Reviews by Anne Marble

B
Whistling in the Dark

When was the last time you read a romance set in the earliest days of the Jazz Age? Whistling in the Dark not only features an unusual setting but two heroes who face ordinary struggles such as keeping a family business afloat. I also loved the insight into the earliest days of radio, before the fir ...

A
First Channel

First Channel part of the Sime/Gen series, one of the pioneering SF romance series. It's not the first in the series, but it's set before any of the other books published in this series, so some readers might prefer to start with this book. Because it's SF first, First Channel has complex worldbuild ...

B-
In Over Her Head

If you, like me, grew up watching Aquaman cartoons, In Over Her Head might be the perfect book for you. Fennell drops us into an undersea world with Mers, ancient gods, talking fish, and sea monsters. Oh, and Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle. Erica Peck finds herself between a rock ...

B+
False Colors

I thought it might be a mistake reading False Colors right after Transgressions, but despite similarities, they were quite different. While both are M/M romances with the same publisher and a strong sense of history, False Colors tells the story of both men equally, even when they are apart - someti ...

B
Transgressions

Transgressions is one of the first in the Running Press line of male/male romances. While I had some issues with viewpoint switches, I was impressed, especially by the sense of history - England's Civil War is too rarely seen in romances. However, this book is not for the squeamish as the dark side ...

C
Your Heart Belongs to Me

Although he is known for horror and thrillers, I've loved the way Dean Koontz often put a strong relationship in his novels. When I learned that his new novel was about a hero fighting to get a new heart and keep his girlfriend, I thought this could be classic Koontz again. Instead, it looks like I' ...

C-
My Man Michael

I decided to read My Man Michael because the recent controversy made me curious. The idea of mixed martial arts fighters as heroes still strikes me as a cool idea. However, while I like futuristics, in this case, the futuristic element didn't work for me. I'm also annoyed to find yet another futuris ...

B+
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle

Anthology
Before Twilight, there was L. J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries series. This was the original "teen vampire" series, published during the wave of YA horror novels. Harper has reissued the original four books in two omnibuses, and a new hardback in the series came out in 2009. ...

C
No Words Alone

No Words Alone is a futuristic that's a lot of fun. In the end, however, it only served to reminded me why I usually like science fiction more than most futuristic romances. Sure, it was enjoyable to read, but issues big and small kept nagging at me. Most of all, for all the futuristic trappings, th ...

A
Heartsick

Archie Sheridan is a tortured hero. Literally. Two years ago, female serial killer Gretchen Lowell kidnapped Archie, tortured him, removed his spleen, and them turned herself in. Oh, and she also carved a heart on his chest. It should go without saying that Heartsick is not for the squeamish. Also, ...