First in a series that looks set to cover four brothers. Moves quickly. I liked the story premise and would have liked a longer read with more character development. Good though if you are looking for a short read.
This book reads like a historical romance in the tradition of those authors who swing to the side of fairy tale type narration as opposed to historical detail and accuracy. Take note of the BDSM tag - although the hero is the main source of the noted "spanking content", the villain is a sadist to a greater degree and is not limited to consensual sex.
To sum up, there is a good romance plot in the fantasy style, lighthearted narration tone and the traditional HEA ending for romance.
At heart, this is a romance but with action and paranormal elements in a historical setting. Moves well, good characters. It says that it is the first in a series; the end does not hint at the next book. Fun read.
A strong heroine who is also a submissive is purchased as a slave by two hot guys in this fantasy world. Action interspersed with hot menage sex with a little BDSM thrown in. At times, it seems like the plot is totally going to go up in flames but it gets going again to finish off with the HEA ending.
Vampire urban fantasy. Excellent value at the price. Begins well with the description of the initial attack on Alyssa then slows down during the phase where she is acclimatizing to her new condition. It picks up again when the action-adventure gets moving so that the last half is exciting. The romance element is a sub-plot in the style of books which are primarily urban fantasy rather than paranormal romance.
There is a sequel but this first book is complete in itself.
Pure fantasy with a nod to steampunk (as noted by Paul). I agree with Karen that the world is not quite as well developed as the characters. Still the descriptions of some of the hazards are imaginative. First half dwells on the differences between the two worlds and the second half on quick moving action.
The plot is a variation on nice girl gets rich guy theme only she meets him by answering an ad for a once a week mistress. The BDSM is an odd bend in the flow of the plot which otherwise would be a formula romance.
A brisk paced fantasy with a romance thrown in. Because the author throws the reader right into the action, it takes a while to assimilate what is going on. Lots of good elements with a flow that needs some work.
A weird tale following several groups of strange characters that is strangely fascinating. If you like the 2010 Jersey Devil Press Anthology, you'll probably like this. The anthology is a cheap way of checking out this genre.
This is part one of a series novel and not a complete story in itself. The plot moves slowly and I found the e-pub print dense and somewhat hard on the eyes. At the end of this part, the action really hasn't started.
This book is different than the title suggests. It starts with the problems of a succubus. From there, the plot development keeps moving in unexpected directions making this an interesting urban fantasy type read.
Well written mystery, first in a series. The mystery itself takes interesting twists and turns. I liked how the heroine doubted her pyschic nature at the beginning and has to confront it as real as the book moves on. A romance appears to be developing that I expect will arch over the series.
This is the first in what might be a long epic fantasy. It takes a long time for the plot to get moving while the reader absorbs the characters and worldbuilding. Excitement eventually begins to build. This book ends adequately at a point resolving some plot points but leaving others to the next book(s).
A very different plot line with an almost horror feel at times. Scene changes are a little abrupt - I think it is due to missing breaks in the e-pub format (a common problem in e-pub, I notice). If you are looking for something different in urban fantasy, this is it.
A good thriller romance set in the research end of the pharmaceutical industry. This is a long book - really too long to read in one sitting. The e-pub version has no chapter links; I didn't try the pdb version (pdb saves your place). Anyways, a smart heroine, a dashing Chilean hero and a good cast of supporting characters make this a good read.
This is a mystery with a minor romantic sub-plot and a very mild thriller element. The writing is thoughtful and engaging.
There is also a complete short story included and a deleted chapter from the book that makes you think about how characters are changed during the editing process. There are book club questions; I see how it would be an interesting choice for a book club.
This novella moves very quickly and includes several erotic scenes so there is reduced room for plot and character development. For the length of the book, it does OK although I would have preferred a little more plot development and a little less sex. Another reader may find the balance perfect already. The language is erotic romantic (some explicit terms, some euphenisms, some romantic description).
An interesting historical romance, in an interesting setting. The book is dominated by dialogue rather than description with some action at points. The motivation of the villains has layers to it that reveal themselves as the book progresses.
