DNF Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie expects it to be just another one of Nell’s crazy ideas.

Turns out it’s not… at least not for Allie. While her friends are understandably freaked out, when Allie takes her turn, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her. [Read more…]

Review: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the third and last in this series of royal romances, and it’s the turn of the younger sister of book one’s heroine. Ellie Hammond isn’t royal, but she’s sister to a princess. Her options are wide open, but there’s only one guy for her: bodyguard, Logan St James.

Logan is twenty-two but lied about his age to get into the military at fifteen. He’s strong, fit and eagle eyed. He’s also fully aware that his seventeen-year-old charge has a crush on him, and is more than capable of keeping her safe while keeping his distance. Until he isn’t.

This can be read as standalone, but it would make more sense if you’ve read the first two in this series. There’s quite a lot of the lives of books’ one and two heroes and heroines dictating the plot of this story, e.g. royal babies and royal weddings. The location is split between the US, where Ellie lives and goes to college, and Wessco, the England/Scotland hybrid country where Logan (and the invented royal family) come from. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I was such a huge fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series! These Realm Enforcer books haven’t enraptured me quite as much, largely because the series arc surrounding the Apollo drug didn’t have the same oomph as the possibility of a war among supernatural factions. That being said, this installment is easily my favorite in this spin-off series.

The reason: a cranky introverted Alpha Grizzly named Bear. [Read more…]

Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Reviewed by Joanna

Don’t you just love a book where you’re cross when the story ends ‘cause you have to give the love up? Well I fell for Callan and Grace hard, and I’m sure you will too. Come with me to NYC, if you will.

Grace Kerrington needs to turn her temp job into a permanent one. She’s employed by an Australian company at their Manhattan base, but is late the one morning she’s given an opportunity to show her skills. Luckily they take a chance on her anyway, probably as no one else is available for the somewhat unusual job. [Read more…]

Review: Just One Touch by Maya Banks

Reviewed by Jaimie

As someone who is not a big fan of supernatural themed books, I must say that Maya Banks’ Slow Burn series is one of my absolute favorites. Both the hero and the heroine in each book in this series have been great and I always look forward to the next installment. In Just One Touch we get Isaac and Jenna’s story and this one did not disappoint! There were elements of sweetness – like the way Jenna knows nothing about the modern world, hotness, and of course the usual kick ass portion!

Isaac Washington is one of the original DSS members and we met him for the first time in Beau and Ari’s book In His Keeping. Quiet and fierce, his teammates know only that he is fiercely loyal and considers them his family. Outwardly he seems okay with his life revolving around his work only. That all changes one morning when he is walking back to his truck after getting coffee and doughnuts and notices that someone is trying to steal it. Carefully creeping up he pulls his gun and prepares to apprehend some punk who is stealing his ride. What he finds instead, is the most beautiful woman he’s set his eyes on. [Read more…]

Review: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

Though I enjoyed the last book in this series–the one that introduced this couple–I was a little underwhelmed by this novella.

We first met Gina as the sweet, innocent younger sister of a scandalous woman. Her uncle had bribed a duke to show interest in her, but the man ended up falling for her sister. Gina was OK with that; she even encouraged it, and she developed an interest in the Duke’s brother, Andrew. [Read more…]

Review: The Singer by Elizabeth Hunter

Reviewed by Joanna

We ended the first book in this series on a cliffhanger. Malachi and Ava, a newly mated and bonded couple of half-human half-angel folk were being pursued through Istanbul by the deadly Gregori. They were trapped in an underground cistern fighting for their lives, only for… Malachi to be killed by Brage, one of the Fallen.

Ava goes into extreme shock and a mourning so fierce she bursts the ear drums of those around her. She’s only just found Malachi – her true soul mate and reshon, after years of being isolated and considered mentally ill by her human family. [Read more…]

Review: Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying I have read other books by Julia London and have enjoyed them. I say that so you know it’s nothing I have against the author when I say how abysmal I found this book. This is the story of Rabby MacKenzie, a Scotsman being forced into marriage with a young English miss, then falling for her governess. I hated every minute of it.

Let me tell you about Rabbie. He is the most morose, maudlin, douchebag of a “hero” I’ve read in ages. To be fair, the love of his life was killed in the Jacobite rebellion. He’s got a reason to be sad and to hate the English, but this guy is miserable for the entire book. Not only that, he is thoroughly awful to everyone around him. He only agreed to marry Aveline because of some convoluted land issue that would allow his family to keep smuggling. OK. But good grief, he is constantly contemplating suicide. He is a boor, not only to his betrothed, but his entire family. And when he falls for the governess, Bernadette, he becomes no more likable. [Read more…]

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back with Reed and Ella, and he’s been arrested for…

Wait! Book two ended in a cliff hanger so don’t read on if you fancy this series. It’s full of over privileged teenagers being awful to one another, a poor girl thrust into a family of five hot brothers, and broken homes aplenty.

Back to it. Reed is arrested for the crime perpetrated at the end of book two. A murder of someone close to the family. He says it wasn’t him, but Ella has a tiny slither of doubt. She hates thinking it, but can’t deny what she saw. He had blood on his shirt and a pretty strong motive. [Read more…]

Joint Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Reviewed by Joanna & Jen

Jen: Oh wow! How I loved this this book. It had two things going for it right off the bat. One, it was written by Tessa Dare who is one of my absolute faves in historical romance. And two, it is a Beauty and the Beast trope, which is also a favorite of mine. I am thrilled to say that not only did it come through on the promise of its premise, it was even better than I expected.

Joanna: I have something to admit. *looks embarrassed* I’ve never read any Tessa Dare.

Jen: Jo! I am so sorry for you.

Joanna: I know! I can’t tell you how it happened, but I have settled the score with this beauty. It’s sparkling, pacy and lighthearted, and I laughed out loud time and time again. [Read more…]