Audiobook Review: Syncopated Rhythm by Erik Schubach

Syncopated Rhythm

 

Amber LaLanie burst upon the music scene a decade ago like a ball of fun energy.

Her “live for the day” attitude has hid her insecurity and extreme loneliness in the sea of people around her.

Then she met a production intern, Kylee, who has a way of drawing out the real Amber that lies within.

This is set in the same world as Music of the Soul but is a standalone book.

 

REVIEW

 

This was so good. I wanted to read it, it seem like a nice story but I’m not much of a FF reader so I wasn’t expecting to liked it as much as I did. Amber and Kylee were so lovely. It might be part of a series but it worked perfectly as a stand-alone.

I listen to the audiobook. It had a nice steady pace. I loved the characters, they both were nice but Amber’s insecurities seem so relatable that she became my favorite. It wasn’t as if Kylee was so self-assure. She had issues too, but there was some charm in Amber that got my attention.

The plot was fine. It was a very enjoyable story. I also liked some of the secondary characters and how sweetly the romance was manage. Amber and Kylee were so adorable together, they made such a nice couple.

The narration had some ups and downs for me. There were times when I wasn’t sure which of them were talking, which made things a little confusing. But I did liked the way the narrator’s voice sound so happy at times, it was really easy to connect emotions based on the way the book was narrated.

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Review: The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

The Cybernetic Tea Shop

 

Clara Gutierrez is a highly-skilled technician specializing in the popular ‘Raise’ AI companions. Her childhood in a migrant worker family has left her uncomfortable with lingering in any one place, so she sticks around just long enough to replenish her funds before she moves on, her only constant companion Joanie, a fierce, energetic Raise hummingbird.

Sal is a fully autonomous robot, the creation of which was declared illegal ages earlier due to ethical concerns. She is older than the law, however, at best out of place in society and at worst hated. Her old master is long dead, but she continues to run the tea shop her master had owned, lost in memories of the past, slowly breaking down, and aiming to fulfill her master’s dream for the shop.

When Clara stops by Sal’s shop for lunch, she doesn’t expect to find a real robot there, let alone one who might need her help. But as they begin to spend time together and learn more about each other, they both start to wrestle with the concept of moving on…

 

REVIEW

 

This was nice. I wasn’t really expecting to like it since is not in my favorite genre, but it was really good.

Both main characters were very likable. Even though I liked them both as much, I think Sal was a more interesting character because of her particular origin and it had my attention from the start guessing how would she react to some events or what things might make the reader noticed that she was different.

The plot was good, but I didn’t appreciate some of the events near the end. I kind of hope things would worked different, I didn’t enjoy unnecessary suffer and there were some things that just feel that ways. Other than that, I really liked the book.

Review: Portrait of a Crossroads by Kelly Rand

Portrait of a Crossroads by [Rand, Kelly]

 

Since finding her father’s body at the bottom of the basement stairs, Annette’s been drifting through her days, watching cars pass down the rural Ontario crossroads beside her house. Her brothers have no great ambitions, but Annette remembers a time when she did. She just can’t remember what they are.

Then she meets her neighbour, Sadie, a tattooed, world-weary, newly single portrait artist. Something about Sadie awakens something in Annette — the essence she captures in her subjects, perhaps, or the way the old familiar crossroads seem so fresh and promising from the view out Sadie’s window.

Annette begins to help Sadie, cleaning brushes and filing invoices between long lazy afternoons of conversations and shared silences. Soon, though, Annette wants more from her enigmatic neighbor, and their slowly heating friendship melts into passionate nights. Somewhere along the way, Annette discovers that her lover has illuminated for her, as with the people Sadie paints, not just her essence but her own endless worlds of possibilities

 

REVIEW

 

I’m not really sure about this. I didn’t disliked it but I can’t say I was very interested in the story either. I got attracted by it because of its beautiful cover, but I ended up wanting so much more from it.

Annette was a nice character, so was Sadie, but I don’t think I really got to know any of them. There wasn’t much of a plot development and, if it was consider a romance, I didn’t think it was very romantic.

What I did liked about it, and I don’t know if this was intentional, was a melancholy feeling all along the book. It was a little slow paced but I think it was appropriate for the general emotion I perceived, maybe related to Annette’s grieving although there wasn’t too much information about her relationship with her father.

Review: Spring Tide by Tami Veldura

Spring Tide

 

Cancer is the watercraft-branch of the privatized Zodiac Forces. If you can float a boat, you’ll find Cancer operatives on the water investigating. Whiplash and Cardinal are two soldiers off the coast of Italy, hot on the trail of an ivory smuggling gang.

Instead of ivory, they find a message in a bottle calling for help. It’s ten years old and the case is probably cold, but Whiplash knows a proper adventure when she sees one and Cardinal is along for the ride. It gets personal when the trail leads back to the very smugglers they were tracking. Both Whip and Cards are kidnapped and the woman who threw that message in a bottle: she locked Cardinal in the forward berth of the ship herself.

