5 Stars, Carolyne Chand, dik-dik books, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Rena

Review: The Knife of Narcissus (Parts One and Two) by Carolyne Chand

Title: The Knife of Narcissus (Parts One and Two)

Author: Carolyne Chand

Publisher: dik-dik books

Pages/Word Count: 123 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lucius Sentius, along with most people in the city of Rome, assumes that the debauched days of Nero are behind them now that Rome has settled down under a sober new ruler, Vespasian. Lucius may be only the son of a merchant, but his newly arranged marriage to an older widow will bring powerful connections and an enviable life. If he keeps himself on a respectable path. Continue reading

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2.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Rena, S.E. Connor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Pearls in the Darkness by S.E. Connor

Title: Pearls in the Darkness

Author: S.E. Connor

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 39 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When Tanner goes on vacation to get away from school and work, he learns this the hard way. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, GL Roberts, Paranormal Romance, Seventh Window Publishing

Two Men Share A History, Over And Over Again, In GL Roberts’ “A Bell for Andy”

Title: A Bell for Andy

Author: GL Roberts

Publisher: Seventh Window Publications

Pages/Word Count: 173 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Brian Gallagher and Andy McGrath grew up in the south end of Boston in the 1950s. They went to the same catholic school, had the same interest in Ireland, had both been hospitalized for Scarlet Fever–they even shared a room–and grew up having the same dreams that took place during a time they did not live and involved people they did not know. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Less Than Three Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Rachel White, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Rachel White’s “Blood Tells” Is A Tale Of Treason and Murder

Title: Blood Tells

Author: Rachel White

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 304 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Nineteen years ago, Demetrius Fallon was accused of murdering his father by way of a rare, unusual poison. When the crown prince is nearly killed the same way, Demetrius agrees to work with Rodger Dalme, the handsome, friendly captain assigned to the case, in order to find the culprit and prove his innocence once and for all.

But there is treachery in every corner, and if he hopes to untangle the lies of the present, Demetrius will first have to face the shadows of his past … Continue reading

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3 Stars, Andrea Speed, Comedy, Reviewed by Rena, Riptide Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Andrea Speed’s “City of Monsters” Is A Fun Paranormal Romp

Title: City of Monsters

Author: Andrea Speed

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 72 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Hunter is a human turned animal shifter in Nightshade, a literal city of monsters in a near-Earth dimension called Dev. All sorts of beasts reside here, unable to return to Earth, yet still plagued by the same jealousies, rivalries, and needs of any human. Resolving them is Hunter’s job. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Charlie Cochrane, Historical Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Rena

Love Finds A Way In Charlie Cochrane’s “Sand”

Title: Sand

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Andrew Parks has come to Syria to escape potential disgrace in Edwardian England, burying past heartache and scandal among the tombs. Charles Cusiter has travelled here more reluctantly, as chaperone to a friend whose fondness for the opposite sex gets him into too much trouble at home. Out in the desert there aren’t any women to turn Bernard’s head — just the ubiquitous sand. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Brad Vance, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Self-Published

Art And Romance Meet In Brad Vance’s “Apollo’s Curse”

Title: Apollo’s Curse

Author: Brad Vance

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: All Dane Gale ever wanted was to be a successful writer. Then he and his friends Rose and Sherry decide to write romances, and join forces to become “Pamela Clarice,” self-published novelist. When they look for a cover model for their first book, Dane sees the photos that will change his life.

Dane soon finds himself obsessed with Paul Musegetes, a popular but secretive cover model. Then he meets Paul at the Romance Writers’ Ball on the Summer Solstice, and they connect for one night of passion. Continue reading

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3 Stars, Drama, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Self-Published

Nazi Germany Is The Setting Of Ruby Lis’s “Paragraph 175”

Title: Paragraph 175

Author: Ruby Lis

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 276 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Berlin, 1936. The carefree, hedonistic days of the Weimar Republic have ended, replaced by the conservatism of the Nazi Party. Stricter interpretations of laws such as Paragraph 175 criminalize homosexual activity. For gays, falling in love is punishable by prison or death. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Bonnie Dee, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Samhain Publishing, Summer Devon

Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s “Mending Him” Is A Pitch Perfect Historical Romance

Title: Mending Him

Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 243 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: “As his world collapses, love opens his heart.”

Robbie Grayson has always felt like a bit of an outsider in the Chester family, though he’s related by blood. An orphan taken in at a young age, he is further set apart by a limp inflicted by a childhood illness. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Kay Berrisford, Less Than Three Press, Reviewed by Rena, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Kay Berrisford’s “The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate” Is A Fun And Highly Recommended Read

Title: The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate

Author: Kay Berrisford

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 268 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford. But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he’s still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon’s agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human … Continue reading

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Reviewed by Kathie, Reviewed by Rena

Here We Grow Again!

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


BadgeThe more things change, the more they stay the same, so the saying goes. We’ve lost one reviewer from our staff here at The Novel Approach–our dear BJ has left to concentrate on his writing career. He’ll be back on August 3rd, though he’ll be here to promote his own new book rather than to tell you about someone else’s, so be sure to watch for that.
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