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Friday Mini Reviews #29: Jen Frederick, Georgia Cates & Annabel Joseph

Losing Control by Jen Frederick (Kerr Chronicles #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.

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I really enjoy Jen Frederick's writing, and Losing Control just underlined why. Her characters are real to me, and I not only feel for them, I understand them. Ian and Tiny weren't an exception. The balance of power was done really well, and I loved that Tiny despite her disability (severe dyslexia) and unfortunate background wasn't a pushover. I also appreciated that her and her step-brother looked after each other albeit in an unorthodox way. Ian was scrumptious and kept his jerk impulses under a tight reign *smirks* All in all, a lovely romance novel.
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И очень даже неплохой роман у Джен вышел. Мне всегда её стиль пера импонировал, у неё выходят живые, интересные персонажи, которым очень легко симпатизировать, и эта книга не исключение. Тайни и Иан - хорошая пара, и несмотря на классическую расстановку в стиле Золушки, баланс сил между ними был выдержан довольно хорошо. Вторую книгу буду читать с удовольствием, и вам эту серию советую.

Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates (Beauty #1)

kindle freebie

Synopsis from Goodreads

They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.
Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language. 
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It's not often I read books based in Australia, and on this occasion  a kindle freebie was a lovely surprise. First of all it's based in Australia, and secondly, the main heroine is a singer and songwriter, which I always adore reading about. There are lovely lyrics in this book. It's about a spur of the moment love affair, where both parties know they live on borrowed time, so it was very romantic and very bittersweet. Recommended. I'll be reading more of this author. Plus Australian slang was adorable!
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Мне не часто приходится читать романы, действие которых происходит в Австралии, так что эта книга оказалась приятным сюрпризом, да ещё и сюрпризом двойным, так как главная героиня - певица и песни свои пишет сама, а я безумно люблю читать о всяческих артистах и просто творческих людях. Книга горько-сладкая, так как герои вступают в любовную связь, зная, что у них всего лишь три месяца, а потом они разбегутся в разные континенты. Романтично и нежно.

Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph (Comfort #1)

18+ only

Synopsis from Goodreads

Nell, an out-of-work professional submissive, is desperate to find a job when she meets handsome film star Jeremy Gray at the restaurant where she works. He says he needs a personal assistant, but the work contract he shows her details not organizational duties, but sexual ones. Jobless and homeless, Nell agrees to work for him anyway, on the promise that he will pay for her to finish her college degree when her stint as his “assistant” is complete.

The start of their formal Dom/sub relationship is rocky, but they soon fall into a mutually satisfying, highly sexual routine. They play vanilla boyfriend and girlfriend in public, while Jeremy uses Nell as his kinky comfort object behind the scenes. Then a stalker threatens their secret lifestyle, and their contract may not be strong enough to hold them together.

This book contains explicit sexual content and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM theme and content including spanking, exhibitionism, ménage (m/f/m), group sex.

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 Another interesting find. I love discovering good BDSM writers, and Annabel Joseph was a curious experience. It's just on the edge of being an uncomfortable reading for me, but still very attractive and crazily sexy. Since this book I read quite a few of her novels, and the quality varies. First two books in this series are superb though.  In Comfort Object the hero is a famous actor, who wants an uncomplicated relationship away from the limelight which is why he creates a contract, so both parties would know what they can and can not expect from each other. Of course it doesn't work quite like he expects, but in the end it's a nice romance, where both characters are really intriguing people in their own right. Recommended.
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Интересная для меня находка в жанре романа БДСМ. Несмотря на то, что чтение на грани моего уровня комфорта в этом жанре, герои очень интересные как вместе, так и сами по себе, и искры между ними сыпятся просто феерические. Я прочитала несколько книг этой писательницы, и первые два романа этой серии у неё вышли самые удачные, так что советую. Остальное у неё скатывается в "дарк романс", и я этого жанра не фанат.

Urban Fantasy Audiobook Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Peter Grant #4)

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith


Synopsis from Goodreads
My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame — whatever that is.

Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast. With the new year, I have three main objectives, a) pass the detective exam so I can officially become a DC, b) work out what the hell my relationship with Lesley Mai, an old friend from the force and now fellow apprentice, is supposed to be, and most importantly, c) get through the year without destroying a major landmark.

Two out of three isn’t bad, right?

A mutilated body in Crawley means another murderer is on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil, who may either be a common serial killer or an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man — a man whose previous encounters I've barely survived. I've also got a case about a town planner going under a tube train and another about a stolen grimoire.

But then I get word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans, and inhabited by the truly desperate. If there's a connection to the Crawley case, I'll be entering some tricky waters of jurisdiction with the local river spirits. We have a prickly history, to say the least.

Just the typical day for a magician constable.

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Wow, what an ending, ladies and gents! I'm still processing it...

Since I've been too busy to read these past two months I've been trying more books on audio but only with the narrators that captured my attention straight away. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was one of those lucky finds.

Paranormal Fantasy Joint Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close. 

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Well, I'm actually at a bit of a loss, my dear readers. I did a marathon reread of the previous two books in the series so I wouldn't get confused by any references in The Book of Life, but in the end the re-reads only outlined what I would have noticed anyway more clearly - I think that after a strong first and even stronger second book, the final instalment in the series was all over the place and felt like a right mess.

What do you think, V.?

The Postman Knock #92

Hello, my darlings!
I am mostly back to normal now, and thankfully picked up my reading pace again. Amen to that.

Here is what I've READ:

BURN FOR ME was ah-mazing! Another one from Andrews couple this year that will be one of my favorite reads of 2014. Seriously awesome. MAID FOR THE BILLIONAIRE was a sweet, simple read and I quite enjoy it, because it was a total zone out. DESTROYED was a DNF for me. I think I need to give up on dark romance. I keep trying and trying, and I just don't have stomach for it. At last, BEAUTY AND THE MUSTACHE was gorgeous, poetic, sexy and touching. At some point I had to hold back tears. Please, read it. It's out next week.


It's been a long time


All were recommended by my favorite authors, so I'm looking forward to reading them!

This is it for me. 

Also, Outlander? *fans herself* 
I'm enjoying it sooo much! 

 She is an amazing Clare!

How about you? Have a great Sunday,

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