Thursday, February 22, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS by CHARLAINE HARRIS - SOOKIE STACKHOUSE # 2 - GOLLANCZ - PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Charlaine Harris
Published By: Gollancz
Released: Available Now
Details: Omnibus paperback from library, 722 Pages
Living Dead In Dallas is 217 pages of this omnibus.

RATING: 4 STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she obliges - and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly....




BOOK REVIEW:

I’m going to start by saying I decided to watch 3 episodes of Trueblood after I had finished the second book. I think I so far prefer watching the show.

This was a good read, but I am so not connecting with Bill and Sookie in the paperback, thus far, but now I have seen 3 episodes on TV, I feel they express more emotion as actors playing their characters.

I am trying with Bill, but I find him dull in the book. It was great being introduced to Stan and some of the other vampires and there was a great story attached to that.

I think about halfway through this book I started to get into the swing, no pun intended (refer below paragraph) with Sookie and her detective type mission.


I still enjoyed this instalment, but I wouldn’t rave about it. *hides under pillow*

I felt a little awkies with the orgy scene. Not because it was an orgy scene. Pffft! I devour erotic books, but because the characters felt awkward in the scene. Eric in pink lycra…hmmm…I shall say no more. Maybe I need to look at the year this book was written and the clothing styles of the era. I get it was supposed to be funny? But this is Eric!!!

I sometimes feel (and this is me and my personal expectations), that parts need to be fleshed out more in this book between Bill and Sookie. I felt that a bit with book 1, too. I know there is a massive fan base for this series, but I personally would like some more emotion with Bill on paper and I feel he’s not your typical ‘dream’ vampire book boyfriend—yet.

The sexual content seems to overshadow where more fleshing out could be inserted. I want to believe in these two and I feel like I am floating rather than getting depth.

I’ve got the omnibus from my local library because I can’t find books 2 and 3 in my library but they seem to have book 1 and 4 onwards.

Go figure.

I have purchased paperbacks for 4 onwards to keep me happy for a while from my local newsagent, but they didn't have 1-3.

This omnibus is really an uncomfortable weight to read snuggled in bed. It’s like a big, heavy brick. I think it would be the heaviest book I have ever held as a fictional novel, and I have to grip it hard it’s that heavy.

Note to publishers: Don’t release such a whopping heavy paperback. Reading is for snuggling in bed, or snuggling somewhere. Not getting knocked in the face with the book or struggling to hold the thing up. It’s really a lay-on-your-tummy read or sit at a table.

I am very intrigued to know more about this series, so I will heft this whopping book back up ( it will be left side heavy this time) and crack on with Club Dead.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: CONSPIRACY IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 8 - CONTEMPORARY CRIME - PIATKUS

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Piatkus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 459 Pages

RATING: 5 6 ROARKE & PLOT STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

In the late 21st century, on the streets of New York City, a street sleeper is found murdered, his diseased heart removed with surgical precision. His death would typically drop to the bottom of a list of senseless and inexplicable killings, but Lieutenant Dallas, who "would stand for the dead and the living," is not about to let that happen.

When her research uncovers similar crimes in several cities that were dropped under mysterious circumstances, Dallas knows she's facing a killer cruel enough to prey on the weakest in society and powerful enough to conspire an extensive coverup.

To complicate matters further, Dallas faces an equally troubling threat to her career when she's linked to the death of a fellow cop. Now she must fight to restore her good name as well as track down the killer.




BOOK REVIEW:

6 STARS!!! And I don't often hand those out. 

This was my FAVE book thus far in the series. I do love them all, but this one was that little bit more.

Organ harvesting is not a fun topic, but this was the path Eve was on with her faithful sidekick, Peabody, as they worked the case of the displaced (homeless) people on the streets who are killed for their not so healthy organs.

I can’t express how much I love Roarke, he really is one hell-of-a-guy and I keep getting Christian Grey in my head whenever I imagine him, but with long black hair. Dude is drool worthy and always comes through for Eve, even when she doesn’t want him on the case.



They made an interesting picture: Roarke, sexy and elegant in suave black tie; Eve, long and lanky in her copper column; and Mavis, in a silver dress that looked wet to the touch and faded into transparency a wink below her crotch, while a temporary tattoo of a grinning lizard slithered up her right thigh.



I really enjoyed the injection of the ‘troublemaker’ in this instalment, just to add a little more to Eve’s plate. She was a doozey of a character.

