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 →

review: accidentally on purpose

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis (2017) Do you have “dependable” and “reliable” authors on your bookshelf?  You know, those authors who you can depend on for a good read, no matter what book by them you might pick up? I do, and Jill Shalvis is one of those authors for me.  She is reliable... Continue Reading →

review: come a little bit closer

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre (2013) Come a Little Bit Closer is the seventh book in Bella Andre’s featuring the Sullivans (specifically, the San Francisco Sullivans) and tells the story of Smith Sullivan, mega-movie star and the woman he falls in love with Valentina Landon.  The Sullivan books don’t have to be... Continue Reading →

review: hard to come by

Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye (2014) Hard to Come By is the fourth installment in Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series.  These books should be read in order but I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum. This book picks up what feels like only hours after the conclusion of Hard to Hold... Continue Reading →

review: demand

Note: Demand is the second book in the Careless Whispers trilogy.  If you have not read the first book in the series, please stop reading this post.  Spoilers are ahead and I don’t want to spoil the surprises for you. Demand by Lisa Renee Jones (2016) In the second book of her Careless Whispers trilogy,... Continue Reading →

review: black wings

Black Wings by Christina Henry (2010) I have another first-in-series book to write about, this time Black Wings by Christina Henry.  It fits into the urban fantasy genre and takes place in one of my favorite cities--Chicago (I wonder if the protagonist and Harry Dresden have run into each other). This series follows the story... Continue Reading →

review: the lazarus gate

The Lazarus Gate by Mark A. Latham (2015) While haunting the science fiction/fantasy section of the bookstore a couple of weekends ago, I picked up the second book in this series--The Iscariot Sanction--and was intrigued enough to seek out the first book, The Lazarus Gate.  This year has been about completing and catching up on... Continue Reading →

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