A steamy romance novel introducing a sassy female police officer who locks up criminals and always gets her man.
The second book in the “Passion Patrol” series featuring hot cops, hot crime and hot romance. Following the success of “Knockout!”
the drama in “Shannon’s Law” revolves around another feisty female cop – Shannon Aguerri. Moved out from the city after one-too-many maverick missions, Shannon discovers there’s more going on in the sleepy country village than meets the eye. The son of a local aristocrat arouses suspicion of drug crime activity… but his widower father arouses more animal instincts! Could she really mix with the British royal family? Can she risk her heart and career on yet another high risk unauthorised investigation?Can she get justice for an innocent boy? Dare a kid from the gutter dream of being a countess?
I had trouble reading this book. I couldn’t relate to the characters as much as I would have liked. The main problem is that I’m not a UK citizen and as much BBC America I watch, there is no amount of television that can help with the cultural barrier. Figuring out the lingo wasn’t that hard. I’ve actually learned some new slang that I actually really like! It was the chapter set during a cricket game that was an issue.
I didn’t find the relationship between the hero and heroine that believable. The differences in social class isn’t what bothered me, and neither did the age gap. It was just the way the two interacted. It seemed way to fast for them to really gather any thoughts. Most of their thoughts seemed to be about sex, and even though that is good in a romance, I was hoping for a bit more substance.
That said, the second half of the book did show that substance. There is an instance where the trust is questioned and the character’s pull through. I still would have liked more, but I am glad that the fairy tale like beginning had real issues later on.
The sex scenes are steamy and for a person who thrives in reading steamy scenes, there are plenty to read through. I could do with a little less sex, but that is my own personal aesthetic.
In all, it’s not a bad read, but I didn’t really care for it as much as someone else would.
Ava Frost has spent the past three months mourning the death of her brother, Ian, but now she’s facing criminal charges from Department 51 – charges that could put her in federal prison for the rest of her life unless she accepts their “work-release” deal.
She can hardly stand working for the organization she blames for the death of her brother, yet while on the Department 51 base, she makes a chilling discovery… a sentient, complex computer program called Ian 2 has been imprinted with her brother’s anagrams. More shocking, the computer is linked to her brain, sharing the same organic metal as her cybernetic implant.
Department 51 wants her to disable Ian 2, but when an alien craft threatens the Earth, Ava discovers her brother’s computer program may be the only key to deciphering the invaders’ intentions. Can she use Ian 2 to stop the alien invasion? Or will she be forced to save herself when a band of supernaturals try to remove her implant and Ian 2 can’t reach her?
Unlike popular belief, Area 51 is a regular top secret government base. However, the government is experimenting in the otherworldly both in Earth and directly from the stars. The facilities are called the 51s, a ironic joke the government liked. DEPARTMENT 51 is the second book in a series that revolves around the 51s and the main character Ava Frost.
Ava is a strong female character, using her wit and sharp tongue as a means of defending herself. She is a civilian and therefore, there is only so much she can actually do when confronted with a vampire or elf or well, military officials who are human. What I like about her is that she stands by her convictions and doesn’t let a gun or threat sway that opinion. She isn’t physically strong and yet, she gets herself in these type of situations that surprise everyone including herself all because of her personal integrity.
Though I haven’t read the first book SECTION 51, reading DEPARTMENT 51 didn’t feel like a chore trying to understand the characters. The author explained what happened in the first book enough to let the reader be able to deduce what happened. That said, I do plan on reading the first and third book, UNIT 51.
The book is funny, action packed, and an overall fun read that keeps you going. The conspiracy that’s introduced in the first book is woven deeper in the second book and hints at a tasty showdown at the series end. A great read for science fiction or fantasy fans. Since I’m more fantasy than science fiction, this book has really broadened my horizons. Can’t wait to read more from VG Harrison.
Danger from the sky
Former police officer turned deputy governor, Shana Akers, is used to handling high-stakes situations. But after learning that a space shuttle mission about to be launched from her island home may have a shocking secret agenda, she must turn for answers to the man who has challenged her mind and emotions for years.
