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  1. Email me at frominhere@gmail.com and tell me something about you’re reading goals for the rest of the year. Doing this earns you 5 entries.
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Book Review

Savage Predator
by Felicity Brandon & Delta James

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

“Savage Predator” is the third book in the ‘Masters of the Deep’ series by Felicity Brandon and Delta James. These paranormal romances feature shark shifters, a concept with bite! The series has an overall story line, and within that each book focuses on a different couple. You can enjoy this book as a standalone and will still be able to understand what’s going on in the bigger story, but I think you do get more out of it in that regard if you’ve read the previous books.

Flynn is usually content with his life. The sea gives him peace, mission and everything regarding the Kracken give him purpose, the other men on his Navy SEAL team are his family and friends. he has no trouble finding a willing partner when he’s in the mood to be with a woman. But very recently he’s been feeling a sense of disquiet; and to be honest with himself, he’s envying the relationships two of his teammates are enjoying. When he sees a beautiful woman across the ground a huge resort Flynn can’t figure out why he’s so powerfully drawn to her – it’s an unfamiliar feeling. Devon is an extremely successful Navy lawyer. Sent to the Mexican resort to investigate the assassination of her mentor, an Admiral, she quickly discovers that there’s more to the terrible event than she’d even suspected … and she already had a lot of suspicions.  One thing – one tall, handsome thing – she never expected was to meet a man like Flynn. Her overwhelming feeling of connection to him is unprecedented.

When Flynn and Devon actually meet, the attraction they both felt separately is magnified and their relationship blazes into existence. It naturally falls into a D/s power exchange dynamic … which turns out to be quite the opposite of their respective positions in the Navy chain of command. Even more complicated than that, however, is the fact that Flynn is somehow involved in Devon’s investigation. As the pieces slowly fall into place, the intensity of the story keeps increasing. Multiple twists and turns add to the overall intrigue. The secondary characters are interesting and provide some lighthearted moments. The ending of the book was good, and positions us perfectly for the next one in the series. i never even imagined something like ‘shark shifters’ before this series, and now I’m looking forward to learning more about the next one.

Determined, Desolate, Dangerous.

Flynn Michaels lived for the sea and for solitude. Only his call to the Kracken eclipsed his yearning for the pull of the tide. His fellow SEALs are his family, His duty his joy.
Until she crashed into his life. And everything changed.

Savage Predator is a paranormal romance with steamy heat in and out of the bedroom for mature readers.


About Felicity Brandon:

Giving strong women alpha antiheroes!

If you love ruthless heroes, feisty heroines and a satisfying happy ending, you’re in the right place.

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About Delta James:

As a USA Today bestselling romance author, Delta James aims to captivate readers with stories about complex heroines and the dominant alpha males who adore them. For Delta, romance is more than just a love story; it’s a journey with challenges and thrills along the way.

After creating a second chapter for herself that was dramatically better than the first, Delta now resides in Virginia where she relaxes on warm summer evenings with her loveable pack of basset hounds as they watch the birds of prey soaring overhead and the fireflies dancing in the fading light. When not crafting fast-paced tales, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and white-water rafting.

Her readers mean the world to her, and Delta tries to interact personally to as many messages as she can. If you’d like to chat or discuss books, you can find Delta on Instagram, Facebook, and in her private reader group https://www.facebook.com/groups/348982795738444

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The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

First published nearly a decade ago, “The Rosie Project”  by Graeme Simsion is a great book to enjoy when you’re looking for a laugh with some serious undertones. It’s an ‘opposites attract’ romance that works largely because of the strong, effective characters within it. The story is told by Don, giving us a direct window into his thought processes and feelings.  Don has Asperger’s Syndrome, a very high functioning condition on the autism spectrum. At one point, Don says he likes his environment to be controlled. That’s a big understatement; he really likes everything in his life to be precisely the same from day to day.

Don is an associate professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne, He’s brilliant in his work but inept at social situations. Currently, he’s having something of a midlife crisis and wants to find a wife. He’s tried many of the usual ways of meeting someone – personal ads, online dating, chatting to women in bars, and so on. Unfortunately, since he’s disastrously awkward in social situations, nothing has worked. In fact, all his efforts have failed spectacularly. Entertaining accounts of Don’s social missteps are likely to make you laugh out loud.

Since Don thinks like the scientist he is, he decides to use what he knows and take a scientific approach to what he labels ‘The Wife Project’ and find a spouse that way. Not long after he begins, one of Don’s only friends sends a mature student named Rosie to see him about a project, and Dan misunderstands it to be regarding The Wife Project.  Rosie is really seeking to find out who her dad is and that’s why she needs help from a geneticist. Rosie dresses like a biker, works in a gay bar, and is totally street-wise. She’s also studying psychology. Don determines she’s totally unsuited to be his wife but agrees to help her in her own quest. They start spending time together with assorted unusual outcomes. She somehow manages to get him to be less socially awkward, and he starts to see her as extremely desirable.

Don and Rosie each begin to have romantic feelings for the other, but instead of it being a happy experience, there’s frustration (and even confusion) because Don can’t understand what’s happening. That nearly leads to Rosie and Don cutting off contact with one another. Because everything is told from Don’s point of view, the tone of the story is frequently bewildered, analytical, and pensive. After all, he’s a reasoned and rational man who’s confused and confounded by emotionally driven people and their therefore irrational behavior – and love isn’t rational.

The dialogue in this story is done well, but I was surprised to find no hints of Australian dialect factors at all. Were it not for a few geographical mentions, one would have no idea where the story was set. I’m sure the author had his reasons, but it just seemed odd.

Rosie is the opposite of the woman Don’s Wife Project questionnaire suggested he wanted for his spouse, yet she’s the only woman with whom he falls in love. It doesn’t make sense to his logical mind, but he can’t deny the truth of it. Rosie learns that Don expresses love differently than most people do. She understands him, so she knows that he does actually love her – even if his ‘love language’ is new to her. At its core, this is a romance novel, so Don and Rosie get the happy conclusion we expect – and we’re lucky enough to enjoy the journey with them.

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical – most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent – and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie – and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

A 2018 RUSA “Listen-Alike” for ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE


About Graeme Simsion:

Graeme C. Simsion is an Australian author, screenwriter, playwright and data modeller. Prior to becoming an author, Simsion was an information systems consultant, co-authoring the book Data Modelling Essentials, and worked in wine distribution.

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I won’t let go
by Rascal Flatts

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Poetry Corner

I measure every Grief I meet (561)
by Emily Dickinson

About the author

(Excerpt is taken from; https://poets.org/poet/emily-dickinson)

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but only for one year. Her father, Edward Dickinson, was actively involved in state and national politics, serving in Congress for one term. Her brother, Austin, who attended law school and became an attorney, lived next door with his wife, Susan Gilbert. Dickinson’s younger sister, Lavinia, also lived at home, and she and Austin were intellectual companions for Dickinson during her lifetime.

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