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review 2017-05-15 14:32
FU: Fixer Uppers
Fu: Fixer Uppers - Devon McCormack

So…I read something of Devon’s that just didn’t really work for me and I am completely bummed about it.

 

Devon has an amazing talent…there is no doubt.  Typically I find that he has the perfect balance of sexiness, smutty banter and heart-melting moments that just makes for the perfect story and characters.


And while I loved these guys, the balance here, for me, was just off.  Way off. 

 

 

Lord.  These guys had so much sex that I am honestly surprised Scott could walk AT ALL, let alone Mikey feel anything from all the use he gave that "hole".  The phrases, worshipping of the hole, unloading into asses, and love for the pre-com…I get it…they love sex.  But good grief.  We will have such a sweet moment and then a statement gets thrown in that just completely breaks the beauty that was the relationship being formed.

 

And granted these guys were technically “fuck buddies” for 95% of the book…but still.  We knew where this was going so come on.  At a certain point I don’t need lines like “Spew in me.”  (oh and that statement was in the Epilogue.)  Just no.

 

 

Again, this author can write some amazing characters and relationships.  And this one had its moments, which is why I am just so torn.  Unbelievably written and touching scenes with the siblings and parents and honestly each other that just countered all the other pornish qualities.  I really loved this couple a lot.

 

Inside his body of muscles, there is strength. It makes me think of his tattoo: Strength is Within. But there’s weakness, too. Maybe that’s why he works so hard on his tough exterior; it’s a shell to protect him from the rest.

 

Whatever the reason, all I know is that the more I get to know him, the more I realize that what he has going on inside is at least just as beautiful as his incredible body, and I’m starting to suspect that the more I get to know him, the more beauty I’ll discover within him.

 

It’s just too bad they were so few and far between.

 

Just bummed.

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review 2017-04-28 02:34
The Awkward Squad - Sophie Hénaff,Sam Gordon

A crime writer, a drunk, a gambler, a rat & a s**t magnet….these are just a few of the police officers Commissaire Anne Capestan inherits when she is “promoted” to lead the newly formed cold case unit of the Police Judiciaire of Paris. But then she’s in no position to judge. She got the new assignment due to her tendency to shoot people.

 

Anne’s boss is cleaning house & that means getting rid of all unsolved cases right along with officers who have been deemed “undesirables”. Their mandate is clear. The unit will set up shop in an old apartment building, furnished with boxes of cold case files. They can work on whichever ones they want. Or not. Show up each day as if they have a real job. Or not. Just stay away from police HQ. Approximately 40 cops of various rank are assigned to the unit. On the first day, 3 report for duty.

 

Eva Rosière is a flamboyant woman who made a fortune moonlighting as a crime writer. Unfortunately she wrote about what she knew….her colleagues. But she still loves being a cop & will get to work right after she does something about the deplorable lack of decor in their new office.

 

Lóuis-Baptiste Lebreton already knows Anne. He investigated her in his previous job with Internal Affairs & they didn’t exactly part on the best of terms.

 

“Malchance” Torrez is like a black cat. After losing a series of partners due to injury or death, no one wants to cross his path & he can clear a room by walking in the door.

 

Anne decides they have nothing to lose & after digging through all the boxes, 2 cases stand out. Yann Guénan was a sailor who was murdered 20 years ago in a professional style hit. Old age pensioner Marie Sauzelle was killed in her home 8 years ago in what looked like a robbery gone wrong. Anne & her colleagues pair up & begin to dig into the past. Turns out they’re not complete screw-ups after all & before they know it, that digging results in a fresh body.

 

In alternate chapters we follow 2 additional story lines. One introduces us to Alexandre & his wife Rosa as they await the birth of their first child in Florida. In the other we meet Gabriel & Manon, a young couple in Paris who just got engaged. The two stories play out decades apart, keeping the reader intrigued as we gradually discover how they are related.

 

This is the first in a popular French series featuring colourful characters who are the dregs of the Paris police force. While the crimes are serious, the story is full of dry offbeat humour. It’s just as much about these fallen heroes as it is about the cases & we gradually get the scoop on how each ended up an outcast.

 

The author loves her characters & she handles them with care. At first, they have much in common with the derelict apartment they’ve inherited…..abandoned, unwanted & a little worn around the edges. When Eva takes on redecorating the place (with some interesting choices) the others begin to contribute bits & pieces, unaware they’re creating a home that reflects their new “family”. These are people who were singled out in old jobs due to their mistakes. As they make progress on the cases, there’s a genuine esprit de corps that gradually develops as they learn to accept each others’ tics & foibles. As the apartment is transformed, so too are the detectives as they find a place where they no longer stand out for all the wrong reasons.

 

There are some great twists as the story lines converge. The old murders are just the tip of the iceberg & Anne & her crew are in for a few surprises. There’s a genuine warmth to this story of oddballs & it makes for a nice break from some of the grittier stuff. They’re an engaging bunch & here’s hoping Sam Gordon (who provides an excellent translation) is hard at work on book #2.

 

 

       

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review 2017-03-20 20:41
The Impossible Boy
The Impossible Boy - Anna Martin

 

I'm sorry. I can't even bring myself to write a ranty review for this one. I'm done. 

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review 2017-01-18 14:00
Ethan, Who Loved Carter - From a 59% DNF to a 2 Star End
Ethan, Who Loved Carter - Ryan Loveless

Thoughts at 59% DNF...

 

 

Yep. Awkward is awkward. 

 

Last night had been a good start, but Carter was as eager as Ethan to get to the main event. However, being in Ethan’s parents’ bed was weird and Carter was not thinking about the implications of Nolan and Liz’s sex life behind the drawer opening that he now heard, nor the fact that shortly after Ethan began to open him with slick fingers.

Not thinking about Ethan knowing where his parents kept the lube.

Not thinking about Ethan’s parents having lube. 

 

This book is just not for me at all. I tried but I'm bored to death and these moments just leave me cringing. 

 

 

Sorry to bail Marco. :(

 

***

 

OK...so Marco pokes about the "big twist" and "butter scene" and after sleeping a few hours and being unable to sleep I plowed through the rest of this book.

 

Awkward is still hella awkward.  That aspect in no way improved.  The sex was really quite unbearable for me. I love awkward cute funny sex but this was nothing like that.

 

The "Twist"...yeah, I honestly did not see it coming and ultimately I took issue with the decision made by the parents on this one...I know hindsight can be 20/20 but considering that people in their lives knew about the accident, thinking that a secret like this can be kept is really quite stupid...and damaging.

 

Elliot...I fell for this kid hard and for me his story and the impact the accident and quite honestly how his parents' decision harmed this kid was swept under the carpet.  This storyline could have made for a better book in my opinion.

 

The "Butter Scene"...nothing puts a damper on sex in the kitchen than butter up the ass and references to a stuffed turkey.  Yeah...

 

 

As stated originally, this book just was not for me.  And in the end I probably cared more about the mental state of Elliot, Douglas and Mike than I did for our MC's.

 

Oh well.  DNF avoided.  Check this one off the list.

 

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review 2016-11-11 14:58
The Awkward Owl - Shawnda Blake

I like the message of being nice and inspiring confidence in others, but I think taking the owl out of its natural habitat was an unnecessary action, especially in a book for impressionable children.

 

The illustrations were super simple and child-like, which wasn't very interesting to me. If the pictures actually had been made by a child, it would be one thing, but an adult creating such lack-luster illustrations was uninspiring.

 

Okay book with a good message at its core.

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