Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano

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Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano opens with Finlay Donovan and her nanny, Vero, planning a trip to Atlantic City to pay off some debts, find Javi, and retrieve a stolen car.  But first, they come up with a cover story that backfires miserably.  Finlay and Vero have to be clever and sneaky to accomplish what they set out to do, but will they have to come clean?

Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano.  This is one of the books I was most excited about being able to read before it was in stores.  I received the eBook for free in exchange for my honest review.

The fourth installment picks up where the last book ended and ties up the loose ends from Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead (Finlay Donovan, #3) . . . so much so that I thought that this was going to be the last book in the series.  However, Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice ends up having a couple of cliffhangers, making me wonder what kind of trouble Finlay and Vero are going to get into in the next book.  I expect that the next installment will take a different turn and am looking forward to seeing what direction Elle Cosimano takes us in.

As far as the storyline in this fourth book goes, it can be a bit outlandish at times.  It's still a super fun read that had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next.  Just expect to suspend belief in certain parts of the book.  I consider this to be a beach read, but in a good way!  It's reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Two characters feature more prominently, the ex-husband and the boyfriend.  Steven comes across as a man child, and I found myself disliking him even more than I did in previous books.  Although, there were parts where I almost felt sorry for the poor schmuck.  As far as Nick goes, I enjoyed getting to see his character developed a bit more, and I find myself liking him a lot more than I did in the first book.  He's definitely growing on me with each book that comes out in the series.

In fact, this series is getting better with each book.  Five out of five stars is what I gave Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano.  This book was published on March 5, 2024.


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