Venom in the Veins (by Jennifer Estep)

Urban Fantasy

The Spider has a new adversary, she’s more powerful than the last adversary. It’s Book 17. It’s entertaining but nothing new.


17 is a big number for an Urban Fantasy series and I think maybe it’s time to think about a spin-off series.

I’ve been saying it for a long time. Sophia is a great character and she could easily carry her own series. Bria and Xavier could carry a series.

I’ll keep reading and I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy the books but it’s more because it’s a habit than anything else.

Blazing Summer (by Denise Grover Swank)

Cozy Mystery

Season one was a runaway success with Summer solving a murder and ensuring a smash hit.  Now she returns for Season two and once again she finds herself doing battle with the director who has it in for her.

With the help of the same film crew who had her back in book one, Deadly Summer, she needs to make the series a success, solve a new crime and clear her best friend’s name.


The Darling Investigations series is surprisingly good. Honestly the premise just doesn’t appeal to me –– I’m not into that whole Hollywood star turns sleuth thing and I find the whole idea of reality TV mind numbing.

But I love this book and I love this series.  I don’t even know why but there you have it.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley who provided me with this review copy. 

Mercy Kilpatrick series (by Kendra Elliot)

Romantic Suspense

I’m not entirely sure how to review this series. Honestly, I’m supposed to be reviewing Book #4 A Merciful Silence, but while I’m sure you could pick up book four without having read the first three I think the series is better if taken as a whole.

Mercy Kilpatrick grew up within a community of preppers.  These are the people who are preparing for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). They have a lot of guns, they know how to grow and can food, they are survivors.  Some of them are paranoid and honestly unhinged others are just self reliant folks who are good to have around in a pinch.

Then as a teenager she was forced to leave. Her family shunned her and she found herself having to make her own way in the world. Now after many years away she is an FBI Agent and has returned to the town she ran away from to investigate a murder.


This series is Romantic Suspense at its best. Honestly I often struggle with the genre, I find the level of violence troubling, but while this series does have that –– there is murder and violence –– the underlying story is strong and the characters make it worth the effort.

So highly recommended with the one caveat that there are occasional graphic depictions of violence. Even with that I’m rating the series 5 stars.

A review copy of A Merciful Silence (book 4) was given to me by the publisher. 

Death and the Viking’s Daughter (by Loretta Ross)

Cozy Mystery

Wren and Death return for another fun mystery. Death is investigating the counterfeiting of a minor work of art while Wren pokes her nose into the disappearance of a young woman at a renaissance fair more than 40 years earlier.

Adding to their problems, having heard about Wren’s engagement to Death, her parents descended upon them and they’re anything but impressed with him.


The Auction Block mysteries aren’t all that surprising. Honestly they’re not particularly original.  What they have going for them is great characters and that’s what makes these books just a little better than the competition. I don’t often get to book four in a Cozy series. Honestly, I can only think of one other series that still interested me after four books (Southern Ghost Hunters by Angie Fox) but I’m still feeling the love for this series.

Many thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy. 

Falling Star (by Terri Osburn)

Contemporary Romance

Chance is a recovering alcoholic and a country music star who has been given a second chance in the business. But the oil for his music was always the bottle and now that he is dry the songs aren’t coming.

Naomi was betrayed by Chance years earlier and is determined it will not happen again. But she is his publicist and both their careers depend on him writing a hit album.


Terri Osburn has been a favorite author since a friend pointed me to her first novel and told me to check it out. Back then, she was in a small group of writers who were reinventing the romance genre which, to be honest, had grown a little tired –– I had all but walked away. It took Penny Reid and Terri Osburn to get me reading Contemporary Romance again and I’m still reading it largely because of these two fine writers.

Falling Star is great. It feels like a more personal book for some reason and I’m not really sure why. But I love these characters and I love where this series is heading.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance for providing me with this review copy. 

Brave (by Rose McGowan)

I’m not going to review this book.
I’m not going to talk about Rose McGowan.
I’m not going to talk about how much better I am than all those “other” men.

I’m a male.
I’m a white male.
I’m a white male heterosexual.

 

This book isn’t about the other men. It’s about every man. It’s about every woman.
What I’m going to do is look at myself and think about the things I can do better.

So buy this book. Read it. Give it to your daughters and give it to your sons.

Shadow Hunt (by Melissa F. Olson)

Urban Fantasy

Leaving town on an urgent errand has catastrophic consequences for Scarlett. Her friend Jesse has been cursed and is dying and her dog Shadow has been stolen.  An old enemy has returned and they plan on destroying the peace between the vampires werewolves and witches and starting a war.

As a null Scarlett holds the key to stopping them but to do so she will need to take control of all the supernaturals who haven’t fled LA and face their common foe in a last ditch battle.


I read a little of the first of the Scarlett Bernard books (Dead Spots) but being totally honest it didn’t really grab me and I didn’t continue with the series.  I managed to get a review copy of Midnight Curse, the first in the Disrupted Magic series which also features Scarlett Bernard and I was hooked.  Now I think I need to revisit those earlier books and get the entire back story.

I’m not sure if Shadow Hunt is the last in this series but it’s certainly the best.  Far and away my favorite thus far. I’m definitely wanting some more of these characters and especially the bargest.  What’s not to love about a monstrous bullet proof demon dog?   

Many thanks to 47North for providing me with this review copy.