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Friday Mini Reviews #98: Julia Kent, J.D. Robb & Michelle Sagara

Random Acts of Crazy by Julia Kent (Random #1)

ecopy from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don't collect guys like that (don't ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop – you stop.

And I definitely never thought I'd be staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star I followed like the slobbering fileshare fangirl I am. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how we fell in love is even more unreal.

Because someone like Trevor Connor, headed to Harvard Law next year, isn't supposed to want someone like me, a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed.

But he did.

When his best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drove eleven hours through the night to rescue him, though, it got real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn.

What do you do, though, when maybe – just maybe – you don't have to choose?

As my Aunt Josie says sometimes, "It's always complicated."

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Random Acts of Crazy is a standalone, full-length novel (300+ pages, 85,000 words) featuring Darla Jo(sephine) Jennings, the 22-year-old niece of Josie Mendham from the Her Two Billionaires series. It has, like many New Adult novels, an exploration of sexuality for the three main characters, doesn't shy away from mature content, and Darla has a sailor's mouth.

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This was lovely, hot, cute and sweet. A classic story of a lost soul finding what really matters in life because of love of a good woman. It totally didn't need a menage as Trevor and Darla were enough for each other. However, I really enjoyed it. A great comfort read, recommended.
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Это было мило, жгуче, обаятельно и неожиданно пронзительно. Классическая история о блуждающей в потёмках душе, которая находит, что действительно важно в жизни из-за любви хорошей женщины. Здесь совершенно не требовался менаж, он был как палка в колесе, так как Тревору и Дарле было достаточно друг друга. Однако, история вышла всё-равно хорошая и уютная. Рекомендую.

 Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #40)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

A crisp winter morning in New York. In a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING.
Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an 'admirer', who just can't stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again...
With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.

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Eve has a stalker and an impersonator who wants to be her best bud & who kills everyone who might have "wronged" Dallas. This is a scary and fascinating insight into a mentally disturbed mind. The investigation is brisk and the killer falls into Eve's lap, so it ends rather abruptly. Overall, not bad.
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У Ив появляется сталкер и имперсонатор, хотящий быть ей лучшим другом и убивающий тех, кто, по его мнению, её "обидел". Холодящая, жуткая концепция и взгляд на ум с сильным психическим расстройством очень интересны. Расследование продвигается быстро и убийца падает в руки Даллас, так что книга заканчивается довольно резко. А так, неплохо.

 Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #10)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

She can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade's latent magic is waking.

And it's not the only thing.

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This is not a bad read, actually. I am still supremely irritated by Kaylin's reckless stupidity... And everyone is still enabling her. But. We finally see the Emperor and listen to him talk. Looks like he is another antihero or a very intriguing man to know at least, so I got excited about it!
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Неплохая вообще-то книга в этой серии. Я всё также раздражена  из-за безумно импульсивной и идиотской натуры Кейлин, которая отказывается учиться на своих ошибках, и что ещё хуже, это ей сходит с рук. Однако... Мы наконец встречаем Императора и слушаем как он разговаривает с Кейлин, и он оказывается, вполне возможно, ещё одним антигероем, что меня очень, ну очень порадовало!
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