Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open by Eric Arvin, TJ Klune, Abigail Roux, SJD Peterson, S.A. McAuley, Jason Huffman-Black,

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ImageSix short stories. Very different, very good.

Eric Arvin wrote The Demon of Jericho. A sweet fantasy story of a young man who finds an angel. This angel winds up saving the village from the terrors of a bad demon. Fantasy’s not my favourite genre. I liked this one. It left me with a feeling of peace, regardless of the violence or gruesome details peppered here and there. The love story of the young man with his angel was sweet nonetheless. 

Abigail Roux went with a war story, A Cruel Thing. I hate war stories in general. You’ll never catch me watching a WW2 movie even if Channing Tatum plays – and even dances – in it. This story was so touching, so real, so full of sincere emotions. I didn’t get too lost in the descriptions as it was mainly about a unit of soldiers during the events…

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‘Slay me’, said the dragon by Stephen Del Mar

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ImageI can’t believe I didn’t write a review for this one yet! It’s the sweetest, most captivating short fantasy story I read in a long time.

It’s sweet, a bit scary, and oh so beautiful in the end. 

There’s dragons who can appear in human form, and a dragon slayer. Bad dragons and good dragons. And love.

It starts a bit scary and you don’t know where it’s going until you reach the end to realize it’s one of the most beautiful love stories ever written. And I read a lot. It’s really touching.

Yup, kiddies, another one not for you. Sorry. Sex. (I’ll try to read pg-13 stuff just for you, but can’t promise anything… because you don’t really exist!!!)

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Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon

snowball in hell You already know I like Josh Lanyon. I love his writing. Non pretentious, a bit sad but always ringing true.

This one is no different. Although the story is set in the 1940′s in an America at war, the mystery is really fun, the MC’s make your heart stutter and the setting is beautiful.

I want more of Lt. Matt Spain and Nathan Doyle. I checked out Mr. Lanyon’s website and a second book called Shadow on the Sun is coming, but it’s not out yet and there’s no date mentioned. I usually don’t go for romances that are set in wartime, any wartime for that matter, but I loved this one.

The chemistry between the two MC’s is amazing. Two guys, a cop and a journalist, both wounded in war but strong and courageous, help each other out to solve a murder. Being gay in 1940 is difficult at best, if not almost impossible. I love how their relationship evolves and I can’t wait for the next one.

Some sex scenes, not too graphic but not for young eyes.

Superbia by Bernard Schaffer

SUPERBIA What a good book. Well written, honest, sincere, no fluff, no romance. Just a good book on good cops and a flawed system.

The MC’s are great, the story is actually pretty simple but very effective and keeps you on your toes the whole way.

The author is actually a real cop. Might have something to do with the raw, guileless writing.

Apparently he’s written all sorts of fiction but this is the first book I read from him and really loved it.

It starts with a cop responding to a call. He gets his knee shot out and his friend is killed. He comes back to work and is temporarily assigned with the single detective in the unit. It’s not the story itself that’s thrilling or exciting, it’s a look at the lives of these cops, what they give of themselves to do a good job and how much there is to lose when you invest your life in your career.

A great read for a great price.

No sex, a little violence and lots of truths.

Casting Call and Teacher Teacher by John Locke

Good ol’John Locke. Freaked fans out when they thought his last Donovan Creed book was the last of the series. I knew it couldn’t be.

Not that these latest two books are Donovan Creed novels but the story continues with the characters we know and love, Callie Carpenter, killer extraordinaire and Dani Ripper, ex-child victim turned private I.

John Locke has a way of writing twisted plots that unfold in a vicious, raw fashion that leave you breathless.

Plus, he’s funny as hell.

The first lines of Teacher Teacher teacher teacherhad me laughing out loud:

LIST OF THINGS I’d rather do than sit through this dreadful continuing education seminar:

1. Scrape crusted shit off a galvanized bucket with my teeth. 2. Advance all the way to the finals in an armpit smelling contest.

Locke, John (2014-01-29). Teacher, Teacher (a Dani Ripper Novel) (Kindle Locations 116-119). Telemachus Press, LLC. Kindle Edition.