Scientific genius and space center director, Adam Desai, is a truly self-made man. Found adrift at sea as a baby, he knows nothing about his origins until two VIPs attending the launch force him to confront the truth about his past, changing everything Adam has ever believed about himself.
Faced with a danger that threatens the entire world, can Adam and Shana find the strength to trust not only each other, but the mysterious VIPs whose unusual abilities defy logical thinking? Especially when it becomes clear that they’ll need all of their combined resources to reclaim humanity’s…
From the blurb you would think this book was a Romance with Science Fiction elements. In truth, it’s a Science Fiction with a small dash of Romance. Sex is mentioned, but only mentioned. It is Adam Desai’s discovery of who he is that is the focus of the book.
What I like about this book is that Parv wrote in various character point of views, which brought in the idea that this wasn’t your typical science fiction or romance. You get to see the motivations of the villains (yes, two main villains!) and when you would feel some pity for one, Parv quickly shows personality issues about him that makes you despise him.
The writing is easy to get into and I really would have been done in one day if it wasn’t for being sick. The characters are well developed, both the main two and the other more minor characters (who I wouldn’t say are minor). In the midst of the tension there are laughs. You will want to yell at the villain and wish there was a way that he was stopped after many scenes.
I was literally cheering on the characters and yelling at the main baddie. I’m serious, I was into it. I was so into it, I read 80% of it yesterday. Like I said before, if I wasn’t sick, this book would have been a one day read. That’s how much I enjoyed it. I wonder if more will be written with these set of characters and world. There is so much more that could happen, that I would love to see more.
Christians, you have a new savior.
Don’t worry. This one’s Jewish too.
And his name is Ralph Pincus.
Ralph joins forces with an evangelical sorcerer and a vampire in order to save the world. The reluctant trio must learn the truth before time runs out: Why does destiny’s invitation sound like the garbled death rattle of a child murderer? What is the secret shame of all good vampires? Does accidentally killing a prostitute hinder one’s sexual development?
All those questions and more will be answered when you read Ralph Pincus, Occultist Extraordinaire Book 1: The Introductions.
Warning: This book contains sexually explicit content and graphic language. It is not intended to be read by anyone under the age of 18.
Talk about a quick read. I was able to finish this book in about three hours, give or take time away to bug my two year old. The writing style is simple, but keeps enough description to not get you guessing.
The beginning of the book was a bit crude, but that’s because there’s is sex mostly in the beginning. It didn’t seem that prevalent except to show how one of the main characters needs a life… the other characters are described as well, but in their own separate backgrounds with their own separate issues. This book is literally an introduction to the characters and who the main villain is later on in the series.
That said, the humor is not lost. I found myself laughing up a storm. Especially in the last twenty percent of the book. That last twenty percent is a butt load of situational awkwardness that kept me going and caused me to gush to a friend. I’m thinking of getting the second one just so I can see more of the crazy that was only introduced in this book.
You know that feeling of dread that comes before something happens? Well, that dread is currently present at the moment. I always have it when I’m anticipating something bad will happen. Which doesn’t make any sense because to be honest, nothing bad is going on.
I am happy. I have a healthy two year old who acts like a two year old(ugh) and I have been doing something absolutely exciting! I’m reading and reviewing for payment. Yes, I know that sounds a bit fishy, but I am using my own words and I do read the books. Everything is in my opinion and I don’t see a problem in that as long as I stay true to myself.
The problem is, I think I was a bit rude to the person who is giving me assignments. I emailed him back with an apology, but I still feel like an ass. I hope this doesn’t hinder any future assignments. I’m loving this, I get to do three of my favorite things: reading, writing, and telling people about the books I read. On top of that, I am reading things I probably never would have if I wasn’t asked to. I mean, I understand if I was an ass and lost my chances at other assignments, but it’d really suck.
Aside from that, I think I’m doing well. I still feel that I could do more with my life sometimes, but I believe that’s like most people. I want to be the very people I look up to, I just hope I’m not as much of an ass as I feel like right now.
