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I like this series. I really really do. It has many faults and flaws, but manages to be charming and fun to read. I am always eager for the next book.
JJ Graves is a really intriguing woman. She has to work hard to over come her PTDS in this book. I like that she wasn't just fine after her near death experience, it gave her a greater sense of reality. She has more depth in this book and warms up on the emotional front as well. She is still engaging and dynamic. I love her playful relationship with Jack. They make a great couple and I really hope they stay together. Having been friends since diapers makes for a real connection between the characters. I felt the love more in this book than the last.
The romance is kicked up in this book. That bedroom door opens up more than a crack!! Still not a full on smexy erotic read, but more detailed than a squeaky clean romance. They are very playful in and out of the bedroom. My favorite type of relationship!
The mystery this time has underlying Aryan Nation themes. It is more on a solvable level, there are loads of holes and missing info still, but I was able to determine real suspects. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the read. It was a stead pace for the action and details were doled out in a timely manner.
The narration is all from JJ's POV, which makes things limited when it comes to understanding other's thoughts and motivations. You don't know what the supporting characters think until they speak their thoughts.
I think there is inconsistency in the way JJ views her relationship with the towns people and what happens. In both this book and the last the people seem to treat her more as a beloved orphan they need to look out for. With the exception of a few people, the townsfolk rally around her and are meddling in the ways of ones who love not hate. I am not sure how she gets the impression they do not like her, I get the exact opposite from comments ad actions.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Laura Faye Smith, who is rapidly becoming a favorite. She does a great job of adding snark and sass to her tone that fits the characters. She does a brilliant job with the rapid fire narration and dialogue. I love a quick read and she delivers speed without losing any quality. Great voices that are distinct and consistent, very important when the dialogue ping pongs and you need to follow who is speaking.
Overall, this is a really intriguing series. The characters and banter go a long way in making the read enjoyable. Even with the issues that come up in the story line, I can't stop listening! The flaws are so easy to overlook because the book is very charming and charismatic. I am definitely addicted and need my next fix! Holy cliffhanger at the end of this one!! Way to drop a bomb!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The perfect mix of mystery, action, crime, and romance!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Every single word had me at the edge of my seat!
What about Laura Faye Smith’s performance did you like?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh, yes it was. But it was great to listen to it in the car to and from work.
Any additional comments?
This is how romance, crime, mystery stories should be written!
As a straight female, I truly appreciate the vivid sexy worded visual of the male character.
In this genre, so much attention is placed on how physically perfect the female face, breasts, skin color, hair, & butt is that the men are essentially forgotten.
I just prefare a little equal opportunity in that department, and Ms. Hart definitely answered my wants and needs in regards to that. Hey, I'm a woman who prefare sexy men, not my fault. LOL
Ms. Hart truly is an amazing story teller and I'm so glade I came across this series! I believe I mentioned before in another review for one of her books how this series made me fall in love with FM romance again!
So, thank you Ms. Hart!!!
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What did you like most about A Dirty Shame?
Great 2nd book to the series
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dirty Shame?
Good story line
Any additional comments?
Good book just seems a bit of a rush at the ending
I really enjoyed the second installment in this series. The character development is good, the mystery fine and there is a nice cliff-hanger ending. These books are short - so I find them easy to read and fit in between more 'meaty' books.