A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman ~ Audiobook Review

A Man Called Ove
Fredrick Backman
Audiobook Release Date: August 5, 2014
Narrator: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Audiobook Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction, Humor

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
This profound transformation will pull you in too, leaving you to consider how much you know—and how much you don't know—about those around you. It might even teach you to become a better listener.

Source: Library
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ EXCELLENT

This grumpy man’s story is written with much heart and humor!

This was my first time reading anything from Swedish author Fredrick Backman, and he won my heart with this grumpy man’s story!

The beginning of A Man Called Ove made me very curious about Ove. Why is this old man so cranky? I learned right away that he’s an old fashioned kind of guy. Ove has a preference to a certain Swedish car brand and would very much like his neighbors to just follow the rules of the community. Is that so difficult? Apparently, some people can’t read signs. I also got a strong feeling that Ove is lonely. At this point I felt very sad for him, but I still wanted to know why. Then one day a new family moves into the neighborhood. Ove is extremely annoyed by this family, but he would soon find out that they were destined to meet.

This story takes place in Sweden. Fredrick Backman unfolds Ove’s backstory gradually and with much care through serious, emotional, and often funny flashbacks. I learned why Ove is the way he is now. His past is filled with meaningful moments, both loving and tragic. Yeah, I pretty much warmed up to the guy quickly as I learned more about his life. With a focus on friendship and how one man can make a significant impact in the lives of the people around him, A Man Called Ove is written with much heart and humor. This book definitely made me laugh and cry!

It was my first time listening to George Newbern, and I quickly took to his narration. I liked his various voices for the characters, seamlessly changing between male and female voices. I particularly enjoyed his voices for Ove and Parvaneh. My Swedish friend recommended this book to me. I listened to the English version, but my friend listened to this audiobook in Swedish and said her experience was quite positive!

Overall, A Man Called Ove is a truly heartfelt story. If you enjoy reads that follow the theme of fate stepping in at just the right moment, then I highly recommend this international bestseller!

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~*~ Movie News! ~*~
Upon reaching the end of this book, my friend so kindly sent me the link to A Man Called Ove movie trailer. Yes, this book has been turned into a Swedish movie, which has now been released in the USA. You bet my friend and I are so excited to see this movie!

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Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series & Legal Briefs Series, returns with the first of three sizzling standalone books about a family of racy, irresistible Royals.
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness”, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant—hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face. Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants. 
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be. There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately—the royals are far from accepting of this commoner. But to Olivia—Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Release Date: October 18, 2016

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     She’s even lovelier than I remembered, than I dreamed. Delicate midnight tendrils frame a face that belongs in a museum—with stunning dark sapphire eyes that should be commemorated in vibrant oils and soft watercolors. If Helen launched a thousand ships, this girl could raise a thousand hard-ons.
     She’s prettily made, the top of her head coming only to my chin, but fantastically curvy. Great full tits that strain the buttons of a wrinkled white blouse, shapely hips in a black skirt tapering to a tiny waist I could wrap my hands around and toned legs encased in sheer black tights finish off the whole package very nicely.
     An unfamiliar anxiousness fizzes like soda in my gut.
    “The door was open,” I explain.
    “It’s broken.”
     Logan flicks at the lock. Security is his life, so a broken lock would annoy him like a puzzle with the final piece missing.
    “What do you want?”
     She has no idea who I am. It’s in the defensive way she holds herself and the accusatory note in her voice. Some women try to pretend they don’t recognize me, but I can always tell. Her ignorance is rather…thrilling. There are no expectations, no hidden agendas, no reasons to pretend—what she sees is what she gets. And all she sees is me.
     My throat is suddenly a barren wasteland. I swallow, but it’s difficult.
    “Well, he’s desperate for some pie.” I hook my thumb at Simon. “And I…wanted to apologize for the other evening. I don’t normally act that way. I was on a bit of bender…”
    “In my experience, people don’t do things when they’re drunk that they wouldn’t do normally.”
    “No, you’re right. I would’ve thought all those things, but I never would’ve said them out loud.” I move closer, slowly. “And if I’d been sober…my opening bid would’ve been much higher.”
    “She crosses her arms. “Are you trying to be cute?”
    “No. I don’t have to try…it just sort of happens.”

*** Another Royally Screwed excerpt can be viewed HERE. ***

 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.


Spiked (Blocked 3) by Jennifer Lane ~ Review #NewAdult #SportsRomance

Jennifer Lane
Series: Blocked #3
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2016

They say
University is the time
To find yourself
But I don’t need to find myself
Just want to find you

After watching his older siblings find their love matches at Highbanks University, Mateo Ramirez feels unlikely to follow in their footsteps. What girl would want him? Unlike his brother and sister, he battles diabetes and chooses music over sports. But at least he can write songs about his life—and the girl who caught his eye when their parents ran against each other for US President.

Hey, chica! Come conmigo
And baby, why don’t we go
Down under the bridge to the water
With you it can only get hotter

Jessica Monroe is a talented swimmer who dreams of representing Team USA at the Olympics. When she earns an athletic scholarship to Highbanks, she’s excited to attend the same school as the cute boy she met two years ago: Mateo. Too bad he’s not around when a teammate spikes her drink. Jessica may never trust men again.

Is a hard-to-earn thing
Try to keep listening

Down all of the unjust
My chest, my heart will bust

College years are the time to shake off the past and find your future. But will that future find Mateo and Jessica together? Dive in and immerse yourself in the eagerly anticipated conclusion to Jennifer Lane’s Blocked trilogy.

