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review 2019-01-05 03:35
Once Again, the Lori's (almost) in Over her Head
Deep Dirty Truth - Steph Broadribb

After all the drama and trauma of her recent past, Lori is taking only easy assignments -- her life needs to coast for a bit. Naturally, that's not going to work too well (why would we read about that? Also, why would Broadribb be nice to her now?) -- she'd kidnapped by the Miami Mob and we readers have to be braced for all sorts of nasty things to happen to her. And while it is nasty -- no one is prepared for what happens to her.


They want her to do a job for them. If she succeeds, they offer to wipe the slate clean. If she fails (or refuses), she, Dakota and JT are dead. Honestly, there's a pretty good chance they'll die no matter what, but there's a chance with the former. All she has to do is retrieve the "numbers man" for the family, currently under FBI protection before he testifies against the family in a couple of days. It's pretty cool to see how good Lori does at this until things go horribly, horribly wrong (not much of a spoiler, really -- the book isn't going be too suspenseful if she has an easy time of it).


Meanwhile, JT and Dakota run to safety -- which goes only slightly worse than Lori's assignment. JT isn't anywhere near as healthy as he should be to handle this kind of thing -- but he doesn't have much of a choice. It's his little girl, what else can he do? It's great to see JT in action like this. But at some point, at the rate things are going for her, Dakota's going to end up catatonic or like the little girl in <b>Logan</b>. My money's on the latter.


So we've got the Mob on one hand, the FBI on the other, and a distinct lack of options for this family -- it's all about survival. The longer you're alive the more opportunities will present themselves to extricate yourself from this Catch-22. As much as Lori (and JT and Dakota) is tough and resilient, it's her ability to improvise, to think quickly and to pounce on the chances that life gives her that makes her an action hero to pay attention to.


A female bounty hunter with skills and the kind of grit you want to see in an action hero, Lori is a great character. The physical toll on her in this novel is up there with the psychological toll previous adventures have taken on her -- not that she gets out of this one emotionally/mentally unscathed (nor did she get out of the previous adventures without a physical injury or 8). She's smart, determined and prepared to dish it out as well as take it.


I walked away from book 2, <b>Deep Blue Trouble</b> with a pretty strong idea about what book 3 was going to be about. I was wrong, but I'm pretty confident that I know what book 4 will be about (at least initially). I'm very glad to be wrong, actually -- because this was a lot of fun, and sets things up to be a more satisfying version of the story I imagined Broadribb would be telling. I'm eager to find out how wrong I am about book 4 (because I will be).


I've spent about a month working on this post in fits and starts, because I'm having a hard time saying something about this book that I didn't say about the other two. Broadribb started off strong -- a veteran from the get-go, and the other two have been of the same quality. Consistency is great when you're a reader -- but it's hard to write about. So I give up -- I'm not going to have anything insightful to say or any dazzling or penetrating analysis to offer. I'll keep it basic -- <b>Deep Dirty Truth</b> is a good, fast-paced, white-knuckle ride written by someone who knows what she's doing. Go read it.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/01/04/deep-dirty-truth-by-steph-broadribb-once-again-the-loris-almost-in-over-her-head
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review 2019-01-03 19:11
Realistic Look at Marriage with Bumps in the Road
The Truth about Ever After - Rachel Schurig

Fans of the Three Girls series were introduced to Kiki Barker-Thompson in book #2. We know that she and Jen set up their own business and now in book #4 we begin with Jen's wedding. Kiki realizes that after being married for a couple of years to her husband Eric she is starting to think about having children. When she sees how happy Ginny and Josh are (with their now two kids) she really thinks that she and Eric are ready for even more happiness. However, things don't go as planned. Kiki and Eric start to have cracks in their marriage, and a lot of things that were left unsaid, become said. I really liked this one since it shows us the story of Kiki and Eric. And also we get to see how lonely Kiki was until she met Eric through Matt. 


"The Truth About Ever After" shows us how life is for Kiki Barker-Thompson. We know her as an over eager wealthy socialite that co-runs a business with Jen. Now she is taking on an old nemesis's wedding and doing her best to get pregnant. We never really heard before how hard the world became for Kiki after her father became wealthy. I am always amazed at wealthy people looking down on others who didn't inherit it. I wish that Schurig had included more stories in this one. We go back and forth between present day and past when Kiki meets Eric and goes through a shitty time at college. I wanted more of that up front and if it was going to go back and forth, I would have liked more set up with Kiki in before.


We still get the girls in this one, we get updates on Jen, Ginny, and Annie. Kiki is doing what she can to make sure the company stays afloat while Jen is dealing with a health crisis. I also felt badly for Kiki as she mentions the girls closeness and how she wishes she could be part of their close circle. It's not that they don't like Kiki, they have all just known each other longer. 


For once we get more insight into the male hero in this series. We get to see how Eric is hung up on how much money Kiki and her family have. His stubbornness on them using her inheritance to buy a house, and how he is doing a lot to show he is not getting by on being married to the boss's daughter. We do know that the two love each other, but this shows after HEA, there are always going to be some rainy days. I do wish we get more interesting love scenes. Schruig is a fan of the fade to black approach which just bores me to tears.


The writing is good and the flow needed slapped back a bit though. At times it felt like we were racing through the book. It's nice to just build up some backstory to people. I wanted more scenes with Kiki's parents, and even with Jen. 


The ending was great. I loved that we get to see Kiki and Eric entering a new phase in their marriage. 

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review 2018-12-31 12:36
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
  This was the first Sarah Dessen's book that I read. And I liked it despite the fact that it was intended for teens. One of the reasons is that the main character - Macy - was quite mature, so it was easier to relate. Besides, the book was really well-written.

I liked the romance part too. There were no lies, stupid sparring or any other sort of disrespectful (and very annoying) behaviour. It was just a nice romance about two people getting to know each other and coming closer. I find it hard to find beautiful, respectful, but not too sugary romance in contemporary books. This love story, though not being ideal, was enjoyable.

Another thing I liked about the book was it's realism. It was very easy to get into the story. The girls’ feelings and behavior after her father’s death were well depicted. The whole situation came out very realistic. But there was a moment when it lost a part of it: "The world was still turning: if I needed proof, there was the radio across the room, which I could hear headlines. A war in some Baltic country...." (p. 58) A war? In some Baltic country? No. Certainly not in recent times. I hope I won’t find more historical/geographical lapses in the other 2 Sarah Dessen’s books I have. Earlier or later I will read them too, since I did enjoy this one.

However, I did not like the ending. It looked like a typical clichéd ending of a cheap Hollywoodian romance. With all the running, final declaration etc. Everything seemed so rushed and also totally out of Macy's character.


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review 2018-12-16 03:04
Unraveling the Truth About Love (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens) by Addison Cole
Unraveling the Truth About Love - Addison Cole



Like every other family the Bradens have experienced their share of heartache. What I love most about this family is that they never let the hard knocks affect the love they have for each other. In this ever growing family love is an endless commodity, whether by blood, marriage or friendship there's always more than enough to go around. In Unraveling the Truth About Love, Addison Cole celebrates that gift by inviting the whole family to join in the courtship of Riley and Josh. The road may be treacherous, but with a sturdy foundation and an open heart, beating the odds is a given. Especially in this family.

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text 2018-12-03 00:14
24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 - Hanukkah, Book
Two Kinds of Truth - Michael Connelly,Titus Welliver

I'm claiming Michael Connelly's Two Kinds of Truth, which I read in November, as my book for the Hanukkah square (the word "two" in the title). Review HERE.

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