It took me over a week just to get to page 68. This book simply could not hold my interest. Part of the problem is that Nash, despite being accidentalIt took me over a week just to get to page 68. This book simply could not hold my interest. Part of the problem is that Nash, despite being accidentally pulled through time by a faulty magic spell, insisted on being a complete skeptic about Ezra's ability to see ghosts. Now, me personally, if I'd been yanked back in time by a guy who also claims to see ghosts I'd be a little more inclined to think that he was telling the truth. The whole 'being yanked back in time 100 years with magic' would have made me rethink some basic assumptions about the universe and all. But there was no real introspection on Nash's part, and it made him seem kind of dense and also an asshole. Also he spends basically no time thinking about time travel and wondering about it or anything like that, instead his attitude seems more like "I'd don't care about this shit just send me back." No thoughts along the lines of "holy shit magic is real and powerful enough to accidentally shove me back through time wtf", he treats time travel with the same level of annoyance as getting stranded in an airport due to a bad blizzard or something. An irritation and a problem, not as an opportunity or a life-changing experience. On top of that his insistence in wearing his normal clothing is pretty stupid, fashions have changed quite a bit, even men's fashions, and he would have looked really out of place. If I were him I'd be trying to do everything I could to blend in (and since I'm a woman that means yes, I'd wear a fucking corset without whining. Nash should be grateful he's a man and didn't have to wear one) I just found the book and Nash to be a little too irritating to keep reading....more
I really can't review this book seriously because I listened to the audiobook (ie I only half listened to it whWhere has this series been all my life?
I really can't review this book seriously because I listened to the audiobook (ie I only half listened to it while doing other things), but it managed to pull me in despite a serious uphill struggle (ie the Internet and everything else distracting in my life). Alex McKnight is a recovering PI, asked for help (and pulled right back in) by his former nemesis, who wants him to look into the suicide of his old buddy's son. Of course since this is a mystery how much do you want to bet that it's a suicide? Eh? This is a really great book, with an awesome reader, and I can tell you right now that within the first ten minutes of listening to this I'd put the entire series on my wishlist in Audible....more
I go back and forth on this one, is a four, or a three? I decided on three when Josh took a turn for stupidity right at the end of the book and bailedI go back and forth on this one, is a four, or a three? I decided on three when Josh took a turn for stupidity right at the end of the book and bailed when Eli got hurt. What a fucking jerky thing to do. Also, to be honest, Josh never seemed like a real addict to me. Oh, he said all the words etc but, well, I know addicts and he didn't come off right somehow, like maybe the author had only read about addiction and never seen it in person (or at least read stuff written by addicts about their addictions) In general it was pretty good right until Josh got stupid near the end.
One thing that really bugged me though was the fact that Josh had killed people while working as an undercover guy. Undercover agents are allowed to do property crimes and other stuff like sell drugs, or even take them, but they are not allowed to commit crimes against other people. Yet it's treated like "welp, these were criminals who killed people so I was just executing them." It doesn't matter if they were criminals who killed other people, they still did not deserve to be murdered, especially by a law-enforcement agent. This wasn't the case of self-defense either, it sounded very much like executions. The whole point of law and law-enforcement is so that people can be tried in a court of law that determines their guilt or innocence, and what their punishment is if they are guilty. It isn't the FBI agent's job to determine any of that, that's for a judge and jury. That is why we have trials. If agents and police officers are just going to go around killing people they believe are guilty what is the point of having a justice system??? It's wrong to kill people even to maintain cover, in fact it's illegal to do so!...more
Part of me is really excited to read this book (little known fact but while the over-all murder rate is low for the Pacific Northwest, we tend to breePart of me is really excited to read this book (little known fact but while the over-all murder rate is low for the Pacific Northwest, we tend to breed serial killers). But after the terrible geography of Fair Game I'm super hesitant so idk if I'll read this one... I live in Oregon so bad PNW geography is a big Hell No point for me....more
The good guys are perfect angels and the bad guys are all evil homophobic rapists. The dogs are angels who aren't dog-aggressive unless they're beingThe good guys are perfect angels and the bad guys are all evil homophobic rapists. The dogs are angels who aren't dog-aggressive unless they're being forced to fight (I got news for the author about that, I sure do!) There's no compromise... there's no dog-fighters who love their children and think fighting dogs is good family fun, there's no good guys who care about dogs but are homophobic. You either care about the welfare of dogs and are sensitive to the needs of gay people or you are a homophobic dog-torturing rapist. I am not making this up. There is no middle ground at all....more
I have to admit, this book surprised me. For the first quarter of the book it felt flat, stereotypical. Even the names were stereotypical romance heroI have to admit, this book surprised me. For the first quarter of the book it felt flat, stereotypical. Even the names were stereotypical romance hero names (especially Kane) and in general I wasn't impressed. But somewhere in the second quarter of the book the author found his or her voice and took off, and the characters fell in sync, becoming a pair that I could truly believe in with as enthralling mystery. The cliff-hanger at the end was just evil, pure evil, and as an evil person myself I can appreciate it, provided the author doesn't wait too long to get the sequel out. (and if they do, wellll I have an entire drawer full of metal spoons that can be heated over butane crucible... so don't wait too long, dear author) This is definitely an author to watch in the future....more