Review: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Jen

The Mercy Thompson series is one which continues to be a winner for me. Mercy is such a fantastic heroine. I love how her gifts keep evolving, while she still considers herself one of the weakest supernaturals in any given room. But what she may lack in brute strength, she makes up for in smarts and her ability to read a situation. This installment is no exception.

In many of the past books, the storyline surrounded a Mercy-in-Danger plot. That’s not so here. There is danger, to be sure, but Mercy is no more at risk than the pack as a whole.

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Review: A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Debz

This is my first time reviewing an Alyssa Cole book. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t read any of her books. I’ve read most of them, but so has everyone else. I’m always last to hear about them, but yesterday, my luck changed and I immediately called dibs. I was sooo excited to read this y’all I’m not even playing. I expected great things and she delivered.

This is the 3rdbook in her Reluctant Royal series and if focuses on Nya Jarebi, cousin of Naledi Smith (female protagonist in A Princess in Theory) and Johan, best friend of Prince Thabiso (male protagonist in A Princess in Theory). The relationship is super organic so there was no need for a super dramatic meet cute but it was still pretty memorable. They’d both been eyeing and ignoring each other for 2 years and are forced into having a conversation when the mistakenly share a bed together on a plane.

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Review: That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Sara

That Kind of Guy is the third and final book in Talia Hibbert’s Ravenswood series. It uses the fake boyfriend trope but gives it a twist to keep the story from feeling stale and overdone.

Zach Davis has learned a lot in the last year or so. He’s learned that the friends he thought he could count on disappeared as soon as his mother got sick, and that there’s a reason being the manwhore of Ravenswood left him feeling empty and unfulfilled: he’s demisexual and only experiences sexual attraction when he has a strong emotional connection with his partner. Now, Zach spends his time being the best uncle, trying only to invest in friendships that are reciprocal and lurking on a demisexual message board instead of at the local pub looking for sex to fill the void. He’s happier now, but would be even happier still if he felt comfortable enough to share his sexuality with his friends and family.

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Review: American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Reviewed by Olive

Camilo Santiago Briggs is a social worker with a heart of gold … and a past that leaves him unwilling to trust anything he didn’t earn for himself. Thomas Hughes is a retired billionaire looking to fund worthwhile projects close to his heart.

When the two meet briefly at a gala, there’s undeniable chemistry. When they meet again in a conference room to discuss project logistics, Milo is shocked but sure he can keep things professional. Tom, on the other hand, is looking to be Milo’s Prince Charming.

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Review: Gods and Monsters by Saffron Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I’ve only read two books by this author recently and this one is in a different ballpark than those. I didn’t really know what to expect of this story. It was darker and intense. It is a coming of age story that shows characters that are flawed and strong. The growth was probably my favorite part because I love to see how the characters move on from haunting pasts.

Able and Evie’s journey began when Evie was twelve. She was considered the town princess. Able was fourteen and the two developed a friendship. Able was everyone’s villain but Evie saw something else in him. Before I get more into the review I want to point out that this is not an exactly healthy relationship and there are some problematic situations. For these type of stories the writing saves the characters because it is interesting to see how they get out of certain situations and how it is made justifiable.

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Joint Review: American Witch by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen & Sara

Jen: I am such a big fan of Thea Harrison and her Elder Races series. This is the first book in a new trilogy set in that world and even if you’ve never read one of Harrison’s books before, you can easily jump in here. As made obvious by the title, this trilogy focuses on witches, particularly one who is just coming into her powers.

First of all, I love that Molly is an older heroine. She’s around 40 years old and her magical awakening comes due to a major disaster in her life rather than reaching a particular age. That being said, at the beginning, she is still a somewhat naïve and sheltered woman. She has essentially built her life around being the perfect wife for her husband and that made her a little difficult for me to relate to. I mean, I know women like this exist in the world, but in some ways, she was as much of a clean slate as a 21-year-old coming into her power.

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Review: The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn

Reviewed by Ericka

This was a heartbreaking novel that had me at a loss for words. The cliffhanger was no joke as well. However, the good thing about it is that book two comes out in June so there isn’t a long wait.

Colby has a mission to not deviate from his goal or dreams. He doesn’t have any time for distractions or allow anything “fun” in his life at the present moment. He wants to be a fighter pilot and is preparing to graduate, Soon he meets Rory at a party. He is standoffish and rude. Rory is beautiful, confident, and determined. It is clear the tension is very thick between the two. The distractions begin when Colby finds himself always thinking about Rory, but his dreams leads him to travel and Rory has family obligations that she has to stay home.

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Review: Black List by Lynn Raye Harris

Reviewed by Sara

Black List,  book 1 of Lynne Raye Harris’ Black’s Bandits series begins as Jace Kaiser, former Russian fugitive and now premier spy and mercenary for Black Defense International(BDI), joins the hunt for international assassin Calypso. After tracking her down at a Russian oligarch’s birthday party, Jace captures Calypso and ferries her away to BDI’s American headquarters. Unfortunately for Jace, the woman he brings back to the States isn’t Calypso, but American and Russian art appraiser, Dr. Madeline Cole. Oops!

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Review: Repeat by Kylie Scott

Reviewed by Ericka

I could not wait for this book to come out. I love Kylie Scott’s Dive series and the Dive Bar series so much that she has become an auto buy author. Also, I listened to this on audio and it was so much better than I expected it to be.

Clementine is recovering from being violently mugged. The aftermath of the attack has her suffering from amnesia. Anything from within the last few years, she doesn’t remember. When someone recognizes the style of the tattoo that she has and the artist, she goes to the tattoo shop to try and find some kind of answers of who she was. When she gets there the owner is very hostile towards her and tries to force her to leave. She doesn’t understand why he is acting that way towards her until she tell him that she can’t remember him. To make matters worse, they used to date.

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Review: Queen Fae by Leia Stone and Jaymin Eve

Reviewed by Debz

It has taken me a hot minute to get back into rereading this book for the umpteenth time just for this review, so sorry for the delay. After reading so many books with espionage, fantasy, suspense and the very intense fear on my part that a character I love would die, I have to take a break and watch a bubblegum drama or read a romantic comedy. 

If you’ve read the last two books with me, you would know that the last book ended with Violet, Arianna’s best friend being kidnapped by the Fae and now Arianna, Kade and co have journeyed through the veil to the Fae kingdoms to find her. 

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