Review: Thrown Down by Tessa Bailey

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Tessa Bailey’s writing is like chocolate mousse.  It tastes so good, but a steady diet of it will make you sick.  I find her writing eminently readable and have a hard time putting my Kindle down when it’s got a new Bailey book loaded and ready to go.  It’s like it’s teasing me.  You can’t put me down!  You can’t stop reading me!  I get tired of the dirty talking and her heroes are not for me, but I do find the chemistry between her protagonists irresistible.

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Review: Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

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Dr Elliott Drake and a group of his friends have awoken after fifty years to a nightmare.  The world they knew is gone, replaced by an earth devastated by natural disasters, and overrun with horrific monsters.  Elliott has a secret; he’s gained the ability to heal, but doing so passes his patient’s illness or injury to him.  He can pass it on to the next person he touches, but the ability terrifies him.  How can he purposefully make someone else suffer from a broken bone or an infection or a terminal illness?

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Review: Her Sexy Vegas Cowboy by Ali Olson

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I love me my cowboy books, so when I saw Her Sexy Vegas Cowboy at the library, I knew it must be mine.  I’ll admit straight up that the Blaze line isn’t one of my favorites.  I far prefer Harlequin’s Desire line, though the American Romance series is my absolute favorite.  However, I was in the mood for a quick read, Vegas is one of my favorite vacation retreats, and cowboys?  Yeah, I thought I’d give this a spin.

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Manga Review: Expecting Royal Twins! by Kaishi Sakura

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My streak of enjoyable Harlequin manga continues! (And I was worried about this after the duds I read last week.)  I chose Expecting Royal Twins! because I have read Melissa McClone titles in the past, and since they usually manage to hit a sweet spot and almost make me cry, I thought it would be fun to read a manga adaptation of one of her books.  The cover is colorful and pretty, and that didn’t hurt the decision.

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Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

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What a cool concept!  Cas is a Reckoner trainer-in-training.  She’s been surrounded by the humongous sea monsters since she was a baby.  The Reckoners are commissioned by large corporations to protect ships from the pirates that infest the NeoPacific.  When Cas’ first solo job ends in disaster, she is captured by pirates and forced to train their secret weapon: a stolen baby Reckoner that will help the crew attack bigger, better protected ships. 

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Manga Review: Marriage Material by Banana Sarusuberi

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I decided to give Marriage Material a spin because I have enjoyed novels by Ally Blake in the past, and I was curious to see what a manga adaptation of one of her books would look like.  It looked great! I really enjoyed this one, and despite the cheesy cover, the interior art was beautiful.

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Novella Micro Review: Streaming Dawn by Steve Bein

 

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I’ve been fighting a cold and didn’t have the energy to write a long review for this novella that takes place in Feudal Japan, so here’s a micro review.

While I enjoyed this Fated Blades novella, I did not like Kaida, the main character. She’s a shinobi, and part of the secretive Wind organization that carefully sets events in motion to control the rulers of Japan. I loved the setting, and that an old woman could be such a fearsome opponent, but I didn’t like her. Kaida is near the end of her career as an assassin, and she’s determined to avenge the death of one of her students, in direct opposition of her current assignment.

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