romance

Starving Review: Ambrosia by the Sea (By The Sea Book 1) by Traci Hall

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Ambrosia by the Sea (By The Sea Book 1) by Traci Hall (Amazon)

There are times, my literary foodies, that we have to sit back and enjoy life’s simpler pleasures. While we may often pine for ground-breaking and complex genre fusions and intense deconstructive works, what we don’t realize is that often all we want is a good meal, even if it is a deceptively simple one. Today’s meal has the aroma of just such a meal. A straightforward, character-driven, contemporary romance, there are no implications of vast complexity in Ambrosia by the Sea, so let’s see if simple is best in today’s review.

Before we discover the truth, let us check the Starving Review rules:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Book News: Some Creative Versatility a.k.a. A Fresh Songstress Murders Review

Fresh hot review up in here!

https://www.amazon.com/review/R2WOLLZ2CNO57D/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01EXOKAIU&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books

Enjoy!

Starving Review: The Planets All Shone by Nora Fleischer

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The Planets All Shone by Nora Fleischer (Amazon, Goodreads)

It would seem, my literary foodies, that the main answer to genre fatigue I see in the modern menus of the world is genre fusion. Mixing the ingredients of multiple genres can be fun and flavorful, but it can also be boring and nasty. In today’s recipe, we’ll see how well our chef tosses together romance, science-fiction, and contemporary thrillers. Which will The Planets All Shone be, tasty or tasteless?

Before we cut to the heart of the matter, let’s recite the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Starving Review: One Enchanted Evening by L. A. Kelley

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One Enchanted Evening by L. A. Kelley (Amazon, Goodreads)

It’s belated, yes, but we have reached the end of my Local Author Smorgasbord, my literary foodies!  This week, we dip into the paranormal romance basket to find a bit of modern fairy tale fare with One Enchanted Evening.  Will this basket of goodies end our local feast on a high note or will this evening be not so enchanted after all?

Before we slip on our red hoods, let us recite the Starving Reviewer’s creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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The World Of … : The Inspector Redmane Mysteries – Building the Greatest City in Aardsland! a.k.a. Fantasy World Building

We’re mostly back on track today with another The World Of … article, this time talking about my soon-to-be-available first book in The Inspector Redmane MysteriesThe Songstress Murders!  Initially intended to talk about world-building in genre fiction, my crushing fatigue leads me to ramble about themes, the origins of the story, and all sorts of things, but it does get to that pesky world-building thing quite a bit.  Enjoy!

Starving Review: Hungry for You (Haven Book 1) by Michelle Kay

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Hungry for You (Haven Book 1) by Michelle Kay (Amazon, Goodreads)

While the more erotic end of romance fiction is rare in my extensive pantry, it certainly isn’t non-existent!  Today, as part of the Local Author Assault, it’s time to serve up Hungry for You, a contemporary erotic LGBT fantasy romance (that’s a lot of words!) done in the yaoi style of Japanese gay romance.  Will Hungry crystallize the visual style of the manga and anime it is inspired from into a written form or will it fall short?

Before we cut the romance cake, let us recount the vows of the Starving Reviewer:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Starving Interview: Michelle Kay, author of Hungry for You (Haven Book 1)

It’s landmark day in the Starving Review kitchens, as we conduct our first live interview with chef Michelle Kay, a local Gulf Bay author and subject of this week’s Starving Review with Hungry for You.  Let’s take a listen!