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review 2017-05-14 02:12
POINT SHOT TRILOGY by V. L. Locey
Point Shot Trilogy Box Set - V. L. Locey
  I loved this trilogy. I was glad I did not have to wait for all the books to be finished before I read it. Victor is a world-class jerk (I'd use something stronger but I'm trying to keep it clean.) He has no filter. Dan is liked by everyone. Eventually he takes the edge off Victor but, like Victor, I wonder what Dan sees in him. Victor does soften up some as Dan's influence settles over him. I like how their personalities come through the story. As Victor begins to open his heart he softens.

I liked the story. It has to be read in order as each new book picks up where the previous one ended. The sex is hot and plentiful but there is more than sex in the series. A good hard look is given to puck bunnies and the affect they can have on players' lives. Jealousy rears it's head in the last two books as Dan has to deal with it in regards to Victor and a puck bunny. Victor has to look as his childhood, his recent past that caused him to be sent down to the minors, and where he is headed in the future. I liked that the team gave Victor a chance to straighten himself out.

I liked how the team came together. I especially like Mario McGarrity and his kilt. He is the sidekick that is needed at times when the main characters are emotionally overloaded. I plan on getting more of this teams' books.
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review 2017-05-02 15:38
Triple Meh
Blood Shot - Sara Paretsky

Seriously. The first part of the book started off so well. Then it just descended into ridiculous levels of absurdity that I had a hard time overlooking.

 

Also, it just needs to be said, VI (Vic) just sucks. I don't particularly like her character. She is one of those people who will come up to you in a bar and tell you how edgy she is when in fact drinking whiskey and taking baths does not make you edgy. Also being a slob (housekeeping wise) also doesn't make you edgy. The main reason why I gave this three stars is that for one Paretsky doesn't have a love interest (there is something stupid with a cop) but for all intents and purposes, Vic is solo in this book.

 

When Vic is coaxed to come back to her old high school to suit up again (she played basketball) she is then nagged into taking a case from her former neighbor that she used to babysit. Vic is asked by Caroline (the neighbor) to please find out who Caroline's biological father is. Paretsky takes a long winding road to get there, but eventually readers figure out that Caroline's mother got pregnant as a teen and thrown out of her house. She somehow found a place to live and work, and gave birth to her daughter. Now that Caroline's mother is dying, she wants to reach out to find any other relatives she may have out there.


Vic is annoyed at the request and reluctantly starts a search. I won't get into it via this review. But honestly, how Vic gets to where she does that leads to some big conspiracy really didn't work for me. Vic is fired repeatedly by Caroline and asked to stop looking for her father and Vic just keeps going. It doesn't work for me since Vic complains incessantly about the case but is annoyed at Caroline and calls her spoiled and a brat from the beginning of the book until the end. She even shakes her at one point. 

 

There are some familiar characters in this one. I enjoyed Lotty, loathed Max, and got really sick of Vic's downstairs neighbor Mr. Contreras. I felt like Max is insufferable just like I did in the last book. And I hated how Mr. Contreras was way too involved with Vic's comings and goings. At this point, I think he harbors a crush on her and it just was making me feel slightly claustrophobic dealing with him around all of the time.

 

The writing was okay and in some cases made me cringe. Vic calls something oriental. She also mentions Lottie looking like a Mandarin due to her dark eyes and small face at one point. I just thought there were way too many plot holes in this book and the reasoning why Vic kept investigating did not ring true. Paretsky does this thing where VI is the way she is in order to prove she's tough, but she just proved she doesn't have a lot of common sense in this case. And I for one am sick of her and her constant back and forth with the the character of Bobby Mallory. Vic is in her 30s at this point, she still acts like a teenager around him and is too glib by far. 

 

The book ends, but it's not done in a satisfying way. You don't really know what becomes of the bad guys. And Vic has to fight off losing her home due to the machinations of one man. But that's about it. 

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text 2017-05-02 01:19
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Blood Shot - Sara Paretsky

The last 2/3 of this book irked the life out of me.

 

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text 2017-05-01 20:33
Reading progress update: I've read 66%.
Blood Shot - Sara Paretsky

Honestly, VI is a kind of a dumbass. I think this may be my last one of her books. She gives me a headache and honestly she's kind of an ass towards other characters to the point that I start to wish her ill. 

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text 2017-05-01 16:05
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Blood Shot - Sara Paretsky

I like this one a lot more than the last one so far.


We have Vic getting dragged back to her old neighborhood being guilted into helping a woman she used to babysit for when she was younger. The woman (Caroline) wants Vic's help in tracking down her unknown father. Due to Caroline's mother dying, she wants to see if there is anyone out there on her father's side she can be close to. 

This easy case seems to be leading Vic into danger though. Someone she grew up is found murdered, and it seems thinks can be linked to Caroline and this other woman doing their best to open up a plant in the old neighborhood. 

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