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Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fulminating reading..., 1 Dec. 2014
It does not require much dexterity to conclude that the lion's share of reviews here are by ladies. Although a male myself, I take no offense to this fact, I embrace it, however it is a shame more men do not read or take interest in this subject field as one feels if they did there may well be more passion showering us all. Perhaps I am just an idealist but putting aside some of the, let's be candid, "pornographic" elements of the book the underlying relationship between the two main characters set a benchmark for what many relationships, in my humble opinion, should aspire to have at least some form of. Namely, a fusion of body, mind, heart and soul.

I was recommended this book by a stunning female friend (of the Eva Tramell ilk) and what started off as a challenge I set myself turned into an addictive, emotional, titillating read. Without giving much of the storyline away so others can enjoy its allure first hand, I went from being suspicious of Gideon Cross, to hating Gideon Cross to loving and wanting to be Gideon Cross ultimately ending up full circle and being suspicious of him at the book's climax. A real life roller coaster of emotions that left me wanting more.

I have dabbled in this genre before, albeit romance without the "erotic" element attached. This was better. At first I had commented to the friend that recommended this that I felt it was a little too graphic for my taste. However having had a day to recover from the relentless deluge of sexual performances it dawned on me why I enjoyed this novel that much more than previous forays into relationship orientated books. I have come to realise over many years of reading that what separates really great books from good books is the extent to which you feel part of the world the author is creating. Part of that is the detail the author dares to experiment with. Pushes the boundaries if you like. Typically the deeper the detail, the more you feel part of the alternate reality they are creating.

Ultimately that was what I enjoyed most about this book, that I felt momentarily transported into their world. Whilst the graphic detail of some of the more intimate scenes felt unnecessary at the time I only see now how they were in fact absolutely necessary for me to feel as if I was completely teleported into the chaos that is Manhattan and the beauty of the complexity that is Eva and Gideon's lives. Men are not very good with emotions but I have no shame in admitting I yearn for a relationship with a mental connection like theirs and I suspect it was this fact that gave me a momentarily relief from the reality of my current status; lonely and back to the misery of the real world..

4 stars instead of 5 because I felt Sylvia brushed over some of the abuse issues suffered by both characters which I was looking forward to exploring. Perhaps a little harsh as she may be planning to delve into more detail as the volume continues although it did leave one feeling something was missing.

In summary a hot, passionate and totally addictive read. I have already started the second part, Reflected in You which continues from the end of Bared to You with their relationship intact. The pessimist in me suspects this is the calm before the storm as the series stretches into a quintet.

Thank you for reading my review!


GT 500 Leather Bucket Seat Office Racer Chair
GT 500 Leather Bucket Seat Office Racer Chair

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, best thing I have ever bought on Amazon., 14 Jun. 2013
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I bought this chair for my office as I sit for up 8 or 10 hours at a time. I thought OK it's a racing chair a bit of a gimmick maybe you have to sacrifice a bit of comfort to have the "racing look". I was happy with that, but how wrong I was! It's ended up being one of the best items I have ever bought on Amazon, the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in and it's probably saved my back from long term damage. It's so good I even ordered a second one for my sister (the world's most fussiest person :)) and she LOVES it. I used to work on a trading floor where money was no object, they had those 700 pound mesh chairs specially designed for your back, and let me tell you this is just as good as those.

After leaving the trading floor I used an executive leather chair for the past 5 years in my home office and I was just about to purchase one of the double padding executive leather chairs, the ones I am sure most of you have been considering if you are looking at this item. They go for about 150 - 200 pounds. I tried one at Costco and it was very comfortable just like my last one but I always have had some lower back pains, I just thought it was the way I was sitting. When I read some reviews on this item saying their back problems went away and I liked the look of this chair I thought why not give it a go. Let me tell you WOOOOW my entire back pain has vanished and I can see why the lower back support on this beauty is just unbelievable compared to those expensive executive chairs. Then to add to that it is just as comfortable if not more so! And the icing on the cake is it looks amazing as well! All for 100 quid, you can see why it's the best thing I have ever bought on this site and I buy 100s of items! The support on your back and overall comfort is noticeable immediately I am so glad I have found this now rather than in 20 years when my back is destroyed.

