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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 2016-08-27 04:07
The Burnt Toast B&B
The Burnt Toast B&B - Heidi Belleau,Rachel Haimowitz,Tobias Silversmith,Dorian Bane

I haven't read either of these authors before because they tend to write stuff I don't want to read, but all my friends loved this one and I can see why. It's cute, and sweet, and yes Derrick is a massive bundle of hyper-masculinity brought on by schoolyard bullies in his formative years, during which he learned all the wrong lessons about what it means to be a man. Then along comes Ginsberg, and he's not putting up with any of that crap. He manages to get through to Derrick that being a man means not being afraid to be yourself, social norms be damned. While I'm not tranx and so can't speak with any kind of experience for how those parts were handled, I did love that Ginsberg stood up for himself when Derrick was being a jerk, and that he didn't back down or forgive because twu wuv or anything stupid like that. While this all does take place over a couple of months, I actually felt like we got to see their relationship develop and grow stronger,


The B&B was a horror story from Yelp! when Ginsberg first arrived. I have to say, its rundown state as first described needed a hell of a lot more than a week's worth of moving stuff around and wiping down windows. That was unrealistic, but I was able to check my disbelief at the door. It did help that there were still repairs being addressed later in the book. 


Derrick's ex Jim was also a hoot. Can't say I care about the whole TV show subplot because actors = yawn, but Ginsberg being a stunt double was neat. I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but as a stand-alone this one works really well. Prior knowledge of the previous books was absolutely not required. 


The narrators both did a great job, and I have nothing but praise for them. However, the way the narration was split (by the studio/publisher) felt amateurish and lazy. It was pretty clear that the narrators were not in the studio at the same time and that they recorded their parts separately. Having one narrator per POV is actually a really great idea. Since you can't hear a section break, having the narrator change as an audio cue is a perfect solution for that problem. It would've been better and worked more smoothly and given consistency to the performances to have Derrick's POV narrator voice all of Derrick's lines, and the same for Ginsberg's narrator, regardless of whose POV we were in, instead of having two different voices for each of the MCs. The same could've been done with the side characters too, but since they're not in the story as often, it's not as much of a distraction. Again, no fault of the narrators, since they were just doing their jobs, but I hope this isn't the new trend for M/M audiobooks. Please, put the narrators in the studio together and let them read together. I guarantee the result with be worth the extra day or two it may take.


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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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