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Smashwords book reviews by Carol

  • Ice Maiden on Feb. 07, 2011

    Good time travel romance.
  • The Mercenary's Price ( Historical Romance Novella) on Feb. 27, 2011

    Short historical romance with a touch of the paranormal. Well written, a little different twist. Nice value for the price.
  • Ready to Dance pt. 2 on Feb. 27, 2011

    Hot short. Remember to get the free read pre-cursor and read it first.
  • Redemption: an historical fantasy of love, passion and pirates on March 03, 2011

    Good steampunk romance with a hint of paranormal at a great price.
  • The Color of Heaven on March 05, 2011

    Engaging story, well-written.
  • Roped (Purgatory Club) on March 07, 2011

    Loved the ending - nice touch of something unexpected.
  • Untamed Magick on March 07, 2011

    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.
  • House of Immortal Pleasures on March 12, 2011

    Short vampire romance. Flows well, oddly moving from sweet to erotic and back to sweet again.
  • Catching Shadows on March 16, 2011

    A time travel romance that opens into suspense and mystery with a touch of erotic. Packs in a lot in a short book. Once all of the elements get going, the mystery dominates the action.
  • The Dating Game (Erotic Romance Novella) on March 17, 2011

    Short erotic romance. A chance encounter leads to an affair with no strings attached - until Camille would like more of a relationship. Good, quick read.
  • The Velvet Choker (An Erotic / Erotica Paranormal Tale) on March 19, 2011

    A well-written horror short. Its true eroticism comes from the horror element rather than sex, although there is some of that too. This isn't your HEA type of story.
  • Cait and the Devil on March 20, 2011

    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.
  • Honor Bound (Historical Paranormal Romance) on March 20, 2011

    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.
  • Slave To Pleasure on March 23, 2011

    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.
  • Immortalis Carpe Noctem on March 27, 2011

    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.
  • Don't Fall Asleep, A Dream Assassin Novel on March 28, 2011

    A paranormal thriller set in the future. The dream assassin idea is a good concept but the book reads very starkly as the story is not told from any point of view.
  • On Cherry Hill (An Erotic / Erotica Paranormal Tale) on March 28, 2011

    Good twist at the end.
  • An Absolute Mess on March 28, 2011

    Comic take-off on a fairy tale type romance. Silliness mostly.
  • Ether on March 29, 2011

    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.
  • L.A. Caveman on April 04, 2011

    Entertaining romance. Intelligent heroine vs the entreprenial hero. Good conflict changing into attraction.
  • Halloween Fantasies on April 06, 2011

    Great short story about an average young woman meeting a vampire at a Halloween party. Moves along well and the amount of description is just enough to put you there.
  • My Hot Bedtime Stories: Volume 2 on April 06, 2011

    Depends what you like. No plot, just steamy encounters. Mercifully short.
  • Hollow Bones on April 08, 2011

    Short story with the air of a myth or folk tale. Very different style from most shapeshifter fantasies.
  • A Kept Woman on April 10, 2011

    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.
  • Two Gentlemen Spies and the Innocent Mademoiselle (Menage) on April 10, 2011

    Menage set within an action-adventure historical romance. Too short to really carry it off well. The opening scene takes up a large portion of the book then everything rushes along missing opportunity to develop characters and some suspense.
  • Pinky Swear on April 12, 2011

    This book has the tone of a sweet romance until nearer the end when there is some sex. There is a danger element that builds throughout the story. Nice, short read.
  • Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter on April 13, 2011

    What a blast! A really fun read.
  • The Behemoth - A Colonial Steampunk Tale on April 14, 2011

    An interesting story in the steampunk genre with a unique viewpoint.
  • Digital Rights on April 15, 2011

    Obvious to see why this won a contest. Excellent world-building in a novella. Good heroine, interesting plot.
  • Prophecy Moon on April 16, 2011

    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.
  • The Healing Spell on April 16, 2011

    Mostly an erotic encounter. Less plot than I expected.
  • Swept Away on April 17, 2011

    Written by a grand master of adventure historical romance, how can you go wrong? Great characters, intrigue, quick paced action.
  • The Fairy Tale Bride on April 20, 2011

    Historical romance with a plot twist that I didn't see coming. Good read.
  • The Ride (An Erotic / Erotica Paranormal Tale) on April 20, 2011

    Good plot twist. Quick read.
  • The Wolf at the Window on April 22, 2011

    A fantasy type book on a post-apocalyptic earth. The plot, characters, and action don't start to gel until the last quarter of the book. First half is dull.
  • Rain on the Mountain on April 22, 2011

    Great paranormal mystery with a bit of romance tied up in a short read.
  • The Demon Is In The Details on April 24, 2011

    Good read with an ending that might lead to a sequel. Good plot, characters and action.
  • Lucas: A Black Cougar Novel on April 24, 2011

    Short so it moves fast. Lots of good elements.
  • Kane: A Black Cougar Novel on April 25, 2011

    The plot moves along with this second book in the series and becomes more interesting. The characters work better too.
  • 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on April 25, 2011

    OK read. Many of the tips seemed self-evident given most vampire lore. I haven't read the associated novel so didn't really connect with this short item.
  • Moondock on April 26, 2011

    Fantasy romance. A female warrior from a city of women is captured by a man from the race that she has been ordered to contact.
  • Exponential Apocalypse on April 28, 2011

    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.
  • Nice Girls Don't on April 29, 2011

    Plot develops well for a short story. Good read. Late reviewing because I have a lot in my to-read pile.
  • The Tattooed Lady on April 30, 2011

    A very short sweet romance.
  • Apex Magazine - Issue 22 on May 02, 2011

    I like sci-fi and fantasy shorts but this was too abstract for my tastes.
  • Wolf Shield - Book One (Eternal Blood) on May 03, 2011

    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.
  • The Night Shifters on May 05, 2011

    A fantasy with a unique plot. It drifts a little but is entertaining.
  • The Contract on May 06, 2011

    This is the free introduction to a series. Plot appears to be the development of a BDSM relationship.
  • Punishing Pansy on May 07, 2011

    Very short story. Really a sketch of an erotic incident that is fleshed out just enough to feel complete.
  • Armlet on May 07, 2011

