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review 2017-12-09 19:33
Good and bad
Monster: Part One (The Monster Series Book 1) - Evangeline Lee

This is supposed to be the first novella out of three that were supposed to be released in the span of four weeks time but for the life of me I cannot seem to find others from this series but this one so I will only review what I have on my Kindle and what I was able to read.

 

This novella is a contemporary mystery/crime, adult erotic romance with a dark edge novella which plays around with abduction and rape as lightly as it would be dangling rope in front of kittens.

 

I think that from my point of view this story held a lot of promise in the first half but then it came undone in the second half when the storyline pretty much fell apart and the characters became either non-existent in personality or overly sex driven to the literal point of becoming a psychopath.

 

 

 

"I wanted to show her that her high and mighty superiority, her degrees and diplomas, her privileged existence, her sense of security, was a façade. I was going to breach the fortress that was her privacy. I was going to leave my mark on her life like a dog pissing to mark his territory, and one day soon, I was going be in her bed fucking her brains out."

 

 

All this said in that one first sentence would be perfectly understandable in this kind of a story if the female protagonist Mina ever did anything of the sorts. She didn't. She is barely present in this novella. She is simply there for the real main character Mikhail to obsess about after meeting her just once. Yes, one look at the woman and our main ex marine, ex special ops, enhanced ex soldier is completely taken with her. I wouldn't mind it so much if Mina was at least interesting or different from a horde of good looking women out there.

 

That was my first complaint. I didn't find them believable as a couple at all. Maybe this is due to the shortness of the story. So I won't judge too harshly because of that.

 

But the second complaint I have that even with the story being so short, some things make no sense whatsoever.

Example: Mikhail is an enhanced soldier who is on the run from a government that created him and now wants him dead so he assumed a different identity. He gets captured by the FBI because of some mafia involvement and when in custody he meets a doctor who was present at the early stages of the Program when he was turned into the enhanced soldier. And for no apparent reason or any other connection, previous or more personal, this doctor helps him in every way possible, even with his escape plan and with providing him the address of his student Mina. It's just not believabe. It took me out of the story. There is no connection or friendship between them. There is no reason for that doctor to risk his career and life to help a man like Mikhail.

(spoiler show)

 

There were a couple of passages/sentences that I liked very much, that were what I thought this whole story would be like.

 

 

"Nothing like making a woman orgasm to point out how they were creatures of the flesh just as much as men.
Bring her down to my level."

 

 

"Revenge is cleansing. It's the only way to move forward because it sets things right. Civilization is this thin veneer that overlays the beast beneath it, hiding its true nature."

 

 

All in all, I think this was a good novella to pass the time and interesting enough to make me pick up the second one in the series (if I had one).

 

If only it had been a little longer and more consistent and provided us with more characters' personality so I would care more about what happens with the protagonists I would certainly give it more stars as I would be more invested.

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review 2017-10-18 02:49
Brilliant
Saving Evangeline - Nancee Cain

I'll admit to some hesitancy at the start of this one. Considering the subject matter, I expected a rather somber and emotional tale. While it is emotional and there's absolutely nothing funny about suicide, Nancee Cain creates a quite engaging tale. I cried, I laughed, I ooh'd and ahh'd, and absolutely couldn't get enough of Remi and Evie. The story is brilliantly done with witty dialogue and and characters that you just can't help but root for. When a book brings out so many emotions and you've turned that last page with the knowledge that it's one you will gladly revisit, it's a winner. I don't know how Cain has stayed off my radar for so long, but she's certainly one to watch. 

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review 2017-09-19 16:51
The Gates of Evangeline
The Gates of Evangeline - Hester Young

After the sudden death of her young son, Charlie Cates begins to have vivid dreams involving children. But she soon realizes that these are not dreams - they are messages sent to her so she can help those who need it. One of these children is a little boy in a boat. This takes her from Connecticut to Louisiana where she has an invitation to stay at Evangeline - the sprawling estate belonging to the Deveau's. Thirty years ago Gabriel Deveau went missing in the middle of the night never to be found. Charlie believes the boy in her vision is Gabriel and while trying to find him, she uncovers many long-buried secrets within the Deveau famiy.