This is a combination of historical fiction and romance. I don't consider it historical romance as the history takes up more of the book than usual for that genre. The depiction of the political influences is interesting and dominates parts of the book. Assuming that the author has done good research, it is an enjoyable way to learn more about the period. It does have a HEA ending for the romance.
I got this on a free deal. The posted price of $9.99 seems steep for an e-book.
This book takes an urban fantasy theme and removes the "urban" component. Yes, weretigers exist but in the jungles of Malaysia (excepting a few emigrants apparently). At times, it reminded me a bit of Tarzan, with the newly turned hero having to learn jungle survival plus some non-Tarzan challenges of other supernatural enemies. The book is the first of a series but has a good HEA ending.
This sequel to Noble Satyr is even better. I was surprised to find that what I thought to be an unlikely plot element (the childhood marriage) actually was based on an actual event. Good characters, well-written.
Interesting world building but not really developed much (maybe more developed in a sequel?). Ending fizzles a little. Kids would like the main characters whose personalities are the highlight of the novella.
A rather melodramatic sweet romance set in Georgian England. I can almost hear the audience booing the villainness every time that she appears. Excellent read when you are in the mood for a worthy heroine, very human hero and a notable villainness.
This regency romance is one of a few interlocking romances. As a standalone read it works well although there is a sense of walking into the middle of where a previous book left off. The main character, Raven, is well drawn.
All the adventure and gadgets that you would expect in a steampunk novella. The Yukon setting is different. The main character is well developed and the pace is fast. Only thing you might wish for is more.
A Cassie Palmer short with the non-stop action characteristic of the series. Told mostly from the point of view of John Pritkin and Casanova. This short gives more insight into the demon side of things in the Cassie Palmer world.
As in the synopsis, this story would be confusing to someone not reading the Cassie Palmer series. The other shorts by Karen Chance on Smashwords use characters from the series but don't require reading the Cassie Palmer books as background.
An odd mix of big business and urban fantasy with a comedic aspect. The characters don't have much depth but it's the hero's well executed con game to resolve his dilemma that is a highlight of the book.
An action-adventure story with virtually non-stop action. The writing style is all action and dialogue with very little insight into the thought of the main character after the initial few pages.
As the first of a series, the ending provided just enough resolution to feel a certain stage was done.
The second of the series, it does not make sense unless you have read the first book. This volume contains a lot of historical background which interrupts the action for long segments. The quick pace of action and dialogue which kept the first volume moving are not evident in this volume.
Lots of action and dialogue. Reminded me of old detective novels but with the supernatural. The supernatural elements work well. Very little of what characters are thinking or feeling so the characters don't have much dimension. The plot did not tie off all of the ends so I presume that there is a sequel.
Basically this is a thriller but the thriller element takes a long time to get going. Once it does, it is good reading. It is frustrating to see the heroine use such poor judgement in dealing with her jerk of a husband but then real women put up with abusive husbands too.
Well written, exciting dark fantasy. This second in the series doesn't have the rough edges of the first. The plot moves more smoothly and more characters that are likely to feature more in the remaining three novels are introduced.
This is a good fantasy mixed with a romance. There is adventure, good character development and a nicely moving plot. Although it is the first of a series, it has a comfortable ending point with only the epilogue pushing into the next book.
The plot just didn't work for me and seemed to be just a framework for the erotic descriptions. I know that Regency style romances are frequently unrealistic but this was really out there. Not to my taste.
The lead character is this book is a teen, along with a number of her friends but this is not really a YA book. It is hard to follow at times with things happening in different places that take a while to tie in.
Time travel romance where the heroine immediately runs into the lover that has been active in her dreams. Although she goes into the past around the time of the Boston Tea Party, the period does not dominate the plot.
Although this starts as a time travel romance, the heroine assiumilates very quickly and the story turns more to frontier settlement. It is refreshing to see a heroine who
recognizes what has to be done and doesn't waste time protesting it.
An enjoyable read.
A beautiful and different type of time travel romance involving three very different time periods. The science fiction element lacks a little in realism but the story is good and the characters nicely drawn. It is nicely paced and an enjoyable read.
