I really enjoyed this steampunk novel, but I should warn other readers that the blurb is misleading - it indicates that Bannon and Clare can barely st...moreI really enjoyed this steampunk novel, but I should warn other readers that the blurb is misleading - it indicates that Bannon and Clare can barely stand one another, but that is not the case at all. In fact, they meet for the first time at the beginning of the novel and work fairly well together, despite approaching the mysteries of the plot in different ways.
I can understand why some reviewers didn't like the novel. There is a lot going on and it's very densely packed, but I had a hard time putting it down and found the book very satisfying. I'll certainly be reading the next book in the series.(less)
I really enjoyed this book, but it was a little lighter on the fantasy side than I expected. If you're expecting something similar to The Curse of Cha...moreI really enjoyed this book, but it was a little lighter on the fantasy side than I expected. If you're expecting something similar to The Curse of Chalion, this is not quite as intricate as that book was. That said, I really enjoyed Fawn and Dag, and I'll be reading the next book in the series. (less)
I won a copy of this novella from a friend of the author on Twitter. This novella was previously published in the anthology Three Weddings and a Murde...moreI won a copy of this novella from a friend of the author on Twitter. This novella was previously published in the anthology Three Weddings and a Murder.
This was a fast-paced read that I very much enjoyed. Charlie "Drex" Drexler's ex-girlfriend committed suicide right after he broke up with her, and he's returned 6 years later to his hometown to investigate her death and reconnect with Anna, the woman he loves. There's a bit of a twist when Anna's sister and nephew go missing, and the protagonists join the search for the two of them. I'm a sucker for reunion romances, and this was right up my alley.
I did feel that the sex scene was a bit out of the blue and interrupted the flow of the story a bit, but, truth be told, I usually feel that way when I read RS, so perhaps that's a question of taste. That said, I liked Ms. Baldwin's writing a lot and will definitely be reading more of her books. (less)
My favorite novella in this anthology was by far the one by Meljean Brook. I think you could easily read this as a stand alone without having read any...moreMy favorite novella in this anthology was by far the one by Meljean Brook. I think you could easily read this as a stand alone without having read any of the other books in the series. That said, if you have read the series, you'll notice a mention of a certain female airship pilot we all know!
I like Carolyn Crane's story as well, but I think you really need to have read the first book in the Code of Shadows series for this one to make sense.
Speed Mating was a fun read as well! I thought it was fairly clear to the reader who would end up with Estrella, but I liked her character a lot.(less)
I really enjoyed reading this Kindle Serial, but it was really hard to wait for each episode to arrive every week! I thought this was a well-written P...moreI really enjoyed reading this Kindle Serial, but it was really hard to wait for each episode to arrive every week! I thought this was a well-written PNR, and while at the beginning of the book I wanted to strangle the heroine, Mori, because of her behavior towards the villain, the last episode more than made up for that (she becomes more of an agent in her own rescue/defense). This ends with a very plausible HFN between the Hero/heroine, and I like how the romance developed over the course of the book. Storm Force had the feel of a paranormal romantic suspense. Usually I'm not a fan of RS because it's difficult to get a good balance of romance and action/suspense, but I like this mix of action and romance, even if the villain was a bit over the top at times.
I'm wondering how all the episodes will work together as a whole - if this will read as a cohesive novel in the future, now that all the episodes are completed. I believe that it will, but I think the cliffhanger endings might make for rougher transitions between chapters. I'm going to have to re-read this in the future to see what I think. The worldbuilding suffered a bit from the episodic nature of the book (length of the episodes no doubt played a part in that), but hopefully that will be more developed in future books of the series.
I enjoyed the experience so much that I will definitely read future serials in the series, and I pre-ordered another serial by a favorite author. Prior to reading Storm Force, I really wasn't sold on the idea of the serial, but I think in the right hands it can be very well done. Definitely recommend this one to readers of PNR.(less)
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Nelson, but it definitely won't be the last. I usually steer clear of the Blaze line, but the stories in both...moreThis is the first book I've read by Ms. Nelson, but it definitely won't be the last. I usually steer clear of the Blaze line, but the stories in both The Professional and The Player were well developed with interesting characters. I preferred The Professional to The Player, mainly because I loved that the heroine in The Professional was so very capable. In The Professional, Jeb is undercover at a retirement village to look into the theft of several residents' jewelry. At first Sophie is a suspect, but she's soon cleared and is conducting an investigation of her own. By working with Jeb, the two manage to uncover the true villain (which came a bit out of the blue). The only quibble I have with the book is Sophie's family. They're described as sociopaths, truly horrible. I'm not sure that characterization of her family was at ALL necessary to the story. It didn't really add anything to it - mostly it was a distraction. Sophie could certainly be estranged from her family without their being monsters.
The Player is the first book in the series about Ranger Security, and it both sets up the series and describes a fun romance. Jamie is part of an elite Ranger squad (aren't they all elite in this genre, lol?) that lost a close friend. He and two other friends just got out of the army and started their new security business when a former officer calls in a favor and asks Jamie to help his granddaughter. Naturally the granddaughter is very beautiful and hijinks ensue. This was a fun read, although I didn't have quite as much invested in Jamie and Audrey's romance as I did in the earlier book.
