Allie’s War Knight, J C Andrijeski
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.
Books in the Allie’s War series by JC Andrijeski: (episodes sold separately, too!)
Rook: Allie’s War Episodes 1-4
Shield: Allie’s War Episodes 5-8
Sword: Allie’s War Episodes 9-12
Shadow: Allie’s War Episosdes 13-17
Knight: Allie’s War Episodes 18-23
War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27
Bridge: Allie’s War Episodes 28-31
New York: Allie’s War Early Years
Revik: Allie’s War Early Years
Terian: Allie’s War Early Years
I love this series, now I’ve got in clear(ish!) in my head I can follow what’s happening so much better. Its still the personal parts and the personalities, rather than the battle scenes and plans that I enjoy best. I tend to skip the plans and battles, just skim reading them * blush* embarrassing…. but I do that with lots of books, wars and how they play out don’t move me but the people involved and what happens to them is really important to me.
Poor Allie; when I look back to book one she’s undergone such huge changes, both mentally and physically. Jon too has changed hugely, and in this book we see more of him and his thoughts. My heart breaks for him at one point – but there’s what came as a big surprise to me later in store for him 🙂 Allie and Revik finally get some time together and I loved that. They’ve had so many problems to overcome, Revik has undergone such a personality change but he feels more like the original Revik now. I love the interaction between him and Allie, they’re a well matched pair, and when we learn snippets from the past, such as when he was watching her when she thought she was just an “odd” human its really touching how he feels about her.
There’s the usual mix of plans working and plans going wrong, arguments and successes, Allie going out on a limb, Revik being his jealous self, more people out to get Allie, back stabbing, treachery, sometimes its hard to work out who really is on the “good” side, but finally I have worked out what the good side is!! It was great to keep up with some of the people I felt I was finally getting to know on a personal level, though even those are full of the unexpected at times. I love when Allie and Revik are together, that’s where their strength lies, and that’s what they need to do for themselves too, after all they seem to have spent more time apart than together, so to finally get them together through the whole book was a real treat. Plus of course it brings some hot sex scenes 🙂
Climatic ending too – not a real cliffhanger but something that’s been brewing for ages and has finally happened. It makes me wonder what JC has in store for the next book, this series is so full of the unexpected, so it’s hopeless trying to work it out in advance. Its a series that’s never dull, never predictable, incredibly complex and yet full of people and events that the reader can believe in. ….don’t try jumping in partway through – I think its one you need to read from book one to fully appreciate it.
Stars: as I said, this gets better and better so full five from me, and that’s from a type of read I never thought I’d enjoy!
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In His Sights, (Don’t Tell, novella),Rie Warren
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This is a M/M romantic novella from the Don’t Tell Series. It’s set in a dystopian future where the world has undergone catastrophe and control, and is kept tightly by The Company. There are rigid rules, homosexuality and freedom are simply not tolerated. Everyone is expected to conform and act as the companies says. The homosexuality intolerance is so rigid that death is the penalty – and only after some severe beatings of course… I rarely read novellas, especially of this type of dystopian society ( usually because I don’t understand the world created, but Rie has kept this one simple and even I could follow it!) but I enjoyed In His Command so agreed to review this story.
As in any society there are anarchists, and here they’re a group of people whole call themselves Freelanders. They live off the land, nurture it, respect each other, and allow themselves freedom to choose how they want to live with minimal rules other than respect for others and safety. The company hates them, regards them as vermin and has a shoot to kill policy – they call it cleaning up 😦
Hawke is one of the freedom fighters, and this begins with him on an infiltration mission, they like to keep the Company on its toes. He gets caught though…and thinks his time is up. However to his surprise the Corporal who has captured him, Mayce, doesn’t kill him, but instead acts on the intense feelings he has when he sees Hawke. That comes as a shock to both, with Mayce knowing if he’s caught its a death sentence. Still, he lets Hawke go and they make plans for further assignations. Its tough, difficult and dangerous, and on the way home from one of their meetings Hawke gets caught…..
Its a great tale of what happens when ideals get corrupted by power, as sadly seems inevitable 😦 From setting out to protect people after the disaster that changed everything the company has become a dictatorial, heavy handed regime, filled with bigots having the time of their lives. I’d be with the Freelanders, I hate that regimented type of society. They aren’t doing any harm, but just by being there the company see them as a threat. They want everyone under their control and so there’s an ongoing war. It’s 100 pages though I don’t yet have price info.
Stars: four – great read, full of fun, romance and things to think about..
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A Betty’s Pledge – Volume One. Emma Husher
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I like well written erotica, the sort that has a story behind it that appeals to me. As this novel isn’t released at time of writing I couldn’t read sample, but looked at description and decided to give it a try.
I’ve mixed feeling about the novel, though the description is apt I found it difficult to quite get my head around the purpose of the group, and just what Bettys and Consorts (the men) get out of it….Hot sex of course, but surely there was more motivation that that? I seemed to get a feeling that the participants were hoping for a full time parter, certainly some of the Alumni and mentors had found theirs that way, and yet that part seemed to be kept quiet, maybe as most of them were so wealthy they needed to protect themselves? I don’t really know and didn’t really find an answer.
Anyway Mady, I liked her, a nice mix of sexy without arrogance, and sensuality without being pushy about it. Her moments of confidence crisis too felt very real, and fitted with what we knew of her personality. I liked the other girls too – and the much needed bitch duo among the Bettys. Every good romance needs some nasties, some bitch personas to keep things interesting.
Then there’s Isaac…he seemed a mix to me of someone on one hand wanting what he saw others have, a partner to trust, rely on, and be close with, and yet on the other his brashness would come out when he’d act in a way that may him seem arrogant, cold and unfeeling, only interested in sex, not the person in the body.
Though I felt the book was slow starting, once it got going it was hot…with some erotic sensual scenes, including f/f and m/f/f and some minor BDSM so it that doesn’t suit take heed. I felt it fitted the story line really well, and worked to show what was happening. I wanted Mady and Isaac to be together, ( I’m a sap at heart!) but their relationship seemed to be one step forward and then two back… and then that ending! Arghh – I hate, hate, hate cliffhangers, and add to that the next book isn’t due til next year. If this were one complete book it would be a five star read from me, but I know I’ll have read several hundred others by time part two is out, and I’ll need to re read ( which is fine, but it means the time I’ve just spent reading is really wasted ) to get back properly into the story. I haven’t at time of writing got price or length info. From time it took to read I’d guess 120 – 150 pages on kindle.
Stars: four. As I said if it was a complete book I’d probably have gone for a five but….cliffhanger + long wait bring it down.
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