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review 2019-01-20 21:38
There was sweet and there was feelz...so many feelz, but...
Awakenings & French Songs - Nell Iris

I really wanted more. This is only my second read by this author and while I only gave this one 3 stars if I was giving stars for potential there would have been at least 4 stars on this one.  I loved the story and was over the moon about the potential it held. I just needed more actual story to get me there.

 

When we first meet Iggy, he's at a crossroads in his life. There's a lot about his life that he likes but as he gets closer to his birthday he also begins to reflect on what it is that he has and what it is that he wants.  He's a party boy...Iggy never says no or so the story goes until...Iggy says no because he's starting to realize that the life he has, isn't the life he wants. It's during a late night visit with his neighbour...Ronan, his very hot, off limits, single father neighbor that Iggy begins to question his life, where it's at vs where he wants to be and comes to the realization that it's time for a change.

 

My biggest problem with this story was that I really and truly wanted more...more Iggy and Ronan. Ronan's not off limits because he's straight...nope, for Iggy he's off limits because Ronan's straight or because he's not looking for a quicky or even a friends with benefits relationship.  Ronan wants the full package. He's looking for someone who wants someone who's in it for the long haul...someone who's going to love his kid as much as him because they're a package deal. 

 

I was ok with the fact that the story picks up part way through their friendship but once they agreed to see if there was more...well, i really liked these two men and I wanted to be there for more of the more as well. I'm not just talking about the sexy times here given the brevity of this story quite honestly the amount of sex that was here actually seemed appropriate but I wanted more of the dating/getting to know each other moments.There's a time jump between the end of the story and the epilogue of a year and I admit it I'm greedy and I wanted at least some of that year because Ronan and Iggy going from friends to lovers from what I read left me wanting the whole story.

 

So this isn't a case of 3 stars because I didn't like what I read it's a case of 3 stars because it was so good that I really, really wanted more.

 

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An ARC of 'Awakenings & French Songs' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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text 2019-01-12 01:07
Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

the ending is going to play a big part in how I Rate this novel...

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text 2019-01-11 15:03
Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

a startling break in the case, to do with the diamonds, so it must link to the murder(?)...

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text 2019-01-11 02:12
Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

I’m having fun. there’s a slight spy vibe as French has had to go from Chamonix and on to Barcelona, to collect data concerning the murder. and just when something looked sure-fire obvious...it’s not.

 

probably either Topper or The Death Chamber next, depending on where my mood’s at.

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text 2019-01-11 00:58
Reading progress update: I've read 43 out of 289 pages.
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts

this seems like it will be better than the last Crofts novel I read - The Pit-Prop Syndicate - which was not an Inspector French book, and got rather dull in the second half, which revealed the entire novel’s uninspired premise, thus sabotaging a decent first half. even my last Inspector French novel, The Hog’s Back Mystery, did not compare well with three or so that I really like.

 

diamonds spread all over the cover of my edition of Inspector French’s Greatest Case made me worry that there might be no whodunit aspect here - just French chasing down a ring of thieves, or something - but we do have a corpse, some suspects, alibis to be checked, a “most obvious suspect” (inexplicably nervous under questioning) who seems too obvious at this early stage, a young-lovers romance not without its warts, okay yes some missing diamonds, and, to sum up, plenty of potential for this author to redeem himself with me, one of his more loyal readers round these here parts.

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