Review: Until Trevor by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Reviewed by Ericka

I really have no idea as to why I read this second installment, especially because I didn’t like the first book (Until November). Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one slightly more than the first one. The female lead, Liz, was so much more likable than November. I didn’t find myself eye rolling the characters as much as I did in the first installment.

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Review: Heart of the Deep by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance; I mostly stick to historical, contemporary, and romcom. And I’m not big into romances between a human and a non-human (no ghosts or vampires for me, thanks!), but I was very curious about how a kraken/human romance would work, so I started with the first book of the series (reviewed by Jen a while back) and sped through the books.

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Review: Free by Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

I will be the first to admit that I’m a pretty big Kristen Ashley fan and have a huge place in my heart (and library) for her Chaos motorcycle club series. Free is the seventh and final novel in the series, and while I was sad to have the series end, I was excited to see how she would wrap things up.

Through the Chaos series, the club has been in conflict with various baddies, but the baddest of them all is Valenzula, a drug dealing pimp, a misogynistic murderer and a porn producer. His empire has taken out a number of innocents including Rebel Stapleton’s best friend Diane. To collect evidence to incarcerate Valenzula, Rebel puts her skills behind the camera to use and is deep undercover as the new director for Valenzula’s high-end pornos. Not only is she digging up dirt on Valenzula, Rebel is also looking into disgraced Chaos member and uber bad guy Arthur Lannigan, AKA Chew. Rebel knows everyday she walks a dangerous tightrope, but is completely committed to see that neither Valenzula or Chew is able to hurt or exploit another woman again.

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Review: The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham

Reviewed by Caitlin

Lady Constance Stonewell has all of Society eating out of the palm of her hand, and she makes it look effortless.

She’s a scandal, her clothes are intricately made and enormous (it is the 18th century after all), and her dowry is immense. She’s bright and lively and witty. And she’s the sister of a duke.

It’s no wonder Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is in love with her. The problem? She confuses his propriety with a boring personality. When she learns something about his sexual tastes, she jumps to the wrong conclusions and accidentally gets his proclivities published in the scandal sheets.

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Review: Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale

Reviewed by Olive

Lady Bridget’s Diary is the first book of the ‘Keeping Up With the Cavendishes’ series by Maya Rodale (click here for a review of Book 2: Chasing Lady Amelia). I have to admit – I was more than a little skeptical at the idea of a Regency romance based on Bridget Jones’s Diary (BJD), a modern romantic comedy based on Pride and Prejudice (PnP), a Regency romance. It was either going to be amazingly meta … or amazingly mediocre. I’m happy to say this landed firmly in the former camp 😉

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Review: Anything Once by Meka James

Reviewed by Jen

Full disclosure, I met Meka James a few months ago on Twitter and she is a lovely person. Between that and the ultra-gorgeous cover, I picked up her book, despite the fact I don’t read much erotic romance. But I’ll tell you what, the lady can write some good sex.

The story focuses on a married couple, Ian and Quinn, who hit a bump in their marriage when Quinn catches Ian jerking off to porn. She is devastated, and once they address what happened, they discover each of them have been quietly and inadvertently hurting their marriage and each other with how they deal with their own unhappiness and insecurities. Though the porn and subsequent conversations about their sex life cover one thread, infertility and their feelings about that issue make up the other.

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Review: The DILF by Amy Andrews

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t see a lot of romance novels where the heroine is older than the hero (by a good margin), and that particular trope intrigues me. I was predisposed to like this book, even after I found out DILF was Doctor I Like to Fuck and not Dad I Like to Fuck (single dads in romance novels is also a trope I really like), and the book was a fun, easy read that did not disappoint.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, this is a very easy novella to pick up. I think I finished it in a night, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It led me to read several more of Amy Andrews’s books.

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Review: Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Reviewed by Olive

Any Old Diamonds is the newest release from KJ Charles and tells the story of Alec, the estranged – and angsty about it – son of the Duke of Ilvar, and Jerry, one of the jewel thieves he hires to further his revenge plot against his father. Alec dangles the lure of an entrée into the famously remote and challenging Castle Speight (aka Castle Spite), as well as the Duke’s newly commissioned diamond parure, in the hopes of enticing Jerry and his partner to accept the caper. The blurb promises “betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light” and it definitely delivers!

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Review: Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you know I am a fan of Kelly Meding. In fact, I finally sat down and read the 2013 Carniepunk anthology recently just to read the short story that sparked this series. And overall, I liked this book. But someone needs to sit down and have a chat with the editor.

No one should have given the green light for this much repetition. I mean, yes, it’s very important that Shiloh has forgotten Jaxon. In book one, I remember being so perplexed about who the love interest in this series would be. And then, at the very end, when she agreed to lose her memories of the person she loved most… boom! Jaxon appeared to be the guy. Add to that, I understand that coming to terms with her feelings despite the missing memories was the big emotional arc here. But for the love of Pete, this must have been reiterated at least once per page. If I didn’t already have a history with this author and an investment in the characters, I would have put the book down. I almost did anyway. And that’s a shame because, otherwise, it was a good book.

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Review: The Fearless King by Katee Robert

Reviewed by Sara

Book two in Katee Robert’s Kings Series, The Fearless King is set in Houston Texas and centers around the eldest King daughter, Journey, and the family’s oil company. As one of the oldest King siblings, Journey clearly remembers the abuse suffered at the hand of her estranged father, so when he arrives at the company she runs in tandem with her brother Anderson she knows it can’t be good. Her father’s plan to have her psychologically assessed by a psychologist on his payroll and deemed unfit to be COO is even worse than she thought. The years of abuse her father inflicted on her have taken their toll, and Journey often feels a hair’s breadth away from dissolving into a useless heap of fear and nerves. This is how Journey finds herself asking for help from the last person she should ask for help, Frank Evans.

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