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review 2019-05-19 22:49
Stroke to His Cox by J.L. Merrow Review!!
Stroke to His Cox - J.L. Merrow

As coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team, pint-sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word, their strength at his command. Leading his crew to win their oars might be easier if Dave didn’t have to hide his crush on Archie, the stroke rower – but as they prepare for their final race, Dave doesn’t suspect that Archie is in the same boat as him in more ways than one!

 

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Awww. Dave and Archie! This is a quick read but very cute and hot. 

It always fun when your crush squees you back and then you have sex. Like you do, in college, in England when you are a rower.

Bonus points for crew nerdery.

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text 2019-05-02 17:26
TBR Thursday
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
Merrow - Ananda Braxton-Smith
The Oyster Thief - Sonia Faruqi
The Gap Into Power: A Dark and Hungry God Arises - Stephen R. Donaldson

 

Time is running out on me before my adventure in Southern France.  I've paused all of my holds and I'm working on finishing up what's already on my plate.

 

I'm currently working on Troubles by Farrell, Vurt by Jeff Noon, Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Anne Aguirre, and The Dame Was Trouble, a collection of short stories.

 

So, I hope to read the books above, 2 as part of my MerMay project, one for my RL book club, and the Donaldson title (which is in interlibrary loan) for my Science Fiction & Fantasy project.

 

Now the big decision is which books to pack in the suitcase.  Plus I need to take a box back to the second hand bookstore, as well as selecting at least a box full to go to the Big Book Sale.  I plan to drop them off on Saturday and to shop the sale the following weekend.  I best update my current search list too.

 

Have a great weekend, my friends!

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text 2019-04-26 04:28
TBR Thursday
The Oyster Thief - Sonia Faruqi
Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
Troubles - J.G. Farrell,John Banville
Merrow - Ananda Braxton-Smith
Vurt - Jeff Noon
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

 

I've been on a bit of a tear this vacation week. I'll continue on with my MerMay project with both The Oyster Thief  and Merrow.

 

I hope to finally settle myself to read Honor Bound, a book I've been waiting for quite a while.

 

Vurt is for my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project. I had to interlibrary loan it, so I best get it read before I go on vacation!

 

 

And then I must read Troubles and We Need to Talk About Kevin for my real life book club. I must confess that I'm having a hard time being enthusiastic about them.

 

Have a great weekend, friends.

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text 2019-04-18 15:12
TBR Thursday
Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
Merrow - Ananda Braxton-Smith
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning
Troubles - J.G. Farrell,John Banville

 

This weekend's crop of books.  Honor Bound is the newly released sequel by Rachel Caine and Anne Aguirre.  I rated the first volume at 5 stars, so I'm looking forward to this second installment.

 

Merrow and The Sea Witch are both part of my MerMay project.  And yes, I know it's not May yet.  But I'll be away during the second half of May, returning for my retirement party on May 31st.  So if I'm going to read mermaid books (and I am) the time is now!

 

Troubles is the next choice for my RL Book Club.  I've read a few pages on my coffee break yesterday and I think it's going to be okay.  Not what I would have chosen, but then that's the point of book clubs, isn't it?

 

I'm using up vacation time prior to retirement, so I have next week off work.  I'll also be back at my cousin's house, cat sitting.  Festus the cat is the quite the character, but he's an elderly kitty and requires insulin injections night and morning.  He will be so glad when my cousin gets home on the 27th!

 

Meanwhile, family here in Alberta all want to celebrate Easter on the same day.  I have three invitations and can only fit in two.  I'm planning to make a gluten-free chocolate layer cake, frost it with mocha flavoured whip cream, and decorate it with candy coated chocolate eggs.  If this is a success, there will be photos.

 

Have a pleasant Easter, everyone, and safe travels.

 

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review 2018-10-01 00:50
ARC Review: Midnight In Berlin by JL Merrow
Midnight in Berlin - J.L. Merrow

I loved Leon's irreverent narrative - he was my favorite person in the book.

In a case of mistaken identity, a werewolf bites a human. Oops.

Christoph, a lawyer of sorts, and Lycan, driving through Berlin in his Porsche very late at night, spots Leon, a student/drifter, who's hitchhiking his way back to this hostel. Leon is covered in feather, after a pillow fight at a concert and some rain, and Christoph thinks Leon is Lycan too and has just killed a large bird. So he stops, offers him a rider, and takes him to his pack house in one of the Berlin 'burbs. Because wolves aren't supposed to run around arousing suspicion, and Christoph chides Leon for potentially revealing the secret.

Leon has no idea what the guy with the Porsche is babbling about, but he's not liking it. And never mind the guy's face growing fangs and sprouting hair. When the car stops, Leon bolts just as soon as Christoph realizes his mistake.

Long story short, Leon wakes up Lycan (oops) after Christoph bit him. Christoph is nowhere to be found, and nobody living in the house where Christoph took him is telling him anything useful.

The pack is led by a horrible man named Schreiber. He's brutal, he treats his pack members like crap, and he's not happy that Leon is now a wolf.

Leon discovers where Christoph is being caged for punishment (that was hard to read, OMG), and together with Schreiber's daughter, they flee the house. 

The rest of the story is basically telling us about their escape and their movements through Berlin, trying to find out what they can about the experiment Schreiber appears to be running. There's a side story with another pack, this one full wolves.

The plot is fast-moving and the action scenes were fascinating, but the romance was rather bland. Outside of some sort of mating bond, I didn't really feel it at all. 

Leon's character stood out for me - the rest of them all were more or less one-dimensional. Christoph was okay, once he let go of his guilt a bit, and we do get a HEA. The descriptions of Berlin felt accurate, and most of the dialogue rang organic and realistic for the characters. 

Not one of my favorites by this author, but I enjoyed it. 


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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