- Title: Kiss of Pride
- Author: Sandra Hill
- Series: Deadly Angels, Book 1
- Genre(s): Contemporary, PNR
- Publisher: Avon, April 2012
- Source: Public library ($4.74 ebook)
- Length: 309 pages
- Trope(s): Vikings!
- Quick blurb: Vikings! Vampires! Angels! Time Travel! Satan’s Minions Host a Sin Cruise! Home Improvement!
- Quick review: An utterly goofy and stupidly entertaining read.
- Grade: A-
“Oh my God! It has a halo.”
He jerked to a sitting position and glanced down to his cockstand, which resembled a fat standing candle sitting in a circle of light. Breathing a sigh of relief…he said, “That’s not a halo. It’s just the moon hitting off that round mirror over there and reflecting back here.”
“If you say so.” She was clearly unconvinced. “I think it’s kind of cute, that you would have a halo around your penis.”
Cute? A man does not want his cock to be cute. “It is not a halo.”
She leaned forward to study it closer. “Let’s see if you taste holy.”
HOLY CRAP, this was fun. ALL CAPS FUN, I TELL YOU.
- Title: A Question of Time
- Author: Joanne Renaud
- Series: N/A
- Genre(s): Contemporary, Fantasy/PNR
- Publisher: Champagne Books, November 2012
- Source: Provided by the author ($3.99 ebook)
- Length: 112 pages
- Trope(s): Time Travel (god help me), Teacher Crush, Reunited, Beta Hero
- Quick blurb: Fantasy author finds herself transported to her high school days, where she realizes she has a chance to save a favorite teacher from death.
- Quick review: An alternately angsty and lighthearted 1980s’s flashback — but I found myself thinking about it for DAYS after I finished reading it.
- Grade: B
Why, she could take her salad fork and jam it into her wrist right now, and it would probably really hurt.
It’s a good thing this story was a “stable time loop,” or I would probably never forgive Ms. Renaud for suckering me into reading another time travel book. However, the 1980s setting was a welcome reminder of why I skipped a certain milestone (mumblety-fifth) high school reunion this year.
But I still don’t understand what “stable time loop” means, because a loop could get all twisty like a Möbius strip and that’s all ABTRACT MATH and ABSTRACTION seems inherently UNSTABLE *shudder*. That makes the OCD part of my brain work really hard to kick its way past the “woohoo, party like it’s 1989!” part. And that’s why I kept thinking and thinking about the story arc and resolution of this book.
In retrospect, I’m glad I didn’t have any spectacled swoon-worthy teachers like Alan Forrest, because the opportunities for public embarrassment would have been exponentially higher.
This is probably one of the most blathering and unhelpful reviews I’ve written so far. I blame the sinister influence of time travel on my fragile cranial ecosystem. Also, I was so caught up in reminiscing about KITT and teal shadow and bitch flips that I forgot to eat lunch.
NOTE: I did manage to resist the nearly overwhelming urge to use a “Rickrolled by God” quote. You’re welcome.
I have officially lost my Urban Fantasy Virginity. I feel so dirty. But in a very good way.
The Druid Stone
- Title: The Druid Stone
- Author(s): Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
- Series: Layers of the Otherworld, Book 1
- Genre(s): Contemporary, GLBTQ, Urban Fantasy
- Publisher: Carina Press, August 2012
- Source: NetGalley
- Length: 278 pages
- Trope(s): Time Travel, Other Paranormal Stuff About Which I Have No Clue
- Quick blurb: Tortured by murderous recurring dreams, “Sean from America” needs help from paranormal investigator Cormac to rid himself of a cursed Druid artifact.
- Quick review: Stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing this, and I don’t even LIKE paranormals.
- Grade: B
…Sean realized if he wanted to now he could push back, any time, because there was nothing holding him to the wall anymore. Nothing but Cormac’s unspoken expectation and Sean’s unspeakable desire to meet it.
I really hate it when I have to stop reading in the middle of a sex scene because I have to go back and highlight everything because the writing is so fucking good.
For the urban fantasy elements, I must admit that I am in no way qualified to judge the world-building, and I was pretty intimidated when the heavy-duty paranormal stuff kicked in. But after a few chapters, I figured out that reading the Irish mythology as a history lesson with some Harry Potter analogies helped keep me in the story.
I still hate time travel, though. All the “what if?” and “but what about…??? GAH!” moments put my brain in overdrive trying to make everything line up properly.
Cormac knew he should pull back, delay this, let himself savor Sean’s submission just a little longer, but the truth was — the truth was — even though Sean gave him the drive to be strong, he also gave him the permission to be weak. And Cormac was weak. He was torturously, deliciously weak.
I read it, and then I read it again. Because OH. MY. GOD. *~*swoon*~* <thud>