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The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

The Rule of ThreeThe Rule of Three by Eric Walters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked, but didn’t love this book.

In general, the fact that most dystopian books seems to feature teens as the main protagonists is annoying. I’m a 42-year old woman and frankly, I want to read about my age group. Or at least something closer to it.

Adam, our main character, is 16. Though he acts like no 16-year old I’ve ever encountered. He thinks and acts like a grown man and I had trouble reconciling his supposed age with his behavior. The other main character in this book is the 70-something Herb. A “former government worker” who pretty much pulls all of their asses out of the fire repeatedly.

What attracts me to dystopian fiction is the way characters develop and interact during the types of high level disasters portrayed in the the end of the world as we know it circumstances. Character dynamics are important to me and I was glad to see changes and development in Adam and, to a lesser degree, Herb throughout the book.

Adam’s mother was the police chief but she was portrayed as a figurehead, most of the planning and playbook was developed by Herb. It was disappointing not to see her have a more active role outside of being a uniformed mouthpiece.

There was a slight bit of romance between Adam and classmate Lori that was okay though I could have done without.

The entire concept of creating this secure community of over 1600 people seemed far-fetched to me. Herb’s original plan of taking a few hundred people to a farm on the outskirts of town made more sense. I believe that there was not enough attention paid to the conflict and strife there would have been in trying to organize 1600 people, keep them on the same page and prevent infighting. In fact, there was very little focus on the actual hardships caused by the global blackout. The chaos hardly ever reached the community or the individuals that were featured in the book. While I’m all for outside sources providing most of the conflict it was unrealistic that nearly all the conflict in this scenario was from without and not from within.

It ended on a major cliffhanger which annoyed me and while there are more books in the series I won’t be moving forward. Like I said, I liked it but I didn’t love it.

I’ll continue on my quest for a dystopian tale that hits all my hot buttons.

Or I’ll write it myself.

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Crash Into You (Loving On The Edge, #1) by Roni Loren

Crash Into You by Roni Loren

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good read! Though there was a BDSM club involved and D/s scenes it kind of felt like BDSM lite to me. The characters were well developed, both main and secondary. Developed enough that I’ll happily purchase the 2nd book that deals with the hero’s best friend.

The mystery kind of got lost within the personal conflicts and issues of the main characters, there was a rather huge secret revealed near the end of the book that didn’t get the build up or page attention you would expect.

There was a m/f/m menage that, while not my favorite style, was very well done and hot. Overall the smex was quite hot and well written.

Being a character driven romance fan I do wish all of the focus had been on the relationship between Reid and Brynn because heaven knows they had enough baggage between the two of them to fill up several books! 🙂

Over all I liked the book and while not quite an auto buy author for me I’ll be making another purchase.

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The Geek Job by Eve Langlais

The Geek Job by Eve Langlais

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first read by Eve Langlais and while I wasn’t blown away I’ll go back for more.

It was a slow starter – lots of telling and not a lot of showing – and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like Lexie all that much. As she shed the persona she needed to adopt in the beginning of the book I warmed up to her much more. I enjoyed Anthony when he was a beta but not so much as an alpha. Don’t get me wrong, I love my alpha heroes but I enjoy a well written beta. Anthony was that. The change to alpha was rough and abrupt though well written.

Towards the end of the book there were a few discoveries that opened up a world of ethical questions and possibilities for more books. Well done, that.

Overall I enjoyed this read and would recommend it to those who like erotic paranormal romance.

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Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kallypso Masters nearly, nearly lost me with in the first few pages of this book. It was devastatingly sad and I was not happy. I don’t read to be this sad and feel this despondent. And I was a bit skeeved out by the very, very early stages of a May-December romance (Adam’s heroine). Then I thought – wait a sec – someone who is making me feel this deeply this quickly into a book? That’s damn well written and developed.

And I moved forward.

And nearly gave up with the beginning of every story because none of them made me happy or made me feel good. Again, that’s not what I read for. But I was warned by the author’s note, and you should be too. There is nary a HEA to be found and it was, in essence, what felt like an epic info dump. It was a prologue contained in its own book.

Yet I really enjoy this genre and the author really did draw me in to every Master’s story. Each Master was written excellently. Their different levels of needing to dominate, their experience level and their ‘voice’ shone through what I normally would not have enjoyed.

Personally I don’t feel I needed to read this book to enjoy the next in the series Nobody’s Angel however it was extremely well written. For that reason, if you don’t mind prologues and you can deal with no HEA and having your heart broken until each Master’s book then this is for you!

And read my review for her next book, I really enjoyed it and will be going back for more!

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