Watching Summerset and Eve have a moment where they are both at odds with their normal behavior with each other was a little emotional. See, Summerset isn’t heartless towards Eve, he just likes to play it that way. I think by now he knows she's not a money hungry woman looking for an easy ride in life. 

Watching Roarke handle Eve when she needs him most, cements in my mind farther how suited these two are for each other.

Yup! There was a lot of depth to this instalment and the case to solve came with a more complicated plot, and that I really enjoyed.

J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts really has a smashing hit on her hands with this über long series. I’m in for the long haul. I’m beginning to lag a little with enthusiasm for Stephanie Plum series (I’m at Explosive Eighteen #18), because nothing really changes. The In Death series really brings it all. I know they are chalk and cheese as far as seriousness, but it would be nice for a little depth with Steph and the gang.

I highly recommend In Death series, it is clever (even though sometimes the cases to solve are a little too easy), sexy, the characters are mature and can be funny and serious. Roarke is really exceptional, I think.

I have read Loyalty In Death, finished it this morning and this one is still my fave.

Time to reserve a couple more from the library. This is a series I will definitely invest in paperbacks for my personal shelves. 




Thursday, February 8, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: SEDUCTION & SNACKS by TARA SIVEC - CHOCOLATE LOVERS # 1 - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Tara Sivec
Published By: Tara Sivec
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from OP Shop purchase, 260 Pages

RATING: 4.5 FUN STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life.

When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time.

With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse.



BOOK REVIEW:

I picked up this paperback from an OP shop while I was tagging along for one of mini me’s OP shop adventures. I just hung around the books and picked up a couple good finds. I do remember starting the ebook a gazillion years ago (2012) as I had on my Kindle, but for some reason I never finished it. Certainly not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but being a blogger, maybe a publishers’ book for review was more important at the time.

This is a fun read, made even more quirky by absolutely no page numbers printed on any of the pages, which I gotta tell you was kinda weird and also messed with my theory of reading X amount of pages a night, or simply noting what page number I was up to. I hope to miss that experience ever again with a paperback.

It was really quite odd.

So many reviews and ratings have already been put down for this book. It is a definite poolside read.

Gavin, the four-year-old wonder child is a hoot, even though I shouldn’t condone what comes out of his mouth, but he’s not my kid, so I laugh and can walk away.

He really is a big part of the humor in this book.

The sub characters are all fun and bring their own kind of silly.

Now, Jenny, I found we have something in common (heads-up: Jenny is the character who gets her words mixed up and it can be quite funny), you think a median strip is a medium strip and so have I, my whole entire life—nearly. Who knew it was a median strip? Ya learn something new every day.

What I found very amusing is I don’t know anybody else over where I live that has watched Beavis and Butt-head and when the line: I am the great Cornholio. I am the great Cornholio. I need TP for my bunghole popped up, I had a big giggle. I was waiting for the line : Caaaandy. I need caaaandy. (Beavis and Butt-head humor)

My boys used to walk around with their hoodies up over their heads reciting these lines. Come to think of it, so did my husband.




If you are looking for a quick, fun read, this is the book for you. Nothing is taken seriously and the sex scenes are kinda hot, too.

All in all, this is the type of book that sells well, because we all like a fun read.



Saturday, February 3, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: BECOMING A VINCENT by C.M. OWENS - THE WILD ONES # 1 - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: C.M. Owens
Published By: C.M. Owens
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 220 Pages

RATING: 5 OF THE FUNNIEST STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

When you live in a place where “turbo speed” internet is a slight step above dial-up, men carry on nine-year beard-growing challenges out of stubborn pride, and your brothers do things like nail all your panties to the outside of your cabin just for funsies, you tend to be a little crazy. You can call it a "locational" hazard, if you will.

That’s Tomahawk for you.

We rank people based on just how crazy they are. And the four craziest families in town are called the Wild Ones.
I’m on the bottom tier of those, so technically I’m not as crazy as the other Wild Ones. In fact, if it wasn’t for my brothers and their endless antics, I wouldn’t be considered a Wild One at all. Ahem. Sure. We’ll go with that.

Anyway, I have a best friend who endures it all with me. Benson Nolans is my one, constant favorite person.
Without him, I’d probably go really crazy, and not the fun kind. It’d be ridiculous, after three years of a flawless friendship, to mess that all up by falling for him.

I mean, even if we did get a little too close one night, it’d be reckless endangerment. Even if we did suddenly feel the chemistry that’s always been there and stop toeing the line, it’d be a foolish risk to take.

