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review 2018-01-12 04:22
Sacrati by Kate Sherwood
Sacrati - Kate Sherwood

Book, I am very upset with you. Your meager 407 are the longest 407 pages I've ever read. Ever. Even "1001 Nights" wasn't that long when I read it last. 

If it wasn't for the empty banter between the characters and the small pockets of cute nothingness or dull brooding or any other unnecessary details that can be easily done outside of the book (like little ficlets), the whole reading experience would have been much more pleasant.

Rest in peace now. I am glad I am finally free of you.

It's not a bad story, just the way it's told that didn't agree with me.

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review 2018-01-06 21:32
Feral (Shelter #1)
Feral - Kate Sherwood

This was a nice read, and certainly a different kind of romance. But it never really got better than nice. I'm still looking forward to the rest of the series though. 


Noah's a veterinarian student, volunteering at a vet clinic. Shane's homeless and goes to the clinic to seek help for his puppy when the puppy gets sick. Shane doesn't trust the system or the cops, and Noah, despite a spot of trouble in his past, has lived a sheltered life. As they become friends, working together on an outreach project, they challenge each others' world views and come to new understandings. 


I think this would've worked better if it had covered more time. They both changed too much too quickly. The story takes place in just under week. I do like that they don't fall in love in that length of time, though they do care for each other. Shane's possibly on the ace spectrum, so there's no sex for those of you who are looking for that. 


Dodger the puppy was adorable. I would've liked to see a bit more of Noah's family situation since that was mentioned in the beginning and we saw them in the first chapter, but that didn't really happen. We do get a bit of mystery to solve, and it's good to see Shane's protective side come to the fore time and again. I especially liked that Shane's situation isn't magically solved because he met some good Samaritans. 


So again, a nice solid start to the series, and I'm interested to see who else we get to meet along the way.

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review 2017-04-14 01:20
I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!!!
Home Fires - Kate Sherwood

This was it, the final book in Kate Sherwood's series 'Common Law' and it was perfect. Did I finally get my sexy times...yeah, there wasn't a lot of them but what there was I loved. But more importantly than that these guys got their HEA! and so did I.


Like the previous books in this series there was action...seriously Wade went to the toy store and came back with 'blow shit-up' toys...how sexy is that. Sorry, I have a weak spot for men who can blow shit up...I'm a 'Die Hard' fan...so sue me ;)


Each of these books has contained a different story and I loved that because it kept things from getting too drawn out and reaching that point...you know the one...come on I can't be the only one that sat in theater yelling..."Throw the damned ring Frodo, just throw the ring." So while we had the same MCs in each book we had a whole new series of events and weren't kept waiting for answers, so in fact no cliffhangers. Each book was a self contained story. But this one...this one was definitely my favorite. There was drama and action...and did I mention shit got blown up...mmm...I get goosebumps just thinking about it.


Definitely one of my favorite things about this series was the relationship between Wade and Jericho. It was neither easy nor perfect and there were times that things were definitely one step forward and 3 steps back which only seemed right given that these men stand on opposite sides of the law. I loved the banter between Wade and Jericho and needless to say with each subsequent it just got better and better.  I have to admit I'm sorry to see this come to an end. 


While the series stands complete as it is the epilogue does leave room for the author to revisit the lives of Wade and Jericho something that I would love to see happen. While I wouldn't list any one book as an all time favorite for this year I can easily see that the series in it's entirety will remain a favorite for me.



An ARC of "Home Fires" was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-03 03:38
Yeah, no.
Home Fires - Kate Sherwood

Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.



Dear Kate Sherwood,

After reading part three of this series my expectations to read a satisfactory (to me) ending were quite low.

We catch up with our friends in small town of Mosely when Jericho is asking Kayla whether she indeed invited more feds in the town.

Alas, she did. Apparently there are rumors that survivalists/local militia/ rednecks increased their activity and Kayla feels that she may have need more help from the feds.


“Is there any possibility it’s a practical joke?” Jericho Crewe asked. “Or just a rumor, maybe?”

Unfortunately, Sheriff Kayla Morgan shook her head. “ I was the one who called them,” she said, leaning back in her battered leather desk chair.

“You called the feds.” Jericho waited a few seconds for the words to make sense, then gave up. “We have feds in tow worrying about the border, feds in town still cleaning up the biker mess, feds in town investigating your dad, feds in town trying to catch Wade – and you woke up one morning, looked around, asked yourself, “What does this town need more of?” and the answer you came up with was “feds.” Honestly?”


 The events start moving pretty fast very soon after that. Some militia folks decided that it was a good idea to ambush federal agents and people die on both sides and Jericho and other sheriff department people even managed to arrest some militia folks. Now small town of Mosley has one more investigation going – who sent the militia people into town.