This book has been on my tbr list for years. I'm sorry I waited so long because this book was great! It was well-written, the whole story flowed smoothly and the characters were three-dimensional. I especially liked Keegan, Charlie's son who passed away. I enjoyed the mystery and secrets surrounding a family who has been in Louisiana for hundreds of years. Just when I thought I had everything figured out the author would add in another detail or make me think back to something I read earlier that I thought wasn't important. There was never a dull moment. I absolutely loved it!

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review 2017-08-29 00:40
Loving Evangeline (Silhouette Romantic Suspense Bestselling Author) - Linda Howard

Hall of shame contestant #2

 

Meet Robert. He's just your average genius millionaire superhero playboy philanthropist...ok, that last was a stretch, and I'm sure someone will remember where they heard that before. He has his fingers in many pies, a lot of them government. He's also like those historical Dukes who were always off doing super secret missions to the crown instead of working on the heir and a spare.

 

The head of one of his divisions is selling secrets of the sort that are national security risks. And using the h's marina to rent a boat for the drop offs.

 

Meet Evie. Virgin widow orphaned as a kid, married practically as soon as she graduated, and due to the unfortunate arrival of Aunt Flo on her wedding day, and the really horrible luck of she and her new husband wrecking on their honeymoon, resulting in his dying while she watched... Yeah; the method of keeping her still pristine is a bit much.

 

So Robert the Douche...<g> decides based on some v. sketchy logic that the h is an accomplice. He goes to investigate, pulls strings to put financial pressure on both her and his employee, and seduces her. He succeeds, which messes with his plans a bit because he's formed an attachment. Oh noes! Eventually, she manages to wriggle off his financial hook, then due to some unfortunate timing on his secretary's part, intercepts a fax telling him that they've reached a dead end on the financial pressure.

 

She freezes him out, and leaves. Bad guy goes for a last, desperate drop off, she goes after him, armed, H is also armed, it's a Greek tragedy there in the apprehending of the bad guys.

 

After everyone is arrested, and she's safely back at the dock (and over her initial shock), he 'splains things, then asks her to marry him. Offers her his house. She tells him no and to go away.

 

After prowling around for days and weeks like a caged animal, he finally visits his sister, 'splains to her too whereupon she tells him she'd have dumped him too, and storms off. Her husband 'splains to him the concept that love conquers all.

 

Maybe it does...to a point. I think the guy setting out to destroy her because he "thought" she was selling secrets might be a bit difficult. His seducing her at the same time...ok, he should be glad she didn't shoot HIM. I would have. Oh, I might have aimed for a knee but blood would have been spilled.

 

Considering what he'd been told of her past, he should have been worried to death that she might drive into the river; not freaking out because she saw through his almost psychopathic manipulations.

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text 2017-08-17 19:01
Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson $1.99
Buck Naked (Cougarville) - Evangeline Anderson

Sadie Becker is not herself. A 40-year-old, divorced mother of two, Sadie wakes up one morning and realizes that she looks and feels like she did in her twenties. Suddenly she’s unable to walk around in her new town of Cougarville without men falling at her feet. Confused and alone, Sadie isn’t sure who to turn to…except answers to her problems might reside with her broodingly handsome reclusive neighbor, Mathis.

 

An alpha shifter, Mathis lost the love of his life, and he knows he’ll never find another mate. But his innocent new neighbor clearly doesn’t know the danger she’s in, and he's the only one who can save her.

 

But when the attraction pulls too strong, will Mathis’ animal nature be unleashed and claim Sadie for his own? Evangeline Anderson's Buck Naked is a sexy, emotional thrill-ride that will hook readers on this fantastic new series.

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