Last year, I was fortunate enough to read the first book in the new Sazi series, Forbidden as an ARC and I have enjoyed how the story is being continuLast year, I was fortunate enough to read the first book in the new Sazi series, Forbidden as an ARC and I have enjoyed how the story is being continued in Illicit.
The second book has been as much fun to read as the first in this new Sazi setting. There are twists and turns and layers upon layers. Misunderstandings, differing loyalties, illusions - and that is just the beginning. All of that covers the parties at the peace talks, the Council members, and Rachel and Dalvin, albeit in different ways and everything is woven and interwoven together.
I look forward to what comes next.
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Caution: Review contains mild spoilers in last paragraph.
For me, Bad Boys Need Love Too is a solid three lilies because I wound up with an almost loveCaution: Review contains mild spoilers in last paragraph.
For me, Bad Boys Need Love Too is a solid three lilies because I wound up with an almost love/hate (or maybe more of a great like/great dislike) relationship with it and the reasons overlap.
First, why I disliked it. For a good portion of the book (about a third to half of it), I was gnashing my teeth a bit regarding the main characters and their personalities. Gage is controlling, manipulative, blows a little hot and cold, and is - at least to me (and, admittedly, I could very well be wrong and this was not intended) - comes across as being a little emotionally abusive. While Joseph fares a little better in the characterization, he's no saint either. He is a reasonably intelligent, ambitious man, yet he stays with Gage for far longer than he would like to have. He also tends to do a "runner" under certain circumstances.
Which leads me to why I do like the book. In spite of what drove me a bit 'round the bend with the characters (and almost had me putting the book away), they are likable in their own way. The reader winds up understanding the whys and wherefores of the characters - what in their pasts makes them the way they are, what makes them tick, what draws them to each other. Another reason why, in the end (and in spite of all the angst and drama), I like the book is that they work at working things out - alone, together, with help, with friends, and with family.
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(3.5 / 5) I found Black Monday to be a good, fast-paced read overall. The book also had reasonably well-rounded characters - which I always consider to(3.5 / 5) I found Black Monday to be a good, fast-paced read overall. The book also had reasonably well-rounded characters - which I always consider to be a plus.
Having said that, I had one issue that I found to be a distraction - especially considering that I took the book to be a final, store shelf copy instead of an advance one - and that is: grammar. A couple of mistakes here and there throughout a book are not too big a deal. After all, not every issue can be caught ahead of time.
However, the issues I had are as follows:
1) Overuse of the question mark. There were instances throughout the book (off-hand I can think of at least 3, there may be more) where a sentence that read as a statement (or answer) was turned into a question.
2) Quotation marks. Some dialogue in the book lacked part of the quotation marks, either at the beginning of the character's dialogue or at the end. (Yes, sometimes it is correct to not have quote marks at the end of a dialogue, but not when the next bit of dialogue is said by a different character.) Also, some non-dialogue sentences (or at least sentences that did not read as part of a dialogue) had quote marks in part.
3) There were also two instances that popped out for me: a) One sentence had a word missing altogether and b) another only had part of a word missing.
Altogether a good read, but I found the grammar issues to be a touch too distracting....more
Dr. Liam Thayer's and Kate Macintyre's story was sweet. There was drama, yes. There were misunderstandings and some revelations, naturally. H(4.5 / 5)
Dr. Liam Thayer's and Kate Macintyre's story was sweet. There was drama, yes. There were misunderstandings and some revelations, naturally. However, at the heart of it, the story was sweet and involved two adults who had been through a lot who could very well work together.
Good read and highly recommended.
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I received a copy of A Reason to Love from the author for an honest review.
I have enjoyed reading Ms. Morgan's books since picking up a copy of Dark I received a copy of A Reason to Love from the author for an honest review.
I have enjoyed reading Ms. Morgan's books since picking up a copy of Dark Defender when it first came out. Like the books I have read since, A Reason to Love has all of the elements that I have come to expect in an Alexis Morgan book.
The first is great characters. Spencer Lang comes back to a hometown that believes he was killed in action. He has issues, but he learns how to deal with them - step by step. He re-learns how to be around not only the people in his hometown, but the surviving members of his unit. Melanie Wolfe is a member (and heir) of Snowberry Creek's founding family and is expected to maintain a certain standard. While she tries to keep the family business afloat, she works on ways to improve it. Neither they, nor their various friends or family friends, are perfect and that is why I like them.
Another element is the setting. I really like the small town setting of Snowberry Creek. It is, in many ways, like small towns everywhere: Everyone knows (or thinks they know) everyone else's business, it takes a lot to overcome the image you had, and the world might very well come to an end if you do something differently from the way your parents did it.
A final element I enjoy is the story itself. Sure, it has been "done before". Soldier comes home, finds girl, etc. Ms. Morgan, however, has a way of writing which keeps it fresh and keeps readers - or at least this one - coming back for more.
Is the book perfect? Of course not. For one, I would have liked to know what has happened to Spence's uncle Vince. It was mentioned in the book that Spence's cousin Austin has changed from their younger days, yet there is no encounter between the two. Maybe more will be learned in a future book. This is also my first Snowberry Creek (I am more familiar with the Paladin and Talion books) book, so there may be more that was mentioned about these two characters in the previous books.
Overall, an excellent read from an excellent author.
(Image (c)Barnes and Noble, blurb (c) Alexis Morgan)
(Review cross-posted to Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Lily's Reviews.)...more