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Friday Mini-Reviews #94: J.D. Robb, Brandon Sanderson & Kitty Thomas



Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #37)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.
 
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 8.5/10
This was a very enjoyable read because the killer was a whiny young man who thought he deserved more and had really high opinions of himself. Dallas & Peabody led a kickass investigation, and as usual, Eve managed to buy all her Christmas presents while at it to Peabody's complete outrage at how little time and effort went into it. *laughs* A great book, very much recommended.
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Очень мне понравилась эта книга. По большей части потому, что убийца был просто отвратительным молодым человеком, который вечно жаловался на свою жизнь и считал, что ему все что-то были должны, пока наконец не решил наказать "виновных" в его неудачах и забрать их деньги. Ив и Пибоди не только стремительно проводят расследование, но и лейтенант умудряется опять легко найти всем идеальные рождественские подарки к полному возмущению Пибоди. *смеясь* Читайте, очень интересно!
 
 Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

kindle freebie

Synopsis from Goodreads

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

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8/10
A twisted dark romance I did not expect to like! Once you get past initially slow and boring chapters, the book is riveting like one giant mindf*ck. I 'm in awe of Miss Thomas and almost afraid to read more of her work. It might be a bit too much for me. Read at your own peril.
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 Очень закрученный тёмный роман, и я не ожидала, что он мне так понравится! После скучных первых глав книга неожиданно захватывает и не отпускает до самого конца. Я прям боюсь читать что-то ещё у этого автора, так как мозг она мой превращает в кашу. Читайте на свой страх и риск.

 The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #4)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson returns to the exciting world of the Mistborn in The Alloy of Law.

In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Yet even with these advances, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for those attempting to establish order and justice.

One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house—until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

 
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7.5/10
It was an okay read. A bit dry, although Wayne was a fantastic character. Great action sequences as usual, and I got a bit excited in the end seeing an unexpected visitor from a previous trilogy. Most likely, I will continue with this series, but I'm not sold on the main character yet.
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Нормальное чтиво. Немного суховатое, хотя Вэйн оказался классным, живописным и юморным персонажем. Шикарное описание боёв как обычно у Сандерсона, да и очень интригующая концовка с неожиданным гостем из предыдущей триологии, однако главный герой мне не очень пришёлся по душе. Посмотрим, продолжать серию буду.

An Erotic Thriller Review: The Wtches' Brew by Paul Tarrant

The Witches' Brew by Paul Tarrant


Egalley thanks to Troubador Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
An Erotic Blockbuster of Stunning Originality and Gutsy Narrative Power.

Welcome to The Witches' Brew. An infamous subterranean dive in the seediest part of town. Haunt of three alluring Femme Fatales. The Exotic Jo Jo - A spellbindingly beautiful and voluptuous Stripper and High Priestess of sensuous Tantric Sex. Kinky Katrina - A statuesque, leather clad, whip-wielding Dominatrix and Matriarch of a Hell's Angels Chapter, with a reputation so terrifying that even demons tremble at the mention of her name. And Frisky Mitzy - A wealthy, petite, elfin-featured, sexually rapacious middle-aged Cougar, cutting loose from the wreckage of her failing marriage for a walk on the wild-side.

Forming an alliance as the sinister 'Sisters of the Night', and invoking dark powers from the occult, these vivacious, dominant and ruthlessly ambitious Vamps conjure up a plot to wrest the very lucrative Witches' Brew nightclub from the menacing gangster who owns it; and exert control over all the pimps, madams, hookers, pushers and racketeers who wheel and deal in this cauldron of erotic dreams and psychedelic nightmares. A high-stakes plot, driven by the increasingly erotic ploys and murderous intrigues of the 'Sisters of the Night' that culminates in a violent and explosive climax with an unexpected twist in the tail.

Not for the faint-hearted, this novel is more potent than a book of infernal spells.

Enter if you dare!


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5/10

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 Oh, thank God, I finally finished reading this book! What a strange trip full of flowery, over descriptive, repetitive prose & sinister characters.

Cheating Death by April White: Happy Release and Giveaway!

Cheating Death is a conclusion of a superb time travelling series with a kick-ass female protagonist.
I've been supporting The Immortal Descendants series from book #1, Marking Time, which is free on all platforms, and I am just finishing Cheating Death now.
Happy release to April White!

Summary
In the thrilling conclusion to The Immortal Descendants series, a life has ended, the future is lost, and a war has just begun.
An explosion has split Time and Archer has paid the ultimate price, leaving Saira heartbroken and desperate to repair the rupture. But the blast has trapped Saira in an alternate future where Mongers are cornered predators and Death is the ultimate judge. If Saira and her larcenous friend, Ringo, ever want to see Archer alive, they must pull off the impossible – alter history at a moment in time to which they cannot return. But saving Archer will restore a timeline where Mongers have complete control, mixed bloods are hunted prey, and the Descendant world is spiraling into chaos.
As Saira uses her Clocking skills to prevent her worst nightmares from coming true, she travels from the dirty streets of Victorian London to the secret archives of the Vatican. She seeks a purpose that is greater than smashed hope, greater than lost love, greater than the prophecy that has shaped her very existence. She must use the lessons of history to free the present and shape the future. And in the end, Saira and her friends will face War and Death in the most important battle of all – the one for Peace.


The author gives away a copy of paperback or an ebook of Cheating Death (or any other book in this series if you need to catch up!) to one lucky commenter.
Just let us know in the comments what is your favourite time travelling book or movie?

