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review 2016-07-16 00:00
A Gentleman Undone. Cecilia Grant
A Gentleman Undone. Cecilia Grant - Cecilia Grant Lydia Slaughter is a kept woman but if she could only get together some more money she could be her own woman, she uses her gift for numbers at the gaming tables and crosses paths with Will Blackshear, when the two of them join forces things could be very different.

There were portions of this that rankled a bit.
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text 2014-01-05 15:46
Favorite Reads of 2013
Mind Games - Carolyn Crane
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
Suddenly You - Sarah Mayberry
Glory in Death - J.D. Robb
Deadline - Mira Grant
A Gentleman Undone - Cecilia Grant
A Lady by Midnight - Tessa Dare
The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi

I didn't put up the covers of books in the same series that were also favorite reads in 2013 but I'll list them here:

 

Along with book 6 (which is shown), Kate Daniels books 4 & 5 were 5 star reads. Well, listens actually. I love the narrator on the audiobooks. Tantor Audio often has the mp3 downloads marked down to $6.99 or less. I highly recommend the listen. Obviously, I recommend the Kate Daniels series if books 4-6 were favorite reads.

 

Naked in Death (book 1 of the "in Death" series) made the 5 star read list as well. This is another where the audiobook is well worth the listen if you're into that sort of thing. I definitely am. Audiobooks have saved me from many a road rage incident.

 

Deadline is the 2nd book in a trilogy. Book 1 just missed being a 5 star but I heartily recommend the trilogy if you're into horror, sci-fi, zombies or a heart-wrenching read.

 

 

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review 2013-12-14 20:22
A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant
A Woman Entangled - Cecilia Grant

I'm finally finished and just a wee bit sad.  A Woman Entangled is the third book in the Blackshear Family series and also the weakest book in the series.  I'm not exactly sure what it was that I didn't enjoy, the writing was as wonderful as the other two books but I guess I'm just not a fan of the "friends to lovers" trope. Or maybe it was just this case of friends to lovers.  

 

Nick, our hero, has his feelings figured out pretty early but by the time Kate, our heroine, figures hers out the story was almost at an end and then poof--they couldn't but did and yada yada it was over and they were a couple.  

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review 2013-10-02 00:00
A Gentleman Undone
A Gentleman Undone - Cecilia Grant Esta pareja me gusto mucho mas que la de la novela anterior .

Ya empecé a leer el tercero !
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review 2013-08-28 00:00
A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2) - Cecilia Grant 2.5 stars
I finished this book yesterday and still can't settle between a 2 and a 3 stars' rating. The first half was noticeably better than the second IMO, even though there was little to no romance there. Still, the writing was very good and both main characters were likeable until that point. However, when the heroes let go of blackjack and 21 lessons, and start indulging in their passion and need, the book surprisingly took a turn for the worse for me. The hero who was nice until then, if a little maudlin, became a self-righteous martyr without compare. He's an honorable gentleman with no room for mistakes, caring and selfless to boot; at least that's what he thinks. Instead, he makes one stupid action after the other, dragging the heroine through the mud in the process while trying to 'help' her. Well, the motto 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions' certainly applies in his case.

The heroine was more likable than the hero and much more practical too. However, she treats sex as a weapon to control men and through all their sex scenes (I refuse to call them love scenes), she didn't seem able to change that. Thus, their sex scenes became unerotic, almost repulsive for me, in their lack of emotion.

All in all, a strange book with a definitely original plot and execution (the heroine is another man's mistress for the most part and we even read their sex scenes together and how she enjoyes them). Emotionally though it didn't touch me and I blame the focus on the card games and the lack of emotion in the sex scenes for that. I'm intrigued enough to read another book by the same author, but I have to make sure the plot is to my taste first.
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