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review 2019-06-26 22:33
Breath of Fire / Amanda Bouchet
Breath of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD... 
"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.

 

Better than the first book but not one that I will ever likely re-read. What improves this offering, in my opinion, is that it veers away from the Kate-Daniels-like pattern that the first volume followed. Cat gets to be her own kind of reckless and crazy in this one. I still found the dialog to be a little too modern for the Greek-mythology-type setting, but it didn’t grate quite so much in this one. Either I’m getting used to it or the author toned it down some.

Although there isn’t a doubt about the Cat/Griffin romance (that’s settled at the book’s beginning), there are new relationships budding. Griffin has sisters and they have admirers (and those they admire) and Bouchet uses those to add the romantic tension here. I’m already fond of Jocasta and hope that she can convince her man to declare himself in the next book.

And that right there is why this book doesn’t rate more highly with me. I’d really like the fantasy-part of the plot, the quest to build a new kingdom with better governance, to take the foreground and have the relationships recede to the midground, please and thank you. Books aren’t realistic without relationships and the lead-up tension can be lots of fun, but really the romance shouldn’t overpower the actual plot. Love and sex are both great as seasonings, but they should never overpower the entire story.

Somewhere between “clueless about relationships” and “totally devoted to romance,” that’s my happy place. (Read Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series or Innkeeper series to see this done well.)

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review 2019-01-09 14:02
Review: Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet
Nightchaser - Amanda Bouchet

 

A delicious new heart-pounding romantic adventure from USA Today bestseller Amanda Bouchet!

Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like thieves are desperate and on the run. Pursued by a vicious military general who wants them dead or alive, Tess has to decide if she can trust Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations.

Shade Ganavan had oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something that made me want to kick him in the nuts.

What Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other—while ignoring their off-the-charts chemistry.

 

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 1 ½ ★----  DNFed at 47%

 

 

When I saw this and got approved for it on Netgalley I was super excited. Even when I started reading, it really started out good……….

But sadly after about 12% in, it went downhill, and when I say downhill I mean a steeeeeppppp hill.  Pretty much when she meets the main love interest, it goes downhill. Tess just becomes sooo dumb and oh so weak in the knees and pretty much just lusts after him all this time. 

You would think all that is bad enough but that is not all, the story is completely taken over by the romance….. Shane our main guy seems more douche than alpha hero and sometimes felt forced to be macho funny. The same for Tess.. She also felt forced at times and there is  not much to her, very blah and two dimensional and flat. The only thing I enjoyed about her was her friendship with her crew.

A lot of the story felt like a filler, and most of it didn’t even make sense really, people disappear and reappear for no reason, other parts of the story are thrown in and make no sense whatsoever.

And yes I only read 47% of the book and then cheated and read the last few chapters, well everything I thought I figured out at 20 some percent was right, it was very predictable and again some things didn’t even make sense. Not because I didn’t read it all, no but because it didn’t fit into the main story arc.

Another thing for me personally was, the switching of POV. I love multiple povs in a book, what I don’t love is when they alternate between first and third person. Either it should be all in first person or all in third person, but that is just my personal preference.

Overall, I really wanted to like this book, I really did but I just couldn’t there are just way too many things that annoyed me that I couldn’t even really finish the book.

I hope that other people enjoy it more and can overlook some of the things.

I rate it 1 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-28 14:42
Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
Nightchaser - Amanda Bouchet

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I must say that I ended up enjoying this book quite a bit. It did take me a while to really get into the story but once I did I had a lot of fun with it. I was really eager to read this book since I really liked her books from the Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy. This is the first book in a brand new series that blends science fiction with romance and I think it worked really well.

Tess Bailey and her crew start out this story in a bit of trouble. They have a stolen lab attached to their ship and are about to be caught. They take a chance on a risky maneuver to escape and then need to put the pieces back together. Their ship needs a lot of work and they are wanted by the authorities. Tess runs into Shade who happens to have the skills to put her ship back together. 

I did like the characters in this story quite a bit. Tess was a bit of a mystery especially as the story started but I liked her more an more as we learned more about her past. She considers her crew to be her best friends but she has kept her past hidden from even them. Tess was smart, loyal, and kind, but unsure when it came to Shade. Shade has been through some things and has made some big mistakes. I must say that I liked him right away. He seemed incredibly confident and observant. He does have a pretty big conflict of interest to contend with and I did enjoy getting the chance to peer into his head as he tried to figure out what he wanted to do. 

I really did like Shade and Tess together even though it seemed to take a long time for things to start happening. I thought that they had great chemistry and their personalities seemed to mesh very nicely together. I really enjoyed the fact that they had some rather heartwarming scenes, some steamy scenes, some were filled with humor, and some with action. No matter what kind of scene they were in, it seemed that their characters just made it better because they were working together. I also really liked seeing the relationships that Tess had with her crew, who were really more like her family than anything. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romance blended with some lighter science fiction. I think that this book is a solid first entry in what I expect will be an exciting series. I cannot wait to read more from Amanda Bouchet!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Edelweiss. 

Initial Thoughts
This is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me so I am rounding up for now. It took me a bit to really get into the story but I thought that the second half of the book was pretty strong. I liked Tess, her crew, and Shade even if I didn't fully connect with any of them. I was surprised that Shade didn't even make an appearance until around the 20% mark. There was plenty of action especially as the book progressed. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen in the next installment in this series.

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text 2018-12-02 04:12
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Nightchaser - Amanda Bouchet

This book went from really interesting to craptastic after 15%- now for a review

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text 2018-12-01 23:46
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
Nightchaser - Amanda Bouchet

Nope, this is going to be a DNF for me I'm way to annoyed at this book to keep reading it.
Review to come

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