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Oct
12

Review: Against the Ropes by Jeanette Murray

Review: Against the Ropes by Jeanette Murray Against the Ropes Author: Jeanette Murray Reviewer: Nima Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Against the Ropes is the second book in Murray’s First to Fight series.  It’s also the second book I’ve read with the same title in the last two years.  The first one, a BDSM story, wasn’t much better written than this one, but it was funnier and edgier.  Murray’s Against the Ropes fell solidly into the contemporary romance category, complete with too many over-used clichés and painfully predictable plot lines.  There were even some grammatical errors that slipped in with wrong tenses and metaphors that just didn’t work. Murray did successfully create two characters, Greg...
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Sep
15

Review: The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell

Review: The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell The Paris Key Author: Juliet Blackwell Reviewer: Nima Rating: C What I’m Talking About: The Paris Key is aptly named on several levels. I like a good title. In this case it ties together multiple plot points of locksmithing, love, ghosts of the past, and finding a way through to the future.  Main character Genevieve Martin runs away to Paris, following a formal separation from her husband, to take over the locksmith shop of her beloved late uncle Dave.  She will find that Paris holds the key to unlocking personal mysteries as she works to “find herself” during this period of stress and change. The book begins in Oakland,...
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Sep
9

Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre Breakout Author: Ann Aguirre Reviewer:  Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Breakout picks up right where Havoc left off, completing the Dred Chronicles.  The series should be read in order.  New readers of the trilogy will have the luxury of reading the series without the publication gaps the rest of us have experienced.  However, Aguirre created such strong characters and vivid descriptions that I had no problems falling right back into the confines of the penal colony of Perdition and its conspiracies. In fact, it turned out to be a relatively quick read for that fact. I loved that we got some unexpected background on more than one...
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Aug
31

Review: The Highlander’s Bride by Amanda Forester

Review: The Highlander’s Bride by Amanda Forester The Highlander’s Bride Author: Amanda Forester Reviewer: Nima Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: There are something like a million books out there (ok, I’m exaggerating, but there are a lot) that share the title or some variation of The Highlander’s Bride. We like our Scottish heroes and imagining what’s under—or not under—their kilts.  Come on now, Gerard Butler?  Richard Madden?  Sam Heughan? Kevin McKidd? *fans herself* So highlanders and their stubborn brides abound.  It’s almost its own genre.  I admit that I didn’t expect much from Amanda Forester’s version of this historical romance category, but I was very pleasantly surprised.  The Highlander’s Bride was, in a word, charming....
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Aug
18

Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton All Wound Up Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Ok, this is book ten.  Burton successfully does what she’s done the entire series.  All Wound Up continues to deliver what her readers have come to love and expect with this series. More of the same isn’t a bad thing, especially if this is your reading groove.  For me, however, the Play-By-Play series has become formulaic.  Like other books in this series; All Wound Up is predictable with an anti-climactic finish. There’s nothing especially original about this plot, it’s the “nobody is good enough for my daughter” plot.  The fact that the couple in this...
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Jul
27

Review: Hot Nights with the Fireman by Lynne Silver

Review: Hot Nights with the Fireman by Lynne Silver Hot Nights with the Fireman Author: Lynne Silver Reviewer: Nima Rating: D What I’m Talking About: Lynne Silver is a new-to-me author.  Hot Nights with the Fireman is the first in her Alpha Heroes series. It’s the heated love story of fire fighter Jason Moore and ambitious public relations expert Valerie Wainwright. It should have been a quick read at only 65K words, but I found myself stopping constantly because of technical errors. Typically when reading an advanced reader copy, there is an expectation that the manuscript being reviewed is not yet polished for publication. Allowances are made for missing commas and the odd word that’s gone astray.  Unfortunately,...
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Jul
15

Review: Back to Us by Christi Barth

Review: Back to Us by Christi Barth Back to Us Author: Christi Barth Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Christi Barth is another new-to-me author and may I say, “So far, so good.”  After reading Back to Us, book three in the Shore Secrets series at Barth’s request, I wish I had read the first two.  The story can absolutely stand on its own and doesn’t require reading from the start of the series, but Back to Us is on the short side at under 300 pages.  I had the sense that reading Up to Me and All for You would have filled out the book with history and sub-text in a way that...
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Jul
8

Review: The Glass Arrow

Review: The Glass Arrow The Glass Arrow Author: Kristen Simmons Reviewer: Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Glass Arrow is set in a future Earth dystopia.  In this alternative future, women have been reduced to little more than cattle, bought and sold at public auction.  When the female population rises too high, female infants and children are murdered.  If they reach their young teens, they are used for breeding, entertainment, and labor.  Once they are “used up,” often by the time they are forty, they are tossed aside, usually dying from drug overdose or illness.  A girl’s best hope is that whomever buys her is so in love that he keeps...
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Jun
10

Review: If You’re Not the One by Jemma Forte

Review: If You’re Not the One by Jemma Forte If You’re Not the One Author: Jemma Forte Reviewer: Nima Rating: D What I’m Talking About: If You’re Not the One had an intriguing premise.  It piqued my interest and I was excited to start the book.  Unfortunately, what began with great promise did not deliver.  Main character Jennifer Wright is dissatisfied with a life that has all the appearances of something good—two healthy kids, slim figure, nice house, two cars, financially able to stay home, with good friends.  Jennifer feels guilty that she’s unhappy and like many depressed people, tries to will herself into gratitude and good spirits.  I was really rooting for her when she got proactive,...
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May
27

Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James Suddenly One Summer Author: Julie James Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Suddenly One Summer will be released just in time for your summer vacation.  It’s definitely one you want to earmark for poolside enjoyment.  It is a light, romantic story without a lot of conflict.  It’s the kind of no-stress read with a happy ending that you want when the sun is hot and you don’t want to concentrate that hard.  Let’s be real, no one reads Tolstoy at the beach.  That doesn’t mean, however, that Suddenly One Summer isn’t well written.  The fact that it only follows a single plot requires it to be tight,...
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