Month: June 2011

Elizabeth Jewell, Lover From Another World

Elizabeth Jewell, Lover From Another World

Lover from Another World by Elizabeth Jewell My rating: 4 of 5 stars An erotic anthology with at least two good stories… Rachel Carrington’s Her Lover’s World is a suspenseful, fantasy romance with a mystery lover appearing in Anna’s bedroom and shower. Never allowing her to see him as he brings her pleasure. Until one night, Onyx does allow her to see him for it seems she is his soulmate. A woman he has waiting on for thousands of years ever since Atlantis sank. As king of Atlantis, Onyx has a responsibility to his people, a responsibility that does not include this woman. I must confess that while I enjoyed the romanticism of it, its execution was terrible. I got in more “oh, pleases” in this story than I could count. Carrington couldn’t be bothered to work out even an unbelievable scenario to enable Anna and her son to transit worlds before she shows up in Onyx’s castle. He had told her he was king and when Ezrel shows up to escort her to the king, she’s clueless and afraid of this “unknown king”…oh, please… Onyx tells her she’ll have to leave, she can’t stay with him and yet she […]

Posted June 26, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Stacia Kane, Unholy Magic

Stacia Kane, Unholy Magic

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane Series: Downside, 2 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Second in the Downside urban fantasy series set in an alternate America. The StoryTechnically, Chess should be living in a house on the Church grounds but she’s comfortable in her sleazy, troubled neighborhood in the Bump-run Downside. In Unholy Ghosts, Chess stunned everyone when she took down a truly nasty Dreamthief with his followers and now the Elders think she’s capable of so much more. Elder Griffin certainly does when he hands her the haunting of an actor’s home. Since Haunted Week back in 1997, the Church of Real Truth has kept real busy either debunking people’s claims of ghosts in their homes or casting the ghost’s soul back to the City of the Dead. As a Debunker, it’s Chess’ job to figure out which. Can’t just ignore those ghosts no more. Not when they’re killin’ people. But when she met up with Terrible at Trickster’s later, it’s only to go out with him to a murder scene. Someone, some thing is killing the hookers in Bump and Slobag’s fiefs. Taking their eyes. Using sex magic. Naturally, that Chess already has a real job cuts no […]

Posted June 23, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Charlie Huston, Half the Blood of Brooklyn

Charlie Huston, Half the Blood of Brooklyn

Half the Blood of Brooklyn by Charlie Huston Series: Joe Pitt, 3 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Third in the Joe Pitt urban fantasy set in contemporary New York City. The StoryJoe’s been cruising. Doing the security gig for Terry. Taking down the competition. Then, I dunno, Terry gets ambitious, sees war coming and wants alliances. Ya can’t trust Terry. He’ll use up anyone to further his aims. Don’t let his laid-back hippie style fool ya. Terry wants backup and he’s not willing for a potential ally to cross over to the Coalition but the real story starts when he sends Joe and Lydia over to meet with the Brooklyn Clans. That initial meeting sure does make ya appreciate a circus…a normal circus that is. Then there’s the unexpected betrayal! Yeah, all betrayals are unexpected…this one more than most! Our Lydia’s in for a real nasty surprise as well when the rebbe kidnaps her for her Jewish genes…and Joe walks off without her because, hey, the Jewish vampires have taken over Brooklyn and it’s only by the grace of God that Joe gets to walk away. With a guilty conscience. Just to set us up for the future, Huston […]

Posted June 23, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Jon Rognerud, Ultimate Guide to Search Engine Optimization

Jon Rognerud, Ultimate Guide to Search Engine Optimization

Ultimate Guide to Search Engine Optimization by Jon Rognerud My rating: 4 of 5 stars Hey, I read serious books…once in awhile. And Rognerud’s book was definitely serious. Serious good. I had no idea there was so much involved in search engine optimization or the depths to which one can sink into it. Amazing load of information, which taught me quite a bit. It would have been even more amazing if it had been organized. I don’t know if the plan was to use up more pages or Rognerud just got frustrated with the masses of info and kept shoving it on the paper. It was as though he took notes and simply dumped them onto the pages willy-nilly. I took notes up the wazoo and as soon as I have a few years, I’m goin’ to get them organized. It’ll take a long time as Rognerud repeated information with gaps both large and small between. Please, before you publish the 3rd edition, get this stuff organized! Although, I do thank you for all the very hard work you put into gathering all this information. View all my reviews

Posted June 23, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Maggie Shayne, Weddings From Hell

Maggie Shayne, Weddings From Hell

Weddings From Hell by Maggie Shayne Series: Happily Never After (Night Huntress, 2.5)             Wedding Knight                  (Brotherhood of the Blood, 0.5)             Ghouls Night Out (Nicki Styx, 2.5) My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Maggie Shayne’s Til Death involves a long-running curse that sees dead the bride of any man who cheats on her. An early ancestress of Kira’s caught her husband in bed with the maid, shot him, the maid, and then jumped out the window to her death but not before laying a curse on the women of her family that if their husband should cheat on her, he will accidentally cause her death so that she never has to know that he cheated on her. Naturally, Kira is the one who will, somehow, end this curse. There are some dodgy bits in here but on the whole a nice little story with a sad, romantic ending. Jeaniene Frost’s Happily Never After is loosely connected to the Vampire Huntress series in that Bones asks a fellow vampire, Chance, to do him a favor and help an old, mortal friend of […]

Posted June 20, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments