Reviews by Mary Skelton

B-
Skinwalker

For readers who like Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books and Patricia Briggs’ shapeshifter tales featuring Mercy Thompson, Faith Hunter has crafted an engaging paranormal/urban fantasy series based on the main character of one Jane Yellowrock, the last known skinwalker and vampire hunter extraor ...

C-
I Thee Wed

I Thee Wed is the fourth book in Celeste Bradley’s The Wicked Worthington series.  I have not read any of the previous novels in this series and was able to follow along fairly well as the characters were introduced.  While it is not necessary to have read the earlier stories to understand this ...

A-
Duke of Sin

It is amazing to me when an author can sustain a series as long as Elizabeth Hoyt has her Maiden Lane novels without their becoming stale or tedious. But I knew this particular author was something special as soon as I finished reading The Raven Prince and felt compelled to immediately turn back to ...

B
Hot in Hellcat Canyon

I have been a Julie Anne Long fan since I read her first book, The Runaway Duke published in 2004. I have anticipated each and every novel in her eleven book series featuring the Redmonds and the Everseas of Pennyroyal Green, and I chose The Legend of Lyon Redmond as one of my top picks for 2015. Ju ...

B+
Harlot

This short novel/novella is the second in Victoria Dahl’s Bartered Hearts series. I have not read the previous one, so this can be read as a standalone. I am an absolute sucker for a well written romance set in the American West, so I was thrilled to see an author I associate with contemporary rom ...

A-
The Wicked Duke

I fell in love with Madeline Hunter’s prose in her first book, By Possession and I have been faithfully following her ever since. That lyrical and persuasive style is in evidence in the latest by this author and once again she does not disappoint. Her plotting is also excellent as is her developme ...

B+
Bounty

Kristen Ashley heads back to the Colorado Mountains in her latest contemporary romance and the seventh title in this series. Ashley fans will remember Deke Hightower from previous books; Bounty is his story. I was a little disappointed in the author’s last book which I reviewed it here and rate ...

C+
A Scandalous Proposal

This second book in Kasey Michael’s The Little Season series really had great potential: a smart, witty heroine, a principled hero who for the most part takes the heroine seriously, a mystery, and some wacky secondary characters. Despite a great backdrop, the book never quite lived up to the premi ...

D-
Driven by Fire

I read the first book in this series, Consumed by Fire and gave it a solid B/B+ grade, so I was excited about reading the next one by Anne Stuart. All I can say is…ugh! I pretty much hated everything about this story. Jenny Parker is the only daughter of a man who is the head of a ...

A-
Fire Touched

Fire Touched is the 9th book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, so if you have not read the previous books in this urban fantasy series, you need to just download the previous eight right now. They are that good.I was in a historical romance reading slump when I happened upon Ilona And ...