Saturday, 24 March 2018

Saturday Movie: The Zookeeper's wife

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro
Writers: Angela Workman (screenplay), Diane Ackerman (based on the book by)
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl 

2 h 7 min / Drama, history, biography

My thoughts:
Look, another good one! And yes, based on a book :)

Ok so I know that you might all think that all I do is cry when I watch movies, but honestly I almost never cry. Except for when I was preggers and then high on hormones. So no, I did not cry, but I was sure near. The first time when omg the animals, the animals! And then there is this scene with Dr Korzak and a few kids. And since I read The Good Doctor of Warsaw recently I knew, there were SO many more. Warsaw was devastated in the war, and the Jewish population...

Yes it is a sad movie.

The Zabinskis love their animals, and when they can no longer help those, they turn to help smuggle out Jews. I had to google, I shall not say a word, but I had to google to see what happened. I could not take it. Spoilers were needed, they were just such good people.

Good and sad

Recommended. Because some things should not be forgotten, and there are too many people around who actually think these things never happened. And we are always doomed to repeat history.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Audio: Just one night - Lauren Layne

Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.

Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night. 

Audio CD, 8 h 13 min
Published March 20th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 1st 2014)
Sex, Love & Stiletto #3
Contemporary romance
For review

My thoughts:
Riley was always the sassy one who knew everything about sex. I always thought she was so confident and cool, but then her book come around and I get to see that it is all a facade.  Riley knows sex...on paper. Her bedroom skills are lacking and it has been so long so now she is all omg I can not even do it anymore! I feel ya Riley, I really do. 

I liked getting to know Riley more, and to see that there is a whole other person underneath that talk. I also saw that she has been hopelessly in love with her brother's bff for 10 years. And he does not even look at her.

Sam, aye Sam, one of those I can not look at my bff's sis! Silly men. But I liked how the author made it more than that. Sam has a whole other person underneath too. Just as insecure as Riley, if not much more.

So, they get together. Just one night, and then there is one more, and one more, and one more. And then they live happily ever after, after some drama.

I do enjoy these! They are fun, cute and sexy.

Narrator Samantha Cook
I really liked her voices and she is a must for this series. There could be no one else.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Hurts to love you - Alisha Rai

Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.

When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed. 

ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Avon
Forbidden Hearts #3
Contemporary romance

My thoughts:
Lily is restless. I get that. Omg, her dad was a d*ck! She wants to do something for herself, and that is not easy when she is a Chandler. The big name in her town. She was smart, sweet and totally lusting after Gabriel. Like this girl wanted him bad. You go girl.

Gabriel is a tattoo artist. The son of the help and with issues. I liked those issues. That sounds bad, but poor guy. I feel your pain! He does not stand a chance against her.

The book feels sort of short. Most of it takes place at this big house where the wedding will be and they are alone at first. Finally a chance to get to know each other better. And then there will be drama and secrets before we can have a wedding (not theirs obviously.)

It did make me interested in the previous couples.
One thing at the end could have been left out, I did not want to know why her dad was a d*ck. That felt like an excuse. Some people are just evil.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Audio: Rocco - Sarah Castille

Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business. Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford-until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul. Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss's right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both? 

Audio CD, 12 h
Published March 6th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 2nd 2018)
Ruin & Revenge #3
Contemporary romance
For review

My thoughts
I was hesitant, I mean he is a criminal! And not just any criminal. He is a mafia enforcer, and he will pull the trigger without blinking. As you can see this was my first trip to the darker side of romance, I guess gangsters need love too. So at first I was all, he kills people! *eyes wide* But dang it, he managed to steal my heart! Told you, a thief too.

Rocco as you might have guess is a criminal. He kills people. He break their knees and he was raised to feel nothing. And he is SO alpha. Possessive, dark, too much, but at the same time, he is just so broken that my inner voice goes all, someone needs to fix him. He is not very likable, but to those that see past it, yes, he has a heart and I like that Castille managed to give him a soul. Because it was tough in the beginning.

Grace ran away from her mafia family and made herself a new life. I do wonder who she could be so blind and not see that her dad was a mobster. Oh girl, seriously? She was broken too after something that happened that we later learn about. She was anti violence, anti mafia, anti family. She was also really self conscious about her scar. Again poor girl, stand up for  yourself and tell people to go to H if they stare!

After 6 years they meet again. And they could never forget each other, awwww. But he is nothing and a killer. She is still way above him and not to mention she does not want that life. They had a lot to go through and I did wonder at times if they would make it. I mean I knew they would but how?

Throw in lots of violence, mob hits and hiding. And let us not forget lots of passion too.

One thing, she explains a lot of terms, this being book 3 I guess the explains those terms in all books. I wrote a paper about Lucky Luciano in HS, I know those terms (and yes I was weird, who writes about him?).

But the end, omg, there is this secret and they are all, we will talk about it tomorrow and the book ends! And no word about more books. But but but I wanted to know!

It did make me go back and listen to the previous two!

So dark and passionate.

Narrator Aiden Snow
I liked his voice for Rocco. He was Rocco, all dark and edgy. He did a great job bringing this terrible world to life. Perfect.


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