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  • Why Me on Dec. 10, 2010

    The writing itself is fairly good, but the characters' actions seemed inconsistent and somewhat erratic, and the plot was hard to follow. This story would benefit from an editor to tighten up the scenes and make sure the images in the authors' head got across to the readers.
  • Faewolf on Dec. 10, 2010

    Fascinating characters, gripping plot interwoven with hot sex scenes, internally-consistent magic system. Terrific look at fae/human romance and shapeshifter dynamics.
  • The Tube on Dec. 10, 2010

    Sharply disorienting and nicely disturbing. Memorable; some of the imagery was with me months later.
  • New Order (glbt, gay romance, gay fiction, erotica, short stories) on Dec. 11, 2010

    Delightful collection covering a nice range of topics & relationships. Fun to read; worth seeking out more by the author.
  • The Binder Of Shame Presents: The RPG.net Rants on Jan. 29, 2011

    The formatting's problematic at best (the epub crashed my Sony Reader; I had to download & edit the RTF to removing the MS Mingo & MS Gothic fonts, wtf?) but I COULD NOT STOP LAUGHING long enough to care. This book reminded me how very, very grateful I was to have the gamer buddies I did. We didn't have a Psycho Dave or Amazing Boozehound, but I recognized Deviant Boy and Weasley Crusher from games I've been in. Or at least, their west coast counterparts. Highly recommended (even with formatting issues) for anyone who understands the Real Men/Roleplayers/Loonies/Munchkins divide, and anyone who plays Munchkin today.
  • Impulse Control (Talent Chronicles) on Sep. 23, 2011

    Wonderful introduction to a world of supers. Impulse Control manages to juggle a unique setting, action, romance, and government scheming in a single story, wrap up the story coherently and leave the reader wanting more. Off to buy the next book now.
  • When Danger Calls on Nov. 11, 2011

    Wonderful mix of action and romance, with plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing.
  • Caravan on Dec. 08, 2011

    This was one of the books that shaped my worldview as a teenager, and I'm delighted to find it again and discover it still reads well. The story is disturbingly plausible and the characters just as diverse and real as when I first read it.
  • Beneath A Silver Moon on Jan. 03, 2012

    Delightful and sometimes hilarious romance. The leading lady is a great deal more prissy than most historical romance characters, and that counterpoints wonderfully with the rough world she's found herself in. She's also a meddling know-it-all busybody; again, not common personality traits for a heroine, but they work well here. I especially liked the details of her treatment of the hero's damaged younger sister, and how a strong set of ethics about How Things Should Be Done allowed her to both recognize the problems and start finding solutions.
  • Clones on March 12, 2012

    Some interesting concepts being played with, and good character interactions, but overall a bit flat. The stories all seem to assume modern USAn-esque nuclear-family structures as the norm, and the clone stories are variants of that. They're good stories--just not particularly mind-expanding. I'd recommend this to people who haven't read much science fiction but would like to try some, but don't want to be overwhelmed by a genre laden with complex tropes. Enjoyable to read; I just kept waiting for the weird scifi to kick in, and it didn't. Instead, these are somewhat like stories that modern-day TV shows involving clones might be.
  • Illegal Affair on March 31, 2012

    I loved this. But it's not a complete story at all; it's just the intro to "Illegal Affair vol 1 & 2." Which is quite reasonably priced, and I'll be picking it up--but I wasn't expecting the cliffhanger end to what I'd thought was a stand-alone story. This felt like a bait-and-switch. The writing's excellent; the sex is hot; the characters are intriguing and well-described even in this short piece. But this isn't a short story; it's an excerpt, and the title & description should indicate that. (Also, the book itself should end with "read more about Raelynn and Shane in..." so that readers know that it intentionally ends where it does; I had to check whether I'd gotten a corrupt download or something like that.)
  • The Irish Bride on July 22, 2012

