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review 2018-06-12 21:19
Venetian Blood by Christine Volker
Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City - Christine Evelyn Volker

Venetian Blood does the setting justice. I really felt transported to modern Venice and it was done so well. There were no large info dumps but rather small little things scattered throughout the tale showing me what an average day was like in Venice for Anna and her friends.

I also really like Anna’s character. She’s smart, loves her job, and also has some life behind her. She’s 40, heading into a divorce, no kids, and perhaps wondering if she wants a change in her life or not. While I like that she has a degree in astrophysics, I never quite figured out how she ended up working in an office crunching numbers for the US Treasury. Numbers are neat but analyzing radio waves from distant stars sounds awesome! So, yeah, that was a quirk about Anna that I didn’t quite get but then I also know people who got degrees in one area and ended up working in a totally different field. So perhaps that just makes her more human.

Anna has a few friends in Venice, which is good because she has at least one enemy. I did find Margo a little annoying, especially how loose lipped she was about Anna’s business. Then there was Angela, Margo’s pregnant cousin. Angela doesn’t really appreciate the beauty and history she’s surrounded by in Venice.

Even though Detective Biondi is a bit hard on Anna I still liked him. After all, Anna starts off by lying to him and that can tick anyone off in the best of situations. Biondi suspects Anna of murdering a philandering Count Sergio. He’s well known in the art world and also well known for his wandering eye. Unfortunately Anna didn’t check him out before getting to know him and now she regrets that.

I did find Anna’s part in the mystery to be rather sloppy. She lies to Biondi about things that are easy enough for him to check up on and she’s honest with others about her whereabouts that night, which leaves yet another route for Biondi to check up on her. So, yeah, Anna – what were you thinking? No wonder Biondi wants you for this murder.

There’s a little romance in the tale and some action. Considering Anna’s latest fail in having a fling, I was surprised that she was letting herself wander into another one. Again, it seems that Anna isn’t using all her brain cells. Sometimes, I liked this about her because it made her human. Sometimes, I wanted to give her a little smack upside the head.

In the end, it’s the setting that really shines through. Venice herself is the true star of this story. The murder mystery was decent, Anna was likable and approachable, and the side characters were a colorful bunch. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Gabrielle de Cuir gave us a most excellent performance with this narration. There is plenty of Italian throughout this story and it was all well pronounced along with plenty of characters with Italian accents. Her male characters sounded masculine and all the characters were distinct. I also appreciated her various US and UK accents, South American accent, etc. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Christine Evelyn Volker. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-05-29 10:00
Release Day Review! Shadow Keeper (Shadow Riders #3) Christine Feehan!
Shadow Keepr - Christine Feehan

 

 

One family brings its own brand of justice to the streets of Chicago's shadowy underworld as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to a series hot enough to burn...

The paparazzi can't get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them--and the women he beds--he's just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can't hunt in the dark, he'll find his pleasure elsewhere...

Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she's fair game--until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He's dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away.

The devil at her heels may have finally met its match... 

 

 

 

The third book in the Shadow Rider series is a fantastic read that I was unable to put down until I had read every last word.

 

This thrilling new paranormal world is full of wonderful characters that are strong, sexy and captivating, easily drawing readers in and holding them hostage until the very end. Giovanni and Sasha are the hero and heroine of Shadow Keeper and they have some strong sizzling chemistry that leaps off the pages and captures the reader’s attention from the get go. The romance is sweet but full of heated passion as well as emotional turbulence as Sasha is introduced to Giovanni’s world of secrets and danger, which means Giovanni has his work cut out for him as he tries to win her heart while keeping her safe.

 

This fast paced plot keeps readers on the edge with lots of thrilling danger that gets the adrenaline pumping and surprising twists and turns so that there is never a dull moment to be found. And to make it even more suspenseful, Giovanni must determine if he has been betrayed by one he trusted which adds to the emotional turmoil and the uncertainty facing this couple.