Finally let me say some reviews have said the metal look of the arm supports in the pictures is misleading. I would totally disagree. I agree it is not solid metal (it's 100 quid guys!) but believe me it is solid as a rock, you would have to drop a truck on it to damage it so really nothing to worry about.

And anyway my experience of this seller is that if you have any issues they will help you or sort you out immediately. The customer service was excellent when I had some questions about the second chair for my sister and the delivery 5/5 it arrived the next day and I even got a text with the 1 hour window the driver would arrive, simply amazing.

If like me you have any doubts pre purchase, don't, believe me buy it you won't regret it. top marks to Toyz World.


Against All Odds: The Most Amazing True Life Story You'll Ever Read
Against All Odds: The Most Amazing True Life Story You'll Ever Read

3.0 out of 5 stars Something different..., 19 Feb. 2013
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Firstly, I admire Paul's bravery in creating a good life for himself despite his totally deprived and abusive upbringing in a children's home, no one would have blamed him for ending up wallowing in self pity on drugs and alcohol, or even dead like so many other children in his shoes. I also find it amazing that he had the courage to share his story with us in this book and also in front of the public and the courts that eventually brought some justice to those that inflicted this ghastly ordeal.

The reason I gave it 3 stars is because, whilst fortunately for him he wasn't put through as much abuse as some of his friends, it also meant we didn't really see as much insight into what it was really like to be molested by a pederast and the like first hand and what psychological effect this type of abuse had. Paul was fortunate to some extent in that he was a fighter, he fought back and through sheer will and determination refused to let the system beat him, somehow creating a somewhat normal life for himself. This was not the case for his brethren in care with him and it would have made for a much more insightful piece if we could have been given a feeling for what it was like being inside some of their heads.

Overall a sad book, I was horrified to learn this sort of institutionalised abuse happened not too far from where I live and definitely an eye opener that I would recommend. It left me wanting to learn more about some of the other victims that suffered even worse abuse.

Thank you for reading my review.


Thursdays in the Park
Thursdays in the Park
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average..., 18 Feb. 2013
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I struggled for some time to think of the most appropriate single word to describe this read, and even average is somewhat more than it deserves. I might not win any popularity contests for saying this, but I cannot understand the euphoria of reviews surrounding this book. I just cannot fathom what makes this book so special. Without giving much away it's predictable, with little or no depth. At 20 pence it was a good time killer, but several months in the top 10 lists seems a bit far-fetched for a story line that stays as comfortably within the box as one can get.

I have nothing against the middle aged community having intimate relations and falling in love, in fact it's a sweet story but it was by no means an edge of the seat read. Late middle aged woman, bored with her marriage, selfish daughter, boring husband, strange son-in-law and a new lover, the end. A bit vanilla wouldn't those who have read it agree?

"Against All Odds: The Most Amazing True Life Story You'll Ever Read" next for me, hopefully it will have a lot more energy to it than Hilary Boyd's mediocre read.

Thank you for reading my review.


Mockingjay: 3/3 (Hunger Games Trilogy)
Mockingjay: 3/3 (Hunger Games Trilogy)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The bar was set too high...., 30 Mar. 2012
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A tough review to write. On the one hand the original idea of fighting to the death in an arena made for captivating reading but because of this the bar was set so high in the first book, it was always going to be a tough act to follow and so it proved. The sequel floundered somewhat and Mockingjay did it's best to make up for that but many of the mistakes seemed to be repeated in this final instalment. No denying it was enjoyable, but it could have been oh so much better.

Perhaps it was the author's intention to have such an unusual path for Katniss to take. She wasn't exactly your typical all conquering, all powerful heroine cometh the hour. She was someone who was forever fighting with her own desire over whether or not to even fight the war against the Capitol and was constantly under the clutches of President Coin. Katniss doesn't really develop much from the first book and seems blind to anything that doesn't affect her directly.

