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Review: Bel Canto

Bel CantoBel Canto by Ann Patchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I picked up from the library, but then sat on the pile staring at me through several renewals, before I actually managed to read it (yeah, I know ;) ). But when I did, I was pleasantly surprised. Set in a fictious South American country, it is roughly based off the events that occurred in 1996 in Peru when members of the MTRA took individuals who were attending a birthday party for the Emperor at the Embassy hostage (more information about the actual events regarding the event can be found here.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, the development of the main characters (Roxanne, Gen, Carmen) was entertaining and I felt that they were fully developed. I had a few issues with some of the other significant characters in the story (specifically, the General’s who were responsible for the incident), I just didn’t feel that they were as developed as they could have been. And while I knew how the ending was going to be, I didn’t quite see everything coming.

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Breaking Logan’s Laws

Breaking Logan's Laws (Quinn Security, #4)Breaking Logan’s Laws by Cameron Dane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review was originally published for The Romance Reviews and can be found at the following link: http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1765

A man living his life by a set of rules, a guy trying to make him break them — who will succeed in the end?

Former Homicide detective and now head of Security for Quinn Security, Logan Jeffries has five rules when it comes to individuals he dates. Nate Jordan has harbored a secret crush on Logan for over three years, since their first meeting. Now they must work together to solve the case of a missing girl, but will be they able to resist each other?

When I first saw that the latest book in Dane’s Quinn Security series was going to feature Logan and Nate, I was ecstatic. I’ve loved Nate since he first made his appearance in book two of the series. And the glimpse you got of Logan in book three just made me want to reach through the pages and hug him, he seemed so despondent in places. Ms. Dane didn’t let me down with this installment.

The book picks up with Logan, now head of security investigations at Quinn after being wounded in the line of duty. On his first day at work, he discovered that Nate Jordan, the brother of his best friend’s wife, is his new assistant. Nate has always had a crush on Logan since their first meeting, three years previously, and when assigned to work as his assistant, eagerly jumped at the chance. Together, the two of them have to solve the case of what happened to the missing socialite, Daria Sarna.

Logan reminded me in a way of Gibbs from the TV show, NCIS, with his rules that he used to govern his life (although not quite as crust as Gibbs) and seeing Nate break down those rules one by one was entertaining. I loved the mystery element that was worked into this one, similar to that in book 2, and ultimately did not figure out who had done it, until it was revealed at the end.

The cast of supporting characters, Riley, Declan, as well as Kasey and Canin, made the book an entertaining read. I could see the potential for at least a couple more books in the series, hopefully featuring Riley. My only complaint about the book is that the use of the term chute and channel when it came to the love making scenes between the two of them. There are just some words that don’t sound sexy, and those are just two of them.

I’m looking forward to more books in the series in the future (fingers crossed) and hope that they are as entertaining and well-written as this one and the previous ones in the series.

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Arms of an Angel

Arms of an AngelArms of an Angel by Linda Boulanger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was different…most of us have probably heard the story of the two boys in high school. One of them comes across the other cleaning out his locker one Friday afternoon and taking everything home and they become friends. Five years later, at their graduation, you find out that the one boy had been planning to commit suicide that weekend, and was cleaning out his locker to save his mom the bother of it. That is how the beginning of this story felt to me – you can tell that there was something going on with Claire but you really didn’t know. It was short (not even 100 pages) and I felt that the characters were a bit shallow and not well-developed at times, the dialogue between the two didn’t seem easy going, but was a bit rough. However, I think it had potential, and might check out future work by the author.

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Stormwalker

Stormwalker (Stormwalker, #1)Stormwalker by Allyson James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d heard the name of author Allyson James before, but until recently I didn’t know that this was also the name of author Jennifer Ashley’s who’s books I had read and loved in the past. So when the opportunity arose to be able to read this book, I jumped on the chance. Janet is a stormwalker, who has the ability to weild the elements. together with Mick, Nash (the local sheriff), Coyote and others, she is battling the Goddess of Beneath.

I loved Janet as a character, she was kick-ass, talk no prisoners, who was willing to do anything to protect her friends. Mick, her leading man…all I can say is yummy and can I have him for Christmas! The interactions between Nash and Janet, almost reminded me of a brother and sister fighting for the most part (with a few notable exceptions) and I’ll definately be looking forward to reading more in this series in the future.

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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Eternal Rider

Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #1)Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to admit that Ione’s Demonica series is probably one of my favorite PNR series out there currently. It was so unique and yet enjoyable at the same time, so when I saw she had a new series out, I wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to love up to my love for Demonica. But did she ever! This was a home run, a grand slam and whatever type of sports terminologies I can bring into the review.

The first book in the series picks up where Demonica ended up, with Sin and the werewolf plague and how Reseph (or now Pestilence’s) seal broke bring that apocalypse down on the world. Ares (or War as he is more commonly known) is the focus of this one, as he tries to prevent his seal from breaking and Cara, a human, with some unique talents. I loved seeing the return of many of the demonica characters and now I had to do the inpatient wait for the next book in the series to be released…(December cannot come soon enough). The shower scene (and that’s all i’m saying) was probably one of my favorite in the book, but there were definately places towards the end where I wanted to bawl my eyes out.

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944

11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 194411 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 by Stanley Weintraub
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I never knew a lot about the Battle of the Bulge, it seems to be one of those battles from WW2 that is often briefly mentioned in high school and college courses and not much more. So my limited knowledge of it came from the one episode in Band of Brothers where Easy company was involved in the fighting. So reading a book about those 11 days which had one of the highest casualty rates of the war (10,276 killed and 23,218 missing). It was intriguing to read about the different personalities of the leaders and how each of them positively or negatively influenced the outcome of the war. Overall, I had to say that had the American’s been less cocky about how they were doing in the war, then the d&d (and no, that doesn’t mean dungeon’s and dragon’s) tactics of the Germans might have not been as effective and the outcome could have been totally different.
I will definately be looking for more historical non-fiction by Weintraub in the future.

