A Voracious Reader
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Decent read
The Naked Man - Jill Amy Rosenblatt

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Katerina “Kat” Mills has an idea of what a “fixer” is. She used to help her former boss/lover, lawyer Phil Castle do the fixing for wealthy clients, but she barely scratched the surface of that particular world before she dumped Phil’s ass. Now, working in dead end mind-numbing temp jobs she answers her phone late one night to one of Phil’s clients. Joe Lessing is in a panic. He needs a fixer and he can’t get ahold of Phil. He begs Kat to help and when he offers a substantial amount of cash to do it, she accepts. This event sets off a chain reaction and before she knows it Kat has begun her first real foray into the fixer world. What has she gotten herself into?

 

I read books. I watch movies. I know what a fixer is. I know there are different aspects of fixing. But this story really puts it into perspective. Kat is in way over her head. It’s not just the reader who knows this. Kat knows it, too. But she needs the money and she’s smart and a quick thinker. So away she goes. Kat is awesome, other characters are interesting (especially Alexander Winter) and the world is fascinating. Kat’s not bad for a newbie, but I’m scared for her.  This is a dangerous world and I really don’t like Phil. I do look forward to more books in this series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-fixer-naked-man.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Review ~ Bloody read
Chop Shop - Andrew Post

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

The Hawthorne Funeral Home finances are a mess. Why? Because Amber Hawthorne is a worthless crapmonkey who lets her friend Jolene Morris do all the work trying to keep it afloat while Amber parties and drugs it up. Morons, the both of them. So, when Amber’s dealer clues her in on a money making business (a highly illegal one of course) Amber jumps at the chance. Before she can make a decent argument to Jolene why it’s a good business decision, former physician-now-mob-doctor Frank Goode drops their first customer in their lap. Almost literally. They’re in the body part business now, for better or worse. *pssst: it’s worse

 

Ok, I know this is mostly about Amber and Jolene and how they got mixed up in a black market body parts deal, but the star of the show is Frank. Oh my, Frank. Did you ever see the CSI episode Loco Motives where the guy Max gets himself stuck in cement while disposing of his wife’s dead body? Frank is Max. Except a whole lot of mob is involved and blood. Sweet Baby Jane, this book is bloody. And that ending? Gah! While it’s a fast-paced page turner, it seemed a little too cliché at times for me. However, it is most definitely entertaining.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/chop-shop.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Great read!
Guilt by Association - Marcia Clark

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

L.A. Deputy District Attorney Rachel Knight walks up to a fire at a sleazy hotel near her office and discovers her co-worker, Jake, has been found dead at the scene with a male teenager. The police think it’s a cut and dried murder/suicide, but Rachel just can’t believe it. So, even though she’s been warned off the case, she enlists a friend in the police department to help her uncover what really happened. And that’s where things get interesting.

 

Rachel is tenacious and kinda bull-headed, but it makes her good at what she does. And finding out what happened to Jake is priority one when everyone is saying he murdered a teenage male prostitute and then killed himself. Even though she knows very little about Jake’s personal life, they worked 100s of hours together and she’s sure she’s not wrong about the kind of person he was. The more she digs the worse it looks for Jake, but Rachel needs to see this thing through until the end.

 

Fast-paced and intriguing, who knew I’d really enjoy a story about a lawyer? I guess because this is less about lawyer-y stuff and more about investigating a crime. It’s twisty and turny and the characters are great. I’d read more stories involving Rachel Knight.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/guilt-by-association.html
Review
3 Stars
Review ~ Decent read
The Long Call (Two Rivers #1) - Ann Cleeves

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Detective Matthew Venn left his roots behind when he went to college and discovered the strict evangelical community he grew up in was crap. It’s while he’s lurking outside his father’s funeral many years later that he gets a call that there’s a body on the beach. He has no clue that this case will crash land him right back into the community he walked away from.

 

This is a solid but slow moving mystery that connects several things together. I like Matthew Venn and his team as well as his husband Jonathan and the place he manages, the Woodyard. In other words, I really like the world and the characters. It’s not an exciting heart-racing page-turner, but the mystery is compelling and Matthew’s flaws, strengths, intuition, and sound detective work are what drives it forward. I’d read more in this series.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-long-call.html
Review
1.5 Stars
Review ~ Disappointing
The Conjurer - Cordelia Frances Biddle

DNF @59%

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

It’s winter in 1842 Philadelphia and Martha Beale’s father has disappeared, presumed dead, while out hunting. No body has been found and yet Martha still hopes he will show up. Since Martha doesn’t believe her father is dead she asks the mayor’s aide, Thomas Kelman, to help her find her him. In the meantime, there are several other storylines running alongside this one and they may or may not all be connected. I have no idea because I gave up at 59%. The writing is awkward and stilted. The separate stories don’t seem to have any connection to the disappearance of Lemuel Beale. And, quite frankly, I think it’s boring as all get out. I skipped to the end to see what happened to Martha’s asshole pops, and I was right in what I suspected. I will not give that away in case others want to give this book a whirl.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-conjurer.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Awesome!
The Captive (Captive Hearts) - Grace Burrowes

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, has survived being held captive and tortured during Napolean’s reign. Finally back in his London town home all he wants is to get well enough to exact his revenge on his captors. But he hasn’t been  home long before Gillian, the Countess of Greendale, invades his home and reminds him that he has a daughter in the country who needs her father. He agrees to go, but insists Gillian accompany him. Since she’s a recent widow and has no desire to return to a home filled with unhappy memories, she agrees to his demand. And that’s when it all gets interesting.

