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review 2017-11-21 21:47
Sometimes a book just isn't what you need at that moment...and maybe this is a case of "It's not you, it's me"...
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Book Title:  The Wife Between Us

Author:  Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre:  Mystery | Thriller

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Setting:  New York City & Suburbs

Source I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness: 2/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I don't know what it was about this that would not let me stay interested in this.  It seems to have everything you would want in a Mystery/Thriller, including several 5-star reviews, and yet, I just couldn't seem to care enough about it.  It just seemed to have the depressing feel to it and I found myself not wanting to read it.  So…it took me a while to finish it…

 

But really…

 

The Wife Between Us is a haunting story with a cleverly crafted plot and twists you won't see coming.  Overall, you probably shouldn't let my feelings on it sway you into not reading it because plenty of readers loved it.

 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know, maybe not…maybe yes.

 

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review 2017-11-21 21:36
The Rules
The Rules - Jamie Fessenden

He couldn’t imagine being with anyone else, or even with just Boris or just Thomas. He needed both of them. They interconnected like the pieces of a puzzle—a wonderful puzzle with a complicated picture full of books and exotic foods and paintings and beautiful naked men… and lots and lots of naughty bits.

 

At the end of the year, when I reflect on what books have been the best of the best, it will be those books that I still remember scenes, remember characters, and while I may not be able to remember every detail it will be those books that are different enough and touching enough that they have grabbed hold and not let go. 


I am pretty certain that “The Rules” we will one of those books.  What I love about this is that it is not your typical romance and these are certainly not your typical men.  There is absolutely no character I have ever read about like Boris.  He is undoubtedly one of a kind.

 

And like all MMM romances, this is not a relationship that can be easily written. And for me there are not many that work really really well.  This one, for me, did.  And I think a lot of that not only had to do with Boris but in the complete and total honest and quite blunt actions these men take.  And the fact that jealousy DOES come into play was realistic to say the least.

 

There are some MMM books where one of the men makes statements like, “Why would I be jealous?  I mean, I know he loves me.”  Do you really??  I say horseshit, honestly. If you do not experience jealousy in regards to your loved one then for me it comes across more that you just don’t really care.  Caring is an emotion, jealousy is an emotion, claiming someone as yours and wanting no one else to touch what is yours is an emotion.  And what I love about this story is their methods and conversations to deal with these emotions in a positive way.  There is TRUST that is built between them.  There are boundaries and rules and ways of touching one another that is done in such a way that it forges this bond between them that is built quite beautifully together as three.

 

There is not much I want to really say about them for fear of saying too much and spoiling this quite humorous, touching and rather emotional journey.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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review 2017-11-21 21:23
With the Virtue Duo you get an unadulterated make-no-apologies straight-up love triangle.
Sweetest Venom (The Virtue Series) (Volume 2) - Mia Asher

Book Title:  Sweetest Venom
Author:  Mia Asher
Narration:  Lucy Rivers & Jeremy York
Series:  Virtue #2
Genre:  Erotica | Romance
Setting:  New York
Source:  Audiobook (Library)
 
 
 
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Plot:  3.2/5
Main Characters:  3.5/5
Secondary Characters:  3.5/5
The Feels:  3/5
Pacing:  4/5
Addictiveness:  3.5/5
Theme or Tone:  2.8/5
Flow (Writing Style):  4/5
Backdrop (World Building):  4/5
Book Cover:  4/5
Narration:  4.5/5
Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.
Steam Factor 0-5:  5+
Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 


 
 

 
I went into this knowing it would have too much explicit sex for my liking…and so I wasn't pissed off about that.  I also fast-forwarded through them some, and that helped, too.  I do have to give the narrator's props for reading these sex scenes out loud, because wow, they were raw.  Also some props for the Author, for always keeping it real with the way she writes her sex scenes.  (I suppose I can let it slide the couple times she referred to a vagina as a sex…serious pet-peeve of mine.) 
 
While I had some issues with the MC (Blair is one f'-ed up chic) and the believability of the story...I think, overall, I liked how different this story is…it wasn't cliched like a lot of New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories out these days.  The fate of the love triangle will leave you wondering just which direction it's going in, right up until the very end.
 
