I enjoy a good Regency romance, but sometimes it’s nice to step away from dukes and the ballrooms to see a historical romance from a different perspective. There are no ingénues in this book; no teacakes or afternoon calls. This is a second chance at love story, set against the dark and dirty rookeries of London in the 1830s. And I really liked the change of pace. [Read more...]
Some may say that the friends to lovers concept is easy to do, but when friends to lovers stories are bad they can be really bad. This is was not case here. Virna DePaul has a new fan because she can write the heck out of this type of story. Color me shocked and happy when she snagged my attention in the first chapter.
Melina Parker grew up around twins Rhys and Max Dalton. She’s had a crush on Rhys for as along as she can remember because even though the twins are identical, Rhys is much better looking to Melina. He does what so few have been able to do for her, make her feel safe and wanted. Rhys and Max are the sons of magicians. They travel a lot as part of the act, but they still keep in touch with their hometown friend Melina. [Read more...]
I really wanted to love this book. I have never read JD Tyler before, but the blurb sounded right up my alley. There are shifters, a wounded hero who is going deaf. A couple with both people damaged, trying to heal one another. It hits so many of my buttons. Unfortunately, I was decidedly underwhelmed while reading.
The book description was accurate. Zander Cole is the Healer of his shifter pack. They are former SEALs who now fight supernatural foes. [Read more...]
I loved this book. Written in Red set the bar awfully high. It was so fresh and original. But this installment springboards right off the ending of that book into new waters for these amazing characters. The story feels like a natural progression. It all centers around Meg and those hunting her since her escape. You would think that after what happened to the last group of guys who tried to get her, a lesson would be learned. But she is too valuable to the Controller for him to give up. The thing is, she is now too valuable to the Others for them to let him have her back. [Read more...]
I have to say that I’ve been looking forward to Powers’ story since the end of Lady in Red. He is a man destroyed by the deaths of his wife and child. He is an ass. He drowns himself in opium. But we saw a glimpse of something more when he interacted with Mary. We saw glimpses of his vulnerability and could tell that with the right woman, he could rebuild what is broken inside himself. Margaret is to be that woman. [Read more...]
Hi Folks, I discovered MQ Barber’s work last year and since then I’m head over heads for her Neighborly Affection series. After a tad bit of stalking I got her to do an interview. Enjoy!
Shelly: Who’s your favorite author? What about your favorite menage story – that’s not your own of course?
M.Q.: The closest thing I have to a favorite author right now is probably fantasy writer Jim Butcher. He writes characters I get emotionally wrapped up in and stories with a lot of intrigue, action, and humor.
You’ll laugh, but I don’t have a favorite ménage story yet. I have a to-read list that gets longer every time I see a review or a recommendation for a book that sounds interesting. [Read more...]
The second in Barber’s Neighborly Affection, this story picks up where the first story left off. This is not a standalone so I’m strongly suggesting that you give the first one a read before digging into this one. When I got the copy, I was gluttonous in my consumption. I couldn’t help but read it in one sitting. Then it took me a little time putting my thoughts together because I had to get over my expectations of where I saw the story going. Barber doesn’t magically turn this into flowery prose. Instead it’s kept pretty much in the same vein as the first story. [Read more...]
I really enjoyed this novella. I probably liked it more than any Araneae Nation story I have read in awhile. The reason: it feels like the series went back to its roots. We’re taking a break from the plague and the zombie infection thing and we’re refocusing on Maven Loures’ clan. Specifically, it’s the second chance at love story for her brother Armand and the only woman he has ever cared about. [Read more...]
I haven’t been reading a lot of angsty New Adult lately because I’m tired of characters moping around, thinking about how horrible they are. If they don’t like themselves, I have trouble liking them. This book sounded a little different, though. A girl goes through a sudden tragedy and tries to escape the past, and then she meets a deep sea fisherman. Have you ever read a fisherman hero? Or a guy on a boat who wasn’t a pirate? I had to check it out. [Read more...]
I’ve never read Robyn DeHart before and it irks me to great extent that I had this story in my TBR for as long as I did before buckling down to read it. The first in the Dangerous Liaisons Series, I couldn’t have asked for either a better introduction to both the author and the series. I even cheated a little by not reading this too fast because I just knew that I didn’t want it to end. [Read more...]