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review 2017-02-20 17:26
Review: "A Fallen Heart" (Zero Hour, #2) by Cate Ashwood
A Fallen Heart - Cate Ashwood

"Ford took a deep breath and released it in a sigh. “I have never had a successful relationship. I keep picking these guys who are bad for me, or maybe they’re not bad for me, but somehow I turn them into guys who are bad for me.”

“You’ve had one bad ex. I get that he was an asshole, although you’ve never told me exactly what happened there either, but one bad relationship does not mean every relationship you have is doomed to be bad.”

 

This dialogue pretty much sums up my feelings towards Ford. Good Lord, if whining burned calories, he could hide behind every supermodel.

 

Nash was a sweetheart though, and he pretty much saved the story for me. Hell, he WAS the story for me. He was sweet, patient and passionate; perfect boyfriend material. And he put up with Ford and all of his stupid mixed signals when I would have kicked him to the curb a long time ago.

 

 

The "Cate 'I'm ALWAYS making all of my couples break up in the last third of my books' Ashwood" trademark felt even more forced and contrived here than usual. But since I was expecting it, it didn't bother me as much when it actually happened.

 

The criminal case follows the serial killer plot from the first book and it turned out much darker than I expected it to be. Some parts of it were truly heartbreaking. But the mystery lover in me outright HATED the conclusion to the case (if that's what it really was?). It seemed like Ashwood drew a random name out of a hat and just went with it. There were no clues, no hints and honest-to-Goddess, I had to go back and look up who this person, who appeared for half a page max, actually was.

 

 

But all in all, the writing was solid, the characters and their behavior and reactions were believable (but so very frustrating at times) and the criminal case was suspenseful (though quite unsatisfying in the end).

 

Oh, and the epilogue SUCKED!

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review 2017-02-16 17:06
really not one for me!
Wolf Whistle (Werewolves of Manhattan Bo... Wolf Whistle (Werewolves of Manhattan Book 7) - A.C. Katt
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Jumping straight in, because I have issues with this book.
 
This is book 7 in the Werewolves of Manhattan series, and I have not read those. I figured there is a little follow-on running through, about the Russians but that's all. To be honest, I might not have read this one if they are all the same.
 
FOOD!!! The book, once Richard meets Julien, focuses an awful lot on food. They eat, constantly. Like, on almost every page, food, food, and more food. Even when the reason for Richard's increased appetite is made clear, it was still somewhat annoying. Snacks, dinner, more snacks, more dinner.....you get the picture.
 
Repetition. There is constant reference to the order of things. The order in which the Alphas leave the room, are seated at the table, are talked about. Almost as much as the food issue.
 
The Serbian mobster issue was dealt with in what seemed like a rushed manner, and there were other points that could have been elaborated on, like the threads. Richard saw them, but they were never explained. While it's fairly obvious to me what they were, they were just there, and the gone.
 
There were some editing errors I spotted along the way, one in a chapter title. Should have been picked up at the first pass, that one!
 
Being brutally honest, because that is what reviewing is all about, being honest, I wanted to dump this and mark it DNF. But I didn't because I thought it might get better. Unfortunately, it didn't.
 
So, because I finished it, and ONLY because I did...
 
3 stars
 
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review 2017-02-13 16:18
Undressed At Sea - Jayden Hunter
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
This is book two in the Drew Stirling series. It isn't really necessary to have read book one, Undressed to The Nines, but it might help to get what happened to Drew in that book, as its not all laid out for you here. I have read it, but don't think its an absolute necessity.
 
I did enjoy book one, but this one? not so much. Not really sure why, either.
 
Drew has tried to put her past behind her, going back to school on the other side of the country is a good way to do that. Ben helps her relocate in San Diego. But there is a killer on the loose, and Drew once again finds herself caught up in all manner of horrid things.
 
