Sunday, June 25, 2017

Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell

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Author: Santino Hassell

Title: The Barons

Series: Illegal Contact

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New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not really sure this book knew what it wanted to be, or I didn't know what it wanted to be. Illegal Contact was written well but its characters felt a little inconsistent to the point that I felt like they never really engaged me as a reader.

Maybe I was the wrong person to read this book but I never really felt like Gavin knew who he was or what he wanted.

He would act or say one thing or do things one way then do something that threw a wrench in all of those things he'd spent all his time establishing.

He fought with himself, argued with his instincts and often spent a lot of time trying to change what was interpreted from those actions by doing something completely different that made the reader want to reach in and slap him.

Noah was a decent character although I do wish he'd managed to reach deep for a bigger set of balls at some points.

All in all it was an okay read for an M/M romance, but I don't think I'll be pursuing any of the future installments to find out what happens next. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) by Jo Nesbø

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The Snowman - Don Bartlett, Jo Nesbo, Jo Nesbø

 

 

 

AuthorJo Nesbø

TitleThe Snowman

Series: Harry Hole

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Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Snowman was my first Nesbo book and even though its the seventh book in his Harry Hole series (interesting character name choice) it wasn't difficult to follow along. Even though I have a feeling I was missing some bits of information that may have carried over from previous installments I don't think it was mandatory to know them to invest in this story.

I'm rather surprised with the graphic detail that was written into quite a few of the more.. disturbing scenes (dark muse alert) but it wasn't hard to guess the who and why when its pretty much given away close to the beginning of the book.

I did get a laugh from the intimacy scenes - honestly, some men shouldn't write about sex. That little failed nugget aside I'd be surprised if this author hadn't killed someone before because he taps into the mentality almost too perfectly.

Hole is an odd character that makes references to a lot of things in a cultural sense that I don't think he really understands which makes some of the things he thinks or says feel a little disjointed yet despite that I'm a little intrigued by this odd man. Determined Hole uncovers a connection to an on going killers spree he has to prove isn't just random but part of an entire slew of murders tied to the Snowman.

Its a tad creepy at times a little boring in others but Nesbo manages to tap into some dark spectrums of detail few writers are willing to explore.  All in all The Snowman was a decent read.

I read The Snowman after receiving a recommendation from Tigus.

 

 

 

 

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