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review 2017-09-02 00:30
Release Day ARC Review: Finding Mr. Wrong by Charlie Cochet
Finding Mr. Wrong (Dreamspun Desires Book 41) - Charlie Cochet

This story had a solid plotline, but suffered from a bit of overload with all the extra stuffing.

Matthew Hart is a successful business man and the heir to family fortune and high-end furniture and interior decoration company Hart and Home. Twenty years ago, he thought himself in love with Jax Foster, but when Jax and his father disappeared overnight, Matthew was crushed and hasn't really had a serious relationship since. When he has a near-death experience brought on by a severe allergy, he becomes a little scared about the future and decides he needs to find a husband and have children to carry on the family legacy. He even creates a list of attributes this husband needs to have. 

Jax Foster loved Matthew Hart, but his father's gambling addiction and subsequent debts required that they ran from the town. Jax resents his father for what he's put him through, but also loves the man and cannot leave him to his own devices. He's making a name for himself as an artist, designing and creating stained glass pieces. 

When a customer of Hart and Home requires special stained glass inserts for his doors, Matthew and Jax's paths cross and converge.

Mr. Hart Sr, Matthew's father, and Adam, Matthew's PA, both help this along. I liked both of these side characters, especially Adam who really looked out for Matthew.

As Jax and Matthew rekindle their romance, and some truths come out, the suspense part of the plot increases. We have attempted murder, a kidnapping, a mobster enforcer named Rai whom Adam would like to climb like a tree, and Matthew's cousin and crazy wife also play a role.

The sex is hot, with lots of dirty talking, the dialogue had some bite on occasion, and though I didn't like the obvious "big misunderstanding", I did like their relationship. Having both Matthew and Jax alternate in being the narrator helped to understand both of their perspectives, their hopes, and their fears, and made them more sympathetic to me. I could understand that Jax didn't want to give up on his father, despite the addiction, and I could understand that Matthew was wary Jax would run again. 

The lone female in this book was the designated villain, something that I don't particularly care for, and her portrayal was totally OTT. I could believe the mobster money collector, and I could even believe that Adam had the hots for him (hopefully, these two will get their own book), but all in all, it was just a little bit too much, even for a Dreamspun Desires title.

The romance though, that second chance at love, was well done, and I wanted Matthew and Jax to find their HEA. Which, no spoiler here, they did.

Charlie Cochet's writing style is a good fit here, and thankfully not flowery at all. The plot flowed smoothly, without any lulls, and I was engaged throughout the book. It fits within the series by having a somewhat implausible setting (Matthew being a young, hot, successful and rich guy, partnered with a young man from the wrong side of the tracks - fabulous trope, that) and the scenarios within are not close to the realm of realism, but it's entertaining nonetheless. There's not a whole lot of in depth character development, but I didn't expect that from this book. I do expect a whirlwind emotional romance when I read a title in this series, and I got that here. Mission accomplished.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-08-25 01:27
Just kind of meh
The Wrong Girl - C.J. Archer

The Wrong Girl is about a young woman who was a companion to an Earls daughter who has an affliction is locked away. Hannah also has an affliction as she is narcoleptic. Then one day she is kidnapped and they keep calling her Violet, so Hannah knows they have the wrong person but she is afraid to tell them who she really is because she doesn’t know exactly what they wanted.

 

She soon finds out that they wanted her because she is suppose to be able to produce fire like the Jack can. She has been taken to a place called Freak House where there is a mad scientist, a mute servant and it’s just sort of a strange place. Though I thought it wasn’t freaky enough to be called a Freak House but maybe for the times it was.

 

So it’s not that I didn’t think it was okay but I just didn’t feel like there was very much of a storyline and thought maybe it would be a bit more freaky. I have been told I shouldn’t take words in titles or in this case series names so literal as it’s been hindering my enjoyment of books…lol. I just can’t help it I see freak and I am thinking a bit more than just some firestarters. Eventually it seems someone else knows about her and is wanting her for something and so that was interesting but overall it was just sort of meh.

 

I am not totally sold on trying the second book, but one never knows.

 

The narrator Lucy Rayner did a great job with this one though.

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review 2017-08-06 20:49
Bad Boy Done Wrong (Happy Endings Book Club) by Kylie Gilmore
Bad Boy Done Wrong - Kylie Gilmore

Looking to chase away the blues? Kylie Gilmore knows just what to do. Bad Boy Done Wrong follows the perfect script to lighten the heart and brighten up any day. Carrie and Zach turn one little mistake into a hugely irresistible romance. The laughs never stop flowing and the love refuses to quit growing anytime the Happy Endings Book Club is involved. Resistance is futile.

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review 2017-08-02 11:20
Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Andrea Kane
Wrong Place, Wrong Time - Andrea Kane

When Sally Montgomery accepts Frederick Pierson's invitation for a weekend getaway, she has no idea, she'd end her Saturday on the run from a killer who's just bashed Frederick's head in and torched their cabin. Concussed and scared, she knows there's only one man she can turn to, only one man to make sure to catch the killer before the killer catches her—her ex-husband, ex-NYPD detective Peter "Monty" Montgomery.