It’s strange. I had no idea what my worries were until I just typed it down. Interesting. Yet another thing to love about writing. Which, by the way, I haven’t stopped doing.
One of these days.
In a beguiling tale of deception and murder, desire and theft, seduction and betrayal—where nothing is what it appears to be—a man is murdered and an iconic musical instrument is stolen during a gathering at Eliot Sexton’s Park Avenue apartment. The stolen item—an object of desire worshipped by millions—is the key to solving the crime, or so the detective brought in to investigate believes. The murder, however, is not nearly as straightforward as it seems—nor is the theft.
Though the island of Manhattan presents no shortage of suspects—many of them capable of killing to satisfy their appetites—Eliot, a young economic historian and writer, soon becomes the prime suspect. As he draws closer to the truth behind the theft and murder, he also becomes the killer’s next target.
Irreverent, provocative, and utterly unpredictable, Dangerous Illusions is a weeklong polyrhythmic journey into contemporary New York that will keep readers guessing right up to its thrilling conclusion.
It has been a while since I read a book that gave me an intellectual response. I actually found myself trying to figure out what this book is really about. The author begins in a noir like fashion with a murder scene. Unfortunately, there is a slew of architectural depictions of New York buildings, mini history lessons and character backgrounds for seemingly minor characters.
I was forced to sit back and think about what I had just read and came to a conclusion. The book isn’t a mystery, though there is a mystery in the book. The book is actually a social commentary on corruption and how people going through the process of corruption don’t stand up and fight against it.
I’d like to compare the narrator to Nick Carraway from THE GREAT GATSBY (I can’t believe I remember his name after close to ten years). In the GREAT GATSBY we don’t really know much about the narrator unless his background is intertwined with the other characters. Which is the case with Eliot Sexton. It is in this way that the author introduces the reader into being the narrator.
Instead of having a character as the main focal in DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS, Joseph J. Gabriele introduces New York as the main character. Hence the many architectural and historical references of New York.
I never meant to write a mini book report, but this book actually inspired me to do just that. It hasn’t been since college that I was actively excited about tearing apart the book and finding the meaning. If you are looking for an intellectual read, this is a book for you. But, if you’ve been reading pluff and are more of a pluff reader (which I do a lot of), then it’s not going to hurt you if you don’t bother.
..”.fleeting but intense…An often engaging tale of a flickering moment of love during a forgotten war.” –Kirkus Reviews Spring 1951: it is the fiery zenith of the Korean War, a war that the youthful US Army lieutenant Wesley Palm and his men thought that they had won… until the Chinese swept across the Yalu River. Traveling with the million-man army bent on driving back the march of “American imperialism” is Jasmine Young, a Chinese surgeon who has volunteered herself into the war for unspoken, grave reasons. Through a chronicle of merciless battles, freezing winters, and the brutality and hypocrisy of human nature, the two will find themselves weaving through the twists and turns of fate and destiny. Though their love is forbidden, their passion and pursuit of liberty cannot be quenched.
For the first quarter of the book, I was unsure how I felt about it. I wasn’t connecting with the characters and the writing seemed difficult for me to get into. It wasn’t until after that quarter that the book was really starting to get good. The book blurb says that it’s about a love in the midst of a war, and that is seen there, but the love is very limited. I honestly didn’t feel a connection to the hero and heroine’s relationship. Instead, I felt a connection with the heroine.
I honestly think the blurb is a bit misleading. The book itself isn’t about a romance, it is about one woman’s journey from a pampered life to a life where she had to learn to survive. The book is centered on the Communist party and ideologies. There is a constant reminder of this part in the way the American POWs are treated, how Jasmine is treated, and for the fact that the reader gets a mini history lesson in the second quarter (which really seemed out of place).
I found myself cheering on Wes in the POW camp and feeling ache with a certain part of Jasmine’s story arch (I’d tell you, but that is an important part of the story). I would have liked the book more if there was more about Wes’ background or less of the history lesson.