Change for You by Crystal Lacy

Change for You (Oahu Lovers Book 2) by [Lacy, Crystal]

321 pages/Amazon Digital Services/Gay Fiction

Get the book for $3.99 on Amazon

Silver fox Stephen Webb doesn’t mean to start a workplace fling with the cute new intern. 

This is the second book in the Oahu Lovers series and I happened upon it because it was one of those titles that pop up as a recommendation following your browsing history.

We are introduced to Stephen as the guy who is unreachable in the first chapter and Max cannot deny being drawn to him-so much so that just by glancing at him, he labels him the “Silver Fox.” Everyone in the firm knows that Stephen has eyes for one thing only- his career.

So, I liked how he too was drawn to Max, especially his smile and dimples. It seemed harmless at first, but as the story developed, the two found themselves spending more time together at the office and consequently out of office.

What I did not really enjoy was the fact that there’s a lot of talk on food and eating and most of the dialogues or meaningful character engagements that advanced the plot took place over food. It was very distracting.

I loved how both had conflicting issues to resolve and was surprised that the one conflict  I thought was evident turned out not to be such a big deal. The writing is simple and it’s got diverse characters.

This is my first gay fiction read of 2019 and I’ll say that my favorite character in the book was Max’s Grandma, Keiko. She was sassy, blunt, salty, sweet, grit and just a blend of rough and tender. For example when she laughs so much that she goes quiet, Stephen asks her:

“Are you dying?” he asked gruffly

“Yes. You killed me with your stupid,” she deadpanned.

Verdict: heart heart heart heart

 

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28 Ways of Compassion by Dee Borgoyn: Book Review

Available for $8.99 on Amazon

165 pages/ River Grove Books/


The author draws from experiences in the health-care industry in writing this guide. It is all in hope that the steps and call to action in this book would help create a more compassionate leadership approach in healthcare.

However, I read this and found it applicable to anyone, because people have emotions, desire to be heard and appreciated and most of all, we live in times where kindness and concern for the well-being of other people is crucial.

The book is divided in four sections; each building upon the four components the author believes define or are key to compassion. The book then explores twenty eight ways to show and share compassion, guiding you daily with exercises and questions for reflection.

I loved the reflection questions because then I had questions to ask myself at the end of the day, and upon reflection, it brought my attention to certain things I do that hinder how well I connect with people and for someone working in the community, this was refreshing.

I did get a free digital copy of the book to read off of Netgalley and it’s been an experience worth remembering. The book is being released tomorrow January 15, 2019 and if you are in health care or in any position seeking to lead, be a team player through compassion or to practice compassion, then this is a short, simply-written book that you’d read.

Verdict: heart heart heart heart heart

 

Book Review: Confidential by Ellie Monago

Lake Union Publishing/ Women’s Fiction

Get the book: On Amazon 

About the book:

Everyone loves therapist Michael Baylor. He’s handsome. He’s respected. And he’s provided a safe place for his female patients. Now he’s dead, and a detective is casting a tight net for the murderer—because the good doctor may have done some very bad things with the women who trusted him. That’s if their stories check out.

There’s Lucinda, who struggled to process her childhood trauma even as she was falling in love with Dr. Baylor. Greer, an accomplished career woman who was torn by her sudden desire to have children, so she went to Dr. Baylor for help but may have gotten more than she bargained for. And then there’s Flora, a beautiful former patient who’d been on intimate terms with the man she called Dr. Michael for two years. Some might even say she was obsessed with him.

Three women caught in a tangled web of lies and secrets. And each with a motive for murder. With so much at stake, can any of them be trusted to tell the truth?


My take: heartheartheartheart

You have a therapist who gets clients and somewhere down the line he crosses the line with three women. When he’s found dead in his office and the police are called in to investigate, the lead detective thinks:

“Lucinda’s a disaster; Flora’s a manipulator; Greer’s a liar,”

but that does not answer the question “who killed Dr. Michael Baylor?”

This story felt like a phase for me. There were some parts that were great, it started out well, I was intrigued by the pace. Somewhere in the middle, I struggled to keep reading but this is exactly where Dr. Baylor was unraveling and I hated that I had to be patient to read through that part.

Something Michael told Lucinda stuck with me and it’s the sheer force of truth in those words that made such an impact.

“Your past is holding you back. Write like an exorcism.”

It’s an interesting read but I’ll add that I was rather disappointed by the ending. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.