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text 2018-09-01 20:30
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Modern Noir
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

This was my bingo pre-read and definitely ticks all the noir boxes.

 

Murdered prostitutes, shady politicians, equally shady cops, over-keen young journalists, the mean city streets (in this case LA), and our hero - the jaded detective, who lives by the motto, "everybody counts, or nobody counts". Who also in typical noir fashion gets bashed on the back of the head by an unseen assailant.

 

This is the fourth in the Harry Bosch series, and it's the one that has made me decide to keep reading.

 

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review 2018-09-01 02:23
This Was A Nope For Me
Grinding for the Coyote - Serenity Snow

*Possibly spoilerish!!!!*

 

Starting out I felt this book had the potential to be really good. The first chapters weren't all that bad, so I was really rooting for it. But along the way, it just quickly became dull and an overall hot mess. I ended up putting this down for several months and picked it up again last night.  Right away it became clear as to why I had set it aside in the first place. While the premise of the story appealed to me, it didn't feel like the plot was really going anywhere. Often time other than a random action point, it felt more about the attraction of the protagonist (Adalyn) and her intended love interest, (Samarra).  It felt like there was the neverending loop of  'I know she's not looking for a serious relationship, but I want her to be mine.' trope. It got old fast when I just wanted to see where this plot was going to go! Personally, I wasn't really big on either of the characters, there wasn't anything interesting about either.

 

Nevertheless, I decided to power on, since I was already halfway through it. I really wanted to like the book, because I am always up for discovering new queer romances. The prospect of a book with lesbian shifters interested me, as I had mainly seen books with male shifters. But there was barely any lore or how they came to be within the world. Part of what makes supernatural/paranormal elements interesting to me is when the author actually includes defining information in the story. For the author to just plop it in there, without explaining much of Samarra's world, made it not that interesting to read about. Plus half of the book Adalyn doesn't even know that her love interest, is a shifter. Even when it does come out it isn't really a super big reveal. Then somehow along the way, it's casually suggested that Adalyn herself, might have shifter genes but it isn't really taken any further. It's like the author decided to drop it in, as an FYI.  Also, I don't know who edited this book, but there were tons of typos and misuse of words. Plus at one point the author I believe, intended to say Adalyn instead of Samarra, because of the way it was written. Then there were the sexy times themselves, while there were a few steamy moments that were generally not bad.

 

I found most of them to be very awkwardly written,  and not at all enjoyable to read. While I enjoy dialogue during sex scenes, it was just excessive and wasn't even sexy in my opinion. What got we most about the story was this one instance, where Samarra is thinking about how envious she is that hyena shifters are intersex. That because they had a cock they could love a woman in the way that she couldn't. That part had me going wtf?! You don't need to have a dick to make your female lovers happy! Where the author thought that needed to be said at all in the book baffles me. Way to completely ignore that there are plenty of ways for lesbians to have sex, without using a dildo. Not having a male piece, doesn't mean you aren't going to be able to please your girlfriend. Plus it seems in general that Samarra has this complex, about using her dildo. To the point that she wears it ninety percent of the time. It's totally fine that she wants to use it in the bedroom, however, to me it's clearly an issue of hers as to why she uses it. Which begs the question, could she be transgender? I don't know because it never gets brought up, so it leaves me to think that she has a narrowed minded view on the different ways you can make love.

 

Another instance that had that me shaking my head, is when the police hint at the idea of Adalyn sleeping with her boss in the past. Instead of stating that she's never been with a male and that she prefers women. Her response is to affirmatively tell him that she's a lesbian, and not bisexual. The whole tone of that seemed slightly biphobic, by the sheer audacity in her tone. It wasn't a huge thing, but it still made my eyebrow twitch. Lastly, when the big showdown finally arrived it was pretty much fell flat. It wasn't anything spectacular, it was over and done within a few sentences. Which makes the entire book lackluster and made me go 'That's it?'.  There were just so many holes within this story and I could honestly go on and on, but I am gonna end it here. I did not like this book and would not recommend it. 