    Great sci-fi fantasy adventure with a slight romantic element. The action moves well. The ending sets up for a sequel. Highly recommended.
  • Lovestruck Succubus on May 12, 2011

    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.
  • Front Page News on May 13, 2011

    Good read with interesting characters and plot. Good combination of romance and mystery/suspense.
  • Dead to the Max ( Max Starr Series, Book 1, a paranormal romance mystery) on May 19, 2011

    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.
  • On a Hot Summer Night on May 21, 2011

    An erotic encounter with no plot. Very short. OK for what it is.
  • Markan Throne on May 22, 2011

    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).
  • Painting the Roses Red on May 26, 2011

    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.
  • Seducer of her Dreams on June 02, 2011

    Good value for the price. Despite the incubus-like "seducer" and the erotica tag, the sex is not the point of the book. It is a comfortable read with a true-love HEA ending.
  • Little Miss Straight Lace, Book One of the Unbreakable Series (Free Romantic Suspense) on June 08, 2011

    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.
  • Taming A Tycoon on June 09, 2011

    Sweet romance at its best. A short novel length that makes a quick frothy read.
  • Twenty-Five Years Ago Today on June 14, 2011

    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.
  • My Lady Compelled on June 15, 2011

    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).
  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit? on June 19, 2011

    A spoof on a detective mysteries that is an excellent and fun read. The imaginative setting of a world combing humans and toons is a delightful setting for a Sam Spade type mystery.
  • Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance on June 20, 2011

    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.
  • Wolf at the Threshold on June 23, 2011

    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.
  • Mixed Blessings on June 23, 2011

    The story twists in unusual ways.
  • Shadow Cat - The Striped Ones: Book 1 (Shapeshifter Romance) on June 26, 2011

    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.
  • Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance on June 28, 2011

    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.
  • Married to the MIB on July 02, 2011

    A fun romp of a sci-fi romantic adventure. A newly married couple is separated by an extraterrestrial governing body. The hero, with the help of his partner, gets her back.
  • Snapdragon Alley on July 03, 2011

    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.
  • Hidden Talents on July 19, 2011

    This book is more erotic paranormal romance than urban fantasy. The world building is good and the characters are well drawn. I particularly liked the gargoyles and how they fit in.
  • To His Lady's Rescue (Historical Regency Romance) on July 23, 2011

    A quick Regency romance with lots of action for the length. Good characters.
  • To His Lady's Rescue (Historical Regency Romance) on July 23, 2011

    A quick Regency romance with lots of action for the length. Good characters.
  • Lavender Vows on July 24, 2011

    Short, beautifully told medieval romance.
  • Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance on July 25, 2011

    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.
  • Texan Undercover (Romantic Suspense) on July 28, 2011

    Good romance with thriller elements.
  • Spikebreaker on July 30, 2011

    Great short story. Good action and character development.
  • Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery on July 31, 2011

    Great book. This mystery has action, twists, romance and a vivid historical setting.
  • Clever is as Clever Does: Story 2 (A Fairy Tale Romance) on Aug. 02, 2011

    A fun short story with a light hearted detective in the middle of a fairy tale crime scene.
  • The Clever Detective: Story 1 (A Fairy Tale Romance) on Aug. 02, 2011

    Fun, short read. Sequel is better development of fairy tale theme.
  • Spellbound on Aug. 03, 2011

    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.
  • Coming Out of Her Shell on Aug. 06, 2011

    Fun start followed by steamy sex.
  • Flash Gold on Aug. 08, 2011

    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.
  • Without a Lord on Aug. 09, 2011

    A widowed heiress strives to make the best of her life within an unhappy second marriage. Some action. The heroine is a very capable and practical, strong minded woman.
  • A Family Affair on Aug. 13, 2011

    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.
  • The New York Druid on Aug. 14, 2011

    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.
  • His Robot Girlfriend on Aug. 15, 2011

    An engaging story about the near future and robots' place in society. The ending isn't feel conclusive enough for my taste.
  • Fireblood (A Legend of the White Dragon Novel) on Aug. 16, 2011

    Good quality epic fantasy. Moves a bit slowly in the way typical of the genre. Although part of a series, it ends satisfactorily.
  • All Roads Lead To The River on Aug. 17, 2011

    Odd short story, of the sort that authors write as prequels for a series. I am not aware of a series, though.
  • A Lesson in Passion on Aug. 20, 2011

    Clever working of time travel romance. This book in the series pokes some fun at the Highlander theme.
  • In the Garden of Disgrace (The Garden Series Book 3) on Aug. 23, 2011

    An earl courts a woman whom he accidently disgraced by his actions years past. Beautifully written. Not quite sweet romance but close to it. Good plot and character development.
  • Claimed on Aug. 24, 2011

    Good take on a werewolf romance. Not quite sweet romance but close.
  • Torn Asunder on Aug. 29, 2011

    I found this to be a fantasy loosely set within a Regency romance. The writing style is unusually lyrical.
  • Mayhem in Mazatlan on Sep. 02, 2011

    Interesting thriller plot with a touch of romance. Moves well with accelerating action. It ends with the feeling that there will be a sequel.
  • Eye of the Witch (Detective Marcella Witch's series, book 2) on Sep. 06, 2011

    This sequel to the Witch's Ladder is much better. The POV works now and the formatting is good. The mystery and paranormal elements both work well.
  • Lairds of the Eagle (Scottish Romance) on Sep. 10, 2011

    Different type of hero, good action.
  • First Class Male on Sep. 14, 2011

    A first class read. The characters are well drawn and likeable. The plot moves energetically with romance, action and surprise twists. Not a classic style romance.
  • Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit? on Sep. 15, 2011

    A fun sequel to the first Roger Rabbit novel mixing it up with Gone With the Wind, Toontown and a crazy mystery.
  • The Questionable Tales: A Steampunk Quintet on Sep. 17, 2011

    The more intellectual side of steampunk.
  • Ancient Rising - Book 1 of the Rise of the Ancients saga on Sep. 21, 2011

    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.
  • Rise of the Ancients - Annuna on Sep. 29, 2011

    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.
  • Artifact Angst on Oct. 04, 2011

    OK read. This is a character study from the author related to another book.
  • Primal Thirst (The ENIGMA Directive Book 1) on Oct. 16, 2011

