Free On KU

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Free On KU
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Between Heaven and Hell (WeHo #14) by Sherryl D. Hancock


Two parallel storylines in this one. Both the romances are great by themselves, but would’ve been much more engaging if each one had their own book. There was enough material in each of the storylines to make a complete book by itself. Of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.

One story is of Sinclair Christensen, an undercover cop on the trail of busting a drug cartel. In the line of her undercover work, she meets River, a nurse, and the two get involved. This storyline had us cringing because Sinclair is married. It had us cringing because of the cheating aspect and because River didn’t deserve to be made the Other Woman. She was really nice.

The second story is of Parker Gaines, a K9 handler, retired because of injury. Married for twenty years, Parker’s wife, Michelle (Chelle) has left her for a much younger woman and Parker is in the midst of a divorce. She is assigned as the media liaison person to Talon Valois, a successful out actress, involved a in project for women and children.

Both the stories are interesting and the chemistry between both the couples is palpable. Both the relationships grab you and the group of supportive friends is really sweet.

This is a great read, but still wish that each romance had got its own book.


Playing with Fire (Playing #3) by Lesley Davis


Strong, mature characters embracing their feelings (good, bad and indifferent). An awfully attractive African-American MC, Takira Lathan. Dealing head-on with stereotypes. Good chemistry. A lovely relationship wherein the MCs talk to each other about themselves, their insecurities, their feelings and even what they like sexually. This book has a lot going for it.

Takira (35) runs a successful restaurant names after herself. But her now-absconding manager has just taken away a bulk of her money, leaving her in a very difficult place. Added to that, without warning, Takira has become the de facto guardian of her nephew, Finn. Dante Groves (49) has literally just driven into town, her erstwhile hometown which she had left because of her ex-girlfriend, Chloe. Chloe systematically decimated Dante’s self-belief and self-confidence before cheating on her. In the aftermath of the break-up Dante, who works as a manager (when she works), travelled around for a couple of years before heading home. First stop on entering hometown: Takira’s, where Dante meets an old friend via whom she meets Takira, and before you know it, Dante is Takira’s new manager and they are sharing an apartment (as roommates).  

We liked almost everything about this book – the pacing, the people, the chemistry – almost everything. The thing that really got a bit much was the whole butch-building, butch bromance, butch baiting and butch defense. There was just way too much belabouring on the butch factor. Yeah, Dante is butch, we get that but that practically became all that Dante is, which was unnecessary, because Dante is more than just her physical appearance.

Despite that strange fixation, this is a lovely angst-free read.   


Daughter of No One by Sam Ledel


A fantasy book with MCs in their very early twenties, this book presents a well thought out world of Kingdom of Venostes (shades of The Lord of the Rings here).

Jastyn Cipher is the town outcast since she is an Odium Child, that is, a child born out of wedlock. She has a difficult life just surviving. She adores her step-sister, Alana, who is suffering from an illness that could end her life soon. Jastyn will do anything to save her sister (a kind of throwback on The Hunger Games sibling love here). The Queen is considered the best healer in the kingdom and Jastyn tries to smuggle into the palace hoping to meet the queen and seek her help in healing her sister. Instead of the Queen, Jastyn meets the Princess. Princess Aurelia is a sheltered royal who dreams of going beyond the walls of the kingdom, who dreams of adventure. She is soft and kind, if a little naïve.

We wouldn’t like to discuss more of the story which is rather involved and has quite a lot happening. The pace seems a little slow in the beginning because there is just so much to introduce and familiarise the reader with. But it moves along fairly well.

Though Jastyn is the titular Daughter of No One, she didn’t impress us. All the daring, strength, emotion and character in Book One (this one is the first of a trilogy) belong to Princess Aurelia. Jastyn’s friend, Coran, also impresses with his loyalty. Maybe subsequent book will add more to Jastyn, but at least this first book belongs to the Princess entirely.

This seems like a promising series. 


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