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Undercover Cowboy - Ryan Ranch Trilogy, #3

Undercover Cowboy by Lynde Lakes is a bit of a suspense thriller romance set in south Texas on the Ryan ranch. I personally found the heroine, Sara Jane, not very likable, she came across as a spoiled brat. I found little to like...

4 Stars

Heaven Beside You

Heaven Beside You by Christa Maurice is a fun read. It’s the story of a rock star who turns up on a fan's doorstep after a failed affair. It’s a "What would happen if..." story. This title kept my interest and I liked the characters. The pl...

5 Stars

WWW : Wonder

First let me say WWW: Wonder by Robert J Sawyer, the third book in the WWW series, was okay. It was well written and generally an all-around good book. That being said I had some problems with it. I didn't care for the way I saw the militar...

4 Stars

Uncertain Allies - Connor Grey, Book 5

Uncertain Allies is the fifth book in the Connor Grey series. I have to admit I have not read the other four books in the series. I liked Uncertain Allies because it moved fast and I didn't get bogged down in tedious back story or descripti...

4 Stars
  • Author: Mark Del Franco
  • Review by: PennyAsh
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: ACE

Well of Sorrows

Going by the cover copy for Well of Sorrows by Benjamin Tate, I was expecting an epic fantasy. I didn't get that. The book seemed to me to be more of an alternate history, reminding me of immigrants to the US in the 1880's and the pioneers...

3 Stars

Timecaster

Timecaster by Joe Kimbal reminded me of a lot of books I've read and a few movies I've seen. I had a difficult time getting through it. I knew I was going to have trouble when the very first sentence made me feel out of breath. The story re...

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Carnal Machines - Steampunk Erotica

Carnal Machines is a wonderful exploration of erotica in the Steampunk genre. I've read a fair amount of Steampunk erotica and this book, edited by D L King, is one of the best out there. The stories all embody the genre perfectly. Each one...

5 Stars

Steampunk Softies - Scientifically-Minded Dolls from a Past That Never Was

This is a great little craft book. The authors Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate have a very original idea with Steampunk Softies. The instructions are clear and anyone familiar with basic sewing and crafting can do the projects. All the dolls...

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The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks is a fun read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. Ms. Jinks has the ability to get inside a 13-year-old boy character's head and make him believable, plus fun to read. Tobias Richard V...

5 Stars

Immortal

Immortal by Gene Doucette is first of all a very fun read. Adam's telling of his story is a wonderful blend of the serious and funny. This is what good science fiction should be, believable yet fantastic. The story pulls you in and keeps yo...

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The Bloodgate Guardian

The Bloodgate Guardian by Joely Sue Burkhart is a very good story with solid writing. The well-researched facts give the story credibility and make it an enjoyable read. I only had one complaint reading this book. Well, two, but they're bot...

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Inhuman

Inhuman by Danielle Q. Lee could have been a great story.could have been. But there were several reasons it just didn't play out well. The heroine, Cassia, is supposed to be an alien of some sort.and a Hopi. The hero, Keanu, is from Hawaii....

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Big Wheat - A Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood

I liked Big Wheat by Richard A. Thompson. The writing is good and solid and the author evokes the feeling of the early part of the twentieth century when life was both easier and harder for people. The mystery is good as well as the action....

4 Stars

Light My World

I enjoyed Light My World by Aasiyah Qamar. Set in Mauritius, the book read like an exhilarating ride through another culture. I found it to be richly detailed and the characters very well done. I liked both the heroine, Diya, and the hero,...

4 Stars

Yarn : Remembering the Way Home

In Yarn, author Kyoko Mori has written a wonderful memoir/history of knitting that parallels her life with her progress in learning to knit. I liked the book, it was well-written and kept my interest. The account of her life combined with t...

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The Bells

I found The Bells by Richard Harvell one of those books that a reviewer loves to find. The writing, the plot, and the characters all come together into one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is a beautiful, moving, fascinating s...

5 Stars

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee by L. A. Meyer is the latest in the Jacky Faber series of Young Adult novels. This is another of those Young Adult novels that are not just for the Young Adult readers. Adults will enjoy this book too. I had only...

5 Stars

The Stalker

I found The Stalker by Karen Lewis difficult to stay interested in. There seemed to be far more telling than showing, which made the suspense minimal. As well as being unsure just where the story was set, I didn't feel any sympathy for the...

3 Stars

Practical Green Remodeling - Down-to-Earth Solutions for Everyday Homes

Practical Green Remodeling by Barry Katz is an informative guide to going green. I'm currently involved in remodeling my home on a limited budget, something I've been wanting to do for ages. This book is a wonderful compilation of informati...

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Convert Your Home to Solar Energy

Convert Your Home To Solar Energy by Everett M Barber Jr. and Joseph R Provey is a timely self-help construction book. I've been playing around with the idea of converting my home to solar, so when this book came along to be reviewed I jump...

