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.
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?