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text 2017-11-23 17:53
Reading progress update: I've read 83 out of 400 pages.
Edge of Darkness - Maggie Shayne,Lori Herter,Christine Feehan

Ah, Fate, Vampires and consent.

 

I have issues with a lot of paranormal romance, it's compulsion and fated relationships. They both often lack an element of consent.  If there's nothing that all the crap that has come out recently that makes this an element we can no longer ignore.  

 

Non-consensual sex is rape, no exceptions, no arguments, no more excuses.  

 

Some authors do a good job of the fated mates issue but often it removes the ability of the woman (more often than not) to actually consent and I'm really tired of it, it needs to stop, the excuses for rape need to be stopped, they need not to be part of our background noise.  Yes, intellectually we know that this isn't right but the repeated telling of tales that erode that knowledge makes people start to questions the validity of their beliefs. Many of us try to let life flow smoothly around us and disagreeing with what appears to be the majority makes us question our stances.

 

I can't keep doing this to myself, I have to stop the guilt of finishing reading books where the relationship is making me uncomfortable and where honestly I keep wanting the heroine (and occasionally hero - yes, I'm looking at you Laurel K Hamilton) to dump the MF already.

 

And why do most vampires behave like spoilt children, surely centuries of life (or even decades) make them have to adult on a regular basis?

 

Why yes, I have problems with the first story by Christine Feehan, I've had problems with her Carpathian series before where it appears (from the two I struggled through) that she hasn't met a competent female character she couldn't undermine with a relationship and sex.

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review 2017-11-21 12:00
Review For: Redeeming Lord Ryder Maggie Robinson
Redeeming Lord Ryder - Maggie Robinson

Redeeming Lord Ryder by Maggie Robinson is Book Three in the "Cotswold Confidential" series.  This is the story of Mary Nicola Mayfield and Lord Jack Ryder.  I have read the other books in this series (and loved them) but feel this can be a standalone book.  
Nicola has been in Puddling-on-the-Wold to try to overcome the tragic train wreck that she was in..but two months into staying at this 'resort' hasn't helped her to speak again.  Then she meets Jack who has come there to get over his depression that he has now after a part failed to work which caused a train accident..which is not known by everyone.  But these two coming together seem to bring out the best and more positive feelings.  When Nicola learns why Jack is depressed she is afraid that he will change his feelings towards her that have been growing.
Loved this series and their story!
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review 2017-11-19 08:00
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception - Maggie Stiefvater

I liked the series about the wolves and that was why I wanted to try this series as well. I had little to no knowledge about fairies and whatsoever but I thought; lets give it a try.

I was not really what I expected it to be. The love story was weak and not really imaginative, the story itself was not great either. I was quite disappointed reading it. For me, it was not as special as her other series, which I enjoyed. I wouldn't recommend this series, please try her other series!

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review 2017-11-05 08:00
Shiver
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Normally I'm not that into YA books including vampires/werewolves etc. But I heard a lot of positive stories about this series by Maggie Stiefvater, so I thought: Lets give it a try.


It didn't disappoint me at all. I liked it. It was a easy reading, nice story. Different from what I'm used to read, but fun though. The story wasn't very complicated, I'll admit that, but it can by nice every once in a while to read a more simple book. It can be really enjoyable. Probably also a good read during the summer vacation.

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review 2017-11-04 19:07
Historical Romance
The Wicked Earls Club: Regency Romance (... The Wicked Earls Club: Regency Romance (The Wicked Earls' Club) - Tammy Andresen,Maggie Dallen,Wicked Earls' Club

The Wicked Earls' Club by Tammy Andresen and Maggie Dallen is a wicked tease.  These ladies have created an amazing tease to what will be a new series.  The Wicked Earls' Club gives us an idea how the club came about and what it turns into and tips us off that the Earl of Coventry is a bit of a matchmaker.  The first of the 12 books of this series will be The Earl Of Sussex.  Luke and Tabitha's story, but you only get a tease.  Yes, this is a dreaded cliff-hanger.  At the same time, it's a peek at a book we'll surely want to watch for.  I can't wait to read The Earl Of Sussex.

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