Now working a bar

Once a Seal Book Cover Once a Seal
Morgan Ranch, Book #2.5
Kate Pearce
romance, contemporary, women's fiction,
Kate Pearce
Kindle

After an eventful career as a Navy SEAL, Jay Williams returns home to Morgantown, California to take over the running of his family's bar. After being rescued from a hostage situation and barely emerging alive Erin Cooper definitely has trust issues... There's only one person who will tell her the truth. Her mystery SEAL might not know it, but he's her last chance...

A Morgan Ranch novella.

We have a romance that is set in the town of Morgan with an ex-Seal – Jay – now running a bar, and recovering from his physical and mental issues from what happened to him on active service.

Erin was a hostage, that Jay had rescued as part of his Seal activities but believes that there was a conspiracy related to her rescue and goes to Jay to find the truth.

A nice novella (free on Kate’s website) that takes you off the ranch and into political manoeuvres and Government cover-ups and secrets.

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From the Kabbalah to now

Unlikeable Demon Hunter Book Cover Unlikeable Demon Hunter
Nava Katz #1
Deborah Wilder
urban fantasy, mythology, romance, humour
Te Da Media
(3 April 2017)

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance-impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare-a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari's induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn't expect is to take her brother's place among the-until now-all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan's exactly what Nava's always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That's as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.
Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

The mysterious world of the Orthodox Jewish religion is revealed – in all its (un?)necessary traditions. We also find out about some of the (supposed) Kabbalah  ideas…

According to Jewish belief, the demons were created on the sixth day in the afternoon. The demons are messengers from hell, their appearance is just like any normal person, but their legs are chicken feet, there are demons whose legs are legs of a goat. The role of demons in our world is to frighten the person, try to damage him, particularly mental damage. (http://www.p-kabbalah.com)

From the traditions (as described in the novel) we learn that King David (Bible’s King of Israel) organised a group of men to fight the Demons that he had encountered, and who lived alongside the human world, mostly ‘glamoured’ so that they could be detected. The Demon Hunters were given the name Rasha, and since the time of King David all Rashas are descended from the original cohort – through the female line of course, but always male. Until along comes a set of twins, male and female, where the male twin is identified by a Rabbi as being a Rasha in training and thus is set to learn how to fight and destroy the various Demons etc.

At the age of 20 all Initiates have their final ceremony and become fighters in the secret army (disguised as a Personal Protection company). Only a hiccup occurs. The female twin get the magic! Oops you might say as never before had there been a female Rasha (but then never had any females been tested so…).

The story of how our female Rasha learns her ‘trade’ and sasses all the Rabbis and other Demon Hunters makes for a fun and enjoyable romp. With a fair amount of eroticism as she is quite a lusty girl! Not to mention that she likes food and alcohol but her ‘work’ ensures that she stays fit and trim!

 

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The herd mentality

The Cows Book Cover The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
humour, contemporary, literary fiction
HarperCollins
April 6, 2017
464

Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O'Porter needs to be talked about. COW [n.] /kaʊ/ A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd. Women don't have to fall into a stereotype. THE COWS is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

Well, not a book for those with a genteel mentality about how life can or ought to be lived by the young and fearless women of today.

It is frank about sexuality and Tinder and one-night stands.  It explains through the medium of a blog why women might not want children and why a single life with a young lover can be better for some women than marriage and 2.5 children.

And it demonstrates just how much there is a double standard when women are caught enjoying their sexuality as against men. And how the herd mentality works against women who don’t live by the conventional rules.

A great book for feminists and young women. We need to tell our young women that pink frilly dresses and blonde curls, and cute button noses and all that are not an essential requirement for success. And that we should applaud those who break the mould and become Chief Engineers and Space Scientists and childless by choice.

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Who is growling?

Leopard at the Door Book Cover Leopard at the Door
Jennifer McVeigh
history, literary fiction, romance
Viking
April 18, 2017
336

"Stepping off the boat in Mombasa, eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith stands on Kenyan soil for the first time in six years. She has come home. But when she reaches the family farm at the end of the dusty Rift Valley Road, Rachel finds that much has changed. Her father has moved his new lover and her strange son into the family home. And Michael, the handsome Kikuyu boy from her childhood, has started to look at her differently. When rumours of violence between the Mau Mau freedom fighters and British soldiers start to grow, Rachel is faced with a terrible dilemma. Can she be her father's daughter, and be true to herself? And what if choosing one means losing the other?"

This is a disturbing tale of innocence under fire. When the colonialists lived their privileged life in Kenya, to their children the life seemed idyllic. The land was fertile. Their parents were rich and lived a life where there was plenty of leisure activities. They had servants and lived in an exotic country where they had freedom and the opportunity to see animals that were normally in zoos, living wild.

They were protected from politics and the harsh realities of life for the non-white population. They truly believed that the land had been empty before they arrived and that they were civilising the ‘natives’ and anyway, the natives loved them.

They were unaware that Kenya had had a flourishing civilisation in the 13th century which had traded across the world including China and Italy. They only saw the current nomads and disparate tribes and languages and made assumptions.

But by the 1950s  the Kikuyu people of central Kenya, wanted their land back. And the Mau Mau was born, its rallying cry the cough of the leopard.

This book takes through this disturbing era of history through the eyes of Rachel, who is 18 when the book starts, and who is returning from a very cold and unlovely schooling in the UK to her home as she believes. We learn of the strikes and the behaviour of the British officials as she discovers them and through her friendship with native Kenyans learns about the Mau Mau and what they have done and why.

Well written and graphic though it is, we need to read about the reality of our legacy and history as Britain began to lose control of its colonies, and the men who were in charge of them.

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Who get punished?

Unpunished Book Cover Unpunished
Gardiner and Renner Thrillers #3?
Lisa Black
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Police procedurals
Kensington
Jan 2017

Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness.

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines—literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today—and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn’t trust at all . . .

Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer-- even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.detective

This story is centred around a forensic examiner who is as nosy as they all seem to be. She (as they tend to be in this genre) is never happy with the easy answer and always finds extra clues.

That said, I really enjoyed this novel. I had not read the previous books about this forensic/detective/killer combination and as a fan of the TV series ‘Dexter’ I was hooked by Renner.

I found both characters believable and the writing had me guessing the ending wrongly – so good for Lisa!

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