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review 2017-07-03 02:48
Law and Disorder (The Finnegan Connection) - Heather Graham

It is a good thing that this is not my first experience with Heather Graham’s work because if it were after reading this book it would be my last. Based on my prior experience, I went into this book with high expectations, but instead, I ended up being sorely disappointed.

What the story is about.
Kody Cameron returned to Florida to finalise business and personal affairs before returning to New York where she makes a living as a live actress. However, she never expected to be taken hostage by masked men searching for decades old treasure hidden by the notorious criminal Anthony Green.
Nick Connolly is seeking to capture career criminal Nathan Appleby. To achieve this goal, he infiltrated the gang that held Kody hostage. He recognises her, from a brief meeting they had in the past, as the girl he wanted to get to know better. Now Nick faces the biggest challenge of his career, taking down the gang while trying to protect Kody, her employees and the mayor’s son.

My Perspective

The Story
Now after reading the above, you must be asking yourselves what problems could I have with such an exciting premise. Well, I know you would expect a fast-paced, edge of your seat read. Unfortunately, this was not my experience and to make matters worse the romance was below average. The story lacked fluidity making it difficult to follow. The suspense took a long time to build up and by the time it did it was over.

The Characters
Kody: Initially I was not sure what to make of her. I know if I had a gun held to my head, I would pray every chance I get, instead of mouthing off to the man behind the gun. I am not sure what to call her action be it bravery or sheer stupidity. Her actions lacked credibility. However, as the story progressed, I came to admire her strength and selflessness during the hostage crisis.

Nick: Throughout the story, he remained a mystery. I knew nothing about him beyond the current situation. He made a great villain given the circumstances. He was the voice of reason in a volatile situation which

The Villains: I was not impressed by the villains especially the supposed career criminal. Some members of the gang were evidently not cut out for a life of crime. It would seem that Appleby did not call the shots in this situation. I am not an expert on hostage negotiations, but I found it strange that he would allow Nick to negotiate on his behalf, giving him the upper hand. Appleby was a big joke, half the time it appeared he had no idea what he was about.

Character development was lacking, and I had difficulty connecting with the characters.

The Romance
Not only did I not connect with the main characters individually I also did not connect with them as a couple. Their romance lacked credibility and left me with a lot of questions. I have no clue how they found the time to fall in love. Most of their interaction took place during the hostage situation and there was no evidence of any spark during this time. They went on one date then the next thing I know they moved in together and looking forward to getting married.

Recommendation
The reviews for this title were mixed. Honestly, I am unable to understand the five-star reviews. I guess the reviews were geared towards the author instead of the book. Personally, I would not recommend this book. However, I am sure there are some readers who would enjoy this title, but it just was not my thing.


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url 2017-05-30 19:45
68 New Releases in series today
Nighthawk (The NUMA Files) - Clive Cussler,Graham Brown
White Hot - Ilona Andrews
A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery - Rita Mae Brown
Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Dark Zone - George Galdorisi,Jeff Rovin
Dying Breath: A Heart-Stopping Novel of Paranormal Romantic Suspense (Krewe of Hunters) - Heather Graham
Fairy Tail 60 - Hiro Mashima
Beyond Reason (The Texas Trilogy) - Kat Martin
Spectacle - Rachel Vincent
Shadow Reaper (A Shadow Rider Novel) - Christine Feehan
New York, Actually: A Romance Novel (From Manhattan With Love) - Sarah Morgan

See https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list and more thorough series details.

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review 2017-05-15 23:00
HOME IMPROVEMENT UNDEAD EDITION - VARIOUS AUTHORS
Home Improvement: Undead Edition - Simon R. Green,Heather Graham,James Grady,Charlaine Harris,S.J. Rozan,Rochelle Krich,Toni L.P. Kelner,E.E. Knight,Victor Gischler,Stacia Kane,Melissa Marr,Suzanne McLeod,Seanan McGuire,Patricia Briggs

Anthology The rating I'll round up to 3 but only a few of the stories were worth reading

1. If I Had a Hammer, Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13.1). It's been awhile since I read a Sookie book so this was really nice to read about her now. Even though I thought I'd everything out there this story was new. I liked it, I just wish the Sookie wouldn't be hypocritical where other people are concerned. Sookie even acknowledges it but is more like, "Oh well, that's how I think." Very good story. 4 stars.

2. Wizard Home Security, Victor Gischler. A wizard is robbed, pays for security, is trapped by the security and then thwarts the robber. Super short. 3 stars.

3. Gray, Patricia Briggs: (Mercy Thompson universe). A very good story about a female vampire who moves back home hoping to find some peace. 4 stars.

4. Squatters' Rights, Rocelle Krich. A story about a house with a bad history and how that affects the new owners. I have no idea what was going on with the "squatters". 2 stars.

5. Blood on the Wall, Heather Graham. A mild mannered detective stops a killer that's targeting a fake demon cult. We never figure out why they were targeted in the first place. 2 stars.

