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review 2020-04-04 17:55
Just who is the Vampire Rick, Anyway?
The Immortal Conquistador - Carrie Vaughn

I've been trying to get this out for over a week now (it was published last week), but I couldn't seem to be able to—I'm a little surprised I've had the energy to post anything since I started telecommuting (odd that not going anywhere tires me out more than going to work does). Finally, with apologies to the publisher for getting this post up late.
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I've been a fan of the Kitty Norville series since the debut in 2005, and one of the supporting characters that fans seem most enamored of—and are given the least information about—is Kitty's vampire ally, Rick (the Master of Denver).

 

For those (like me) who need a little brushing up on some of what went on toward the end of the series, Rick leaves Denver for a while in order to explore a different way to take on Dux Bellorum (the series' Big Bad).

 

This book gives the reader some insight into what Rick was up to during this time. The book stitches together four short stories about Rick's origin (some previously published, some not) while Rick introduces himself to the Order of Saint Lazarus.

 

I'd already read the first story, "Conquistador de la Noche," in the collection <b>Kitty's Greatest Hits</b>—but it worked really well in this setting, too—this sets the stage for the rest of Rick's history and tells about him becoming a vampire. The next two stories show what happens when he first encounters the Vampire sub-culture and is first exposed to the rules (most) Vampires live by and how Rick skirts the edges of those rules and starts to make both a name for himself and build his different kind of power base.

 

The fourth story is my favorite detailing what happens when Rick meets a legendary Old West character. It was just a great story with an element of fun. It's also something the reader is told that Rick's never told anyone about before. It's precisely the kind of thing that Kitty would kill to hear, she's constantly asking vampires and other supernatural types for stories like this. That Rick would go out of his way to deprive her of this story (but we get to read it) was a little extra dash of fun.

 

I don't know that this gave me a much better picture of Rick—the novels had pretty much done that. We know his character, we may not understand his past and what he was—but we know who he <i>is</i>. But this book rounds out our understanding of the man and gives the reader a little hope for his future.

 

Once I cottoned on to what Vaughn was doing—stitching together short stories—I was a little skeptical of the format. But I came around pretty quickly and decided it worked really well. It's better than a simple short story collection, essentially giving us a bonus story. The stories (including the framing device) feel different from the Kitty series, but not so much that it doesn't feel like the same world.

 

A cool bonus of this—you can read it totally independent of the Kitty Norville series. It's not dependent <i>at all</i> on the events or people of the series (there are references to certain antagonists, but not in any way that makes familiarity with the series necessary for understanding).

 

I do have to wonder about the timing of this—the series ended almost five years ago, so I'm not sure I get why we're getting this material in this format now. But that's just me being curious, not complaining. Did I (or the series) need <b>The Immortal Conquistador</b>? No. But I'm very glad I got it.

 

<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received this eARC from Tachyon Publications via NetGalley in exchange for this post —thanks to both for the opportunity.</i>

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/04/03/the-immortal-conquistador-by-carrie-vaughn-just-who-is-the-vampire-rick-anyway
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text 2020-03-18 19:20
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

I really enjoyed the Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I was surprised at how much poetry was included in her diaries. 

It was interesting reading so much about Harrison Ford and their relationship. It did not go much into Star Wars, as I assumed.

If you love Carrie Fisher and her other books, I think you will really enjoy this. 

We had out book club meeting and I wish I listened to the audiobook. She reads it and Billie Lourd reads her excerpts from the diary.

 

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review 2020-03-18 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Fool Me Twice

   

FOOL ME TWICE

by Carrie Aarons

Release Date: March 12th

 

         

 

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Blurb:

 

When my best friend died of cancer just before her eighteenth birthday, she left her coveted bucket list to me.

 

The things she already crossed off? Skinny dipping, going to Paris, completing the local hot wing challenge, road tripping to the ocean, and sending out a message in a bottle.

 

So, it falls on me to finish it for her, to honor her memory. In the next year, it’s my mission to:

 

1. Dye my hair

2. Have sex

3. Camp out in a tent

4. Go bungee jumping

5. Get revenge on Lincoln Kolb

 

Most are doable, some terrify me, and then there is the last item on the list. When the raven-haired football god dumped my best friend during senior year of high school, she was devastated. The jerk with charm for days found out she was sick, and betrayed her in the worst way possible.

