Review: Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall

once upon a highland christmasReviewed by Jen

This book did not ring my bell. It had hints of a forbidden romance and a sexy Highland laird, but it just did not engage me. There is a lot of narrative around the dialogue and wayyy too many cut-scenes that took me away from the core romance.  And the romance itself was kind of meh.

Lady Alanna is betrothed to marry a marquess she has barely laid eyes on.  Her sister jilted him and now her mother is forcing her to take her sister’s place. Alanna is a good girl, agreeable and pliant, and she plans on doing as her mother asks. But during a walk the day before her wedding, she gets lost in a snowstorm and is injured.  Iain, the laird of the neighboring lands, stumbles upon her and spirits the unconscious woman to a nearby cottage for the night. He keeps her warm and mends her up before taking her back to his castle. [Read more…]

Review: Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance

furys kissReviewed by Jen

Karen Chance continues to wow me with her ability to craft characters that I genuinely care about. She puts them through hell. And I cannot look away. Dory is such a fantastic heroine. She is not only the title character of this series, she is its heart and soul.  Hands down, she is one of my favorite UF heroines out there. [Read more…]

Review: Veronica: Stranded with the Sheikh by Jennifer Lewis

stranded with the sheikhReviewed by Shelly

This my first story by this author and it was a nice introduction. This novella is the prequel to her ‘Desert Kings’ series and tells the tale of how architect Veronica Baxter and heir to the royal throne Zadir Al Kilanjar met. This is a novella so the review is going to follow suit – no spoilers here, considering I’ve not even read this couple’s story (Zadir: Bought for the Sheikh) as yet. [Read more…]

Review: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

bollywood affairReviewed by Janell

I heard a lot about this book on Twitter when it was released, mostly these three observations: “This book is so awesome!” and “Why has the publisher priced it so high?” and “It needs a better cover for a romance book!” Luckily, my local library had a copy, so I didn’t have to wait for it to go on sale.

Mili was married when she was four years old, in a mass wedding ceremony. Her husband was twelve. They never saw each other after the ceremony, but Mili grew up assuming that one day her husband would come for her. While he became a military pilot, she cared for his grandparents and his ancestral home. She also biked for miles every day to attend an English school. Her traditional grandmother allowed her to continue her education only because Mili’s husband might want an educated wife, and so Mili even gets to travel to America to study for a few months. [Read more…]

Janell’s Favorite Books of 2014

2014I spent a lot of time this year reading older books, so I hope you don’t mind some oldies at the top of my list.

heirThe Heir by Grace Burrowes (2010)

This book is a few years old, but it was new to me this year, and it has one of my favorite tropes: woman goes undercover as housekeeper. In a nice twist, the Earl of Westhaven doesn’t immediately lust after his new employee. Instead, he appreciates her competency and her baked goods. Anna performs her role well, and she only slowly develops a familiarity with her employer. Let me emphasize “slowly.” This is a long book with a slow burn, which I really enjoyed. [Read more…]

Review: A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean

secret to die forReviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, I started this book with fear in my heart. Sierra Dean has been very upfront about her plans for carnage in this book. She has said openly that people will die… that this series would go out with a bang.  And while I have downright lobbied for the death of at least one character in this book, Dean has proven over and over that she never chooses the easy path for her heroine.  As expected, this book is no different. [Read more…]

Giveaway: Revenant

Revenant-Blog-TourIf you love the Demonica series like I do, the latest and final installment, Revenant is sure to satisfy. The book releases tomorrow.  But I’ve got a sneak peek for you and not just one –but two chances– to win your own copy. (US/CAN only.) Take a look.

Since the moment Revenant bumped into Blaspheme at the hospital a few weeks ago, he’d been obsessed, and now, as her long legs ate up the asphalt as she walked toward him, he imagined them wrapped around his waist as he pounded into her. The closer she came, the harder his body got. [Read more…]

Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

revenantReviewed by Jen

Larissa Ione continues to wow me with her great world building, her rich characters, and her super sexy romance skills.   I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really all that excited to read Revenant’s story. Not, say, the way I burned for Reaver’s book. But I ended up loving him all the same. Not every author can pull off a surprise twin story line, but Ione not only pulls it off, she makes it awesome. [Read more…]

Review: Captivated by Megan Hart and Tiffany Reisz

captivatedReviewed by Carrie

Though I’m always gun-shy of novellas, I tend to take chances on authors that I trust. Novellas are also a nice way to get in some reading when life is crazy and time is a factor or as a “palate cleanser” between books.

Letting Go by Megan Hart  – Grade: B

This author is well known for her poignant erotic writing and I think this story does a good job of highlighting that skill. Colleen knows in her head that she is a smart and beautiful woman but her heart is still struggling to let go of the emotional abuse heaped on her by her ex-husband. She goes to a local bar every Thursday night to brood at a drink that she won’t imbibe just to prove to herself that she isn’t the weak woman her ex says she is. Jesse doesn’t know what it is about his Thursday night regular. There’s something sad and beautiful that he just wants to take care of but respects the no-go signs she gives off. [Read more…]

Review: Crave the Night by Lara Adrian

crave the nightReviewed by Jen

It took me a while to warm up to this book. I have made no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of D/s themes; in fact, I actively avoid them. Unless, of course, there is no indication in the blurb that it’s going to be in the book. Guess what?  All that tortured hero angst I was looking forward to from our steely Nathan, manifests itself –wait for it– by an overwhelming need to dominate and an inability to accept a loving touch. (*Le sigh*) [Read more…]