Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nocturne by Elaine Corvidae

NocturneA decent read that was free on kindle. It's like Zorro in Regency England? Not sure of the time. I just got that impression. 
Anne has been discarded from the King of England's bed. Her parents send her to marry a man of a large estate, thinking he is wealthy. Truth is, he's broke and his lands are the hunting ground for Nocturne, a man dressed in black with a bullet proof cloak and a demon horse. He robs everyone of wealth passing through, including Anne.

Anne settles into a loveless marriage and meets Nocturne at night to learn self-defense as she frightened after her attack.

Who is Nocturne? I knew all along. The story was a tad too predictable. I enjoyed it, however, as I am fan of bandits and  Zorro type stuff. The only reason this lost another star was the romance...I didn't feel it, not between her and Nocturne, not between her and her husband. For them to suddenly confess their love for another. It seemed to have come out of the blue.

An enjoyable weekend read though. I'd recommend it for treadmill workout, a plane flight... It's not filled with mundane or boring stuff.

Favorite quote:
"I cannot chose (?) the color of my hair, or my height, which is that of my father. But I can chose (?) my actions."

It needs another round of edits, but I still liked that saying. Three bikes.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

North of Heartbreak by Julie Rowe

North of HeartbreakHaving read Ice Bound by this same author a few months ago, when I saw there was another by her, I was terribly excited. And that title and cover sure don't hurt!

Once again, we have a medical contemporary romance in an "exotic" location. This time it's Alaska. The heroine, Willa, is a nurse who was battered before and is struggling to trust again.. especially men. Enter sexy bush pilot, Liam...good-looking, rich, arrogant...all the things that remind Will of her abusive ex. Her brain tells her to stay far away from him, her body tells her quite another.

What I really liked about this story was it's moral... DO NOT JUDGE A PERSON BASED ON THE ACTIONS OF ANOTHER. I don't think this can be pounded into our head often enough.

In the middle of flights, polar bear attacks, kids hurt by caribous, flu epidemic, and turbulence, Liam and Willa  must learn to trust one another--not just because he's flying her around in MediVac, but because once they surrender their bodies, it's only a matter of time before they surrender their  hearts.

See, Liam doesn't trust women. So this is a two-sided issue. I saw the ending coming a mile away...well, part of it. As soon as I found out why Liam didn't care for women, I knew what was going to happen. However, I liked the book. I liked the way the author managed to keep it all the heroine's POV. I was surprised, but found it worked. LOVED the Alaska stuff. I can't get enough of that.

Four bikes. I got this from netgalley.

Favorite quote"
Flying three days a week with him was going to be an odd sort of torture. Like being diabetic and having someone wave your favorite chocolate bar in your face everyday.

Monday, March 26, 2012

One Night to Remember by Kristin Miller

One Night to RememberBeing a Titanic nutty person, when I saw this pop up on a friend's feed, I had to have it and read it myself. Woman "Robin Hood" of sorts, Titanic, Romance..."

There were things to like and things not to like.

Liked: Even though I've read this story (the sinking) so many times, I still got goosebumps reading those parts. Especially as the dude passed by a couple counting to three, prepared to jump into the frigid water below. I don't think there's any way to write a Titanic book without rehashing what we already know. It's such a talked about and marketed subject. Also was surprised by a twist at the end involving one of the heroine's robbed victims.

Didn't Like: The love story. I found it preposterous that a woman in 1912 would be so inhibited as to sleep with a man right after meeting him... It's that immediate. He catches her stealing a purse and some silverware and chases her, puts her in handcuffs, questions her in his stateroom, and they have sex?? Not buying it. Nor do I fall for immediate feelings of love.

I would have gave this a different ending. It was too predictable. Every single Titanic book, in order to have a HEA without making the hero a numbskull jerk that pushes women and children off the lifeboats to make room for himself, has the hero on the very last, submerged, overturned life raft. Now, THIS is done to death. Man ends up trying help, ends in the water himself, is placed upon the last chance boat... Just once, someone needs to kill the man off. Hey, fiction should imitate life and most of the Titanic stories weren't HEA. More of those women lost their men...

Well written, properly edited, an engaging read, but I didn't buy into the love story, and the ending is overdone. Three bikes. I bought this on Amazon Kindle.

