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review 2017-11-23 07:35
Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
Delusion in Death - J.D. Robb

A bar turns into a gory battlefield during happy hour with patrons killing each other under an airborne hallucinogenic drug. The bar's owner is Roarke, but his wife, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, doubts the attack was directed at him. Then a popular restaurant is hit during lunch hour with patrons exhibiting the same symptoms and Eve knows she's dealing with a madman.


I liked this one. It wasn't perfect, especially in the pacing department (although it did pick up the tempo for its second wind), but it delivered.
I dug the procedural aspects of the story, the little tidbits of (fictional) history, and the whole mass-murder under the influence of an airborne hallucinogen, although I did find the motive beyond lame, idiotic, and unworthy of the "historical figure" the killings emulated.

The cast was superb, as always, with their relationships evolving in front of out eyes book to book, especially Eve/Peabody and Eve/Mira (I loved how Eve's mother figure helped her deal with her dreams).

It was a little different, and different is (always) good.

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review 2017-11-21 17:39
Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
Celebrity in Death - J.D. Robb

At a party in honor of the movie based on Nadine's book, The Icove Agenda (detailing the case in Origin), the actress playing Peabody is found floating in the pool. The suspects are almost legion, since K.T. Harris wasn't exactly known for her easy-going and sunny disposition. But who would actually kill the woman? And the PI she hired to spy on the man who spurned her for the actress playing Eve?


Somehow I just didn't feel this one. Maybe it was the fact it was predictable (I knew who the killer was before the one-third mark), maybe it was the fact the killer's motive (for everything that happened) was beyond iffy, or maybe it was the fact the story lacked the usual chemistry between the characters (even Roarke and Eve left me strangely cold).

It was a good, solid story, but the tempo was odd and it lacked that "special connection", the "oomph" I was expecting with the whole movie-thing involved.

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review 2017-11-21 16:29
a 4 star scorcher!
Temptation and Treachery (Dangerous Desi... Temptation and Treachery (Dangerous Desires) - Sahara Roberts
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Using the official blurb, cos whatever I write comes out all kinds of wrong! Andres “Rio” Rivera became his ICE profile years ago. Cold and calculating, he never promises anything beyond right now. But when he ends up with a cancelled flight and a shared hotel room with the secretive Celeste Patron, the fire behind Celeste’s buttoned-up exterior melts every barrier. He may only have her for one night, but that’s long enough to make her every fantasy come true. When Celeste leaves, Rio returns to hunting a notorious cartel leader. His shock upon arresting the man is eclipsed when he discovers the woman he fell for is his daughter…and she’s pregnant with Rio’s baby. I was thinking, before I started this book, I really need a down and dirty book. One with instant powerful attraction and a good deal of heat, maybe a scorcher, just to lose myself in. And boy did this deliver! Celeste's attraction to Rio is instant and extremely powerful. her alter ego Vix strongly approves of Celeste's choice! They get their down and dirty on early in the book, and once they get their wires uncrossed, and Celeste realizes that Rio is trying to keep her safe, they get it on again! Phew!! Other than the scorching heat level, the fact that Rio is after Celeste's father for Cartel crimes, and that he might not actually be responsible for those crimes, I figured really quickly who might really be. I did not think he would put Celeste's life in danger. Surprised at that bit! This is, from what I see, book 3 in the series. I did not know that before I went in, so I saw some future stories playing in my head as I read this one. But it appears all that plotting and planning was for nothing, since the pair I set up together, have their own, SEPARATE books! I would like to read them, especially if they are as hot as this one! A very well written, well needed.... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-11-20 22:13
The Nine Lives of Christmas ★★☆☆☆
The Nine Lives of Christmas - Sheila Roberts

The premise for this story sounded adorable, and this really could have been a fun, light read. I can absolutely see this being made as a Hallmark movie. As both a Romance and as a Christmas story, it failed for me, though, and I don’t see any other reason for reading this book. As a Romance, it was full of those tired old tropes that are the worst representation of the genre, and the internal logic just didn’t hold up. Shy, sweet heroine who thinks she’s plain, even though she only needs new clothes and makeup to become a total hottie? Check! Handsome, hypermasculine hero who has been so hurt by women in the past that he’s a commitment-phobe who only dates unmarriageable women, but is secretly a sweet teddy-bear who only needs the Right Girl to teach him the value of True Love? Check! Slutty mean beautiful rich girlfriend to serve as the villainess to keep our lovebirds apart? Check!

 

I just couldn’t like either of our protagonists. The heroine is far too passive and so lacking in common sense logic that I just can’t buy that she’s smart enough to have been admitted to vet school. The hero literally only thinks of adult women as either “good-timing bimbos” or “nice girls you take to the altar”. Throughout the entire book, he only thinks of them with regards to what they can do for him, either sexually or as support systems.

 

 As a Christmas story, I suppose the message is about family togetherness? Because he’s forced by circumstances and basic common decency 

to take in his mother and stepsisters, so he has to finally listen when she talks to him, and forgives her?

(spoiler show)

Really, this is just set at Christmas time, so has the trappings of the season.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library, with a very good performance by Kathleen McInerney. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season square 2: Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover. There is a fire in the fireplace on the cover art.

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review 2017-11-20 17:30
Chaos in Death by J.D. Robb
Chaos in Death (In Death, #33.5) - J.D. Robb

Three former junkies are slaughtered in their flop. All were firmly on the road to recovery, employed, doing therapy sessions in the local clinic and center...So who would want to kill them with the glee the killer must have felt, judging by the state of the crime scene and the testimony of a witness who saw the abnormally disfigured killer laughing and dancing down the street afterward?


I liked this Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde twist. I had no idea who the killer was (I was wrong with both my suspects), the short glimpse into the killer's mind at the beginning was nicely twisted, the plot and mystery were intriguing, and it was nice seeing most of the gang back in their element.

The story definitely had the potential for a full-length novel, though, yet it didn't feel crammed or "busy". I just wouldn't mind reading a lengthier rendition.

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