Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

May Contain Spoilers

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

May Contain Spoilers

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

 

May Contain Spoilers

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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Review: The Bull Rider Meets His Match by Jeannie Watt

May Contain Spoilers

I didn’t enjoy The Bull Rider Meets His Match as much as other Watt’s books. The twins were the best part of the story, as tough guy Grady stepped in to help his sister after a series of unfortunate events sets her back. Grady moves back home to the property he owns with Annie, and realizes that she’s been busting her tail to make ends meet while he’s been traveling the country riding bulls. He is resolved to spend his down time back in his home town, closer to his family.

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Manga Review: The Millionaire’s Runaway Bride by Miho Washizuka

May Contain Spoilers

I purchased The Millionaire’s Runaway Bride because it was on sale at Amazon.  Sometimes that’s all the motivation I need!  Also, I liked the cover illustration.  The colors are appealing, and I liked the angular lines of the characters’ faces.  So how did I enjoy it?  Read on!

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Manga Review: A Husband to Belong To by Marito Ai

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read A Husband to Belong To because of that shirt.  The hero is wearing a purple shirt, with a blue bandanna, and the couple is standing in front of a stained glass window.  I couldn’t resist the shirt or the window.  And he has blue hair.  I don’t know if I have revealed this deep dark secret about myself yet.  I rarely read the descriptions for series romance (comic or prose) before I read them, and usually pick my new category read by the title, author, or cover.  That turned out to be okay with this one because the hero is a cowboy.  Once that fact was revealed, his clothing made a little more sense.

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Manga Review: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Akemi Maki

May Contain Spoilers

This is old school Harlequin Romance at its best.  Patience and her aunts are having some hard times.  After their investments go bad, her elderly aunts are forced to rent out the family mansion.  Patience is worried about the future; how is she going to financially care for her aunts after the rental period is over?  She decides to look for a job, and fortune smiles upon her, she is offered a position working for the doctor who rented the family mansion.  Julius is working on a book, and the housekeeper impresses upon Patience the importance of silence.  Patience is not one of Patience’s better virtues, as the busy doctor is about to discover.

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