Review: Unwanted by Jennifer Estep

unwantedReviewed by Jen

The idea of having a Finn-centric novella in this series seemed like a fun idea. I wish I  could say that it lived up to its potential. It’s not a bad story, necessarily, but there is not much to it. And it didn’t really feel like the Finn we know and love.

Understandably, this isn’t the time for Finn to be smooth or charming or sexy. This story is set on the heels of a book where his own mother tried to kill him. She tortured him and left a trail of bodies in her wake. And now Finn feels responsible. He feels guilty and everyone around him blames him too. No fun to be had here. [Read more…]

Review: Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta

chaos risesReviewed by Jen

The world of the Veil series is back!

When I learned this was a spinoff, I jumped in and tore through the Veil books like they were wrapping paper on Christmas morning. You don’t have to read those books to enjoy this one, but I will say that you should read them… simply because they were just that good.

We were first introduced to Gem and her brother Del in the previous series. They’re half bloods who were raised by the nefarious Institute and trained to kill demons. It wasn’t until the world went to hell that they were busted out, and now they are trying to live outside of those stifling walls for the first time in their lives. They rely on each other to keep their inner monsters in check. They also rely on PC34A, the drug they got from the Institute to suppress their baser urges. The thing is, now that they are free from their old masters, they have to depend on a new one to get their fix. [Read more…]

Review: Fool for Love by Marie Force

fool for loveReviewed by Shelly

The second book in the ‘McCarthy’s of Gansett Island’ series picks up a few weeks where book 1 ended. Maddie and Mac are living in their dream house, with Maddie’s adorable ray of sunshine, Thomas. You might be inclined to read this as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t suggest that because of the recurring characters and the on-going story lines.

Mac and Janey have always been close. There was a very funny glimpse of their sibling affections in book 1 when Mac needed Janey to go to the store to get condoms. Normally that would actually come off as a little bit weird, but when you live on an island and everyone knows your business you’ve got to learn how to divide and conquer. Suffice it to say, I liked Janey before I ever read her story. [Read more…]

Review: His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

his royal secretReviewed by Janell

What if the Prince of Wales were gay? In this imaginary reality, the king is old, and James, his grandson, is heir to the throne because his father died in a plane crash. James is twenty-nine, and he’s been fake-dating his friend Cassandra for years. Cassandra is a saint, because she occasionally dates other men for real, then gets caught and slayed by the press, but she sticks by James.

Ben is a reporter currently stationed in South Africa. He doesn’t like commitment — not to a man, not to a city, not to furniture. He gets an assignment to cover a royal visit to a remote lodge in Kenya. During a rainstorm, Ben opens his private bungalow to a stranger with a broken umbrella who turns out to be the very prince he’s meant to write about. Over a tense game of chess (aren’t all chess games in novels tense?), secrets are revealed. At the end, Ben makes his move, and James allows it. Cue bungalow sex. [Read more…]

Review: The Best Ever by Josie Kerr

best everReviewed by Shelly

If you’ve not read the first book in this series, I highly recommend that you do. 1 – because it’s good and 2 – because that book has many of the back stories for what transpires here. I was really looking forward to this book after reading Em and Mick’s story and their requisite best friends Ashley and Rory.

Ashley Richards is in her early to mid-forties and a realtor. She’s a good realtor and has sacrificed much of her personal life to be one. She used to go out with boys in their 20s before meeting Rory. One of the less talked about aspects of Ashley is that she’s a former beauty queen. She’s the perfect sales person really, because she’s got the looks, poise and brains for the job. But even with all that, there was something about her I didn’t really like. To be honest, I don’t know if it was her character or just the story that I didn’t find appealing. The thing is – she’s a good person, a nice person, a good friend, a good employee, a good daughter, and a good sister, but even with all that, there was just something that didn’t vibe with me. [Read more…]

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

once upon a moonlit nightReviewed by Jen

This is a great little companion novella to Duke of Sin. It picks up the thread of what happens to Hippolyta after she escapes the clutches of the Duke of Montgomery. We saw her running away in the last book… and that is exactly what she is doing as this story begins. She’s bedraggled and covered in mud when she runs in front of Matthew’s carriage and begs for help.

Hippolyta has no idea Matthew is a newly appointed earl and he doesn’t believe her claims that she is a lady. It gives them both the freedom to act outside the bounds of propriety. It’s nothing too racy, but there’s some cute banter and sexual tension that build a bond between them in the short time they are together. Of course, the carriage ride doesn’t last forever, and the second act follows them as they return to their real lives and deal with the repercussions of their time on the run. [Read more…]

Review: Ruined by Shiloh Walker

ruinedReviewed by Jen

Ruined is book 4 in Shiloh Walker’s Barnes Brothers series, and though I didn’t read any of the previous books, I didn’t feel the lack. This works just fine as a standalone.

I rarely read contemporary romance, but I’ve read an entire series under Walker’s pseudonym JC Daniels, and I like her style. Plus, this features a wounded/ scarred hero, which is probably my favorite trope. It didn’t let me down. [Read more…]

Review: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels

virgin and the viscountReviewed by Jen

This isn’t your average sweet historical, where the heroine falls for the hero at first sight across a crowded ballroom. No, Elisabeth meets Bryson in the brothel where she was sold after a kidnapping at just 15 years old.  He was to be her first customer, but he didn’t want to be there any more than she did and they escaped together. She never forgot the young man who saved her life, but she never saw him again… until now. [Read more…]

Review: One For Sorrow by Pippa DaCosta

one for sorrowReviewed by Jen

Pippa DaCosta gives fans one last hurrah with the characters of the Veil series, in this little collection of short stories. It’s meant to be read after last novel in the series, and in the first two stories, shows that life goes on for Muse and her family even after the last big battle was won.

“One For Sorrow” gives us a slice of life for Muse as she hunts a lower-level demon who is more than she bargained for.  Her mission takes her into an old home of Akil’s and the events give us some insight to her current frame of mind and how she is dealing with the loss of her former mentor and friend. Ryder is in this one, too. It’s a little bittersweet, but ultimately shows us that Muse and her friends are going to be ok. [Read more…]

Review: Ties That Bind by Pippa DaCosta

ties that binReviewed by Jen

I’ve got to say, so much has happened over the course of this series –so much build-up in so many storylines– I wondered how Pippa DaCosta was going to pull it all together with a satisfying ending. But somehow, she did it. At least, it satisfied me. Folks who really hoped for a different HEA may be unhappy, which is always the risk when your story has a love triangle. But for readers like me, who were conflicted, the resolution felt a little bittersweet, but… right. [Read more…]