Month: December 2015

Kiss of a Demon King, by Kresley Cole

Another PNR in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. In this one, a warrior gets kidnapped by a sorceress and hijinks ensue. But what I like about Cole is that her hero and heroine are very clearly drawn, and they earn their love story. Her world-building deepens from book to book, and she’s a terrific writer. If you need a sexy fantasy romance, this is your series.

An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War by Georgette Heyer

This book is an interesting mix of Heyer’s usual Regency-era romance, but it is also a detailed historical recreation of the days up to and including the battle of Waterloo. The level of detail is astounding, to the point where I had to stop reading and pull out a map to see visually where all the key players were and refresh my dim memories about the battle. Of course when Heyer wrote this in 1937 in England, her readers had the battle much more in their national memory, and she brings all the glory and the horror of it resoundingly to life.

Destined, by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Eight books into this series, I am deeply enmeshed with these characters, old and new, and in this book, the arrival of Aurox at the House of Night has thrown Zoey for a loop. The authors continue showing us multiple points of view, and it has only expanded the tension in the series. This is the first of the final four books of the series, and I read them all in two days. A great read.

Summers at Castle Auburn, by Sharon Shinn

This is a lovely bit of writing, my second book by the author, and it’s just as lyrical and satisfying as the first. Our heroine, Corie, is a “base-born noble” who comes from her small village to spend summers at the Castle Auburn to visit with her lovely (and fully noble) step-sister, who is engaged to the Prince. This book tracks Corie’s journey from the summer she was 14 and still swept up in the glamour of the Prince and his nobles, to the summer she is 18, when her sister is to marry the Prince. Corie makes a wonderful narrator, and as we readers draw deeper into the story, our eyes are opened to what really takes place at Castle Auburn, even as Corie’s are. For 14 and up.

Dark Desires After Dusk, by Kresley Cole

Cadeon Woede has fallen, against all his people’s rules, for Holly, a human woman, but when she suddenly becomes a Valkyrie, only Cadeon can keep her from all the other factions trying to make her their own. In contrast to the last book in this series, this one is a road trip, as Holly, taken completely out of her element, slowly sheds her inhibitions. A sultry paranormal romance for grown-ups.