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review 2018-01-15 15:35
Very Brief Thoughts: Snowbound with the Notorious Rake
Snowbound with the Notorious Rake - Sarah Mallory

Snowbound with the Notorious Rake
by Sarah Mallory

 

 

One wicked Christmas night…

Trapped by a blizzard, the sight of notorious rogue Sir Lawrence Daunton almost makes schoolteacher Rose Westerhill turn back into the snow!  When it becomes apparent she has nowhere else to go Rose accepts his offer of shelter, vowing to remain indifferent to his practiced charm.

But as the temperature outside drops, she finds the wicked rake's sizzling seduction impossible to resist.  For one stolen night Rose abandons her principles—and her body!—to his expert ministrations.  Christmas with the rakish Lawrence promises to be a thoroughly improper yuletide celebration….



This historical romance by Sarah Mallory was written really well, but the actual story and the characters were quite frustrating.  On top of that, I was a little disappointed that the entire "snowbound" scenario really only lasted a couple chapters, then the rest of the book was just a typical romance with a reformed rake and the prudish schoolteacher.  I may or may not have started drifting off, or setting the book aside due to boredom.

As for our couple, they were pretty standard.  I didn't find Sir Lawrence to stand out much, but he was a neutral, good man.  Rose was more likable during the snowbound duration, but afterwards, I feel like she was a bit over-extreme in her prejudice against Sir Lawrence.  I understand that she has a history and can see why she's so cautious, but she went to the point of simply wanting to always believe the worst of Sir Lawrence no matter that he'd been nothing but honorable towards her from the beginning.

In contrast, I found it kind of hard to believe that she would take the word of her fiance, Magnus, and her future sister-in-law, Althea, without really giving it more thought.  She's been around Magnus and Althea enough that you'd think she wouldn't place so much credence in their words or actions.  So it came across as her trying to find any reason possible to discredit Sir Lawrence, even if it hadn't been warranted.

The romance was super frustrating, and I'm not sure there were even any characters I liked.

The background mystery about the sunken ship, and the investigation of it seemed kind of blah.

I may try another Sarah Mallory book, but I DO hope that this one was just a fluke.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/01/very-brief-thoughts-snowbound-with.html
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review 2018-01-14 01:35
Audio Book Review: The Dark Wife
The Dark Wife - Sarah Diemer

Veronica speaks as Persephone as she tells the story before all has happened, and as it happened. Veronica does cracking voices full of emotion when the book notes it. She feels to speak with such love and emotion that draws my heart into the story. A stunning vocal performance from Veronica as she relates all the emotions through her voice, and draws me into them.

The story is told from Persephone's view, after it's all happened. We learn this in the beginning of the story.

Sarah's writing feels as though it's poetic with emotions strong in her words. The cadence of the telling, along with Veronica's vocals, felt to fit the old sway of words with the Greek gods and goddesses. The details and emotions invested into this story feel to be strong. There is such love written here. And in the voice! Veronica relates the strength of all the emotions present.

Persephone grows fonder and fonder of Hades. In their small connections it seems that Hades is healing, along with Persephone in heart and mind. They have both suffered some loses or torment from others that starts to heal with each other's presence.

We get a feel of the flip of good and evil where we would think to see it. Zeus and Hades, evil and good. Which is the one that has more compassion for people and souls? We see things from a different angle that opens possible thoughts of it all.

This story is told as Hades as a female, as is Persephone. They fall in love and it's beautiful. This book is all emotion. I didn't get a feel of strong prejudice from everyone present. It's natural to love and it doesn't matter who that love is directed to. Love is an amazing emotion and all should feel it. Though, there is one that's not thrilled with it as it's not him receiving the love as he feels he should. He is also one that seems to look down on a relationship between two woman, but that is only briefly mentioned. The story is mainly a gorgeous telling of Persephone finding her way in the world and finding love.

The story is very drawing with the words and Veronica's voice. But the one scene that touched my heart the deepest was when the dead villagers met others. You'll know the moment and who the others are when it happens. Beautiful.

If you thrive on lush descriptions of all around you and feelings, this is a great read for you.

