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review 2017-11-21 17:39
Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
Celebrity in Death - J.D. Robb

At a party in honor of the movie based on Nadine's book, The Icove Agenda (detailing the case in Origin), the actress playing Peabody is found floating in the pool. The suspects are almost legion, since K.T. Harris wasn't exactly known for her easy-going and sunny disposition. But who would actually kill the woman? And the PI she hired to spy on the man who spurned her for the actress playing Eve?


Somehow I just didn't feel this one. Maybe it was the fact it was predictable (I knew who the killer was before the one-third mark), maybe it was the fact the killer's motive (for everything that happened) was beyond iffy, or maybe it was the fact the story lacked the usual chemistry between the characters (even Roarke and Eve left me strangely cold).

It was a good, solid story, but the tempo was odd and it lacked that "special connection", the "oomph" I was expecting with the whole movie-thing involved.

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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 2017-11-20 20:51
Almost lost an eye to rolling it too hard
Turbulent Desires - Melody Anne

Fantasy filler with lack of substance and hero throws around "like a girl" to insult. He's an Air Force pilot but you would never know it because it apparently takes up so very little of his time. 
Heroine almost raped in beginning and then can only stand to be touched by hero who she had a one night stand with, sorry mom, dad, brothers, and bestfriend, you're not trustworthy like this guy. 
Manages to play ball with Seattle Mariners and ride with a NASCAR driver on the track, the things added in this story were so c'mon man. Hero wants heroine to chair his huge PTSD charity when she has absolutely no experience doing so, we get like one scene where it is dealt with and then the ball just happens. 
Fantasy stuff over solid emotion or truth. Fun for some, not for me.

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review 2017-11-20 17:30
Chaos in Death by J.D. Robb
Chaos in Death (In Death, #33.5) - J.D. Robb

Three former junkies are slaughtered in their flop. All were firmly on the road to recovery, employed, doing therapy sessions in the local clinic and center...So who would want to kill them with the glee the killer must have felt, judging by the state of the crime scene and the testimony of a witness who saw the abnormally disfigured killer laughing and dancing down the street afterward?


I liked this Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde twist. I had no idea who the killer was (I was wrong with both my suspects), the short glimpse into the killer's mind at the beginning was nicely twisted, the plot and mystery were intriguing, and it was nice seeing most of the gang back in their element.

The story definitely had the potential for a full-length novel, though, yet it didn't feel crammed or "busy". I just wouldn't mind reading a lengthier rendition.

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review 2017-11-20 15:20
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
New York to Dallas (In Death) - J.D. Robb

A ghost from the past is back...

Isaac McQueen, a dangerous pedophile Eve arrested mere months out of the Academy, has escaped from prison and wants to continue the work she'd interrupted twelve years ago. He also wants revenge on the cop that put him in a cage...And the confrontation will force Eve to face her own past as more ghosts appear.


Oh, wow. That's pretty much all I can say at this point, having just finished the book.

It was everything I came to expect from a book in this amazing series; suspenseful, dramatic, intriguing, intense, with strong whiffs of danger, and tugging at all possible heartstrings.
The story was an emotional experience for the heroine and for the reader as we all experience it alongside her, feel her pain, her fear, the confusion of a child still buried in her psyche, and understand just what Roarke is going through.
It was raw, it was painful, even heart-rendering at times...And it showed us that some people will stand, pick themselves up, dust themselves off and go on, no matter what.

I loved the way the story was structured, the way Eve at the beginning felt like a fish out of water since she was out of her usual environment, without her usual "entourage", but slowly got her game back on and hit her stride, one big metaphor for how she acted in the case, echoed in her behavior, her thinking patterns, and her investigative skills.
At first, she was lost, a little shaky in her confidence, got a lot more shaky with everything that surfaced during the investigation, but in the end rose above it, put what happened to her to rest (as much as it is even possible), and conquered her subconscious fears to finish what she started, almost where she started with the big showdown almost bringing her life full circle.

It was weird not having the usual gang present, beyond a few 'link contacts, creating that sense of isolation, of displacement Eve felt, in the reader as well. But she had Roarke there through it all, the one person in the world who truly understands her, who gets her, and who stick no matter what crap she throws at him. It was nice seeing them alone together with all the hiccups, the fights, the emotional baggage that's been toned down in the recent books, and it was, as usual, amazing observing their relationship, the ever-growing and ever-strengthening bond between them.

Yes, the suspense aspect, the villain, the motive, the gruesome things he did and thought, were intense and gripping, but the real center of the plot were the characters, their interactions and especially the relationship between Eve and Roarke.

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