It’d be stupid to start hoping a really fun, but completely irrational, night with zero inhibitions might accidentally happen.
Really stupid…

Right?

*NO cliffhanger
*Stand-alone book
*Sexual Content
*Adult language
*Completely, 100% crazy


BOOK REVIEW:


I discovered I had quite a few C.M. Owens’ books on my Kindle after stumbling across Four Psychos under her pen name, Kristy Cunning.

November 2017 I had purchased both Becoming A Vincent and Going Wild and had forgotten I had purchased them—as ya do. I’m not even ashamed to mention my Kindle account has like 4000-5000 books on it.😝

(Just throw the kindle in the coffin with a solar panel above ground when I cark it).

Anywho, this book is THE funniest book I have read in a long time. It does take a lot for me to laugh these days and this book had me snorting and giggling.

Hale and Killian, the brothers are the craziest and funniest guys.

I am so in lurrrve with Benson Nolans.

#teambenson

#rawrrr

C.M. Owens has found a new reader fan in me. I have already started book 2, Going Wild.

I am not even gonna tell you any more than that, because this is such a fun, uber sexy read with great sub characters. It’s a whole brand of crazy, but it is sure to make you smile.


P.S. At the moment it is only $1.00US



Thursday, February 1, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: FOUR PSYCHOS by KRISTY CUNNING aka C.M. OWENS - THE DARKSIDE # 1 - PARANORMAL REVERSE HAREM

By: Kristy Cunning
Published By: Kristy Cunning
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 210 Pages

RATING: 4.5 STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

I'm not so different from most people.
Like everyone else, I have life goals.

Goal #1: Become a real girl instead of this invisible ghost thing I currently am.

Goal #2: Convince the four men I've been haunting for the past five years to pick me to be their new toy after goal one is complete.

Goal #3: Figure out who/what I am and why I can't remember anything past the five years I've been haunting this quad.

Goal #4: Eat popcorn.

See? Perfectly normal. Sort of.
Gotta start small, after all.
It's not like anyone else is perfect either.

**Sexual situations
**Reverse Harem
**Dark humor galore
**Language warning



BOOK REVIEW:

I saw this book by chance on Amazon when I was zipping about a couple days ago and noted it was only a buck and even though I didn’t like the cover design, I popped over to Goodreads and saw everybody praising the book. 

Good enough for me.

The cover gives the impression of a dark read, but in fact it isn't. You will find yourself snorting with laughter. Or was that just me doing the snorting?

This is why giving authors’ reviews, becomes very important.

I loved how original this book felt, even though sometimes I could feel a little Hunger Games sliding in with the gauntlet/trials.

Keyla is a character who is naïve for reasons she can’t help. She gives good banter and she reminded me of Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie, when she would think a new outfit and change her clothes as though in the blink of an eye. She is a fun character who makes the best of what she is… which is???

The four lads held my attention quite nicely, playing the reverse harem role well.

Sexual tension…Check!

Gorgeous… Check!

Banter… Check!

Cocky... Check!

I can’t reveal anymore than I have, because this is a story better left to unfold. 

There are four books in total that will be published in the series. Book two is released titled : Three Trials. And the cover is really cool.

Kristy aka C.M Owens has used a great deal of creativity in bringing something a little fresh and a lot sexy to the stage.

Well done!

Give this one a read, I'm sure you will be very entertained even if it isn't your usual genre you read in. I will read anything as I love finding 'gems' to read.





Friday, January 26, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: BLOOD OF THE EARTH by FAITH HUNTER - SOULWOOD # 1 - URBAN FANTASY - PENGUIN

By: Faith Hunter
Published By: Penguin
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 358 Pages

RATING: 4.25 NELL STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…




BOOK REVIEW:

I’ve been interested to read some Faith Hunter since I noticed the Jane Yellowrock series. I have not started the Jane Yellowrock series yet, but headed straight into the Soulwood series.

I don’t normally read like this, skipping the original series before the spinoff, but my local library simply does not stock Jane Yellowrock, so away I went meeting Nell when I saw it on the shelf.

I found I could quite easily read Blood of the Earth without any prior knowledge of Jane Yellowrock series. I met Rick in this spinoff series and from some of the reviews I have read of Jane Yellowrock he was possibly a bit of an ass in that series? I found him to be fair and authoritative in this book. Only once did Nell have to put him in his place and she did it with pure female grunt.

