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review 2017-11-29 14:41
Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb
Concealed in Death - J.D. Robb

Roarke slams his sledgehammer into a rickety wall in his new acquisition, and finds two bodies, skeletons, really, wrapped in plastic. He, naturally, calls his wife, and after the cops are done with the old building, there are ten more plastic-wrapped bundles of remains.

They were all girls, between twelve and fifteen years of age, most of them runaways or from broken homes, and they all died fifteen years ago. The old building is connected to a shelter for teenagers, all Eve has to do, is find the connection to the bodies.

There's a formula to these books. Yet mostly the plot is so engrossing with constantly increasing tempo, and the characters and their connections to interesting, I don't pay attention to the formula or template and can easily ignore it.

This one failed to deliver the goods for me to ignore how terribly formulaic it was. It was slow, even plodding in places, predictable (especially after the half mark), and the fact they were dealing with mere remains, and without a "hot" case, that sense of danger and urgency that often characterizes the plots, was missing.
In the end it was all procedure, drone work, and guessing until proof magically poofed onto the scene.

The cast of characters was great, as always, but not enough to elevate the story.

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review 2017-10-20 14:50
not for me
Concealed (A Dark Alliance Novel) - Kate SeRine

Madeleine /Maddy was now an Alliance operative. Maddy was the first female to be accepted to the order of the Alliance. She shows no fear or hesitation when facing the dangers and fights for what is right. But also to keep the Alliance a secret society.   Jack had been with the  Alliance for years.  Jack's team is in Mexico trying to find the USB  stick. Jacob and his connections are still acting in the name of the Illuminati and Will; is still trying to get the higher up in the Illuminati to take the threat seriously. Both men are looking for the USB drive which has vital information on both groups. The Russian mob is involved.  Jack is still a young man but seems battle weary and drained. Jack feels he is undeserving of love and happiness.  Jack and Maddie had been in a passionate relationship in the past but then Jack broke it off and broke her heart. You can see the unresolved feelings between these two. Jack wants a second chance with Maddie but he is going to have to tell her  why he ended things and hope she can forgive him and understand. There is a war going on between the Alliance and Illuminati. Also old enemies are after Jack.

This book just wasn’t for me. I thought this book would hold my interest but it didn’t I am sure there are a lot of people who will love this. There were a lot of assassins and action in this book even some romance It just wasn’t for me.

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review 2017-05-29 14:23
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Concealed (Beholder #2) by Christina Bauer
Concealed - Christina Bauer
Concealed is the second book in the Beholder series, and it is a series, so it does need to be read in order.
Elea is on her mission to save her Sisters and Brothers from the vicious Vicomte. Rowan is on his mission to do goodness knows what - damn those Casters and their secrets! Elea wants to keep her distance from Rowan, but he has other ideas. He protects her whenever possible, and also gives her one of his familiars so that she can call for him whenever she needs to. Elea finds Amelia, the person Veronique told her to find, and she gets more information that will help her. Of course, time is always a constraint, plus other tendrils sneak in to disrupt Elea.
Without giving anything away, I had managed to guess the 'secret' and yet it still broke my heart. It took me a moment because that is exactly what I had thought during book 1, but then we met another character and thought I was wrong. Turns out I was right, and it HURT!!! On both sides, it hurt. For him and her. I really hope that there is a HEA coming otherwise I might be permanently scarred I tell you!
Incredibly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. This book was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, with plenty of character development. It is also full of twists and turns that make it even more enjoyable.
If you like #Fantasy, then I can definitely recommend the Beholder series by Christina Bauer. Absolutely brilliant.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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review 2017-05-25 00:00
Concealed - Christina Bauer Concealed - Christina Bauer Elea’s Necromancer sisters have all been taken hostage by the Vicomte Gaspard who is draining them of their magic. Elea must find them before this happens or the Necromancers will be extinct. Elea has been searching the country side for a certain Lady Amelia someone who can hopefully help her find her sisters. When she finally finds Amelia she learns that she is the daughter of the Vicomte. So Elea teams up with Amelia and her brother Philipe to find her sisters.

