Novella

B+
Let's Connect

Kelly Jensen’s Let’s Connect was originally written as a serial for the author’s newsletter subscribers, but now she’s collected the instalments together and published them as a novella.  It’s a charming, funny and poignant story about a fifty-year-old divorcé who alternates between wond ...

A-
Tempting Hymn

Amazon’s listing data for the Sugar Sun series is a bit confusing, but Tempting Hymn is definitely book 1.5, and  I strongly recommend that you do not read it first, because its entire premise is a spoiler for book one. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed the appearances by the characters I ded ...

B
Things Hoped For

After over a decade putting in the work, Xeno Cooper, queen of the Houston rap scene, becomes an ‘overnight’ success when a major rapper highlights her work in an interview. She’d have it all - if she could just find the right woman to share it with. A chance backstage meeting with masseuse Tr ...

A
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 ...

B-
Thief of Dreams

Thief of Dreams, book one in Bec McMasters Court of Dreams series originally appeared in the Of Thrones and Crowns anthology in 2019 and was republished separately earlier this year.  It’s novella length and sets up the storyline that will (I suspect) run throughout what I believe is going to be ...

B+
The Dragons of Summer

I've been enjoying Jeffe Kennedy's Uncharted Realms fantasy romance series since I picked up The Crown of the Queen, a bridging novel between the author's Twelve Kingdoms series (which I've yet to read) and her Uncharted Realms series (which I've now read almost to completion). The end of that serie ...

B
Dangerous Ground

The Dangerous Ground series is a set of six novellas (the first was published in 2008, the last was published this year) featuring agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt.  They’re fast-moving stories – kind of like a TV episode in book form – and ...

B+
Frosty Relations

In Tara Quan’s magical world, there are elementals, who can harness the powers of things like ice and earth, and there are familiars, shape-shifting witches who ground and channel the gifts of elementals and keep them from going off the rails. Mina Mao is a familiar, and she’s also a frustrated ...

B
A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day

Jackie Lau's lighthearted romantic comedy series Holidays with the Wongs concludes with A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day. I've enjoyed all the titles in the series as each of the Wong siblings has found a partner and now it's youngest sibling Amber's turn. Amber lives in Stratford where she wor ...

B+
Tales From the Gunpowder Academy - Love in the Time of Engines

Although Tales from the Gunpowder Chronicles features three separate steampunk novellas, I only read and reviewed the third novella, Love in the Time of Engines.  The other two novellas are standalone stories; LitToE is a prequel to Gunpowder Alchemy, published in 2014. LitToE is tough to grade. ...