review: the grendel affair

The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin (2013) Have you seen The Librarians or Bones? The Grendel Affair feels a lot like those shows, but with supernatural elements. This is the first book in Shearin’s SPI Files series and it could easily be viewed as a kind of pilot episode for the series itself. We are... Continue Reading →

review: the purest hook

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole (2017) I have found a new author to add to my list of favorites, and her name is Scarlett Cole. Look. The Purest Hook is packed with loads of dramatic tension and I was tense the whole time I was reading. I can only admire a book that evokes... Continue Reading →

review: maggie for hire

Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley (2011) Looking for a new urban fantasy series featuring a female protagonist as the main character? May I suggest Maggie for Hire, the first book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. Even for this slow reader it was a quick read, and I’ve already added the second... Continue Reading →

review: the strongest steel

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole (2015) Are you here to find out whether or not you should add The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole to your to-be-read list of books? Short answer: yes. Want to know more? Keep reading… The Strongest Steel is the first book in Cole’s Second Circle Tattoos series. The book... Continue Reading →

review: after we fall

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow (2016) If this is the only sentence you read, here’s what you need to know: read this book if you love romance novels. It’s the first novel to get a five-star rating from me this year and I want to read more books by Melanie Harlow. After We Fall... Continue Reading →

review: damaged!

Beware: Damaged! is a racy read. It contains naughty language and graphic sexuality. If you prefer sweet romances, this one is not for you. Damaged! by J.S. Scott (2017) Damaged! is the third book in J.S. Scott’s Walker Brothers series. Though I was a bit skeptical of the book due to the exclamation point in... Continue Reading →

review: wrong side of hell

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman (2016) I read a lot of books that are the first in a series, and Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman is the next addition to that particular section on my bookshelves. When I read the first book in a series, I’m looking for the author to... Continue Reading →

review: the valley of fear

The Valley of Fear by A. Conan Doyle (1915) Reading The Valley of Fear, the final Sherlock Holmes novel, has been on my to do list for quite some time. Imagine my surprise when I started reading and discovered that I had at least started it in the past. I’ve got notes in the margins... Continue Reading →

review: close contact

Close Contact by Lori Foster (2017) When it comes to romance novels, I like mine sexy hot and with a heavy dollop of suspense. It’s no surprise, then, that I settled on Close Contact by Lori Foster while searching for my next read. I’ve read Foster’s work before, but it’s been awhile. Still, I thought... Continue Reading →

review: odd thomas

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2003) Though I have liked both of the books I have read by Dean Koontz in the past (Fear Nothing and Phantoms) he isn’t one of my go-to authors.  My perception of his work and the fact that his name is frequently spoken in the same breath as Stephen King’s... Continue Reading →

review: cursed city

Cursed City by William Massa (2016) Do you ever get into reading slumps?  You know, those periods when you search and search for something to read (even though you have tons of books already on your bookshelf just waiting for your attention) but nothing ever really sparks your interest? When you read sample after sample... Continue Reading →

review: one snowy night

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis (2016) This novella is book number 2.5 in Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series (preceded by Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble with Mistletoe, and followed by Accidentally on Purpose, which I reviewed here). One of the good things about this series is that each book stands alone and the... Continue Reading →

review: just one touch

Just One Touch by Maya Banks (2017) For the part of me that is a writer, it is a challenging task to write this book review.  I find myself wanting to temper my comments and yet I know that I just need to come right out and say what I'm really thinking.  What I'm really... Continue Reading →

review: hard to let go

Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye (2015) And then we came to the end. Hard to Let Go is the final (full-length) installment in Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, which follows a group of five men who were discharged from Army Special Forces in disgrace and are trying to unravel the truth behind the... Continue Reading →

review: dead things

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore (2013) I stumbled upon Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore when I was trying to find new authors to read.  I decided to give this one a try and it’s been on my e-reader for a couple of months.  Dead Things exists within the urban fantasy genre, and if you don’t... Continue Reading →

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