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Friday Mini Reviews #62: J.D. Robb, Sonali Dev & Danielle Bourdon

Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #12.5)


Synopsis from Goodreads
In early spring of 2059, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called off planet to face a grueling ordeal - giving a seminar at the largest police conference of the year, to be held in a swanky resort. A resort which just happens to be owned by her husband, Roarke, of course.

Even though Eve can't quite see it that way, it's supposed to be at least partly a vacation. But work intrudes in the form of a bloody homicide, and Eve is off and running. The case is complicated by Eve's personal history with the victim - and by the killer's history with Roarke. As danger closes in and the body count rises, Eve must find a way to stop the cycle of violence and revenge, and shove the past back where it belongs.
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While I'm always happy to see Eve kicking some sexist arse in the balls, this short novella was a bit sloppily written in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just prejudiced towards novellas in general? Overall it's a good, entertaining and memorable read, and I enjoyed it.
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Хотя я всегда с удовольствием читаю как Ив пинает под задницу очередного мужлана-шовиниста, эта повесть по качеству немного проигрывает обычному превосходному стилю Норы Робертс. Однако, не обращайте на меня внимания, я наверное предубеждена против повестей в общем. Ведь читала я её всё равно с наслаждением и она мне очень запомнилась.
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (Bollywood series)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.
Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.

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I am sure there are plenty of wonderful reviews on this book out there, but for me this was classic chick lit with a clueless, klutzy and naive heroine with a generous golden heart, and an arrogant hero who is absolutely dumbfounded by the fact that he falls for her. It's a total feelgood story, and I enjoyed it immensely. Recommended.
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Я уверена в том, что по интеренету разбросаны прекрасные рецензии на эту книгу, но для меня это был классический сценарий "chick-lit" - женской прозы. Героиня наивна, добра, неуклюжа и очень мила, а герой  высокомерен и никак не может оправиться от удивления когда в эту героиню влюбляется. В общем, очень уютная, светлая книга. Рекомендую.

 King & Kindom by Danielle Bourdon (Latvala Royals #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Chey Sinclair discovers that dating a real life Prince can be both heart warming—and heart wrenching. Sticking to her guns, she faces down the Queen and defies the Royal order to cease her relationship with Prince Sander. Piqued, the Queen strikes back, and Chey finds herself separated from Sander by no means of her own. Forced to return to Seattle, Chey waits, and hopes, to be reunited with her Prince. What happens next leaves her desolate and devastated. Just when she decides to move on, her wily Prince proves he has a few cunning plans of his own.

Will Sander Ahtissari pull off the impossible, or will the King and Queen of Latvala get their way in the end?

Find out in book #2 of the Latvala Royals Series.


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O_o, so much drama! *grinning* I'm afraid you will have to suspend you disbelief in this book even more than in the previous one. It almost reads like a Disney story, what with all the people in the foreign country speaking English, and the heroine and her best friend being able to read newspaper in English, etc., etc. But at the same time it's still very, very entertaining, and I hope I'll be able to continue with this series in the future. Read this guilty pleasure with me, peeps!
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О_о, как драматично, мама дорогая! Я боюсь, что вам придётся отбросить свой скертицизм куда подальше и читать эту историю прямо как диснеевскую сказку, ибо если вы начнёте к ней придираться (тут в маленьком королевстве Восточной Европы все говорят по-английски, и героиня, например, умудряется следить за событиями из местной газеты, которая, сюрприз, сюрприз! тоже на английском), то она развалится по кусками. Главное - это понимать, что эта сказка - сплошное виноватое удовольствие, и её я вам рекомендую, несотря на отсутствие реализма.
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