One Giant Leap by Kay Simone

One Giant LeapOne Giant Leap by Kay Simone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very nice, slow-burn romance about an astronaut and his CAPCOM. I picked up the book because the premise sounded interesting. Space exploration is something I find very interesting (and I love sci-fi things), and the idea of a slow-burn, age-difference, long-distance relationship was quite attractive.
It didn’t disappoint: I loved the main characters and the way they seemed to fit with each other, as well as their personalities. I was a bit surprised (and sad) that the mission they were on was actually so short, I wouldn’t have minded if it’d been a bit longer and they’d had even more time to build the kind of relationship they did. I also, quite surprisingly, found myself quite fond of the secondary characters and the way they related with each other and the main characters. Though Amal felt a bit like she was trying too hard, like she just had to be “edgy” in every possible way.
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Though the book was “low-heat”, I felt it quite suited the rest of the writing. I did wish the sex scene was a bit more drawn out, but I didn’t hate the gloss over as it wasn’t really that necessary.

But there were also several things I didn’t like, which is why I’m not rating it 5-stars: The news reports were terribly boring and after a few I just skipped/skimmed through them. The way it sometimes went from past to present in sorta unannounced flashbacks -it only happened a couple times, but it happened- was a bit confusing. I liked the flashbacks otherwise, though.

The book is written in present tense third person, I love third person, but the present tense thing was annoying, and it took me most the book to get used to it to where it didn’t throw me off it anymore.
The fact that it starts with the end is kind of bothersome too. I wish the scene would have been towards the end where it belonged. And speaking of ends, it felt a bit rushed: (view spoiler)

And last but not least, the cheap tack at the end of “if you want the steamy scene join my mailing list”… bad form. Very bad form. If you’re selling your book, sell your book complete/full, and don’t strip things out just to put it “free” (in exchange for an email, so basically, selling it too). Write something new for that.

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Yakuza Pride by H. J. Brues

Yakuza PrideYakuza Pride by H.J. Brues
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was all set up and ready to give this book a 5. I really loved the writing style, the story, the characters, everything (even if at first I had my doubts with all the Japanese words thrown around; there is, after all, a fine line between rightful tossing of foreign words and sounding like you’re writing fanfic, but I feel the author managed a good enough balance, all things given). Anyhow, it was a pretty awesome book, in all.
What finally made me drop one star was the (view spoiler)

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Golden by Joyee Flynn

Golden (Bedtime Stories, #1)Golden (Bedtimes Stories 1) by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What did I just read??
Whut

Just steer clear from this one, unless you want to read it for the WTF value. The prose is awful, the plot is nonexistent, the editing has ran away from the story, and I don’t even blame it.

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Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes

Locke, Stock and Barrel (Vampires & Mages & Weres, Oh My! #3)Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed it like the previous two books in the series, but the other two couples I liked better… even though I really enjoyed the way all three books came together in this third one. 🙂
For such short reads, they were very, very nice!

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A Cruel Harvest by Paul Reid

A Cruel HarvestA Cruel Harvest by Paul Reid
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got this through Goodreads First Reads, and although I’m very grateful, I have to say, I did not manage to finish this book.

Like with some other reviewers I agree that this had a great premise, but as I read on and on I found the characters to be rather bland and boring, and the only thing I enjoyed was the carefulness with which settings were described.
It had more of an angst-factor than I expected it to have (I mean, I expected angst, but not like that), and I also expected more pirate-action, which there was very little off.

All in all it seemed like a good read, but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it even when I was past halfway into it.

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Love is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie

El heredero (Hermanas Featherton, #4)Love is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Puntastic title. You could do so much with the premise of twins, but instead it was… boring. The start was alright but then it made less and less sense on why people just wouldn’t speak the truth. And the ‘heroine’ was just so annoying.

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Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop

Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, #5)Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This books is comprised by four short stories. Two of which happen before the trilogy, one in the middle of it, and the last one after it.
I agree with some of the previous reviewers- it wasn’t “as good” as the original trilogy, but it was just as good in another sense. It’s a slightly less dark and more romantic book, more fill-in between the blanks on things the main trilogy left hanging in the air, and I loved the more lighthearted tone of a couple of the stories, even if they all had dark moments.

It’s still understandable having skipped reading Book 4, but I’m not so sure you would care much for it if you haven’t read the trilogy first.

I must say I’ve fallen in love with most characters on the trilogy, so I’ve been looking forward to all reads related to that. I will be definitely doing my best to find books 4 and 7. 🙂

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