"They were all the same. Everyone was in need at some point in their life. It was only a matter of when."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Choc Lit Run Rabbit Run Blog Tour and Giveaway

Run Rabbit Run (Sophie Green #5)Today, I'm pleased to be another stop on a Choc Lit blog tour. (I love their books. I wish I could write one long enough to sub to them. It's on my agenda. LOL) The book of the month is Run Rabbit Run by Kate Johnson. **Also, those of you wanting a paperback copy of Run Rabbit Run, please leave a comment on this post. A winner will be chosen and notified in a week's time.**

Something I didn't know as I read this book, but Kate divulged...this had to be rewrote, and when she rewrote it, she had to update all the technology... (Technology being what is, by 2012, something you wrote in 2004 is like historical fiction! LOL)

And this what Kate has chosen to talk to us about today:

Five things I learned about rewriting a book

I wrote the first draft of Run Rabbit Run about eight years ago, and when I came to rewrite it for Choc Lit there were more than a few things I wanted to change. Not just because of the hindsight of half a dozen published (and professionally edited) books, but because, when youre writing about international espionage, youve got more than  politics to keep up with.

1. In 2004 my heroine, Sophie, was constantly running in and out of Internet cafes to check her email and Google stuff. When she buys a new phone, it needs to be one with WAP capability. Does anyone remember WAP? I had to look it up. In 2012, she has an iPhone.

2. Sophie spends pretty much the whole book on the run from MI5, so she needs some falsified documents in order to leave the country under the radar. Of course, international security, especially where flying is concerned, has got a lot more stringent in the last decade. Although interestingly, most of the changes came several years after 9/11; for instance biometric passports, which were only issued in Britain and the US from 2006. Biometric passports contain facial recognition technology and a whole lot of data about the holder. This makes it pretty damn difficult to get a black-market fake passport, as Sophie needs to. However passports issued before 2006 are still valid and dont have all that biometric malarky to worry about. Also, Sophie knows some really dodgy people. Phew!

3. In the first draft, we only saw Sophies 1st person point of view, whereas one of the most major parts of the rewrite was adding in her boyfriend Lukes POV. This also meant I had to figure out what my MI6 hero actually did all day. Ill admit, it was fun working out how hed evade the many professionals watching him 24/7. Stealing car keys does feature...

4. Facial recognition technology. Argh, this was a headache! How effective is it? Does it apply everywhere there’s CCTV? Can you fool it? Unsurprisingly, these are not answers you can easily get from Google (and to any police officers reading: yes, that is why those search terms are in my broswer history. Ahem). What resulted was a lot of poetic licence.

5. This is going to sound really obvious, but eight years ago I was eight years younger, and so, in terms of her character, experience and maturity, was my heroine. For her, only a few months have passed since the events of Still Waters, but for me it’s been a few years. In 2004 I wrote a heroine who was in her early/mid twenties. As I rewrote it, I was staring thirty in the face. I thought about writing in a gap of several years, but there was one huge problem with this: Sophie’s best friend Angel discovers she’s pregnant in the previous book, and the way I planned it, the baby was to be born in the sixth book. Now, I’m not an expert here, but generally babies don’t need more than about nine months to make an appearance. I thought about rewriting the sixth book (which was after all uncontracted) but in the end decided to stick with the existing circumstances. As for Sophie’s age, well it’s undisclosed here, but let’s just say that when a girl becomes a spy, meets and loses the love of her life, gets shot and shoots in return, and is then accused of murder...well, she’s going to grow up pretty fast!

Kate Johnson lives behind a keyboard in Essex and belongs to a small pride of cats. She likes wine, shoes and dying her hair, and can be found online most days talking about these things, or about how much she fancies Richard Armitage. Her first book with Choc Lit, The Untied Kingdom, is shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2012. You can find Kate online at and on Twitter @k8johnsonauthor.

OMG. That was pretty fascinating!!! Thanks for this post, Kate. I had no idea about that passport stuff OR biometric passports. That's too cool.

Please leave a comment on this post to be entered for a drawing of Run Rabbit Run, Choc Lit's latest espionage thriller featuring a lady spy. 

Sophie’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday. 
Sophie Green’s an ex-spy, or trying to be. You wouldn’t believe the trouble she’s in. An MI5 officer has been shot with her gun, her fingerprints all over his office. And no, she didn’t kill him. 

