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review 2018-06-18 22:08
Part of Summer Reading Goals
The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era - Michael A. Ross

Ross looks at a once famous case that has been largely forgotten by people today. A kidnapping of a young child who is later found with a black Creole. In discussing the case, Ross shows how Reconstruction, racism, and changing times influenced the case and its outcome. A very interesting and engrossing read. 

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review 2018-06-18 10:00
4 STAR Release Day Review! A New Orleans Threesome (The Vampire, The Witch and the Werewolf #1) Louisa Bacio!
A New Orleans Threesome - Louisa Bacio

 

 

Haunted by paranormal abilities she can't control and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation. She enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack. The attraction is immediate and fierce.

 

There's only one problem.

Lily's a virgin. And whatever paranormal problem she's having is what has kept her that way. Every time she's tried to do the deed, something stops her.

Together, the trio encounters magic and unspeakable evil, and Trevor and Lawrence attempt to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse. Ultimately, to get the demon off her back, Lily's men will have to show her all the wicked ways the three of them can come together.

 

Warning: Read at your own risk. This book is filled to the brim with steamy m/m sex, a virgin who wants in on the action, and a c*ckblocking demon.

 


Whew! I just got back from a steamy and exciting visit to New Orleans, where I met Lily, Trevor and Lawrence. Picture this: A werewolf and a vampire, two very sexy males who provide lots of hot and steamy vibes all on their own, decide to rescue the damsel in distress, Lily who is having bit of a personal crisis, and invite her into their lives. With me so far, because that part is easy; all three are then caught up in some emotional turbulence and Trevor and Law have to decide if they want to mess with their relationship dynamic and Lily has to overcome some issues. Needless to say the romance part of this threesome starts off a bit rocky and heats up to blazing hot with some really hot sex scenes including mm, mmf, mfm scenes. The relationship is not the only thing that keeps readers glued to the pages, there is quite a bit of suspense and thrills added when the demon who haunts Lily nightmares turns out to be real in this steady to fast paced plot.

 

This visit to New Orleans turned out to be quite exciting as I kept up with this strong, captivating characters and since Louisa Bacio painted such vivid imagery, it was very easy for me to believe I was actually there. In fact the only thing wrong with this visit was when a couple of times during the dialogue, I felt as if I missed something, not sure what or why and it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, so I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it re-releases.

 


A New Orleans Threesome

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40235798-a-new-orleans-threesome


BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/a-new-orleans-threesome-louisa-bacio/book,13978847

 

 

The 1st book in The Vampire, The Witch and the Werewolf series

 

series page -
https://www.goodreads.com/series/87996-the-vampire-the-witch-and-the-werewolf

 

 

**Note: This series was previously published by Ravenous Publishing and this would have been the second book in the series according to previous publication.**

 

A New Orleans Threesome is availabe in print or ebook at:

 

Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/a-new-orleans-threesome.html

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DC44QFG?tag=entangpublis-20&name=A%20New%20Orleans%20Threesome

 

Amazon - AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07DC44QFG?tag=entangpublis-20&name=A%20New%20Orleans%20Threesome

 

Amazon - UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DC44QFG?tag=entangpublis-20&name=A%20New%20Orleans%20Threesome

 

Amazon - CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07DC44QFG?tag=entangpublis-20&name=A%20New%20Orleans%20Threesome

 

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781640635739?name=A%20New%20Orleans%20Threesome

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-new-orleans-threesome/id1390595002?mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?Query=9781640635739&name=A%20New%20Orleans%20Threesome

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Louisa_Bacio_A_New_Orleans_Threesome?id=TF9dDwAAQBAJ

 

eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/96194782/a-new-orleans-threesome/bacio-louisa/

 

 

Louisa Bacio can be found at:

 

Website - http://louisabacio.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4353334.Louisa_Bacio

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/103173560702402416915

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Louisabacio

 

Blog - http://www.louisabacio.blogspot.com/

 

Entangled Publishing - https://entangledpublishing.com/author/louisa-bacio

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Louisabacioauthor/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/louisa-bacio

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/louisa-bacio/author,1855671

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-13 15:42
The Axeman of New Orleans: The (boring) True Story
The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story - Miriam C. Davis,Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I am DNFing this book. For a story about the axeman, it is so incredibly dull. The author has clearly done her homework but she's included too many sidelines that have nothing to do with the murders. If I wanted to learn about the origins of the Italian Mafia in New Orleans I would've picked up a different book.

 

This story was also one of the subplots in American Horror Story’s season of “Coven”. The "axeman" is the guy Jessica Lange gets cozy with. The gals over at MY FAVORITE MURDER also covered the case in one of their many disturbingly amusing podcasts. I’d say listen to that instead. Life's too short and stressful so I'm picking up something else rather than struggling to stay awake during this one.

