is still a monster.

The Daroman Empire, oh the plots upon plots. Everyone wants to kill someone, but who wants to kill X and why? And then there are neighboring states that are plotting too.

A fun ride! I wish I had the last book now!

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag - an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he's put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he'll be given clemency by those who take power. But when Kellen comes face-to-face with the eleven year-old monarch, he realises she's vastly smarter than he expected - and in a great deal more danger.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Educated by Tara Westover

Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Windmill Books 

I am a bit torn when it comes to this book. I was really bored by page 40 and gave up for some time, then I read a bit more because I had chosen this for my book club. Then I finished it so I would have something to talk about.

But did I like it? Eh. It had good points and low points. I did feel the author was too detached in her writing. When it comes to nonfic I want to feel their pain.

I also feel that she has to be the smarts person in the world. She had no real education at all, she did not know math, and she thought herself trig in a month. She did not understand that she had to read a book for class and not just look at the photos, and still she got a PHD. So what I learned is that if you study real hard then you can do anything! Nope, I am still pretty stupid.

I do hope she got some more professional help regarding her brother because she needs closure for sure. And this sounds bad but those parts where the best parts, because here it really showed how her life had been. A mentally unstable brother and father. And how her whole world falls apart.

While the uni part frankly made me feel pretty dumb.

So can I see why everyone was talking about this one? Not really. Would I recommend it? Nah. But hey this was my non fic of the year, well of last year cos I did not read one then.

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.

She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist.

As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Audio: Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Series: The Ravenels, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-18-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

The narrator was great. She is perfect for his rom. Her voices are great and she made me fall into this world and I did not want to leave.

Well this was cute! I did like that they talked a lot, I actually believed that they fell for each other, and not just fell in love in a night. Or fell in love in a week when they had not even talked. Nope, they talk.

Severin, omg, did I actually read somewhere that she described him as a socipath...ok. Well, I mean he is weird. Not in contact with his feelings, he is logical, smart, ruthless. He is not lovable. Why did I then like him? Mostly cos he liked Cassandra. He fell for her, he then avoided her because damn it, feelings! Feelings are evil. He doesn't want feelings.

Did I like the plot with the kid? I mean in a way, in another way not, it was like trying to make him human.

Cassandra then, she was a sweet whirlwind who wanted a loving husband, a home in the country and peace. I liked her at once.

So, yes she wants one thing, he wants another thing. They are not made to be.

The drama there is was good. Sometimes it just feels silly you know, but here it makes sense. 

I liked it :) What more can I say.

I have forgotten to talk about covers, and this one is pretty. But that is not Cassandra, she is just more

Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything - or anyone - is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife - and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love - the one thing he can’t give.

Everything except her....

Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win.

When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra’s reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he’s been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants - or does he? There’s one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride:

Never underestimate a Ravenel.

The chase for Cassandra’s hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun....

Tuesday, 10 March 2020


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

March 10th: Do you enjoy anthologies?

I usually write these on Sunday, but I must have forgotten!

Ok, so sure, at times. I never go out of my way to get one. If I find one, then yes, if I am sent one, then yes, but most of the time some are meh, some are good, some are too short.


Monday, 9 March 2020

Carole's Monday: The road to Delano

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The Road to Delano
Author: John DeSimone
Title: The Road to Delano
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: ebook
Pages: 320 
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Jack Duncan is a high school senior whose dream is to play baseball in college and beyond―as far away from Delano as possible. He longs to escape the political turmoil surrounding the labor struggles of the striking fieldworkers that infests his small ag town. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died under suspicious circumstances ten years earlier, he’s had to be the sole emotional support of his mother, who has kept secrets from him about his father’s involvement in the ongoing labor strife.

With their property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it so he and his mother don’t become homeless. On the road, an old friend of his father’s shows up and hands him the police report indicating Jack’s father was murdered. Jack is compelled to dig deep to discover the entire truth, which throws him into the heart of the corruption endemic in the Central Valley. Everything he has dreamed of is at stake if he can’t control his impulse for revenge.

While Jack’s girlfriend, the intelligent and articulate Ella, warns him not to so anything to jeopardize their plans of moving to L.A., after graduation, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, a star player on the team, to help to save his mother’s land. When Jack’s efforts to rescue a stolen piece of farm equipment leaves Adrian―the son of a boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez―in a catastrophic situation, Jack must bail his friend out of his dilemma before it ruins his future prospects. Jack uses his wits, his acumen at card playing, and his boldness to raise the money to spring his friend, who has been transformed by his jail experience.

I was intrigued by this the moment I seen the cover and read the blurb. I had to get my hands on this one!

The story follows Jack years after his father died. Jack is a High Schooler who wants to play baseball in college and maybe even go pro. He wants to escape the political turmoil surrounding his town but he is the only thing his mother has left. But secrets are about to come to life and change everything and possibly ruin everything. 

This was pretty intense at times. I felt for Jack and Adrian. I felt for all the poor people who just want basic worker rights. They are human for goodness sake! Not sure even why this is an issue. Sighs people can really suck. 

There is a lot of drama going on and I was hooked. I had to find out what was going to happen. I had a bad feeling something BAD was going to happen to one of the characters we loved. I did worry for them, but Jack is smart and I had faith in him. Honestly, I would want him on my side.

There were a few spots that seemed to drag on a bit for me. Like speed bumps. But once you get past those few spots, I was flying again and not wanting to put it down. 

OoooOOOooo that ending! SOBS. I will not say, but it came out of left field for me. It was good and the twist got me, but then it just ended. I WANT MORE!!!!!!! 

Overall, I was hooked to this story. I simply just wanted everyone to be happy and all the silly political drama to end. Just give the people their basic human rights! I worried for our characters, but Jack is smart and I had faith in him. The ending was shocking. I'll give this 3 stars overall. Worth the read for sure!


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