Things seemed to be rushed as usual, anything good that happened in this book were in such small doses. I have a feeling much of the way things turned out throughout the end of this trilogy were done intentionally by the author to cause debate amongst us all as to how we feel it should have turned out. Nevertheless a decent enough read worth discussing with a few friends afterwards. However I won't be joining the legions of Justin Bieber-esque fans of this series anytime soon!

Thank you for reading my review.


Catching Fire
Catching Fire

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't fulfil its potential, a crying shame really...., 28 Mar. 2012
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First off, before I get chastised for the heading, this book was very good, but it could have been amazing given the introduction of several new much better rounded characters and an all singing all dancing super new arena in the shape of a clock. As others have alluded to, it was to put it crudely, somewhat of a "rush job".

I won't give a pointless synopsis of the book like so many insist on doing as it is available above. However what I will say is that Suzanne Collins clearly hadn't envisaged turning it into a trilogy and spent about half the book going on and on about life in district 12 post the games, I have to be candid here and say I struggled at times to keep interested. Katniss doesn't really develop as a character nor do the first games seem to have taught her much, she is still the same brash, reactive girl. I gave 5 stars to the original, so I was expecting so much more from the sequel, unfortunately it was not meant to be. It was only when the announcement for the second games finally came about did things start to get interesting again, although by that time so much time had been wasted talking about Katniss's pointless wanderings since her last games that the conclusion was rather hurried.

I have read all three of the books, and therefore I can say with confidence that this in my opinion was the weakest although its saving grace is that I don't really think it's a sequel, more a gap filler between the first and third books. This second book could easily have been amalgamated with the third to make 800 pages, which would have made much more sense to me, rather than waiting another year between them.

Still definitely a prerequisite read to the third if you want to finish the trilogy but just a little flat given the tools at the author's disposal after such a brilliant first introduction to Katniss and Panem.

Thank you for reading my review, enjoy!
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The Hunger Games: 1/3 (Hunger Games Trilogy)
The Hunger Games: 1/3 (Hunger Games Trilogy)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for more!, 23 Mar. 2012
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I am going to try my best not to sound like a frenzied teenager as this book is by no means life changing. However that does not mean it is any less deserving of a 5 star rating. It really is a brilliant read and I haven't had my week ruined this much through such fervent late night reading since Stieg Larsson's trilogy. Fortunately for me I haven't had the misfortune of having to wait a year in between each release like so many others and read the entire trilogy within a week.

I cannot understand why so many reviewers insist on writing a two paragraph synopsis of what the story is based on, when it is readily available in the section above. Perhaps it is an exercise in gap filling, I personally have no such desire to patronise you with half a page detailing what the book is about. Back to the merits of reading this first part of three, the entire story is told through Katniss Everdeen and such is the depth of characterisation and sheer size of the world created by Suzanne Collins that you can't help but live the entire plot as if you were in the heat of the battle yourself. I actually felt like there were sharp knives, arrows and a plethora of other objects flying past me as the games went on, I even had to check my leg to make sure it wasn't chewed off, such unbridled fun!

There seems to a lot of suggestion from reviewers that this is for teenagers, I hope I don't get chastised for saying this but what utter gibberish! I am a 29 year old male, maybe I need to grow up but I got fairly emotional in parts and the age of the characters seemed irrelevant to me. In fact I think that was one of the strengths of this book, their sheer innocence made it that much more startling when you discover the things they have to go through to save themselves and in Katniss's case save a whole lot more.

As aforementioned it doesn't do a whole lot to change my perspective on life as some books do, it is of a fantasy genre after all so I can't really hold that against it. However that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a lot of fun, gripping, thoroughly entertaining and offers 2 sequels which keep your thirst satisfied more than ever.

Thank you for reading my review, I have kept reviews for the final two parts separate as they all deserve individual comment.

Enjoy!


