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The Dark Lady (Mad Passions, #1)
**spoiler alert** Backstory: Her husband (who was kind of a dick) died in the war in India. Her baby died in a carriage accident. Her creepy brother-i...more
Feb 11, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Shadow Kin (The Half-Light City, #1)
**spoiler alert** 1. If your vocation is killing people, it probably should be a little more difficult to thwart you than putting a key in a pocket be...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Texas Splendor (Texas Trilogy, #3)
Loved the overarching plot's potential.

I had such hope in my heart when the heroine had her initial "oh, shit" moment because everything became clear...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction
Early chapters are heavy on author quotes which are inspirational, if seldom practically applicable. They're worth getting them directly from the sour...more
not set
Aug 05, 2012
Skies of Gold (The Ether Chronicles, #5)
You know those people who are so earnestly, relentlessly PC and enlightened, and tell you all about it every chance they get, you just know they're fu...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne (Sydney Dovedale, #2)
Enjoyed the first 100 or so pages.

Ellie's mad skillz as a gambler and master of disguise? Don't get too excited. They're never employed beyond Chapter...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
Wonderful (Medieval Trilogy, #1)
This had the potential to be cute fluff.

Clio is a Disney Princess, complete with eccentric pet cat, eccentric pet bird, eccentric pet Druid witch, an...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
Texas Glory (Texas Trilogy, #2)
This is an "OH MY GOD JUST FREAKING SPEAK TO EACH OTHER!!!!!!" book (right up to the miracle baby epilogue where she's clearly still not confident of...more
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
Things improved tremendously when the POV switched to Shaun, who exhibited more personality in his first five paragraphs than were displayed in 500+ p...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)
I knew as soon as there was a Prologue Boner that this would not go well.

This couple has been together for 14 years. You'd think they'd have some memo...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight, #1)
This was so devoid of emotion, when I arrived at "the sunlight dimmed for just an instant, beaten back by mighty flame of their passion" (page 112), I...more
Feb 11, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)
Prime example of why I have come to despise series. This book does not stand on its own feet.

Benefit of the doubt, all the worldbuilding happened in t...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Spellbent (Jessie Shimmer, #1)
This one was hard to rate. Split the difference between 3 and 4 and call it 3-1/2 stars.

Characters with Mysterious Backgrounds: check. Well-conceived...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence
This little gem on page 24 is a representative sample of the content of this book:

"Here's a disconcerting thought: marketers, politicians, and televa...more
not set
May 12, 2013
Sea Witch (Children of the Sea, #1)
I was surprised to find myself enjoying a book in which the heroine was obsessed with sex from the very first line. Maggie's so straightforward about...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)
From the school of Epilogues Are For Telling You Crucial Information Withheld During The Story For The Sole Purpose Of Handicapping Your Understanding...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
Child of Fire (Twenty Palaces, #1)
I've been wanting something really dark and gritty. I bought this because of a review that said the protagonist was too rough to be likable.

I didn't...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
This was a letdown after the first two books.

It was like a bunch of senior citizens deciding it was time to get revenge on the guy who bullied them i...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts, #5)
Less completely devoted to Chess's romantic woes than last time. More Churchwitching, more Elder Griffin, more consequences of past actions, which is...more
not set
Jul 14, 2012
The Time Weaver (Drakon, #5)

I didn't have a problem with the way the time traveling was handled. It did have nasty consequences, and I appreciate that.

The problem was that s...more
Jun 23, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Shadowlight (Kyndred, #1)
I like Viehl's prose style and the way she weaves multiple storylines together, but I could not get over one fundamental flaw in this one: the heroine...more
Jan 15, 2011
Aug 09, 2010
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride (Forgotten Princesses #2)
Plot summary: Lying, manipulative, inconsiderate, overbearing jackass finds happily ever after with a woman with an emotional arc consistent with seve...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter, #1)
Simple, casual style, but smartly done.

The heroine is young, out of her element, and in over her head, but in a refreshing change of pace from a lot o...more
Apr 10, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
Law Man (Dream Man, #3)
The things I liked ultimately were overwhelmed by the things I didn't ("baby" x infinity, incessant manologuing, adventure plot absurdity, everycharac...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet, #1)
Since the last book I read involved a "hero" who was an irredeemable douchebag, it was nice to cleanse the palate with one who was a genuinely nice gu...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
I was impatient with the amount of history and politics for the first quarter of the book, slowing down the getting-to-the-action portion, but I had a...more
Oct 09, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
A Loving Scoundrel (Malory-Anderson Family, #7)
I stuck with Johanna Lindsey through years of meh books solely for the purpose of getting to Jeremy Malory. Son of a pirate and a whore! With all the...more
not set
Nov 12, 2011
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
I'll allow the book to explain my dislike of it:

(page 11) So far Cutting Edge was turning out to be one of those pet businesses rich men gave their w...more
Jun 04, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Spiral Hunt (Evie Scelan, #1)
Pros: UF heroine with an uncommon ability with an interesting mythological basis and an actual life with people in it separate from her "otherness."

not set
Jan 28, 2012
Instant Attraction (Wilder, #1)
I was on board until the unprotected "goodbye" sex.

Because nothing says "I love you" like dumbshit irresponsibility.

Because, as a sports celebrity, it...more
Feb 06, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
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