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review 2019-10-31 23:33
The Starr Sting Scale - C. S. Cinneide

I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never met a character like Candace (don’t call me Candy) Starr. In a nutshell she’s a 6’3” hard drinking, foul mouthed ex-con with a diverse resume. Before she went to prison, she was a killer-for-hire. Her father was a hitman & just like any proud papa, he brought his kid into the family business. Now she lives alone above the E-Zee Market where she mans the counter & bounces meth heads who frequent the store.


But it can be hard to shake your reputation. Candace is approached by a wealthy woman with a problem. Her teenage daughter’s boyfriend is a drug dealing slacker & she’d like him…um…extracted from their lives. Perhaps Candace would come out of retirement & help.


The thing is she could really use the money but…whack a teenager? Turns out her reluctance is a moot point. Candace opens the newspaper one day & sees the guy’s smiling face. It seems his body was found in a nearby ravine. Huh. Unfortunately, it brings an old nemesis back into her life. Saunders is the cop who put her away & he’d like nothing better than to send her back to prison. So he pops by the store, sure that she is responsible for his latest homicide.


It’s not a happy reunion. He still thinks she’s in the game, she still thinks the smell of his aftershave is “like being assaulted by a basket of rancid fruit”. But his partner is a different story. After Saunders stomps out, Detective Chien-Shiung Malone has a proposition for Candace. Help solve the case & she’ll tell Candace who murdered her father several years ago. 


That gets Candace’s attention. She’s never been able to learn who killed her dad & the need for revenge is like an open wound. She figures all she has to do is hang around with the petite & proper Malone for a few days & she’ll have the name of her final target.


Pretty straightforward, right? Well….that’s before you factor in a couple of pretentious soccer moms, a bounty hunter, a mole in the police force & a dangerous motorcycle gang with hygiene issues (seriously, if you have access to running water there is NO excuse for eye watering BO).


Needless to say there’s much more to the story & there are a couple of pivotal twists so I’ll leave it here to avoid spoilers. What you do need to know is despite the addition of Candace’s snarky humour this is a dark, gritty, hardboiled read. There’s plenty of violence & the f-bombs fly thick & fast. Those bothered by stronger language, racial epithets and/or misogyny should walk away. I confess some of it was a bit much although entirely in keeping with the characters. Just a matter of personal taste & not a reflection of the author’s skills. It is what it is.


Two things in particular really stood out for me. One is the relationship between Candace & Malone. They’re from different worlds. But a gradual understanding & acceptance develops as they spend more time together. The other element was the final few chapters. Despite one disturbing scene (couldn’t decide whether to yell “Eeeew” or “Gross!”) there is a clever reveal that made me reevaluate what I thought I knew. Well done, Ms. O’Cinneide.


Rating this is a tough call. I think I was expecting something slightly lighter due to marketing blurbs & endorsement quotes. If a story is well written/plotted, It all comes down to what you enjoy reading. So if your tastes run more toward the hardbitten take-no-prisoners approach to the genre, this should be right up your street.




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review 2019-08-29 17:32
Review: Warrior’s Bond (Yadeshi Brides #1) by Emma Alisyn
Warrior's Bond: BBW Science Fiction Alien Romance (Yadeshi Brides Book 1) - Emma Alisyn,Starr Huntress,Rock Bottom Covers
Warrior's Bond
Yadeshi Brides #1
Emma Alisyn
Science Fiction Romance
Hard Candies Publishing
August 6, 2016


Curvy single mom in trouble + elite alien warrior = a chance at the forever kind of love.


Three strikes and he's out.
Zoriah's rebellious teenage son is in trouble again - this time, on purpose. She'll do anything to prevent her family breaking up, even allow her children to train for the alien Yadeshi army.


Why raise your sword if you have no mate or family?
Elite alien warrior Benyon spends his time on Earth training humans in martial arts. He's come to love the three human children with warrior-spirits, and will do anything to prevent their unhappiness- even if it means going toe-to-toe with their mother - a woman who entices him with her fierce temper, lush beauty and strength of will to raise her children alone.


