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review 2018-12-11 00:26
Not the Duke's Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt
Not the Duke's Darling - Elizabeth Hoyt

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

 

First in the new Greycourt series, Hoyt starts us off with a spot of danger as our heroine, Freya, is on the run from some men and finds herself face to face with her childhood crush, Christopher, but who she also blames for her brother's downfall. There's some background foundation to the hows and whys of where are characters are at in life. The main thread is Freya's brother, Ran, tried to elope with Julian Greycourt's sister, she ended up dying (we aren't given specifics), and Christopher just stood by while Ran was beaten bad enough he ended up losing his right hand. Ran, Julian, and Christopher were bestfriends but this fractured their bond and they all separated, the other members of the family cut ties all with each other also.

 

The Wise Women had long been hunted by Dunkelders— nasty, superstitious fanatics who knew about the Wise Women and believed they were witches who should be burned.

 

While the ill fated elopement gave us the underlining emotional tones, the Wise Women that Freya is the Macha (spy) for, gives us the suspense as she is trying to stop a law in the House of Lords that gives free reign to declaring women witches along with her trying to hide from members of the Dunkelders, men who hunt “witches”. These are the two main plot threads but there are numerous other ones, some slight and others weighty, that at times only clog an already full story. Christopher has PTSD induced anxiety from his time in India, we get povs from an old friend of Freya's, Messalina Greycourt, who's storyline looks to be set-up for the next in the series, an imprisoned wife, and a whole slew of secondary characters that get little mini-plots of their own. I like full stories but none of these threads or plots were fully fleshed out and it left a lot feeling shallow and dull.

 

This, this was what he’d been missing without even realizing it: genuine conversation. Genuine feeling.

 

The romance and chemistry between Christopher and Freya was severely lacking for me; I had more fond feelings for the relationship between him and his dog. Hoyt has been a favorite with word play, sexual and taunting, but these two never sparked; it felt like he just found her attractive out of nowhere, while she relied on childhood feelings and the color of his pretty blue eyes. While their bedroom scenes didn't start ridiculously early, besides kissing once or twice, when they do start to get hot and heavy, Freya's first move is to give him a blowjob, because of course. The latter second half brought more sexual scenes but I almost found myself skimming them as their emotional connection wasn't there.

 

He might be a duke now, but she was a de Moray woman , small, swift, and above all ruthless.

 

My biggest disappoint and what frustrated me the most was that Hoyt introduced these interesting ideas, plots, or instances but they all happen off script. The intense ill fated elopement? Happens before this story takes place, no prologue to introduce, show, and explain the basis for the whole the series. Christopher's time in India? No flash back scenes to help immerse the reader into the emotional turmoil of his PTSD or his relationship with is first wife. Freya spending time with the Wise Women? It takes an absurd amount of time for the reader to even get a full explanation of who and what the Wise Women are, let alone the author writing and showing scenes of Freya interacting with the women. This could have been a great emotional fulfillment moment of showing women taking care of one another, bucking the system in a way they could, and female bonding while providing a solid and understandable reason for why this group was so important to Freya and why she might shy away from marrying Christopher.

 

I missed Hoyt's normally atmospheric writing, I did not feel the time period at all, and the sexual heat between the leads that she has a knack for expressing. This honestly felt kind of generic and with dukes popping up everywhere, I'm not sure I could pick this book out of a lineup. The second book is set-up here and with two leads that at least seem like they have some spark, I will give it a try but am hoping for more showing than telling and emotion.

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review 2018-12-10 15:14
One Sentence Review – The City by Dean Koontz @deankoontz
The City - Dean Koontz

 

 

I have been a huge fan of Dean Koontz for years, so when I saw this for review, I had to grab it. Then…I wished I hadn’t.

 

Thanks to Net Galley and Bantam.

 

The City (The City, #1)

Amazon  /  Audiobook  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

Well, what can I say…I never even read the blurb because…it’s Dean Koontz…and I was so disappointed to be denied my dose of horror that I was expecting, though I did finish it and gave it a 2 star rating for that reason, I could never get past my expectations and I know I will be reading blurbs from here on out.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The City by Dean Koontz.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 2 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

 

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

 

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

 

 

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review 2018-12-10 14:36
Monday Mini Review – Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King #StephenKing #OwenKing
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

 

 

Pretty cool cover for Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King.