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review 2018-03-24 00:02
Interessante Ideen, aber zu konventionelle Umsetzung
Höllenjazz in New Orleans - Avionne Cele... Höllenjazz in New Orleans - Avionne Celestin

Die erste Hälfte zieht sich aufgrund der Struktur ziemlich stark hin, während die knappe zweite Hälfte deutlich spannender ausfällt. Insgesamt ist „Höllenjazz“ ein solider und durchaus unterhaltsamer Kriminalroman, der seinem Hype für meinen Geschmack jedoch nicht ganz gerecht wird.

 

Musik, Mafia, Mord: Das Romanumfeld bietet enorm viel Potential. Zwischen der verruchten Jazz-Szene in New Orleans, der mysteriösen Mordserie und dem extremen Kulturclash zwischen verschiedenen Einwanderergruppen habe ich eine besondere Atmosphäre erwartet, die vor Spannung und Exzentrizität knistert. Das war leider nicht der Fall. „Höllenjazz“ ist ein ziemlich konventioneller Krimi. Das ist nicht unbedingt schlimm, immerhin lässt er sich sehr flüssig lesen. Für mich hat jedoch das Besondere gefehlt.

 

Gleich vier Ermittler bearbeiten den Fall um den mysteriösen Axeman:

Detective Lieutnant Michael Talbot leitet die offiziellen Ermittlungen der Polizei und hofft, durch einen Erfolg endlich den Respekt seiner Kollegen zu gewinnen. Ihm zur Seite steht der irische Detective Kerry Behan, der seine eigene Agenda hat.

Der ehemalige Polizist Luca D’Andrea, der gerade seine Gefängnisstrafe wegen Korruption verbüßt hat, soll den Fall für den lokalen Mafiaboss aufklären.

Ida Davis arbeitet als Sekretärin in einer Detektivagentur. Sie ermittelt heimlich selbst im Fall Axeman, um sich ihren Traum, Detektivin zu werden, zu erfüllen. Ida ist mit Lewis Armstrong befreundet und bittet ihn ab und zu um Hilfe.

Der opiumsüchtige Journalist John Riley berichtet über den Fall für die Lokalzeitung.

 

Viele Personen (Eine vier Seiten lange Personenliste leitet den Roman ein… uff.), viele Motivationen. Durch die ständig wechselnden Erzählperspektiven dauerte es ziemlich lange, bis ich eine Bindung zu den Charakteren aufbauen konnte. Gerade im ersten Drittel war es teilweise schwer, den Überblick zu behalten, wer bereits welche Informationen herausgefunden hatte. Obwohl ich alle vier Perspektiven für sich genommen interessant fand, verloren sie durch die kurzen Kapitel und die ständigen Perspektivwechsel viel von ihrer Wirkung. Wahrscheinlich hätte mir der Roman besser gefallen, wenn sich der Autor auf zwei Ermittlungsansätze konzentriert und diese intensiver ausgebaut hätte.

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review 2018-02-23 12:45
The Listener by Robert McCammon
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

(Since this book is finally being released next week, I thought I would re-post my review. Any McCammon lovers out there, don't let this one pass you by!)

 

What a great story this is! Set in the American south during the Great Depression, The Listener is a unique tale. Starting with a man we'll call Pearly and ending with the opening of a free clinic, Robert McCammon sucked me in as he always does and now I have another book to add to my All Time Favorites shelf!

 

 

With a young black man as the protagonist and a few visits to characters we've met in the past, (I want to say so much more about them, but I can't spoil the surprise for you!), I wasn't sure for the longest time where this story was going. But when Pearly meets Ginger LaFrance, and joins her cold quest for riches, I knew I was in for the long haul.

 

Not since the book MINE, has Robert McCammon created such a cunning female villain. Crafty and OH SO cold, Ginger is capable of anything. When she concocts her evil plan with Pearly as her back up, you just know it's not going to go well. And when another of her family members joins their crew, you cannot help but feel that it was a mistake on Ginger's part. You also hope that Ginger doesn't succeed.

 

At a certain point in The Listener, you just have to hold on for dear life because this tale races to the denouement and you HAVE to know what happens. I recommend shutting yourself in a room for the last 50 pages so you can read it without being bothered. Trust me on this! You will be rewarded with an ending so poignant, yet so perfect and totally satisfying that you might find yourself with a tear in your eye. Not saying that happened to me, (it TOTALLY happened to me), but you know, prepare yourself. Perfection in an ending is so rare, but I think McCammon achieved it here.

 

The only bad thing about getting an ARC, (and in this case it's a REAL ARC, that I can hold and hug tight to my chest, not that I did that), is that there isn't anyone to talk to about this story. I can't wait for you to read it so we can talk about Curtis and Pearly and good old Nilla.

 

In February when it's released, I hope you will remember my words here today and hop on the opportunity to read The Listener. Please come and share your thoughts with me when you're done. I hope that Curtis invades your mind space as he has invaded mine, and we can talk about how much we both love him. Or perhaps we can talk about THAT character that was such a memorable part of another GREAT, (maybe the best?) Robert McCammon book, and how much we loved seeing them again? I sure do hope that we can, my fellow readers. I sure do hope we can.

 

The Listener has earned my highest recommendation!

 

*Thanks to Cemetery Dance for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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