    Action-adventure with a wise-cracking cryptozoologist hero and his team. A little Indiana Jones mixed with the A-Team and the attitude of Harry Dresden. The odd bit of Christian faith appears here and there. All in all, a fun read.
  • The Heart of War on Oct. 20, 2011

    Paranormal fantasy romance. The formatting is good and the plot moves although slowly. The main characters are a bit wooden. The book is long and would improve if tightened up.
  • Nightmares From Eberus - A Speculative Fiction Collection on Oct. 28, 2011

    An interesting collection of short stories spreading across a range of fantasy sub-genres. Not all of the idea themes are well developed.
  • The Ghost Of A Flea on Oct. 31, 2011

    A fast paced thriller with many twists as it runs. It does start a bit slow but accelerates as the groundwork is laid.
  • Witness to Dust on Nov. 01, 2011

    An interesting short with worldbuilding that is different for werewolves. Very short though.
  • Misty Johnson, Supernatural Dick in Capitol Hell on Nov. 12, 2011

    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.
  • Dream Weaver on Nov. 19, 2011

    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.
  • Celtic Evil: A Fitzgerald Brother Novel: Roarke on Nov. 26, 2011

    With five brothers, this is obviously destined to be a five book series. Classic good against evil. The romance is a minor theme with the plot focusing on the mission of the five brothers.
  • Celtic Evil The Fitzgerald Brothers A Celtic Christmas on Nov. 27, 2011

    This is a short interlude providing a breather from the dark danger of the series. Of interest mainly to people following the series.
  • Celtic Evil A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel: Ian on Nov. 27, 2011

    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.
  • The Watcher on Nov. 30, 2011

    An exciting paranormal thriller with a touch of romance.
  • Eve of Demons on Dec. 06, 2011

    A great paranormal thriller, easy to read in one evening. The story line moves quickly so it is mostly action with only a little character development.
  • Finding Sarah on Dec. 11, 2011

    A good romantic suspense novel. A widowed shopkeeper meets the detective assigned to investigate a robbery at her store. As the investigation continues more problems come to light.
  • The King's Assassin on Dec. 13, 2011

    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.
  • Kicking Out on Dec. 20, 2011

    Quick paced thriller with a supernatural element.
  • Paradise Designs on Dec. 22, 2011

    A nice little romantic thriller with a psychic heroine. Quick read. The e-pub version has a number extra line breaks which are distracting in the first half.
  • Diary of A. . . on Dec. 29, 2011

    A bit wacky but it moves fast. There is the company problems with a boss out of control and finding out about the mystery father, all interpersed with men, men, men.
  • Thor'sday Night - Paranormal Erotica on Jan. 02, 2012

    I wouldn't call this a romance; it is too violent and there is an absence of love. The flow is disjointed and the writing style is not engaging although it improves about half way through.
  • Heroes' Day on Jan. 03, 2012

    A good science fiction novel where war is replaced with Olympic game competition to determine world distribution of resources. It follows the story of one young competitor. Very engaging.
  • Red Cloak of Abandon (Erotic Regency) on Jan. 04, 2012

    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 Greatest Gig on Jan. 07, 2012

    Clever science fiction short story with a touch of humour and romance.
  • Hunter's Choice on Jan. 08, 2012

    Short vampire romance.
  • Mistaken Identity on Jan. 10, 2012

    A little confusing at the start but moves quickly into a fun romp.
  • Stealing Innocence I on Jan. 10, 2012

    From an unpromising start, the story moves gradually into thriller territory by the end.
  • Riders of the Spew on Jan. 12, 2012

    After a quick orientation to a host of characters and their special abilities, the author gets right into the action. I found it confusing to keep bouncing back and forth among the pairings.
  • The Dawning of Power trilogy on Jan. 20, 2012

    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.
  • The Knack on Jan. 30, 2012

    This urban fantasy is on the horror end of the genre. A creepy tale, well told.
  • Dream Lover on Feb. 07, 2012

    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.
  • Deceptive Nights on Feb. 09, 2012

    A fun read with lots of action for a romance.
  • Fern's Fancies on Feb. 19, 2012

    A somewhat short, sweet romance. Nicely done. The heroine is a small business owner dealing with the corporation that does a friendly takeover of her business.
  • Stargazer on Feb. 21, 2012

    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.
  • Time Watchers: The Greatest of These on Feb. 28, 2012

    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.
  • Tiffany on March 01, 2012

    This is very short for the price. The storyline was unsatisfying.
  • The Demon Of Synar (Book 1 of the Forced To Serve Series) on March 06, 2012

    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.
  • A Rough Wooing on March 07, 2012

    Very nicely done historical romance for a novella. Good characters, interesting time in history.
  • Coyote Gorgeous on March 13, 2012

    This is an unusual paranormal romance featuring skinwalkers. The heroine is engaging in a serious way.
  • Annie on March 13, 2012

    At 4.99 very pricey for a short story. Two people meet and go on an interesting cultural date.
  • The Necromancer's Great Adventure on March 14, 2012

    Something different. A necromancer/funeral director investigates a murder.
  • The Piano Tutor - A Spicy Regency Short Story on March 16, 2012

    Amazingly well plotted with good character development for such a short story. Like eating a chocolate.
  • Dark Relic: Vampires' Curse on March 17, 2012

    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.
  • Alpha Destiny (Cat 1 Version) on March 18, 2012

    There was a plot for a longer book struggling to escape but it was cut short. This book feels like the first two chapters in a longer work. Rather disappointing.
  • Love Photographed on March 18, 2012

    A traditional sweet romance. The plot may be unrealistic but it is typical of the genre. Great read for those into this type of book.
  • Milord's Highland Captive - A Short Historical Romance on March 19, 2012

    A nobleman gently seduces his reluctant betrothed. The heroine is stereotypical but the hero has some character.
  • His Wayward Ward - A Regency Novella on March 22, 2012

    Delightful short regency romance priced appropriately. The story is not unique but nicely done for the length.
  • The Gingerbread Man (A Paranormal Tale) on March 22, 2012

    Short horror story. Good but rather short for $2.99. Better to get it in the collection.
  • The Last King's Amulet on April 03, 2012

    This fantasy is set in a Roman type world and features the layabout son of a noble. When the son joins the army, the plot picks up as he reveals more intelligence than expected.
  • Alpha's Mate on April 06, 2012

