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Hero For Hire (Mills & Boon M&B) (The Trueblood Dynasty, Book 4)
Hero For Hire (Mills & Boon M&B) (The Trueblood Dynasty, Book 4)
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2.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a standalone story - are there sequels not available in the UK? :(, 17 May 2016
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This is really very odd. You'd think the story would be about the detective finding out if Terry is dead; if she isn't, locating her; clearing her of the crime, allowing her to claim her life back; and getting her baby, and hopefully the baby's father, back. And in the process, the detective falls for Terry's sister. But we don't get anywhere near resolving the mystery of Terry - she isn't in the book, and the detective and sister make practically zero progress in finding out what happened to her. In the meanwhile, the sister and detective are targetted by some nameless criminal bent on murder, but we don't get to catch him/her, either.

I actually thought there was a chapter missing from the book. And I mean that literally - it just kind of ended, with absolutely no plot resolution whatsoever. As I can't find any other books in this series on Amazon, I wonder if the plot continues in a subsequent book, and this was never meant to be a standalone? Surely it must - Jill Shalvis is an excellent author and I've read just about everything available by her - and I can't believe this weirdly plotless book is out there.


The Promise of Rainbows (Dare River Book 4)
The Promise of Rainbows (Dare River Book 4)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Religion looms *very* large in this book, 2 Feb. 2016
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This is the story of two characters who have featured as friends of those in the previous three books in this series. Jake is a musician who used to be in the army, and Susannah is an interior designer.

I have read all of the books in this series and particularly enjoyed the first one, but then I'm a sucker for stories about musicians and I've read more than my share of romances set in the American deep south. However, I really didn't like this book.

Whether you will share my opinion depends on how big a role you think religion should play in your life. Now, I've no problem with lady vicars, and I've no problem with people who find that their religion adds something to their quality of life. I've no problem with women who tread carefully when it comes to romantic partners. However, in this book, religion is apparently going to cure Jake of his post-war traumas even though time and a lot of therapy has not; his potential mother-in-law, the lady vicar aformentioned, is going to be a big part in that; and Susannah, very unusually for this day and age, is going to let her mother's opinion and religion decide things that your average modern woman would consider her own responsibility.

I'm trying to allow for diversity of opinion here, but tbh, I found it very odd and frankly, weirdly 19th century. I think my liking for this author's work is over, sadly.


Fender FCT-12 Chromatic Guitar Tuner
Fender FCT-12 Chromatic Guitar Tuner
Offered by Rich Tone Music
Price: £8.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Super smashing phew!, 16 Dec. 2015
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I strongly recommend this one - it's much easier to tune a guitar using one of these gizmos than tuning it by ear with pitch pipes or other instruments, as it reads the vibrations of the strings and cuts out that dodgy middle man - your ears. This is my second digital tuner. My first one reckoned it was accurate to within 5%, but it turns out that I can hear that 5%, but can't always judge whether it's 5% sharp or 5% flat. THIS one, however, is accurate to 1% and my guitars have been vastly better tuned since I've had it. It doesn't half make you sound better, too.


Sleeping with Her Enemy (49th Floor Novels)
Sleeping with Her Enemy (49th Floor Novels)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real, and hot romance that's much better than the first one, 3 Dec. 2015
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I've got to be honest, I wasn't going to read this second book in a trilogy about romances between people with interesting office jobs - even though I vastly appreciate that this *is* about people with interesting office jobs, not daft girls falling for uber-wealthy alpha males who swing their money around like a second *oops, stops making rude analogies* - because book one was all about the heat between the characters, not the relationship.

But I was probably kidding myself, because I then immediately thought, actually, I'd like to read another of those romances between people with interesting office jobs and strong women who give as good as they get - and read this one.

It's a MUCH better book than the first one. For loads of reasons. Firstly, although there is lots of heat between Dax and Amy, they're also fully-rounded characters with their own problems - background, families, jobs, assumptions, their own mental make-up - and they end up having to be proper friends as well as being insanely attracted to each other. It's more realistic for all that, but still dreamy and perfect and all that end-of-the-rainbow stuff. Secondly, there are none of the plot funnies that happened in book one (not going to go on about it here but there were some business-related things that just wouldn't happen). This book is really well-written in the sense that it's superbly plotted out so you keep turning the pages to get to the next plot development... not the next hot scene, as is often the case in e-book romances *blushes*.

In the end, this has been a memorable read. Like a lot of people, I tear through romance e-books and a lot of them, whilst a fine way to pass the time, are not desperately memorable and they can blur into one another. Often, the memorable ones are because there's something unusual about the plot, such as a character with a disability or illness. This book, however, is memorable because the story and the romance and the heat were put together well enough to make a a really good story out of life's simplest, but best, stuff. Hurrah!

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants their books to be believable as well as toasty warm in the relevant places.

And now I'm making haste to buy book 3.


Roped In: An Armed & Dangerous Novel
Roped In: An Armed & Dangerous Novel
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for fans only, I think..., 30 Oct. 2015
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I've got to be honest: I wasn't a big fan of this one. Although the dramatic event near the beginning had me turning pages rapidly, I never grew to particularly like, or understand, the characters. Stuff seemed to happen too fast and it seemed short on emotional depth to me. In many ways it read like a teen novel.

