Review: Love Around the Corner by Sally Malcolm

Love Around the CornerDisclaimer: I received an electronic version of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have a soft spot for contemporary romance stories that have evolved with the times. So many relationships begin with the partners meeting online these days (my own included) that more traditional “meet-cutes” almost start to feel contrived. Continue reading

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Review: Between the Lines by Sally Malcolm

Between the LinesDisclaimer: I received an advanced electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set in the same world (and town) as the author’s previous book, Perfect Day. It is not necessary to have read that book first, but it puts certain events into perspective. Otherwise, Theo and Luca have their own romantic story that I thoroughly enjoyed on a winter day when I’d much rather have been on a beach. It’s a great summer beach read that’s perfect all year ’round. 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: Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2) by Anna Zabo

CounterpointDisclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price.

My favorite thing about this series is that it doesn’t follow the traditional romance script. While the story is inherently about the evolving relationship between two characters, the big climactic moment is not the two characters breaking up because one thinks that they are not good enough for the other. Instead, the threat is always external, in a way that shows the characters just how much they want (and should) to be together instead. To borrow a term from this book in particular, that seems to be catnip to me.  Continue reading