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review 2017-06-19 02:18
Pilot bait
City of the Fallen - Diana Bocco

I went into it looking for a short fast candy.

 

It was all that, but I'm not convinced.

 

Beyond the issues I have with the insta-lust/love, heavy enough to make a gal betray her species, and all the hypocrisy going on here, I do not like cliff-hangers. Specially of this type, because it makes the purpose of the book little more than foundation for a hook.

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review 2017-05-11 20:30
I'm really liking this author
Highland Song (The Highland Brides) (Volume 5) - Tanya Anne Crosby

I'd read one Crosby before, the first o this series actually, and I remembered it as one of those rare romances that have alpha males that I did not hate, very sweet, a bit sad, and with some awesome bits of humor.

 

This was hilarious. Short, fast, and by a third in I couldn't stop laughing. Because of Cat's self-assurance and free approach to sex mostly, like this bit of her thinking:

 

He had been such a grouse at first but now his mood had lightened considerably. No longer did he brood, and she concluded that he must have needed to appease his willy. It made sense to her. A man could simply not go his entire life without a little love—and he had, she was certain because he’d had that pinched look about him of a man whose bollocks were petrified from lack of use.

 

Or Piers insistence on complimenting the roof. Or... well, you get the drift.

 

I had fun, and I'm glad. I was looking for something to clean my palate from The Sun Also Rises cynicism (I'm starting to feel stuck), and this was perfect.

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review 2017-03-15 16:06
Bland seed
Wraiths of Time - Andre Norton

This is my first try on Andre Norton, a hugely prolific author striding the barrier of fantasy/sci-fy, and (I hear) an icon of the genre. I'm likely to dip in again; I finished this one in little time, as much because it was short, as because it was very easy to read.

 

I would have loved (as in capital letters, LOVED) this book when I was about 13. This could be taken as indictment or praise, and I guess I'm wavering between the two. On one hand, my taste has... I don't know if matured is the word, it sounds presumptuous, but having read several run-of-the-mill, I search for the exceptional now, so maybe I've become picky. This book doesn't meet that standard. On the other hand, I'm also reading "On Writing" by Stephen King, and in a clear case where one read influences another, I find that the story, while not amazingly written, was entertaining, the premise just what I'd been searching for and the execution serviceable.

 

So I'm not left with book hangover, but it's a good imagination launcher. Not meaty, but opens a world where you'd like to revel in and keep adding on, daydream or fanfiction style.

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review 2017-03-08 15:57
Hot with issues
The Mistress Experiment (Mistress series #1) - Elizabeth Otto

Okeeey, that was sizzling. Hot power plays from the tame side and an alpha done right, so mostly good sexy points. And I liked the inner struggle about control and the need for it, and how it was treated.


I do have a couple of issues:

It needs editing: misspellings and wrong wording.

One instance of misuse of the word feminism that can be hand-waived but bothered me.

 

Then of course, the more or less stupid background detail: Alcoholism doesn't stop like that. But well...

And what's up with people's bad English??? Let me tell you, you spend a couple of months working and living with people speaking another language, you learn your basic grammar fast. And come on! Latin food?? Like the whole bit from Texas down is one big heterogeneous group? She's Puerto Rican, what's Mexican have to do with her sense of childhood, or homeliness???

 

That fucking ending:

so much girding and determination gathering, and the gal drops uni to say yes. Fuck no! Your contract ends in six month! You propose to go with HER, not the other way around.

(spoiler show)

 

Wow... I really got into it. I still had fun, and I'll read more by the author at some point.

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review 2017-02-21 23:57
Rose Lady
Shalador's Lady - Anne Bishop

Nothing remarkable about this one. Like the previous install, it read more like a romance set in the Dark Jewell's world, with some glimpses in the main cast if you "are just here for Godzilla". That said, it does OK, or at least it didn't make me want to throw it against the wall out of the sheer stupidity inside like Tangled Webs.

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