Reviews by Enya Young

B
Fire Kissed

Ah, a good paranormal. It’s not that they’re hard to find, per se, or even that they seem overshadowed by mediocrity (which you can say about all fiction and its subgenres in general. I think it’s more that the degree of fantasy (or outrageousness) inherent to paranormals makes mediocrity more ...

C+
Wild Texas Rose

I’m usually pretty forgiving about who I invite to a party, but sometimes there are limits. Like if you’d invited a friend and their partner to a nice quiet dinner, then found that your friend had brought their friend and partner. Then at 8pm, a friend of the friend pops up. And at 10pm, a frien ...

B+
Archangel's Storm

Oh goody, we’re back on track. After the disappointment that was Dmitri’s book, Jason’s book is a jolly satisfying read. It’s definitely not for newcomers to the series, but I think many readers will enjoy the quieter, less overtly macho black angel and his trip into Neha’s court.     ...

B+
The Last Renegade

Can an author be great if they keep writing the same thing over and over again? I wrestled with this while I was reading Jo Goodman’s latest western. I never miss a new one – I love the sardonic, offbeat humour, and the fact that she doesn’t treat readers like nincompoops. In these regards ...

C-
The Chocolate Thief

There are two books in here. The first is for those who love Paris, and Parisians, unconditionally. The second is for those who love whirlwind romances and tales with a hint of the wacky. Now, normally I wouldn’t call those two mutually exclusive, but in this case, I definitely loved the one, and ...

B
Almost a Scandal

Every so often I have a hankering for a good sea romance. No hint of the ton. No bloody muslin. Just crusty sea air, crusty sailors, crusty-feeling hair – okay, maybe not that, but at least it feels real, and Darlene Marshall has been a true find in this regard. Elizabeth Essex’s previous bo ...

D+
The Bride Wore Pearls

On page 348, the hero starts maundering on and on about his first impressions of the heroine, and she cuts him off with a sharp elbow to the ribs. Holy crap – if only someone had done that in the editing phase. Then I wouldn’t have lost four weeks of my life to a book that felt reams longer th ...

C
Starlight

This book was an eel. It was trying to drink soup with a fork. Well, I didn’t catch that eel, and I didn’t have soup for dinner. What I have is enough frustration to blow off the roof because on some level, I still have no idea what I read.        This makes me sad, because I was ra ...

A
Castaway Dreams

People like to tell you that you are what you make of yourself. And we know this to be true. But sometimes, especially on a continent where independence, devil-may-care attitudes, and the self-made man reign supreme, we forget that people are also what you make of them. This is true whether it’s ...

A-
Defiant

North American historical. Pre-Revolution historical, no less. Ambiguous villains, vivid descriptions, and some seriously scary situations – my cup overfloweth. It’s good to have you back, Ms. Clare.What’s good about Defiant? Oh so much. I haven’t read the other books in the MacKinnon Ra ...