Iron Rose Bleeding by Anne Azel

Courtney Hunter’s boss is gorgeous, powerful and very enigmatic. She is very rich but no one knows where her money comes from. She knows everyone, but no one knows anything about her. Taylor Alexandria Punga is a mystery Courtney wants to unveil. Recklessly she goes too far, and gets more than she bargained for..

I have never been a fan of this genre (I am not saying what it is!) but Courtney and Taylor are well drawn and characters and their story is very well written. Courtney’s sense of humor, Taylor’s almost innocence in certain aspects and her brilliance in others make this story a hit.
The story has probably not been edited, but the mistakes are not enough to keep you from enjoying it. I really like Anne Azel’s style as she does not have much “filling” as other writers and is straight to the point and intelligent.
This is a VERY enjoyable and intelligent piece.

Seasons Series by Anne Azel

A rather large piece of work that needs a few introductory words. Originally (?) published at the lamented Amazon Trails, the Season Series consists of four parts: ‘Autumn Winds’, ‘Winter Snows’, ‘Spring Rains’, and ‘Summer Heat’. The third part introduces the character of Alberta Pateas, on which the spin-off Murder Mystery Series is centred, but which also follows up on the main characters of the Seasons Series. As if that were not enough, there is a sequel ‘Indian Summer’ to both series and ‘Wine, Women, and Food’, in which the main characters from the Season Series present Canadian recipes and locations. Sounds like a lot? It is. Additionally, both series are available in print.

But let’s stick to the Seasons Series. ‘Autumn Winds’ introduces Roberta Williams, renowned actress and much awarded film director, who has a very volatile temper and is the head of the famous ‘Williams Clan’. She meets her sister-in-law, Janet Williams, the very level-headed headmistress of a school for gifted children, and Janet’s two-year-old daughter, Rebecca, at the funeral of her brother Billy, Janet’s deceased husband.

Wills clash almost immediately, when Roberta tries to extend her leadership over to the latest heir to the Williams’ fortune, but the hot-tempered, worldly celebrity finds herself evenly matched by the calm strength of the ‘schoolmarm’. Wills continue
to clash as the story progresses, and a strong attraction begins to grow between the two contrasting characters. As we watch the relationship develop, we also – and that is relatively rare in the fan fiction realm – watch the characters develop as they struggle through crises and triumphs; that alone makes the story a ‘must read’, IMHO.

Sexual content is very low, it’s the characters and their interaction that’s at the centre of interest. There is a fair bit of angst, but never for its own sake. The editing could have been more thorough (a burial is not an internment, e.g.), but the story is easily strong enough to make the reader ignore such foibles.

After reading the Season Series, you will probably want to continue with the Murder Mystery Series. Be aware, though, that even if this is written equally well as its predecessor, it contains a lot of loss of lives, described in some detail. This
is understandable, considering that Dr. Pateas is a pathologist (and the author seems to have researched that field well), but it may be a bit much for some readers’ nerves.

Recommended reading for more than a couple of evenings.