Was it a trap for the Zodiac women or does the lady pirate want out? Separated from her partner and supplies, it’s up to Cards to keep it together and get herself free. If it means pretending to cooperate, even pretending to fall in love, Cardinal won’t pull any punches.

 

REVIEW

 

I have some mixed feelings about this book. I liked it overall but there were a lot of things that bother me, most of it silly things and not relevant to the plot but they bother me nonetheless.

The plot was good. I enjoyed the conflicts that were presented to the main characters. I wasn’t too fond on Whiplash or Cardinal but there’s this other character that instantly got my attention. She was really interesting and with some bittersweet moments that were very endearing. I did have some problems even with her at the end because she seemed, in some aspects, more naïve than she should be. I understood the circumstances but I still felt that way.

There is a little romance but I don’t think it’s the most important part of the story or maybe I was the one who dismissed it quickly because I’m not really into insta-love kind of relationships.

I felt so distracted by their names, I spend all the reading time wishing they were named something different and I was very confused by all those zodiac names, I get it’s part of a series and the zodiac is relevant to it, but I even ended the book without understanding what was that about.

Overall I liked it, the story was really good. I didn’t loved it but I’m sure I’ll be reading more books from the author in the future.

Review: Heart’s Thaw by Bru Baker

Heart's Thaw

 

As the daughter of the Duke Keering, Lady Helena Alexandra Gertrude Heart is well-versed in propriety. Her purity has never been called into question, and many go so far as to call her frigid.

When a scorned incubus bespells her, Lady Heart must find a way to unlock her inner passions—and her true feelings for her trusted companion, Calliope—or risk an icy death at the hands of the creature’s curse.

 

REVIEW

 

This was short and nice. It was exactly what I was looking for when I choose it. The writing was good and the plot interesting.

I liked both main characters, but there was something about Calliope that made me care a lot more for her. There were lot of things that weren’t told between them, but the feelings were clear enough. It’s length doesn’t allow the story to be more complex, but I was very pleased with it.

Overall it was a very entertaining story, I had a great time reading it.

Review: A Bloody Legacy (HIP Fem Domme Series) by Lily Luchesi

A Bloody Legacy (HIP Fem Domme Series)

 

Give in to the darkness within.
Rebecca Renfield and her best friend Johanna Seward are reopening an old sanatorium to start their psychology practice when Bec discovers old recordings from a John Seward pertaining to someone with her surname. What she finds in the recordings are unnerving, but their new night-shift doctor promises to provide the distraction Bec needs.
Victoria Draconis is a mysterious, beautiful woman who opens doors into levels of pain, pleasure, and submission that Bec had never imagined existed.

 

REVIEW

 

This was nice. I liked some parts of it, not everything, but I got a good time reading it. What I liked was the connections between famous characters that I love, but that’s exactly what keep me a little skeptical the whole time, and at the end I just wasn’t as thrilled about it as I was at the beginning.

The characters were nice, I liked all of them. One of the things that I wasn’t ok about was that I felt like the romantic relationship was too rushed. I would love to see a lot more seduction before something happened and there was something about the main couple that feel a little bit off, maybe the same feeling that everything was too fast to my taste and also I felt Rebecca was pushed too far too soon. The plot was interesting and it kept my attention.

I enjoyed reading it, even with the issues I got. I think I might be find myself reading more books from the author in the future.

Review: Mr Tok by Sadie Swift

Mr Tok (The Inexplicable Adventures of Miss Alice Lovelady Book 1)

 

A murderous attack at Queen Victoria’s Annual Inventor’s Exhibition is the latest in a series by the mysterious Mr Tok. Because of the danger posed to Her Majesty the Government is on high alert.

The secret Department Sir Percival (connoisseur of Cossack Horserider Weekly) and I, Miss Alice Lovelady (seeker after Sapphic love), work for inform us we must forego further aetheric experimentation and put a stop to Mr Tok’s homicidal activities.

But, even with the aid of the dour Departmental liaison, can we also prevail against the offensive capabilities of flightless birds?

 

REVIEW

 

This was a very nice book. I liked the mystery although I was distracter for a few moments, I guess I’ll take the blame on this, because the story was very fun to read.

I’ll admit two things about this. I was kind of expecting some romance here, not that the blurb said anything about it but I was kind of hoping. I did felt a little disappointed but it didn’t lack it completely, at least there is a hint of a future relationship which motivates me to keep reading the next instalments. The second thing I had to admit is, I didn’t noticed it was a series when I got it. It’s not a bad thing, I guess the reasons I explain before might keep me hook to another part of it.

One of the things I didn’t like was that, at the beginning of the book I felt like there was not an appropriate spotlight for the main character, she was just there but I didn’t feel like she was doing anything other than just being there and at times I even second guessed if she was really the main character. Thing got a little better after a while but it was a little bothersome.

Overall it was an enjoyable book, I had a good time reading it and I loved the idea of Alice hair.