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review 2018-01-12 23:23
Grim Beginnings (Kim Reaper Vol 1) by Sarah Graley (Mini Review)

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This is a fun, quite ridiculous story, but I mean that in the best way possible.

 

I did feel it started a little slow, but picked up quickly; I believe this is because at first, I wasn't sure where the story was going to go or what the point of the opening scene was, because it was just of Becka crushing on Kim, and I hoped the whole book wouldn't be like that, because I found it boring.

 

Luckily, there is so much sustenance to the book than just crushes. (Not that there is anything wrong with having crushes!) It doesn't have any full out romance, but there is hints of some for later volumes.

 

I liked both of the main characters. I'm curious to see what happens in the second volume. I wasn't sure I liked the art style at first, but I did end up liking it a lot and felt it fit the tone of the comic.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

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review 2018-01-12 20:38
Sarah PinBorough: Behind Her Eyes
Behind Her Eyes: A Novel - Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough novel is all about manipulation in such a strange love triangle :

 

Louise is a single mom, working as a secretary, and feels like her life is in an extreme slump. Her ex husband has moved on but Louise just cant seem to get her life back on track. When she meets a man in a bar, sparks fly and she feels like she has finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she discovers that the man in the bar, is her new boss and he is married. Married to a beautiful and timid Adele. The problem is that Louise has also met Adele before and has befriended her. Now Louise does not know what to do, and whether she should break off her relationship with Adele and quit her job for what has happened to her new boss. While Louise questions her morals Adele is planning and manipulating everyone around her, as no one tries to take her husband away from her.

 

This is the first book that I have read by Pinborough, and I was really impressed with the characters and story. They way that Pinborough would have to lay out the plans and interacting points between Louise, Adele and David is really well done. This is a "love" triangle book, but it so much more than that as Pinborough plays down the sexual nature of the triangle and plays up more of the relationship between the three. And Oh the manipulation; This book has it in spades on all fronts that you are not sure who is really going to come out as the "winner" at the end or if they are going to fail at life miserably.

 

It's hard to really like any of the characters, maybe more so that you cheer for them than anything else. Who is the least bad kind of thing on a moral high ground idea runs throughout this book and I find that you cannot really fault any of them for the decisions they make, but that does not mean that you have to like them. I also like that we get glimpses into Adele past and how it has shaped her in to the person that she is in the book.

 

This book has a slight metaphysical aspect to the book in regards to the dream world and power of dreams which was an interesting touch, and I think enhanced the story over just two women wanting the same man.

 

Oh that ending, I will say I had figured it mainly out, but Pinborough threw in quite a twist that I did not see coming, so thank you Pinborough for that.This book has set the bar really high for in my opinion when I find the next Pinbrough book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it especially the farther I got in to the book.

Enjoy!!!

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review 2018-01-11 23:35
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I was completely underwhelmed by this book. I saw some really positive reviews for this book so I decided to read it myself because I love good books. I wanted to love this book as much as other readers but it just wasn't meant to be. I honestly don't see what all of the fuss is about. There were a few twists but nothing that really blew me away or anything. I am being really generous with my three star rating with this one.

This is one of those books that is going to be best to go in as blindly as possible. The less you know about the book the better your chances of enjoying it. As you can probably guess from the title, this book is about marriage. We meet an ex-wife and a soon to be wife and get to know them a bit. 

Nothing about this book ever grabbed me. I didn't feel much for any of the characters and I never felt that compulsion to keep turning pages so that I could find out what would happen next. It was a book that I could set aside if I had something else to do but it wasn't painful to read either. It was just kind of average. There are some big twists in the book but I honestly didn't find them all that shocking. By the time the first big twist is revealed, I just didn't really care all that much. 

I feel like this is a book that received more hype than it deserves. Then again, there are some readers that absolutely love this book. I won't be actively recommending this book to others but wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it either. 

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I am a bit underwhelmed by this one. I have seen so many 5 star reviews for this book so I guess I am in the minority but I really don't see what the fuss is all about. The first 40% of the book was really pretty boring for me. Then there were a few twists but nothing that really blew me away. It was an okay read but nothing more.

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