Disclaimer: 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
First, the elephant in the room. One of the heroes of this tale is a transgender (female-to-male) character. I’m actually glad that this is not hinted at in the back-cover blurb, and that I found it out naturally (very early on in the book). It put a different slant on the relationship, but only by a couple degrees. A transgender guy is still a guy, and Ginsberg was one fun dude. Derrick was also endearing in his own crotchety way, and seeing them both fall in love with each other (and the B&B) was a total delight. Continue reading
This is an excellent introduction to the Bluewater Bay shared-universe romance series, giving us just enough information about the town of Bluewater Bay and the television show Wolf’s Landing to provide a taste for more. This book also does a great job of showing how major Hollywood stars are human just like anybody else, with very human emotions and relationship problems. Continue reading
This was a fantastic look at how two people who might otherwise have nothing in common develop a natural and loving relationship. At times, Ben came across as a little too perfect. Luckily, Phillip balanced this out by becoming a sympathetic character without losing any of the thorny character traits that intrigued me. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I am friends with the author of this novel; however, I purchased the ebook for full price.
My metric for how I view a good romance novel has turned into whether the interpersonal relationships are occurring between mature adults. I don’t have time for whiny teenage angst produced by characters in their twenties, thirties, or beyond. This novel succeeds in this goal, and even the necessary miscommunication necessary for a romance plot was realistic rather than over(melo)dramatic. In short, I loved this book. Continue reading
This was a satisfying conclusion to the romantic tales of the extended Turner family. While I was concerned that Lord Courtenay wouldn’t appeal to me as a romantic lead after his introduction in The Lawrence Browne Affair, author Cat Sebastian proves a deft hand at hidden depths that do not negate any of the character she created in the previous novel. Continue reading
This short story was included in my Kindle edition of A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2).
This delightful short story doesn’t add much to the interpersonal relationship between Lord Crane and Stephen Day, but it does show how Crane and his manservant Merrick have become intricately linked with Day’s world of magician justiciars. This might have been an simple mystery, but it provided tantalizing clues to Crane’s past — and Merrick’s future.
Also, I would like to be best friends with Esther Gold. Continue reading