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review 2017-03-20 01:42
Review: Eater of Lives
Eater of Lives - Jordan L. Hawk

Holy moly, these just get better and better! I'm glad I am reading them now, rather than when they came out, because cliffie!!! Though I need to jump into a different book before I read books 5 and 6 here, so...

I am loving John, Caleb and Gray. So much uncertainty regarding how things are going to end up. Gray has developed feelings for John and Caleb, but he doesn't think the feelings are returned and Caleb is so uncertain as to where his relationship with John will be whether or not they are successful exorcising Gray. And that ending! I'm at the edge of my seat -- I'll come back to this series in a couple days.

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review 2017-03-20 01:40
Review: Reaper of Souls
Reaper of Souls (SPECTR) - Jordan L. Hawk

This is getting really good! I'm so glad I have more I can read, because this one stops at a point where I was like 'you're stopping there?!' .. and if I had to wait for the next part...

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review 2017-03-14 22:37
Review: Cherry Pop
Cherry Pop - Samantha Kane

I quite enjoyed the first two books in this series, and I really enjoy this author's writing (most of the time) so even though it took me a good year to read this one, I looked forward to it. Cherry Pop didn't much work for me, though.

I liked Tripp. He was a happy guy and I loved how he just embraced it when he discovered something new about himself. No internal angst, he just went with it full speed ahead. What I​ ​didn't like, though, was that he let Ben walk all over him. Repeatedly.​ I really thought he deserved better than to let Ben dictate all of what their relationship would be. Also, Tripp kind of latched onto Ben, and was much like a puppy begging for attention. There was no build up at all, when it came to Tripp's feelings for Ben​, and I found I missed that.

Ben though....I didn't much like him at all. I get that he got burnt pretty bad by his last boyfriend. He wasn't treated well and he put up with it until the guy finally dumped him​ (8 years later)​. His boyfriend had isolated him and treated him like a dirty secret and was jealous of everyone. So what does he do? He treats Tripp like a dirty secret and treats him like crap. ​And ​I really didn't like it when he presumed to tell Tripp what he (Tripp) felt or thought. It isn't up to Ben to decide if Tripp is gay or not. It's ok to not want to be someone's experiment, but beyond that, no. Ben projected his own issues onto Tripp and was an asshole to Tripp and he kept that up for far longer than my patience will put up with.

​So, Cherry Pop was not really to my liking. And no matter how much I loved the first two books in this series, I just couldn't deal with all the fuckery in this one.​

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review 2017-03-13 23:38
ARC Review: Enemy Within
Enemy Within - Tal Bauer

​Wow, this book! I was on the edge of my seat through most of it. Action packed, suspenseful, a few swoony moments, and Jack & Ethan (and our other couples) finally get their happy!​

Now, before I get into my review, there are a few things to cover:

1) If you have not read the previous 2 books (and the novela) read them first, as Enemy Within is not a stand alone book.
2) Suspend your disbelief. Turn it off, if you can. This series takes place a bit in the future where science is more advanced than it currently is. Also, the intrigue and suspense plot did strain my credulity here and there, but I don't say that like it's a bad thing, at all. The story is exciting and fast-paced and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
3) And sit back and enjoy the ride. And hang on tight!

​Enemy Within​​ is a touch contemporary a little futuristic a ​bit of sci-fi, a huge helping of suspense and a whole lot of ​awesome​​.​

​The story picks right up where Enemy of My Enemy left off with General Madigan planning his evil and Jack and Ethan working to stop him.​ And the cards are stacked against them.​ I am not going to talk more about the story, though, because this one is meant to be experienced, not spoiled!

I will say that Jack and Ethan are just wonderful together. They didn't have a lot of time to get down and dirty (they have a world to save, after all), but they managed a few moments and they made me swoon more than once. And I was cheering on two other couples, as well. When you know the world might end in a moment -- really know it -- it puts things in perspective. Adam and Faisal were my second favorite couple and I cheered them at every turn. And then we have Sergey and Sasha -- no telling which them is more stubborn. The point, though? Live for today, because tomorrow might not be.

​Those of you that have read the first two books, you are in for a treat here! A​nd if you've been waiting until the story arc resolves in order to read this series, you can safely do so now. Enemy Within wraps things up, pretty well. I'm not going to say it's all neat and tidy, though. Tal Bauer can still take the story further, if they choose to do so, since there are a couple things left open ended, but the story arc that started with Enemies of the State has resolved -- so what are you waiting for?

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ARC of Enemy Within was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-03-10 23:35
ARC Review: Imago
Imago - N.R. Walker

4.5 Stars

I absolutely loved Imago. It's a truly gorgeous story with supremely likable MC's and adorkableness in abundance. I have a weak spot for geeks of many flavors, not to mention the tall, rugged outdoorsy type (though I'm not remotely outdoorsy, so this is total fantasy for me) and there is just something about a smart man in a bow tie that just does it for me.

Lawson Gale is a lepidopterist, a person who specializes in the study of all things butterfly. He's flown to Tasmania to meet up with colleague who wishes for Lawson to go in search of a butterfly he saw many decades ago, but could never find again. Lawson is cautious, but cannot pass up such an opportunity. Lawson was gloriously geeky and absolutely adorkable, even when he was a bit clumsy, which was fairly often.

Jack Brighton lives and works in Tasmania as a Parks and Wildlife officer. He's tall and maybe a bit intimidating, but Jack is a teddy bear. When he first laid eyes on the geeky guy in the bow tie when he was on a plane back to Tasmania, from Melbourne, he was quite taken. And when he sees that same guy having trouble at the rental car counter, he offers his assistance. How could he resist, after all?

And thus begins a courtship between two men with very different backgrounds who, none the less, are very compatible - in every way. I loved them together. I loved their dates, I loved their ritual of giving each other flowers, I loved the picnic in the back yard, I loved Jack's dog, Rosemary. I loved Lawson's passion for his butterflies, I loved that Jack saw the importance in Lawson's work, and I loved this story from beginning to end.

"I came to Tasmania in search of an elusive species." ... "But never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find you."



Imago was steamier than most books by this author. The sex was sweet and passionate. The angst is low and the ending a strong HFN. I look forward to reading book two and experiencing more of Jack's and Lawson's story!

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ARC of Imago was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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