J to tha M: What We’re Reading

You Keep Using That Word

Princess Bride the 3M:  I did read some interesting books this week

not sure if you’ve had the time

I know how busy you’ve been the past couple weeks

J:  oh yeah? I didn’t get to read much at all. kept passing out the moment I opened kindle

M:  a couple I think you’d like

J:  oh, do share

I need to get some for the flight tomorrow

M:  Maid for Love by Marie Force

It was free – go download now! Part of a series – I’d read more

she wrote the Fatal Mistake book I talked about – the one with the baseball player that screwed up and was murdered

and I liked her writing to try another of her books – glad I did

this was cute and feel good

J:  and I like those

M:  yes, I thought of you while reading

nicely done.

I had a sports romance collection bundle of three books that I finally got around to reading

called Play Hard, and that’s still free right now, too.

J:  clever

M:  the first story was Fastball by VK Sykes – baseball player

I liked it after a slowish start

pulled me right along. The plot climax was a little far-fetched but still, a fun read all in all

a few homonym issues – the dreaded callused/calloused

and discreet/discrete that I can recall off the top of my head. Also a series I’d read the next

But…

the second – a hockey story – I really liked

Offside by Juliana Stone

the heroine is a female hockey player

this was really well done as far as the hockey and the uniqueness of the plot

J:  ooh, a hockey story you liked

there’s a rarity

M:  the hockey stuff was all spot on – she had me at “blown inside edge” of her skate

J:  heh

M:  and the UST – oh boy

I wanted to slap the snot out of both of them and shake the kindle. “Just do it, ffs!”

all in a very good way

just enjoyed all of it – about triplet sisters, so there’s more that I definitely plan to get

but so well done with the relationships and interactions between all the characters

J:  no dumb heroines for the sake of plot?

M:  no, not really

the only complaint I have is about the blatant comma abuse

and it was pretty bad

but I liked the everything else so much I just cringed a little and rolled along

oh, and the fact the hero had a hard on a couple times while wearing his jock (full cup, I’d guess, if he was in hockey gear)

From what I understand, that’s not only near impossible but extremely uncomfortable

the third I’d already read – The Proposition by Jennifer Lyon. He’s a super-rich MMA fighter

and I liked that one, too, but it’s a serial thing and $2.99 for each of the next two episodes

so that would be like seven dollars for the entire story (the first installment is .99)

I think I got the first free a while back. So, $6 for the entire book, and…eh

doesn’t compel me to buy at that price. 99 cents for each, I’d snap it up. Maybe even 1.99

J:  that is kind of pricey

but I’ve paid $6 for good kindle books before

M:  yes, so have I. And I’ve paid that and more for a serial that just snagged my interest

really was good, don’t get me wrong

but…I’m still skeevy about the serial book thing and the cost of each short, making people buy the next to finish the story

I’m better if I just see the whole cost up front, like a bundle, and then decide to buy or not

I don’t know

and then I started another story – I hate to name names, but omg – I DNF

she used words that don’t mean what she thinks they mean

and did that A Lot

to the point I made kind of a game out of it and giggled and highlighted, but there were so many, that stopped being fun about 30% in

J:  ooh

we could make something like that a drinking game

M:  seriously

it was o.O

“the gate opened with grandeur slowness.”

I see the author acknowledges her editor

oh no, she paid for this? 😦

I mean, sometimes there were three instances of not-right words on a single page

is there a term for that? When you use a word that isn’t right?

J:  I think it’s just called “wrong”

M:  Heh. A Princess Bride word – “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

J:  bless

well, I read a couple more holiday ones

one was Sleigh Bells in the Snow

and we could make a drinking game of how many times she used the word “chemistry”

story was wonderful

made me feel all warm and fuzzy

and then she’d use that damn word again

sometimes twice in one page

sorry. author was Sarah Morgan

the first time I read it, I thought, “cute. what a nice way to put it.”

665th time, I was “omg. if this guy wasn’t so cute…”

but he was cute

and that made enjoying it easier

but she should fire her editor for not catching that

M:  I hate when little stuff like that pulls you out of a great story

J:  I wish I’d had time to read more

but I did actually sleep well this past week

so there’s that

M:  Hopefully you’ll have some relaxation time during your holiday trip to Ireland. I’ll miss you.

J:  Leaving tomorrow. Speaking of which, I better go pack.

brb

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About melissafoxwords

After being rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy, I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes. Having lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I'm now living on an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs.

4 thoughts on “J to tha M: What We’re Reading

  1. Thanks for posting this again M and J 🙂 I have the Marie Force books, the V.K. Sykes set and the Juliana Stone book all waiting for me on my Kindle. Hearing you enjoyed them makes me breathe a small sigh of relief. By the way, don’t confuse a series with a serial. There are serials out there where you pay a set price for the first book, but the further installments are free and download automatically to your device when they’re released. It’s still a rare thing, but I prefer it over the shameless greed of unknown authors charging $1.99 for 20 pages per book in a set of I-VI.

    • Hi Michelle! I did like the Force, Sykes, and Stone books enough that I am definitely planning on reading more from them. And thanks for pointing out the serial definition – my apologies to those who write in that format. I don’t mind paying one price up front (I have purchased a couple serial novels and enjoyed) knowing each installment will end in a cliffie but the next is coming automatically, and I won’t be expected to pay a relatively hefty price to continue. I’m not sure what to call those other “shameless greed” type novels, though. To me, a series is an entire novel that has an actual ending either completely stand alone or at least satisfactory but intriguing enough to make you want to continue with the next related books, not ending after 50 pages in the middle of scene and then offering the next 50 pages for close to full ebook novel price. Not a serial, not a series…is there an actual term for those?

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