Eagle and Empire by Alan Smale

Once again, I have been captivated not just with the cultural elements new to me but the rocky coming together of different people. The misunderstandings, both deliberate and not, and the respect given when lies or manipulations are found out, … Continue reading

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This is not a story in the traditional sense. It’s an immense undertaking of building a world so complex it needs to be fed to the reader in pieces through the eyes of those with a perspective the reader can … Continue reading

The Alcatraz Coup by Patricia Loofbourrow

This novella is the prequel to the Red Dog Conspiracy and lives up to the noir feel of those books. It’s a story for the current fans in many ways, and so gives a sense of what happened to bring … Continue reading

The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History by Susanna Forrest

This book is a very difficult one to review, not because it has no value, but because it has too much. I have many pages of notes about interesting elements or things to mention, all of which would make this … Continue reading

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

This is a familiar tale with a heavy feminist hand at times so not for every reader, but it is told wonderfully with courage, humor, and raw truth. At the heart, this is an account of the transition between treating … Continue reading

Treachery of Doubt by E. M. Hartshorn

Note: Spoilers for book 1. When Bodyguard of Lies (Book 1 in this series) ended, I was unhappy with a decision Sabra made regarding her brother. Book 2, Treachery of Doubt, is all about that decision coming back to bite … Continue reading

Relaunch Mission By Robyn Bachar

Robyn Bachar offers a complicated, well-presented future world with a lot of detail both in the physical and political aspects. We’re introduced to it gradually through action, so there’s time to absorb the history and how it impacts the present. … Continue reading

Wild & Sweet by Rhenna Morgan

I don’t usually read novels by the same author so close together because I start to see the style patterns more than the stories, but I enjoyed Rough & Tumble so much I wanted more time in that world. First, … Continue reading

Single Malt by Layla Reyne

I’ll admit I chose to read this novel based on the blurb without realizing it was a male-male romance. I haven’t read very many as that’s not my thing, but once I realized, I decided to go ahead anyway, a … Continue reading

Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but the blurb made me curious enough to try. What I found was hard people rising above difficult beginnings who choose to join together and make something good of themselves and … Continue reading