Archive | November 20, 2014

I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas, Molly Harper

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I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas, Molly Harper
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Fantasy/paranormal
Well, I’m new to Half Moon Hollow and the inhabitants but this was a fun read, easy to follow and it didn’t matter that I knew nothing of the history.
I really enjoyed meeting the gang, and what a great mix they are. Gigi’s cooking trials made me laugh, as did Iris’ manic attempts to provide the perfect family xmas, trying to re create a scene that they never actually had. Its something many parents will feel – the pressure to make everything perfect but its pointless – perfection doesn’t exist in real life! Cal too – Iris’ vampire husband and his overly protective position in Gigi’s life was amusing, the constant jumping out and surprise attacks, and the over the top self protection training he arranges for her new job. Its a fun read, with a semi serious point about how stressful xmas can be when its family all together, and instead of aiming for perfection just try to keep everyone reasonably happy is the most to expect.
I enjoyed this little novella, it was an entertaining read and I would love to read more from the gang, but sadly they don’t seem to be available for kindle currently – I hope there are plans to bring them out in the future as its a great series that I think I’d love. I want to know more too about the mysterious vampire that seems to keep cropping up in Gigi’s life, why, who and what does he want.
Stars: Four and a half, a great read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, Jess Dee

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Tastes of Seduction)

 

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, Jess Dee
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

This is a third book but each one is a standalone, though the characters seem to be connected.
Its a hot read, very erotic and sensual and that part worked well but…as a story I felt it was too much packed into too short a time. We hear a bit about how the characters met two years ago, and have been working acquaintances since then, though Noah and Dec have known each other far longer, being on and off lovers many times. Noah would be happy to continue as a couple, but Dec wants the wife, kids and picket fence conventionality that his family expect. Violet has worked with them, doing publicity for their business, for two years, and she was attracted to both right from the start but then Dec met her best friend..Once they started a relationship she stepped back.
Most of the action takes place on the weekend at the hotel, with a little happening after their return. That works as an erotic novella, but I really like more of a story, more beginning, more of how they first get attracted etc. I’m not really a fan of novellas or short stories, and though this is about 190 pages it still feels like a short, a vignette of their relationship, a snippet of time covering just the essential moments when they all finally get together. The heat is definitely high, with some very steamy encounters between all three, and for readers who just want that this will be five stars. I wanted more though, more story, more background to set the weekend against and a slower build up. That’s just me though as ever, and it is a good read, just not quite what I’d hoped for.
Stars: three and a half ( five for heat, two for story)
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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