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August 5, 2015

Quick Hits: The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore by Erin Quinn + Hell HathNo Fury by Jamie Brenner

 

These are shorties and are great in-between reads or for when you have an hour (or less) to spare with nothing else to do.



The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore by Erin Kellison | Beyond 1.5
Paranormal Romance | April 12, 2014 | Fire Flower
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If you're planning to read THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE, expect insta-love and canine romance. I ignored the human love story because girls like Lilly only survive in situations like this in fiction novels. If this were real life, she'd be probably be dead by now: Never invite a stranger to you house especially if they're extremely good looking and carrying a machete. Don't let them sleep in your house because they have a machete. And never have sex with them considering you've only known of each other in less than 24 hours. 

On the flip-side, I did love the canine love affair! Who knew hellhounds can be so cute when they're in love? Yes, there be hellhounds in this shorty and they're vicious killing machines. 

The paranormal element I love! It's dark and foreboding, the "end" is near and all Hell's about to break loose. Literally. Erin Quinn's writing was fantastic, insta-love notwithstanding. I felt like I was a fly on the 4th wall, watching and waiting for the story to unfold. HE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE might be a so-so shorty (it would've been better if there was just just attraction and no all out romance), but it did give me an appetite to read more of the Beyond.





The Gin Lovers: Hell Hath No Fury by Jamie Brenner | The Gin Lovers Serial
Historical-Twenties | November 5, 2012 | St. Martin's Griffin

Note: The Gin Lovers omninbus has been released. I chose to read the novel in serial format because my attention span these days isn't in its best form. 

And so it ends. And I didn't love the conflict-resolution, HELL HATH NO FURY, the final installment of the The Gin Lovers serial. It felt too easy. So easy that I wish they thought of the set-up sooner so they could've avoided all the scheming, sneaking, and other things Charlotte and Mae went through in the hands of William. There was no smoking gun, the antagonists were conveniently placed in the scene, but they weren't in the act of bootlegging. Plausible deniability. 

Also, I didn't like Charlotte in the end. She became this femme fatale, and not the badass kind. I'm never a fan of stringing anybody along whether it's for vanity or necessity. 

Even if I'm not satisfied with the ending, I love  THE GIN LOVERS. I particularly love how Jamie Brenner brought this jazzy decade to life with its authentic setting, dialogue, fashion, music, dramatic flairs, and morally conflicted characters. Come to think of it, THE GIN LOVERS is very Gastsby, resolution included (I still can't get over the fact that Daisy got away unscathed). Also, I love how the book was bookended, the novel started with a funeral and ended with another death. It's the perfect ending, don't you think?









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32 comments:

  1. Both sound like decent reads, that Gin Lovers serial has me curious. Seems you've enjoyed each installment!

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  2. Well Boo..things were going strong for Gin Love's series and a meh ending. Oh well, they are still on my list to be sure!

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    1. I still suggest you go for it. The trip to this era is worth it, good ending or not.

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  3. I agree with Kim, boo for the meh ending but at least it was still okay and you liked it.

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    1. It's all good, like I said, very Gatsby. Another novel that I love even if I wasn't crazy about the ending.

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  4. Nay to the insta-love & canine combo, lol :) Aw, I'm sorry the ending disappointed you, girl - I know how much you loved the series...

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    1. Don't discount the canine love affair! It's really cute :D

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  5. I could never do serial, my attention span demands more

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    1. I can't too, I'd wait for the omnibus THEN I'llr ead it as a serial. lol

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  6. The paranormal aspect sounds nice but sorry to hear it was just attraction without the romance that you wanted

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    1. It was too short to pull off a believable love story.

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  7. I might have to try the Gin Lovers. Checking out the omnibus!

    OH and I was thinking I would pass on "The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore" but then you had me curious about hell hounds and their romance. LOL That just cracks me up. :)

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    1. You could if you want to, I don't think it has a direct impact on the Beyond series. It's just one of those side stories in that world.

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  8. Wtf, Braine? The first paragraph of The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore sounds like a fun Saturday night to me, and now you're telling me NOT to do those things? Whatever. A machete wielding stranger was the best sex of my life. lol.

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    1. Hahahaah! Do tell! Was his machete big?

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  9. I have that hellhound story on my wish list. LOL! I'll keep in mind not to take the relationship part too seriously.

    Glad the omnilbus is out now. I'm intrigued by this set of serials.

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  10. I'm glad the disappointing ending didn't' ruin the whole series for you.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I try to keep things in perspective :)

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  11. Not gonna lie, Alex Moore sounds like a hoot. I mean, she must've not gotten those lessons from her mom. So I forgive her stupidity. And yeah, she'll probably not survive a day in real life. Lol!

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    1. Unfortunately, she didn't have a mom so maybe that's it...

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  12. This is why people get killed in horror movies! Haha! Though, sex with a stranger holding a machete does seem fun. Live a little! Lmao! Awesome review, Braine! ;D

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    1. Hahaha I'd be so fucking scared! I'm vanilla all the way, babe!

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  13. Ugh, I really don't get heroines who see a handsome male at their doorstep and then forget about everything else, especially that machete they're wielding. Hot or not, you need to think about your own self-preservation first. I agree if this were real life, she'd be dead by now and probably chopped to pieces. I don't think a sane woman would invite a complete stranger into her home where she would be vulnerable. In any case, I'm glad that despite all the hiccups, you loved the final installment!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  14. Sometimes, short and sweet is exactly what we need! As you said, with an hour to kill, a short story can be just the thing to make us stay patient.
    Great reviews, Braine.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Yup, time passes by quickly if one is lost in a fascinating world... regarless of the events that are taking place.

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  15. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the Gin lovers series, although it's a shame the ending wasn't as good. It's no fun when things get resolved too easy.

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  16. Ahh I never finish the Gin Lovers books but I remember enjoying the first one! Great reviews.

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  17. The canine love affair sounds intersting

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  18. I've read Erin and enjoyed her. Been a while though. That sounds pretty good!

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