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review 2017-06-24 21:13
Confessional (A Blake Harte Mystery, #2)
Confessional - John A. Ashley,Robert Innes

As I said on my DNF review of the first book in this series, Untouchable, there are good bones here. I feel like this author has a lot of potential but just isn't getting any kind of guidance at all. He clearly doesn't have an editor. Some of the grammatical issues from the first book are improved on - mostly - but many others remain. Many of the character interactions are more or less well done, though the author could use a better grasp on basic human psychology to avoid cliche pitfalls. There wasn't much to the mystery. It's formulaic and predictable. I had the whodunit pegged from the second they showed up on page, and I even had the murder method more or less figured out from the get-go.

I figured foxglove/digitalis sprinkled on the communion wafers; murderer went with hemlock in the communion wine.

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The ending was filled with all the bad cliches; I was cringing, y'all. I couldn't get up the energy to even be remotely concerned about the welfare of the characters. It was obvious what was going to happen and it was just boring.

 

So yeah, there are good bones here, and if this author can find himself an editor or two who really know what they're doing, I can see him writing some great stories. But as of now, with one DNF and one 2.5 star read, I won't be bothering with any more from this writer.

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review 2017-06-20 13:01
Closer
Trust - Ella Frank

This is book #3 in the Temptation series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  It is not intended to be on its own, however, and makes more sense when read in order.

 

This story continues where the last book left off, and the main characters are in a bit of a shock.  There has been quite a bit of turmoil for Tate trying to fit into Logan's life and mix it with his own.  He now has Logan's ex on the scene, and a tragedy that makes them both realize what is most important in life.

 

Logan has finally figured out who he wants for the rest of his life.  Now it is just a matter of making it happen.  Tate has given up so much and gives everything his all.  It is time to show that trust between them goes both ways.

 

I really am loving this series.  It is extremely compelling.  I was afraid for a bit there to turn the page.  I want so much for things to work out for these characters.  Such a great read!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***Previous book in the series, TAKE and you can read my review here if you missed it.  CLICK HERE to read now.***

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review 2017-06-09 07:34
Hold on
Undercover Lover - Peter Styles

Jeremiah is shocked to find his current beau wants him to spy on his rival, by hooking up with him.  Since he has wanted a commitment from this man, he agrees to do so.  Then he finds out how perfect Chris is for him.

 

Chris is attracted to Jeremiah, even before he knows who he is.  Then he actively pursues him.  He goes after what he wants.  Chris now wants Jeremiah.

 

My first reaction to this scenario was, "Who does that?"  I have read love triangles before but this was a complicated twist I never saw coming.  There is a real sweet spot in this story with the pursuit of this vulnerable man.  I just had a hard time stomaching the original boyfriend using the guy like he did.  I give this story a 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given voluntarily for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-05 13:30
Heatwave
Take - Ella Frank

This is book # 2 in the Temptation series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading this in order.

 

Logan & Tate's story continues where book 1 left off.  They adjust to being a couple.  Tate's past and family history may cause waves of pain.  Good thing he and Logan are solid now.  Or are they?  

 

This is such an incredible series.  The characters are interesting and the banter is entertaining.  The sexy times sure make it HOT.  I cannot wait to read the next installment!

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review 2017-06-02 22:39
At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere
At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere - L.A. Witt

What happens when a blackjack dealer/stripper/occasional prostitute meets a homeless man/former ad exec on the streets of Vegas and offers him a hand up? You get role-reversed Pretty Woman!  

 

I didn't really buy the way these two met, at first. Adrian's constantly walking right on by the homeless people living on the streets of Vegas without a backward glance - but backward glances at Max because of his designer suit and shoes. I guess if you want any hope of being rescued off the streets, you better be wearing Gucci. (Does Gucci design men's clothes? I have no idea.) Weird setup aside, it was a nice read and the characters are likable, and the writing when talking about Max's fall from grace was particularly strong. Other than that, there was nothing special here. It's a standard romance with standard sex scenes (which I skipped). I also never really understood why Adrian sometimes slept with his customers for money since he didn't need the money. It felt like that was there just to give them something edgy and progressive to deal with.

 

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