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review 2017-08-22 03:12
Heat Trap (The Plumber's Mate #3)
Heat Trap - J.L. Merrow

Oh geez, so much going on in this one! 

 

I complained in my review for the last book that I thought Tom and Phil's relationship took a backseat. That was not the case here. The case Phil's working on effects them both personally and even brings out some secrets Phil has been hiding about himself. It really tests their relationship, bringing up old concerns, but doesn't go into melodrama territory. 

 

The case is again well-done. Marianne, the new bartender at the Dyke, is running from her abusive ex-boyfriend, and Phil's asked to dig up dirt on him. The ex is a Douche-with-a-capital-D and annoyingly wily when it comes to the law. 

And I can't believe Tom fell for Grant's line about being misunderstood. Com'n Tom, that's Abuser Manipulation 101.

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This has some good and creepy twists to it and definitely doesn't end up anywhere I thought it would.

 

On the personal front, Tom's still trying to sort out how he feels about a family secret coming out in the previous book,

about his mother having an affair and his father not being his biological father,

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so there are family tensions to deal with but again it avoids from going into melodramatic territory. I enjoyed seeing more of Cherry and Greg, and of course Gary and Darren are always a hoot. Oh, and I have to give a shout out to Arthur and Merlin too. They're just the coolest cats, if maybe a bit too quick with their affections. :D

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review 2017-08-21 13:48
So I'm gonna get my Transformers geek on at the end
Inhumans: Attilan Rising (2015) #4 - Charles Soule,John Timms,Dave Johnson

When Black Bolt is captured and interrogated by Medusa, he both questions her loyalty to Doom and also tells her there are towers that broadcast signals that force people to accept the world as it is, rather than see what it could be.   Black Bolt isn't affected, and he tells Medusa that people are more willing to questions and less affected once they're made aware of the truth. 

 

They also talk about why Black Bolt hasn't been through Terrigenesis, and he answers that it's a matter of control.   Once you get your gifts, you're not allowed to choose where you want to go.  Your powers dictate that, and that's where you are for the rest of your life.   The example he uses is an artist who gets offensive abilities, and is put on the security team.   

 

Transformers time.   I didn't put it together, despite reading some about this in the Inhumans series by Jenkins and Lee.   I think that's because it's a little bolder here: it's a huge point in this series, a huge motivator, and stated far more plainly as a form of Functionalism than in the previous series.   In Transformers, the Decepticons were originally acting out against Functionalism, or the belief that what you turned into was your function.   Like Jetfire was told that because he was a flier, he couldn't be a scientist.   Fliers aren't scientists, they're made for battle.   They, much like Black Bolt, wanted the freedom to be whatever they wanted.   (Both Functionalism and Attilan had problems with racism of a sort: if you didn't turn into something good, or you didn't get top notch, or even good, gifts during Terrigenesis, you were outcasts.   Ravage was always treated like an animal because  of his panther form and in the Inhumans series - Jenkins and Lee again - there's a lot about that: a girl who's hands are deformed and is told that her best friend that they can no longer be friends, or Wuz, the boy who turns into an Alpha Primitive and is forced down into their literal underground society.   They are the morlocks of Attilan, these Alpha Primitives.)

 

Anyway, loved this issue.   The fact that Black Bolt is tortured is a plus, because I like seeing this in my favorite characters.  I also hope for a hurt/comfort story, and I like seeing how much they can take, even if there's no real comfort in the end.

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review 2017-08-20 14:33
magic and meyhem!
To Tame A Wild Heart - Gwen Mitchell
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Audrey escapes from the asylum holding her and lands right into another kind of jail. Faced with getting free and losing her powers, or staying in the coven to learn all about her powers and the Zyne, Audrey decides to bide her time, learn what she can, get fit and healthy and THEN excape and go back for the child she needs to save. Corvin's mother is head of this coven. He tends to the birds and is happy, for the most part. Being given a novice to train, or losing his precious birds is a bit of a no brainer, but Audrey is almost as broken as eagle currently under his care. He's gonna need to tend this wild one very carefully. The overwhelming feeling I have for this book is this: Harry Potter for grown ups! I found myself comparing, at many points along the way, details that while not EXACTLY from the Harry Potter books, they have obviously been INSPIRED by them. BUT!!! This is not a bad thing, Its just what I need to say, and its all about saying what you thought of a book, and this is what I thought! Getting over that, though and I really REALLY loved it! Audrey is a free spirit who knew she could do things others couldn't but didn't know why. Corvin is a bit of a recluse and thinks more of his animals than anyone else. An odd pair, but since Corvin's mother is an Oracle, I'm sure she saw this coming. I loved Audrey's fight or flight response to most things, but having got this far alive, its to be expected. She does tame it a little as the book progresses but it never fully goes away. Once Corvin is made to see the error of how he'd been treating Audrey in his care (oh, not badly, not at all, just enough) he begins to see the real Audrey, the one who he falls in love with. There is much going on, and not all is sorted. That Huhlwen (I think that's how it was spelt!) has a hidden agenda, getting Audrey to tie to him. Corvin won't be happy when he finds out. I'm assuming that there are other sorcerers out there, and enslaved witches. Just deadly enough and sexy enough, with all the major players having a say, and you know how happy that makes me feel! Oh, and special mention to the side kick crow, who really should have had a say, cos his antics did make me chuckle! This is billed as book one, and I can't wait to read the next one! First I've read of this author too. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-20 14:02
a cute easy read
Ebb and Flow (Love's Charter Book 2) - A... Ebb and Flow (Love's Charter Book 2) - Andrew Grey
Independent Reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the Love's Charter series, but you don't need to have read book one, Setting The Hook for this to make sense. But I will recommend that you do, and explain more as I go. We met Skippy in book one, he and his friends hired Mike's boat. Skippy is in town on business for his father's law firm, but is having a few days off before he starts. Billy Ray is now first mate to Bubba on Mike's boat, since he got a second boat with William's prototype engine in. Billy Ray knows he is gay, has done a long time but he hides it, mostly because of his religious father and the power he has over Billy Ray. But Skippy calls to Billy Ray, in a way no one else ever has. And it will take both men standing up to their overpowering fathers to figure out just want they really want. I listened to book one, but I READ this one. I should know better to switch mid series. This one doesn't have the warm and fuzzies that book one did, but still a cute read. Skippy's father sends him to the town in Florida (that I can't even say, let alone spell!) that has the harbour Mike works his charter out of. An oil company wants to built a pipeline right across the harbour. While that doesn't go down the way Skippy's father wanted, but the client and the twon are happy with the result. Standing up to his father, Skippy finds out just why it seemed he was so busy for the firm and just what his father really thinks of him. I loved that both men were able to stand up to their respective fathers, even though they both knew they could lose everything. I didn't feel the same connection I did to Skippy and Billy Ray that I did to Mike and William, but that might just be because I listened to that one and read this one. Oh, I said you didn't NEED to read book one first. But it might help you understand Bubba's reaction to Billy ray's coming out to him. When Mike did the same, Bubba reacted badly. He's better here, but you'd just get that extra insight. It says this book is 200 pages, but it didn't seem like it. One of those books you can just fall into and forget about the world for a while. Took me little over 90 minutes. A cute read, but not quite a warm and fuzzies one too. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-20 00:52
Scarecrow
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Another of my favorite Batman villains.   Then again, he gets such good villains!  

 

Still not my absolute favorite, but I'm still enjoying this.  It's weird fan service, and I'm into that in general. 

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