    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.
  • Being Bad (Erotic Romance Short Story) on April 09, 2012

    An average type woman is encouraged by a chance acquaintance to seek thrills. This short is intended as the first in a set or a prequel.
  • The key To The Grave on April 10, 2012

    Sumto continues the adventure begun in The Last King's Amulet. This book closes off many of the threads left in the previous book although the series continues. Lots of action with good characters.
  • Ice Cracker II on April 12, 2012

    A quick adventure in a world defined by the full length books in the series.
  • To Her Master Born on April 14, 2012

    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.
  • Lucy goes to the Fair on April 14, 2012

    The cover picture gave me incorrect expectations of what this book was about. Lucy presses a friend to take her to a local BDSM fair and spends the day exploring her interests.
  • Tascosa on April 17, 2012

    Western romance without explicit sex but adult in theme. Interesting characters.
  • Prison of Power on April 25, 2012

    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.
  • Surprises of Love on April 26, 2012

    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.
  • Redemption on April 29, 2012

    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.
  • Red Wine For Breakfast on May 01, 2012

    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).
  • Amulet on May 02, 2012

    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.
  • Split on May 03, 2012

    Short but good.
  • Pound of Flesh on May 05, 2012

    A hot BDSM scene between a married couple. Violet knows just what Max needs to zap his tension when he returns from a mission.
  • Wolf Medicine on May 06, 2012

    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.
  • Love, The Critic on May 15, 2012

    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.
  • Earthwalker on May 22, 2012

    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.
  • Earthwalker on May 22, 2012

    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.
  • Day of Sacrifice (Day of Sacrifice #1) on May 24, 2012

    The first of a serial, the book ends like a chapter, not a novella. Interesting plot and characters.
  • Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 1-3 on May 25, 2012

    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.
  • When Danger Calls on May 27, 2012

    A good combination of romance and suspense.
  • The Fake Husband on May 30, 2012

    Fun, short read.
  • Unseen on June 02, 2012

    A nicely done horror short.
  • Ghost's Night Out on June 03, 2012

    Short tale of ghost investigation. Nicely done for something so short.
  • Getting Naked on June 26, 2012

    Fast-paced and zany.
  • Rebound on June 28, 2012

    Very good for something so short. A fun romance.
  • Princess of Amathar on July 10, 2012

    Written as a first person account, the narrative tells the hero's impressions of a new world and how he finds a place in it.
  • Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) on July 12, 2012

    Good YA story with an interesting heroine. Story is told with many points of view which are are labelled in sections to keep them straight.
  • Maid for Mayhem on July 16, 2012

    An excellent light mystery with engaging characters.
  • Adrift (Callisto Series - Book 2) on July 22, 2012

    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.
  • Desperate Measures (A Regency Short Story) on July 22, 2012

    A gem of a short story for those who like Regency Romance.
  • Demon Mage on July 25, 2012

    The young mage gets in over her head in summoning demons.
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on July 29, 2012

    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.
  • A Night at Club Vampire on July 29, 2012

    Two girls go clubbing & find that vampires are real.
  • Defying Gravity on July 30, 2012

    A short sci-fi adventure-romance involving two aliens from enemy races.
  • Valley Girl Vampire to Save the World on July 30, 2012

    Valley Girl becomes a vampire. Also includes a short "Daniel". Note that the offering "Daniel" by the same author has the same content in reverse order. Story is OK. I got this free but would not have purchased at the $2.99 asking price.
  • Betrayal on July 31, 2012

    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.
  • A Ship of My Own on Aug. 01, 2012

    A quick sci-fi action adventure. Story is well developed for a short story and manages an unexpected twist at the end.
  • The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) on Aug. 06, 2012

    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.
  • The Place on Aug. 08, 2012
    (no rating)
    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.
  • Short Stories from the Land of the Great White Cloud on Aug. 08, 2012

    Four short stories with a horror bent.
  • Gore and the Witch on Aug. 08, 2012

    A short vampire romance but in an Old West setting. Good read for a freebie short.
  • No Beast so Fierce on Aug. 09, 2012

    Action packed short story mixing in weres and a little sci-fi. Despite the short length it builds excitement well.
  • Surge Protector on Aug. 12, 2012

    Short sci-fi story where officer finds out about androids in police service when his partner is shot. The GBLT angle really doesn't factor into it although it might have if it were longer.
  • Her Beautiful Interface on Aug. 13, 2012

    The programmer for a new ship programs an interface with an avatar. A bit of action-adventure with a romantic twist.
  • Sisters Of Glass on Aug. 14, 2012

    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.
  • In The Moment on Aug. 15, 2012

    The story has its moments. It didn't flow well at times and needs fleshing out more in parts.
  • The Alien King and I on Aug. 18, 2012

    A fun short parodying the abducted by alien romance plot. Loved the attitude of the heroine.
  • Snaring The Huntress on Aug. 19, 2012

    Good short quickly told.
  • De Mortuis Viventibus on Aug. 20, 2012

    A horror short story with a historical setting.
  • Capitol Offense (Texas Heroines in Peril) on Aug. 20, 2012

    Romantic suspense, good for a free book. Pacing was a little off because a very long flashback was used to tell the heroine's story before contacting her old flame.
  • Caught by the Tide on Aug. 21, 2012

    A nicely done contemporary romance in the style of series romance. The characters are well done and the storyline is enjoyable.
  • Solstice on Aug. 22, 2012

    Novella length romance. Like the author's other works, it is realistic with engaging characters and has a nice flow.
  • Anything for You on Aug. 23, 2012

    A series type romance with believeable, likeable characters. The basic plot is a trope but handled to make a very satisfying read.
  • For Honor: An Adventure of What Might Have Been on Aug. 27, 2012

    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.
  • Fallen Angel on Aug. 29, 2012

    A time travel romance novella, this doesn't give any clue to how the time travel occurred. Once it does though, the action doesn't stop.
  • The Papyrus Document on Sep. 02, 2012

    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.
  • Bewitching the Werewolf on Sep. 02, 2012

    This is a fun short. It would do well as a longer book but is fine as it is.
  • Prelude to a Wedding (The Wedding Series Book 1) on Sep. 04, 2012