This book is in one of my favorite genres - space opera sci-fi with a little paranormal thrown in. It starts a little slow but picks up quickly as the meek and mild fiance reveals a more interesting background. It is a lead in to a series composed of longer books so the plot is not as developed as I expect the main books in the series. An interesting start to a series.
Good characters with a good plot. This is not a typical vampire romance and has a detective/mystery element. It does take half the novella for the heroine to learn that her new client is a vampire but this is not a problem for me because of the detective theme.
The Russian setting for a werewolf romance is different. These wolves are equally at home in the wilderness and in cities while they hunt drug dealers. The heroine takes the existance of werewolves without the histronics that plague some novels. A good read.
A woman is hired to tutor a female charge at a remote castle but finds that her charge is an adult. It becomes obvious as time goes on, that her adult charge is a lesbian who wishes to turn the tutor into a masochist slave.
I found it difficult to get into this epic fantasy. The story jumps continually among several groups of characters who don't connect until the last part of the book. It took me a long time (about 200 pages of the 500) to identify the pivotal character and start to assimilate where the plot was going. There were interesting moments especially in the battle scene near the end.
I found it interesting that the author ends with his own analysis of the book that indicates that he didn't get it right.
The author's series starting with The Last King's Amulet is much better.
This collection of stories covers a range of incidents in the lives of people. Several of the stories are also offered as single books at almost the same price as this collection. Most of them are quirky in some way. Although they show aspects of love, I really wouldn't categorise them as romance.
I would give this 3.5 stars.
As mentioned in the previous review, the male leads are in a different situation than found in most Regency romances. The female leads are not so well developed with the most interesting woman being the sister of the brothers.
This book features a strong heroine with a successful radio show forced to take on a new and obnoxious partner. As the tension between the two builds, something crooked is going on at the radio station. All told it is a different type of romance novel.
I did find the text fonts changes annoying (e-pub version needs to be re-formatted).
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At the beginning, Jason uses his invisibility to be a voyeur and I thought that it was going to be a series of erotic scenes. Instead a plot developed, Jason developed as a character and I was charmed.
A different type of werewolf story framed on aboriginal legend. The feel is more story telling than romance and the ending would not sit well for someone looking for a romance story despite the romantic elements. A beautifully set story.
A sweet Regency romance that is a little different. The heroine's season is ruined for her by the ridicule of her early teenage poetry at society functions. Unfortunately, the man interested in marrying her is the fashionable chief critic. Most fun though is the secondary characters of her aunt and the hero's chief gardener with their poultry competition.
This vampire romance positions vampires as coming from another planet. The first half has the hero and heroine trying to establish their relationship on earth and second half moving into a conspiracy on the vampire spaceship.
This vampire romance positions vampires as coming from another planet. The first half has the hero and heroine trying to establish their relationship on earth and second half moving into a conspiracy on the vampire spaceship.
A good urban fantasy series starting with Stella being attacked by a mysterious anti-witch cult group. Her rescue brings her into the witching world and its politics. The stories unfold with pacing similar to detective mysteries. The romance element arcs through the series, staying with the lead character, not jumping to different couples with every book.
Although the third book has a satisfying ending without a cliff hanger, I expect more books in the series.
Features a go-getter heroine who has a tendency to mess up the efforts of her rescuer when she needs help and space ship captain on leave who wants to be left alone. The plot moves along at a quick clip. The story is set up for sequels featuring other crew members.
This werewolf story has a more serious aspect with how werewolves would live, their efforts to remain secret and the social aspects of courting & mating (much like the courting of people in small scattered religious communities). The heroine is engaging and the plot flows well.
This Regency has a dark edge that it unusual in the genre. The heroine starts off waiting for execution in prison and later reveals that her evil guardians put her in a madhouse to get their way. The characters are interesting and the plot was well paced keeping my attention. It didn't quite resolve at the end - maybe there is a sequel.
Great fantasy action adventure. I wouldn't have categorised it as steampunk though. Great characters and non-stop action. This is the first of a series and definitely makes me want to get the next one.
on Aug. 08, 2012
This is the spiritual journey of a man, told in a simple, open style. The experience has native American influences.
It's not my usual type of book to read but kept me interested to the end.
