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review 2017-10-10 13:44
Three, Two, One (321) - J.A. Huss

I walked away from this one a bit disappointed. For a time there, there were many things that looked promising. I will say the story kept me engaged. It kept me wondering what would happen next and why. But when it was time to bring all the chaos & mystery together to paint a picture of why this was all happening, it just fell way flat for me. 

The ending, for me, didn't feel like the story was closing. It felt like it was finally beginning.

I'm personally not bothered by all the hotness in this book. For me the hotter the better. What bothers me is that there was no balance between the hotness & the story itself. So I can see why many would be quick to say it was too much sex here. I've read plenty of books with much physical hotness in the mix. The difference between those stories and this one, is that there was a true, clear point/ purpose as to why all the physical love was there. Some how it was one of the many things that showed growth emotionally with the main characters involved.
Here, it feels like it was just thrown in there between the main characters, often, so they could have something to do.

So, yeah.. This held alot of promise overall, but in the end it just couldn't deliver for me.

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review 2017-07-06 00:00
His Turn
His Turn - J.A. Huss His Turn - J.A. Huss I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Elias Bricman seems like a straightforward man, but he is definitely the most complicated of our gameplayers. In order to get the most from this book, you should read books one and two in the Turning Series. ([b:Taking Turns|33192096|Taking Turns (Turning, #1)|J.A. Huss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480683459s/33192096.jpg|53888729] & [b:Turning Back|33867511|Turning Back (Turning #2)|J.A. Huss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484561509s/33867511.jpg|54871691])

Bric's story unfolds slowly over these three tales, and we get the full effect here. He's left on his own now that Smith and Quin have their happily ever afters. He's happy for them, but it's putting him into a depressing, uncaring spiral of numbness.

He's been "playing" with a member at the club (Jordan), and even though it's not doing much for him, he's intrigued with the latest girl they've been seeing. And he hasn't been intrigued in a LOOONG time.

Nadia isn't suited to their game on the outside, but Jordan sees more. He brings her to Bric as a way to get their own "game" started, and since Bric seems interested, then SCORE. Nadia challenges both men at every turn, and Bric is both frustrated and drawn in at the same time. Between heartbeats he loves and hates her.

There are games afoot, but they may not be what anyone believes they are. Who's playing? Who's left in the dark? You may not know until the very end of this story, and trust me, it's worth it. Ms. Huss even leaves a thread dangling for a spin-off, and I'm hoping we'll see it happen!

Four solid stars. Four and a half for the entire series. If you like angsty, erotic stories - you won't regret reading these books.
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review 2017-06-04 03:35
Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Turston
Detective Inspector Huss - Helene Tursten

I wasn't sure about this one for at least the first 25% - either the writing or the translation seemed a bit stilted. However, I was enjoying DI Huss, so I persevered. And became engrossed.

I really love Scandi crime novels. I stumbled onto Henning Mankell donkey's years ago - long before Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy was published - and fell, not exactly in love with, but in great regard with damaged detective Kurt Wallander. At that time, Nordic Noir hadn't yet crossed the Atlantic or made it into English translation in any great volume. After The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that all changed, and now crime fiction from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and even Iceland are a dime a dozen. Well, maybe not that inexpensive, but readily available for kindle.

As is often the case in crime fiction, the initial impression of the victim as a fine, upstanding citizen, hides a sordid tale of sex, money, and drugs. All the world round, one can depend on mysteries to deliver an indictment of society, through the medium of crime. I'd like to read more about Detective Inspector Huss.

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review 2017-04-15 00:00
Turning Back
Turning Back - J.A. Huss Turning Back - J.A. Huss I'm reviewing this book voluntarily with my own personal copy.

JA Huss books are a must read for me, so I always jump on them right away. I was dying to read this, as it was the follow-up to [b:Taking Turns|33192096|Taking Turns (Turning, #1)|J.A. Huss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480683459s/33192096.jpg|53888729], and Rochelle - although completely absent from the first book, was an incredibly intriguing character.

Smith found his HEA in the last book, so the trio was whittled down to just Bric and Quin, and coincidentally, those were the two men that also loved Rochelle. Both very differently mind you, because they're both very different men.

The guys don't have their "rules" to guide them, and oddly enough, that means that Bric - the man that would normally be the more confident - seems the more lost. That doesn't mean any of the three of them aren't just feeling their way through a new and weird adventure - because they totally are.

The reason Rochelle left is a doozy, and they all handle the situation differently, and in surprising ways. I was delighted, outraged, frustrated, and heartbroken as the story progressed - because I just couldn't help but feel each thing as the characters felt them. Rochelle was pulled in a few directions, and sometimes unfairly so.

In the end, she gets her own HEA, but there's also no shortage of heartbreak and it leaves the reader with a longing for the next installment. I know we'll get the final resolution, and it's already set up in this outing, but I still feel sad about the events that led up to the finale here. Happy for Rochelle though. She went through enough to get there, she deserved her HEA truly.

I'd give this 4/4.5 stars, and I'm waiting eagerly for book 3.
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review 2017-04-15 00:00
Turning Back
Turning Back - J.A. Huss Turning Back - J.A. Huss I'm reviewing this book voluntarily with my own personal copy.

JA Huss books are a must read for me, so I always jump on them right away. I was dying to read this, as it was the follow-up to [b:Taking Turns|33192096|Taking Turns (Turning, #1)|J.A. Huss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480683459s/33192096.jpg|53888729], and Rochelle - although completely absent from the first book, was an incredibly intriguing character.

Smith found his HEA in the last book, so the trio was whittled down to just Bric and Quin, and coincidentally, those were the two men that also loved Rochelle. Both very differently mind you, because they're both very different men.

The guys don't have their "rules" to guide them, and oddly enough, that means that Bric - the man that would normally be the more confident - seems the more lost. That doesn't mean any of the three of them aren't just feeling their way through a new and weird adventure - because they totally are.

The reason Rochelle left is a doozy, and they all handle the situation differently, and in surprising ways. I was delighted, outraged, frustrated, and heartbroken as the story progressed - because I just couldn't help but feel each thing as the characters felt them. Rochelle was pulled in a few directions, and sometimes unfairly so.

In the end, she gets her own HEA, but there's also no shortage of heartbreak and it leaves the reader with a longing for the next installment. I know we'll get the final resolution, and it's already set up in this outing, but I still feel sad about the events that led up to the finale here. Happy for Rochelle though. She went through enough to get there, she deserved her HEA truly.

I'd give this 4/4.5 stars, and I'm waiting eagerly for book 3.
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