Reviews

Windburn by Juliette Cross

Windburn (Nightwing series Book 2) by Juliette CrossSorcha Linden is a self-confident woman, absolutely aware of her assets and not afraid to use them. When she sets her sights on a goal, be it business or personal, she goes for it and convention be damned. Currently, she’s consulting on a huge project that will shatter conventions and ideas about co-mingling of species. Lucien Nightwing, a Morgan, is building a spectacular nightclub that is designed for Humans and Morgans. Morgans are a hybrid species of human and dragon, created Read More »

The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson The Witches of Echo Park, first in an intriguing new series, grabs the reader’s attention with its first sentence. Lyse MacCallister does not react well to the news that her great-aunt, Eleanora, has terminal cancer. The shock results in an evening of drinking, and the snap decision to buy a plane ticket from her home in Athens, Georgia to Echo Park, California, in the Los Angeles area. Once her plane lands, Lyse feels pleasantly surprised to find Eleanora waiting for her at the airport, especially as she had not told her great-aunt she was coming at that time. Read More »

The Three Doors by Brian D Holland

The Three Doors by Brian D HollandJared Helm just moved into town. He is a talented, easy going, likeable guy who quickly makes friends at the new school. There is something about Jared that is vastly different than his new classmates, though: Jared travels out-of-body when he sleeps, seeing events that are actually happening long distances away while his physical body is still at home in his bed. He eventually learns that it generally happens when someone needs help or in situations that change for the better with his discoveries. Because of his unique ability, Jared is drawn to other people who are a bit unusual. One night, his “spirit self” journeys to an eerie castle near an ocean, but an invisible barrier keeps him from exploring. Read More »

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Waterfire Saga, Book One: Deep Blue (A Waterfire Saga Novel) by Jennifer DonnellyIt is a big day for Serafina, but as she surfaces from her strange dream, there is a haunting feeling that remains with her. Perhaps it is just normal nerves on the morning of her betrothal combined with the pressures of being a mermaid princess, but the day is weighing heavy upon her. Yet, when she looks to her mother’s face at the finale of her songspell, she hears the thunder of applause and sees pride shining in her mother’s eyes. It is a golden moment she will remember forever–the moment just before an assassin’s arrow pierces her mother’s chest. Read More »

Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman

Dreamwalker: Book One of Dreamwalker by C.S. FriedmanJessica Drake has always been a vivid dreamer. Though her dreams inspire her intricate artwork, she only shares the details of them with her younger brother, Tommy. Then one day, while she is at at school, she gets a cryptic text from Tommy who stayed home from school with “gamer’s fever” after pulling an all-nighter. He tells her that someone has been snooping around the house. Read More »

Fatal Puzzle by Catherine Shepherd

Fatal Puzzle (Zons Crime) by Catherine ShepherdFive hundred years earlier, Zons is a peaceful medieval city on the banks of the Rhine, until a young woman is found hanging from a parapet, assaulted and mutilated with a gruesome code carved into her skin. Bastian Mühlenberg, head of the City Guard, is investigating the case when the murderer strikes again. Determined to decipher the gruesome code, he tracks the killer to a farm where he encounters a psychic and enlists his help. Read More »

The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes

The Duke's Disaster by Grace BurrowesLady Araminthea Collins had been a paid companion for various titled folk since the death of her father several years earlier, but she had never had a proposal of marriage before. Recognizing that her brother was well on his way to becoming a drunken sot, and that she had to provide for her younger sister, Lady Thea accepted the proposal and the amount the Duke of Anselm was willing to settle on her. Still, Lady Thea was too afraid to tell her new husband everything that had happened to her while in service, even though he was well aware that paid companions had no protection at all. Read More »

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. KingWhen Mary and Sherlock return home from their travels to find a mysterious stone planted in their garden, they begin to believe that an investigation that was considered complete might not necessarily be as finished as they had once thought. Journey with them on a cruise that takes them to Japan, as well as introduces a most mysterious young woman into their company–a young woman who will alter their trip irrevocably. Read More »

Lord Savage by Mia Gabriel

Lord Savage (The Savage Trilogy) by Mia GabrielEvelyn Hart spies a clandestine meeting and sets her sights on the man involved. His name is Lord Savage and he has quite a reputation among the ladies. Coming from America and recently widowed, Evelyn decides she is going to find out if there is any truth to the stories. When she is invited to an intimate house party, she gets more than she bargained for when she is initiated into a world of pleasure at Lord Savage’s hands. Read More »

