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review 2017-07-24 09:13
great first book, second not so much.
Road Trip Vol. 1 - BA Tortuga Road Trip Vol. 1 - BA Tortuga
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is a two book set, Racing The Moon, and Steam And Sunshine, and I read them back to back, so my review will be for both books, as a single listing. I enjoyed reading about Sonny and MJ, in Racing The Moon. They come together in an unusual way, Sonny running his Moonshine and MJ blowing up Sonny's escape route! There is immediate chemistry between these guys, I mean, they are trying to kill each other but it quickly turns into sexual chemistry. And THAT is way off the charts! Once these guys get with the programme, they are at it like bunnies and I LIKED that ....in the first book. But in Steam and Sunshine?? not so much. Every little thing sets them off, like EVERYTHING!!! And its on every bloody page, almost. Oh, I'm not against high levels of sexual activity, not at all, but it has to be in keeping with the book, and it took me an inordinate amount of time to read the 330 pages its billed on Goodreads as. I had to keep putting it down, and coming back to it, just to give myself a break from it all! In the first book, its pretty much just Sonny and MJ, with side characters, but in book 2, Neil and Paddy are introduced, hog tied and kidnapped! And these guys are great, weird, as are Sonny and MJ, but great. I liked them. It's very well written, from Sonny, MJ, Neil and Paddy's point of view. All four of them are very different, and it does take a little time to get into each character's way of thinking. Quite hard, at first, but I found it quicker to get with Neil and Paddy, than Sonny and MJ, possibly because I read them back to back. And these guys are BADASS! All of them are, but Sonny and MJ more so. They make no apologies for who and what they are, and I did love that, even badass as they are, Sonny and MJ managed to find those three little words. Kinda cute, but don't tell them that! There is a bigger picture across the stories, and I'm not seeing it yet. I have inklings, but I can't see that picture, and BECAUSE I can't see it, I would love to be able to read books 3 and 4 in this series. Had I just read book one, I would have rated that 5 stars, but this is for volume one, and is for two books and I had some issues with book two, so.... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-23 13:52
4 solid stars
We Belong Together - Megan Slayer
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian,I was gifted my copy of this book. Sarah broke Dare's heart when she didn't go with him when he left for Hollywood 17 years ago. But he never stopped loving her, and now, a trip to Vegas bring Dare and Sarah together,and Dare is determined to not let her go again. But Dare doesn't come alone, he brings Liam, his husband. And Dare want both Liam AND Sarah. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book in the beginning and here's why. Dare and Liam corral Sarah, for want of a better word. They almost gang up on her. There is very little discussion about what will happen once all three of them get to the hotel room. Sarah DID consent, but I really didn't like how it all went down. But after that ?? The guys redeem themselves in wanting to go slow with Sarah. Yes that first time with the three of them was rushed, and hurried but amazing, and now they realise they have to take the foot off the accelerator and slow down or Sarah will reject them both. But once Sarah makes her mind up to run with this, even if it shatters her heart, she's all in and the guys don't stand a chance! I loved that, somehow, I missed what it says in the blurb about Dare and Liam being married. Because that came as a shock when it was mentioned in the book! I had to double back, to see if I missed something! I liked how Sarah's past caught up with her. No, not liked. That's not the right word, when you read the book, you'll see what I mean. It was well written, and did not go down how I expected it to. Sarah's secret wasn't hard to guess, once you do the maths, but I loved that Liam got it way before Dare had to be told. Talk of domestic violence, murder, rape and stalking but none of it described in any great detail. Hot and steamy in places, with MMF, MF, and MM scenes. Emotional and heart breaking in others. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-03 11:03
good, but didnt blow me away.