    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.
  • Werelove #1: Dusk Conspiracy on Sep. 11, 2012

    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.
  • Undeniable Rogue,(The Rogues Club: Book One) on Sep. 14, 2012

    Improbable plot but that goes with the genre. The duke takes everything in stride. Nice find as a free book.
  • Jewels on Sep. 17, 2012

    A well paced read. Felt more at a YA level to me.
  • Wolves and War on Sep. 25, 2012

    Because this started with children prominent, I thought this was going to be a YA novel. It is actually an adult fantasy that drew me in.
  • Conflict and Courage on Sep. 27, 2012

    Despite being part of a long saga, this book has a solid ending. It moves relentlessly with lots of action.
  • Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, Book 1) on Oct. 02, 2012

    Good historical mystery with interesting characters.
  • Lady Thief on Oct. 09, 2012

    A historical romance in the old style. Another reviewer compared the style to Johanna Lindsey's. Nicely done.
  • See Night Run on Oct. 15, 2012

    A nicely paced novel with suspense and some romance. I would have liked better formatting with some chapter divisions and marking for changes of scene and time.
  • A Family Affair on Oct. 24, 2012

    A very different type of romance, it has a creepy undertone that screams sequel to come.
  • Night of the Aurora (Salmon Run - Book 1) on Oct. 31, 2012

    A well-paced YA story set in Alaska. Two young people fall into an alien spaceship en route to the newcomers' inheritance. e-pub version beautifully formatted.
  • Whisper on Nov. 08, 2012

    An interesting plot concept and lots of action. The writing style is mostly dialogue so there is not much insight into characters.
  • The Eclective: The Celtic Collection on Nov. 08, 2012

    An entertaining variety of short stories ranging from humorous UF to tender romantic fiction.
  • House Report, A Kate Carpenter Mystery on Nov. 12, 2012

    A first-rate mystery-thriller set in the theatre. The twists & turns kept me guessing until the end.
  • The Knowing Gene on Nov. 13, 2012

    A fun action-adventure story where a man suddenly gains the ability to know anything and everything. Lots of action, good pacing and a little romance.
  • Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles #1) on Nov. 15, 2012

    An entertaining fantasy. It starts off strong and peters out at the end in anticipation of the next in the series.
  • Mind Games on Nov. 25, 2012

    A good mix of thriller and paranormal with a touch of romance.
  • Heart of Gold on Nov. 28, 2012

    Nicely done sweet romance with good characters and a satisfying plot, well rounded despite the short length. Good read, particularly if you want something to fill about half an hour.
  • To Hunt Monsters on Dec. 01, 2012

    This tale of vampires and werewolves is very different with themes of politics and religion weaving through the motivations of the mystery aspect and the movivations of the characters.
  • All I Want For Christmas on Dec. 03, 2012

    A Director and HR person secretly are attracted to each other and find out at the company Christmas party.
  • Rainbows in Eclipse on Dec. 04, 2012

    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.
  • Wise Men on Dec. 09, 2012

    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.
  • Broken Worlds on Dec. 09, 2012

    I found this novel hard to follow. The narrative is mainly action and dialogue so the explanation of what is happening is long in coming.
  • Blood Ties on Dec. 11, 2012

    Compact novella with good plot development and pacing. It is part of a series but complete in itself.
  • Stoneweaver on Dec. 11, 2012

    Very good world building. The plot weaves various characters to reveal an unlikely hero. Lots of action.
  • The Mistletoe Mishap (A Regency Christmas Short Story) on Dec. 15, 2012

    A sweet story for Christmas.
  • Blade Sworn on Dec. 18, 2012

    Mostly action and dialogue that comes together in the last third to an exciting close. Getting there takes some slogging as it is confusing to follow the various threads which have to come together.
  • The Christmas Waltz on Dec. 19, 2012

    A touching Christian Christmas romance.
  • Allegiances on Dec. 22, 2012

    This is a fast paced thriller. A covert agency is bombed leaving two operatives on the run officially cut off without knowledge of what is happening.
  • Bid for a Bride on Dec. 23, 2012

    Satisfying sweet romance with a little thriller element.
  • Her Mr Perfect Christmas on Dec. 25, 2012

    A fun Christmas romance.
  • Assassin in the Abbey - a short story on Dec. 25, 2012

    Very nicely done in such a short story. A bit of thriller, a touch of romance, a little medieval mystery.
  • The Holiday Collection on Dec. 29, 2012

    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.
  • Henry Hartman's Holiday Crisis: An on Dec. 29, 2012

    A fun novella length read combining humour,romance and thriller elements.
  • Letters from the Vieux CarrĂ© (A Time Travel Romance) on Dec. 30, 2012

    A well done spin on time travel romance. There is a thriller thread with some twists and turns.
  • Shades of Gray on Jan. 06, 2013

    Good to see a book where the vampires are scary and part of a frightening society.
  • Mark of the Wolf on Jan. 06, 2013

    Generally a well-written werewolf romance. It is a little different with the age gap between hero and heroine and the more vicious alpha fight.
  • Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus on Jan. 07, 2013

    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).
  • Not His Type on Jan. 08, 2013

    A sweet romance with warmth. Challenges are everyday ones and a big one.
  • The Lawman on Jan. 09, 2013

    A nicely done western romance with interesting characters. There is a good plot, a little out of the ordinary well executed despite the novella length.
  • Special Offers on Jan. 12, 2013

    I loved the premise of this book - being possessed by an alien through a Kindle. The plot unfolds as a UF romping adventure.
  • Undeniable on Jan. 14, 2013

    Beautifully sensual erotic romance with a suitable level of plot for a novella.
  • Space Slugs on Jan. 15, 2013

    This is a fun space adventure with action,humour and a little romance.
  • The Doctor Wears A Stetson (Contemporary Western Romance) on Jan. 20, 2013

    Plot of a sweet romance but with a bedroom scene or two.
  • Captured In Sin on Jan. 21, 2013

    The South African setting is different but doesn't have an effect on the plot compared to any other location. The story line is interesting but didn't grap my interest.
  • Lace for a Lady on Jan. 22, 2013

    A Regency romance using the trope of the local lady dressed as a boy leading a group of smugglers. As expected, there is a spy involved and the local lord is acting as the law to unmask the spy.
  • Runaway Heart on Jan. 23, 2013

