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text 2017-12-16 17:44
A Wedding for Christmas By Lori Wilde $1.99
A Wedding for Christmas: A Twilight, Texas Novel - Lori Wilde

The whole town is ready for the holidays: The Cookie Club is baking, Main Street glitters with lights, the carolers sing . . .There’s even a Christmas wedding.

 

When bodyguard Ryder Southerland sees his best friend’s sister Katie at an L.A. Christmas party, he mistakes the slinky blonde for a celebrity stalker and tackles her. Then they tackle each other . . . at his place. The next morning, Katie’s gone, and Ryder tells himself it’s for the best. It isn’t. Now, one Christmas later, Ryder’s falling for the woman he’s been missing in the town he hasn’t missed at all . . .

 

Katie Cheek’s outgrown the romantic fantasies she had about Ryder when she was fifteen. Katie’s packed their hot night away in a box labeled “fling”—or tried to. But Twilight’s bad boy is the best man in her brother’s wedding. And up-close and personal, Ryder’s impossible to ignore. So Katie can either go into hiding—or surrender to Christmas magic.

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review 2017-12-08 18:27
Under Pressure Book Review
Under Pressure - Lori Foster

Okay, so I usually like this author. I really enjoyed reading her MMA series. But this was pretty awful, especially the audiobook. Not much happened. It was very much a slow build until maybe the last 50 pages or so. And even the climax of the story wasn't very exciting. There are more in this series but I don't plan to read it. Definitely disappointing for a Lori Foster book. 

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review 2017-12-01 14:32
Dark Crime is right
Edge of Darkness - Maggie Shayne,Lori Herter,Christine Feehan

This book is 390 pages long and 216 of them are the Christine Feehan story.  I realise that there are a lot of deep Feehan fans but I find the stories disturbing, full of consent issues and undermining of strong women. I admit that I read many books where consent and agency are problematic but Feehan seems to push many of my buttons and make me quite cranky. 

Some authors pull you past issues and allow you to keep reading but I just can't with Feehan, my internal editor rears her head and spends the entire story pointing at things that irritate rather than going with the story.  She often creates characters that I like initially and then they fall in love and seem to be undermined and turn from strong to weak and stop being the people I liked.  Which is probably most of what I dislike about Laurel K Hamilton. There's also an amount of "this is what women are really like" subtext that rubs me up the wrong way.

 

Blaze is about to take on the men who killed her father and rings the number on a card to tell the person on the other side what's about to go down and instead he comes to her to try to persuade her to live, and that she's his mate and then he fails in woo and adulting. Sorry, I tried, it just annoyed me so much every time they talked.

 

Dead by Twilight by Maggie Shayne starts with some minor slut shaming and then continues into a detective novel with a vampire who has found ways of hiding in the police force and using her night-time skills well and who realises that there is a place and maybe a partner.  I found this a much better story with a lot more agency for everyone.

 

Cimarron Spirit by Lori Herter did show some inexperience but as a story of an old vampire and an archaeologist trying to choose between safe and dangerous men.  It was a good glimpse of possible better stories.

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review 2017-11-28 17:34
Maggie and Lori to the rescue
Edge of Darkness - Maggie Shayne,Lori Herter,Christine Feehan

Well Christine left me with a lot of bad taste in my mouth but Maggie and Lori made up for it. Apart from the minor slut-shaming at the beginning of the story the Maggie Shayne was much better than the Feehan story,  Lori Herter's story was good but showed some beginner issues. 

 

 

Must expand on this tomorrow, right now I need to go home.

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text 2017-11-23 17:53
Reading progress update: I've read 83 out of 400 pages.
Edge of Darkness - Maggie Shayne,Lori Herter,Christine Feehan

Ah, Fate, Vampires and consent.

 

I have issues with a lot of paranormal romance, it's compulsion and fated relationships. They both often lack an element of consent.  If there's nothing that all the crap that has come out recently that makes this an element we can no longer ignore.  

 

Non-consensual sex is rape, no exceptions, no arguments, no more excuses.  

 

Some authors do a good job of the fated mates issue but often it removes the ability of the woman (more often than not) to actually consent and I'm really tired of it, it needs to stop, the excuses for rape need to be stopped, they need not to be part of our background noise.  Yes, intellectually we know that this isn't right but the repeated telling of tales that erode that knowledge makes people start to questions the validity of their beliefs. Many of us try to let life flow smoothly around us and disagreeing with what appears to be the majority makes us question our stances.

 

I can't keep doing this to myself, I have to stop the guilt of finishing reading books where the relationship is making me uncomfortable and where honestly I keep wanting the heroine (and occasionally hero - yes, I'm looking at you Laurel K Hamilton) to dump the MF already.

 

And why do most vampires behave like spoilt children, surely centuries of life (or even decades) make them have to adult on a regular basis?

 

Why yes, I have problems with the first story by Christine Feehan, I've had problems with her Carpathian series before where it appears (from the two I struggled through) that she hasn't met a competent female character she couldn't undermine with a relationship and sex.

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