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review 2020-08-16 08:59
Endeared (The Accidental Billionaires #5) by: J.S. Scott
Endeared (The Accidental Billionaires #5) - J.S. Scott

 

 

 

 

 

Endeared by J.S. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Within these pages lies bittersweet heartache. Endeared is a chance to say goodbye as we stand on the cusp of hello. A chance to reminisce with old friends as our hearts are introduced to new ones. Scott continues to inspire hope while giving readers something to look forward to. Owen and Layla shake up emotions with a yearning that proves itself too irresistible to resist. Endeared is a love ballad to lovers everywhere.



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review 2020-08-06 08:27
Audio Review: Tell Me You're Mine (The British Billionaires #1) by: J.S. Scott, Narrated by Rupert Channing, Elizabeth Powers
Tell Me You're Mine (The British Billionaires #1) - J.S. Scott

 

 

 

Tell Me You're Mine by J.S. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Sweet takes a saucy turn when hormones come out to play. Scott pushes boundaries, stirs up emotions and keeps the heart invested. Tell Me You're Mine gives the senses a reason to sing. With sexy accents and explosive chemistry, Channing and Powers entrance even the most skeptic of romantics. Scott let's life create the fantasy and irresistible becomes only a page turn away. 



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review 2020-07-31 01:07
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2)
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

The Gentlemen Bastards are excellent con artists on the land, but then unforeseen events send them onto the waves to become pirates.  Red Seas Under Red Skies is the second book of Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards sequences as Locke and Jean find their plans upset by politics, the one type of con they tend to avoid.

Locke and Jean are working a two-year con of the owner of the grandest casino in Tal Verrar, the Sinspire, when their plans are upended by the Bondmagi threatening revenge.  They decide to get start their endgame with Locke admitting to the owner he and Jean have been cheating other gamblers to set things up only to be abducted by the secret police of Tal Verrar’s military commander-in-chief.  The Archon poisons the duo to force them to work for him to become pirates and get allies from the Ghostwind Islands to attack shipping around Tal Verrar so the archon can get money to strengthen the navy from the city’s merchant council as well as gain the political upper hand, but promises them temporary antidotes.  Suddenly in the archon’s service, the duo use this new wrinkle as part of their Sinspire con as the owner is an “ally” of the merchants whose wealth is in his vault.  After a six-week crash course in sailing, the duo and a ship’s master spring prisoners from a military prison and take an outfitted ship provided by the archon towards with Locke as the charismatic captain.  Things go well until the ship master dies just before their first storm and it become obvious that Locke and Jean are not sailors and there is a mutiny with Locke and Jean left on a little boat in the ocean.  Two hours later, a real pirate takes their former ship and the duo are rescued through the pirate captain finds their cover story fishy but allows them to stay alive.  Locke and Jean prove themselves on the ship and in the raiding another ship thus becoming full-fledge crewmen then reveal to the captain everything.  After arriving at the Ghostwind Islands, the pirate captain tells the other major captains of the archon’s plan and her plan to end it by “playing” along until they get a shot at killing the archon, the other captain’s agree either wholeheartedly or begrudgingly.  Weeks later, Locke and Jean report to the archon about their adventures and that they convinced a captain to hit the waters around Tal Verrar as well as continue their Sinspire con.  The pirates begin doing small time ship raids and mount a massive assault on a town to the northwest where peasants let themselves be put through cruel and humiliating games by nobles for money.  The archon isn’t pleased and demands a proper raid or never see him again, but then another pirate captain appears and attacks their ship believing his previous decision to approve the plan unwise.  Locke, Jean, and their pirate allies are victorious but at a personal cost to Jean and they decide to end things in Tal Verrar across the board.  Locke and Jean enlist the aid of the merchants against the archon then finish their Sinspire job by stealing the owner’s paintings then getting captured by the secret police who are waylaid and killed by the merchant’s operatives who take their masks and then proceed to the archon who attempts to kill them when the false secret police stage their coup though during the confrontation the chemist of the poison is killed and only one vile of antidote is available for Locke and Jean.  The two give the former archon to their pirate allies to do with as they please and go to sell the paintings only to find their replicas, getting only a fraction of what they were expecting.  Locke secretly gives the antidote to Jean and the duo sail off to the unknown.

While the overall book a good, after the halfway point it felt like there was a series of “add-ons” where people were introduced or events would happen that would be the next narrative turn of events with the set up for the pirate ship-to-ship battle the biggest example.  In contrast, the flashback intrudes to the events after the previous book up and during their set up for the Sinspire con not only gave the reader how Locke and Jean got to where they were at the start of this book but also foreshadowed things that you were looking forward to play out in the narrative flow.  The further developments of Locke and Jean were excellently written, and the major secondary characters were fun as well which compensated for the narrative “add-ons”.

Red Seas Under Red Skies is a nice follow up to the first Gentleman Bastards book, but also felt like a let down as well.  While Scott Lynch continued to develop Locke and Jean as well as creating some good secondary characters, the narrative flow felt off and as the book went along it was telling.  Overall a nice book with an ending that makes a reader curious about what will happen next.

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review 2020-07-05 02:37
Billionaire Undercover: Hudson (The Billionaire’s Obsession) by: J.S. Scott
Billionaire Undercover: Hudson (The Billionaire’s Obsession) - J.S. Scott

 

 

 

 

Billionaire Undercover ~ Hudson by J.S. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Courage. Hope. Love. No matter how many times Scott focuses on these traits, the message that these words call to mind never gets old. Billionaire Undercover is life at it's most tragic and love at it's most compelling. Hudson and Taylor find strength in the unpredictability of circumstance. Neither is what they portray themselves to be. However, each may have found in each other the chance to have so much more. It seems like I've been waiting forever to solve the puzzle of Hudson Montgomery. Turned out to be well worth the wait.



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review 2020-07-01 16:37
Wytches: Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Art Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins
Wytches Volume 1 - Scott Snyder,Jock

Title: Wytches

Series: Wytches #1

Authors: Scott Snyder, Art Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins

Publish Date: June 24, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 192 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: June 24-26, 2020

 

Review

 

I needed a horror book to fulfill a SRP prompt. I figured reading a graphic novel was the quickest way to get this prompt filled. It took me a while to warm up to the story, but what really influenced my rating was the author's notes/essays at the back of the book. 

 

For the most part, I liked the art but there were times that the art could have cleaner to make the story clearer. Sailor is the teenage daughter of a comic/graphic novelist and a doctor. She was bullied by another teenage mean queen, but something happened to the teen mean queen when the two confronted each other in the woods alone. Then dear old mom is in a car accident and loses feeling/control of her legs. Sailor and the parents move to a new city to get over what happened to teen mean queen and find new employment for the mom. Yet something is hunting them, Sailor in particular. Dad and Sailor work to figure out and put that something away for good. I liked the story and it was creepy but not gory so I could deal with it. It did take me a while to get into the story. The story was confusing at times and I got a bit bored by the some of the flashbacks, but eventually it made some sense in the overall storyline.

 

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