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review 2017-10-16 17:51
Ryder (7 Brides for 7 Brothers) by Barbara Freethy
Ryder (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers Book 1) - Barbara Freethy

 

If love is a battlefield, what is a family feud?  Ryder lays the groundwork for what looks to be a smokin' series.  Barbara Freethy puts her best foot forward with a little star crossed love, deep introspection and the feud of the century as a backdrop.  Ryder has seen his share of combat overseas but when the battle lines are right outside his front door, it's time for an intervention.  Bailey is his only hope and his greatest temptation, will he survive a sneak attack on his heart?  Family and fireworks are a Freethy specialty and she delivers both with a bang.

 

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review 2017-09-14 17:50
Production line romantic suspense
Dare You to Run: An Unbroken Heroes Novel - Dawn Ryder

A lot of tell, no show. Insta-lust/attraction between our leads, with a first kiss off-screen. The time jumping was a bit off and made it kind of a stop and go feel. It's like the author knew where she wanted the story to go but didn't take the time to connect the dots. The second half became just a sex-fest between leads. 
Pretty interesting suspense arc (continued from book 1) with shady, powerful, and working towards the greater good people. 
Heroine was ok with wanting to control, and taking steps to, her own life but she was put into kidnapping situation after kidnapping situation so felt like just a token to show off hero's soldier skills. 
Hero was bit of a blank slate just growling with intimidating stares that also had burning eyes. 
The editing and lack of fluid story connection made this pretty shallow and surface. Gives you the military hero and needs rescuing heroine tropes but no depth to them.

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review 2017-09-09 04:13
Something New (Lone Star Match) by Megan Ryder
Something New (Lone Star Match Book 3) - Megan Ryder

 

Megan Ryder keeps get better.  The Lone Star Match series is a nostalgic stroll down memory lane. What begins with promise leads to disappointment.  In life there are two major roads.  The one we seek to carve out for ourselves and the path that leads to easy street.  Smooth sailing is what we all crave but hard work turns out to be the most rewarding.  That is the message that Something New sets out to deliver.  Wyatt and Anna are rebuilding their lives and all roads point to home.  Can they forgive the past and look toward a brighter future together? With common sense and an open heart, the possibilities are endless. 

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review 2017-09-08 03:52
Fun read
Sold to the Shifter - T. S. Ryder

Ryder certainly knows how to pack a punch in a small amount of space. Sold to the Shifter is loaded with action, political intrigue, family betrayal, and some steamy fun. Jamie made me a little crazy at times with her acceptance of things, but she did get better as the story progressed. Some situations are somewhat less believable than others, even for fiction, and the story does have its fair share of angst, but it is a fun, quick read.

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review 2017-09-04 17:46
The Good Sister: A twisty, dark psycholo... The Good Sister: A twisty, dark psychological thriller that will have you gripped - Jess Ryder

With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

Jess Ryder hit the ground running earlier this year with her debut novel Lie To Me.  I am so glad I was given the chance to read her second book The Good Sister.

 

Jerome Macauliffe had been receiving malicious texts from someone threatening to reveal a secret.  He decided to go out for a night time run on his motorbike but lost control and drove into a tree killing him instantly.

 

Jerome worked in Manchester as a teacher during the week and returned home to London during the weekends.  When Jerome's daughter Josie went to clear his house in Manchester he discovered Jerome had another daughter called Valentina.  Josie and Valentina look similar and Josie is only 5 days older than Valentina.  But that is where the similarity ends, Josie is responsible, has a good job and is living with her boyfriend Arun.  Valentina on the other hand is unemployed, had dubious friends and takes drugs.

 

Josie is devastated that her father had two families one in London and one in Manchester.  Josie's mother is grief stricken over Jerome and she decides not tell her about Valentina.  Valentina is manipulative and Josie is warned by Arun to keep away from her.

 

However Josie is drawn to Valentina and refuses to listen.  Slowly Valentina inveigles her way into Josie and Arun's life destroying Josie in the process.

 

The Good Sister is only 230 pages but a lot happens in those pages.  This book was a true psychological thriller that messed with my mind.  The second part of this book was fantastic.  I was hit by so many revelations it gave me concussion.  This book was told from the POV of Josie and Valentina.  If I had one criticism the chapters were not headed so you were not intially sure whose voice you were reading but you could easily tell the characters apart.

 

Brilliant storytelling, well done.

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