Reviews by BJ Jansen

A+
John & Jackie

John and Jackie first meet when they are twelve years old. Now, seventy-one years later, Jackie prepares to give his beloved husband the ultimate gift. In the story, set over the course of a single afternoon, they relive key moments from their lives together. This includes their first meeting and fi ...

C+
Speak No Evil

I don’t know why, but this is the first novel by J.R. Gray I have read. I know Gray has quite a backlist, so I was ready to discover a new-to-me author. The premise sounded good. Speak No Evil is set in New Orleans where Weston is a hitman, for the ‘family business’, and has a handler calle ...

D+
A Lord to Love

When I asked to review this short story I hadn’t heard of the author and knew nothing about this work, except that it was a m/m Historical Romance. I was quite pleased when I learned it was set in an alternate universe, as that’s one of my favourite sub-genres and can be quite wonderful when ...

B
Seance on a Summer's Night

A belated Happy New Year to all reading this review. Winter is a bad time for me health-wise, and in England believe me when I say we all need winter pick- me-ups. Thus, for my first review of 2019, I went for a favourite American, romance author, Josh Lanyon and a hot sounding title, Seance on a Su ...

A-
Kip's Monster

To misquote Renée Zellweger in the movie Jerry Maguire: You had me at custard creams! Harper Fox knows just how to set a scene, a time and a location with a few carefully chosen words. Rather than a storyteller, she is a story-weaver, plucking words like threads, from childhood, mixed with tee ...

B
Band Sinister

Welcome to the latest work from K.J. Charles and as ever, we have historical accuracy, fantastic writing, and the occasional naughty bits. Band Sinister centres around Sir Philip Rookwood and his ‘hellfire club’ known just as ‘The Murder’. These hellfire clubs did exist around the eightee ...

A-
Fogland Point

Sometimes, taking a risk on a new author and their first novel can work out to be a lovely surprise. Reading Fogland Point by Doug Burgess is a case in point. Little Compton, a tiny town east of pretty much everything on the North Eastern Atlantic coast of America, is steeped in history in all it ...

C
Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim – is the first novel I have read by L.A. Witt in a long time, and when I read that it is concerning a gay romance between a Muslim and a U.S. Navy chaplain, I had high expectations. This is, apparently, the eighth novel in a series about a town with a US Navy base where ships are r ...

A-
Lock Nut

Lock Nut is the fifth book in this wonderful series about plumber Tom Paretski and now fiancé, private investigator, Phil Morrison. Tom has a slightly quirky paranormal ability which enables him to find things, which often leads them into trouble. However, that is not overly utilised in this episod ...

A-
Foxglove Copse

Foxglove Copse is the fifth book in Riptide Publishing’s Porthkennack universe, and in my opinion it’s the best so far. The books in the Porthkennack series are all standalones, set in and around the Cornish town of the same name, and this one, written by Alex Beecroft, includes all the elements ...