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Sep
22

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter Black Water Author: Faith Hunter Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Jane Yellowrock is back in this trio of short stories that go a long way toward easing the wait between full-length novels. Told from Jane’s perspective, they provide a more thorough look at some previously seen minor characters, introduce a few brand new ones, give readers a glimpse of a younger Jane just starting out, and reaffirm that, no, she really doesn’t get any down time. Ever. They’re also a good reminder that Jane is adept when it comes to vengeance, and that, very often, retribution is extremely satisfying. “Black Water,” which takes place between Blood...
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Sep
3

Review: Hero of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear

Review: Hero of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear Hero of a Highland Wolf Author: Terry Spear Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Alpha through and through, Colleen Playfair is used to calling all the shots in her life, and has in no way needed, or wanted, anyone else’s approval. Having been raised in America by an alcoholic father, she is thrilled by the prospect of inheriting the Scottish castle that her family called home for generations. Fighting with the stubborn male currently managing the premises is a less-than-appealing proposition, but she’s never backed down before, and isn’t about to start now. Having dealt with one absentee (and usually drunk) heir from the Playfair family already,...
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Aug
22

Joint Review: Not Fade Away by S.E. Jakes

Joint Review: Not Fade Away by S.E. Jakes Not Fade Away Author: SE Jakes Reviewer: Jen Twimom & B. Rating: A- (Jen) & A+ (B.) What We’re Talking About: Not Fade Away is a wonderful “slice of life” short set in the Hell or High Water series, which features hard, dark men who run under-the-radar black ops rescues. This story focuses on main characters Tom and Prophet, two men who have overcome tremendous personal demons to find happiness and, dare we say, love. Although Not Fade Away can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novella, we do not recommend it, as readers will find more emotional gratification from following the pair on their journey starting...
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Aug
1

Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield

Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield Home the Hard Way Author: Z. A. Maxfield Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: When Dare Buckley left Palladian, he was a golden boy in mourning, and the town was a place of personal tragedy and loss. Going away meant starting over, and moving on wasn’t something he’d ever allowed himself to regret. As with all things not fully understood until much later, however, leaving usually means leaving someone behind, and Dare soon finds that the secrets that shaped the former children and the community he once knew run far deeper than he could have ever imagined. Isolated and stigmatized from the moment he arrived in town,...
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Jul
18

Review: Noble Metals by L.A. Witt

Review: Noble Metals by L.A. Witt Noble Metals Author: L.A. Witt Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: From the moment the distinguished, self-assured gentleman walked into the brothel where he worked as a prostitute and bartender, Robert Benton’s curiosity was piqued. Upon learning that the man was headed to the gold fields he had been yearning for since his arrival in Seattle, Robert knew the handsome stranger would likely be his last chance to start the new life he’d come north for in the first place. Finding love—and losing it—along the desperate and ragged trail to find gold certainly wasn’t something he’d ever dared to consider. Brilliant and determined, and somewhat eccentric if...
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Jul
11

Review: Running Wild by S.E. Jakes

Review: Running Wild by S.E. Jakes Running Wild Author: SE Jakes Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: When I first heard that one of my favorite authors, SE Jakes, was working on a new m/m series about a motorcycle club, I knew immediately that I’d be on board for anything she had planned. Having read the Hell or High Water books (as well as a few of her other titles), I was already aware of her abilities when it comes to writing sexy, complicated heroes. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to read Running Wild, I can happily confirm that I’ve fallen in love with the Havoc series, too. Revolving around a car...
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Jun
25

Review: Heart of a Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Review: Heart of a Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney Heart of a Highland Warrior Author: Anita Clenney Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: As a warrior first and always, Anna MacKinley has always needed one thing: to kill demons. Having been made distrustful of nearly all forms of affection from an early age, she mostly keeps to herself, scoffing at the idea of being romantically involved with anyone or ever having a family of her own outside of her friends and fellow warriors. But, in a world where even the rules of time itself no longer apply, nothing is ever certain, and Anna begins to realize that accepting herself, along with the past, might finally set...
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Jun
19

Review: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall

Review: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall Shadows & Dreams Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Kate’s back! I liked her a great deal while reading the first story in the series, Iron & Velvet, but she’s even better this time around. Having survived (barely) the perils of her last case, during which she did, indeed, get the girl, she’s just been hired to find the missing brother of a former fling. Of course, nothing in Kate’s world is ever simple, and she’s soon embroiled in a war between nearly all the supernatural beings in the city and a crazed vampire queen who wants to kill everything in sight. One thing...
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Jun
18

Review: Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux

Review: Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux Cross & Crown Author: Abigail Roux Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Having thoroughly enjoyed Shock & Awe, I was very excited to see what would happen in the second book in the Sidewinder series, Cross & Crown. The circumstances surrounding the series’ origin are entertaining on their own, but, if the first two books are an indication of what to expect, then the rest of the series will be even more so. As someone who loves mysteries and puzzles, this story was a lot of fun, and led to an inadvertently extensive bit of research of my own. Add to that my love of Nick &...
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Jun
13

Review: Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett

Review: Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett Grim Shadows Author: Jenn Bennett Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Having truly enjoyed the first story in the Roaring Twenties series, Bitter Spirits, I was both excited and a little anxious about the second novel, Grim Shadows. As it turns out, I liked it just as much. This time, we get to know the younger Magnusson brother, Lowe, who’s taken his older brother’s knack for illegal activities in a different direction by forging (not entirely) lawfully obtained Egyptian antiquities and passing them off as originals to various interested parties. In addition to bringing back the Magnusson clan, we’re also introduced to Hadley Bacall, an “oddball” museum...
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