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review 2017-04-25 11:08
I love this one!!
Gabriel (Order of the Black Knights Book... Gabriel (Order of the Black Knights Book 5) - RK Staunton
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book five in the Order of the Black Knights series. You don't need to have read the others, but you should. Each book has a different author, dealing with the same theme: love, kill, rinse and repeat. Until The One. The One who will stop the cycle. And I am LOVING how each author deals with this theme, really I am. Gabriel is now professor at a university in the middle of nowhere. Lucas is a student, but not one of Gabriel's. When Lucas' flat mate goes missing, Lucas calls on Gabriel's CIA background to help. And Lucas finds himself in far deeper than he ever imagined. And just like that, we are back up to 5 full stars!! I LOVED this one! On a par with Vespar, book three, it kinda grabs you, and doesn't let you go. Gabriel is, for the most part, hiding. Lucas sets all his radars off in ways he didn't know he had radars to set off. When Eric, the flat mate, goes missing, Gabriel has to dig deep, far deeper than he knew he could dig, to give Lucas what he needed. Lucas had noticed Gabriel way before that first cup of coffee appeared before him. And Gabriel pushed all of Lucas' buttons, in every which way. Gabriel's past that comes back to help Eric and Lucas brings them far closer than either of them planned, but both desperately needed. In all the other books, there has been a moment of, almost. . . I dunno if zen is the right word, but a moment when you think....."oh my freaking god" That moment here came when Gabriel let forth the name of the one who started him on this slippery slope, on the never ending love, kill, rinse, repeat cycle. I was like...."what did he just say?" Because I skim read at the best of times. And I glanced over that bit, stopped dead, went back, stopped again, read it again. Four times it took me rereading that little line for me to fully comprehend what he said. I've no idea WHY it took me four times, its just one little name, but there you go. Just needed to say that! Through a bit of stalking, and digging around Amazon/Goodreads and the like, I have discovered that this author usually writes, and I quote here "romance with a side of spanking" male/female romance. So this is her first attempt at male/male AND the darker/ grittier sort of book. And my opinion on that attempt?? NAILED IT. As in totally and utterly nailed it. So, because I read it in one sitting, and because Staunton NAILED it... 5 full stars! ps, please write more, I'll read them, I really will! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-13 20:17
best one of three!
Behr Facts (Foothills Pride) - Pat Henshaw
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book. Book three in the series, but you don't need the others for this to make sense. I loved book one, book two was not quite as good, but this one?? THIS BOOK?? By far the best of the three! Why?? I can only assume that Abe Behr himself, as the only voice in this book, that made this book for me. He shines, he really does. Usually I'll write a separate bit for the book and then a bit for the narration, but I can't split it here. David Ross' portrayal of Abe is just brilliant. He gives us Abe's slow growing affection then attraction to Jeff. Abe's dawning knowledge on who is pulling a fast one with his company. Abe's realization that he, and indeed, his brothers, need a life outside of Behr Construction. And we are shocked when Abe stands up and announces to the town meeting what he does. I loved that bit, because we had no idea what was coming! Also, I usually prefer my male/male books on the more explicit side. HOWEVER, this one is, again, like one and two, totally clean. And you know what?? I'm really REALLY enjoying that they are just so. I gave book one 5 stars because I thought it too cute, and book two got 4 stars because I really didn't like Fredi so much. I think I loved this one a little more than book one, but not because it was too cute. I loved it because it carries a little more emotion, it delves a little deeper, because Abe got to the grand old age he does, and was still a virgin. Because I did not see that coming, I tell ya, I really didn't! 5 stars for the book 5 for the narration 5 overall **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-04-13 19:54
not quite as good as book one.
Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride Stories) - Pat Henshaw
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book. Max needs helps remodeling his cabin. It's just brown and shades there of. Fredi takes up the challenge. And they both get more than they bargained for. This is book two in the Foothills Pride series and you don't need to have read/listened to book one, What's In A Name for this one to make sense. I have and I loved that one, it was just too stinking cute! But this one didn't quite hit that mark and I don't know why! It is, again, told in the 1st person, single point for view, and it's Fredi who gets a say/ I also think it's because Max didn't have a say. And Max really needed a say, he makes such life changing decisions here. I needed to know why he approached Fredi, to know why he came out as he did. I just NEEDED Max, and we don't get him. Again, totally clean, but I'm not missing it! However, the bigots in the Foothills are getting restless and they turn deadly here. Still, a great little short, 98 pages, hence the hangover tag. David Ross again narrates. While enjoying listening to this for the most part, Fredi's voice grated on my nerves. I've no idea why, I guess some voices just do. David Ross' voices for Jimmy and Guy are consistent from their book, and I had no problem defining who was speaking in multi person conversations. Ross' reading voice is clear and even, and apart from Fredi's voice, I liked how he portrayed Fredi and Max. Just shy of 3 hours listening time. 4 stars for the story (because we don't get Max) 4 stars for the narration (because of Fredi's voice) so, 4 stars overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-03-11 20:58
Early Romantic Suspense Book Doesn't Work
Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

This was so long and tedious. Also there's barely any romance and what there is you quickly forget about it when it comes to reading about the group sex, rapes, murders, and animals being killed. Heck we even get a scene of a man being beaten to death which actually turned my stomach. I don't think the main characters or secondary characters were very developed. And there's a topic of racism introduced and dropped quickly which was odd. The ending was a total nonstarter. I can see if Roberts had wrote a sequel to this, but since she didn't, this book has an odd and menacing ending.