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Catching an Evil Tail

Catching an Evil Tail (The Soul Catcher, #2)Catching an Evil Tail by Mary Abshire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

***This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can be found at the following website: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1505***

A soul-sucking half-demon was recruited to help a werewolf alpha deal with a serial killer, but will she be successful?

Jessie Garrett hides her ability to suck the souls of individuals she kills from her friends. Her vampire boyfriend, Drake, has gone overseas to deal with his ruling council, and her demon hockey player and sometimes former lover Jeremy has shared her secret with a pack of werewolves, who have requested her help to deal with a serial killer werewolf. What is a girl to do?

When I first requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was a second in a series and by the time I realized that, I had already started reading it. It’s always a tricky balance for an author to play, how much from a previous book should be discussed in new ones? Should there be a recap of former events, or just let the actions of the characters speak for themselves? Personally, while reading CATCHING AN EVIL TAIL, I felt a bit lost for the first third of the book and at one time, I even debated giving up and not finishing it. However, I stuck it out and around halfway through, it started improving and the story really came together.

One of the things that I always pay attention to when reading is the development of the characters and do I connect with them. Now, I know I can’t exactly connect with a half-demon (although some of the guys I work with might debate that point on occasion), but with their personality. Do I sympathize with them when stuff goes wrong? Laugh with them at jokes? Etc.

I loved the character of Jeremy, he was such as badass and yet, you felt, or at least I did, that he really did like Jessie (or was doing more than just trying to get into her bed). Jessie was a difficult character to like, but towards the end, I enjoyed her sass and it felt like she came into her own (around the time that she met up with the werewolves). By the end of the book, Jessie was a kick-ass, no-holds barred heroine who didn’t take flak from anyone, even after being attacked on multiple occasions.

The dialogue that occurred between her and Jeremy at times made me chuckle out loud – one scene that I enjoyed was Jessie getting herself drunk at the hotel one night. Jeremy to Jessie (after finding her drunk): "How did you get the bottles?" Jessie back to Jeremy: "I showed him my ass, and he sold them to me." And while Jeremy is trying to put her to bed after the drinking episode (Jessie to Jeremy): "Don’t think you’re sleeping with me. Hell will freeze over before I invite you into my bed." While I don’t remember having word for word conversations like that, I remember having experienced roommates being drunk and some of the words that come out of their mouths were similar and as equally entertaining.

However, there was a veritable cacophony of paranormal creatures making their appearance throughout the book, including but not limited to Jessie (the main character and a half-demon); her boyfriend Drake, a Vampire; Jeremy, a full-blooded demon, ice hockey player and sometimes ex-lover, and the werewolf pack that she agrees to help. On top of that, there are two witches who live in the same complex, and her and her best friend, Dani (they didn’t play a significant role in this novel, but it felt like the author was setting them up for later books); a new warlock at her place of work and her group of friends who are involved in ghost hunting. At times, it felt like the author had just gone through a dictionary of paranormal beings and decided to randomly add another one in. It will be interesting for me to go back and read the first book in the series and see if that helps me to understand any of the characters a bit more, because at times, it felt as though they were not fully fleshed out and were lacking a bit in description.

I would give the book 3 stars, in that it was an entertaining read, but it wasn’t mind-blowing. However, I am going to seek out the previous book in the series and see if that changes my opinion of the overall world building in the series.

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: The Peach Keeper

The Peach KeeperThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is just something about Sarah Addison Allen’s writing that makes you fall in love with reading all over again. In the Peach Keeper, her fourth book, Allen takes us back to North Carolina and to the town of Walls of Water. Paxton Osgood has been working to restore the Blue Bridge Madam, a local inn, to its former glory. Willa Jackson is, while not an outcast, one of the unique characters that show up in small Southern towns. While they grew up together and attended school together, they never truely ran in the same circles until they were grown. Now the two of them develop a friendship that will with stand the test of time.

The cast of supporting characters, Sebastian, the local dentist and once outcast; Colin, Paxton’s twin brother; Rachel, the coffee-ologist (I don’t think this is really a word, but hey it works) and their grandmothers, Agatha and Georgie make for a delightful read.

one of my favorite quotes from the book: all we have is our deep and abiding love for each other. We can’t lose that or we lose ourselves. If we don’t help each other, who will?

i can’t wait to see what Allen writes next, as she rapidly moves onto my auto-buy list.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Here Kitty, Kitty!

Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack, #3)Here Kitty, Kitty! by Shelly Laurenston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit after reading the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue…it was good, but not great, but i’m so glad I did…the second book was better than the first and the third the best in the series. This one finishes up the stories of the trio – Sara, Miki and Angie with Angie getting her HEA with her tiget, Nikolai. I felt sorry for Angie because she felt so out of place with her parents, and yet her interactions with Sara and Miki definately proved that you can have family that are not blood.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense

Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense (Pekkala, #1)Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense by Sam Eastland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Russian history has always been an area that interested me, especially the time around the 1917 revolution and then into rise of Communism. So when I saw a book set around that time period, I was intrigued. Pekkala was once the Special Aide to the Tsar, the only one of his kind. Following the abdication of the Tsar and their subsequent execution, he is exiled to Siberia for the rest of his days, or is he? The novel picks up over a decade following the deaths of the Tsar and his family, when Pekkala is brought back from exile to solve the mystery of the missing Romanov riches.

The mystery was intriguing and while I had a vague idea of the riches, it wasn’t confimed until the end and not in the way that I was expecting. It will be interesting to see what happens in the second book in the series.

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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