Archive | January 13, 2014

Dirty Deeds (Dirty Deeds, #1). SE Jakes

Dirty Deeds


Dirty Deeds (Dirty Deeds, #1). SE Jakes
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I came into this series late, a couple of books back and to be honest the whole spy/black ops trope has me a bit confused and yet…these bunch of characters keep pulling at me. Tough guys on the surface and yet underneath they have fears and desires, needs and hopes, even though they don’t seem to admit it to themselves. So I have to keep seeing what’s going on, whose met up with who, and how things are going to work out. Guessing is no good – I’m getting it wrong every time 🙂
Up to now Cillain has been to me a bit of a mystery man, I keep finding out bits about him via others, texts, pc etc but the whole man…well here he is in this book and getting a glimpse into how his mind works is fascinating. Throw in mysterious Mal and – well – its dynamite when they both try to work their way round the other, trying to see what the other knows, what the other is planning and who’s really pulling the strings. Its a book where everyone seems to be watching someone, the wrong move means death, quick sudden death, and no-one is as he seems. Well that’s how it seems to me, spook fans may find working out the puzzles easier of course. Still, that doesn’t stop me enjoying the story and wanting to know more…Still, I wish the book was longer, I wish it didn’t end on a cliffhanger – I really, really hate that. I don’t like these “chapter” type instalment books, I want everything in one fell swoop. That would be a five star read.
Stars: four stars, fun book, spies and spice all in one..
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Reaver. Larissa Ione

Reaver (Demonica Novel)

Reaver. Larissa Ione
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I loved the early Demonica series, and the new Bound by Night beginnings but I’ve not read any of the Lords of Deliverance. That proved to be a mistake I think as this books draws heavily on events from those. I found the names and different characters and their histories – spanning some 5,000 years – just too difficult to follow. I’ve always enjoyed Larissa’s style of writing, and maybe if I’d read the L of D series this book would have worked better for me. I enjoyed meeting the Demonica brothers again – always loved their snarky humour and devious ways, but this book had so many others including the leads, Reaver and Harvester, that I didn’t really understand that I couldn’t get into it. It seemed to be endless battles with people I didn’t know, and about characters and events I didn’t understand. It was pretty graphic and gruesome at times too – and I’m a terrible wimp about stuff like that. If I’m engaged with the story my mind slips over too much blood and gore but when I’m not I get hit by it in full flood 😦
Its a typical L.I. novel in that its full of action, complex plots and spicy sex scenes, and I think if you’ve followed and loved the Lords series this will be a hit with you. As always its well written, with realistic characters and multiple story arcs leading to a grand finale. Just not one for me, which was something that came as a shock, as I’ve so much enjoyed her other books I’ve read.
Stars: three. A well written book that just didn’t engage me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley

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