Will I read more from this Author?⇜ Maybe…
 

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review 2017-11-21 18:33
Kane's Awakening
Kane's Awakening - Jaclyn Osborn

After months of teasing, postings about her discussions with Kane, and images of these two characters, we finally got an early release for this third installment in the Awakening Series.  While this can be read as a standalone, the characters from the other books make appearances.  The other two books were good. I loved Michael, probably the best, as a character, but Jackson was a perfect match for dear Zach.  And while both books were entertaining, neither held the grit that this one did for me.  Part of it may be that I immediately fell hard for both characters.  From their initial meeting, they were undeniably explosive together.

 

Kane was perfectly portrayed as an abused man with so many emotional walls. After a quite abusive relationship in his teen years, he shut himself completely off from any type of emotional connection with anyone and it is not until Ryker that the walls start to shatter. Ryker is just the perfect pairing for being able to see through the bullshit and see into the truth that is in Kane’s heart.

 

I’d built a wall around my heart and locked it inside an impenetrable barrier, but he seemed to have the damn key.

 

  

Ryker…absolutely perfect image.

 

There are some rough scenes between these two. Some harsh words and difficult situations and there are moments when you want to smack Kane upside the head and make him see reason. But there are the tender aww moments too that make you see inside of Kane and see exactly what Ryker sees.  #singlerose

 

And while there is the infamous drama around 85%...it worked for me.  There were issues and doubts from both parties and again trust is something that does not come easily for some and with Ryker’s history it was something that needed to be addressed.

 

Overall, this was just so well-crafted and told in such a beautiful way.  They grew as a couple and formed such a strong relationship knowing and loving the bad with the good.  It worked.

 

“Because dammit, Kane, you’re all I want. You are everything in a man that infuriates the hell out of me, but I keep coming back for more. Even though you’re stubborn and have asshole tendencies… even though you’re unfiltered and arrogant… I see you. The real you.” He smiled before pressing our heads together. “I’m aware of how stupid that sounds, but it’s true. There are moments when you look at me where I see your kind heart and your passion. Sometimes there’s a light in your eyes after I kiss you, one that you then hide.”

I couldn’t speak, so I stayed quiet and just let him do the talking.

“And the way I feel around you is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before,” he continued, pulling back and looking into my eyes. “I can’t get you out of my head, and I’m tired of fighting it. You might be an asshole… but I want you to be my asshole.”

 

And an asshole you can’t help but love to pieces.

 

Ryker smiled. “You ramble a lot when you’re nervous.”

“I’m not nervous.” I looked into his blue eyes and felt my heart twinge. He was too damn handsome. “Okay, maybe I am a little. Throwing you on the bed and fucking you senseless is easy, but taking you out to dinner makes my palms all sweaty.”

 

 

I adored the relationships they held with their families as well.  And while unconventional, everything seemed so genuine and real.  As for Devon…I wanted to kick his ass but I also kinda want his “Awakening” as well.  LOL He has a story to tell for sure.

 

And as a sidenote, I loved the addition of the relationship with Nemesis.  Such a beautiful way to show the love and understanding Kane has in his heart and a sort of recognition of the life he has had.  He is to Nem as Ryker is to him.  Heartwarming to say the least.

 

 

**Highly Recommended**

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review 2017-11-21 06:28
Parting Shot
Parting Shot - Linwood Barclay

Promise Falls #4  

By:  Linwood Barclay 

ISBN: 1409163938 

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 10/31/2017 

Format: Kindle 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

Linwood Barclay returns with his riveting series, Promise Falls following The Twenty Three #3 (2016) with his best yet, in the twisty PARTING SHOT (#4) — a fitting title for his latest riveting thriller. 

Packed with a serious savage punch, and more twists than the Pacific Hwy., we revisit the small fictional town of Promise Falls in upstate New York, outside of Albany. 

A small town filled with scandal and secrets and an overwhelming need for revenge and some evil vigilante justice! 

However, often we find the revenge is directed at the wrong person which causes some major problems for everyone involved. (sorry, killed the wrong person-collateral damage). 

Read My Reviews: 
Broken Promise #1 
Final Assignment #1.5 
Far From True #2
The Twenty-Three #3 

PARTING SHOT almost slipped by me. Thank goodness, the minute I received the newsletter from the author, I was on Amazon clicking away to purchase this one. 

Having read every book in this engrossing series, PARTING SHOT was my favorite. I stayed up until 5 am two mornings in a row to finish. It was worth every minute.

Again, keep your scorecard handy and hang on for a roller coaster wild ride!

