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review 2017-07-18 16:43
Review: Adam (Riding Hard #1) by Jennifer Ashley
Adam (Riding Hard) (Volume 1) by Jennifer Ashley (2015-03-10) - Jennifer Ashley

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

 

Adam

Riding Hard #1
Jennifer Ashley
Contemporary Romance - Western
JA / AG Publishing
March 10th 2015
eBook
172
Free of Amazon

 

Stuntman Adam Campbell returns home to Riverbend, Texas, after being seriously injured in a movie stunt gone wrong. He settles in to heal at his family's ranch, where his four brothers, famous trick riders, train horses.

 

Adam is stunned to find Bailey Farrell working there—she was the shy girl who'd helped Adam graduate high school so he could run off to Hollywood. Except the budding Bailey, with whom Adam had a brief but intense affair, has blossomed into a beautiful woman. Now the sparks that had once ignited between them threaten to explode.

 

Adam is beaten-up, broken-down, and has lost his nerve—the stunt that injured him also killed his best friend. The only one he can turn to is Bailey, but will Bailey, who has come back to Riverbend to lick her wounds after a painful divorce, be willing to help him again?

Book 1 of Riding Hard. A 230-page (approx) novel—20 chapters, plus bonus sneak peek at Grant's book and a recipe for Mrs. Ward's Harvest Pie.

 

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Adam was a sweet second chance romance in Jennifer Ashley’s, Riding Hard series.

 

It’s a fast read, with plenty of alphas, horses, and strong women. I enjoyed meeting the Campbell family, each brother is unique. I loved the strong family bonds portrayed and the loyalty they have for one another. I also had fun with the family and their business of being trick riders. Adam was yummy and Bailey was perfect for him. The romance is sweet and you can see they still have chemistry, even after all these years.

 

Adam was an enjoyable feel good romance. I had a delightful time reading.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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review 2017-07-17 23:30
Visual novel review - This, My Soul

 

This, My Soul is a free sci-fi visual novel. The first time I saw it, it was listed as “in development.” I was cautiously excited - it looked slick and the android main character interested me, but there was no guarantee it’d ever be completed. I prefer to play finished products rather than demos.

Thankfully, this is now out of “in development” limbo. I’ve played it through three or four times since downloading it, and my final verdict is...meh. It has some really nice and ambitious aspects, but it doesn’t entirely follow through with all of them, and the android-human romance could have been better.

Backing up a bit, the story: You play as a woman who is the sole survivor of a spaceship accident of some sort. The game allows you to choose the woman’s name - if I remember right, the default is “Kyndle.” Kyndle was rescued by a laborer-class android named Silas, who put her in cryogenic sleep. Because the cryogenic pod is old, Kyndle can’t stay asleep for the entire trip back to civilization, but she also can’t stay awake for the full trip. The plan is for her to be awake at the beginning and then go back to sleep near the end.

In the meantime, Silas helps Kyndle get her strength and full range of movement back, and makes sure she regains some of the weight she lost. At times, Kyndle can’t even move without Silas’s help.

Players have several ways they can approach the game: they can be suspicious of Silas and resistant to the idea of being attracted to an android; they can be friendly towards Silas and more than a little attracted; they can be openly flirtatious; or they can be some combination of all three. There are three possible endings, which the developer/author called the Normal end, Friendship end, and Romance end. However, those aren’t really the best way to describe them.

The “normal” end is the one where Kyndle doesn’t really give a crap about Silas and his fate. The “friendship” end is bittersweet - I’d like to think that everything works out for the best, but it isn’t guaranteed. There can be a strong thread of romance leading up to this ending, depending on the options you choose, so it’s not strictly a “friendship” end. The “romance” end definitely ends with Silas and Kyndle together and is probably the best ending for Silas overall, but I still had some issues with it. It doesn’t require that you hit all of the story’s “romantic” scenes, and it presents readers with a happy ending but doesn’t bother to explain how Kyndle and Silas are supposed to achieve that happy ending in the long term.

