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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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review 2016-07-03 00:00
It's Loaded, Mr. Bauer
It's Loaded, Mr. Bauer - John P. Marquan... It's Loaded, Mr. Bauer - John P. Marquand This was a fun book. Not fantastic, but fun. The time is toward the beginning of WWII, before the U.S. became involved, but Germany had already begun marching through Europe. The place for this book seems to be Ecuador. Winslow Greene is a very nerdy geologist who works for a gold-mining company. They are extracting ore from a vein up in the Andes. Greene has to go down to the coast for some reason. He is to meet the new stenographer, Henrietta Simmons, and get her sent upriver to the mining site. She is totally unprepared for the rough life she will be living, so he helps her get a new outfit and orients her slightly into the ways of her new position. He also finds himself falling for her, and she him.

Then, he is accosted by a police officer who has been watching two locals, Herr Gruber and Senior Martinez. He thinks they might be wanting to organize a heist of the next gold shipment down from the mine. It seems there is a German raider ship out at sea that has run out of oil. The only way to refuel the ship is to buy oil with "real" money, i.e. not Deutch Marks.

So, we have half romance in foreign climes and half spy mystery. Greene is so nerdy that he's what my old pastor would have called "socially retarded". At least that's what he called me back in the day when I was a young man and awkward around people, especially distaff types of people. Which all means the romantic bits are a bit strained. But overall, it's a fun read.

What I re-learned from reading this book was that Marquand wrote a number of basically forgettable, but highly readable books, e.g. this book and the Mr. Moto series, and at least one piece of prize-worthy literature that was not readable, The Late George Appley. Obviously the fault is mine: in addition to being a social retard, I'm obviously not competent to enjoy good literature, only good reading. Or something like that.
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