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review 2017-05-20 05:46
Infected: Life After Death (Infected #3)
Infected: Life After Death - Andrea Speed

Aw, poor Roan. :(

 

There were a lot of heartfelt and bittersweet moments in this installment, which again gives us two books in one. Roan's mourning has been significant, and while he's now back in the land of the living, he's still not yet finished mourning. His depression has also hit an all-time low, even with friends and a possible new love interest making sure he doesn't retreat back into himself. 

 

The characters continue to be the strong point of this series. Paris still has a presence here, especially in Book 1, and his wish to see Roan looked after is very much fulfilled. We get to meet a couple of new characters also, including the hilarious dominatrix Fiona and the complex hustler Holden. And of course, there's Dylan, who understands Roan in a way few others can. He's also loved and lost, and he offers an ear and friendship when Roan needs it most. 

 

 

The cases in Book 1 aren't as involved, and one even gets dropped, though there's a note at the very end briefly explaining it's outcome. Book 2 brings back the political unrest of the first book, along with Eli, and the new cases here are a bit more involved. It's suiting to Roan's moods as the book progresses that the cases get more complex, but they're still not quite at the level I'm used to expecting.

 

I still wish Ms. Speed would delve more into the hows and whys of the virus. We get a teensy bit more here, but not much. It's still unknown how the virus started (but come on, there have to be conspiracy theories) or how it really works, or why Roan's case is so vastly different from every other infected. I'm getting a little better at rolling with all this shifter business, though I am worried Roan's going to give himself throat cancer or something if he keeps tearing up his larynx like that. The shifter stuff is interesting, I suppose, though I'll never respond in a "ooh-la-la" way to it. I mean, I love my cats. I just don't loooove my cats. ;)

 

The ending of Book 2 was rather rushed. The final chapter was definitely epiloguey in the way it wrapped everything up. I'm greedy when I'm enjoying the world I'm in. Don't sum up; show me everything! The big talk between Roan and Dylan is completely skipped and barely even glossed over. I wanted to see that. That's a very important step not just for Roan moving on with his life but for Roan and Dylan figuring out their fledgling relationship. Why would you skip that?

 

There were a few continuity errors - such as Book 2 being noted as being "one month later" after Book 1, but then it's said Roan hasn't seen Matt in a year. No, it's been a month. There are also several mentions of Roan's funky bedsheets in Book 1, which even get bloodied at one point, and Roan keeps thinking about washing them, but who knows when he ever does. They're little things, but they bugged me. A good content editor should've pointed those things out. (And since we find out later Roan had just gone through a transition cycle four days before the start of this book, there's no reason for his sheets to be funky at all - at least not until Roan gets into bed all bloody and gross. He was in a cage every night for at least three nights in a row. No one thought to do some laundry? Epic fail, guys. At least spritz some Fabreeze, geez.)

 

I don't recall if I already mentioned Ms. Speed's used of parentheticals. I love parentheses, so that doesn't bother me. What did start to annoy me was the use of (?) and (!) throughout the text. It started to feel like the author wanted to nudge the reader toward certain emotional responses. And in one case, the transexual prostitute, who we learn a great deal about but never actually meet, the use of (?) after her name was ... I'm not sure what it was. At first I thought it was supposed to indicate that Roan wasn't sure it was actually her, even though he identified her immediately in the previous paragraph. But as I read on and she was mentioned again later, I started to feel a transphobic vibe from the text. It was very odd. I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt, at least for now, and assume clumsy exposition. 

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review 2017-05-19 22:27
No One but You: A Novel (Silver Springs) - Brenda Novak

Sadie Harris is struggling to make it on her own after she served her husband Sly divorce papers but she has had enough of the way he treats their 5 year old son, Jayden.  Unfortunately, Sly is a cop in their small town of Silver Springs and he has blocked every attempt she has made at trying to better herself.  With no other choice, Sadie decides to answer a newspaper ad placed by Dawson Reed.  Dawson needs someone to help take care of his mentally challenged sister, Angela.  Dawson also was just recently released from jail.  He was charged with the brutal murder of his adoptive parents, but was ultimately found not guilty.  Of course, most people in town still think he really is guilty.  

Sadie quickly realizes that Dawson is not at all what she expected him to be.  He is actually very nice, sweet and caring.  Dawson needs Sadie's help so he can bring his sister home from facility she has been in for the past year and Sadie is grateful for the job.  Of course, Sly tries to stop her from working there.  Sly always likes to have total control over Sadie and he is having a hard time dealing with the fact that she wants a divorce.  Dawson quickly comes to Sadie's defense which irritates Sly even more.

