I super love Maisey Yates’ Silver Creek contemporary small town series. I was bummed to hear of its ending until the author mentioned on Twitter that she had a similar new series coming out with Harlequin. It’s a lot like the previous series and I was happy to delve back into the rural small town goodness. If you are a fan of the enemies to lovers stories, this is right up your alley! [Read more…]
Usually, it’s the hero who can make or break a romance for me. But in this book, the heroine is the standout. Sure, I liked Jasper well enough, but Melisande stole my heart with her quiet strength and hidden love for her own husband.
If you’ve read To Taste Temptation, you may remember Jasper, Lord Vale, as the man Emmeline almost married and Melisande as her best friend. (Even if you haven’t read it, though, this works fine as a standalone.) Like all of the heroes in this series, Jasper is still recovering from the deadly attack on his soldiers while serving in the military, and he is determined to weed out the traitor who sold them out. He was not harmed physically, but he still bears the emotional scars of the attack and subsequent torture of the survivors. [Read more…]
It’s always exciting when I find a new Urban Fantasy series to love. And I can tell from this first installment that the Alex Craft books hit my sweet spot. There are moments that feel a little familiar. I felt hints of Charley Davidson’s Reyes in the sexy, enigmatic Death. With the grave magic our heroine uses and her affinity for the dead, I caught a little whiff of Anita Blake (of the Guilty Pleasures variety, before all the group sex.) There’s a little estranged, wealthy father action, a la Chicagoland Vampires or Allie Beckstrom. But within the sum of its parts, this book really stands up as a unique and engaging story. The worldbuilding is well done and original. The pacing is good. And the characters are well drawn and sympathetic. Especially Alex. [Read more…]
A sympathetic hero is probably the single most important element of a winning romance for me, whether it’s a traditional het rom or a m/m read. This story definitely has a hero who you can’t help but root for. Harper has just spent the past 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was a teacher, falsely accused of raping a student. Now, he is out of jail, his reputation in tatters, and he has no idea how to regain any sense of normalcy. He has no one to come home to. Everyone abandoned him. He has only the worn down house his father left him before Alzheimers robbed him of his faculties. [Read more…]
When I reviewed Playing Games, I wrote, “[The heroine’s] brother turns out to be a jerk, trying to ruin her new relationship and her chance at winning. I hope he doesn’t show up in another book because I can’t even with him.”
Jessica Clare tweeted in response, “That was an awesome review! And uh, Brodie’s the hero of book #4! Don’t read it!! ;)”
So this is the book with Brodie the Jerk as the hero, and I read it even though I was told not to, because I love these books. I dared the author to make me like him. In the end, well, I still think he’s kind of shallow, but I believe in the romance, people. [Read more…]
Elizabeth Vaughan crafts a satisfying conclusion to her Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy, with this installment that brings the Warlord and his Warprize back to the Heart of the Plains. This is definitely more engaging than the last book, though the original Warprize holds up as the strongest installment. This is not a standalone –new readers need to start at the beginning of the series. [Read more…]
This anthology contains two previously published short stories by Loretta Chase –and I do mean short.
The first is “Lord Lovedon’s Duel,” which I read in the Royal Bridesmaids collection. It’s based loosely in the Dressmakers world. Just after Chloe’s sister is married to a duke, the women overhear some men saying the groom married for money and not love. Angered over the hurt it causes her sister –and just a little bit drunk– Chloe confronts Lord Lovedon, the man speaking most disparagingly of the match. She demands a duel, sparking his attention and a witty banter which evolves into a relationship. It was funny and sassy. 21 pages. [Read more…]
I know all good things must come to an end. I have to say, I am sad to leave this world behind, but I am utterly and completely satisfied by this ending. What a great conclusion! Devon Monk has done such a wonderful job crafting these characters. They are so distinct and nuanced; I really feel like I know them now. I love them. And for them, this is one of those stories where it always darkest before the dawn.
These books have always been dark, but this may be the toughest one yet. Shame and Terric have to endure new heights of pain here. It’s tough to watch. But it’s not gratuitous. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s worth it in the end. [Read more…]
Picking up directly after Personal Geography, book 2 continues India and Cris’s story. If you’ve not read book 1, this will contain spoilers as these are not stand-alone books. I made mention in my review for Personal Geography specifically about India – I didn’t like her and to be honest, I still didn’t like her in book 2. I found her immature, selfish and a class A jerk. This conclusion reveals a more pleasant demeanor, but she was in no way likeable to me. But as I’m a sucker for a good story, credit goes to Tamsen Parker because this was a compelling read, even with India for a heroine. [Read more…]
If you’re a fan of fantasy romance with unique world-building, a warrior hero and a heroine who is every bit his equal — look no further. Ciara Knight has created a culture that is not like any other I have read before. The people live behind castle walls, protected by prized warriors and magical amulets to fight the effects of the cursed monsters that threaten to destroy humanity. One scratch or bite and anyone can turn into that which they most fear. So the warriors must be rigid and single minded in their fight. There are no marriages or families. No children. And for the women warriors, no sex. [Read more…]