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review 2019-04-01 15:31
From Dead to Worse / Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris

After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone human and otherwise is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.

It's clear that things are changing whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of the local vampire community is caught up in the changes.

In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood finished flowing, her world will be forever altered.


2019 Re-Read

”The security light made me feel safe, though I knew that was an illusion. If there's light, you can just see what's coming for you a little more clearly.”

How true! We all try to arrange our lives to keep ourselves safe and sound, but in reality we have little control over those matters. But as John Lennon wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Ms. Stackhouse could write a dissertation on this subject.

This is the volume where I fell in love with Bill Compton. Yes, he’s a vampire, so inherently untrustworthy, but I just love that fact that he stays in Sookie’s life and just keeps on quietly being her friend and admirer. I adore his loyalty.

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review 2019-02-26 03:00
This troubled cop mystery just didn't work for me
August - Jim Lusby

It's time for another round of, I don't care enough about this to make too much effort, so here's the Publisher's blurb: (I've got to come up with a shorter name for that)

Detective Sergeant Jack Mason’s search for an escaped convict is derailed by the discovery of the bodies of three teenagers in the crypt of a deconsecrated church.


Initially the case looks to be straightforward - teenage drug experimentation gone wrong, ending in a tragic double murder and suicide.


Tragic but no great mystery.


Some hope. Much to Mason’s annoyance any chance of a quick resolution become a distant hope when evidence of occult rituals are uncovered at the murder scene.


Jack Mason has no choice but to follow the case wherever it leads. As a result he finds himself embroiled in the dark underside of modern Irish society where the establishment closes ranks to ignore the spectre of institutional child abuse, where organised crime gangs operate an increasingly violent drug trade, and where populist politicians build their reputations whipping up hysteria over immigration.


As the complicated case unfolds, deeply buried memories from Mason’s past begin to resurface causing the competing demands of the investigation and his increasingly chaotic personal life to become almost overwhelming.


If the first 60% or so of the book had been as good as the last 40 I'd probably be raving about August, but I just could not connect in any way with the story, Mason or the other characters until that point -- and somewhere around there it felt like the book changed and became interested in the crime, and the way that Mason's past, the city's elite, the crime and various gangs intersected.


But before then we got this strange combination of a new partner -- with a mysterious past that's totally unexplained (but hey, he knows a lot about occult rituals in the area), a looming threat from the regional police bureaucracy, and Mason's self-destructive (and very unbelievable) lifestyle dominating the narrative. Maybe, maybe all of this works for other readers, but to me it felt coming in media res without ever getting the context explained to me. There's far too much about what happened in the book that I don't understand for me to recommend the book.


But the last part of the book redeemed the effort, and I found it compelling, so I can't completely give a bad review to this.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/02/25/august-by-jim-lusby-this-troubled-cop-mystery-just-didnt-work-for-me
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review 2019-02-19 16:01
Snowed In (Hunt&Cam4Ever #4)
Snowed In: Hunter's Story - Adira August

“You didn’t beat your way through the layers of defenses,” Hunter went on. “You washed them away, massaged them away, gave me some kind of life energy you seem to exude from your pores. And it was too much, too fucking much. But you’re goddamned relentless. You wouldn’t stop until it all sloughed off and I was left raw and exposed. It was terrifying. And wonderful."


All relationship development with this one and I loved every single moment.  


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review 2019-02-19 14:35
Dancing Men (Hunt&Cam4Ever #3)
Dancing Men - Adira August

Hunter decided heaven was being eternally in the moment of waking naturally next to someone you wanted to see when you opened your eyes.




Love it when the relationship and the mystery are done in a way they work together. Nothing drives me more crazy than a mystery that almost acts as a page filler. I find myself either bored with the mystery or bored with the couple. Here they worked unbelievably well as a cohesive story. Absolutely loving the development of these characters and how different they are from every other couple I have ever read about.

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review 2019-02-15 15:33
Matchstick Men (Hunt&Cam4Ever #2)
Matchstick Men (Hunt&Cam4Ever #2) - Adira August

Definitely falling for this couple. Anxious for more. ❤️

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