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review 2017-07-18 02:52
This Rough Magic
This Rough Magic - Mary Stewart

It took awhile, but I've come to a book that my mom and I don't necessarily agree on.  She remembers this book fondly, while I have more ambivalent feelings about it.  

 

I was less than 8 pages in before I was ready to chuck it all and go to Corfu; Stewart's creation of the setting was downright seductive.  I loved the scenes with the dolphin too - even the midnight scene, which ratcheted up the suspense and had me muttering threats at the author under my breath until the end.  The way the caves figured into the plot was fun and no way did I see how the book was going to end - where Stewart was taking her readers - although she does foreshadow the culprit early enough that the who was not a shock, even if the what certainly was.

 

The entire title-referencing-Shakespeare, went right over my head (I was expecting, you know actual magic), but Shakespeare's The Tempest plays a big part throughout the book.  I have no idea if her characters' theories hold any water, but the parallels they drew were fun to read about. 

 

What I didn't like was, unfortunately, the entire "Romantic" part of the romantic suspense.  "Didn't like" might be too strong; it just failed to move me in any way at all.  The scene on the beach (at midnight - the one with the dolphin) felt like a realistic evolution of the moment, but when the characters go straight from that one moment to this weird assumption that their relationship is a fait accompli, I felt like entire chapters of character development were missing.  As a result I never bought into the romance part of their relationship.

 

Not a bad read at all, but not as strong as Touch Not the Cat, for example; which started off slow, but had me riveted by the end.

 

 

 

 

 

Page count: 285

$$:  $6.00

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review 2017-07-17 07:13
Solved
Dirty Deeds (The Dirty Series) - HelenKay Dimon

Gaige is hired by threat to get into an office that does not welcome them.  He meets Alec there, however, and this changes everything.  The attraction is explosive and instant.

 

Alec is disgusted that he is attracted to someone who he cannot trust.  As he gets to know him better, they realize they are really on the same side.  Now if they can build trust and start to show it, then maybe a future can happen.  If they save the world in between, just a bonus, right?

 

I have to tell you, I am never disappointed with this author's work.  The characters have excellent banter, the pace moves along quickly, and the heat is just sizzling!  The mystery to solve is like the icing on the cake.  I cannot wait to read the next book in this new The Dirty series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-07-13 11:38
Fast
Some Kind of Hero: A Troubleshooters Novel - Suzanne Brockmann

This is the 17th book in the Troubleshooters series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and for reader enjoyment and understanding of this fabulous 5* series I recommend reading in order.

 

Shayla helps her neighbor Peter, when she sees him on the side of the road trying to flag help down.  Then they get to know one another and the heat is on!  The attraction is mutual, if not surprising.

 

Peter cannot find his daughter.  With her missing his life feels out of control.  His neighbor comes to his aid, and he is attracted to more than her body.  Her mind is such a sexy thing.

 

This is such a great addition to the series.  This story has it all.  I loved the character interactions, the sexy times, the recurring characters visiting & more!  Hard to put down a Troubleshooters book, and this is no exception.  If you were looking for a summer read, look no further!  I give this amazing story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2017-07-12 16:23
The Bodyguards of LA County Hotties – Hailey’s Truth by Cate Beauman @CateBeauman
Hailey's Truth - Cate Beauman

I am so happy to share another romantic suspense novel by Cate Beauman, Hailey’s Truth.

 

Her books have such fabulous covers, I would grab them for that reason alone!

 

What do you think of this beauty?

 

Hailey's Truth (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County, #3)

 

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MY REVIEW

 

 I’m excited to be back with the hotties from Ethan Security and the sexy vixens they can’t resist in Hailey’s Truth by Cate Beauman. Cate is able to grab me from the beginning to very end, so I am very wager to get started.

 

If this is what social workers are like, I fear for the children in the system. I fear for Hailey and her ‘brother’ Jeremy.

 

Hailey was a foster child, hugely independent, reliable, loyal, giving, loving, strong and proud. She had found her forever home, even a little brother, until..

 

It wasn’t bad enough they lost their ‘parents’ now they’re losing each other. I feel bad things coming and it makes me sad.

 

Jeremy…What can I say? Sometimes nothing makes a difference. A bad penny is a bad penny. Would it have been different if they had stayed together? We will never know. Pisses me off that lies flow from him like water from a faucet, but that just shows how great Cate Beauman’s writing is, so real I feel like it is happening to me.

 

It’s very interesting that two people, who had to work so hard just to survive, can turn out so different. Some people are givers, some takers and the takers can suck the life right out of you.

 

Such a sweet moment when Austin is teaching Hailey to swim, innocent and sensual.

Love this line:  “She was swimming with the next thing to a mythical sea god, and she sure as heck wasn’t a mermaid.” The water had always called to her, but that didn’t mean she was any good in it. I feel the same way. I love the water, like Hailey, so it helps me relate to her.

 

Drugs…Austin will be meeting the Mexican Mafia and I have a feeling Hailey will too. It’s a good thing Austin’s a badass because he’s gonna need to be. As the danger rises, so does Austin.

 

Hailey is committed to family, naive as to what’s right in front of her face. When or what constitutes crossing the line of trust? When do you just say no and set them free, to sink or swim on their own?

 

The Zulas, Mexican Mafia, are savages, brutal when betrayed. Not afraid of anything or anyone. To say they are dangerous is putting it mildly. Once in, only death gets you out. If a cop won’t work with them, not only with they callously take his life, but spread his body parts around to family and fellow officers.

I got all soft and gooey at the birthday party.

 

I love sexual tension between the characters as they get to know each other…the sensual glances and touches full of innuendo, from desire and denial, to push and pull, yes and no, keeping them on edge. Something as simple as washing dishes…he can look soooo sexy. I was laughing at the cake fiasco…until…Oh man, that’s so wrong.

 

“Mean are completely stupid..sometimes…most of the time.”

 

I do not like the word suckle when they are having sex. Makes me think of piglets. Numerous authors use it, but it’s just a little quirk of mine…don’t like it.

 

Additional touches with complex characters add the spice to the romance and suspense. The ladies console and talk things out. The men eat, step on their dicks and apologize profusely. Now that’s some hilarious and honest writing. LOL

 

Romantic suspense is pretty predictable, but it’s what the author twists and turns along the way that makes the story so interesting. I am most eager for the action and danger, and my emotions running hot. We have a good supply of all that, but I wanted more.

 

In Hailey’s Truth by Cate Beauman, I loved the story and the journey, but I didn’t quite get to shocked, and left gasping for breath. Never fear, we have more coming from Ethan Security and I will be looking for that in future books by Cate Beauman, because I have started and I will not stop…

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Hailey’s Truth by Cate Beauman.

 

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review 2017-07-11 21:18
Arc Review: Resurrection (Redemption Harbor Series #1) by Katie Reus
Resurrection (Redemption Harbor Series Book 1) (Volume 1) - Katie Reus
Action-packed, romance-filled, and riveting to say the least; this story will grab you from page one! 

CIA agent Skye fakes her own death to protect her partner and lover Colt Stuart and all those he holds dear. She’s never stopped loving him and knows she hurt him deep but she’s also sure what she did was for the best. When a dear friend of Colt is kidnapped she sees her rescuing as an opportunity to somewhat make it up to him, and although he might never know it was she who rescue his friend, she still goes for it. What she didn’t account for was that Colt would find out she didn’t die and once he did he wouldn’t let her go ever again. Not only that but he would go to extremes to protect her and never have to lose her again. 

OMG! This story! To me it had one of the best opening convos ever! It was funny while setting the pace for what was coming. Sky was one of the most assertive, self-confident, witty, and cool heroines I’ve ever read. Kudos to the author for giving me such an awesome character. Colt is your typical self-assured and overprotective alpha CIA agent that will do anything to protect those he loves (and I mean AN-NY-THING), however what’s great about his relationship with Skye is that he sure as hell knows Skye’s boundaries and as the gracious and romantic lover he is, he also knows how to make her feel safe and cared for. 

The dynamics between the friends was heartwarming and was pulling my heart strings at every corner. As a reader I could feel how much they really cared for each other. Once the “mission” is officially over we are immediately introduced to the next one and luckily we don’t have to wait too long as the second installment will be out within the next few months. This story was the perfect introduction to the series and if it’s any indication of what the whole series will be then we sure are in for a heck of a ride.

I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.
 
 
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