The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

So another e-book this week! My 56 is from Love, Chocolate and Beer by Violet Duke, which initially intrigued me with the title. I enjoyed the read, but I don’t think I will continue with the series.

I did like how the novella giving the storyline setup was included at the beginning, and the scenes were rich, the characters vibrant (although Luke did seem a little too flawless). Quite a nice read, in all.

 

 FRIDAY 56:

“Yeah,” he interrupted sadly, “everyone knew you didn’t care about Valentine’s Day.”

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

“The cave where romance goes into hibernation!”
Dani Dobson practically spewed the water she’d been sipping on all over her computer screen as she repeated the insulting description of her brewpub – or ‘beer joint’ as it had been so asininely referenced in the article.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

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The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

A few days ago I read this charming novella, Falling for Emma by Alix Nichols. It was, as you might expect, a very quick read. But I was impressed with how much the author managed to portray in the short story – two main characters with a true sense of identity and history. If you fancy an enjoyable story but only have time for a quick read, I can definitely recommend this novella.

 

 FRIDAY 56:

This was better than flying in her sleep.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

Cyril Tellier Swigged his beer.
His third one, to be exact.
To be even more exact, he was downing his third beer before noon.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

I’m part of the way through reading Never Say Spy by Diane Henders. It’s an interesting read, with a bit of mystery, sassy characters and good pace.

 

FRIDAY 56:

Daisy Duke meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

French-kissing the hot guy in my fantasy seemed like a good idea at the time.
I could have really enjoyed it, too, if my head didn’t hurt so damn much. When I touched the sore spot, my fingertips showed a little smear of blood, but I puzzled over that for less than a second before I returned my attention to the much more interesting subject at hand.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

Currently I am reading a sci-fi romance cross-over by Ruby Lionsdrake. I’ve read somewhere that this is the author Lindsay Buroker under another name. Mercenary Instinct is the first book in The Mandrake Company series.

The story is interesting, the characters believable and the world well thought out. One thing I especially like is the wonderful camaraderie between members of the Mandrake crew, making their interactions much more realistic. I also like that each character has a sense of individual personality.

My only critical comment about this book is that a character called Striker is referred to as Strider instead on a few occasions. It caused me some confusion and I had to re-read the sections before I realised it was a mistake and not some suddenly introduced character.

 

Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake

FRIDAY 56:

Sure, they might have been protecting their investment, but the result was that Ankari and the others weren’t being mauled by horny brutes who couldn’t even keep their hands to themselves in the pouring rain in the middle of a predator-filled jungle.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

Ankari Markovich dangled from a rope, making faces as she chiseled fossilized gunk from the walls of a twenty-thousand-year-old latrine shaft.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

Last week my 56 was from Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt, but this week’s excerpt is from the second book in the same series. Starcrossed follows on directly from the plot of the first book and introduces some new characters.

I did enjoy the read, but I did feel the first book was much more enjoyable. Also, the ultimatum Marsha gives near the end of the book was something I’d been thinking “why doesn’t she do this?” since about half-way through.

 

FRIDAY 56:

Sean got out of the car and I followed. He turned toward my house, like he was planning to walk to the door with me, but I shook my head.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

“Here, boy, hang this up.” Allister Adair tosses his cashmere coat at me and continues talking on his cell while my parents just stand politely by.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

This week my 56 is from the book I am currently reading. Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt is an interesting blend of YA romance and sci-fi. It kinda works, but the first quarter of the book is extremely different to the rest of it. There are some niggles (like the over-use of the word “gorgeous”) but it is fairly enjoyable so far. I have to say, the main character gets a bit on my nerves every now and then, but that’s probably the “I’m a socially awkward nobody” attitude she has. Other than this, the characters are quite relatable.

 

FRIDAY 56:

In a couple of months the corn would all be stubble, the harvest complete, but for now, this spot was as secluded as the heart of a forest.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

I boarded the bus on the first day of school with a weird sense of anticipation. Even after nine years as the class dork, I couldn’t quite squelch a fizzy little hope that this year would be different.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

Over the last two days, I’ve been reading the ebook Balanced on the Blade’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker on my kindle. It’s the first book in the Dragon Blood series and I have to say, I really did love it. This is one of those books that I found difficult to put down, always wanting to know what happens next.

The characters have their own quirks and mannerisms and the gentle humour in a lot of their interactions makes them all the more believable. The plot was intriguing and the world is very unique. Despite most of the story being set on an icy mountain, a lot happens in a short space of time and the reader is always kept interested.

I’m curious to see where the story goes next and, after having liked this book so much, I have added the second book in the series to my TBR list. I think there are now four in the series.

 

FRIDAY 56:

The owl was gone in the morning. Ridge probably would have discovered this himself eventually, but he was still snuggled under the parkas with Sardelle when the shout came from outside. He sat up and shivered at the cold air that blasted him. His poor soldiers had doubtlessly had a less enjoyable night than he, so he wouldn’t complain.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

Colonel Ridge Zirkander had walked the hall to General Ort’s office so many times he suspected his boots were responsible for the threadbare state of the drab grey carpet runner. The two privates standing guard on either side of the door were too well trained to exchange knowing smirks, but that didn’t mean gossip of this meeting wouldn’t be all over the citadel by noon.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon