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review 2017-05-19 01:34
Review of North and South by John Jakes
North and South - John Jakes

I had heard great things about John Jakes but for whatever reason, I had not read one of his books before.  Epic historical fiction is usually right up my alley, and I enjoyed this first book of the famous North/South trilogy.  I don't know if this is the best comparison, but this book reminded me of Wilbur Smith, with the action of a Smith novel replaced with political discussions.  I don't mean for that to sound negative, as I enjoyed the discussion of slavery and states' rights that would have dominated social culture in the 1840s and 1850s.  I think parts of the novel were stretched out a bit too long, and (like Smith) some of the characters were either too good or too evil, but overall I enjoyed the read and look forward to the rest of the trilogy.

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review 2016-10-13 00:00
Long Time Gone
Long Time Gone - S.E. Jakes I love books like this, alpha males and all this excitement. I madly crazy over two cops or agents or military men getting hot and heavy. I don't know if that's an actual trope or genre or category, but it's my favorite whatever that is. The men are so intelligent, strong and capable, and there's so much sexual tension. Their bodies are government weapons, and it's a toss up as to who's the biggest badass. An average person like me could never handle it. They have to crash into someone as formidable as each other to make them consider love. Also I'm really into action books. This has murder, kidnapping, coverups and more.
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review 2016-08-15 00:00
Catch a Ghost
Catch a Ghost - S.E. Jakes I love alpha men especially when they are badasses and have the hots for each other. Two highly trained men working together in and out of the bedroom may just be my favorite type of read. I’ll definitely be continuing the series.
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review 2016-07-31 04:27
Free Falling - S.E. Jakes

Meh. Enjoyable but nothing special.

 

I guess I have a thing for characters named Blue (the other Blue that comes to mind is Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle). Anyways, this Blue is fucking cool. He's a thief with a heart of gold and he's sarcastic and funny and...could he be any more lovable? So, yeah. Blue is awesome. He doesn't act like an adult, tho. He acts like a teenager. Which begs the question: how old is he?

 

As for the other characters? Meh. Mick's likable enough but not lovable, and there's really no other characters I gave a shit about.

 

While I liked the action in the last 20% of the book, I thought the plot about the drug was so fucking stupid. One really needs some suspension of disbelief to get through this book

 

Also, I feel like there's no reason for Laura to have been in this story. She really doesn't do anything. Also, I know nothing about multiple sclerosis (the illness she had), but according to other reviews it was misrepresented. Shame shame. Do your research, authors.

 

Tl;dr version- It's short. It's really a novella, I had no idea it was a novella and not a novel. So, yeah. Short. Overall, it's nothing amazing but it was enjoyable enough.

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review 2016-07-19 10:19
Review: Long Time Gone by S.E. Jakes
Long Time Gone - S.E. Jakes

This was way better for me than the first one. I loved the mystery, the background "the glades" of New Orleans!!!

The scene Tommy wresting with an alligater was awesome. Tommy "The alligater whisperer"

 

 

"Bon à rien. Bad loque." 

It was good reading about Tommy's history. And I loved how Prophet came to Tommy's rescue. As he said he was tired running away from Tommy. Still I would've loved to have seen more intimacy between Tommy and Prophet. They were smoking hot together though!!

 

 

And this.....

 

 

"You'll end up with a man whose name starts with E. And he'll rip through your life like a tornado. Then again, a tornado can handle a volcano."

 

Makes me wanna carry on with this series!!

 

 

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