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I succumb too easily

Temptation Book Cover Temptation
Bad Angels
by Inara Scott
contemporary fiction, romance,
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pub Date 26 Aug 2019

As close friends and coworkers, attorney Zoe Riva and tech genius Connor Ashton know they can never get involved.

Never.

Ever.

Until a scooter accident lands Zoe in Connor's arms—and his overnight custody—and she starts to see a man she's never seen before. With her career and her heart on the line, Zoe can't afford to take any chances. But when combustible chemistry takes over, even the smartest people in the room can make the biggest of mistakes…

Temptation

A romance about two troubled souls, both nerdy and brilliant but wit troubled backgrounds and difficult family relationships. She is an engineer and a lawyer, (girls please note this possibility), and he is an IT engineer.

They work together and office rules say no romances with co-workers but.. a nice story with good characterisation.

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A rose by another name

Rosalind Book Cover Rosalind
(The Colville Stories Book 1)
Judith Deborah
Literary Fiction , Women's Fiction
BooksGoSocial
Pub Date 01 Apr 2019

"There’s everyone else in the world. And then there is you."

World-class heart surgeon Dr. Peter Sutter runs his life with the instinctive precision of a master of the universe. But when he leaves the operating room, the only living thing waiting for him is a golden retriever. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic woman changes everything.

Exploring the depths of Rosalind's intoxicating body and captivating spirit, Peter quickly falls under her spell. Miraculously, the feeling is mutual. 

But fate is waiting just around the corner. And it might be carrying a lead pipe.

Rosalind is a sensual, witty, moving story about the joy of real love, the surprise and delight of unexpected passion, and the transcendent power of human connection

It took me a while to get into this story as it was written from the male perspective and thinking which was initially confusing for me.  I have read stories written this way before so this was surprising, however I persevered and was glad. The prose improved in style and content and I began to understand the author’s mindset. And it clicked. I saw the rationale for his behaviours as his explanations became clear, and it was in truth a real love story.

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The Red Horseman

War
(The Four Horsemen)
Laura Thalassa
Fairy Tales , Myths & Fairy Tales Low Fantasy
Independent
11 Jul 2019

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp. Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist. However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.

War: 2nd horseman of the Apocalypse

War (The Four Horsemen Book 2)

Now you know that there has to be a happy  ending by default, but getting there can be quite traumatic. Especially here where War is the male in question, and clearly modelled on a Tartar Warlord with Horde. The author says that the languages are based on ancient ones but garbled a little. I confess, I hadn’t even given that a thought. Good job the author knows her languages!

I had been waiting for this book to come out and was disappointed. I had hoped it would be longer , more like the previous ones, and for me, the actions were somewhat repetitive. See a city. Send in the cavalry. Send in the infantry. Sack and rape and loot.

For me a little real strategy would have been a bonus (see  chess or medieval warfare or Sun Tzu); some real sieges; some war engines; some mining of walls etc etc would have added to the story; plus the whole field burning behind the army and so on. It seemed to me that the author had not read enough, or lacked knowledge of, warfare and strategy.

And I didn’t connect with the heroine.

So I am not sure whether to give it a 3 or a 2. Shame.

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Really cold

Eighteen Below Book Cover Eighteen Below
Fabian Risk
Stefan Ahnhem
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Head of Zeus
Pub Date 01 Dec 2017

The epic sequel to Victim Without a Face.

ON A HOT SUMMER'S DAY. 
A car speeds through the streets of Helsingborg. When it reaches the harbour, the driver keeps going, straight into the cold, dark sea.

A BODY IN THE WATER. 
But it is not a suicide. The autopsy reveals that this man has been dead for some time. He was murdered two months ago, and his body has been deep frozen.

TURNS EVERYTHING COLDER. 
As more bodies are discovered, Fabian Risk must hunt a killer with a mission: to preserve his victims, and create the perfect death...

I am not really a ScandiNoir person and don’t usually get on with Scandinavian literature – too dark and mysterious writing as a rule. But not this one. This novel was a major surprise to me and I thought really interesting.

Well written and with twists and turns you cannot guess until you read it.

Yes, you get some hints from the blurb but still the story surprises you and intrigues you, and you keep on reading until you get to the end and the final denouement. The plot was ingenious and well thought through.

I shall look for this author again.

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Let Shakespeare name her

Portia Book Cover Portia
Angelbound Offspring Book 2
Christina Bauer
Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
Monster House Books
(25 Jun. 2019)

Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon.

To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis.

Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield. 

This time, it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires. 

This for me, was more of a novella in length and thus was not long enough to include sufficient originality. It was less complex in storyline than the original novel. Also, author, Brits (males) do not end every sentence  with ‘luv’. I know because my husband calls me this, but only a few times a day, not every time he speaks to me..

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