6. The Mansion of Imperatives, James Grady. A strange story that I think the author was trying to make scary but didn't really suceed. 2 stars.

7. The Strength Inside, Melissa Marr. Sisters and the children they take care of are trying to improve their home and use unconventional (or should I say ancient) methods to do so. Strange story. 3 stars.

8. Woolsey's Kitchen Nightmare, EE Knight. Morbid and flippant don't usually go together and they don't in my opinion. 2 stars.

9. Through This House, Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4.5) A good story about Goldengreen and some of the horrors that took place there. 4 stars

10. The Path, S J Rozan. I really tried to read this story but it was soooo slooowww. I just gave up. No rating.

11. Rick the Brave, Stacia Kane (Downside #5.5) I miss Terrible and Chess! Please Stacia Kane, write another book in their series!!! This is a short story about a home improvement project that goes bad. 5 stars.

12. Full-Scale Demolition, Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers) Cute story about a Sidhe who's job is to round up fae that are causing a commotion. There's a kelpie that the heroine is attracted to if she can get beyond the kelpie tendencies to drown people. Throw in a couple of lamias and children to rescue - it should have been a lot of fighting but mostly it was getting hit, passing out and then waking up. (Another book I'm reading has the same passing out theme. A little frustrating.) 3-1/2 stars.

13. It's All in the Rendering, Simon Green. This couple lives and works in a sanctuary house for the normal and paranormal world. Both sides inspect the home and say all kinds of changes need to be done. The couple and the guests discuss different options, end up doing nothing and that's what works. What the frick!? 2 stars

14. In Brightest Day, Tony Kelner. The author was trying to write humor for the main character or at least make her humorous. To me, it didn't work. And bringing back the same guy over and over was really cruel. The reason didn't seem enough for me. 2 stars.

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review 2017-04-18 20:26
Review – The Rising by Heather Graham & Jon Land @jondland #HeatherGraham
The Rising: A Novel - Heather Graham,Jon Land

No need to think twice when it comes to The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land.

 

The Rising

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MY REVIEW

 

Buckle your seat belt because this is going to be a very bumpy ride.

 

Two of my must read authors, Heather Graham and Jon Land, have come together to create to create a fabulous science fiction  thriller in The Rising.

 

Alex is special and he doesn’t know it. He suffers a football injury, winding up in the hospital, and the action and adventure begin.

 

As Alex, Sam, Raiff and Donati are drawn together, forces are determined to stop them.

The Trackers want him. The Watchers and Guardians protect him.

 

And don’t we always have someone that wants to rule the world and will do anything to accomplish it? Villains are fascinating, to me. The worse they are, the more I love them.

Scientists beware. Your actions can change the world!

 

Particle accelerators, quantam space, wormholes, doorways into space, space time continuum…

 

This Terminator like suspense story has everything you would want in a science fiction fantasy…action, mystery, thrills and a story line that will spur your imagination and give you hours of reading pleasure.

 

There is more to come and I think H G Wells has nothing on Heather Graham and Jon Land. I can hardly wait to go on the next adventure. …Take me away.

 

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

 

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review 2017-04-07 20:07
Good Story and Characters
Ondine - Heather Graham Ondine - Heather Graham

Ondine had a noose around her neck as she traveled in a cart to be hung. But Ondine promised herself she wouldn't scream. She was appalled by the amount of people who had crowded the streets to watch a hanging. Ondine was not the common woman she said she was when she joined the group of poor and homeless in the forest. She was  dressed in rags but she had the manners of a lady born and bred. She was to be killed for struggling to eat. Ondine and Old Thomas and many other had and will share the same fate. There was one chance Ondine would not be hanged and that is if someone stepped forward and agreed to marry her. Then Warwick came forward and not only said he would marry he he did so right then. Ondine had witnessed her father’s murder and then ran for her life. All Ondine wanted to do was clear her father’s name. Warwick wants Ondine to be bait to catch the person who murdered his first wife.  There is attraction between Ondine and Warwick and it grows. Ondine had been the Duchess of Rochester before she ran for her life. It was her jealous relatives who killed her father as they wanted his lands. At first Warwick nor Ondine confided in each other but eventually they did.

I really enjoyed this story. I felt it had a good plot and story. There was a lot to this story: betrayal, murder fleeing for one's life hangings, hunger, murder, intrigue, secrets, adventure and so much more. I liked how Ondine and Warwick’s feelings grew. I think they made a great couple she was strong enough to handle Warwick. Especially as Ondine as she had been raised to be a lady and had been a Duchess.  The story had me hooked from beginning to end. I was also glad Warwick agreed to marry Ondine so she didn’t have to die. Even though Warwick had his own reasons for marrying Ondine. I hated that the homeless and poor were killed for trying to get food to eat to prevent from starving. I was glad the homeless and poor had accepted Ondine so easily into their group. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.

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