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

 

Sleeping Beauties

Amazon  /  Audible  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

Sleeping Beauties is a collaboration between Stephen & Owen King, so I don’t expect it to be a Stephen King ‘original’. That being said, I did enjoy the story, but was left wondering if Stephen has lost his mojo or is in semi retirement. I hope not, because I have read a vast majority of his work and would love to have more of the old stuff. What gripped me most about the book, is the importance of the women. Hey guys, take a listen here. BUT, women without men, or vice versa, is not a workable solution to any problem. This fantasy exposes human failings, sharing their hopelessness, sadness, anger and rage, good and bad, and every emotion you can imagine. In the end, we do the best we can. There are plenty of characters for you to love and hate, but be careful, your favorite may not survive.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze.

 

If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.

 

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

 

Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?

 

 

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review 2018-12-10 11:00
4 STAR Release Week Review! Entry Shock (Rogue Rescue #3) Mia West!

 

Hello Reader! Thank for joining me! Today I have for you, a review of a m/m paranormal shifter romance with some surprising but sexy shifter types!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 


An unexpected entry…

 

Shark shifter Ian Mackey works alone.

His job is important: to protect the guys in his covert rescue swimmer unit—from predators, from the press, from each other.

 

So what if he lives alone, too? And eats alone? And sleeps alone?

Solitude works for him. Lets him focus on the job and a few favorite extracurriculars.

 

The last thing he needs is a rescue partner.

Especially one who’s prickly and stubborn and distractingly hot.

And who intends to evade Mackey in the water and out.

 

A shock to the system…

 

Trick Harper doesn’t need a damned babysitter.

He’s a veteran rescue shifter. He embraces the mission, he gets the job done, and his deafness is an asset.

 

So what if he does things his own way? Goes a little off-plan? Gets creative?Autonomy works for him. Or it did, until the one time it didn’t.

 

Now he’s chained to another shark, a hulking bruiser who pushes every button Trick’s got.

 

Especially the ones that haven’t been touched in a while.

If Mackey takes matters into his big, scarred hands, ignoring him is going to be impossible.

 

ENTRY SHOCK is the 3rd novel in the ROGUE RESCUE series, steamy paranormal romances featuring marine-shifter heroes:


1. COURSE CORRECTION
2. CRUSH DEPTH
3. ENTRY SHOCK

 

ROGUE RESCUE Series
Saving lives is their mission.
Saving each other will be far more dangerous.

 

ROGUE RESCUE is a companion series to GRIZZLY RIM.

 

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The newest Rogue Rescue romance shocks readers with gripping emotions and thrilling suspense. Ian and Trick are two strong, captivating males that easily draw readers into their story. The relationship starts off with a hurdle to be overcome but then both move on the sizzling heat that burns between them while trying to adjust to the changes in their lives and on the team. The romance is sweet but with lots of emotional turmoil that adds depth and makes it easy for the readers to understand where these characters are coming from. Ian’s past plays a major part of the emotional turmoil and Trick is fundamental in adding a positive influence in Ian’s emotional issues, which surprises readers as well as the characters. There is a bit of a lopsided view of this couple as readers are given more detail about Ian and less about Trick, which readers may feel would make the romance a bit better, but doesn’t stop them from enjoying it.

 

The story is fast paced and flows smoothly from the pages with their searing romance but with added excitement of death defying rescue missions and an unexpected twists that answers some questions regarding Ian but adds more in relation to the team. The unique shifters and their roles in this fascinating world makes for a really great change in shifter romances and the author brings it all to vivid life with great detailing that makes it easy for the readers to imagine each and every scene. This romance can be read as a standalone story, but readers may find that reading the previous books gives them a better understanding of this fascinating world as the conclusion definitely lets readers know that there is more going on.

 

 

 

 


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Author's Book Page -
http://www.miawest.com/books/rogue-rescue-series/rogue-rescue-03-entry-shock/

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42377644-entry-shock

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/entry-shock-rogue-rescue-book-3-by-mia-west

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030238

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/entry-shock-mia-west/book,13993377

 

 

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Saving lives is their mission. Saving each other will be far more dangerous.

 

Rogue Rescue features marine-shifter heroes:

 

Entry Shock is the 3rd book to the Rogue Resuce series.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/236776-rogue-rescue

 

Author - http://www.miawest.com/books/rogue-rescue-series/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JMFMLYW?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 Course Correction
2 Crush Depth
3 Entry Shock

 

 

The Rogue Rescue series is a companion series to the Grizzly Rim series

 

http://www.miawest.com/books/grizzly-rim-series/

 


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Entry Shock is AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2S5NDmf

 

 

in print

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/172891650X

 

 

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I strike rough heroes against each other until they spark. I write paranormal and historical romance, with plans to merge the two within my Storm’s Edge universe. When not writing, I love to read, hike, and travel. I take my wine red, my whisky rye, and my brownie from the middle of the pan.


