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review 2019-10-08 17:37
Mainly by Moonlight
Mainly by Moonlight - Josh Lanyon

3.25 - 3.5 stars

Mainly by Moonlight is a book that’s hard for me to rate. I really enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down. I *adored* Cosmo and wanted to see him get the HEA he yearned for.

However, I can’t deny there were *a lot* of little niggling issues I had with the story, the world building, the romance, and some of the characters. (And yes, I’m taking into account this is really 1/3 of a larger story). Little things here and there really pile up.

So I’m vacillating wildly on this rating. My heart says 4 stars, but my brain strongly objects and won’t let all those little issues go.

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review 2019-08-14 16:20
Mainly by Moonlight - Josh Lanyon
Mainly by Moonlight - Josh Lanyon

I have to admit, I skimmed the last third or so of this book because I wanted to see if various things in the plot got resolved, only to discover that they didn't (though apparently one of them is a major plot point in book 2).


This is one of those books which could have been so much better if a couple of things had been resolved, or at least the main character actually thought through the consequences of their actions. There's just too much going on and too many characters who are quirky in different ways rather than having actual human characteristics. 


Anyway, on to Mainly by Moonlight itself. The basic premise is that our protagonist, an antiques dealer who also happens to have magical powers, runs across a hunky guy while they're both wanting to buy a weird bed at auction and doesn't really think much of it. Later on, he discovers said hunky guy has been trying to track him down, they date and suddenly they're getting married. 


Between that decision and the actual wedding, he discovers that his husband-to-be has been bewitched into believing it's true love. Before he finds this out, he's also accused of murder as he's found by the police standing over the body of a man he'd previously argued with. So far so good, complete with quirky meet-cute and ethical dilemma, alongside a practical problem to solve (together or apart), as his impending spouse is the district attorney. 


And that's where for me it all goes awry. First off, they are getting married after only knowing each other for 2 weeks. Yes, 2 weeks. And apparently managed to organise buying a new place, getting some renovations done on it and also a pair of wedding ceremonies in that time. Forgive me if that alone is stretching the bounds of credulity. However, more work's been done by the author on the wedding details than on giving hubbie-to-be an actual personality, which means he comes across as a bid of a tree stump and I never quite get a sense of why this is a relationship I'm supposed to care about. 


None of that would have been insurmountable, however, compared to the fact that after discovering that there's coercion involved (because putting magic on someone to make them believe they've found The One is just that), not only do they continue with the wedding, they also have sex together while he waits to see if the spell is just going to wear off. Dude, that's just not okay. And our protagonist doesn't seem to see the implications of the fact they've already had sex in these circumstances, not to mention that he doesn't seem particularly angry at his friend for putting him in this situation. Friends who don't mind making you complicit in sexual assault, what can you do?


I was given a copy of this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-06-17 17:54
Another short but fun listen...
Mummy Dearest (The XOXO Files #1) - Josh Lanyon, Sean Crisden

narrated by Sean Crisden another one of my favorite narrators. It's been a while since I enjoyed a Josh Lanyon story and I really enjoyed this one so for me it was an easy choice to enjoy this story again while I was organizing some of my computer files. 'Mummy Dearest' was slated to be the first book in Josh Lanyon's 'XOXO' series and while nothing more has been released since this one, 'Mummy Dearest' is able to stand on it's own as an enjoyable short story.


With Sean Crisden as always providing an enjoyable narration that adds depth and interest to the characters and the story this one works really well as an entertaining and enjoyable way to pass an afternoon and if you like a touch of humor in your stories this one hits the mark in that department as well.


Definitely recommended for a short, fun listen when you've got a couple of hours to fill.

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review 2019-01-10 01:59
Just one more kick at the Christmas can...
A Case of Christmas - Josh Lanyon,Derrick McClain

This one was probably closer to 3.5 stars rounded down. I love Josh Lanyon stories and while I maybe didn't love this one quite as much as I've loved some others it was still an enjoyable story narrated by Derrick McClain who does a rather enjoyable job of adding depth and emotion to this story and overall making it just a touch more enjoyable for the listener.

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text 2018-10-24 00:50
Halloween Bingo - Romantic Suspense
Fatal Shadows - Josh Lanyon

Fatal Shadows was a lot lighter on the romance than I expected, although the ending suggested the rest of the series will have a lot more. I'm using this for the Romantic Suspense square.




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