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B+
Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop

Brimming with family, food and fun, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is a sweet story that celebrates Paris, paintings, pastries and the joy of discovering your own unique path through life. Vanessa Yu sees dead people. Well, not really but she can foresee death, adultery, proposals, argumen ...

B
The Ruin of Evangeline Jones

In her biography, Julia Bennet says she writes historical romance with passion, intrigue, dark humor and the occasional animal sidekick.  She does!  The Ruin of Evangeline Jones has passion and intrigue in spades.  Not so much the humor, but we do get a memorable cat.  I like all of these things ...

A
An Unnatural Vice

Spoiler alert:  If you haven’t read the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy, An Unseen Attraction, this review may contain spoilers. I thought the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy was terrific, but this one is even better.  Each book in the trilogy features a different co ...

A-
The Other Side of Midnight

This was my first book by Simone St. James, but will definitely not be my last. The Other Side of Midnight was a refreshing tale of intrigue and suspense set in the unusual era of post WWI England. I love romantic suspense as well as historical fiction, and while I have read a few authors who do bot ...

B-
The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie

The general problem with The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie is that nothing goes quite far enough. There are no wicked deeds. The worlds of the hero and heroine - engineering and spiritualism, respectively - aren’t detailed or thoughtful enough. The characterizations are full of unrealized poten ...

B+
Lessons After Dark

The paranormal romances I like best are those that make magicians and supernatural beings not larger-than-life and above the rest of society, but instead show the struggle of creating a society that consists of both magical and mundane beings. Lessons After Dark is such a story set in an alternative ...

D+
Kiss & Hell

Kiss & Hell is my first book by Dakota Cassidy, and if it’s representative of her work, will likely be my last. The plot moves unbearably slow, and the heroine is like Paris Hilton channeling Snoop Doggy Dogg. Delaney Markham is a medium who, like, helps confused souls cross over. She also ...

B
Ghosts and Roses

In a genre where nearly every type of plot has been done to death, there’s no denying the power of a good idea. And Kelley St. John is an author who has some good ideas. I’m going to have to eat my words somewhat here, because when I read another St. John book, Real Women Don’t W ...

B
A Babe In Ghostland

A Babe in Ghostland has a Haunting of Hill House premise with a whittled down cast. The end result is more comic and over-the-top than creepy, but overall it's quite entertaining. Megan Barrows is an antique store owner with an interesting talent: she can "feel" the stories of the trea ...

B-
Street Level

Karyn Langhorne's Street Level is an intriguing and atypical romantic suspense novel with unusual characters and a distinct point of view. While far from perfect, I found it to be a most interesting read. Thea Morris lives and works with her best friend Chandra in the District of Columbia. Th ...