Me Before You
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

81 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, thoroughly enjoyable...., 4 Mar. 2012
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This was the first time I have read anything which is centred so profoundly around a physical impairment. Although I learned a lot about quadriplegia, what made this such a special story was that it was about so much more than one man's disability, rather a full on emotional journey. Brilliantly chosen location, around two sides of a castle in a small village, which brought together perfectly two completely different social classes and endearing characters allowing this remarkable tale to come to life.

Lou is an amazing young woman, totally unselfish, blissfully simple. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Will Traynor who lived an almost aristocratic lifestyle having it all but now has to live with, as he sees it, "losing everything" after his road accident. By chance their lives come together when Lou loses her job the rest as they say is history. Well you will have to read it to find out what happens but I can assure you this book has everything, laugh out loud moments, romance, some serious thought provoking issues and tears, plenty of tears and that's coming from me a 29 year old bloke!

This book has made me look at my own life, to learn to appreciate all the things I have and to be more generous to others who are not as fortunate as I. I know it will have a lasting impact for a long time to come, which is more than I could ask for from any book. It's books like these that make it worthwhile for me to read as much as I do as you always come across a gem now and again and this is certainly a gem.

Thanks for reading my review.
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One Cold Night
One Cold Night
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CSI: New York..., 1 Mar. 2012
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As another reviewer pointed out, if you like American crime fiction, you will most likely find this a fluid read. It was like watching an episode of CSI. I thought it was fairly average, I really wanted to give it three stars but towards the end of the book I decided to cut it short to two, mainly as it dragged on somewhat towards the end, and was rather anti-climatic. In any case, what did I expect, this was after all a book about a single 24 hour period based on a fairly linear predictable plot full of clichés, which in my opinion contributed to its downfall . A short story in this instance, given the fairly basic storyline, may have been more suited.

I am rarely critical of literature in the top 20 kindle lists, because the general kindle population does seem to have good taste however I just have to be totally candid with this review and say that at face value had it not been for the bargain price of 49p I would have been left with the feeling I had just bought a completely blank t-shirt for the price of a nicely designed equivalent if that makes sense!

As usual I won't waste anyone's time by giving a synopsis as it is readily available above. I will conclude by saying for 49 pence it's worth a bash if you have time to spare and like me are waiting for your next pay cheque before splashing out on some other novels although even that doesn't necessarily mean it would be money well spent. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes next for me.

Thank you for reading my review.


Pear Shaped
Pear Shaped
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars story of my life...., 20 Feb. 2012
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I seldom foray into chic lit (never is probably a more accurate description) so I was a little apprehensive about trying something so drastically different to what I normally read, but I am really glad I did. I couldn't put this book down. I started on a Sunday morning and finished at 3 am in the middle of the night. I am a 29 year old "blokey bloke", not the typical type of person who would read this material but I would say it was the most I have laughed since I can remember. I must thank Stella Newman the author, she made me realise I have been missing out on some seriously good humour and good literature does not have to be so serious! The last 20 or 30 novels I have read over the last 12 months, whilst the lion's share excellent reads, were extremely dark. Too many heads being chopped off, bodies being run over, knives being utilised for the wrong reasons and so on. Pear Shaped was such a refreshing change.

The other reason I enjoyed it so much, good humour aside, is the endearing lead character Sophie Klein, because I also experienced an extremely painful breakup over the past 2 or 3 years. It made me look back on it and realise many things I could have done differently, I could relate to her on so many levels. I guess it's given me some closure on everything. If your life has been one big perfect flow without any hiccups then maybe, just maybe, this isn't the book for you but if like me you've experienced some of the things Sophie has it does make you reflect on it all and ask the question - is all the misery really worth it.

I'm not a big fan of doing a synopsis you can read it at the top of the page. Overall some great characters, in particular her boss Devron, hilarious for all the wrong reasons and some wholly realistic situations that have probably happened to many of us at some point in our lives. If you don't typically read this genre, give it a go you won't be disappointed, if nothing else it's a real good laugh!

Thanks for reading my review.


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