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Riding the Storm

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Let me be honest: I didn't pick up this book for the plot or the characters, although of course I hoped those'd be good and/or fun, too. What I was counting on though, was sexiness - either in the form of unresolved sexual tension, or just, well, happy fun sexy times.On the upside, there's a sex scene barely oh ten, tweny pages into the book.On the downside, it made me think 'ick'. This is not really a word I want to be thinking while reading a sex scene so er, stopped reading there and then.If the sex works for you (and it very well might), you may well enjoy the rest of this book. Tastes differ, and all that.
The One That Got Away

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This book simply didn't work for me. I blame this mostly on the way the pov (third all-knowing) kept jumping between the two characters every one or two paragraphs; it's like the way the authors wrote this book together is by taking turns writing a few lines for 'their' character, and then passing on the notebook. If this style doesn't bother you, there may well be plenty to enjoy to this story.
The Blonde Lady

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If you've picked up /Arsene Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes/ (also by Wildside Press) already, this book contains nothing new - the only difference between this one and that one is the translator.Personally, I liked the translation in ALVHS much better; the language used in this translation feels a little old-fashioned and pompous sometimes, and makes for far less comfortable reading (which is - well, I don't read these novels because I have to, so that's a pretty big thing to me. Tastes may vary, though).I gave four stars to the other translation - this one gets two-and-a-half because the stories and the mysteries are still good (or even great); it's just the way they're told that pleases me less.
The Ramal Extraction

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Mildly sprinkled with an Irish accent (which boils down to the character saying Ah instead of I, and sah instead of sir) and heavily sprinkled with SciFi military lingo, this book is excellent if you enjoy the aforementioned elements, but perhaps a little bit less enjoyable if you don't care for them so much.The action scenes, I should add, don't lose a bit in adrenaline levels with all the lingo. There's a kickass, badass and occasionally very alien alien, badass female characters, and lots of camaraderie between the members of the team. A fun, fast read overall, albeit with a trigger warning for Rape as a Backstory for one of the female characters.
First Lady

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If road trips with sullen teens and demonic babies sound like fun to you, this may be the book for you. Not my cup of tea, alas - although the basic premise was fun and interesting, this book just didn't work for me.
The Fuller Memorandum

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This book felt like one I should have loved - it's got geekery, general weirdness of the fun kind, interesting characters, plot ... and yet somehow, it didn't manage to hook me. Possibly, it's just that the first person pov present tense isn't working for me as it should.
Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes

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If you've picked up /Arsene Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes/ (also by Wildside Press) already, this book contains nothing new - the only difference between this one and that one is the translator.Personally, I liked the translation in ALVHS much better; the language used in this translation feels a little old-fashioned and pompous sometimes, and makes for far less comfortable reading (which is - well, I don't read these novels because I have to, so that's a pretty big thing to me. Tastes may vary, though).I gave four stars to the other translation - this one gets two-and-a-half because the stories and the mysteries are still good (or even great); it's just the way they're told that pleases me less.
Blart: The boy who didn't want to save the world

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The occasionally funny story of Blart, an unlikeable boy who'd rather have stayed at home with his pigs than be dragged along on an epic quest to save the world. Also involves, well, everything you see on the cover, plus a description of how goblins like to serve men. Or dwarves. Or whatever else they can get for dinner.If the humor works for you, obviously, this book will, too. For me, the chuckles were too infrequent, although there were a few nice plot twists there at the end (as well as a few not so nice ones).
Match Me If You Can

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Two things kept me from quite loving this book, both of a 'your mileage may vary' variety. The first is the book's treatment of Annabelle's transsexual ex-husband, which seemed a bit awkward at times. The second is the secondary romance, the male lead of which felt like a 'nice guy turned creepy, if only this were real life instead of a romance novel'.Aside from those two elements, I enjoyed this as a fun read, with lots of maneuvring and banter and will-they-or-won't-they UST that does get resolved a bit before the ending of the book, only to have the relationship get a set-back again, as Heath remembers what his dream wife was supposed to look and be like, again.
Otherwise Engaged

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This is, I should say, not a bad book at all, if you like romance novels. The plot is somewhat predictable, but fun enough - I'd probably have gone for three stars if it hadn't been for the small thing that the female lead character sharing a last name with a character in another series by this author led me to believe she might be his mother. (She's mentioned to have run off to get married on an island somewhere, so at first glance, this didn't seem that much of a stretch.) Alas, this turns out not to be the case.If you liked her Troubleshooters Inc series, you may find this one a bit ... dull. If you love Jules Cassidy - nope, unless I missed something somewhere, he's not at all related to Molly Cassidy.
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