Review: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Sara

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I love Historical Romances. The majority of the Historicals I read and have read are set in Western Europe. In the past, I’ve found North American Historicals, which, let’s be honest, are more often than not Westerns, to be problematic or even a complete whitewash of history, emphasis on the “white.” However, when I saw a sale on the much esteemed Beverly Jenkins’  highly praised novel Tempest, it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

This the third book in Jenkins’ Old West Series, follows Regan Carmichael as she arrives in Wyoming Territory to be the mail order bride to town doctor and widower Colton Lee. Regan is excited for an opportunity for adventure as much as she is the prospect of marriage and family. However, her first first impression leaves something to be desired. Thinking Dr. Lee is a bandit, her first interaction with the doctor comes through the barrel of her Winchester in the form of a bullet to the shoulder.

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Review: The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara

Reviewed by Olive

The Wolf at the Door is the debut romance from Charlie Adhara and the start of her Big Bad Wolf series. The books follow a single relationship ARC and, unlike many urban fantasies with romantic elements, each instalment has hot sex and the critical HFN.

FBI Agent Cooper Dayton was attacked by …something… that left him only 70% of his intestine and stuck in the hospital for ages. In order to discover more, he took what he thought would be a lateral career move to the BSI (Bureau of Special Investigations) where he found out werewolves were real and living among us. That was six months ago.

Since then, he’s been partnered with a long standing BSI agent teaching him all about recognising wolf involvement in crime and tracking down the guilty wolves to remand them into local LEO custody. He’s learning that when there’s violent crime with wolf connections, the closest wolf you can find is probably the guilty one. Cooper is bummed at becoming a glorified bounty hunter but still glad to be doing his part. Until he gets called into his boss’s office on his day off to discover he’s been partnered with one of …them…

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Review: Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Reviewed by Jen

Faith Hunter is such a master craftsman of urban fantasy. All of her books in her Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood world are just so dense and layered… in plot, in backstory, and in the characters. The Soulwood books are the spinoffs and if you have not read Dark Queen, the latest Yellowrock book, be prepared for some spoilers because there is some overlap.

Nell, our heroine, has grown so much over the course of this series. She started off as this— I don’t want to say backward, but off-grid woman who has never known I truly modern life. She grew up as part of a polygamist cult and lives in the middle of the woods in a house off the power and water lines. But while she may never truly be free of her upbringing and the impact of its effects, she has now embraced a lot of the modern world in her job as a probationary Psy-Led agent. Not only that, she is bringing her sister, Mud, along with her. Nell is working towards adopting the 12-year-old, but has to make a few more changes to her lifestyle in order for that to happen.

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LUNA AND THE LIE BY MARIANA ZAPATA (incomplete)

Reviewed by Debz

This is my third Mariana Zapata book, so I feel like I’m kind of an expert. I’ve read Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, and I’ll gladly say I enjoyed them immensely. When I heard a new book was out, I very eagerly picked it up and these are some of my thoughts.

As we’ve previously discussed, I consider myself an expert in her work, with this book, I’ve begun to notice a pattern with her male main characters. They’re big. I mean, very large men and that in an of itself is not a problem. When it becomes a tad disconcerting is in the way she describes them. They have ‘ham’ sized fists, their legs are like tree trunks, their clothes are always about to burst due to their size and it honestly just feels a little uncomfortable.

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Review: The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

Reviewed by Olive

The Ultimate Pi Day Party is the first book in Jackie Lau’s new Baldwin Village series, set in the eponymous foodie artistic neighbourhood of Toronto. The story follows Josh, a tech CEO with massive daddy issues, as he falls for Sarah, the owner of a local pie shop. After testing the delicious sweet and savoury concoctions dreamt up by Sarah, he concocts a scheme to throw the ultimate Pi Day party and win his way back into his father’s notice (Josh’s estranged dad is a retired math teacher). Turns out, Sarah is just as irresistible as her pie and romance ensues.

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Review: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Sara

Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. I’m a huge fan of her Wallflower series and have also enjoyed her Ravenels series. Now she’s combining them and I am thrilled beyond belief.

Phoebe, Lady Clare is the daughter of notorious (former) rake Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent and Evangeline (Evie) Jenner (the heroes of Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter). She was raised in a house full of love and affection and found her husband at a young age in her best-friend, Henry. When Henry dies of a lifelong illness, she is left alone with her two young sons and a lifetime of memories. One of these memories is of the extreme bullying that Henry endured as a child away at boarding school at the hands of West Ravenel.

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Review: Storm the Castle by Jolie Vines

Reviewed by Jen

I’m so incredibly proud and excited for Jolie Vines as her first book goes out into the world. As a romance lover, I’ve read tons of books with a Highland hero, but interestingly, almost all of them were historical or involved time travel. This is my first contemporary Highlander and Callum gave me everything I wanted.

As the story begins, Mathilda is contemplating marriage to her father’s business partner. Not because she loves him—she barely knows the man. But she desperately wants to build a home where she can invite her sister to come live, and her father would only allow it if she were married and could provide a stable environment. Her younger sister has a terrible home-life with her parents and Mathilda feels she is the only one who can save her. The would-be fiancé needs her as much as she needs him, to help him with some personal PR.

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Review: My Life With the Movie Star by Meaghan Hoffmann

Reviewed by Debz

After taking about a month to read this, the one word I can use to summarize this story is juvenile. I feel like the author was confused; she couldn’t figure out whether the characters were full grown adults or teenagers, and I could just feel that confusion throughout the book. The characters were in their early twenties but acted like teenagers, or even preteens.

The books follows the life of Abby Smith (very hard to remember by the way, it just blends into the pages), a young 20 something career woman living in Midwest America when she meets and falls in love with Grayson Edwards, the current heartthrob and star of Texas High

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Review: If I Ever by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

What the hell did I just read? I honestly don’t know.

I wanted to enjoy this book. I really did. In fact, I finally got around to reading book 3 recently just so I could be ready to see how Tom and Prophet’s story finally ended. I’m sad to say, it culminated in a convoluted violent and sexually aggressive mess.

These books have always been heavy in the sex department. Tom and Prophet always connected best when they did it physically — and usually with a little bit of kink. But I felt like all this book was, was action and sex.

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Review: Big Stick by R.C. Stephens

Reviewed by Ericka

This is a second chance and friends to lovers romance that I absolutely loved! It has hockey too :).

Myles and Flynn grew up together as best friends with Flynn’s twin brother Oli. They each pegged themselves as the Lost Boys and later Flynn became Myles’s Tinkerbell (Tink). Tragedy happens and it creates a rift in the friendship with Myles and Flynn. They finally reconnect after seven years when Flynn moves in with Oli after she catches her boyfriend cheating and later finding out that Myles is living next door.

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