Weekly Wrap-up #2

Lots has happened over the week as you can see. This week I have tried to make some headway in a few series but it is pretty unbalanced as there is lots of romance and not much else. Never fear though as White Trash Zombie Apocalypse is going to be released on Tuesday. Continue reading

Review: Hot Zone by Catherine Mann

Hot ZoneTitle: Hot Zone (Elite Force #2)
Author: Catherine Mann
Release Date: 1 December 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Page count: 316 pages
Publisher: Sourcebook Casablanca
ISBN: 9781402244988
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

Mann has given us a romance in the most unlikely of places, an island in the Bahamas destroyed by an earthquake. Pararescueman Hugh Franco who is tasked with finding survivors, comes across Amelia and her adopted nephew Joshua.  Amelia doesn’t know how long she has been buried in the remains of the hotel or what has happened to her family but she insists that the toddler is still alive. Hugh doubts a small child could withstand such conditions but he keeps these concerns to himself. Joshua proves to be quite a miracle baby as he has survived fairly unscathed. This should have been the end of Hugh’s involvement with Amelia and Joshua but when someone tries to kidnap the little tot at the hospital, Hugh does his best to protect them and reunite them with their family. Continue reading

Review: Photographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape

Photographs & PhantomsTitle: Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles #2)
Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Release Date: 25 April 2011
Genre: Steampunk
Page count: 169 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
ISBN: 9781426891533
Links: Amazon / Goodreads

Kendall Lake, member of the Order of the Round Table, is sent to find out why Amy Deland sees phantoms in her photographs. The people who have the shadow surround them on the photograph end up dying fairly quickly. Amy doesn’t know if she is causing the people to die or if she is somehow seeing the future. Continue reading

Review: Steam & Sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape

Steam & SorceryTitle: Steam & Sorcery (Gaslight Chronicles #1)
Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Release Date: 7 March 2011
Genre: Steampunk
Page count: 305 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
ISBN: 9781426891281
Links: Amazon / Goodreads

Sir Merrick Hadrian, a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, is skilled in magick and technology but completely undone by five kids. They saved his life when he was hunting vampires and he decided to take them in, partly out of gratitude and partly so he could hone their skills.  These fairly wild children soon turn his house upside down and he discovers he needs a governess tout de suit. Enter Miss Caroline “Caro” Bristol aka Mary Poppins. Caro is able to sooth the savage little beasts with great aplomb but finds Merrick much harder to handle. Continue reading

No more contemporary romances

I can’t do it. I simply can’t. My teeth ache from the sweetness. Night after night insomnia plagues me as I stress over the characters. Will the perky but doey-eyed heroine will get her HEA? Can the gruff hero that hides his heart of gold and just wants to be loved overcome his tragic past?  Enough. I’m drawing the line in the sand right here and now. No more contemporary romances… Continue reading

Review: The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks

The Vampire and the VirginTitle: The Vampire and the Virgin (Love at Stake #8)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Release Date: 9 March 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page count: 345 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780061667862
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

The Vampire and the Virgin is not bad for a filler novel but its formulaic nature didn’t really set my heart on fire. Robby MacKay, vampire swordsman extraordinaire, has gone to Patmos to recuperate after a serious injury. He needs to focus on getting better so he can get back to hacking and slashing Malcontents. The last thing he expected was to fall for FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris. Continue reading