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Sight Unseen : A Collection of Five Anonymous Novellas

When I heard about this anthology and the clever conceit behind it - five famous authors have contributed novellas, but only the publisher knows who penned each story - I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.    Sight Unseen is an intriguing idea, and it’s a real challenge to guess who penned e ...

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The Pirate of Fathoms Deep

I’m not ashamed to admit I squealed a little bit when I saw this book coming out soon. I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first in the series, The High King’s Golden Tongue. I loved the world that Megan Derr created for this series, The Tales of the High Court, and was incred ...

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Dark Economy

Raise your hand if you think grave robbing is sexy and romantic. No one? Yeah, me neither. But it was definitely a staple of medical students and full-fledged doctors in the 1820s. Somehow, the author of Dark Economy makes both the mystery and the characters shine on their gothic backdrop. I’m not ...

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The Dragon's Curse

I generally don't pick up books I think I'll hate. The Dragon's Curse by Victoria Zagar looked like it could be great, with a terrible racial war, two men fighting against the war and their families (or rather, one family, the other isn't bad at all), and dragons. But that story was not this story. ...

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Home the Hard Way

I love flawed characters. They make a story so much more interesting. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to read about a perfect hero and heroine (or in this case, hero and hero.) I want the characters to be approachable, and since I am in no way perfect, I want to read about peopl ...

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The Chosen

The third book in Theresa Meyers' trilogy, The Chosen, is an over-the-top but appealing mix of paranormal romance, steampunk, western, and road romance. When an educated, clean-cut attorney/hunter teams up with a darkin thief in order to retrieve a relic they'll use to save the world, they both have ...

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Lover at Last

After slogging through six hundred pages of nothing much happening except for the cynical additions of several characters and story arcs, I am officially through with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Lover at Last was supposed to be the highly anticipated culmination of the m/m romance that has been br ...

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Gilded

I found Gilded hard to review and hard to grade. There are many things I liked about it, particularly the setting, world-building, and primary characters. But though I fundamentally got the story arc, I wasn't very happy with the way this book ended. This book is the second of The ...

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The End of the Innocence

Goode’s sequel to Tales from Foster High is a thought-provoking cautionary tale about what love and hate mean. High school seniors Kyle and Brad start the year thinking about sex and end the first semester knowing what real love and compassion are. Told in alternating perspectives, ...

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Conquest

Every teen musician’s dream of becoming a rock star is central to this romance about the perils and sacrifices endemic to the big time. When burnt out megastar Evan Arden hears Jesse Alexander perform, he’s blown away and drags his mentor and record producer to hear Jesse. From these humble begi ...