But she has gone on the run. 

Now Sophie’s desperately seeking whoever’s trying to frame and kill her. She’s being forced to work with the least trustworthy man in Europe, MI5 is following her every move, and she’s had to leave the tall, blond, god of a man she loves behind. 

Luke Sharpe works for MI6. Or did, until his girlfriend became a murder suspect. 

Doing nothing wasn’t an option, so he started investigating. Who cares if it is means jeopardising his career? Sophie’s everything he used to say he never wanted. Young, irresponsible, bright and mad. Now she’s just everything – and she has to live. 

She will live, won’t she? 

The Captain and the Courtesan by Juliet Chastain

The Captain and the CourtesanThis was the perfect romance. I was real impressed. And it's short so it made it all the sweeter... I think it takes more talent to make a couple's love fly off the page and immerse a reader in 10k or less than a 600 page saga. Ill be seeking more historical fiction from this author.

Madame M is a mysterious courtesan... she strips slowly for an audience every night, but word is she's a lady and her first night as a courtesan will go the highest bidder. "Every nobleman in London fears that she might be of his household. They keep their wives and daughters safely at home under lock and key for fear that one of them in the masked lady..."

Truth is: she's widowed and the lawyers and whatnot took all she owned. She destitute and has no choice in order to feed her son.

Edward doesn't believe in the buying of sexual favors, but something about this woman... You get the picture. He scrapes up enough money to buy her first night, but what after that? After he's lost his heart to her... As the Madame of the house says, she buys low to sell high... She won't sell her newest moneymaker.

It has a perfect ending...almost too perfect, but I loved it. I was drawn into the story, it had just enough of a historical feel. Both characters were likable. For me, this was a winner. The prose, the descriptions, the sex and the mirror... wow.

Five bikes and I bought this off the BP website.

Surrender to the Roman by M.K. Chester

Surrender to the Roman"You should pierce my heart now, Marcus Cordovis, General of Rome." Her dark eyes flashed. "Because if I live, I will not hesitate to kill you."

Wow. Tough chick. That's the heroine of this book, Ademeni, a Dacian princess turned slave after her nation is conquered by the Romans. So how does she go from threatening to kill the hero to warming his bed and fearing for his life?

Never judge a man solely by the actions of the group as a whole. Marcus does have a heart, unlike his brother in law. The evil BIL sets Ademeni in Marcus's home and sets him up for fall. He claims to the Emperor that Marcus has fallen in love with the slave (true...) and has changed his loyalties... (eh...sorta..)

See, Marcus realizes for the first time what Rome does to others. His loyalty as a soldier is not in question. He has a job to do and knows it, but as he falls in love with the head strong slave, he realizes...

"He did not like what his eyes beheld. A different side of history. The story of a people who had built an empire on the backs of others. Men who had turned on one another to gain power--only to do nothing good with that power. Did the deeds of a few good men truly extinguish the stench of the useless?"

Ademeni begins the story with intent to kill...then intent to seduce to gain her freedom, but instead, falls in love. The story builds up with awesome crescendo as we wonder what is going to happen with the Marcus and his BIL. As they go before the Emperor, the reader is left dying of suspense. Who will be rendered guilty? Who will be killed? How? Will the man be torn apart by animals? Will they be forced to kill each other? Will Ademeni ever see the man she loves again?

Well done. I think the relationship/romance between Ademeni and Marcus could have been built up a bit felt choppy and sudden on her part, though I can't say I would do any better. 

Four bikes. I received this thru netgalley.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Thirteen by Susie Moloney

The ThirteenThis is probably the most disturbing book I've ever read...second only to Rosemary's Baby.

Imagine having everything you want: nice house, good looks, money, perfect children, hubby that works hard--until you have to sacrifice him, of course... and all you have to do is give your soul to the devil. Would you do it?

Thirteen women in this small town did. They have sex with him. (And that is one really creepy scene!!!! Whoa! Well done!) They offer their blood. They sacrifice dogs. (Hated that part.) And they also sacrifice their husbands down the road...and in once case, a son.

And then these crazy ladies become 12 (A NO NO) and so they recruit or try to recruit Paula and this is what didn't make sense: All these crazy witches sell their souls to the devil in order to make their children perfect, happy, and give them why in the hell are they asking another woman to kill hers?

