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review 2016-06-23 17:18
Death Of An Assassin
Death of an Assassin - Ian Hiatt

Accidents happen. Layla is paid very well to make sure that they do.


However, her newest case will turn out to be more trying than even she thought it would be. There will be some eyerolling as she discovers more and more about her self, but mainly it is very enjoyable!


What is the chance I would be two book featuring Sirens at the same time? Either way, Layla is a Siren, and her coolest trick is to change her appearance at will and thereby luring the unsuspecting prey to their death. I liked the story, just as I thought I would. It was the easy, not too much to think about kind of book that sometimes works really well. The world was interesting and I would like to see more about it in the next book.


Death of an Assassin is the first book in the Saint Roch City series.


Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2014-06-04 23:47
Review: Lian/Roch (Bayou Heat, #9-10) by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright
Lian/Roch (Bayou Heat) (Volume 9) - Alexandra Ivy,Laura Wright

The Hunter:
Lian isn’t a happy puma. He’s a lethal Hunter who should be out fighting the enemy, not babysitting a human scholar. Still, he’ll do whatever necessary to rid the world of the evil goddess, Shakpi. And there’s the bonus of spending a few hours away from his family of Nurturers who have been smothering him with love. The last thing he expects is to discover a female who not only stirs his passions, but who calls to his cat on a primal level. 

The Scholar:
Dr. Sage Parker has always known she’s different. Not only because she’s a genius with languages, but because she has a weird ability to see auras around people. It’s no wonder that she prefers to remain secluded in her small cottage. Then Lian charges into her life, dragging her out of the safety of her home and forcing her to travel to the Wildlands. Even more dangerously, he touches a place in her heart that she shut off long ago. Now, to claim the future she never dreamed possible, she must translate the ancient Pantera scrolls before Shakpi destroys the male she loves.

Brilliant Diplomat Roch is devoted to his work. The sexy, blond male wants nothing more than to keep his life just as it is. But when he falls ill, he’s forced to find help in the human world. Who would’ve guessed that the cure he needs is a human woman carrying the next Pantera child? 

Attorney Lydia Page has not only been fired from her job for being pregnant, but the clinic where she was inseminated wants her to end the pregnancy because she’s carrying an ‘animal.’ Shocked and scared, Lydia has nowhere to turn. She loves her unborn child, and soon realizes that the only way to keep herself and her baby safe is to accept the help of a mysterious and very handsome puma shifter. But could the stranger be more than just her rescuer?
~ 3 Bayou Heat Stars ~ 

Bayou Heat
Each book contains two short stories and tells a little more about the Pantera.


Lian/Roch are the 9th and 10th installments in the Bayou Heat series. This is the continuing series about the Pantera who live in the Wildlands of Louisiana. Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright do a wonderful job writing this series. They have similar styles that compliment one another’s storylines. The males in this series are very hot and sexy. The females are strong in their own way and complement each counterpart.


Lian/Roch are quick short reads with an insta-love quality as each Pantera finds his mate of the heart. We are introduced in Lian’s story to new characters as well as old ones show up. Shapki meets her end in book 9. Her ending felt anticlimactic. There should have been more after everything she put the Pantera through. Roch’s story introduces us to a new enemy. This new threat is not very clear, only that they want the Pantera DNA. 


Ivy and Wright have given us a seductive series with heartbreak, betrayal, alienation and love. With just enough steamy sex to keep everyone entertained. 


Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2014/06/review-lianroch-bayou-heat-9-10-alexandra-ivy-laura-wright
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review 2011-07-13 00:00
Jules Et Jim - Henri Pierre Roch Jules (short, German, philosophical) and Jim (tall, French, romantic) meet in 1907 and immediately become best friends. People wonder if they're gay, but they're not: they just really like each other. They always seem to end up dating the same women, and live a wild and complicated life. After a while, they both fall for beautiful German Kathe, who's the original psycho bitch from hell. She hangs out with each of them in turn, has children with them, falls into fits of jealous rage and abandons them for third parties, forgives them and then does even crazier things.

Many of the reviewers here seem to be appalled by Kathe's behavior, and even more by the fact that the two guys put up with it. With all due respect, I think this is to miss the point, which is all in the extremely unusual style. The author, a luminary of the French art scene who probably appears briefly in Midnight in Paris at some point, based the novel partly on his own life. He started writing it when he was 64, and took nearly ten years to get it right; he wanted to make it as simple and unaffected as possible and just tell the story. He succeeds very well. The fact that he has nearly succeeded in removing anger and heartbreak from the narrative voice doesn't mean that the characters weren't angry and heartbroken at the time. Quite the contrary. But he isn't angry any more. He's viewing it all from a vast distance, and the dominant emotion is nostalgia.

I was reminded of the scene near the end of The Unbearable Lightness of Being where she finds the old photographs tucked away at the back of the drawer. At the time, there was all that pain and jealousy, but now she thinks back on it and wonders how they could have failed to understand how happy they were. Or, another association that occurred to me, I imagine Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine telling the story to Abigail Breslin, his beloved granddaughter:

- So what did she do then, Grandpa?

- She went off without a word and spent the night with her old flame Harold, sweetheart.

- Weren't you mad at her?

- I certainly was! But she came back next morning.

- And what did she say?

- She said she'd had fun, but it was all a mistake.

- Did you forgive her?

- Sweetheart, I always forgave Kathe. She was a very special lady, God rest her soul.

- I love hearing stories about you and Kathe, Grandpa.

- Just promise me one thing, sweetheart. Don't be like her when you grow up. I'm not sure the world can handle another Kathe.

- I promise, Grandpa.

- That's my girl.

Readers who are currently involved with psycho bitches of either sex may find Henri-Pierre Roché's novel comforting. If you're lucky, you'll feel this way about your psycho bitch when you've had enough time to think about it properly.


We just watched the Truffaut movie of Deux Anglaises Et Le Continent, Roché's second and last book, and that does throw an unexpected new light on Jules et Jim. The basic story is similar: the central character, male, toys callously with the affections of two English sisters and things end up with one of them dead. Towards the end of the movie, the guy writes a novel called Julien et Jerôme, which he says explicitly is their story with the genders reversed.

So, the implication is that Deux Anglaises Et Le Continent is the true story, and Roché himself is the psycho bitch. Or maybe he's just messing with our minds the second time round, since the received wisdom appears to be that Jules et Jim IS in fact the autobiographical novel.

Can a better informed person tell me what's going on here? It seems to be a moderately interesting literary mystery.
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