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.
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.
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.
An Absolute Mess
on March 28, 2011
Comic take-off on a fairy tale type romance. Silliness mostly.
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.
on April 04, 2011
Entertaining romance. Intelligent heroine vs the entreprenial hero. Good conflict changing into attraction.
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.
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.
on May 06, 2011
This is the free introduction to a series. Plot appears to be the development of a BDSM relationship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
on Dec. 20, 2011
Quick paced thriller with a supernatural element.
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.
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.
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.
on Jan. 30, 2012
This urban fantasy is on the horror end of the genre. A creepy tale, well told.
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.
on March 13, 2012
This is an unusual paranormal romance featuring skinwalkers. The heroine is engaging in a serious way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on Aug. 08, 2012
This is the spiritual journey of a man, told in a simple, open style. The experience has native American influences.
It's not my usual type of book to read but kept me interested to the end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Lasting Love
on Nov. 19, 2012
A rancher renews an old love affair with a lawyer in DC.
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.
on Dec. 11, 2012
Compact novella with good plot development and pacing. It is part of a series but complete in itself.
on Dec. 11, 2012
Very good world building. The plot weaves various characters to reveal an unlikely hero. Lots of action.
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.
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.
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.
on Jan. 15, 2013
This is a fun space adventure with action,humour and a little romance.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Baby Race
on March 16, 2013
Sweet romance. Mild twist on the marriage of convenience trope.
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.
on March 18, 2013
Good little horror story. Although first in a series, it stands OK on its own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Flower Bowl Spell
on April 01, 2013
This was a bit slow getting started but built up nicely as it went.
on April 06, 2013
Interesting story but it took a while to get established in it.
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.
All Dressed Up
on April 16, 2013
Beautifully written with a Maeve Binchley type of plot.
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.
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.
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.
The Reality Plague
on May 11, 2013
The world building was exceptional. Good action, touch of romance.
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.
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.
on May 20, 2013
Great action-adventure with a little romance thrown in.
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.
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.
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.
on June 03, 2013
There is a little bit of everything in here. It is thin in places. It twists and turns as it goes along.
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.
on June 11, 2013
A fun novel set in a dysfunctional software company in department that is a mini Peyton Place.
on June 15, 2013
This is a formerly published Harlequin romance. Good characters and action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Hell Hound's Fire
on July 03, 2013
Quick read. Werewolf variant meets his true love who is fleeing from a demon.
on July 04, 2013
Good action but I would have liked more context.
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.
on July 21, 2013
Lots of fun. Whoever thought that you could combine sci-fi, comedy and pirates into one story.
on July 22, 2013
The unusual combination of chocolate and light BDSM works in this romance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on Oct. 06, 2013
A very nice little romantic thriller with a ghost driving the action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Sudden Crush
on March 27, 2016
A slightly zany heroine is ejected from a plane on her honeymoon trip and the fun starts. Good writing.
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.
Lifesaver in a Bikini
on March 03, 2018
A blend of thriller, mystery and romance that works well. The pacing is good. There is a bit of a batman type vibe to the husband (SWAT team member with his own resources and connections).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.