 

Clare Kimball is a sculptor living in New York. Even though she is on the cusp of making a name for herself she still feels unsettled by her father's death years earlier. Coming home she found him dead of what looked to be an apparent suicide. And a dream she had as a child which comes back to her now and again haunts her. When her mother remarries and goes on her honeymoon, Clare decides to return to her former home in Emmitsboro, Maryland. She thinks she can stay there and work on new pieces and maybe come to terms other her father's death and her anger towards her mother for moving on.

 

So Clare sucks. She has a best friend named Angie, who runs an art gallery with her husband Jean-Paul. Apparently she has no other friends though her twin brother Blair makes random appearances. She also is divorced though you don't hear much about her first marriage. You quickly find out that Clare is angry/upset about her mother and her moving on. She feels stuck and thinks returning to a town she hasn't lived in in about a decade is definitely the answer. When she returns she runs into Cameron (Cam) Rafferty. Can has also returned to the hometown after being a cop in DC. He's now the new sheriff and is dealing with a lot of bad memoires due to his mother and his stepfather.

 

Obviously theses two are romantically interested in each other. But Roberts breaks that up with allowing readers POV of a young woman being raped and murdered and then a young teen boy who is apparently into Satanism and is obsessed with Clare. 

 

Clare hides what she starts to discover about her father's interest in the occult. And Cam gets into it with his stepfather and locks him up. When the man is found naked and beaten to death more things come to light in the supposed sleepy rural town. 

 

I honestly felt like this was two stories meshed into one. Either Roberts should have had Clare investigating once she realized some truths about her father. Or Cam should have been the focus with him trying to reconcile with his mother. Instead neither characters center stage in this book. I felt more for Cam especially when there's a reveal about how his father died and I hated that I don't think he was told during the course of the story. I did want him and his mother reconciled but sadly that doesn't happen. 

 

Either way Clare does her sculptures and then all of a sudden gets emeshed in a case when a young woman she accidentally hits with her car that was running from men in the woods. Though she still wants to hide any thoughts about her father. Her brother and then Angie and Jean-Paul are in Emmitsboro trying to keep and eye on Clare. It honestly doesn't make any sense why anyone is afraid of Clare's return. She doesn't go around asking questions or anything related to her father. Whatever. 

 

Can I say that these Satanists are stupid? Who goes around abducting and murdering people thinking they will get away with it? And these seem like 80s TV movie versions of Satanists. I wish Roberts had introduced more information on how these dumb men were even lured to do things like this. Roberts tries to with the ending, but it was so out of left field I rolled my eyes. 

 

The setting of this small town didn't feel like Maryland to me. It felt more Midwest to me. With the talk of the smallness of the town and barely any stores or shops and small farms I had a hard time with that. 

 

As I said above, the ending left things open ended and was a weird note to end this book on. I don't recommend this.

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text 2017-03-11 17:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

Finished this more than an hour ago. Went to the gym and that was preferable to this book. This wasn't very well done and the ending was a mess. I'm supposed to assume one lone finger manipulated events and will be back one day to kill everyone that wronged them? There was no follow up to this either so I have no idea why Roberts wrote it that way 

 

I found Clare and her self absorbtion about her father and her feelings to be aggravating after awhile. He wasn't perfect and even finding out the truth I don't think it sank into her head that her father was still not perfect. Her being angry her mother dared to remarry after 12 years was a dropped plot point. Due to the mom being on her honeymoon, Roberts missed a chance for them to reconcile and maybe have her mom tell Clare to get over herself. 

 

Couldn't stand Cam at all. Not a fan of any man grabbing or manhandling a woman and I don't​ care he did it because he was scared that Clare went missing. This was another character with extreme father and mother issues and once again nothing was resolved with him or his mother. 

 

And I thought the whole town (practically) running around as Satanists didn't make a lot of sense. I felt this was a bad Lifetime movie. I swear I watched one movie where the wife finds out her husband is supposed to be a vessel for the devil and that was more plausible to me than this book. This is definitely not Harvest Home.

 

The romance is lacking in this too and there were so many lost threads that I have up following them all. 

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