Reviewed by Tori
The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook
An Iron Seas novella. The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth’s life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay? (Goodreads)
I adore Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series and liked learning more about the ever repressed stalwart Constable Newberry. This one takes place before The Iron Duke so no fear of being lost or what not. I found the intertwining story lines wonderful with plenty of action and intrigue though I admit to being more in enthralled by the mystery then the romance. Ms. Brook gives us quite a bit of information about London and the attitudes of the New Worlders.
Vixen by Jill Myles
A shifter novella. Miko’s denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn’t want to choose between both men…it wants them both. (Goodreads)
Ms. Myles writes a erotic enjoyable ménage story about a young woman who would rather be alone than at the mercy of her promiscuous fox nature. When her mother sends two gorgeous men to act as bodyguards Miko realizes that she can be faithful with the right incentive. I enjoyed the seamless way the romance intertwines with the mystery with no over the top entanglements or angst. I did feel that Miko got over her issues a little quick but maybe that’s why she was hiding in the woods in the first place. No willpower. :) It ended a little abruptly for me. I wished to stay longer and see more of their relationship together.
Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane
A Disillusionists novella. Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all. (Goodreads)
I have read and reread Ms. crane’s Disillusionists series and cannot WAIT for book 3. Which unfortunately isn’t out till December. Sophia has an unusual gift-she can “revise” people’s memories. After years of doing this, she is tired and realizes that she has caused more harm than good and wants to be rehabilitated. Doing so requires the help of one of the most dangerous disillusionists in the city-Monk. I liked seeing Sophia finally realize the harm she has wrought and having her deal with someone who not only knows what she is, but can beat her at her own game. Ms. Crane continues to create and evolve characters who aren’t the nicest within a world of illusion and betrayal. Plenty of action and revelation that goes far in explaining the past and the future of this world.
Overall rating: B