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Beanbag Love

I read. I write. I talk about reading and writing. That is when I'm not driving kids somewhere or teaching them. Married, educated, domesticated. I really enjoy the friends I've met through a variety of different message boards and venues regarding reading and authors. I try to take a positive view when I write reviews but sometimes I can't. Those times are few and far between, but they do exist. I'm mostly an old softy, though. I think so anyway.

Currently reading

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Short Rides (Rough Riders, #14.5) - Lorelei James This is an anthology of three short stories about characters from the Rough Riders series. It was a quick read, they were definitely short stories, but they had a lot of heft drama-wise so they were enjoyable.

The first one is called "King of Hearts" and is about Cam McKay, the hero from "Shoulda Been a Cowboy". It's a poignant story about a PTSD murder/suicide he has to deal with and his feelings about his own experience in that area. It's pretty sad at points, and really cute and has a nice, sexy scene with Domini.

The second one is called "Rough Road" and centers around the Trevor/Chassie/Edgard family (Rough, Raw and Ready). The threesome takes a sexy vacation from family and work and that's pretty hot. The rest of the family stuff is very moving and leads to a throat-lump-inducing conclusion.

The third one is called "All Knocked Up" and concerns Jack and Keely (All Jacked Up) and their pregnancy. At first I thought this one might be a DNF because everything I hate about Keely is on full display near the beginning. But then things get a lot better and there are some nice scenes and surprises, as well as some very touching moments.

At $2.99 this is totally worth it. And I wish other authors would do something just like this. Short, slice-of-life stories sold in anthology form (for a decent price) rather than shoe-horning favorite characters into another couple's story line. I really like this and I will buy if my other favorite authors choose to do something similar.

PS: Someone needs to tell LJ's characters that all home-schooled kids are not isolated freaks and there are a great many nice Christians in the world who successfully counter the jerky ones. Just noting a kind of annoying running angle in a few of her stories.