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review 2018-01-23 12:58
Review For: Lord Noble by Wendy Vella
Lord Noble (Lords Of Night Street Book 4) - Wendy Vella

Lord Noble by Wendy Vella is book Four in the "Lords of Night Street" series. This is the story of Leo, the Marquis of Vereton and Elizabeth Witlow.
Leo is best friends with Beth's cousin so they have numerous interaction when they were younger and never really got along. About 6 years ago Leo was left brokenhearted when the women he though he loved left him for someone else. That spurned him to say some mean things to Beth which put more distance from them. But now 6 years later Leo left frozen when the lady he thought he loved is seen at the ball he is attending. Beth comes to his rescue and pulls him away before he can make a scene. Which leads them to a sort of truce in their relationship...but it also leads to more that either of them thought possible.
This was a really sweet quick read that I so enjoyed!

Source: www.amazon.com/Lord-Noble-Lords-Night-Street-ebook/dp/B0795F86C6/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1516567664&sr=1-6&keywords=Lords+Of+Night+wendy+vella
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review 2018-01-22 20:22
Fantastic Historical Romance
Lord Noble (Lords Of Night Street Book 4) - Wendy Vella

Lord Noble by Wendy Vella is an awesome historical romance.  This is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Vella has delivered a book that is well-written.  I love the cast of characters in this book, they’re amazing.  Leo and Beth dislike each other, but end up in a fake engagement.  Their story is packed with drama,  humor, suspense and sizzle.  I enjoyed reading Lord Noble from the first page till the last.

I can’t wait for my next read by this talented author and I’ve already got my next Wendy Vella book loaded on my kindle.  Lord Noble is book 4 of the Lords Of Night Street Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2018-01-21 20:01
Great characters and story
The Night Market - Jonathan Moore

Ross Carver was a cop and he just got a call to go to a murder site. It all started with a lady calling who said her neighbor was screaming a dreadful scream. Ross got to the address and the lady came out and said she had never heard anything like it and the guy had been naked and bloody and beating on the glass window of an upstairs bedroom. The cops got a light on the upstairs window and it was blood. Jenner was Ross’s partner. Ross did go to the upstairs bedroom of a luxury apartment  home that didn’t

seem quite right and in the upstairs bedroom was a dead man covered in a suspicious substance. As Ross and Jenner secure the scene a team of men come in and they are in hazard gear.  Then Ross and his partner were taken to a decontamination unit. When Ross awoke he had no memory pass Wednesday and it was Sunday. Ross’s neighbor Mia was by his side reading to him. Mia said a group of men brought Ross in and said he had been poisoned and the men looked like cops.  As Ross tries to retrieve the lost time and memory he realizes the conspiracy runs deep.

I really loved this book. The writing was great  and I loved the plot as well as the pace. There was chills, a superstitious substance, a group of men in hazard gear, conspiracy, memory control, intrigue, cover up. Mystery, intensity, danger, tech companies, brutal police surveillance, suspense, cops, murder. A little romance and so much more in this book. The ending had a twist I loved also. I loved that Ross were determined to find out the truth. This grabs your attention in the beginning and doesn’t let go until the end. I advise you to read the other two books in this trilogy first as it will pull everything together. I also really liked how the author describes San Francisco. I loved how Ross went about uncovering the missing time. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2018-01-19 21:49
Emma in the Night (needs a flashlight)
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

...to find her way thru this complicated mess.


I was tempted to lower my rating to 2 stars, but I decided I would leave it at 3. I did enjoy it...mostly. It only had 1 grammatical error. And I finished it within 3 days. So, 3 stars.


Now, for the negatives: poorly written. Convoluted. Couldn't follow some of the characters' trains of thought. The switching between 1st and 3rd person. And even at the end I couldn't fully tell what had really happened to some of the story. 


Emma was a nightmare sister. Cass became one herself, so I couldn't relate to her or feel sympathy. And she was written to be far too intelligent for a teenager. The side characters were extremes: polarizingly blind and stupid or too involved and conveniently similar to Cass. 


I only finished this because I genuinely wanted to know what happened to Emma, the Pratts, and Rick. The curveball at the end was ridiculous. 


The book wasn't all bad. It was just juvenile and not original. It was more like an average episode of SVU. 

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review 2018-01-17 02:33
A Literary Thriller that's sure to impress
Where Night Stops - Douglas Light

She smells of lemons and warm cinnamon and isn't very pretty. Sliding onto the barstool next to me, she says, "Can I sit here?"


The bartender, the woman, and me -- we're the only people in the bar. She can sit anywhere. It's not just a seat she wants.


I study her a moment then catch the bartender's eye, the order is placed without a word. Whatever the woman wants. Alcohol, like long marriages, has a language of its own, one not composed of speech.


Now, that's how you start a novel.


So, our narrator is orphaned the night after his high school graduation -- however odd it may feel to call someone on the cusp of adulthood an orphan, he is one (and the back of the book says so). Suddenly his college dreams, plans for the future are gone, as is his past (other than memories). He finds his way from Iowa to Seattle and takes up residence in a homeless shelter. The closest thing he has to a friend there sets him up with a way to make some money -- more than he'd been able to scrape together from an under-the-table gig at a gas station.


It's obviously not above-board, but it's good money. What else is a kid with no ties to society, no dreams, no means and nothing better to do? We bounce back and forth between the opening scene (and what follows) in the bar and his burgeoning criminal career. He bounces all of the globe playing small roles in what are likely significant crimes. The resulting story is a combination of tragedy, comedy of errors and Bildungsroman. All of which leads up to a concluding scene that is at once unexpected and the only appropriate thing that could've happened.


As a reader. you're never impressed with our narrator's choices. You may understand them, but it's hard to be behind them. Especially because after a certain point, our young man makes a giant mistake. The reader knows this -- and has to hope that whatever he does, he figures out his mistake or gets out of this life soon.


The plot's decent and will carry you along well enough. But it's not why you will stick with this book (at least not primarily), it's Light's writing. In the middle of all this, there are sentences like, "Walking the empty night street, my kidneys rattled with anxiety." I'm pretty sure this is biologically nonsensical (I haven't bothered to check with my son's nephrologist, but I was tempted to), but that doesn't stop it from being incredibly effective -- you know precisely what Light's going for there, and in the moment, your kidneys felts a little weird. There's something to his writing that made me stop every so often to re-read a sentence or paragraph or passage -- not because I missed something or didn't understand what was happening, but because Light captured a moment, an idea, or phrase in such an engaging way that I didn't want to move on.


I'm not sure if this is a very literary thriller, or a literary novel playing with thriller tropes. Nor am I sure that I care, but this is the kind of book that can appeal to both target audiences. It's a good example of either genre, and a better example of why the distinctions are specious. There's an interesting crime story here; a character study; a look at what happens to someone who has no connection to his future, society, or his past -- oh, and it's a good read, too.


Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion about the novel, I appreciate the opportunity, but it didn't influence the above.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/01/16/where-night-stops-by-douglas-light
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