Definitely recommend both books and I'll be reading more of Ms. Nelson's books in the future.(less)
This is a very cute addition to the Magical Cats Mystery series. I love that we get to see more interaction between Kathleen and Marcus, and the relat...moreThis is a very cute addition to the Magical Cats Mystery series. I love that we get to see more interaction between Kathleen and Marcus, and the relationship with Hercules and Owen, the magical cats, is lots of fun as well.
I also liked how Ms. Kelly drew Kathleen in to investigate the murder so she wasn't obtrusive and she could balance her investigation with her growing relationship with Detective Marcus.
I did feel that the mystery took a while to unfold. Around the 70% point I wasn't sure how this was going to be solved and then there was a race to the finish.
I think the mystery was perhaps a bit weaker in this novel than in the prior ones, but I enjoyed the developing relationships. Definitely recommend this one to readers of cozy mysteries!(less)
I think I won this from author Suzanne Johnson's blog, Preternatura, but it's been awhile and I'm not sure. I do know that I won a...moreRating: 3.5 out of 5
I think I won this from author Suzanne Johnson's blog, Preternatura, but it's been awhile and I'm not sure. I do know that I won a copy, just FYI.
If I could rate aspects of this book separately, I would. Linnet, the heroine, and the premise of the book rate a 4 or slightly higher. She's really intriguing and a lot of fun. You definitely have a vested interest in her future at the firm and in general. I loved her reaction to how her colleagues, male and female, treated her at the firm, and her experience as a foster with a vampire made her interaction with the vampires at the firm fascinating.
Unfortunately, the villain and the love interest fell a bit flat, and I would rate those a solid three. The villain felt a bit cartoonish and I was never really sure of his reasons for acting why he did. We were given a solid reason for his actions, but his character felt really two dimensional. Also, the insta-love with a certain character was a bit jarring, as Linnet hadn't spent a lot of time with that character, and then all of sudden she realized she loved him. I was thrown for a loop on that one. I really LIKED the love interest, however, and it seems like that will drive the action of the next book.
Overall, a solid debut and I'm very much interested in reading the next book in the series. (less)
This was a fabulous read! I love Nicholas as a hero and Fred was a fabulous heroine. I was drawn in at once and couldn't put the book down, staying up...moreThis was a fabulous read! I love Nicholas as a hero and Fred was a fabulous heroine. I was drawn in at once and couldn't put the book down, staying up late to finish the book. The chemistry between the two was sizzling, and I really believed in the difficulties the couple faced.
I only had a small quibble. Fred thought of herself as a "big" girl and was called fat, even though she was a US size 10, which to my way of thinking is not fat at all, just normal. This didn't overpower the text, but it came up a lot, which surprised me a bit.
That said, this was a wonderful story, and very moving. I loved that Nicholas began cross-dressing as a way to express his grief over losing his mother as a child, and I really appreciated how his artistry and talent was portrayed in the novel. I definitely recommend this book!(less)
This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and Trapped does not disappoint fans of Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon. The book is action packed and...moreThis is one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and Trapped does not disappoint fans of Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon. The book is action packed and full of intrigue. Definitely recommend this one to any fans of UF.
My only quibble with the series is that Atticus frequently finds himself in a mess because of impulsive words or actions. As a 2100 year old druid, I have to wonder why he isn't more aware of the consequences of his actions. This book in particular really underscores that particular failing of his. Should be interesting to see if his behavior changes in Book 6.(less)
This is a lovely Christmas novella with a touch of the paranormal to it, although for the majority of the story the paranormal elements are only hinte...moreThis is a lovely Christmas novella with a touch of the paranormal to it, although for the majority of the story the paranormal elements are only hinted at. I very much enjoyed reading about the heroine's internal conflict - she spent years trying to escape Dogtown, LA, but now that she's returned she feels conflicted. I would love to see a longer work set in this world as well.
Ms. Johnson has a engaging, fluid style of writing that draws you in at once, and her depiction of the bayou is fascinating. If you have yet to read any of her other books, this would be a nice introduction and will definitely leave you wanting more. I received a copy of the novella from the author, but I believe it's only 99 cents at Amazon, which is a steal. I definitely recommend that you give this author and this book a try!
I won a copy of this book from a blog (and I apologize to the blogger that I can't remember which at the moment), and I'm so glad that I didn't buy it...moreI won a copy of this book from a blog (and I apologize to the blogger that I can't remember which at the moment), and I'm so glad that I didn't buy it myself, because it's not my favorite book of the series. In fact, I'll be waiting for reviews of the next book in the series, because I was very disappointed in this book. I felt this was a re-tread of early books in the series, and I just couldn't warm up to the heroine. She spent so much time pursuing someone who was clearly not interested in her I just wanted to smack some sense into her.
I can't really recommend this one, even though the writing is solid and the story flows well. It just didn't work for me and I felt it didn't add much to the series arc.(less)