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review 2017-03-19 21:34
Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey #1) by Melissa Scott
Death by Silver - Amy Griswold,Melissa Scott

Solid writing; a few typos don't count. An excellent historical with a dash of magic. Non-romantic relationship (not for the lack of interest on both MCs part), mystery suspense and scenes of past abuse dominate this story. The two MCs-wizard-detectives do get together closer to the end, but as far as I recall all sex scenes fade into black. 5 stars for a great historical fantasy mystery-suspense :D

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review 2017-03-15 02:19
Death by Silver by Melissa Scott
Death by Silver - Amy Griswold,Melissa Scott

Solid writing; a few typos don't count. An excellent historical with a dash of magic.
Non-romantic relationship (not for the lack of interest on both MCs part), mystery suspense and scenes of past abuse dominate this story.
The two MCs-wizard-detectives do get together closer to the end, but as far as I recall all sex scenes fade into black.

5 stars for a great historical fantasy mystery-suspense :D

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review 2017-01-12 04:07
Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern
Cresting Tide - Brenda Cothern

Peter is a stow-away on a boat. When the captain finds Peter, he throws him off the boat into the ocean. In the ocean, Peter meets Cuke, a sea-elf. Cuke saves Peter. They have great sex while surviving on a remote Caribbean Island. They make a baby. All is well. Good story.

 

 

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On the plus side:

 

- Stranded/marooned/survival set-up. Robinson Crusoe, The Martian are my favorites. Definitely a plus.

- Gender-fluid sea-elf, interspecies. So, so cool! 'Cause Enemy Mine, people!!!! Three pluses in one :D

 

On the ...ahem ...other side:

 

CUKE, the sea-elf. Took me a few (dozen) pages to stop thinking about sea cucumbers :/ But only during the times when Peter and Cuke didn't have sex, cause:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- What century am I in? At first, for whatever reason, I assumed - present times. But then there are all kinds of mentions of a royal family. A historical, then? 75% into the book Cuke "heard the human surface craft land" - a sci-fi? Cause I have no clue what that "human surface craft" is - a Cessna? a space shuttle? an escape pod? a fisherman boat? a canoe? Noah's Arc? starship Enterprise? крейсер Аврора? what?

 

- What countr... forget country, what planet is Peter from? @.@ We are supposedly in the Caribbean. Yet Peter is an honest to god Prince. Peter and his brother Paul (names used exclusively by royals) are drinking alcohol at the tender age of 16 back home, wherever that is. Peter is also having all kinds of sex and making babies at that same age. Did Peter stow-awayed all the way from Luxembourg or United Kingdom? Belgium? No? Japan??


Here is a quiz for you.

Which country:
- still sports a royal family AND
- has the age of consent set at 16 AND
- has drinking age set at 16 (or possibly even younger)?
Don't know? Me neither. Must be a different planet.

- Star fruit. I read about it enough in the past day or so to be fed up with it for the next couple of years. Thank you very much *burp*.

Bottom line: Could have been a great story if executed better. 

1.5 stars.

 

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review 2017-01-08 23:05
Borrowing Blue (Made Marian #1) by Lucy Lennox
Borrowing Blue: A Made Marian Novel - Lucy May Lennox

I loved - loved - the way the book started.

An offer of a pretend relationship, a quick (but lingering) kiss from a straight stranger, sadness, laughter, hurt, comfort, giggles, a promise of a revenge. It was fun.

But somehow along the way the book turned into a sex scenes marathon and a parade of cheating characters. Married and singles alike (except for the MCs, of course) slept around like no one's business, tho to be fair, always off pages. Brides and grooms alike were abandoned at the altar left and right. Left and right.

- I don't mind cheating characters, but this was way over the top :/
- GFY. A warning: do not dive in thinking it's the theme of this book. Tristan's sexuality and his past are complicated.
- Instalove. I didn't mind it here either. Two people, no strings attached, having fun and falling for each other head over heels in less than a week. Been there. Happens.

So, skipping all the sex and the cheating pandemic, this books is a pretty decent read: 4.25 stars.

Taking into account all the sex and the cheating pandemic, this book was overwhelming: 3 stars.

PS All of you who enjoy sex scenes, please, disregard my rating.

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