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review 2017-10-25 17:18
four solid stars
Sun Storm (The Gathering Storm Book 1) - Marlow Kelly
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Renting a cabin in the middle of a snow storm might not have been Marie's best idea, but her solar panel needed testing in such conditions. When four men invade that cabin, saying they need the panel, she knows her life might be over before she got her panel tested. David is one of those four men. He didn't sign up to murder a woman in cold blood, whether or not she had stolen the panel, which he didn't believe. Together they evade the other three men after Marie, they learn just who they can really trust and they hope they can survive the storms coming at them. Far too long for the usual hangover cure, sitting at 250 odd pages, but this book landed in my queue just as I needed one and I used it as such! Because after 3 very heavy books, this was JUST what I needed. Told from every major player's point of view, we are fully aware, right from the start, who is doing what and why. There are no major plot twists, no complicated and difficult to follow plot lines, nothing too taxing on the brain. And I mean this in a bloody god way! It was a really easy read. Aside from Marie and David's story, there is, I think, the laying out of a plot that could follow through the other books in the series. Maybe. Involving Finn, Tim, and Michael, David's street brothers. I might be reading more into this than I should, but thats the feeling I'm left with! I've read a couple of Kelly's books before. I like how she plots and plans and, most importantly, delivers! A very well written, but long, hangover cure. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-18 10:02
4 solid stars
Cold Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book three in this series, and you SHOULD read books one and two, Huntress Mon and Blood Moon before this one. It will give you a much better view or Cara and Roarke and what happened between them, and to each other in those books. Not all is recapped here. AND because they are both 5 star reads! This one, though? Not so much. Oh don't get me wrong, its still a powerful, really good read, it just doesn't have the same impact those two books did, on me, at least. Cara is, at least in the beginning, in jail and although they KNOW she killed more men, it comes down to one, single case. THEN, pimps turn up dead, killed with the same blade that killed the victim they want to prosecute Cara for and she is released. Then more turn up dead, and Roarke is left wondering if Cara is to blame, or the teenager who witnessed Cara's last kill. Cara's cousin is missing, and Cara herself is in the wind. Roarke continues to question himself and his career choice. He constantly questions WHY he is doing this, WHY Cara is so deep in his mind, and WHY doesn't he just, like she does, disappear. And I LOVE that. Because you never know which way he is going to go, and you are kept on your toes the whole way through. Told again from Roarke in the past tense and Cara in the present, it grabbed me, but didn't quite pull me along kicking and screaming as books one and two did. I STILL think there is that deeper connection for Roarke and Cara, and I STILL want to see how this pans out. It really is great being kept on my toes for that! A solid, 4 star read. **same worded will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-09-26 18:13
great follow up to Murder and Meyhem
Tramps and Thieves - Rhys Ford
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I was gifted my copy of this book. Rook is trying to go straight, but cousin Harold has his damn bird. Then he find Harold dead, and the bodies keep on coming. Dante just wants to wrap Rook up and keep him safe. This is book two in the series and it would help greatly to read book one, Murder and Meyhem, first. Not totally necessary, though. And I struggled with this one and it pains me deeply that I didn't love it as much as book one!! It's well written, from both Rook and Dante's point of view, in a way only Ms Ford can tell her tales. Those throw away last chapter lines that make you go "say what,now??" And make you question what you just read, and make me think I missed something. It's messy, what with dead cousins and heads in boxes and shootings and things. Its sexy in places, with the love the love the two men have for each other coming off every page and showing in everything they do for each other. And I did not get whodunnit til it was revealed in the book. So why did I struggle?? No flipping idea. I DID enjoy it, it just took me far longer than it should have. So, because of that, 4 stars.

 

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review 2017-09-26 18:07
really great box set!
