Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

It’s been over a year since I last posted.  I've been working two jobs and, what can I say, I’m usually exhausted!   I also haven’t been reading much.  But over New Years, I had an opportunity to read Shades of Gray by Maya Banks, a contemporary romance and Book 7 in her KGI series.  (KGI stands for Kelly Group International, a super-elite, top-secret, private military contractor.) I looked forward to reading this book for a while, having pre-ordered it for my Kindle. I was excited because it wouldn't feature someone with paranormal abilities. I have not enjoyed the paranormal aspects introduced in later books (I think book 4). The paranormal wouldn't have bothered me if had been part of … [Read More...]

Disappointed in Lastest Historicals

As I stated in my last post, I've found the last few historicals I've read lacking.   Some of my favorite authors have recently published:  Joanna Bourne, Elizabeth Hoyt,  Candace Camp, and Anne Mallory.  None of these books are bad; they just didn't resonate with me.  And yes, I'm very well aware that a lacking Joanna Bourne book is sooo much better than most.  Actually, regarding hers, I should never have reread The Forbidden Rose so close to release of The Black Hawk.  The Forbidden Rose is brilliant, and one of my all-time favorites.  I'll reread The Black Hawk later.  As for the other authors, they may not be Joanna's class, but they are accomplished. But there's been some real … [Read More...]

Steampunk Romance

Okay, I've been in a bit of a funk lately. I haven't really liked any of the historicals that I've read. Not that they've been terrible, but there's nothing about them which has inspired me to write about them. They've all been pretty much the same.  Nothing special.  Nothing unique. So, I've decided to talk about an emerging romantic genre that I started reading last year - steampunk romance. Yes - steampunk romance. What is it? Well, steampunk is science fiction sub-genre, often set in Victorian England or the American West, which creates an alternative history using steam-based technology and clockwork powered automata.  So add romance, and voilà: steampunk romance! And if … [Read More...]

Review: His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander

Is there an author that you really enjoy reading, are excited for their next book,  they write a good book, and you're still a bit disappointed?  That's my dilemma with Victoria Alexander's new book, His Mistress by Christmas.  This is book 4 in the Harrington series.  I've really enjoyed this Victorian series, and I enjoyed the book.  There was nothing wrong with it, but I think it could have been better. It could have been something more. Yes, I know, that's vague. The plot is straight forward.  Widowed woman decides she wants a lover, not a husband, and sets her sights on the cousin of one of her best friends.  This confirmed bachelor decides he wants a wife, not a mistress, … [Read More...]

Website redesign

I want to warn everyone that my website will be undergoing some changes over the next few weeks. I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and it's now time to implement. Unfortunately, you'll get to see all the bumps in the road since the site is hosted by Wordpress. I can't work offline and implement. You'll see it all! Sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks for the patience! … [Read More...]