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A Family Affair by Fern Michaels

As I read this book, I thought of it as a drawn-out fairy tale. A billionaire prince from Dubai falls in love with a Las Vegas showgirl, and takes her back to his homeland and marries her. Do they live happily ever after? Not quite. The parts of the book that take place in Las Vegas are so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. It always seems to be winter, with bitter cold, and a foot of snow on the ground. That’s not the Las Vegas I know. The book was amusing, and thankfully a fast read, but definitely not great literature or even slightly thought-provoking.
Actually, I considered it a waste of time.

Evaluation: 2 out of 5

Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

This is the latest novel in the Carpathian/Lycan fantasy series. Skyler and two friends seek to rescue her captive lifemate Dimitri, while trying to avoid starting a war between the Carpathians and the Lycans. There is nothing special about this latest book, but if you enjoyed the others in the series, you’ll like this one, which follows a similar formula.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

This is an intriguing novel, with twists and turns that will leave the reader guessing. London policewoman Lacey Flint discovers a dead woman floating in Thames River. With her colleagues, she slowly begins to unravel the murder, and its link to the human trafficking trade.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

Console Wars by Blake Harris

Here’s an incredibly disappointing book. The marketing battle between Sega and Nintendo during the early 90’s is an endlessly fascinating topic (to me, anyway) but, unfortunately, author Blake Harris, in attempting to craft a narrative out of this, decided to completely make up scenes and conversations, resulting in page after page of terrible, ultra-hackneyed dialogue (this guy makes George Lucas look like David Mamet in this department). What makes this all so frustrating is that the factual information in this book still pretty interesting – if only a better writer chose to tackle this subject.

Evaluation: 2 out of 5