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 →

from the memoirs of sherlock holmes – part two

The “Gloria Scott” (1893) In my opinion, “The ‘Gloria Scott’” is a must read story within the Holmes canon.  Several things make this story remarkable.  First, it is a framed narrative that contains another framed narrative.  If you have read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, you’ll be familiar with that narrative structure.  The primary, or first frame,... Continue Reading →

review: destined for an early grave

Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost (2009) Destined for an Early Grave is the fourth book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series featuring Cat and Bones as the protagonists.  I’m going to do my best not to spoil too much of what happens in this book, but if you haven’t read the first... Continue Reading →

review: playback

Playback by Raymond Chandler (1958) Playback is the final novel in Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe series that was completed before his death in 1959.  Although this book is the last in a series, each of the books mostly stands alone so there’s no reason to warn you about spoilers.  One thing that happens at the... Continue Reading →

review: one with you

Note: One With You is the fifth and final book in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series.  If you have not read the first four books in this series, there will be spoilers below. One With You by Sylvia Day (2016) One of the reading goals I set for myself for 2016 was to finish some series... Continue Reading →

review: hunted

Hunted by Kevin Hearne (2013) Hunted is the sixth book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series, which features Atticus O’Sullivan, a two-thousand year old Druid.  If you haven’t yet discovered this series, I highly recommend it.  The first book in the series is Hounded.  There are spoilers below for readers who have not completed... Continue Reading →

review: the long goodbye

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953) The Long Goodbye is the sixth novel in Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled detective fiction series featuring the iconic Philip Marlowe.  This book has been on my to-read list for a long time.  It’s been nearly three years since I read the previous book in this series, The Little Sister,... Continue Reading →

review: white night

Note: This is the ninth book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.  Spoilers will inevitably follow.  You may want to look away now if you haven’t read the first eight books in this series. White Night by Jim Butcher (2007) Well hello, Harry Dresden! It’s been a long time but I have not... Continue Reading →

review: kiss of a demon king

Kiss of a Demon King (2009) by Kresley Cole Kiss of a Demon King is the sixth book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series.  For the most part, these books can stand alone, so no need to worry about spoilers. This book features Rydstrom Woede (the fallen demon king of Rothkalina) and Sabine, Queen... Continue Reading →

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