Monthly Archives: July 2015

Price of Honor – Radclyffe

Price of Honor“Price of Honor” starts immediately where Book 8 of the Honor Series —“Code of Honor”—left off. Cameron Roberts is recovering from her abduction by the domestic terrorist “Patriot” group that is determined to overthrow President Andrew Powell, but the political timetable doesn’t slow down to wait for her recovery. Blair Powell has promised to support her father’s re-election campaign, and Cam is never going to leave that protection duty to anyone else.

The campaign trail starts with a meet- and- greet train journey across the US from Chicago, IL to Flagstaff, AZ. Cam knows at least one of the terrorists is still out there, still coming for them, but President Powell won’t be scared off, and Blair wont desert him. While the protection service can do everything possible to make the stops safe, they all know that the train is too vulnerable, set on a track with a published timetable.

Part of the security detail are the K9 dog teams that will sniff the venues and the train for any possible threat. We meet Dusty Nash, K9 secret service agent, and her partner Atlas, who are the subjects of a White House reporter going for the ‘human’ story line. Vivian Elliott is soon intrigued by the standoffish Nash—who only shows emotion for her adored canine buddy.

As always, Cam and Blair take center stage in the Honor Series, but their newlywed status takes second place to the political necessities. We get a glimpse of Stark and Renee’s relationship and an intriguing aside about President Powell and his advisor, Luce. Radclyffe’s books wouldn’t be complete without a hot romance bubbling away beneath the action adventure and this time we are treated to a romance on the rails.

RadclyffeRadclyffe is master of the action-thriller series and “Price of Honor” will not disappoint her fans. With this latest chapter in the Cam and Blair saga, she continues to find new ways to threaten the principles, new ways to threaten the principles and keep us on our toes. The old familiar characters are there, but enough new blood is introduced to give it a fresh feel and open new avenues for intrigue. And as always, there’s a twist in the tale that questions, quite literally, the price of ‘honor,’ of duty, and of family.

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 20, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00Y3BAFXO
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Arc Over Time – Jen Silver

Arc Over TimeFollowing on from her first novel Starting Over Jen Silver’s sequel is an excellent examination of the ups and downs of grown up relationships.

Dr Kathryn Moss is still obsessed with Ellie Winters, despite Ellie’s obvious commitment to and happiness with wife Robin. Despite her unrequited yearning the buttoned up professor has continued her affair with journalist Denise Sullivan – what Dr Moss hasn’t realised is how Den’s feelings are developing.

Riding high on the back of the Starling Hill discoveries Kathryn is in demand and offered new posts in London and Durham. Her choices bring the fledgling relationship to a crisis, and throw in to sharp relief the issues between the two women.

Den is in her own crisis, wanting more from the relationship, unfulfilled by her job, and realising that she might actually be ready to grow up. The trials and tribulations of chasing the emotionally unavailable professor make her re-evaluate where she is and what she wants.

Meanwhile Ellie is becoming an increasingly successful artist, enjoying the quiet of the farm and resisting all demands to become a public figure. Her art has a mind of its own, however, and voices from the past seem determined to push Starling Hill back into the limelight.

Jen Silver BioAs with Starting Over , Ms Silver has delivered a charming, witty and clever observational novel. Her characters are very authentic people, warts and all – recognisable characters many of us will have encountered. They live in a real world and, unlike so many lesbian romances, behave like real people.

The settings, particularly the countryside locations, are beautifully drawn and add depth and richness to the story. Similarly the archaeology is well done – adding veracity and a solidity to the tale. Ms Silver uses her knowledge of British history and Roman archaeology to great effect.

This story will stand alone, but is much more enjoyable with the knowledge of our main characters gleaned in the first novel. If you haven’t indulged yet then you have a delightful treat in store from this new voice in Lesbian fiction.

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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD (May 14, 2015)
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T-Minus Two – KG MacGregor

T-Minus TwoTwenty-seven-year-old Mila Todorov has wanted to go into space since the age of thirteen, when she followed the heroics of NASA astronaut Major Jancey Beaumont. Now, with a PhD in Engineering and as creator of a revolutionary new propulsion system, she has a chance to make that dream come true as she competes for a place in the first manned flight to Mars.

Major Beaumont cannot resist the urge to make the journey to the red planet. She knows she is the most qualified contender, but to succeed she not only needs to prove her experience is worth more than the younger, more up-to-date candidates, she needs to find the perfect partner.

KG MacGregor’s latest novel is a sweet romance set against the backdrop of a speculative but well-thought-out and well-researched “Mission to Mars.” A retired billionaire space addict, who will sound familiar to many, has put together a privately funded plan to create the first planetary station.

Robotic supply and habitat vessels will pave the way for annual “two-man” flights to start a colony. Forty thousand have applied; four teams of two will make the final cut; and in between, the candidates must pass a wide range of emotional, physical, and mental challenges, including selecting their partner from the other applicants.

The romance is a slow burn, an attraction that is meant to happen. The outcome may be obvious, but the gentle tension is enjoyable and Mila’s overwhelming hero-worship is entertaining. The twist in the tale adds a frisson of drama but the outcome is a done deal.

