Paranormal Historical

B+
The Mystery Woman

I have read a few of Amanda Quick’s Arcane Series books and while entertaining, those paranormal historicals were just above average for me. I have always preferred her straight historical romances. This second book in her Ladies of Lantern Street was a much better paranormal and just barely misse ...

B+
If He's Tempted

I believe that I have read every book that Hannah Howell has written. While each book in her medieval series has a predictability and formulaic feel, there is something about Howell’s books that is just comforting to me. Even so, there is not one of her medieval books that I would award a very hig ...

B+
A Natural History of Dragons

I adore stories with dragons in them. I grew up with Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern books, and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series of historical fantasies is among my favorites. So I jumped at the opportunity to review Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, the first installm ...

C+
Bite Me, Your Grace

When I chose this book to review, I was intrigued by both the title and the premise. “Bite Me, Your Grace” as the title had me imagining a story using a clever double entendre. A clever title shows an author with a clever mind, right? In some ways the book was clever and there was evidence of t ...

B-
Winterblaze

This book took me a while to pick up. I had read the previous in the Darkest London series and was holding a serious grudge against the hero. Though that eventually wore off, Winterblaze took the series into turns that I am not sure I liked, though in the end I did enjoy seeing the leads in the inst ...

B-
Demon's Curse

As a fan of paranormal and historical romances, I was very intrigued by the new series by Alexa Egan that combines the two genres. Though this is the first in the series and not a great book, the series shows a lot of potential.         There is a very dark tone that pervades Demon’s C ...

B
Moonglow

As a whole, paranormals are not my drug of choice, usually because I find the world-building tedious or unbelievable, or the premise silly. So I’m choosy when I decide to give one a try. In the case of Moonglow, my gamble paid off. The characters and engaging, and the conflict is interesting. And ...

B+
Lessons After Dark

The paranormal romances I like best are those that make magicians and supernatural beings not larger-than-life and above the rest of society, but instead show the struggle of creating a society that consists of both magical and mundane beings. Lessons After Dark is such a story set in an alternative ...

B
The Janus Affair

There’s good news, and there’s so-so news. The good news is that The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is a rollicking, kick-ass, funtastic series from a Kiwi and American duo, and I look forward to more adventures featuring Agents Books and Braun. The so-so news is that the second book, while a ...

C
The Seduction of Phaeton Black

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Have you ever read a book that was so over the top crazy and convoluted that you were left wondering if it was supposed to be a joke and for some reason you just didn't get it? I read The Seduction of Phaeton Black days ago and I'm still undecided. Surely it's intended to be tongue-in-cheek, right? ...