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review 2017-12-11 03:44
More lust than love
Sprung (The Frenemy Series Book 2) - Kate Benson,Sean Benson

This second book in the Frenemy series wasn't quite what I expected. Sprung has Dash and Evie figuring out the whole relationship thing. While their banter is amusing, it began to feel like that and sex was all they had. This pair was either insulting each other or getting naked, and sometimes both, which is fun for a shorter story, but it leaves little room for romance. The chemistry between Dash and Evie is there in spades, and their emotions came across quite well in Frigid, but seemed to be missing here. Mason acted more like a jealous ex than an over-protective brother and the whole family seems to be keeping secrets. I did like Dash and his big heart even while freaking out about commitment made him an endearing and fun character. This one does have a bigger cliffy than the first book, which I can only imagine will lead to more panic from Dash and hopefully will have Evie growing up a bit. For those that enjoy an amusing, lusty read, this one has plenty of that. The author is talented and the story has its moments, but I did expect a bit more romance from this second in the series. 

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review 2017-12-09 19:33
Good and bad
Monster: Part One (The Monster Series Book 1) - Evangeline Lee

This is supposed to be the first novella out of three that were supposed to be released in the span of four weeks time but for the life of me I cannot seem to find others from this series but this one so I will only review what I have on my Kindle and what I was able to read.

 

This novella is a contemporary mystery/crime, adult erotic romance with a dark edge novella which plays around with abduction and rape as lightly as it would be dangling rope in front of kittens.

 

I think that from my point of view this story held a lot of promise in the first half but then it came undone in the second half when the storyline pretty much fell apart and the characters became either non-existent in personality or overly sex driven to the literal point of becoming a psychopath.

 

 

 

"I wanted to show her that her high and mighty superiority, her degrees and diplomas, her privileged existence, her sense of security, was a façade. I was going to breach the fortress that was her privacy. I was going to leave my mark on her life like a dog pissing to mark his territory, and one day soon, I was going be in her bed fucking her brains out."

 

 

All this said in that one first sentence would be perfectly understandable in this kind of a story if the female protagonist Mina ever did anything of the sorts. She didn't. She is barely present in this novella. She is simply there for the real main character Mikhail to obsess about after meeting her just once. Yes, one look at the woman and our main ex marine, ex special ops, enhanced ex soldier is completely taken with her. I wouldn't mind it so much if Mina was at least interesting or different from a horde of good looking women out there.

 

That was my first complaint. I didn't find them believable as a couple at all. Maybe this is due to the shortness of the story. So I won't judge too harshly because of that.

 

But the second complaint I have that even with the story being so short, some things make no sense whatsoever.

Example: Mikhail is an enhanced soldier who is on the run from a government that created him and now wants him dead so he assumed a different identity. He gets captured by the FBI because of some mafia involvement and when in custody he meets a doctor who was present at the early stages of the Program when he was turned into the enhanced soldier. And for no apparent reason or any other connection, previous or more personal, this doctor helps him in every way possible, even with his escape plan and with providing him the address of his student Mina. It's just not believabe. It took me out of the story. There is no connection or friendship between them. There is no reason for that doctor to risk his career and life to help a man like Mikhail.

(spoiler show)

 

There were a couple of passages/sentences that I liked very much, that were what I thought this whole story would be like.

 

 

"Nothing like making a woman orgasm to point out how they were creatures of the flesh just as much as men.
Bring her down to my level."

 

 

"Revenge is cleansing. It's the only way to move forward because it sets things right. Civilization is this thin veneer that overlays the beast beneath it, hiding its true nature."

 

 

All in all, I think this was a good novella to pass the time and interesting enough to make me pick up the second one in the series (if I had one).

 

If only it had been a little longer and more consistent and provided us with more characters' personality so I would care more about what happens with the protagonists I would certainly give it more stars as I would be more invested.

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review 2017-11-28 04:45
Again
So Over You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 2) - Kate Meader

This is book #2, in the Chicago Rebels series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Isobel has a history with Vadim.  An incredibly complex history, that makes it hard for Isobel to even confide in her sisters about it.  Suddenly she has to work with him again, since he is on their team.  Will the past and future secrets that they share ruin all the progress?

 

Vadim has not realized that he was missing Isobel until he saw her again.  Now he realizes just what he needs.  He just has to come up with a plan.  If the secrets of their pasts come to light - can they still have a future?

 

Such an incredible series!  I love that each and every character is so different.  These are really complex and interesting MC's that take us through it all.  I could not put this book down.  Engaging in many forms and filled with surprises, this was a great read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-11-24 19:29
First three books free today 11/24/17
Rose Hill Mystery Series Three-Book Collection: Books 1-3 - Pamela Grandstaff

I read the first of these and wasn't overly impressed (review here) but others may like it, so I thought I'd offer the link since all three are free today, at least in the U.S.

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review 2017-11-22 21:05
Dark and gritty
Reclaim Me (The Jaded Series Book 2) - Alex Grayson,Toj Publishing,Karen McAndrews

Mac and Mia's story is a second chance romance that was a long time coming and for a small town, Jaded Hollow is certainly full of secrets. While ten years going by without anyone finding out what broke this pair up requires a bit of suspension of belief, Mac and Mia are so good together that you can't help but root for them. The story is well-written and the author has a writing style that quickly pulls you into the lives of the people of Jaded Hollow. From Bailey's continuing to come out of her protective shell, to Nick dealing with his loss and Andrew's quirky, fun-loving flirtations, even the secondary characters are endearing and interesting, making this reader want to know more about them. Mac and Mia's journey back to each other is filled with angst that is quite dark in its nature, but with love and trust, there comes a ray of light in that darkness. Reclaim Me is more than just a romance, it's a tale of family, love, loss, and finally hope.

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