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Nov
19

Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton

Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton Holiday on Ice Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Holiday on Ice is a little Christmas gift from Burton to her readers.  It’s the kind of little novella that you can pick up and finish during the holiday chaos when you just need a moment to yourself.  It’s a bit of Christmas spirit, a little winter fun, and a lot of steamy, um… recreation. Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer is on the New York Traveler’s professional hockey team with Drew Hogan of Burton’s earlier novel Melting the Ice. He has some recent history with Stella Slovinski who has just landed one of the dance leads in...
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Oct
16

Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade

Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade Gray Bishop Author: Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding) Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Gray Bishop is the second novel in the Cornerstone Run trilogy.  This trilogy has a nice balance of reality with aspects of fantasy.  The characters are three dimensional and fascinating, even though some fall to the ax of the author’s pen.  Gikany and Una are enjoying this urban fantasy trilogy. The story begins where the previous novel, Black Rook, left off.  Since this book is mainly from the point of view of Bishop and Jillian, we are able to see the strength of their connection.  They almost feel like Romeo and Juliet...
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Oct
9

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare Beauty and the Billionaire Author: Jessica Clare Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: One. Sitting. I read Beauty and the Billionaire in one sitting. You know those memes all over Facebook – ‘I decided staying up all night to finish my book was more important than being mentally present today,’ MmHmm. That’s me. Because the book was THAT good. This is kind-of based on one of my Disney favorites, Beauty and the Beast. Um. WAY better adult version of the tale though. We all know the trope. Physically & emotionally damaged dude falls for the girl. Doesn’t think he worthy (may actually have people taunting that he’s...
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Oct
7

Review: A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian

Review: A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian A Vault of Sins Author: Sarah Harian Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: A Vault of Sins is the sequel to The Wicked We Have Done.  This second book had Gikany and Una feeling a little lost, though it was gripping. We liked it but it was not anything that we were expecting. When we left off, Valerie, Evalyn, and Casey had escaped the Compass Room through great pain and sacrifice.  We thought that this second novel would be about the lawsuit the survivors of the Compass Room brought against its engineers, but surprisingly this is not a courtroom drama.  The trial is over in...
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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
11

Quickie Review: Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian

Quickie Review: Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian Our Broken Sky Author: Sarah Harian Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Our Broken Sky is a novella in the Chaos Theory series that retells the story of The Wicked We Have Done from Valerie’s point of view. Valerie is another contestant in the Compass Room. We recommend this to anyone that has read the first book. Considering the nature and span of Our Broken Sky, do not read this unless you have read the first book or it will spoil it for you. It was interesting to see another perspective of the events from The Wicked We Have Done. Valerie is a complex character...
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Sep
4

Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade Black Rook Author: Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding) Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una enjoyed the first book in the new Cornerstone Run trilogy.  Black Rook is a light read with a refreshing werewolf (they call themselves loup garou) mythology and a slowly burning romance. In this world there are several different types of paranormal creatures: loup garou, mages, and vampires.  Brynn is a mage.  Because she is the second child, her powers are less than those of her older twin sister.  Her gift is to have uncontrolled glimpses of the future. The glimpse she sees of Rook standing over the dead body...
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Aug
15

Review: The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield

Review: The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield The Inheritance Author: Olivia Mayfield Reviewer: Una Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Originally released as a series of six novellas, The Inheritance has now been released as a full novel.  I did not read the story in the novella format and this review is for the full novel only.  The premise piqued my interest, but the suspense/mystery was overwhelmed by the romance in some ways. I was intrigued by this detective suspense story to only find out that it is set within a romance.  The story of Andrew and Maggie is compelling.  Two long lost high school sweethearts who are reconnected by an odd will that pits them...
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Jun
9

Review + Giveaway: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

Review + Giveaway: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook The Kraken King Author: Meljean Brook Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Zenobia Fox, sister of the infamous adventurer Archimedes Fox, spends more time living vicariously through the intrepid tales she pens rather than out in the real world. She embarks on journey with Helene, her childhood friend, to the Red City, where Helene’s husband works as the French ambassador to Nippon. However, as their airship approaches the Australian continent, it is attacked by marauders and shot down near Krakentown. Luckily the governor of Krakentown, Ariq, aka The Kraken King, is able to rescue Zenobia and her associates. Meanwhile, Ariq has only one goal and that...
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Jun
6

Review: The Kraken King Part VIII by Meljean Brook

Review: The Kraken King Part VIII by Meljean Brook The Kraken King Serialized Novel Reviews Welcome to my nine-part review special of The Kraken King by Meljean Brook. The book was released as an eight-part serialized novel. Each week after the release of a part of the novel, I have shared my review, and this is the final part! However, on June 9, 2014, I will share a special review and host a giveaway for the awesome Kraken King Poster shown above! Today I review Part VIII. Because each part was written as a specific piece within a larger framework, each piece is rated based on the quality of the work with respect to where and when it falls...
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