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review 2017-11-22 17:18
Infected: Epitath (Infected #8)
Infected: Epitaph - Andrea Speed

I should've just skipped to the last chapter to see if Roan got to retire and live, or if he was killed by his own pigheaded stupidity. 

He gets to live. And just move up to Canada and buy property up there without having to worry about immigration laws. What?

(spoiler show)

 

I admit, I was burnt out with this series by this book, and I did actually skip a lot of the "we're so macho because x,y,z" paragraphs that the characters like to ruminate over again and again and again. Yeah, we all got it the first time. You don't have to keep rubbing it in. It's as if Ms. Speed is afraid the readers would somehow forget basic information if she doesn't constantly remind us about it every other page, or like we won't know we're supposed to be impressed if she doesn't tell us how impressive they are all the time. (I'm not impressed; I'm bored now.)

 

And for the last book, we didn't really get to see much of the supporting characters as I'd hoped we would, though we do get to see them. And there's this weird detour to see Roan's friend from his teens who he hasn't thought of in years and we only heard about in passing once. And why?

Just to find out Collin named his son after Roan? Big whoop. What was the point? That's page time that could've been used for the characters we already know and actually care about.

(spoiler show)

 

I don't know. I'm not sold on the shifter genre at this point. THIRDS went downhill mega fast and I gave up on that one after the third book (how are there already ten of those things?) and this one just sort of petered out. Ms. Speed relied on cliches and stereotypes for much of her world-building, we never got any definitive details about this cat virus that infected people, and Roan's transforming abilities reached critical mass of ridiculousness a couple of books back.

 

Like I said in my review for the previous book, much of this felt like it was treading water, and I can't help but feel this series should've ended two or three books ago. It might have helped if she'd followed the traditional case-per-book narrative device - there's a reason it's so successful - instead of jamming two, three or even four cases into one book, none of them getting much attention and many of them going unsolved. It's admirable to want to show that yes, sometimes cases don't get solved, and yes, detectives and investigators often have more than one case going at a time, but she never quite settled into a cohesive way to handle all this juggling. The end result is that it all feels kind of random, and if she'd cut out even half of the "we're so awesome and crazy" self-congratualatory nonsense, she'd have had a lot more page time to dedicate to other things.

 

And I still don't buy Roan and Dylan as a couple. *shrug* Even the Scott and Holden stuff was boring by this book. 

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review 2017-11-22 04:16
Childhood's End
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke,Eric Michael Summerer

 

A slow-paced story about aliens who come to earth bringing world peace, ending cruelty, and guiding mankind into a strange, new, and unexpected future.

 

I listened to the audiobook version of this novel. The narrator was ok, but not exceptional. The events of the story take place over decades and generations. It was interesting to hear how different people felt about the aliens and the prospect of world peace. And what do people do with themselves once everything is affordable and you actually don't have to work if you don't want to? The ending was clever and not at all what I expected.

 

Overall it was just okay.

 

 

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review 2017-11-21 21:47
Sometimes a book just isn't what you need at that moment...and maybe this is a case of "It's not you, it's me"...
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Book Title:  The Wife Between Us

Author:  Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre:  Mystery | Thriller

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Setting:  New York City & Suburbs

Source I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness: 2/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I don't know what it was about this that would not let me stay interested in this.  It seems to have everything you would want in a Mystery/Thriller, including several 5-star reviews, and yet, I just couldn't seem to care enough about it.  It just seemed to have the depressing feel to it and I found myself not wanting to read it.  So…it took me a while to finish it…

 

But really…

 

The Wife Between Us is a haunting story with a cleverly crafted plot and twists you won't see coming.  Overall, you probably shouldn't let my feelings on it sway you into not reading it because plenty of readers loved it.

 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know, maybe not…maybe yes.

 

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review 2017-11-21 21:36
The Rules
The Rules - Jamie Fessenden

He couldn’t imagine being with anyone else, or even with just Boris or just Thomas. He needed both of them. They interconnected like the pieces of a puzzle—a wonderful puzzle with a complicated picture full of books and exotic foods and paintings and beautiful naked men… and lots and lots of naughty bits.

 

At the end of the year, when I reflect on what books have been the best of the best, it will be those books that I still remember scenes, remember characters, and while I may not be able to remember every detail it will be those books that are different enough and touching enough that they have grabbed hold and not let go. 


I am pretty certain that “The Rules” we will one of those books.  What I love about this is that it is not your typical romance and these are certainly not your typical men.  There is absolutely no character I have ever read about like Boris.  He is undoubtedly one of a kind.

 

And like all MMM romances, this is not a relationship that can be easily written. And for me there are not many that work really really well.  This one, for me, did.  And I think a lot of that not only had to do with Boris but in the complete and total honest and quite blunt actions these men take.  And the fact that jealousy DOES come into play was realistic to say the least.

 

There are some MMM books where one of the men makes statements like, “Why would I be jealous?  I mean, I know he loves me.”  Do you really??  I say horseshit, honestly. If you do not experience jealousy in regards to your loved one then for me it comes across more that you just don’t really care.  Caring is an emotion, jealousy is an emotion, claiming someone as yours and wanting no one else to touch what is yours is an emotion.  And what I love about this story is their methods and conversations to deal with these emotions in a positive way.  There is TRUST that is built between them.  There are boundaries and rules and ways of touching one another that is done in such a way that it forges this bond between them that is built quite beautifully together as three.

 

There is not much I want to really say about them for fear of saying too much and spoiling this quite humorous, touching and rather emotional journey.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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review 2017-11-21 21:23
With the Virtue Duo you get an unadulterated make-no-apologies straight-up love triangle.
Sweetest Venom (The Virtue Series) (Volume 2) - Mia Asher

Book Title:  Sweetest Venom
Author:  Mia Asher
Narration:  Lucy Rivers & Jeremy York
Series:  Virtue #2
Genre:  Erotica | Romance
Setting:  New York
Source:  Audiobook (Library)
 
 
 
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Plot:  3.2/5
Main Characters:  3.5/5
Secondary Characters:  3.5/5
The Feels:  3/5
Pacing:  4/5
Addictiveness:  3.5/5
Theme or Tone:  2.8/5
Flow (Writing Style):  4/5
Backdrop (World Building):  4/5
Book Cover:  4/5
Narration:  4.5/5
Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.
Steam Factor 0-5:  5+
Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 


 
 

 
I went into this knowing it would have too much explicit sex for my liking…and so I wasn't pissed off about that.  I also fast-forwarded through them some, and that helped, too.  I do have to give the narrator's props for reading these sex scenes out loud, because wow, they were raw.  Also some props for the Author, for always keeping it real with the way she writes her sex scenes.  (I suppose I can let it slide the couple times she referred to a vagina as a sex…serious pet-peeve of mine.) 
 
While I had some issues with the MC (Blair is one f'-ed up chic) and the believability of the story...I think, overall, I liked how different this story is…it wasn't cliched like a lot of New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories out these days.  The fate of the love triangle will leave you wondering just which direction it's going in, right up until the very end.
 
Will I read more from this Author?⇜ Maybe…
 

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