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review 2017-08-30 18:16
I do not recommend
In Too Deep - Portia Da Costa

Look, I wasn't expecting stellar writing, I was expecting something fun, sexy, and probably a little trashy.  

 

There's a lot of sexy times in this story, and my reactions ranged from boredom, to eye rolling, to rereading a section b/c I was having so much trouble focusing that when I saw something like he did something "again" I couldn't recall him doing it in the first place, to just a general feeling of "please, no."  There were occasional snorts of amusement at things that weren't supposed to be funny.  The book starts out making fun of purple prose... and then is just filled with it.

 

I want to be grumpy about how the worst thing they can imagine is him going blind because of [plot twist] - but it's two non-disabled characters voicing pretty common terror about gaining an impairment, so that's just depressingly realistic.

 

never want to see someone refer to their genitals as "congested" as an indication of arousal.

 

I'm really not going to get in to dissecting the plot, or the lack of shits the main character apparently gives about keeping her job, or all the awkwardness of the book.  I'll say it's not worse than 50 Shades of Grey, but that's because there's less pretension to the plot and a lack of emotional abuse.

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text 2017-08-16 07:32
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 256 pages.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Lol, resorting to drastic measures there, Loki. I love how he is his own worst enemy. Again, the warning and summary of the previous story applies.

 

It was Loki’s fault. Even Thor’s hammer was Loki’s fault. That was the thing about Loki. You resented him even when you were at your most grateful, and you were grateful to him even when you hated him the most.

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text 2017-08-03 18:20
Reading progress update: I've read 95 out of 384 pages.
Wildfire - Ilona Andrews

Cornelius straightened. I got off the floor and looked at the mangled corpse. Cornelius hefted his frying pan, pondering the body.
“But you don’t like guns?” I whispered.
“This is different,” he whispered back. “This is how an animal kills. This feels more real.”

 

I find this hilarious. Must be a savage myself, lol.

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text 2017-08-02 22:47
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 384 pages.
Wildfire - Ilona Andrews

We open with Sergeant Teddy. I can't stop laughing.

 

This is exactly what I need to climb out of my reading slump.

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review 2017-06-27 04:08
[Book Review] Wired
Wired - Julie Garwood

FBI Agent Liam Scott knows there's a security leak, and he's sure it's from inside the agency.  Enter the gorgeous and too smart to be believed Allison Trent, a brilliant programmer who takes refuge from her manipulative family in code.  Scott learns enough about Trent to know that she is in a class of her own when it comes to coding and hacking skills, and believes that they need someone from the outside to find the leak.  Trent is a little less enthusiastic, she knows she can do it, but regardless of intent she's done quite a bit of illegal hacking that could get her into serious trouble.  Even if that hacking has resulted in the return of millions of dollars and the apprehension of scammers by the FBI and other agencies.  But there's more to the crimes she faces down than just lines of code, and things start hitting close to home, while Scott and Trent struggle with keeping things if not professional, at least casual between them.


I can definitely see where Garwood has a dedicated audience, but I felt the story lacked in suspense, romance, and comprehension of technology.  The idea of a perfect firewall (or firewall equivalent) that you never have to update is a great one... but here's the thing, computer systems and  programs aren't static.  So her program kind of has some glaring flaws.  The hacking was all a little Swordfish-esq to me as well, but that could just be me nitpicking.  As for the suspense, it was pretty obvious what the threat(s) were, even with some minor red herrings.  The romance goes from "no strings" and lots of dramatic anguish (and hurt feelings)... to an immediate "I love you, lets get married" without any addressing or resolution of the significant hurt and issues between them.  The sex happened to hit a few of the cliches I find annoying, such as going from never having ever experienced an orgasm to a earth-shattering one like magic.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Penguin RandomHouse in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-review-wired.html
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