Fowl Language
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Review: Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting – Brian Gordon

Parenting’s frequently been a source of humor for the funny pages, but it took webcomics to finally fully express the range of parenting emotions.  Case in point, the comic that first introduced me to Fowl Language where I recognized the author as a kindred spirit: Why is it always in Target?  It’s no secret I love my kids, but a…

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Knock on Wood
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Review: Knock on Wood – Jenika Snow

I liked the previous novella in the Ash Brothers series, Hard Wood, so I was looking forward to reading the next story featuring Johnny and Flora, who were both introduced in that book.  Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well for me. Johnny is the second Ash brother, and he’s the definition of the strong silent type.  Flora, who’s seven years…

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Kaijumax Vol. 1
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Review: Kaijumax Vol. 1: Terror and Respect – Zander Cannon

Trigger warnings: rape The thought of a prison full of Kaiju (Japanese movie monsters, like Godzilla) was fascinating.  I don’t know much about Kaiju, so I’m certain there were several in-jokes I missed, but I was able to follow along even without that. This first collection of issues starts with the arrival of a new group of Kaiju to the…

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The Tea Master and the Detective
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Review: The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard

This is part of a series of novellas and short stories set in the Xuya Universe, a Vietnamese-influenced science fiction series.  It’s the first I’ve read, but certainly won’t be the last!  It was wildly immersive, well-paced, and ever so much fun! “The world is chaotic and without sense. But in the smallest of spheres it’s sometimes possible to straighten…

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Her Perfect Affair
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Review: Her Perfect Affair – Priscilla Oliveras

Trigger warnings: I enjoyed the first book in this series, His Perfect Partner, so I was looking forward to Rosa’s book.  While there’s obviously extra depth to the story if you’ve read the previous book, I think this could be read as a standalone.  Overall, this is a sweet ode to family and an exploration of obligation and sacrifice. Rosa,…

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Claimed
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Review: Claimed – Alexa Riley

I’d heard good things about Alexa Riley before, so I wanted to try one of her books out, and this friends-to-lovers sounded right up my alley.  Unfortunately, I’ve come to conclude that her books are just not for me.  This is also the third in a series, but the first I’ve read, so picking this up at the end of…

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Herding Cats
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Review: Herding Cats – Sarah Andersen

My response when I hear a new Sarah’s Scribbles book is coming out: This is the third of Ms. Andersen’s collections, which are a combination of her web comics, new material for the book, and a short essay illustrated with comics.  I’ve read, reviewed and enjoyed the previous collections (Adulthood Is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump) and this is (delightfully)…

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Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
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Review: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon – Kerrelyn Sparks

This is one of those silly, fluffy paranormal/fantasy romances.  We’ve got a misunderstood virgin heroine, a cinnamon-rolly General, a 500-year-old curse, insta-love, and dragons.I used to devour these like candy, but it’s not quite my thing any longer.  This is the third in the Embraced series, and while each story could be read as a standalone, I think it’d work…

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Hard Wood
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Review: Hard Wood – Jenika Snow

I’ve read a few of these novellas from the Dirty Bits line at Carina Press, and they’ve all lived up to their name – short, sweet and super steamy.  While I’ve seen them classified more as erotica than romance, they do all have HEAs (or at least HFNs), and while there is character and plot development, it’s necessarily more compressed…

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Saving Hearts
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Review: Saving Hearts – Rebecca Crowley

Trigger warnings:  This is the third book in the Atlanta Skyline series, but the first I’m reading.  While there wasn’t anything inherently wrong with the book, it unfortunately hit one of my knee-jerk hard no’s.  Also, I’m not a particularly big soccer fan, nor have I read the earlier books in the series, so I’m going to lay part of…

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