The Ravencliff Bride

I’ve never read a shapeshifter romance before. It’s not generally something that appeals to me, but I was drawn in by the gothic feel of this book. It comes complete with a spooky old house, a dark and mysterious lord, and servants who border on squirrelly. Admittedly, it’s cheesy, and that’s what I liked about…

Stolen Magic by Mary Jo Putney

With this novel, Mary Jo Putney’s Guardian series gets a makeover. The books will no longer be a part of Ballantine’s Romance wing, but moves to the publishing house’s SF/Fantasy adjunct, Del Rey, and Mary Jo Putney becomes M. J. Putney. While the fantasy elements in the series merit the move, rest assured that the…

Dark Moon by Lori Handeland

You know, just about the last thing I’m looking for when I pick up a book is 336 pages of staccato dialogue delivered by a bunch of crabby, unpleasant people. Add in a confused plot largely predicated on back story from previous books requiring a lot of really awkward exposition and the result, as you…

Blue Moon by Lori Handeland

Readers who enjoyed Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series before Anita turned into a complete ego/nymphomanic will probably enjoy Blue Moon, the first in a new paranormal series by Lori Handeland. This story is a lot less bloody, but the cynical, wisecracking heroine will seem familiar. Jessie McQuade is a policewoman in backwoods Wisconsin. She…

Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I’m something of a sucker for Sherrilyn Kenyon. Although I don’t believe this is the strongest book in Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series – mainly due to confusion with her background mythology – I still had a great time reading about Vane and Bride. It was also refreshing to have a “less than perfect” heroine, and…

Wild Rain by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan has done it again. I love her Carpathian series (although I freely admit some of the books are better than others), but I’m head over heels for her new characters, people who can shapeshift into leopards. Rachael Lospostos is running for her life. She hopes that by fleeing deep into the jungles of…

Hunting Midnight by Emma Holly

Bunny slaying, bloodletting, and down and dirty sex? What more does a girl need? Though Hunting Midnight wasn’t a memorable romance, it will certainly stick with me for other reasons! Ulric is pack leader of the upyr, a race of unearthly, beautiful vampires who possess magical powers and can shape change into the form of…

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