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Smashwords book reviews by avis h

  • Introducing Smirke on June 13, 2012

    Introducing Smirke: my first read of Cari's books and I was truly amazed at her portrait of her characters. John Smirke is no doubt a vain, vile, sadsack and a man. That he's redeemable is acceptable. Meet real people with real flaws and men who aren't afraid to bawl (with snotty noses too)and women who have moved away from the sterotypical 'helpless, clueless female' role of the day. A very funny and realistic story. Grab it guys, you'll enjoy it.
  • An Unlikely Hero on June 13, 2012

    Oh, aren't I glad I read the free Introducing Smirke. If I hadn't then I wouldn't have read this, An Unlikely Hero the book continuing John Smirke's story. What a blast. Again no overwhelming generic characters. Nothing but relevant, witty and sensible dialogue. So John's 'died' and gone to . . . nowhere yet . . . he got his one chance to do better and with every misstep, the hole in his heart burns like all good consciences (should) do. Will the love of an innocent maiden who knows her own mind be his salvation? Great read!
  • The Invisible Husband on June 13, 2012

    I have by this time read all eight of Cari's published books. A few I purchased elsewhere other than Smashwords. They are truly awesome. If I have a fave it's Redeeming the Rake. Man, that story will prompt the most hardened sinner to try for redemption. This one, Invisible Husband, is equally as great. The story is fast-paced. The dialogue relevant, as in all Cari's books. The most important thing I find is that this book (like all of the ones I read) does not conform to the standard template of steroidical, tall and handsome hunk of a gent/lord and fine-boned wishy-washy ladies. Everyone has a voice. You hear them, feel with them, laugh with them and even hate some of them a bit. But that's human nature, eh? That's what reading is about, or should be about. Cari's unconventiality in her books are truly the stories all readers
  • Wolf Wedding on June 13, 2012

    Lovely story but too short. Would have loved to see the prince's and Thorvald's relationship blossomed.
  • How to Make an E-Book Cover with Gimp PART 2 on Feb. 09, 2013

    Very easy to follow, very basic. I liked it. Hoping to see the intermediate, advance lessons.
  • Rum: Brothers - Book One on Feb. 09, 2013

    Quite the adventruous saga. Books 1-3. Man, all the sub plots; those freebooter names! hilarious!. If for nothing else, this writer must be complimented for keeping track of all those different characters, keeping focused and true to the finish. I'm giving it only 3 stars 'cause I find a lot of the plots with the brothers' revenge quite infruriating. I bought Boots as well but won't be reading it for a while yet.
  • Redemption on Feb. 09, 2013

    The sequel to Shadow Road. I often wondered with books like these, why aren't they just one book and one price, high or low. Love the plot twists though.
  • To Have and To Hold (M/M Forced Marriage, Rough Sex) on Feb. 09, 2013

    Really, these three books need not be separate. 1 book for a decent and fair price would have been so much better. That said. Not very often does a writer of that time period makes the interesting point of a man defying society and family and publicly acknowledged his affair with another man in that time period--and in a courtroom no less and with his pater there in a leading role no less.
  • Sex Slave To The Desert Prince - The Complete Trilogy (M/m) on Feb. 09, 2013

    A tale that is a bit too trite. I just couln't 'feel' the characters.
  • To Have and To Hold 2: Taken (M/M Forced Marriage, Rough Sex) on Feb. 09, 2013

    see my review for book 1. Same goes for this. this book ends like the end of a chapter. No reason for this to have been a book on it own.
  • To Have and To Hold 3: Bound (M/M Forced Marriage, Rough Sex) on Feb. 09, 2013

    see my review for book 1. Same goes for this. this book ends like the end of a chapter. No reason for this to have been a book on its own.
  • Redeem Me on Feb. 27, 2013

    Like most bad stories ever written, they usually have some potential in them. This one is no different. The more I read, the more convinced I am that a child wrote this. It's so Grade 3. Incorrect grammar, dialogue that makes no sense, and terrible spelling. I dare say when this nascent writer 'comes of age' this story will be revisited and perhaps re-written with some maturity and sense. Don't give up; Redeem Me does have potential.
  • A Life Apart on March 30, 2013

    A riveting story and I do like it. However, the play by play of every moment I didn't think was necessary. Interestingly enough, there's another book 'Storm Over Khartoum' written by Roger Kean, is the exact same story as 'A Life Apart' except that the 'twins' names and other characters' names are different and the story is shorter. What's up with that?
  • Storm Over Khartoum on March 30, 2013

    I have not read this book 'cause I started and found that I just read the same story in A life Apart. Except for the characters' name changing and the story a bit shorter, It's the same story. Not sure what to think of this 'anomaly'. A Life Apart is a pretty good story and would recommend it.
  • Storm Over Khartoum on March 30, 2013

    Roger Kean has already told this story, Storm Over Khartoum in his other book, A Life Apart. The characters names have been changed and the story a bit shorter but they are the same. What's up with that? I thought A Storm Over Khartoum was a sequel of A Life Apart so I bought both books only to find I've just read the story. That said, based on what I've read in A Life Apart, it's a great story and one I'd reccommend.
  • Gaius and Achilles on July 28, 2013

    Really? All I can say is that some people were born to be just readers. I just couldn't connect the dialogue/language to the time period depicted. The story has promise but was quite disjointed. Was the word 'boyfriend' used back then? I enjoyed the video though. 5 stars for it.
  • The Broken on Feb. 17, 2014

    This story shines a glaring light on the uglier side of abuse of aristocratic power -and then the xtreme opposite. Edward Cade is the ultimate English villain and Sheamus, the typical Irish victim. It's a really lovely story, told quite raw yet vindicated by real unconditional love between two men from different 'class' of society. A nice, swift and engaging read.
  • Objects Of His Obsession on March 16, 2014

    I gave this wonderful story 4 stars because of the grammatical errors. Being a stickler for such things I just could not ignore them. (the enormity of the missing apostrophes from the possessives were too much, reading mans instead of man's; there instead of their; etc. interferes with a good reading session). That said, I totally enjoyed the book. The story took place in England (the late 19th century) about a man, who after years of obsessing about a fellow peer, got him-but not the way he would have liked. The story took off from the start, not missing a beat in riveting reading until the end.