Saturday, January 29, 2011

Master of Smoke by Angela Knight

Master of Smoke
by Angela Knight
Berkely Books
Price $5.99
Urban Fantasy
Released January 4, 2011

Eva Roman co-owns a comic book store with her father, but she’s not your typical retailer – she’s a werewolf who had survived a brutal attack. So when she finds a man being tormented by another werewolf, she steps in to save the handsome Sidhe warrior. Unfortunately, the warrior has no memory of who he is or how to use his incredible powers. And he doesn’t know why teams of werewolf assassins are hot on his trail, but he and Eva must figure it out – or die.


Master of Smoke was well planned and executed by a Master Story teller. All I can say here is go team Fluffy! The attraction between the characters is cataclysmic and the characters seem to just come alive with the deep point of view. The universe Angela Knight created is filled with magic, poignant emotion and characters that feel real enough to leap off the page.

Although this story has a romance at it's heart, I wouldn't recommend it to just women. There is enough action and combat scenes to keep every man happy right alongside the chicks. Angela Knight knows what the market wants to read and I hope to read many more of her books in the near future.

5 Stars

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lions and Lace by Meggan McKinney

Lions and Lace
by Meggan McKinney
Island Books
Historical Romance
Price $4.99
First Published 1992

Alana Van Alen has a good name in society and used to have money before Trevor Sheridan an Irish outsider vowed to take revenge on society and bankrupted them all. He couldn't bear to see the sadness in his sister's heart when no one attended her coming out party, because she was both Irish and an outsider.

Sheridan had learned early how to get the wealth and the women he wanted. An expert at games of power he played one that would destroy every famous family that snubbed him. Tricking the beautiful Alana into marrying him was his trump card


I felt the need to explore some of the old classic historical romances since I haven't seen too many lately. During the nineties readers coldn't get enough of them and publishers were begging for them so I found this one in a used bookstore and decided to take my chances. This book was good for it's time but my expectations are higher now. Constant point of view changes are distracting and it's hard to get into the story when it's written in a passive tense. I also think most of the conflict felt contrived, and forced. Miscommunication that could have been cleared up with a blunt conversation. I didn't enjoy the book as much as I could have. The basic storyline was okay but I didn't feel it was carried out well by the writer. So I just have to give a lowr rating this time.

2 Stars