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4 12, 2016

Review: Mistletoe Between Friends / The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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mistletoe between friends book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In the Mistletoe Between Friends and The Snowflake Inn bundle, author Samantha Chase gives us two amazing stories about love blooming during the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas!

Two best friends. One plan. When lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene hatched a plan to keep their parents from setting them up with hopeless dates, they never expected that it would end up the way it did.

Lily has had a crush on Cameron since a late night party when she was a teenager, but she’s never told him about her feelings. And when he talks to her about pretending to date to keep their parents off their backs, she jumps on the chance, hoping that her crush will turn into something between them.

1 12, 2016

Review: Snowbound at Christmas

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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snowbound at christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Usually, I really love Christmas novellas, but I didn’t find much Christmas spirit in any of this batch. Although, as the title states, there is a LOT of snow! However, I should  clarify that I don’t often read contemporary romance novels, or at least not those billed as ‘steamy’. The couple in each story had a history – or at least knew each other — before meeting up again years later. I suppose if I have to choose a favorite it would be Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates. The other stories are Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan, and Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Sometimes a childish crush can develop into something much stronger–if it’s given any encouragement. Had it not been for Faith Grayson, Mia Landry would never even have met Faith’s brother Devlin.

21 10, 2011

Review: Red Velvet and Absinthe by Mitzi Szereto

By | October 21st, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Short Stories|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Red Velvet and Absinthe is a well chosen collection of modern paranormal erotic short stories. Although not my typical choice in short story collections, I was curious to see how well the Gothic themes mixed with the erotic and paranormal. I wanted to know if the stories were subtle or overt. Editor and writer Mitzi Szereto chose the stories, skillfully pulling together a whole collection yet allowing each story to maintain a unique voice.

I was not disappointed in the mix of paranormal creatures that blended well within the context of the Gothic atmosphere. There is the taming of a newly turned beast in “Snowlight, Moonlight” by Rose de Fer. “A Rose In the Willow Garden” by Elizabeth Daniels is both disturbing and engaging as the predator easily becomes the prey. One of my

5 09, 2011

Review: Always the Vampire by Nancy Haddock

By | September 5th, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Rachel Mann

Always the Vampire, by Nancy Haddock, is a fun contemporary Southern vamp murder mystery, a bit in the style of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Always the Vampire is the third in Haddock’s series about Francesca, a recently revived vampire who lives in Florida; she’s interested in a part-werewolf named Saber, and she rapidly becomes involved in magical happenings.

I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, so I found a few of the details about the characters’ lives slightly confusing; however, that might just be one of the problems of jumping into a series partway through. Haddock does provide context for readers who are new to the series, but since this is her third book about Francesca, it would be unfair to expect no references to previous events or ideas that had occurred in the

2 09, 2011

Review: The Devil Colony by James Rollins

By | September 2nd, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Devil Colony is the 7th book in James Rollins’ Sigma Force series. This time an ancient secret, sought after for centuries, has resurfaced once again. It caused a strange explosion, then everything seemed to disintegrate into sand, including the bedrock. Sigma’s arch-nemesis ‘the Guild’ have an excellent idea what it is, so they have a large head-start. Painter Crow becomes personally involved when he discovers his niece was present and is being blamed for the catastrophe.

The trail goes back in history all the way to Thomas Jefferson and Lewis & Clark, who were attempting to find the treasure before the ‘enemy’. There are hints all over the U.S. – Utah, Kentucky, DC – as well as Europe. It appears to be a weapons grade nanotech and could kill the entire planet.

Honestly, I enjoyed the last book

5 08, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

By | August 5th, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |77 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

At 21, Savannah Levine, daughter of a dark witch and a sorcerer, is perhaps the most powerful witch alive. She has always relied on her powers to see her through any situation, so after she thinks to herself that she would give up her powers if only a young girl’s guardian would not end up in prison, an unknown entity takes her up on the offer. Savannah must learn to rely on the help of others, especially Adam (the half-demon she has loved since she was 12), and find new strengths within herself that she never knew she had.

Now a group of witches is hunting Savannah, hoping to turn her to their side. When she finds herself within their clutches, she learns of a gathering of supernaturals intent on revealing themselves to the entire world. Savannah must

15 07, 2011

Review: Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

By | July 15th, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Mac MacCaskill

At the close of Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls, Joy learns that the woman she has known as her aunt May is actually her biological mother, and that her real father is an artist in Shanghai. The parents whom Joy grew up with, Pearl and Sam, are really her aunt and a man that Pearl was arranged to marry. See’s sequel, Dreams of Joy, picks up in the early morning hours after Joy’s discovery. With everything she has known turned on its ear, Joy writes a quick note to Pearl and May and leaves for the People’s Republic of China to find her father, and a new life that feels true. When Pearl finds the note, she returns to the country that nearly claimed her life to find Joy. The year is 1957 and Chairman Mao

14 07, 2011

Review: Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

By | July 14th, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Rachel Mann

What an excellent book! Carey is one of my favorite authors and so I was thrilled to get an advanced reading copy of her latest book, Naamah’s Blessing.

Naamah’s Blessing is the third in a series of trilogies about the people of an ancient world which is similar to our own, and yet somehow more full of magic, love, and mystery–reading these books is like visiting a parallel Renaissance world, where the maps have been slightly redrawn and religion reevaluated. The alternate version of Europe and the new world (here, called Terra Nova) is precise and lovely. While the first few books Carey wrote concentrated more on an alternate version of Western Europe, the last three books have sent the characters even further, to versions of China and South America.

The first book about Terre d’Ange and its

10 07, 2011

Review: Death Is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca

By | July 10th, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Caitlin Busch

I nearly knew what I was getting into when I picked up Death Is Not an Option. The book’s synopsis and jacket agreed we would explore “a world where sexuality and self-delusion collide.” In fact, it delves deep into the psyche and pushes the imagination beyond where some readers may want to go. At times, the text pulled me in so far that I struggled to remember Death was about “a” world, not “the” world. It is a testament to the author’s craftsmanship to say I was carried away, despite my efforts to the contrary.

That is not to say it was a pleasant read! No story in this collection is able to see innocence; in fact, none make the attempt. Rivecca has a great ability, but writes with an unmistakable edge. (Take, for example, her open

30 05, 2011

Review: Those Who Fight Monsters by Justin Gustainis

By | May 30th, 2011|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Nina Longfield

In Those Who Fight Monsters, Justin Gustainis has brought together an exciting collection of short stories from some of fantasy’s finest detective writers. You’ll find Marla Mason, the no nonsense chief sorcerer of Felport from T.A. Pratt’s series. There is also the sardonic wit of Nick Taylor from Simon R. Green’s Nightside series. Or there is the enigmatic, ex-cop turned private detective, Danny Hendrickson, who has his own mystical qualities, from Laura Anne Gilman’s Cosa Nostradamus series. These are just a few of many other, possibly stranger, characters offered within this assortment of tales.

The stories are entertaining and engaging. They range from detectives searching for lost children to a soccer mom battling demons to a sorcerer taking on a monster from the past. Each story is a welcome diversion from reality. Although the tales fall into