This post includes reviews of the following books in the Irons and Works series: Free Hand (Book 1) Blank Canvas (Book 2) American Traditional (Book 3) Bio-Mechanical (Book 4) Stick and Poke (Book 5) Scarification (Book 6) To Touch the Light (follow-up novella) Last-Minute Walk-In (follow-up novella)
Surrender the Past Sometimes the theme of a book is difficult to parse; not so with this installment of the extended Scientific Method Universe collection of stories. After meeting him as a bit character in the main series, I was excited to get to know Nick better in his own romance. Because it takes placeContinue reading “Review: Scientific Method Universe Series by Kris Ripper”
One of my favorite things about K.J. Charles’ writing is how she weaves together emotion, intrigue, and suspense. Another of my favorite things is how she inserts non-straight and nonbinary characters without unnecessary fanfare into historical fiction that too often lacks such representation as it it never existed before the twentieth century. In combination, sheContinue reading “Review: The Rat-Catcher’s Daughter (Lilywhite Boys #0.5) by K.J. Charles”
When their rock shatters, Carivel and Senovo have to work together to put Andoc back together again. Their relationship arc goes through another set of trials, just enough to make a reader worried while also keeping faith that everything will work out for the best. The world of Eburosi grows again when the characters travelContinue reading “Review: The Horse Mistress: Book 3 (Eburosi Chronicles #3) by R.A. Steffan”
The epic fantasy world of Eburosi deepens, along with the relationship between Carivel, Senovo, and Andoc, in this second installment of The Horse Mistress. Many of the quibbles I had about the first book are addressed here, such as external conflicts that stand in the way of their relationship and more extensive world-building.
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”