    Very pleasant read, as all Harrington's romances are. Has a nice twist on a standard romance trope--the common "she's always been a bit obsessed with him" is present, but not in its usual form. I enjoyed how the forced marriage plays out, with her worrying about when or how he'll "claim his rights," and him devoted to not pushing her limits. (But of course, not actually *saying* that to her, because why would he *talk* to the woman he's planning on spending the rest of his life with?) Their travel arrangements are grueling, and and the sheer distance they cover while trying to get away from their past is daunting to consider. The way they manage to resolve their differences and make a life together, away from everything they've known, is lovely. I always enjoy it when the woman in a romance puts her foot down and say "stop being an ass! We're here, together; COPE with that!"
  • Corrupted on July 22, 2012

    A bit heavier on the humiliation and guilt than suits my taste, but readers who are into humiliation kink and stories about abusive relationships should love it. I almost want a sequel where Bradley sorts out that how Justin treats him is *abuse,* not just clueless selfishness.
  • Enchanted on July 22, 2012

    Fascinating--I'm not used to seeing paranormal elements, even mild ones, in historical romance, and it works very well here. While the main pairing was predictable (in a romance story, if you don't know who's getting together by the end of Chapter 1, it's well outside the genre conventions), the side stories were nicely surprising.
  • Almost a Spinster on July 22, 2012

    While each of these stories was good, the collection as a whole loses something--together, they're somehow predictable in a way that stand-alones would not be. However, the storylines are interesting and nicely complex, and the steamy scenes were terrific. Recommended, especially as an introduction to the author--if you like this, you'll probably like her longer works even more.
  • A Rough Wooing on July 22, 2012

    I had a blast with a heroine named "Douglas" and all the confused that caused for the English. I had no problems following all the characters, but that could be because I read high fantasy more than historical romance--I'm used to a dozen minor characters interfering with the main plot. Very enjoyable, nice adventure twists to the story. The ending was perhaps a bit handwavey (I'm used to adventure plots having adventure endings, and this didn't), but that didn't detract from the romantic elements, which were great.
  • A Story About You on July 22, 2012

    Terrific story for college students. Potentially good for those facing a mid-life crisis, or a major opportunity. I'm not sure it'd be that good for people actually on their deathbed. And it's not much for those who've already spent time examining their choices and the reasons for them, and made their peace with the consequences of those choices. Not sure it's any good for someone in prison, or war refugees, either. It's a philosophy essay disguised as a story. It should be published as a tiny hardcover with semi-abstract artwork, a few lines on each page, and shelved along with Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Like JLS, it invites you to examine your life and your motives; also like JLS, it denies the existence of external forces on your life. It's obviously supposed to be an affirmation and encouragement; it could easily turn into a guilt trip instead. And it's almost useless for those people who lack the power and skill to take control of their own lives and reshape their destinations--and because of that, I'm only giving it three stars. It's easily five for its target audience, but nothing in the description lets you know who that is.
  • Lunatic Fringe (Tales of the Pack, Book 1) on Dec. 28, 2012

    I loved this, and I'm going to buy the sequel. Great characters, nice plot twists, excellent tension and believable but not predictable resolutions. Whatever doubled-section existed in previous versions has been fixed in the most recent version. Lexie's growing confidence was a joy to read, and that was nicely tempered by her occasional bouts of self-doubt. Her relationships with Archer and the Pack were as tangled as first-year-away-from-home drama can get. This is an excellent story which stands solidly on its own while being open for sequels in many directions; I look forward to buying and reading them all, however many eventually get written.
  • Love for the Cold-Blooded. Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion’s Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero. on Nov. 05, 2015

    Terrific story; hilarious in spots, romantic in other spots, with enough action to live up to the four-color genre. (And enough sex to live up to the erotica genre; yay!) I loved seeing Pat's perspective on the hero-villain dynamic, and how he actively respects everyone in the community--even the people on the other side, even the ones he thinks are losers. Silver Paladin's social awkwardness was alternately touching and frustrating, which was excellent. Watching him be gobsmacked by Pat's endless casual commentary on villain lifestyles was great fun. I'd love to see more in this universe--a sequel from Nick's point of view, or a story about the serpent sisters, or any of the other characters mentioned in passing.