KG MacGregor Mila and Jancey are great characters—strong, intelligent, determined, and the perfect role models for any girls aspiring to STEM careers. They have weaknesses and learning to do, but are as damn near perfect as we could imagine an astronaut to be. A wide range of candidates and tutors fill in the background, but only a couple of them stand out. Our heroines dominate the page.

Authors always say that you can’t write a story about happy people—there is nothing to write. But in this case I do wish Ms. MacGregor would make an exception and give us the sequel. I can’t believe there isn’t another story about the next phase of their journey together.

Well-written, delightful reading and a charming romance based on wonderful, modern women competing at the highest level… what more could we want to entertain us?

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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bella Books (June 14, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00ZPVXWOK
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No Good Reason – Cari Hunter

No Good ReasonYou know you are on to a good thing when the main characters are strong women who have worked their way out of tough childhoods into serious careers but have maintained their humanity and humour. When they complement each other emotionally as well as with skills and abilities. When their friends-with-benefits “relationship” creates a whole world of opportunity for sexual tension and “will-they-wont they” anticipation. Meet Sanne and Meg—central characters in Cari Hunter’s new crime thriller.

On top of these delightful mains there is a smorgasbord of secondary supporting players. The tough boss, the supportive partner, the “salt of the earth” Mum are all well drawn, three-dimensional, and filled in enough to be real, but with a whole range of options to keep us interested in future stories. Even Ms. Hunter’s victims are well-rounded and whole. Strong, resourceful, and capable, they may be the victims but they are no shrinking violets and do their damnedest to save themselves.

Cari Hunter is a master of crime suspense stories; this is her fourth and the beginning of a promised series.  No Good Reason brings tension and drama to strong medical and police procedural knowledge. It challenges the detective in all of us, throws us red herrings, makes us follow the good and bad leads, and despite all the frustrations keeps us hoping for the best. It doesn’t shy away from the horror of the victims suffering or the effect on the police and medical teams who find them, but it never sinks into gratuitous violence or overly descriptive gore.

The plot keeps us on the edge of our metaphorical seat, turning the pages long into the night. The setting of the English Peaks District adds ambiance and a drama of its own without excluding anybody. And through it all a glimmer of humour and a large dose of humanity keep us engaged and enthralled.

Cari HunterI love Ms. Hunter’s writing. Clean, neat, purposeful, it drives us forward with faultless delivery. She crams in a whole host of action, drama, and character development without it ever feeling rushed or heavy-handed. Each book has improved on the last and this is no exception—an absolute winner for lovers of crime thrillers and slightly oddball romance that makes a refreshing change.

Excellent book, wonderful opening gambit in a new series, and I cannot wait for the next instalment.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Bold Strokes Books (June 9, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00XZ5FM4G
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Blind Trust – Jody Klaire

EmpathI hadn’t read Jody Klaire’s first book in the Above & Beyond series so was delighted to have The Empath and Blind Trust to read in sequence and get right into the characters of Aeron Lorelei and Renee Black.

The Empath sets the scene of Aeron’s life – different, persecuted and emotionally abused by a whole town – incarcerated for a murder she only thinks she committed, and Renee, the CIG protector sent to look after her. It’s a great murder mystery – action adventure with a huge dose of supernatural and ‘different’ skills such as visiting ghosts, helpful spirits, auras, visions and healing powers. Aeron and Renee must combat the locals, the killer and the storms that threaten to sweep them away.

Blind TrustBlind Trust finds Aeron and Renee caught in an avalanche and facing another set of challenges, some from mother-nature, others from the bullies and nay-sayers of the small town they are stranded in. This time it is Renee who is the target, Aeron the protector.

The characters we get to know are great: strong women, well rounded personalities, deep and complex. Friends, family and co-workers provide variety, all three dimensional and a strong part of the story. These books are as much about how people behave under duress as they are about the psychopaths the agents must tackle.

Jody KlaireWhile the themes of alternate psychic powers and special agents run through, the plots are different, the settings varied and the townsfolk – and their behavior – like chalk and cheese.

Great stories, well written, thoroughly enjoyable. Looking forward to No 3.

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Product info for THE EMPATH (Book 1):

  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing (August 24, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00N0EGZSY
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing (2 Jun. 2015)
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Riding Passion – D Jackson Leigh

Riding PassionsI usually struggle to read short stories, I find it difficult to learn enough about the characters to care what happens to them. But the moment I started reading Riding Passion my opinion of how a short story can truly touch the reader changed.

I’ve read the majority of D Jackson Leigh’s work – with the exception of Dragon Horse War: The Calling – so it was a lovely surprise to read short stories that shone new light on characters I was already familiar with. Having now read a short story introducing me to Jael and Alyssa , Dragon Horse War: The Calling is firmly on my list of books to read

The ten short stories featured are rich in character and hot in content. Some deal with the momentous occasion of the first kiss or touch that alters the fabric of our being and switches on a light we didn’t realize was dimmed. Others are so raunchy that you may need a cold shower to deal with the side affects.

Riding passion is a brilliant compilation of stories that touch the heart, soul and in some cases other places too.

D Jackson Leigh BiogMy only complaint – or rather request – is that I would really like to read more of Haze and Luna’s story and if I had a bucket list for novels I could ask an author to write, Skin Walkers would be at the top of the list.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 18, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00WH0FNMG
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