But she doesn't have to be alone ...
he won't allow it, not when he's made up his mind she should be his. All he has to do is convince her that alien warriors do it bigger, harder and badder. And when their family is threatened by a spurned would-be lover, Benyon seizes the opportunity to prove his worth. After all, there's more to him than just his big, blue... tattoo.


This is a steamy hot, science fiction romance for readers who love BBW and alpha male alien warriors. Perfect for your lunch break reads.






Warrior’s Bond is book one in the Yadeshi Brides series by Emma Alisyn. 

Zoriah, is a single mother of three working two jobs. 


Benyon, is a blue warrior alien on earth to train the kids that apply to the Yadeshi program. 


I felt this story was rushed and things didn’t flow well. We barely get any background on the Yadeshi and we don’t get any history on how they came to be on earth, nor do we zip off to an alien plant in this story. We also don’t get to dive into the characters. 


From what I understand about the world. Earth’s government isn’t nice and they are regulating their people, in that once you are in a class level you stay and don’t get a chance to improve your situation. They are also hiding all the benefits of joining the Yadeshi organization from it’s earth citizens. 


I found some things interesting, like the Yadeshi and their training program, but we don’t get to dive into it all, so I was disappointed on the lack of information and world building. The romance was a slow, sweet, and nice courtship. 


The major downside with this book for me besides the lack of flow, information, and world building is that we actually ended at 62%. The last 40% of this book is all advertisement for the other books in the Yadeshi Bridesseries. I don’t like when an author does this. It’s misleading the readers and not giving us a full story. 


Warrior’s Bond was ok, but didn’t win me over. Their was potential, but it needed more. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 


Rated: 2.5 Stars


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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2019/08/review-warriors-bond-yadeshi-brides-1-by-emma-alisyn
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text 2019-08-12 11:30
Pre-Party for Halloween Bingo - Book Suggestion for the New Squares? - Truly Terrifying - Part 1
The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal - Evan Ratliff
Zodiac - Robert Graysmith
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York - Deborah Blum
The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking - Brendan I. Koerner
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science - Douglas Starr
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital - Sheri Fink
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal - Ben Macintyre
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst - Jeffrey Toobin
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century - Kirk W. Johnson
The Library Book - Susan Orlean

Out of these I have only read The Feather Thief, which was excellent and which I highly recommend to anyone, who don´t want to read about Serial Killers, murder and gory stuff.


As for all the other books, they seem to be right up my alley and I want to read them all.



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text 2019-08-01 14:24
July Reading Wrap Up
After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England - Leanda de Lisle
The Gods of Gotham - Lyndsay Faye
Bethlehem Road - Anne Perry
Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls - Anissa Gray
A Trail of Ink - Mel Starr
Oksana, Behave! - Maria Kuznetsova
The Pericles Commission - Gary Corby
King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War - Catrine Clay

July was a good reading month. I can't remember the last time I finished this many books. I was helped by the vacations and swimming lessons my children participated in. My girls are still on vacation with my in-laws for another week. Hopefully I can get some more reading done before the back to school craziness hurts.


King, Kaiser, Tsar was the most fascinating book I have read in a while. I don't know about everyone else but my public school education only glosses over WWI. Archduke Ferdinand was shot. War started. Nobody listened to Wilson when he said splitting Prussia up was a bad idea. That's about the extent of our education. This book didn't spend a ton of time dealing with WWI specifically but it did give the reader a great deal of insight to the men who helped get us to that point. I highly recommend it even if you don't have an interest in that time period. 


Her Royal Spyness and The Pericles Commission were my fiction favorites. The problem with both of them is the number of books that exist in each series. Of course I needed more books on my TBR. 

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review 2019-07-24 15:10
A Trail of Ink (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #3) - Mel Starr
A Trail of Ink - Mel Starr

By this point in the series, Hugh should be dead about 100 times over. He just has this knack for getting himself into situations that he should see coming from a mile away. I'm not entirely sure how he ever actually solves a mystery. My favorite character at this point just might be Hugh's horse, Bruce.


All of that aside, I'm still reading the next book. They are quick light reads. I have all of the available books in e-book form. They are my bedtime books. 

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