In addition, whilst I've literally never minded any amount or extent of swearwords in a book - and I read *loads* in this genre - there were times when I prickled at some of the ones chosen, as they were often, in their literal sense, pejorative of body parts or groups of people or acts that we don't comment on or criticise in this day and age. I dare say they weren't intended in their literal meaning, but still, there are other words that could have been chosen. I suppose this slightly narked frame of mind is why I noticed that there were some descriptions of musical things that just did not chime right, although I accept that this won't bother most people and it may not have bothered me if I had enjoyed the rest of the book more.

But hey! we're all different. Let's hope you enjoy it more than me.


Frisky Business
Frisky Business
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic farce, 2 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Frisky Business (Kindle Edition)
Ha! Well, if you're looking for a quick laugh, there are plenty of them in here.

It's not a complicated tale. Will manages the charity board of an animal sanctuary, and Marley is the new fundraiser. Sparks fly, chemistry bubbles... but doesn't quite boil over, and innuendos breed like mauve bunnies. The most characterful aspect of this book is the multiple puns. The book's excuse for this is that Will's aunt is an expert in unusual sexual habits and has no problem introducing them wherever she goes, and Will and his sister have developed a fine line in jokes, mostly to deflect their own embarassment.

At a point near the end of the book, Will's face straightens and Marley loses her sense of humour, just before the puns get to be too much.

I can't say as I'd want every book I read to be as full-on, downright silly as Frisky Business, but it was a fun, light read and I'll look for this author again if I'm in the same mood.


Mid Life Love: Complete Series Boxed Set (Books 1 & 2 )
Mid Life Love: Complete Series Boxed Set (Books 1 & 2 )
Price: £6.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Book 1 great; Book 2 less so., 28 Sept. 2015
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I must admit I'm not normally one for romances where one of the two is a billionaire but Claire's story - a *slightly* older woman who needs a second chance at romance - was sufficiently promising to not worry about Jonathan's uber-wealthiness.

The first book is a pretty good read - although I wish the author hadn't given prejudiced people a get-out on the age-gap thing by emphasising how Claire doesn't look her age and uses a million beauty treatments - Jonathan is a believable suitor with a very dodgy past and a surprisingly mature outlook on his relationships, which is just as well as his mother is a total nightmare. What makes this book special is that somewhere near the end, Claire makes a surprising decision, then all of a sudden we get a chapter which tells us what has been going on behind the scenes over the preceding few weeks to make Claire do what she does. It's really very clever and had me gripping my chair arm and groaning in horror!

The second book is basically 'Bridezilla and the Stalker', and is a bit of a problem. Jonathan becomes very possessive, to the extent that I thought that this book was going to be about him learning to back off and trust Claire, but it's not. He also uses money to change things he doesn't like - and not only does this make him look like an ass, but the believability factor came in - I just do not believe that anyone can buy the sort of influence the second book says he does, and thank god for that or the world would be massively corrupt and unfair. It also seemed inconsistent that the woman that wanted to go dutch in the first book is happy to let money rule everything in the second. Claire also becomes monstrously obsessed with her wedding, which seems inconsistent, too. All, in all, I wish I'd stopped at book one. I'm going to write this one off as an aberration, though, as I did enjoy book one.


Bright Side
Bright Side
by Kim Holden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.53

2.0 out of 5 stars Dying heroine, 24 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Bright Side (Paperback)
From the plot synopsis up there, you might think that this book is about a couple who have to get over a few sticky obstacles to be together. That isn't the case. When it says 'some secrets end you' it does mean that quite literally as one character is terminally ill.

Now, it's apparent that some people find tragedy uplifting, but I am not one of them. To be blunt, I was flat-out horrified when I realised which direction this book was heading in. Death is not romantic, particularly when people suffer on the way.

So, if you are the sort that enjoyed The English Patient and so on, perhaps this book is for you. It's really not if you don't do that kind of thing or you have first-hand experience of serious illness.


Stinger
Stinger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, there's a porn star but most of the book is about a Navy SEAL and a state prosecutor!, 24 Sept. 2015
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You'd think from the plot summary up there that this was a story about a porn star and a frustrated student, but that only describes about the first third of this book, and (surely) needless to say, there's more to even that bit than that. However, what you need to know is that the rest of the book - most of the book - is about a US Navy SEAL who goes to Afghanistan and witnesses the trafficking of women and girls, and a Las Vegas prosecutor, ie, someone who makes sure criminals end up in jail. It's a long story with a lot of twists and turns and it doesn't much resemble the plot description.

I enjoyed the book even though, or possibly because, it was a lot different from the plot summary. Mia Sheridan writes great books about emotional angst, with, thank god, a HEA so there's no need for too many tissues.


Where I Belong (Alabama Summer Book 1)
Where I Belong (Alabama Summer Book 1)
Price: £2.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but frustrating absence of punctuation, 20 Sept. 2015
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I did get to the end of this book, so I think there must be something reasonably compelling about the plot and characters, but there are major issues with it. Clearly a lot of people like this author, but if you know you are sensitive to punctuation, I'd advise against this novel. Large sections of this book, particularly the dialogue - of which there is a lot - have about half the punctuation they need. As this punctuation problem affects all the dialogue, the characters seem more alike than I imagine the author intends. I know there is a trend towards dropping commas, etc, in some modern novels but the problem was more extensive than that. It bugged me enough that I had to speed-read through sections.

I hope the author/publisher gets to choose a good editor for her next books; it would have improved this novel 100%.


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