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review 2018-10-31 19:14
Review: Mirage
Mirage - Somaiya Daud

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I was really looking forward to this one. I got approved for a review copy from Netgalley and then I got a gorgeous purple edged sprayed exclusive signed copy from my Fairyloot September subscription box. But unfortunately, no matter how pretty the book is – I just didn’t like it.

 

I was really disappointed. I sort of went in blind with this one, I didn’t reread the synopsis before I started – I was admittedly expecting a fantasy, and I got a sci-fi. The sci-fi actually read like a fantasy novel. The world building was interesting, the characters were okay, but the plot I found tedious and boring, the romance eye rolling and predictable.

 

At just over 300 pages it’s a relatively short book and was at least interesting enough that I didn’t DNF it, but it was a big snooze for me.

 

The basics of the plot are the heroine Amani’s people and her home planet have been conquered, and leaving under the harsh rule of the new rulers, the Vath. They are workers, live in a close community, Amani has siblings and friends and looking forward to her majority night ceremony. One thing I did actually like was the details to Amani’s religion, described in detail with deep history and stories without being preachy. Her faith gives her hope when everything looks bleak.

 

Until without warning Amani is taken away with Vath soliders and removed from her home planet to the Vath royalty homeworld. Her whole world is stripped from her when she learns she’s the exact image of the crown princess Maram, who needs a body double to attend public events as there has been threats upon her life. Maram is cold, cruel and emotionless. Amani is to be trained how to be Maram – dress like her, act like her, study her know her life and her world as if it were her own. If she fails or talks out of turn, she’s punished, harshly.

 

The writing is beautiful, it’s very poetic and poetry plays a large part of the plot, but it takes so long for anything to actually happen, the pretty writing gets flowery and annoying after a while. When Amani is training in her new forced position, it’s hard not to feel for the girl. Her family has been torn from her, everything she knows has gone, she’s got no one to help or anyone who can understand the pain she’s going through.

 

Though she determined to be strong and look for an opportunity to escape. Unfortunately, one of her jobs as posing as Maram includes spending time with Maram’s fiancée, Idris. Idris has his own backstory and was one of the more interesting characters, however, as soon as Amani has her first encounter with him…it’s painfully obvious where it’s going to go.

 

During the course of her training, Amari is sent on various outings as Maram, and learns that not everything is as it seems. There’s a rebellion brewing and she could play her own part to free her people. There’s a try at a political sort of side plot once Amari gets involved in both sides of the rebellion, but there’s a lot of talking and not much action.

 

Of course everything for Amani goes pear shaped and she finds herself in a terrible position – if things couldn’t get any worse – guess what – they do! Left on a cliff hanger of course, with two more books to follow. While it was kind of boring, I must admit I’m interested in seeing where it was going.

 

There were some interesting themes on family and standing up for your believes, being strong and trying to do the right thing in tough situations. The writing as I mentioned was lovely, so there’s definite potential there.  It would work better for me as a fantasy rather than a sci-fi as that’s what it reads like. Admittedly, it’s an interesting way of writing.

 

Amani and Idris felt like the only fleshed out characters, though the romance was kind of eye rolling. Maram herself had potential as well as she does show some growth as the plot wears on but quickly reverts to how she was when the novel opens. Lots to explore in a follow up.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for approving my request to view the title.  

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review 2018-06-20 06:02
good book and characters
Moonlight Mirage - Sami Lee

Two years ago Hayley got a job right out of HS as an intern for Mitchell/Mitch Wood.  He had hired Hayley as a favor to his sister -Mach. Hayley falls in love with Mitch who is a very serious man.Mitch was Hayley’s first love.  It makes Hayley’s day when she gets Mitch to smile. After a year Hayley decides to make the first move to Mitch and he rejects her and she left Then it was the first time she had seen Mitch in two years Mitch has been haunted in his memory by Hayley. She had been the only woman to break through his walls. Mitch may have had a lot of women he had went out with but Hayley was the only woman he had cared about. Since she had left Mitch Hayley had traveled the world living out of her backpack. It had also changed Hayley’s outlook on material things. It’s her friends Aidan and Mach’s wedding and that is where she runs into Mitch. One look, one touch and Hayley was back where she had been when she left -in love with Mitch. But Hayley had brought her friend-with benefits  Ty as her plus one to the wedding. Ty is the polar opposite from Mitch Ty lives his life casually but with Mitch he plans ahead and work comes first as he is a workaholic. Hayley knows Ty doesn’t love her but he does care about her. Mitch is determined to get Hayley back. Hayley is willing to give Mitch a chance but there is a condition.I really enjoyed this novella. It was a hot short sweet read. I liked Mitch and Hayley together but I don’t feel Hayley really did right by Ty. I liked the plot and the pace. I did love Hayley’s spirit. I did like the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-03-23 23:26
Dr. Mirage can talk to the dead - with one exception
The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage (2014) #1 (of 5): Digital Exclusives Edition - Jen Van Meter,Roberto De la Torre

She cannot speak to her husband, who has left her a widow.   That being said, she is tormented by this fact.   When a case drops into her lap that she is less than enthused by, she becomes enticed when it appears this might lead to her finding out where her husband's spirit is - and might actually lead to contact with him. 

