Review: Dog With a Bone by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

You may have noticed that I have been tearing through Hailey Edwards’ backlist lately. I love her Foundling series and Necromancer books too, but this first installment in the Black Dog series left me a bit lukewarm.

An author’s note at the end tipped me off that this is something of a prequel more so than really the first book in the series, and that gives me hope that the next installment will be more satisfying. This is a novella and it lacked the — I don’t know — oomph that I am used to from this author. In her other books, she made me care about the heroine. She made me have longing and lots of feels for her love interest. Less so here. It’s not a bad book at all. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just a bit superficial, both from a character perspective as well as a world building one… Or even much of a mystery. [Read more…]

Review: Untouchable by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Caitlin

Unabashed Talia Hibbert fan here (I think this is the third book of hers I’m reviewing?) and Untouchable is no different. The Ravenswood series is fire, and this one is my favorite so far.

Hannah Kabbah was a nurse in small-town Ravenswood, until she smashed her sister Ruth’s dickhead boyfriend’s car the night of his engagement party to another woman. Now she can’t get a nursing job – with the record and all – so she’s stuck in jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with her education.

She’s a smart woman, but she struggles with depression, and it makes her… not great at some of these jobs. When she’s fired from a coffee shop for erupting at a customer, Hannah is very worried about her future. That is, until Nate Davis – her old school crush – comes in to town. [Read more…]

Review: Siren’s Calling by Piper Drake

Reviewed by Debz

I didn’t think this through when I decided the start this series from a randomly placed novella. The premise of the book seemed interesting though. I’m a fan of mythologies and epic fantasies and I’m now basically an expert in all things faeries, vampires and werewolves so I thought I should check this one out.

This is a novella in the middle of a long-established series by different authors and for anyone wanting to read this book, I think it’s better to have a background of all the other novels before you start this one.

This novella follows Amae Waters, the banished daughter of the Sea God. She has been living in the human world (Seattle) and working to help preserve water life and sea creatures and preserving the eco system as a mermaid. [Read more…]

Review: Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

Reviewed by Elise

Tijan is a prolific romance novelist and chances are you have come across one of her books. The title might be cheesy, the content is anything but.

Anti-Stepbrother is the story of Summer. Summer’s mother died and her father remarried the nurse who cared for her. This nurse just so happened to be the mother of Summer’s high school crush. Are you still with me?  So in summary Summer’s crush is now her step brother. The book starts with her going to college where he went the year before. Summer’s dad and new step mother are supportive and caring and Summer appears to have adjusted well to her new family. [Read more…]

Review: The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan

Reviewed by Sara

The Duke Buys a Bride is an Historical Romance by author Sophie Jordan. The male main character and aforementioned Duke, is Marcus Weatherton the fifth Duke of Autenberry. While running away from his life in London to a long forgotten Scottish property, he comes across Alyse.

Alyse was raised by loving and educated parents. Unfortunately, due to their untimely demise, Alyse is auctioned as a wife to an older member of her village. She works as the housekeeper and care provider for his children until that man is ready for a “real” wife and arranges to auction Alyse. Alyse is frightened, but arranged with a childhood friend that he would buy her and they would leave for London. Unfortunately, Alyse’s friend never shows up and when Marcus first sets eyes on her, she is alone on the auction block at the mercy of the local townsmen. Marcus is immediately struck by Alyse’s bravery and places the winning bid. Marcus’ plan is to install Alyse as the housekeeper of his Scottish estate, but over the course of their journey and against the better judgement of both Marcus and Alyse, the two fall in love. [Read more…]

Review: That Guy by Belle Brooks

Reviewed by Debz

Melinda (Mindy) Grant is a hot mess. A doctor turned escort agency receptionist, Melinda can’t seem to find the happy ever after she desires. At 29, this protagonist has been on two dates ever and gets tongue tied whenever she gets close to any member of the male species.

Arlie Blight is a 6 ft. something Greek god who seems to like this very weird woman. Their first encounter is something for the ages; they meet at the grocery store and Mindy, rather than talking to him, follows him around creepily and mistakenly mirrors his purchases and doesn’t notice until she’s at the till. It was really difficult for her to explain the giant pack of condoms and tissues to the cashier.

