Review: Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips

Perfect FlingTitle: Perfect Fling (Serendipity’s Finest #2)
Author: Carly Phillips
Release Date: 30 July 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 330 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 9781101624739
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Erin Marsden thought she had seen the last of Cole Sanders after their one-night stand. After all, you can’t expect a long lasting relationship from a bad boy, can you? She resigned herself to living out a fairly boring life until she got two massive surprises is a short space of time. Fate had decided to throw her and Cole back together, for the short term at least. Continue reading

Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken HomesTitle: Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Release Date: 25 July 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 320 pages
Publisher: Gollancz
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In Broken Homes we have a series of deaths that seem like isolated cases, except PC Peter Grant recognises the signature vestigia of the warped magician, the Faceless Man. All clues lead to a mysterious housing estate so Peter, Lesley and Toby head off to investigate. Continue reading

Review: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

The Best ManTitle: The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)
Author: Kristan Higgins
Release Date: 26 February 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 432 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 9780373777921
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I loved and disliked this book in equal quantities as although the story itself is moving and the characters are well rounded, there is this undercurrent of cruel, misogynistic behaviour that just didn’t sit well with me. I’m all for humour in books but not petty and cheap shots. Our heroine Faith Holland has returned to her hometown after being ditched by her fiancé Jeremy at the altar. Faith forgives Jeremy but blames Jeremy’s best friend Levi for giving Jeremy the courage to come out publicly and thereby ruining her big day. Continue reading

Review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of LondonTitle: Rivers of London / Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Release Date: 1 February 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 298 pages
Publisher: Gollancz / Del Ray
ISBN: 9780575097582 / 9780345524256
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Rivers of London is an extra special urban fantasy tale of Probationary Constable Peter Grant. It’s so special it even has two titles to cater for both the USA and UK markets – I’ve listed both names and ISBNs. Ben Aaronovitch clearly has affection for London and it is lovingly recreated, albeit with a dash of magic. Peter unfortunately has been drafted into the Case Progression Unit which is a branch that help the police fill out paperwork. The only thing he is likely to die from is boredom. His career takes a 90 degree turn however when he encounters a ghost at a crime scene who gives him exclusive information about a headless corpse. This captures the eye of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale who investigates magic crimes and unusual happenings. Continue reading