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review 2018-01-09 12:13
Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
Brazen Virtue - Nora Roberts

Mystery writer Grace McCabe, fresh from a book tour, is bunking with her sister in D.C. for a few days, alarmed at the fact that after a nasty divorce, Kathleen let her son with his father, moved across the country and makes her living as a phone-sex operator.

When she comes home one night and finds her sister murdered, Grace's first thought is, Kathleen's ex-husband did it. But then another phone-sex operator, employed by the same agency as Kathleen, turns up dead...


This book was yet another let-down. The heroine came across as too much of a self-absorbed airhead for my liking, the hero didn't get enough space to shine, the killer was once more relegated into the sidelines...

There was too much going on, mostly revolving around the heroine, instead of focusing on the suspense and in the end the one thing that was interesting about the story was brushed under the carpet, while the rest (mostly ballast) got the spotlight.

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review 2018-01-09 06:59
Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts
Sacred Sins - Nora Roberts

A killer is plaguing Washington, D.C., strangling women with a priest's amice and leaving notes about their sins being forgiven. The police is stumped, so they reluctantly engaged the help of psychiatrist Dr. Teresa Court.

As the tension over the murder case rises, sparks fly between Tess and Detective Ben Paris, but soon they're not just sparks of animosity.


I already read this one in 2011, gave it three stars without writing a review, and completely forgot about the story. On this second re-read, it loses a star, but I'm pretty sure that I'll still forget about it, since it was quite a disappointment.

I liked the premise, the suspense (what there was, that is), and I liked the killer's mind. Unfortunately, he was relegated into the background, overshadowed by the two protagonists and the drama around their budding "relationship".

I didn't like neither Tess nor Ben. He was mostly an ass with a chip on his shoulder about shrinks (rather understandable, but they cannot all be the same) and she was a bleeding heart convinced the killer needed help and healing. She seemed not to care much about the killer's victims or the fact the guy was a killer, she just wanted to help him.
So I wanted to smack them both, I didn't buy their romance because of their different opinions and stands on quite a lot of things...

The only saving grace was the aforementioned killer (pity, he didn't appear much), the final surprise when his identity was revealed, and Ben's partner Ed, the gentle giant.
I'm quite looking forward to his story.

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text 2017-12-31 15:51
My December 2017
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain,Crystal Chan
Kakerlaken: Harry Holes zweiter Fall (Ein Harry-Hole-Krimi) - Jo Nesbø
 Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go - Analog De Leon
Der Himmel in deinen Worten - Brigid Kemmerer,Henriette Zeltner
Sündiges Spiel - J.D. Robb
Theatrics - Neil Gibson,Leonardo A. Gonzales
Rotkehlchen - Jo Nesbø
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 2 stars
Kakerlaken - 5 stars
Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go - 3 stars
Der Himmel in deinen Worten - 5 stars
Sündiges Spiel - 5 stars
Theatrics - 4 stars
Rotkehlchen - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Kakerlaken, Der Himmel in deinen Worten, Sündiges Spiel, Rotkehlchen

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht

 

I'm super happy with my december. I read lots of ebooks that I got from Netgalley. Just one book wasn't a review copy. I really wanna work on my pile of ARCs. I'm also just happy that I got back into reading and actually finishing books after last month was just a mess.

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text 2017-12-25 16:00
Even More Festive Tasks and Books
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
I Know I Am, But What Are You? - Samantha Bee
Dime Store Magic - Kelley Armstrong
[(Butterfly Swords)] [By (author) Jeannie Lin] published on (October, 2010) - Jeannie Lin
A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo) - Louise Allen
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb
Emma And The Outlaw - Linda Lael Miller

Square 15 - Newtonmas

Book: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (5 stars - HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

 

Task: I am appreciating the alchemy that Arizona Diet Green Tea, apple liqueur from a local vineyard, and Jack Daniels' Honey whiskey has on my spirit while I peruse my dashboard while the holiday dinner is prepped and cooking. No reason for the diet version of the tea other than I like it a little more than the original formula. Next glass I am going to substitute mead for the whiskey.

 

 

Square 12 - Festivus

Book: I Know What I Am, But What Are You? by Samatha Bee (3 stars)

Task: Perform the Airing of Grievances

 

The books chosen for this task all have something in common - hype for the series or author that elevated my expectations, and that in reading these books my expectations were not only met, but plummeted to their death in the most gruesome way. And yet I read these books all the way to the end in desperate hope that they would end better than the 90% of the story. I was wrong to hope.

 

1. Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong

     Weak-ass witches, dumbass villains, and a plot centered on a 13 year old girl's first menses. I should have taken the DNF and just not read for that Halloween bingo square. I don't understand how this author is so popular in the paranormal romance sub-genre - the writing was as weak as the witches.

 

2. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

     Aka A Walking Tour of Tang Dynasty China. Horrible first book except that readers get a small taste of the MCs in the second book (which was great! seriously, skip the first book and just start with the second). The only thing the dumbass heroine knew how to do well was runaway. So. Much. Walking.