Source: Review copy from author
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

Mateo and Jessica’s story will warm your heart!

Jennifer Lane did it again, because the Blocked series keeps getting better and better. I adored Blocked and swooned over Alejandro in Aced. Now Mateo and Jessica warmed my heart so fully in Spiked!

We first got a glimpse of Mateo and Jessica in Blocked. They were a few years younger and thrown into the public spotlight as Mateo’s dad and Jessica’s mom campaigned for the position of President of the United States. Fast-forward to the present when both Mateo and Jessica are starting their first year at Highbanks University. Jessica is there on a swimming scholarship. She’s fierce in the water, but on her first night on campus she makes a serious mistake and pays for her wrong decision big time. Mateo has had a crush on Jessica ever since they met. He doesn’t play sports like his older siblings, but he sure can write and sing incredibly beautiful and meaningful music. She inspires his creative self, and he is the calm to her storm.

Jennifer Lane creates likable characters with realistic issues.  The storyline is heartbreaking as it concerns one of the characters experiencing a trauma that really no one should ever experience but sadly happens far too often in real life. I loved that Ms. Lane presents the resources available and the emotional recovery process as the story moves along. This is not only a victim’s journey of healing, but also a story of two young people starting college and learning to be more independent in the somewhat unique circumstances they’re living in, which involves awesome Secret Service agents. Mateo deals with a lot as well, especially with his diabetes. I also absolutely adored seeing all the family bonding time in this book. The slow-burning romance is the sweetest! I literally savored every page of Spiked! I’m going to miss Dane, Lucia, Alejandro, Maddie, Jessica, and Mateo so much if this is indeed the final book of the series.

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My reviews of: Blocked & Aced


Bound to Submit (Blasphemy 1) by Laura Kaye ~ Excerpt


Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life. Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…


About Bound to Submit:

From the ruins of an abandoned church comes Baltimore’s hottest and most exclusive BDSM club. Twelve Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…

He thinks he caused her pain, but she knows he’s the only one who can heal her…

Kenna Sloane lost her career and her arm in the Marines, and now she feels like she’s losing herself. Submission is the only thing that ever freed her from pain and made her feel secure, and Kenna needs to serve again. Bad. The only problem is the Dom she wants once refused her submission and broke her heart, but, scarred on the inside and out, she’s not looking for love this time. She’s not even sure she’s capable.

Griffin Hudson is haunted by the mistakes that cost him the only woman he ever loved. Now she’s back at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, and more beautiful than ever, and she’s asking for his help with the pain he knows he caused. Even though he’s scared to hurt her again, he can’t refuse her, because he’d give anything to earn a second chance. And this time, he’ll hold on forever.


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Hey everyone! I’m super excited to share an excerpt from Bound to Submit, the first official book in my brand new and super hot Blasphemy series! This is an erotic second-chance love story featuring a tormented Dom and a veteran amputee heroine – and these guys surprised me in so many ways! I hope you’ll pick up your copy – and welcome to Blasphemy!
Now, here’s a little taste of the intensity coming your way in Bound to Submit – enjoy!
~Laura Kaye

Later, in the car on the way home, with happiness and two rare cocktails flowing through her, Kenna’s joy made her so damn horny that she couldn’t stop shifting her legs. The second they got in the door of her apartment, she was gonna climb Griffin and ride him until neither of them had bones left in their legs.

“You’re killing me, Kenna,” he said from behind the wheel of the sleek Audi A7.
Her eyes flashed to him. “What?” she asked, though she could hear her arousal in her voice. No doubt he could, too.

“You turned on and it’s driving me insane.” He cut a knowing look her way.

“I can’t help it. You make me want you.”

“Fuck, baby. That’s the best thing I’ve heard all day. Push your pants and panties down and make yourself come. I want to watch. I want to hear you. I want my car to fucking smell like you.”

A thrill shot through her, and she did as he told her. She slid down in her seat and let her knees fall open, and then she touched her pussy, her fingers immediately finding evidence of just how turned on she was.

“Fuck,” he said under his breath. They came to a stop at a light. “Finger yourself for me.” She did, throwing her head back on a moan.

“Christ, Kenna. I don’t know how I’m gonna wait to get in you.” He adjusted the bulge in the front of his jeans.

“Keep touching yourself like that,” she whispered. “Squeeze your cock and think about fucking me while I masturbate for you.” The groan he unleashed added urgency to the sensations spiraling between her legs. “God, Griffin.”

His gaze flashed between the road and her, his mirrors and her, and the road and her again. He turned off the music so that only her breathing and the wet sounds of her hand’s movements filled the luxury sedan.

And then it was all too much. “May I please come, Sir? May I please come?”

“God, yes, Kenna. Come. And know that I’m gonna be on you the second I park this goddamned car.”

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"A searingly sexy story with some of the hottest scenes I've read in a long, long time. Laura Kaye shows her mastery of the BDSM world. I'm eagerly anticipating more in this bold new series!"

~ Cherise Sinclair, NYT Bestselling Author of the Masters of the Shadowlands Series

"Smoldering and sexy, Laura Kaye's Blasphemy series is everything I look for in a romance. Haunted heroes and strong heroines populate this one of a kind club and I can't wait to see the big bad Doms fall one by one."

~ Lexi Blake, NYT Bestselling Author of the Masters and Mercenaries Series


Meet the Masters of Blasphemy in Hard to Serve, now available in paperback and ebook

About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.      

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