A Blast from the Past
Cameron Coelho is in love with a woman long dead. A doctoral dissertation on American culture of the 1920's becomes a mission of mercy when Cameron discovers a startling secret hidden in the letters and journals of the Bell family of Evansville, Indiana. Entranced by an antique photograph of young socialite Candice Bell, murdered in 1925, Cameron tracks down her modern-day relatives in search of a cave in California rumored to make time travel possible.
In a nice break from the erotic romance genre, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well-thought-out journey of Cameron Coelho from his lonely life in 2017 back to the roaring twenties in search of his true love to prevent her untimely demise. Time travel is always a tricky business, and especially so when you plan on saving someone who was supposed to die nearly a century ago.
It was a bit odd that a scholarly fellow like Cameron, having knowledge of the great science fiction postulations of the 20th century, would handily disregard the risks of altering history for the sake of his own happy ending, even duping some of the trusting members of the Bell family in order to do so. But it turns out that time travel is indeed safe and possible with their help, and the detail to which Professor Geoffrey Bell prepares our hero for his trip is both ingenious and plausible.
I also enjoyed the author's characterization of Candice Bell herself. I can't say for sure if any girl from the 1920s would think or behave the way Candice does, but Heldt certainly paints her as a "thoroughly modern Millie" against the backdrop of a post-war period of progress and enlightenment.
Readers who admire the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne will find Indiana Belle enjoyable!
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In this book, I’ve officially fallen in love with Jenks. I don’t care if he’s a pixy. He’s so sweet and adorable and I want to hug him so bad. The way he protects and defends Rachel whether he’s four inches tall or over six feet makes me love him that much more. Yeah, that’s right, stuff goes down that makes him human size! I’m not telling what or if it’s permanent. Rachel is stuck in the middle of a were shifter issue because she’s now part of David’s pack. Which leads to her finding Nick. If you’ve read my previous reviews in The Hollows series, you know how I feel about Nick. This book just makes me like Nick even less. I’m all for Rachel and Kisten. Ivy faces her biggest test with Rachel’s blood and…fails. Yup, but I’m not giving spoilers so you’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about. I love this book but… and this but is why it’s only four stars, those freaking info dumps. They are really bad in this book. I guess the author wants this to be stand alone? I don’t know. But each info dump threw me out of the story. Thankfully, the absolutely brilliant characters and action packed plot is why this book is a must read! And I want to add, with that wild ending, that I was absolutely right about a certain character. I’ve got a good gut about people, lol. Great ending!
A fistful of Charms is a fistful of fabulousness! Another must read book in the paranormal series, The Hollows, by Kim Harrison.
Vampiric Charms is once again the center of trouble. Rachel’s got demon on her butt, Ivy’s got eating issues (get it, she’s a vampire, ;) ) and Jenks may be leaving the company!
It really didn’t upset me with Rachel and Nick ‘breaking up’. I’m not a fan of Nick. He has secrets that make me wary. Besides, Trent is hot and he’s a…well if you read the last book you know what he is. Plus there’s Kisten. Oh sexy, vampire Kisten. Yeah, I like him a little too much. The romance between him and Rachel is very good. *giggles* Okay, really freaking good. Anyway, the story is just as good as the romance in this book. I enjoyed the new characters and the twists along the way. I’m happy to say there are no information dumps that I caught. That makes me happy. The more I read the more I want to keep reading. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! Rachel, Ivy, Kisten and a new player named David are all battling against a new pain in the butt that’s trying to take over Piscary’s territory. Not only that but the idiot then tries to kill Rachel. Not once, but twice. The action is fantastic and that ending is freaking epic! I love this book.
Every which way but dead is a must read book in a must read series!
Clement Dyer is an artist; his canvas and brushes are sheet metal and gears. Like any true artist he's a perfectionist, meticulous to a fault in designing and fashioning his mechanical creatures which are all the rage in the society he lives in. But along with the industrial age comes mass production and economies of scale, and Clement's stubbornly solo act is soon threatened by competitors who can keep up with demand. Among the rival autosmiths is Hugo "Duke" Goodwin, a dashing fellow with whom Clement had a brief one-nighter only to discover Duke's true motives were that of a business merger, effectively making Clement his employee. Embarrassed and insulted, Clement ignores Duke's relentless proposals until a disastrous client mix-up results in an offer he can't refuse.
The artists pursuit of perfection in his craft is an endless struggle in any era. And so it is with Clement Dyer, who sadly, will not be the first nor last craftsman who allows it to become his downfall. I loved the term "autosmith", evoking a connection between antique and modern, the past and the present, and making the job sound utterly natural and acceptably vocational. The same can be said of Dyer's society, in that homosexuality is perfectly understood and accepted without gossip or stigma. The romance between Duke and Clement is a tentative one however, and while there is promise of a steamier relationship, this short story stops "short" of further detail, leaving the sweet conclusion for the reader's imagination to embellish.
I was also drawn by the story's title, putting in mind the Stanley Kubrick film "A Clockwork Orange," another example of craft over conformity and the 'renegade' mindset. The text itself is well written and the dialogue engaging, two of my favorite things to discover in any book, long or short.
Steampunk fans will find The Clockwork Menagerie a fun, fast read that ticks along like 'clockwork' in the time-honored tradition of a happy ending.
Sometimes to go forward you must go back...
