What a wonderful book! It has a good solid story, great plot, the dialogue was smooth and flowing. C. L. Schneider has written a winner with The Crown of Stones: Magic Price. Ian Troy is unforgettable as are all the well-crafted players in this great book. It gets a little steamy in places but even with all that this book hits my perfect list. Although this is a fantasy it doesn’t feel like one. I can’t wait to read the next one, however I should probably clean my house first because I couldn’t put this one down.
In the Higher Elevation Series Box Set, by Renee Regent we have three delightful stories. Not only are they a delight to read they are each one very different. Unexplained, Untouched, and Undeniable are all three easy to read, they have strong characters that Ms. Regent has described so well that they are unforgettable, with plenty of action, suspense and mystery. In Unexplained there is plenty of page turning suspense. My personal favorite was Untouched. This was a story in a story. When you read this one listen for the deeper story. In Undeniable, well who can resist a story about hope and second chances. Of course, there is romance too and quite steamy in a few spots. Good solid stories that were a pleasure to read.
The third of the Four Horseman Novels, Hitting the High Notes was every bit as spellbinding as the first two stories in the series. Action packed, with suspense and several little surprises. Our hero in this story is Uriel. He is quite a bit different than his siblings but every bit as lethal. Our heroine is quite a surprise. C.A. King gives us a bit of mystery in this one which makes the story even more riveting. A light romance, easy to read, and well worth your time.
This is the second of the Four Horseman novels and I find myself anxiously anticipating the next two. In this quick little romance poor Ryder never seems to catch a break. One mess after another. He just can’t keep it together. Then the beautiful Gabrielle walks into his life. Will he make a mess of this too? Gabrielle, beautiful, strong and coolly intelligent. Will she take a second look at this poor mess of a guy? Everything is not as it seems, and the mysterious Dante complicates matters immensely. You will need to pick this little novel up and give it a quick read. In Drawing Strength From Words, C. A. King gives us strong characters and a unique little adventure.
Just off the top of my head I have to say this has been the best book I have read in quite a while. If I could give it ten stars I would. In Draigon Weather, Paige L. Christie has given us a marvelous cast of characters. The main characters, Leiel Sower and Cleod Woodcutter, were so carefully crafted that you know them. You know what motivates them and what they aspire to. They quickly grab your imagination. All the supporting characters in this excellent story are just as well crafted. The world that Christie has created for her characters is so well suited for them and has been so well described you feel like you are almost there. You can feel the heat drifting across the land. This is a book that will quickly grab your imagination and keep you reading long after the moon has crossed the sky. A new direction in Dragonlore. This is a book you will not regret reading.
Journeys Through Space Time, by James Talisman, was an interesting journey. It is a thinking book. I found I had to read it in small installments. Or maybe I just think too much. I felt a need to think about some of the things in the story. Many actors on this stage and many acts. I feel the need to read it again because I get the feeling when I come to the end that I have missed something. Most stories when you get to the end you expect them to be all tied up in a bow. Not this one. It leaves you thinking long after you’ve read the last page. I hope this author is well on his way to many more good stories.
Once again with Pieces of A Lie, Rowena Holloway gives us a story that gives us an opportunity for some inner reflection. At the center of it is her relationship with her parents. Sometimes in ways we cannot recognize our relationships shape us. Our heroine in this story is Mina, and she is one tough cookie. She has built a wall so high that no one is going to get to her heart. Our hero Linc is so bound up in his own feelings of shame and inadequacy he almost misses his cue. This was a delightful little romance wrapped up in suspense and intrigue. A very pleasant little romp until you get to the end……it’s a “can’t put it down” after that.
Flower Shields by C. A. King is an interesting introduction. Our heroine in this story, Tara, seems destined for anonymity. Such a plain mousey young lady doesn’t seem to make for an interesting tale. But in all good stories there is always more than meets the eye. Someone finds her very interesting. By the time our hero arrives on the scene I was quite caught up in the story. The introduction, Flower Shields, to The Four Horseman novels has been intriguing to say the least. I am certainly on board for the next one.
It’s difficult to say what I like best about this book. It resonated with me because our hero, Rafe, in this story is dealing with a real life situation as best he can. It’s a situation that I myself am experiencing at this time . It’s difficult emotionally to care for an aging parent and it was quite refreshing to see this addressed in a good science fiction story. I could identify with him and it made the story comforting and made my own burden seem somewhat lighter.In Not Fade Away, once again Donna S. Frelick gives us a strong hero and heroine. Charlie is very confident and sure of herself. She, like all good caregivers, knows there’s more than one patient. It was such a good story I’m pretty sure I will be reading it again.
Anyone that has ever had a struggle communicating with a parent will enjoy Rowena Holloway’s story, All That’s Left Unsaid. There is nothing more frustrating than to speak the same language as another and find out…..you don’t speak the same language. Harriet is not only confused herself, but she is quite confusing in this story. You don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or bark at her. In the end it’s her stubbornness that becomes her most endearing trait. An intriguing mystery that moves along at a brisk little pace. Near the end, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know.