#BookReview: Fatal Pursuit by Elisabeth Naugton

In this one, the mortal peril isn’t anywhere near as major as it was in the first two books, though there is certainly at least some of that. But with this book, Naughton makes the emotional peril so much stronger than in the other two books, in part because the two leads are even more stubborn than any of the four preceding leads.

This review of Fatal Pursuit by Elisabeth Naughton was originally published on January 29, 2018.

#BookReview: Extreme Measures by Elisabeth Naughton

First book in quite a while – maybe ever – where I correctly figured out the actual bad guy before the reveal. Which is the reason for just 4 stars. Otherwise, it was a great read and a great setup for a series.

Warning: If you don’t like sexually explicit material in your books, this book is not for you.

This review of Extreme Measures by Elisabeth Naughton was originally published on January 19, 2018.

#BookReview: Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson

This was a great conclusion to the Spinster trilogy, as hilarious and neurotic as ever.

But this is the first one I’ve had any reservations at all about, and while they are personal to me, they should be discussed in case they are relevant to others as well.

First, the most independent woman in the series gets baby fever and thinks she HAS to have a baby. I get that this is something many females go through, but it also felt like it would be better coming from the main character, who has always been one to crumble under societal expectations. It would have been nice to have the independent woman strike her own path with her man.

The second issue happens towards the end, and I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say that it too was of the type of “why does this feel necessary to have the happy ending”. This particular subplot could have been left out completely, and the story – both of this particular book and the trilogy as a whole – would have felt just as complete.

But again, overall the book was a great read, and I’m glad I finally had the chance to read it. Definitely worth reading, just be prepared for those two particular things if that is something you need to prepare yourself for.

This review of Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson was originally published on January 17, 2018.

#BookReview: Endurance by Scott Kelly

Simply phenomenal. Told in alternating chapters detailing his Year in Space and the rest of his life leading up to that mission, Kelly does an awesome job of telling his story in a way that makes it very nearly impossible to put down the book. I actually listened to the audiobook for most of this read, which was read by Kelly himself. Also fun was knowing I had followed him on social media during that year, so some of the things he talks about in the book, I actually saw when his team put them on his social media accounts as they happened. Overall an excellent book about the current realities of the International Space Station and at least one man’s tale of how he got there.

This review of Endurance by Scott Kelly was originally published on January 15, 2018.

#BookReview: Defenseless Christianity by Gerald J. Mast

Made many great assertions. With little evidence to back any of them up. Suffers from the same problem of many in academia in that it dramatically widens the scope of what it calls “violence” to include many scores of topics that are not actually violent, and many of which demonstrably do not exist, at least not in the ways their proponents argue. But very well written, despite its problems in certain particular topics.

This review of Defenseless Christianity by Gerald J. Mast and J. Denny Weaver was originally published on January 8, 2018.