Review: Highland Heat by Jennifer Haymore

highland heatReviewed by Jen

This book delivers on one of my favorite tropes: a hero so beneath the heroine in social status, they believe they can never make it work.  Duncan is a Scottish soldier, injured at Waterloo. Lady Grace is sister-in-law to his superior officer. They are light years apart in station, but from the moment she tended him on the battlefield, they were like moths to a flame.

Grace doesn’t consider herself “too good” for Duncan. She is attracted to him and is fascinated by every word he says and every action he makes. She thinks she’ll never see him again after that first day –that first kiss– but circumstances bring him into her life over and over again. And she couldn’t be happier. Stolen moments grow into heated touches and a real emotional connection… all while reality insists they can never have a future. [Read more…]

Review: The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston

spinsters guide to scandalous behaviorReviewed by Jen

Lucy has never really fit in with her family’s plans for her. She is more comfortable wearing trousers in her greenhouse than wearing dresses and going to balls. She doesn’t want the suitors who she feels would only marry her for her dowry and her standing. But no one understands –and she fears no one ever will– until one day a surprise package arrives from her late aunt.

Lucy barely remembers her Aunt E, but suddenly she learns that her aunt has left her the cottage where she lived and the diaries she kept for decades.  Now Lucy has an alternative to the future she has been dreading. Except that her father has tried to sell her new home to some marquess for a paltry sum. Surely, he thought, she would have no use for the rundown property. He thought wrong. Lucy embarks on a secret mission to see the old place for herself, only she doesn’t make the journey alone: Lord Thomas isn’t quite willing to give up his quest to buy her property. [Read more…]

Review: A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

fortunate blizzardReviewed by Janell

Warning: this novella kept me up late and made me cry and I want to hug it and squeeze it and love it. It’s also got that “trapped in a blizzard with only one hotel room” trope that works for so many people, including me.

Trevor is a successful artist, living in a small Colorado mountain town. He’s also dying. He’s been on dialysis for years, and the story opens with his doctor informing him that it won’t help much longer. Trevor has a rare blood type and no kidney donor. He’s preparing to fly home for Christmas to tell his wonderful family that he might not be around for the next one. [Read more…]

Review: Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

sweetest scoundrelReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, Eve didn’t exactly thrill me as a character in Dearest Rogue. She struck me as odd and a weird mix of weak and ruthless. This book didn’t really change that impression of her, but it did explain why she is the way she is, and that does help a lot.  Despite my reservations about the heroine, I was definitely looking forward to this story. I am all about the Makepeace clan, and while Asa is decidedly different from his brothers and sisters, he was engaging and interesting in his own way. [Read more…]

Review: Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham

three nights before christmasReviewed by Janell

I’m a fan of Kat Latham’s rugby series, and this Christmas novella is loosely related to it. The heroine of a prior book is the sister of this hero. But this book takes place in Montana, and there’s nary a rugby player to be seen. Basically, this can be a total standalone.

Lacey is just getting out of prison (my first ex-con heroine!). She spent three years behind bars because her boyfriend used her — and her job as a train engineer — to transport drugs. She’s learned a few lessons in prison, and now she looks forward to private bathrooms, hot coffee, and no more strip searches. She moves in with her brother on the family Christmas tree farm. [Read more…]

Review: Always by Lynsay Sands

alwaysReviewed by Jen

You know that a book is not the right fit for you when you spend the entire thing waiting for the hero to stop being an idiot. For me, generally the hero of a romance is the most important part of the story and Aric was just a big, fat fail. The book begins with him swearing off marriage because his betrothed cheated on him. But the King rules out his plans for an extended bachelorhood when he decrees Aric shall marry his illegitimate daughter, Rosemunde.

So Aric is against getting married from out of the gate, but he can’t deny an edict from the crown. That sets us up for loads of fun. He’s essentially a prat to his new bride from the word go. He’s not trying to punish her or anything, but he figures that if one woman cheats, they’re all going to cheat and he behaves accordingly. [Read more…]

Review: The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins

girl next doorReviewed by Janell

I loved the first book in this series. The second book wasn’t quite for me, because I had issues with one of the characters, and I’m also not a fan of the reunited lovers trope. This is the third book, which acts more like a sequel to the first book, since those characters have quite a lot of screen time in this book. Also, these main characters, Cash and Steph, met in the first book. Do you need to read Off Campus first? No. But will you like it? Of course. [Read more…]

Review: Settling the Score by Dani Wade

settling the scoreReviewed by Jaimie

Settling the Score is the second book in the Backstage Pass series by Dani Wade.  After reading the first book in the series, I discovered that several others had already been released and immediately bought this one.  These books are fast reads but there’s enough story, character development and suspense to make you forget that.  In Finding Her Rhythm, one of the storylines was that Michael’s brother Daniel was drugged and set up in an attempt to make it look like he was having an affair with Michael’s girlfriend Taylor.  When her sociopath ex-boyfriend was arrested for trying to kill her, everyone assumed that he was the one that had been behind the set-up.  Settling the Score picks up almost right after where we find out that it wasn’t Taylor’s ex who staged the scene. [Read more…]

Review: Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre

wanderlustReviewed by Jen

This series is just… So… Good. Ann Aguirre continues to rock my socks off with this sci-fi story, with her multi-dimensional characters, amazing worldbuilding, and emotional whammies I never saw coming. These book are just flat out fantastic. And if you haven’t read them already, you should stop reading this review right now and go “one-click” these bad boys straight to your e-reader.  Then get comfortable, because you are not going to want to stop reading.

All that being said, I didn’t love this book quite as much as Grimspace, though it was pretty close. There are some frustrating moments, as our characters try to find their respective places in their new lives. But Aguirre does so many things right that I would quickly get over the things that would bother me. Too much is happening to linger too long on any one thing. The pace moves at breakneck speed and never lets up from beginning to end. [Read more…]

Review: Irresistible Deceptions by Mackenzie Crowne

irresistable deceptionsReviewed by Jaimie

I love a good romantic suspense story with an awesome heroine and an alpha man, and Irresistible Deceptions by Mackenzie Crowne fit the bill perfectly.  The book was very fast paced but not rushed, had plenty of suspense and some steamy chemistry.  I read it in one sitting because once I started, I couldn’t stop reading it.  The hero of the story starts off a bit of a jackass, but it doesn’t take long to redeem him.  I haven’t read any of Ms. Crowne’s work before, but I definitely won’t hesitate to try her again. [Read more…]