Short reviews 2 May 2016

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl – (library book) I wasn’t sure about this at first but it turned out to be pretty cute. It was frothy in parts – and there was a point, roughly a third of the way through, when my interest waned – and in the beginning I felt that Olivia protested too much about being over her ex-husband. However, it became clear she had to protest about it so much because he wouldn’t leave her alone and was having trouble accepting she’d moved on. I also found it pretty strange that she got caught up on the age difference with Jamie so much, given he was in his late twenties; a little bit of fussing I could understand but she acted like she thought he was barely legal, occasionally. I did get into it, though, and in the obligatory brief break up moment, when Olivia was devastated, I was so affected that I cried. I definitely want to check out more of the author’s work.

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan – (library book) Various friends have told me how much they love this series. Having now read this, I can see that Milan has talent. However, I think it’s time for me to admit that I’m not big into historicals and regencies almost never work for me at all. It’s not them; it’s me. I liked it well enough but a fan of the subgenre would like it more.

Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell – (bought ebook) There was a lot to like about this one but I also thought it meandered all over the place a bit. I feel like this was a book that almost worked for me. There’s a lot going on in this story. The story shifted tone toward incredibly grim in a way I was surprised by. I’m usually in favour of a single POV for a book but this is a rare occasion where I feel the book would have been improved by including Nunzio’s POV – it would have made the ending more convincing and I felt surprised he was so easily convinced to go to Italy on his own. Having the story only in Michael’s POV as he got worse and worse off was a bit bleak for me. But a lot of people love this one, so don’t be put off by me.