It was a pleasure to read To Kill a Kettle Witch and it did move things along with the characters and their lives. I continue to be surprised by how much I enjoy this when typically I haven’t been big on historical fantasy. This is the fourth book in the Mist-Torn Witches series. You do need to read them all in order or some of my review will be a spoiler of sorts. Finally, there is more about Mist-Torn witches, their history and the family of Celine and Amelie. It’s exciting to get some answers here. Our girls go to another kingdom to help in a time of troubles. Jaromir goes on the journey with them, so he and Amelie have time […]
Reece Wilde is the serious, practical one of the brothers so when he is inexplicably drawn to the unconventional, offbeat Shelby Bremer, even he questions his sanity. She’s also got a terrible reputation for secrecy and lying, one she admits to having earned. It took me a while but somewhere during the story these two connected with me emotionally. There’s a lot going on and finding the convergences weren’t easy, especially with Shelby’s duplicity. But, I just couldn’t help liking her, with her tattoos, turquoise and purple hair and zest for life. I also liked that Reece loved the true Shelby and appreciated her uniqueness. Sister Eva comes off poorly here, taking off quite a bit of her shine. I liked […]
Julie Chandler returned home to Seaside, North Carolina following a failed relationship that left her trying to find her way. She’s looking to develop a career based on her yoga instruction skills at the town’s Veterans Center. Lawson Phillips is an Army pilot mentally recovering from a devastating helo crash that’s left him struggling to fly again. He’s had his eye on Julie but it takes an interesting turn once she begins her yoga classes. I liked the promise of this story, as well as both Julie and Lawson. What worked was the spotlight on not just the symptoms of PTSD but the therapies that seem to work. I also liked that there weren’t any shortcuts and Lawson had to do the […]
I love John Charming. He’s funny, smart, badass and even a faithful lover. Pax Arcana series is always humorous which is amazing. The chapter titles in In Shining Armor are great. I was giggling away over them. This is a world with a wide variety of supernatural characters. These are not your typical supes. They are built with a broad imagination and various mythologies. John is not typical, not even close. But heroes are often unique with a special something. The wide-ranging supes give us a chance to see how smart John is. He has studied up on them and their idiosyncrasies. And he remembers these details! John is a rather fearless and badass fighter. Since he has knowledge from his research on supes, […]
When Anthony Townsend burst into Fenella (Fen) Deerham’s home, all bluster and indignation, he roused more than her awareness. She’d grieved her husband’s death for five years and suddenly she was being reawakened by the most unlikeliest of men. This was a delightful story with wonderful, pithy banter minus the typical pretense and subterfuge. The romance moved at lightning speed but you just have to read it to understand why it works. Anthony and Fen may come from very different backgrounds but have similar natures, bringing out the best in each other. Together they’re just great and fun characters. Loved this story and this series!
True crime writer Meg Brogan decides to return to her childhood home in Shelter Bay, Oregon after an 18-year absence. She’s going to write the story of her sister Sherry’s murder to bring her own closed-off emotions to rest. However, rather than write about a case that was supposedly solved, Meg finds that she’s resurrecting more than her own emotions…possibly a case that was never truly solved. This story effectively combined mystery, suspense, romance and atmosphere to create an extremely interesting tale. Meg is a complicated, layered woman who unknowingly disrupted many lives just by coming back to town. Her high school love, Blake Sutton, stirs up dormant feelings even she found surprising. Their quest for the truth surrounding her sister’s death […]
Miles Duncan and his SEAL Team are diverted to an extraction mission in Romania that goes horribly wrong. He’s found by Charlotte Carstons, an MI6 agent suspected of going rogue, who nurses him back to health and then disappears after arranging his rescue. Now she’s back and needs Miles help to clear her name. He’s now a Shadow Force International operative. I liked that we got to see Shadow Force in more action in this story. Charlotte’s formidable on her own and coupled with Miles, things get more exciting. Their personal relationship was pretty steamy but absent a lot of the angst you might have expected given the number of secrets both were managing. The climax was really exciting, filled with action […]
I’ve enjoyed every book in the Green Mountain Series. It’s somewhere between traditional contemporary romance and the newer, more realistic contemporary romance. The setting is a small town in Vermont with limited to no cell phone service. It’s close enough to New York and Boston to draw in elements of them. The romances have been happening to the ten children in the Abbott family. Marie Force has managed to use some traditional tropes without being cliché. There are shades and layers to make the “trope” more realistic. There has been insta-love, friends to lovers, and unrequited love, for example. In particular, unrequited love has been used with Megan, Hunter, Ella and Tyler, in various degrees and interesting ways. It’s something so relatable; […]