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review 2017-02-13 16:18
Undressed At Sea - Jayden Hunter
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
This is book two in the Drew Stirling series. It isn't really necessary to have read book one, Undressed to The Nines, but it might help to get what happened to Drew in that book, as its not all laid out for you here. I have read it, but don't think its an absolute necessity.
 
I did enjoy book one, but this one? not so much. Not really sure why, either.
 
Drew has tried to put her past behind her, going back to school on the other side of the country is a good way to do that. Ben helps her relocate in San Diego. But there is a killer on the loose, and Drew once again finds herself caught up in all manner of horrid things.
 
We do, again, get to hear from everyone, and it takes time for killer to be made obvious, but I picked up a little bit, not all, granted, but some before that point. I liked how it took time for everyone to get with the programme, to get their lines converged so the full picture became clear.
 
Its messy, again, but being kidnapped and drugged would never be clean and tidy, now would it?
 
It does has something that made me throw the kindle at the wall, and it wasn't the ending. "She drug herself out of bed" that's the line that caused my poor kindle to be thrown across the room. She did NOT drug herself, she DRAGGED!!! This is a major bugbare of mine, and I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but I hate the use of the word drug, when it should be dragged!
 
Since I did finish it, and we do get inside all the creepy-ass minds....
 
3 stars
 
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review 2016-12-27 13:40
cute 4 star read
Holiday House Swap - Sarah Madison
Noah leaves his isolated cabin, and swaps a house for the Christmas period, in an effort to jump start his writer's block and give him the necessary push to decide what to do about using his friend as the face of his pen name. A mix up means the house is not empty, and Connor is home for good after facing an agonizing choice: retire on full pension, or face a court marshall, for an unauthorised mission to rescue a team member. Can Noah and Connor get on enough to share the massive house??
 
I'm not usually one for Christmas stories. When this was sent to me to ask did I want to read it, it came without a title, so I had no idea it would be a Christmas story but this one is just based around that time; there isn't much emphasis on the Christmas bit and I rather enjoyed it!
 
Noah has a sharp tongue and a witty mind, that sometimes moves at rocket speed and I struggled to keep up. Not a bad thing, though. Just meant I had to slow down me skim reading! I loved how his mind worked, not just for himself, but for Connor too, and how Noah pulled everyone from around Connor together, to make Connor see just what he really needed to do to keep the house and the horses.
 
I loved how Noah was fully aware of his friend, Julie and her predicament, being the name and face of Noah's series. Knowing he needs to release Julie is part of his reason for leaving the cabin in the first place.
 
BUT!!
 
I can't say what I thought of Connor, because its all Noah. Yes I KNOW I say it often enough to annoy even myself but I really did need Connor to have a say. I needed to know what was going through his mind when he mounted that rescue mission. When he came face to face with the rescuee (is that a word??) When he decided to make some sort of go of it with Noah.
 
Had we had Connor too, I have no doubt that this would have been a five star read. But we didn't, so...
 
4 stars
 
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review 2016-12-20 07:41
not one for me.
Window Dressing - Lucy Felthouse

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

 

I can't word the official blurb any better (thats not to say I think my blurbs ARE better, I just can't word it any differently!) than the official one, so not doing one here.

 

SHORT!!! Too short to be a book, I'm afraid, more an extended chapter or two.

 

Only Jessie has her say, and I didn't much like Jessie. I understand Edith, somewhat, even though she didn't have her say, but I didn't like her much either. They do seem to suit each other though.

 

I WOULD like to read a longer more in depth book by this author. Just to see what she does with more pages.

 

So, I'm sorry, but a short review for a short book. 47 pages. Previously published in an anthology. And this is becoming a trend I don't much care for. Publish a perfectly good short story in the anthology, and then, again, on its own. In the anthology, I probably would have loved it. But here?? It was kinda meh. BUT I did finish it so....

 

3 stars

 

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text 2016-12-18 13:45
cute holiday read.
Holiday House Swap - Sarah Madison
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Noah leaves his isolated cabin, and swaps a house for the Christmas period, in an effort to jump start his writer's block and give him the necessary push to decide what to do about using his friend as the face of his pen name. A mix up means the house is not empty, and Connor is home for good after facing an agonizing choice: retire on full pension, or face a court marshall, for an unauthorised mission to rescue a team member. Can Noah and Connor get on enough to share the massive house??
 
I'm not usually one for Christmas stories. When this was sent to me to ask did I want to read it, it came without a title, so I had no idea it would be a Christmas story but this one is just based around that time; there isn't much emphasis on the Christmas bit and I rather enjoyed it!
 
Noah has a sharp tongue and a witty mind, that sometimes moves at rocket speed and I struggled to keep up. Not a bad thing, though. Just meant I had to slow down me skim reading! I loved how his mind worked, not just for himself, but for Connor too, and how Noah pulled everyone from around Connor together, to make Connor see just what he really needed to do to keep the house and the horses.
 
I loved how Noah was fully aware of his friend, Julie and her predicament, being the name and face of Noah's series. Knowing he needs to release Julie is part of his reason for leaving the cabin in the first place.
 
BUT!!
 
I can't say what I thought of Connor, because its all Noah. Yes I KNOW I say it often enough to annoy even myself but I really did need Connor to have a say. I needed to know what was going through his mind when he mounted that rescue mission. When he came face to face with the rescuee (is that a word??) When he decided to make some sort of go of it with Noah.
 
Had we had Connor too, I have no doubt that this would have been a five star read. But we didn't, so...
 
4 stars
 
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review 2016-12-17 12:12
I need more of these people!!
In the Flesh - HK Carlton
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Kate, and her AFT (but not sure what that means!) partner, Mike, are tasked with infiltrating the local crime gang after two other agents disappeared. Kate has to call on her skills as a dancer. Meeting the lady who looks after all the dancers at the club, In The Flesh, Carly, has Kate in a tailspin. Is Carly part of the crime gang they are trying to bring down??
 
So bloody short!!!
 
Oh, I wanted so much more because I really REALLY enjoyed this one!!
 
I did not see that coming, no, ma'am, I did not. And I LOVE it when I get surprised like that!
 
Only two things let it down. 1. we ONLY get Kate. yes, yes yeah, I know, I really do know, but I would have loved to have heard from Carly, i really would. and 2. too stinking short!!
 
Cos when you love a book, you always need more. I would love to read more of this author, I can't see that I've read anything else, but a longer more in depth piece. I would also like to know, will there be more of Kate and Carly??? Please??
 
4 stars
 
**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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