Bookit 22.3 : On the Honey Side by Staci Hart

TitleOn The Honey Side
Author:
 Staci Hart
Published: February 24, 2022 (My copy was issued as an ARC)
Final grade: 4/5

Honestly, I meant for this to come out back in February, but things got in the way of that. I received this novel as an ARC back in mid February but the book itself was released for public availability on February 24th.

This book was an enjoyable read. It was the second book in the series, but I had not read the first book when I read this novel, so that may affect my review. The main character in this book is Daisy (as this series is the Blum Sisters), but you get chapters in both her and Keaton’s POV. Both characters have backstories that build up to them being together. One aspect that surprised me (in a good way) was that the characters are shown as having previous loves and those loves not being shown in a bad light. Too many romances lately have to show the ex as being a horrible person to show that the main couple in the story are right and each other’s “true” love. In this novel, its different. Both Daisy and Keaton had love before, and neither of the past relationships are shown to be horrible relationships.

Another interesting aspect of this story (and perhaps the series) is that it covers an interesting side plot of a town dealing with an homeless population. There is a sense that to get the full backstory of all the events of town, its best to read the previous book, but there is enough information that this novel can be read on its own. Its not an usual side plot.

I have read Staci Hart before (Bet the Farm) and I like her style of writing. The banter between her characters is always fun, and she veers away from too many tropes and clichés. Genre fiction in general is full of them, but its always nice to see when its twisted in a different way, or there is a balance. Hart’s books have a good balance.

The only issue I found with On the Honey Side was the background of the villain of the piece. This is however the second book in the series of three, so perhaps to understand more I need to read the first book (Which I plan on doing shortly). The third book comes out later this year.

Restart of the Year

Hello Everyone,

I want to apologize for the lack of posts for the last month and a half. I’ve been dealing with several offline issues that prevented me from being in a place to work on reviews, or research for history essays.

I plan on restarting this month and hopefully I will be back on track for the year. So here is a quick list of things you can look forward to in March

  • Book reviews continuing for some more of the Chesapeake Shores series.
  • Book review on Staci Hart’s On the Honey Side via an ARC.
  • Movie Review on The Beachhouse.
  • Rewatch Reviews on TNG and DS9. I’m going to try and get to the end of season 6/1 of both by the end of the month. Still posting 5 a week and hopefully I’ll get a bit ahead so the posting will stay regular.
  • History posting on the new home of my history essays on the first meeting of the minds leading up to the US Revolution: The Congress at Albany.

Bookit 22.2: Flowers on Main (Sherryl Woods)

Title: Flowers on Main (2/14 Chesapeake Shores series)
Author:
 Sherryl Woods
Published: Kindle Edition was published October 26th 2020 (first published April 28th 2009)
Final grade: 4/5

For those of you who missed the review for Book One, this is part of a series that was the inspiration for the Hallmark Channel Series Chesapeake Shores which is on season 5. Elements of this book appear in the series, but unlike Abby’s book, Bree’s book has really little to do with the television series

NOTE: This book, and therefore this review, mention miscarriage. If this is something that makes you uncomfortable, please do not click on the read more.

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Bookit 22.1: The Inn at Eagle Point (Sherryl Woods)

Title: The Inn at Eagle Point (1/14 Chesapeake Shores series)
Author:
Sherryl Woods
Published: Kindle Edition was published October 12, 2020; Originally published in 2009.
Final grade: 4/5

I came across this series after watching the Television series based on it from the Hallmark Channel. I always like to read the book when I find out that is the source. In this case I actually found a series that I have quite enjoyed. A Caveat though before we begin – The show is based on the books, but takes its own direction pretty much a few episodes in. Both however are good, but don’t read the books expecting just a more in depth guide to the series.

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State of the Blog 2022

Happy New Years Everyone!

I figured I would map out what I have planned for this blog in the coming year today.  Many of you have stopped to read for many different reasons.

