Review: “The Woman In Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware

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From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read. Continue reading

Review: “Practice Makes Perfect” by Jay Northcote

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Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list. Continue reading

Review: “Te Quiero” by Suki Fleet

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When Ally discovers dozens of naked photos of him have been posted online, he’s devastated and tries to contain the situation, hoping it doesn’t get worse. Only problem is his laptop has died, and Levi Francis—the guy Ally knows doesn’t like him—sees Ally acting suspiciously on the computers in the University’s Physics lab. Ally’s day can’t get much worse.

But after Levi accidentally drops a love letter written in Spanish, Ally returns it and finds his assumptions about Levi are turned upside down. Betrayed and hurt by his ex, Ally knows it’s the worst possible time to start trusting someone but there’s something about shy, glittery Levi that gets under his skin.

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Review: “Guardian” by Jordan Taylor

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On a blustery November day in London, Gavin catches a bus from Waterloo Station to his office. He makes this journey five days a week, year after year, alone. Or so he thinks.

He does not know that his guardian angel accompanies him each day of his life, watching over him—loving him as all guardians must. His guardian’s feelings, however, fall into baser depths. As all guardians know, it is taboo to feel carnal love for a human ward. Such a relationship would not be viable—or healthy. Gavin’s guardian knows this. Lives and breathes this. And yet, to lift Gavin from depression, he is willing to attempt the impossible: to manifest as a human for Gavin and finally meet the love of his immortal life face-to-face.

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Review: “Part & Parcel” by Abigail Roux

 

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Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave-and from each other.

 


 

REVIEW:

This book has me eternally conflicted. I both liked it and … Not.

What Worked For Me
One of the things that I liked was having Eli back… In a way. The whole letters thing reminded me a bit of P.S I love you, and in the beginning I wasn’t sure if it was going to work for me, but it did. Some of the things I read there actually made me choke up a bit. I also liked the idea of the Sidewinders going on this particular adventure. It was more a soul searching kind of thing than an actuall “let’s fight bombs and bad guys and get ourselves almost killed”, so it was a nice change.

I think that in this book Nick and Kelly come off a bit more stable for me. Stronger, if you may. But boy do they have issues… TONS of issues, and they managed to work them out.

What More Or Less Worked For Me

I loved the idea of including both a demisexual and an asexual character. Actually, this was one of the reasons why I decided to pick up this book… I only wish this had been explored a bit more.

I could argue that I never quite saw these things in past books (which could be true, but then… my mind’s blurry… so, there’s that), so this came a bit of a surprise for me. However, I can’t, and won’t argue that it is entirely possible that one doesn’t quite know where one stands until much later in life. Thinking this way, and seeing things from this perspective, I think is much more than possible that both Kelly and Digger realized later on what their orientation was. It’s only that like I said, I would have liked to see it explored in more depth.

Another thing that more or less worked for me was Kelly’s insecurities. I think I know where he was coming from… I think I knew from the beginning, but there were things he did that seemed pretty much like emotional masochism… 😦(view spoiler)

And… I’m sorry, but Nick is still TOO perfect for me. 😦

What Did Not Work For Me

I still have tons of trouble with Nick and Ty’s friendship. There were times here where some of the things they did (particularly Ty) seemed a lot like flirting and it… annoyed me. And the thing is, if it had been with anyone else it just would not have bothered me at all. But everytime he commented on something and Nick blushed… I went on a rage fit thinking about the darn kiss like twenty books ago (and, in a different series!). I get they are friends, and I get they are insanely close… but dude! They would have boned each other if they could have, and that comes off pretty clear in this book! So, i do not appreciate the flirting… Especially not when Zane just stands there and smiles, and… pats their backs! Gah!

On that note… and with all the pain in my heart, I think this book would have done perfectly well without Zane… And funnily enough, I think that would have been good, and perfectly understandable because in the end this book was about the Sidewinders, and Zane… well, he isn’t one.. So bringing him in and having him just there, on the background, was actually a bit painful to read (for me).

Then there’s a couple of plot twists that have me with SO many questions. Questions that were actually answered but… I still have a lot. So there’s that.

So all in all, this was good.. I still enjoy a lot Abi’s prose, and she still writes some awesome hot scenes… because, dude! she does…but I think maybe, I’ll bid farewell to the Sidewinders’ series with this book.

