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review 2018-06-11 15:28
"Remember Tokyo", by Nick Wilkshire
Remember Tokyo - Nick Wilkshire
Book #3, in A Foreign Affairs Mystery

“A Foreign Affairs Mystery” is quite a different type of mystery; it gives us a very Canadian twist to immerse ourselves into and one charismatic main player, Charlie Hillier, to follow. I love to see how he manages to jump the multiple hurdles he has to face in order to do his diplomatic job.

After leaving Russia on his last posting as consular Charlie is sent to immerse himself in a truly foreign culture….Tokyo …watch out ….Charlie is not your ordinary consular.

After his misadventures both in Havana (book#1) and Moscow (book#2) Charlie wants to play low key but he is soon drawn into a case of a young man who winds up in a coma after a car accident….or maybe it wasn’t an accident after all?...Charlie is definitely a magnet for trouble and in “Remember Tokyo” he finds more than can be imagined. Along the way in this fast-paced mystery we have colourful details of life in the city: crowded metro system, food and the polite culture and custom…. including the corruption that is lurking at every corner.

This series is one of my favourite. Charlie may be a consular but he has great investigative skills and a strong and loveable personality. The protagonist not only faces ruthless criminals in his day to day job he also goes beyond all means helping expatriates in distress. Trying to shift truth from deceit and get to the bottom of what happened without causing an international incident is a feat in itself for Charlie…..but of course things rarely turns out the way he plans….what a thrill we have following him through another wonderful journey. And as in the previous novels, to help with his case is a beautiful woman to be smitten of and… to eventually leave behind once he is reassigned to another post….or recalled home…sometime in disgrace.

I agree with those saying this is a well-plotted travel-crime novel with great characterization and I love how diplomatic rules are not one he complies with rigidly….well-done.

I received this ARC from the publisher Dundurn Press via NetGalleys for my thoughts
 
 
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text 2018-04-30 17:34
REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Love To Remember by Sarah Hadley Brook
A Love to Remember - Sarah Hadley Brook

Graham Hayes decided long ago he’d never be in a relationship. It was better to stay single than to fall in love only to be left alone, which he was certain would happen to him. He’d seen Alzheimer’s ravage his family members all his life, leaving their loved ones to deal with the fallout. Some of them stayed, but some didn’t. Graham isn’t going to risk it.

When he hires nurse Sam Morgan to take care of his dad during the day, his pledge to stay single is put to the test. He soon finds it difficult to maintain a professional distance.

Graham’s guarded his heart for so long, but his resolve is crumbling. Will he be able to conquer his fear to give himself a chance at love? Can he trust Sam to stick around for better or worse?

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/04/review-tour-giveaway-love-to-remember.html
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text 2018-03-13 22:01
Reading progress update: I've read 440 out of 440 pages.
Remember When - J.D. Robb,Nora Roberts

Rating for the "In Death" portion of the book: 5 stars

 

It was cool to go back and read this now that I have more familiarity with the characters in this series. I remember thinking at the time that I'd be interested in starting the Eve Dallas books. No idea why it took me 13 more years to do so.

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review 2018-03-12 14:36
Remember Me When
Remember Me When - Brooke Blaine

I really loved these two characters as well as the storyline developed here. For me this however felt a little flat in the character development and overall seemed rushed to conclusion. I am also not sure I fully understand the need to split this one book in half. Even for the 2-3 weeks separation between parts, it pulled me away from the characters and their story. And maybe that was in fact the point, as we were dealing with amnesia.

 

Overall a very sweet story with great leading men. Just wished we had gotten a little more depth into them as a couple as they grew back together.

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text 2018-03-12 02:46
Reading progress update: I've read 222 out of 440 pages.
Remember When - J.D. Robb,Nora Roberts

I've finished the Nora Roberts section, moving on to the J.D. Robb part.

 

I first read this back in 2003--bought it when it first came out--so it's like reading it again for the first time. Which is good.

 

I'll give the Nora novella 4 stars, even if it did suffer from a huge case of insta-love. The main couple were just so good together, and the Max, our hero, was pretty swoon-worthy. Our heroine, Laine, was pretty damn great, too. When faced with several situations in which she could make TSTL decisions, she didn't. Not once.

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