If you like my rewatch series, that will continue (I’m far from finished!).  The Rewatch project started as a project to keep me focused during a lockdown where I was actually sent home from work for a whole month back in 2020.  There was no clue when they would reopen but they did after 3 or 4 weeks (depending on your status).  So, it ended up taking a lot longer than anticipated.  Its still called Rewatch 2020 even though its 2022 and I’m only 4 series in (For context there is…10 I think).   However, I am in the process of moving and redoing my budget as I am contributing to two sets of bills so it may be slower as my access to the show is behind a paywall.  I plan on trying to get ahead and post 2-3 rewatches a week but there may be delays.  I hope to be on Enterprise by the end of the Year and then I can start watching the *new* Star Trek content.

For those you who came for the book and/or movie reviews, they will be making a comeback.  I plan on trying to restart my bookit goals (50 books in a year) and getting some new movies in.  Honestly part of the reason I do my reviews is to keep writing when my fiction writing brain takes a vacation, but I find them fun to write.  You can expect a movie review in the next coming days.  These won’t all be new to everyone movies, but something new to me.  So, expect classic film movies as well as theatrical releases.

History posts will also continue, although I am currently moving them to their own blog, so they are easy to access and sort for those who want specific information.  When I get it, all set up, I’ll make an update post here to direct those of you here for that to the new blog.  I feel they got mogged down by the Reviews and rewatches, which are considerably easier to write then an essay I need to research.

Thank you all for sticking with me these last couple of years.  I hope you enjoy the content of this blog, both previous and new entries.

I hope everyone’s 2022 is uplifting, inspiring and happy.

EDIT: Just editing to add that apparently this is the 600th post on this blog.

Happy Holidays

I’ll be taking a break from my “Rewatch 2020″project this holiday (or at least worrying about getting posts out) for the rest of the month. I’ll restart posts in January.

I hope everyone has a great holiday (which ever one you celebrate, for me its Christmas) and a Happy new Year! See you all in 2022!

The Rewatch 219: Dax

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.08 Dax (0215/1993)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
Gregory Itzin (Illon Tandro) – He is known for his role in 24, appearances on Friends, and several episodes of Star Trek over the years including DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.
Fionnula Flanagan (Enina Tandro) – Flanagan played several roles on Trek over the years, including that of Juliana Soong, Data’s “mom”. Some of her other notable roles include Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Transamerica,
Anne Haney (Judge Renora) – She previously played Rishon on TNG.  She is also known for her roles in Mrs Doubtfire and Mama’s Family.
Richard Lineback (Selin Peers) – Another Star Trek alum, he played roles on DS9, TNG and Enterprise.  He also plays the father in Twister, one of my favorite childhood films.
Spice Williams (Klaestron Kidnapper) – Spice Williams is a reoccuring face among Star trek, having guest starred as several characters over the years as well as working on stunts. In this episode she gets to beat up Julian Bashir. She is also the sister-in-law of Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar)

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The Rewatch 217: Q-Less

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.07 (02/8/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
 John de Lancie (Q) – This is John de Lancie’s second series with Trek (out of four he will appear in to my knowledge)
Jennifer Hetrick (Vash) – This will be Hetrick’s third appearance as Vash, Picard’s love interest and archeological thief.

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The Rewatch 216: Aquiel

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.12 Aquiel (2/1/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Renee Jones (Aquiel Uhnari)- I know her best as Lexie Carter on Days of Our Lives. She played the role from 1993 to 2012, and it appears to be her last credit. She has no credits after 2012.
Wayne Grace (Torak) – Grace has done both live action and voice work, including several Star Wars and Star Trek games. He played roles in DS9 and Enterprise.
Reg. E. Cathey (Morag)-
He played Franklin Storm in the more recent reboot of Fantastic Four. Which I still need to see. He also appeared in House of Cards, for which he has received several Emmy nominations. He unfortunately passed away in 2018, with his final performance being the voice of Captain Quaid in Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.

Review:

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