HOT SAUCE REVIEWS: BOOKS
Mostly romance novels, but also fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and occasional non-fiction get celebrated and skewered like only Mrs Giggles can, heh.
Gossamer Wing: amateur romance novel hour. The heroine is not even close to being the capable spy she is said to be, and it’s downhill from there.
There are two interesting characters here that don’t play exactly by the rules, but One of a Kind is set back by some tepid and bland narrative.
Fake engagement is a staple of the genre, but it still needs to make sense. And Vivienne Lorret’s Daring Miss Danvers makes no sense at all, so… fail?
Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho manages to be funny, touching, and sometimes scary pretty effortlessly. If you must read a Fixi Novo book, read this one.
Winning Miss Wakefield has a plot that shouldn’t work, but the author pulls it off well. Too bad the plot requires the heroine to be clueless.
Saved by the Viking Warrior is like a Medieval Fair that only gets good during its last legs. It has some solid moments, but it’s also utterly artificial.
A socially awkward hunk and a pragmatic heroine stuck in a practical marriage. Cute. Lord Havelock’s List by Annie Burrows is a such an unexpected fun read.
Deborah Smith can always be counted on to write whimsical and sometimes, literally, magical love stories, but there’s something missing in The Pickle Queen.
Lots of melodramatic passion and intense secrets in The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee – the right ingredients for a book that is unexpectedly awesome.
Oh, an accidental pregnancy story. Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney is almost a return to former glory. Almost, not quite, and ain’t that a shame, sigh.
This is a Malaysian-brewed ghost story collection with very little Malaysian flavor. A shame – 13 Moons by Ee Leen Lee really needs a reason to stand out.
How cute, How the Scoundrel Seduces is patterned after the ramblings of a Tumblr social justice warrior. No? I’ll have to revoke the “Genius!” card then.
Do you want to be a princess? Do you want to read a princess fantasy story so badly that any story of this kind will do? Well, this is your lucky day.
Lady in Black by Christina Dodd feels like it was written after a binge on books by Sidney Sheldon, Harold Robbins, and Danielle Steel.
Predictable Castle of the Wolf reminds me of better medieval romances. Still, nostalgia ain’t bad when there is hardly any such books around.
Janice Sims is back with another story with sane likable people who fall in love like it’s the most natural thing ever. Even when there are drugs and dead people involved, imagine that. The plot doesn’t compare to the romance, though, which is a bit of a shame.
I have my reservations about the plot (it’s a workplace romance revolving around deception), but the romance is so fun and the love scenes are hot, hot, hot. Let’s put it this way, I don’t know why this book isn’t called When Autumn Comes.
It’s a spy romance where nobody acts like a spy, a historical thriller without any thrills, with a talented spy heroine who spends all time needing rescue or sexual healing. Wait, what is this thing again?
Robots, aliens, spacecrafts, and violence in a fantasy setting, ooh. Now, how on earth did this one end up being an obvious extension of the campaign setting splatbook, churned out as part of a marketing plan, instead of a story in its own right?
It looks like Seanan McGuire has gotten the mojo back into the InCryptid series, as this one introduces a new cast, a new setting, and some new lore with style and panache. Cobras, gorgons, nerd action heroes, and – of course – guns for everyone!
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5 Oogies: Excellent
4 Oogies: Good
3 Oogies: Okay
2 Oogies: Oh dear
1 Oogie: Oh god
- Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden
- MKTO by MKTO
- One of a Kind by Michelle Monkou
- Daring Miss Danvers by Vivienne Lorret
- Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho
- Winning Miss Wakefield by Vivienne Lorret
- The Maze Runner (2014)
- Saved by the Viking Warrior by Michelle Styles
- Lord Havelock’s List by Annie Burrows
- The Pickle Queen by Deborah Smith
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