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review 2016-05-07 22:42
Masculinity in Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives - Bridget R. Cowlishaw,Foreword by Robert G. Weiner,Bridget R. Cowlishaw

I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cool subject. I will admit I have only seen one or two episodes of Breaking Bad, but I was really interested in the topic of masculinity within the show.

While this is a academic book, many of the authors are also devoted fans of the show so it is interesting to read their analysis and critiques. I enjoyed the varieties of subjects covered in the text (sociology, philosophy, business) and the lenses used to analyze Breaking Bad.

This is a good book for fans of Breaking Bad as well as those interested in gender studies applied to pop culture, especially with an emphasis in masculinity.

The book contains round table discussions and essays as well as an annotated bibliography of further reading, which is a great resource for those interested in the topic.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and was able to follow the essays even with my limited knowledge of Breaking Bad. Some of the essays were better than others, but they all gave unique insight into the show (such as the symbolism of the veggie bacon that Skyler serves Walter).

While many of the authors analyze the same episodes, the scenes they look at seem to be those most important to the series and the most revealing of masculinity, so the repetition is understandable. Each author adds their own contribution to the analysis of the scene, viewing it through their own unique lens.

An interesting read that may motivate me to give the show another try.

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review 2014-08-26 04:50
5 moons - "Breaking Bad by Karin Tabke
Breaking Bad (Bad Boys of the Bay Book 1) - Karin Tabke

Since the moment Karin Tabke announced that there would be more HOT cops to read after I read The Chronicles of Katrina with Simon…I was patiently waiting to read Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is the spin-off to Karin Tabke's The Chronicles of Katrina, and in this book she introduces us to the sexy alpha male character, Jack Thornton. I thought Simon was hot, but Karin definitely top it off with Bad Boy, Jack. Geez!!! 

Special Agent Jack Thornton is assigned to help his former flame, Detective Stevie Cavanaugh with her Cain killer case. Stevie doesn't want anything to do with Jack though because he hurt her several years ago. I don't blame her for not wanting his help, but Jack still has the sexy dominant appeal that she loves that makes him irresistible to say no to. Oh…he had me hooked the minute he was introduced, so I definitely don't blame Stevie would not being able to say no every once in a while. The man knew how to sweet talk a woman and do all kinds of things in the bedroom, pool, etc. 

Stevie is focused on finding the Cain killer and so is Jack, but their past is going to creep up and get in the way. Jack Thornton is not the relationship kind of guy, and Stevie doesn't want to end up getting hurt again. In the mean time, the killer is stalking his next victim and it's up to Jack and Stevie to figure out who he's targeting and stop him. 

If you're looking for a book that is sizzling and sexy with lots of romance and suspense elements in it, Breaking Bad is for you. It's summer time still, so fore warned don't read this book when it's over 80+ degrees outside. It will make you hotter, especially with certain scenes with Jack. Stevie is one lucy gal for giving him a second/third chance. =) (Jack may have stole my heart over Simon and believe me I LOVED Simon in The Chronicles of Katrina) 
Let's not forget how much I adored Stevie in this book. She's one tough Detective and she handled Jack very well in certain parts of the book. I loved when Jack and Stevie were constantly going at it with each other. Jack definitely needed a woman to put him in his place and Stevie was that woman. 
There is also Simon and Kat that make an appearance in Breaking Bad, so for readers that loved The Chronicles of Katrina…you will love this book too. My favorite scene is when Stevie met Simon, and the other guys on Jack's team. I know I would've had the same reaction as Stevie. =) 

I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there. 

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/08/20/arc-review-breaking-bad-by-karin-tabke
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review 2014-08-23 00:00
Breaking Bad (Bad Boys of the Bay Book 1)
Breaking Bad (Bad Boys of the Bay Book 1) - Karin Tabke Living up to a parent's ideal is not easy. When a person's entire life goals are laid out for them by their father, it could go one way or the other. They either purposely fail or die trying to meet expectations. In Breaking Bad, Stevie Cavanaugh is the dutiful daughter. The book sums her up in the very beginning.

A genius, hot as hell, and she had balls. The chick trifecta. -- (loc. 50-51)

Stevie's goal in life is to be either a sheriff or the chief of police. She is given no other choice by her father. It is in their bloodline and she isn't going to break it now, even if she is only a female. As her father painfully taught her, she needs to be the best.

It had been drilled into her that as a woman she would have to work twice as hard for half the respect a man earned just by having a dick. (loc. 76-77)

This book is a hard read for me. I'm a huge fan of Ms. Tabke. Her books are so well written. This one is no less. Her insights into law enforcement agencies is always an educational fun time. What bugged me about this story is Jake. Jake Thornton taught Stevie when she was in the academy. After she graduated top of her class, he finally takes the plunge and dates her. Instead of dating her, he fucks her for a one time stand, blows her mind through sexual domination and then dumps and runs. I hate Jake. Really, I do. I don't like him and his excuses are pathetic. I don't understand why Stevie still pines after him. I realize it's hard to get over the first lover, but seriously, she needs a different guy.

