Review: Tempting Her Neighbor by Laura Jardine

Reviewed by Sara

Tempting Her Neighbor is book one in Laura Jardine’s Small Town Temptations series. In it, Cole Sampson, a curmudgeonly, misanthropic software designer, moves to a small town to get away from all the people in the big city. Cole had an abusive father and it’s caused him to be mistrustful and generally grumpy. He’s hoping small town life will allow him to live simply and in peace.

Have I mentioned Cole hates people?

Cole hates people like I hate bathing suit shopping, with an unholy passion. Unfortunately for him, his neighbor, Rachel Malone is not getting the people hating message.

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Review: Breaking His Rules by Aliza Mann

Reviewed by Debz

So, I just started using my twitter to get more book recommendations and not just to troll/hype my friends and I’ve newly gotten super immersed into romancelandia on twitter. It has been a hot mess month there guys, a hot mess. However, I was still able to get book recommendations from authors and book bloggers and this is my first foray into a book  I saw solely on twitter. 

First thing I have to say is that it feels like the author is my friend. I have never met or spoken to her before, but she and the book sounds like a conversation I’m having with my friends. The words used and the tone just seem so familiar to me and I dig it.

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Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Reviewed by Caitlin

I’m not sure who my favorite romance novelist is, but Meredith Duran is definitely top three. She writes novels that are so vivid, that make me think, and that seem so realistic even as they deal with subjects that don’t always pop up in other historical romances (the Mutiny of 1857 in India or a genuine reflection on the lower classes of London.) She’s a page turner. I can’t ever put her down.

And this might be my favorite of all her novels.

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Review: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this story because it has a trope that I try to stay away from (Infidelity). This was recommended to me and I am so glad that I decided to give it a chance read for myself because this book really surprised me. 

Layla is a college student that is trying to start over. She hurt her family in the worst way which caused her mom to resent her and give her the ultimatum of leaving home with nothing or going to school far from where she lives with financial support. She distanced herself from everyone because she believes that her past will come to the surface and they will leave her like those that she loves. Layla then meets a guy that she feels drawn to. She feels as if he is just like her. Lonely, depressed, and needing something to feel alive. She follows him on campus for a few days and then discovers that he is actually her poetry professor. Thomas is a poet that is struggling with his marriage. He moved to the small town and took a teaching job just so he could save his marriage. He knows that things are bad and his wife is fading from him but he is willing to give up everything including his writing.

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Review: The Hookup By Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

The Hookup is the first book in Kristen Ashley’s Moonlight and Motor Oil series. In it, Eliza, Izzy, Forrester, a newcomer to the small town of Matlock, wakes up in the bed of alpha male, hot mechanic, Johnny Gamble. Izzy, who’s fairly inexperienced and has had several problematic relationships, isn’t a game player, has never hooked up, and is a bit of a dreamer. She had a great time with Johnny and wants more, but isn’t sure quite how to go about getting it or even if Johnny’s interested. Add to this the sudden and unexpected arrival of her sister and infant nephew, without her ne’er do well brother in law and Izzy’s life is in disarray. Thankfully, she has her best friend, her devoted sister, an adorable baby boy and a good portion of the town of Matlock at her back. Good things are on the horizon for Izzy if she can just push through.

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Review: Sinful Seduction by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Jen

This is my first book by Ann Christopher and it pulled me in from the very start. Alessandro Davies is a broken man after coming home from the war that killed his twin brother Tony. He lives in his family’s sweeping mansion in the Hamptons with his estranged teenage son and his disabled war buddy. The last thing he wants is a visit from Tony’s ex fiancé.

Skylar has tried to contact Sandro many times to discuss the generous bequeath of half of the family home from Tony in his will. In fact, she only wants to give it back to the family, but Sandro won’t take her calls.  That’s what drives her to venture to his home in the middle of the night during a storm. A storm that drops a tree on her car and ends up trapping her on the property while she recovers.

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Review: The Lying Game by Mickey Miller

Reviewed by Ericka

Best friends turned enemies then back to semi friends? I had moments of feeling like I was on a roller coaster with this one. There was so much angst and tension until it felt like a knife could cut right through it.

Carter and Lacy grew up together as best friends. Both of their moms were best friends so it was a given that Lacy and Carter would be too. They each grew up in a single parent household and there was a lot that both families struggled with financially. Lacy accidentally found out a secret about Carter and his mom by overhearing her mom talking to Carter’s mom. Lacy felt like she should tell Carter the secret and that it was wrong to keep something very important from him. Her mom convinced her that it wasn’t Lacy’s place to tell and that in time Carter’s mom will eventually come clean. After a while the secret comes to the surface and Carter finds out that Lacy knew all along. They break up and the friendship ends. Years later Lacy needs a place to stay for the summer while she attends a dance school and Carter’s mom convinces him to let Lacy stay since Lacy’s living arrangements didn’t work out. Now the friends turned enemies have a lot of pent up anger and unfinished business that neither one of them wants to have to deal with.

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Review: Fatal Reckoning by Marie Force

Reviewed by Debz

I knew this was going to be a tearjerker and man did it deliver. I don’t think I stopped crying for the first half of this book, but I would totally read it again and again. It was exceptional as expected.

In this installment of the Fatal series, Sam finally gets to close the case of the person who shot, paralyzed, and ultimately killed her father, Skip Holland. It was not rocket science to guess that Skip would ultimately die in one of the books and the author made it clear about 5 months ago that this was the book it would happen, but I was still floored when I read it. It really put me through the wringer and I enjoyed so much. (I’m a sucker for pain.)

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Review: Grave Destiny by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Alex Craft series. Even though there is what feels like an eternity between releases of these books, I am always able to jump back in so seamlessly and fall into the world. Alas, we do not see much of Death this time around. You can thank the events of the last book for that.  Instead, this centers on an adventure Alex takes with Dugan, prince of the Shadow realm, and Falin, the Winter queen’s knight.

The story begins with Dugan visiting Tongues for the Dead, in need of help from Alex to solve the mysterious death of one of his people. Falin gets involved right away, as soon as he catches word that Dugan is in the human realm. Turns out someone is dead from both Dugan’s court and Falin’s. And the bodies were found in the Winter court. Likely, it was set up as a frame job.

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Review: At His Lady’s Command by Nicola Davidson

Reviewed by Caitlin

I have been waiting for the story of the 38-year-old sexually-experienced domme and her very muscular, very masculine submissive lover. Life got in the way a bit – new job, moved to a new place, etc – but when I finally had time to sit down and read this novella, I was thrilled to find it was worth the wait.

Lady Portia Butler is the founder of the Surrey Sexual Freedom Society (or Surrey SFS) and has enjoyed a life of relative freedom for a women in the Regency era. But her brother has the title now, and he is not nearly as open-minded about a woman’s place in Society as their father was. He insists she marry a peer or lose her income. And she will most definitely lose her bodyguard, Captain Randall Denham.

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