May Round Up

Monthly Mini Review

Marine next doorThe Marine Next Door by Julie Miller – C  (Trigger warning: rape) I bought this one when it was on special recently for 99c.  I love the rescue trope, even though it is becoming increasingly hard for me to find books which give me the payoff I’m after.  Maggie Wheeler is a Sergeant for the Kansas City PD and has recently qualified to apply for her detective shield.  She’s a single mother, with a 10 year old son, Travis.  Former marine and now arson investigator Captain John Murdock moves in next door to her and her son.  Maggie’s ex-husband, Danny, has recently been released from prison for his brutal rape of Maggie a decade before (do the math) and she is nervous of meeting new men.  Even so, Travis quickly bonds with John and Maggie finds herself attracted for the first time since her attack.  The romance moved super fast – this stretched my credulity to breaking point particularly given that Maggie hasn’t had sex with anyone since she was raped for a weekend by her violent (now ex-) husband.  That she had no hang ups about getting intimate with someone after so long, except for a fear she wouldn’t be very good at it, seemed unrealistic. For a mother as protective of her son as Maggie is, the thought that she’d be prepared to move in with John after mere days of being in a relationship was also a bit much (I’m practicing the art of understatement here).

I don’t know how police forces work in the US but I thought that all police officers had to do their time in the field. Maggie is presented as  “desk sergeant” and my impression was that she had not spent any time in the field.  I thought all police officers questioned witnesses, secured crime scenes and assisted detectives.  When Maggie is asked to be on the task force investigating the Red Rose Rapist, she reacts like this is a first.  Maybe I have the way things work in the states wrong but it felt a bit out of place to me. 

Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison, narrated by Sophie Eastlake

Night's Honor audioWhy I read it:  This was one from my own TBL.  The new release is out soon now and I wanted to catch up on the series.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  The Elder Races books are some of the few paranormal romances I still read.  I’ve gone off a lot of PNR compared to my reading diet a few years ago.  I particularly enjoy them on audio because Sophie Eastlake is a favourite narrator of mine.  Here, I think the format left me with a happier experience than would have been the case if I had read the book.

Knowing the Score by Kat Latham

Knowing the ScoreWhy I read it:  I bought this one after multiple recommendations from trusted bloggers. When it came up in conversation again because of a special price, I dug it out of Mt. TBR.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England’s World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he’s eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.

Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world’s worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.

Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  I’m pretty happy with myself at the moment because I’ve just found a new author and she has a BACKLIST!  Squeeeee!  I really liked this book.  The style worked for me as well so I know I will enjoy other books by this author.  This is the first book in her London Legends series and there are two other full length books and one novella available with the next book in the series out in May (and I have bought them all mwhahahahaha).

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