It also throws in just enough action and fight sequences to counterbalance the mushiness and sexy times, which I love. (I ADORE action movies, and often, these books remind of my favorite action movies.) Semi-Sane fit right into the series. I don’t love it more than the others—but I love it just as much as the others.
Violet is a great heroine. In my opinion, she stole the show from Mischa in Semi-Twisted. (I’m still a little angry at Mischa for all she put poor Hunter through and I’m just not willing to 100% forgive her yet. But I digress...) She’s smart and poised, but still manages to come off as relatable and interesting and funny as hell at times.
As far as heroes go, Nikolai is no slouch, either. I LOVE a growly, grumpy, brooding alpha male who never ventures in alphahole territory, and Nikolai fit the bill nicely. (I also have a weakness for accents, so the fact that Nikolai had a hot Russian accent was a big bonus) The fact that he was the “bad guy” in the last book and managed to make an excellent hero in this one was super interesting to me. (Side note: the author is offering a free downloadable poster of Nikolai on her website. I highly suggest y’all check it out. I got my copy. Hubba hubba.)
But while I loved Violet and Nikolai and loved seeing all my favorite characters from past books, what I enjoyed most about Semi-Sane (and the entire series, really) was the smooth dialogue, the quick pacing, and the comedy. (Nearly everything Harper says is hilarious, and Violet’s sister Dalia...well, you’ll just have to read about her to believe it. I about peed my pants laughing at her drunken antics.)
So, all things considered, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I’ve rated this book a 5 out of 5, just like I rated every other book in the series. I’m anxious to see what the author has in store for us next! (My vote is for contemporary romance, if anyone is taking a tally)
Note: we received an ARC from the author free of charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! No rehab needed. This one is clean and sober.
Other reading suggestions
Definitely check out the rest of the Harper Hall Investigations series.
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