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review 2017-03-20 02:18
Heartache
Harmless (Pier 70 Book 4) - Nicole Edwards

This is book #4, in the Pier 70 series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, without the spoilers, I recommend reading in order.

 

Roan has a past with Colton AKA Seg, a past he wants no one to know about.  Aside from the pain and humiliation it brings, it could be detrimental to Colton's career.  Roan knows that nothing short of a miracle would change things.  He also knows he has too much on his plate now to look back.

 

Colton has never wanted anything the way he wants just a chance of a future with Roan.  One that does not seem to be mutual.  Can he change the man's mind before it's too late?

 

There is so much to this story.  I was eagerly turning pages.  This book has rich characters with serious heart.  The story also calls for some heat.  Really good read with characters you can enjoy again and again.  This will be one I add to my permanent shelf.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-02-25 05:30
Is That It?
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide, #5) - Douglas Adams

I’m not really sure about this book. At first I was going to suggest that it didn’t have any point but then again this is a part of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, which basically means that the books aren’t going to have a plot, or a point. Well, I guess the lack of a plot, and a point, is a point in and of itself because it simply goes to demonstrate the absurdity of existance, and that is that there really seems to be no point to this whole thing we call reality and in the end we should probably all just go and jump in the sea and go for a swim.

 

The thing is that this particular book didn’t seem to even explore the absurdity of reality, which, in a way, was the whole purpose of the series anyway – it seemed as if Adams had simply reached a point where he was writing a Hitchhiker’s Guide novel simply for the sake of such a novel, and when he finished it sent it to his publisher and then went around the corner and had a pint at the local pub (most likely English Ale, but then he could have had a Stella, but from my visits to England my impression was that respectable people don’t drink Stella).

 

So, what can I say about the book – well, it is about Arthur, and Ford, and Trillian, but that is about it. Arthur has lost his one true love due to a freak hyperspace accident, and the one thing that gave him meaning in life – a partner – was suddenly gone. So, he basically travels the universe bored out of his brains, and then settles on a planet to become a sandwich maker, which is basically the only thing he is good at. As for Ford, well, he uncovers a conspiracy at the Hitchhiker’s Guide headquarters, but then heads off to find Arthur only to have his ship stolen by a daughter that Arthur never knew he had, and can’t for the life of him ever remember making her, at least with the mother that is (who happens to be Trillian).

 

Trillian is the odd thing with the book – is she a journalist or is she an astrophysicist? At first I was a little confused because it seemed as if Adams had completely forgotten what her original profession was, but then it turns out that she got a lucky break, or a not so lucky break as the case may be. Apparently an alternate version of Trillian gave up astrophysics because she missed out on the ride of a life time when she rushed off to get her bag and Zaphod left without her. Then she missed out on another job of a lifetime when she left her bag in her room only to discover that she wasn’t wearing her contact lenses. However, as it comes to light, even if one does get the scoop of a lifetime it doesn’t mean that the newscasters will run with it, especially if they some something much more interesting – we’ve been visited by aliens, well, that’s going to clash with the royal wedding, and the royal wedding is so much more important than aliens that we might as well leave the aliens for another time, maybe a slow news week.

 

Then again when does news cease to be news – well quite quickly so it happens. If one alien spacecraft lands that is a scoop, but when the next, and the next, and then the next, it ceases to be news and simply becomes part and parcel of everyday life – a politician is corrupt! Hey, all politicians are corrupt so why are we going to run with that story when a baby hippo has just been born in the London Zoo (why is it that, having only spent less than a month out of my entire life in London that I am starting to treat London as if it is my home town? ).

 

What about the absurdity of life? I find it interesting that this whole concept of absurdity came about when people decided that religion just wasn’t for them – it is as if religion actually gives people a sense of worth and purpose and when you throw that away that sense of worth and purpose suddenly vanishes. Well, not really, because we begin to define ourselves by our possessions, which includes our jobs, our families, and of course our stuff. Yet what happens when all of these things cease to give us pleasure, or even purpose. No wonder the divorce rate is so high because we are measuring our worth by our happiness and when our relationships cease to make us happy we simply discard them. Mind you, the media doesn’t help because they help us define our purpose through the constant bombardment of their propoganda. What if our job doesn’t satisfy, and we aren’t agile enough to get ourselves another job – I guess we are a failure them.

