Book Review #126

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Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
Original Title: Exhume
ISBN: 1503939308 (ISBN13: 9781503939301)
Edition Language: English
Series: Dr. Schwartzman #1
This is the kind of book I imagine Richard Castle of the TV show Castle writes: a suspenseful murder mystery/thriller that is both competently written and kind of dumb at the same time.

It features several tropes of the genre that normally turn me off:

1) the protagonist carries deep psychological scars that may or may not have anything to do with the case, but she’s still a bit of a Mary Sue in that she’s basically successful in everything she does;

2) the villain is a generic criminal mastermind with intense but poorly developed motivations who’s capable of committing extremely complex yet flawlessly executed murders (and other crimes) in multiple states at once;

3) the supporting characters, including the police, are borderline incompetent and exist mostly to sit around and worry about how dangerous the villain is while the protagonist hitches up her panties and takes care of business.

While these may or may not be actual flaws, there are some real problems, such as the ending is wrapped up a bit messily and the villain’s plan makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But if you can get past all that (I personally found most of it charming), it’s an enjoyable read. The narration if not the dialog is well-written, the story is fast and thrilling, and the protagonist is interesting, engaging, and sympathetic.

The protagonist and her psychological journey were interesting enough for me to ignore the flaws and enjoy the book. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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RELEASE BLITZ!! Solis

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Title: Solis

Series: Modern Descendants #2

Author: Elda Lore (L.B. Dunbar writing as)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 30, 2017

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Veva Matron is a feisty girl raging with suppressed anger and distrust of men.

Solis Cronus is a blindingly beautiful, Greek god of a guy, who likes to play women.

An electric hatred thunders through each of them about the other until one night, lightning strikes. A world of secrets reveals the destiny of two at odds with one another, and clouds the line between love and hate. Can a lively girl find calm in the stormy tension of a boy made of sunshine and sin?

The mythical tale of Zeus and Hera reignites in this modern interpretation of enemies to lovers. Full of flirty sexual angst and teasing temptation, Solis might be the one man who can extinguish Veva’s angry fire and ignite a different sort of flame: desire.

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ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE MODERN DESCENDANTS SERIES

 

#1 Hades

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AUTHOR BIO

Elda Lore is the alter ego of L.B. Dunbar. A writer of mythical tales in the modern world.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

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*Sunday Review*

**** Sorry for the delay…I’ve had the Flu all this week and missed yesterdays review…But I’m better now…Here is the Review****

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4.5 stars

Wow, so…based on the blurb and cover, I expected to like this, and I did. This pulled me in from page one, gave a bunch of feels and wouldn’t let go.

I loved the chemistry between Drew and Jack. Their chemistry was off the charts, explosive even.

I loved how he was such a jerk to her when they first met, trying to make her uncomfortable so that she wouldn’t want to be his roommate.

I loved how Jack came to admire her and the way she was was looking for a job, studying resumes and trying to learn tips to land a job.

I also loved Jake’s family. His brothers were hilarious and they definitely made me want to read about them.

My one issue with this book was regarding Drew’s friend Bernie. I hated that she was so quick to believe Bernie about Jake. And I hated that Drew then went on to ignore Jake. Jake had only been honest with her about what he wanted. He never gave her any reason to believe what Bernie told her.

Other than that, I really did love this book. I can’t wait to read more by the author.

RELEASE BLITZ!! New York Nights

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Title: New York Nights

Series: Heart of the City #2

Author: C.J. Duggan

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: January 29, 2017

 

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New York Nights is the second standalone book in CJ Duggan’s HEART OF THE CITY series – a very sassy, super sexy New Adult romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.

Sarah Williams is a spirited, independent Aussie who has always dreamed of living in New York City. So when a job opportunity arises to become an au pair for a successful businessman in the heart of Manhattan, Sarah jumps at the chance, ready to embrace the Big Apple in all its brilliant well-lit glory.

What she doesn’t bet on is Grace, the beautiful newborn she’ll be looking after, and Grace’s distant, abrasive father whose eyes hold a million anguished secrets. Determined to care for Grace and face the challenges of the impossible Ben Worthington, Sarah was always prepared to follow her heart; she just wasn’t prepared to lose it to a complicated man like Ben.

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#1 Paris Lights

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#3 London Bound

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AUTHOR BIO

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CJ DUGGAN is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

 

Website: http://www.cjdugganbooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CJDugganAuthor

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