“And it was all stupid daydreaming, because even assuming for one minute there was a cure and the doctor would give it to a nobody werewolf like him, he still would have a long way to go before he was anything but a homeless, worthless nobody.” Midsummer Moon by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A very different werewolf story that is hard to put down, and introduces you to the wonder that is the town of Midsummer and the crazy characters that live there!
“It turned out M.C. didn’t really do Christmas the way An-An’s family did, with presents and cookies. Instead, there was a lot more mayhem and death.”
From Ad Meliora in A Touch of Mistletoe edited by Megan Derr Final Verdict: A great collection of winter holiday themed stories that make for a fun way to take a break no matter the time of year.
“This is your first Christmas without Granny Birch, I know you probably want to hide, pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, spend time drinking it away and reading books, but we’re not going to let that happen.”
Beth in Season’s Meetings by Amy Dunne
Final Verdict: Fun holiday romance book that is perfect with a cup of tea and curling up on the couch.
“He squeaked in dismay when he saw he was not wrong, not even a little. The Hot Twins were sitting at the breakfast nook with his dad. Oh, god, what the hell were they doing there? At nine in the morning? While his hair was standing on end and he was wearing Spiderman pyjama pants?”
Sidney from Rabbit Season by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A fun novella that packs a lot in such a short space.
“The truth is, I don’t know who I am. I guess I’m what you call a work in progress. I know what I want to be, but I don’t want to be defined solely by a title. Nurse. Wife. Mother. I want to be all those things, but I don’t want any of them to make me stop being Meredith.”
Meredith Moser from The War Within by Yolanda Wallace
Final Verdict: A surprisingly good read that keeps you hooked until the very end and cheering for all the characters.
“She was the only creature in the world who would really care if something happened to me, even if it was only because I was the bringer of kibble.” Sylvie in The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Final Verdict: A paranormal romance lacking enough “paranormal” and a “romance” to make a great book.
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“Everyone knew the consequences of breaking the unwritten rules: never discuss the danger of going outside the wire, never brag about the girl waiting back home, never count the days until the end of tour. If you did, you might mistake that buried IED for a rock, or log on to the Dear John email, or get the last-minute change in your separation orders.” Taking Fire by Radclyffe
Final Verdict: An okay summer read that started out great and petered off by the end.