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text 2018-08-25 21:40
Halloween Bingo pre-read
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

MODERN NOIR

 

Well today is my lucky day, because look what has just popped up on my Kindle. 

 

I've only recently discovered the world of Harry Bosch so I have got a lot of catching up to do. But he is definitely a poster boy for the 'Noir' genre. World weary? Check. Femme fatales? Check. Cigarettes and alcohol? Check and check.  

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review 2018-07-27 10:00
Release Week Review! The Coyote's Bride (Masters of Maria #6) Holley Trent!
The Coyote's Bride - Holley Trent

 

 

Related to one of the oldest shapeshifter legacies in Maria, Lily Baxter grew up knowing there was a chance she’d find romance among the supernatural. But certainly her idea of romance wasn’t a drunken one-night stand with a Coyote she loves to hate, a Vegas wedding, and soon after, a heartrending miscarriage. She and Lance Aitkenson obviously aren’t meant to be.

 

But while secretly coordinating their divorce far from the snoops back in town, her new husband gets jumped by man-hating jaguar shifters, and it’s up to her to smooth things over. There’s something stranger than usual about these Jaguars. Not only do they seem to have abilities no other shapeshifters have, but they claim a centuries-old connection to Maria’s resident goddess. They see strong-minded Lily as a kindred spirit, but Lance fears they harbor sinister motives.

 

Together, he and Lily might be able to unravel the secrets of the mysterious cult and prevent them from disturbing the peace back in Maria, but can they really work cooperatively when they’re so close to calling it quits? Or will they realize that they don’t need an accident as their excuse for sticking together?
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Also available in Masters of Maria:
1 - THE DEMIGOD'S LEGACY
2 - THE ANGEL'S HUNGER
3 - THE WOLF'S JOY
4 - THE COYOTE'S CHANCE
5 - THE COYOTE'S COWBOY

 

Each Masters of Maria story contains a complete romance set in small-town Maria, New Mexico. Read earlier stories set in this exciting and magical world in the Desert Guards and Sons of Gulielmus series!

 

 

Not only was their romance one that disappointed Lily Baxter but their quick trip to end it lands this couple right into a modern western showdown not only between them but with a group of man-hating jaguar shifters with mysterious abilities.

 

Sparks fly in every direction throughout this thrilling showdown of epic proportions between Lily and Lance as their sizzling chemistry keeps them all worked up. They seem to rub each other the wrong way which keeps this relationship in extreme turmoil which leads to a ‘War of the Roses’ type relationship and has them engaging in heated encounters full of angst, snark and just plain meanness.

 

These two solid characters easily pull readers into their story and provide them with lots of wild entertainment throughout the fast paced and explosive plot, but that’s not all that’s keeps the readers glued to the pages as they are introduced to some mysterious man-hating jaguar shifters whose motives are anybody’s guess and of course Lola and Tarik make a few ambiguous visits.

 

I was completely charmed by Lily and Lance and their uproarious courtship throughout The Coyote’s Bride and I couldn’t help but sympathize with some of their personal issues involving miscarriages. Every visit to Maria is an entertaining and eventful one but I have to say that this one certainly never had a dull moment and I didn’t want to miss one second of it and with the way it ended (which the author was so nice to give an explanation for) I am certainly looking forward to reading the next story and finding out more. Note: Miscarriages are a very sensitive subject, but the author interjected it into the story in a non-invasive or offending manor and provided helpful information to readers.

 

 

The Coyote's Bride

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38905164-the-coyote-s-bride

 

Author - http://holleytrent.com/seriescollections/sons-of-gulielmus/the-coyotes-bride-masters-of-maria/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-coyote-s-bride-masters-of-maria-book-6-by-holley-trent

 

 

is the 6th book in the Masters of Maria series

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/220459-masters-of-maria

 

Author - http://holleytrent.com/maria/

 

which includes:

 

1 - THE DEMIGOD'S LEGACY
2 - THE ANGEL'S HUNGER
3 - THE WOLF'S JOY
4 - THE COYOTE'S CHANCE
5 - THE COYOTE'S COWBOY

 

& #6 coming soon.