 

There’s a number 3 but I’ll let you discover it on your own. His books are so cheap it’s a shame to miss out. In this one, you get to read a couple of lines by Donovan Creed himself (he’s on the phone, you don’t actually see him – if it were a movie, let’s say).

It’s a good story, with so many unexpected developments you’re wondering if you missed something somewhere or if you should go back to see if it makes sense. Then you say: “Fuck it” and keep reading because you want to know what’s happening.

A teacher is accused of molesting a student. Cut and dry, no? Absolutely not. If John Locke is writing it, nothing but nothing is as it seems.

Then I read Casting Call casting call and thought okay, here’s a new story line. But no!!!! Keep reading and it all ties in to Because We Can!, #11 of Donovan Creed adventures. This guy thinks he’s testing out possible scenarios for a reality show. Ha. Joke’s on him. Or is it??? *cue music: Ta-ta-ta-tuuummmmmm.

John Locke must be either an interesting person to meet or a complete antisocial nutcase. Whatever he is, I enjoy his humour and writing style very much.

No big sex scenes, no graphic details but some sex alluded to in subtle and not so subtle cases. Watch out my young fans.

 

Floored by Ainslie Paton

floored You know when you read a book and you’re talking to it – or its characters – saying things like “why don’t you tell him now?” or “if you had just cleared that up you wouldn’t be in this predicament”? Well, I do, sometimes.

This is not such a book. Nowhere do you feel like just a little communication would have cleared the whole thing up, and therefore ended the book much sooner.

Ms. Paton’s characters, whom I love in every single book so far, are strong, intelligent and yes flawed people trying to do the best they can with what they’ve got. I never feel like bashing the women characters in for being too soft, too needy, too naive or too, well put simply, dumb. Never do I have the urge to beat the men for being stupid, macho twits.

I just love Ainslie Paton’s books. They’re always so good, so real, so ALIVE. See also Detained, Grease Monkey Jive, Getting Real, and many more. Just check out your country’s amazon.

Don’t get me wrong. She does sometimes drag my heart through a river of thorns and back but always manages to put a balm on it by the end of the book. This is not your ordinary soft romance of I fall in love with you, but am keeping a secret, then we have to break up but we wouldn’t need to if I had just told you my secret but then the story wouldn’t hold… It’s gut-wrenching, full of danger, emotional up-and-down roller coaster of suspense, angst, strong feelings and smart and proud characters.

This one is not as totally heartbreaking as, for example, White Balance, which I had trouble finishing but which was totally worth it, but it got me really, really praying for the characters to fix the impossible situation they were in. And no, I couldn’t have solved it by yelling at the book to tell them to talk to each other already. It’s not that easy.

A driver. A biker who needs a ride. Pasts and secrets galore. Love. Betrayal. Trust. And Love again (it’s not a mistake, it’s a capital L). But oh! how they get there.

Thank you again, Ms. Paton, for a wonderful adventure. Keep writing. Please. You do it so well.

Midnight Secrets by Wendy Ely

midnightI got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s a cute, fast read for people who like their stories to run through a bunch of scenarios and twists really quickly.

Lots happening to this Allison character. A sick mom, two kids we hardly read about, an absent sister, another sister very present, a new house, a new bakery, someone trying to poison her customers to throw a bit of suspense in there, the son-of-a-bitch ex showing up, Child Services, a sheriff, and of course a hot and sexy new love interest – whose mom doesn’t like her then does a complete turn-around after a short conversation with her son – and whose ex shows up too. I’m not even mentioning old bad blood with a customer, a mean old waitress who sorta disappears from the story midway, a doctor, the regular old customers, a nosy gossipy neighbour…. Whew. I’m probably forgetting someone (like when they thank everyone and their barber at the Oscars and realize the next day they forgot to thank their manager).

All this in 142 pages. Fast-paced I said? Yup.

And room for sex scenes.

A fun, fast read.

To all you people who have not reached majority in your respective countries or states, or who don’t like to read about orgasms, this one is not for you.