Mandated Disclaimer / Explanation of Ratings

The books (television series and films) that I review here are usually purchased by me, won in a giveaway, or provided free of charge by the authors or publishers in exchange for a fair, honest review.  I am NOT paid for a review by anyone, author or publisher.  Nothing will affect my review and/or rating, not even friendships with the authors.  Obviously these reviews are my own opinion and doesn't have to be agreed to by anyone else.  That is the fun of opinions, we all have them.

Rating System

1 - Severely flawed.  Not worth the paper it is printed on. Might be DNF (Did Not Finish).
2 - Problematic.  A struggle to finish.  Might be DNF (Did Not Finish)
2.5 - Still a struggle to finish, but the potential is there.
3 - Enjoyable, a pleasant read.
3.5 - Perfectly lovely to read.  Well worth the time.
4 - Something special that has captured my interest/attention. Compelling, good enough to recommend to others.
4.5 - As close as you can get to perfect, but still may have missed a spot. It can be something jarring, something that pulled me out of the story. It is unexplainable, but just isn't the perfect score.
5 - As perfect as perfect can get for me. It hits all my buttons, emotional and otherwise. These are the keepers.

Erotic means the heat factor is beyond graphic, very explicit descriptions.
Hot is just below erotic.  While there may be some invention involved in the lovemaking, it is mostly normal with some additional descriptive factors.
Sweet can be little or no sex, general descriptions.

Book Review: Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Whyborne & Griffin 1

Private investigator Griffin Flaherty brings a murdered man's journal to Dr. Percival Endicott Whyborne to have it translated.  Mystery, horror and love ensue.

I wanted to like this so much, but I struggled.  The time frame is difficult to pinpoint, the characters are flat, and I don't feel any chemistry between the heroes.  I can see this appealing to many readers, but sadly I am not one of them.  I didn't even feel inspired to skip to the end to find out what happened.  This was a Did-Not-Finish for me, therefore the rating is only 2 out of 5.

Book Review: Queers Dig Time Lords edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Taylor

Subtitled "A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It".

This is a collection of essays on Doctor Who from the LGBTQ fans who watched the series, inspired by CHICKS DIG TIME LORDS.  The content discusses why there were a larger than normal number of LGBTQ fans for this low budget series.  We also learn how and when the writers first experienced the Doctor.

The theme that seemed to run through the different essays was the attraction to a man who was an outsider, who decided to leave his home to search for more.  There is also an appreciation for the companions, some more than others.  There's a few who also discuss TORCHWOOD, the spin-off for Captain Jack Harkness.  All in all, it is a wonderful collection of people who love the series for many reasons, who recognize the bad as well as the good, and a few who wish for more.  But don't we all?  4.5 out of 5.

Book Review: Archie in the Crosshairs by Robert Goldsborough

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe 10

Someone wants Archie Goodwin dead.  Actually they want his boss, Nero Wolfe, eliminated, but he is virtually impossible to get to as he rarely leaves the brownstone.  The plan appears to be to cripple Wolfe by taking his valuable right-hand man out of the picture.  While attempting to find the culprit, the detectives are trying to help a wealthy young woman who needs assistance dealing with a blackmailer.

Favorite quote:  Wolfe turned to me with an expression that was the closest thing to affection I had ever seen from him.

I've been a fan and avid rereader of Stout's Nero Wolfe books since a Whitestone librarian recommended them to me when I was just 11 years old.  Goldsborough, selected by Rex Stout's estate and family to continue the adventures, tries his best,but doesn't always hit the mark.  Still, there are enough touches of magic to keep me reading.  4 out of 5.

Should I Keep Using LiveJournal?

  I don't see much traffic here nowadays.  Haven't had comments in forever.  Admittedly I cross post to Twitter and Facebook, as well as posting reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.  Maybe too many places?

If anyone is still reading this site, can you tell me what you think?  Should I just delete this and call it a day?

Book Review: Identity: Unknown by Suzanne Brockmann

Tall, Dark & Dangerous 8

He woke in pain, the victim of an assault.  He had no memory of who he was, nor why he had a gun hidden in one cowboy boot and $5000 cash in the other.   A name and address on paper hidden with the money has him traveling to a dude ranch run by Rebecca Keyes.

I don't know why, but I'm not a big fan of amnesia stories, especially romances.  I've read a few that I liked, but not many.  Brockmann has done a great job, especially using Mitch's dreams to explain why he is keeping his amnesia a secret.  He's so afraid that he could be a criminal that he is reluctant to enter into any kind of relationship with Becca.  She's definitely stronger than that!  5 out of 5.

Book Review: Good Breeding by J. L. Merrow

Well-bred Giles Frobisher decided to search for his birth mother, supported by his best friend, Oz. He's shocked to discover that she's lower class, very crass, and nothing as he had imagined. Oz calls him a snob, defending his mother's unusual choice at the time to not abort him. Giles' boyfriend is even more of a snob. As truths come to light, Giles needs to get his priorities straight.

Giles definitely needed to grow up a bit, learn that status and money doesn't always equal class. Thankfully he has Oz there to help. Merrow has a dab hand at portraying gay characters who are not the norm in m/m romances. I honestly don't quite know what to make of them, but I do know that I enjoy the ride. 4 out of 5.

Book Review: Siren's Call by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz)

Harmony 12
Rainshadow 4

Ella Morgan knew there was no chance of a Covenant Marriage in her life due to her talent as a Siren. Sirens were considered dangerous enough to get them on a FBPI watch list. Rafe Coopersmith didn't really worry about that, he was dealing with his own issues of psi-fever. But he did need Ella's musical talent to deal with the dinosaurs in Wonderland if that area was ever to be explored.

A lot going on in this one. Strong characters, stronger romance, another intriguing dust bunny with a love for powdered doughnuts, and the Vortex. I hope there are more Harmony books set on Rainshadow. 4.5 out of 5.

Book Review: The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh by K. J. Charles

The Society of Gentlemen .5

(m/m) Gabriel Ashleigh lost everything to the man his brother humiliated in school, Francis Webster. His only choices now are to commit suicide (not on Ash's list) or flee to the Continent or allow his father to get what he always wanted, Ash in the military and far out of sight. Then Ash is contacted by Webster for a chance to win everything back against his body.

A very short tale that gives us how dear Ash met his lover Francis. This gives us a deeper look into Francis, beyond the cold demeanor he shows to the world.   Makes me want to read the first book in the series again!  4 out of 5.

Book Review: Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison

Elder Races 8.6

It is time for Pia Cuelebre to spend her mandated week in Los Angeles with the Light Fae Queen Tatiana.  Not thrilled to be separated from his mate, Dragos goes there as well, cloaked and incognito.  It isn't long before they discover something is very wrong among the magical inhabitants, something that could even affect Dragos himself.

Whoosh, this might be a novella, but there was a heap of danger and love and horror packed into its smaller form.  The secrets held by Dragos and Pia are beginning to escape, but so far only with those who are allies, if not friends.  I look forward to learning more about Morgan.  It appears that he isn't entirely 100% baddie.  But he definitely has a MOAS (Mother of All Secrets) of his own.  5 out of 5.