On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds

On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children) by Alastair Reynolds On the Steel Breeze is the follow up to Blue Remembered Earth, although set many years in the future. Chiku Akinya is the daughter of Sunday Akinya, one of the main protagonists from the previous book, and the member of a family that is heralded as the originators of a great space exploration movement. She lives in a world in which everyone is wired into an artificial intelligence net that facilitates (and controls) their lives. As such, Earth and the neighboring space are called The Surveilled World. Chiku underwent a procedure to fracture her genes and consciousness into three, creating two identical sisters. They decided to go their separate ways, and Chiku Yellow was the only one who remained on earth. Read More »

Stone Faced Angel By Marie McKean

Stone Faced Angel (The Stone Angels Saga) (Volume 1) by Marie McKeanBrandon is struggling to deal with the aftermath of a car accident that left his girlfriend dead. Though he had broken up with her minutes before the crash and did not even like her all that much, he never wished her dead. Worst of all is the way his parents are acting, as though they wish he had been the one to die. Before the accident, they tolerated him. Now, it seems just the sight of him sickens them. There is no one Brandon can talk to except for the beautiful statue of the girl that stands in the cemetery. Inexplicably drawn to her, this is the only place that Brandon finds comfort. Read More »

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

Dark Hope by Monica McGurkHope Carmichael is finally going to get a chance to be a normal teenager. After surviving a horrific childhood abduction that changed her father into a hyper-vigilant, obsessively overprotective nightmare and resulted in the demise of her parents’ marriage, Hope has requested that she be allowed to move away from her father and back in with her mother. Suddenly, for the first time in her life, she has freedom. No one at her new high school knows about her past or the creepy mark that appeared on the back of her neck after her abduction–a mark that looks like a tattoo but has proven impossible to remove. Read More »

Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran

Ghost of a Promise (Entangled Covet) (Phantoms Behind the Bar) by Kelly MoranAva Trumble has always wanted to own the family mansion, and after her Aunt Lois’ death, she is left the house-–with one stipulation. Ava has to discover what had happened to Sarah Kerrick two hundred years earlier, and present the evidence to her attorney. If she fails to provide the proper verification, the house will go to the historical society. Ava will do almost anything to prevent that, so she calls a national television show and requests they investigate the house to help her solve the mystery. Read More »

No Grits No Glory by Elaine Calloway

No Grits No Glory: Southern Ghosts Series, Book One (The Southern Ghosts Series) (Volume 1) by Elaine CallowayLeaving Boston and moving to Savannah, her deceased brother’s favorite city, was a way for Brianna McNeil to start her life over. She found a beautiful house for rent in the historic district, and was concerned on her first night in the house when lights began to flicker on and off. Brianna had a special gift of communication with those who had passed on, and she was not sure if faulty wiring or someone wanting to contact her was the reason for the flickering lights. After checking the house with a butcher knife clutched firmly in her hand, she discovered a black pile of ashes in the bedroom closet. Read More »

Hero by Samantha Young

Hero by Samantha YoungAlexa Holland had been at loose ends since her mother passed away, and her boss did not seem to fully understand what she was feeling. As the personal assistant to a successful photographer, Alexa usually handled everything for Benito flawlessly, but today’s shoot was just too difficult, even though Benito told her how vitally important this shoot was. Their subject today was Caine Carraway, divinely handsome CEO, and with a tie to Alexa that he was deeply ashamed about. The photo shoot would have gone smoothly, however, if Alexa had not taken it upon herself to reach out to Caine and apologize. Read More »

Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

Kiss Me Hello (Sweetest Kisses) by Grace BurrowesSidonie Lindstrom was trying to adjust to her new life on a farm, believing it would be best for Luis, her foster son, to be out of the dangerous atmosphere of downtown Baltimore. She was unpleasantly surprised to find two giant draft horses in her pasture, and she and Luis were at a loss as to how to handle the situation, even though Luis had been taking therapeutic riding lessons since they arrived. A local farrier came by to help, and Sid noticed how interested Luis was in learning to care for the horses. Read More »

From the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards

From the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark EdwardsDetective Inspector Patrick Lennon had dealt with numerous tragedies in his career, but the hardest he had to deal with came when his wife tried to strangle their baby daughter. Arresting his wife, living through her trial and subsequent placement in a mental hospital, then giving up their home and moving in with his parents all took a toll on Patrick. The two missing children’s cases really hit close to home, and Patrick was determined to solve the mystery and bring the abductors to justice. Read More »

Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

Black Widow (Elemental Assassin) by Jennifer EstepM.M. Monroe has finally arrived in Ashland, and Gin Blanco is stuck waiting. Sure that the new Monroe in town has it out for her, but unsure of how the attack will come, Gin goes about her life as usual, all while keeping tabs on M.M. When the attack comes, it is out of left field. M.M. will prove to be a difficult adversary, one who plans and covers all the angles. Gin is not the only target and M.M. may finally be able to do what no one has–take down the Spider. Read More »