Reader and Raelynx is the fourth novel in Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses series. Although published as fantasy, the books all contain romantic storylines that take center stage. The series is set in Gillengaria, a kingdom where mystics (those people who have magical abilities) are frequently persecuted by those who fear them, and the books follow the fortunes of a group of friends, five mystics and two elite soldiers belonging to the king’s personal guard, as they seek to help Gillengaria’s sympathetic King Baryn. Reader and Raelynx is the climactic book in this series. It brings together many threads from the three previous novels and the novella “When Winter Comes,” and for the most part, does this successfully. Recommended by Janine.
All that I loved about the first three Crazy books was back in On the Loose. There was a super sexy heroine who was smart, capable, fiercely loyal to her family, and one who knows how to get what she wants matched with a super sexy hero who wants to forget the best night of his life but can't once she's standing right in front of him with only a few threads of cloth separating her body from being kissed by the sun in total. The book has action, subplots, nuns, crazy guerillas with guns, and it somehow never loses sight that the reader wants to know about the two main characters. Recommended by Jane.
The cover does a really great job of conveying the story inside. Lady of Light and Shadow is the second part of CL Wilson’s cross between epic fantasy and genre romance. Ellysetta Baristani has been plagued by nightmares all her life and since the arrival of Rain Tairen Soul into her life those nightmares have increased. Being with Rain and coming into her own power is causing great havoc in Ellie’s life as lines are drawn in the sand with friends and family on one side and the Fey on the other. Ellie is forced to choose and her choices will impact the survival, and destruction, of more than one culture. I can only warn readers that at the end of this book, they’ll be left cursing the author that she doesn’t write fast enough so readers might want to read slowly. Recommended by Jane.
Readers might be put off by the title, Down Home Zombie Blues, but Linnea Sinclair makes Science Fiction accessible. I’m coming at the story from the vantage point of someone who doesn’t read a great deal of Science Fiction or Romantic Science Fiction. For me in my blissful ignorance, the story worked fairly well (aside from the language). The Star Trek references were plentiful but helped provide a good, quick visual reference for readers and with a book of this length, there’s not much extra room for long drawn out descriptions. The romance was worked well into the Science Fiction story and speaking as someone who usually doesn’t like rushed romances, I had no problems with this one. Recommended by Jayne
This new to us author provides a rich historical romance based in the World War II era told from the viewpoint of two different pilots, one male and one female. “On Wings of the Morning” took me back to a simpler time in American history but one in which people loved as much, still made mistakes but had a common purpose. The book has a great period feel and I can see the author has done her homework. From Morgan’s childhood on a farm in rural Oklahoma to Georgia’s uprooted existence moving from backwater Florida to big city Chicago, I could see them and the people around them. I could feel living through a summer with only an oscillating fan, driving to see Charles Lindbergh — to actually see the Lone Eagle, the man who changed aviation history! — wanting to learn to fly so badly and sensing that it was your destiny that you’d do anything and work any hours to pay for flight lessons. Georgia’s adult girlfriend’s bafflement that Georgia didn’t want to join her in getting married at age eighteen felt totally realistic though I would probably have sided with Georgia and wanted to work and be independent. The story was an interesting and fast read despite the fact that it’s lengthy. Recommended by Jayne