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review 2018-10-13 20:58
First Mate's Accidental wife - Eve Langlais

well... Ok then.

 

I confess, there is a trope that is often used in futuristic/fantasy/time travel sorts where the "H"(and I use that term loosely), through chicanery gets the h in a position where she's considered married to him and thus subject to his laws, such as they are, and I hate it. Because every damned time it happens, the h is forced to give up everything she knows and is expected to just...get over it...because he's so hawt. (eyeroll).

 

And while I'm not in favor of the reverse happening either, in the hands of an author known for humor, the results can be very entertaining - as I've just discovered. Note, the author has had her fair share of heroines stolen away and expected to go along with it. She's also the only author who has ever had an even vaguely realistic reaction from an unhappy, and very reluctant female. Granted, it was off-page, but the blue guys (mentioned once in this book) discovered the hard way that women really prefer to have a choice.

 

And now we have... the H - first mate and not really wanting to hold the position of captain, and the h - daughter of an intergalactic mob boss, kidnapped with intent of a forced marriage by a race of octopi, and rescued (sortof) by said H... She ends up rescuing him by virtue of conned marriage, and well, he's not pleased when he figures out he's actually married. There is a bit of mayhem, and eventually, consummation which, in keeping with the impression of being a harlequin presents spoof, is not nearly as detailed as much of the author's other works.

 

In the end, daddy is happy for her because she chose a guy she cared for rather than going for wealth...and there's the set-up for the next in the series. Hmmm.

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review 2018-09-23 17:05
5 STARS for this story that lives up to its amazing cover...
Contagion - Erin Bowman

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~BOOK BLURB~

Contagion

Erin Bowman

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IT GOT IN US

 

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

 

MOST ARE DEAD

 

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

 

DON’T SET FOOT HERE AGAIN

 

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I wasn't sure what to expect with this…the only other books by Erin Bowman that I've read have been YA Westerns.  This is way different than those books.  I'll admit, early on, I thought she was jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak, with this deep space horror/thriller based on a crazy virus.  It felt an awful lot like Illuminae.  Within no time though, that thought was out of my head, because I was hooked on this compelling story.  With zombie-like symptoms, this mysterious virus is seriously frightening.  It does end on a total cliffhanger, but I'm not even upset about that because I cannot wait to listen to the second book which is set to come out in July of 2019.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.8/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~ Yeah…you could say that.

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Book Cover~ Love it…especially the colors in it.

Narration~ Amy McFadden

Series~ Contagion #1

Setting~  The Planet Achlys

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Dead Lands Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-09-14 03:35
Maverick - Cheryl Brooks

I missed the Zetithians...

 

My issues are... I don't remember the joy juice causing the reactions that way. Granted, it's been a few years since the last one. Still... Not sure any of the previous books are where I can reach them though to double check. Oh wait - one was a freebie on kindle once.

 

And... I generally don't find it that interesting to read up on the now adult offspring of previous H/h pairings. Actually, most of the time I find it uncomfortable, particularly if the author has let me see v. much in the growing up of said offspring.

 

The H and h are offspring of the two couples on the Jolly Roger, namely a son of Jack and Cat, and a daughter of err...whatever her name is, and Leo. There's a bit of side romance after a fashion in the form of a couple from the Statzeel/Zetithian breeding program. I was a bit... Ok, it's been a while since I read Manx's book so I must have missed the negotiations where he and Leo donned rubber gloves and grabbed mason jars. I knew about Cat's contribution as that happened in the first book. Apparently this is ongoing and I have to wonder - did it occur to them at any point that their lifestyle wasn't really compatible with Zetithian mating habits?

 

Whatever. It was interesting, particularly that the hybrids don't always function quite the same as the purebloods. Also interesting that it has occurred to someone that these guys have the potential to wipe out other races just by interbreeding.

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review 2018-09-13 22:27
WORLDWIRED by ELIZABETH BEAR
Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear

This book took me a long time to read because I checked it out, didn't finish in time, and then came back months later.  I think this was a detriment to the book or actually my feelings about the book.  I really wasn't enjoying it when I came back to finish it.  I hate the love triangle even though everyone gets along.  And Richard was getting a lot irritating.  Not my favorite of the series.

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review 2018-09-10 19:13
COLD WELCOME by ELIZABETH MOON
Cold Welcome - Elizabeth Moon

Another book that ended with a cliffhanger, which I'm not enjoying at this time. This is the second book I've read recently that does so. The story does drag a bit while they are in the cave/station, but otherwise I enjoyed it. My one complaint is SPOILER!! [it took them forever to reach the outside when they went through the tunnels and it seemed it took the baddies only a day even with self-locking/closing doors and the last door being extremely thick. How can the baddies be able to easily explode through doors that thick in mere minutes? For as long as the journey took Ky and the survivors (way too long in my opinion), the ease with which the villains went through them like tissue paper was unrealistic. 

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