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First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen

I <3 Bay so much!

Keys to my Cuffs by Lani Lynn Vale - Grade: DNF

Keys To My Cuffs (The Heroes of The Dixie Wardens MC) (Volume 4) - Lani Lynn Vale

Well, let's get my first official Booklikes review off with a bang, shall we? Or maybe a whimper.


Keys to my Cuffs sounded really good when I read the blurb...


You’re the Keys

Loki’s life was a lie. Everything he’d done for the last eight years was under an assumed name for the Benton Police Department. He’d lied, cheated, and stolen all in the name of the law. He wore himself thin, and not even the open road could take away the pain anymore. Then his little next door neighbor moved in, and suddenly he had a reason to get out of bed every morning. Except he was an officer of the law, and a member of a prominent motorcycle club in the area, The Dixie Wardens MC. Neither of which she could deal with.

To My

It wasn’t the scars that covered her new neighbor’s body that scared Channing. It was the badge. The fact that he belonged to The Dixie Wardens MC was only icing on the cake. She should be running away as fast as her legs could carry her. But there’s something about Bryce ‘Loki’ Rector. Something that eased the unreasonable fear she felt every time she came into contact with something that reminded her of her past.


They say love isn’t easy, and it definitely isn’t for the two of them. Loki has to learn to feel again, and Channing has to learn to live. Their road isn’t an easy one by any means, but Loki makes two promises. One, he’ll never let anything hurt Channing again. Two, it’d be over his dead body that he’d ever let her go.


I love a possessive, tattooed Alpha-male lead as good as the next girl. With the exception of the name Loki (sorry, I can't help but picture Tom Hiddleston in giant horns every time I read that), the premise of this book checked all my boxes. And, just to be clear, I read the sample before I hit that handy-dandy 1-click button. But sadly, 2 chapters in I gave up.


To be fair, I could see there might be a good story buried in there somewhere, and the author's voice wasn't bad. The dialogue was okay, authentic for the most part. I'm not a huge fan of alternating first-person POVs, but I was willing to go with it because there were clear differences in each character's voice too. Also, the heroine worked in a mortuary...eww. Points for originality, but still, gross.


My problem was with the lack of editing. I mean seriously, none whatsoever.  An over-abundance of commas, wrong and inconsistent use of semi-colons, weird sentence structure and strange word choices ("yick" instead of yuck?!)--you name it, it was in there. I tried really hard to overlook it and keep reading, but when the word "main" was incorrectly used to describe a "mane" of hair, I gave up. Once my nitpicky brain zeroes in on something like that, I might as well be reading the back of a cereal box for all the interest I have in the story itself.


This book has a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon so I suppose I'm in the minority, but I can live with that. For the first time ever(!), I returned it for a refund of my $3.99. For that price, I expect decent editing.


Final grade: DNF

How Fifty Shades Is Dominating the Literary Scene (From Vanity Fair)

Using Fifty Shades and "literary" in the same sentence gives you a good idea why this article with induce rage for some:


"Despite its populist backstory, Fifty Shades was an easy sell for James’s literary agent Valerie Hoskins, thanks in part to the online accolades and word of mouth fueling its demand. “There was already a buzz about the trilogy in early 2012, appreciation for the books had gone viral,” she said adding, “all of the Big Six (five now) publishers in New York City were very keen to offer for it.”


Three years later, with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan bringing the guilty pleasure to life on the big screen this weekend, the fan-fiction world where the movie originated seems more relevant than ever for literary agents hoping to bank on the coveted “Fifty Shades effect.”


“We’re getting deals everywhere,” explained London-based literary agent Lorella Belli, who snagged a six-figure advance from Simon & Schuster for her author Sophie Jackson’s forthcoming trilogy, A Pound of Flesh, which also started out as Twilight fanfic. “[Fan-fiction writers] already have such a huge following without doing any kind of promotion,” she continued. Jackson’s story drew more than 4 million reads on Fanfiction.net, and she’s gone from being a schoolteacher in Britain to having three major publishing houses bid up her debut novel. Just last month, Hollywood agent Steve Fisher at Agency for the Performing Arts signed on to secure the film rights....


Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/02/fifty-shades-literary-scene

Give It All: A Desert Dogs Novel

Give It All: A Desert Dogs Novel - Cara McKenna Not as good as the first book in the series. There was a little too much internal monologue about why Raina and Duncan couldn't be together long term, why they were bad for each other, etc. The suspense plot suffered in this one too. The elements to that part of the story felt tacked on and filler-ish, not interesting at all. Of course the dialogue and sex scenes were fantastic--that's Ms. McKenna's strong suit for sure. The shortcomings of this book won't stop me from reading the other books in the series though. Even on a bad day, this author is still better than most.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster - Jon Krakauer Fantastic read. I'm now officially hooked on mountaineering/disaster books. Thanks, Krakauer.

Breath on Embers

Breath on Embers - Anne Calhoun I would give this one 10 stars if I could.

Romancing the Duke

Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare Absolutely adored this book! This is what I want out of my HRs: an intriguing story, rich characters, sexual chemistry, wonderful, WONDERFUL dialogue, and lovely dashes of laugh-out-loud humor sprinkled throughout. That's why I read Ms. Dare. She never lets me down.

The Duchess War

The Duchess War - Courtney Milan Welp, I think this is where I give up on Ms. Milan's books. She's a great writer, don't get me wrong, but her stories are just not my cup o' tea. The plotline is creative but too busy and convoluted and the romance suffers for it. The chemistry between the H and h felt tepid at best. I like my HRs with more steam and humor and less starch.

A Good Marriage

A Good Marriage - Stephen King Now that was more like it. After having read Revival a few days ago and finding it sorely lacking in the suspense/horror/oh-my-God-I'll-never-close-my-eyes-again department, I was pleased to discover A Good Marriage was plenty creepy and plenty suspenseful. Although I did not have a problem falling asleep thereafter. Still, it was engaging and full-bodied despite the length.

I didn't actually by this story as a standalone, but already had it as part of the mini-anthology, Full Dark, No Stars. And I was familiar with the BTK serial killer crimes enough to immediately recognize the inspiration for this short, which Mr. King acknowledges in the back of the book. This did have a different ending than the outcome for BTK, one I found more apropos, if you believe in that sort of thing. I could understand the wife's quandary on how to deal with her discovery and her husband's subsequent admission, and how it could affect her entire family if brought to light. The only thing I was left wondering in the end was how she could continue to live in that house?

Revival: A Novel

Revival: A Novel - Stephen King I'm honestly flummoxed on how to rate this book. I've never read a Stephen King book before, but my 21 yr. old son loves his work, so I thought I'd give one a try then pass the hardcover on to him. I've read numerous reviews that said Revival was King's "return to form" and that this book gave them nightmares. I was so ready to be scared out of my wits, but when I got to the end...meh. I wasn't terrified or even mildly spooked for that matter. Now did he deliver as far as good writing and compelling characters are concerned? Absolutely. Revival was a definite page turner, the story drew me in, and I wanted to know how it ended. I couldn't wait to pick it back up every evening and start reading. It's just then when I got to the much-anticipated final climax it was anti-climactic.

Betting the Farm

Betting the Farm - Annie  Evans If you're interested in reading Eli's book, it will be out on Oct. 10th! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23179697-straddling-the-fence

And if you're interested in a review copy, shoot me a message. :)

No Way Down: Life and Death on K2

No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 - Graham Bowley You shall not make Mother Nature your bitch because she will humble you in the blink of an eye.