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review 2017-07-23 13:52
4 solid stars
We Belong Together - Megan Slayer
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian,I was gifted my copy of this book. Sarah broke Dare's heart when she didn't go with him when he left for Hollywood 17 years ago. But he never stopped loving her, and now, a trip to Vegas bring Dare and Sarah together,and Dare is determined to not let her go again. But Dare doesn't come alone, he brings Liam, his husband. And Dare want both Liam AND Sarah. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book in the beginning and here's why. Dare and Liam corral Sarah, for want of a better word. They almost gang up on her. There is very little discussion about what will happen once all three of them get to the hotel room. Sarah DID consent, but I really didn't like how it all went down. But after that ?? The guys redeem themselves in wanting to go slow with Sarah. Yes that first time with the three of them was rushed, and hurried but amazing, and now they realise they have to take the foot off the accelerator and slow down or Sarah will reject them both. But once Sarah makes her mind up to run with this, even if it shatters her heart, she's all in and the guys don't stand a chance! I loved that, somehow, I missed what it says in the blurb about Dare and Liam being married. Because that came as a shock when it was mentioned in the book! I had to double back, to see if I missed something! I liked how Sarah's past caught up with her. No, not liked. That's not the right word, when you read the book, you'll see what I mean. It was well written, and did not go down how I expected it to. Sarah's secret wasn't hard to guess, once you do the maths, but I loved that Liam got it way before Dare had to be told. Talk of domestic violence, murder, rape and stalking but none of it described in any great detail. Hot and steamy in places, with MMF, MF, and MM scenes. Emotional and heart breaking in others. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-23 13:33
a nice book, a good book.
Finnegan's Promise - Carol Lynne
Calder Finnegan goes home to his father's pub to help while Sean goes on holiday to Ireland. But Sean is ill and he keeps that from Fin. Bar man Mick knows, but is sworn to secrecy by Sean. As Mick and Fin grow closer, Mick is torn between his growing love for Fin, and his utmost respect for Sean. When Fin finds out, he is devastated that he can't have the relationship with his father he always wanted. Finding it hard to word what I want to say about this book, I did mostly enjoy it, but it didn't blow me away. It is well written, from both Mick and Fin's point of view and I didn't spot any editing or spelling errors. It was just a nice book! I'm sorry, I really am, that i can't find a better word for it. It passed a plane trip quite . . . .nicely! I think more could have been made of Fin coming out to his football teammates, because that doesn't happen here and I think it should have. I'm not usually one for professions of love so very early on, but it felt right here. Given they knew this time together was limited, they went all in. I've read one other book by Lynne and I said the heat level in that book was low. But here, it seems to have gone to the opposite extreme. Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm all for high heat level books, IF it fits in the story. But I think the story suffered a bit here. So, for a nice easy read, 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-04 13:35
post apocalyptic writing at its very best!
Lying In Ruins - Jami Gray
Charity is a Hound, she uses her skill to find things, people, information. When her task means she crosses paths with Fate's Vultures, a band of highly skilled people known for delivering a ruthless hand, Ruin sets off all sorts of alarm bells. Charity sets Ruin's alarms off too. When Ruin's enemy turns out to be Charity's, they have to work together. I've read everything by Jami Gray, and this one holds its own against those other books. But this is a far bloodier book that what came before. And I loved it for that!! Charity and Ruin makes no apologies for who and what they are, and if killing someone as slowly as possible gets them their answers, they will do that. But they don't just dish it, they take their beatings too,and the way Gray describes it, makes you feel with every single punch thrown and delivered! Set in a post apocalyptic world, some things remain the same, some things don't. I loved how Gray used buildings for things that was not their intended purpose, but she describes these places, you know exactly what they were. I loved the world building, or destroying as it were. You don't get it all in one go, and for me, that's the best way to deliver information, little bits at a time. I'm left with questions. Lots and lots of questions!! Who is behind it all? When did Ruin and Charity meet before, because that was hinted at and never explained. Is there another book?? How many books?? I want to know what's going on between Simon and Vex, because clearly there IS something. So many questions!! But that's a good thing, a really good thing as it kept me engaged and excited and interested from from to back. So, if you like your characters with a bit more bite, with secrets, with hidden agendas,and all those sorts of things, and your worlds a far more deadlier place, then this is for you. I've filed it on the darker/grittier and the over 18 shelf, because of the long and detailed violence. I can't give it any other word, I'm afraid! 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-03 11:03
good, but didnt blow me away.
The Fangs of Scavo - Selina Kray
Detective Inspector Timothy Stoker is tasked with bringing down Hieronymus Bash, an amateur detective trying to bring down charlatans and show people taking money for nothing. The two men are thrown together when both cases become muddled and some trophies that protect the hunters for the Demon Cats of Scavo are stolen. I liked this, it was different and different is always good in my book. I just found it a little . . . . .long winded. Both Tim, and Heiro are prone to using, for want of a better phrase, big long words that gave the impression they had swallowed a dictionary. I found myself constantly checking the meaning of words, and phrases, and it meant that I lost my flow many times, leading to the long winded feeling I'm left with. Oh don't get me wrong, it's a really GOOD book, just not one that blew me away. Tim and Heiro have instant and powerful chemistry, and its great watching them come together, even if what they are doing might get them hanged. Set in late Victorian times, laying with another man was highly illegal. Both men know this, yet they cannot deny their feelings. I didn't get the whodunit til it was revealed in the book, and I did like being kept on my toes. I changed my mind many times, and each time I was proved wrong and I really did not see that one coming! Extremely well written, in the third person, from both man's point of view, with no spelling or editing errors I spotted, I have no doubt some will love this. I'm just sorry I couldn't. I would, however, like to read any future books in the series, or something else written by Ms Kray. I liked, big long words aside, the way she spins a tale. So, a good book, just not a brilliant one but still it gets. . . . 4 stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-03 10:50
great book, even if I didn't like Alyssa much!
Hers, Untamed - Anna Adler
Alyssa pays half a million credits for Jax, her new pet. Jax is the name she gave the human-alien hydrid fighting his captors when she went to look. But Jax is not a pet, nor the sex toy Alyssa wants him for. He will, however, play nicely to get what he wants, his freedom. Will Alyssa let him go?? At first, I didn't like this book. Mainly because of Alyssa herself. She is a spoilt brat, who thinks it's perfectly acceptable to keep a man in a cage, to walk him on a leash. But Alyssa is a product of her upbringing, her culture. And as she gets to know Jax, she also gets to know a bit more about her people, and their opinion of and the way they treat their "pets" She begins to see that maybe, just maybe, this is not the way they should treat people. And she does redeem herself beautifully!! Oh it takes her time to do that and she does use Jax in many ways, not that he really objected to having Alyssa touch him the way she does but he has to show some objection, right?? It's very well written, with all the technology of the time and place fairly easy to understand and picture, lots of common words are used for various things so it wasn't taxing on the brain. It's sexy in places, a bit heart stopping in others. I really really enjoyed it. BUT!!! Only Alyssa has her say. And I so desperately wanted to hear from Jax! Like, I'm reading along, waiting, waiting, preying, begging and pleading that we'd hear from Jax and we don't. And when I realised I wouldn't get to hear from him, I spat my dummy out, threw my toys out the pram and had a full on hissy fit!! Because I have no doubt at all, had Jax been given a proper voice, I would have enjoyed this immensely more, even with my dislike of Alyssa in the beginning, and this would have been a five star review. I loved the Adler tells her tale, and I would like to read more by this author. This is the first of her work I've read. So, ONLY because Jax doesn't get a say.......... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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