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20 Ratings
Avg - 4.70
Love At Carlyle's (MFMM) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Good book. It took awhile for the main story to get started. There was a lot of set up in the beginning, with Precious, her sister, the sister's boyfriend, as well as Precious' military friend. Because there was so much story set up, I didn't feel like we got to know the heroes enough. They could've been more fleshed out or maybe the book should have been longer to allow their relationship with Precious to build more. It kind of felt like she and the heroes met, then everyone sort of avoided each other, then suddenly they were all making out and professing strong feelings. Once they got together I loved it. I just with there had been more sexual tension and build up. Still, overall this was a good story. I really liked Precious and her self sufficient attitude. I'm definitely looking forward to Essie's upcoming book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/08/2017)
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25 Ratings
Avg - 4.48
A Sip of Pleasure (MFMMMM) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Great book. I'd been looking forward to Cherie's story for a long time. Cherie was great---I really felt for her, trying to make it in New York, struggling to be a successful businesswoman and overcoming a cheating ex. I loved Vincent, as he was the one in previous books to approach her and the 1st to consider changing his life for her. All the men were great but the reason I can't give this 5 stars is that we hardly saw Vylo and Salvatore. I'm sure it must be hard for the author to give time to so many characters, but I felt like I barely knew those 2 heroes and if they weren't there, I probably wouldn't have noticed much. So, that was disappointing because not all of the men felt fleshed out. Still, I loved the gritty, suspenseful, terrorism angle and I'm so happy Cherie got her happy ending.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/24/2016)
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51 Ratings
Avg - 3.45
Claudia's Men (MMF) by Louisa Neil (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Vampires/Werewolves

This reviewer's rating: 1 - Poor

Disappointing. First, the story is set in the 1960's which I didn't realize when I bought the book, and it's not an era want to read about. The time frame wasn't extremely integral to the story, but it was a reference point and it was an immediate turn off for me. It's not contemporary, and it's also not the type of historical I want to read (1700's or 1800's). Second, the relationship between the threesom was hot and kinky, but completely deviod of love and emotion. There was no love that I could see. There was lust and it all seemed very, very cold. Finally, without giving away a spoiler, there was a change in the relationship dynamic between the men and Claudia toward the end that I didn't like. It came out of nowhere and wasn't explained. In fact, the whole book lacked explanation. It read more like an erotic interlude than a fleshed out story. I need emotion with hot scene and reasons for why and what characters do. Unfortunately this book had none of that and left me completely cold.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/18/2016)
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21 Ratings
Avg - 4.62

Good. It was a little weird though, as all the previous books in the series centered around a bunch of friends finding love one by one. This book's heroine, Berlin, was completely unconnected to the other heroines in the series. And the heroes here were only tangentially connected to previous heroes in the series. So, I'm not quite sure if I liked the disconnect or not. I know I was really happy to see Cherie again and am excited to read her book with Venetia's brothers. This book, while fine, felt more like a Solders of Pearl or American Soldier book. Good, but felt out of place or not in sync with the series IMO.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/18/2016)
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18 Ratings
Avg - 4.33

