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review 2017-05-24 05:09
A wrongful kidnapping leads to love
Tangled in Sin: A Bound and Determined Novel - Lavinia Kent

This is the latest installment in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the connection of the brothel for these stories. Cynthia's desire to help a friend pulled me in. She was willing to do what she could and ended up in trouble. Her childhood crush, James, tries to do the right thing but Cynthia is not willing to accept that offer. Her want for love as a basis for a relationship is strong. The attraction between them led to push and pulls, and I loved the journey.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2017-05-23 20:44
What's on your Library Wishlist?
Oathblood - Mercedes Lackey
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
Bitten by the Vampire - Bonnie Vanak
Bound by Night (Bound #1) - Amanda Ashley
Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
King Raven: 3-In-1 of Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck - Stephen R. Lawhead
Unleashed - Nancy Holder,Debbie Viguié
King of Darkness - Elisabeth Staab
Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy, #1) - L.A. Weatherly

I need to update booklikes shelves for the ebooks I've wishlisted at my public library (uses overdrive) before it grows completely out of control.


I'll be spacing out some posts for my wishlist from oldest to newest in the process.


Some are available now but not fitting my mood (or needing more research because not sure if read).


(Last books on page 17 of  my wishlist)

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review 2017-05-17 21:56
Dragon Bound - Thea Harrison

This is good, but obviously not very memorable. I didn't realize until one of the last scene that I had read this a while ago. Oops.


In this humans and others, the Elder Races, live together knowingly. Our main character, Dragos, was created before the Earth, but was something unlike what he now is. He has watched species come and go. I find this very interesting. At one point there is talk of the Earth being a living being itself, made me think about it for a bit. I love when a book unexpectedly does that. The female character is way younger than Dragos, in her early or mid twenties, but she is wise beyond her years in certain aspects. She is unique, just not aware of how unique she actually is until further in the book.


This is like a lot of other paranormal romance available, but it has its own flare. I like it. Hope the series continues well. 

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review 2017-05-05 01:30
Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill

3.5 stars might be a tiny bit unfair.  This is probably more of a 4 star read, but I'd have enjoyed this last book in the series more if Neill had opted to end on a bang, rather than full-scale mass destruction.


Merit and Ethan and the rest of the scooby gang are trying to enjoy peace and quiet and a wedding, but the after-party comes with snow.  In August.  After that all hell breaks loose as an old enemy isn't as vanquished as they'd hoped.  And boy is she pissed.


The thing is, I don't like sequels all that much when they involve 'the return of..'; I was disappointed at the end of the last book (#12) because the big bad was hauled off to jail.  Nobody with half a brain could think that would end well.  So having her evilness come back felt a bit 'here we go again'.  However, I loved what Neill did with Chicago, and I loved, loved, loved how Ms. Evil met her end.  It was fitting and it was hilarious.


But I love these characters; they're the sort I'd like to call friends.  Merit and Mallory have the best dialogs.  I think, given enough popcorn and iced tea, I could just sit back and listen to these two talk to each other for hours.


My entire immediate family is from Chicago, save myself, so I have an inherited affection for that gorgeous city (Go Cubs!), and it was painful to watch Neill tear it up.  And she didn't mess around; she immediately went straight to the landmarks any Chicagoan knows and loves; she didn't even spare the lions!  This made reading difficult; I kept thinking no, no, not Shed's... dammit...omg, NOT WATER TOWER PLACE!


Of course, the good guys win in the end - that's not a spoiler; it's the last book in the series, so of course they are going to triumph.  Normally, in this situation, I enjoy an epilogue; a little something to give me some view of how it all works out in the long run.  Honestly though?  Here, I'd have been happier without it.  It verged on twee.  I can't believe Neill went twee on me.  But... glancing at the book ads at the end, it seems she's creating a new series based on the two characters in that twee little scene, so I suppose there was a method to her madness.


I've love this series madly, and I think the author brought it to an end at a good time and place.  I'll try the new series, although I'm not sure Chicagoland will hold the same appeal to me without her landmarks and without Merit's and Mallory's witty repartee.




Total pages: 361

$ Banked: $3.00


Note:  Chicago has the El subway system, which Merit and Mallory use to escape something chasing them, but there is also, as it turns out, travel by air; not on a plane, but spoilers would be involved in the telling, so I'll just say Merit definitely travels by air at one point.  ;-)

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review 2017-05-04 00:55
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill

I absolutely couldn't wait to read Blade Bound and was full of dread at the same time. Seriously love the Chicagoland Vampire series, so I was both excited and sad to read the final book in the series. This review will be full of spoilers about the series, so if you are behind on reading the series, you have been warned.


Chloe Neill gave her readers everything they could have ever wanted with Blade Bound in my opinion. We had the romance between Ethan and Merit I've come to love. Their wedding was everything I had wanted and was so perfect for them. We had the action packed fighting we have come to expect from Ethan and Merit, along with help from all their friends. Cadogan House and friends were as usual the only ones who could come up with the solution needed to solve the problems in Chicago. We even had a few prophecies from Gideon that came to fruition, though I have to say I had not figured out how it would happen. I seriously had all the feels for every single thing that happened in this book. I listened to the audiobook and wanted to pull out my kindle and re-read this story as soon as I finished listening to the book. 


I've loved the Chicagoland Vampire series since I read the very first book. Yes, I totally had issue with a few things that happened along the way, but I trusted Ms. Neill to fix the situation and she always has to my satisfaction. I will miss my time with Ethan, Merit and all their friends, but Ms. Neill gave her readers the perfect going away gift. Well done Ms. Neill, well done.


Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Digital review copy provided by publisher 

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