Review: Inu x Boku SS, vol 1 by Cocoa Fujiwara

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Inu x Boku SS, vol 1
Author: Cocoa Fujiwara
Published: 2010
Genre: Shoujo Manga
Series: Inu x Boku SS #1
Rating: C

On a whim, I got Inu x Boku SS, vol 1 from the library last week. It’s been a while since I’ve read any manga, but I was looking for something quick to read. After finishing this, I’m rather apathetic about the series.

Ririchiyo Shirakiin moves into an apartment building populated with half supernatural beings and finds that her parents have hired Soushi Miketsukami to be her bodyguard. Even though Ririchiyo is annoyed at this turn of events, she finds it difficult to resent the ridiculously positive and kind Soushi. This first volume works to introduce us to the series’ world and all the inhabitants of the apartment building who slowly become Ririchiyo’s friends. Continue reading

Review: The Mistress Deception by Susan Napier


The Mistress Deception
Author: Susan Napier
Published: 2000
Genre: Category Romance
Series: N/A
Rating: C+

The Mistress Deception surprised me a bit, I was expecting more crazy out of the blue revelations à la The Bellini Bride. Instead, this is a fairly decent category romance.

Rachel is a 30-something personal trainer who co-owns a failing security business. After so kindly helping a rich guy, Matthew, out of his wet clothes at a party where she was working guard duty; Rachel is outraged when incriminating photos and a harassing letter show up on her doorstep. Continue reading

Review: Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

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Immortal in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Published: 1996
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mystery
Series: In Death #3
Rating: C-

Immortal in Death is the third book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. After reading this one, I’m thinking about skipping a few books ahead to read some of the later ones in the series. These first few books are OK, but I’m not enjoying them as much as I did the later book I read.

In this one, Eve Dallas is faced with a case that hits too close to home. Her best friend, Mavis, is the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a super model. All the evidence points to Mavis being the killer, but Dallas is determined to do everything in her power to prove she’s innocent.

One of the best parts of this book is that we have less Roarke than in the previous two novels. While this might be a downer for some, I’m not a fan of the man, so it was a huge positive for me. Continue reading

Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews


On the Edge
Author: Ilona Andrews
Published: 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Edge #1
Rating: C

I’m really glad that I didn’t start the Edge series with On the Edge. The hero, Declan, is the first of Andrews’ heroes who just did not work for me. He was a little too much of jerk and never showed any real change in mentality from spoiled rich boy. This especially came out in his reactions toward the heroine, Rose.

Rose has been targeted ever since she flashed white at her graduation ceremony. Flashing is, essentially, an emission of magic that can be controlled and used as a weapon. Different colors signify how much power a person has, with white being the strongest. People who can flash white are extremely rare, so when Rose showed off her flash she unintentionally marked herself as a conquest for noblemen who want to strengthen their bloodlines. Living in “the Edge”, Rose is looked at as an easy victim, so she’s been dodging kidnapping attempts for years. At the same time, she’s also been raising her two younger brothers and working at a crappy job since her father abandoned them. So she really has no time to cater to Declan, the arrogant nobleman who shows up on her doorstep. Continue reading

Review: Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis

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Merry and Bright
Author: Jill Shalvis
Published: 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A
Rating: C

Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis is a collection of three short stories set around Christmas. I don’t normally read holiday setting books, but I picked this one up for the Ho Ho Ho Read-a-thon.

I’ve only ever read one other book by Shalvis and this collection reminded me why I never picked-up another. While the stories aren’t bad, they’re just not my thing. If I read a contemporary romance, I tend to want the conflict to stay at believable levels.The fact that Shalvis seems to think that all her stories need a conspiracy or life and death situation annoys me.

The first story Finding Mr. Right was the best story in the collection.  Chemist Maggie Bell has a crush on the contractor working outside of her office. Even though she knows he’s completely wrong for her, she decides to pursue him for a short term relationship.

Maggie has the habit of spewing out random facts when nervous. At first I liked this, but the character trait was overused to the point where it started to get annoying. Even though Maggie’s wikipedia knowledge started to get on my nerves, I still liked her character. I only wish that Shalvis had stuck with character conflict between the heroine and hero to move the plot forward, rather than going the action/conspiracy route.

The second story, Bah, Handsome, features Hope, a B&B owner, who owes a ton of money to her loan shark step brother. When one of her step brother’s lackeys shows up at the B&B, Hope doesn’t expect to be attracted to the man. This one really didn’t work well for me. Hope was annoyingly stubborn and I honestly didn’t care at all about the relationship. I also really hated how meddlesome her friends were.

The final story, Ms. Humbug, focuses on city planner, Cami, who discovers the man she’s dating is banging the office assistant. Disheartened, she takes up with mayor and long time verbal sparring partner, Matt. Another story that would’ve worked better for me if Shalvis hadn’t taken the action/conspiracy route. While this one wasn’t bad, I thought the characters were the most underdeveloped, compared to the first two stories. Despite this, I still generally enjoyed the lighthearted tone and bickering between the main characters.

Shalvis has an engaging writing style and her characters are fun, so I can see why her novels are so popular. However, she’s not for me.  If you’re looking for a cute holiday read and are a fan of Shalvis, this is probably worth checking out.

Review: Lightning That Lingers by Sharon & Tom Curtis

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Lightning That Lingers
Author: Sharon & Tom Curtis
Published: 1983
Genre: Category Romance
Series: N/A
Rating: C+

Lightning That Lingers is a fun read if you’re in the mood for a corny 80’s romance. And when I say 80’s, I mean the time period that this book was written in is extremely apparent.

Phillip is a stripper with a heart of gold. (No, I’m not kidding.) Phillip is a blue blood, who has turned to stripping so he can save nature. The land on which Phillip’s family home rests is apparently a hotbed for all kinds of furry creatures and he has made it his life’s goal to keep that land out of the hands of evil developers. Even if that means he has to shimmy around naked in front of a lot of women. One night, while shimmying, Phillip spots a woman in the crowd who clearly does not want to be there. Enter Jennifer, the most timid character ever. Phillip is immediately intrigued and proceeds to ask her out the next day.  Continue reading

Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole


A Hunger Like No Other
Author: Kresley Cole
Published: 2006
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Rating: C-

A Hunger Like No Other starts out like a bad 80’s bodice ripper. The heroine, Emma, is chased through the streets of Paris by a crazy man who captures her and then forces her to strip and jack him off in the shower. The crazy man turns out to be our hero Lachlain. He’s been tortured in the catacombs of Paris by a bunch of vampires for the past 150 years and so has a healthy dose of hatred for all things vampire. Which is bad because Emma turns out to be his mate and just happens to also be half vampire. Continue reading