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review 2018-02-02 12:26
Review For: Rocco by Sarah Castille
Rocco: A Mafia Romance (Ruin & Revenge) - Sarah Castille

Rocco by Sarah Castille is book Three in the "Ruin & Revenge" series.  This is the story of Rocco and Grace. I have read the other books in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book.
Rocco works for Grace's father and when she was a kid he would be the one her father assigned to drive them and look after them. Grace didn't know exactly who her father was other than a successful business man.  When Grace is around 16 years old her feelings for Rocco take on a more adult theme for her and him.  But it also opened her eyes to who her father was and what Rocco did for him.  Grace would later run away and take on a new life.  But then their worlds collided again,  when he goes into protective mode after her father was taken down.  
Rocco could be a killing machine but he was taught that way and not to love from an early age.  But with Grace he can only be loving and protective.  
This was an exciting second chance at love type story!

Source: www.amazon.com/Rocco-Mafia-Romance-Ruin-Revenge-ebook/dp/B071GLH4C2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1514833833&sr=1-1&keywords=Rocco+Sarah+Castille
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review 2017-12-08 12:45
Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir


Jasmine Bashara is pretty much a female Mark Watney. I liked her, but she quickly got on my nerves. Luckily, the author kept things moving and I didn't have a lot of time to focus on her personality.


Jazz has been living on the moon with her father since she was 6. She's a trouble maker, she likes sex and she can weld the heck out of anything. Her relationship with her father is rather strained as he is a devout Muslim and she's a smuggler. It's expensive to live in Artemis, the moon's only city, so Jazz is always looking for opportunities to make more money. She's offered a chance to pull in the haul of a lifetime and she takes it, even though it's extremely dangerous. Will she be successful? You'll have to read this and see for yourself!


I loved the world building and the city of Artemis. I loved how the author created the economy of it as well as how different races from earth took over certain industries in the city. I didn't even mind how much I learned about welding. In fact, I liked that Jazz had a job that here on earth, would mostly be filled by men.


What I didn't like were her constant quips and smart-ass remarks. In The Martian, I didn't mind them as much, (as I said Jazz and Mark Watney have the same sense of humor), because Watney was alone on Mars and was attempting to keep the dark away. Jazz, who has a photographic memory, by the way, didn't need this humor to get by and as such, I found it annoying at times. There were some portions where the dialogue was clunky and also, how does the daughter of a Muslim grow up to love sex, drinking and smuggling? To me, there wasn't enough information there to explain those things. That bothered me, not enough to stop me from reading, but enough to prevent me from giving Artemis all the stars.


Overall, I enjoyed this science fiction/action novel. I especially liked the character of the moon's mayor and I wouldn't mind reading more stories taking place in Artemis. I just wouldn't mind less of the quips and maybe just a little less welding.


Recommended, especially for fans of science fiction and Mark Watney.


*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-11-29 23:58
The Final Showdown – Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold
Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight series Book 8) - Carolyn Arnold

Oh yeah, Power Struggle is another fabulous Detective Madison Knight thriller by Carolyn Arnold.


So, let’s step inside and read about the final showdown with her hitman!


Power Struggle





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Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight)
Mystery/Crime Fiction
8th in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353661
Paperback: 460 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353647




Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight has mixed emotions about Jimmy Bates murder. Maybe it was Karma that he’s lying in his bed, brutally murdered. After all, he was responsible for her grandfather’s death.


Could the hitman that had almost killed Madison be back to finish the job? Could the Russian Mafia be tying up loose ends? Can she, will she, be able to move past the personal and be a professional? Her friends, coworkers, and family are concerned, but they do not stand in her way.


She lives with the head of the Stiles Police Department Swat Team, Toby Sovereign. I am hoping she doesn’t do something foolish, like keeping secrets from him and putting herself and those closest to her in danger.


I love Toby. Thank goodness he has the patience to put up with her stubbornness. Madison has has severe commitment issues. Lies by omission are still lies. I would find it hard to trust her, as does Toby, but he loves her dearly and hopes she will come around, me too.


Sometimes I wonder if she has a death wish because she can be so reckless and careless. I think that strong characters do have a wish to keep those they love from being a victim or put in the path of a bullet, and feel they are able to handle things themselves. And I do love my strong women, so who knows, maybe I would do the same thing if I wasn’t more of the spectator type.


Power Struggle is a complicated mystery. As the deaths pile up, the mystery and danger grows. Lives are at stake and we know Bulldog Madison will put it all on the line. Maddie, if I am ever in trouble, I’ll be calling on you. Even when she’s on the verge of losing her self control and sanity, there is that special something that clicks in her mind, refusing to give up as the pieces fall into place.


Action, suspense, not so much romance, but lots of love from Troy, Terry, her partner, coworkers, family and friends. They all play an important part in her life and I feel like they are my friends too.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold.


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review 2017-11-21 16:29
a 4 star scorcher!
Temptation and Treachery (Dangerous Desi... Temptation and Treachery (Dangerous Desires) - Sahara Roberts
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Using the official blurb, cos whatever I write comes out all kinds of wrong! Andres “Rio” Rivera became his ICE profile years ago. Cold and calculating, he never promises anything beyond right now. But when he ends up with a cancelled flight and a shared hotel room with the secretive Celeste Patron, the fire behind Celeste’s buttoned-up exterior melts every barrier. He may only have her for one night, but that’s long enough to make her every fantasy come true. When Celeste leaves, Rio returns to hunting a notorious cartel leader. His shock upon arresting the man is eclipsed when he discovers the woman he fell for is his daughter…and she’s pregnant with Rio’s baby. I was thinking, before I started this book, I really need a down and dirty book. One with instant powerful attraction and a good deal of heat, maybe a scorcher, just to lose myself in. And boy did this deliver! Celeste's attraction to Rio is instant and extremely powerful. her alter ego Vix strongly approves of Celeste's choice! They get their down and dirty on early in the book, and once they get their wires uncrossed, and Celeste realizes that Rio is trying to keep her safe, they get it on again! Phew!! Other than the scorching heat level, the fact that Rio is after Celeste's father for Cartel crimes, and that he might not actually be responsible for those crimes, I figured really quickly who might really be. I did not think he would put Celeste's life in danger. Surprised at that bit! This is, from what I see, book 3 in the series. I did not know that before I went in, so I saw some future stories playing in my head as I read this one. But it appears all that plotting and planning was for nothing, since the pair I set up together, have their own, SEPARATE books! I would like to read them, especially if they are as hot as this one! A very well written, well needed.... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-11-02 15:52
Obsession: Mafia Ties: Christian & Mia
Obsession: Mafia Ties: Christian & Mia - FIona Davenport,Elle Christense,Rochelle Paige

I Picked Up This Book Because: I wanted a quick read and I’ve loved previous installments of Mafia Ties

The Characters:

Mia Ricci:
Christian DeLuca:

The Story:

Well I got what I asked for, a quick read. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with it. Most of this story happens within 24 hours. Christian and Mia are in love and Christian is ready to be married before he even speaks one word to Mia. I cannot suspend reality for this but I won’t continue to complain as that would make this review longer than the book. I did enjoy the second half of the story.

Writing: Okay.
Forward Motion: Fine
Overall Interest: It was rough in the beginning
Length of Reading Time: Took longer than I wanted due to lack of interest
Re-read-ability: No.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


2.5 Stars

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