Review of Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Probationary Constable Peter Grant is about to find himself a new line of work when he talks to a ghost at a murder site in Midnight Riot.While looking for the ghost a second time, he meets Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who offers him a job investigating crimes committed with magic and an opportunity to learn magic himself. Considering his alternative, Peter jumps at the chance to really become a detective. But he’s about to learn that there’s more in London than just magic and a series of brutal murders puts him in the center of a gruesome reenactment that could put his new position in jeopardy.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love finding new series to read. Peter tends to be very tongue-in-cheek in his thoughts, which is highly amusing. The storyline was original and brought a new twist with the whole Rivers of London story. Peter’s two love interests, Leslie and Beverly, are both such long shots that you know they aren’t going to happen, but they were both great characters, as were Nightingale and Molly. The biggest thing is that this story left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the second book, Moon Over Soho.

Review of Entrapment by Aleatha Romig

Nox and Charli return for the 4th book in the Infidelity series, Entrapment.To find out what’s wrong with her mother, Alex (Charli) agrees to go with her step-father, having no real idea just how bad her situation really is. Once she’s in his clutches, he had no intention of letting her go back to NY. Instead, she had to agree to wed her childhood friend, a man she’s quickly realizing is just as much of a monster as her step-father. Under constant surveillance, Alex has little chance of getting away and refuses to leave her ailing mother. Nox will do anything to get her back, but even he can’t get inside the fortress she lives in. But will he find a way to help her get out?

This is one of those series where you keep yelling at the characters, telling them how stupid they’re being. But it makes for good drama. Nox and Charli spend very little actual time together in this story. So Nox spends a lot of time being frustrated by the situation and Alex has to find her inner strength. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but then, she doesn’t really know all the rules. And of course, this book ends in another cliffhanger. The wait until January for the 5th book in the series, Fidelity,is going to be grueling. I want to know what happens next!

Review of Strung Up by Lorelei James

After rancher Creston Grant lost his lover in a freak accident, he spent two years mourning and avoiding his family in Strung Up.But as a new family business is being launched, he’s given no choice in attending. There, he runs into former hookup, rodeo cowboy Breck Christianson. Breck lost his career after being outed very publicly and he’s getting a second chance teaching rodeo at Grade A Farms. It’s immediately obvious that the attraction between the two men is still strong. Can they both get past their hang-ups to find love together?

What a great story this was. I loved Cres and Breck together. They were smoking hot! I think we can all relate to Cres on some level when it comes to his loss. It’s not a simple thing to get over, but at least his family accepted him for who he was. Breck, on the other hand, doesn’t have an easy time of it. He doesn’t just lose his career, he’s beat up and whipped by people he used to consider friends. At least with Cres and his family he doesn’t have to hide who he is anymore. This is part of the Blacktop Cowboys series and the 1001 Dark Nights series.

Review of Raven Heart by Murphy Lawless

Elena Peratrovich wants to perverse the beauty of the small town of Shkalnik, Alaska, but a government decision leaves the town open to the possibility of unwanted development in Raven Heart.While the town will get a say in who is chosen, they need to meet with the potential developers. Of the two primary men vying for the contract, one, Richard Yale, offers a slow growth long term investment to help build the town, while the second, Derek Crown, offers fast wealth that will devastate the town in the end. What will the town do and will Elena survive the class between two powerful men?

I really liked this story, but that’s no big surprise, since it’s written by C.E. Murphy under a pseudonym. Elena is an interesting women who is passionate about the environment.  Richard is a raven shifter, the son of Raven, the trickster. But his primary focus is protecting the native people of Alaska and he has a hard road ahead of him. The attraction between the two of them is fast, but then the story isn’t very long. I can’t wait to see what this new series brings us next.

Review of The Breaker’s Concubine by Ann Mayburn

When Prince Devnar of Jensia is captured during a raid on another spaceship, he’s brought to Kyrimia, where his captor wants to make him a concubine for the Empress in The Breaker’s Concubine.Devnar’s only intention is to escape and rescue the men captured with him. Until he meets his newest Breaker, Melania. Her main job is to work with reluctant and abused Novice’s to help them become Concubines. If she can make Devnar a willing and acceptable concubine, she’s be allowed to have a concubine of her own, something she never dreamed would happen. But the more Malnia gets to know Devnar, the more she wants him for herself. Will the two be able to survive the political intrigue that could keep them apart permanently?

This was an enjoyable story. I liked Melania’s character and how caring she was. She even knew she was being set up, but went ahead anyway. Devnar is a bit of an ass at the beginning, but he gets better. And together, they’re really kind of sweet. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.