Pretty gruesome and cool and disturbing. Barbie doll as a weapon! Fingers falling off. A Jeep running over pedestrians. A woman becoming a goat. Evil cats! And at the center of it all, Paula and her daughter, Rowan, blissfully ignorant.

Quibble: The Paula/Sandy romance came out of nowhere... One date? Hello? And the ending...did NOT fit with the rest of the book. Rowan didn't go that way. That was weird. But overall, the book really impacted and even scared me at times.

I received this as an ARC from the publisher. Four bikes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lucky Seven


Here are the rules:
1. Go to page 77 of your current ms
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 other authors.
My current WIP does not hit 77 pages yet, so I used page 7, seventh line, next 7 lines. Here's what I have from my political thriller/joint project with Kelly Yeakle.

Sasha was taking advantage of the latter that day. There was something therapeutic about shooting the shit out of paper crotches.
As she  maneuvered her '66 Dodge Coronet into a parking space, she tried to smother the hard knot of dread that had begun in her belly and spread up into her lungs, causing her chest to feel constricted. Those commercials must have given me heartburn.
As soon as she unbuckled her seat belt, she slipped on a little denim jacket to hide the gun from innocent and delicate pedestrians, slammed the car door, and walked up the short paved path to the entrance of the adjoining gun range.

And I'm tagging....
Dahlia DeWinter
Staci Perkins
Raven McAllan
W. Lynn Chantale
D.M. Slate
Lisa Yarde
Gayl Taylor

If you don't want to, that's fine, but it is fun! 

Devil Wears Lace by L.B. Shire

Devil Wears LaceWild West and romance. I love books like this. And the chick isn't wearing a dress and washing clothes in a river, but wearing britches, packing a gun, and entering a horse race. 

She's hell-bent on revenge. Some fella shot her husband and child dead long ago and she's going to shoot him dead--after he hands over the race money that she means to win. It's a race of no rules so naturally, people are being killed left and run.

Sara happens to be competing again a man she thinks she loves too. She wants his body, that's for sure. So, we got a tough chick beating up bartenders, shooting men dead, riding her mare to victory, getting revenge, and having hot sex. 

A great read. My one quibble: I felt like the beginning of the story was missing. I think this could have been better as a novel. I'd love to have seen her before her family was murdered, watched how she changed afterwards, how she learned to shoot a gun, how she found her sister and the ban of outlaws. I felt we could have had a whole novel here. 

Four bikes. I bought this on Kindle.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen #2)Wow. Just wow. This is book two in the Graveyard Queen series, and normally, sequels disappoint me. They are rarely as good as the first. Not so, this one.. This was even better.

This one delved more into the dark Amelia travels to a town called Asher Falls to restore a graveyard. The whole town is weird. Something sinister is going on. There's a new love interest...maybe. And Amelia's mysterious past comes into it. She has ties to this awful town full of ghosts... And it is IS full of ghosts.

I'm going to do something different here and just mention all the stuff that had me scared out of my wits.

An underwater which the dead had been buried with bells in the coffins. You can hear their bells tolling as they rise with the mist on the lake. 

There's a moment in a tomb where Amelia and Thane are alone and suddenly a gust of wind slams the door, and they are in complete darkness with a decaying corpse. That's bad, right? Well, how about when he's speaking to her from another part of the room entirely...whose hand is on her? Who is breathing on her? 

And there's something in the woods...something evil, something monstrous, that is accompanied with a high wind and darkness and you can hear it and you know it's coming...and fast.. and OMG. Need I say more?

Do not read this book right before bed! 

The ending tied up wonderfully, but left enough loose ends to really leave me frothing for the third one. Really, just blown away with this book. It's the kind of book one must take their time with and savor.

Five bikes. I got this from netgalley.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dancers, Danger and Daiquiris by Bren Austin

Dancers, Danger, and DaiquirisWhat happens in Vegas...sometimes goes to Minnesota too.

When Tawni, a dancer at the most elite Vegan hotel and casino finds out her boyfriend is involved in drug dealing, she unknowingly hauls a secret code, a special key, a drug stash, a bunch of ill begotten jewels, and a line of thugs with guns all the way to her sister's in Minnesota.

