Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, February 24, 2012

Week ending February 24, 2012

Dean, Kimberly. Blade of Moonlight. Samhain. (Midnight Justice). May 2012. c.112p. eISBN 9781609289287. EPUB $3.50. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Despite her superhero alter ego’s penchant for skimpy, skintight black costumes, Luna Masters draws her powers from the light. With her magnetic essence and her ability to shine a beacon on crime, it is no wonder Luna draws in the villainous Scythe, who has a well-earned reputation for being a beast with his blade and is the epitome of darkness. Once villain and heroine come together, however, Luna soon sees that Scythe is not the predator he portrays himself to be, and she is thrilled when she has the opportunity to fight at his side. But once their case is resolved, will they go their separate ways, or could Scythe be the partner he thinks Luna needs?
Verdict Part of the Midnight Justice anthology, Dean’s (Everlasting) novella manages to balance a strong plot with sex scenes hot enough to melt an ereader. While the joining of heroine and villain story line is not entirely original, the pacing here is quick yet unhurried, and erotica fans will enjoy the resulting fun read. Recommended.‚ Natasha Grant, New York

Denman, Amie. Her Lucky Catch. Carina: Harlequin. Feb. 2012. NAp. eISBN 9781426893315. EPUB $4.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Jazz Shepherd has not had a good year. Recently divorced, broke, relocated, and living with her cousin Harry, she is trying to make the best of things. Jazz, a kindergarten teacher, is looking forward to the end of the school year and her summer job at the local marina. She is stunned when the chief of police asks her to help solve a crime related to the marina. Apparently, the mayor and a rich boat owner are in cahoots in money laundering, gambling, and possibly murder. Working at the marina also puts her in close proximity to Kurt Reynolds, local fireman who just happens to be in charge of the city’s fireboat. The summer starts off with a bang and things continue to heat up between Jazz and Kurt; however, the investigation keeps getting in the way. Will Jazz and Kurt manage to get together, or will the police probe put out the flames of their budding romance?
Verdict Jazz is a sassy, fun, accident-prone gal who is trying hard to put her life back together after divorce, and fireman Kurt is just the man to help her out. Denman (Blue Bottle Beach) has written a laugh-out-loud fun read with just the right amount of sweet and steamy romance for those looking for some summer lovin’.‚ Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Spring Hill, KS

Redford, Jodi. Cat Scratch Fever. Samhain. Apr. 2012. 298KB. eISBN 9781609287702. EPUB $4.50. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Dogs and cats sleeping together? It happens, and it’s spectacular. Here, Redford (The Naughty List) brings us a heartwarming romance between two different shape-shifters. Lilly, a lynchat (who changes into a lynx), and Dante, a werewolf, initially cannot stand each other. However, their insatiable sexual attraction plays a large part in bringing them together, along with Lilly being in heat (she is a cat) and a marriage of convenience that turns into real love. Great touches include the werewolf bonding ritual and a believable setting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Needless to say, starting almost on page one, the pervasive, well-described, detailed, full-on graphic sexual action makes this a top-shelf romance. The uncomplicated plot is a pleasure to glide through, with a dangerous dip at the end‚ our hero saves the day, and the reader comes to a well-earned, satisfying conclusion.
Verdict This tale of a love-hate relationship that becomes true love just purrs with the added excitement of positive sex and shape-shifting. A blend of sexy and cozy that hits all the bases; highly recommended.‚ Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA

Wallace, Jody. Pack and Coven. Carina: Harlequin. Feb. 2012. NAp. eISBN 9781426893247. EPUB $5.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
June knew that getting involved with a shape-shifter is taboo for a witch. But after enchanting an entire werewolf pack, going on the run with a wanted alpha, and getting into a car crash, her energy is low and her defenses down. Harry, the alpha shifter she’s trying to protect, is a loner who hates the pack mentality. The leader of the local pack gets arrested, making Harry the most desired man in town. Unable to outrun the pack, he has no other choice but to rely on June, a mysterious young witch, who claims to be related to the elderly proprietor of Harry’s favorite restaurant. When the truth is revealed, sparks fly.
Verdict The tension between June and Harry through the first part of the book prevents the novel from being too predictable, while the cat-and-mouse game keeps the tension high. Filled with magic, pack politics, and a few surprises, Pack and Coven is a face-paced, sensual urban fantasy that will appeal to readers looking for a story as well as some steam.‚ John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"


  1. Dana says:

    Hey Bette,
    Great review of HER LUCKY CATCH! I wish Library Journal had media buttons on the pages so I could tweet and FB the hell out of the great reviews found here, a lot faster. Have a great week!