Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Review: Bitter Legacy

Bitter Legacy Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic read. Full of emotion and tension, the romantic angst tied my stomach in knots in the best possible way.

The suspense plot is very strong, and when the reveals come they don’t feel out of the blue. The evidence is all there but I didn’t feel ten steps ahead of the characters at any point, which I really enjoyed. But it’s the romantic story that really gripped me. Jamie’s heartbreak is visceral and right to the end I wondered how he’d get his happy ever after—but when it came it felt absolutely right and well-earned, and was incredibly satisfying.

The writing was excellent, vivid but not distractingly showy. And it’s pretty hot, too, although the sex scenes are also really emotional which makes them all the more intense.

Basically, if you’re a fan of romantic suspense, do yourself a favour and get hold of Bitter Legacy. It’s one of the best I've read in the genre.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Review: Trick Roller

Trick Roller Trick Roller by Cordelia Kingsbridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t recommend this series enough! The writing is excellent, the characters are compelling (especially if you have a thing for competence-kink), and their romance is real, sweet and visceral. It’s also probably going to break my heart before we get our final HEA. (But I don’t mind—give me all the angst!)

This is book two, and it's just as good as the first, with the romance between Dominic and Levi deepening while the mystery of the Seven of Spades hovers in the background--of both the story and their relationship. I have my theory about the identity of the Seven of Spades, which only makes the story more gripping, and I gasped out loud in the final chapter! SO GOOD.

I simply can’t wait for the next three (yes, it’s a five book series) books to be out. If you’re a fan of m/m romantic suspense, do yourself a favor and start the Seven of Spades series RIGHT NOW!

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Review: Loose Cannon

Loose Cannon Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you're looking for angst, look no further.

Strong writing, strong characterisation - the two secondary characters who will have their own books are especially well drawn, and definitely make me want to read their stories - and plenty of plot to carry you through the 100+k words.

There's some violence, so beware if that's not your thing, and some mysteries that won't be solved until later books. The romance tugs at all the heart strings, full of angst and doubt, but with a happy ending of course.

Recommended for romantic suspense fans, although there's slightly less suspense than in Bell's debut book 'Bad Judgment'. I'll definitely be reading books two and three!

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Review: Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright Merry & Bright by Joanna Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this collection of three short stories set around Christmas and the New Year. They’re cosy, without being twee or cloying, and very rich given their short length. Chambers does a great job of fleshing out the characters, and the romances are full of sweet yearning and tug at the heartstrings in all the right ways.

If you’re looking for a festive read, this is the collection for you—perfect for a cosy night in with your favourite Christmas treats!

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Review: Bad Judgment

Bad Judgment Bad Judgment by Sidney Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.

The two heroes were extremely engaging in very different ways. Embry was my favourite, so different from your usual romance hero—dark, angry, damaged, and genuinely morally ambivalent for much of the book. I think some readers may not like his choices, but I adored him from his first scene. Brogan was also very well drawn—a more recognisable character from the genre, but his characterisation was well done and I cared about him from the beginning. Their romance was hot and sweet, full of emotion and totally drew me in. Both characters live on in my mind and I finished the book a couple of days ago.

What I loved most about Bad Judgement was that it doesn’t always follow the template of the genre (except the HEA, of course). It felt so fresh and the plot was twisty and angsty and compelling. It deals with some pretty dark issues, so if that’s not your cup of tea then maybe it’s not for you. It’s not a cosy mystery but it never felt heavy or lecturing and the pacing is perfect all the way through—I couldn’t put it down, and I tried because I wanted to make it last!

The writing style is polished and clever, which made it a real pleasure to read. It’s also long and, as a fast reader, that’s something I really appreciate. I loved having these characters with me for a few days and wondering what was going to happen next.

I’ll be buying the author’s next book and eagerly awaiting it’s follow up. I’m thrilled to have discovered such a talented new author! :D

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Excited to say that my Stargate SG-1 novella, Behind Enemy Lines will be in print in time for Christmas! :) 

Ten years after STARGATE SG-1: Fragile Balance, General Jack O’Neill has a problem. His clone, created by the rogue Asgard, Loki, has gotten into trouble — and drawn the attention of Homeland Security.

But when Daniel comes up with a radical solution to keep the young O’Neill out of the hands of the authorities, General O’Neill must decide how much he’s willing to risk to save one angry young man. And his clone must decide how much he’s willing to trust the friends who walked away from him ten years earlier. 

As tensions rise off-world, the young O’Neill is forced to confront who he really is — and to decide whether his new life is worth fighting for…

I touched on Jack's clone in a short story I wrote for the STARGATE: Far Horizons anthology and I loved having the opportunity in this novella to return to that character and give him the ending I felt he'd earned!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Review: Hexslayer

Hexslayer Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hexslayer was just the book I was looking for—a fun and exciting read to take the grey out of the autumn days. I love the universe Hawk has created with these books and there are a lot of hints in this book about a coming storm that I’m looking forward to reading about in future (hopefully) books.

The relationship between Nick and Jamie was prickly to start with, leavened with both sweetness and angst. I loved how Jamie’s injury was included in the book, how it informed but didn’t define his character, and how at one point it even becomes an advantage. In truth, I could have done with a tad more angst during the ‘Oh no will they break up?’ section of the book. But that’s just my taste, because I LOVE the angst—so long as there’s a happy ending, which with Hawk you know there will be. The plot was fun too, and strong enough to keep me guessing but not to overwhelm the central romance.

Overall, this is perfect escapist reading and I thoroughly recommend the whole series.

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London Film and Comic Con – 2017

We had an awesome time at LFCC 2017!  The hall was buzzing all three days with that special atmosphere of fun, acceptance, and escapism...