This is the only book that I’ve read that we can talk about Gay Faeries and not mean anything offensive about it. Welcome to the first urban fantasy book that I’ve read about faeries.
Thanks to faery law Prince Chrysanths is thrown into a marriage to keep all of the faery courts bound together. However, he has other plans. Thanks to his human father, Puck has seen what a gift it is to be with someone you love. When Prince Sky heads to their kingdom, Puck flees to the Human world thinking that no one would follow him there. He was wrong Prince Sky comes and he’s determined to get Puck to come back.
Though this is a relatively short book it is fantastic. Woodson develops the characters nicely in the short time. You really get a feel for Puck and Sky. Their relationship is completely believable, which I find is a hard feat for most writers when the timeline is so short. This entire book occurs in a time frame of less than 1 month. Though this is my first time reading this author, I would love to read more from her. It’s a very easy read so it’s good for most reading levels.
After being invited to Tia Teresa’s 75th birthday, Heather is enjoying herself. However, one phone call from Ryan changes that. They find out that Gustavo, the grandson, was killed at the local park. Though the shooter was found and tells the police what happened, something seems off about the story. Maricela and Angelica beg Heather to take a look at his death because she’s previously managed to solve crimes before.
I feel like this book took a step back from the sleuthing and focused solely on the character building. It’s less of a let’s go find the murder and more of a sit back and see what happens novel. Since it does delve so much into the character building, we get to see Maricela’s and Angelica’s home life, as well as the connection they have with Heather. I would have preferred her sleuthing a little more but it was a nice light read regardless.
Hannah is at it again. When her little sister comes home with a movie crew in tow, Hannah is thrown into the thick of things. As she was hired by the movie’s producer to make the Director, Dean, a cheesecake every morning, she gets to be on set a lot. During one rehearsal, when Dean was demonstrating the suicide scene the prop gun was switched out for a real gun while no one notices. Now Hannah has to sift through clues and discover who the killer is before the movie crew leaves town and their chance of finding the killer leaves with them.
I liked this book, it’s not the best in the series but we get to meet Ross Barton for the first time in this book. We also get to find out more about Hannah’s past than we did before. After dealing with Mike’s and Norman’s marriage proposals, Hannah gets handed a 3rd man. I love the chemistry the Fluke gives to Hannah and Ross, as well as the history. Out of the 3 of them, he seems to be the best fit. This book plays on a lot of aspects of Hannah’s life, not only her solving murders like in the other books. I feel like Fluke finally sunk her teeth into a man that Hannah can actually have a relationship with as they are so in tuned with each other. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Heather finds out about the murder of a nursing home employee while visiting her grandmother’s friend at Hillside Manor. Betty had been found killed just out of the back door, right before her shift starts. With very few suspects on the list, Heather helps Ryan figure out who wanted Betty dead.
Ok so Gillard has seemed to get the sleuthing right in this book. Though the killer was easy to figure out, Heather did the appropriate sleuthing that an amateur detective should. We do get to meet Heather’s grandmother’s friend, Leila, who is a sweet lady. Through Leila, we find out more about Heather’s past and her family. we also find out more about Eva which is nice.
This is a really easy read that out can easily read in a short spurt. The simple writing is lovely as well. I would recommend this series to a new or young reader.
The third book in the series and it’s still going strong. I’m going to blame this novel series for sending me into the erotica kick that I’ve been in recently. This book is about events over like a week.
We meet with Merry and her protectors again. She’s been invited to her uncle’s ball, however, they all know it’s a trap. Merry’s power seems to be increasing after she brought Kitto into his Sidhe power and they defeated the nameless. Her protectors have been given back some of their powers and they are now living in a larger abode thanks to Maeve. Obviously, things are not going to calm down anytime soon for the Princess.
I love this series. Though it is erotica, it has a very substantial story that allows you to become invested in the characters. Each of the protectors gets to grow a lot more in this book than in the other ones. We also find out about frost past which is nice. It’s well written and the sex still doesn’t overpower the rest of the story. Can’t wait t read the next book.
Eva comes to Heather and asks her to look into her best friend’s murder. After all, she’s cleared her own name twice. Heather feeling confident that she can leverage her boyfriend’s, Ryan, knowledge, she agrees to look into it. Now she just needs to find out who would want to kill the sweetest and most loved woman in Hillside, Texas.
My issues with the first 2 books have in been cleared up a little in this book. The progression in the relationship between Ryan and Heather, though fast, works. Heather starts to get a little more into the sleuthing as she isn’t the prime suspect. The characters are starting to get fleshed out even more in this novel, in comparison to the earlier novels. This story had a better flow and I feel like Susan Gillard is starting to hit her stride with the characters. I’m starting to look forward to the next book.
After Shawna Lee and her sister Vanessa come back to Eden lake, the open a bakery right across from the cookie jar. It starts cutting into her bottom line, that is until Shawna Lee’s murder in her bakery. Hannah happens to find her after she returned from Lisa and Herb’s wedding. She ends up being a suspect in her murder. Hannah must put back on her detective’s hat to clear herself and find Shawna Lee’s real killer.
I have to admit that the ending kinda floored me, but enough on that. This book was very interesting. As a few other ones, as there was a movie made of this I had to wipe it from my minds. Shawna Lee being the victim gives more of connection to the character than in the movie. I loved the fact that Lisa comes back to help her at the cookie jar while she finds out who killed Shawna Lee.
The relationships between the 2 men are a little flat and dry, which is probably why the ending came out of no where. I would love if the character development with the men was expanded a little more.