 


 

 

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Review: Please Remember Me by Jacob Z. Flores

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Successful lawyer Santi Herrera couldn’t be happier with the direction his life is taking. Not only is he on track to becoming a partner in his law firm, but he’s planning his wedding to Hank Burton, a south Texas contractor who has made a name for himself despite his humble beginnings. The introverted lone wolf Santi and the friendly, outgoing Hank complement each other perfectly. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, they were hooked, and as far as Santi and Hank are concerned, a happily ever after is their destiny.

But fate deals them a devastating new hand.

A construction accident leaves Hank with severe head trauma and brings him precariously close to death. When he finally awakens, Hank doesn’t remember Santi or the love they shared for the past three years. Santi faces the greatest challenge of his life. Can he respark a flame his lover can’t recall? And can he stop the diverging paths that fickle fate charts between them?

Santi has faith in the love he and Hank shared and in the words his father once spoke to him: “It’s never too late to fall in love. All over again.”


 

REVIEW:

This was a very sweet book, and while some things absolutely worked for me, others didn’t quite much.

Santi and Hank met one weekend. What you find here is the definition of insta love/lust. I guess is more insta lust with incredible chemistry than insta love, but I normally struggle to buy those. That being said, I think that in this book it was nicely worked… If with a bit of disbelief on my cynic self part.

A quick summary of this: Santi and Hank met in San Diego, but Santi is from Houston, so he goes back home after an awesome weekend. They keep in touch, and months later Hank moves to Houston with Santi. They have a great relationship, and they are madly in love, but tragedy strikes when Hank has an accident that causes him severe memory loss. Basically, his years with Santi don’t exist for him. He doesn’t recall a thing, and this breaks Santi’s heart. Now Santi has to work on bringing back Hank’s memories of them together, or make new ones. But one way or the other, is starting from scratch.

Angsty? Yes? Well… No. Not so much.

I was expecting an angst fest, but didn’t quite get it. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when my heart just shrunk, and I teared up a bit, but there was no ugly crying. Half of me is thankful for that, the other half is in a terrible need to go after an extremely angsty book to satisfy the emotional masochist that lives inside me and I rarely let out.

A lot of this book is based on either past memories of the couple or making new ones. I wish I’d seen more of the working through and on the amnesia that hit Hank. I understand the go-with-the-flow approach, and yeah, I agree it was the best thing to do. But still..

What I liked about this book a lot was that Santi realized that if he couldn’t get Hank to remember their past, he could build a new future. It was lovely to see him so giving and selfless. After the initial shock of knowing that Hank didn’t know who he was, he got over it and decided to try to get his man back by having him to fall in love with him again. It was lovely, and very sweet. It was also heartbreaking, given certain circumstances, and where (in time) Hank was right after he woke up from the accident.

Santi’s love for Hank was.. Selfless. It was a rare kind of unconditional love. Hank’s love for Santi shows in two different ways – before the accident, and after the accident. While the sentiment is strong in the end, they are different. They brewed differently. I appreciated that because it shows that there’s no recipe to fall in love, and that even with the same person can happen in completely different ways.

I have two things that didn’t work for me. I guess both are more a personal thing, than anything the author did.

1. I love romances, I do. However, I always struggle with extreme sweetness. I always struggle with showers of love. I felt that at times the dialogues were just SO romantic, that they felt a bit overdone. But then again, maybe that’s the cynic in me speaking. Lol

2. The other one is that the characters seemed way too perfect. They had practically no flaws. Yes, of course Santi lost control a couple of times, but this was under exceptional situations. And of curse Hank’s confusion was not pretty but just like with Santi, this was because of what he was going through. Outside of that specific situation they were living, they seemed way too perfect for me. And truth to be told, I like my characters to be imperfect.

So, all in all this was a good book. My favorite thing was Hank being this bulky guy who loves hello kitty lol 🙂

Sweet book, overall. Maybe too sweet for me, but I know some people who will love it. I think that if you’ve put this off because you fear an angst fest, you’re safe to read. The truly angsty moments are few, and the rest of the book is nice and easy to read.

Thanks to Sheri for reading this with me 🙂


 

 

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