Review: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Reviewed by Jen

It feels like a million years since I read a book in this series (translation: two years), but this story takes no time at all to pull you back into the world of the Immortal Guardians. The hero here is Aidan, the 3000 year-old warrior who was so desperate for love, he stole the group’s list of gifted women in hopes he could use it to find a mate. Sure enough, his plan works.

Dana isn’t the first woman he approached from that list, but it is apparent from their first meeting that they are destined to be together. Dana is a powerful psychic and gets visions of her future with Aidan. The cool thing is, he’s psychic too, so he see all of her visions. There’s not a whole lot of will-they-or-won’t-they, meaning their relationship development is a bit low on internal conflict. But there is plenty of external conflict to go around. [Read more…]

Review: Ruin You by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

A journalist tries to take revenge on a chef for the sins of her father, but falls for her instead in the middle of a beautiful countryside farm setting. City grit meets tranquil, carefully put together love. Where this story didn’t break me, as I’d expected, it gently settled around me, and I read it in one shot, thriving on the feel of it alone.

Simon Malik was a resident of St Judes—a foster home for young people who found themselves in trouble. In books 0.5, 1 and 2 (which follow a different couple) we see the same scene played out a number of times. The abusive foster parents attack the kids, the husband gets stabbed, and the children get offered a deal by the mysterious Bates who keeps them from jail. Then the debts get called in, which causes the protagonists to tussle with their loves. Like Bates is some sort of HEA fairy godfather. [Read more…]

DNF Review: S.A.R.A.H. by PC Ryan

Reviewed by Ronelle

Robert Vincent is 38 and awkward, a loner who’s never been laid. But the year is 2040 and automaton technology is reaching a new height, so in desperation, Robert orders the latest model, a companion named S.A.R.A.H.. He expects at least an exciting substitute, an escape from the endless chain of disappointments in his real life.

What he gets is a wet dream; a gorgeous woman who literally can’t say no and who is programmed to fulfill every need and desire a guy could have. [Read more…]

Review: The Fire Between High and Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s another offering of big love from the author who charmed me with book one’s tale of love after spouse loss. And though I leapt on this with excitement, this is grittier, and not quite as enjoyable, despite many great ingredients.

Logan and Alyssa were best friends as kids. They did everything together despite coming from different backgrounds and having little in common besides unhappiness. She’s a musician, with wealthy parents, one of whom is a controlling nutcase and the other of whom runs off and abandons her. He’s got a drug addict mother and a violent drug dealer father, and lives hand to mouth with little by way of love. Together they create a pocket of happiness, constantly reassuring one another that they’re okay and they’re surviving, and they make each other’s lives better. [Read more…]

Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed the last Maiden Lane novel, but noticeably absent was any sense of closure for the many characters and storylines the series covered over 12 installments. This novella does that a little. We get to catch up a little with the Makepeace families, the Caires, and the other couples who are now getting their Happy Ever Afters, but they’re all crammed in around the romance of Mary Whitsun.

You’ll remember Mary as one of the orphans Temperance took a shine to at the Foundling Home she ran with her brother Winter Makepeace. This goes all the way back to the first book, Wicked Intentions, so it’s a big fat shout out to the series’ beginnings. Mary now serves as the nanny to Temperance (now Lady Caire’s) two children. She is a servant, but also in a way, part of the family. [Read more…]

Review: The Silent Duke by Jess Michaels

Reviewed by Jen

I one clicked on this bad boy the minute I finished reading the blurb, and it gave me everything I wanted. Namely a mute and abused hero fighting himself over a chance at happiness with the woman he has loved his entire life. Yes, yes, 100 times yes.

Ewan (I even love his name) spent 10 years in the home of the father who hated him. It wasn’t until the man threatened to put him in an asylum over his inability to speak that his aunt and uncle took him away and decided to raise him as their own. Charlotte was only seven, but she felt a special connection to her brother’s friend, so much so that she developed a special sign language that allowed the two of them to talk. [Read more…]

Review: Take Down by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt

Reviewed by Elle

Take Down takes us back into Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt’s dirty hot MMA world, this time following Gabe and Megan, who we first met in Dirty Boxing. Gabe was a bit of a mysterious figure in the first book, so I loved getting inside his head in Take Down, and seeing him get his girl.

Though Gabe Maddox holds the championship belt, he fights not to hold onto it, but because exhausting himself in cage is the only way for him to find peace. He has more scars than just those on his skin. Gabe is a lone wolf, keeping everyone at bay, and living in fear that another loss of someone he loves will be his undoing. Better to just not love at all right? After all, there’s plenty of women out there who are happy to have just one night with Gabe ‘The Sandman’ Maddox. [Read more…]

Review: Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

I have long been a fan of Jeaniene Frost and the world she created with her Cat and Bones characters. She’d done such a great job building off those books with her spin-off couples, and these Night Prince books have all of the spark I loved in the originals. They’re romantic, sexy, funny, and action-packed. And though I’m sorry to say goodbye to Vlad and Leila, I know it’s not goodbye forever, as they will live on in Ian’s books. (More on that in a minute.)

This installment picks up on the heels of events that happened in the last book. Vlad is searching for his step-son/nephew Mircea who has forged a psychic connection to Leila. Not only can he speak to her telepathically, he can hurt her. Any injury he inflicts on himself will affect her. That’s bad enough, but the situation only gets worse when someone kidnaps Mircea and uses him as tool to blackmail Vlad. If the powerful vamp refuses to do what they want, they could kill Mircea, and by extension Leila. [Read more…]

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Fancy a good dose of angst today? This novel of love after loss comes souped-up to the gills with Big Emotion. I just so happened to be in the mood to see two people mangled so this was right up my street.

Lizzie lost her husband, and father of her five-year-old daughter, in a car crash, and for the past year since his death, she’s been away from home, mourning and generally trying to hold it together for her child. Disillusioned by her mother’s constant stream of boyfriends, she returns to her own house, where she and her husband lived together. On the way, she runs over a dog and takes the creature to the vet, it’s angry and wild-looking owner in tow. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Reviewed by Jen

Here’s the thing about the Immortals After Dark books: they are consistent. Sure, Kresley Cole tweaks the particulars, but you can almost always expect a funny and feisty heroine facing off with an alpha immortal who will most likely underestimate her. Cole does it well. But it’s a double-edged sword. I have loved her books for a long time and at this point, picking one up is like finding an old favorite sweater in the back of my closet with $10 in the pocket. One on hand, I loved that cardigan for a reason, but it’s still my old sweater. [Read more…]