    A nice frothy Regency romance.
  • The Secrets of a Lady on Jan. 27, 2013

    A non-standard story line of a brother and sister crown agent team. Their mission is complicated by staying with an old friend living next door to a traitor that they are investigating.
  • Changed on Jan. 29, 2013

    This book has the feel of being the second in a series. I felt like I was picking up the background information from a previous book all the way through.
  • Almost a Spinster on Jan. 30, 2013

    These three interlocking novella have a nice degree of depth for their length. Very satisfying reads.
  • Intentions of the Earl (Regency Historical Romance) on Feb. 03, 2013

    Regency romance with interesting characters
  • My Lady Scandal - A Regency Novella on Feb. 04, 2013

    This Regency has interesting characters in a plot that is well developed for the novella length.
  • Shrouded in Darkness on Feb. 05, 2013

    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.
  • Bound by Darkness on Feb. 10, 2013

    This starts with the heroine having visions of women being found murdered. The book evolves into a combination of vampires and SM.
  • The Rake's Midnight Lady - A Regency Short Story on Feb. 11, 2013

    A fun quick-paced novella.
  • The Sirens of Space on Feb. 12, 2013

    The narrative bounced around a lot in the first half of the book before it steadied out into the commissioning of a starship. Once it got there, it was a interesting read.
  • Shadow of Dawn on Feb. 17, 2013

    This historical romance is a little different. The premise was a little hokey but it was well done. Exciting moments and some unexpected twists.
  • Fame and Infamy on Feb. 18, 2013

    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.
  • Stalking The Cat - Romantic Suspense on Feb. 19, 2013

    Romantic suspense with an Australian setting. Good action with exciting moments.
  • The Poisonings of Horpington on Feb. 25, 2013

    The basis of this story is OK with a slightly steampunk feel. The story needs editing (spelling and grammar errors) and some polishing.
  • Handler's Break on Feb. 26, 2013

    Good action adventure in space.
  • The Jester's Apprentice, A Mystery Novel on March 04, 2013

    A nice little mystery in a medieval setting.
  • Shotgun Groom on March 05, 2013

    Nice romance, on the sweet side.
  • Playing for the Dead on March 06, 2013

    An interesting short combining fantasy with a touch of horror. Rather short for the price though.
  • Crazy Ever After on March 09, 2013

    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.
  • Gambit For Love of a Queen on March 12, 2013

    The adventure continues. Action with a little romance and the Muskateers.
  • The Baby Race on March 16, 2013

    Sweet romance. Mild twist on the marriage of convenience trope.
  • Maggie Undercover on March 17, 2013

    A quick romance with a little used trope of a woman pretending to be a high school student as part of an investigation. The small town setting makes it a little different for this type of plot.
  • Killers and Demons on March 17, 2013

    Five tightly written little horror stories.
  • Abby on March 18, 2013

    Good little horror story. Although first in a series, it stands OK on its own.
  • Stealing Chance on March 18, 2013

    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.
  • Exchange on March 18, 2013

    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.
  • Ruined City on March 21, 2013

    This dark fantasy uses an interesting format of short pieces from different points of view over time to tell the story.
  • Gothic Cavalcade on March 22, 2013

    An interesting story, a cross between gothic romance and horror.
  • The Wolves Of Spirit Mountain: Book one Soul Mates on March 23, 2013

    The plot premise is good but the writing does not always flow well. Good action. Some spelling/grammar errors.
  • Thief of Souls on March 24, 2013

    This paranormal romance has more horror than usual with a twist on the vampire theme.
  • Collateral Damage on March 25, 2013

    Good space opera novella with action, adventure and romance in one tight bundle.
  • Wings of Desire on March 26, 2013

    At the beginning, I would have preferred more plot and less sex but about half way through the pace picked up.
  • Revelation of Abaddon on March 26, 2013

    An interesting paranormal romance although a bit on the somber side. This short has an arty feel to it.
  • Transplant Treachery on March 27, 2013

    This is a short story with no character development but lots of action. It is part of a series but stands on its own. Good for what it is but the price point is high for the length.
  • The Seed of Satan: Leah's Story Book Two of the Invisible Enemies Series on March 29, 2013

    Grace Faith Church battles demons in their plot to take over the world through on-line dating. It is fast paced with fantasy to the point of farce at times.
  • Rekindle the Sun on April 01, 2013

    Interesting short story but pricy for the length.
  • Mariposa on April 06, 2013

    Interesting story but it took a while to get established in it.
  • Random Glory on April 07, 2013

    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.
  • Scat (Scat's Universe, Book 1) on April 09, 2013

    Fast paced science fiction adventure.
  • A Bit of Bite on April 11, 2013

    Great quick read. Plot and characters just enough in a novella to supplement the action.
  • Dark Cotillion (First in the Brenna Strachan Series) on April 14, 2013

    The basic story line is OK but this tale needs to be pruned. Lots of discussion punctuated by brief periods of action.
  • All Dressed Up on April 16, 2013

    Beautifully written with a Maeve Binchley type of plot.
  • Spacejet on April 20, 2013

    Fast-paced and funny. A Texas "white trash" waitress saves the world with the help of an alien cat-man and her friends.
  • Ronin on April 21, 2013

    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.
  • Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1) on April 21, 2013

    All of the high school romance angst complicated by reincarnation memories. The characters are good. The action, such as it is, is too centred on the dating and break-ups for my taste.
  • Whiskey on the Rocks on April 21, 2013

    Quick space adventure.
  • Gathering Clouds... on April 22, 2013

    Wacky science fiction where two young men build a space ship and end up saving earth from aliens which look like praying mantis.
  • Kindred (Book 1 The Kindred Series) on April 27, 2013

    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.
  • Desert Gold on April 28, 2013

    This is a romantic mystery thriller with North American aboriginal mystical elements. The paranormal aspect grows as the story develops. The romance and thriller aspects are nicely done.
  • Ecstatic Evil on April 28, 2013

    I didn't get into this story of a half-demon needing to decide which half of her heritage to embrace. The narrative voice didn't work well in places.
  • Her Sudden Groom (Historical Regency Romance) on April 30, 2013

