Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries
Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
Enemies Like These by P. K. Gardner
I couldn’t put Project Duchess down. The characterization was spot on. Watching as Grey and Beatrice peel back the layers of distrust and come to love one another was delightful. This looks like the start of a new series. I’m looking forward to the continuation of the murder mystery in the next installment.
Reid really nails it with this series. In Truth or Beard, the heroine came to a Halloween party as “sexy” Gandalf. She continues to delight throughout the rest of the book. One of the knitting ladies from the previous series puts in an appearance which was nice to see. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Winston Brothers books.
The time period for the Vine Witch seems to be just as cars were showing up, but horses were still the major mode of transport. Our MC is a vine witch. She works at a vineyard using magic to keep the vines healthy and ensure good grape harvests. Her fiance wants her to help out his vineyard by putting curses on other vineyards. she refuses and shortly thereafter is turned into a frog. It takes her 7 years to change back. By then the fiance is married to another person, and the vineyard that was her home, has been sold.
In Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach a future Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. The MC is among the first to attempt to repopulate the surface. She learns of a project that involves traveling to a far past time to map out some rivers for restoration in her own time. She gathers a team and wins the proposal. Things do not go as planned.
There was a lot of fun technology to learn about in this world, and I enjoyed the way Robson weaved together two storylines. There is a sequel in the works and some already published short stories set in the same world Ill have to look up.
In Enemies Like These superheroes and super villains battle. Two relative newcomers to the fight, Good Guy and Malevolence, find themselves becoming occasional allies. Lot’s of fun attempts to destroy the world featuring giant killer robots and mad scientist inventions. Have already bought the next book in the series.