Monty's gut is telling him there's something fishy going on in the Pierson clan, so in order to protect Sally and catch the killer, he recruits his oldest daughter Devon, a veterinarian, to infiltrate the family, but neither of the two expected both Frederick's nephews, cousins James and Blake, to set their eye on Devon. And while James is easily dismissed as self-centered and fake, it's Blake that catches Devon's eye and her emotions. But is Blake's interest real or just a diversionary tactic to keep Devon from poking around too much?



Yet another winner from this amazing author. And intense, fast-paced (faster that the previous books) page-turner with a perfect blend of romance and suspense. What I like in her books is the fact, the heroine (and subsequently the reader) isn't entirely sure about the hero's motivations and allegiances at the beginning of the story. It keeps you guessing and it keeps you wondering.

The second thing I like about her books is the maturity. Not only of the plots themselves, which are always well-researched, well-paced, and perfectly executed, but of the characters. The main characters (that end up forming the main romantic couple) are incredibly mature and grown-up; they actually communicate, they talk and listen, they argue, and they compromise. But they communicate, which results in a more mature storyline and romance without the unnecessary (and sometimes downright annoying) miscommunications, misconceptions, and conflicts for conflicts sake. There always is a conflict at the beginning of the story (thanks to the before-mentioned ambiguity and doubts about the hero's motivations), but they're always promptly resolved rather early on, leaving the plot to evolve and progress without any redundant ballast.
This story was no different. The heroine, her father, and this particular reader, all had their doubts about the hero, doubts that were put aside by a single honest conversation, and weren't brought back for the rest of the story.

The romance was solid, and although you could say it was rushed, having developed in a little more than a week, thanks to the narrative flow, and the complexity of the plot, it seemed much more time has elapsed. No feelings of haste there.
The two main characters were nicely "layered", and complimenting each other well, thanks to some of their similar traits (family loyalty, for example). They worked well together individually, and as a couple, making the romance believable and organic.

The suspense was also well-done, even though I didn't actually get the motive for the initial murder. It was a tad too convoluted, but that "hiccup" aside, the entire suspense sub-plot was intense and fast-paced, and the mystery kept me engaged, entertained, and guessing as to who all the players were. Who was the bad guy? Why? Who was using whom and to what purpose? And that final action scene, with the running against the clock, it certainly got the blood pumping.

I loved it.

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photo 2017-07-31 01:29
The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo,Jo Nesbø
Hector and the Search for Happiness - François Lelord
The Leopard: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 6) - Jo Nesbø,Don Bartlett
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (6-Nov-2014) Paperback - Joe Hill
How to Catch a Star (10th Anniversary edition) - Oliver Jeffers
Die Trying - Lee Child
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - Michael Connelly
By Lemony Snicket The Dark (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) (First Edition) - Lemony Snicket
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - Neil Gaiman
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
Booklikes-opoly
1st roll : ?8
2nd roll - Main street 14
Paradise Pier 30
Tomorrow land 36
Main Street 10
Cars Land 16
New Orleans 19
Monorail 29
Frontierland 2

Started on 15 April already. So I am a few days late. 


See details here. 

 

http://blog.booklikes.com/post/1552561/wanna-plan-a-game-it-s-booklikes-opoly-created-by-moonlight-reader-obsidian-blue  

 

Rolled dice 1st on 17 April and got 8 .  Landed at Question 8 on the board. 

So a mystery novel. Started with Jo Nesbo "The Devil's Stars" 

 

Collected $20 at Start. 

 

See how it goes. 

 

Update: 24 April.  Finished reading The Devil's Star. 522 pages. Collected $5.

 

New Total = $25

 

2nd roll dice of 7.

 

 

Get me to Main Street 14. Read a book that involves oversea travel or has a suitcase on the cover. 

 

Hector and the Search for Happiness 192 pages. 

 

30 April 2017. Read the book. Collected $2. 

 

New Total = $27. 

 

3rd roll of dice. A 10. 

 

Landed me at Water Works. "Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event." 

 

 

 

Rain is water. Picked "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo. 740 pages. 

 

Finished the book on 4 May. Collected $5. 

 

4th Roll the dice on 4 May.: 8

 

Landed in Paradise 30 Suspense book over 555 pages.  

 

Picked NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. Supernatural suspense story 692 pages. 

 

New total: $32

 

Read the book on 9 May. Collected $5.

 

New total: $37

 

5th roll on 10 May: 6 

 

Get me to Tomorrow land 36 

 

Read a book with space in the cover. 

 

Picked How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages. 

 

Read this book. Collected $1. Roll again. 

 

New Total: $38. 

 

6th roll 12: Landed Main street 10. 

