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Ashley Poston

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Tekijän teokset

Geekerella (2017) 1,220 kappaletta
The Dead Romantics (2022) 1,169 kappaletta
Heart of Iron (2018) 535 kappaletta
Among the Beasts and Briars (2020) 524 kappaletta
The Seven Year Slip (2023) 432 kappaletta
The Princess and the Fangirl (2019) — Tekijä — 408 kappaletta
Bookish and the Beast (2020) 338 kappaletta
Soul of Stars (2019) 100 kappaletta
Hawkeye: Bishop Takes King (2023) 18 kappaletta
We Own the Night (2016) 15 kappaletta
The Sound of Us (2013) 15 kappaletta
A Novel Love Story (2024) 9 kappaletta

Associated Works

Battle of the Bands (2021) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta

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Read this, forgot to write the review and by the time I remembered, I couldn't really remember anything about the story. Refreshed my memory and it was an ok story, but didn't obviously make a lasting impression.
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sdbookhound | Feb 25, 2024 |
{stand alone; romance, ghosts, puns}(2022)

A story about a ghostwriter - who also sees ghosts. This was sort of a book bullet for the author by way another of her books, [The Seven Year Slip].

Florence Day is a ghostwriter for the very famous romance writer Ann Nichols but no-one knows other than the two of them, Ann's agent and their editor. But Florence, as the story opens, is about to meet her new editor, Benji Andor (who, she discovers, is pretty hot), and she's not sure if he knows the secret. The problem is that she has a deadline to meet but she can't write the 'happily ever after' ending prescribed for Ann's books after she a bad break up from her boyfriend, Lee, in the last year (the love interest keeps dropping dead in the middle of the scene).

Then Florence gets bad news from home and has to return from NYC to the Southern town of Mairmont, South Carolina where she grew up and where the family business (a funeral home) is - and where she hasn't returned since graduating from high school because she sees dead people so she got badly bullied even though she solved a murder. And while she's there, Ben turns up - but he's a ghost.
I stared through the window at the stacks of romance novels, with Ann Nichols's new books at the top. The ones I wrote - Midnight Matinee, A Rake's Guide —all of them. Dad walked by this bookstore every day on his daily lunch breaks to Fudge's. He must've seen this display, these books. I wondered if he ever ducked into the store and bought one. I wondered if Mom loved the dry humor in Nichols's new ones. Mom and I never really talked about books after mine failed. I didn't want to talk about books at all after that.
I turned to keep walking, when Ben backtracked and nodded his head toward the door. "Let's go in."
"Because I like bookstores," he replied, and stepped backward through the closed door. I had half a mind to not follow him, but a part of me wondered what section he gravitated toward. Literary? Horror? I couldn't even imagine him in the romance aisle, towering and broody in his pristine button-down shirts and ironed trousers. The bell above the door rang as I stepped into the cozy bookstore. The woman behind the counter, Mrs. Holly, had been there for twenty-odd years. She looked up from her book with a smile. "Well, I'll be damned! Florence Day." Even my local booksellers back in Jersey didn't know my name, but it seemed like a decade away couldn't erase me from small-town memory.
Florence decides to be like her dad (who also talks to ghosts) and help Ben with his unresolved business. If they can work out what it is. And it's a shame he's dead because he turns out to be a really sweet guy (as well as sexy) and she could have fallen for him. There are lots of mentions of golden retrievers (you know that's a plus point for me), lots of name dropping of book titles, authors and publishing houses (including a list of Ash's comfort reads at the end) and lots of deathly puns - you have been warned.
My ears began to burn with a blush, and I glanced away from him. He was a ghost, Florence. Very much dead. And off-limits. "You know, if I was any other kind of person, I'd ask you to haunt Lee Marlow's hipster ass?"
"A ghost for hire."
"You'd be chillingly good at it."
"I have a bone to pick with him, anyhow"
"Oh?" I laughed. "Were you in love with him, too?"
"No, but you were. And I can tell that it hurts."
The town mayor* is a retriever (been re-elected twice, in fact) and who doesn't love a happy dog? And when isn't a retriever happy? I'm not ashamed to admit that it tipped my rating upwards.

Granted, we're mostly in Florence's head and the secondary characters aren't very detailed but this was a light-hearted, feel-good story with romance, a lot of family love, friends and (thankfully for me) minimum steam - and also puns and, most importantly, Fetch the retriever. I like the way he pops up at the edges of scenes being taken for walks visiting his constituents and so on.

*in real life, per Wikipedia, the unincorporated town of Idyllwild in California has had golden retrievers (Max, Max II and Max III) as their mayors since 2012.

February 2024
3.5-4 stars
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humouress | 46 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2024 |
4.5 rounded up!
Honestly I was a little nervous about reading this because the last YA author to tackle Kate Bishop was Marieke Nijkamp's run of the comics last year and it was soooo poorly written and I found it to be a real disappointment. However, Ashley Poston has worked her YA magic and done a standout job here with "Bishop Takes King!" She's found the perfect balance of portraying Kate both as a young person living her life as well as a superhero who has been through some really difficult times. Poston also nailed Kate's voice: it's jokey and witty, but not cheesy or forced, and overall has a deeply earnest tone. The plot is also actually just a totally enjoyable romp through NYC, bookstores, and has a cast that anyone familiar with the Young Avengers is definitely going to enjoy (and the amount that Lucky is involved made me so happy!). Also, Kate interacting with Clint literally made me tear up. Their relationship is so wholesome and I absolutely love their dynamic.

The only critique I have is that there are a few places that just needed some more proofreading. For example, at one point a character sees their bag and goes to pick it up, gets interrupted, and then a couple paragraphs later asks where their bag is, despite having already seen it? There are a few instances like that, especially early on, that made the story a touch sloppy.

However, all in all, a really fantastic Kate Bishop story, and I would be thrilled to see Poston write more of "the better Hawkeye" in the future!
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deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
“Sometimes when you love someone, you both have to do shit you don’t want to.”

I was recommended Ashley Poston by a friend and I fell in love with the stories and writing. So naturally I had to read this one first in the collection. Each of the books is a Valentine's themed stand-alone romance. Audrey has basically resigned herself to never finding love because of the family curse. Everyone she kisses quickly finds their true love. Her best friend asks her to be the best man in his wedding and she readily agrees... and then learns the maid of honor is the bride's best guy friend, who she had a one night stand with. After a drunken bachelor party... it's hours til the wedding begins and Audrey and Rhett are on a mission to uncover what happened last night... and where exactly the grooom is. Poston does a phenomenal job of giving you this adorable story in under 50 pages. It's cute, quirky, and hilarious. Wedding shenanigans galore to be had. I think this is one of those perfect sweet little pallete cleansers everyone needs.… (lisätietoja)
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BookReviewsbyTaylor | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 21, 2024 |



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