Dead but Dreaming is an entertaining anthology – solid stories, without any duds to mar the ultimate Dark Ones experience. Cthulhu would be so proud.
“Your Planet Needs You!” says Dave Reay. A nice sentiment, but asking kids to get Mum and Dad to move to a house with wind turbines? Yes, that will work.
Our charming heroine gets an upgrade from Slave Girl to Barbarian’s Concubine, getting into trouble because she can’t keep them together for even a second.
Slave Girl, the start of an erotic series set in a time when Romans and Franks are big boys with bigger swords, does exactly what it set out to do. Nice.
Lotus Blooming doesn’t seem that hot today, but at least it has a story to fill the space between the boink scenes. Not much, but it’s there, nonetheless.
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.