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Dec
16

Review: Clockwork Samurai by Jeannie Lin

Review: Clockwork Samurai by Jeannie Lin Clockwork Samurai Author: Jeannie Lin Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I have waited for the sequel to Gunpowder Alchemy, the novel ended with so many questions.  Suffice to say, Clockwork Samurai does not disappoint, though I will say the plot thickens. At the conclusion of the previous novel I was left with a few questions.  What will happen between Chang-wei and Jin?  Will they be able to quell the rebels?  Will they be able to stop the British invasion?  Though none of these issues are resolved, each plot thread does progress.  The plight of Jin’s country is gripping – made more so by the issue of...
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Nov
24

Review: Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake

Review: Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake Veiled Magic Author: Deborah Blake Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Donata Santori is a classic witch, manifesting her power through ritual, spells, and ceremony.  Her specialty, however, is speaking with the recently departed.  In a modern twist, she works for the police department, interviewing murder victims, in an alternate reality where several supernatural species have been “outed” and are accepted as a common among humanity. Author Deborah Blake creates several likable characters that surround Donata in Veiled Magic.  I especially liked Peter, an art restorer that becomes deeply involved in the mystery surrounding Donata’s latest case. Chemistry builds between Peter and Donata, but it doesn’t have...
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Nov
17

Review: Strings Attached by Stephanie Julian

Review: Strings Attached by Stephanie Julian Strings Attached Author: Stephanie Julian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Trudeau Morrison manages and runs ManDown Films for famous producer Greg Hicks. She is a self-made woman, who has a plan for her life and is determined to work hard to make it happen. However, ever since Greg hired rock star Sebastian Valenti to score his latest film, Tru has found it more and more difficult to stay on task. After years of mega-stardom as the guitarist for Baseline Sins, Sebastian Valenti almost lost his life in an accidental overdose and breakdown about a year ago. While staying with the Golden Brothers at their ritzy...
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Jul
21

Review: Harmonized by Mary Behre

Review: Harmonized by Mary Behre Harmonize Author: Mary Behre  Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: For fans of the Tidewater series, I think Harmonized is a must. It can be read as a stand-alone novella, but it is much richer knowing Zig from the previous novel, Spirited. I enjoyed revisiting with Zig and seeing him have a happily ever after. I liked Karma as well and felt that she and Zig complemented each other.  It gives a nice background to what I assume will be the serial killer plot in the next full novel, but I don’t believe that it is vital to read Harmonized before the next book.  However, for those...
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Jun
16

Review: Do Not Disturb by Stephanie Julian

Review: Do Not Disturb by Stephanie Julian Do Not Disturb Author: Stephanie Julian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Dane Connelly is obsessed with his best friend’s (Jared “Jed” Golden) fiancée, Annabelle. We originally met this trio in the first book of the series, and three books later we learn that Dane continues to frequently participate in an M-F-M menage with the pair. He loves both Jeb and Annabelle, not romantically but as close friends, and he hasn’t found another woman who interests him like Annabelle. Talia Driscoll is a career-driven event planner, who is organizing Jared and Annabelle’s upcoming nuptials. She is hiding a long-kept secret about her family that no one,...
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May
15

Review: Chasing Danger by Katie Reus

Review: Chasing Danger by Katie Reus Chasing Danger Author: Katie Reus Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: For fans of the Deadly Ops series, Chasing Danger is an exciting and passionate novella.  Although it had been awhile since Gikany and Una had read the last books, we did remember Hannah, Sophie’s friend from the first book who also makes a cameo in the second. We liked Hannah and Dax’s journey.  Since it was so short, it helped that they had a past together.  The obstacles in their relationship were serious, but we liked how they communicated and overcame them.  Their communication was really good once Sophie moved past the hurt that...
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Apr
27

Review: Taken by HelenKay Dimon

Review: Taken by HelenKay Dimon Taken Author: HelenKay Dimon Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Not gonna lie. When I read HelenKay Dimon’s first Holton Woods book, I was clamoring for more of Eli and Wade’s story. Fortunately, Ms. Dimon was given the go-ahead and got this hot little M/M story in our hands. Never read a M/M romance? This *might* be a good gateway story for you! My only complaint about Taken was that it wasn’t long enough. At an estimated 119 pages (only available in e-book, as far as I could tell…), I devoured this title in an evening while I was resetting from an unbearable day at my #dayjob....
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Jan
27

Review: White Knight by Kelly Meade

Review: White Knight by Kelly Meade White Knight Author: Kelly Meade Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: C+ What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una have been eagerly awaiting Knight’s story from the first novel, Black Rook.  Everything in the two previous books has led up to this final book in the Cornerstone Run trilogy. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with Knight’s journey. Note: this is a review of the final book of a trilogy.  It contains spoilers for those who have not read the previous two books. Read at your own risk. First, we love this world; it is rich and full of promise.  Even though this is the final book in this trilogy, we hope...
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Dec
23

Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin Gunpowder Alchemy Author: Jeannie Lin Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: This is a new series by Jeannie Lin. I’ve read her Pingkang Li mysteries and enjoyed it. I like steampunk and the thought of it being centered in China piqued my interest. Gunpowder Alchemy is a riveting and beautifully written steampunk novel. In this steampunk world the balance between the technology and the historical is well done. The technology is not overwhelming, but there is enough to substantiate the tech and give foundation to the mythology. I enjoyed the logic and the creations that are present. The contrast between the grime of the technology and the...
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Dec
22

Review: Schooled by Lorelei James

Review: Schooled by Lorelei James Schooled Author: Lorelei James Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Lorelei James is THAT author. She takes a married couple, puts them in a ‘real-world’ situation, and shows how said pair evolves as a couple. Schooled, a novella in the Mastered series, gives us one more glimpse at Amery and Ronin—one of my favorite couples of 2014. Amery and Ronin went through their issues in Bound and Unwound. They got their happily ever after, and this novella is a glimpse into how a real couple deals with things that come up, things that challenge their relationship. They communicate. They try to figure things out. Most of all,...
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