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review 2016-06-11 20:55
Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon
Winter Kill - Josh Lanyon

***beware of spoilers until I get the spoiler tags cleaned up***

 

My reading slump continues.  Even Josh Lanyon has let me down!  I don't always love Josh's books, but usually it is because one of the main characters is too much of a dick.  I can, usually, count on the mysteries to make sense and the LEO characters to be reasonably intelligent and good at their jobs.  Not here.

 

Adam is both TSTL and psychic all at the same time. There are two points at which he figures something out with no rational basis I could see.  First, he see a picture of a young women when she was a girl, standing with two older boys.  At a glance Adam determines that the picture wasn't given to her, that she stole it, and that she has a crush on one of the boys.  Second, he meets the bad guy for the first time and 

 

immediately knows he is the Roadside Ripper, because he doesn't tell them his former trucking route and he is annoyed by Adam

(spoiler show)

 

But even though Adam is apparently psychic, he is also appallingly incompetent.  Before the case starts,

 

his team manages to short out a kidnapping victim's father's car, and Adam fails to stop one of the kidnappers from shooting the father, even though he is in the back seat of the car at the time

(spoiler show)

 

He also

 

gets kidnapped by the Roadside Ripper, even though he knows (psychically!) who it is.  He just opens the door and gets coshed

(spoiler show)

 

Rob isn't psychic - just incompetent and touchy.  For example, he gets mad at Adam for 

asking someone about his son's love life.  This is apparently so insensitive that Rob is going to leave Adam behind for further interviews - even though he didn't bother to tell Adam the son has been institutionalized.

(spoiler show)

 

Josh also sets up a romance that can't work, at least not yet, and then makes it work with some really improbable behavior. 

 

So, yeah, my reading slump continues.  Rats.

 

 

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review 2016-06-11 20:16
In The Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
In the Middle of Somewhere - Roan Parrish

This was a bright spot in the reading slump I have going. Although it was contemporary with a certain amount of angst, it didn't get under my skin like Bear, Otter, and the Kid did. I think it was because I enjoyed spending time in Daniel's head.  Other reviewers got annoyed by him, but his voice worked for me.

 

I actually rather like messed up characters who make mistakes and struggle to figure things out - but only if (a) they have a good reason to be messed up; and (b) they are getting better over the course of the story, even if only in fits and starts.  Daniel is like that. He has trouble knowing how to behave in a relationship, and he makes mistakes, but he doesn't tell a bunch of lies or make the same mistake over and over.  He makes the effort and figures things out.

 

I very much appreciate that both Rex and Daniel are already out, because that particular internal struggle has gotten very stale for me.

 

I will definitely not read the follow-on story with Daniel's brother Colin.  I know I wouldn't like spending time in his brain!

 

 

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review 2015-10-04 20:16
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews
A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance Book 1) - Keira Andrews

Well written and gripping, but kind of a tough read for me.  Zebulon was so repressive and unforgiving that it was unpleasant to spend time there, and I kept waiting for the horrible event of Isaac and David getting caught. 

 

There never is the kind of "getting caught" I was waiting for, but Isaac losing his closest friend was bad enough.

 

David and Isaac do get out at the end, but only because they each know someone who is out in the world and willing to help them.  Everyone else is trapped - no money, no skills, no way to even get anywhere.  It is like a dystopia set in the middle of contemporary America.  

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I am not sure I want to read the rest of this series, because it sounds really angsty as well.  Still deciding.

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review 2014-10-30 17:47
Ursa Major by John Little
Ursa Major - John R. Little,Frank Walls

I enjoyed this short horrific tale, as I've enjoyed everything written by Mr. Little.

 

I found it hard to put down, though a little reminiscent of Cujo. This story didn't shy away from what we would call the ugliness of nature; but what nature would call plain old daily life.

 

Recommended to fans of horror and creature features!

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review 2014-06-09 00:57
The Demise of Bobby & Clyde
The Demise of Bobby & Clyde - Stephen del Mar

Bobby and Clyde are caught in a furious storm after robbing a bank. Once their car runs out of gas, they hide it behind a wall and seek refuge in an old house. While Clyde and Bobby explore, the house slowly reveals its ugly secrets.

This is a fast-paced, ominous, moody and romantic story. Even though Bobby and Clyde have screwed up multiple times in life, I loved that they get a second chance.

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