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review 2017-06-17 07:40
After the End by Katie Ruggle
After the End (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

***eBook available for free on Amazon***

They each found their happily-ever-after in their books, now Ms Ruggle brings us their "second epilogues". Engagements, surprise weddings, puppy-napping and pregnancies, rockslides, and a brand new, surly character to herald a new series (which I'll certainly read).

Lighthearted moments mixed with some sadness, happiness folded in with just a dash of danger, these epilogues were fun to read (one of them even better than the book—which wasn't difficult).
It was fun revisiting these old friends, take a peek into their lives after HEA (which seem to be over-the-top good, but that's Romancelandia for you), and the little glimpse of the hero in the next book (and next series) whetted my appetite just enough.

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review 2016-12-08 06:48
Explosive Forces by D.D. Ayres
Explosive Forces: A K-9 Rescue Novel - D. D. Ayres

One night, Carly hears something similar to a dog barking in the empty store next to hers. When she goes to investigate, she finds there really is a dog barking...Beside his obviously drunk and unconscious owner. When a fire erupts, Carly decides to save the unconscious man only to find out he was trying to commit suicide by fire...Or was he?


I don't know what happened. I simply couldn't get into the groove of the story. It felt like watching something through an opaque window. Or as if something was keeping me detached. Maybe it was the fact I felt nothing about the two leads or the fact the two had no chemistry whatsoever (even that last scene felt like an afterthought to tie the "romance" with a nice little bow). Or maybe it was the fact there was no "threat", no feeling of immigrant danger.

The entire story was lukewarm at best only showing stirrings of intensity from chapter 27 to 30. But by then it was too late.

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review 2016-10-12 07:30
Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle
Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

Argh! I hate it when this happens…When I love the first book in the series and then the second ruins all the good feels. All the feels.

I can’t even say I disliked the heroine. I didn’t. I didn’t like her, I didn’t dislike her, I felt nothing. And that’s the worse feeling of all. While Lou and her story were interesting, lively, funny, sexy, a little chaotic and funky, and gave the reader a glimpse (albeit not a full one, since the story was told from the heroine’s third-person POV) into the hero’s psyche and what made him tick, Rory’s story was all about Rory. About her gun shop (since I don’t understand or share the American fascination with everything gun related, my eyes glazed over every time the shop or the merchandise was mentioned), her windows-related paranoia, her bunker, her overall paranoia, her unconventional childhood, her social ineptitude...Blah blah blah. I suppose the reader is supposed to feel sympathy for the girl, but I simply didn’t care. It wasn’t endearing, it was simply annoying.

And since it was all about Rory and her (not-in-a-good-way) craziness, everything else suffered. The hero (he simply existed, catering to her Rory-ness), the story (slow, dull, and hole-y—Why did they target Rory’s shop, when she simply sold them everything they wanted? Why did no one look into the late-listed evidence/evidence tampering?), the overall murder arc was barely touched upon, the annoying characters (the deputy who I’m certain is crooked, the unfriendly fellow firefighter who I’m sure was the one to nick the pendant) became even more annoying thanks to the general un-appeal of the story...I won’t even mention the romance, because...What romance? The hero and heroine getting together and finally knocking boots was merely another plot device with no feeling, no depth, nothing.

I was seriously considering DNF-ing this one, but my stubborn streak kicked in and I wanted to see if the story got better. I wanted it to get better. Alas, I didn’t get my wish.

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review 2016-09-06 17:41
Love on Main Street: A Snow Creek Christmas by Juliet Blackwell et al.
Love on Main Street: A Snow Creek Christmas - Juliet Blackwell,Rachael Herron,Lisa Hughey,Adrienne Bell,Cecilia Gray,Ruby Laska,L.G.C. Smith

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

I didn't "get" Queen of Hearts. It was too short for any kind of character development, the characters were bland and one-dimensional, and the "plot" forced.

While the first one was too short, The Holiday Show was too long. Convoluted, slow, stretched-thin...I couldn't care less about the characters, their reasoning, or their motivations.

Let It Snow was cute. The heroine was a bit idiotic with her fantasies, the hero was a bit idiotic doing "the honorable thing", but it still worked. Cute, sweet, and funky.

Second Chances was pretty "meh". A second-chance-romance, that would've worked better with a little more background, and length.

A Christmas Yarn was yet another miss in this collection. I just couldn't get past the heroine's obsession with looks. I guess the hero's handicap was supposed to "enlighten" her that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I just didn't care.

Cute, sweet, and funny, Miss Bonny's Buried Treasure was the highlight of this collection. Just the right amount of quasi-angst, and romance, and that added touch of humor, created a great combination.

One Silent Night could've been a nice little bow on the present, but I hate miscommunication stories. The issues and missed signals are there only as plot ploys, without them there would be no story. Cheap tricks are not my thing.

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review 2015-05-02 15:13
Silent Scream by Karen Rose
Silent Scream (Romantic Suspense, #11) - Karen Rose

Four college students start a fire in a condo under development, accidentally killing an innocent teenager. Now, not only are they victims of a serial blackmailer and guilty of arson (despite their motives being "good"), they also have the cops on their tails.
But as in all KR books, those cops are the least of the foursome problems, since they're forced to do the blackmailer's bidding, setting more fires, digging their holes deeper and deeper.

The random fires won't be random for long, though, not with the FD and Hat Squad working together. The two forces will quickly start looking for links, though there appear to be none, and despite the grave circumstances of their joint investigation, both departments just might create a new and strong link...If they all get out of it alive, that is.


This was yet another winner by the awesome writer that is Karen Rose. Equal parts thriller and romance with major angst, dark secrets, broken hearts, and drama thrown into the mix to create that elusive perfect blend of genres that distinguishes Ms. Rose's writing from the rest.

With wonderful characterization (as always), a twisted villain, touching romance, hot'n'steamy scenes, great mystery, chilling thrills, a hot firefighter, a determined lady detective, and a group of family and friends to provide some humor, this book is a great way to spend a few hours.
I loved both David (he finally moved on) and Olivia (she finally got her man) in this one, their shared past was wince-inducing (David, David, way to go, my man), and I absolutely adored the main villain (does that make me weird?), though at times I thought there were a bit too many twists and turns in the suspense plot. There were some pretty intense and heart-rendering scenes in this one (for both firefighters and cops), but they were nicely balanced out by the thrills, romance (sweeeet), and those little touches of humor David's tenant Glenn, Olivia's partner Kane, and Olivia and David's mutual friends provided.

Highly recommended.

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