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review 2017-05-22 01:37
ARC Review: Michael, Reinvented by Diana Copland
Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations Book 2) - Diana Copland

4.5 stars for this 2nd installment in the Delta Restorations series!

 

First off, this shouldn't be read as a standalone. That's not to say that you couldn't - you just shouldn't. I think that to understand the progression of Michael and Gil's relationship, you should have read "David, Renewed", because the underlying UST between the two men develops in book 1, and is carried to its explosive conclusion in this book.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Michael is still David's assistant, and since David is still happily in love with Jackson (now living in the same house), and since Jackson and his band of merry men have formed a renovation company, with David slated as the interior designer, Michael still sees Gil on a fairly regular basis. Their relationship consists of a lot of teasing (on Gil's side) and a lot of "the lady doth protest too much" on Michael's side.

See, Michael is scared to admit to himself and anyone else that he's attracted to Gil, and that Gil possibly has the power to get past the brick walls Michael has erected around his heart due to past hurt. Therefore, Michael thinks that as long as he keeps Gil at bay and does not allow the man close, he'll be safe. So he snarks a lot. A lot. A whole lot. I giggled quite a bit at Michael's prickly responses to Gil's pursuit, knowing that it was inevitable, and just sat back to enjoy the ride to bliss.

Except the unknown entity from the first book who seems to be hellbent on hurting Michael's friends and business partners is still lurking in the bushes, and there's still the threat of David's abusive ex coming back to wreak more havoc, and when Michael is house-sitting for David and Jackson and finds a vandal outside of the house, his first call is not to the police but Gil.

Wonder why.

There's a lot more to Gil than Michael realized, and slowly but surely, as Michael discovers more about who Gil really is, his opinion of the man is changing, and Michael sees that maybe, just maybe, it's safe to be honest with himself and acknowledge with his head that what his heart has known for a while.

And just when Michael seems ready to take that step, tragedy strikes.

Nothing like a wake-up call to get your act together, is there?

I adored Gil - he was such a good, kind, and super patient guy, someone with a somewhat gruff exterior but a heart of gold. And Michael, prickly, hurt, and scared Michael, just grows on you - I realized in the first book that he must have had some real heartache in his life to become so standoffish and hide himself from what is definitely a good thing.

I can't say enough good things about the writing - super smooth and engaging, without any lulls or abrupt time jumps, with excellent pacing. While the book is told entirely from Michael's POV, and while Michael is a bit of an unreliable narrator, we get plenty of between the lines information about Gil. Michael may not always understand what makes Gil tick, but it's always very clear what Gil's priorities are, and how much he loves Michael, even if Michael refuses to see it.

Obviously, the men from Delta Restorations all make multiple appearances here, so we get to revisit with Vern, an older man with a rough exterior, (pretend-)grouchy most of the time, and Manny, who comes a bit more out of his shell in this book, but who still carries the scars from a previous relationship inside and out. I do hope that Manny's book will be next, because he sure as hell deserves someone who loves him fully and completely. Hopefully, that person will be Vern. I loved the easy banter between the group of men, and it was clear that they all respect each other and have formed a strong, supportive friendship.

This was a wonderful continuation of this series, and I can hardly wait to read the next book. Extra kudos for including the Velveteen Rabbit in this story - brilliant idea and execution, and thanks so much for making me cry.

One niggle - a neurologist isn't the same as a neurosurgeon, and these terms cannot be used interchangeably. I'm not sure if this was a research fail or an editing fail, but hopefully this was fixed in the final version.

Highly recommended that you pick up this book and its predecessor.


** I received a free advanced copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-05-19 17:56
The violinist from Bulgaria
The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova

Because I loved The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, it really wasn't a difficult decision to pick up her newest novel, The Shadow Land. This book takes place in Bulgaria which is a land I am not at all familiar with beyond Viktor Krum and his Quidditch teammates. (I hope you know what that references because if you don't...let me know so I can review them for you.) You couldn't get further from witches and wizards with this book. The main character, Alexandra, is an American who travels to Bulgaria with emotional baggage (which I honestly could have cared less about) and an intent to teach English. Instead she stumbles into a mystery and a lot of dramatic intrigue. The cast of characters includes but is not limited to a wily taxi driver, an elderly artist, a menacing statesmen with flowing locks, and an intelligent street dog. I was expecting a lot from this novel and I have to admit that I came away disappointed. The characters weren't nearly as compelling or detailed as those in The Historian. **Possible spoilers ahead** The entire backstory of the main character turned out to be pointless. I had thought that there would be some kind of twist at the end but that did not turn out to be the case. For the most part, it was pretty predictable. **No spoilers beyond this point** Kostova still remains impressive when it comes to describing setting and events but as mentioned above the characters felt flat and one-dimensional. However, if you're a fan of historical fiction that is chock full of detailed descriptions then you're probably going to be a fan of Kostova's writing and if you're particularly interested in Bulgaria then you couldn't go amiss with this one. For me, I'm sorry to say, it's a 5/10.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-05-19 11:22
Becoming Less Defined (Built Another World #1) by silver9mm
Becoming Less Defined - silver9mm Becoming Less Defined - silver9mm

