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review 2018-09-17 03:13
There Before the Chaos by K. B. Wagers - My Thoughts
There Before the Chaos - K.B. Wagers

I am in book hangover.  :)  That's not a bad thing - means I ADORED this book!  In the interests of full discolsure, I won the ARC of the book via a contest on K.B.'s patreon, but that in no way changes how I feel about it.

This is one of those times where I wish I was a good review writer.  Sadly I am not. 

When I was 3 chapters in, I already felt like I had met up with a gang of friends I had not seen in a long while and whom I had missed terribly. 

Now, there is not be quite as much harum-scarum action as there was in the first trilogy of Hail Bristol's tale, the last five chapters notwithstanding.  This book gives us more of a sharing of Hail herself, who she was, who she wishes to be, and who she really is.  We also learn more of certain important characters, through Hail's eyes of course, and maybe grow to love them as she does.  Well, I did.  :)  I think it's a more personal feeling book, if that makes any sense.

I need more Dailun and Hail in my life too!

There's something going on and despite many hints and answers and discoveries in this book, I still don't know what's going on.  *LOL*  But that's okay.  It's a trilogy and I know I'll get answers before the end, I just have to be patient.  And thanks to the way that K.B. Wagers weaves the story, it's never dissatisfying. 

If I have complaints, they're... negligible in the whole scheme of things.  One is that every damned character winks.  Some more often than others, but there are far too many winks going on.  It's K.B.'s tic I think.  I'm sure I've mentioned it before.  The other is the THRICE DAMNED CLIFFHANGER!!!  Thank GOD the format I read - the ARC of the trade paperback - had an excerpt of the next book because I was starting to hyperventilate!  And I must add, the excerpt was FASCINATING!

I cannot believe how long I have to wait for the next book!  I love these books and I love Hail Bristol and her crew of found family, so I will wait.  And try to be patient.  It's not something I'm very good at. 

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text 2018-09-12 15:44
Halloween Bingo Catchup.
Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War Book 3) - K.B. Wagers
Murder In Thrall - Anne Cleeland
A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel - Jacqueline Winspear
The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli
The Reapers - John Connolly

So far this month I have read 5 books.

Some of them are easy to put into a square and some are difficult:

 

Last Namsara falls somewhat into Doomsday; it involves stories so I think A Grimm Tale would be pretty apt but it is about Dragons so Cryptozology is the best slot.

 

A Dangerous Place is set in Gibraltar which I'm pretty sure counts as a Small Town, it could also have been Genre Suspense, just about Fear the Deep (she arrives on a Liner from India) and most of this series qualifies as Cosy, the first few pages are quite Gothic, Maisies mental health is not the best here and that's most of the terror in the tale... but Terror in a Small Town is the best fit.

 

Beyond the Empire is more space opera than anything else, the only thing I have that it fits into is New Release 

 

Murder in Thrall falls into Genre Suspense, Supernatural a little, Modern Noir and Gothic; I'm going to use Genre: Suspense here.

 

The Reapers has elements of Genre Suspense, Modern Noir and Supernatural; you could also argue Southern Gothic and Terror in a Small Town (where the final battle takes place and most of the gore) I think I'll go with Modern Noir here.

 

Feel free to tell me I'm wrong.

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review 2018-09-10 17:15
Hail the Empress
After the Crown - K.B. Wagers

Now she's the empress and she has to try to keep her empire in one piece while also wanting to change things for the better, but there's another empire determined to kill her and survival is her biggest hope.

 

Myself and my husband are reading these and enjoying them.

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review 2018-06-26 18:01
Awesome Historical Romance
The Gambler Wagers Her Baron - Christina McKnight

The Gambler Wagers Her Baron is another fantastic historical romance from Christina McKnight.  Ms. McKnight gives us a well-written book with two flawed main characters that the reader can't help but love.  Payton, with her penchant for gambling and Damon, living in misery after his wife's death, come together and bring us a story that is loaded with drama, humor, spice and a bit of suspense.  The characters in this book are outstanding and my favorite part of the book.  I enjoyed reading The Gambler Wagers Her Baron and look forward to my next book by Christina McKnight.  The Gambler Wagers Her Baron is book 4 of the Craven House Series but can be read as a standalone.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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review 2018-06-24 15:24
The Gambler Wagers Her Baron (Craven House Book 4) by Christina McKnight
The Gambler Wagers Her Baron - Christina McKnight

 

Payton is tired of being tied down by scandal. Deciding to break free could be the best decision she's ever made or the worst mistake of her life. Damon comes into her life at a time when her world is falling apart. He lost his heart a long time ago. Death has a way of taking the light out of a person. When Payton comes into his world, she starts to melt the ice around his heart. She becomes the glue that holds his family together and the spirit that reawakens his soul. McKnight enthralls with her tales of courageous heroines and brooding heroes. Hidden within that tried and true formula is a tale of love, built on hope, rescued by faith. The Gambler Wagers Her Baron is a sure bet.
 
 

 

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