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review 2017-05-12 14:13
Whiteout
Whiteout - Elyse Springer

 

What a damn nice surprise read that was!  I really loved it all.  From the suspense, to the uncomfortable not knowing what the hell to believe, to the ending. I was pretty captivated throughout the entire book.  About halfway through the book the direction shifts a good bit and while I was good with the direction, it could have also gone a completely different direction and I think I would have been just as pleased.  I do wish we would have gotten some dual POV, especially towards the end, or perhaps even switching completely at Part 2.

 

**Highly Recommended**

 

Also - I am kinda disappointed that the next in this series is FF.  Yikes.  I mean whatever floats your boat, but that does not interest me at all.  Too bad really as I really enjoyed this author.

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review 2017-05-01 00:24
Enemies of the State - The Executive Order Series
Enemies of the State - Tal Bauer

 

See my series review here.

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review 2017-04-24 08:00
The Stravinski Intrigue
The Stravinsky Intrigue (Fugue & Fable) - Darin Kennedy

I read The Mussorgski Riddle some time ago, and I enjoyed its unique style and story, so I was looking forward to The Stravinsky Intrigue although I had to admit that the details from the first book had become a bit fuzzy and I'm not really acquainted with the ballets from Stravinsky that play a major role in this book.

At times I was a little bit disappointed with The Stravinsky Intrigue. While the story resembled The Mussorgski Riddle, there were some things that annoyed me (that I don't recall from the first book). There are many coincidences, and Mira jumps into danger at almost any possibility. The rest of the time she's defending her psychic-ship in a condescending manner which I disliked. Also, the story seemed rather finished at the ending, but since I know there's a third novel coming, probably everything will be resolved (taking any suspense there was about the main characters).

What I did like, as in the first novel, was all the music. It is a nice introduction to the music, and I would certainly recommend to listen to it while reading. I enjoyed that a lot. The story is also moving forward rather quickly, and there's a mystery to be solved (before it's too late).

Not as good as the first one, but I'm still curious as to how it's going to end.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-22 13:20
Enemy of my Enemy - The Executive Order Series
Enemy of My Enemy - Tal Bauer

 

I got nothing else at this point. I'm mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted.

 

See my full series review here.

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review 2017-03-13 15:49
Safeword
Safeword - A.J. Rose

“Thunder.”

 

There are two moments in this book which will forever be some of the most memorable immersions into a story and into two characters that I have ever experienced and they centered around the use of this word.  I felt every single word, every emotion and ever heart aching moment these characters were going through and it was beautiful.

 

This series continues to surprise me. Not sure what I really expected from this but it is not at all what I am getting on the pages before me.  The BDSM elements are so passionately written and the love and trust described between these two men is just amazingly developed. 

 

“You are the only one I want, sub or not, fucked in the head or whole. This last year, with you, I’ve woken up inside. I used to think it was the thrill of the whip, of seeing someone on his knees for me, or the heat of a freshly reddened ass that made me feel alive. Getting someone to fly with me, taking submission for the gift it is—that’s a heady thing. It makes my nerves sing and my heart beat fast. Gets me hard and I feel like can do anything. And that feeling is a pittance compared to being with you.”

 

My Ben. My strength. My heart.

 

 

And while the BDSM is still a running theme through this story, it is not the focal point.  The relationship with Myah and the detective aspects take center stage here.  And while there is no on page rape, there is certainly discussion of this level of abuse. 

 

Overall (since I have now finished all three books in this series), this one stands out as my favorite.  The reestablishment of trust and the breaking down of emotional walls as these characters grow in their relationship with each other is breathtaking.  And while this series gets darker and darker, the consistent love shown between these men is never forgotten.

 

A fabulous BR with Elsbeth

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