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Let me say first off that I do NOT typically read detective novels, but thought I would go out of my comfort zone and try something new. That being said....I really forced myself to read this book, there were quite a few times I wanted to put it down but I owed it to the author to see it through to the end. It was NOT because the book was horribly written, the writing flowed nicely, it just seemed a little slow for my tastes. I didn't feel it really picked up until about the last 70 pages or so. I enjoyed the banter between Inspector Garrett & Anthony Maxwell, it elicited a few grins at times. I also liked Archie and his relationship with the other orphans & Maxwell, himself. I also didn't guess who the bad guy was at all...which was surprising, because usually I can. A few things I DIDN'T like: I felt there was an overuse of the word "contraption," maybe it's just me, but I felt the author could have thrown in a few different words besides that one. I've read a few other "steampunk" novels and can usually picture the devices used within those books but had a hard time picturing the ones on this novel. I'm not sure that I would read the next book in the series but if someone were to ask for recommendations for this type of novel, I would probably suggest this to them.
Again, I didn't feel the author did a bad job on the novel and wish I could give it more stars but I'm basing my review on how I felt reading the book. (I wanted to rate 2 1/2 stars but felt that a bit cruel being it's just not my cup of tea).
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This short story reminded me of episodes of "The Twilight Zone." It had an unexpected twist at the end that I didn't see coming, which I love when reading short stories/novellas. Right from the beginning the author grabs your attention. His descriptions of the scenes make you feel like you are there, on that rooftop with Sally. The storyline was easy to follow, word building was good and it flowed nicely. It only took me about 15 minutes to read and I would recommend it to someone who is looking for a psychological thriller type read.
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This debut novel by author Dani Lovell, was fantastic! It had me laughing, crying and cheering on Daniel and Bea. It was sexy, without being overly raunchy, funny, romantic and a little sad at times. The author pulls you into Bea, Clare & Tilly's friendship making you feel like you have been friends with them forever. I felt like I had known those girls for years. I felt like I was reading about my own girlfriends and I. Daniel, oh Daniel...what can I say? He was sexy as hell, without being cocky about it and very sweet/likeable from the beginning. I was prepared for him to be like most men in romance novels you read nowadays but he was a breath of fresh air. Kind, gentle/sweet (when needed), funny and down right naughty when the moment was right. The banter between Bea and Daniel was amusing. It's what really pulled me into the story. I enjoyed how they genuinely enjoyed being around each other, even when there was no naughtiness involved. Usually, when I read a book and the main characters are head over heels for each other right away, it puts me off. In Bea and Daniel's case it just works.The chemistry between them is so tangible and believable.There were a few times that Daniel's dialect slipped to being more British, when he was born and raised in America; But that did not take away from the story. The storyline is easy to follow and the author's writing reminds me of books I've read by Sophie Kinsella and Miriam Keyes. I also enjoyed the ending bit with Tilly's thoughts Luke and her. It was a bit of a cliffhanger (there "story" is kind of a side plot to the main story) but I'm excited to learn more about what is going to happen in the next novel. It was so much more than just an "erotic novel." It would be a fantastic beach read and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for light, fast paced, fun read