 

Yet defining ourselves, and defining life and purpose, are huge money spinners. Self help books, universities, and even religious institutions, make bucket loads of money off of people seeking purpose, and sometimes I wonder if they all sit down at their weekly meetings and laugh about our stupidity. Mind you, our purpose could actually be sitting there staring us right in our face yet we would pretty much ignore it because, well, it is too simple and finding out the meaning of our existance couldn’t actually be that easy (or even simply that), so we all wander off back into the misty streets, find the local bar, and return to our beer.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1916966581
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review 2016-12-10 00:00
A Harmless Little Plan
A Harmless Little Plan - Meli Raine,Juli... A Harmless Little Plan - Meli Raine,Julia Kent description

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Book three starts up where book two left off. Things are moving fast now and with Lindsay in danger and Drew being framed. Friends become enemies and old wounds are reopened...

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I enjoyed this one slightly less than I did book one and two. The whole mystery that has been building over the course of the first two books is basically wrapped up halfway into this book. And while I did enjoy seeing people get their comeuppance (for the most part. I would have liked to have gotten some sort of retribution for Lindsey from those who lied after the original incident.) After that, the book dragged on a bit for me. I really think this would have played out better over two books instead of three, but that is just my opinion. There were also things mentioned that really never lead anywhere (Anya & Monica?) I also found that the conspiracy stretched believability in its scope, and that had me rolling my eyes a bit.

That aside, I really enjoyed all the twists and turns this story took. It was pretty brutal on occasion and I had NO clue who was behind it all. Lindsey and Drew were both likable characters and there was a nice array of secondary characters that added depth to the overall story. Not much more to say. A great series that enjoyed quite a lot.

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review 2016-12-09 00:00
A Harmless Little Game
A Harmless Little Game - Meli Raine,Juli... A Harmless Little Game - Meli Raine,Julia Kent description

Four years ago the unspeakable happened to Lindsay. Violated in the worst way while her boyfriend and the man she loved sat and watched. Now Lindsay is back and looking for revenge. But things are not exactly as they seem and soon the past is coming back with a vengeance and no one is to be trusted...

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WHOA, so this book sucked me in from page one. I am dying to untangle all these knots of mystery. Who are the bad guys? What is everyone hiding? Will Lindsay finally get justice? SO many questions...

Now, that said, this did have a couple issues. First, her immediate reaction to Drew felt off. I would think someone that went through what she did, and had spent the past 4 years thinking Drew was compliant in that act wouldn't be panting after him like a dog in heat. I would have cut his balls off and asked questions later, but I'm a biatch that way.

Secondly, the video incident confused me. We are told it was videotaped and posted ALL over social media so everyone knew it was Lindsay in the video, but then later we are told they all wore masks INCLUDING Lindsay?? Sooo?? That aside, I really enjoyed this one. On to book two I go...

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review 2016-12-09 00:00
A Harmless Little Ruse
A Harmless Little Ruse - Meli Raine A Harmless Little Ruse - Meli Raine description

Book two starts off where book one ended. This installment is all in Drew's POV and we find out more heartbreaking details about what went on that night four years earlier. I had a suspicion at the direction this author was going in regards to what happened to Drew and unfortunately I was correct. Not unfortunately as in it was bad writing, but more the fact that scenario is a trigger for me and it would have been nice to have gotten a heads up in the blurb. Just me 2cents.

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That aside things are heating up with a lot of twists and turns and I have NO clue who to trust or who is behind all this. I will say this, there certainly seems to be an awful lot of videos hanging around of what happened that night and it's stretching the whole believability thing a bit thin. Still, I am intrigued enough to be moving on to book three.

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