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Review: Portrait in Death


Portrait in Death

Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: In Death (Book 16)

Normally by the time a book series reaches number sixteen, you would expect for the plot to start becoming a bit iffy, and mistakes to possibly occur with the characters and their personalities. Yet, with Portrait in Death, none of these things occurred. In fact, looking back, I think that this is potentially my favorite one of the series so far. I was kept guessing until the very end…in fact, I had wondered about who the person was and then discarded them as a probable…i guess I would be an epic fail in Eve’s place ;)

Not only was the crime interesting, a guy that poses his victims in photographs at their death, but all the continued development of the cast of characters. Anyone who has read the previous books has likely come to love the pairing of Eve and Rourke…I mean, hello its Rourke! But the development of Officer Delia Peabody and Ian McNabb; the reoccurring characters of Feeney and Dr Mira; and now Detective Baxter and Officer Truehart (who is growing on me more and more each day). I also can’t help by love Summerset and all the shit that he continually gives Eve. A relationship that is built on snide remarks, with an undertone of respect (in a round about way).

Once again narrated by the brilliant Susan Erickson, who the remarkable ability to not only distinguish each character’s voice, but also maintain those voices through the series of books. Ms Erickson is one narrator I know who is going to give me a guaranteed great performance whenever I pick up a book done by her.

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Book Review

 

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Review: Knight of Pleasure

Knight of Pleasure
Knight of Pleasure by Simone Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GRL12 Author 1 (of 146) – Simone Anderson

I’d give this 3.5 stars rounding down to 3. When I was looking through books for the bingo category this week, I choose Simone Anderson because I had previously read a book of hers and enjoyed it, and I knew that she was attending GLR12, so I could double use the book for another challenge (yeah, I’m that much of a reading challenge dork).

I liked the pairing of Ethan and Dean and how their relationship developed. I think one of the better things about the book was how Dean who had never been in a BDSM relationship before didn’t just agree to be in one, like it seems to happen in so many other books – you could see his conflict in making his decision and his struggles between the Marine that he had been and the submissive that he was at heart. At the same time, I think Ethan tried to push him into the scenario too quickly and at times I thought he could actually damage their budding relationship rather than strengthen it

One of my only tiny pet peeves in general is the use of military terminology and inaccuracies – the Marine Corps symbol is the eagle, globe and anchor, not just the globe and anchor. A uniform hat is a cover, not a cap (this wasn’t in this book, but another one I read around the same time)

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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in GayRomLit12

 

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GayRomLit 2012

I read a wide variety of books (as if you can’t tell from my varying reviews). But one of genres that I love the most is m/m romance. There is just something intriging about two guys falling in love, and finding happiness together.

Last year a group of authors who write in this genre held the 1st Annual GRL in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but when they published the dates for the get-together in 2012, I was on it. So in October, I will be heading out to New Mexico, where I have never visited before and spending 4-5 fun filled days with many authors and other readers. Can’t you tell that I am a little bit psyched ;)

In honor of this, I am going to make it a goal to try and read at least 1 book by each author who is attending, for a total of 146 books. Look for the tag GayRomLit12 here and on twitter ;)

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in GayRomLit12

 

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Follow Me on Twitter and Goodreads

Yes, I admit it. I finally caved to the social media that is Twitter ;) You can find me at @deesbookblog

I have registered to attend at least one writer’s/reader’s conference this year and figured that tweeting while there would be a fun way to stay in touch with people.

You can also find me on Goodreads here

So feel free to stop on by and say hi.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Review: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book
I’ll have to admit that I enjoy Christopher Moore’s writing and ever since listening to Lamb a couple of years ago, I’ve been trying to find another book by him that was as funny. Unfortunately, with the exception of Fluke, none of his others have really lived up to it. Maybe it is the fact that this one and others were earlier in his writing career, I’m not sure. Granted it was funny, but not the laugh out loud kind of funny that I was expecting and I really had no problems putting it down and listening to something else. But it was good for a light read and i have no doubt I’ll continue to listen to his work in the future

About the Narration
This is the first time I’ve run into the name Oliver Wyman as a narrator and while he did a good job, I don’t think he was a stand-out narrator to me. All the voices were done well and I could easily distinguish between them, but I couldn’t get completely involved in the narration, which to me in the sign of someone I want to seek out in the future. While I won’t disregard his narration in the future, should I run into it, I don’t know if I will seek him out.

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Review: Vanish

Vanish
Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review of the Book
Every once in a while a book comes along that touches on a significant topic and as a reader you are just blown away by not only the events that transpire, but that the fact that events like this happen in world. For me, Vanish, is just one of those books. In the past eight years since I have been in the military, every year I had had to complete a mandatory training called Trafficking in Persons – but like with most of the required trainings, I didn’t really take it seriously, clicked through the slides, in order to get the check in the box for having completed it. Now, looking back on that and after reading Vanish, I’m amazed by my ignorance of such a topic.

The book begins with the line, My name is Mila and this is my story and told in Gerritsen’s normal alternating perspective between Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isle, as well as the perspective of Mila. There were times I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what happened and I didn’t want to stop listening to the book (unfortunately, since I was doing it on my commute to and from work I had to). The only thing holding me back from giving this a 5-star rating is the fact that I don’t know if I could see myself re-reading it in the future and those are the books I tend to give 5-stars to. Not because it wasn’t well-written, but because it was so disturbing.

Review of the Narration
So far I have listened to four books in this series, and gone through 3 different narrators. In this one, Susan Denaker, took over the reins from Kathe Mazur, who narrated book 4 and did a good job of it. All the voices had good inflection and I think she did a good job with Rizzoli’s Boston Irish accent. I think she did a slightly better job that Mazur with the male voices, and I was able to distinguish each character, but they didn’t quite live up the narration of the first 2 books by Anna Fields. I will however look for more narrations by her in the future.

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Review: Body Double

Body Double
Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book
Tess Gerritsen did it again with Body Double – originally when I read the blurb I thought it was going to be similar to a book by Lisa Scottaline, but TG blew that book out of the water. It was so quickly enveloped in what was happening to Maura and loved how there was so much a focus on her, and not split between Jane and her as in the previous books. But at the same time, the cameo’s of Jane and the solving of the crime were great – especially due to her condition (but you won’t get any spoilers from me) ;)

About the Narration
I’ll have to admit, I was a bit worried when I picked up this audiobook to listen to, because I had been spoiled by the awesome narration that is Anna Fields in the previous 2 books, and to switch a narrator, part of the way through a series, I was concerned, but Kathe Mazur did a good job. I won’t say it was great, and I wasn’t necessarily a fan of how some of the male voices turned out, but I think she did a good job on the variety of female ones. Unfortunately, as I looked at the next book in the series, I realized that it once again had a different narrator, so I can’t even see how she develops. That being said, I will potentially be looking for more narrations by her in the future.

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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