 

This is a very well-written story about dealing with the aftermath of abuse and trusting again. I love Gillian and to an extent I love Christian. I’m probably being picky, but I disliked Christian’s dismissing of Gillian’s concerns, poo pooing them like she’s just a hysterical woman. It’s not something he does overmuch, but it dropped my rating. In any case, despite this slight flaw of Christian’s, this book is still going on a list of my favorite reads of 2019. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a damaged hero.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-captive.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 317th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 317th Edition

 

Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

 

 

Review
3 Stars
Review ~ Meh
Past My Defenses (Taming the Pack series) (Entangled Ignite) - Wendy Sparrow

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Vanessa is the fastest werewolf in her territory. She’s a bit too dominant for the pack’s comfort, but she tries really hard to be properly submissive around their pack leader, Jordan. Oh, and she has allergies. Lots of them. When she runs across a cat while in wolf form it about kills her. Fortunately, Dane the Park Ranger finds her and tucks her safely in a cage in his basement. When she wakes up in the morning in human form she’s surprised to be alive. And more surprised she’s on a concrete floor in a cage. However, no one is more surprised than Dane who thought he was saving a wolf and ended up with a beautiful naked woman in his cage. What the hell?

 

While bad shit is going down in their territory, Vanessa scent matches with Dane, a human. This is bad. But not as bad as werewolves disappearing then reappearing in pieces. The plot isn’t horrible and the characters are okay, but the execution just seems to lack. I have to admit that the best part about the story is Vanessa and her allergies. She’s allergic to so much stuff that it should be ridiculous if I didn’t know people who are allergic to so many things that seem innocuous. I got tired of the constant he’s mine/she’s mine crap and how good they smelled to each other. I got it the 1st dozen times. Repetition is not your friend. Overall, it’s an okay story.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/past-my-defenses.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Decent collection
Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories - Nancy Christie

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

There are 18 short stories contained between these covers and not one of them was what I expected. The stories are sad, shocking, surprising and, most times, heart-breaking. They start out one way and end completely different than I expected. By the time I was partway through the collection, I stopped trying to anticipate where the stories were heading and just went with the flow. While each one is a bit bleak for my tastes, there’s no doubt that Nancy Christie has mastered the short story with her wonderful writing and tight plots.

 

Story titles:

Traveling Left of Center

Alice in Wonderland

The Sugar Bowl

The Shop on the Square

Watching for Billy

The Healer

The Clock

Anything Can Happen

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Misconnections

Skating on Thin Ice

Still Life

The StoryTeller

Exit Row

Waiting for Sara

Beautiful Dreamer

The Kindness of Strangers

Annabelle

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/traveling-left-of-center.html
Review
4 Stars
Review ~ Nom nom nom
Amorous Congress: A Collection of New Victorian Erotica - F. Leonora Solomon

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Amorous Congress: A Collection of New Victorian Erotica is an anthology featuring a mouthwatering supply of tasty treats to tempt even the most jaded of palates. I should know. I’m kinda jaded. A little bit. But there’s not much I like more than naughty historical tales with great characters in wonderful worlds doing titillating things to each other. I know, I know, people have been kinky through the ages, but there’s just something about the prim and proper Victorian/Regency folks indulging in erotica that really gets to me. Nom nom nom!

 

Sense and Sensuality ~ T.G. Haynes ~ Very good

 

A Good Maid ~ Melina Greenport ~ My favorite

 

Sauce and Subtlety ~ Kaysee Renee Robichaud ~ Meh

 

Nancy ~ Charlie Powell ~ This is dark and violent.

 

Hard Work ~ Charlie Forrest ~ Okay

 

Hello, Victorian Ladies ~ Dulce Devine ~ This is a cheat. Not historical, just two women dressing in historical clothes for a fundraiser.

 

The Egg Timer ~ Brenda Clough ~ Nice!

 

Victorian Greeks ~ Bob Masters ~ Lovely

 

Caroline’s Escape ~ Catherine Guerrero ~ Whoa. Dark

 

Lessons ~ Margot North ~ Power play

 

Out of Mourning ~ Rae McGregor ~ Tugs heart strings

 

The Hidden Garden ~ Ivy O’Hara ~ Oooohhh…mmm…

 

Will You? ~ Jillian Boyd ~ Awwww

 

Works of the Flesh ~ Emmanuelle de Maupassant ~ Naughty!