Elea is not alone in her search for her sisters no she has the all-powerful Caster Rowan to back her up as always. Elea and Rowan care about each other very much but Elea tries to stay away from Rowan well because Necromancer are not supposed to show any emotion. They are supposed to keep all their emotions under lock and key always. But Elea has a hard time with this rule as she cares a lot for other people and wants to save everyone if possible. When it comes to Rowan this is one rule that Elea can’t help but to break in every way. But when Rowan lies to her and breaks her heart Elea leaves vowing never to see him again and loses her best friend in the process. I think Elea handled Rowan’s betrayal very well at least better than some would. She didn’t go all crazy and use her magic to rip his head off or turn him into a toad or something.

I have loved following along with Elea, Amelia, Philipe, Rowan and all the other characters on their journey to stop the Vicomte and save the Necromancers. I love the magical world that Christina has created for Concealed and all the incantations as well. I can’t wait for more of the Beholder’s world.
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text 2017-03-28 07:36
Concealed (Dark Alliance, #2) by Kate SeRine Release Blitz and Giveaway
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Book Title: Concealed (Dark Alliance, #2) 
Author: Kate SeRine 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: March 28, 2017 
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As the only female initiate of the elite undercover society, the Dark Alliance, former FBI agent Madeleine Blake has a lot to prove—especially to her former lover, Alliance operative Jack Grayson. Ever since joining Jack’s team, Maddie’s been keeping her distance, trying not to relive every moment they shared during their brief but passionate affair. Yet when a mission ends in tragedy, Maddie’s ready to walk away from the Alliance—and Jack—forever. That is, until Jack’s cover is blown, putting his life in danger and making it impossible for Maddie to deny her true feelings…

Before he met Maddie, Jack Grayson thought happiness was impossible for a man like him. After all, he has a price on his head that requires him to live in the shadows, concealed from everyone and everything he cares about. But now that they’re on the run for their lives and Jack has Maddie in his arms again, he realizes their love is the only thing in his life that’s real. And this time, there’s no way in hell he’s letting it slip away…

Excerpt from Chapter 9 of Concealed (Dark Alliance #2)

Maddie made her way into the rotunda of the hotel that had once served as the Charles Street Jail. The amber light cast too many shadows, making it hard to make out faces. But there was one face she couldn’t mistake. Jack stood at the bar, looking heart-stoppingly debonair in his black tuxedo. It took more than a little effort to drag her gaze away and focus on the others milling about the rotunda.

“Do you have eyes on any of our companions for the evening?” Jack asked as Maddie nodded in greeting as she passed by an actor she recognized but whose name she didn’t recall.

The actor didn’t hide the fact that he was looking her up and down, but when he started walking toward her as if to engage in conversation, Maddie turned on her stiletto heel and headed in the opposite direction.

“Negative,” she told him. “You?” When Jack didn’t immediately respond, her gaze drifted back toward the bar and locked with his from across the distance. “Jack, do you copy?”

Jack took another sip of his wine, trying to disguise the fact that the sight of Maddie had made him momentarily speechless. She was lovely beyond compare—her thick dark hair swept off her neck into an elegant arrangement, long curls having slipped out to rest against the delicate curve of her throat. The little black dress she wore accentuated the curves he’d often enjoyed tracing gently with his fingertips. His fingers tingled at the remembrance of the nights they’d shared together and of how close he’d come earlier in the day to being able to caress her in the way he so longed to.

And he nearly had. If he hadn’t questioned her certainty about where things were going that afternoon, there was no question how far things would’ve gone. But he was determined not to push her into “falling into bed” with him again, as she’d put it. They’d rushed toward satiating their yearning for one another far too quickly before, and Maddie had bolted. He wasn’t about to make that mistake again.

So why did he feel like he’d fucked up by bringing everything to a screeching halt just as they were revving up?

“I’m here, Mads,” Jack murmured, a familiar ache in the center of his chest.

Regret. Ah, yes, he knew it all too well . . .

meet the author

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She's the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series, the PROTECT AND SERVE series, and the DARK ALLIANCE series.

Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project--probably while consuming way too much coffee.

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