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review 2018-03-17 15:19
The Mane Attraction (Pride #3) by Shelly Laurenston
The Mane Attraction - Shelly Laurenston

Mitch has a price on his head - he’s due to testify and the very bad man who he’s testifying against would rather he didn’t. This didn’t stop Mitch, a werelion, attending a wedding full of shapeshifters with his best friend Sassy; but the evening was rather ruined when he was shot

 

Sassy decided the best way to keep him safe was to take him home to Tennessee to heal where none of his enemies should suspect him being. Of course with her brother, pack politics and an upcoming football game this definitely isn’t a quiet life, especially when friendship creeps into more

 

I do quite like how the animals that each person turns into informs their culture and personalities. Like the werewild dogs are playful and completely lacking in any kind of shame, extremely communal and convivial and have all kinds of fun while being super, ridiculously over-enthusiastic. I can see these people virtually wagging their tails as they hit the dance flaw with their terrible moves or sing karaoke, all the while the werewolves look on with embarrassment and the werecats are utterly horrified.

 

Even when this skirts close to reinforcing dubious tropes - like the male lions eating a ridiculous amount and expecting the lionesses to serve them (while at the same time it’s clear the lionesses only tolerate a certain number of lions in the pride) but at the same time it being very clear that there’s a whole lot of veiled tolerance going on and the lionesses in general considering them nigh useless because of this. It’s a nice subversion of having animal traits translate over to their were equivalent without upholding it as good and proper or justified or something to be happy about.

 

I like the idea of shapeshifter villages and towns in rural America with their own customs, shops and hobbies, linked with how different they are from urban shifters because, in their own towns, they can be so much more openly themselves and develop these practices without humans watching. At the same time I also like that they’re clearly affected by human culture as well, not necessarily unified as one shapeshifter unit or by breed (like a werelion who feels more alignment with southern shapeshifters than she does a yankee werelion)

 

This book may be one of the very few romances out there that I was actually invested in - because it was one of the very few romances where I could truly believe Sassy and Mitch as a couple long before they had sex. Because they’re fun - they’re so much fun together. They’re friends, and it shows. They can actually have a conversation beyond their relationship or the mission. They can spend time together and laugh and joke and generally enjoy each other’s company without having to be constantly having sex. I never realised just how rare it is to see a couple actually laugh together, a couple willing to make jokes, spend time together and genuinely enjoy each others’ company. They’re both silly, (especially him), enjoy humour, fun and yanking people’s chains for the sake of it.

 

In some ways them having sex actually dragged the story down because that’s it, that’s what they do. The minute they start having sex that’s all they do and their relationship suddenly feels so much less powerful: the connection between them fades under a wave of endless sex (though I do like Sassy’s horror in realising how much sex her parents are having)

 

One of the main flaws with this book, especially in the beginning, is the sheer number of characters (of course it turns out my google-fu fails and this is book 3 in a series damn it). There’s a wedding with everyone from very very large families all come together and there are names after names after names and I have no damn idea who half of these people are. Half way through the book I just have so many names in my head I have no idea whose Sassy’s friends whose Mitch’s relatives which of Sassy’s gazillion brothers I’m supposed to like, which are the enemy and… gods alone know who all these people are! It makes it very very hard to follow and recognise what is happening. It made things frustrating until the number of characters were pared down.

 

 

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review 2018-02-26 21:43
Animal Attraction
Animal Attraction - Jill Shalvis

 
Animal Magnetism, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Jade Bennett: running from an attack in her past.
Dell Connelly: doesn't’ believe he can maintain a successful relationship
Lilah Young, Brady Miller, Adam Connelly Dell’s brothers and soon to be sister in law

The Story:


Sunshine is the cutest town apparently with the cutest men. Both Dell and Jade have had a rough past. Dell as he was growing up, Jade more recently. Unable to face her life in the aftermath Jade gets in her car and drives west. She ends up in Sunshine and the town sticks. Throughout the book Jade promises her family she is coming back home but as her confidence and relationship with Dell grows I think any reader can tell that’s not happening.