More like 3.5 stars. For some reason, I just couldn't get into this story as much as I did Book 1 of the series. It took me almost a week to read, when it usually only takes a couple of days. I liked Bella and the story started off great, with her still grieving her sister's death and her sister's ex stalking her. But from there, the story got very slow and was fairly boring. Even the serial killer angle (continued from Book 1) didn't hold my attention. The heroes were OK but I didn't feel a great connection between them and Bella except at the very end, when her life was on the line. Speaking of the ending--it was very abrupt. I realize the serial killer storyline will continue in the next books, but Bella's part in it felt rushed and like it was thrown in just because..... I'll continue reading this series but this was not a very exciting or interesting read.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/08/2016)
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7 Ratings
Avg - 4.14
Unexpected Menage (MMF) by Eileen Green (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Good book. It's nice to read a good MMF story. I enjoyed the characters amd the way their relationship grew over a short period of time. Alex was a strong, but loving Dom, a,d I especially liked the way he guided Emma, with the help of Trevor, as she was so new to the lifestyle. It was also great to see Angela, Lawrence amd Wolf again at such a monumental point in their lives---Angela's story remains one of my favorite book, ever. My biggest complaint about the story was how quickly things started. I realize that all 3 characters seem to have been intro'd in previous books, but I didn't read those books. So it was really weird and jarring for Alex to just announce a few pages in, that he wanted Emma and would have her. Likewise, him basically saying he loved her and then later, upon meeting Trevor, instantly those 2 starting something the same night....It all felt too fast. Not enough background or set up--especially since this is a new series. The author shouldn't expect us to know or understand about characters who were introduced in a different series. There was some background about Trevor's relationship with his brother and Emma's friendship with Gwen but...in terms of Alex & Emma? Not enough at all. Still, I did like that despite the quickness of everything, the threesome talked a lot and I felt the emotional connection between them. Overall, a nice story and a series I would like to see continue.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/27/2016)
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31 Ratings
Avg - 4.39
A Shot of Love Potion (MFMMMMM) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

Loved this book. After reading Tequila Sunrise, I remarked on how this series was so different b/c all the heroines were career women, which I loved, and they were all so strong and self-sufficient. Then we get Rose's story. Rose is a struggling artist, not successful yet, mired in debt and unlike all the other heroines in this series, is not particularly capable in terms of business or self defense. And yet, I LOVER HER. She struggled, but she was resilient. She said herself, that she wore rose colored glasses sometimes---something that usually makes me rolls my eyes at a heroine's naïveté---but kudos to Ms. Dwyer, she made it work. Rose not believing she'd ever be touched by violence was totally realistic. I mean, what average person would? Granted her friends seemed to have had some crazy situations, but whatever--I'm going to ignore that lol. My point is, Rose came off as real--just as real as the previous heroines who were successful businesswomen. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved her and "got" her POV. As for the heroes--sigh. Was dying to read about Mercury and was not disappointed. Hot, hot hot. They all were but I loved the control and responsibity Merc had. I even liked his coldness. It made sense. My only complaint is that some the men got a lot more "screen time" than others. Remo had the least to do all story long. Slade also not enough. Even Mercury who was so intriguing from the previous book and opened this one, kind of disappeared for a while. It seemed like Falco and Rome got most of screen time. If anything, I wish the development of the heroes had been more equal, with Mercury deserving perhaps the most time as their leader. Still, a wonderful book that I'm sure I will re-read many times.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/25/2016)
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21 Ratings
Avg - 4.38
Tequila Sunrise (MFMMMMM) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Great book. Loved the Mondave brothers--so hot and domineering. Pina was excellent as well. I loved that she was confident, spoke up for herself, and didn't let even the heroes push her around. She was a great balance of strength and vulnerability. I think the women in this series are some of the strongest and best the author has written. They are career women, successful in their own right. I think it's great and can't wait to read Rose's story with the James brothers!

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/13/2016)
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9 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
Rescuing Their Heart (MFMMMM) by Rose Nickol (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 2 - Fair

Started of OK. There were quite a few implausible moments early on, like the men instantly falling for her from just seeing her picture, and the way they all wanted to touch her and hold her after her kidnapping. Who knew if she'd been assaulted or something? But then there were sweet moments, like Cam taking care of her the night she was rescued. So I initially overlooked the slightly creepy implausibilities until the weird, out of the blue, twists about her family. I didn't get it. It made no sense. And the ending was so simplistic. None of it made sense to me.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/09/2016)
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23 Ratings
Avg - 4.48
Kamikaze Nights (MFMMMMM) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

