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Friday Mini Reviews #28: Jessica Clare, Meredith Wild & C.D. Reiss

Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare (Billionaire Boys Club #4)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Fans of Maya Banks, Melody Anne and J. Kenner - prepare to be dazzled by Jessica Clare's Billionaire Boys Club.

The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six incredibly wealthy men who have vowed success in business - at any cost. but success when it comes to love is a different matter...

When scholarly billionaire Griffin Verdi must return to his country for the wedding of the century, he needs a good assistant at his side. Unfortunately for him, he's stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn't know a thing about high society...but she sure can kiss. But will Griffin be able to get past Maylee's lack of polish? And will Maylee be able to fall for a man that looks down on everything she's come from?

Amazon kindle US/UK

Oh my stars, for me this was the most hilarious fairy-talish and outlandish romance Jessica Clare managed to come up with so far, and I enjoyed it immensely! *grinning* If you want a Cinderella story, look no further, and you find a kind, naive Southern belle paired with a snotty European royal who has absolutely no social skills. Funny and outrageously entertaining. Recommended.
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Ржала как лошадь с этой современной юморной истории про Золушку! А если серьёзно, - отлично, чаруще, романтично и очень смешно, так как ни автор ни герои себя серьёзно не воспринимают. Читайте, если позарез хочется узнать как друг в друга по уши влюбились высокомерный европейский принц и наивная милая красотка с жутким акцентом аамериканского юга.

Hardwired by Meredith Wild (Hacker #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
Not bad actually. Typical plot akin fifty shades, but the main heroine is gutsy, and he is a hacker for a change. There is a bit of overblown drama as usual, but I'll reserve judgement until I finish this trilogy. Plus it's in Boston, which I find very charming!
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Неплохо, хотя сюжет слизан с 50 Оттенков Серого. Главная героиня, слава богу, дверной коврик своим поведением не напоминает, герой - хакер, что само по себе свежо, а сюжет развивается на фоне очаровательного Бостона, хотя я бы чрезмерную драматизацию убрала. Я воздержусь от какого-либо осуждения пока не дочитаю всю трилогию.

 Use by C.D. Reiss (Songs of Perdition #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads

In the end, did I stab him to be free of him? And free to what? Fuck? Snort? Party? Or free to be normal?

It was a very interesting situation, up there on Maundy,” Elliot said.

“Nothing like it in the world. It’s a safe place for people like me.”

“People like you? Can you be more specific?” He ran his finger on the edge of his blotter, and a chill went up my inner thighs.

“People like me means, I don’t know. Fuckers. We fuck because it’s what we do. Bus drivers drive. Accountants account. Policemen police. I’m a fucker. I fuck.”

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

Oh wow! I can't help but admire Miss Reiss's talent. This serial might be short, but the author manages to use such succinct, sharp words, their impact on the reader is enormous. It's like there is this vast amount of information behind each sentence, and I can't help being compelled and wretched by it all. I want more!
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У меня даже нет слов, честно говоря. Мисс Рейсс - просто королева коротких новелл. Она умудряется пропитать маленькие предложения таким количеством информации, что под конец остаётся ощущение, что прочёл полноценную книгу. Я обожаю её чёткие, веские, глубокие диалоги и характеры, которых просто невозможно не полюбить. Вот ведь правда,  краткость - сестра таланта. Блестяще и остро написано, хочу ещё!

Audiobook Urban Fantasy Review: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles #7)


Synopsis from Goodreads

For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

Audible (narrator Luke Daniels) |  Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond


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I don't know if it's my newbiness in audio books or the book itself, but this wasn't my favourite book in the series. Partly because Atticus is way too serious these days, and the very much needed hilarity was provided by his Arch druid, Owen, instead. But the majority of my issues came from Granuaile's narrative.

Mystery Thriller Early Review: One Kick by Chelsea Cain

One Kick by Chelsea Cain (Kick Lannigan #1)

Egalley thanks to Simon & Schuster

Synopsis from Goodreads
Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

Release date: August 19th 2014.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond


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If there is only one thing to be said about Chelsea Cain, it needs to be said that she is a damn fine writer. In fact, along with Taylor Stevens, she will be my go-to-author if I want to read an action-driven, intense thriller with an absolute kick-ass of a heroine.

The Postman Knock #91

Hello, my dears!
I feel so absolutely knackered, I have no energy to be very creative for the rest of the month, peeps. So please bear with me!
I'm busy canning all our produce right now, it's hot, and we are building our kitchen, so my plate is full.
However, I managed to get these lovelies

Thank you, Penny and Jen!

I also BOUGHT:

The only thing I managed to finish reading was THE BOOK of LIFE, and I have mixed feelings about it. 

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