 

3. A Rose for Major Flint by Louise Allen

    The first two books, written by other authors, were wonderful so I got my hopes up that the final book in the trilogy would send the series out on a high note. It failed miserably. This was basically a Harlequin Presents dressed up in early 19th century clothing. I was very much looking forward to Major Flint's story, but by the end I wished I didn't bother starting the book. I was so bored for most of this book that I would put it down to do household chores. A shallow, self-absorbed, manipulative brat of a heroine that is a dime a dozen in Regency romance. But it's too late as she and Adam have intimate relations and now Adam feels he has to marry the twit. Adam should have left her on the battlefield, honestly. 

 

4. Echoes in Death by JD Robb

    It's at this point in the series (book #44) that I am ready for the series to be done. Just give Eve her captain bars and let her ride the desk until retirement. The ghost writing is so strong in this novel and nobody wants three books worth of damn house renovations. The side characters were out of character (*side-eyes Peabody*). I am also tired of the crimes in the series - seems like the plot lines are ripped from Law & Order: SVU, just raping and brutalizing women and children. Of course the killer is a serial rapist and murder with Mommy issues (well, technically, Auntie issues). 

 

5. Emma and the Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller

    Old skool romance that is just too crazy to make it a "so bad it's good". Originally published in 1991, I read a 2014 reprint that wasn't updated at all. Once the sex starts between Steven and Emma it doesn't stop. EVERY CHAPTER after Steven takes Emma's v-card in a field of daisies has at least one sex scene. Steven really likes Emma's breasts;  so much nipple sucking and licking. Seriously after a while, the sex scenes were just repetitive nonsense. And there is endless threats of rape and one attempted rape of the heroine. But it is the not so subtle racism in this book that made me want to throw my NOOK at the wall. Memo to publishers/authors: before reprinting old romances, revise/update/edit the fuck out some shit that you got away with earlier, for modern readers are going to red flag that shit. Between the racism and the constant verbal rape threats/real sexual assaults by Macon and Fulton on Emma, I started to become sick and couldn't wait for the book to end (I was curious about the killer's identity).

 

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review 2017-12-22 13:48
Sündiges Spiel // Fantasy In Death!!!
Sündiges Spiel - J.D. Robb

German and english review

 

Ich glaube ich habe es schon bei der letzten Review erwähnt aber ich muss es einfach wiederholen, ich liebe es wieder in der Welt von Eve Dallas zu sein!!!

Inhalt: Der Computerspiele-Tycoon Bart Minnock wird tot in seinem Haus gefunden. Der sympathische und temperamentvolle Millionär schien keine Feinde zu haben. Doch Erfolg zieht immer Neider nach sich, denn im Geschäft mit virtuellen Fantasien geht es um viel Geld, Macht und Rivalitäten - und es wird mit schmutzigen Tricks gespielt. Das weiß auch Roarke, Eves Ehemann und Konkurrent von Minnock. Jetzt gilt es für Eve und ihr Team, das nächste Level möglichst schnell zu erreichen. Was, wenn die Spieler mit ihrem Leben bezahlen müssen?

 

Der Fall war echt richtig heftig und sehr brutal, aber auch so interessant. Die futuristische Technik!!!!! Das war immer schon ein Teil der Buchserie, wer mir immer super gefallen hat, dadurch, dass die Reihe in der Zukunft spielt, finde ich es super interessant, was die Technik zu bieten hat. In diesem Band sind wir da noch mehr eingetaucht und haben Dinge erlebt, die selbst für die Zeit um 2050 noch sehr futuristisch waren. So so so gut!!!

 

Bei den Charakteren, fand ich auch so ein paar Momente unheimlich klasse. McNab und Peabody undercover war eins meiner absoluten Highlights. Dann hatten wir tolle Momente mit Eve und Nadine. Ich hab es schon oft erwähnt aber ich liebe die verschiedenen Freundschaften zwischen den Frauen in der Buchreihe. Und natürlich Roarke und Eve. Gerade zum Ende zu, ich will ja nichts verraten aber da war der eine Moment, der mein Herz wirklich schwer hat werden lassen. Ich liebe die Beiden einfach!!!!

 

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I'm pretty sure I already mentioned it in my last review but man, I love being back in the world of Eve Dallas.

 

Summary: Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire.

Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death...

 

That case was intense and so so brutal but also very interesting. The futuristic technology!!!!! One of my favorite things about this bookseries, is that it's set in the future and I love seeing technological things that I can't even imagine right now. In this book we got to dive even deeper in this and got to see things that even for that time, around 2050, are still futuristic and new. SO SO SO GOOD!!!!

 

This book also had some great moments for the characters. McNab and Peabody undercover was one of my favorite things. Then we had these great moments between Eve and Nadine. I can't mention enough how much I love the female friendships in these books. And of course, Roarke and Eve. Especially towards the end, without saying too much, there was this moment that made my heart super heavy. I just love these two so much.

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