More like 3.5 stars. I actually loved Louisa. She was a bad ass--smart, confident, and able to handle herself. The heroes, on the other hand, seemed so...vague. They were OK, but I felt like I never got to know them. They didn't have distinct, different personalities, Vaughn in particular, seemed barely part of the story. As for the story/plot...meh. So overall, Louisa was great, but the heroes needed more definition, and the plot would've been more interesting.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/08/2016)
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6 Ratings
Avg - 3.67
Captured in Pleasure (MFM) by Tonya Ramagos (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Romantic Suspense

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Pretty good book. Not sure why some of the ratings for it are low. I enjoyed the heroes, even if they were a little quick to be thinking of the heroine in sexual way instead of the danger she was in. I liked Erika too. She was pragmatic about her situation, but also also didn't just forget about her old life. It was realistic to see her pangs of longing for her old friends etc. The one thing that I didn't like, was the absence of suspense and danger. There was a bit in the beginning and a little at the end, but without that suspense, the book did get boring in places. It needed more action and drama for sure and more plot. Overall though, it was an easy, uncomplicated read.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/06/2016)
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22 Ratings
Avg - 4.36

Good. I liked that the villain was truly evil and actually smart. It made the story more exciting and suspenseful. Looking forward to reading the next book (I assume it will be Jasmine, Dawson and Kent's story.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/29/2016)
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22 Ratings
Avg - 4.45

Loved this book and am really enjoying this series. It's a little lighter than some of the others (American Soldier, Battlefield, Soldiers of Pearl etc.) but it's a nice change of pace. The men are still alpha and many of them are former soldiers, but that's not the focus in this series. I am loving the heroines too. They are stronger with bigger personalities. Giann was great. Smart, super adventurous and a perfect match for the heroes. Also, she is one of DLD's few curvy heroines. I never cared if the heroine was curvy or not, but I was getting tired of DLD's obsession with every previous heroine being described as "petite. petite, petite". It was so overused and weirdly focused on. So it was nice to have Gianna be different. Loved the heroes and the way they supported Gianna. My only complaint is the same one from the last book. The ending was too abrupt with an unsatisfying epilogue/wrap up. Oh, I liked the HEA, but no aftermath from Gianna's ordeal? I wanted more description and emotional insightbut it was like there was a word limit, it was reached so the book had to end immediately.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/16/2016)
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31 Ratings
Avg - 4.61

Great start to this new series! I loved all the characters. Venetia was strong yet cautious. I really liked that even though she'd been traumatized in the past, she wasn't paralyzed with fear. She went out with her friends, she flirted and had a great time with Titan, Ace and Zane when they 1st met. I liked that one set of the heroes had a great 1st encounter with Venetia but Apollo, Roman and Garvan did not. It was a nice twist. I especially loved the growth in Venetia and Apollo's relationship. My only issue was the ending, which was too was abrupt. I wanted more epilogue and more of the immediate aftermath of the confrontation with the villain. Looking forward to the next book--hopefully Cherie's story?

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/02/2016)
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8 Ratings
Avg - 3.75
Emma Makes Her Bed with Three (MFMM) by Kalissa Alexander (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Not one of the author's best. I liked Emma a lot. The heroes were OK but not fleshed out. The love scenes were super hot. The problem was there wasn't much of a storyline and once the initial "misunderstanding" was cleared up early on, nothing really happened except the foursome dating. The ending was completely rushed with a weird family emergency and family secret being revealed. It came out of nowhere and was just....strange. Finally, it must be mentioned that the editing was horrible. The quotation marks were totally screwed up throughout. Some dialogue had quotation marks, some didn't, some were in the wrong place, others were omitted completely. Made it super frustrating to follow. Not the author's fault, but clearly there was no editor for this book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 09/28/2016)
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19 Ratings
Avg - 4.42

This book was more like 3.5 stars. I liked it, but there wasn't much of a plot. It was a very breezy, simple story--there wasn't the usual intensity that I'm so used to from Dixie's books. I loved the heroes, who were strong and demanding. Tessa was OK. I liked her too, but I didn't feel like I completely got to know her. Also. There were a lot of typos--Tessa's ex's name is Jimmy but he was incorrectly called "Johnny" a few times. Also, Coastal was misspelled as "Costal." So that was a bit annoying. Overall, this book was fine, if a bit boring. For me, needed more drama and plot.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 09/17/2016)
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16 Ratings
Avg - 4.31
Audra's Awakening (MMMF) by Laylah Roberts (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Multiple Partners

