Smashwords book reviews by Carol

  • 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.
  • Redemption: A Steampunk Romance Novel on March 03, 2011

    Good steampunk romance with a hint of paranormal at a great price.
  • 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 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.
  • On Cherry Hill 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.
  • Hollow Bones on April 08, 2011

    Short story with the air of a myth or folk tale. Very different style from most shapeshifter fantasies.
  • 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.
  • The Fairy Tale Bride on April 20, 2011

    Historical romance with a plot twist that I didn't see coming. Good 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Contract on May 06, 2011

    This is the free introduction to a series. Plot appears to be the development of a BDSM relationship.
  • 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.
  • Revenge Wore Lipstick 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) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Texan Undercover on July 28, 2011

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

    Great short story. Good action and character development.
  • Entangled (formerly known as 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Legend of the White Dragon: Fireblood 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • Christmas Stalking on Sep. 07, 2011

    A story with a lot of elements. The romance came on a little too abruptly even for a romance type novella considering the background of the heroine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Autumn Moon on Nov. 05, 2011

    The use of Chinese vampire mythology and a Chinatown setting makes this a different type of vampire story. A bit expensive though for a short novel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Rough Wooing on March 07, 2012

    Very nicely done historical romance for a novella. Good characters, interesting time in history.
  • The Necromancer's Great Adventure on March 14, 2012

    Something different. A necromancer/funeral director investigates a murder.
  • The Piano Tutor - A Spicy Regency 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.
  • 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.
  • Alpha's Mate - Special Anniversary Extended Edition 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.
  • Ice Cracker II on April 12, 2012

    A quick adventure in a world defined by the full length books in the series.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Split on May 03, 2012

    Short but good.
  • 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.
  • Pack Rules (A Short Story) on May 24, 2012

    Tightly written short thriller. Entertaining.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Night at Club Vampire on July 29, 2012

    Two girls go clubbing & find that vampires are real.
  • 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.
  • The Emperor's Edge 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Heart of Love 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Jester's Apprentice 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Multiple Motives, A Kate Huntington Mystery on March 31, 2013

    Great mystery-thriller. The psychology introduced is interesting and the plot moves well with good periods of action punctuating the attempts to identify the murderer.
  • The Flower Bowl Spell on April 01, 2013

    This was a bit slow getting started but built up nicely as it went.
  • Mariposa (2173) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (An Epic Fantasy of Dragons) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of One 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Guardian Vampire on Oct. 21, 2013

    Good action for a novella.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Storm On The Horizon on Sep. 14, 2014

    A quick read to a happy ending, combining paranormal with regency type romance. Nice light reading.
  • The Lamplighter's Love on May 23, 2015

    A nice little romance with a steampunk setting. The plot moves quickly but feels complete despite the short length. I liked the competent heroine.
  • Virtual on Aug. 15, 2015

    A clever plot with a tech trying to fill in for a virtual concierge. There is nice progression from farce to thriller.
  • A Moment With God - Year 2 on Oct. 03, 2015

    Interesting insights and thought provoking without veering from mainstream Christianity.
  • 25 Christmas Eves on Dec. 12, 2015

    25 creative looks at Christmas Eve. This is not warm & fuzzy but full of interesting twists.
  • Murder at Naughton Pharms on March 05, 2016

    I liked the hero and the setting of this mystery. It is also somewhat of an expose of the pharma industry.
  • Love on the Range: A Looking Glass Lake Prequel on Oct. 01, 2016

    This romance is a quick read with an enjoyable plot.
  • Wet Work on May 06, 2017

    Enjoyable mystery. I liked the animal communicator idea but I think that so much time devoted to it at the start of the book detracted from the story line. I would read more in this series.
  • A Summer in Amber on June 24, 2017

    Interesting world building with a somewhat dystopian world. I liked how the ending was handled (would be a spoiler to talk about the twist).
  • The Moreva of Astoreth on Feb. 17, 2018

    I thought that I would be reading this quickly but I was utterly entranced and took my time. The characters are well drawn and the story line keeps developing in both expected and unexpected directions. Worth reading for sci-fi romance readers who enjoy the created world and a heroine coming to grips with herself and her place in the world.
  • Shipmate: A Royal Regard Prequel Novella on June 30, 2018

