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Sep. 22nd, 2014

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Book Review: Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell

Kate Donnelly was dragged back tot he nightmare of her family's underwater salvage company. She must somehow convince Holden Cameron not to shut them down. Suspecting theft, Cameron joins with Kate to investigate what is happening. While all this is going on, sparks are also flying between them.

Great characters, strong people who have fears and injuries, yet work through them or learn to deal with whatever cannot be changed. I could've done with a bit less commentary on the unusual eyes. They're different, I get it!! You don't have to beat me over the head with that. However, the action is well written, the area was well described, and I truly enjoyed the book. 4 out of 5.

Sep. 20th, 2014

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Book Review: Sophie's Sheikh by Alexandra Sellers

Sophie's vacation in an Arab country didn't go as planned thanks to her married identical twin sister's affair with Sheikh Sharif al Farid. Now Sophie is being held captive by the angry man.

I have liked these type of books in the past, not to mention enjoying others written by Sellers. However this mini (only 78 pages) was a total fail for me. Trite, silly, seems to be written by ticking off the essential boxes for a "captured by a sheikh; identical twin" tale. And suddenly we go from "truth revealed and contact with sister made" to "happy ending" without the intervening scene. 2 out of 5 is the best I can give it.
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Book Review: Lawman by Diana Palmer

Long, Tall Texan.

FBI agent Garon Grier had moved next door to Grace Carver, barely noticing her until the night her nasty grandmother had a massive heart attack. Shy, frightened of men, and frumpy looking, there was nothing about Grace that should attract Garon, a man still mourning the death of his wife and unborn child to cancer. Yet he finds himself taken with her against his own wishes.

Another wounded heroine meeting another overbearing Alpha male. Yeah, yeah, I know, but there is something about Palmer's work that keeps me reading. First, it is a great quick read if you don't want to spend time and brain energy figuring out the plot. Second, she does know how to hit your emotional buttons, even if it is a wish to smack the crap out of the hero. 3.5 out of 5.

Sep. 19th, 2014

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Book Review: Fearless by Diana Palmer

Long, Tall Texan 35

Assistant District Attorney Gloryanne Barnes must go into hiding when she threatened by a drug lord. The farm where she is moved is run by Rodrigo Ramirez, a man with secrets of his own. With her life in danger and secrets swirling around, can Glory and Rodrigo find love?

Okay, I confess that I like Diana Palmer, have for years. Palmer's males are super Alpha, old school fashion. The women nowadays have an issue, whether it is with their health, men, or family. She does do a marvelous job hitting your emotions as you read. We won't even go into the reality of the plot nor how this one little town has more than its fair share of military, mercenaries and law enforcement types. I do see a problem with how many times we're told the same things over and over again, but that blame really belongs at the hands of the editor. Shame on them for not catching that. 3.8 out of 5.

Sep. 18th, 2014

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Book Review: The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

Lucifer Box 1

Lucifer Box is an artist, a killer, bisexual, and an agent for the British secret services. His boss and family lawyer, Joshua Reynolds, has brought to his attention the mysterious deaths of two important scientists as well as the disappearance of their man in Naples.

I love Gatiss' work, both as an actor as well as a writer for such wonderful series as Doctor Who and Sherlock. However, the man has a most strange sense of humor. He called it a bit of fluff, but that isn't the right word for it. From the character names to the interactions of them all, this is a very peculiar book. I don't really think it is for me, but if you like the strange, the unusual, the demented, you might enjoy this greatly. I wanted to love this book so much, but it just didn't work. 3 out of 5.

Sep. 17th, 2014

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Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate 5

Queen Matakara of Egypt, the oldest known vampire, has demanded a visit from both Alexia Tarabotti and her daughter. In order to encourage cooperation, Matakara offers to give information regarding Alexia's father. Naturally Lord Conall Maccon, Alexia's husband, comes along as does Ivy and her husband, Tunstell, with an abbreviated troup of their actors. Meanwhile Professor Randolph Lyall must deal with the revelation of secrets he had hoped would stay that way, but it does encourage his relationship with Biffy.

This last in the direct series (there are prequels and sequels surrounding other characters available) is quite possibly one of the most gut wrenching of the five. Alexia will find herself in the deepest and heartbreaking situations. Biffy's story is expanding nicely, I hope to see something of him and Lyall in the future series about Prudence. If Carriger ever decides to visit this time period again, I will definitely be there. I am definitely putting the prequels and sequels on my TBR list. 5 out of 5.

Sep. 11th, 2014

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Book Review: Festive in Death by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts)

Eve Dallas 39.

The death of a man no one liked gives NYPD Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas a wealth of possible suspects. As if that wasn't stressful enough, she has to shop for Christmas gifts for the many friends she's somehow acquired over the years.

Love, marriage, trust, promises. They are all explored in this wonderful entry in the futuristic detective series. I was glad to see a return to simple murderers rather than the genius masterminds we have had in some of the collection lately. Having to find justice for someone who should rather have been put in jail adds a certain something to the story. I'm amazed to be as enthralled with the series now as I was when I started reading it. Not many series can keep your interest for that long a time. Nora Roberts is truly a phenomenal writer. 5 out of 5.

Sep. 8th, 2014

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Book Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate 4

Alexia's due date is fast approaching, but she still has a full plate. Ghosts are warning of danger to the Queen, the vampires are still trying to kill Alexia to prevent the birth of her baby, Biffy is still struggling with his metamorphosis, and Lyall reveals something painful from his past. And then there is Madame Lebouf who is working herself to the bones on something her aunt doesn't approve of.

This one really mixes things up in the werewolf and vampire communities. Westminster Hive and Woolsey Pack may never recover. Another delightful tale, but I still don't understand why the romance between Akeldama and Biffy couldn't continue, even if it is an unusual pairing. So is a marriage between a werewolf and a preternatural, but it works. Once again we're given humor, romance, the paranormal, and a dollop of Victorian steampunk. 4.5 out of 5.

Sep. 6th, 2014

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Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate 3

Thrown out by both her husband and her family, Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Woolsey, is determined to find an answer to her surprise pregnancy, the first heard of between a supernatural and a preternatural. This search to prove her idiot husband wrong soon has her in danger of being killed by the vampires afraid of her child-to-be and the Templars in Italy who may be the only ones with answers.

Another exciting adventure that actually has two separate storylines, one centering on Alexia and her search, the other on the mysterious disappearance of Lord Akeldama and his drones. Extraordinary solutions for both, if a bit of sadness for the one set of characters. 4.5 out of 5, only because Conall was an ass.

Sep. 5th, 2014

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Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate 2

Something or someone is rehumanizing the supernatural creatures in London, even releasing the ghosts permanently from their ties to the area. Once the vampires and werewolves are out of the area, they revert to normal supernatural status. Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Woolsey, is determined to help solve the mystery, following her husband to Scotland and the home of his former pack. Lord Conall Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, is forced to reveal secrets that caused his movement to London.

Amazing entry into the series, but the ending was heartrending. I had to get the next book in the series to find out what happens next, certain things will be resolved between Alexia and Conall. I absolutely adore this series. If you like off the wall plots (and characters), humor, mystery, danger, romance, and the paranormal, you really need to get your hands on this series. READ IN ORDER!! 5 out of 5.

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