Review of The Demon Crown by James Rollins

Commander Grayson Pierce may face the ultimate threat in the newest Sigma Force novel, The Demon Crown.While on a sabbatical from work with his significant other, Seichan, both are targeted in Hawaii by an attack that unleashes a swarm of insects that has survived since the prehistoric age. This extinction-level event could mean the end of life on the planet if it’s not contained and eradicated. But when Seichan is infected, it will take the whole Sigma team to find the answers that will save one of their own as well as all of humanity.

I’ve always had a healthy avoidance of hornets and wasps, but now I think I will even more so. I loved the mix of history and science in this story, but especially the link to the founder of the Smithsonian, James Smithson. As the secret home of Sigma, the Smithsonian has featured in all of the stories and it was great to finally have that history acknowledged. I also love how Gray and Seichan work together. He always trusts her to get the job done. After all, she was a highly trained assassin before joining Sigma. Kat and Monk get to play too in this story. I don’t think Kat’s been in the field for a while, so it was good to see she’s still got her mojo. Everything’s about to change for Sigma and I can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Review of Kowalski’s in Love by James Rollins

When Naval seaman Joe Kowalski gets stranded on an island after his boat blows up, he’s rescued by Sigma operative Dr. Shay Rosauro in Kowlski’s in Love. But when Shay is injured, Kowalski pledges to complete her mission in the short time period they have left before the island is bombed. Kowalski may have just found his calling!

Originally published in 2006, this book introduces us to Kowalski before he’s part of Sigma and it’s a great introduction. He really has no clue what he’s doing when he’s trying to complete this mission, but he’s got good intentions and lots of luck on his side. You can see how he’ll eventually become an important member of the Sigma team.

Review of Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright

Gwen Miller did the right thing when she stood up for a shifter who was attacked by humans, but now she’s being harassed by the accused and his family in Lure of Oblivion.When wolf shifter Zander Devlin comes to stay at Gwen’s family’s Bed and Breakfast for the reading of a will, he never imagined he’d stay to protect a human woman. But there’s something about Gwen that he can’t resist. Will Zander be able to keep Gwen safe and will he be able to convince her that they belong together?

This was another great installation to the Mercury Pack series. Gwen is a human, but she’s always been very curious about the wolf packs. She was placed in a foster home after being removed from her abusive home as a child. Zander grew up in a family where his twin brother was treated better than he was. Both of them have serious trust issues, so it’s not hard to imagine that they’d have trouble figuring out how they fit together. This was an enjoyable story and I’m happy with how it turned out in the end.

Review of Master Bits & Mercenary Bites: Girls Night by Lexi Blake

Find out what happens after the stories end in Master Bits & Mercenary Bites: Girls Night.In one seemingly very long night, Phoebe and Jesse end up baby sitting on their anniversary, Charlotte and Ian find out their daughters will probably end up taking over the world, Karina and Derek go on a stake out in Ian’s neighborhood, Ten and Faith deal with her sister’s ashes, Tiffany and Sebastian spend time in the wine cellar, and Serena finds a town where all the couples have relationships like her, Jake and Adam. In England, Damon and Penny interview new female operatives. Then the McKay-Taggart women gather to celebrate a birthday and wait to hear news on the mission all their men are on.

All the first stories take place during the time of the play party from At Your Service,while Serena’s story takes place in Bliss, Colorado, the town Lexi Blake writes about as Sophie Oak. We don’t really have the right context to know when Penny and Damon’s story happens, but I’m excited about the new women they’ll be working with. The last story takes place at the end of Love Another Dayand gives you a look into the stress the women go through when the men are out on a mission and they’re stuck home waiting. Combine all that with a bunch of great recipes and it makes for a great read.

Review of Millions by Pepper Winters

After being stolen off Elder Prest’s yacht by Q Mercer, Pimlico now needs to convince her rescuers that they took her from the wrong person in the final Dollar story, Millions.An injured Elder is furious and when he finally finds Pim, he’s looking for revenge. But an even more serious threat has him joining forces with Q to keep their women safe. Will Elder finally overcome his past in order to have the future he feels Pim deserves?

I gotta say, I loved the combination of Elder and Q, Pim and Tess. Since Tess knows where Pim is coming from, they have a lot of common ground. But Pim doesn’t completely understand Tess’s circumstances, which are really screwed up to begin with. Elder and Q are both alpha males whose primary focus is protecting their families. So they don’t exactly like each other, but they respect each other. Elder and Pim really are awesome together. I love their dynamic and how she’s figured out how to overcome some of his OCD. I’m very happy with how this ended and I’ll love a glimpse of them in a future series, but as we’ve seen others in this series.