There were some things I really liked about this visual novel. First, it made an effort at adjusting to reader choices. Early on in the story, readers could decide which job Kyndle had, out of five possible choices. Later conversation options then adjusted to these choices. If Kyndle was a medical officer, then she knew a bit more about cryogenic sleep. If she was a mechanical engineer, she understood a bit more about the ship’s functions. This was kind of nice, but it wasn’t carried out as thoroughly as it could have been. For example, I got really annoyed when medical officer Kyndle became outraged at Silas feeding her high calorie meals in order to increase her weight. I forget her exact words, but it amounted to “women don’t like to gain weight, why didn’t you ask me first.” But as a medical officer she should have understood that her time in cryogenic sleep had left her underweight and that she’d have to gain that weight back before going back to sleep.

This is technically a fairly short visual novel, but its numerous decision points and choices made it feel longer. The sheer number of decisions overwhelmed me at first, but I came to like them more during subsequent playthroughs. The “skip” button definitely helped - as in many visual novels, you could set it to skip text you’d seen before.

That said, I haven’t played through all the possible story choices yet, and I doubt I ever will. I tried, I really did, but some of them really didn’t appeal to me. Like I said earlier on in this review, you could opt to play this game several ways. I preferred being neither hostile/suspicious nor very flirty. The flirty options sometimes made me uncomfortable because Silas seemed so taken aback. In one instance, he even went as far as to remind Kyndle that he was a laborer-class android and not built for anything sexual. To me, his response came across as discomfort, and I really wanted Kyndle to just back off. I had similar problems forcing myself to choose the hostile/suspicious options all the way through.

It was weird how the game was so adaptable in some ways (different wording at certain points depending on the job Kyndle had) and yet so rigid in other ways. For example, during one of my playthroughs I tried to made Kyndle as suspicious as possible. I found myself unable to carry this through all the way to the end, so she became friendlier later in the game. Considering how she had behaved towards Silas up to that point, I’d have expected him to respond coldly or neutrally to almost anything she said, but that wasn’t the case.

There were times when it felt like the romance aspects were being laid on too thick. The worst was probably the massage scene (which I later figured out was skippable without any noticeable effect on the ending). How did a laborer-class android even learn to give a proper massage? I’d have expected medical officer Kyndle to have some questions about that, but nope. I did like the scene in the control room (navigation room?), though.

Art-wise, this was a mixed bag. The sprites looked great, but the CG art was nowhere near as slick and pretty. I wish the person who had done the sprite art had also done the CG art. Also, the music, while appropriate to the setting, wasn’t very memorable.

All in all, this wasn’t bad, but it didn’t work for me nearly as well as I’d hoped it would. Too many points in Kyndle and Silas’s romance made me uncomfortable, and even the happiest of the three endings left me feeling worried that society and/or the corporation that created Silas would tear them apart.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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Angel’s Weekly: Buy The Books ~ 7/17 – 7/21 #PreOrders #Freebies

 

July 18th, 2017

 

 

The Ends of the World (The Conspiracy of Us #3) by Maggie Hall – (YA)
Mischievous Prince (Captured by a Dragon-Shifter #5) by Michelle M. Pillow – (PNR)
Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison – (PNR)
Elemental Mating (A.L.F.A. #1) by Milly Taiden – (PNR)
Pride Before the Fall (The Adventures of Hermes) by Rebekah Lewis – (Mythology/Fairy Tale)
The Library of Light and Shadow (Daughters of La Lune #3) by M.J. Rose – (Adult Fiction)
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris – (Mystery Thriller)
Assassin Next Door (Bad Boy Inc. #1) by Eve Langlais – (CR)
Rocky Mountain Home (Six Pack Ranch #11) by Vivian Arend – (CR)
Where I Need To Be (McKenna #3) by Jamie Hollins – (CR)
Eyes on You (Blasphemy #2.5) by Laura Kaye – (Erotic Romance)

 

 

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Angel’s Weekly: Buy The Books ~ 7/3 – 7/7 #NewRelease #BookDeals #Freebie #PreOrder

 

July 3rd, 2017

 

 

Drakon’s Plunder (Blood of the Drakon #3) by N.J. Walters – (PNR)
The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward – (PNR)
Contingency Plan (The Galactic Cold War #2) by Robyn Bachar – (SciFi Romance)
Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper – (YA)

