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March 2016 Reads

Yes, this is coming a week late, but it took time to summon up the brainpower to even write a single paragraph about a book. In the end, I reviewed six books, and wrote a paragraph for a seventh.

Megan Shepherd: Her Dark Curiosity: 5 stars
Erica Spindler: The Final Seven: 3 stars: Review
Blythe Woolston: MARTians: 5 stars: Review
Carrie Mesrobian: Cut Both Ways: 3 stars: Review
Megan Hart: Hold Me Close: 4 stars: Review
Robin Bridges: Dreaming of Antigone: 3 stars: Review
Sophie Littlefield: The Guilty One: 3 stars: Review

HER DARK CURIOSITY
When Book 1 in a series is worth five stars, you may hesitate to pick up Book 2. What if the sequel can’t live up to the quality of its predecessor? I needn’t have worried, because Her Dark Curiosity is another smashing read from Megan Shepherd. The novel opens with science, which bodes well for the rest of the story, a battle not to cure but to perhaps manage a violent condition. I’m not sure why Juliet shags Edward, but otherwise it’s a fabulous read that I definitely recommend. (NOTE TO ANIMAL LOVERS: There’s a dog character, and he’s alive for the entire book. There are thoughts against him, though thankfully none of them turn into action.)

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[REVIEW] Hold Me Close – Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira (US & UK: 24th November 2015; AU: 1st December 2015)
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CONTENT WARNINGS: Abduction, child abuse, sexual abuse, statutory rape, miscarriage.

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers. If reading on Goodreads, they’re behind a cut. If reading elsewhere, they’re out in the open.

Until now, I didn’t realise how much I include publishers as part of an author’s brand. But in the case of Megan Hart, I automatically add her Harlequin Mira (and before that, Harlequin Spice) titles to my wishlist. I’m not interested in her Harlequin Nocturnes, and her Penguin Berkley books weren’t for me.

The author has upcoming publications scheduled with Chaos Publishing (her self-publishing arm), Samhain, Macmillan Swerve, and Montlake. So I’m hesitant to add those to my wishlist, because I kind of only want to read the ones in the vein of her Mira books. Which probably makes me a terrible person, picking and choosing instead of wanting it ALL 😉

So for the unforeseen future, Hold Me Close may be the last Megan Hart book with Harlequin Mira. And this is a heart-wrenching number. In case the content warnings don’t give it away, this book is DARK. With a happy ending, though, so romance fans will be fine unless you don’t like to read about soulmates rooting other people.

It’s the attention to detail that makes Hold Me Close so good, namely Effie’s issues with food. Because of various things being put into her meals and drinks during the three years she was imprisoned, Effie’s reluctant to eat anything that she or a loved one hasn’t prepared, or food she can’t see through. She drinks a lot of “clear cola”, which I’ve never seen in real life but I don’t live in the US.

Yet with all the grim stuff going on, the ending seems relatively…easy? The kidnapper conveniently dies, so there’s no big final confrontation. The kidnapper’s child fills in the details as to why Effie and Heath were taken, and why Heath was forced to do sexual stuff and Effie wasn’t. (Which seems bollocks, because if you want a teenage girl to remain “pure”, it doesn’t make sense to trap her in the basement/cellar with a slightly older guy for three whole years.)

So had they not been through such trauma together, would they still have had such a strong bond? Would they find better matches with other people? Effie and Heath each try to have relationships with others, but they end up together, so hooking up with other people was…time-wasting? Delaying the inevitable? It just isn’t a satisfying answer for me. Maybe because of the statutory rape. (If you want to argue that statutory rape “isn’t really rape”, please take your monologue elsewhere. It’s at the very least creepy, and an abuse of power.)

Even though I don’t agree with…well, a lot of things in this novel, I heartily recommend it.

December 2015 Releases

Done with November 2015 Releases? Here are December 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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24th November 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin MIRA (US & UK: 24th November 2015)
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Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape. Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both – and Effie’s not about to let that happen. She knows it’s time for her to have a “normal” relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he’s convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he’s the one she needs. Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Holly Black
Black Heart (The Curse Workers, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Saga (US & CA: 24th November 2015)
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Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the government is the right choice, even though he’s been raised to believe they are the enemy of all curse workers. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and all new secrets coming to light, what’s right and what’s wrong become increasingly hard to tell apart. When the Feds ask him to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he starts to wonder if they really are the good guys, or if it’s all a con. And if it is, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet – on love.

Mira Grant
Chimera (Parasitology, Book 3)
Hachette Orbit (US & AU: 24th November 2015)
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The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built…including the chimera. The broken doors are closing. Can Sal make it home?

J. Kenner
Unwrap Me (Stark Ever After, Novella)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 24th November 2015); Hachette Headline Eternal (UK & AU: 24th November 2015)
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Damien Stark is my greatest Christmas wish come true. Immensely powerful and devastatingly sexy, he can undo me with the slightest touch, and with just one glance, he can see straight into my soul. We both have dark secrets, twisted pieces of our pasts that only the other one understands. Though our fierce love and passion keeps me alive, sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if Damien and I hadn’t met in exactly the way we did. How would my life have been different? Would another man have laid claim to my body and my heart? Or were Damien and I destined to be together no matter the cost?

November 2015 Releases

Done with October 2015 Releases? Here are November 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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11 New Covers (Armstrong, Carr, Driza, Ewing, Fitzpatrick, Hart, Roux, Silver)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: ATONING: 25th March 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: DARKEST POWERS TALES: 26th March 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong, John Ajvide Lindqvist, et al: SEIZE THE NIGHT anthology: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: KILLER INSTINCT (paperback): 3rd November 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: ALL IN: 3rd November 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Bosworth: THE KILLING JAR: 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Amy Rose Capetta: UNMADE (paperback): 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: CHIMERA: 24th November 2015: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: HOLD ME CLOSE: 24th November 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher: NEVER NEVER: PART TWO (paperback): 17th May 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: NOVEMBER 9: 10th November 2015: Buy (US)
Dani Worth: ORIGIN (paperback): 7th April 2015: Buy (US)