It took me about a hundred pages to get into this story, due to head-hopping and getting the world setting sorted out. It picked up as it went along with lots of action.
The formatting could use chapter breaks. The story itself is interesting with thought-provoking concepts on genetic research and cloning.
Imagine fan fiction for the Three Musketeers adding a young woman swordsperson into the mix and you have "For Honor". Exciting with action and familiar characters.
It ends with the possibilities of further adventures. There is at least one straight forward sequel.
This thriller is based on the idea that Jesus may be be buried in Kashmir. The heroine, a Smithsonian scientist expect in authentication, becomes involved when a Pakistani scholar visits and leaves documents before he dies in an explosion. The thriller portion of the plot moves well and the premise is reasonably handled. The portrayal of the heroine is awkward at the start but improves as the book progresses.
Him: a light hearted insurance appraiser who has his own business but is averse to marriage or any long term planning in his life.
Her: the owner of a temp agency who wants a planned life with marriage the end-point of a relationship.
The plot: he chases, she retreats, he has to come to grips with what he wants.
This YA story features a world with shifters and humans. The lead characters are somewhat extreme. The heroine Laylah is a born victim held back by an utterly uncaring father. The villain is crazy. The ending is more of lull in the action, in anticipation of the next in the series.
The action goes at a nice pace.
This is an action-packed sci-fi thriller. The advent of superpowers among some people seems full of promise but these powers have their own cost.
A little more editting needed in places but still excellent.
A telling of the story of the wise men with a unique point of view. There is lots of action, touches of humour and a satisfying ending for the lead character. The story does not confirm the baby Jesus as the coming Messiah but also does not say that he is not.
This is a superb collection of short stories for the holiday season. The range goes from humorous to touching, from paranormal to realistic. If you download one set of seasonal short stories, this should be it.
An interesting adaption of Sherlock Holmes to steampunk. Note that hydrogen cyanide is a gas; potassium cyanide is the salt most commonly used as a poison (acid liberates the poisonous hydrogen cyanide).
Good characters and strong paranormal romance plot. Some minor editing mistakes. I also would have preferred more white spaces between lines. The continual use of the present tense in narrative was distracting and at times annoying.
This adventure/romance takes an American frontier woman to France and follows her evolution from a maid to a famous Parisian personality. Mysterious elements work in the background threatening her. A very different type of story.
I disliked the heroine through most of this book. She behaved immaturely through most of it. I can't see why the hero liked her. Everytime she started to display more admirable qualities she soon reverted back to type.
Otherwise an interesting plot line punctuated by steamy sex and action/adventure at the end.
Mostly thriller mixed with some romance and paranormal. The plot had unusual elements with a bisexual heroine more interested in her female manager than the hero and an unusual psychic talent.
Despite a few errors in words (sheik instead of chic, widower instead of widow), this was an intriguing and well paced story.
I don't see many sci-fi/romance shorts so this intrigued me. As a short, it moved well initially portraying the prison situation and memory tampering then moving to the rescue. It was a little vague in some areas as it moved on so it might have benefited from being a little longer.
This is more of a crazy send-up than a romance. Think Young Frankenstein for an idea of the concept and constant puns. Totally impossible plot.
I would advise downloading an excerpt; this type of humour is not for everyone.
No spelling, grammar problems that I noted. Formatting is good.
This is a fast paced action adventure set in a sci-fi environment with a pulp fiction writing style. Good for a pulp fiction novel and that is the basis of the rating. Characters are shallow as expected in that style.
Note that the e-pub format is not good; the right hand margin is cut off making reading difficult. I switched to the PDF format which is OK.
I would agree with the Twilight meets Buffy synopsis of the plot. A little more high school drama than I like but this is a YA novel. The action took more time to ramp up for my tastes. The ending was abrupt. An OK read that would likely appeal more to the target audience.
This young adult vampire romance starts well but languishes once the heroine becomes a blood slave. As the first in the series, the ending is not satisfying and obviously leads into the rest of the series.
Soap operas stars are living a soap opera of their own. There is the evil bitch obsessing over the male lead and messing up everyone's lives. There is the rather sweet heroine who inexplictly pines over the nitwit hero.
