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Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law

Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law - Hank Edwards I don't often give 1 star ratings because it seems so...mean. In this case the book really deserved it. Seriously. Even if you overlook the poorly executed first person narrative (which btw is almost impossible) the MC was just a totally unlikable asshole. And stupid.

The Truth as He Knows It (Perspectives Book 1)

The Truth as He Knows It (Perspectives Book 1) - A.M. Arthur I couldn't really muster up any sympathy for Shane/Jo and Noel was just kind of boring. The two MC's of this story were almost impossible for me to engage with, especially since I found two of the secondary characters much more sympathetic and interesting. I would rather have read their stories. From what I understand one of them will be getting their own book but I'm not sure whether he will have a voice in the narrative or not. Unfortunately the other character that I liked and wanted to read more about was rather abruptly killed off near the end of the book. I found Jason a more likeable character and honestly wouldn't have minded if Shane/Jo had to die to save Jason.

This series started and finished for me here. Disappointing since I enjoyed the Cost of Repairs series for the most part.

The Garçonnière

The Garçonnière - Ali MacLagan I'm going to hide most of the review with a spoiler tag because I give much away in my comments.

Things I liked:

The alternating POV of both MC's. For me to invest in a love story I need to hear from both characters, I need to get inside both their heads or it almost never works for me.

The realistic portrayal of the period without either gratuitous violence or window dressing.

That one MC didn't save the other. It was the strength of their love and seemingly unbreakable bond that kept them each alive at different points of peril throughout their lives.

That there were elements that surprised me - I did not see the blackout coming at all. I was not happy about it either, I couldn't believe you did that to Joseph. But kudos on being able to surprise a reader who doesn't get surprised very often.

The HFN that got them both out of the country before the war even though with Henry's health a HEA might not be long lived. I was glad there was no epilogue 10+ years later that showed Joseph on his own finding his way after Henry's death ...

Things that took me out of the story a little:

Sometimes when the POV switched it seemed like the other MC was still speaking, for example it would switch to Joseph but then he would think or say something that sounded like Henry to me. I had to page back just to verify which character was narrating and it pulled me out a few times. Nothing really significant.

The only other thing that niggled at me was Henry's father hiding his maternal inheritence from him. Not sure I grasped the motivation for that but the revelation coming at the end of the story makes it a moot point for me.

I'd like to commend the author and event staff involved in producing this story. This is only the second story I've read that has come out of the Love is an Open Road group event and I can honestly say I am pleasantly surprised at the caliber of it. I have to admit the event is something I would ordinarily avoid because my biggest pet peeve with the writing in this genre is the writing itself. If you guys can create stories that are better written and edited than many books I see coming out of so called professional publishing houses, I need to take a closer look at some of these stories. Thank you for that. :)

In the Middle of Somewhere

In the Middle of Somewhere - Roan Parrish I feel this book is really only 1.5 stars. I'm giving it two for the simple fact the dog got its HEA. It took me almost two weeks to finish this book and I literally had to bargain with myself to keep going. The story and characters had potential but I believe the writing was the failure for me. I really, really, really wish new authors would not attempt first person narrative, it takes skill to pull it off and that did not happen here.

Dangerous Spirits

Dangerous Spirits - Jordan L. Hawk Even better than the first book. MC's are more developed, especially Henry. The ghost story was phenomenal this time out. The only off note for me was the niggling similarity to the plot of Threshold.

Not a Werewolf (Jake & Boo Book 1)

Not a Werewolf (Jake & Boo Book 1) - Madeline Kirby It was enchanting... werewolves (not), a 3 legged kitten and a cat named Boo all wrapped up in a murder mystery. What's not to like? :D

Murder in Pastel

Murder in Pastel - Josh Lanyon Vintage Lanyon. It may be an older story but I loved it.

Heat Trap

Heat Trap - J.L. Merrow Tom and Phil's relationship takes center stage in this one. Definitely more angsty and less mystery. Still very good though. I am now thoroughly invested in these characters and want to see what happens next. Apparently I have to wait until July 2016 for that. :-/

Relief Valve

Relief Valve - J.L. Merrow Fucking laughed my ass off throughout this book and the mystery was very well done.

Pressure Head

Pressure Head - J.L. Merrow This book was fantastic!

A Fashionable Indulgence

A Fashionable Indulgence - K.J. Charles Pretty much a a straight up MM historical romance but it was enjoyable. A bit too many sex scenes for my taste but I skipped over several of them. The plot was not particularly original, I swear I've read basically the same premise in countless M/F historicals. What kept me reading was the fact that I liked the characters. It was definitely a good read but not quite up to the Charm of Magpies series.

Foxglove Summer

Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch This series keeps getting better and better. About the only thing that would make it a 5 star book for me would be more page time for Thomas. As much as Peter is the MC in this series, Nightingale is the more fascinating of the characters, to me at least. Cannot wait to read the next book when it's published, [b:The Hanging Tree|21479290|The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant, #6)|Ben Aaronovitch|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1436999172s/21479290.jpg|40801856]

Too Stupid to Live

Too Stupid to Live - Anne Tenino Hmmmm......well. It was all right. Standard MM fluff with awkward hero(ine) and rugged muscular love interest. I found this title on "The Best Humorous Gay Romances" list but it wasn't particularly funny. I don't think I laughed once. Book did not meet my expectations.

Broken Homes

Broken Homes  - Ben Aaronovitch Ok, by far the best book of the series up to now. Excellent story and pacing this time around. Nightingale got some more page time which I appreciated and not to brag or anything but ....I saw the whole Leslie thing coming, it was almost inevitable the way the Faceless man arc was set up.

Whispers Under Ground

Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch Ok, much better than the first two books so this one truly deserves a 4 star rating. I went back and downgraded the first two to 3 stars to be fair. The story was evenly paced throughout the book this time and the ending didn't feel extemporaneous. Peter's character was balanced with more of the supporting characters this time out and I was pleased to see DCI Nightingale taking a more active role again. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

Avenged to Death: A Jamie Brodie Mystery

Avenged to Death: A Jamie Brodie Mystery - Meg Perry Review to follow