    The lead characters in this Regency romance are not the standard types. Both are serious amateur scientists so their outings have a more intellectual flair. An enjoyable read.
  • Captured (The Captive Series Book 1) on May 04, 2013

    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.
  • Five on May 05, 2013

    This YA novel about the Fae has good characters, suspense and action. Many things are not as they seem so the development twists and turns along.
  • Draykon on May 07, 2013

    This is mostly pure fantasy with an element of mystery and some action as the story progresses. Although the characters were well drawn, I didn't really get drawn into them.
  • Portrait of a Gentleman (Historical Regency Romance) on May 07, 2013

    A beautiful Regency romance novella. A mother succeeds in matching her widower son with a widowed artist.
  • The Reality Plague on May 11, 2013

    The world building was exceptional. Good action, touch of romance.
  • Hello Again on May 12, 2013

    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 Tears of Things on May 14, 2013

    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.
  • Temptation on May 18, 2013

    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.
  • La Luxure: Discover Your Blood Lust on May 19, 2013

    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.
  • Encrypted on May 20, 2013

    Great action-adventure with a little romance thrown in.
  • Destiny Unhinged on May 21, 2013

    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.
  • Lucky on May 21, 2013

    Quick sci-fi piece. Interesting mystery at a space station with some action.
  • Conditioned Response (Phoenician #2) on May 28, 2013

    It took a while to grasp the plot lines and characters but once that happened, things took off. Intrigue, action, a little romance with good world-building.
  • Lily's Dawn on May 30, 2013

    A comfortable under an hour read with a new heiress suddenly finding herself popular and having to discern who wants her for herself instead of the money.
  • Simply Amazing on May 30, 2013

    Nice, short contempory romance.
  • Malakh on June 01, 2013

    This story of angels has an interesting horror thread and has some unexpected twists and turns. An excellent read for the length.
  • The Weeping Empress on June 02, 2013

    Reading this rather dark fantasy, I thought I could tell how it would conclude but it managed to surprise me. A memorable story.
  • Olivia on June 03, 2013
    (no rating)
    There is a little bit of everything in here. It is thin in places. It twists and turns as it goes along.
  • Undercover Secrets on June 04, 2013

    A little romance, a little mystery, a little humour, there is a smattering of everything. I liked the characters and had fun hating the heroine's ex.
  • Heart of Stone on June 05, 2013

    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.
  • Fountane Of on June 07, 2013
    (no rating)
    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.
  • The Ghosts of Kara Keep on June 08, 2013

    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.
  • The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn on June 09, 2013

    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.
  • Would That It Were on June 10, 2013

    Nice little short story where a caravan owner has bad luck but trusts in karma.
  • Office Politics on June 11, 2013

    A fun novel set in a dysfunctional software company in department that is a mini Peyton Place.
  • Undercover Lover on June 15, 2013

    This is a formerly published Harlequin romance. Good characters and action.
  • A Bitch in Time (The Right Bitch series #1) on June 16, 2013

    A story from a dog's point of view. A short adventure in catching illegal magic.
  • Condemned on June 17, 2013

    Well written horror. I didn't read the first book but had no trouble getting into this one. The allusions to the previous book did not give that "I'm missing something feeling".
  • Secrets Among the Shadows on June 18, 2013

    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.
  • Starmarked on June 22, 2013

    This is definitely a young teen's story featuring young twins who save the day. As such, it is a good story with action and reads something like a fairy tale.
  • Loving Mr. July on June 23, 2013

    The wrinkle that makes this contemporary romance a little different is a heroine that is overweight and out of condition.
  • Bittersweet Promises on June 24, 2013

    Good Western romance. I, too, noticed that the brother changed ages - confusing there for a moment. Interesting background figures of Frank & Jesse James.
  • Secrets Rising on June 25, 2013

    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.
  • Dragon Call on June 26, 2013

    A witch finds that she has accidentally called two dragons and by proxy their dragon lords as mates. Wanting neither, she also realizes that one of them is dangerous.
  • Death by Chocolate on June 29, 2013

    Good combination of thriller and romances with a light approach.
  • Countercharm on June 29, 2013

    Good premise but I had some trouble following what was going on. It made more sense as it progressed.
  • Countercharm 2: Of Stars and Dreams on June 30, 2013

    Like the first in the series, this book was hard to follow. Having read the first, I knew more of the background but the choppiness of the action made for bad flow.
  • She's Gotta Be Mine (a sexy funny mystery/romance, Cottonmouth Book 1) on July 01, 2013

    A fun book with romance, mystery and comedy. The heroine's way of thinking and reactions to small town life was a hoot.
  • Pagan Sunset on July 02, 2013

    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.
  • A Hell Hound's Fire on July 03, 2013

    Quick read. Werewolf variant meets his true love who is fleeing from a demon.
  • Kira on July 04, 2013

    Good action but I would have liked more context.
  • The Dreamland Articles - Book 1 on July 05, 2013

    This is a collection of short stories with a fantasy magic theme. With each only a few pages long, these vignettes manage to have a wisp of plot and sufficient detail to carry it. They are good for what they are.
  • The Supermodel's Best Friend (A Romantic Comedy) on July 06, 2013

    A fun read. I liked the match of the somewhat nerdy heroine with the mammoth social worker.
  • Fey Lights on July 06, 2013

    This started with an exciting opening sequence then segued into the romance.
  • Operation Starfire on July 13, 2013

    The first person account of a hitman/thief is written in a terse, abrupt style. The chapters are short (about one and a half pages each). There are some spelling/grammar problems. Lots of action.
  • x0 on July 14, 2013

    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.
  • Justice (Deck of Lies #1) on July 16, 2013

    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.
  • The Tower (Deck of Lies #2) on July 20, 2013

    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.
  • When Minds Collide (Phoenician Short #0.1) on July 21, 2013

    Interesting sci-fi short
  • Jolly Roger on July 21, 2013

    Lots of fun. Whoever thought that you could combine sci-fi, comedy and pirates into one story.
  • Chocolate Cream on July 22, 2013

    The unusual combination of chocolate and light BDSM works in this romance.
  • Maceration on July 25, 2013

    A nice, neat little murder mystery that moves along well.
  • Moonbeams (Beams & Light #1) on July 27, 2013

    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.
  • Last One Leaves the Light Out on July 27, 2013