 

But he doesn’t know me, I went to school a town over. Now, to fulfill my promise, I’m the newest freshman on the campus where he is the big man. If there is one thing, aside from cheap beer, that a jock can’t pass up, it’s a shiny new girl.

 

So when I catch his eye, play hard to get, and then fall into his bed, I know my scheme is working to perfection. But what Lincoln can’t see coming is the beatdown I have planned for his ice-cold heart.

 

Unfortunately, what I never saw coming was the one he had planned for mine.        

 

 

 

 

 

Fool Me TwiceFool Me Twice by Carrie Aarons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Henley has just gone through the worst thing any teenager should have to right before college. She has lost her very best friend to cancer. Now she is trying to stay loyal by finishing her besties bucket list.

Lincoln is intrigued by the new blonde who give him so much crap. He loves that nothing gets past her. This is a woman he could fall for. He has to focus on football, but maybe there is room for more?

This was a very sweet story. I found that I enjoyed the author's twists and turns for this couple. They were truly meant to be. So many surprises in this book too. The pace was pretty steady, and the story rich and solid.

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About the Author:

 

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better. When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas

with her husband, daughter and furry son.      

 

Connect w/Carrie:

 

Website: https://www.authorcarrieaarons.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carrieaarons

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/carriescharmers

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorcarriea

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorcarriea

Goodrreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14160972.Carrie_Aarons Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2qMibwO

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Carrie-Aarons/e/B011J4HWW4

Newsletter Signup: https://www.authorcarrieaarons.com/subscribe  

 

 

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review 2020-03-18 07:00
Growth
Fool Me Twice - Carrie Aarons

Henley has just gone through the worst thing any teenager should have to right before college.  She has lost her very best friend to cancer.  Now she is trying to stay loyal by finishing her besties bucket list.  

 

Lincoln is intrigued by the new blonde who give him so much crap.  He loves that nothing gets past her.  This is a woman he could fall for.  He has to focus on football, but maybe there is room for more?

 

This was a very sweet story.  I found that I enjoyed the author's twists and turns for this couple.  They were truly meant to be.  So many surprises in this book too.  The pace was pretty steady, and the story rich and solid.  I give this read 4/5 Kitty's Book Spot!  

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review 2020-02-14 14:33
ARC REVIEW Sated In Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan
 

Sated in Ink (Montgomery Ink: Boulder #2)Montgomery Ink: Boulder #2, It's been a while since I've read a menage, probably because it's been a while since Carrie Ann Ryan has written one. I am picky about any M/M or M/M/F I usually only stick to authors I know, because I already enjoy their writing style and I trust that I'll enjoy the book. Carrie Ann does not disappoint. Emotional, immersive, really freakin' hot! Top it all of with the wonderful Montgomery Family and you can't go wrong.

Ethan Montgomery has had a crush on his best friend Lincoln for as long as he can remember. Lincoln has had a crush on Ethan from the start of their friendship, neither of them knowing how the other felt. Jogging one morning they come across a bride drinking wine straight from the bottle just sitting in the park, concerned they introduce themselves and ask her out for coffee. Holland ran away from her wedding after catching her sister with her almost husband in a delicate situation. Ethan and Lincoln offered her comfort and friendship, which she needed after all her "friends" abandoned her in favor of her sister. Holland's friends and family vilified her making her the bad guy in this situation so her new friendship with Ethan and Lincoln was very much needed and welcome.

Ethan and Lincoln are both attracted to her and several months down the line when they invite her over for Mario Kart and drinking they never expect it to turn out the way it does. They all agree they are going to try and make it as a triad (because throuple sounds silly). The Montgomery's embrace Holland into their fold giving her a whole new family, one that actually likes her. Lincoln is dealing with his strangely possessive manager and not being able to paint, and Ethan is overworking himself even more than usual. Holland still feels like she's on the cusp of the relationship and it's only a matter of time before they move on without her.

Overall, it's an emotional and entertaining story. Communication is key in any relationship and having three people needs even more work, no matter how hot the sex is. Holland, Lincoln, and Ethan have their work cut out for them and it makes a great story with great characters. It was nice to see the Montgomery's again but you know who I really miss the Shifters. I miss Carrie Ann's PNR. 





 

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