Left to cope with an alcoholic mother after the death of her father, fourteen year old Kim Baylor feels as though she has neither a future nor a past. While her mother vacations with a new boyfriend, Kim is dumped on the doorstep of her paternal grandmother's farm for an entire summer. Resentful and alone, Kim doesn't expect much in the way of excitement in rural Manitoba, but spooky sightings from her bedroom window and the legend of a murdered local landowner soon liven things up on Grandma Haley's farm. As Kim gets acquainted with her eccentric relative and colorful local characters she discovers a new future by uncovering the past.
This story has some marvelous characters and terrific dialogue. Haley Parish is a truck-driving, shotgun-wielding widow who totally throws the grandmother stereotype out the window. Her neighbors Jez and Harry are equally unique, and together they form the most unlikely group of paranormal researchers ever assembled. The inner turmoil that Kim feels because of her mother is gritty and real, and the strength of character she shows throughout the book is the special kind that only a fourteen year old can muster.
Hailing from the Canadian prairies myself, the slow-paced rural life depicted here really hits the mark, except there are waaaaay more spiders, mosquitoes, flies and other bugs around than the author lets on! Also slightly mystifying is the presence of full-grown wheat crops on Haley's land, when there are no farm hands or machinery around to plant it nor harvest it. Fortunately that didn't get in the way of a good story!
An unconventional setting and offbeat yet believable characters makes Shake The Spiders a nugget of Prairie Gold you'll want to pick up!
I read this book in two days, yes, two days. I read every chance I got which is how I ended up with burnt biscuits for dinner. I have no regrets. This book is awesome! Rachel is after The Witch Hunter and things are about to get dangerous…
There are nice nibbles of information about the mystery for Rachel and what Trent is. They’re weaved so perfectly that it kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked Trent. I know, I know, he’s a bad guy, maybe. I still like him. Poor Ivy goes through hell in this book. There is great action and romance. My only issue is there are several information dumps in the books. Mostly in the beginning. They pop up all of a sudden and it takes you out of the story completely. But, Rachel and her odd group of friends really pulls at your heart, and I’m finding myself really attached to them. I can’t wait to read the next book!
Must. Read. Now!
The hollows series gets better and better with each book!
Mallory is in college and to warn or encourage others about the men on campus she created The Everygirl’s Guide Blog. But one recently subject shows up at her dorm room and demands to know why she wrote an article accusing him of having a micro penis. I kind you not, dear reader, this book is sure to keep you entertained.
Stop reading, buy the book, then come back and read over my ramblings because this book is fantastic! It’s funny, sexy, sweet and I absolutely love Mallory. Her attitude and dry humor are seriously fun to read. Cash is really cute, I like him a lot. There is an instant connection between them but thankfully, NO insta-love. Despite this being a shorter story it feels longer. The plot pulls you in and the characters make the journey engaging to the last page. Then there’s the Guardians of the Galaxy reference, extra points for that gem! And the sex, holy hell, the sex is a-freaking-mazing. I need my man here now. Right. Now.
I really hope there’s another story about Mallory and Cash. I’ll be the first one pre-ordering it. Sterling’s Everygirl is a MUST READ!
Title: Rekindled Flame
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary, Gay,
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read!
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy!
Morgan is a firefighter that saves Richard who turns out to be his childhood friend. Richard lost his legs as a solider and now has an arsonist after him. Can they stay alive long enough to rekindle the flame?
I like Morgan and Richard. They are both great characters. Them meeting feels forced though, I had a hard time with the connection between them. The mystery/arsonist aspect of the story is good and the romance is good. Richard is so broken I just want to hug him for hours. I’m rating this three stars because though it’s a good story but it’s not different, there are a lot of books that are similar. Overall, I think the characters are what really make this book worth reading.
James. Cox. Wrote. Steampunk. Let that sit with you for a minute. I am so damn excited! His plots are different and his characters are sexy male specimens that should be cloned. Anyway…
Joshua lives on a dirigible with his two younger brothers and his father. One night, they’re attacked. His father is killed, his brothers taken and he is pushed off the dirigible. He is saved by Lord Peasley who raises him with his own son Valence. Cue the impending sexiness. But it’s more than sex (even though that is spectacular!) This book has a mystery, fabulous world building, steampunk that doesn’t feel forced. I Love it. As if you can’t tell. There’s action, cool clothes (we have to bring Victorian clothing back!) and so much sexy that you’re guaranteed to blush. And the best part…there are two more books! I have to read about his brothers. Why were they taken? Where? By who? This story is Joshua’s and how he finds one of his brothers, but I’m not saying which. That ending is intense!
If you like gay romance read this book, if you like gay romance steampunk put this book at the top of your to be read list!
Giveaway: Mr. Cox is giving away a book from his back list. The TBR Pile is giving away a book from our prize list. To ENTER: Tell us why you love Steampunk!
Adina Diggersby lives for her art. Sculpting stone is her passion and fills her lonely days. She spends her time in her studio or admiring her personal collection of sculptures. However, her last purchase has come to life and informs her he is her protector. Adina has vowed to help Stone from his spell. Unraveling the dark magic will come at a price though. Can these two survive?
This story is most definitely different. I think the author really thought outside the box with this one. Stone is a delightful, sexy man. The history of him is well told and very exciting. Then there is Adina. Everything about her is wonderful. I love that she has such a colorful family and background. All in all a very interesting story full of excitement and surprise. I can't wait to read more from the town of Magic!