 

So far, I have to say that Christine Feehan has another spectacular series going. She makes all her worlds come alive for her readers as well as making all her wonderful characters vibrant and life like. I can always get lost in her stories and never doubt that I am going to love it, which is why I tend to read them over and over again. Each of her Shadow Riders stories have an intense feel to them and have some unique elements that make them different from other paranormal stories and I can’t wait to read the next one.

 

 

 

 

Shadow Keeper is the 3rd book in the Shadow Riders series which includes:

 

Shadow Rider

Shadow Reaper

Shadow Keeper

With more to come!

 

The next Christine Feehan new release to be released is, Dark Sentinel, which will be available in hardcover & ebook on September 4, 2018.

 

Shadow Keeper is available in print & ebook at:

B&N   Amazon   BaM   GPlay  Walmart   A-UK   iBooks   Kobo

Audible

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-21 01:46
MAGIC IN THE WIND by CHRISTINE FEEHAN
Magic in the Wind - Christine Feehan

I am reading this as part of the anthology Lover Beware

After reading some of this series, I already knew about this couple - the first sister Sarah and Damon. The story itself was okay. 3 stars.

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review 2018-05-07 03:20
Hard Breaker: A Beauty and Beast Novel (Gargoyles Series) - Christine Warren

Well, unlike the previous ones, the h's reactions weren't over the top, obnoxious, etc. I did think she fell over with her legs in the air way too quickly though.

 

I kinda feel cheated that we didn't get Rose and Ghrem's story as Rose seems to be a rational sort. OTOH, it seems they were the first, and they've spent at least some time apart.

 

So the h is inadvertently helping a warden traitor through the underground and it would appear, he is attempting to either lead the nocturnis to her or to find her contact. Not sure, but I'd guess they were after her. I also wonder if he didn't slip a tracker on her at some point and nobody even thought to look. Whatever - demons picked a bad spot to attack her as a Guardian just happened to be perched on the front of an abandoned church.

 

I have to ponder a bit. Where exactly did her uncle and cousin hide the Guardian they were in charge of. Indications were they lived in Scotland maybe, and yet... no Guardian was found there. So were they in charge of the one destroyed that triggered Ash's summoning?

 

Our Guardian is...our typical guardian - too much testosterone at times. although, he did seem to be a deeper thinker than the previous ones.

 

In some ways, I can't help but think the author saw a chance to return to her Others world and just thew something together to finish this one up. And maybe that's a good thing as the heroine didn't seem to be so attitude ridden.

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review 2018-04-22 23:06
Eine Liebeserklärung an Bücher und ihre Leser
Das Mädchen, das in der Metro las: Roman - Sylvia Spatz,Christine Féret-Fleury

Bei gerade einmal 172 Seiten ist die Handlung überschaubar: Juliette führt ein unauffälliges, wenig aufregendes Leben und mag ihren Job als Immobilienmaklerin nicht besonders. Eines Tages trifft sie den Exil-Iraner Soliman, der sie als Bücherkurierin engagiert. Er ist davon überzeugt, dass jedes Buch das Leben eines Menschen verändern kann – wenn es den richtigen Leser findet. Juliette soll nun geeignete Empfänger für ihre Bücher finden.

 

Christine Féret-Fleury ist ein charmanter Roman über die Magie der Bücher gelungen. Sie ist eine Meisterin der leisen Töne und kommt ohne großes Drama aus. Dabei legt der Roman einen starken Fokus auf das Innenleben der Protagonistin. Hier gefielen mir besonders die Gedankensprünge von Juliette, die viel über sie offenbaren und die ganz natürlich aus der Feder der Autorin zu fließen scheinen. „Das Mädchen, das in der Metro las“ ist im Endeffekt Juliettes Coming-of-Age-Story, denn natürlich hilft sie nicht nur anderen mit Büchergeschenken, sondern findet vor allem ihren eigenen Platz im Leben. Ich fand es sehr angenehm, dass Juliettes eigenen Ambitionen und Wünsche dabei im Vordergrund stehen und das Buch ganz ohne kitschige Liebesgeschichte auskommt.

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