 

Still, it's exactly like a case that went sideways for a former friend, so it's not an ideal situation by any means. 

 

I'm not super fond of Dr. Mirage as a character.   She just never clicked with me, but this storyline made me more interested than I've been before. 

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review 2017-06-03 00:00
Moonlight Mirage
Moonlight Mirage - Sami Lee He was her walking fantasy. She was his heart's desire. Hayley and Mitch could have had something special, but doubt and guilt drove them apart. Two years later, a more maturely experienced woman reenters Mitch's life. Hayley is his greatest regret and largest temptation. Can they let go of the past and take a chance on the present? Once the match is lit, the stage is set for a smoldering heap of temptation that never lets up. Certain scenarios were a tad much but overall the story held it's own.
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text 2017-05-22 08:05
Cover Reveal - Bandicoot Cove
 
 
I am thrilled to share the exciting new look for a beloved series from a group of amazing authors today! If you love your romance hot and your heroes even hotter, then you do not want to miss the sexy, seductive novellas of the Bandicoot Cove series! Theses are sexy beach reads at their absolute best, and today I have the brand new covers to share! Read on for details and the stunning covers!
 
 
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Paradise Found by Vivian Arend

 

A vacation on the exotic Bandicoot Cove Island resort will be a fitting end to the erotic fun Paige and her Australian lovers, Trent and Mason, have been enjoying. They’ve fulfilled her every fantasy in this no-strings-attached relationship. But Paige has broken the rules and fallen in love with both of her men. It’s better to leave them both than be forced to choose. Trent and Mason want to take their paradise-perfect arrangement to the next level, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to convince Paige to stay

 
 
 
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Island Idyll by Jess Dee

 

Sienna doesn’t expect to find an old crush at the exotic resort where she’s holidaying, and she certainly doesn’t expect her ex to show up, too. Josh wants Sienna just as much today as he did all those years ago, and there’s nothing to stop them getting together—except her ex. Ben is determined to win Sienna back, but he also sees the way she looks at Josh, so he makes a crazy, erotic offer... Sleeping with both men together in order to decide between them could be a recipe for disaster or the start of something unexpected.

 
 
 
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Sunlit Surrender by Jess Dee

 

Bianca Rogers is ready to forget her worries for a while and celebrate her brother’s wedding at the exotic Bandicoot Cove resort. The last thing she expects is to be knocked off her feet—literally—by Brody Evans. The chemistry between Brody and Bianca is undeniable. She’s everything he wants in a woman. She’s sexy, warm, friendly…delicious, and overwhelming attraction quickly grows to full-blown lust. As desire transforms into love, it’s time to see if the past is going to get in the way of any happy-ever-after there could be in their future.

 

 
 
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Moonlight Mirage by Sami Lee

 

Hayley Bryant’s travelled the world and is a grown woman who knows just how to get what she wants. It’s been two whole years since her boss’s rejection sent her running, so coming face-to-face with him shouldn’t affect her. Except it does. Pushing his young intern away was the right thing for Mitch Wood to do at the time, but he can’t deny the attraction to his little sister’s friend now. This time, he’ll have to come to Hayley, and her plus one might prove to be an obstacle. Fortunately, Mitch isn’t one to shy away from a little competition.

 

 
 
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Sunset Heat by Lexxie Couper

 

Kennedy never expected to run into Luke, the hot Australian firefighter she had a mind-blowing one-night stand with on the tropical island, nor did she expect to be equally turned on by his hunky British cousin, Addison. Luke hasn’t been able to get the feisty, flirty American he met in a bar out of his head, so why is he now picturing sharing the woman of his dreams with his cousin? Always the player, Addison is at the sinfully hot Bandicoot resort looking for some fun. But how can he tell his cousin they’re interested in the same woman?

 

 
 
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Tropical Sin by Lexxie Couper

 

Infamous Nick Blackthorn is no stranger to a hedonistic rock-star lifestyle, but he’s surprised to be so drawn to a sexy couple while on holiday. McKenzie Wood convinces her BFF to pose as her partner at the sinfully exotic Bandicoot Cove Resort as part of her cover. Luckily, Aiden is always up to any challenge. Firefighter Aiden hasn’t told his best friend he’s in love with her, but an island vacation with her seems to present the perfect opportunity. The island heat burns away inhibitions, but this threesome is rocked when secrets come out and hearts and truths are exposed.

 

 
 
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