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review 2018-10-15 05:51
Good Girl's Bad Lessons (Dirty Debts) by Carmen Falcone
Good Girl's Bad Lessons - Carmen Falcone

 

Falcone is a pro when it comes to setting the senses aflame. She heats up the pages as she lights up the heart with Good Girl's Bad Lessons. What began as a temptation becomes the real deal between a sister and the brother's best friend. Emma and Nico are so wrong for each other, they just may be right for their hearts. Funny, heartwarming and naughty.

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text 2018-10-08 04:36
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 207 pages.
No Good from a Corpse - Leigh Brackett

shall tackle the grand finale tomorrow morning. this has been an exciting, twisty Noirish bit of nasty, and I’m glad I sought it out.

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text 2018-10-07 21:32
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 207 pages.
No Good from a Corpse - Leigh Brackett

continues to be a blast. Clive of course has to find the killer to clear himself, so that’s a bit familiar. but otherwise, this has its own flavor, compared to all the other Hard-Boiled stuff I’ve read. I have no idea who did the murder, though I probably should.

 

Tunnel Vision next, and then maybe Killer Tune, and after that possibly The Stone Boy. may flip the order of those last two, or get tempted by something else.

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text 2018-10-07 17:22
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 207 pages.
No Good from a Corpse - Leigh Brackett

50 Women Novelists in a Row: Book 6!

 

my favorite novel by her, that I’ve read, is a Fantasy romp called The Sword of RhiannonThe Long Tomorrow, her famous SF work, was good, but I prefer a few other novels of the same type just a bit more. still...worth a look.

 

her film credits - well, of course we have her listed for The Empire Strikes Back, and The Big Sleep...very different, and separated by decades! Empire apparently went through many changes after Brackett handed it over to George Lucas, but word is the basic story beats are present in what we all saw. anyway, it’s a cool credit.

 

this book, meanwhile, is as Hard-Boiled as it gets - I can tell that already - and I love it. wish she had done more novels like this...well, at least that’s how I feel right now; by the end, we’ll see. but it’s very exciting, and fast, and gritty as what I’ve read by her male rivals in this field.

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text 2018-10-07 17:20
One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron 99 cents and on KU!
One Good Dragon Deserves Another - Rachel Aaron

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all-knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one. Now that he's got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker's gamble to put her clan on top. 

Refusal to play along with his mother's plans means death, but there's more going on than even Bethesda knows. Heartstriker futures are disappearing, and Algonquin's dragon hunter is closing in. Now, with his most powerful family members dropping like flies, it's up to Julius to save the family that never respected him and prove once and for all that the world's worst dragon is the very best one to have on your side.

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