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The Lawrence Browne Affair, by Cat Sebastian

3 Aug

A number of people I trust have recommended Ms Sebastian’s work; most recently, Keira Soleore (review here) and Bona Caballero (review, in Spanish, here), have talked about this novel.

To virtually no one’s surprise, I already had it, in ye olde digital TBR of gargantuan proportions, so I finally read it.

Caveats: adult language, a couple of graphic sex scenes, and implicit emotional and physical abuse of children.

The Lawrence Browne Affair, by Cat Sebastian

This is the second title in a trilogy, which is something I managed not to internalize somehow. As most of my lovely readers probably know, I tend to be pretty anal retentive about reading series in order, because I like seeing the evolution of different characters through the various books. This novel, however, can stand perfectly well as a stand alone.

Well, except that once you are done, you want to get your hands on the first novel in a hurry.¹

Here, have a back cover blurb:
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Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann

23 Jul

I have said before that it’s generally hard for me to give up on authors I’ve stopped loving–though I hope I’ve finally learned my lesson there.

On the other hand, there are some authors I still very much like, but whose writing may have shifted in directions that, quite simply, don’t interest me. This was the case a few years ago with Ms Brockmann’s (then) upcoming series: I felt completely meh about the whole “not too distant future” thing.

Then, a couple of years ago. she wrote the first of what is supposed to be a spinoff series from the Troubleshooters and I was somewhat interested.¹

And then…then, this book was announced, and here we are.

Reader beware: adult language, some violence, graphic sex. If any of these bothers you, skip the book. Hell, skip the whole series.

Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann

While this is the 17th full length novel in the very successful Troubleshooters series, it absolutely stands on its own, giving a new reader a good taste of what Ms Brockmann’s writing voice is like: fast paced, with well drawn, three-dimensional characters, and set in the real world, very much right here, right now.

Neither of the main characters have appeared in any of the previous books in the series. And while a couple of the secondary characters have, the story is structured so that there’s no need for extensive backstory of previous events, and what little there is, is integrated organically into the narrative.

Here’s the blurb:
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Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh

30 May

Shield of WinterI’m pushing this horribly, but since Shards of Hope comes out next Tuesday, I really don’t have much time to fool around.

Behold, my review of the thirteenth full length novel in the Psy/Changeling series!

Same caveat as for the past several installments: if you are new to the series, don’t start here. Slave to Sensation is the first book, but you can read Visions of Heat, Caressed by Ice or Mine to Possess out of order without appreciable spoilers. After that, I strongly urge you to read the series in order.

Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh

As far as I can see, this is the first post-Silence story,¹ dealing with the fallout of the events in Heart of Obsidian. Not only is the Psy Council truly dissolved, but a new ruling body has surged unelected–and uncontested–from the rubble.

This ruling coalition sees before it a Herculean task: to maintain calm among the Psy around the world, while dealing with the insidious and fast growing rot that is killing the Net, before the strain is too much.

Blurb from my hardcover copy:
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Play of Passion, by Nalini Singh

8 Apr

Play of PassionI am on a quest to finally catch up on my reviews of the Psy/Changeling series, before the release of Shards of Hope this summer, and I confess that I’m puzzled.

Given how much I enjoy the series as a rule (there have been a couple of books I haven’t enjoyed as much–which is perfectly normal for a series going on fifteen novels and eight short stories/novellas),  I’m always surprised to realize just how long it’s been between reviews for the past three or four books.

I’m talking a couple of years intervals here.

Why do you think that is?

(We’ll pretend that the obvious and easy answer–I’m easily distracted–it not also the correct answer.)

Anyway, without more ado, my review.

Play of Passion, by Nalini Singh

This is the ninth installment in the series and deserves a bit of a warning. While each story revolves around one couple’s journey to their happy ending, the series follows an overarching plot centered on the conflict of the three main races. This means that there are a number of plots threads that may not lead anywhere in that particular book, but that build up through a number of stories, and eventually get their own resolution.

These are things that would bother me, were I choose this novel as my entry to the series. Your mileage, oh gentle readers, may vary vastly.

At this point in the series we have had pairings involving pretty much every different type of human in this universe. We’ve had a number of changeling/psy couples, one human/changeling, one human/psy, one wolf/leopard, and even one psy/Forgotten couple.

This is the first time in the series though, where the protagonists have known each other literally all their lives. In a sense, it’s a friends to lovers story, with a couple of twists thrown in.

Here’s the blurb from my print copy:
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