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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 16:36
i need more by this author!
Jerricho's Freedom - Jake C. Wallace Jerricho's Freedom - Jake C. Wallace
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Jerricho is Crown Prince to the Anzuni race, a demon race living among the humans for thousands of years. He is expected to marry the man chosen for him and he is expected to like it. But he doesn't. Jerry loves Rex. When Jerry's fiancee tries to use the heavy handed approach, Jerry decides he is having that one night, that one night of happiness with Rex he may never get again. But that night leads to a chain of events that lead both Jerry and Rex fighting for their lives. And that of their unborn child.
 
The m-preg genre (sub-genre?? trope??) is growing on me! This book deals with it very well, and I liked how both Jerry and Rex reacted to their unexpected news.
 
I liked this book a lot but for two things.
 
one: there is a lot, and I mean A LOT of double crossing and triple crossing and even quadruple crossing!! It got very confusing, for me at least, trying to figure out who were the bad guys and who were the good ones! Even when everything was explained and laid out for me, I was still a little lost.
 
two: Only Jerricho has a say. Yes, yes yes I know, I KNOW I say it a lot, but had Rex had his say?? I think this might have been a five star read, even with the confusing good/bad guys, I really do. I needed to know what he thought when Jerry left; when Jerry told him the news, and what he was thinking about, in the cage opposite Jerry. I really REALLY needed to hear from him.
 
It does get a little gory when talking about what's happening to the missing men and their mates, and there are some scenes of dubious consent but only one or two, and they are short. To be honest, it's only writing this review that they spring to mind, it didn't click while I was reading. I'm trying NOT to give spoilers, you see, but you need to know.
 
I'm left feeling that there should be another book after this one. Is there?? There is a huge fallout from Jerry and Rex' rescue and I'd like to know how that pans out. I'd like to read more about Keith, Jerry's best friend and his mate, Gunn. Eli is still missing. Even Ty, the heavy handed fiancee, I'd like to see what happens to him when he gets THAT news.
 
First I've read of this author. I liked it. Lots. I would like to read more.
 
4 solid stars
 
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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.
 
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review 2017-02-07 19:11
Didn't quite push my buttons.
They Walk Among Us - T.A. Chase
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
 
Zach's father was a hero. He killed the leaders of the remaining Opalites, after they invaded. Raven coming into Zach's emergency room opens him to the realization that the ADULTS had been killed. But the CHILDREN had been secreted away, with sympathetic humans willing to raise these alien children as their own. Now, 20 years later, Raven wants to find his sister, and the other Opalite young adults, and take them all home. And Zach too, Raven cannot leave Zach.
 
For the most part, I enjoyed this book, but it's one of those books that, while well written, well told and reasonably well delivered, just didn't push my buttons in a way it should have.
 
I liked that its told from both men's point of view. I liked that its not immediately clear what either man is up to. I liked all the double dipping going on, not being sure who really is the bad guy and who isn't.
 
There were lots of little things that niggled me, things that didn't quite make sense, or follow on, or follow through in the story line. That's the overwhelming feeling I'm left with- lots of niggles. And I cannot, for the life of my, figure them all out to write them down. But in doing so, that might leave spoilers.
 
Still I DID finish it, and it does have a happy ending, so...
 
3 solid stars.
 
**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Booklikes, Pride Publishing, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**

 

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