Reviews by Enya Young

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Conor's Way

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Thank God for digital publishing, and authors willing to make the transition. For years this 1996 RITA winner has been out of print, but last year Ms. Guhrke released this tale of an Irish boxer and a Southern lady electronically, and I finally read it a f ...

B
Tempting

One of the great things about ePublishing is that it has opened up a whole new world for authors. Ms. Tarr published this book ten years ago, but has revised and released it in electronic format only. Now, I haven’t read the original (now out of print), so I can’t comment on superiorities or inf ...

B
Timeless

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I’ll sum it up in a nutshell. If you haven’t read Ms. Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate, then allow me to shoo you to book one, Soulless, because you’re missing out. If you think the series has jumped the shark, then this book probably won’t change your mind. And if you follow the series, ...

C
Angel of Darkness

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I’ve started to think of C as the kiss of death. It’s like the “It’s not you – it’s me” line preceding breakups – now you start thinking, “Oh god, now what’s wrong?” And the truth is, in both these cases (C-grades and relationships gone to pot) there may not be anything actua ...

B-
Locked and Loaded

What mixed feelings I have. There’s elation that an author is willing to take such risks with her plot. Disappointment, that a couple with so much potential gets such short shrift. Sorrow, to know that Alexis Grant was a pseudonym of the late L.A. Banks and, therefore, the Delta Force series is li ...

C
Dead by Nightfall

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Honestly, if I hadn’t had to read Dead by Nightfall for review, I’d have read the last two chapters, maybe an Amazon review or two, and called it a day. (And for someone who will put her hands over her ears and sings la-la-la when spoilers encroach, that’s huge.) But no way in hell would I h ...

B+
Sea Change

If I had an outsized gospel voice that could penetrate digital walls, this review would just be me singing “Oh, happy day!” But that wouldn’t be good for your ears, not to mention the fact that it would be pretty insufficient as reviews go. So I’ll just have to settle for outsized elation in ...

C+
Not Wicked Enough

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I was looking forward to this one. Really. Not only did it mean a break from her paranormal series, which I wasn’t particularly fond of – it also meant Ms. Jewel’s return to European historicals, the setting where she wrote such specimens of fabulosity as Scandal and The Spare. So you can i ...

C
Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

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Books like this, I hate. Does the heroine annoy me? Not really. Is the hero an utter bastard? Can’t say that he is. Plot’s plausible enough. Secondary characters are okay (for the most part). Super evil villain isn’t any worse than others I’ve read. So where’s the hate coming from? ...

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Freedom & Necessity

There are some books that make you wonder how it ever got to the printing press. Then there are others that defy hyperbole and uplift your soul. You wonder what set the authors on this path, and how the strange alchemy of thoughts and feelings became magic. On my bookshelf, there are fewer than f ...