Mindy has a gay best friend, Chris, and he is her emotional support system and cheerleader.  And let’s pause for a while from the plot of this book to talk about this character. Reading the dedication, you’ll notice that the author dedicates this book to her Chris, who while imaginary at the moment, she hopes to meet and have so much fun with. And that is my problem with this character; considering the lengths the author went to make other characters in this book nuanced and flawed, the fact that she made this gay best friend (overused trope TBH) the most silly, annoying over the top person felt disingenuous to me. It just put me off. [Read more…]

Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Reviewed by Elise

This right here is the book that started my romance addiction. I can’t quite describe the emotional turmoil I experienced reading this book (and the sequels) for the first time. Sure I had read books that I had loved and connected with, but that sense of connection was more remote. Most of those books were fantasy books and not as real as romance. I felt every cringe worthy moment. Every humiliation and anxiety and look and hope. I re-read this book often and it never fails to elicit the same sense of emotion as the first time. Look at me, I’m getting all emotional just thinking about it.

Blaire Wynn moves to Rosmary Beach after the death of her mother. She was her mother’s caretaker for the final three years of her life. Blaire was left alone with this responsibility following the departure of her father who couldn’t cope with the death of Blaire’s twin sister. Are you crying yet? [Read more…]

Review: How to Dance an Undead Waltz by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

I’m not sure I have the words to tell you how much I adored this book. Hailey Edwards has skyrocketed to one of the top spots in my favorite author list and I’m now at the point where I will read anything she writes. Because it’s gold, guys. And as much as I love her Foundling books—and believe me, I do—this book has put the Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series as my new favorite from her. One of my favorite urban fantasy series, period.

Spoilers from book three ahead. If you haven’t read the previous books already, stop and go read them now. They are best enjoyed in order and they are all fantastic.

So as this book begins, Grier is reeling from an awful betrayal from her boyfriend and her best friend. Boaz is engaged to another woman and Amelie knew he was doing it. These are garbage people and I want to set them on fire. But at the same time, I’m so very glad to have Boaz out of the picture as a love interest because it clears the way for the man Grier SHOULD be with… Linus. [Read more…]

Review: The Summer I Loved You by J. L. Lora

Reviewed by Victoria

After years of living the life his oppressive parents wanted for him, Cameron Blake is ready to pursue his dreams of being a reclusive artist. Pleasing the faithful baseball fans of the New York Emperors has been rewarding, but now all he wants is peace and quiet. That and an irreversible vasectomy. Because there’s no way he’s passing on the heavy burden of the Blake genes to an innocent child. But Cameron never gets what he wants. Ever.

The last thing Adrianna Arenas needs is for her ex to slide back into her life. Not when she can throw a nine-year-old curve ball that will change his game. Not when his father could tear her world apart with a simple phone call. Especially not when, despite everything that stands between them, her insides go wild when Cameron walks into a room. But Adri never gets to keep things the way she needs them.

Ever.

After ten years, fate brings Cameron face-to-face with Adrianna, the woman he never forgot, and the little girl that ties them forever.

It all goes back to the secrets, jealousy, and heartache that destroyed the magical summer when they loved each other madly, broke each other’s hearts, and changed each other’s lives. [Read more…]

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewed by Jen

I don’t read very much YA, but I was in the mood for something different and I figured I could not go wrong with a book that has more than 81,000 ratings on Goodreads with an average that’s above four stars. Not to mention, Maggie Stiefvater is one of those authors I have heard people gush about for many years. I liked the blurb. Especially the part about the main male character being a young man of few words who keeps any fears he has buried deep. Still, with all of those things going for it, this book did not exactly rock my world.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t dislike anything about it. And I am probably not going to change anyone’s stellar perception with my lukewarm response. My biggest issue, I just didn’t feel very much from –or for– these characters. And though the world building was like nothing I have read before, and the writing clearly well done, I just could not get very excited. [Read more…]