Review: Amber (Jewels Cafe #1) by Mia Harlan

I checked out this series because I saw it recommended in another author’s mailing list. I’ve previously enjoyed other reverse harem series, so why not? It turns out I enjoy the conflict and drama that can accompany polyamorous relationships rather than the wish-fulfillment/escapism of one girl with a handful of dudes swooning over her. AmberContinue reading “Review: Amber (Jewels Cafe #1) by Mia Harlan”

Review: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (Immortals After Dark #4) by Kresley Cole

I keep really enjoying these books and then knocking a star off my rating because the heroes REALLY need to learn about consent and boundaries. Coming to this paranormal romance series as a “modern” romance reader definitely makes certain scenes more cringe-worthy than sexy, but Cole continues to suck me in with her world-building andContinue reading “Review: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (Immortals After Dark #4) by Kresley Cole”

Review: Ghostromance (Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Kaye Draper

I probably shouldn’t have read this so close on the heels of Draper’s previous reverse harem series, Gesa’s Menagerie. I prefer Gesa as a character to Esper, but that doesn’t mean anything is necessarily wrong with Esper. I got a bit tired of her “Woe is me, I’m so ugly” ruminations, but otherwise she’s aContinue reading “Review: Ghostromance (Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Kaye Draper”

Review: Gesa’s Menagerie #2-#9 by Kaye Draper

Usually when I read series, I try to break them up with other books so that I don’t get burned out. But sometimes a series is less of a series and more of a really long epic book broken up into eight separate novellas. And sometimes I get sick and need to spend the dayContinue reading “Review: Gesa’s Menagerie #2-#9 by Kaye Draper”

2019 Resolution Project: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

My 2019 Resolution Project over at my other blog, Speculative Chic, is to read the entire Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews, finishing up with a first read of the final book in the series. This is my first time reading this novel. You can read my full review here. An excerpt: And then weContinue reading “2019 Resolution Project: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews”

2019 Resolution Project: Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews

My 2019 Resolution Project over at my other blog, Speculative Chic, is to read the entire Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews, finishing up with a first read of the final book in the series. This is my first time reading this novel, which the authors have advised should be read prior to reading KateContinue reading “2019 Resolution Project: Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews”

Review: No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark #3) by Kresley Cole

I adored everything about this book — except for the two main characters, who fell short in contrast to the scope of this exciting tale. Sebastian’s character arc may have been typical of alpha romance heroes when this book was first published, but it doesn’t hold up as well in 2019. He starts the bookContinue reading “Review: No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark #3) by Kresley Cole”

Review: A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole

I’m intrigued by the expansive world-building in the universe of this paranormal romance series, obviously enough to read the second book in the series. And I just bought the third one. But I have such conflicted feelings about the relationships in the romance aspect of the stories. The whole “vampire bride,” “werewolf mate,” etc. facetContinue reading “Review: A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole”

Review: The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

I started this series on the recommendation of a friend who is a romance author, and I devoured this sexy novella in a single evening. I had certain preconceptions about the two main characters based on the back-cover text, which were smashed immediately. The heroine Myst, especially, was not what I expected at all. TheContinue reading “Review: The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole”

Review: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5) by Jordan L. Hawk

The Lovecraftian influence in this series goes deeper once again, featuring mythical monsters hinted at in previous installments. The larger world of sorcery also opens up, and along with Whyborne, we find out there is more to learn than just spells in an old book.