Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra ManningYou Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
Narrator: Julie Maisey
Length: 18 hrs, 14 mins
Published by Whole Story Audiobooks on September 7, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Girls like Neve Slater don't get gorgeous guys like William. But William's been in L A for three years, and Neve's been slimming down in preparation for his return. Then her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess then she'd better get some experience - a man to show her the ropes, like Celia's colleague Max. And since he's not Neve's type, she certainly won't fall for him...

Thus far, Sarra Manning’s books have been very much hit or miss for me. I loved Adorkable, but then I DNFed the first book in her French Kiss trilogy and Unsticky. I fell in love with You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me from very early on, and I ended up not getting a whole lot of reading done because I could not stop listening to the audiobook. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a good romance, but it’s an even better emotional journey for the heroine from insecurity to self-acceptance.

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Series Review: Peter Grant, Books 1-2 by Ben Aaronovitch

Series Review: Peter Grant, Books 1-2 by Ben AaronovitchMidnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 9 hrs, 56 mins
Series: Peter Grant #1
Published by Tantor Media on September 28, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

Once again, I’m churning through the purchases I made as I closed out my Audible account. For the most part, I’ve regretted all of those hurried selections, but Midnight Riot I actually liked. Hurrah!

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Cover Snark (239): Girl Made of Snark

Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Shiny and New:

1. A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) – Alyssa Cole

Thoughts: THAT DRESS. THEIR CUTENESS. And I like the giant purple castle way more than I would have expected.

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Review: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Bad Romance by Heather DemetriosBad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt BFYR on June 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Heather Demetrios has continually hit it out of the park with her contemporary novels. (I haven’t read her fantasy, so I have no comment on that.) She combines a powerful voice, a strong concept, a skill with banter, and a deft hand with relationship building and narrative arcs for contemporary novels that really punch you in the feels with both happiness and sadness. Bad Romance departs from the HEA romance arena for a heavy-hitting, unflinching study of a toxic relationship, and it’s Demetrios’ best yet.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (178): The Third Twin; The Address

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Size Doesn’t Matter (178): The Third Twin; The AddressThe Third Twin by Ken Follett
Narrator: January LaVoy
Length: 15 hrs, 1 min
Published by Penguin Audio on July 18, 2017
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
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three-stars

The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie's breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility--identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations. When Jeannie's research assistant, Lisa, is raped, Steve Logan, a young law student who is one of Jeannie's research subjects, is identified in a police lineup as Lisa's attacker. Logan's genetic tests reveal no violent behavior patterns. Then Jeannie stumbles upon the beginnings of a stunning revelation. Logan is unaware of the existence of a criminal twin brother in jail. Jeannie is convinced of Steve's innocence, yet her judgment may be clouded by her growing emotional attachment to him. By now Jeannie's problems are mounting. Berrington Jones, Jeannie's arrogant and intimidating boss, is a world-renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. He and his partners are involved in devious but lucrative negotiations to sell Genetco, their biogenetic research company. Jeannie's research poses a major threat to their impending millions. Jones arranges to have Jeannie fired.
Stunned and feeling helpless, Jeannie doesn't understand why this has happened to her. With Steve and his brother in jail, who is committing these sex crimes? While acting on a hunch that might solve the mystery surrounding Steve and his brother's birth, Jeannie is violently attacked by yet another twin who looks exactly like Steve. Determined to protect her research program and convinced her former boss has something important to hide, a terrified Jeannie has no other choice but to find out why Jones and his partners will stop at nothing to discredit her work.

When I was in high school, I really loved Ken Follett’s books. I read a whole bunch of them, and The Third Twin was one of my personal favorites. When it popped up in the PRH audiobook reviewer email, since it’s only just getting an audiobook, I decided the time to reread had come. As expected, The Third Twin was nowhere near as good as I remembered, but it wasn’t awful, so I guess this is a win?

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