Throughout this story, Jake is an asshat. Seriously. He behaves in totally inappropriate ways and on top of it, he breaks Stevie's heart again. It's all about Jake - Jake's poor past. Boo hoo hoo. Jake's inability to commit. Wah wah. Even at the end, I'm not impressed with this jerk. Stevie can do so much better. She deserves better than Jake. This is the first time I've read a Ms. Tabke book where I loathed the guy. I can understand his sexual appeal, but he's not a good dominant. He's an abuser. He's the kind of guy we warn newbies away from because of his own "mental" issues which lay unresolved. He can't take care of a submissive well, he totally crosses the line at work and thinks it's okay. He's the asshole who give sexual dominants a bad name. One could say his intents are good. I'd say, bullshit. He actions speak louder than words. His intent behind his actions are selfish. I could go on about how despicable I find Jake.

The character development in this book is good. Both are well written and the conflict in this story is good too. It's moving and I feel very vested in both the relationship conflict and the outcome of the serial murder case. The villain while heinous is written in a way which is shocking understandable. I did feel a bit of sympathy for him with what he suffered yet his choices and actions I wouldn't ever condone. I do understand why he did it.

This book is a 3.5 star and not a 4 because I couldn't get over Jake. This is a lovely story and recommended for kinky readers who enjoy a tough as nails heroine.

*provided by NetGalley
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review 2014-08-12 00:00
Breaking Bad (Bad Boys of the Bay Book 1)
Breaking Bad (Bad Boys of the Bay Book 1) - Karin Tabke Book Info
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Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by Karin Tabke LLC
edition language English
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Source:Netgalley EARC

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Detective Stevie Cavanaugh is one tough cookie…with a sexy but vulnerable secret…

Law enforcement royalty, Stevie Cavanaugh’s fate was determined before she was born: follow her father’s lead, retiring only after becoming Sheriff. But as capable and strong as she is, one man dared to awaken her dark sensuality, only to leave her aching for more. Now he’s back, the baddest cop in the whole damn town, distracting her from the most important case of her career—capturing the Cain killer.

For Special Agent Jack Thornton, like Stevie, police work is in his blood. So is Stevie, the woman he left behind after just one perfect night. Now he’s forced to work with her to catch a killer. Only he wants more of Stevie, too.

According to Stevie, she’s not interested. But Jack knows her deepest darkest sexual secret—that while she’s a woman used to giving command, she also takes great pleasure in submitting—to him. Despite how things ended seven years prior, Jack is determined to take Stevie to the next level.

When the fire between them becomes an inferno, they’ll both savor the burn..

My Thoughts

To say that Jack and Stevie are both over achievers, career oriented and total workaholics would be an understatement. The fact that 7 years ago they had an unforgettable one night stand is something neither one ever thought would become an all out scorching love affair that brings them ultimate pleasure while leaving Jack and Stevie on shaky ground as it is unfamiliar territory for them both.

The start to Chapter One in the review copy sums Stevie’s life up fairly quickly “Steven James Cavanaugh the Third had been born with ovaries, but her father refused to see her as anything but the son he would never have.” Following that is the mantra by which she had lived her life according to her father’s wishes “It had been drilled into her that as a woman she would have to work twice as hard for half the respect a man earned just by having a dick.”

Having made Detective and being in charge of an ongoing investigation of a suspected murderer Stevie is under pressure to make an arrest to prevent the body count from growing, to her chagrin she is forced into working with Jack Thornton who is now the Special Agent in charge of the FBI task force assigned to work on the same investigation.

To be quite honest it was no surprise how the combustible chemistry between Jack and Stevie took center stage for this romantic suspense. From the beginning scene where the couple are treated to an explicit show through the lens of the camera used to observe their mutual suspect to the ongoing days in which they spend more time together ratcheting up the sexual tension with every encounter it is very apparent it is only a matter of time before they act upon their attraction.

This story combines personal triumphs for both Jack and Stevie, the explosive heat the pair generate together as a couple, tension when the murderer evades capture and becomes a personal threat to Stevie and a very satisfactory conclusion that will leave the reader content with the stories resolution but wanting more at the same time!

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
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review 2014-06-17 00:00
Breaking A Bad Boy
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Breaking A Bad Boy' is another fabulous story in the 'Bad Boys' series. Sommer is a bold, feisty heroine and Rory is such a sexy, principled cowboy. Light the touch paper and stand well back as this dynamite couple battle their way towards happy ever after.

Rory and Sommer's romance is the antithesis of Brandon and Mia's love story, not a collar in sight but there is plenty of scorching heat in this erotic romantic tale.

Rory wants to marry Sommer and won't give them both what they want until she agrees. Despite his edict about no sex before marriage this story about the youngest of the McLemore men and his ink artist girlfriend Sommer is erotic and brimming with sensual tension. Sommer persuades her honourable cowboy to love her every which way he can without compromising his values.

Ivy and Vince are notable secondary characters. Love to see more of their love story in another book.

In a story of rock stars, gangsters and a taste of Hollywood glitz there is danger lurking for Sommer and the town of Annona when organised crime rears its ugly head.

Can the infamous McLemore family loyalty save Rory and Sommer's romantic dream?

A sexy, page turning read and a wonderful addition to the Bad Boys series

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