Urban Fantasy Romance

C+
A Darker Crimson

A Darker Crimson is the fourth book in LoveSpell’s multi-author Crimson City series and Jewel’s departure from historical romance. As an author, I think Carolyn Jewel shows promise, but sometimes her execution is flawed. She does some good things here with world-building and plotting, but her ch ...

D
The Master

Ever watch an episode of Charmed on tv? It’s a show about three sisters (at least initially, I think they’ve added a cousin or two) who find out their mother was a witch and they’ve inherited her abilities. The three of them live together and fight evil wherever it appears. Sounds interesti ...

B
A Taste of Crimson

What a difference a book makes. Ms. Liu’s debut book Tiger Eye was a bit of a disappointment. Though many loved the shape-shifter/X-Men plotting, what I came away with was more akin to frustration than anything else. The imaginative storyline was appealing (indeed, it motivated me to read this sop ...

A-
Dark Lover

The first time I picked up this book, I put it down after reading the back. It was one more vampire book, one more series, one more niftily-named secret group...and the hero's name was Wrath. The book didn't sound bad, but with other books featuring similar elements gathering dust on my shelf, I did ...

C
Crimson City

Last year’s 2176 series was an interesting concept: a different author writes each book in the futuristic series, set in the same world and having continuing characters. Liz Maverick, author of The Shadow Runners, the third entry in the 2176 series, kicks off LoveSpell’s similarly styled Crims ...

B
Tiger Eye

The cover blurb on this book says that fans of Christine Feehan are likely to enjoy it. For once, the cover blurb does not lie. Tiger Eye reads like the offspring of a Feehan novel and an X-Men comic, and it is loads of fun. It seems that there are people in the world with psychic powers, and the ...

B-
Still Life

In Still Life, the newest installment in Melanie Jackson's popular Wildside series, it becomes apparent that the human/fey forces of good are moving ever closer to their final battles with the goblins. The author's familiar mix of brooding darkness and touches of quirky humor are present in this boo ...

C
The Courier

The Courier is a paranormal romance that starts out with an absurd, confusing plotline and one dimensional characters. By the end of the book neither of these problems really resolves. Yet, as flat as the characters were and as puzzling as the plotline seemed to be, the fast pace and bizarre story w ...

B+
Outsiders

Clearly I missed the boat by not reading Traveler, Melanie Jackson's first book involving the lutin (goblin) empire. I plan to remedy that very quickly. My only major complaint with this new release, Outsiders, is that it's not long enough; I needed more time with leads Thomas and Cyra. Hopefully th ...

B+
Traveler

I’ve been waiting for a good fusion of romance and urban fantasy, and Melanie Jackson’s Traveler provides just that. It’s a love story set in an inner-city Detroit that has become infested with dark magic. The world that Jackson created resembles our own, except that it was once populated b ...