Wow. Endless was such a fast-paced, fun and sexy read! I totally love stories where there is an underworld full of immortals living just under the radWow. Endless was such a fast-paced, fun and sexy read! I totally love stories where there is an underworld full of immortals living just under the radar of our normal world. Endless is the perfect paranormal romance. The characters are well-rounded enough to break your heart, though it's beating too fast from all the action and adventure to notice. Aleria, the phoenix-protector main character, is a strong woman with a big problem--amnesia, which is a big pain when you have forgotten hundreds of years of memories. As she slowly remembers who she is, she finds herself in love with old enemies and not so sure she's on the right side of any battle until the bitter end. If you like adventure, history, and romance, this book is for you. It kept me turning the pages until the end and I just want more. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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Herculine: A Mythic Romance is a multi-faceted story told through time, myths, and love stories. I loved how the story unfolded through the past and iHerculine: A Mythic Romance is a multi-faceted story told through time, myths, and love stories. I loved how the story unfolded through the past and into the present through varying perspectives from World War II to modern-day Berkeley. Diana Wallace creates vivid characters and scenes that bring the French Resistance and ancient Greek mythology to life as the main character, Herculine, discovers family secrets through late 20th Century research. From the culture of the Paris Sapphistes in Vichy France to Herculine's gender bending relationships throughout the story, there is also a thread of sexual exploration in this novel that I found fascinating. As Herculine makes sense of her world and family history through researching 12 cryptic poems written by her grandmother in WWII Paris, she comes to grips with herself, the loss of her father, and comes to a greater understanding of the world. I loved how the modern part of the story was set in the later 80's and early 90's before Google and Wikipedia changed research forever. Herculine's love for libraries and the kind of real research scholars conduct is almost historical in itself. Dianna Wallace does an amazing job of weaving many threads into a perfect tapestry of a rich life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves libraries, World War II stories, books like Marge Piercy's Gone to Soldiers, and mythology. [I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.] ...more
Hahaha. The addition of zombies only makes Pride and Prejudice better. While the novel keeps to Jane Austen almost word-for-word, the Bennet sisters aHahaha. The addition of zombies only makes Pride and Prejudice better. While the novel keeps to Jane Austen almost word-for-word, the Bennet sisters are Shaolin masters and Mr. Darcy is pretty good with a blade himself. In some ways, the zombie plague makes the events in the book more believable than the original. Also, Mr. Wickham and Lydia get their just rewards so much better in this version. Loved it!...more
I won a copy of Don't Fall in a blog contest and read it lightning fast (for me). The romance drew me in instantly with its fast pace and lovable charI won a copy of Don't Fall in a blog contest and read it lightning fast (for me). The romance drew me in instantly with its fast pace and lovable characters. Anya was a little too passive for my tastes, and I wanted her to be more angry with her mother, but I did enjoy her conflict with being locked up and overprotected by her mother. The story of the mother's daughter by birth was drawn out nicely and kept a mystery that added depth to the story. Zander, the beautiful boy, was adorable, but I'm not sure any teenage boy is quite that patient or sweet. i was able to set these nitpicks aside and enjoy the romance, though, especially when they got closer and started breaking more rules. More detail there would have been nice, but it was still an engaging story that any sucker for romance like me can really enjoy. I could see young teen girls really eating this book up....more
Highfell Grimoires is a little bit mystery and a lot steampunk, with some romance spice thrown in for good measure. I loved every minute of this intelHighfell Grimoires is a little bit mystery and a lot steampunk, with some romance spice thrown in for good measure. I loved every minute of this intelligent story, from the earnest teacher who goes up to the aetherium school in the clouds to the steamy gay romance that weaves through the fascinating mystery involving stolen spellbooks and child criminals with titled parents. There was intrigue at every turn and the steampunk magic in this novel is quite believable and interesting. I found myself fascinated with the blood magic in this story, rooting for Neil at every twist and turn. I will say that there is enough plot in this novel for a second story, and the end did unfold with breakneck speed, but it definitely kept me interested to the very end. I was sad to reach the last page because I really fell in love with the characters. ...more