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Dec
30

Review: Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan

Review: Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan Catching A Man Author: Elizabeth Corrigan Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Catching A Man is the new alternate world detective drama by Elizabeth Corrigan.  After reading two of her previous works, I was intrigued by the premise of this one.  Ms. Corrigan did not disappoint in her new Valeriel Investigations series. This world is familiar, yet different.  It feels like the roaring 20’s mixed with the 50’s in an alternate British empire like setting.  I really enjoyed the politics that play along with the societal norms in this different world.  What makes it more poignant is the juxtaposition of our heroine, Kadin.  She is a more...
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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
10

Review: The Good Chase by Hanna Martine

Review: The Good Chase by Hanna Martine The Good Chase Author: Hanna Martine Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Ms. Martine has done it again with her wonderfully passionate and slowly burning contemporary romance, The Good Chase. The book was a fun and enjoyable read. I have loved Shea since reading Longshot.  Shea is a no nonsense whisky expert who loves and cherishes her Scottish blood.  She is a woman who has learned from the mistakes of her past and is working hard to be the strong independent woman she knows she can be.  Shea is smart and talented, and I found myself connected to her in many ways.  She had been hurt and...
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Oct
31

Review: A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent

Review: A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent A Virtuous Death Author: Christine Trent Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: A Virtuous Death is the third novel in the enchanting Lady of Ashes Mysteries.  Although this novel had a slightly different feel from the previous ones, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and the continuing insights into Violet. The novel unwinds slowly.  Violet is still stuck in England and is anxious to return to America to see her daughter, Susanna, get married.  Her husband, Sam, is researching the possibility of starting a dynamite plant in Wales.  As he enters the train station to return to Violet, a massive uprising occurs between the coal miners and the...
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Oct
13

DNF Review: Broken by Traci L. Slatton

DNF Review: Broken by Traci L. Slatton Broken Author: Traci Slatton Reviewer: Una Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: Broken is the latest release by Traci Slatton. I was intrigued by the premise, but unfortunately I did not care for the book.  Between the contrast of flowery, romantic language and the atrocities of this time period, along with the overt sexual scenes and innuendoes side-by-side with political/historical discussions, I was never able to get into the story and ended up not finishing it. The novel is told from the point of view of the fallen angel Aria.  Since it is told in first person present, I felt as if I was being told what was going...
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Sep
16

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter The Midnight Queen Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Midnight Queen is like a roller coaster ride, the first climb seems long, but then once the world is established and the characters are in place, the rest is gripping and wonderful.  I think anyone who enjoys fantasy blended with a slowly burning romance in a historical setting will enjoy this new series, Noctis Magicae. I think what gave this novel a slow start was my adjustment to the language.  The language fits the historical setting of the novel, and since I have been reading a more modern novel, I needed time to...
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Sep
9

Review: Rogue’s Paradise by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: Rogue’s Paradise by Jeffe Kennedy Rogue’s Paradise Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Reading The Mark of Tala by Jeffe Kennedy, piqued my interest in her writing, so I looked up her other books and found the Covenant of Thorns trilogy.  It sounded intriguing so I bought the first two books and inhaled them and requested for review this, the third title.  I am happy to state, I also inhaled Rogue’s Paradise.  It was an exciting, passionate and thrilling ending to this mysterious and enchanting journey. The story is told from Gwynn’s perspective and it is a bit like Alice down the rabbit hole.  Over the course of the...
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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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Aug
6

Review: Guarded by Mary Behre

Review: Guarded by Mary Behre Guarded Author: Mary Behre Reviewer: Una Rating: B What I’m Talking About: The second book in the Tidewater series, Guarded, focuses on Dev and Shelly.  I was intrigued by Dev when we first met him in Spirited.  He was Seth’s big and intimidating partner, but I’ve always loved the tall, strong and silent type.  Dev is all of this and more.  He is also intelligent and sensitive.  I enjoyed learning more about him as Shelly tied him up in knots. Shelly is Jules’s long lost middle sister.  At the conclusion of Spirited, Seth encourages Jules to use Dev’s cousins, who own a private security firm, to see if they...
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Jul
1

Review: Gilded Lily by Delphine Dryden

Review: Gilded Lily by Delphine Dryden Gilded Lily Author: Delphine Dryden Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Gilded Lily is the third offering in the Steam and Seduction series.  In this adventure we follow Frederique “Freddie” Murcheson and Barnabas Smith-Grenville, two opposites who do attract.  Although this novel feels a bit transitional, setting up new plots while circling back to finish up some elements introduced in the previous two novels, I liked it. For me, the Steam and Seduction series is steampunk that is more romance than science, but it’s still fascinating.  What hooked me are the characters.  I enjoy the independent and empowered heroines who seem to characterize this series.  Freddie is...
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