    Although a prequel, the story is charming in its own right. The author drew me in with the difficult situation of the heroine and made a the May-December (well, maybe August-November) marriage a touching success. There was enough tension and action to make this an excellent read.
  • Royal Regard on June 30, 2018

    Wow! Intrigue, romance, murder. Lots to keep me interested. Bella copes with a cherished dying husband, a French duc that wants her fortune, an English Duke who wants her body and a ton that ridicules her. Never a dull moment.
  • The Fourth Element Trilogy Boxed Set on Nov. 17, 2018

    Highly enjoyable fantasy. I liked having the whole set (although no cliffhangers, it was good to see the resolution). The world is based on Persian myth and with contributions from Zoroastrian beliefs. Good characters, good plot, hint of romance.
  • Annabelle's Courtship on April 26, 2021

    I liked the characters. The hero needs a wife to inherit and has a practical list of requirements for his would-be wife. The heroine is into women's rights and wants to marry for love if she marries at all. The plot kicks in an unscrupulous rival for the hand of the lady.
  • A Promise Made on May 01, 2021

    I liked the military sci-fi setting for this romance.. Well-developed story especially considering the novella length. Just enough background to enjoy the plot. Good heroine, intelligent, principled.
  • The Superhero's Son Omnibus Volume 2: Books 4-6 on May 05, 2021

    Kevin is gaining experience and maturity. Working with a league of superheroes, he leads a team of young superheroes one of whom he dates. Still lots of action.
  • Thoughtful Dementia Care: Understanding the Dementia Experience on Aug. 14, 2021

    I like the thoughtful, caring explanations in this book. I am living with my 91 year old mother who has not been diagnosed with dementia but is slowly declining. This book has given me good insights and ideas to accommodate her better. I recommend this book to anyone with elderly relatives.
  • The Plague of 1665: Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year and other contemporary accounts on Oct. 27, 2021

    I liked this book because it gave several accounts of the plague and how it was handled in London. The accounts show similarities to how COVID 19 has been handled today.
  • Undercover Vices on Feb. 03, 2022

    I liked the engaging characters, funny moments and the plot involving the legality of selling sex toys. A fun read.
  • Mars: A Traveler's Guide on Feb. 12, 2022

    Short, but carries the message. Starts slow as topics in a travel guide and starts to reveal the situation.
  • Packless (Hunter Moon Academy) on Feb. 22, 2022

    Academy books are my catnip, especially when they can move beyond YA. I like the dark character of the academy and how the heroine has to fight to survive. Also there are mystery elements to be revealed. There is a cliff-hanger ending though and the next book isn't out yet.
  • Anxious? A Booklet of Bible Verses for When You Feel Anxious on March 01, 2022

    I am a fan of John Zehring books in general but particularly like this one and highly recommend it. It makes a good daily devotional during a time of anxiety. The expositions of the 24 scripture passages are short but powerful. The interpretations of scripture are mainstream reaching across Christian denominations.
  • Secrets and Sensibilities: A Regency Romance Mystery on March 06, 2022

    A charming story with a satisfying plot including a mystery and some excitement within a regency setting.
  • Have You Seen My Cat? on April 05, 2022

    The story starts cute with missing cats and builds to an alien invasion.
  • Cat Call, a Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery #4 on July 30, 2022

    I liked the cat handler aspect of the story. Interesting to see how cats are coerced to perform in TV. The plot was good and the lead character easy to like. In all, an entertaining cozy with some insight into how cats perform on screen.
  • Cosmic Cat, a Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery #6 on Aug. 07, 2022

    I'm impressed how the author keeps coming up with interesting cat related mysteries. This time it involves a vigilante group that Lynley meets while helping a friend at a comic con. I liked the costumes for cats component. Nice read.
  • Welcome To The Universe on Aug. 11, 2022

