Jean Johnson, Damnation. Ace, 2014.
Final book in the Theirs Not To Reason Why space opera series. The weakest of the lot, and they didn’t start out particularly strong.
Ilona Andrews, Burn For Me. Berkeley, 2014.
First book in new series. I really dislike Andrews’ tendency to have very controlling men turn up in love interest roles. Otherwise this is a lot of fun, with explosions.
Eileen Wilks, Tempting Danger, Mortal Danger, Blood Lines, Night Season, Mortal Sins, Blood Magic, Blood Challenge, Death Magic and Mortal Ties. Berkeley, 2004-2012.
Urban fantasy series. Good fun, undemanding. Explosions, werewolves, demons, dragons, magic, and people having sex that is entirely too good to be anything but fiction.
Greg van Eekhout, Pacific Fire. Tor, 2015.
Read for review for Tor.com. Good book, heist-thriller-magic stuff. Sequel of sorts to California Bones.
Joanne Bourne, Rogue Spy. Ebook, 2014.
Romance. Spies. Napoleonic war period. Fun, but ahistorical in the espionage nonsense.
Sarah MacLean, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. Ebook, 2014.
Romance. Post-Regency pre-Victorian. Lady-owner of casino leading a double (triple?) life under three identities (one madam, one male casino owner, one disgraced lady having borne a bastard daughter) falls in love with a newspaper magnate with secrets of his own. Meh.
MacLean is pretty much always meh for me. I gave up awhile back. Bourne has been a bit uneven–I enjoyed the romance aspect of several of her books very much, but The Black Hawk, which everyone else loved, left me completely cold. However, I haven’t read Rogue Spy yet.
I have read Tempting Danger and filed it under “Fun but doesn’t make me want to keep going”. But then I have yet to find an urban fantasy series I really love, so it may be a genre thing.
Liz: A newspaper “magnet”?????
It was a long day, Derek, and I don’t have anyone but the internet to play copy-editor. ;)