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Ms. Roberts is a completely new author to me amd I must say, I enjoyed this book, especially the MMFM angle. THE GOOD: 1) I loved all the characters. Audra was complex. Her childhood was so terrible, which the author painted vividly. I really felt for her. The heroes were wonderful and I loved that they each had very distinct personalities. Even the peripheral characters (Audra's sister Kayla, the heroes' friends, etc.) were well written. 2) I liked that it wasn't insta-love--that it took a while for Audra to let her guard down and for the men (Tanner especially) to see past Audra's cold exterior. THE BAD: 1) The story was a too slow, with very little action. While I liked watching the foursome get to know each other, the middle of the book dragged. 2) There were times when Audra came off as almost too emotionally stunted for my taste. Sometimes Audra was like a child (in knowledge, not behavior). During the love scenes, it felt like a I was reading a "How-To" manual instead of a romance. 3) Speaking of love scenes---they were waaaaay too short and very......clinical. Each love scene only lasted a few paragraphs. It was like, wham bam thank you ma'am! They didn't read as emotional or particularly loving. There wasn't much romantic dialogue after the love scenes. No savoring of the moment. It felt cold. 4) Finally, the story could have really used more plot--aside from the foursome's getting together. There was a tiny side story about some thieves that should've added some suspense, but it was pretty much resolved in a couple of pages! I was looking forward to maybe the heroes playing---well, heroes but it never happened. Overall, I will definitely buy this author again. She's great at character development. I do think she could get better at pacing, adding suspense and most importantly, adding some sizzle and deeper emotion in the love scenes.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 09/11/2016)
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19 Ratings
Avg - 4.58
Amber (MFMMM) by Ashley Malkin (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Fantasy, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Vampires/Werewolves

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This book started off as a 4 star book. I felt for Amber and her struggle and confusion over why she was feeling so strongly about Mason, and then later, Lucas, Hudson and Dylan. I liked that the men had to work for Amber's trust. I felt everyone's pain but also the wonder of finding their mate. Unfortunately about halfway thru, the story got really muddled. There was a threat from some obsessed shifter that Amber had only met once before. It seemed very contrived. Then, it just got confusing with the evil shifter working with a demon and kidnapping Amber, one of the Pride's cubs, and another woman. That other woman, by the way, popped up out of nowhere. What was the point of that except to identify her as the heroine of an upcoming book? And why was the baby/cub abducted too? It was never really explained except that I guess it was for kicks? Just a lot of points in the story, from the abduction onward were very confusing. There were times I couldn't really follow what was going on and I started to skim a little b/c it was frustrating. I've read every book in this series but I haven't memorized every character or backstory. A little context from the author would go a long way. Like, who the heck was Sienna? If she was mentioned in another book I don't remember and I certainly wasn't going to drop this book to try to figure it out. So, overall, liked the 1st half of the book, but the 2ndhalf was a bit of a muddled mess.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 09/03/2016)
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13 Ratings
Avg - 4.08
Lexi's Untamed Cowboys (MMF) by Rhea Regale (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

Love, love, love everything about this book. Super hot heroes, good heroine and nice character development. The characters (especially the heroes) sounded like real people (as opposed to fluffy, romanticized people). The men had a great relationship on their own and the addition of Lexi just made it better. I highly recommend.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 08/30/2016)
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4 Ratings
Avg - 4.25
Summer's Wicked Cowboys (MMF) by Rhea Regale (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Great book. Very emotional and hot.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 08/29/2016)
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6 Ratings
Avg - 3.50
The Billionaire Partners Unmasked (MFMM) by Kalissa Alexander (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Super hot book. Pretty unrealistic, but who cares? The story was about fantasies--Elissa's most importantly, but also the heroes'. I do wish there had been a stronger, better plot. There was an insignificant attempt to add a bit of drama with a vengeful ex of on of the peripheral characters, but that was pretty weak. I found myself liking the heroes more than Elissa, even though the men weren't very defined themselves. Elissa was OK, just a bit too wishy washy for me. Overall, I can always count on this author to write a super hot book. I'd love it if she could create deeper plots and characters too.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 08/29/2016)
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19 Ratings
Avg - 4.26