Enter Tracy, Cari, and all the chicks from Men, Murder and Margaritas. This time, the sexy man is the town sheriff, Chuck... and when he pulls Tawni over for speeding, one thing leads to another and he ends up protecting her body. *snickers*

The story goes to Vegas too where there's cocaine in elephants, gambling, drug dealers, breaking and entering.. Just another fun romp with these ladies. I really like these books.

My one quibble: It needs another round of editing. You and you're were wrong in places, women and woman.. there were a few areas.

LOL Moments:

"Mavel Wilson (a 90 some year old woman) heard about the incident this afternon and wants to know why she never gets frisked. She says she's driven without insurance and a driver's license many times and has never once been felt-up. Her words, not mine. She's demanding equal treatment or she's screaming age discrimination."

"You should have knockers my size.  And then have them smash them about the size of a pancake.  Talk about painful! I swear the person that invented the mammogram machine was a man! I'd like to stick his penis in a machine and then smash it flat. I bet mammograms would become extinct!"

Priceless. I can't wait to read the next book. I understand the gals are going on a cruise.

Four bikes and this was a pleasant surprise in my mailbox from the author. Thank you, Bren Austin

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dog Is My Copilot by Patrick Regan

Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next DoorThis wasn't what I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it would be really heartwarming stories about pilots and their dogs. (Yes, I know, I got so excited, I didn't read the blurb thoroughly. Actually, there wasn't that extensive a blurb at first.) Well, the stories are heartwarming, but told in a way that made me think of a really long magazine article.

Though taken aback, I still consider it a very good read. It's not about pilots and their dogs, however, but about Pilots N Paws. There is a network of dog rescue crews on the ground and in the air. PNP consists of pilots that donate their time, their gas, their planes, their flight hours to make sure dog reach potential adoptive home across the country

The first 18 percent was just about the origins of the group. I started losing interest there.. I wanted the dog stories. We finally get them and they're sad and happy. There's a dog who was hit by a train, military service dogs suffering cancer and getting a Veteran's Day honor, dog that crap and pee all over the pilot's plane, a misunderstood herd dog. 

Thanks to PNP, however, the dogs got happy homes. There's also a chapter dedicated to the New Orleans dogs that had to be transported out and there's a pilot who uses snaked as neck warmers. Yep, he transports them too. Pretty interesting.

Some of the stories will make you cry at the abuse these animals have suffered, but in the end you turn the last page with smile, glad there is an organization such as PNP.

Four bikes. I got this from netgalley.

Friday, March 9, 2012

She Wore Only White by Dorthe Binkert

She Wore Only WhiteA very unusual book...think Love Boat in 1904 and take away the humor. 

You have a group of people thrown together on a ship. Love blooms, promises are broken, secrets are revealed. And the most fascinating thing of all and what makes this book quite incredible is that was inspired by a newspaper article of a woman stowaway in a white evening gown. This is how this story was born. "Every one deserves a story."

Valentina is fleeing a very unhappy life. Imagine being drive away from your home, you husband, you money, all that is familiar to board a ship one night, no luggage, no money, no ties.

On this ship, many stories besides hers  unfold. a disturbed man whore of sorts. I didn't like him. I found him disturbing. From desire his father's mistress to his memories of Lisette to his replacing Lisette with Billie and him just basically thinking about every woman on the boat. He was weird. 

Billie a 1904 type tramp/mistress. William the cheater who wants to have it all. There's a disturbing brother/sister relationship and numerous other couples just give brief but insightful insight into what relations were between men and women back then.

Though told through alternating POVs, interviews, and flashbacks, the story didn't lose a beat. I was quite entertained by the interviews and sadly disappointed when they disappeared toward the end of the novel.

Well done, but I didn't like Henri, thought there was WAY too little of the most fascinating character on board: Lily, and didn't once buy into the immediate LOVE between Valentina and Thomas.

Four bikes. I got this from Amazon Vine.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Last Song by Eva Wiseman

The Last SongThis was a surprisingly quick read, not due to length, but the fact that one can't really put it down. It's fast paced, to the point, rich in history.

The Spanish Inquisition is wreaking havoc all over Spain. Isabella doesn't quite understand why. She just knows it's because of the Jews, and she's been taught they are horrible people. Imagine her surprised when she finds out that she's one of them. Her father, the court physician, is a descendant of Jews... The story unfolds, revealing to the reader the desire of a young girl to find her roots, honor her family, and that you can't believe everything you hear. 

