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Wild Embrace, by Nalini Singh

5 Jul

Wild Embrace, by Nalini Singh

This is the second all Psy/Changeling anthology, and the first with all new stories. (I reviewed Wild Invitation, the first anthology, here.)

Wild Embrace was released last year, after Allegiance of Honor came out; despite my utter disenchantment with that novel, I had already decided I would read the anthology, so I did at some point later in the year. I wasn’t awed by it, but I remembered enjoying it well enough.

After reading Silver Silence, I decided to re-read and review it, to satisfy my ‘completist’ tendencies.

I probably shouldn’t have done it so soon after, though, because I was hyper aware of all the worst of Ms Singh’s writing tics; none of these stories have aged well for me.

Reader warning: This anthology is part of a long series, so the review by necessity spoils some of the stories that came before. As with the rest of the series, there’s some adult language and explicit sex. Finally, I rant–a hell of a lot–about one of the novellas in this book. Continue reading

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Catify to Satisfy, by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin

18 May

This review is for our very own, awesome, Queen Librarian of the Universe, SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge.

The theme for this month is Something Different, and boy, oh boy, this is different.

How different? Well, it’s somewhere between interior design and self-help, neither of which I ever read.

(Spoiler: if you enjoy either of these types of books, or the show, you’ll probably want to skip this review)

Catify to Satisfy, by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin

A dude at work often gets print ARCs directly from publishers, and every so often he goes around the office, handing them over to people according to what he knows of their interests. This is…a very hit and miss way of giving books away.

Because I rescued two kittens. back in the fall of 2015, he just knew I would love this book, and so he handed it to me, with an admonition to let him know my thoughts.

Seventeen months later…::crickets::

But where are my manners? Here, allow me to introduce you to our characters, via the blurb:
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Lone Wolf, by Jennifer Ashley

16 Oct

Lone Wolf - Shifters Unbound(I’m hoping to post this right before the deadline, so my apologies in advance if it’s even less readable than usual)

I had a lot of trouble reading something that qualified for this month’s TBR Challenge. Not, mind you, because I don’t have a TBR pile–physical and electronic–that can probably be seen from space, but because a) I didn’t realize until the weekend that today was the deadline for October’s review, and b) I started four different (new to me) paranormal stories and couldn’t get past the halfway point on any. Kill me now, please.

Also, trigger warning: a baby dies, though not during the story.

Lone Wolf, by Jennifer Ashley

Though I’ve yet to write a review of any of Ms Ashley’s books, I’m very much a fan of most of her Mackenzie historical romances. Long ago, Kristie(J) positively raved about the first in that series, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, over at her blog. It took me a while, but I finally managed to get my hands on that book (and the next, and the next, and…), and have since read everything in that series, most with great enjoyment.

Since Kristie(J) is also a fan of Ms Ashley’s paranormal romances, when this one was on sale somewhere, I snapped it up. It took me a while to get to it–did I happen to mention my TBR pile is positively scary?–but after four failed attempts to engage with any of the pile’s unread paranormal stories, I gratefully clicked on it on ye olde kindle app in my phone. Surely, it would be the one to break the streak, right?

Yeah, not such luck.

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Shooter, by Dahlia West

11 Sep

ShooterShooter, by Dahlia West

Jane highlighted this one in one of Dear Author’s daily deals posts, saying that it was fun. Add fun to free, and if course I got it. For the first 300 pages or so, I found a lot to like in it, and then…oh, the rage. The. Rage! Therefore, reader beware: this here review? It’s full of spoilers.

You’ve been warned, proceed at your own risk.

The blurb (from amazon, as I could not find it in the author’s website):
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The Masterful Mr Montague, by Stephanie Laurens

8 Jul

The Masterful Mr MontagueA few years ago–don’t ask me how long, but it’s probably around a decade or so–I discovered Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster novels, thanks to the good offices of my friendly neighborhood used book seller. Being the obsessive little reader that I am, I read all of the Cynster books (including that horrible bit of revisionist history that is The Promise in a Kiss¹) up to The Taste of Innocence (number 14 in the series). At that point, for reasons explained below, I broke up with Ms Laurens.

Years went by, and then, a few weeks ago I happened to see this title at the grocery store, and even though I certainly do not need any more books in the house,² I gave in to my known weakness and read the back cover blurb.

Oh hey, it’s not yet another Cynster book!³ And lo and behold, the protagonists are not from the aristocracy! Snap, will you look at that, our male protagonist has been mentioned in a minor capacity throughout several of the first dozen books, starting with the very first, Devil’s Bride.

Of course I’m intrigued, and in the basket it goes. And, as luck would have it, not too much later, it was read. Here’s the reult.

(Reader beware: this is more rant than review, and as such, it’s spoilery.)

Without further ado, the afore mentioned blurb (from the author’s site):
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The Mistress Diaries, by Julianne MacLean

3 Mar

The Mistress DiariesThe Mistress Diaries, Julianne MacLean

I honestly have no idea how this book came to be in the immense TBR Mountain Range, though it must probably landed here from some giveaway at some point in the past five years or so. However, I have heard good things about Ms MacLean’s work* and since this months’ TBR challenge is a “new to me” author, I thought I would finally try it.

Boy oh boy.

Let’s just say that I’ll look for another book for the challenge—there’s bound to be something in this house that I haven’t read yet that will not make me wish I could stab its protagonists. With a fork.

Reader beware: profanity laced ranting ahead.

While the novel is narrated in the traditional third person, the blurb is—apparently—taken from the eponymous mistress’ diary:

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The Nine Lives of Christmas, by Sheila Roberts

2 Jan

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve posted one of these, but I seem to have found my misplaced reviewing mojo. As I was reading this novel, I kept writing notes for the review in my head. So here I am, back (though I’m afraid Ms Roberts would probably prefer I didn’t start out with her book).

The Nine Lives of Christmas, by Sheila Roberts

I mentioned at Karen’s blog that I got this book a couple of weeks ago from the always lovely Ms Faith. I’m quite glad of this for a couple of reasons (above and beyond the loveliness of the gesture). First, cost. At 214 pages, this reads more like a longish novella or category length romance than a whole novel, yet it’s out as a holiday hardback by St Martin’s Press. Youch!

The second has much more to do with the story itself.

This is a sweet holiday romance—there are two, perhaps three kisses total in it—ending in a happy for now with great potential for the future, a kind of ending I personally like quite a bit. Particularly when you consider that the story takes place in about a week total real time.

Here’s the cover jacket blurb: Continue reading