Review: Lawyer Up by Kate Allure

lawyer upReviewed by Shelly

This is my first time to read this author and I’m not sure why I decided on this other than the blurb being interesting at the time. The first in Kate Allure’s ‘Meeting Up Men’ series is about doctors, not sure what kind of doctors, but I’m guessing the stories are similar in their content. Even though these are very short pieces, they told enough of a story to grab my attention.

The first story in the anthology, “Attorney Privileges,” was my favorite. Actress/waitress Beth is in jail when good guy lawyer Jon shows up and makes her an offer she can’t refuse. If she convincingly pleads her case to him, he’ll represent her pro bono. Unfortunately for Beth, the reason she’s behind bars is because she was unknowingly involved in some kind of police operation/bust involving prostitutes; so now she not only has to get out of jail, she has to convince Jon that she’s not a prostitute and get back to work before she loses that job. [Read more…]

Review: Baby’s Got Bite by Candace Havens

baby's got biteReviewed by Shelly

It’s been 3 years since the first story in this series, Take It Like a Vamp, came out.  I read and reviewed it and I can honestly say that I remember neither the plot nor the characters in that first story. This story picks up during Nick and Casey’s (book 1) wedding. Casey’s best friend Bennett and Nick’s best friend and second in command, Linc, decide to have sex because well… that’s what people do at weddings. Two and a half months after their sexual rendezvous, Bennett finds out that she’s pregnant with Linc’s child. Doing the right thing, she goes to Linc and tells him of his impending fatherhood. Linc is ecstatic and over the moon with the news. He’s been without family for a long time and anticipates when he’ll have his own. [Read more…]

Review: Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

dragonbaneReviewed by Jen

When you develop a long history with a series you have loved the way I’ve loved this one, it’s hard to let go. But sometimes, it’s the best choice. I feel like I’ve said, “this is the last one” to myself a fair number of times, only to get sucked back in by my memories of stories past. (Dance With the Devil, anyone?) But the thing is, even when one kind of brings back the glory days the way The Guardian did, I’m getting to the point where it all feels recycled. Even the good stuff, done so many times, doesn’t shine the way it used to. [Read more…]

Review: Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

vengeance of the demonReviewed by Jen

Ugh. I am growing more and more disheartened by the direction this series is going in.  These books started as police procedurals with paranormal elements. Our heroine was a cop who also summoned demons. She was relatable. She liked donuts. She hated exercise. She was kind of lonely, with a sort of kooky aunt and mentor as her only family. Over the course of the first few books, she found her niche as a homicide detective. She made a few friends and fell in love. And then, really, what the hell happened? [Read more…]

Review: Nine Dates by Shanyn Hosier

nine datesReviewed by Shelly

This had the potential to be a really good read for me. The sample and the blurb were promising. Elizabeth Mitchell and John O’Brien work for the same company. Beth has had more than an office crush on John, but after finding out that he’s not only taken – he’s gay– she’s not sure what his flirtations were about. After being asked out by John, knowing what she knows, she decides that the best way to handle to situation is… I’ll get back to that in a bit.

Paul Atwater is John’s boyfriend. He’s in his residency as an orthopedic surgeon so you can imagine his schedule is limited. John and Beth’s proposition is something that he’s not sure of, rightfully so, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep John. I’ve read way too many types of this story where there’s a 3rd person to a couple and I felt this was one of them. [Read more…]

Review: Fearless by Lauren Gilley

fearless1Reviewed by Carrie

My MC-book loving friends… have I got a treat for you! This book was originally released as a serial but is now packaged as one big honkin’ book. A 700+ page novel that you will want to set away for when you have the time to sit and indulge because you will not want to stop. If alpha bikers, forbidden romance, violence, suspense and the brotherhood of an MC are your thing, then keep reading. [Read more…]

Review: The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward

bourbon kingsReviewed by Jen

If you ever enjoyed the night-time soaps of the 1980s, get ready for the next generation of big-money, family dynasty drama.  The Bradford family made its fortune in bourbon, not oil, but all of the major elements are in place: a southern palatial estate, high end cars, private jets… class divisions, a spoiled daughter, and a dastardly patriarch that could put JR Ewing to shame.

But this is JR Ward, you say. How does it compare to the Black Dagger Brotherhood? Simply put, it doesn’t. This is in no way, shape, or form like the BDB books. There’s no street slang nor product placement. Nobody’s “gotchu.” Nobody is drinking Grey Goose.  Oh –and spoiler alert– both the hero and the heroine survive the entire book. So there’s that. [Read more…]

Review: True Devotion by Liora Blake

true northReviewed by Carrie

I was so excited to read this book after loving the first book in the series, True North.  While there were some minor issues, I really enjoyed the book and this author’s writing.

Devon Jenkins has a pretty sweet life right now, courtesy of her rockstar brother, Trevor.  It’s a far cry away from the way they grew up in the ghetto, but she still can’t shake the lessons learned there. In the ghetto, you learn to keep everyone at arm’s length because you never know their agenda or what they want from you. [Read more…]

Review: Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

mistress of pleasureReviewed by Jen

I jumped into the School of Gallantry series with book 3 and I absolutely loved it. I followed along through the end of the series and am only just now seeing where it all began.  I read this as a second edition re-release, which I understand has some differences from the original, so you may want to keep that in mind.

One of the things I really like about this series is that the books all take place in the same period of time. So even though I didn’t start with book one, with all of the events taking place concurrently, I didn’t feel like I missed anything. The series surrounds a special school for gentlemen, run by a former French courtesan. She helps them learn the art of romance and seduction. Each man needs her help for different reasons, but each ends up a hero of his own story. This book not only features one of the students, but the courtesan’s own granddaughter, Maybelle. [Read more…]

Review and Giveaway: Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep

spiders trapReviewed by Jen

Gin Blanco is back and the more things change, the more they stay the same.  There is a comfortable familiarity that allows me to sink right back into this world every time I pick up a new book. There are all of those delicious food references. Spider puns. Owen’s violet eyes. The fact they use rubbers, despite the fact Gin takes her “little white pills.” Chicory coffee. Where the Red Fern Grows. Dreams as memory restoration device. Finn’s charm. Gin’s disdain for sloppiness. [Read more…]