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Friday Mini Reviews #93: Michelle Sagara, J.D. Robb & C.D. Reiss

Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #7)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon's fief. All identical, down to their clothing.

Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them—and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over?

At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she's ever learned to save the people she's sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there's no retreat and no surrender…
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Another convoluted plot which didn't really need Kaylin to work which reminded me of that episode of The Big Bang Theory where Amy mentioned that Raiders of The Lost Ark movie didn't actually need Indiana Jones as it would have had the same result with or without him... So, same problem here, peeps. Wasn't impressed.
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Ещё один запутанный сюжет, которому Кейлин вообще-то была ненужна. Очень мне это напомнило эпизод Теории Большого Взрыва, где Эми упомянула что фильм Индиана Джонс: В Поисках Утраченного Ковчега" закончился бы также и с и без Индианы. Я была не впечатлена.

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #36)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
In this new Eve Dallas thriller, Eve is surrounded by murder suspects from the high-stakes financial world.

On the steps outside an empty office in New York's financial district, a woman lies dead. It's a bitterly cold winter and her coat and other items are missing, which initially seems to point to a mugging gone wrong, but Lt Eve Dallas soon discovers that the body was dumped at the newly-renovated property. Now she has to find out why.

Marta Dickenson was an auditor, so Eve has a host of suspects among those who were under her scrutiny, not ruling out the fact Marta's sister-in-law is a famous judge. With the financial wizardry of Eve's husband Roarke at her disposal and the faithful Peabody by her side - when not distracted by the upcoming premiere they're all to attend - Eve starts the process of shifting through the motives of some powerful people to catch a killer.
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I continued with this series after a couple of months break and a phenomenal previous book, Delusion in Death. While I loved Eve taking corporate sharks down a notch, I felt like Calculated in Death paled a little bit in comparison. Still, a great read, recommended.
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Серию эту я продолжила после двухмесячного перерыва и феноменальной предыдущей книги серии. И хоть я и любила читать как Ив ставила на место жирных корпоративных котов, всё-таки книга эта проигрывала по сравнению с предыдущей. Всё же, рекомендую, читается и слущается прекрасно.

 Secret Sins by C.D. Reiss 


Synopsis from Goodreads

Her name is Cinnamon. Cin for short. Band mates Strat and Indy don’t know anything about her except she’s smart as hell and sexy as heaven. They can’t agree who gets her, so they do the only thing two best friends could do. They declare her off limits to both of them.

Margie, AKA Cinnamon-you-can-call-me-Cin, has a thing or two to tell these guys.

Nobody “gets” her. She’ll let them know which one she wants when she can decide between them. Until then, their little pledges and promises aren’t her problem.

Her family is her problem. Her friends. And the world-famous blues rocker who has her cornered. He’s her problem too.

This may be one problem she can’t fix without some help.
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Aah, Margie! As usual, zero bullshit & pure awesomeness. This story felt raw and real, and I hope there will be more to it as the ending simply was not enough. It was also pretty hot! Loved it, devoured it in one gulp. Need more!
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Ах, Марджи! Как обычно, она не переносит пустые разговоры и показывает сильнейший характер. Эта история была как удар током, - сырой, неприхотливой, рваной, очень жгучей и надрывной. Безумно хочу продолжения. очень рекоменду.ю!

Historical M/M Romance Review: Wanted, A Gentleman by K.J. Charles

Wanted, A Gentleman by K.J. Charles 

Egalley thanks to Riptide Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
Or, Virtue Over-Rated 

 the grand romance of
Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love
Act the First:
the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling
Act the Second:
a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)
a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber
In the course of which are presented
Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires

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This was funny, light and sweet, reminding me of Amanda Quick's historicals.

Erotic Romance Review: Loving You Easy by Roni Loren

Loving You Easy by Roni Loren (Loving on the Edge #9)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—
Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real...
IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

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God, you know what I love most in Roni's books? Their gender fluidity.

Friday Mini Reviews #92: J.D. Robb, Michelle Sagara & Sydney Landon

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #35)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

'What would cause someone to want so many people, surely many of them strangers, to slaughter each other?'

The scene that greets Lieutenant Eve Dallas one terrible evening in New York is more shocking than she has ever witnessed. The downtown bar is strewn with bodies - office workers who have been sliced, bludgeoned or hacked to death with the nearest weapon available, turning on each other in a desperate blinding rage.