    This is an overview of the universe starting with earth and moving out. Written by a SF writer, it gives a fast orientation to some theory that is useful for world building. Worth a view for the pictures alone. Recommend reading on computer to see the numerous colour pics. The text is easy to understand with a bit of snark. There is a theistic pitch at the end for the origin of the universe based on current science but no big evangelistic push. Very enjoyable.
  • Cat Conundrum, a Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery #7 on Aug. 18, 2022

    Lynley shows that she is the Jessica Fletcher of the cat world. As usual the cats provide the setting for the mystery but people solve the mystery. Lynley is a speaker at a cat convention and manages to get involved investigating locked room murders. Likeable heroine. Interesting plots. Cats.
  • Scorpio Rising on Aug. 22, 2022

    This mystery/thriller moved fast. The lead character is likeable and interesting. Despite fast changing POVs, it was easy to keep track of what was going on. Good read.
  • He Needed Killing on Sep. 25, 2022

    I found this to be a nicely paced cozy mystery. It is easy to relate to the main character who falls into being asked to solve a murder on campus. There are enough clues to figure out who dunnit. Everything that makes a cozy mystery fun to read.
  • Heaven for Us on Nov. 24, 2022

    Let's face it; most prequels are only interesting if you've already read part of the series. This is an exception. The characters and action pulled me in right away. The plot is good and the story complete in itself. Definitely worth reading.
  • The Dead Elf on Dec. 23, 2022

    Mystery is well laid out and solved satisfactorily despite the short length.
  • Never Blackmail a Thought-Reader on Jan. 14, 2023

    I liked how well the plot worked and characters developed in such a short story.
  • Dream Doctor on Jan. 31, 2023

    The "gift" of seeing the dreams of others makes for interesting mysteries. Sara has to identify the dreamer and sort out fact from imagination. In this book she has to figure out who is killing a prof unpopular enough that many people dream about his death. Good pacing and character development.
  • Shenanigans on Feb. 17, 2023

    Hilarious! While doing a rescue, a psychic pet detective tangles with her hot cop neighbour and uses her abilities.
  • Vexing Voss on Feb. 24, 2023

    I was expecting the usual trope. You know: shortage of alien women, aliens come to Earth to find mates, maybe even a dating agency. This book went beyond and delivered so much more. One group of aliens is looking for human lunch. The others demand psychic women as breeders to fight on behalf of Earth. The heroine is a powerful psychic investigative reporter who wants to avenge her mother killed by the lunching aliens and no part of the breeding thing. This results in lots of action, tussles with a super-alpha alien commander and lots of fun. Highly recommended.
  • Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3: Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown on April 15, 2023

    This is a series of action stories following a witch law enforcement detective. It takes place in the Descentverse but you don't need to read other books in it (although it helps). I liked the hero's Harry Dresden vibe. The series arc of developing his witch abilities is interesting. The action is well paced and the problems are darkly paranormal.
  • The Dimensional Shift on May 24, 2023

    Very entertaining. I liked the concept of a hotel spanning dimensions and the earth woman hired to work there starting as a chambermaid. The heroine was likeable and side characters well drawn. A little romance, a bit of mystery/thriller and aliens of all types and sizes. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Aspect Ratio on May 30, 2023

    This second in the series is still a lot of fun. It is a sort of transition to bring in a second heroine. The plot involves doubles from other dimensions, an interesting idea.
  • Echo Location on May 30, 2023

    I like the characters: the pet store employee who is now bored in her own dimension, the exterminator from another dimension who is courting her and the incompetent hotel employee. Still a fun series.
  • Out of My League on Aug. 28, 2023

    I liked the hero being a nice guy despite being the Quarterback for a NFL team. So often, a sports hero is a sex figure and a player in that sense of things. This guy had to overcome stereotypes and interference of people subscribing to them to win his girl. Hurray for the decent guy.
  • Factory 4-80 on Jan. 12, 2024

    I enjoyed this book. The heroine captain has to decide whether to trust the highly intelligent AI of an alien factory ship while facing off against invaders and other complications. Good combination of action and perspective of the heroine.
  • Blue Collar on Jan. 15, 2024

    I liked the unlikely pairing of a bricklayer with an upper-middle class woman and the writing style. I enjoyed following his POV with all his self doubts. This was a very different type of romance.