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Friday Mini Reviews #91: Alyssa Turner, Amelia Kahaney & J.D. Robb


Polished by Alyssa Turner 

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
It seemed like they had everything, but they didn’t have Jack.

Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality.

Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty. After long, demanding days in his family's engineering firm, he indulges in the pleasures of silk restraints and fine wine. Lots of hot meaningless sex helps him forget that he's suffocating, with no one to give him a reason to breathe.

When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer in a flooded subway tunnel with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs down there in the darkness, and it's more than their desperation to live. There's a spark between them that's impossible to ignore.

Rory Campbell would love to give Spencer the one thing he doesn't have, the freedom to explore his secret desires. But how does that fit into her picture-perfect relationship? When Jack invites the couple to his sprawling Hamptons beach house, Rory realizes that she has secret desires of her own--the kind only Jack's Dominant hand across her bare bottom can satisfy...


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5/10
It's somewhat naive and simplistic, and I didn't enjoy the description of sexual scenes. Something felt off, or perhaps the writing style wasn't my cup of tea. I won't be reading the rest of the series.
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Как-то наивно написано. Хотелось более сложных эмоций и мыслей персонажей, да и секс был описан довольно паршиво. Продолжение читать не буду, так как автор не понравился.

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney (Brokenhearted #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

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 7.5/10
A unique superhero story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The problem is that the world-building is almost non-existent and feels like the author just patches it up as it goes. Still, recommended as a character-driven story. The plot twists though were visible from a mile away! 
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История уникальной супергероини, и читала я её по большей части с удовольствием. Проблема в том, что построения мира здесь почти нет, и кажется, что автор его придумывает по мере развития сюжета, да и "сюрпризы" повествования видны издалека. Так что, рекомендую, но сдержанно.

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #34)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreadss
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.

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8/10
This was a lovely, old-fashioned "who'd done it" murder mystery, almost Agatha Christie-like. Eve had to investigate a murder of an actress who played Peabody in "The Icove Agenda". A murder which happened at the same house she was in. And it wasn't easy, because most of her colleagues wanted the woman dead. A very enjoyable read!
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Милая это была, старомодная детективная история, чуть ли не в стиле Агаты Кристи. У автора бывают подобные истории в этой серии, и последняя, которую я помню произошла когда актёра убили на сцене в театре, прямо у Ив под носом. В этой книге, жертва - тоже актриса, сыгравшая Пибоди в "Мотиве Айкова", которую убивают в том же особняке, где находится на тот момент Ив. Делу не помогает то, что жертву ненавилят практически все, и у Ив много подозреваемых. Интересный сюжет, понравилось!
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