 

Select Die Trying by Lee Child happened in small town USA. 557 pages. 

 

 

15 May. Finished Die Trying. Collect $5.

 

New total:$43

 

7th roll: 6

Land at Cars Land 16 

 

Picked Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly, story happened in LA California. 400 pages. 

 

2 June: Finished the book. Add $5 

 

New total: $48

 

8th roll: 4

 

Landed in New Orleans 19 

 

Pick a children book as I don't usually read horror. The Dark by Lemony Snicker. 40 pages. 

 

New total: $49

 

3 June 

9th roll :8

Landed Adventureland 27

Picked Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman 308 pages

 

 

13 June 

Read Trigger Warning and collect $3 

10th roll:11

New total$52

 

Landed Monorail 29

Have difficulty picking a book. Do not want to read Girl on a Train. Interpret that a book with car on the cover also fit. Pick "Nemesis" by Jo Nesbo 706 pages 

Collect:$5  

New total: $57

 

22 June 

Read "Nemesis". Collect $5.

11th roll:10

Landed Frontierland 2

Finished "Redbreast" by Jo Nesbo 636 pages

 

New total: $62

 

25 June 

12th roll 7

Landed in Fantasyland 9 
Fiinished The Unadultered Cat by Terry Pratchett 160 pages

Picked the Son Jo Nesbo 656 pages. $5

 

New total:$64

 

11 July 

13 roll 9 

Landed ?17

Finished  the Son Jo Nesbo 656 pages. $5 

New Total:$69

 

 

17 July 2017

Finished Headhunters by Jo Nesbo 384 pages. $3
roll 14:12
Landed Free Parking
Roll again. Got a 3. Odd number sent to WaterWork

Picked Blood on Snow 192 pages as there is enough water in snow.

 

New total $72

 

22 July 2017

Finished Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo. $3
Roll 15: 7
Landed The Monorail

Travel by air. Picked Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo 224 pages.

 

New Total $74

 

23 July 2017

Finished Midnight Sun. Picked up $3. 

Roll 16: 10

Landed in Frontierland 2
Maincharacter is a shooter.

Picked Stand by, Stand by and Zero Option by Chris Ryan 416+374= 790 pages.

 

New Total $77

 

30 July 2017
Finished Stand by Stand and Zero Option by. $5
Roll 17: 7
Landed Fantasyland 9
Picked The Land of Stories Worlds Collide 434 pages

 

New total $82

 

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Summary

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Started with $20

1st roll 17 April -8
Landed at ?8
Read "The Devil's Stars" by Jo Nesbo 522 pages.
Finished on 24 April and collected $5.
New total $25

2nd roll 24 April - 7
Landed on Main street 14.
Read "Hector and the Search for Happiness" 192 pages.
Finished 30 April. Collected $2.
New total $27

3rd roll 30 April - 10
Landed at Water Work.
Read "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo 740 pages.
Finshed on 4 May. Collected $5.
New total $32

4th roll 4 May -8
Landed at Paradise 30.
Read "NOS4R2" by Jo Hill 692 pages.
Finished 9 May. Collected $5.
New Total $37

5th roll 10 May -6
Landed at Tomorrow Land 36.
Read "How to Catch a Star" by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages.
Read it and collected "$1".
New total $38

6th roll 11 May - 12
Landed Main street 10.
Read "Die Trying" by Lee Child 557 pages.
Read on 14 May. Collected $5.
New total $43

7th roll 15 May -6
Landed at Cars Land 16.
Read "Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly 400 pages. $5
New total $48


8th roll 2 June - 4
Landed at New Orleans 19
Read "The Dark" by Lemony Snicker 40 pages. $1
New total $49

9th roll 3 June - 8
Landed Adventureland 27
Read "Trigger Warning" by Neil Gaiman 308 pages, $3
New total:$52


10th roll 13 June: 11
Landed Monorail 29
Read "Nemesis" by Jo Nesbo 706 pages Collect $5.
New total: $57

11th roll 22 June: 10
Landed Frontierland 2
Read "Redbreast" by Jo Nesbo 636 pages Collect $5.
New total: $62

 

12 roll 25 June:7
Landed Fantasyland 9
Finished Unadultered Cat 160 pages Collect $2

New Total 64

 

13 Roll 11 July: 9 

Landed ?17 

Finished The Son by Jo Nesbo  656 pages. $5

New Total:$69

 

14  roll 17 July: 12

Landed Free Parking 

Roll again. Got a 3. Odd number sent to WaterWork

Finished Headhunters by Jo Nesbo 384 pages. $3

New total $72

 

15 Roll 22 July 2017:7

Landed The Monorail

Finished Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo. $3 

New Total $74

 

 

16 roll 23 July 2017:10

Landed in Frontierland 2 

Finished Midnight Sun. Picked up $3. 

New Total $77

 

17 roll 30 July 2017 :7

Landed Fantasyland 9

Finished Stand by Stand and Zero Option by. $5

New total $82

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