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review 2018-08-18 17:43
Wicked Intentions
Wicked Intentions - Elizabeth Hoyt

I liked that this was set in 1700s London (and not Regency). It was a nice change. Someone is killing prostitutes in St Giles. The first one killed (or at least the first one that had someone to "care" for them) happened to be the mistress of Lazarus, Lord Caire. He decides he needs to find out who her killer was. Temperance, along with her brother, are running a foundling home. They are struggling to get by, having lost their patron. Temperance agrees to guide Lord Caire through the slums of St Giles in search of a killer in return for being introduced to wealthy gentlemen in the hopes of finding another patron for the Home.
While I liked both characters and got into their story, there were a few things that stood out and/or irritated me. The first thing is much is made of Lord Caire's proclivities; tying and blindfolding women for sex. I kept thinking there was going to be more, had to be more- does he beat, slap, or otherwise hurt them? No. Just the first part. There was so much build-up of how "abnormal" his proclivities were and then nothing........ 
The second thing was Temperance. Or maybe the general attitude of the time (and fuck, even to an extent, extending to today) was the attitude towards women and sex (Silence's treatment fits in with this too). She is punishing herself working with brother, avoiding pleasures because she (wait for it....) slept with another man who wasn't her husband! She lives in St Giles, were the poorest of the poor live. She lives with and helps abandoned children. THAT is what bothers her?! THAT is the greatest sin? Really?
Luckily Lazarus accepts her for all that she is. She had enjoy herself with him and it's wonderful. And vice versa.
I liked all of the secondary characters. Temperance has an interesting family. Silence and William had a secondary story in this. The heroine of the next book is introduced in this one and I think she could be interesting!
This is the first in a series. It will be interesting to see who is the Ghost of St Giles? The mystery of who the murderer was is wrapped up in this one. (The who and the why). William is an asshole. They REALLY like the names Mary and Joseph. 

Ripped Bodice Bingo:  Carriage Sex!
This next part is for me and my memory, and has spoilers so is behind the page break.

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review 2018-08-02 00:42
Wicked Flirt (Happy Endings Book Club, #9) by Kylie Gilmore
Wicked Flirt - Kylie Gilmore

 

She thought she had him all figured out. Turns out she never even had a clue. Bring on the wicked banter, darling characters and scrumptious romance. Wicked Flirt hides a powerful message within an adorable package. Being human doesn't make us weak. In the painful moments and foolish choices is where we find the most strength. Those moments shape who we are. Lexi and Marcus are learning how to face fear. If they can make it through stubborn pride, long suppressed wounds and matchmaking friends, they can survive anything. It's an uphill battle, but they'll be better for it.

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review 2018-07-21 07:17
Wicked by M. Malone, Nana Malone
Wicked - Minx Malone,Nana Malone

 

Whether sweating bullets or setting off sparks Malone squared knows how to peak interest. After all the drama of a few sinners and royals undercover, Wicked is a refreshing change. Bailey is a girl in transition. She wants people to believe she has life all figured out, but she can't even manage to convince herself. Hunter is her beacon. He chases away her moments of doubt with his charming smile and broad shoulders, but he wants more. When it comes to winning Bailey's heart, all bets are off. He just has to show her who holds the winning hand. Wicked flirts with every intention of luring into temption. With a couple of hidden away aces The Malones set the bookshelf on fire.

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review 2018-07-01 23:50
I couldn't Get Past The Heroine To Love it
Wicked - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Spoilers ! you have been warned
I usually love this author's stories but this one was rounded off to meh. One, the heroine character felt forced to me. She, had a past love, her first love who she rattles on about ad nauseam through the story. Two, She was this trained for her whole life woman warrior on patrol for these dangerous Fae and yet she acted without thought many times. Three, Tink ? Really she is a super badass with a little horny sidekick named Tink ? I've read that before. Four, the super devotion of Ren after just a few feels and O's ? it's didn't make sense with all her past love mental rehashing his more experienced life and their lack of time together. Why did this gorgeous guy fall insta love for this prickly chick ? I never got that. Five, all the members of this protection group were so distant, there was no feeling of connection between them, the author wrote about them meeting and knowing each other but telling it didn't work for me, I never believed it. Six, Her BFF Val. She was there she did stuff, shocking stuff but I didn't care because I never got to know her. I wasn't surprised, don't know why they were so close, and never really saw it. Seven, Our MC, the big badass fae killer never asked Tink any questions about information that could be a life or death deal ? I feel like such a whiny complainer. The story didn't click together like I'd expected from JLA.
I'll read the next one, the world and story held my interest and I have hope that the characters will develop more in the next books.

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text 2018-06-28 20:59
Bad Men and Wicked Women
Bad Men and Wicked Women - Eric Jerome Dickey

I Picked Up This Book Because: It’s been a long time since I picked up and EJD book and the cover to this one was irresistible.

The Characters:

Ken Swift:
Jake Ellis, Margaux, several other characters whose importance to the storyline I could not determine

The Story:

This book did more annoying me than entertaining me so I had to call it quits. I wanted to find out what was going on with Margaux, I really did, but I couldn’t take all the stalling. The political rants were distracting. The narrator's incessant yelling as JakeEllis and whispering as one of the female characters grated on my nerves. The fight with KenSwift’s so called girlfriend was the last straw. Really, KenSwift get over the bullshit with the ex. Man up or move on. Oh and I type everyone’s name as one word on purpose because whenever a name is called (except Margaux) it’s said first and last all together, which was just strange.

I would love to find out the conclusion of this book because I think the mystery of Margaux was interesting however I need the cliff notes version.

The Random Thoughts:

DNF so no rating

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