Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Book Review | HOT Protector by Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Protector (Hostile Operations Team, #10)Hot Protector by Lynn Raye Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the tenth book in the series, so there are complex relationships that have been formed within the team, it was great to be able to revisit this world.  I feel like this is the perfect book to jump in and see if you like the series, Harris has hit her stride, I enjoy her writing style, her heroes are alpha but not so much that they're overbearing. There are appearances by other team members, but there isn't any pertinent information that could be considered spoilers as such. If you haven't tried the series definitely pick this up and see if you like Chase and Sophie's story, chances are if you enjoyed this one, you'll love the other books in the series. If you are an avid reader like myself - this is a great next chapter in the HOT series.

I'll admit, I had my reservations going into this one, I'm not a fan of step sibling relationships, perhaps because I didn't enjoy the ones I've read so far, but after my initial reservations, it felt like a non issue. They weren't brought up together as siblings and don't have that relationship. I loved that this one was so fast paced, the action starts right from the first chapter. Harris teases us again with little tastes of Mendez outside of work. I gotta say I'm really looking forward to finally reading his book.

I would definitely recommend picking this book up, I really enjoyed it.

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Have you tried the series?  Let me know what you think :)

Until next time, happy reading


Thursday, 3 March 2016

Book Review | Island Home by Tim Winton

Island HomeIsland Home by Tim Winton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this was a beautifully written memoir, not exactly what I'd expected, I thought it would be all about Winton, maybe I should've paid more attention to the 'A Landscape Memoir' part of the title! It is a collection of vignettes from Winton's childhood growning up in WA and those places today.

This was an evocative read, I loved the story of the blow hole rock, I felt drawn back to parts of my childhood by the beach, with summer's spent fossicking at the beach and swimming through caves similar to the one Winton describes. I liked his thoughts behind why we like architecture - we've gotten rid of all these amazing natural structures, so we compensate with man made beauty.

I didn't realise that this would focus so much on conservationism and environment, it was a nice surprise but also a sad one, Winton mentions that Australia has one of the highest level of animal extinction in the world. He also mentions the losses Western Australia has experienced to the landscape via over farming and poor land management. I feel like I learned something without being preached at.

This one was recommended to me by a patron at work and I'm really happy that I read it, rather than letting it sit on Mt. TBR.

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Until next time, happy reading.


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