mini review

B-
Treason

I enjoyed Treason by Althea Claire Duffy. In a fantasy world full of intrigue and magic, the spy Elunet (currently masquerading as a housemaid) has been sent to uncover the secrets of House Mellas, rival of her House Corellis. Elunet is set to spy on Tavia, the daughter of the current Lord of the ...

B
Pretty Baby

A psychological suspense novel which serves as both social treatise and dire warning, Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica leaves you thinking – and vaguely frightened. Heidi Wood calls all those who see a need and don’t meet it do-nothings.  Heidi is the polar opposite of that- she works for a nonp ...

B-
Not by Sight

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin is the story of WWI suffragette Grace Mabry and agent for the crown Jack Benningham. Grace crashes a high society masquerade ball as Pandora and from her box she withdraws white feathers to give to the rich young men who are dancing while her brother fights in the trench ...

A-
The Invisible Circus

Jennifer Egan’s a storied writer. She won the Pulitzer and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011 for Welcome to the Goon Squad. Her writings appear regularly in the New York Times. I’ve enjoyed all of Ms. Egan’s books but my favorite is her first The Invisible Circus. I recommended i ...

A-
Ruined by the SEAL

There are lots of Navy SEAL books out there, but what makes this one and others written by Zoe York stand out (especially her SEALs Undone series) is her ability to breathe life into her characters and make them the kind of people you wish were your friends. They are charismatic, funny, sometimes ...

A
Chaos Station

In this sci-fi romance, we are immersed in a new futuristic world following a war between the humans and the Stin that the humans were in danger of losing before the Guardians, a super alien race stepped in to stop the battles. But the casualties were great, including the separation of long-time fri ...

B+
Ryker: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Once again, I have managed to unwittingly jump midway into a book series and began with Ryker, book four in Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury hockey romance series. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to read the other books in the series as well. As the goalie for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey tea ...

F
Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Alexander Crossman, a star hockey player for the Carolina Cold Fury, is a jerk.  To improve his image, team management forces him to pair him up with social worker Sutton Price on a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth.  Sutton, who spent her childhood with a drug addicted and abusive fa ...

B+
Crazy Thing Called Love

Maddie Baumgarten married Billy Wilkins as a teenager, right as his hockey career took off. Their inability to find a healthy balance in their relationship led to divorce, with Billy turning into an angry violent enforcer and Maddie becoming Madelyn Cornish, the hollow and perfect morning anchor of ...

F
Soldiers in the Mist

R.H. Burkett’s story of war, love and redemption was not at all the book I was expecting. Soldiers in the Mist is a reissue of a book originally published in 2011 and the storyline is what I can only describe as convoluted and pretentious. The book opens with the author herself, Ruth Weeks Burk ...