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review 2017-10-05 23:19
Island of the Dolls
Island of the Dolls (World's Scariest Places Book 4) - Jeremy Bates

On the Outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas - a reportedly haunted island that is home to thousands of dolls. A group of people are going to film a documentary on this island against the boatman's better judgement to wait until the storm passes. While stranded there overnight, the wind and rain add to the already spooky atmosphere but when they discover a dead body they begin to realize that something evil really is lurking on the island.

This was a fast-paced read. I really liked the setting and felt as though I was there. Most of the characters were unlikable but they did feel real and I liked that they were different from one another and had their flaws. A lot went on during the last couple of chapters but overall I was happy with the ending. Another good read from the World's Scariest Places series!

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review 2017-08-13 15:33
While Lace was nice...Satin was totally smooth...
Satin - K.C. Wells

Detective Joel Hunter is on a stakeout with his partner, Trish at The Paradise Club when he first sees the singer 'Satin'. He's more than a little fixated with her and arranges for them to return until the assignment is finished and the club's owner is behind bars. 

 

With the assignment finished and no reason to return to Club Paradise, Joel finds he's unable to get the sultry singer out of his mind and returns to the club at his first opportunity. When Satin realizes that the attractive detective is still returning to the club the question that plagues here is whether Joel is interested in Satin or the man behind she becomes once she leave the stage...Ross Duantry.

 

Every once in a reader gets lucky enough to read a book that just works from start to finish it just all goes right and sometimes it just works because it does, sometimes there are reasons and you can identify them and sometimes it's a mix of both these things. This time for me it was a mix. There were things that I liked but at the same time there was that intangible quality that connected with me. 

 

So let's talk about my favorite part of this book Detective Joel Hunter and Ross Dauntry. First Joel...

 

I loved Joel. He's not perfect and he makes mistakes but he's willing to try and fix things. Initially Joel's put forth as being straight but there are a few times in the story when the indications are more that Joel's suffering from a dose of indecision complicated by a touch of denile ...he knows he's not straight, but admitting this to himself also seems to be one of his biggest challenges. Joel doesn't always react to things as well as he could or should...he's human he makes mistakes, but it's not the mistakes that show who we truly are, it's how we deal with them and while Joel occasionally waffles back and forth on his decisions in the end he made the choices that kept taking him back to Ross.

 

Now Ross Dauntry. I loved that Ross was unapologetically Ross. He was comfortable with his sexuality and just who he was in general. That's not to say that he didn't have his own issues and insecurities...because he did. Ross's been hurt...more than once so while he definitely wanted Joel and wanted to see where things could go between them he was also a little cautious about how much he put himself out there.

 

For me the relationship was more of a slow burn. There was the initial attraction when Joel first saw Satin at The Paradise Club but things slowed down again when Joel realized that 'Satin' was Ross. Joel needed to re-evaluate his perspective on things and while Ross's feelings continued to intensify he was also guarded as to how much he was going to put himself out there and risk having his heart broken again.

 

There were two secondary characters in this story that had important parts to play as well one was Trish...Joel's partner and her I really liked. She was honest and upfront and called a spade a spade even if you wanted it to be a club. Trish was truly the kind of friend that everyone needs. She was willing to give Joel the hard truths. The other character was Ross's roommate, Helena, whom I liked until she crossed that line...the line that says 'you've gone from good friend to meddling biotch'. While Helena's heart was probably in the right place her actions were not.

 

Now the other thing that I liked was Joel and Ross together. These men were hot, seriously hot. It's been a while since an author has made me squirm in my seat and trust me when I say K. C. Wells made me squirm more than a little bit. This author not only knows how to write the sexy times but she put the emotional connection there for me as well. I love it when an author can write a scene that's not just about the sex but adds the feelings that take it from 'having sex' to 'making love', I know it sounds cliche but it's the best way that I can explain the difference to me. 

 

'Lace' was the first book in this series and I like it. It was definitely ok...but with 'Satin' things have stepped up for me and I know I plan on being around to see what K. C. Wells has in store for us in 'Silk' the third book in Ms Wells 'A Material World' series.

 

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An ARC of 'Satin' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-31 04:02
Amelia Rules!
The Whole World's Crazy (Amelia Rules! Book 1) - Jimmy Gownley,Jimmy Gownley

 

 

Amelia is a tough kid and she is going thru a lot, her parents just got divorced, she moved from New York City to a small town in Pennsylvania, and she is trying to navigate a new school. Amelia isn't perfect, she has selfish moments and generous moments. She makes new friends who help her deal with bullies, gym class, and family trips.

 

I really enjoyed this book. Amelia goes through tough times, and she shows real emotions and feelings. Her character isn't sugar coated or made to seem perfect.

 

Kids will recognize parts of themselves in this book, and realize that others are going through similar experiences.

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review 2017-07-29 03:34
Red is a smart & fun heroine
Red's Planet: Book 1: A World Away from Home - Eddie Pittman

 

 

Red is a spunky 10-year old girl who runs away from her foster home, looking for a place to belong and ends up abducted by an alien spaceship. When the spaceship crashes on an alien planet, Red is stuck with a crazy bunch of aliens that she must learn to live with. The artwork is gorgeous, bright, and colorful and adds to the humor of the story.

 

I really liked this one. Red is smart and headstrong. The other aliens are funny, including two that look like the man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors, and a cute gray alien with huge eyes. 

 

Kids will enjoy this adventure.

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review 2017-07-19 01:12
ARC Review: Satin by KC Wells
Satin - K.C. Wells

The 2nd in this fabulous series, Satin can be read as a standalone. 

Joel Hunter is a DC (Detective Constable) on a surveillance job with his partner Trish, in a bar/lounge, hoping that the owner comes by so he can be arrested.

The stakeout is going fine, but then Joel is rather distracted when Satin takes the stage - a beautiful singer whose sultry voice nearly puts Joel under a spell. 

Shortly thereafter, with the bar owner locked up and the stakeout over, but unable to get Satin out of his mind, the smitten DC goes back to the bar to listen to Satin again. 

And Satin makes her move.

Except, Satin is really Ross Dauntry, a female impersonator and aspiring ballet dancer. Joel gets over his shock pretty quickly and agrees to meet Ross for coffee, as friends. Joel has until now identified as straight, and any previous attraction to a man has never been acted upon. He is confused at the attraction but also doesn't feel any shame or massive angst. He is willing to explore this thing with Ross, even if they only end up as friends.

Obviously, Joel isn't as straight as he thinks he is. Things get steamy pretty quick, and there's very little angst in this book, other than Ross wondering if Joel is attracted to him or to Satin, and Joel taking a bit of time to make peace with his attraction to Ross. The sexy times are not only steamy but seriously sensuous, and I contemplated taking a cold shower after each scene. There's one in the ballet studio where Ross trains... holy hot boysecks, Batman!

Of course, there's a bit of a conflict there too, and Ross' roommate didn't do him any favors with her interrogation of Joel, but I understood where she was coming from. Joel struggles with how to be in a relationship and his feelings for Ross, while Ross falls quickly but also realizes that he might set himself up for heartbreak. 

Trish was a great character - supportive and not afraid to call Joel on his bullshit when he needed it.

There's a scene towards the end - gah! Nope, not gonna tell you what happens. You should read this for yourself and experience the same kind of swooning I did. 

KC Wells' personal brand of magic shines through in every word in this book. This was fabulous, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I'm pretty damn sure you will too.

Recommended.


** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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