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Peachy

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-18

Harper’s books call to me on a level that I cannot ignore and definitely cannot deny. This particular series isn’t as long or evolved as Harper’s paranormal romances but her ability to make me laugh hasn’t dulled any. Franky is a cute character and Eric needs more story devoted to him because there’s potential in there, but the overall continuation of the story is interesting and, like I said, funny as hell. There is only one issue with the book and that is it is short. It is a novella and I expected that but it feels a little unfinished.

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I am hooked. This series just gets better which is exactly what I’ve come to expect from Dark’s work. Raven is a strong female lead who is not only capable of exploring her own emotions but is happy to share them with us. Christian is funny, charming, and annoying in equal quantities and I can’t wait to hear more from him. No spoilers, just wow. Best read via audiobook with Nicole Poole.

Dreamy voice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Margaret’s heart is broken but unable to leave China she immerses herself in her work which happens to bring her in close quarters to Li Yan once more. His jealousy when she starts seeing an American archaeologist confuses her but things quickly become more complicated.
Li Yan really shines in this book and his complex personality, restricted by his work and the Chinese way, pushes through the boundaries. His personal troubles, heartbreak, and work mingle until he can’t see what is before him.
I am really enjoying this series as it gives a rare insight into a culture I know little about but I think Li Yan’s character really makes the story, and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I highly recommend the audio version of this book because Forbes’ voice is a real treat to listen to, combine that with May’s poetic language and you have a winner.

Addictive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I’m a fan of May’s work and I prefer the audio versions read by Peter Forbes who gives May’s beautiful language a melodic voice. His books are usually set In Scotland and the Hebridean Isles but these stories centre on an American woman in China and I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first. I soon changed my mind.

The story unfolds and the detective element is balanced nicely with a hint of romance but not enough to put the book in the romance genre. Margaret is a strong female lead but she has very little power in China where, the moment she opens her mouth, every conceivable faux pas pops out resulting in loss of face for anyone nearby.

Li’s reluctance to get involved with Margaret is palpable but when they’re thrown together, he slowly begins to warm to her. Li’s innate innocence is endearing but his current case takes a turn for the personal.

May’s beautiful description and eye for the aesthetics in life still shines through even though the difference between his portrayal of China and that of Scotland are worlds apart and that is what makes his books so addictive.

Short but sweet

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Molly Harper never fails to entertain me and this story was just as sweet as her usual although a little shorter.

Marianne plans to spend her three-month vacation back in the sleepy town of Lake Sackett but she soon reconnects with her old life and heading back to the city doesn’t seem so sparkly anymore.

The shortness of this story and the lack of depth is a disappointment, but that’s only because I love Harper’s use of wit and it was less apparent in this book. The story was still cute, and the romance was there but I’d love to have heard Carl’s voice in this.

Innocent lives

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

No matter where John goes he always runs into trouble and this time is no exception. Wanting to help a family suffering from a bad neighbourhood he begins to root out the evil but pretty soon he’s the one being questioned and he’s not sure who he can trust.

I’m a big fan of the John Milton series but my favourite of the stories are the ones which involved children. John Milton maybe a hard-arsed killer but there’s still a soft centre in there and the innocent bring it out. Milton is a strangely likeable character and I am kind of hoping he gets some romance further down the line – hint, hint Dawson…

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Blackout

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

When John Milton wakes up in his hotel room, he knows immediately that something is very wrong. Alcohol has been his downfall in the past but after fighting it for so long has he really fallen on the wagon? When he sees the body, his heart sinks and things begin to spiral out of his control and control is something Milton prefers to keep a hold of.
I love this series but I’m not reading it in sync because the audio book came on promotion and I just couldn’t wait. Lucky for me this doesn’t seem to matter too much. Milton’s story is easy to pick up and very easy to become addicted to.

Milton isn’t a hero as such but as killers go, he’s pretty awesome. There’s something innocent about this character that hooks the reader in making him seem like the good guy.
The story is full-on action and poor Milton doesn’t get much chance to be introspective because he’s either taking a beating or giving one but Dawson still manages to instil a sense of vulnerability into this unlikely hero. Watch out ladies, he’s a little like James Bond but with less charm, less bling, and less action in the sack but with the mission in mind the man is focused even if he does ride economy class.

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While You Were Sleeping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Tara’s life is turned upside down when she wakes in her neighbour’s bed. The fact that he has been brutally stabbed to death makes matters worse and Tara does the only thing she can to protect her family; she runs. When the lies begin to flow, it’s hard to know who to trust but the desire to protect her family remains her priority.

Tara is a very ordinary woman with easily relatable conflict within her family but her daughter Rosie’s antics threw me off the scent every time. This thriller tricked me by constantly making me think I could solve the mystery only to dash my hopes and produce new or conflicting evidence. The brilliance of bringing a new suspect into the light at intervals kept the story fresh and interesting. Croft has a unique style, and I found it refreshing.

Sweet and funny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

When Margot’s city life comes crashing down around her in spectacular fashion, she doesn’t realise just how far-reaching the effects will be. As she becomes the laughingstock of the internet, she loses heart but a surprise call gives her another option. The family business funeral home isn’t exactly what she’d trained for but the hot teacher Kyle certainly keeps life interesting.

This romance has Harper’s unique blend of humour and a big dash of emotion making it a great read. Margot is a likeable character and when things go wrong for her, it reminds the reader that we all carry embarrassing stories that we’d rather not go viral. The situation between Margot and her father was a particularly sore spot for me personally but by the end of the book, I felt like I’d taken something important from the story.

Creepy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This is a wonderfully creepy collection and I loved it. The right mixture of atmospheric narration made the stories really shine and the fact that it was free was awesome.