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review 2018-03-15 22:08
Review of "Fury's Kiss" (Dorina Basarab, #3) by Karen Chance
Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I enjoy Dory.  Put off this one too long because starts with a chapter where she has memory loss (just not personally my favorite plot device).  I shouldn't have.  It gets away from that quickly and then a rousing story start to finish.


A lot of Dory in this one with lots of other characters almost in cameo positions and new ones more in the front.  So, good thing I like Dory.  More senate and fey politics, more about her other self, and absolutely more family dynamics (even some mushy moments).  Thankfully more of Louis Cesare and their relationship moves forward.  


I'm not always a fan of the romance parts of UF books, but Cesare has certainly proven himself so was routing for them.


I finished the book happy with how everything from relationships, worldbuilding, plot lines, character catch-ups, and most "mysteries" were resolved except for that opening chapter memory loss.  Oh, that was resolved -- just not done well in my opinion.  Nor badly enough to spoil the read at all -- just didn't flow that well with rest of book where I guess I was right to side eye the memory loss opening.


Will be reading more in the series.

*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on The Reading Room, Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  


Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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review 2018-03-15 12:14
Take a Chance on Me - Jane Porter

Take a Chance on Me by Jane Porter
This book starts out with Ty James and he has Amanda Wright styling his hair at her salon.
She falls in love with his masculine looks (she and her sister Charity are romance novel addicts).
Later Bette stops in with lunch before her weekly visit and she learns now who Tyler really is-Bette's grandson.
She is able to track him down at The Graff Hotel and lets him know she doesn't like the deception of arriving early and not letting his grandmother know he's in town.
He's a game developer and he learns his grandmother wanted Amanda to show him around town to show how much she loved this area and she's busy in the community.
Love catching up with other characters in the town of Marietta, MT as I've read all the books and other author's works from this area.
Ty is really there because his grandmother wants to change her will to leave everything to Amanda and he just wants to check her out-make sure she's not being taken advantage of.
Ty has to leave due to the tech giant talks but his mind is still on Amanda and Marietta.
Love the idea of the birthday club and what's all involved-prescious!
Like how this book brings it all together full circle with other books and families in the series.
Other works and excerpts from the series are included.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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text 2018-03-14 16:38
Reading progress: 7%.
Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance

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review 2018-03-14 03:02
Derry & Co. are back for more fun, fortune telling and mystery solving
Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance - David W. Ahern
Many people doubt psychic powers exist, but the doubters do not include actors. Everyone in showbusiness knows that as soon as one actor learns of a casting, actors of all ages, ethnicities, creeds and genders are instantly aware of every detail. Einstein claimed that faster-than-light communication is impossible. Einstein was not an actor.


But not even the actors that Derry, Bruce and Bella knew had an inkling of the dash of good fortune heading toward Derry and Bruce -- they were given roles in a movie without the need to audition, if they could get themselves to Northern Scotland and Derry might have to give a reading or two. For readers new to this, Derry played the role of Madam Tulip on occasion -- giving psychic readings at parties and the like. Derry was initially reluctant to take the role, but she needed the work -- and Bruce only got his job if she took hers.


So they find themselves in Scotland -- a land not necessarily ready for or welcoming toward people making a film. Which almost describes the director, too. He's clearly nuts -- and not in the genius filmmaker kind of way. Many of the other professionals on set did seem to know what they're doing, which went a long way to keeping the production running. But mostly, the antics on the set made for good comedy. Derry is given a set of bones on set to add to her gypsy character's fortune telling routine in the historical drama.


While practicing with the bones, Derry starts to have visions, we'll get into that later, but it's clear that she's gotten herself into more than meets the eye (again).


The most striking and interesting people in the book aren't on the film set -- believe it or not. As the blurb on the back says,

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.

As usual, Derry's desire to help people and natural nosiness gets her involved in these people's lives (okay, she might have less altruistic motives about the estate manager). And that's before someone tries to kill her and/or one of her new friends. Once that happens, Derry can't help but dive into finding out what's going on. Madam Tulip may be able to guide the direction she goes, but it's Derry's on cleverness that will carry the day.


In Madam Tulip, her father seems to actually believe that she had some psychic ability, otherwise it seems like a lark, something she does for giggles. But in book 2, it seemed possible that she might actually have some abilities, but there wasn't much in the novel that was more than a hint or suggestion that she did. But here? That hint, that suggestion is gone -- she sees things when she rolls the bones, her Tarot readings do say a lot that's true (and future) about the person she's reading the cards for. I think I liked it better when the reader wasn't sure if she had gifts or not, honestly -- but only a little bit.


I've been a fan of this series since chapter two or three of the first book, so you're not getting anything really objective here (not that you ever do). But this is the best that Ahern's done yet -- there's plenty of good comedic writing (there are lines I tried to shoehorn into this, but couldn't, that made me laugh out loud), a mystery you can't really guess the solution to, a little peril, a dash of romance and some fun characters. That's not even counting Derry and Bruce. Bones of Chance is a strong entry in the series that will please fans, but it's also a decent jumping on point for new readers. Basically anyone who enjoys light mysteries with a touch of something extra should have fun with this book.


There are times that I fear my enthusiasm towards a book doesn't come through, and I usually don't know how to achieve that better -- this is one such time. I found myself grinning frequently while reading this -- I chuckled, I even laughed out loud. I had a few theories about the trouble that Derry was getting herself into, and failed with almost all of them (a sign of a good mystery/thriller, if you ask me). If you're not picking up my enthusiasm, that's on me, just trust me that it's there.

Disclaimer: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion..

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/03/13/madam-tulip-and-the-bones-of-chance-by-david-ahern
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text 2018-03-13 19:45
Reading progress: 5%.
Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance

Still reading for my free space stamp for Bookshelf BINGO.


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