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Tangled (The Tangled Series Book 1)
Tangled (The Tangled Series Book 1)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic..., 14 Jun 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. It was witty, funny and a cracking story about one guy's experience of falling in love. Written from a man's perspective, i wasn't sure if I would like it, but Drew Evans is so sure that he's got the whole dating thing sussed that I had to keep reading to see how one woman in the shape of Kate Brooks would make hims topple. The book opens where he's already fallen for her, but he thinks he has the flu. This chapter is really funny.

Drew is an investment banker and when Kate joins the firm, he knows he has to have her, even though it breaks one of his golden rules about not sleeping with anyone from his office. For Kate, he's prepared to make an exception. Drew works hard and plays hard and normally keeps both areas of his life separate, and he is only ever out for a good time and never sleeps with anyone more than once. There is one small problem, however, Kate is engaged to someone else, and says she isn't interested. Drew knows she is and begins to pursue her.

Both Drew and Kate are strong characters and the dialogue between them is snappy and witty. You just want to keep reading. They match each other perfectly both inside and outside of the bedroom.

For a debut novel this is excellent and I would love to read more from Emma Chase.

Fun, sexy modern romance :)


Skullcandy Ink'd 2.0 In-Ear Headphones - Black/Red
Skullcandy Ink'd 2.0 In-Ear Headphones - Black/Red
Offered by AVIDES
Price: 13.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money..., 31 May 2013
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Really pleased with these Skullcandy 2.0 In-Ear Headphones. They come with two sets of different sized buds which are easy to change. I opted for the smaller ones as they sit further into the ear, therefore giving a better listening experience. If you've never used these type of in-ear phones before, make sure you insert them a bit like ear plugs. Lift the ear up and out as you insert them and then they'll stay there until you take them out.

I've had a few different types of these over the years. I'm no sound expert but I do like my music, and of course, not all ear-phones produce the same result. Have to say these Skullcandy ones are my new favourites. Up until now, I'd been using 'Jays a-jay two' inner ear-phones, and they were pretty decent, but these Skullcandy are not only cheaper, but imo are better. They have better base - much deeper - and a clearer sound quality. I compared the same song between both sets and the Skullcandy definitely came out on top. I listened to a track by the group Within Temptation, a symphonic metal band. These ear-phones dealt with the contrast of the sweet melody of the female lead, the deep base and rich operatic sound of the song track superbly. If they can cope with that, they can cope with most things. They are also good with the spoken word, providing a clear, life-like sound, not tinny or muffled.

They also have a flat cable making them virtually tangle free.

There may well be better ear-phones out there, but for price and quality combined, I don't think these can be beaten.

Very happy :)


Skullcandy MixMaster DJ 2.0 Over-Ear Headphones with Mic - Matte Black
Skullcandy MixMaster DJ 2.0 Over-Ear Headphones with Mic - Matte Black
Price: 161.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive..., 29 May 2013
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My initial impression of these Over Ear Headphones is great. The box and packaging are beautifully designed which might be something to keep in mind if this is a gift. The headphones themselves come in a sturdy semi-solid case to protect them. Everything easily fits inside this case, both the cables and folding headphones. The little MIC remote control built into the straight cable is extremely useful because you can pause a track, skip a track and alter the volume really easily without having to fumble with your iPod. These headphones have been made specifically for the iPod, iphone and iPad and have been certified to meet Apple's performance standards.

The sound quality is superb and I was able to hear many notes and subtleties in my music which I hadn't heard before, creating a wonderful, musical, listening experience. Particularly, I was able to hear base notes in tracks which weren't really base driven. In tracks with a lot of base, it was booming :)

The only reason that I dropped a star was that I felt for this price point, they could have been a little more comfortable. I found them a little heavy, but i'm used to in ear-phones so I may just take a little while to get used to them.

Recommended :)


Shiver
Shiver
Price: 3.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great..., 18 May 2013
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This review is from: Shiver (Kindle Edition)
'Shiver' is a love story between a werewolf called Sam and a girl called Grace. Right from the beginning we know that as a child Grace was bitten too but never 'changed.' Ever since, though, she has been fascinated by the wolves who live in the wood just outside her home, and one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Sam and Grace meet for the first time when she finds him human, naked and with a gunshot wound to his neck just outside her kitchen door one evening. She instantly recognises him by his yellow eyes and knows instinctively that he is the wolf she has been watching. From this point we are drawn into Sam's world and the story progresses at a good pace.

For me this novel could have been great but fell down on things which could have been easily fixed. The book began well and the atmosphere was mysterious, beautiful and filled with tense anticipation from the very first page. The writing was at times exquisite especially in the opening chapters. 'Shiver' had an easy reading style and I loved the wolves and the world they inhabited. The descriptions of them 'changing' form were particularly well done. The dialogue between the characters was adequate and the love story, sweet and tender, and at one point, tear jerking.

However, for me, there was room for improvement. Firstly the descriptions of what the characters actually looked like, how tall and short they were was sadly lacking. This should have been basic stuff, and as one other reviewer mentioned, we are told nothing of Grace's appearance apart from her blonde hair. It was also a little convenient that Grace's parents were always out and never realized they had a house guest in the form of Sam on various occasions. Neither were they home on the night Sam was shot, and afterwards he could come and go to Grace's house, undetected by them.

There were also a couple of plot holes. At a very tense moment in the story Grace phones another character, but I couldn't see any reason why she would have this person's phone number. She didn't know this person, only his name through Sam and had never met him, yet once again conveniently has his number on speed dial on her phone at just the right moment!! Also it is never explained why Sam changed when he got shot. For me these are points which could have been tidied up and made 'Shiver' a much better novel.