CONNECTIONS

 

 

Website - http://miawest.com/

 

Sign up for new release alerts - http://eepurl.com/LtFAf

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7729990.Mia_West

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mia-west

 

BookSprout - https://booksprout.co/author/193/mia-west

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/miawestwrites

 

 


IT WAS GREAT SHARING ENTRY SHOCK WITH YOU TODAY! THANKS FOR VISITING AND I HOPE YOU FOUND A GREAT READ FOR YOU READING PLEASURE!

 

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review 2018-12-10 11:00
5 STAR New Release Review! Renee's Mates (Churchill Polar Bears) Shelley Munro!

 

Hello Readers! Today I am going to share my 5 star review of Renee's Mates - A paranormal revere harem romance by Shelley Munro!

 


Four brothers seek one woman. Mission: revenge.

 

Soldier Renee Paulson and her best friend witnessed a murder. When her friend dies in suspicious circumstances, Renee flees to a secluded town. A helicopter pilot, she flies tourists over the tundra and delivers supplies while keeping a low profile.

 

Like most werewolves, the Taktuq brothers are family oriented. Their younger sister is adamant Renee had an affair with her soldier husband, and they promise to investigate. Exhaustive research leads them to the Arctic town of Churchill. Renee Paulson or Renee James, the name she goes by now, is a sexy surprise.

She’s solitary and wary, and it seems she is their mate. Perturbed, the brothers push on with wooing and romance while conflicted by their obligation to their sister. Peeling away Renee’s protective layers reveals a desirable, intelligent woman—one they wish to keep in their lives.

 

When an assassin catches up with Renee, the Taktuq brothers embrace their wolves to save her. They’ll do anything to guard their mate, even protect her from their sister.

 

Contains a strong, plain-Jane heroine, four werewolf heroes with attitude, lots of secret sexy times, a pissed younger sister and an assassin with a big gun.


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The newest romance in the Churchill Polar Bear series is a red hot and amazing read. Renee and the Taktuq brothers are strong, captivating characters that easily pull readers into their story which starts off with the four brothers on a revenge mission. The heat between the four brothers and Renee burns brighter with every turn of the page and the romance is sweet but hey there is four of them and only one of her, so you get the usual questioning of the relationship by the heroine but Renee is made of stronger stuff than most, so the passion quickly becomes scorching hot.

 

The suspense in the story builds throughout this fast paced plot as the brothers have to decide between the revenge that their sister wants and their mate and to really get the adrenaline pumping, Renne’s past has caught up to her and is one step away from silencing her forever. Surprising twists add a bit more excitement to the story and readers never find a dull moment so they stay glued to the pages. Oh and readers are happy that the sexy polar bears put in appearance but this book is all for the wolves.

 

 

 

 


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Author's Book Page - https://shelleymunro.com/books/renees-mates/

 

 



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42843630-renee-s-mates

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/renee-s-mates-a-paranormal-reverse-harem-romance-churchill-polar-bears-book-3-by-shelley-munro-2018-11-20

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030330

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/renee-s-mates-shelley-munro/book,13993376

 

 

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Renee's Mates is the 3rd book in the Churchill Polar Bears series -

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFFQR1G?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

1 Fiona's Mates
2 Kendall's Mates
3 Renee's Mates

 

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AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon - http://smarturl.it/ReneesMatesAmzn

 

 

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USA Today bestselling author Shelley Munro lives in Auckland, the City of Sails, with her husband and a cheeky Jack Russell/mystery breed puppy.

 

Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak – big overseas experience). A twelve month long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world.

Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain gorilla in Rwanda, lazing on white sandy beaches in India, whale watching in Alaska, searching for leprechauns in Ireland, and dealing with ghosts in an English pub.

 

While travel is still a big attraction, these days Shelley is most likely found in front of her computer following another love – that of writing stories of romance and adventure. Other interests include watching rugby and rugby league (strictly for research purposes), and curling up with a good book.

 


Website - http://www.shelleymunro.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8603.Shelley_Munro

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ShelleyMunroAuthor

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/ShelleyMunro

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/shelley-munro

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/ShelleyMunro

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Shelley-Munro/e/B001JOWGNK

 

 

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THANKS FOR VISITING TODAY! HOPE YOU DISCOVERED A GREAT NEW BOOK FOR YOUR SHELVES!

 

 

 

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