Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around a detective thriller sequel of a favorite series and a contemporary romance read that sadly failed to live up to expectations.

Title: Broken Bones
(DI Kim Stone #7)
Author: Angela Marsons

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Detective
First published: November 3rd 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: September 2nd 2021
Pages: 366

“I know your gut is begging to differ, guv, but it might be due its annual service.”


I’m hoping to catch up with this series by the end of 2021 and considering just how highly addictive these books are, I don’t think that will be a problem. Broken Bones is already book number seven of the series, and without doubt another absolute success for me. I like how this sequel offers not one, but two different investigations and while the team is split in two to investigate them, they still feel like one team and I really like seeing them in action again. Broken Bones is another dark one, with difficult topics such as grooming, rape, abuse, addiction and modern slavery along with the good old murder. The different themes are well developed and incorporated into the plot, and it was interesting to slowly see the different investigations unfold. I definitely didn’t see one of the final twists coming! The writing is just as brilliant as always, and it once again kept me up late turning those pages like crazy. This series just keeps delivering! I already can’t wait to see what the next book will have in store for us.

Title: Talk Bookish To Me
Author: Kate Bromley

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: May 25th 2021
Publisher: Graydon House
Finished reading: September 5th 2021
Pages: 320

“It’s kind of scary that I’m now at the point in my writing process where imprisoning my ex seems like the logical next step.”


I love a good contemporary romance with a bookish element, and especially if it involves a writer as one of the main characters… The premise of Talk Bookish To Me sounded absolutely fantastic, and I’ve been highly anticipating this title. Sadly, it wasn’t ment to be though. Why? Let’s just say there were a couple of things that really turned me off and made it hard for me to enjoy this story. And no, I’m not even talking about the sexy scenes this time around, which were tolerable enough… I’m talking about a couple of things involving the romance itself that highly annoyed me. First, the whole love triangle and cheating angle. Especially the second made me so SO angry, and especially how it was developed in the story and how things worked out in the end. VERY big turn off! The same goes for the love triangle vibe… And I was also quite disappointed by the fact that what sounded like an ‘enemy to lover’ story turned out to be rather bland instead and there was no fire to the so-called ‘enemy stage’ at all. We have mostly misunderstandings instead, and the banter/fighting lacked the spark I was hoping for. I was quite annoyed by the main characters actually, and especially due to certain actions and behavior in certain parts of the plot. I also felt the chapters in Rome lacked cohesion with the rest of the story… I did like the writer angle and I liked how there was focus on the main character being a bookstagrammer. I also really liked Duke the dog. But as a whole, Talk Bookish To Me sadly ended up being a miss for me.

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