Genre Fiction

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E-Originals from the Duo of Flockton & Owen, plus Debuter Adhara | Xpress Reviews

Adhara’s debut novel is an old-fashioned thriller with a few twists that fans of shifter romances will enjoy; overtly safe yet compelling sex, witty dialog, and paranormal action make this a winner

Raybourn’s Pick of the Month, Cleeves, Gardner, Kallentoft/Lutteman, Kepler, Shames, Siger, Nordic Noir | Mystery & Suspense Reviews

Raybourn’s intricately plotted and dramatic story features the independent, intellectual equal of the brooding Stoker; this atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary Los Angeles that will still be recognizable to Raymond Chandler readers; a must-read for aficionados of golden age mysteries; the shiver-inducing Sandman will have you turning pages until the cliff-hanger ending

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, February 1, 2018

Fans of Stephen King and Deen Koontz will enjoy this twisted tale of the destructive and sinister power of evil; a Regency-era murder exposes the rot that underlies the period’s glitter—highly recommended; alternately pulse-pounding, brutal, and heartbreakingly tender, this original novel still resonates today; Vlautin delivers a deeply compassionate story made more poignant for its unadorned simplicity

E-Originals from Meader, Rhone, and the Duo of St. George & Wyatt | Xpress Reviews

An intense, sexy romance balanced with a message about presumptions; Rhone continues to write characters about which readers care; fans of the first two titles in the “Blood & Glory” series will want to read the latest installment

Amorous Anthologies and (Mis)Adventures | Erotica Reviews

This month’s column sees an abundance of anthologies: Cleis presents new offerings of the year’s best gay and lesbian erotica, as well as 69 new titillating tales of submission.

Reading Resolutions | Wyatt’s World

The pleasures of reading should always be without strings, but if readers’ advisory (RA) librarians want to add to their to-do lists in 2018, there are some easy yet very useful resolutions to make.

E-Originals from Scarlett Cole, Mimi Matthews, and Erin Kane Spock | Xpress Reviews

Cole shines in showing the reality of how a terrible past can be overcome but not forgotten; Matthews delivers a sweet, fast-paced read that will be appreciated by fans of Victorian romance; recommend Spock’s debut for public libraries where historical romance circulates well

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

E-Originals from Lee, Persell, Porter, and Warren | Xpress Reviews

Engaging characters, a Pacific Northwest setting, horses, a gentle romance, and a boy and his dog; Persell treats an overarching theme of equality with care; Porter writes consistently swoon-worthy romances for her characters; the added narration of Annie’s inner wolf and Jonas’s inner bear provides comic relief to hilarious effect

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, January 2018

This atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary L.A. that will still be recognizable to readers of Raymond Chandler; Bujold’s many faithful readers will delight in this engaging blend of mystery and magic; a standout contribution to the ever-increasing subgenre of BDSM erotic fiction; Ball combines a travel adventure with a meditation on human kindness to create a deeply perceptive work of essential truths