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Smashwords book reviews by LisaMH

  • Guarding Suzannah on Jan. 01, 2012

    Enjoyed the book. Well paced and plotted, which kept me wanting to keep reading, and guessing until the end. Great chemistry between the two leads. Just a couple of "flaws": one was the way John Quigley's eye colour changed about half-way through the book (a little disconcerting when trying to visualise the character!), and the other was the abrupt ending, which someone else has mentioned.
  • Saving Grace on Jan. 01, 2012

    Another good book in Norah Wilson's 'Serve and Protect' series, and just as tightly plotted and suspenseful as 'Guarding Suzannah', but with the same flaw of an abrupt ending, and all-too-convenient disposal of the villain. But then I guess that, being mainly a romance, the thriller part comes secondary as a plot device for the development of that relationship, though the thriller part is done very well in the main. I did notice that Ray Morgan shared the same trait with John Quigley from the previous book, of having given up smoking eight years previously, and they also appear to have the same hair colour (I can't help but notice the minutiae!) Great read, nonetheless.
  • From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2 (Contemporary Romance) on Jan. 01, 2012

    I'm sorry but I found this really disappointing and tedious, after what seemed like a promising start which I read in the sample. I'm probably not really into this straight romance type of book, though I have to say that I read another of Bella Andre's books, which was also a thriller (Wild Heat), and that too was a great disappointment - even more-so than this.
  • The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) on Jan. 09, 2012

    Loved the book (and books 2 and 3 in the series, all of which I read back-to-back). Never read steam-punk before, until I came across the free version of Lindsay Buroker's short story collection Ice Cracker 2, which takes place after this one (though the time-scale is out because it supposedly takes place a year after the end of this, when Dark Currents carries on the story only three months along from this book). Wasn't too sure about that book at first, though I liked the cover and the synopsis. I've re-read it since reading this, so it now makes more sense, and it's grown on me. Great action, great plotting, great characters - especially enjoyed the development of the relationships between Amaranthe and Sicarius, and Maldynado and Books (a great comic duo!)
  • Dark Currents (The Emperor's Edge Book 2) on Jan. 09, 2012

    Can't say any more than what's already been written in other reviews, and what I said about book 1. Loved it. Look forward to book 4 (having already read the first three, the short story collection, and Encrypted, which cleverly links in with The Emperor's Edge series by introducing us to Sicarius just starting out on his "assasinly" career - to use an Amarinthism!)
  • Deadly Games (The Emperor's Edge Book 3) on Jan. 09, 2012

    Great book to continue the series, though I missed Sicarius during the middle of the book, but the ending somewhat made up for his disappearance! I have to say that some of the plot twists seemed a little convoluted and left me a bit confused, but the character development compensated. Perhaps it'll take more than one very speedy reading of it to get some of the layers: I was too busy wanting to know how things were going to progress between Amaranthe and Sicarius!
  • Protecting Paige on Jan. 09, 2012

    Of the three books in this series this is my least favourite, but I still enjoyed it just the same. Great plotting and pace, though the character development is a little cliched, and it still has the same flaw as the first two - the very abrupt, and all-too-neat ending. Just who is The Big Guy anyway?! But it's a minor quibble when the main thrust of the story is to do with the romance (or romances!) of the main characters.
  • Beneath the Surface (The Emperor's Edge 5.5) on Feb. 08, 2013

    Excellent book. Really enjoyed the interplay between Maldynado and Yara, and, of course, the continued progression of Am and Sic's relationship - loved the smoke-stack scene!
  • The Betwixt Book One on April 14, 2013

    Great book - couldn't stop reading it, so much action going on. Went from being really funny (loved the yoda-like Od, and Mini's initial attempts at being a warrior, with a frying pan!), to darker and more serious, evolving along with Mini's own journey to discover her origins, along with the fate of the universe.
  • The Betwixt Book Two on April 14, 2013

    Good end to the story, though not quite as expected from the description given - this second part being a lot more philosophical than action-based, and devoid of much of the humour of the first half. But a satisfying conclusion nonetheless, if a bit convoluted and verbose at times. An adventure story with depth, and one to re-read. Enjoyed very much.
  • Forged in Blood I (The Emperor's Edge Book 6) on May 19, 2013

    Absolutely brilliant, this series just gets better and better. But oh no, not another cliffhanger! This is worse than the end of Conspiracy (book four in the series). Roll on August for the conclusion to this story arc, (though, hopefully, not the end for these wonderful characters). A real rollercoaster of emotions in this one, despite the secondary viewpoint being that of Sicarius, our stoic assassin; but still full of all the trademark action, adventure, excitement, and humour we've come to love. If you're new to this author, or this series, you need to read them in order - and book one The Emperor's Edge just happens to be free!