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review 2018-08-07 11:27
Punishment - Scott J. Holliday
Punishment (Detective Barnes Series Book 1) - Scott J. Holliday

Thoroughly avarage.


Punishment is a run-of-the-mill thriller starring a run-of-the-mill detective trying to catch a run-of-the-mill serial killer. Of course the serial killer leaves clues behind, of course he wants to be caught, and of course the case is soon becoming personal for our detective.


The best thing about this book, apart from the really beautiful cover, was the sci-fi element: cops use machines to extract memories from victims of crime, including murder victims, in a hope to catch a glimpse of the perpetrators. The same memories are later used as punishment for perps - hence the title. The idea is not exactly new, but it's well executed. Cops like our main character Barnes have to live through the memories of murder victims again and again, and it does a number on them. And the author actually makes good use of the setting of Detroit.


It was entertaining enough, but I don't think I will read the sequel. Except that one has a nice cover, too. Well, maybe next summer, when I'm craving the cheap thrills again.


Machine City cover



Source: amazon.de
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review 2018-08-02 01:06
Audiobook Review: The Sometimes Series: Win, Lose & Play Book Set by Stacy Eaton (Author), Julie Walters (Narrator), Gene Branson (Narrator)
The Sometimes Series: Win, Lose & Play Book Set - Julie Walters,Stacy Eaton,Gene Benson


Audiobook Review: The Sometimes Series: Win, Lose & Play Book Set by Stacy Eaton (Author), Julie Walters (Narrator), Gene Branson (Narrator)

Stacy Eaton has a way with words. With a few strokes, she creates heartwarming tales of bravery, heartache and understanding. "The Sometimes Series" offers romance, betrayal and suspense. Haley is a single mother devoted to making a better life for herself and her child. Devon could be the white knight she never thought she'd find, but pride keeps getting in the way. Just when things seem to be working themselves out, life has a way of making it all fall apart. Can Haley and Devon weather the storm headed their way? Words have power. Eaton, Walters and Benson prove that a story can entertain, transform and enlighten the course of our lives. Gripping entertainment.

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review 2018-08-01 00:56
Halfway to the Grave
Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

I did not much care for this book the first time I read it. I have come to the conclusion that I may have been temporarily crazy at time of said reading, this time around I really liked it. Not a five star read, but a solid four. This time around I sdid the audio version. At times the way that Bones’s (the dude) were read I felt it was a bit off, kinda made me giggle at times. I admit though that I prefer when an audiobook has a gal reading the gal parts and a guy reading the guy ones. I love when there is a full cast the best, but can’t seem to remember what book I listened to that had that going on. Book two will be read.

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review 2018-07-26 15:19
Hockey Romance
Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 1) - Kate Meader

I don't read much romance, but I go into these periods where I want romance.  I admire romance writers because they seem to work the hardest.  I picked up the prequel to this series when a friend said it was free.  I read it and enjoyed it, so brought the first book.  Nine months or so later is when I get around to reading it.


The premise of the books is that three half sisters (including one long lost, just discovered sister) have inherited a hockey team from their dearly departed dad, who was really a smuck to at least two of them.  This, the first volume, is about the eldest sister, Harper, who while not a  hockey player dreams and desires to be a hockey manager of some type.  Part of the conditions on the will is that the three sisters who inherit the team must get the team to the playoffs in the first year or it will be sold.


Honesty, I picked this up because I liked Harper in the prequel.  She is somewhat more insecure here, which is okay because we tend to be more insecure in our hands than we let show.  Her true love is Remy, an older hockey player who really wants to win the Cup before he retires and plows seeds into a woman because he really wants that family.  Sadly, he finds himself traded to the last place Chicago Rebels, and that is not in his plans.  He doesn't care that the owner and acting GM is a woman, he just wants to be on a winning team.


The sex scenes are hot, even if the initial romance feels more like lust than anything else.  There is not real example of instant chemistry (though we are told that both feel it), but when they actually talk, the relationship works better.


For me the problem is the ending.  I know this is the first in a series, so the whole bit about the championship would be unresolved.  It's just the ending feels very, very rushed.  I get that's romance, but some of the decisions seem a bit slightly out of character - i.e. Harper giving up the amount of control that she does, there is no discussion of children, while his mother likes Harper she doesn't respond to Harper as a would be wife to her son and this is totally dropped.


It's not a bad book, but the ending was off.

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review 2018-07-23 21:50
Security Binds Her (Thalia Book 1) (The Thalia Series) - Jennifer Bene

Security Binds Her is a dark read by Jennifer Bene.  Ms. Bene has delivered a book that is well-written.  This book is horrifying, but at the same time, like a train crash, you can't look away.  I had to keep reading.  Thalia was kidnapped leaving work one night.  Her kidnapper wants to train her to the BDSM lifestyle because she will be auctioned off.  Basically, it's a story of human trafficking.  There's plenty of drama, suspense and lots of sex in this book.  There is also rape and torture in this story, so it's not for everyone.  This isn't what I was expecting, and I found it disturbing.  While I can't rate this book at 5 stars, I also can't rate it at 1 or 2 just because of my personal preference.  Security Binds Her is book 1 of the Thalia Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.  Thalia's story does continue in other books though, so it's not her whole story.  

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