Alternate Reality

B
Songs of Love and Death

Truth be told, I mostly got my copy of Songs of Love and Death because it features a story by Linnea Sinclair, an auto-buy author for me. There are stories by a lot of other authors in it that I admire or have heard good things about, so that was an added inducement. All in all it proved a very good ...

B
Play of Passion

I didn't date many younger men back when I was doing the singles scene. For some reason, I was always attracted to older guys. But I'll admit that in romance I find this scenario fascinating. Should an age difference like that affect the the dynamic of the h/h relationship? Does it stay equal? Is th ...

B-
Veil of Shadows

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Whenever I have the chance to review futuristic or other world novels, I jump at the opportunity. I’m a sucker for ‘em and have been since…..well, forever. Luckily, I enjoyed Veil of Shadows and have a new series to follow. Laisyn Carr is a captain in the rebel army stati ...

C+
Bonds of Justice

Anyone with an option - any option - would never become a J-Psy. Sophia Russo, a woman scarred from her past inside and out, is one of the desperate. Given a choice between annihilation now or gradual destruction over a lifetime of hard work, she chose the gradual destruction. How ironic that coming ...

B+
Exit Light

When I see Megan Hart's name, I usually think erotic romance. After all, she does write them well. However, I knew going into Exit Light that this book would be a little different. It's not erotic romance, but speculative fiction. And as it turns out, Megan Hart writes this genre well, too. ...

B
Changeless

I usually stay far, far away from vampire books (particularly vampire romances, though I disliked Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire as well) - all that blood (shudder). And I'm not really a werewolf enthusiast either. So even with all the sterling recommendations for Soulless, I wasn't sure I'd t ...

C+
No Greater Pleasure

Hooked from the beginning, I raced through this book as fast as I could, reading it in one rather long sitting. Unfortunately, what started out as a fantastic story petered out into a more-average tale that didn't quite fulfill its promise. Still, the writing style is great, and No Greater Pleasure ...

B+
Soulless

The Parasol Protectorate? How cool is that for a series title? Soulless, author Gail Carriger’s impressive debut and the first entry in that delightfully titled series, is almost equal parts comedy of manners, alternate reality, steampunk, paranormal, and romance. And, just to get it out of the ...

C-
Laced with Magic

The second in a series featuring a knit shop owner and sorcerer-in-training has an interesting premise, but Laced with Magicleft me confused and disappointed. It is Chloe Hobbs’ destiny to maintain a protective charm over Sugar Maple, Vermont, a town filled with vampires, werewolv ...

B+
Tekgrrl

I read many superhero comics as a girl, so Tekgrrl, featuring a group of superheroes, appealed to me, and happily, didn’t disappoint. With an engaging heroine, an interesting group of superheroes, and a surprise romance, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the heroes of the Elite Hands of Justice (E ...