That all said, I did enjoy it but don't think i'll be purchasing the next ones.

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The Last Summer
The Last Summer
by Judith Kinghorn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.16

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Summer..., 30 April 2013
This review is from: The Last Summer (Paperback)
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This debut novel centres around Deyning Park House and the fortunes of its family. It tells the story of 17 year old Clarissa and Tom who is the housekeeper's son. They fall in love one summer just before the outbreak of World War 1. For reasons of the vast differences in their class, there can be no future for them together.

This book is written in the first person, a style which I particularly like. I feel you can always get closer to what makes a character tick that way. The characterisation is good and the prose is elegant. The book covers almost a generation, at a time of immense social and political upheaval, and we see both characters change and 'grow up.' The reader is quickly caught up in Clarissa and Tom's story.

An excellent read, especially for fans of historical fiction and, of course, Downton Abbey.


Highway To Heaven - Season One [UK DVD]
Highway To Heaven - Season One [UK DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Landon
Offered by Revelation Films Direct
Price: 13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, Heartwarming Drama, 30 April 2013
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I seem to be one of the few reviewers who didn't see this series the first time around, so I was able to watch it with fresh eyes. Highway to Heaven stars Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie) as an Angel called Jonathan Smith who is sent back to earth by his boss (God) to earn his wings. He is set missions in order to help people through times of need and difficult situations. He is soon joined and helped on earth by ex cop Mark Gordon and they make a good team.

The series deals with many sensitive issues in a delicate and effective manner, and it manages to remain light and upbeat with a strong moral message in each episode. The acting is good, if a little dated, and the viewer is kept interested for the entire 24 episodes of this first series.

Recommended.


Intimate Deception
Intimate Deception
by Laura Landon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical romance, 19 April 2013
This review is from: Intimate Deception (Paperback)
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I've never read any of Laura Landon's books before, but being a fan of historical romance, I decided to give this a try.

Intimate deception is set in the Victorian era, and centres around Lady Grace Warren. She wants to marry for love, but is betrothed to the vile Baron Fentington after seeing her six sisters happily married off. She knows she has only one thing of value - her virginity so she hatches a plan to lose it before her marriage to the Baron. She knows that he will not want her should she be successful with her plan. She decides to do the deed in a brothel, (good idea.) The man who ends up with fulfilling her wishes is Duke Victor Raeburn.

The Duke is a sad, lonely character having lost two wives, and has vowed never to marry again. Neither does he wish to get a woman pregnant as he lost his wives due to pregnancies. And so the Duke and Lady Grace meet.

I liked both the main characters and thought they were well drawn and developed. The dialogue was good and the story moved along at a satisfying pace.

i would recommend to fans of historical fiction :)


The Negotiator in You: In Life (BBC Audio)
The Negotiator in You: In Life (BBC Audio)
by Joshua N. Weiss
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 7.53

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok..., 16 April 2013
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The Negotiator in You in Life is one part of a three part cd set. The other two (to be purchased separately) are At Home and At Work. The cd is narrated by the author.

The cd is interesting up to a point and contains a couple of good tips. However, as other reviewers have said, it is way too short at 35 minutes and lacks depth. i feel this could have been a lot better if Dr Joshua N. Weiss had expanded the content to an hour.

Althought interesting, I don't know that I would purchase the other two in the series based on this cd.

This product is listed as a BBC recording but there is nothing on the cd or packaging to indicate this is the case.

Maybe worth a look.


Aves Sapphire Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with iPod Dock - Black
Aves Sapphire Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with iPod Dock - Black
Offered by 123Electricals4Me
Price: 75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice :), 5 Mar 2013
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This Aves Sapphire Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is stylish and delivers great sound. What more could I want? It looks and appears to be robust and put together well. It is also easy to use straight out of the box.

On plugging the system in and turning it on, a narrow red strip of light appears at the bottom of the unit. This is standby mode. You then can do one of two things. You can slot your ipod/phone into the dock at the top of the unit at which point the coloured strip turns a rather attractive shade of green or you can connect a device using bluetooth whereupon the strip turns blue. I have used the speaker both ways and both are easy to do.

The speaker also comes with a remote control enabling you to change the volume, skip tracks, add or take away base and also features some sound modes eg. pop, rock, classical etc. You can also operate your music from your ipod and change the volume on the unit itself if you wish.

The sound quality is super and works well at both high and low volumes. I have a Bose speaker which is similar (only without the bluetooth facility) and it was over twice the price of this yet I would put this Aves Sapphire on and equal footing as regards quality and style. The Sapphire would be a little bulkier but still looks sleek.

A wee gem :)


A Street Cat Named Bob
A Street Cat Named Bob
Price: 3.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just loved it...., 28 Jan 2013
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A Street Cat Named Bob is the autobiographical tale of the friendship between James Bowen and his cat, Bob. James found Bob sheltering in a doorway in the sheltered accommodation he was living in. James wasn't in a great place in his life after living on the streets and still battling a drug addiction. He was struggling just to look after himself. However this ginger tom cat was injured and he couldn't turn his back on him. After nursing him back to health the tom subsequently wouldn't leave James' side and the pair has been inseparable ever since.

This is a lovely heartwarming story of friendship and how the love and dependency of one animal ensured that James was able to get his life on track. Any cat lovers will adore this book and will instantly connect with just how intelligent and loving cats can be. It is a true saying that a cat will choose its owner and will only stay where it is loved and cared for. It seemed that James and Bob needed each other.

Highly recommended :)


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