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review 2017-04-21 02:54
Crescendo by Rachel Haimowitz - My Thoughts
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

I've had this in my TBR pile forever it seems and I wonder why?  I loved the first book - Counterpoint - a lot, but for some reason I never got around to reading this one.  I shouldn't have waited so long.  Why?  First off, because I enjoyed it, but secondly, because it follows right on the heels of the first novel (they could really be two halves of a whole epic brick of a fantasy novel) and I had forgotten many of the little bits and bobs of the plot that would have been nice to remember reading this one.  


As I said, I enjoyed this one a lot.  An epic fantasy, elves, dark creatures, big battles, intimate fights, slaves and magic songs, at the heart of it is the love story between Freyrik and Ayden, man and elf.  I liked that the love story, while being  very very important, didn't overshadow the plot of the book, but was like one half of the whole.  


I did get the feeling, however, that near the end, the author just wanted to be finished with the story.  It felt a little rushed.  I would have liked more of Rik with the elves and how that bridge got built.  I'd have liked to see it instead of just being told about it.  I would also like to have seen more of some of the secondary characters, especially the some of the elves that we only really get to meet near the end of the book.  And I would also have like more depth to the solving of the problem of the 'dark elves'.  


But, I did like it a lot.  :)


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review 2016-11-08 01:44
NetGalley November
The Flesh Cartel #4: Consequences - Rachel Haimowitz

*Book source ~ NetGalley


This is the continuation of Dougie and Mat’s story of how they were kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. They have begun their training with Nikolai who must mold them into the perfect submissives before they are sent off to their new Master.


It’s not the story, it’s definitely me. I’m just not interested in Dougie and Mat’s dilemma anymore. I don’t know if it’s all the psychological stuff, all the internal debate, Nikolai or it’s just not moving fast enough for me, but I’m done with this series. It’s still well-written with great characters, but apparently my tastes have changed. Don’t let my ennui put you off reading this series.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/flesh-cartel-consequences.html
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review 2016-11-03 15:00
NetGalley November
The Flesh Cartel #3: Choices - Rachel Haimowitz

*Book source ~ NetGalley


Mat and Dougie have survived (barely) the flesh auction and head to the home of their new Master’s professional trainer, Nikolai Petrovic. Only they don’t know that until they get there. Each brother doesn’t even know where the other is even though they are traveling in the same RV. Is life about to get harder for them? Or will they escape?


I’m not finding this series as enthralling as I did when I started. It’s still compelling and the writing is great, but maybe my tastes have changed. I want the brothers to escape their situation, but I’m not getting much hope to cling to. Maybe that’s the problem. They didn’t sign up for any of this, so I want to see them triumph over the bad guys, but it’s just not happening fast enough for me. If it ever does? I’m not sure. I probably wouldn’t continue except I have the next section from NetGalley. Maybe things will look up for the brothers then.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/flesh-cartel-choices.html
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review 2016-03-29 00:00
Counterpoint - Rachel Haimowitz 3.5 stars

This is well written, but I had such a hard time with the people as property and just this whole human world, they were so horrible and so many actions lessened my opinion of Freyrik. It's not that I didn't understand his position, or even feel badly for him at times, because I did. But overall, I just struggled with him.
Ayden was an awesome character.
Maybe after a breather I will read the next one, I do want to see resolution, I do want to see them get an HEA
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review 2015-06-26 00:23
I'm giving this one all the stars and then some...
The Burnt Toast B&B - Heidi Belleau;Violetta Vane,Rachel Haimowitz

I love, love, loved this book. It was...I don't even think I have the words to explain this so I'm going to suggest that you go see Dani's review on GR because I couldn't do a better job than she did no matter how hard I try and here's the link... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1120036665?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Now for my part anyone who knows me can probably take a good guess at why this book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. That's right it's all about Ginsberg. He's fabulous. He's the type of person that makes others a better person just for having known him and that's what he did for Derrick. He didn't try to change Derrick but he did enable him to be honest and true with himself. Derrick needed to redefine a lot of who he was. Not because he was bad. He truly wasn't but a lot of his fundamental beliefs were misguided and he needed to rethink them in order to become the person that he truly wanted to be.


The other person in this story whom I really came to like was Derrick's ex, Jim. I'd love to see him get his own story and his own HEA. He was adorable and I think there's so much more to be told about him.


'The Burnt Toast B&B' was a story that touched my heart on a personal level and made me appreciate my Ginsberg so much more than I already do. We all have a Ginsberg in our lives the question is do we realize it. Do we see and appreciate that amazing person who makes us strive to be more, to be better. I know who my Ginsberg is and I thank god for him every day, do you?

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