Review: Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) by K.J. Charles

Though it’s not stated explicitly, I think this book is best read after the author’s The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. Some secondary characters cross over, and it provides a good grounding on how the supernatural exists in this world. However, this book takes a deeper look at the nature of magic in this versionContinue reading “Review: Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) by K.J. Charles”

Review: Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10) by Jordan L. Hawk

Ten is a solid, round number, so I thought this would be the final book in the series. I was disappointed that the grand finale didn’t look like it would take place in the city of Widdershins, but I figured out early in the story that this was not the end of the series. That’sContinue reading “Review: Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10) by Jordan L. Hawk”

Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I started reading romance novels in 2016, in large part due to the emotional chaos wrought by the American presidential election. Luckily, judging by McQuiston’s author note at the end of this novel, she saw a need in the general readership and persevered in filling it. This book is exactly what I needed as theContinue reading “Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston”

Review: Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2) by Anna Zabo

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 oneContinue reading “Review: Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2) by Anna Zabo”

Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz

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 byContinue reading “Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz”

Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt

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 veryContinue reading “Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt”

Review: It Takes Two to Tumble (Seducing the Sedgwicks #1) by Cat Sebastian

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. 

Review: Outside the Lines (Bluewater Bay #22) by Anna Zabo

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,Continue reading “Review: Outside the Lines (Bluewater Bay #22) by Anna Zabo”

Review: The Ruin of a Rake (Turner Series #3) by Cat Sebastian

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 characterContinue reading “Review: The Ruin of a Rake (Turner Series #3) by Cat Sebastian”

Review: “A Case of Spirits” (A Charm of Magpies short) by K.J. Charles

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.Continue reading “Review: “A Case of Spirits” (A Charm of Magpies short) by K.J. Charles”