As Eve and her husband Roarke - who owns the bar among his many properties - investigate the city, they link the attacks back to the Urban Wars and the chemical warfare used all those years ago. With another slaughter imminent, Eve must turn to unexpected sources to stop a killer pursuing revenge by creating mass carnage . . .

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One of the most awesome books in this series, Delusion in Death is about chilling, creepy terrorist attacks, and Eve has to race against the clock and work in cooperation with various government agencies to catch those responsible. A fast, riveting read!
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Одна из самых лучших книг в этой серии, Обман в Смерти рассказывает о серии жутких и кровавых террористических актов,  и Ив приходиться работать на перегонки со временем и в сотрудничестве с государственными службами, чтобы поймать ответственных за терракт людей. Читается быстро, невозможно оторваться.

Cast in Chaos by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #6)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Kaylin Neya is a Hawk, part of the elite force tasked with keeping the City of Elantra safe. Her past is dark, her magic uncontrolled and her allies unpredictable. And nothing has prepared her for what is coming, when the charlatans on Elani Street suddenly grow powerful, the Oracles are thrown into an uproar and the skies rain blood.

The powerful of Elantra believe that the mysterious markings on Kaylin's skin hold the answer, and they are not averse to using her - however they have to - in order to discover what it is.

Something is coming, breaking through the barriers between the worlds. But is it a threat that Kaylin needs to defend her city against - or has she been chosen for another reason entirely?

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Wooo, a kiss from Nightshade! *grins* Overall, an overwhelming plot, a cool painting in Oracles' Hall, plus pretty boring discussions with the Devourer. This book lost me a bit, but it wasn't that bad.
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Ооо, поцелуй от Найтшейда! *смеясь* В общем, очень сложный сюжет, в котором я немного заблудилась, плюс классная картина в Холле Ораклов и скучные разговоры с Пожирателем. Нормально, но не лучшая книга серии.

 Pierced by Sydney Landon (Lucian & Lia #1)

kindle freebie
18+ only

Synopsis from Goodreads
My name is Lucian Quinn and I own one of the most successful software companies in the world. I’m twenty-nine, rich and single. Impressive right? I’m also a favorite target for every hungry socialite looking to land the uncatchable catch. Maybe it sounds vain, but the fact that I’m a God between the sheets doesn’t hurt my stock any. What these women don’t know though is that I’m completely screwed up and damaged beyond repair by my past. The only part of me I’ll ever willingly give them is the hour it takes to make them scream…several times.

Then I saw her…

I’m Lia Adams and I’m in my last year at St. Claire’s University in North Carolina. I grew up with an abusive mother, and a twisted stepfather who was worse…so much worse. I’m so close to escaping from my past and making my dreams come true. I’ll do anything necessary to survive, even work as an escort to help pay for my college expenses. The men that I accompany to various events as an escort for Date Night are mostly harmless and just want an attractive woman on their arm for an evening. It has never gone further than that…until him…

“I want you to call into work tomorrow and quit your job. I don’t think you need to bother with notice; it’s not likely you will ever use them for a future job reference.”
I nod my head in agreement, fighting the sleep threatening to claim me when his words finally hit me. What the h***? “Wh—What did you say?” Had I imagined the whole thing?
Without looking at me, he repeats his demand. I shake my head, completely confused. “What are you talking about? Why would I quit my job? Oh, no,” I gasp in horror, “are you trying to get me fired because of tonight? It was just cold medicine!”
His eyes are glittering in the darkness. “Baby, if I wanted to have you fired, I would. I want to f*** you, but not when you’re being paid to be my date.”

Circumstances bring two people that should have never crossed paths together and in the days and weeks ahead, they grow close quickly, each seeing a kindred soul in the other. As ghosts from their past rise to haunt them, they cling to each other as their lives start to spiral out of control. Soon, they realize that they’re both damaged possibly beyond repair. Will their love be what saves or destroys them?

This book is meant for mature readers who are 18+. It contains explicit language, and graphic sexual content.

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Okay, it's a classic damsel-in-distress meets knight in shining armor story.  Only the knight is a bit of an overbearing prick like Jonathan Grey, and the damsel has a pretty screwed up stepdad who is magically above the law. It was okay, but I don't think I'll enjoy reading the rest in series.
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В общем, классическая история Золушки, только принц здесь с очень нездоровым поведением аля Джонатан Грей. Очень не понравилось, что приёмный отец Золушки почему-то оказался неприкасаем законом несмотря на его преступления. Короче, читать продолжение не буду. Не моё это.
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