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Review: "The Night Stalker" (Robert Hunter, #3) by Chris Carter

The Night Stalker - Chris Carter

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

Review: "The Executioner" (Robert Hunter, #2) by Chris Carter

The Executioner - Chris Carter

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

Review: "The Crucifix Killer" (Robert Hunter, #1) by Chris Carter

The Crucifix Killer - Chris Carter

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

Review: "A Chip and A Chair" (Seven of Spades, #5) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

A Chip and A Chair - Cordelia Kingsbridge

 

Wow, I’m… I'm totally speechless.

 

What. A. Ride!

 

 

This is hands down one of the best mystery/crime series (both M/M and non-M/M) I have ever read.

 

I can’t believe that every, and I mean EVERY question raised in the first 4 books, has been answered, and every little detail has been explained. No questions left unanswered here, folks.

 

Now THIS is how you do a fucking series finale, authors. Take notes!

 

 

This final instalment was so very satisfying and such a brilliant conclusion to an all-around amazing series.

 

I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It will forever be one of my all-time Top 5 favorite series.

 

I already miss Levi, Dominic, Rebel, Martine, Leila, Natasha, and every other of these so very well-developed characters. It feels like saying good-bye to real people, and while this is first and foremost an acknowledgment to this author's talent, I always hate feeling like this after I finish a book or series.

 

HUGE BOOK HANGOVER IS HUGE!

 

 

Cordelia Kingsbridge, I thank you and I bow to you.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "One-Eyed Royals" (Seven of Spades, #4) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

One-Eyed Royals - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 23rd, 2018
1st reread: March 10th, 2019

 

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Ok, I’m all caught up now and ready for the big finale in book #5.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Cash Plays" (Seven of Spades, #3) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Cash Plays - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 21st, 2018

1st reread: March 8th, 2019

 

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Nope. This wasn’t any easier the second time. Still heart-breaking, but also still brilliant and outstanding, and so very, very well-written.

 

 

And I officially declare this as one of my all-time Top 3 favorite series.

 

You can quote me on that.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Trick Roller" (Seven of Spades, #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 19th, 2018

1st reread: March 4th, 2019

 

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My initial rating was 4 stars, but I’m bumping it up to *5 stars* and put this book on my “favorites” shelf. This series just gets better and better with each reread.

 

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Kill Game" (Seven of Spades, #1) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Kill Game - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 15th, 2018

1st reread: March 1st, 2019

 

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My initial rating was 4 stars, but I’m bumping it up to *5 stars* and put this book on my “favorites” shelf.

 

Everything about this series is just sooo outrageously good - the writing, the MCs, the characterizations (for the MCs AND the secondary characters), the relationship development, the criminal case, the suspense etc.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "The Other Book" by Roe Horvat

The Other Book - Roe Horvat

I'm sad to say that this book left me a little disappointed. After all those rave reviews, I expected something… more. Something more steamy, more kinky, more filthy. I dunno.

 

 

I wouldn’t even call this book "erotica". In my opinion, this was simply a romance novella with just a lot of sex scenes. And to be honest, those sex scenes weren't even especially outstanding or unique. I've read many other books with much dirtier sex than here.

 

And as for the romance aspect, the relationship went WAY too fast from "I hate him!" to "I want him!" to "I love him!" for my taste. I also couldn’t really connect to the MCs since I barely got to know them in the beginning (some build-up in the first few chapters would have been nice). So when it came to the more emotional stuff in the last 25%, I simply didn't care at this point. 

 

 

So I’m going with 3.5 stars. It wasn’t really the kinky fuck-fest that I was hoping for (#sadface), and for a romance it lacked exposition and character/relationship development for me.

 

But it was an ok read. Nothing more, but also nothing less.

 

 

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

 

Review: "Boy Shattered" by Eli Easton

Boy Shattered - Eli Easton

Dark but not depressing.

 

Angsty but not hopeless.

 

Heavy but with a silver lining.

 

Relevant but not preachy.

 

And since this is Eli Easton, very heartbreaking yet also very romantic.

 

There's a reason she is a favorite author of mine.

 

PS: The mystery aspect felt a little out of place, but I wasn't really bothered by that.

 

PPS: Brian’s dad can go step on a Lego.

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

Review: "Shades" by Jaime Reese

Shades - Jaime Reese

It took me FOREVER to finish this book. With 344 pages, it was at least 150 pages too long. It was a struggle to finish.

 

The story was 30% plot and 70% internal monologues (pining ones in the first, schmaltzy love declarations ones in the second half).

 

 

This book also had some of the most far-fetched and ridiculous plot twists that I’ve read in a long time.

 

For example, that island? The hell? Am I supposed to take this seriously?

 

 

This was my first book by this author and even though I’m not totally put off by her storytelling, I probably won’t read another book from her in the foreseeable future.

 

I’m giving this book a really weak 3 stars-rating, because even though I wasn’t really enjoying it, the writing wasn’t that awful or offensive to justify a lower rating. But this author is in serious need to improve her storytelling.

 

 

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 56%.

Shades - Jaime Reese

This book is sooooooooo long. I've been reading and reading for days and it just won't end.

 

344 (!) pages, that's at least 200 pages too many when nothing really happens.

 

Review: "Blaze" (Unbreakable Bonds, #5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Blaze - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

For the first time in this series I had some minor issues regarding the story.

 

For example, I HATE it when a character doesn’t want any children and explicitly says so, and yet his partner tries to convince him otherwise. Some people/couples just really, truly don’t want any children and like it that way, authors.

 

 

I also wasn’t very enthusiastic about that storyline with Lucas’ sister Nicole. I found his strong reaction towards her a little weird and also out of character. I didn’t get why he still held such a huge grudge against her after all these years for something she said to him when she was 14 (!) years old and basically still a child.

 

But this is just small stuff. Because when this series shines, it shines. And it never shines brighter than when (any) two characters have a heart to heart (Lucas and Snow!). Those are the moments that make this series.

 

Oh, and that wedding of course. That was everything one could wish for.

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Blaze - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

"He smirked. "Yeah, maybe. But don't think you're off the damn hook. Ian will turn his sights to you next."
"Fuck if he will. He's the one who's engaged, so he's up for penguin suits next."

 

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold your horses. Ian and Hollis are engaged? When the fuck did this happen? Off-Page?

 

Please don't tell me this happened in the spin-off series, or I'm gonna throw the mother of all hissy fits.

Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Ian" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Stories: Ian - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

Normally, reading several chapters about 8 guys who do nothing but simply fix up a house would bore me to death.

 

But leave it to this crazy cast of adorable weirdos that I had a blast from start to finish. They made me laugh and blush and giggle so hard; man, I love each and every single one of these characters.

 

The cherry on the cake were those little Valentine’s Day short stories at the end, which just put the biggest smile on my face.

 

 

Perfect!

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Devour" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Devour - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

I’ve been looking forward to my sweet little Ian’s story ever since the first book in this series, "Shiver". And man, am I happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Not in the least.

 

 

I’m glad that there was no kind of relationship angst or any other self-doubts between Ian and Harris' attraction towards each other. They (FINALLY!) got together pretty early in the story, and let’s be real: anything else would have felt forced because these two have been pining for each other over the course of three books at this point.

 

So with Ian and Harris’ romance (again: FINALLY!!!) being dealt with from the get-go, the authors were able to focus on the overarching Jagger storyline and bring it to a closure. And they did a pretty good job IMO, with a great and suspenseful final showdown (I will forever remember and cherish this series for those HILARIOUS code names alone).

 

So yeah, what can I say?

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~