This time around, we revisit with characters PI Cal Weaver and Detective Barry Duckworth (two of my favorites) from Promise Falls. Even though the two guys are familiar with one another, neither of the two realize the other is working separate cases which will ultimately connect. 

I for one, am hoping these two go into business together for future books. A huge fan of the series.

There is a common interest that bridges the two cases. Just Deserts. 

A vigilante. A website for those who want Justice. Even though not in the legal sense. People all over the planet inspired to exact vengeance on people who've got it coming, hoping like crazy that what they do is nasty enough to be honored on the website. 

Of course, Promise Falls is well known in this department. Getting even.

Duckworth almost died in the last book and is now a hero. He loves his donuts; however, his wife wants him around a little longer and has changed his diet. He is now down to 233 (loss of 47 pounds). However, he is still tempted.

Could he be getting too old for the job? Maybe a career change is in order?

His is married to Maureen and has a son named Trevor (now twenty-five living back at home). Duckworth's current case takes him to a bar, Knights and when he looks at the surveillance video; his son is lip locking in a corner with some gal, named Carol. Unemployed, but out drinking and evidently up to something secretive. 

What do they have to do with the abduction? 

A guy, Brian Gaffney was abducted from the bar and he does not remember anything. However, he has tattooed on his back, “I’m the sick F*** who killed Sean. He has no clue what this means? He seeks Duckworth’s help. 

There was also an older case of a younger guy, Craig Pierce(known sex offender) who molested a mentally handicapped girl and someone had taken matters into their own hands, months ago- since the law did not make him pay. 

Someone abducted him and had a dog to literally disfigure him. Half his face is missing, plus some manly private parts (ouch). The guy is barely alive. However, he is out to find the person who did this to him. 

Could it be the same person after Jeremy this time?

However, did what happened to Brian have anything to do with the other cases, or was he in the wrong place at the wrong time? 

Cal Weaver has suffered much loss from the previous books. His wife and son are gone. He is moving on and out on his own with a PI business.

His assignment takes him to twenty-something, Jeremy’s family. The wealthy grand-aunt, alcoholic mother-Gloria, her boyfriend, Bob, attorney, Grant Finch and big deal businessman, rich Galen Broadhurst – the guy who owned the Porch. 

Jeremy, was supposedly drunk driving one of his father’s friends' 9ll Porch and ran over and killed a young innocent girl. The attorney and mother helped him get off (so he did not have to do prison time), and there are many which are unhappy. 

They dubbed him as The Big Baby. He also has a friend Charlene. (many red herring here). The website followers are all over this case. They want to make him pay, since the legal system did not. 

Was there something else at play here they overlooked in the original investigation? Was Jeremy really guilty? You can be sure Cal will find it. 

Now throw in the mix, Jeremy and Brian look similar. Also to complicate matters, Brian was seeing a married woman Jessica (which he was unaware of her status). Also, Brian’s neighbors have issues (this gets quite comical with the dad). 

Why would someone tattoo something permanently etched into someone’s skin? A hidden message?

In the social media world and in real life, they are making Jeremy and his family miserable. They are in danger. They call in Cal to be his so-called bodyguard while investigating. However, Cal digs a little deeper into Jeremy’s past problems and gets too close to the truth putting them in more danger. 

Cal is on the run with Jeremy to keep the wolves away and get him out of town; however, someone is tracking them. However, it may be more than one person after them with different motives. 

Wow, PARTING SHOT was unputdownable! As always, in addition to the main cases, there are also always some entertaining secondary characters which always bring more exciting drama. Leave it up to Barclay to bring in another shocker added twist at the 98% mark.

Supercharged, from social media attacks and those who want to make their mark no matter how far they have to go to achieve their status. 

One of my favorite authors, (have read all his books), Barclay delivers a non-stop action crime thriller, in this town of wacky and dysfunction. A powerful writer, Barclay keeps the dry humor, domestic suspense, surprises, and plot twists coming full throttle from upstate New York to Cape Cod— there is never a dull moment. 

If you have not experienced Linwood Barclay, highly suggest you get started. For fans of Michael Robotham and Harlan Coben as well as those readers who enjoy intelligent dark thrillers with loads of twists.

Can’t wait to see what’s next! It is high time for a movie. What an imagination and an amazing storyteller.

JDCMustReadBooks

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/10/08/Parting-Shot
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