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review 2018-01-22 09:43
How About a Cup of Tea?
An Unseen Attraction - K.J. Charles

 

 

This is a bit different form what I usually get from K.J.Charles. I mean- I think she's brilliant at creating the type of angst I love between characters and with Clem and Rowley was so different. 
They were very quiet in their attraction. I appreciated their honesty, but strangely enough I found myself more interested in Mark and Nathaniel, rather than in the two main characters.

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review 2018-01-20 00:00
Laws of Attraction
Laws of Attraction - Sarah Title Laws of Attraction - Sarah Title Is a 1.5 harsh? Perhaps.

What's really too bad is I feel I've read two middle of the road books from her and there's potential to have a breakout, stand apart book for me. Apparently, the opposite also holds.

This book did nothing for me. And I'm not convinced it was even well written. It felt like a bunch of scenes slapped together with no arc. Let me explain (and don't read further if you, like, care to find out for yourself):

Girl has sworn to BF that it's time for one night stands and no more nice boring guys. And no lawyers!
Boy walks into a bar to meet some old college friends. They have lame nicknames. Guy has beard and is wearing flannel, thus the ultimate conclusion is lumberjack. They click, woohoo! And he seems like a good candidate for a drunken sex-fest. So she accompanies him back to his posh apartment (he's subletting) evades some questions about his profession (why? Because he's a lawyer and all the ladies come round for lawyers and he doesn't want to be wanted for that ya know?), and the p-in-v is rushed and occurs on page...11.
Can you guess what happened then? There's a hotshot.... genius (they mentioned a few times) lawyer starting. But oh no. It's mister one night stand. He's shaved so he's a bit difficult to recognize. And now he's a lawyer and a genius, which are two no-nos. Her family is made up of geniuses, see, and she's not close with her family. And they don't respect her profession as a law librarian. Anyway, he seems a thorough lawyer, and he is new so he asks her questions. Her responses to these questions, are, well, bitchy. Even if you have told associates that, if he's asking you a question...I mean..do you get to give him the brush off? (This was after he attempted to ask her on a date-but no. Because genius lawyer. It's also why she doesn't like him. Makes sense.) I didn't interpret this as him seeking her out-just trying to keep it professional.

Here's the thing. I have no sense of the main characters. I have a better sense of secondary characters and then the story attempted to build on that. It..didn't work.

More plot points...Then she catches him singing horribly late in the library. Without protection, after being a utter bitch to him, yet still attracted to him, he goes down on her and gives her 3 orgasms.

Then he asks her to Thanksgiving. To fend off his mom who is forever setting him up with women. He said this is cause he's a catch...and she scoffs. At this point, I think, yeah, he seems annoying to work with but he's not a bad guy--is he? But she goes, they get snowed in. Or was it rain? I was so bored I think my eyes were just moving across the page. They have some pot brownies to relax and he brushes her hair back and she makes her move. And they do it. And then decide to be dating. YAY!

But he's got work to do. There's a conflict of interest but only kind of but they take a break (she offered he accepted) for appearances...some shit goes down with his sister. there's a dog. Her sister and the hero have a nice heart to heart and when his sister asks what he likes about Becky (the heroine's name, I almost forgot) he says a whole bunch of stuff that the author didn't show the work for in the book and he realizes he loves her. Grand gesture. Love confession. The End. Oh, there's another dog.

Didn't like this couple. Didn't like the story. Didn't like the heroine, didn't like the hero.

It was short though.
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review 2018-01-16 06:39
The Law of Attraction - Jay Northcote,Matthew Lloyd Davies

This was a mixed bag. I found Alec intolerably arrogant in the beginning, but he grew on me. He didn’t exactly win the partent lottery so he has spent his whole life in the closet.
Ed is just the opposity – out and proud with a great family who loves and supports him all the way. Add to that some amazing friends and co-workers and this is pretty much a feel-good story all the way.
Initial attraction and passion is followed by the two of them getting to know and eventually falling for each other, forcing Alec to maybe reconsider whether or not he is prepared to spend the rest of his life closeted and lonely. Or if maybe he and Ed are worth taking a chance on. Which mainly means standing up to his parents and telling them the truth about himself.
Obviously the whole thing ends the way it’s supposed to. But I still have to subtract a star for severe lack of required groveling. And for Alec’s relationship with his parents; if any parent of mine had treated me like that in younger years, I sure as hell would not still have been around to celebrate their 70th birthday...

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