The only thing I am curious to know is about Rick and Paka’s situation/relationship, which would have been revealed in the Jane Yellowrock series. Rick was Jane’s boyfriend, yet there is some witchy-shiz going on between Rick and Paka. Not love, but they are together and Paka seems the only one pleased.

Nell is a great character and Faith lifted several layers for me to see under in this book. Watching Nell discover bit by bit what she could achieve with the powers she is still discovering was very intriguing. Faith does have a way with words. These moments I really enjoyed.



I gulped breaths, calming my heart, and shifted position until I could place both hands on the dirt, both soles on the roots, my spine and the back of my head against the tree, looking up into the limbs. It was miserable cold, but I could feel the ground beneath me, solid and sandy, rock and stone and feel dirt, clay and layers of long-rotten leaves, water rising through the ground, under pressure, surface water falling down the hills, under gravity. Water spreading out, feeding rootlets and moistening seeds and dancing through the air as it splashed over rocks. My breath came easier, and the panic began to slide away. With the sun gone, the earth was at rest and yet never resting. Always alive and breathing and moving and pumping nutrients. Animals slept in the nooks of trees and rocks, in nests, in dens, and curled in tall grasses. Others hunted. I reached out with my senses, into the ground, and felt the earth, the contentment that was life, and the health of the trees.



Don’t expect any romance in this book; although I would love at this early stage to see her and Occam shipping. They appear like they have a connection… or something. At first I thought it was Tandy, but he’s not right for Nell, if she is to ever have herself a relationship away from the church—something different to John—I hope it is with Occam, at this early stage.


Sunlight turned Occam’s lightly tanned skin a pale gold, and made his amber-hazel eyes glow. He was wearing loose cotton pants and a stretchy T-shirt, the clothing dark blue with the words PsyLED stenciled on the shirt in white. And he was barefooted again, toes pawing the ground, the way a cat might milk the earth.


Tandy and Occam are my fave sub characters so far.

I LOVE urban fantasy and I did find this first book to be very, very slow for me for about the first 40% of the book. Eh, it could just be me, but I did find it hard to want to keep reading due to the pace—initially—it did get more exciting the more I turned the pages. I normally like a little faster paced urban fantasy, where I get more action and quicker information.

The one thing about Faith’s writing is she is über descriptive and sometimes that was great and sometimes I felt I didn’t need to know every single thing Nell was doing in the kitchen as an example, but that is just me. Descriptive is awesome, but I found this book could be over descriptive when maybe not necessary.

Eh, each to their own.

I’ll be getting my hands on the first paperback in Jane Yellowrock series soon, as I am intrigued to know her character and this Rick business. The Soulwood series was more a spontaneous reaction to grab from the library shelf when I realized Jane Y series simply wasn’t available.

I can’t finish up without mentioning the cover art, which is absolutely amazing… beautiful! Seeing Nell on the cover with the forest floor swirling around her has great meaning.


BOOK REVIEW: MIDNIGHT IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH #7.5 - CRIME ROMANCE - PIATKUS

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Piatkus 
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 139 Pages (Midnight In Death). 

RATING: 4.5 ADDICTED STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

The number-one New York Times bestselling In Death series explodes with intrigue, passion, and suspense. Now, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, propels you into the darkest night of Lieutenant Eve Dallas's life...when a killer comes to call...

Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance...or die trying...


BOOK REVIEW:

A young man from Eve’s past has reared his evil head and written out his own deadly naughty list to get back at the people who helped to put him away.

Naturally Eve Dallas is on that list and time is of the essence to save those listed above her name.

Now the one thing that kinda screwed the plot a little for me was David wrote the order he was taking people out and left it for Lieutenant Dallas to find. Now bear with me, because I am a stickler on plot not having any flaws, it’s just my little OCD thing with reading a thriller/crime story. David was indeed taking out the people in order, so why didn’t Eve secretly wait with the person who was next on the list and capture the evil prick? If the names hadn’t been listed OR it was random order, then I can understand she simply didn’t know who was going to be taken out next—but she did. The only reason the list changed was if the person was put in a safe house, which was farther down list.

She could have still been investigating and trying to find the ‘hole’ David was in as he worked the people over and used Peabody and company to do the foot work while waiting with the third person on the list, because the first two deaths had proven the list was true. It seemed the simplest solution to me and BAM she would have David.

To further cement my comments, the police guarding one person against David, did not stop him from approaching and kidnapping the person on the list. The kid was simply clever in his approach—the cop was not.

