Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

friend zoneReviewed by Joanna

Who doesn’t like a NA sport ‘n true love-based series? I shot straight from the first in the Game On series to this, the second, and I’ve just picked up the third. Not enough to convince you? Then read on.

This college-based friends-to-in-lovers story centers on Ivy Mackenzie, 6’ business graduate, baker extraordinaire and crazy bad dancer, and Gray Grayson, cut, tall and blond tight end (no idea what that means) American football player who knows nothing about love apart from lovin’ and doesn’t want to. Til her. [Read more…]

Review: Tristan’s Escape by Dianna Love

tristans escapeReviewed by Jen

As a fan of the Belador series, I’ve always wanted to get a little more time with Tristan. This guy has gotten a raw deal from the beginning and this novella really brings him full circle, as he comes face to face with the woman he’s long blamed for his imprisonment all those years.

I wish I could say I loved this one the way I generally love the novels in this series, but I can’t. One of the things that make the Belador books so good is the layered nature of the stories. There is always so much going on, from the main action plot with Evalle, to her romance with Storm, to the secondary plots surrounding Quinn and Tzader… these books make me think and I like that. This did not. [Read more…]

Review: Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks

blood challengeReviewed by Jen

I know it’s bad form to talk about the ending of a book first, but WOW what at ending this one has. It’s really the ultimate culmination of a fantastic book that builds and builds to a climax that is emotional, intense, and pretty much everything you could want. Not sold yet? Let me back up.

This book really gets back to the basics in what the series is about, and it picks up some dangling threads that have just been waiting to be pulled. The focus is on the lupi, specifically Nokolai, but not just them. Rule is trying to gather all the clans together to talk about the growing threat from their ancient enemy. It’s not easy, since his decision to become Rho of Leidolf while remaining heir to Nokolai has left the other clans on edge. [Read more…]

Review: Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

blood in her veins
Reviewed by Jen

This 500+ page collection finally gives Jane Yellowrock fans all of the series’ short stories in one place. Almost all of them have been previously released, though many were only in digital form. There are two new offerings, though, if you’ve already read the other shorts, and together, make up about 20% of the book. [Read more…]

Review: Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain

tackling the tight endReviewed by Janell

This book has some of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read. Raven Nez, a Native American, is a college football star. He’s the Great Red Hope: his father and tribe expect him to enter the NFL draft, promote the casino, and earn lots of money for the people on the reservation. Raven claims that his talent is exaggerated by “the Native thing. The hair, the mystique.” He’s afraid he’ll get injured quickly in the NFL, but he realizes the benefits he could bring to the tribe. [Read more…]

Review: Mastered by Maya Banks

masteredReviewed by Jaimie

After the last book I read from Maya Banks let me down, I was looking forward to reading her next one to erase that memory. Mastered is the first book in her Enforcers series and is book one of two for the hero Drake and heroine Evangeline. I’m not sure this has ever happened to me, but I really liked the book and hated the heroine. It’s a confusing, I know, but I will try to make sense of it here. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy

midnight revengeReviewed by Jaimie

Well, its official – Elle Kennedy is the queen of writing emotionally damaged heroes and heroines (well in my opinion anyways!)  Midnight Revenge is the latest book in the Killer Instinct series, and man, have I been waiting for this one. “D” has been an enigma among his team members with most of them not knowing if they should fear him or respect him.  We knew he had a very non-emotional sexual thing with Noelle that was simply her way of agitating Morgan, but other than that, very little was known about him.  Well, that all changes in a big big way, and this book was heart breaking on so many levels. [Read more…]

Review: The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

hunterReviewed by Jen

The Highwayman was one of my favorite books of 2015, and it left me more than a little excited to see what Kerrigan Byrne would do with the second book in the series. As I started this story, I was immediately gripped by the wrenching prologue that shed light on the foundation of our hero’s horrific life. It was every bit as heartwrenching as Dorian’s was, but without the memory of Farah to sustain him. I was hooked, only to drift a little in the following chapters. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Spirit Legacy by E. E. Holmes

spirit legacyReviewed by Joanna

This is the first in a trilogy of supernatural novels about a young woman and her awakening to the ghostly world she had no idea she was a part of.

At the beginning of the book, our protagonist, Jess Ballard, is on her way to live with her aunt after losing her mother to apparent suicide. Jess’s life before that had been one of constant shift, with her alcoholic mother moving them from state to state with no real place they called home for long. Later in the book, much later, we learn why the mother had such little staying power and also the truth of why she died. [Read more…]

Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

grave visionsReviewed by Jen

Waiting is hard. And it’s tempting to give up on a series when you have to wait a long time between installments, especially if you don’t have a concrete date for your patience to payoff.  Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to write off this series just because it’s been awhile since the last book. If you enjoyed the first three Alex Craft books, you going to love this one too. It picks up seamlessly where Grave Memory left off. And once I returned to this world, it felt like I never left.

If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, this is not the place to start. Pick up Grave Witch and go from there. Really. Go now. [Read more…]