4 Stars

Wildthorn

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland is a young adult romance set mostly in a Victorian era insane asylum. The setting is original as is the plot. The characters are portrayed in fairly ordinary terms and could be richer. Unfortunately for me the styl...

3 Stars

First Date - Tour Director Extraordinaire

I started out ready to like First Date by R.A. Siracusa. I love spy romances and Marrakesh. Unfortunately, my enjoyment quickly dissipated with the problems I saw in the story.   It read like a scene from a longer work, I was lost as f...

3 Stars

An Elemental Tail

I liked An Elemental Tail by Shona Husk quite a bit. The characters of Isla and Nik were both likable and sympathetic. Ms. Husk's writing kept me engaged and the plot was handled well. I loved the way she approached the merman's dilemma of...

5 Stars

Beautiful Stranger

Beautiful Stranger by Katalina Leon is what an erotic novel should be. The writing is tight, the plot well thought out and the story flows. I could see the scenes and the characters, hear the music and smell the bayou.   The heroine, L...

5 Stars

Beneath the Texas Sky - Lazy M Ranch

I enjoyed the inspirational story, Beneath The Texas Sky, by the writing team that goes by the name of Kassandra Elaine. The book is a nicely crafted story of faith lost and found. I did have a few problems with some of the dialog and...

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Cheyenne Trilogy Megabook - MURPHY'S RAINBOW, SHADOWS IN THE WIND and WILLOW CREEK

I enjoyed reading the Cheyenne Trilogy Megabook. The three novels, Murphy's Rainbow, Shadows In The Wind, and Willow Creek cover the lives of Jonathan Cantrell and his sons Cole and Levi. All three are well written romances set in...

5 Stars

As Timeless As Stone

As Timeless As Stone by Maeve Alpin is a nice little romp through the Steampunk world of mechanical men, time travel, and Paris in the early 1800's. I enjoyed the story and the use of an actual historical character. Ms. Alpin mixes som...

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Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire by Jerri Drennen is a nice, tight, romance about police corruption and true love. I enjoyed the plot and most of the romance. I did have some difficulty with a few places where the hero, Cord Rawlings, seemed to b...

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Sexing Up the Spy

Sexing Up The Spy by Tina Holland is a short story about a spy novelist, Jake Stone, who is told to add some sex to his novels. His agent tells him to work with Lexi Andrews an erotic romance author. The two authors meet and immed...

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Shoreline

Shoreline by Jennifer Loy is a paranormal fantasy romance with a merman hero named Arris. I have to admit I have a special place in my heart for mermen. I did find the plot a tiny bit cumbersome in a few spots but I liked the twis...

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Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead by Nathalie Gray is billed as a Steampunk Spicy Romance, though it read more like a regular Pirate story to me than a Steampunk adventure. The story starts off with the heroine, Laurel Benson-Desmarais, involved in a yacht...

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Star Raiders

The story Elysa Hendricks crafts in Star Raiders has all the action of a good space opera and all the romance of a good straight romance story. I will admit I skimmed over the sex scenes, as I wanted to get back to the main story.&nbsp...

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Project Mendel

Okay. Primarily this is a science fiction book with lots of romance and it's a page-turner thriller. I sat up until almost three in the morning reading this book because I couldn't put it down. Brynn Chapman has written a well-res...

5 Stars

Zorroc - Feline Predators of Ganz Book 1

The plot is the basic alien race loses all it's women and needs human women to breed with. Zorroc: Feline Predators of Ganz jumped around a lot and there seemed to be considerable switching of character points of view. In some pla...

2 Stars

Galaxy Fever

Galaxy Fever is an okay read. The author appears to be going for a romantic comedy set in space with some action/thriller elements thrown in. I did smile a few times but nothing made me laugh. The action didn't quite get there either. Grant...

3 Stars

The Selkie Bride - Sequel to The Selkie

Fans of Scottish Romance should love this book. The Selkie Bride is set in a cursed Scottish village and the heroine, Megan Culbin, must join forces with the Selkie King Lachlan to save herself. The writing is very good, tight and well edit...

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Queen of Kings: Macha Mong Raud

Overall I found Queen of Kings well written and very close to the original legend. Ms. Amiri did a nice job researching the legend and the Celtic culture although I did spot a few small inaccuracies. My biggest complaint was that I didn't f...

4 Stars

TEKGRRL

I grew up on the Marvel superhero universe so I was naturally attracted to a science fiction book where the main characters are all superheroes. Add in romance and I was even more interested, but I'm very picky about my SF, it has to meet s...

5 Stars
  • Author: A. J. Menden
  • Review by: PennyAsh
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: DP

Sinbad's Last Voyage

As the Earth readies itself for war with the invading Albegensi, Navajo Andrea Talltrees travels to the Thieves Quarter to hire halfbreed smuggler Sinbad sh’en Singh to find her fugitive-from-justice husband. When they meet, however,...

5 Stars