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Mini Reviews {2}: What I’ve Been Reading Lately

on May 28, 2018

A few months ago I did the first of these posts where I wrote brief reviews for books I’d read that I hadn’t gotten around to reviewing in full. Sometimes now every book suits a full review so I thought I’d do a few more, given my time is a bit stretched right now.

Undone By You (Chicago Rebels 2.5)
Kate Meader
Pocket Star
2018, 184p
Purchased personal copy

I’m not sure why this is 2.5 in this series rather than 3, maybe it’s a bit shorter than the others, I don’t know. Dante is the General Manager of Chicago Rebels, the NHL team that populates this book. He’s a former player and openly gay, the only openly gay managing executive in the league. Dante is incredibly passionate about his job and he’s also confident in himself and his choices, even though they’ve cost him. He’s attracted to one of his players, Cade “Alamo” Burnett but Cade is younger and definitely not out. They might be able to have one night, but this is definitely not for the long haul. For lots of reasons.

I really enjoyed this. The seeds were sown in previous books and I’m just really liking this series. I don’t read a lot of m/m romance and this is delightfully over the top but there’s also a lot of really serious stuff in there too, such as negotiating being openly gay in what is a very brutal, macho, aggressively heterosexual world. There are plenty of bigots within the league, those who make jokes about backs to the wall when Dante walks into the dressing room. Dante has already been through the painful process of ‘coming out’ both to his family and publicly but Cade hasn’t done either. Dante knows what he wants and it’s not to be hidden away, a shameful secret. But Cade has to make his own choices about how he plans to live his life and Dante doesn’t want to be the only reason why.

This was quite thought provoking as well as fun and a nice addition. I can’t wait for book 3.

7/10

Book #85 of 2018

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)
Robert Galbraith
Mulholland Books
2014, 455p
Read from my local library

I read the first in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, quite a few years ago. I think I borrowed this one from my library and maybe even began it, because the beginning felt very familiar. But I definitely never finished it. However recently, my husband and I started watching C.B. Strike, the BBC adaptation of the Cormoran Strike books. I really like the adaptation – Tom Burke is fabulous (loved him in The Musketeers, which I watched and tweeted with Marg from Marg Reads and Jenna, aka Bookish Belle/BuzzFeed) and Holliday Grainger is great as Robin. We watched the episodes that dealt with the first book and then I went to the library to pick up 2&3 to read before we watched the episodes relating to those.

I greatly enjoyed the story in this one – Strike is hired to find a “famous” writer by his wife and discovers that the disappearance comes at a time where a manuscript he wrote has been shopped around by his agent that pretty much lambasts everyone he knows in deeply obvious and recognisable ways. All of a sudden it seems that there might be a lot of people with motives for making the writer disappear. Once again I didn’t guess the way things went, which was lots of fun. And I really appreciate the dynamic between Strike and Robin.

8/10

Book #88 of 2018

 Career Of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)
Robert Galbraith
Mulholland Books
2015, 492p
Read from my local library

The third Cormoran Strike book and the latest one currently published. I didn’t realise until I read this that it’s been over 3 years since J.K. Rowling published one of these. I think the first 3 came out in 3 consecutive years. Recently I read on twitter she’s apparently just finished book 4, so hopefully that’ll be out late this year or early next and then the TV adaptation can get to working on the next instalment.

This is both the one I found to be the most interesting, plot wise but yet it also felt really long and like it took quite a while to read, which is weird. Robin is sent a severed leg and when Strike is asked if he can think of someone who might do this, he comes up with 3 names and decides to investigate himself. There’s also a lot going on with Robin and her fiancé which dominates the book and a few things are finally revealed. A lot of people out there don’t want Strike and Robin to be anything other than professional colleagues, with Strike teaching her the ways of private investigation and I can understand that. Quite often delving into romance can ruin things – however I loathe Matthew, Robin’s fiancé and he needs to go away. I am into the “do they, don’t they” between Strike and Robin and there are a lot of really emotional interactions in this book, especially when Strike loses it at her for something she does regarding a case. And then there’s the ending. Ugh. I feel for people who read this three years ago and have been waiting to find out what the heck happens. But mostly, Matt you are a huge tosser. Be gone.

8/10

Book #90 of 2018

At The Stroke Of Midnight (Naughty Princess Club #1)
Tara Sivec
Swerve
2018, 261p
Purchased personal copy

I actually requested the second book on NetGalley and read that recently and although it wasn’t really necessary to go back and read the first, I enjoyed the second so much I decided to. They’re quick and really fun. Cynthia, Isabelle and Ariel (aka Cindy, Belle and Ariel…..) are in need of money for various reasons and after a miscommunication decide that stripping and performing at parties might be their best option. And so the Naughty Princess Club is born.

These books are just really funny and not to be taken seriously. What I really like about them is how they find men who don’t want to change them and aren’t bothered by what they do for a living because it’s just that – a job. In this one the chemistry between Cindy and PJ is loads of fun and takes them both by surprise. PJ is somewhat dismissive of Cindy, a housewife and mother of a teenager and that’s all the motivation she needs. There’s a lot of emphasis on the women finding their sexual groove and confidence, as well as letting go of worrying what people think of them and that whole keeping up with the Joneses mentality. I really liked the first 2 and can’t wait for the last one.

9/10

Book #93 of 2018

Beauty And The Geek (Gone Geek #1)
Sidney Bristol
Inked Press
2016, 233p
Freebie via iBooks

This one was just ok – Steven Kipper is a professor and Tamara Roh works in the gaming industry. They’ve been talking (and quite a lot more) online for quite a while without ever seeing each other’s faces. Until something Steven does means that Tamara has to seek him out in person to settle a misunderstanding. The chemistry from online translates effortlessly into real life but the road is not entirely smooth.

There were things I liked about this – their jobs were interesting. Tamara is apparently, “really hot” and also Asian so she gets a lot of “hot token Asian in gaming” comments and attitudes. Men mostly seem to want her for a trophy, not because they appreciate her. She’s very intelligent as well and getting to know Steven without him seeing her face gives her a kind of validation that he’s not just into her because she fulfils a fantasy. Steven also has a physical imperfection that many people have found repulsive and so it’s freeing for him as well to get to know a woman without them seeing his face.

The conflict was a bit lacklustre for me but I enjoyed the gaming world setting. I don’t think I’ll go on with the series though.

6/10

Book #94 of 2018

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One response to “Mini Reviews {2}: What I’ve Been Reading Lately

  1. Great minis!

    The Cormorant Strike books are on my TBR mountain. I’ll get to them some day….

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