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review 2017-10-20 23:50
Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes - My Thoughts
Where Loyalties Lie - Rob J. Hayes

I'm of two minds about this book.  There were parts I really loved, but there were also parts that I really disliked.  Most of it was an enjoyable read if you're able to get your head around characters that really aren't one bit heroic - even the likable ones are rather horrible at times. 

Where Loyalties Lie is a very apt title for this first book in the series.  We meet a bunch of pirates, mostly captains, some more wicked than others.  Most of the book, in fact, sets up whole over-arcing plot, I assume, since the pirates we meet don't do much of substance other than cross into each others' orbits and on some occasions work together and others... not so much. I know this is in the same universe as some of Rob's earlier books, but I don't think one needs to read them first.  

So I'm reading a book about pirates, there's going to be lots of violence and blood and gore - I'm aware of this. Maybe it's the atmosphere of the week with all the Weinstein stuff, but I find I have little patience or tolerance for the violence against women in this book.  There's not a lot on the page, but there is some, including one awful scene were the Big Bad Pirate Captain feels he must teach his daughter a lesson.  I think I understand why the author chose to include this, but I question the need of it really. 

Another problem I had was a couple of times, the author made a point of showing (as opposed to not telling) something - how awful a character is for instance - and then a little later on in the book having a need to tell (as opposed to show) us again.  In case we missed it probably.  *eyeroll* 

In the end, as I said, there were parts I loved, parts I hated and many readable parts in between.  :)  Will I continue in the series?  Most probably.  I like Hayes' way of writing.

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text 2017-04-03 09:11
REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Best Laid Plans Box Set by Robyn Kelly
Best Laid Plans Box Set: An Alpha Billionaire Romance - Robyn Kelly

Jillian Whitkins is an event planner who is ready to throw in the towel. She is managing a birthday party with a 50 Shades of Grey theme—and it’s turning into a disaster! The birthday girl is drunk, the guests are harassing her staff, and she is about to offend a real-life Christian Grey.

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/04/review-tour-giveaway-best-laid-plans.html
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review 2016-12-28 09:22
Changing Plans - L.A. Witt,Charlie David

I did remember correctly from the first time I read this book a while back - it really does deserve the title "The Kissing Book" I have filed it under in my memory. These guys kiss a lot - especially in the first two parts of the story - and L.A. Witt knows how to right a good kissing scene.

Re-reading in audio did not take anything away from this book; Charlie David did an awesome job with it.

The story itself is angst free. During the first two parts of the book, Elliott and Derek meet, get together and stay together in Hawai for a couple of weeks doing a lot of kissing and exploring of the naked variety before acknowledging that what is between them goes beyond the physical. The third part adds just enough drama to keep things interesting and the ending, while short, was a sweet HEA just the way I like it.

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