Between the town treating Dawson poorly and Sly trying to make life miserable for Sadie, they bond quickly as "the outsiders" of the town.  Dawson and Sadie quickly form a great relationship.  They both are attracted to each other, but neither one of them will act on it.  Just when their lives are starting to move forward, disaster happens and Dawson and Sadie rely on each other more for emotional support.  I loved how these two got together over similar problems and ended up helping each other and ultimately finding love in the process.  I really enjoyed the suspenseful part of this story....it really kept me reading to see what was going to happen next.  I also really enjoyed the part of the story about who really killed Dawson's adoptive parents....it was a great tie-in!  Overall another really great story in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak.

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text 2017-05-17 13:01
Cover Reveal - Bi Your Side
 
Bi Your Side by Nikki - Michelle 
Series: No Ordinary Love Series #1
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Cover Design: Colorful Harmony Design
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Goodreads Link: Coming Soon!
 
 
Book Blurb:
 

He belongs to someone else. So does she, but the passion they once shared can’t be contained.
 
Ten years ago Marshawn Cruz and Della Sway decided to leave the three nights they spent together in their rear-view. Marshawn is now married and Della in a long term relationship. Who knew they’d run into one another again after all these years? And just like before, the burning passion between them is undeniable.
 
Will they risk it all just for one more night or are the people they love more important than one night of pleasure?
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
 
 
 
Nikki - Michelle resides in Metro- Atlanta, Georgia by way of Lexington, Mississippi. Inspired by her love of reading, she began writing at the early age of twelve and has been on a journey of "trying" to pen the perfect novel ever since (she's still working on that). Her love of writing and wanting to create stories with true to life situations are what inspire her to continue to write stories readers will enjoy with characters they can relate to. 
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review 2017-05-17 00:00
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas - Margo Bond Collins,Trish McCallan,Krista Ames,Raine English,Tamara Ferguson,Aileen Harkwood,Lynda Haviland,Jody A. Kessler,Katie O'Sullivan,Constance Phillips,Stephanie Queen,Emily Wilder
Even bad boys need love too. Hunks to the Rescue steps from the fire into the frying pan. Six degrees of separation leads to various degrees of hotness. All worthy of a five star fire alarm.


Destiny's Secret - Raine English takes a walk on the supernatural side. Her hottie investigator and not so nice resident lead to some hauntingly tempting activities. (3 stars)

Coaching the Sub by Debbie White - Tame enough not to offend, yet saucy enough to bring on a secret grin. Coaching the Sub teeters spicy and mild. Shannon and Brock deliver a shocking performance that titillates, aggravates and stimulates the senses. Ms. White has a hidden naughty side after all. (4.5 stars)

Path to Grace by Wilder and Quinn - Matteo is tall, dark and dangerous. Three traits Carina can do without, but will she be able to survive the burning attraction that is calling her name or the danger of the target on her back? (3 stars)

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review 2017-05-15 15:01
Just Needed Edited a Bit
No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy

This book takes place in Texas in the 1980s. I don't know how many people saw the movie, but the book adds a lot more depth to the characters that I really enjoyed. That said, I thought that it got a bit too long though. Once we get past a certain point in the book it just felt like things were being too dragged out. The book is divided between following Llewellyn Moss (Moss) who comes across a dying man and some dead men. When he inspects the truck he finds heroin and two million dollars in cash. This leads to many different players trying to track Moss down. Some are good (Sheriff Bell) and some are bad (Anton Chigurh and Carson Wells). 

 

Even though I already knew how the book was going to end, I kept hoping for a different ending. Moss came to life for me, but I really wanted to tell him that he was being an idiot throughout the book. The entire book really is a case study in McCarthy showing how Texas in the 1980s had changed so drastically from what it used to be before. 

 

The character of Sheriff Bell was the one I had the most pity for though while reading. He really is trying to stop what is coming for Moss and his wife. At one point in the book, we had I think 12 people dead and even more bodies coming. 

 

The main reason why I didn't give it five stars though was that it just felt overly long. After a certain point the book started to drag and I honestly didn't think there was much more story to tell. The book also jumped back and forth a few times with Bell narrating something that had happened, but we as readers then had to go and read about it after he had already foreshadowed or just flat out told us. So that to me left things a bit off. 

 

The writing also at times just got a bit confusing. McCarthy seems to loathe writing who was saying what. So a few times I had to go back from the beginning of paragraph to even figure out who was speaking at certain times. Also, and this once again was just a few times, the dialogue just didn't feel realistic. At other times it did, you can feel people's terror talking to Anton, but sometimes I thought that McCarthy was just trying too hard. 

 

The ending leaves us with Bell contemplating another future for himself once he starts to realize that things have changed so much that he may not have the stomach to be a lawman anymore. 

 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4:   $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8:   $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8:   $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 

May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00

 

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