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review 2017-06-05 19:08
Fourth Book in Series Not as Good as Previous Installments
Once Upon a Wine - Beth Kendrick

I really wanted to like this one. But everything from beginning to end felt like paint by numbers. Even the romance between the characters seemed a foregone conclusion and I I found myself bored. I was happier to read about previous characters when they showed up in this book. 

 

I think my biggest problem is that this whole thing was so far fetched and not believable. A woman (Cammie) is called to help by her cousin (Kat) when her aunt Ginger) buys a winery on a whim in Delaware. Cammie is still reeling from being dumped by her ex and being left bankrupt by him when their restaurant failed. Running back to Delaware where she left her last serious boyfriend is not what she wants to do. They of course have an awkward meet up and then she of course needs the ex's help while trying to keep her aunt's winery afloat. 

 

I really wanted to like Cammie, but felt meh on her. I outright got really tired of the character of Kat who is going through a mid-life crisis and acts like a jerk towards her husband through the whole book and then magically resolves things. Ginger was just frustrating since she refuses to see what her being a winery without any idea how to run it causes problems to her daughter and niece. 

 

I guess I needed some real life tension in this book to be included. It just felt like everything related to this installment was going through the motions. 

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review 2016-11-22 00:00
The Dog and the Bone by Laura Black Houghton Mifflin Leveled Readers
The Dog and the Bone by Laura Black Houg... The Dog and the Bone by Laura Black Houghton Mifflin Leveled Readers - Laura Black Good for beginning readers.
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review 2016-10-07 00:00
Black Dog Blues (The Kai Gracen Series Book 1)
Black Dog Blues (The Kai Gracen Series Book 1) - Rhys Ford I really enjoyed this book. It made me think of something that would come on the Syfy channel. It has elves, monsters, battles and little romance. Most label it as M/M, but I would say the lead is bisexual. Things don't get to the erotic level, but the main character seems interested in both female and male partners. The storyline is leading toward him being with a certain male character though. I'm looking forward to book two.
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review 2016-09-15 18:08
I have a new book boyfriend and his name is...
Black Dog Blues (The Kai Gracen Series Book 1) - Rhys Ford

Kai Gracen...yep,, I'm in lust love, yeah, that's it I'm in love. I've been trying to get around to reading this one for ages now and finally I made it happen because book 2 was waiting on the horizon. 

 

What did I love about this book...well besides Kai. The author, I 'm a huge fan of Rhys Ford so right there I knew I was in for a treat. It's urban fantasy and I love urban fantasy and now Kai Gracen is on my list of must read Urban Fantasy series. He's cynical and jaded possibly even a little bitter about the hand life has dealt him, but hell, if I had his family I'd be more than a little jaded and bitter as well. But underneath it all he's got a heart of gold and a sense of humor that's dryer than the Sahara Desert and he may even be admittedly a little bit crazy, at least where Ryder's concerned...

"I'm not an anarchist."

"I see you're not denying you're psychotic."

"I don't even know what qualifies someone as psychotic, but if it's wanting to stuff the person who hired me into a trunk, then yes, I'm definitely psychotic."

Ryder's a Sidhe Lord who's come to San Diego to establish a Dawn Court and it turns out he'd also like to start something with Kai. But Kai's not having any of that. He's got no interest in working for Ryder so romantic entanglements are so not going to happen. While there's not a romance going on in this series...yet, there is a relationship building between Kai and Ryder that hints at a possible future for them but it's a slow burn...we're talking trying to light a fire in a windstorm slow and while I'm not often a fan of this slow of a burn I'm willing to wait this one out because I think when it finally happens my e-reader might spontaneously combust and damned if I want to miss out on something that hot. 

 

AND...on top of the potential heat from Kai and Ryder there's an awesome story and DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!! Seriously folks 'there be dragons here' and if you know me, you know I love dragons. So, Kai ends up taking the job for Ryder because hey, money and it's an easy run up the coast during dragon mating season...what could possibly go wrong?...right? 

 

I love the world that Rhys Ford has created with the beginning of this series. It's not the San Diego that we have now it's not even a San Diego that most would ever imagine. The world that this story is set in is post-merge. Somehow...somewhere... something went wrong and the Underhill which is the world of the Elfin and the world of Humans have collided and merged creating a world where both must learn to co-exist and survive the devastation and the monsters created by the merge.

 

If you enjoy books like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files or Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series I strongly recommend checking out Kai Gracen. 

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review 2016-09-11 19:08
Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford - My Thoughts
Black Dog Blues - Rhys Ford

Ah, Rhys Ford has steadily become one of my go-to authors.  She never disappoints and often even totally delights.  Like this time.  :)

 

Black Dog Blues is the first of the Kai Gracen series - a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy type series.  What's happened, you see, is that the lands of the Sidhe, the elvin (as Rhys calls them) have merged with the lands of mankind.  This premise hits a lot of my sweet spots, I have to say.  

 

Whereas Rhys usually writes a lot of steamy sexytimes and intense romance, this series is different.  It's really fantasy, pure and simple, with elves and magic and dark creatures and adventure and while there is a romantic element and Kai is definitely a sexy, sexy creature... it's just a small part of the story so far.  This is, after all, Book One.  Quite honestly, the few steamyish elements almost felt... out of place, maybe?  I did like how the relationship between Kai and Ryder ( the elvin lord) grew and made it from a bad place to a good one.  And their banter... Rhys is really good with banter and I love that!

 

I really enjoyed the world building that went into this ,even though there were times I felt something must be missing, but I think we'll find out more and more as time goes on.  

 

So I really loved this in the end.  One of my faves stepping a bit outside of her norm and making it work.  And you know... there wasn't a jarring or manipulative cliffhanger - so I gave it an extra half star because Rhys... .well, she loves those damned cliffhangers that I hate.  *LOL*

 

I'm glad I have book 2 (which just came out) already in my Kobo!

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