Alphas of Danger - Shayla Black,Lexi Bla... Alphas of Danger - Shayla Black,Lexi Blake,Mari Carr,Kris Cook,Anissa Garcia,Kym Grosso,Jenna Jacob,Kennedy Layne,Isabella LaPearl,Carrie Ann Ryan
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this box set. I was asked to review all ten books, however I only finished 8 so will just review those 8. Devoted to Wicked, Shayla Black. 4 stars Stuck in Mexico when her passport is stolen, Karis doesn't expect Cage to come get her. I really liked this. Cute and to the point, but with that deadly undertone that all the books in this set carry, it sets to pace for the whole set. Part of the Wicked Lovers series. Makes me want to read more. Countdown, Lexi Blake. 5 full stars! Faced with their death, watching it countdown on the bomb in front of them Ben and "Maggie" spent their last hour doing something they should have done years ago. OMG!! My favourite of the whole lot!! Did not see that coming at me, not at all. I expected there to be a positive outcome, because who wants to read a romance where they both die, but I did not expect THAT ending! Left wide open for a full book, maybe?? I certainly want to read more about these two. Power Struggle, Mari Carr. 4 stars Ten years ago, Bree ran from Carter, but now her stepfather has escaped from prison, she knows she needs him. Alpha male meets Alpha female, head on!! Probably the most explicit of the set, but I really enjoyed it. CIA Covert Team, Kris Cook. As much as I love MM, I did not like this and did not finish it, and cannot, for the life of me, figure out why! With a Vengeance, Anissa Garcia. First person present tense. Nope. The other one I did not finish. Hard Asset, Kym Grosso. 5 stars! Evan is trying to catch who is selling National and company secrets. Raine just happens to land in his crosshairs. Another OMG ending! Seriously great reading, for such a short book, it packs a punch. Not a HEA, and I NEEEEEED to read their full story! Revenge on The Rocks, Jenna Jacob. 4 stars. Gina is 12 years older than Nate. When Gina goes missing, he knows that he will do all he can to find the love of his life! Cute tale, made ME think, so gotta be good! Seducing Danger, Kennedy Layne. 4 stars Kelli catches Landon's eye, turns out she'd been watching him all along! Really great read, enough sexiness to make it HAWT, but without the danger level of the other books in this set. Enforce Her, Isabella Pearl. 4.5 stars. On the run, Ella crashes her car. Rambler comes to her rescue. OH!!! A new to me author, and this world is most firmly on my TBR list now! So close to the full 5 stars. Maybe had THIS been a full length book, it might have hit that fifth star. Executive Ink, Carrie Ann Ryan. 4 stars. Ashlynn just wants one night with her tattooed rescuer. But Jax keeps popping up, and he wants more. A fab little short, of opposites really do attract and fate will do her best to get what she wants! All in all, a great box set of Alpha males and Alpha females, but reading them all back to back was maybe a little bit too much, even for me! 4 stars for the entire set, with two standouts and two unfinished. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-09-26 17:56
oh oh oh!!
Blood Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in this series, and you really REALLY should read book one before you read this one. I STRONGLY urge you to read that book anyway, because Huntress Moon was a 5 star read. And so is this one!! Cara is at large, but they don't think she is a danger to anyone who isn't classed as the lowest of all pond scum: drug dealers, traffickers, prostitution ring leaders. Then the body count goes up, and it appears there is a copycat killing in the same way that The Reaper killed Cara's family. And Roarke might need Cara's help to catch him. Told again in the past for Roarke and present tense for Cara, it again gripped me and pulled me along at rocket speed in places! It meant that I had to slow down my reading, because I had to concentrate, and that's always a good thing in my opinion! Cara is still saving and taking lives as she sees fit. Roarke is now chasing both Cara and The Reaper. I loved the part that Cara played in helping Roarke's investigation. I can't word, not properly, what I feel about this book, indeed, this series, even at two books in, and you know how much that PAINS me, but I know this much: these books are pushing my reading way beyond my usual habits, and I am loving them!! I'm not totally convinced that Cara and Roarke's story is finished, even if it ended as it did. I still think there is a deeper connection for these two people that hasn't fully manifested itself yet. I might be wrong, but this is what I'm feeling and you know how I love to share what I feel! Not quite read in one sitting, that darn dayjob got in the way, but still a ... 5 star read! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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