 

Spellbound ~ Adrien Clark ~ Oh, a touch of paranormal. Nice!

 

Afternoon Tea ~ Marie Piper ~ Oh, my.

 

To Further the Cause of Science ~ Zak Jane Keir ~ Interesting  

Review
1 Stars
Review ~ Terrible
A Vampire's Promise - Carla Susan Smith

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Rowan Harper is a human who works in a bookstore. No, this does not redeem her for being so damn stupid. I want to fire her. She shouldn’t be allowed around books. That’s a pleasure and a privilege she doesn’t deserve. What a fucking twat.

 

Gabriel is a mysterious guy who rolls into Rowan’s life and she lets him. He knows things. He’s hot. He has money. He’s hot. He only comes out only at night. He’s gorgeous. His body has every woman slobbering and dripping from between the thighs. No, seriously. Half the book is about describing how hot Gabriel is and how Rowan just can’t resist him even though he’s a stranger and she knows literally nothing about him. Even after they have sex. Lots and lots of monkey sex. Then he dumps her with no explanation and after three months waltzes right back into her pussy. And THEN…it ends in a massive cliffhanger. Omfg. I hate everything about this book. Needless to say I will not be reading book 2.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-vampires-promise.html
Review
2.5 Stars
Review ~ Meh
Deeply In You - Sharon Page

 

Helena Winsome is being blackmailed into spying on the Duke of Greybrooke in order to keep her brother out of debtor’s prison. She has to find proof that he’s a traitor and her brother’s debts will be paid.

 

I have mixed feelings about this. While the writing is awesome and the characters are great, I think Helena is a bit of a moron. Who lets themselves be coerced into a situation and does zero research? I know I would have done some digging before I let myself be pushed into something. Her family owns a newspaper for fuck’s sake! And her brother? Omg, I would have killed him. Ok, I know this is historical and he’s technically head of the house, but I’d still kick his ass. Period. Also, she’s gutsy and intelligent and lets herself be led around by her pussy. Ugh. Stop.

 

I don’t particularly like the Duke of Greybrooke either. Guys who think they can get whatever they want because that’s always been so for them piss me off. Arrogance without redemption is a huge turn off for me and I don’t think he changes enough over the course of the book to get in my good Graces. Hehe See what I did there?

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/deeply-in-you.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 316th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 316th Edition

The One Where Nipples Have Suddenly Become Weapons of Opportunity

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/avr-weekly-news-316th-edition.html
Review
2 Stars
Review ~ DNF
Hunt the Scorpion: A SEAL Team Six Novel - Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo

DNF @30%

 

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

I read Hunt the Wolf, book 1 of SEAL Team Six and gave it a 3. Since I had both that and this book from NetGalley I moved on to this one. Ok, I made it through the sea of testosterone in book 1, but I just can’t do it in this book. The writing itself isn’t too horrible, but the pages of weapons and equipment descriptions are snoozeable. The main character is an alpha male constantly thumping his chest and talking about how awesome he is. It gets old real quick. I love a good military thriller as much as the next reader, but this book is filled with so much dick wagging that I have no desire to slog through any more of it. While it may appeal to many readers, I am not one of them.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/hunt-scorpion.html
Review
3 Stars
Review ~ So-so
Seal Team Six: Hunt the Wolf - Don Mann

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Chief Warrant Officer, Thomas Crocker of SEAL Team Six and his team are on the way for some mountain climbing training in Islamabad when they are given a mission. Intel puts a known terrorist at an address in Karachi, Pakistan. They are to go in, locate, and bring Abu Rasul Zaman out alive.  Except the mission goes sideways and after the smoke clears they’re told Zaman isn’ty one of the bodies left behind. He’s escaped. Mission failure. It eats at Crocker as he and his team are dismissed to go do their climb. When he meets up with a Norwegian diplomat on the mountain things take a turn that’s unexpected and now the clock is ticking. Will Crocker and his men finish the mission after all?

 

Full of action this is definitely a thrill ride with a side of mystery from beginning to end. However, it lags a bit in spots, it’s a tad repetitive in areas, and if you love descriptions of weapons then you’ll definitely love this story. Because each and every weapon is listed each and every time they gear up. In addition, I am not really a fan of Crocker. He seems to be more than a touch obsessive-compulsive about working out and pushing himself – even to the point of hurting himself. Extreme and more than a little alarming. His personality is also a tiny bit sketchy although he gets the job done, I can say that about him. Eat your heart out, John McClane. There are some POV problems, not many but enough to pull me out of the story. Otherwise, this is an adrenaline-loving, white hat vs black hat, save the girl, tale from beginning to end.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/hunt-wolf.html
Audio Blitz and Giveaway!

This looks like a fun series! I started book 1, but have been too busy to really get into it yet. Go check out the Audio Blitz on my book blog and enter the giveaway while you're there!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/10/audio-blitz-journals-of-octavia-hollows.html

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