Eve is a very intelligent, methodical character. Roarke is extremely off-the-charts intelligent. Surely giving away the list of names in order of their downfall would have you one step ahead and closely shadowing the next person on the list, like being their sticky-buddy. Hiding in their workplace, the backseat of their car when they went out, especially how the third person was taken. I know the cops were guarding them…but this is Eve and she knows what the kid looks like and again THIS IS EVE!

The kid wasn't that far ahead with his kidnappings and gross killings, which was set out for the reader to plainly see. The next on the list, Eve simply had to be waiting for him, with Peabody and no doubt Roarke.

For me just a simple tweak to the plot with the list would have made this a flawless plot, considering Eve’s personality and intelligence and the way the rest of the story played out.

It is my only gripe because the story itself I enjoyed very much.

Here are a couple of my fave Roarke moments.



He looked so… perfect, she thought. He was dressed casually for the day, in black, his long, lean body relaxing in a chair probably made two hundred years ago.

He had the face of a god with slightly wicked intentions, eyes of blazing Irish blue and a mouth created to destroy a woman’s control. Power sat attractively on him, as sleek and sexy, Eve thought, as the rich fall of black hair that skimmed nearly to his shoulders.




“That’s what I get for marrying a cop.” Ireland sang quietly in his voice, the lilt of a sexy poet. “For loving one,” he added, and tipped her face up to kiss her.



He combed his fingers through her short brown hair. “You’re what I want, Eve, the woman who leaves her home to stand over the dead. And the one who knew what a copy of Yeats would mean to me.”



Due to each Kindle book being a bit out of my price range I have been borrowing from library. #keepinglibrariesalive

I will be buying all the paperbacks for my personal library for my daughter to read one day, because this is such a fantastic series—and ROARKE!

I DID have Conspiracy In Death waiting on the reserve shelf for me to pick up tomorrow (public holiday today), but some inconsiderate #@(*@!!! took the book off the reserve shelf under my name. They took my slip out of it sometime yesterday and decided to jump the queue (who knows if they even swiped their card, because paper trail). 

Really? You can’t wait to reserve the book like I did and I waited like eight weeks for my turn? It had only been sitting on reserve shelf for 2 days! I'm feeling grumbly if you couldn't tell. I'll be pulling a Eve Dallas tomorrow and getting them to see if the dumbass swiped their card and they can ring them, because this is about the 8th time this has happened to me over various reserves I've had, and I am getting a little over it.

Fark me!

But there are worse things in life. :) 

Signed: A little grumbly, only because I'm addicted.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

BOOK REVIEW : HOLIDAY IN DEATH by J.D. ROBB - IN DEATH # 7 - CRIME ROMANCE - PIATKUS

By: J.D. Robb
Published By: Piaktus
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 395 Pages

RATING: 5 STARS

Blurb: Goodreads

No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love--and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...


BOOK REVIEW:


What can I say about the In Death series and make it new each book I review, because there is a formula in place?

I know—Roarke!

Sure he’s in every book, but there was something more in this installment. I had wondered how Nora aka J.D. Robb was going to handle his character over 46 books when I am only seven in, and I think she will do just fine. Roarke just does things that would make any female sigh.

I adore the way he accepts Eve’s dedication-to-the-job and doesn't complain and he loves her possibly more each book. He always makes himself included in most cases in the takedown of the villain. He does it to make sure she doesn’t get hurt. He is there for her, even though he probably shouldn’t be inserting himself into her case—but he’s not going to let the fact he doesn’t hold a badge stop him.

Detective McNab and Peabody are so amusing and I know we are going to get a lot more from these two. His clothing attire appears quite flamboyant, which doesn’t match his personality—I feel. Maybe I’m wrong. He is very witty, but he seems to be rather overdressed for his job. Not that it matters, but it feels kinda off to me when he appears clothed the way he is. Eh, if anything it is a splash of color on the page. :) I know it's the future, but Roarke seems very Christian Grey attired in my head, or maybe I am not paying attention. I think this quirk with McNab bothers me, but it shouldn't.



Eve looked over and saw Ian McNab swagger into the room. He had a big, satisfied grin on his pretty face, a knee-length vest in eye-searing fuchsia over his Christmas-green jumpsuit, and a striped ribbon of both colors binding back his long sweep of glinting gold hair.


I think J.D. Robb showed us a more emotional Eve in this instalment. She does get cranky, she can upset Peabody, but she does it from her heart and how she sees Peabody as more a friend than just a work colleague.

This makes her more real to me.