The Fangs of Scavo - Selina Kray
Detective Inspector Timothy Stoker is tasked with bringing down Hieronymus Bash, an amateur detective trying to bring down charlatans and show people taking money for nothing. The two men are thrown together when both cases become muddled and some trophies that protect the hunters for the Demon Cats of Scavo are stolen. I liked this, it was different and different is always good in my book. I just found it a little . . . . .long winded. Both Tim, and Heiro are prone to using, for want of a better phrase, big long words that gave the impression they had swallowed a dictionary. I found myself constantly checking the meaning of words, and phrases, and it meant that I lost my flow many times, leading to the long winded feeling I'm left with. Oh don't get me wrong, it's a really GOOD book, just not one that blew me away. Tim and Heiro have instant and powerful chemistry, and its great watching them come together, even if what they are doing might get them hanged. Set in late Victorian times, laying with another man was highly illegal. Both men know this, yet they cannot deny their feelings. I didn't get the whodunit til it was revealed in the book, and I did like being kept on my toes. I changed my mind many times, and each time I was proved wrong and I really did not see that one coming! Extremely well written, in the third person, from both man's point of view, with no spelling or editing errors I spotted, I have no doubt some will love this. I'm just sorry I couldn't. I would, however, like to read any future books in the series, or something else written by Ms Kray. I liked, big long words aside, the way she spins a tale. So, a good book, just not a brilliant one but still it gets. . . . 4 stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-03 10:50
great book, even if I didn't like Alyssa much!
Hers, Untamed - Anna Adler
Alyssa pays half a million credits for Jax, her new pet. Jax is the name she gave the human-alien hydrid fighting his captors when she went to look. But Jax is not a pet, nor the sex toy Alyssa wants him for. He will, however, play nicely to get what he wants, his freedom. Will Alyssa let him go?? At first, I didn't like this book. Mainly because of Alyssa herself. She is a spoilt brat, who thinks it's perfectly acceptable to keep a man in a cage, to walk him on a leash. But Alyssa is a product of her upbringing, her culture. And as she gets to know Jax, she also gets to know a bit more about her people, and their opinion of and the way they treat their "pets" She begins to see that maybe, just maybe, this is not the way they should treat people. And she does redeem herself beautifully!! Oh it takes her time to do that and she does use Jax in many ways, not that he really objected to having Alyssa touch him the way she does but he has to show some objection, right?? It's very well written, with all the technology of the time and place fairly easy to understand and picture, lots of common words are used for various things so it wasn't taxing on the brain. It's sexy in places, a bit heart stopping in others. I really really enjoyed it. BUT!!! Only Alyssa has her say. And I so desperately wanted to hear from Jax! Like, I'm reading along, waiting, waiting, preying, begging and pleading that we'd hear from Jax and we don't. And when I realised I wouldn't get to hear from him, I spat my dummy out, threw my toys out the pram and had a full on hissy fit!! Because I have no doubt at all, had Jax been given a proper voice, I would have enjoyed this immensely more, even with my dislike of Alyssa in the beginning, and this would have been a five star review. I loved the Adler tells her tale, and I would like to read more by this author. This is the first of her work I've read. So, ONLY because Jax doesn't get a say.......... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-23 15:32
not quite as good as book two
Urgent Care (Hearts and Health Book 3) -... Urgent Care (Hearts and Health Book 3) - DJ Jamison
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book three in the series, Hearts and Health, but you don't need to have read the other two. I've only read one. While previous characters pop up (major brownie points from me on that one!) you don't need to have read their stories for this one to make sense. I LOVED book two, Bedside Manner, like warm and fuzzies for days. This one, not so much and I can't for the life of me figure out why! Its well written, from both men's point of view, and I did enjoy the story, how it all unfolded, and Trent and Xav deal with their history. I liked the epiphany that Trent had, after his friend died, why he came back to town, and why he wanted so badly to reconcile with the only man he ever loved. I liked that Xav (which only Trent shortened as such but I'm stealing it!) was reluctant and rightly so. I liked the way they took their time to finally consummate their new relationship. I LIKED the book, Trent and Xav and their story. I just didn't LOVE it. And it pains me, deeply, to say that because it really is a good book! so, 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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