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review 2018-02-04 17:20
Untamed by Nora Roberts
Untamed - Nora Roberts
Jovilette "Jo" Wilder has spent her entire life in the circus. She knows no other life, and she wants no other life...Until the new owner shows up after inheriting the circus from the father he's never met.


This story sure didn't age well. The story itself could work in any time setting, but the characters and their actions and reactions don't fare well in this day and age.

First of all, the story is written in third person, but from the heroine's perspective. Since said heroine, despite being twenty-two (or so we're told) comes across as childish, immature and rather self-absorbed, so we don't glean much about the hero or his possible inner workings from the narrator.
Because we're not privy to the hero's inner voice, his character and his intentions remain (mostly) a mystery, and the final revelation about his true feelings doesn't really work and seems rather unbelievable or implausible.
 
 
 
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review 2018-02-01 16:02
Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb

A young actress is killed with a ice pick in a darkened theater while watching Psycho. There's no motive, no real suspect...It looks like a random killing, yet Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels the victim was carefully selected.

Then an unexpected source, a mystery writer friend of Nadine's, offers a seemingly outlandish explanation...And everything suddenly makes sense. Someone is plagiarizing the author's work, but with deadly results...


It was a real pleasure (after a streak of not-so-good suspense/mysteries) to revisit this favorite series of mine, its characters, its relationships, and its mysteries.

The story didn't disappoint. It had its slow moments, and a false climax to boot, but it packed the punch I come to expect from an In Death novel.
The investigation was intriguing, keeping us guessing, trying to outthink the killer alongside the characters, the pacing, especially toward the end, was nicely pumped-up, and the killer was a psychotic beauty to behold.
The final confrontation in the box, when it's all revealed, struck somewhere between annoyance, disgust, and sympathy for the pitiful creature the killer truly was.

The main characters were wonderful as always, their interactions and relationships realistic, the tempo almost perfect, the voice consistent and known, and the plot with all its elements and twists engaging.

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review 2018-01-09 12:13
Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
Brazen Virtue - Nora Roberts

Mystery writer Grace McCabe, fresh from a book tour, is bunking with her sister in D.C. for a few days, alarmed at the fact that after a nasty divorce, Kathleen let her son with his father, moved across the country and makes her living as a phone-sex operator.

When she comes home one night and finds her sister murdered, Grace's first thought is, Kathleen's ex-husband did it. But then another phone-sex operator, employed by the same agency as Kathleen, turns up dead...


This book was yet another let-down. The heroine came across as too much of a self-absorbed airhead for my liking, the hero didn't get enough space to shine, the killer was once more relegated into the sidelines...

There was too much going on, mostly revolving around the heroine, instead of focusing on the suspense and in the end the one thing that was interesting about the story was brushed under the carpet, while the rest (mostly ballast) got the spotlight.

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review 2018-01-09 06:59
Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts
Sacred Sins - Nora Roberts

A killer is plaguing Washington, D.C., strangling women with a priest's amice and leaving notes about their sins being forgiven. The police is stumped, so they reluctantly engaged the help of psychiatrist Dr. Teresa Court.

As the tension over the murder case rises, sparks fly between Tess and Detective Ben Paris, but soon they're not just sparks of animosity.


I already read this one in 2011, gave it three stars without writing a review, and completely forgot about the story. On this second re-read, it loses a star, but I'm pretty sure that I'll still forget about it, since it was quite a disappointment.

I liked the premise, the suspense (what there was, that is), and I liked the killer's mind. Unfortunately, he was relegated into the background, overshadowed by the two protagonists and the drama around their budding "relationship".

I didn't like neither Tess nor Ben. He was mostly an ass with a chip on his shoulder about shrinks (rather understandable, but they cannot all be the same) and she was a bleeding heart convinced the killer needed help and healing. She seemed not to care much about the killer's victims or the fact the guy was a killer, she just wanted to help him.
So I wanted to smack them both, I didn't buy their romance because of their different opinions and stands on quite a lot of things...

The only saving grace was the aforementioned killer (pity, he didn't appear much), the final surprise when his identity was revealed, and Ben's partner Ed, the gentle giant.
I'm quite looking forward to his story.

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review 2017-12-12 17:32
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in one of her husband's bars, having a drink with a colleague, when a notorious gossip journalist stumbles from the bathroom and collapses. COD: knife would to the brachial artery.

It turns out, the gossips journalist had a side business—blackmail, so it must've been a mark that did her in. The only problem is finding out the correct culprit.


A decent story, yet nothing substantial to write home about. Dead bodies weren't piling up, so it wasn't a serial, and the danger and urgency was extremely low, the investigative process into the blackmail business wasn't really surprising in terms of what they dug out, I couldn't really bring myself to care about the victim and all her victims, the killer was predictable, and the pacing was very spotty.

The second murder was definitely overkill, and it felt like the story ran a little too long, slowing the tempo even more.

A solid story, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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