November Round Up

Monthly Mini Review

black and white blurry picture of a dark-haired man's head and shoulders leaning back against a glass shower door.Third Rail by Santino Hassell – B This free collection of short stories is a super hot mmm menage – but it’s not the whole story so don’t expect a resolution or HEA here. It’s more in the way of a prequel I suppose, as Chris, Aiden and Jace get their HEA in Citywide I believe. I have all of Mr. Hassell’s Five Boroughs series on my TBR but haven’t read any of them yet. While I didn’t have any trouble following the story, I expect those who have read the series will appreciate Third Rail even more because the characters will be familiar.

Mr. Hassell had a different style than I’m used to reading – a colloquial language I haven’t seen before but which I nevertheless understand to be authentic. It took a little getting used to but it also gave a particular New York colour to the story and I found it immersive. Which goes to show that moving outside one’s comfort zone and trying new things can often be rewarding. I really must find time to read the earlier books in the series but I have Citywide for review and I’ll definitely be reading about how Chris, Jace and Aiden get their HEA.

September Round Up

Monthly Mini Review

rainy/snowy street/cityscape in purple tonesSecrets in Death by JD Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen – B I always enjoy In Death books to one degree or another so I’d pre-ordered the audiobook and started it the day it downloaded. Secrets in Death is less gruesome than some of the other installments. Sure, Larinda Mars bleeds to death but there is no sexual violence done to her and the villain isn’t quite as twisted as some of them have been.

Susan Ericksen’s narration is always stellar in this series. Her characterisations inform my reading even in print and I hear her voice in my head, especially the Irish lilt she gives Roarke.

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