Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers


LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

E-Originals from Anderson, Arden, and Usen, with a Debut plus One | Xpress Reviews


A double mystery in the Florida sun, a female football player tackles her love life, a self-published debut and its sequel feature well-crafted characters, and witty banter and tons of sexual chemistry make for a lighthearted treat

E-Originals from Bailey, Butler, & Connolly | Xpress Reviews


Bailey gets everything right—a stellar romance; with the foundation laid for a potential series, Butler’s characters take center stage; Connolly’s series entry stands on its own and is well worth reading

Burrowes’s Sweetest Kisses, Everett’s Latest Sanctuary Island, Jeffries’s Last Duke, plus RWA Update | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2015


What is it about a loner that is so fascinating? Is it the unknown that appeals? The mystery? The danger? Or is it the challenge of drawing them out and making them connect? Whatever it is, these characters lure us in and keep us coming back for more.

E-Originals from Blackwood, Goodger, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews


Blackwood’s sultry romance is written for a new adult audience; appealing characters and a bit of intrigue contribute to Goodger’s enjoyable romance; hard-core sf readers looking for a new author will go for Wilson’s Echoes

E-Original Romances from Arend, Cole, Hughes, and Debut Novelist Platt | Xpress Reviews


A snowstorm, a hunting cabin, and two wary lovers; a confident African American heroine and a smart, sexy Korean hero; blooming love story and a reversal of hero/villain roles; a debut with a strong-minded female and a Highlander, oh my!

E-Originals from Davenport, March, Moraine, & Sjoberg | Xpress Reviews


Football player fumbles at love, bachelor tycoon goes on tropical dates, gritty sf wrapped in Greek mythology makes a well-balanced romance, paranormal romance offers a creative spin on the Grim Reaper

E-Originals from Banks, Harper, Robson, & West | Xpress Reviews


A new paranormal cliff-hanger from Daisy Banks, a follow-up to Harper’s Secrets and Ink, Robson’s family drama tugs at the heartstrings, West’s new adult tale isn’t especially compelling

E-Originals from Danes, Davis, Lauren, Rand, Rosemoor, & Stewart | Xpress Reviews


An interesting series title lead-up, a solid sense of setting from Davis, sweet and sexy erotica from Lauren, romance on the down-and-dirty side from Rand, and steamy romance and razor-sharp suspense from Rosemoor

E-Originals from Bachar, Barnard, Griffith, Moore, Rose, and Newcomer Skye | Xpress Reviews


Bachar has a new “Cy’ren Rising”; Barnard continues to be “Blue”; a satisfyingly sigh-worthy love story from Moore; Rose knocks her latest baseball tale out of the park; and newcomer Skye’s blend of sf and romance changes 9/11