Gods and Goddesses

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Never Say Never

For a concept as out-there as the one presented in Never Say Never, the story’s delivery and execution are distressingly ordinary.  It’s 2021 – we’re a bit beyond “I’m not like other girls, love is gross and I wear a leather jacket” heroines. Brynn Stark wants nothing to do with lo ...

B-
Neon Gods

Persephone and Hades are the O.G.s of the Beauty and the Beast archetype, which is one of my favorites, so I’m always game for a retelling. But if this particular Persephone story disappeared to the Underworld, I wouldn’t really miss it. Olympus, in this version, appears to be an East Coast c ...

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Neon Gods

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy romances, and so Neon Gods easily caught my eye as a mix of fantasy, Greek mythology, and erotica. While it took me a little while to orient myself in the author's world, overall this book proved to be a promising start to this new series by Katee Robert. In th ...

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The Beast of Blackmoor

The Beast of Blackmoor was first published as part of the Night Shift anthology, and it was far and away my favorite part of that collection. This review is an adaptation of the original review I wrote for the whole anthology, because Milla Vane has reissued her story. It’s a prequel to her A Gath ...

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

There are plenty of books about teens discovering that they have supernatural powers, and even a strong subset of those involving gods and demon-slayers. What Genie Lo brings to the table to make The Epic Crush of Genie Lo stand out from the crowd is the infusion of Chinese and Chinese-American elem ...

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes

A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an anci ...

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The Goddess Gets Her Guy

The Goddess Gets Her Guy is a romance of supreme silliness and goofiness – an alright journey with a message that love isn’t bound by class or status.  But its extremely lightweight nature and total inability to stand on its own without having read…well, almost everything else the author’s ...

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The Rose

I'm a big fan of pretty much anything Tiffany Reisz writes, so I was ecstatic to receive a copy of The Rose, her latest novel, for review. It's a follow-up to 2017's The Red - which I loved - so I settled in fully expecting to be swept away by this one. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out to be quite ...

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Crazy Cupid Love

Amanda Heger’s wildly charming Crazy Cupid Love is a wonderful, magical little fantasy romance in which fantasy creatures are real – and they’re looking for love. There’s nothing in the world Eliza Herman hates more than Valentine’s Day. It’s cutesy, cheesy, it clashes with her birthd ...

C
Heart on Fire

Oh, what a letdown, when a series starts off so strongly (I nominated Bouchet for debut author of the year in 2016) but can’t stick the landing. Cat Fisa, married to the warlord Griffin, has made progress overthrowing the corrupt Alphas ruling her land, but the biggest challenge of all remains: Al ...