Reviews: “Song for a Viking” and “Wanted, an Author” by K.J. Charles

The following stories are available for free on the author’s website and cannot be read as stand-alones. They are lovely follow-ups to the novels referenced in the reviews. Continue reading

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Review: Wanted, a Gentleman by K.J. Charles

Wanted a GentlemanHappy 500th blog post to me! Thanks for hanging out with me.


I was initially unsure whether I wanted to read this book, despite my previous enjoyment of all of the author’s works. However, a quiet evening at home when I knew I was falling ill demanded comfort reading, and this book was the perfect choice.

This story was a fantastic blend of fast-paced action and quiet, delightful moments between the characters (both sexy and fully clothed). I adored Martin’s character and his very human moral quandaries.  Continue reading

Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian ThingLet’s start with the title: I would love to find out the author’s original title for this work, but what is was published under makes no sense and smacks of interference on the part of a publisher’s marketing department (though the cover is absolutely gorgeous).

Which is a shame, because this novel was a delight to read. As a fan of alternate history and the upstairs/downstairs relationships in stories such as Downton Abbey, this book was immediately on my must-read list from the moment I heard about it. It gets bonus points for being a UTOPIAN look at the future, when so much fiction (and so much of the real world) is rather dreary these days.  Continue reading

Review: “Marine Biology” (San Andreas Shifters short story) by G.L. Carriger

Marine BiologyCute story that was short and sweet. I’m not a huge fan of the “insta-love” trope in romances, but you can hand-wave it away here as a werewolf mating thing. Getting some background into the characters that I adore in The Sumage Solution was nice, however.

The plot aspect of this story felt a bit rushed, but that’s the curse of the short story. The resolution was unexpected and quite humorous.

Carriger is definitely finding her stride with these characters and their voices here, but it’s still a fun read if you enjoy the main series.  Continue reading

Review: The Sumage Solution (San Andreas Shifters #1) by G.L. Carriger

Sumage SolutionPart of me is kicking myself for letting this book sit unread on my Kindle for so long. The rest of me thinks there must have been a method to my madness, because now I only have an agonizing 2 weeks to wait until the sequel is released. Luckily, I have a prequel short story to read to tide me over for about 10 minutes until then.

If you enjoy both urban fantasy and contemporary M/M romance, this book is not to be missed. It melds all of the detailed world-building that I’ve previously enjoyed in Carriger’s work with a delightful romance – all including her excellent ability to create characters so detailed that even secondary and tertiary characters leap off the page in full technicolor.  Continue reading

Review: Think of England by K.J. Charles

Think of EnglandIf you’ve ever watched Downton Abbey and thought, “This show could use more espionage, blackmail, and murder,” this is the book for you! What I especially enjoyed about this book is that it is primarily a mystery/thriller with an excellent romance subplot. But more importantly, the romance subplot informs and adds to the tension of the main plot, which is a credit once again to the author’s ability to tell a seamless story.  Continue reading