One of my fun pastimes, other than reading, is to watch Chopped and Top Chef, so with Amelia being the executive chef at Flynn’s popular restaurant, it was quite fun to read about her culinary masterpieces. Jaci Burton delivers the right blend of heart and heat, stirred just right to make this a perfect recipe for reading. read more…
It’s no secret that I loved Four Letter Word, the first book in the Dirty Deeds series. I was bugging Sandy and Sybil so I could get my sticky little fingers on it. If anyone knows these two fierce ladies, then you would know they climbed high mountains and swam across seas so that I would have it. I love those Duckies hard. While I loved the first book, I had some issues with the second. I don’t mean I didn’t like it, I was just not in love like the first book.
Stevie‘s review of The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires, Book 1) by Jim Butcher
Steampunk published by Orbit 05 Jul 16
I never managed to get into Butcher’s Harry Dresden series, although many others of my acquaintance have raved about it. The author has always struck me as a nice enough chap in interviews and on convention panels, and I like both steampunk and space (or in this case air) pirates, so thought I’d give his new series a try. There’s obviously been a lot of thought put into the world building, both in terms of technology and history, but I had reservations about some aspects of this imagined world right from the starting pages…
Although I’ve only read a couple of their books, I’ve become quite a fan of this writing duo. So when I saw this one was to be released and at a special price, I was right on it. And did it measure up?
Stevie‘s review of A Scandalous Adventure (Victorian Adventures, Book 3) by Lillian Marek
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 02 Aug 16
I’ve been avidly following this series about Victorian lady adventurers and their suitors, so when the author’s note to this third instalment acknowledged Anthony Hope and The Prisoner of Zenda, my curiosity was piqued as to whether there would be a Ruritanian element to the story. Fortunately for my interests, political intrigue and mistaken identities abound from the very first pages.
I don’t know a single person who isn’t overwhelmed this time of year, whether they love the holidays or not! Add to this that I happen to love Christmas-themed romances. So it would make sense that this is the time of year I fall hard and fast into my full-blown Harlequin addiction. Between the Christmas theme, the short category page count, and my desire to get more familiar with the Medical line, picking up Carol Marinelli’s latest was a no-brainer.
Elena and Raphael are back as the central figures in this next story in the series. While I love Elena and Raphael, I was a bit disappointed that this story did not feature one of the other characters that we readers are panting for.
After reading the story, I have to acknowledge the superior writing talent of the author as she gives us an amazing story that teaches us important life lessons, even as we enjoy watching Elena and Raphael solve a crime no one knew about. read more…
Ah, Faithful Reader, we all have tropes we love, and Julie Anne Long’s newest book check a couple off my list – childhood friends and best friend’s little sister. Awwww yeah! If you’re like me and love some forbidden angsty-ness, buckle up!
At last, this fascinating series reaches the book many of us have been eagerly anticipating: the one that tells Julius’ story. Acknowledged by his cousins to be the leader of the Emperors, Julius, the Earl of Winterton – heir to the Duke of Kirkburton – is the man they all turn to for help when they encounter problems in their personal, professional, or political dealings. Julius’ own private life, however, is far from the orderly affair he would like others to view it as being.
I came across this book and author in a list of forthcoming publications that I could read and review here at the Pond. Since I get to see so few books in this genre, I signed up to read this right away, with little or no expectations one way or another. The fantasy started on page one and just kept on going as I got to meet a host of very interesting characters and battled a host of shape-shifting aliens with them. read more…