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends this Sunday, Jan 29th.
Good luck!


Steampunk YA Novel Audiobook Review: Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

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Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Alternative Detective #1)


audiocopy thanks to Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, makes a living repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside one another. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society; the native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated there generations ago and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice, Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers Ang a job investigating the death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.


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8/10

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 I have to give major kudos to this book for the creativity. It's rich, full of steampunk elements and takes place on the African continent. The narrator adds to the atmosphere with the cadence of her voice, and I just loved Steeplejack on audio partly because of her!

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




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

bought

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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7/10
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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7.5/10
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 

bought

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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8.5/10
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
WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
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)
featuring
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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7.5/10

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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)


bought

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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8/10

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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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9/10
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)



bought

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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7.5/10
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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6/10
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.

Contemporary Romance Review: Wordless by Mel Sterling

Wordless by Mel Sterling (Pink Sofa Secrets #1)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Disaster reporter and internet celebrity Jack Tucker is disillusioned after a stint embedded in Iraq. The IED that destroyed his team's Humvee brought him tragedy and regret, robbing him of the joy he took in his job--or anything else. He spends his days in a small Camden bookshop, struggling with writer's block, until the elderly proprietor dies, leaving him adrift.

Lexie Worth abandoned a promising career to keep her uncle's beloved bookstore alive. But the store's tabby cat hates her, local poets invade twice a month for scurrilous readings, and she knows she shouldn't get involved with sexy, troubled strangers like Jack. When the FBI comes knocking, with suspicions of fraud and racketeering, Lexie realizes someone's after more than a first edition or two.

Someone's been using the bookstore to hide their crimes. Someone dangerous--maybe even deadly. Jack wants to protect Lexie--if he can believe her. And if she doesn't find out exactly who he is...

Wordless, book one of the Pink Sofa Secrets series.


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 8/10

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 I really like Mel Sterling's writing. She is very descriptive, lyrical and at the same time precise. There are no reiterations, and she is succinct. Aah, I do love it in an author! 

Wordless is a contemporary romance  with elements of cozy mystery. 

Historical Mystery Early Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn


A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (Veronica Speedwell #2)


Egalley thanks to Berkley Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries...
"London, 1887." Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week s time if Veronica cannot find the real killer.
But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed...."


Release date: Jan 10, 2016.

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8.5/10

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 This pair cracks me up. They are witty, eccentric, particular and practically magnetic. Deanna Raybourn has a knack for writing vividly and with a flair, and not surprisingly, I loved the second installment in this series almost as much as the first.

Friday Mini Reviews #91: Alyssa Turner, Amelia Kahaney & J.D. Robb


Polished by Alyssa Turner 

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
It seemed like they had everything, but they didn’t have Jack.

Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality.

Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty. After long, demanding days in his family's engineering firm, he indulges in the pleasures of silk restraints and fine wine. Lots of hot meaningless sex helps him forget that he's suffocating, with no one to give him a reason to breathe.

When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer in a flooded subway tunnel with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs down there in the darkness, and it's more than their desperation to live. There's a spark between them that's impossible to ignore.

Rory Campbell would love to give Spencer the one thing he doesn't have, the freedom to explore his secret desires. But how does that fit into her picture-perfect relationship? When Jack invites the couple to his sprawling Hamptons beach house, Rory realizes that she has secret desires of her own--the kind only Jack's Dominant hand across her bare bottom can satisfy...


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5/10
It's somewhat naive and simplistic, and I didn't enjoy the description of sexual scenes. Something felt off, or perhaps the writing style wasn't my cup of tea. I won't be reading the rest of the series.
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Как-то наивно написано. Хотелось более сложных эмоций и мыслей персонажей, да и секс был описан довольно паршиво. Продолжение читать не буду, так как автор не понравился.

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney (Brokenhearted #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

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 7.5/10
A unique superhero story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The problem is that the world-building is almost non-existent and feels like the author just patches it up as it goes. Still, recommended as a character-driven story. The plot twists though were visible from a mile away! 
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История уникальной супергероини, и читала я её по большей части с удовольствием. Проблема в том, что построения мира здесь почти нет, и кажется, что автор его придумывает по мере развития сюжета, да и "сюрпризы" повествования видны издалека. Так что, рекомендую, но сдержанно.

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #34)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreadss
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.

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8/10
This was a lovely, old-fashioned "who'd done it" murder mystery, almost Agatha Christie-like. Eve had to investigate a murder of an actress who played Peabody in "The Icove Agenda". A murder which happened at the same house she was in. And it wasn't easy, because most of her colleagues wanted the woman dead. A very enjoyable read!
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Милая это была, старомодная детективная история, чуть ли не в стиле Агаты Кристи. У автора бывают подобные истории в этой серии, и последняя, которую я помню произошла когда актёра убили на сцене в театре, прямо у Ив под носом. В этой книге, жертва - тоже актриса, сыгравшая Пибоди в "Мотиве Айкова", которую убивают в том же особняке, где находится на тот момент Ив. Делу не помогает то, что жертву ненавилят практически все, и у Ив много подозреваемых. Интересный сюжет, понравилось!

An Urban Fantasy Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)


Egalley thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis from Goodreads
SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD...
"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.
 


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4/10

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Alright, peeps. Let's analyze the train wreck.

I enjoyed Promise of Fire immensely. It had huge potential, snappy comebacks and great action scenes with almost Kate Daniels' flair, so I was understandably looking forward to the second installment in the series.

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