    Interesting snippet.
  • Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies on July 28, 2013

    Cute and clever
  • Call of Descent on July 30, 2013

    A good fantasy, complete in itself (not the first in a series). There are grammatical errors throughout that are sometimes distracting.
  • My Little Blue Bestiary on July 30, 2013

    An interesting portrayal of some people types as mythical beasts.
  • Blood Dome on Aug. 01, 2013

    I would categorize this more as horror than thriller. Basic premise is good but it does not flow well. Spelling problems.
  • The Death of Amelia Marsh: A Sally Nimitz Mystery (Book 1) on Aug. 03, 2013

    Down to earth mystery with believable characters. The author kept me interested as the investigation evolved.
  • The Disappearance of Douglas White: A Sally Nimitz Mystery (Book 2) on Aug. 04, 2013

    Nicely done mystery with engaging realistic characters. A little excitement to boot.
  • Love Handles (A Romantic Comedy) on Aug. 05, 2013

    A fun romantic comedy.
  • Demon Slayer on Aug. 06, 2013

    The story is somewhat rushed to fit in such a short work for my taste. However, seeing that it is targeted as erotic some might think otherwise. This is supposed to be the first of a series. The premise is good and could be expanded to novel length.
  • Tesla's Secret on Aug. 08, 2013

    Interesting sci-fi short.
  • The Oort Perimeter on Aug. 11, 2013

    It took me about half the novel to get a grip on all of the characters and what was happening. Then it became engrossing. Lots of action, back-stabbing intergalactic politics, interesting ideas and twists. Although it was the first of a series, the ending was satisfying while still leaving the threads for books to come.
  • The Happenstance Marshal on Aug. 13, 2013

    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.
  • Holding Back on Aug. 14, 2013

    A nice short story with a gentle romance in a fantasy setting.
  • Flashdrive on Aug. 17, 2013

    It was interesting to read this tale of a man on the run evading the FBI. Chapters are very short and there are spelling errors sprinkled throughout.
  • Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) on Aug. 18, 2013

    An up-to-date take on horror with an intriguing heroine.
  • Words With Friends With Benefits on Aug. 22, 2013

    Clever short story of friends becoming lovers.
  • Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2) on Aug. 24, 2013

    An interesting series on the paranormal with the strange combination of leading characters. This episode was plagued with constantly changing font size in e-pub format.
  • Death at the Whistling Swan on Aug. 26, 2013

    A nicely done mystery that flows well despite the short length.
  • Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror #3) on Aug. 27, 2013

    This book flowed better than the previous two and had a more intense horror element. The characters continue to develop and more of their past is revealed.
  • Tempting Traditions on Aug. 29, 2013

    A fun erotic romance combining shifters and sci-fi elements.
  • Ravenous (Book 1 The Ravening Series) on Aug. 31, 2013

    This combo of YA sci-fi, horror, romance is fast paced and exciting. Being the first in the series, the ending is just a pause awaiting the next book.
  • Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) on Sep. 01, 2013

    The series gets better with each book. We finally see the dynamics between Dex and Jenn and get more clues to the past.
  • Deer Lake: A Novel on Sep. 02, 2013

    A great mystery-thriller with its own Nessie-style lake monster. The Quebec setting was a nice touch.
  • The Unlimited on Sep. 03, 2013

    This is a fast-paced thriller with interesting characters and a good plot. Lots of fun. The resolution is a bit cheesy but the end has an interesting twist.
  • Crossfire on Sep. 08, 2013

    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.
  • Rebel Heart on Sep. 14, 2013

    Good dystopian romance.
  • This Heart For Hire on Sep. 15, 2013

    This western romance has enough grittiness to add some depth to the story to balance an incredibly naive heroine (a convent graduate no less).
  • Come Fly With Me on Sep. 15, 2013

    A short story where two strangers meet in an airport lounge after recognizing each other from numerous times on similar flights.
  • Barrenlands on Sep. 16, 2013

    Good action adventure in a fantasy kingdom.
  • How to Marry a Matador on Sep. 23, 2013

    A fun romp with likeable characters. The romance is tender and the angst not overwrought.
  • Ill-Conceived Magic: A Monster Haven Short Story on Sep. 23, 2013

    A cute short story in the Monster Haven series. Totally accessible to those who have not read any of the series yet.
  • Camp Mana on Sep. 24, 2013

    Incredibly good!! The combination of fantasy, horror and young adult elements melded well. The pacing of action within the narrative of the heroine was perfect.
  • Tales From the SFR Brigade on Sep. 29, 2013

    Hard to beat a free set of short stories by leading authors in the genre.
  • Midnight My Love on Sep. 29, 2013

    I liked the love story of the secondary characters more in this story. The leading characters have the stereotypical rake - feisty heroine plot but the secondary ones are dealing with amputation.
  • The Vicar's Daughter on Oct. 02, 2013

    This regency has more depth of writing than normal with better drawn male characters than usually found.
  • The Republican Coin on Oct. 06, 2013

    This is two different types of stories bound by one coin. No happy endings but very interesting.
  • See Me on Oct. 06, 2013

    A very nice little romantic thriller with a ghost driving the action.
  • In the Garden of Seduction (The Garden Series Book 2) on Oct. 08, 2013

    An improbable plot but nicely done.
  • Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book One) on Oct. 20, 2013

    This romance has action, grit and a lot of hot scenes. The dystopian setting is well done. My personal preference is for somewhat more plot/action than scenes but I was still satisfied.
  • Guardian Vampire on Oct. 21, 2013

    Good action for a novella.
  • Glimmer on Nov. 02, 2013

    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 Familiar Face on Nov. 09, 2013

    A fun fast moving short story.
  • Switched on Nov. 12, 2013

    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 Five Kisses on Dec. 31, 2013

    A sweet story. Improbable but very touching. $5 is a bit pricey for a novella though.
  • Dead Air on March 01, 2014

    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.
  • Black Mercury on March 12, 2014

    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...
  • Murder At Zero Hour on April 20, 2014

    The WW1 setting for a murder was different and well handled with interesting description of life in the trenches. The twist at the end caught me by surprise.
  • Sudden Death (endorsed by James Patterson & Clive Cussler) on April 26, 2014

    This is more of a suspense novel rather than a mystery. The main character is interesting and the golf setting is different.