She isn’t perfect. She has very real female moments, which are all her and not the job. She had an extremely rough childhood, no solid parenting and she’s floundering about a bit in how to be a wife and live in Roarke's social world and be a good friend.

I can read a book where I wonder why the guy even bothers with the female lead, because she isn’t making me believe she-is-the-one with her behaviour. I know the author wants me to be brainwashed with their words, but the connection simply isn’t there, due to the writing.

Roarke is a man who could have anybody on any of the planets he visits. He is a man that keeps showing us why he is so deeply in love with a woman who was broken so young. Eve is beautiful no matter how she walks through the door after a rough day on the streets. She doesn’t need the bells and whistles and he doesn't ask for them, but he will zip her up in a dress he has purchased for her, because she isn't a girlie shopper—far from it.  

This is so damn romantic.

She has access to squillions and spends virtually nothing on herself.

But he knows his wife and he provides.

He gives her what she needs when she doesn’t realise she needs it, purely out of love and devotion and never control. You feel this through the author’s words.

You could strip the murder case from each book and you are still left with substantial pages filled with Eve and her Roarke. 

Until the next book...

#teamroarke


Saturday, January 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: DEAD UNTIL DARK by CHARLAINE HARRIS - SOOKIE STACKHOUSE # 1 - PARANORMAL ROMANCE - PENGUIN

By: Charlaine Harris
Published By: Penguin
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 312 Pages

RATING: 4.25 STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.




BOOK REVIEW:

Folks, I’m a virgin to the Sookie Stackhouse (I keep wanting to say Steakhouse) series and I have never watched True Blood, so I am reviewing without comparison.

I’m not sure how I feel about Sookie and Bill’s coming together at this stage. I will leave that open. I will say it didn’t make a great impact on me in Dead Until Dark.

To be truthful I thought Bill may have needed a little more oomph injected into his character, but I shall hold no judgement until I read more in the series.

Eric’s character, although only a very small part he played in this first book, made me pay attention a little more.

Visually in my head, when I first read his description, I felt he came across in my mind more like a biker looking guy with his jeans, boots and vest. Then I googled True Blood and saw their Eric.



The vampire he indicated was handsome, in fact, radiant; blond and blue-eyed, tall and broad shouldered. He was wearing boots, jeans, and a vest. Period. Kind of like the guys on the cover of romance books. He scared me to death.



I do understand this series has sold a bazillion million copies and I am coming into the series very late in the game. My thoughts are but a drip in the ocean.

I was entertained, and that is all I can ask for, but I would have liked a little more from Sookie and Bill in regards to their relationship (?) and not just the sexual content. I kind of craved more, wanting to connect with them as the reader.

All up, it was a quick read that has me intrigued to know more… especially about Eric.




Friday, December 29, 2017

BOOK REVIEW : REASONABLE DOUBT VOLUME 2 by WHITNEY G. - REASONABLE DOUBT # 2 - EROTIC ROMANCE - NOVELLA

By: Whitney G.
Published By: Whitney G.
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 77 Pages

RATING: 5 STARS

Blurb: Goodreads

She lied to me...
She betrayed the one rule that I'm most adamant about: Honesty. Complete and utter fucking honesty.
I really wish she was someone else—someone who didn't have the ability to make me feel, someone I could easily discard like the hundreds of women before her.
She isn't.
I'm drawn to her like I've never been drawn to a woman before—completely captivated by the very sight of her. But unfortunately, with my past slowly re-surfacing for all of the world to see, I'll have to find a way to let her go.
She can never be mine.



BOOK REVIEW:

It took me only a couple hours to read volume one and volume two in the Reasonable Doubt series and I have volume three left to read.

Man, such satisfying short reads. Whitney is very clever in her approach. She doesn’t waste words and she gives us Andrew who is a filthy talker, appears a jerk, but she gives us those outer layers initially, so we can watch her peel them back.

Andrew hates liars.

Alyssa has lied to him.

Even though he has his set of rules: One Night… yaddi yaddi ya. He can’t seem to keep his cock away from her.

Sounds like a trope that’s been done before…but…

A 77 page quick second installment in the Reasonable Doubt series, which is as good as the first 88 page installment.

Fast paced, sexy, witty, squirm-worthy and an intelligent read. You can see Whitney did her lawyer homework, if she wasn’t already one herself.

Visually it plays out like a mini tv show in front of your eyes as you read, everything clear on the page with description and great dialogue.

Looking forward to hitting up the last installment that is around 180 pages.