Reviews by Melanie Bopp

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His Secret Son

I was so excited about this book you guys, so excited. I was expecting a fun, if cheesy, trope-romp - we have a secret baby AND a military hero. I also appreciated that both the heroine and hero are people of color. Awesome, I am all for it. But it was all smacked down in the prologue, and just got ...

C+
In Her Court

Not all series need to be read in order, and thank goodness for that! In Her Court is book 18 in the Camp Firefly Falls series, and I’ve not read any of the others. It’s a cute story, a fluffy lesbian romance, and I enjoyed it, but it was a bumpy ride. When Willa Carter’s brother, Nate, cal ...

B
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

Have you ever read a book and thought; man, the writing is beautiful, the story is interesting, why isn’t it working for me? That was my experience with Ruth Emmie Lang’s Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. Magical realism is a fascinating world to play in, and is, at its heart, about finding ...

B
Highland Dragon Warrior

Paranormal plus historical. Yeah, I wasn’t sure what to think either, but I couldn’t resist the lure. Isabel Cooper creates a historical world based in fantasy with the elements of a more contemporary paranormal and kept me entertained for over 300 pages with it. It’s the fourteenth century ...

B+
Call of Fire

When it comes right down to it, sequels are hit or miss. When the author does a fantastic job of setting up an alternate history in book one, as Beth Cato does in Breath of Earth, it’s a really hard act to follow. In the end, Call of Fire is a good follow up, but doesn’t quite match the intensit ...

B+
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Picture this: a group of older women, likely in their seventies and eighties, sitting around chatting. Could be the bus or train, the park, that one corner or the community center. What do you think they are talking about? I would have thought aches and pains, or their kids or grandkids. Maybe the w ...

B
Buns

Have you ever wanted to go to the resort hotel from Dirty Dancing? Spend a week in the Catskills, sitting by a lake or joining in events in the parlor? It’s been a fantasy of mine since college, and places like that really do still exist. In Buns, the third in the Hudson Valley series, our heroine ...

B-
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days

Welcome to the world of Aerthlan, where, of the five kingdoms it comprises, only one exists  peaceably. This is the setting for Kerrelyn Spark’s new series The Embraced, following a group of young women, raised as orphans in a convent in that one peaceful kingdom, who take on the rest of the worl ...

B-
Lickety Split

They say you can’t go home again. I don’t know how true that is really, but as you get older, I think how you see home, and how you see other’s actions, changes pretty drastically. In Lickety Split we get to see that return to home, and a view of the people you knew through different eyes. Esp ...

C-
The Girl from Rawblood

Okay. So where to start? I’m not sure which is most prevalent, but in The Girl from Rawblood, Catriona Ward has written a combination of horror, gothic, mystery and a hint of tragic romance that could be utterly fascinating, but just did not work for me. I’m really not sure why – it should hi ...