Review: Missouri Bride by Eugenia Riley

missouri-brideReviewed by Ronelle

This one is a little unusual; it was originally published in 1987 under the title “Sweet Reckoning”, and then later released in ebook form as “Missouri Bride”. I found that a little odd, but I’m sure it happens. I’m simply pointing it out to avoid any potential confusion.

We open in 1873 St. Louis, MO and Amy Harris is desperate. Tasked with raising her little sister, Hannah, she is also responsible for providing care to their sick, cruel, and abusive mother. Their father disappeared during the Civil War, leaving the girls to fend for themselves. Amy has been stood up on three occasions by her fiancé and long-time friend, Lacy Garret, and things are looking grim for our beautiful young heroine. [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Work by Amanda Heger, Harper St. George & Tara Wyatt

dirty-workReviewed by Shelly

I occasionally read anthologies because there’s a single story that I’m interested in. I tend to usually stay away, because the majority of them are more of an intro to a story line with little to no story, just a day in the life of. For this anthology, I went all in because there are only 3 short stories and even more promising – all new to me authors. These are all stories of second chances. [Read more…]

Welcome Ronelle!

We have a new reviewer joining our team! Please help me welcome Ronelle to Red Hot Books.

ronelleRonelle Antoinette was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in beautiful Colorado. She currently lives in Grand Junction with her husband, two sneaky cats, and one dog-who-believes-he’s-a-person. While she’s a mother to none, she’s an auntie to a small army… the newest recruit joined them in April 2016. Ronelle dabbled in creative writing for many years and even considered it as her major in college. (She ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first novel, Errant Spark, in July of 2016. Dream. Come. True.

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Review: Aflame by Penelope Douglas

aflameReviewed by Joanna

This book is a big deal to fans of the Fall Away series. If you haven’t read book three, Falling Away, look away now.

We good? Okay. So Jared left Tate – shock, horror after how obsessive he was over her, and she over him, but stuff got real and he walked away.

As series followers will recall, Jared went into a military academy to make something of his life. Tate’s plans to become a doctor meant he didn’t want to be the unsuccessful husband she was embarrassed by. But our boy hated the academy and in a terrible scene in Falling Away, Tate found this out when his brother, Jax, yelled it at him. Families, smh. This caused a big fight and everything went wrong. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Challenging Destiny by Cherie Colyer

challenging-destinyReviewed by Ronelle

This. Book. Was. GREAT!

No, seriously, it was. I don’t usually read YA novels—I tend to find the characters angsty and one-dimensional—so I didn’t go into this with super high expectations. But I got a free copy, so I thought “hey, why not?”

Wow, was I blown away!

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Logan and Ariana Ragsdale, a brother and his exactly-two-years-younger-sister. Disaster has followed them since childhood and they’ve lost everyone they’ve ever loved—except one another. They’ve learned to fend for themselves, trust no one, and to hide that there is something different about them. (Turns out that, in addition to matching birthmarks, Logan and Ariana share the ability to control others’ minds by simply suggesting what they want.) [Read more…]

Review: Her Survivor by Vonnie Davis

her-survivorReviewed by Shelly

I can’t remember the last time I read a satisfyingly good SEAL story, so when I saw the blurb on this story, I think a hooyah might have escaped my lips. This is my first Vonnie Davis story and I was really excited by a few things – 1) content 2) new author as I’m always looking for another good author to read 3) in your face alphaness (yeah, that’s a word). [Read more…]

Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

magic-bindsReviewed by Jen

The books in this series blow me away. Every. Time.  I don’t just say that because I’m a total fangirl who thinks Ilona Andrews can do no wrong. To be fair, I am a total fangirl, but there is a REASON for that.  Kate Daniels rocks my socks off. This book is the most satisfying and entertaining thing I have read all year.  Books like these are why I read. I didn’t want to stop reading to go to bed… to go to work… to feed my kids. (You get the idea.) [Read more…]

Review: This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter

this-same-earthReviewed by Jen

I had a very difficult time at the beginning of this book. By that, I mean that I wanted to throw my e-reader against the wall and perhaps drop an anvil on top of the hero’s head. And if you read the first book in this series, and if you rooted for B and Gio in any way, shape, or form, you will feel the same way. Halfway through the book, I was still mad. I wasn’t sure I was going to get past it. Eventually… begrudgingly… I did, but I’m still a little resentful about all of the angst. [Read more…]

Review: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

counterbalanceReviewed by Jen

This is the second time I’ve been reeled in by a blurb on an Aidan Wayne story. It’s the second time I was totally bummed to realize that it was only a novella instead of a full length story. And it’s the second time the two heroes don’t really seal the deal on page.

But. Just like with the first novella I read from this author, both heroes are sweet and likeable. They’re an unlikely pairing, but they fit. They fill a void in one another, and because of that –and because of their vulnerabilities– it’s so very easy to root for their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk

crucible-zeroReviewed by Jen

This third installment in the House Immortal series was an action packed ride that kept me invested and engaged from the first page to the last. The story has changed in so many ways from the events of book 1, but at its core, this is still about Matilda’s quest to save the people she loves by embracing her power as one of the galvanized.

Devon Monk really turned everything on its ear at the end of the last book when Matilda’s time travel fractured her world into different realities. It was kind of sad to lose all the people she loved in the first book, but it was so interesting to see them all come back here in new incarnations. I liked how the characters maintained their core personalities as the variables around them shifted. This, as the changes left us so many questions about who to trust and what might happen next. [Read more…]