Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Black Leather and Lace - April Mini Reviews

For April we made a change in our meeting day and time. We are now meeting for brunch on the weekends, this adds a whole new level to our group as pointed out by one of our members. We are all happy! No more group of grumpy women who have just went through long days at work. We were a smiling bunch as we sat down to discuss our books.

Shadow WomanShadow Woman by Linda Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had previously read Shadow Woman when it first came our and suggested it for the group. I thought the whole concept of waking up and not recognizing your own face was a great starting point for a story. Everyone else seemed to think so too. Unfortunately we didn't get to discuss this book in depth since a few members hadn't had a chance to finish it and didn't want the story spoiled. The prologue all captured our attention and those of us who have finished the book have all commented on how the connection to the story surprised us. This bit of information only sparked the interest of those who haven't finished the book.

I enjoyed reading this one.  I am a huge Linda Howard fan and as you can see by my pages I'm trying to read all her work, (not as big an undertaking as the Nora Roberts plan).  Xavier, now has a place near the top of my favorite Linda Howard heroes, he won't be unseating Sam from Mr. Perfect, but he's a great character. Lissette is a great character.  You want to know more about her and you find out as she does.

My only negative point would be that Xavier and Lissette don't spend nearly enough time together.  It isn't until you are almost halfway done the book that they finally meet up and interact.  I didn't mind it terribly, but it just didn't have the same spark as some other Linda Howard Books.

Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassin, #1)Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't remember who suggested this book, but it must have been a group decision. We all liked the book, but it wasn't a big hit with the group.  A few of us are willing to keep reading this series and even go back and read the Alien Huntress Series.  This book is the first in 'spin-off' series.

One of the things we all found hard was picturing what Solo looked like.  Even though Gena gives a good description, we all mentioned that we couldn't really see him in our mind.  For some reason I kept picturing Hell Boy.  What we did like was Solo's 'vow power.'  We didn't really discuss Vika all that much.

I personally like Vika, I thought she was a strong female character in a different way than Lissette was a strong character.  Vika, was trying her hardest to survive in her world while trying to find a way out.  She was willing to risk venturing out into the unknown than staying with what she has known her whole life.  I think the interactions between Vika and Solo were great, the added internal struggle that both of them were dealing with really added to their interactions.  (Sorry I'm being vague, I don't want to give too much away).

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Next month we're trying to branch out a bit more from our strictly romance view points.

I was browsing the Fiction section and the title caught my attention with this book first. One of our members just recently started a job that is similar to that in the story and we thought it would be kind of fun to read something related to her new job. Personally, I'm also interested in the format the book was written in, since it kind of mirrors the format I'm currently using in my novel.

This was another group decision. It's a book we all have heard about have had wanted to read. I can't wait to start this one!

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