Review of ‘A bittersweet garden’ by Caren J. Werlinger.

4.25 Stars. This was another good book by Werlinger. It seems like every time I read a new Werlinger book, I have lower expectations than I should. She is a damn good writer and I don’t know why I keep forgetting that. I need to read more of her back catalog. She is too good of a writer to only remember her when a new book comes out. Anyway, this was a good, sweet lesfic romance with a paranormal twist.

The story is about Nora, who is spending a long summer vacation in Ireland. She is renting a cottage in a small town where her relatives are from. Nora quickly falls in love with Ireland and its people. She also can’t help but have an attraction to horse trainer Briana, who works for her cousins. While exploring Ireland and friendship with Briana, Nora realizes there is more to her rental cottage than meets the eye. The cottage is haunted and it seems like the ghost might have a message for her.

I really enjoyed this read. I was hooked after the first few pages and only put the book down because it was late and sleep could no longer wait. This book actually reminded me a little of ‘When the Stars Sang’, which I also really enjoyed. Of course, it is quite different because of the paranormal twist, but I think fans of that book will enjoy this one too.

The romance is very sweet. If I remember correctly the sex scenes are all fade to black. That is not my first choice, but the mains had a strong enough connection that I didn’t miss reading that extra intimacy.

Besides the mains, the secondary characters really added to the story. Werlinger is good at making you feel as a reader that you really are in a small Irish town. There was also a little mystery and suspense with the paranormal angle so this book had plenty to keep me entertained.

If you are a Werlinger fan or a paranormal-romance fan, I recommend this. I actually don’t think you have to be a big paranormal fan to still enjoy this. The book is so well written that the paranormal part doesn’t seem so unbelievable after all.

An ARC was given to me for an honest review.

Review of ‘Little Dip’ by Gill McKnight.

4.5 stars. It was great to be back with the Garoul clan. First I want to mention, while this is the 5th book in the Garoul series, this is a prequel. This book takes place in the late ’70s, way before the other four books in this series. What is nice about this, you do not have to read the other books first. If you are new to the series, you can start right here if you wish. This was a really enjoyable read and I hope it is not the end of this series.

Connie is a moderately famous wildlife photographer and illustrator. She is on the hunt of a rare bird that has been seen in Little Dip. Little Dip is private property owned by the Garoul’s who don’t like trespassers. After being told she is not welcomed on their land, Connie decides she will sneak in anyway. What could possibly go wrong?

I just love paranormal books, and the Garoul series are some of the better lesfic werewolf books around. In fact, book 2, ‘Ambereye’ is one of my all-time favorite books with one of my all-time favorite couples. When I heard this book was coming out I honestly could not be more excited. Throughout the series, we learn little pieces of the characters histories and events that happened to make them the way there are. It was great to finally read this story that tied everything together. This is the start of many characters I have grown to love, from the other books. It was also nice to see how Connie and Marie got together.

Connie and Marie are great, and even more likable than I remembered. The romance is slow going, but the chemistry is obvious. The sex scenes were nice and steamy. I do feel this book is still at the beginning of their relationship. I feel we just scratched the surface. I would actually love to read another book that picks up where this one left off so I could read about Connie and Marie’s relationship developing even more.

I am a big fan of this series and highly recommend these books to paranormal-romance fans. If you are new to this series and you read this book, make sure you go and grab ‘Ambereye’, it is fantastic! I really hope this is not the end of the Garoul’s, I would love another book.

An ARC was given to me for an honest review.

          

Review of ‘Demon in the machine’ by Lise MacTague.

4.5 Stars. This was a really good steampunk/paranormal romantic adventure book. This is the second book I have read by MacTague. I have realized that I really like her writing style. She also has an unbelievable imagination which really helps. If you are a steampunk of paranormal fan, I think you will enjoy this.

During England’s Industrial Revolution magic, from the demon realm, is being used to create better inventions. But that kind of magic comes with a price, one that the world might just have to pay. The only thing standing in the way is two women hell-bent on stopping it. Briar, an archivist, and Isabella, an inventor, know they must do everything to fight the evil coming their way. Can these two women, both hiding huge secrets, save England and possibly the world?

I’m a steampunk story fan and this just fits that bill perfectly. This was filled with great inventions, dirigibles, and annoying women’s clothing. I also enjoyed how MacTague seamlessly joined the magic and paranormal aspects perfectly together. I know I’m being pretty vague here but I don’t want to give any spoilers away.

I loved the two main characters. Both women have the side that society sees that they have their big secrets. The characters had a dimension which I really appreciated. I easily connected with them and cared about what was going to happen to them.

Besides the great imagination MacTague has for the main storyline, I was impressed with the romance. A lot of times stories that involve saving the world, authors don’t spend as much time developing their characters feelings. These characters definitely had chemistry together. I loved watching them go from annoyance to actual attraction. The pace worked for me and the sex scenes were pretty well done too.

My only real small complaint is I felt the ending was a little abrupt. This is not a short story, I enjoyed every bit of the almost 350 pages, but still, the ending wasn’t long enough. I want to know more. I’m hopeful the ending was like this because MacTague is planning a sequel. The characters stories feel like they are just beginning so I absolutely hope there will be another book.

If you are a steampunk or paranormal fan definitely grab this one. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Also, the book having a good romance is a nice bonus. I have wanted to read MacTague’s sci-fi series for almost two years now. This month I’m finally going to do it. Her writing is too good to miss.

An ARC was given to me by Bella, for an honest review.