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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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review 2017-08-30 02:32
Book 48/100: Goodnight, South Dakota by Adam Gamble
Good Night South Dakota - Adam Gamble,Mark Jasper,Ruth Palmer

I am of course biased, but I found this to be a fun read (although when I read it aloud to my son, my husband said it sounded like I was reading him a tourist brochure. ;)). There is no plot (a common shortcoming in board books, I am finding!) but it's fun to see the various landmarks of your state in illustrated form. The illustrations are not gorgeous, but they do the various sites justice for the most part.

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review 2017-08-15 07:10
Midnight Gamble - Nancy Gideon

Frederico/Rica was told by Marchand who was her father that she shouldn’t dismiss the old ones so easily. The old ones are dangerous and an  unpredictable breed and that Rica’s confidence could be her downfall but Rica said she was never careless and that was why she was good at what she did. Marchand told Rica  that she did a service for her kind who hope to blend into the twentieth century without a dangerous fanfare. That Rica had a unique  talent that provided them with an upper hand in dealing with the undead. Rica was Marchands only child.  They Marchand also told Rica they could no longer be seen as the vile creatures of the damned, feeding off the blood of humans in a frenzy. Marchand also said if they weren’t careful they would be hunted down until every last vampire was destroyed. Rica had been raised to be tough, independent, and resourceful. Rica was different from her father and all his followers as she could go out during the day.  Rica had a new roommate who was  Chloe and her vampire boyfriend was Quinn. Rica new Quinn was a new creature without the wisdom and power that would come with was passing centuries on earth as an undead. But Quinn was strong enough to be behind the murders that Rica had been sent to investigate. Part of Rica’s gift was fitting in with humans. There had been three deaths in the Soho’s warehouse district. Rica could remove herself emotionally from the situation  when looking at a crime scene. One of vampire’s primary rules was discretion, and deception. Anything to prevent detection. There were groups from the old countries that dedicated themselves to the destruction. There were groups from the old countries that dedicated themselves to the destruction of Rica’s breed. It was Rica’s duty to find the guilty ones and quickly, quietly, and prevent them from bringing any further  attention to the existence of vampires. It wasn’t Rica’s job to condemn or kill. She was sent to investigate and incapacitated the suspected killers. Her father’s court would decide their fate.  Marchand heads the Corps de Judgement that monitors, judges the vampires who hurt hum+ans. Rica wants to be the best hunter for her dad to get his approval.  Rica tried not to involve humans when possible but in her mind humans were tools to an end. Rica had never understood her parents affection for humans Rica was a hybrid of two worlds. Marchard’s greatest fear was not immortal. Edward found Rica fascinating like no one else he could recall. Rica’s challenge for Edward was both physical as well as mental. Edward could not afford any distraction that even know kept  Edward from getting to the business at hand, Edward. Edward told Vanko he wanted to know more about Rica. Chloe left with Quinn but Rica joined  her later that evening.  Where illegal flowed and there was a lot of vampires. But Rica had to be careful so that the vampires wouldn’t sense her. Rica is half human and Rica met Edward. Edward and Rica are very attracted to each other. Rica fears Edward was the man her dad sent her to bring back to the his court. Edward doesn’t trust Rica even though he is very attracted to her. Edward recognizes Rica as a person out to destroy him. But Edward is trying to find the villian/villians who is out to destroy the humans.

I enjoyed reading this story. To know there were vampires that were out there to stop that ones that wanted to destroy humans. It made no sense to me why Rica had no feelings for humans just makes no sense to me.But I did basically like the plot and pace of this book. Although at times I had a problem keeping my attention on the story.  I also feel Rica should have been more feminine and just a bit less ruthless. I did like Rica and Edward together. I also wondered how you can really love someone you don’t really trust. So I had mixed feelings for the reasons I have listed and gave this a three for a rating.

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