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Erotic Romance Audiobook Review: First Touch by Laurelin Paige

First Touch by Laurelin Paige (First and Last #1)


audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven't spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what's more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she's drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she's forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?


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5/10

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 Erotic romance is very individual, isn't it? It's really hard to find the books which would really connect with us on a deep, subconscious level, and as you can guess this one didn't.

Friday Mini Reviews #71: J.D.Robb, Tamsen Parker & Sabaa Tahir


Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #20)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . .

Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.
 
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8.5/10
 Fantastic book, strong plot and wonderful character growth. There were some emotional moments because the victim Eve's fighting for is a child and through her eyes we see a lot of very painful stuff. Eve is fabulous in that, but so as everyone else. Well done!
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 Фантастичная книга, сильный сюжет и очень хороший рост характеров. Много эмоциональных моментов, так как жертва преступления - ребёнок, и очень многое оспринимается более болезненно через её взгляд на происходящее. Ив - красотка просто, да и вся остальная команда тоже. Надо читать!

 Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker (The Compass #2)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Fiercely protective of her heart, India Burke let down her defenses when Cris Ardmore went from another notch on her D/s playdate belt to everything she could never admit she wanted.

But being disowned by your family and betrayed by your lover aren’t easy to get over, and India’s old fears of intimacy creep in against a backdrop of professional drama that forces her return to a place that never really felt like home.

Though she proved her loyalty when it mattered most, love is about more than grand gestures and Cris wants all of her—which may be more than India is able to give. Can Cris and India navigate to a shared future or will they forever be off course?

** Please Note: Intimate Geography is Book 2 of The Compass Series and CANNOT be read as a stand-alone. Personal Geography, the beginning of Cris and India’s story, released on December 1st 2014.**
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7/10
 A sweet read, a realistic situation, and I really liked that nothing was straightforward. Both characters had hard choices to make, lives to re-arrange. The low rating is mostly because a lot of issues were unresolved and the book would have only won by being longer to do just that. Great plot which truly needed expanding. Overall, fab duology.
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Милая книга, реалистичная ситуация, и мне очень понравилось, что простых решений здесб не было. Обоим героям нужно было обдумать, как продвигать отношения дальше и кому пожертвовать своим комфортом и изменить жизнь, чтобы быть со своим партнёром. Оценка занижена, так как в сюжете осталось много неразрешённых линий, и надо было книгу расширять. Автор талантливый, спору нет, но книга закончилась лениво.
 An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in The Ashes #1)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
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 8.5/10
 The amount of kickass women in this book is beyond awesome. Nevermind Elias. Helena saves his backside every time, Laia uncovers conspiracy on her own, and the main villain in all her cruel, sadistic glory is Elias's mother. One monologue of hers about Elias's birth is worth the whole book. Men are pretty much worthless to the plot. A lot of chemistry in here, a lot or cruelty and fast action. I enjoyed it sooo much and looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Количество шикарных баб в этой книге зашкаливает по шкале Рихтера. Забудьте, Элиаса. Хелена вытаскивает его задницу из различных передряг каждый раз, Лайя раскрывает заговор в одиночку, а главная злодейка во всей своей беспощадной, садистской красе - мать Элиаса. Один её монолог о рождении Элиаса стоит всей книжки! Очень много здесь жестокости, брутального экшна и магнетизма между главными героями. Талантливый автор, жутко хочу читать дальше!

Urban Fantasy Review: Smoke & Mirrors by Jess Haines

Smoke & Mirrors by Jess Haines (Blackhollow Academy #1)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she's just like all the other magi.

A dragon who sees through her lies.

Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.


Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she's got the credentials, so she’s stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can't afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.

The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.

As an illusionist, she doesn't have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates—and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus—she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems...

Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight....


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8/10

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I got a really good vibe from this book, folks! It was fun, fast-paced and packed with vivid characters. Overall, a great urban fantasy!

If you are familiar with Jess Haines's books, you'll be happy to know this story is based in the same universe as The Others series, but instead of vampires, it concentrates entirely on magical creatures. If you are unfamiliar with this author, you won't miss anything, and it will remind you of Rachel Aaron's recent work Nice Dragons Finish Last.

The Postman Knock #154

Hey, guys!
I'm a bit late with the post, but it's been a few very hectic days, and I am drained. Still I have enough review and non-review books for a much needed post, so here we are...
 
FOR REVIEW/NETGALLEY/AUDIBLE:
 

Thank you Tiffany, publishers and Audible Studios!

BOUGHT:

I love Audible Daily Deals, so half of these are bought for almost nothing :) I think Impervious was free on kindle...

NEWS:

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 5 year blogoversary giveaway! You, lovely people, said some wonderful things about the blog which made me feel warm and fuzzy :))) Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The winner has been chosen and will be announced as soon as she responds.

In other news, did anyone watch Eurovision on Saturday? I had great fun with snarky commentary watching it for the first time in years not alone but together with my German workaway, Daniela. Lots of wine and silly laughter later we loved the winner and runner-up - they were my faves from the beginning - Ukraine and Australia.

At last, I wanted to flaunt my latest runny days *stuck inside* project which came out nicely. It's German folk art.


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