Review: Upside Down by Lia Riley

upside downReviewed by Carrie

I started out chatting with this author via Twitter because I was talking about the challenges of dating a skateboarder back in the day. This dovetailed into a conversation about surfers and how I wished for more romances with a surfer hero. Lo and behold, she had this novel coming out.  At first, I was a bit leery because I don’t do well with stories set in Australia.  The lingo and colloquialisms trip me up enough to pull me out of the book.  Fortunately, there wasn’t much of it to distract me and the setting ended up providing a unique backdrop to the story. [Read more...]

Review: Shifting Shadows – Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

shifting shadowsReviewed by Jen

This anthology contains a smattering of short stories set in the world of Mercy Thompson. They span centuries. Some have no discernible link to the characters and storylines we know. Others tie directly in with the series. I enjoyed a few of the stories more than others, but I thought all were worth reading. [Read more...]

Review: Scarred by Kaylee Song

scarredReviewed by Shelly

After reading the companion novella (about 10 pages on my iPad – Kindle) I was intrigued enough to read this full length story. “Scarred: Thane’s Story,” the novella, centered on an evening in the life of Thane; his inner turmoil about M leaving him, then his leaving the place where they grew up because he couldn’t be there without her. I was intrigued about his guilt about sleeping with women who were not M and trying to drown those actions with alcohol. This is a tortured soul, I thought, and I really wanted to find out the backstory to how this firefighter came to lose the one he loves. Those few pages captured my attention so much that I immediately started reading the full story in Scarred. [Read more...]

Review: Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison

nights honorReviewed by Jen

I always enjoy returning to Thea Harrison’s world of the Elder Races.  It’s true that I haven’t loved every installment equally, but that’s because Harrison makes each of her stories and all of her characters and species so unique. You never get the same book twice, which keeps things interesting, but also means some books will resonate better with certain readers than others.  This is a return to the world of the Vampyres. This didn’t excite me, considering the only other Vampyre centered book was one of my least favorite in the series.  I ended up liking this book much, much more than that one, and it left me excited for the next installment. [Read more...]

WTF Review: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan

dark bloodReviewed by Jen

This is easily the very worst book I have read all year.  It is actually one of the worst books I have read, ever.  There are so many things wrong with it, I barely know where to start.  From the plot progression, to the relationship, to the sex, it was all just bad.  Even worse was the writing itself. [Read more...]

Review: Cat Tales by Faith Hunter

cat talesReviewed by Jen

I somehow skipped this collection of short stories as I read though the Jane Yellowrock series. I was still able to enjoy the stories now, as three of the four are prequels anyway.

The Early Years – I’ll admit, I have wondered what it was like for Jane to consciously shift into her Beast for the first time. After all, from the time she was 12 until she was 18, she had no idea what she was. She suppressed the voice of Beast in her head. She had no memory of her life Before. [Read more...]

Review: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

voyagerReviewed by Jen

I think I may be one of the few readers of this series who made it this far… only to say I have now had enough.  There is something intangibly wonderful about the relationship between Jamie and Claire. It has sustained me through all of the things I have found frustrating about these books.  That dynamic is still there and this book gives us the reunion we didn’t get in the last story.  But so much of the book either frustrated or upset me that in the end, I must conclude that it is time to part ways. [Read more...]

Review: Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

memory zeroReviewed by Jen

The Riley Jensen series was a binge read of mine a few years back, so when I found out that Keri Arthur had a new Urban Fantasy series releasing, I was excited to give it a try.   What I discovered later was that it’s not really new. Memory Zero and the entire Spook Squad series was actually released for the first time a decade ago. This is a re-release with new edits and a new publisher. Hardcore Arthur fans undoubtedly knew this already. Another surprise: there is no romance. None. Urban fantasy purists may celebrate, but I was a bit disappointed. [Read more...]

Review: Once More, My Darling Rouge by Lorraine Heath

once more my darling rogueReviewed by Jen

Let me tell you a little bit about my reading experience with this book.

Chapter 1: I hate this heroine.

Chapter 2: I really, really hate this heroine.

Chapter 3: Should I keep reading this book?

Chapter 4: Oh crap, am I going to hate the hero too?

Chapter 5: How will this romance have any chance of succeeding?  Will this be like Overboard? That movie had a happy ending, didn’t it? [Read more...]

Review: A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth Essex

scandal to rememberReview by Janell

It might be too soon for me to declare this, but I think I love shipboard romances. I know I love a woman stealing away on a ship disguised as a boy, and I recently read a fun book with a woman pirate captain, and now this one with a female scientist — a conchologist — going on a research expedition. All good! [Read more...]