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review 2017-08-12 05:46
OMEGA (Mackenzie Grey #4) by Karina Espinosa
OMEGA: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Mackenzie Grey Book 4) - Karina Espinosa

Karina Espinosa’s OMEGA was an amazing conclusion to the Mackenzie Grey series.  Mackenzie Grey is investigating a serial killing in New York for the Supernatural Investigative Unit (SIU).  Meanwhile, she is still suffering from the events the transpired with her pack and the Lunas.  This contemporary urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.

 

I loved this book.  Karina Espinosa continues to do an exceptional job with her plot and character development.   Mackenzie is understandably struggling with the aftermath from the Luna rebellion.  She has sequestered herself from other wolves.  She is suffering mentally and physically.   She is punishing herself.  She goes through more than any one person should have to endure.  She is strong and smart.  She is an exceptional leader.  She transforms a lot throughout this story. 

 

I love that so many characters from the previous books were brought back in this novel.  The story has valuable lessons and good observations.  It had me feeling just about every emotion. I cry toward the ending.  OMEGA was well concluded.  I am sad the series ended.  I would love to see a spin off series.  I also think the Mackenzie Grey series would make an excellent movie or television series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-08-11 06:39
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Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

This is book # 2 in the Bayard Hockey series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Ben & Ella have best friends in common, who are dating.  They are always invited to get together with them.  They do not really seem to get along.

 

Ella finds herself suddenly attracted to a man she never considered remotely hot before.  She is appreciating all the other qualities about him she never knew.  Now if only she knew why?

 

I love this series!  Whew.  Okay, now that we have that out of the way - I just want to tell you I think this is the best book yet.  I really love the controversial subjects and how they were handled here.  The characters are very down to earth with real world problems.  Who doesn't love a story with hot hockey players?  Great solid read.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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quote 2017-08-05 05:10
“Kiss me."

I cleared my throat softly even though a doctor had come in and so everyone had turned to him. "Your family is here."

"Don't care, can't feel anything unless you're touching me."

That comment again, from before. "When you're better, you'll tell me what that means."

"Tell you now." He took a breath. "Other people touch me, it's like nothing. When you do it, it's like electric current on my skin, and it goes right to my heart and other places."

"Nice."

"You asked." He smiled wickedly; the sarcasm had not been lost on him.”
Steamroller - Mary Calmes

~~~ Mary Calmes, Steamroller

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review 2017-08-03 15:54
A Total Disaster.
Vivian's List - Haleigh Lovell

The characters in this book were not likable. I couldn't stand Vivian. For the first couple of pages in the book, I thought it was telling from the point of view of a sixteen-year old because of the way she talked and her actions. But later on, I found out that she was twenty-two years old and couldn't help but roll my eyes. Her personality made it seem like she was a teenager, and I couldn't believe the fact that a twenty-two year old would say:

"I mean, there was penetration, but not with his, you know..."
Then her friend says, "Not with his noodle,"
— What are we? Twelve? It was a major disappointment and it made me hate it. Another example is when Vivian stated:
"Can't handle what you're telling me. Now I just want to go home and wash my brain out with soap."

I could just envision Vivian being like sixteen and saying this to her best friend, but NOT a twenty-two year old. But enough about her, the intimate scenes were cute. The plot however, was not interesting. How Brody was treating Vivian, a twenty-two year old, was nerve-racking and I couldn't wrap my head around why she constantly defended him like an idiot. Somehow Brody miraculously moved on and never showed his face again, even though he was the controlling type and didn't want her to leave him. I would've expected more from his character, to be more persistent in getting her back, but oh well.
I just couldn't enjoy the plot, when there were so many things wrong with it. I just can't.

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review 2017-07-24 16:17
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - It Could Happen by Mia Kerick
It Could Happen - Mia Kerick

It Could Happen tells the story of three friends, a misfit triad who really, according to High School's rules, shouldn't have anything to do with each other. You have Henry, the jock, who above all else is a pleaser. You have Brody, an adrenaline junkie/rich boy. And then there is Danny, emo dude with bad taste in men.

NOW, there is a hint at the beginning that Henry is having 'thoughts' about these friends of his, but he doesn't say anything as he doesn't want to upset the status quo. Brody is the one who never thought of them as anything other than friends, but once he makes his mind up, he's willing to give it a go. And Danny - Danny is the one they do it for, to save him from himself and his inability to stay away from people that are 'bad' for him. However, he is usually the first one to disappear, even though he is the only one who was actually "out". Henry and Brody weren't out, in Brody's case they didn't even consider that they liked males that way, but Brody doesn't have any issues with showing public affection. It is Brody though who ends up alone as Henry deals with a personal crisis, and Danny is of the opinion that if Henry doesn't want you, neither do I.

The premise of this story is a good one, and one that I thought I would thoroughly enjoy. I think the thing that detracted it for me was the lack of connection or why are they doing this with the main characters. Apart from looking after Danny, there seemed to be no other reason, really. And, I'm afraid to say, the second thing for me was the style of writing. For me, Brody's was the only clear 'voice', whilst Henry with his My Life just became annoying. Danny you didn't really hear much from, apart from a few lines of beautifully written poetry. On the whole, I did enjoy this book, but it felt a tad disjointed to me. A lack of cohesion between the main characters.

If you are looking for a three-way M/M/M story, and you want something that is a bit different, then I heartily recommend you give this one a go.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/07/blog-tour-review-giveaway-it-could.html
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