Monday, May 22, 2017

Abducted (The Twin Moons of Andove #1) by Cassandra Logan


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I have no idea what is was thinking when I read Abducted the first time, because the note that I wrote at the end makes no sense to me because when I went back to skim the book, to refresh my memory, I found myself reading it completely again. My note simply said there were no edits jumping out to ruin the story and that nothing in the story really stood out as interesting. I can honestly say the first part is spot on, I found no edits which makes me happier than anything, however, there were a lot of interesting things that jumped out at me.

I found it interesting that the author didn’t come up with more sci-fi like names. Cassandra used names like Zeke and Anika although Dax and Ajax sound like plausible names for aliens but then again, I have not met any aliens, but it is on my bucket list, so it is rather unfair to say what is plausible and what is not. I mean Zeke makes me think of a red-neck farmer riding a big tractor not a computer geek alien; while Sasha makes me think of a foreign spy or an opera singer and not an attorney.

The characters themselves were interesting but I think I really liked Sasha and Dax better for some reason. Don’t get me wrong the lead characters, Zeke and Anika are mostly likable and their bedroom scene were steam worthy but their friends were a bit more entertaining to read about when not reading the bedroom scenes especially Dax, he really knew how to push people’s buttons to get a major rise out of them. What I can’t decide is whether he has a self-preservation filter or not after the beating he got from Zeke, maybe the next book in the series will tell us.

Over all I liked Abducted and it was really nice to read a story and not have it turned upside down and inside out by editing issues so thank you Cassandra Logan. I do plan on getting the other 2 books in the series when time and book allowance grant it.

Quotes

“I have had it up to here with you, pretty boy. You've done nothing but get on my nerves all day. You've purposefully blocked my sun, splashed water on me, ruining my paperback, and now you've eaten all the brownies. I don't care if Anika does want to fuck your friend, I'm going to make you sorry you woke up this morning.”—Sasha

Book Cover Rating
I am not entirely sure how this cover is supposed to fit the book. It is rather interesting though.

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Book's Blurb
Anika's life has finally fallen into place. She has a career she loves, an apartment that, while small, meets her needs, and a best friend that is helping her find someone to spend the rest of her life with, or at the very least someone to have a good time with.

Zeke is only on Earth long enough to make repairs to some salvaged equipment and relax with the local natives. Just a few, short weeks and then he, and his shipmates are on their way back to their home world. Then he catches Anika's scent and his wolf is gone.

Unable, and unwilling, to fight the instant attraction Zeke soon finds himself head over heels, but will the secret he's keeping cause him to lose his mate? Meanwhile, Anika has a secret of her own that could end up having a huge impact on the couple’s future.







Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Bargain Struck (The Heart of the West #1) by Liz Harris


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Ellen lost her husband and gained horrible scar in one horrible wagon accident, now she is a mail order bride hoping her future husband will overlook her scars.

I find it interesting that Connor and his daughter are focused on the surface the rest of their community is most welcoming of Ellen. I should say most of the community because the mangy school teacher and the creepy brother in law care only for themselves and what they want and don’t even care if they hurt those they profess to love. Ellen is pretty brave to pack up and go to a new place, knowing that she will risk ridicule and pity because of circumstances beyond her control, hoping to find a modicum of happiness in her now lonely life.

The begining of the book had a good start and I made past the fifth chapter and then it turned painfully boring and I desperately needed to skip several chapters. I did go back a few chapters to brief read a key scene to explain why Connor thought Ellen did something that she claims she didn’t do. I was amazed that I had actually managed to get the end of this story and extremely happy is was finally over. A Bargain Struck is one book I am wishing I had thought twice about especially in this age of digital books where I can’t trade it in for something else until I find a book worth keeping.

Book Cover Rating
I have to admit when I first saw the cover I felt like the bottom part, with the broken wheel did not fit but then I got thinking that yes it really did and had to start this part of the review over again. The top portion of the cover that I now question because as I sit here typing and gazing at the picture I becomes much clearer to me that the model is not properly attired for the time period of the story and that lighting was used to try and cover this up, so in all honesty I cannot say this cover matches with story in A Bargain Struck.

Book Blurb Rating
I do think the blurb matches the book however I don’t think that Ellen was so much dishonest as not forth coming because withholding information isn’t necessarily being dishonest unless she was asked directly about what she looked like and there was no indication of such a thing in the story but then we come into the story after the letter writing has taken place so I guess this is one of those things left to the interpretation of the reader.

Book's Blurb
Does a good deal make a marriage?

Widower Connor Maguire advertises for a wife to raise his young daughter, Bridget, work the homestead and bear him a son.

Ellen O’Sullivan longs for a home, a husband and a family. On paper, she is everything Connor needs in a wife. However, it soon becomes clear that Ellen has not been entirely truthful.

Will Connor be able to overlook Ellen’s dishonesty and keep to his side of the bargain? Or will Bridget’s resentment, the attentions of the beautiful Miss Quinn, and the arrival of an unwelcome visitor, combine to prevent the couple from starting anew.

As their personal feelings blur the boundaries of their deal, they begin to wonder if a bargain struck makes a marriage worth keeping.

Set in Wyoming in 1887, a story of a man and a woman brought together through need, not love …

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