In times of peril, you find out who your real friends is the case for Isabella and her family. Some will shun them, some will aid them, love can be found or destroyed.

Though engaged to a Spanish noble, Isabella's heart is with a Jew. Will she be allowed to make a choice, or will the Inquisition make it for her? A letter can determine their fate.

Quibbles: 1. I was a bit put off by the fact the family owns slaves, especially after they speak of their own people being enslaved. 2. The family and Isabella are at times, TSTL. I mean, really, you think you're in the clear once you hand over that letter? And Isabella's mother.. I hated her, really. "Let's go to my sister's even though she slammed the door on our face...????" And her father, what kind of father lets his daughter risk her life for him? That really raised my eyebrows. 

Despite that, it was a very enjoyable read and extremely engrossing. I recommend it for anyone that wants to understand the plight of the Jews in the time of the Inquisition. It educates while it entertains.

Four bikes. I got this from netgalley.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A NovelWhat would possess a freed slave in the pre Civil War south to risk her freedom and go back to Richmond where any person of color can be grabbed and sold?

The chance to be  spy, of course...and in the process free ALL the slaves, not just herself.

Though a very long read, I enjoyed immersing myself in Mary's story the last four days. It starts with her as a child and her mother keeps telling her that Jesus has a plan for her.. (No, this isn't a religious book.)

There's so much food for thought in this book, I can't possibly cover it all... from "we in the house" to African Americans that are free looking down on those that aren't to the big question, "Why stay in slavery?" There's prejudice, there's white people that say their abolitionists yet boss servants around just like slave owners, there's a young African American woman trying to get educated and make the most of herself, realizing her place in life, risking all for family and love.  There's Quakers, snotty Philadelphia people, brash Confederate soldiers, Jeff Davis and  his horrid wife... There's an incredible cast of characters and at the middle of it all is Mary.

Having already ready much of Civil War history, I grew a tad bored as it got into war details, but I still learned something new here and there or read a different POV. I especially was impacted by the whole, "Lincoln isn't fighting for us. He's only freeing us to increase his army" part. That's not a direct quote, but a part of the book's story line. Too often, we nowadays forget some of the real history behind that war. It's been sugar coated to make people look like heroes. 
In my opinion, the real heroes were people like Wilson and Mary Bowser, and even Miss. Bet. 

Favorite quote: "History's not so bad once you get past who's who and start learning what they did to each other. Those whites can be as nasty to one another as they are to us, if they're kings and queens and whatnot."

This was an ARC from Amazon Vine.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Katana by Cole Gibsen

KatanaModern day chick discovers she's reincarnated and in one of her past lives, she was a samurai warrior. Buffy meets Kill Bill. Whoa. What's not to like?

I'll tell you. 

Great premise and plot. The fighting was well done, the samurai stuff superb and suspenseful, but what really put me off about this book was the stereotypes. First, the gay friend. He does hair, believes he may have been Marilyn Monroe, and moans about stupid stuff such as sitting on his Fendi glasses. And he and the heroine, Rileigh kiss and hold hands and declare they love each other. Um, they're only in high school. Gay or not, I don't see this comfort level occurring with high school kids... And did I mention he calls her "Ri-Ri?" So ANNOYING. I don't have a problem with gays at all, but stereotypes make me sick. 

Then you have the martial arts expert. He's Asian of course. (But the rest of the reincarnated group is white?) And a bar full of biker chicks wanting to kick ass. (Um, I am offended by that. Biker chicks aren't really like that.) And let's not forget the tattooed guy. He's psycho, of course.

It was a little too predictable too. I knew whodunnit way before the book actually told me whodunnit though the book earns one point in surprising me regarding the doctor. I honestly thought the other way around. I won't explain. And what was up with "Ri-Ri?" She fought hard NOT TO Senshi, but when denied, she's all upset because she is going to die as nothing but "Ri-Ri." So I think the heroine is bipolar.

It wasn't a bad book. I would have liked to have seen some things done differently, obviously, and due to the extremely annoying stereotyped gay friend, I won't be reading the rest of the series, but the fighting was cool. My eyes did some rolling at the magical wind stuff though. That was a bit much. Reincarnation I can fathom. Magic wind? Eh.

Something I really liked: the descriptions of silk taking over her body when her past life character took over. That was pretty neat. Gave me tingles.