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review 2018-12-01 03:16
The Newest Canadian Super-Heroes are Back in Action
They Promised Me the Gun Wasn't Loaded - James Alan Gardner

When I read the first book in the series, All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault, back in January, I said "the sequel can't get here fast enough." I didn't quite expect to be reading it 11 months later, but I'm okay with that.


It's just a couple of weeks after the events of the previous book, and the newly formed team of superheroes has gone home for Christmas break. Now with just a few days before classes start up again, the team is coming back. In the last book we focused on Kim/Zircon, this time our protagonist is her roommate/teammate Jools/Ninety Nine.

Jools doesn't even make it out of the airport before she's dealing with the police and a powerful Darkling -- and maybe a powerful Spark artifact.


(Quick reminder: In this world there are two super-powered groups: the Darks/Darklings and the Sparks. The Darks are all the supernatural-types you can think of (and some you can't): vampires, weres, etc. The Sparks are Super-Heroes and the like (although some have gone astray))


Jools, with a little help from her friends, gets out of that mess -- only to find herself signed up for more.


Soon, in an effort to keep this artifact from falling into the wrong hands -- Jools finds herself cut off from her friends and in the secret-hideout with a very maverick group of Sparks -- a modern-day Robin Hood and his Merry Men. This gives her an opportunity to watch other Sparks in action, to see how they live and think -- and come up with some ways to evaluate her new lifestyle. Also, there's a lot of fighting and nifty tech to read about.


I wasn't crazy about how little time we got with the rest of the team because of this, but I think in the long run, it'll work for the strength of the series. And when we get the team together again, it's even better to see than it was before.


Again, I had a blast with this book. Gardner's world is ripe with story-telling possibilities and I'm enjoying watching him develop these characters and this world. Jools is a great character -- a solid combination of vulnerable and snarky, unwise and ridiculously intelligent -- you'll probably end up with her as your favorite character in the series (at least until book 3). Go grab this (and the other one, too) now.

2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/11/30/they-promised-me-the-gun-wasnt-loaded-by-james-alan-gardner-the-newest-canadian-super-heroes-are-back-in-action
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review 2017-06-14 18:00
Review: "Locked and Loaded" (Death and Destruction, #4) by Patricia Logan
Locked and Loaded - Patricia Logan


~ 3 stars ~

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review 2016-12-19 00:00
Unload (Loaded Book 3)
Unload (Loaded Book 3) - Casey Ashwood Unload (Loaded Book 3) - Casey Ashwood Max and Camden story. We meet these two in the previous books in the series. From the previous books we know that Max and Camden were previously acquainted and had a falling out. In this book we learn more about them and why they aren’t together.

Camden is feeling a bit restless with everyone around him finding someone and being in a relationship. When Jaco, his roommate, urges him to get out more he decides to find some social groups to join.

Max has become unsatisfied with his one night stand routines. After sleeping with an acquaintance who is married and feeling nothing, he’s given advice by his partner and friend, Sean. Sean suggests he change up his routine and ditch the one night stands that have become disappointing.

Max and Camden end up signing up for the same social group get together. The two come face to face after three years and the chemistry is just as strong as it was when they were together. But hurt feelings and a possible stalker seemed determine to keep them apart.

I thought this was a sweet story with a very low heat level. Everything was kind of neat and tidy from the stalker situation to Max and Camden finally confronting the other about what went wrong in their relationship. I felt the identity of the stalker and the tie to why he did what he did was overreaching. The guy had so much hate and it just felt off that he decided to target Max and Camden when there were more people involved in the catalysis that pushed the guy overboard. It was a good example of how stupid some criminals could be.

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2016-10-01 04:01
Locked and Loaded (A US Marshals Novel) - Mandy Baxter

This was an interesting story. Mason is a good man with a bad family behind him. His dream job is dangled in front of him to help find out who is behind the new syndicate starting up. Meeting Charlie changes his outlook on his future. Charlie is a determined woman trying to prove herself to her father and stay in charge of her team. Situations become more dangerous as the couple go undercover, and they find comfort in each others arms. The journey to understanding their feelings kept me reading this book. I look forward to reading more of this series.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley.

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review 2016-08-02 00:00
Loaded (Loaded Book 1)
Loaded (Loaded Book 1) - Casey Ashwood Loaded (Loaded Book 1) - Casey Ashwood An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Detective Denver Hayes and Detective Eugenio Mendes have been partners for a few years and are very close on and off the job. Denver is pretty much in love with Eugenio, Eugenio is straight so Denver doesn't want to risk their relationship. But when it's made apparent to Eugenio that he might have more than friendly affection towards Denver. Eugenio starts to become more conscientious of Denver. Their relationship starts to change. Then Eugenio's cousin, Jaco, gets into a bit of trouble, the two jump to help.

I really enjoyed this new series. Denver and Eugenio were likable characters and it was interesting to see their already established relationship and just learn about them. I don't usually like seeing kids in the stories I read but Pepper seemed like such a good kid. I liked that Denver had a great relationship with his ex.There was a good amount of action in the story. Jaco's situation, while not uncommon story wise was still intriguing to see unfold. The police procedure involving Eugenio and Denver may not have been exactly correct but it is fiction. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the author have in store for the next book in the series.
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