Month: March 2016

Just One Kiss, by Susan Mallery

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A really enjoyable contemporary romance for adults. Patience has loved Justice Garrett since she was 14, but he left town years ago. Now in her late 20s, Patience is shocked to see him return and to find that their chemistry is stronger than ever. Mallery’s done a great job creating her small town, Fool’s Gold, and the story is wonderful. My only quibble is the two 70-something ladies in town who hit on the 30-something guys. I’d be glad to see a romance with older people involved, but these ladies seem to be the author making a joke about older women’s sexuality.
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To Weave a Web of Magic, by Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Patricia A. McKillip, Sharon Shinn

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Another great set of stories from female fantasy authors. McKillip’s is my least favorite – a story of a painter and his muse. But the other three were wonderful: Kurland’s story of a princess fleeing her betrothal and the man she finds in an abandoned castle is beautifully written with a wonderful twist you won’t see coming; Shinn’s story of a well-off young woman and the rogue angel she hears so much about is lovely; and Delacroix’s haunting story of a half-fae/half-mortal woman trying desperately to throw off a curse brings grief as well as joy. For adults and older teens.

Two of a Kind, by Susan Mallery

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Wonderful contemporary romance featuring Felecia, one of this author’s great heroines. Felecia is brilliant, a logistical wiz who ran covert ops for the military. But her personal life has been hampered by the men who are challenged by her intellect. And now the one man she has hooked up with, Gideon, is long in her past until he moves to her small town and reappears in her life. Gideon is damaged by his time in the service and seeks only his solitude, but maybe these Two of a Kind can find each other. Great fun for 18 and up.

Follow My Lead, by Kate Noble

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A really terrific bodice-ripper that has great characters, a romance that grows organically, and cross-continent adventure. Jason, a 30-year-old Duke, is seeking a wife. He’s not looking for romance, but rather appropriateness, and he’s daunted by the meat market that is London’s season. Also featured in the story are smart and funny heiress Sarah Forrester and strong-minded academic Winnifred Crane. Jason stumbles into both of them, and between them, he is led on a merry chase. A great read for fans of historical romance.

Summer Days, by Susan Mallery

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This book was much stronger than I thought it would be, with its setting in a mountain town called Fool’s Gold. But San Francisco CEO Rafe meets goat herder Heidi, and sparks fly, but so do well-thought-out plot complications. There was a point where I was yelling, No, don’t do that! but Mallery wrote her way out of her complication gracefully, without deus ex machina, for which I was grateful. Well-written romance for adults.

Feverborn, by Karen Marie Moning

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Another smoking hot edition of the Fever series. In war-torn Dublin, Mac, Jada, Barrons, and Ryoden work together to solve the problem of growing black holes that threaten to destroy the planet, but they are juggling multiple problems, as ever. Mac is fighting a major internal battle with dark magic; Jada is struggling to maintain her cool exterior, and Ryoden is the chessmaster behind the chaos. A gripping read for fans of the series, 18 and up.

Burned, by Karen Marie Moning

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Burned picks up where Iced left off, but returns us to the point of view of our original heroine, Mac (short for MacKayla). In post-invasion Dublin, Mac is plotting about how to rescue a friend from the Crimson Hag, how to shake off the Zombie Eating Wraiths (ZEWs) that are following her everywhere, and, oh, yeah, how to deal with the evil book inside of her that drives her to murder. A great urban fantasy read – for 18 and up.

Assassin’s Quest, by Robin Hobb

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An extraordinary culmination to one of the best and most immersive high fantasy series I’ve ever read. After the extraordinary events of book 2, our hero Fitz leaves behind all he knows and sets out on his own quest. His amazing journey closes every loose end and leaves this reader with an abiding sense of satisfaction and joy. Hobb brings to her series incredible world-building, detailed characters that we care passionately about, and adventure beyond imagining.

Recommended for older teens and up due to violence and war, but recommended primarily for adults who can look back, like our narrator, on the follies of youth. An exceptional read.

Iced, by Karen Marie Moning

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Terrific next step in the Fever series: a whole book focused on Dani, a 14-year-old superspeedy superhero (as she sees herself) and her adventures in Dublin after the invasion of the Unseelie Fae. Dani has friends, but no one keeps her in a cage of responsibility, except maybe Ryoden, who is even more superstrong and superfast than Dani is. A great read. Despite the heroine’s age, this one is still for 18 and up due to sex and gore.