Some formatting problems and other editing errors but still a good read.
The ending doesn't finish up anything so I suspect that this is the first in a series.
The story is told through numerous points of view and takes about half the book for them to start converging. While this is happening, the plot is hard to follow and doesn't get interesting until two thirds of the way through.
This book is told from the viewpoint of a male university student who has an unnatural attraction to a classmate. The writing style is reminescent of a horror story in the first half and develops a romantice element in the second half. It makes for an odd blend of horror, paranormal and romance.
The vampire romance loving heroine enters a bar during a conference in New Orleans and begins to suspect that it is a vampire hang-out. It starts with an edgy mood and transitions to vampire romance but with a totally unexpected twist.
This mix of young adult romance and sci-fi paranormal doings didn't interest me until about two thirds of the way through. It might appeal more to the young adult audience it is likely written for.
It appears to be part of a series and ends on a cliffhanger.
The lighter, sexier side of science fiction romance, this novel fits into the same universe as the author's Orion series at Samhain. The plot is a bit of a romp.
The next one in the series is also going to be free according to the comments at the end.
on June 07, 2013
Very short. The plot is a thread without any depth as might be expected from the length. OK but doesn't grab me. I can see how the edginess would appeal to people who appreciate it.
An interesting historical romance following three generations. It is different it that the types of hardships faced by the women are not the type of most romances. Needs some cleaning up of spelling errors.
An exceptional story following people in a workplace. The characters are well drawn and the narrative voice of the heroine is fun and a little quirky. There is a thriller element in the romance. One odd thing is the MS Office tips in the heroine's blog. I plan to start using some that I never knew before.
This romantic thriller moves quickly. It has the unlikely combination of a man who fears that he has a murderous alter ego in a split personality and his psychologist. The romance is a bit odd but the thriller element is exciting.
A woman seeking her birth mother runs into a scary situation in the small Texas town that she traces her to. The suspense is derived from seeing her try to escape the violent intentions of the mayor who want her dead.
The historical context for this novel is interesting. The usually distant third person POV made it hard to relate to. Every now and then the POV became a little more personal but it bounced around the characters.
This is an interesting novel using telepathy as its focus. The Nigerian element was different and the plot unique. The e-pub formatting did not leave spaces to differentiate changes in location and POV so it was hard to follow at times.
I found that incorporating a play list into the text was contrived and didn't add anything. I didn't try the other links to background.
Teen angst is complicated for Rainey. She finds out that she was kidnapped as a toddler and has to go to live with her "true" parents. The twists and turns are well done. The only problem is that this is a series and the ending paves the way for more mysteries.
Fast paced YA drama with a murder investigation thrown in. I would rank five stars except for a few things I find irritating: the cliffhanger ending and the little quips from a time in future commenting on an action or decision that is just staring place.
Three college students are pulled into another dimension where elves, dwarves and other mythical being reign. I came to hate Megan, the human girl, very quickly; she was far too stupidly self-centered.
This is a fun mystery mystery where an unemployed widow becomes a city marshal and successfully roots out a drug ring with help from other agencies. The pace has a nice rhythm and the characters are interesting. I almost took a point off for spelling though.
This book had an intriguing ebb and flow with action of long sections of characters giving their histories. The ending was not even happy for now but a type of stasis. OK for chicklit but not satisfying if you want romance.
Great heroine with action and a good story line. I like the fae element. My only negative point is that it has a serial ending (leads into next book) rather than a series book ending (book resolves most prominent plot elements although the longer arc elements go into the next books).
A fun heroine gets accidentally kidnapped by aliens and is caught up in an alien war. A chief engineer who is a Star Trek fan, a mysterious traitor and lots of action keep everything moving in addition to a romance developing with the ship's captain.
The zombie apocalypse is not one of my normal reading themes but I enjoyed this book. The character of the lead character is well drawn and the action keeps going. I particularly like how the best of planning to contain the problems is constantly foiled by human behavior. I'm planning on reading the sequel this week.
This is the first steampunk novel that I have read that takes place in a Germanic setting. The characters are interesting and the hero undergoes considerable development through the tale. I'm not used to heroic pigeons though...