Thumbs up for The Magpie Lord; A Case of Possession; Flight of Magpies; and Jackdaw by KJ Charles. Historical fantasy romance.

These came to my attention in an article on I sample a lot of books, mind you. A lot. Most of them, I don’t continue to read. I certainly don’t get hooked in the first couple of pages, decide to take a chance with my $1.99 and a few hours of my time, and never–when done with the first book–do I download and binge-read the next three books like an addict, mentally mumbling at the author “Take my money–please” and trawling her website for extra stories.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for: Family Man, Volume I by Dylan Meconis. Fantasy. Alabaster: Wolves by Caitlin R. Kiernan, illustrated by Steve Lieber. Fantasy. Monstress, Volume I: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda. Fantasy. Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman, illustrated by Emilee Denich. Erotica.

A batch review here. Family Man is the hardest to describe of the bunch: Um….Half-Jewish Theology student in 1768 Germany makes some bad thesis decisions (Spinoza, atheism) and…academia…and hot librarian…and werewolves, kinda.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Adult Video 1 by Lexi Maxxwell. Erotica/Humor.

Most erotica takes itself way, way too seriously. This – the first short piece in a series about the employees of an adult video store – definitely does not. There were moments when I laughed so hard that I was concerned I would wake up my roommate. (Have you got the impression that I prefer funny writing to sexy writing?… >> Read more

When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley. Historical romance.

Celeste is my aunt, and I have a strict I-do-not-review-or-even-comment-on-books-by-my-relatives-or-friends policy. But since I read it, I include it here for completeness’s sake.

Quite possibly the most annoying thing about attending a duel was the early-morning hour. Callie yawned behind her glove. Truly, could idiot men not just as easily kill each other in the middle of the afternoon?

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