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review 2017-08-28 20:27
Sometimes things really aren't how they seem...
Just Add Argyle - K.C. Burn

and that was the case with both Tate Buchanan and Jaime Escobar in 'Just Add Argyle'. Everyone things Tate's nothing but a trouble maker or at least until they start to look a little deeper beyond what shows no the surface and everyone's sure that Jaime's just a player...one night stands, hook-ups with Mr. Right Now because he couldn't possibly just want Mr. Right...or at least so they think until Jaime sees Tate and intuitively knows that maybe...just maybe Tate with all his supposed trouble making ways is what Jaime needs in his life.

 

Tate can't seem to hold a job and self esteem? Really, skip that because seriously his has been beaten, battered and mangled beyond belief...gee, thanks mom! But the one thing Tate's not is timid, cowardly or afraid to stand up for others. So he's been arrested a few times and he'd really rather not see the inside of a jail cell anytime soon, but that doesn't mean that he's going to just walk on by when he sees someone who needs help. Tate's just not wired to do that shtick.

 

Jaime's a caregiver by nature. He wants to help the people in his life and one look at Tate and he's sure he wants Tate in his life so he's willing to do what he has to do, to get him there.

 

This is definitely more a case of insta-lust than love at first sight...but, what the heck, things have to start somewhere, right? and besides...Tate's a ginger, so really can you blame the guy?

 

Although 'Just Add Argyle' definitely got off to a bit of a slow start for me, somewhere around the halfway point I found things were picking up and the story was not just holding my attention but grabbing it. The interaction between these two was feeling more believable and there was a bit of growth for them both as individuals and as a couple. Overall it was just working better for me and I felt a little more invested in finding out how Tate and Jaime finally get their happily ever after. 

 

Once again David Ross did the narration for the story and once again I was treated to a solid and dependable performance that gave me voices that easily blended with the visuals that I had for these characters. 

 

'Just Add Argyle' is the third and at present the last book in K.C. Burn's 'Fabric Hearts' series and I have to admit I'm hoping there's more to come from this series. The stories are enjoyable and there are definitely a few more characters who need to share their stories and I'm always on board to revisit characters from previous stories to see what's happening in their lives so I can't imagine that more 'Fabric Hearts' could be anything but a good thing.

 

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An audio book of 'Just Add Argyle' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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review 2017-06-11 04:38
Review: Just Add Water by Hunter Shea
Just Add Water - Hunter Shea


I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.

 

Just Add Water was a lot of fun. Pure unadulterated trashy 80s horror kind of fun. It's packed full of blood, gore, and dark humour and was a blast to read. It's not a book to be taken seriously, but one where you have to just have fun with it and enjoy for what it is.

 

That being said, I was tearing through the pages and thoroughly enjoying myself and then all of a sudden was completely pulled out of the story. I initially thought it may have been a case of me reading too fast because I was having so much fun, but on re-reading it I discovered quite a silly inconsistency that should have been easily caught during editing. Up until that point, I had been having a riot and loving the ridiculousness and the chaos but I had been reminded I was reading and my immersion faded.

 

I did still enjoy the book a lot, it's just a shame that something that should have been easily caught and fixed during editing ruined the flow and immersion so early on.

 

 

 

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text 2017-05-01 21:17
Sci-Fi and Scary Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge-April Update
Soles - Kay Brandt
Dark Screams: Volume Six - Stephen King,Norman Prentiss,Richard Chizmar,Brian James Freeman,Joyce Carol Oates
Nightmare Of The Dead - Vincenzo Bilof
Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural - Jonathan Janz,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton
Ararat: A Novel - Christopher Golden
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum
At The Cemetery Gates: Year One - Chad Wehrle,John Brhel,Joseph T. Sullivan
Nightmares and Geezenstacks - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Fredric Brown
Just Add Water - Hunter Shea

 

I am participating in a Horror Reading Challenge over at the Sci-Fi and Scary blog. You can sign up yourself at the Sci-Fi and Scary Blog here: Sci-Fi and Scary

 

This month I've read 9  books towards the challenge this month:

 

Garden of Fiends (Tales of Addiction Horror)

 

At the Cemetery Gates: Year One 

 

Elizabeth 

 

Ararat 

 

Dark Screams: Volume 6

 

Nightmare of the Dead

 

Nightmares and Geezenstacks

 

Just Add Water

 

Soles

 

April Total: 9

March Total: 4

February Total: 3

January Total: 5

 

Total: 21

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-29 15:36
Review of Just Add Water by Hunter Shea
Just Add Water - Hunter Shea

I don't like to say that he's my favorite 'mindless read' because it sounds borderline offensive, but Hunter Shea has quickly become my go-to for when I want a well-done monster flick in the form of a book. He pulls of a fast-paced, creature feature in a way that not only makes it seem damn near plausible but that you morbidly almost want to happen.

 

As someone who liked to repeat the same mistake with AMAZING LIVE SEA-MONKEYS! Or in my case, amazingly dead brine shrimp... Just Add Water was right up my alley. I felt the same excitement with their AMAZING LIVE SEA SERPENTS! and same letdown when they also succumb to false advertising... Or do they? When neighborhood pets start go missing and then neighbors, it doesn't take long for the 'why' to rear its ugly head. An ugly head--and body-- that look amazingly similar to their would-be pets...

 

This was a short but fun read that was everything I could have hoped for and more. I'm told this is the first in a series of amazing 'back of comic goods' stories and cannot freaking wait for the next ones. So no, Hunter Shea isn't mindless, but he is fun and a nice break from reality with some wicked-nasty monsters up his sleeve.

I received this e-ARC from Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

© 2017 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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