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Friday Mini Reviews#38: Mary Hughes, Melanie Karsak & Susan Illene






Biting Nixie by Mary Hughes (Biting Love #2)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Nitro? Meet glycerin...

A Biting Love Novel

Punk musician Nixie Schmeling is a hundred pounds of Attitude who spells authority a-n-c-h-o-r and thinks buying insurance is just one more step toward death. So she really feels played when she's "volunteered" to run the town's first annual fundraising festival. Especially when she finds out it's to pay for a heavy-hitting, suit-wearing lawyer--who's six-feet-plus of black-haired, blue-eyed sex on a stick.

Attorney Julian Emerson learned centuries ago that the only way to contain his dangerous nature is to stay buttoned up. He's come from Boston to defend the town from a shady group of suits...and an even shadier gang of vampires. But his biggest problem is Nixie, who shreds his self-control.

Nixie doesn't get why the faphead shyster doesn't understand her. Julian wishes Nixie would speak a known language...like Sanskrit. Even if they manage to foil the bloodthirsty gang, what future is there for a tiny punk rocker and a blue-blooded skyscraper?

And that's before Nixie finds out Julian's a vampire...

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8/10
Uproariously funny, heavy on slapstick humour, Biting Nixie is bound to get you out of your funk when you desperately need it. The plot is not overly clever or even twisted, it's the execution of the story which you'll shell your money for. I was giggling all the way through it was just THAT silly! Read it.
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Это не книги, а сплошная комедия, дамы и господа! Сюжет безумно прост, но это его исполнение, за  которое мы выкладываем наши денежки.Это гениальный, нахальный стёб, который поднимет вам настроение когда кажется что от паранормального романа вы уже подустали. В общем, рекомендую!



Chasing Christmas Past: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story by Melanie Karsak 

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

Christmas Eve 1820.

At Rose’s Hopper, a popular London tavern frequented by airship jockeys, all is merry and bright—except Lily Stargazer. Lily and her crew are set to run the Christmas Day Yuletide Race from London to Calais, but not before spending the night swimming in mulled wine and longing for absent lovers.

Even the prospect of a Yuletide win can't convince Lily that this Christmas will be better than any that came before. But Lily’s about to find out there really is a Father Christmas.


Amazon kindle US/UK
 7/10
 A sweet, melancholy story, a very quick read. Lily is in a depressive mood, remembering her childhood, then she wins the race and gets a very nice surprise with the help of her crew and my favorite dark and brooding poet. *wink-wink* It's atmospheric and unexpectedly festive, I enjoyed it.
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Милая, грустная история, - эта повесть читается очень быстро. Лили в депресивном состоянии проводит Сочельник, вспоминая своё детство, потом она выигрывает воздушные гонки и её команда вместе со знакомым нам поэтом преподносит ей неожиданный сюрприз на Рождество. Празднично, мне понравилось.


Facing The Darkness by Susan Illene (The Sensor #4.5)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity. After forty-five hundred years of tending to his prisoners in the cruelest of ways he feels he's above the petty concerns of mankind. But what's he to do when he's charged with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season? This is one child who just might break through that impervious wall he's wrapped around his heart. 

 Amazon kindle US/UK 

8.5/10
Yes, as usual I only read one story out of the whole anthology and I really, really enjoyed it! It's a sad Christmas story, and Kerbasi here is shown in such a light that the reader can't help but secretly find him adorable. Aww, this was sweet, totally  recommend it!
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 Как обычно, я прочла всего лишь одну историю из сборника повестей потому как ну очень я люблю Кербаси! Это грустная Рождественская история, которая выставляет Кербаси вообще-то милым и чувствительным ангелом несмотря на его ворчливую натуру. Читайте!
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