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Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

Midnight LilyMidnight Lily by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I never thought I would one day feel betrayed by a writer. Until now I was of the opinion a writer could do whatever they wanted with their story as it is theirs. After reading Midnight Lily I feel different. The whole premise of the book, the whole synopsis is false. If I had known what I was getting into I would have stayed clear of it.

If I am told that a book is about a drug addled, off the rails quarterback detoxing, I want just that, no matter where the story goes with that character or where he ends up. Unfortunately after 52% the hero as we knew him disappeared and was replaced. I wasn’t really fine with that but went on anyway. At about 95% or so a second twist came along that was just too much for me. Sorry, I am NOT interested in the combined make believe world of two mentally ill people (the concept of which in itself was completely ludicrous).

The first half of the book was absolutely great, the wrinting romantic and the story had a fairy tale quality. The second half up to the second twist was ok, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. The end ruined the book for me completely. How anyone can call this book a contemporary romance and give it 5 stars I have no idea. Is this suppsed to be NA? If it is, all I can say that had I read this book as a new adult I would have been seriously disturbed by it. As it is now I am just annoyed and will move on as quickly as possible. The couple of books by Mia Sheridan I have still lined up to be read will be put on the backburner for now.

Afterthought: If you need a FB group to explain what happened in your book and inform people about what is what, who is who and what is real, then you have done something wrong.

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Strong side by Alison Hendricks

Strong Side (Eastshore Tigers, #1)Strong Side by Alison Hendricks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not much into books with a sports theme, but the blurb sounded good enough, so I gave it a try. OK, American football. I know nothing about it and am not interested either, so I was grateful that there wasn’t an enormous amount of shop talk.

This was low angst – amazing, considering that it seems gay and football don’t go well together. On the one hand it was quite relaxing to read a book where the focus was on the two MCs and no outside interference, on the other hand it struck me as a little odd, that all the problematic areas were solved in such an easy way. Gay football players – all good including rainbows. Homophobe team mates – hardly any, or at least they kept quiet. Ambitious father – turns around quickly. Jason had a lot of problems with the way his life was going, but those were solved in a flash. Derek and his painful past – eventually talked about and gotten over with.

I liked the connection between Derek and Jason and that for the most part there was not much of miscommunication and misunderstandings (my bug bears). So, all in all, an easy and comfortable read. The book needs some editing, though.

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Just a bit ruthless by Alessandra Hazard

Just a Bit Ruthless (Straight Guys #6)Just a Bit Ruthless by Alessandra Hazard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I didn’t read the previous book (the two MCs didn’t interest me), but even without knowing Luke beforehand it was clear from the start that he was a fool (and no, I didn’t see any business sense either). Going to the meeting pretending his father sent him was such an idiotic move, it didn’t endear him to me at all. Add the fact that he constantly pouted and used quivering lips to get what he wanted, but at the same time insisted that his young looks did not reflect his true self and you have a guy that was so not my cup of tea.

Over the course of the book I lost my initial respect for Roman as well. He fell for Luke and all his hard ass principles went overboard in a flash. The heartless tycoon exits, the besotted admirer enters. Not fun! At least he was reasonable enough to recognize and acknowledge his own feelings while Luke ran to the therapist demanding to be cured of his Stockholm syndrome! Embarrassing!

As if this wasn’t enough, along comes the daddy thing, something I don’t like at all. All of a sudden Luke needs a daddy and Roman wants to be one – give me a break! The blurb sounded so promising, but then didn’t keep any of it.

The next book’s couple we already got a glimpse of; another one I will skip, I am sure. For me the series has been going downhill from book 3, I am afraid.

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On a murder spree

OK, my binge reading of tacky romance is over for now and I am going into a new direction (for a while).

Apart from finishing my first book for the Romanian Writers Challenge, which I am going to put high on my priority list now, I am starting to read my way through the list of British Library Crime Classics. You can find a list here at Goodreads (not sure though whether it is complete).

I discovered “The Cornish Coast Murder” yesterday on Amazon and found it sounded great (plus, I love the cover, unfortunately the cover is irrelevant on an old Kindle). Two amateur sleuths (vicar and doctor – does it get any better than this), murder at a lonely house on top of the cliffs while a storm is brewing, a Cornish village with a Bobby who is probably riding around on a bike – isn’t it super? For some reason I find detective novels with vicars always very charming; one that I love and that comes to mind immediately is “The Nine Tailors” even though there, of course, the vicar is not the sleuth.

Anyway, British Library Crime Classics: There are a bunch of them available on Kindle Unlimited, so I will start with these.

Have you read any books from that list of classics? Which would you recommend? Do you have any favourites? 

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Just a bit wrong by Alessandra Hazard

Just a Bit Wrong (Straight Guys #4)Just a Bit Wrong by Alessandra Hazard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I didn’t like Tristan in the previous book but he grew on me a little. Zach I didn’t care for at all; why Tristan fell for that unprofessional brute I don’t know. Tristan was surrounded by people who didn’t care about him at all, I felt sorry for him. Admittedly he was a snarky bastard who lashed out, but there are tons of romance heroes (mostly in m/f) like that, so he was nothing out of the ordinary.

Zach disliked him (I wouldn’t call it hate, in my opinion they just rubbed each other the wrong way), his brother thought he was a useless prick and, to top it all off, his assistant calls him a piece of shit and didn’t mind telling that to everyone who was willing to listen to her diatribes. I really hated that bitch. She had a good job which obviously paid handsomely and had nothing better to do than going on about how she needed the money and couldn’t quit (sure, there are NO other jobs out there), interfered nonstop and talked really badly about her employer. A true paragon of loyalty!

Favourite character: Donna. I totally admired her for her calm and composed attitude towards everything.

All in all I wasn’t too thrilled with this book. The very minor BDSM scenes were ok even for people who are not into that, but I didn’t really see how they contributed much to the story. Basically two people fought against their attraction and feelings all through the way to the end, yet still gave in every time and that’s just not my thing.

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Trinity Blue by Eve Silver

Trinity BlueTrinity Blue by Eve Silver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As far as plot and atmosphere go, this 35 page novella leaves some novels that I have read behind. There should be more stories about Daemon and his kind (if there are more like him). Totally intriguing!

Jen and Daemon are great characters that deserve more exploration. I understand there are more books set in the same world as this novella but it seems Daemon is a one time character. Pity really! I loved him, what a handyman (among other things) to have around. For such a short story, it packs a punch.

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