 

 

The Coyote's Bride is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon US - https://amzn.to/2rJqs5L

 

Amazon CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07CPNYW7P

 

Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CPNYW7P

 

Amazon AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07CPNYW7P

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-coyotes-bride-holley-trent/1127949897?ean=2940161163313

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=V9JiDwAAQBAJ

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-coyotes-bride/id1384668315?mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-coyote-s-bride-1

 

 

USA Today best-selling* author Holley Trent was raised in rural coastal North Carolina. She’s a lady with Southern sensibilities, but in 2011, her adventurous spirit drove her to Colorado for new experiences. She lives on the Front Range with her husband, two kids, and two cats.

 

She writes paranormal and contemporary romances ranging from sensual to erotic. As H.E. Trent, she writes extra-sexy science fiction romance.

She’s a winner of the inaugural CIM-RWA Abalone Award (for My Nora) and a three-time Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence finalist (My Nora, Calculated Exposure, and A Demon in Waiting). A Demon in Waiting was a RomCon Readers’ Crown finalist in 2014. Her M/M romance Winterball won the Passionate Plume award for erotic romance novellas in 2015. The Cougar’s Trade was a 2016 Prism finalist. The Cougar’s Pawn won a Swirl award in 2016.

 

Want to chat with Holley about her backlist titles or any other thing? Email her at holley [at] holleytrent [dot] com.

 

 

Website - http://www.holleytrent.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5755229.Holley_Trent

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/holley-trent

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/writerholleytrent

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/holleytrent

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/holleysees

 

Newsletter - http://holleytrent.com/blog/newsletter-sign-up/

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-23 16:05
"Coyote Dreams - Walker Papers #3" by C E Murphy
Coyote Dreams - C.E. Murphy

 

 

Overview:

 

This third instalment of the Walker Papers sets itself a significant challenge that it doesn't entirely rise to: how do you make fighting sleep exciting?

 

The strength of this book lay in the character development and the dialogue.

 

The weakness lay in an excess of metaphor-heavy astral combat.

 

Moved the series along but if this is the shape of episodes to come, I'll be tuning out of this series.

 

The Story:

 

Joanne Walker's actions in the first two books, "Urban Shaman"and "Thunderbird Falls", have caused a disturbance in the Force, or at least woken up an as-yet-unknown big bad that is sending all Joanne's friends (which includes half a Police Precinct) into a potentially lethal sleep. Joanne has to figure out what the threat is and how to stop it while dealing with big changes in her social life (she finally seems to have one) and confronting trauma in her past that made her the late-developing Shaman she is today.

 

Things I Liked:

 

The humour remains sharp and well-dressed. Joanne's progress through her day is a chaotic rush from crisis to crisis lubricated by witty or sometimes regretful exchanges with her friends, bosses and even her maybe-enemies. This is done in a way that is smooth without being slick, makes me care enough about the characters and often gives me cause to smile.

 

The introduction of two new characters, (one of whom Joanne wakes up next to in the opening paragraphs - even though she doesn't know his name or remember how he got there) freshened up the ensemble cast and gave lots of room for jealousy, misunderstanding, wit and a little bit of genuine insight.

 

I enjoyed going back and seeing Joanne Walker's earlier self and getting a better understanding of how she got to be where she is. It was a welcome origins story that was done well.

The book ended with some decisions about Joanne Walker's future that could set the series on a new and more varied path, which would be very welcome.

 

Things I Thought Could Have Been Better

 

The astral-projection dream-landscape stuff went on for too long and without enough physical action in between. The Walker Papers has the same problem as Marvel's "Doctor Strange" comics, most of the conflicts happen at a level and in a place the rest of us can't even see. This places a heavy burden on the metaphor machine. C.E: Murphy does this well but this novel had an over-abundance of it. I hope future episode will vary the pace a little.

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