Review: Only Beloved by Mary Balogh

only belovedReviewed by Jen

I have been a fan of this series since the very first, but I have to say that this final installment is easily my favorite. This is the Duke of Stanbrook’s story. He is the man who brought all the members of the Survivor’s Club together. He was like a father figure to many, older than the rest, and mourning the death of his wife and son. And at 48, George is definitely not the age of most romance heroes, but he was a fantastic one nonetheless.

This book begins right on the heels of the last one. Imogen has just married and now George has decided that he would like the same happiness that all of the other survivors have found in marriage. He wastes no time in seeking out Dora, sister to Flavian’s wife, Agnes. She is the talent music teacher who raised Agnes when their mother abandoned them. George essentially shows up on her front door unannounced and proposes. Dora has always had a soft spot for the duke, and though she never expected his interest, she doesn’t hesitate to say yes. [Read more…]

Review: Leave a Mark by Stephanie Fournet

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00050]Reviewed by Joanna

Wren’s a tattoo artist and is covered in so very much ink. One day down at the tat parlor, she takes ill and has to go to hospital. The resident doc – tall, dark hair, midnight blue eyes – rushes her off for emergency surgery after diagnosis with a side of gawping at her artwork. He doesn’t perv, but he’s definitely intrigued by the colorful girl on the gurney. The next day, Wren is released and Lee finds her waiting outside the hospital – for one reason or another, she hasn’t got a ride so he drives her home.

They keep bumping into one another after this and flirting happens. But Lee has a girlfriend and when unknowing Wren takes a bag of fried peach pies (I don’t know what this unhealthy-sounding dish is, but I want it) to his home, prissy girlfriend answers the door. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss It Better by Linda Kage

kiss it betterReviewed by Shelly

I’m a big fan of this author’s work, I think her ‘Forbidden Men’ series is brilliant – she’s the first author who steered me into reading the YA category. It’s with that faith that I read Kiss It Better.

While at work one day, Reed Walker gets a call that changes his life. His sister, Danni’s been the victim of an assault. He knows it’s bad, but he doesn’t understand how bad it really is nor how bad it’s going to get. Rushing to his sister’s side starts a chain of events that will forever change him – for the better. [Read more…]

Review: Tangled by Kate Douglas

tangledReviewed by Joanna

Cassie makes wine. Dream. Job. She lives on her family vineyard though it now belongs to someone else as her ill father made some bad financial decisions, forcing the sell-off. Part of the deal is she stays on for five years and also that a new vineyard manager is brought in.

The owner hires Nate for the job. Yum. Think Bradley Cooper, the author suggests. Yes, yes I will. So Nate turns up late one night with his life in his truck and he and Cassie hit it off. And by that I mean they hit it. Right there and then on the first evening they meet. Somewhat fueled by the wine they sample (2 bottles – I’d be on the floor too, but passed out) but also by the huge mutual attraction that these two good-looking, single vineyarders find between them. [Read more…]

Review: Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

lust is the thornReviewed by Jen

I love a good forbidden romance. That’s why I generally jump on the tempted priest stories whenever I see them. After all, you don’t get a lot more forbidden than that. Here’s the thing with this book, though — it’s a bit different from your average priest romance, because the hero is about as far from your average priest as they come. He’s hot. He’s ripped. He has a dirty, dirty past filled with sex, drugs, and debauchery. And he really doesn’t even want to take his vows, so much as he feels like he has to.  So while there is some teeth gnashing over falling for the heroine, it’s not exactly what you might think. [Read more…]

Review: My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind

my perfect mistakeReviewed by Joanna

Shay and Kolton meet on a ski holiday in Aspen when they literally run in to one another on the slopes. He blames her for not looking uphill when she merged; she says he blindsided her. He’s the Asshole. She’s the Bitch.

They argue and she skis off, but they meet again later that evening when her friends see his – they also met on the slopes. Shay and Kolton’s spark turns into an inferno and they end up screwing in the bathroom of the guy’s lodge, despite still hating each other. And bareback too, which says how little they could control themselves. [Read more…]

Review: Magnate by Joanna Shupe

magnateReviewed by Janell

Lizzie Sloane is part of a rich Knickerbocker family in New York. If you, like me, are unfamiliar with the Knickerbockers, I would say that they’re like the English ton: the snobs who cling to breeding, rules, and tradition, looking down on the nouveau riche. The year is 1888, and Lizzie wants to open her own stock brokerage firm, which is obviously not going to be easy.

She approaches Emmett Cavanaugh, the former gutter snipe turned superrich owner of a steel company, because he’s a friend of her brother’s and he might give her financial backing. Emmett is his own type of snob — he doesn’t think she has the cunning to succeed, and he actually hates her brother. Lizzie is strong-willed, though, and very attractive even though she’s not his usual type of woman, so Emmett gives her a trial run to see if she even knows how to make money on the exchange. [Read more…]

Review: Sentenced: A Jaded Regret Novel by L.L.Collins

sentencedReviewed by Joanna

Johnny is a total slut. He uses sex to quiet the negative feelings he has about his life and how messed up he is. He’s supremely attractive and confident with the ladies, so that’s handy, but he’s also an ex con and 2 years out of prison. Apparently he isn’t a really bad guy – he just fell into a bad crowd after his parents kicked him out cos he wouldn’t join the family business <– such assholes. Then he was stuck in a drug ring because he fell in love with a girl, but it all ended horribly and he’s scarred. [Read more…]

Review: One With You by Sylvia Day

one with youReviewed by Jen

The Crossfire series is now one of those polarizing collections where most people either gush uncontrollably about the books or spew buckets of hate over them. With this book, as with the last, I fall somewhere in the realm of meh. It has its moments. It gave me some of what I wanted. But it’s also meandering and self-indulgent. It manages to go both too fast and too slow at the same time, and in the end left me feeling… incomplete. [Read more…]

Review: Vexed by Phoenyx Slaughter

vexedReviewed by Joanna

Athena has just turned 18 and is a sweet little thing. She’s got a lady boner for the president of the local motorcycle club and wants to give up her v-card to him. She heads into the biker bar with her friend who’s under instruction to tell the Prez that Athena is now good and legal. Wink wink.

Romeo, or Reed is his real name, has a different woman every night and doesn’t exactly seem the kind and caring type. He’s a hard ass and nearly twice Athena’s age, but something about her makes him reconsider being such a low down dog. He wants to take care of her just as much as he wants to screw. [Read more…]