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review 2017-11-06 19:54
Served Hot (Best Revenge) by Marie Harte
Served Hot (Best Revenge) - Marie Harte

 

Authentic, realistic and lovable.  Served Hot has two of the most well written characters, I've come across.  Maya is a pistol.  She is not afraid to be who she is.  Even in the most emotional moments of her life.  She takes life in all of it's glory and pain and makes it her greatest achievement.  I love that about her.  Dex is the opposite.  He knows what he wants, but has to make himself take risks and work toward his goal.  They bring out the best in each other, despite the fiasco of how they began.  Served Hot is my favorite Marie Harte novels.  She dares to speak a truth that we all know, but fail to acknowledge.  Love is not about perfection.  It's about accepting the flaws they make us who we are and looking beyond them.  

 

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review 2017-11-06 19:24
Served Cold (Best Revenge) by Marie Harte
Served Cold (Best Revenge) - Marie Harte

 

Triple trouble has arrived and the what if's are about to hit the fan. Move over Carrie Bradshaw and  make room some fierce female competition.  Sisterhood just got a whole lot nuclear. Served Cold is like the best road trip ever, except it happens standing still.  Ann, Maya and Riley are forces of nature that are sisters of the heart with one common objective.  Don't get mad, get even.  Jack, Dex and Anson are about meet the new and improved triple threat and their hearts may not survive the blow.  Marie Harte is phenomenal at dreaming up strong minded and over the top female characters and this time around she brings along the laughter to tempt her way into the heart. 

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review 2017-11-06 16:55
Served Sweet (Best Revenge) by Marie Harte
Served Sweet (Best Revenge) - Marie Harte

 

Be careful what you wish for, cause there may be more in store than you bargained for.  Ms. Harte turns good advice into naughty fun.  Served Sweet is Marie Harte at her most sizzling.  The competition is fierce but the attraction is smokin'.  Anson and Riley take their type A personalities to the extreme with binges of smoldering lust and years of aggressive rivalry.  Who will come out the victor? Or will they both lose in the end?  Five alarm chili has nothing on Anson and Riley.

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review 2017-09-29 00:27
[Book Review] Sweet Revenge
Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies - Heather Kim

Sometimes I'll pick a book up just for it's title or it's cover.  If it's a cookbook we're talking about with the promise of gratuitous puns, well, I'm pretty sold.

The book delivers on promised tone and puns both, fun, snarky, and well explained.  The recipes veer into the unexpected, with the inclusion of various snack foods such as Doritos and Hot Cheetos as part of the flavor, texture, or highlight of sweet treats.  But even if you're conservative when it comes to flavor combinations, there's plenty for you here, and a number of recipes you can make a more traditional version of by simply sidestepping the inclusion of the salty munchie in question.

A fun addition to your cookbook collection, and if you're in a library one I think that will definitely circulate on amusement value alone.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Capstone via Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/09/book-review-sweet-revenge.html
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review 2017-07-31 19:38
Spider's Revenge / Jennifer Estep
Spider’s Revenge - Jennifer Estep

Old habits die hard. And I plan on mur­der­ing some­one before the night is through.

Killing used to be my reg­u­lar gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spi­der, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly mat­ters: Mab Mon­roe, the dan­ger­ous Fire ele­men­tal who mur­dered my fam­ily when I was thir­teen.

Oh, I don’t think the mis­sion will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more prob­lem­atic than expected. The bitch knows I’m com­ing for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters she hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keep­ing Bria safe is my first pri­or­ity. Tak­ing Mab out is a close sec­ond.

Good thing I’ve got my pow­er­ful Stone and Ice magic — and my irre­sistible lover Owen Grayson — to watch my back. This bat­tle has been years in the mak­ing, and there’s a chance I won’t sur­vive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s com­ing with me...no mat­ter what I have to do to make that happen.

 

***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

I’m glad this installment actually made some plot progress. The revenge plot actually went somewhere finally in this 5th (!) installment. And the romantic sub-plot seems to have firmed up nicely as well. I like the magic system, I’ve grown accustomed to the environs of Ashland, I like the secondary characters.

I’m so tired of hearing about Gin being an assassin (retired or otherwise), where she keeps her knives (seriously, if you’ve made it this far in the series, you have read that hundreds of times), how Mab Munroe hurt her, what the inside of the Pork Pit looks like, what everybody’s various runes look like, or about Finn & his chicory coffee, just like dear old dad. The obsession with eye colour is also a bit tiring. Does it really matter?

I liked that Gin actually made some realistic mistakes, early in the novel, and has to deal with the fallout. I also appreciated that we finally got some back-story on the Devereau sisters and we now know why they help Gin. I’m a little less gung-ho about Finn & Bria’s new attraction to each other.

The big negative that I can see ahead? There’s going to be no end of the repetition reminding us of what went down with Mab. This will last for at least 4 more books by my reckoning, if not more.  Sigh! I like Gin, I like her friends, I like the setting. This could be such an awesome series if an editor was willing to be ruthless.

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