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review 2018-11-19 16:49
Brief Thoughts: Midnight Exposure
Midnight Exposure - Melinda Leigh

Midnight Exposure

by Melinda Leigh
Book 1 of Midnight



Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms.  But the truth is far more sinister.  Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world.  Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife.  But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help.  Why was a Celtic coin found under the body?  And where is the second hiker?  Avoiding the media, Reed doesn’t need a murder, a missing person, or a nosy photographer.  Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing.

Reed must risk everything to protect her - and find a cunning killer.

This book would have been more interesting without all the romantic angst, which, when the conclusion rolls around, seemed awfully moot, as none of the misunderstandings really affected anyone's feelings.  There was instalust, which quickly became instalove, and a couple who are unwilling to talk to each other, even though they are willing to sleep with each other, and think that they're in love.

At the very least our heroine wasn't TSTL, but that's little consolation for the fact that a whole bunch of other stuff in the book bugs the crap out of me.  Not least of all was the way too predictable murder mystery / crime thriller.  I most definitely saw the killer's identity from the beginning.

As I have a predisposition to give second chances to an author who didn't thoroughly annoy me--because this book was less frustrating than it was just formulaic and predictable--I will probably move onto the next book and see how that one works out.

Otherwise, pending my decision to continue or drop this series, I'll have to move onto my backup series for the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge for this month.

Meanwhile, this book was also read for the 24 Festive Tasks, Door 18: Winter Solstice / Yuletide:
'Read any book that takes place in December; OR with ice or snow on the cover; OR that revolves around the (summer or winter) equinox; OR a collection of poetry by Hafez'.

This book takes place in December.

I'll come back and add the Door's graphic when it is officially revealed!



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/11/brief-thoughts-midnight-exposure.html
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review 2018-11-19 04:53
Mercy: The Mavericks Series by Julianna Marley
Mercy: The Mavericks Series - Julianna Marley



When you know your worth, you have nothing to prove to anyone else. Marley brings a powerful message to the table with Mercy. Emme and Liam are about to learn what it means to be true to themselves. If you believe with your heart in everything that you do, the rest will fall in to place. With wonderful characters and meaningful story, Marley scores a straight shot to the heart.

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text 2018-11-18 19:32
I'm back!

I made it back yesterday, although I was too loopy from lack of sleep to do much besides eat and take just enough out of my suitcases to be able to brush my teeth and go to bed. Now I'm trying to get back into my regular routines, which I completely tossed out the window in the past couple weeks.


One of the things I neglected to do was my regular physical therapy exercises and stretches, which I'm now paying for. I made myself go to the gym this morning, and between the suddenly cold weather and my foolish decision to skip exercises, it'll probably take a bit before I can do lunges again without my hip complaining.


I was going to go see the first of three special showings of Castle in the Sky this afternoon, but my local movie theater mysteriously decided to cancel all three showings without warning. It's disappointing, but looking on the bright side, I saved $22 and now have the afternoon free. I might start working on my short vacation reading posts - apologies in advance for clogging up your Dashboards.


The things you can expect to see:

  • Assassination Classroom (remember all those inspiring teacher/delinquent students movies in the '80s and '90s? this is a bit like that, only the teacher is an alien planning on destroying the Earth in a year and the students are trying to kill him)
  • Black Butler (which took a shocking and not altogether welcome turn, although maybe this means the series is finally inching towards its endgame)
  • Delicious in Dungeon
  • Fence 
  • The Girl from the Other Side
  • Guardians of the Louvre
  • Hikaru no Go (I realized I'd never actually finished the manga, although I've seen the anime and remember matching up the dialogue bubbles in Japanese editions of the manga to terrible fan translations)
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
  • Natsume's Book of Friends
  • Skip Beat!
  • The Tea Dragon Society


Also, Christina Dodd's Because I'm Watching.


I'll also be writing about the three movies I watched, but I probably won't be posting those here. The movies, if you're curious, are the new Fahrenheit 451 (meh), Netflix's Death Note (I know I said I wasn't going to watch this, but I did, and it was as terrible as I feared), and Khoobsurat (meh, but at least pretty).


I managed to watch about a third of a Chinese drama called Love 020. It's kind of terrible, and yet I can't stop watching. It's the TV equivalent of eating a bag of snack food. You tell yourself you're going to stop after a handful, and then suddenly the bag is empty and there is no room for food with actual nutrition. How do the hero and heroine manage to be so perfect without literally the entire cast hating them? Who's the guy at the cafeteria? Will the heroine ever get to display her fabulous computer-related skills again in some environment other than her favorite MMORPG? How awful will Cao Guang behave in his mistaken belief that Bei Wei-Wei is his girlfriend? I have 20 more episodes to go, and at this rate I might finish them all over the next week.

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review 2018-11-18 19:19
Dangerous Spirits (Spirits #2)
Dangerous Spirits - Jordan L. Hawk

I don't have much to say about this one. It was fun, and the ghost story was less obvious than in the first book, but I still figured it out way before the characters did and it still follows all the usual tropes. Henry does a stupid thing at the beginning of the book and then lies about it for the next 75% of it. Vincent is also holding things back, so all the relationship angst is based on them not talking or trusting each other. I did like the background that we get about Vincent and Lizzie and their mentor Dunne, and the climax was sufficiently tense. Overall though, this is pretty average.

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text 2018-11-18 17:47
Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin






*sobbing in denial*


Jon is NOT dead! And he's not Cesar, you regurgitated mealworms! "For the Watch" my ass!

(spoiler show)
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