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text 2016-04-19 16:36
Too Many Irons in the Fire

I've been a little scarce lately.  Okay, maybe a lot.  I'm still working at the hospital full-time, still home schooling my son, and trying to squeeze in his martial arts classes.  But on top of that, I've recently started another job that was intended to be PRN (as needed) but has been more part-time/full-time hours.  My writing, reading, and sanity have all taken a beating in response.  When I am home and not working with Xavier with school, I pretty much just want to sleep.

 

 

Ironically, the reason for the second job is so that I can eventually cut my hours to devote to writing.  I'm saving up for a down payment on a house this summer.  The mortgage will be nearly one-third of what I pay now, thereby allowing me to decrease my hours.  If I can just survive until then.  =|  In the meantime, I am still reading.  I am still writing.  Just at a much slower pace.  Hope everyone is doing well!!

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review 2015-11-23 00:00
All Man
All Man - Jay Northcote

We already know Julian from Top Me Maybe?, and I was happy to read his own story.

And what could be wrong with a hot Twink meeting his total opposite and fall in love? Not much, in the grand scheme of things. And I enjoyed that part of the story. It was funny, it was sweet, it was hot.

But.

And I realize I should have gone with my gut feeling, and read the blurb more carefully. But the whole sexual assault plot was so not my thing. Because honestly, I'm tired of reading about rape/assault as a mere plot device that has nothing to do with core of the story. I'm not a fan of the" young reckless twink getting saved by the manly man"-trope. A character can grow and two people can get closer without this particular kind of drama. It's the same with "near death" situation outside of crime/mystery books for me.

I'm not saying authors shouldn't write about rape. All I'm trying to say is: If you want to write about that topic, make it the main theme of your book, handle it with care and sensibility, and let the reader know beforehand what he/she is getting into by picking this book up. But don't use it as a dramatic device to make your characters grow, change or get closer. And for the love of the deity you believe in, don't gloss over the effects an attack like that has on a person! There is no magic dick or magic big arms to cure you of the aftermath of sexual assault!

That's all.

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review 2015-10-21 00:00
Winter Kill
Winter Kill - Josh Lanyon

3 stars? Maybe.


Well, I saved quite my bucks and waited to buy this book and read it at a time when I was "so ready" for a good romantic suspense story. Winter Kill didn't disappoint - not completely. It didn't knock me off my feet, either. Rob Haskell, local cop in Nearby, has a skeleton on his hands and his superior invites the FBI to take a look. Because it could have something to do with a serial killer. Agent Darling shows up with his partner, takes one look and is... not sure. Maybe there could be a connection, but mostly he doesn't think so, so this is the end of that investigation in Nearby. Well, almost, because firstly, he has a little fun between the sheets with Rob. Nothing earth-shattering, just some uncomplicated pleasure between two adults.

Or not. Because some time later there is another body, and now Agent Darling is personally requested to help investigate the murder of one of the town's very own. Of course, there is sexual tension between Rob and Adam, amongst other things.

What I liked? The Writing. Lanyon just has a way with words that impresses me, and gets to me every. Single. Time. I love it!

But the story was something else. Firstly, the investigation is clearly more important than relationship building. Which is fine with me, because hello?! Serial killer on the move! And I'm a huge fan of suspense/crime mixed with a little romance, so this aspect made me like the book more.

Which is not what I can say about the rest of it. I'll hide it, because I'll probably spoiler a lot.

Firstly, the solution of the crime was awful, no two ways about it. Two serial killers, both not entirely convincing? Really? Uhm, no. Not for me. The way to the solution was good. I liked the suspense, the guessing. They actually did some investigating, and had some adventures doing it - in and outside of the bedroom. That was really fine with me. Not quite as fun as some of Lanyons previous works, but still good. But the end?! The solutions?! So not my thing.

The other part? The epilogue! Actually, make that the last chapters and the epilogue! What, do you absolutely need a life altering, possibly fatal, catastrophy to bring people together?! I admit it, I'm tired of the whole "Oh my god, you almost died - I love you!" And the epilogue was just the icing of the cake. Because What. The Hell. And I'm supposed to believe that? Adam abandoning his city life and career with the BAU, with a legend profiler, to be with a man he barely knows? Come! On! Agent calm, controlled, and coll as a cucumber? Absolutely not. Sounds romantic in other stories? Maybe. I just didn't buy it here.

So, what's left to say? It was okay. Lanyon has a wonderful style that I enjoy immensely. But the plot here was just not "good enough" and the details didn't work together as a whole as I'm used to from her. For most authors it would have been 3.5 stars or something. But I already said it and I'll say it again: I hold Lanyon to higher standards. So 2.5 stars, because it was only okay. I liked it well enough, but I'd hoped for a lot more going in, and was somewhat disappointed.

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text 2014-06-22 14:22

I swear, Mochizuki Jun is trying to kill off all her fans in the slowest and most painful way possible. ;___;

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