An entertaining fanfic in which Dean and omega Jensen switch universes. Dean is unable to convince Alpha Jared that he is not a psychotic Jensen and Dr Alistair provides the drugs to 'treat' him. Meanwhile Sam falls under the spell of omega Jensen in heat.

'Jensen latched onto him and would not let go. Arms around his waist, the kid held on with that incredible strength Sam encountered earlier and he was as good as trapped on the bed. The scent Jensen was giving off was dizzying—sweet, comforting, arousing—was tickling some part of his brain where he stored sin.'

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/2141112?view_full_work=true
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review 2017-05-18 20:18
Book Review for Ultra Violence by Natalie Bennett
 
 
 
 
Title: UltraViolence
Series: UltraViolence Book One
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2017
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
ULTRA+VIOLENCE
Noun
Random acts of violence with no justification.
Unprovoked, usually brutal.
Done simply for thrill and entertainment.
 
A sick infatuation.
 
A volatile obsession,
 
And a rising body count.
 
This isn't your typical love story.
 
***Warning***
This is a dark erotic thriller. I stepped completely out of the box to write this book. It is strange, ugly, and dirty. These characters have a f**ked moral compass. You may hate one or both of them. I remained true to their personalities from start to finish. This book has taboos and multiple triggers. Extreme violence, harsh language, and dirty kinky sex scenes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Between the Bookends - "I L-O-V-E-D this book! I am seriously digging this author's writing. This was dirty, twisted mind fuckery at it's best."
Quill & Ink - “This book was a fun, dark, thrill ride! It's non stop action, with some sexy fun, alot of violence, and a lot of twists! Just wait til you read the end! I can't wait to read the next book!!”
The Ordinary Housewife - “This is a must read for all who love dark twisted books.”

 What a intense Dark read. I have to say that I there were so many times that I was shaking in fear.I have to say that this story kept you on edge the entire time you were reading it.There were so many surprises and Omg moments throughout the story. I have never read a story like this before where straight off you find out that the main character is a killer without a conscience and then hooks up with a group of killers and a man who is more dangerous then herself. The sex was violent and intense twisted and dirty and super hot.Levi and McKenna had some major chemistry together as twisted as it sounds they made a good couple or I thought so.Levi was such and interesting character you never new what to make of him as he was always intense could kill on the fly and just go back to what he was doing beforehand.I really thought he was in love with McKenna as he was jealous, protective and always seem to need to know where she was and that she was safe and he acted like a man in love. Was it all pretense or and Act ?McKenna on the other hand is head over heals for Levi with the life they both lead they really are perfect for one another and the sex is amazing.

A gripping read from beginning to end an as the story plays out it is like nothing like you expect it to.The story was filled with secrets , lies and deceit ,hot sex danger,twists and turns and ever turn.When you read this story expect the unexpected.Loved it form cover and could not put it down once I started reading it.

Looking forward to the next installment.This is a first time author for us and we really enjoyed our first read by her.And awesome read that was filled with and a cast of amazing characters we loved reading about them.You got to love even those characters you hate .(grins)

Final thoughts

I am more confused then ever! LoL
Looking forward to seeing what happens next and if what we are thinking is true or just smoke and mirrors.

5 star read from us
 
 
 
Natalie Bennett has always been an avid fan of all things dark and twisted, so it only made sense for her to write what she loves. She brings to life unapologetic antiheroes you love to hate and strong heroines who refuse to be broken.

Natalie writes Dark and Twisty Erotica with romantic elements. She doesn't censor her writing and let's her stories tell themselves. If you pick up one of her books expecting a typical HEA, you won't find one.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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review 2017-05-18 12:00
My Soulmate's Secrets by darkroses
My Soulmate's Secrets - darkroses My Soulmate's Secrets - darkroses
Twelve year old Sam is rescued following prolonged abuse at the hands of child sex trafficker Azazel and his daughter Meg. Sixteen year old Dean cannot handle getting his brother and soulmate back in such a damaged state. Their father John and his brother Bobby do their best to help Sam recover some normality.

This is a long fanfic full of angst and introspection. Unbeta'd so expect typos and grammar mistakes.
 
 

 

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/3558917?view_full_work=true
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