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 Tor.com. 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
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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 An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney. Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Erotica.
Sophisticated reason to read a book: I was intrigued by the title. But it turned out to be charming. Tully Truegood ends up as a courtesan accidentally (as one does), then in prison (quite intentionally). Here, she recounts events. A pleasing costume-drama confection. Light on the erotica, light on the romance, gently witty, very nice use of the heroine’s magical ability to turn ghosts manifest.… >> 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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