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review 2018-01-26 03:33
CALIFORNIA GRIL CHRONICLS: BREA & THE CITY OF PLASTIC by Michelle Gamble-Risley
Brea And The City Of Plastic - Michelle Gamble-Risley

Brea moves to Los Angeles to be a screenwriter and gets involved with men from home and LA.

 

I did not like most of these people at all.  Brea and Drew (as well as Drew's many "friends") were so shallow that I was disgusted by them.  All Brea worried about was clothes and sex.  She was raped but went along with it instead of calling the cops especially with Drew.  He is a whacked out job.  I truly could not relate to her.  I was in shock that she tells Drew off but never goes to the cops. She finally finds a good guy and she messes it up.  I liked Kale and Maya.  They seemed the only ones who were realistic and down-to-earth.

 

The author can write (which is why I finished the book.)  She had me feeling emotions towards the characters (probably not the ones she wanted me to feel.)  She also writes good sex scenes.  I would like to see her write a book with less shallow characters who care about something or someone rather than how people or events affect/serve them.  I probably will not read the next book of the series because I only want to know what happens between Brea and Kale and the blurb for the next book mentions Kale but he's in a list with others.  I will, however, look for other books by her because I liked her writing style.

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text 2017-11-27 16:13
The Gamble by Kristen Ashely $1.99
The Gamble - Kristen Ashley

Nina Sheridan thought she'd found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn't know her at all, it's time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world? 

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it's got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn't entirely sure she's ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn't sure she's ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn't come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she's been waiting for.

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review 2017-11-23 00:43
Facing the past brings a family back together
Love's Gamble - Emily Murdoch
Another quick sweet read. I have enjoyed watching this family come back together. This is Aaron's story and his hard road home. He is misunderstood but tried to live up to his reputation. Phoebe enters his life, and despite her secrets, she brings him to face his past. They are sweet together, and I loved their journey.

This is my unsolicited review for a story that I received as a gift.
 
 

 

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text 2017-10-15 14:32
Halloween Bingo: Amateur sleuth
Deadly Gamble (A Charlie Parker Mystery #1) - Leslie Lenz,Connie Shelton

 

We're drowning in minutiae here.

And the solving of the mystery is not particularly exciting.

The couple parts that could have thrown a nice twist into the works were glossed over, on seemed to be added just because.

 

Maybe because she's an accountant, even though she works for a PI, and they're supposed highly detail oriented, right?

Geez, 2 cliches in a row.

 

Because they were mean?

Seriously?

 

I managed to get through it, but I'm reminded of one of the reasons I don't read a lot of mysteries.

 

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review 2017-09-01 12:06
"Blood Gamble - Disrupted Magic #2" by Melissa F. Olson
Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic) - Melissa F. Olson

"Blood Gamble" continues the walking disaster that is Scarlet Bernard's life as a Null: a human who cancels out the magic of supernaturals in her presence, vampires and werewolves become human and witches' spell bounce off her.

 

This book takes Scarlet out of LA, where she is supported by people she trusts, and into Las Vegas, a city she has a bad history with and where she has to fall back on her own resources. She is made more vulnerable by the fact that her cover story for being in Las Vegas is to attend her sister-in-law's belated hen-party weekend. This gives her enemies potential targets. It also gives us the fun of her seeing her suffer through various girly rituals that she has no wish to take part in.

 

It was refreshing to see Scarlet in a new environment. I thought the tacky-but-hard-to-look-away-from nature of Vegas was captured well. The plot was original, held a few surprises, gave me a few laughs and made just enough (mostly remote) use of well-loved characters from earlier books to keep continuity.

 

Scarlet did a lot of growing up in the last book, "Midnight Curse", finally pulling herself out from her victim status and becoming an actor in her own right. She continues that here, for the most part, acting independently and often quite aggressively.  She is dragged into her past again by another Null that she met when she was a teenager and who she is sympathetic towards, despite his flaws because she sees that she could easily have become what he now is.

 

This is a well done, first person account, that works because Scarlet is a mostly ordinary, mostly nice person who keeps finding herself with life and death choices. What could be more engaging than that?

 

Read this if you're in the mood for an urban supernatural adventure that's heavy on snark and attitude that hides a heart of gold.

 

I recommend the audiobook version as Amy McFadden is the perfect narrator for Scarlet's books.

 

Try a sample for yourself by clicking on the link below.

 

https://soundcloud.com/brilliance-audio/blood-gamble-by-melissa-f-olson

 

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