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review 2018-12-11 16:14
Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers
Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers - Lennox Randon
This novel begins quickly as two, long-time friends take their dogs out for a walk and apprehend a pair of serious criminals. As a result of their success, these two single guys must now try to reinvent themselves in a new city and end up finding out that it’s hard to let go of their past. It’s a great story that I found both intriguing and humorous.
 
Noah and Lee have been friends since they were young. As they take their dogs out for a run in Maquoketa State Park, they run into some trouble. The two friends locate and apprehend the suspects after gunshots were exchanged, following a confrontation. The police make the arrest and after Noah and Lee have made their statements, the two friends are placed in the Witness Protection Program. No longer in Iowa, the two are moved to Texas, where eventually they are reunited with their dogs.
 
In the Witness Protection Program, the two friends must make an overhaul of themselves: changing their appearances, their jobs, and they must not reference their previous lives. Easier said than done, with these two. Noah used to be on the police force and this will always run through his blood. His first job doesn’t go so well and being in a new community is hard for him. Lee on the other hand is a flirt, he is all over the place. His “I know a guy” stories, allow him to talk about their previous lives with anyone. These talks also get the two of them into a secret of line of business that the Witness Protection Program is unaware of.
 
Instead of laying low and keeping quiet, the two of them seem to be out in the open a lot, which gets them in trouble with their contact in the Program. They both are single so I anticipated some dating to occur in the book, which did happen. It was interesting how the two friends handled this, as they were not supposed to reveal their past to anyone.
 
I liked the quick pace of the book and I liked the characters. I liked how the characters fed off each other and their light-heartedness. I enjoyed the struggles they had trying to remain under the radar and their business venture together was entertaining. This novel wasn’t deep, it was a light and fun novel to read. I was glad our book club read this novel as I don’t think I would have picked it up otherwise.

 

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review 2018-12-04 21:37
Best Friends Forever
Best Friends Forever - Margot Hunt

Kat Grant is an artsy socialite. Alice Campbell is a struggling suburbanite. But these two women are best friends. So when Kat's husband, Howard, falls to his death from the second floor balcony of their mansion, Alice will be there for her. Howard wasn't a nice person. He was abusive, he was arrogant, a drunk, and according to police he was a murder victim. But Alice can't get a hold of Kat - no calls, no texts, and her wealthy family will not let Alice near their daughter.

This book kept me up into the early hours of the morning when I was already exhausted. That's a sign of a good book! Kat and Alice were real. They were interesting and frustrating. These two have lots of layers. We go back and forth from present day to three years ago when Alice and Kat first met. Great writing. Suspenseful. I did figure out a big part early on, which I'm no good at doing, so I don't know if that's why I felt underwhelmed with the ending or if there was a bit much going on or maybe it's a combination of both. But overall this was a compelling read that I wish I had've read sooner!

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review 2018-11-25 10:32
Noirvember Reading: How to Kill Friends and Implicate People by Jay Stringer
How To Kill Friends And Implicate People - Jay Stringer

Fergus Fletcher is a hit man. For five thousand pounds, he’ll kill anyone you want. For seven, he’ll frame someone else. Pretending to kill someone is a first, but Alex Pennan has stolen from the mob and needs to fake his own death.

 

Fergus is looking for love. So is Sam Ireland, a private investigator and part-time bike messenger. But she’s got her hands on a very important package and is in a world of trouble with the mob. Joe Pepper, pillar of society and corrupt gangland fixer, will stop at nothing—nothing at all—to intercept the package and protect his reputation.

 

Can Alex stay dead while his widow dances on his grave? Can Joe save himself before his stomach ulcer explodes? Can Fergus and Sam make it to a second date before Joe hires him to kill her?

 

Welcome to Glasgow. It’s a love story.

 

Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me. I've enjoyed Stringer's previous books, including the first part of the Sam Ireland mysteries, but this was like re-heated coffee - more of the same, but worse.

Too much talking, jokes that weren't funny, and I don't think Stringer is particularly good at writing convincing romance subplots. And, for whatever reason, there's far less Joe Pepper than the blurb would let you believe.

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review 2018-11-24 20:26
The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3)
The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan

I thought I would enjoy this more since I've enjoyed Sebastian and Violet since the first book, and it was pretty obvious they'd end up together. Violet was a much different person than I thought she'd be once we got into her head though, and it took awhile for me to warm up to her. 

 

Seeing Violet and Sebastian both doubt themselves - for different reasons - and trying to prove themselves worthy to their family was frustrating at times. Their insecurities made them vulnerable in similar ways, and they could really only be themselves when they were working together on Violet's theories.

 

Yes, Violet's theories! (That's in the blurb, but also becomes immediately obvious in the first chapter, so it's not a spoiler.) Violet wasn't allowed to publish her theories under her own name, since no one would even read them given that she's a woman. So Sebastian has been presenting her theories as his own, and the constant lies and the derision from some of the public have worn him down. Women having to hide their intelligence and discoveries behind men's names was sadly not unheard of, and I found this aspect of the story engaging, even if it ended a bit more fairy tale than could be believed. (Or the author decided to not focus on any of the negatives

after Violet went to prison.

(spoiler show)

 

I really liked seeing these two friends break down their barriers and become more than friends, but it didn't quite grab me as much as the previous couples. 

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text 2018-11-21 10:01
How to Kill Friends and Implicate People - I've read 36%.
How To Kill Friends And Implicate People - Jay Stringer

This feels a lot slower than the first part. All the POV characters go on wild tangents, giving us their backstory, their friends' and family's backstory, the backstory of their fathers' goldfish... (Literally. Okay, it was a Koi, but that's just big goldfish.) I sometimes wish they would just stop talking and get the fuck on with the action.

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