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review 2017-04-12 00:00
The Firebird and Other Stories
The Firebird and Other Stories - R. Coop... The Firebird and Other Stories - R. Cooper 3.5 stars

I liked some stories more than others. The last in story in the book features the couple from
[b:A Boy and His Dragon|16409189|A Boy and His Dragon (Beings in Love #2)|R. Cooper|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1355258165s/16409189.jpg|22596605] which was a nice little surprise. It was interesting getting these different stories featuring the beings in different moments in time and seeing their connection between each other. It was a nice addition to the series.

The narration was lovely. I enjoyed listening to Robert Nieman, he had a nice voice and the reading was clean and clear and consistent. His voice had a nice cadence to it.
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review 2017-01-05 17:40
Wicklow's Odyssey by R. Cooper - My Thoughts
Wicklow's Odyssey - R. Cooper

Well thank God that's done with!  It wasn't Wicklow's Odyssey, it felt more like mine!  How long did the Odyssey take in classical literature?  10 years?  Felt like it took me 10 years to read instead of almost 10 days.

There was so much internal shit going on with Wicklow Doyle and it was the same stuff repeated over and over again.  And to be honest, there was some stuff that even by the end of the book I wasn't clear on whatever Wicklow was going on about.  Most of the time was spent with him whining about the same things to himself over and over again - why Rhoades did this, the same this again and again, the pain in his stomach that sounded more like an ulcer than anything romantic, and why did Rhoades say this or that - again and again.  Repetitive, you get my drift.

Part of the reason I picked up this book was because it was billed as a steampunk American Civil War romance.  That sounded really intriguing.  But for the great majority of the book, aside from all the repetitive blah-blah about radios and a few mentions of air raids from dirigibles, there was no steampunk.  Only in the second to last chapter when the BFM (Big Fucking Machine) was unveiled - it was a tank type thing - did I feel we got to see some actual steampunk elements.

And the chapters!  OMG, they were long, long, LONG!  I honestly think that it makes books a chore to read when authors make their chapters overly long or even of wildly differing lengths.  Something about the unconscious part of my reading mind.

Now the story itself was good.  I love a story about a team who have grown to care about each other, led by an enigmatic type of man who inspires great loyalty etc...  But it was so lost beneath the load of all those repetitive words, over and over and over again.  And the love scenes.... well... I found that they were often flowery and over-blown and each time way too emotionally intense.  In this case, less would have been more, I think.

Oh... I really wanted a final confirmation of Mariama's (and Louis') fate.  Didn't get it.

Unfortunately, my first read of 2017 was a dud and I will be very wary of anything by this author again..  But... onward and upward, right?  :)

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review 2016-11-26 20:38
Not Perfect But Sweet
Vincent's Thanksgiving Date - R. Cooper

Vincent's Thanksgiving Date by B Cooper is a short moment in time leading up to Thanksgiving in Vincent's life. A change can happen if he could just pluck up the courage this once and let it happen. He meets Cory who is a gentle, adorable, little neighbor who sees something in Vincent and is willing to gently, ease his anxieties while getting under Vincent's skin. This tale is low on the 'hot-o-meter' Cooper chose instead to focus on character interaction to tell the story. Now to be honest I thought the ending was a bit abrupt but I understood why Cooper ended it there. The tale would have worked so well if it'd had more time to become a full-length novel. I liked these characters enough I wanted to see a lot more. Another sweet little plus is that Corey was 'of color' and to be honest, it's always refreshing in this genre to have characters of many cultures and races together. It shouldn't be a big deal.

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review 2016-08-30 22:06
Not My Thing
Hottie Scotty and Mr. Porter - R. Cooper

I couldn't get past the way Scott was treated by the women in the town. It just grated on me to no end.

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review 2016-07-27 20:05
Really nice romance.
Hottie Scotty and Mr. Porter - R. Cooper

Scott was adorable and I didn't even mind the "poor me, I am so hot" thingie, because it was very well presented how tough it was for him to be reduced to his looks.

I do not fully buy into the "hot people gets thought of as dumb" theory - actually in my experience it has nothing to do with looks; if there is a correlation I would think it is more the other way, meaning attractive people get an instant bonus at the first impression.

But here Scott had a different problem: he was slow in his speaking. Which in combination with his workout regime made some other people dismiss him as dumb.

 

Well. It wasn't the most though-out plot line, but it was done beautifully and I enjoyed this story very much.

 

Porter was ok, he didn't really strike me as especially interesting, but was a good love interest for Scott.

 

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