But this was just the beginning, because apparently militia folks have much bigger plans to wreak havoc in Mosely and citizens of Mosely will have to rise defending their town.

Let’s stop right there. You would ask me why the citizens of Mosely will have to rise defending their town. Isn’t there a pretty big presence of the federal agents in their town *already*? And isn’t the presence of the federal agents from the several agencies only increasing after what militia folks did in the beginning of this book? Well, yes, yes they are were, but of course in order for Jericho to show off how heroic he could be and how he actually can remember that he is supposed to protect and serve people of Mosely ( surely that does not include being in bed with the mobster? Oh never mind. I do remember trying to convince myself that the story is a modern western in disguise when I was reading the previous part), federal agents have to leave the town temporarily, threat of militia coming down from the hills notwithstanding.

And leave town they do and come back after everything was pretty much over. I obviously do not want to spoil anybody that much, so I will let it to the readers to decide whether this story development made sense. The narrative definitely gives a reason why feds had to leave, but to me honestly it was not nearly convincing enough, but opinions may differ of course.

You would probably want to know how was Jericho and Wade’s relationship progressing. Oh they are openly together at the beginning of the story and the problems they face are mostly about them and their jobs.  Considering that Jericho still works for the police department and Wade is a local mobster it was not surprising to me.

I want to be very clear about one thing though – if I was not convinced before that Jericho and Wade love each other, I had no doubts whatsoever after I finished this story. Their love was deep and powerful and they were the most important people in each other’s life. I just wish I could *like* either of them more.

Jericho is still as incapable of self – reflection as he was before. Because yes, you are corrupt man – sleeping with the mobster albeit small scale mobster makes you that. Deciding that certain suspect in your investigation should be killed makes you that, protecting another suspect in another murder, especially if you pretty much know that the person did it makes you that.

But hey, that was a nice conversation Jericho and Wade did about what counts is that they did not kill *innocent people”. Never mind that Wade admits to lying and taking advantage of innocent people, never mind that he as good as admits that he supplied guns to militia people in the course of his totally honest employment as self- made local mobster. I guess as long as he had no idea that militia people will come with their plan to start revolution; he cannot be held responsible and him deciding to stay and fight to help innocent citizens of Mosely is all that matters now.

So, yes and they lived happily ever after. At least they quit their jobs thank goodness, but doing so at the end of the book really does not make me like them any better – they did enough damage already if you ask me, despite narrative wanting me to praise their heroics.

Grade: C-

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review 2017-03-13 18:57
Well that was unexpected...
Darkness - Kate Sherwood

We've all been waiting for the sexy times to arrive and they did...I'm betting it was seriously hot...but, I can't say for sure because damned if I didn't get the bedroom door slammed in my face...figuratively speaking.


There was one scene in this book that was definitely the lovin' and sexy times I've been waiting for these men to share. Unfortunately it seems that Jericho and Wade prefer to have their privacy and while things started on page that was not where they finished. I admit I was the tiniest bit disappointed because for me the passion and sexual tension between these two is off the charts. Needless to say I had to let my imagination take over so let me just assure you a good time was had by all in my mind.


While I may have been a little disappointed by the whole fade to black issue the rest of this book did not disappoint me at all. The main story line for this book became fairly predictable early on but that really doesn't bother me because it's the bigger picture here that's got me hooked. It's the stories playing out in the background that are why I keep coming back so willingly. The local police corruption, Jericho's efforts to sort out what really happened to his father, his sense of responsibility to his new-found siblings and their mother, Nikki. Nikki's role in some of the criminal activities going on around town and just generally anything and everything involving Wade. 


Jericho's having a bit of a crisis of faith. He's a cop and he believes in the system, or at least he does until it seems like the system is failing and the innocent are looking guilty while the guilty are getting away with murder and who knows what else. While Wade's got his back at least he does as much as Jericho will allow. It would seem that Jericho's not sure of much anymore. Just like the city of old, Jericho's walls are crumbling and while he's not sure what or how, he's thinking things need to change. 


Without a doubt my absolute favorite part of this story has been the relationship dynamics between Jericho and Wade. I'm more than a little curious to see where things are heading between these two men and can't wait to dive in to the next book and hopefully get the answers to all my questions.


So far things are sitting happily at 4.5 stars with me and while I'd love some sexy times between these two that's just the voyeur in me and no real reflection on the amazing story that this author has been telling. I'm so looking forward to the next book because hell yeah, more Jericho and Wade! But sadly it's also the final installment in this series so it's a mixed blessing but I'll take it.



An ARC of 'Darkness' was graciously provided via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


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