Month: August 2012

Book Review: Maya Banks & Shayla Black’s Four Play

Book Review: Maya Banks & Shayla Black’s Four Play

In “Pillow Talk” by Maya Banks, Zoe is a woman in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy, which involves his two best buddies. Is Zoe game? She sure is, because it opens the door for a secret fantasy all her own.

In Shayla Black’s “Her Fantasy Men”, a girly-girl named Kelsey plays football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends-all male. Yet she’s never seemed sexually interested in any one of these hot guys. So what does Kelsey want? A fantasy come true for all four of them.

Posted August 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Suzanne McLeod’s Sweet Scent of Blood

Book Review: Suzanne McLeod’s Sweet Scent of Blood

First in the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series revolving around Genevieve Taylor, half-fae, half-human? -vampire? and her ages-long fight against the 3V and her flight from her prince. My Take The premise is good and unique to my reading list, however, McLeod is irritating with her primary character AND the activities that occur throughout the story. It’s one thing to tease the reader into continuing to read. It’s another thing completely to tease with very little release. It almost reads as though McLeod wrote all sorts of possibilities, cultural traits, character-related flaws onto index cards. She then tore them up, threw them into the air and then picked them up and stuck them into the story any which way. I don’t mind being led, being teased, reading snippets of clues, but, eventually, I DO want explanations. I want resolution. I want those snippets to slot into some sort of order, an explanation. Oh, yes, eventually, McLeod resolves the primary picture, but she leaves WAY too much simply hanging whether it’s in Hugh’s red dust or the Muse’s box. Christ, McLeod has so many rules and conditions for each race and each different set has different interactions with each other. I’m surprised […]

Posted August 27, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Jane K. Cleland’s Antiques to Die For

Book Review: Jane K. Cleland’s Antiques to Die For

Third in the Josie Prescott Antiques mystery series set in a contemporary Rocky Point, New Hampshire. In 2009, Antiques to Die For was nominated for the David Award. My Take In spite of Josie, I do enjoy this series. Cleland provides a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes of the antiques business. It’s one thing to refuse to gossip about someone, it’s another entirely to withhold information of any kind from the police. If it’s just a feeling, say that. Josie is such a hypocrite when she refuses to talk to the police. ARghHh! She won’t pass on information because a. it’s gossip or a feeling and b. Rosalie told her a secret. Hullo??? She’s dead. That “secret” could well be the reason she was murdered!!! Josie then leaves a valuable clue behind after reading it — all the while clucking about how wrong reading it is — and then she spills everything she knows to a reporter with no qualm. True to form, Josie takes fright at everything and leaps to conclusions with little reason. It’s practically a guarantee that the first few whom Josie thinks are guilty are actually innocent. For someone who hates being involved in a murder […]

Posted August 25, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Katie MacAlister’s You Slay Me

Book Review: Katie MacAlister’s You Slay Me

First in the Aisling Grey, Guardian / Dragon Septs urban fantasy / paranormal romance series revolving around Aisling, a woman who has no idea of her true destiny. This story is set in Paris. My Take I’m not really sure why I’m giving it a “3”. It probably should be a “2” except that I’m intrigued by Drake’s avariciousness. He can’t keep away from her. She’s his mate. A woman he has waited centuries for and he still wants to be paid to save her?? I’m curious to see how well she keeps this up and how Aisling gets around it. As for Aisling. Oh, brother. What a drama queen. Another heroine whose death I wouldn’t object to. She is such a dip. She spends so much time chanting about her uncle’s strictures about security, she forgets to actually pay attention to those around her and she leaps into situations with wild abandon. She certainly isn’t using her head. Ooh, maybe, we could use her head…to bash ’em. Although, to be fair, Aisling is aware enough to pick up on that door opening in her head and she is very willing to try some of her new gifts. If only […]

Posted August 25, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments