Reviews by BJ Jansen

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Summer Stock

Vanessa North’s Summer Stock is a heart-warming late spring /summer read. I must admit I had to look up the meaning of the title but it seems to be what in the UK we call a ‘Summer Season’, where a theatre puts together a company of actors to mount a couple of plays over the summer. And as hap ...

B
To Touch You

When I read To Touch You, I didn’t realise it was part of an established series, so I can honestly say that it can be read as a stand-alone novel despite being the fourth book in the Mates Collection. This is the story of a wolf shifter finding his ‘true mate’ at a very young age. The mate ...

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The Alpha's Claim

This is the first novel I have read by this author and, as I was in the mood for a shifter romance, this looked a good choice and the enticing cover drew my eye. The Alpha’s Claim is a shifter story, with the animal in question being a coyote, or rather a pack of coyotes. Jim West, the eponymou ...

A
Preacher, Prophet, Beast

Preacher, Prophet, Beast is the seventh in Harper Fox’s wonderful Tyack and Frayne series of mysteries set in Cornwall, and it may be the best - or is it? Every time I finish a book in this series I say, ‘Oh, that was the best one’. I suspect every reader will have their favourite. We find ...

D
Necessary Medicine

I have never come across M.K.York’s work before, but found out after reading this, her first novel that she has a background in a fan fiction and, as she seems to be a medical student, I’m presuming that background is in medical fan fiction. The publisher describes this novel as ‘an emotionall ...

B
Wake Up Call

Riptide publishing has brought five best-selling British LGBTQ+ authors together to create a collaborative story world set in and around Porthkennack in Cornwall, England. Each novel is a stand-alone and the series can be read in any order. The first to be published is Wake Up Call, a contemporary r ...

B+
The Return of the Earl

The author of The Return of the Earl was once told, “You'll never be able to compete with native speakers of English.” This is the first romance I have read by Sandra Schwab and not only can she compete, but her use of language is superior to the majority of romantic novels I have read by so cal ...

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How to Bang a Billionaire

This review of How to Bang a Billionaire was difficult to write in terms of approach. Has Alexis Hall written an enjoyable, entertaining novel? Of course, he has.  Has he written a pastiche of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey? I will leave that for you to decide when you have read this, the first ...

B
Hopeless Romantic

What a treat to read a genuinely sweet romance that includes a gay male and a trans main character. Hopeless Romantic is a genre romance. Boy meets girl, boy courts girl etc., etc. complete with HEA. Nick Fraser is a gay guy who wants all the trappings of the rom-com movies he loves, except with ...

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The Song of Achilles

In her Orange Prize for Fiction (2012) winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller presents Homer’s Illiad from a slightly different perspective, that of Patroclus, whose name would be forgotten in history except for his connection with the great hero and demi-god Achilles, and the Trojan w ...