We do, again, get to hear from everyone, and it takes time for killer to be made obvious, but I picked up a little bit, not all, granted, but some before that point. I liked how it took time for everyone to get with the programme, to get their lines converged so the full picture became clear.
 
Its messy, again, but being kidnapped and drugged would never be clean and tidy, now would it?
 
It does has something that made me throw the kindle at the wall, and it wasn't the ending. "She drug herself out of bed" that's the line that caused my poor kindle to be thrown across the room. She did NOT drug herself, she DRAGGED!!! This is a major bugbare of mine, and I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but I hate the use of the word drug, when it should be dragged!
 
Since I did finish it, and we do get inside all the creepy-ass minds....
 
3 stars
 
**same worded review will appear on: Goodreads, Booklikes, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com**

 

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review 2017-02-13 16:09
left wanting!!!
Sam's Soldiers (Boys of Brighton Book 2) - Tasia M. Smith
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
5 weeks ago, Spider and Dante walked into Sam's life and he has never been happier. His heart, though, was never part of the deal. Now his men have left and Sam is heartbroken. And his life is in danger.
 
This was a nice easy read, a good read, really, but I'm just left....
 
WANTING!!!
 
Dante, Spider and Sam are already in the relationship, even if was only supposed to be temporary while the soldiers are in town. But what I wanted was the HOW. HOW did they come to be together. I wanted to know what each man thought about they were doing, how they were feeling. I wanted, possibly, even some of how Dante and Spider came to be together.
 
I just wanted MORE. I always want more, I know I do but here? Here, I think I am fully justified in saying that. I try NOT to read other reviews before I read a book. I made the mistake once and it totally put me off a book, made me pick out every single negative thing, I don't do that any more. So I read a few for this book AFTER I had finished. I found other reviewers saying the exact same thing, they were wanting the HOW they came to be together.
 
This is billed as book two. I can't find a book one, unless its not tagged with the Boys of Brighton label. I WOULD like to read future books. I like the way Tasia tells the tale, for the most part.
 
Still, its not too complicated, and only loosely crime/thriller, not too taxing on the brain, some well written sexy scenes between the three of them and one of just two. Some violence, but not much. I didn't spot a single spelling/editing issue either. so.....
 
3 stars
 
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review 2017-02-13 15:54
did not like Jaeger himself, but a solid 4 star.
Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights Book ... Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights Book 4) - Evelise Archer
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
US Marshal Jaeger is in witness protection, and he despises those who have turned state witness to save their own miserable hides. But Wren is different. Wren pushes buttons in Jaeger he didn't know needed pushing. Wren makes him think, about after work, about life, about love. But first, Jaeger has to keep them both alive long enough for Wren to testify against his family.
 
I did NOT (underlined, block capitals, bold script, just it case it loses the emphasis when I copy and paste this!) like Jaeger. NOT AT ALL. He is a far..colder...harsher person than those who came before him in this series. He does not like playing baby sitter to snitches and he makes no bones about showing it. He will use a client in any way he wants. And he wants Wren with a passion he knew not that he carried.
 
But Jaeger is just.....Jaeger, you know?? And I can't find the right words to describe him and you know how I hate not being able to say what I want!
 
Moriel does go against what he has been doing in that he gives Jaeger a second chance to redeem himself with this incarnation of the other half of his soul. And Moriel is, in his own words, "old and tired" Makes me think. Makes me wonder what he'll do in any future books.
 
Which leads me to ask, will there be more?? I hope so. I'd like to read them too. I'm enjoying watching different authors deal with the 'love, kill, rinse, and repeat' theme, I really am.
 
As much as I did not like Jaeger, I did enjoy his story. Oh, I also liked that besides Jaeger and Wren, another character has a say. I'm not gonna say who, or what he has to say but I will say this: that character made his bed, and he has to lie in it!
 
Even though Jaeger himself didn't quite work for me, its still a....
 
4 star read.
 
**same worded review will appear on: Goodreads, Booklikes, Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**

 

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