I'd rate this 3.5 if I could. The Good: 1) I really, really liked the way Dixie mixed up the way the the heroes and heroine got together. Lori developed relationships with the men individually as opposed to one big, dramatic love scene. It was different and it gave the reader a chance to see the heroes as individuals rather than just bothers who like to share women. 2) Lori was confident and cautious. She didn't easily give in the the men's demands. She kept things to herself. It was completely realistic. The Bad: 1) As much as I liked Lori's confidence, she generally came off as very cold. I didn't feel connected to her. I felt bad about her situation with her sister, but even that was a bit exasperating. At some point I ran out of sympathy for the sister and just wanted Lori to move on. 2). Lori's backstory of an abusive boyfriend and the unexpected tie to one of her men felt....weak. There was too much going on---with Lori's sister Evilly and her abusive boyfriend, Lori's own ex that just popped up out of nowhere halfway thru the book, the sisters' family (parents and brothers) etc. Too much focus on external stuff that honestly, wasn't very interesting, and too little on Lori and the heroes. I usually re-read Dixie's books every now and then but this is one I would not. It wasn't bad, but Lori left me cold and the story felt a little disjointed.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 08/23/2016)
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18 Ratings
Avg - 4.50

Good book. It took me a litt,e while to get into it because I initially had a hard time getting a handle on Cali--- probably because she was playing a role as the story began. I loved the heroes even though, like with Cali, I was initially unsure of them (particularly Dominic and Shimmy). Btw, I ended up LOVINGLY Shimmy and also Warren. Also I ended up really. Really feeling for Cali. One of the things I liked most about the story, was that for most of it, Cali kept her secrets to herself and was strong in her conviction. She was cautious, even after accepting the men and that rang true to me. Also there was a twist at the end which I really enjoyed. The book ended with a melancholy HEA which was a bit different, and I really liked that too. It was a nice change of pace. Another enjoyable Dixie story.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 08/11/2016)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.17
Salvation (MFMM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Just OK. I liked the heroine (Carly) and felt for her because she'd been thru so much. But, like the heroes, neither she nor the men felt very fleshed out. The story moved at light speed. One minute Carly is running for her life, the next she literally runs into the heroes-- her brother's childhood friends. Next thing you know, they take her home and instantly start admiring her body and thinking about sex with her. Within a few days they were a foursome. Eh, it just seemed too rushed and I didn't feel the bond of them knowing each other during childhood. As for the villain, he was appropriately creep and psycho which I liked. But I felt a little uncomfortable that he had to be a stereotypical "crazy veteran." In the end, I'd been looking fwd to this book but can't give it more than 3 stars.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 07/31/2016)
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21 Ratings
Avg - 4.33

Sweet story. The title pretty much says it all. On the one hand, I liked that Dixie mixed up her formula by writing a "good old fashioned love story." I liked that Amber wasn't a shy or fearful virgin (as most of her heroines are), that even though she was young, she was experienced, a widow and had a child. It was a nice change of pace. I also loved the friendship between her and Ledger that started in previous books. On the other hand, I found the story slow and a but boring. The "danger" was pretty contrived and seemed thrown in just to check the "danger" box. I'd have preferred that part just be eliminated and focus more on the the characters coming together and dealing with things like the difficulties of becoming a blended family heroes' estrangement from their parents. Overall, I liked the characters and the premise but the execution left me a little bored.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 07/24/2016)
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