 

 

July 4th, 2017

 

 

Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) by Kalayna Price – (UF/PNR)
Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4) by Katherine McIntyre – (PNR)
Wicked Kiss (Realm Enforcers #4) by Rebecca Zanetti – (PNR)
Ashes (Dark in You #3) by Suzanne Wright – (PNR)
Fuel for Fire (Black Knights Inc. #10) by Julie Ann Walker – (CR/RS)
Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood – (CR/RS)
Claiming Alexis (Ace Security #2) by Susan Stoker – (CR)
Just the Thing (The Donnigans #2) by Marie Harte – (CR)
Insurrection (Nevermore #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – (YA/PNR)
The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2) by Sarah Beth Durst – (YA)
The Wicked Heir (Spare Heirs #3) by Elizabeth Michels – (HR)

 

 

July 6th, 2017

 

 

Saving Her Skin (Shifter Shield #3) by Margo Bond Collins – (PNR)

 

 

July 7th, 2017

 

 

Wolf (Black Angels MC #2) by A.E. Fisher – (CR)

 

 

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Buy The Books: New Releases 6/26 – 7/1 #Free #BookDeals #PreOrder

 

June 26th, 2017

 

 

Semper Fi Cowboy (Lone Star Leathernecks #1) by Heather Long – (Western/CR)
Not My First Rodeo 2 Boxed Set (Not My First Rodeo #2) – (CR)
Seduced by the Tide (Dragon Soul #2) by Sean Michael – (M/M Romance)
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting (Nava Katz #2) by Deborah Wilde – (UF/PNR)
Cursed Sight (Dark Sight Book 2) by T.G. Ayer – (UF)

 

 

June 27th, 2017

 

 

Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead – (YA)
Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White – (YA)
The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard #1) by Tad Williams – (Epic Fantasy)
The Queen of Swords (Golgotha #3) by R.S. Belcher – (Steampunk)
The Mech Who Loved Me (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #2) by Bec McMaster – (PNR/Steampunk)
Hunted (Eternal Guardians #8.75) by Elisabeth Naughton – (PNR)
The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny #2) by Jeaniene Frost – (UF/PNR)
Alchemy and Arcana: An Urban Fantasy Novella Collection
The Spawn of Lilith (Lilith #1) by Dana Fredsti – (UF/PNR)
Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, #1) by Lisa Edmonds – (UF/PNR)
Death of a Lobster Lover (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #9) by Lee Hollis – (Cozy Mystery)
Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille – (CR/Mystery Thriller)
The Legend (Sons of Texas #3) by Donna Grant – (CR/RS)
Branded as Trouble (Wrangler’s Creek #3) by Delores Fossen – (Western/CR)
Undaunted: A Western Romance Novel (Long, Tall Texans) by Diana Palmer – (Western/CR)
Down Home Cowboy (Copper Ridge #8) by Maisey Yates – (Western/CR)
Dropout (Bad Boy Homecoming #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan – (CR)
Rock Star (Bad Boy Homecoming #5) by Stacey Kennedy – (CR)
Raw Need (Larson Brothers #2) by Cherrie Lynn – (CR)
Make Me Stay (Panic #2) by Sidney Halston – (CR)
The King (Masterpiece Duet #1) by Skye Warren – (Dark Romance)
The Highland Commander (Lords of the Highlands #2) by Amy Jarecki – (HR)
The Duke of Defiance (The Untouchables #5) by Darcy Burke – (HR)
Love with a Scottish Outlaw (Highland Weddings #3) by Gayle Callen – (HR)
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean – (HR)
Three Weeks with a Princess (The Improper Princesses #2) by Vanessa Kelly – (HR)
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins – (HR)

 

 

June 29th, 2017

 

 

The Catch (The Player #2) by K. Bromberg – (CR/Sports)

 

 

July 1st, 2017

 

Say Yes to the Cowboy (Thunder Mountain Brotherhood) by Vicki Lewis Thompson – (Western/CR)
Turned by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #12) by Felicity Heaton – (PNR)

 

 


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A few book deals for you to grab! Please double check, deal can change.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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