Review: Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Reviewed by Joanna

As a long-term Sarina Bowen fan, I look forward to the author collaborations she does, and this story, co-written with Tanya Eby, featuring a sex tape, a TV Mr Fixit and a larger lady, is another winner. It’s heavy on the comedy to make you giggle-snort, alongside a sexy angst free romance that I’ve come to expect from this author. I needed the light relief this week, and it delivered.

Brynn is an unhappy divorcee. She’s glad to have left her passionless ex behind, but she lost her job in the process and feels like a failure. What better to do than go to a fancy party with your friends, and run and jump (literally) on the first handsome guy you see?

Tom is on a lady-hiatus after an unpleasant ending to his last relationship. He’s a big, tall, TV celebrity, with nine seasons of a house renovation show under his (tool) belt, and he’s very good with his sizeable hands. Helpful for when a woman flies through the air at him, and super useful for helping her take off her wrap dress when a kiss leads to explosive passion and a quickie in the boat house. [Read more…]

Review: Poison and Mercy by EC Elvedeane

Reviewed by Ronelle

It’s 1885 and NOT the London we’d expect to find. Clouds of acidic fog fill the air and body-melting rain could fall at any time, while the Thames is perpetually aflame. Anyone who sets foot outdoors without the proper protective gear is either mad or suicidal. To make matters worse, the world at large is restless: nothing has been seen or heard from within the borders of Germany for several years, the Mediterranean is plagued by the pirate airships of the Corsair Queens, and foreign plots to take control of the British Empire abound.

It will take a particular type of woman to save the day. Or rather, pair of women.

Enter Poison and Mercy d’Avalon, orphans raised by a man with a bent for poisons and a hand in entirely too many pies. These adventuresses dabble in extortion, assassination, and every other vice imaginable (some more steamy and illicit than others). Hired to eliminate a blackmail threat to a Very Important Person, they think it will be a simple—and profitable—task…but it isn’t long before simple becomes complicated. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham

Reviewed by Joanna

Ah, my first Christmas read of the season. Do you like to get in the spirit with seasonal books? I do, though I’m not exactly feeling extra festive, having read this… how to categorize. Not romance, not quite. Women’s fiction, maybe?

Emma is a writer in London, producing a food blog and working a number of writing jobs to make ends meet. On the day she gets dumped by her bland, beige boyfriend, she also gets hit by a postal truck. To add insult to injury? The postie was delivering her family’s ancient recipe/spell book, sent by her grandmother who wants to tempt her back into the fold.

With broken bones and other injuries, there’s only one place for Emma, and the book, to go – back to Hope Cottage, her family’s Yorkshire Moors home in the village of Whistling.

Now, Emma is in a rough way. She’s also a little brain damaged by the accident, causing her to lose her sense of taste, smell and giving her weird vision and touch. It takes a fair amount of time in the bosom of Grannie’s home to aid her recovery. [Read more…]

Review: Crazy in Love by Crystal B. Bright

Reviewed by Shelly

Oh how I wanted to like this story. The blurb read like a promise of good romance between the R&B world and the Country music world. Plus, it’s IR. Come on… doesn’t that sound like it would be awesome. The chemistry potential in such a fast driven industry with a very fickle audience just screams – YES, tell me all about it!

Sorry, I got excited for a second there.

So what really happened was…

I’ve read this author before and although I wasn’t thrilled with the story telling for what I previously read, I thought, heck it’s been two years surely there’s been some changes. So now I’m thinking it’s me because the writing didn’t change. [Read more…]

Review: Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been on the hunt for a good sci-fi romance and this 10 year-old stand-alone from Linnea Sinclair absolutely hit the spot. Not every element was perfect, but it was sexy and angsty and hit all my happy buttons with a virgin cyborg hero that falls in love despite the restrictions of his programming.

Tasha “Sass” Sebastian is a hotshot pilot with a unsavory past she is trying to leave behind. Her latest assignment puts her under the command of Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, her long-time  sparring partner and not-quite nemesis. The buttoned-up, icy commander is mechanically enhanced, and she enjoys matching wits with him. She has no idea that he’s secretly been in love with her for years. [Read more…]

Review: Start With Me by J. Saman

Reviewed by Joanna

I have a confession. I was given this book aaaages ago, and managed to somehow misplace it, even though I like this author a lot and really enjoyed the first in this series of standalones. And I’m sorry it took me so long to read, as this is a tension-filled sexy romance.

Claire is an overqualified PA, and has been working for the same tech firm since college. Ryan is her boss (book one hero) and his younger brother Kyle is her super-duper dose of eye candy and text buddy. They only met once—at Ryan’s wedding—but their chemistry was off the chart. Shame Claire friend-zoned Kyle from the off. She doesn’t have boyfriends and even if she did, he’d be a bad choice. She considers her boss and his wife Kate as family, and doesn’t want to mess it up by screwing around with his brother. [Read more…]

Review: The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

Jeaniene Frost goes out big with this final book in her Broken Destiny series, though really, when you’re talking about an epic fight between ancient factions of good an evil, anything less would be a total letdown. This third installment picks up right on the heels of book two, where our hero Adrian has betrayed his wife yet again. It’s in his Judean blood… it’s his destiny… but this second betrayal is almost worst than the first one because A) they’re married now and B) he does it for love. On one hand, there’s no doubt of his devotion, but on the other, you just want to shake the guy for being so thickheaded. Then the waiting begins for the other shoe to drop. [Read more…]

Review: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Phew! Finally I made it to the fourth and most lauded book of this series of standalones. This story follows Lucy and Graham. A hippie florist who loves too much, and a famous writer who is so closed up he can’t feel anything at all.

We start with Lucy’s sister being gravely ill, and her douchebag husband walking out on her as he can’t handle watching her die–a theme in this book. Lucy cares for her sister, Mari, and thinks upset thoughts about their elder sister, Lyric, who doesn’t give a damn. [Read more…]

Review: Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione

Reviewed by Jen

I loved dropping back into the world of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series with this novella I missed the first time around. The was originally published as part of the Supernatural anthology back in 2011, placing the story about midway through the Horsemen of the Apocalypse arc. You don’t have to be familiar with the rest of the series to understand what’s going on here, but they’re such great books, I would definitely recommend going back to Pleasure Unbound and enjoy Demonica from the beginning. [Read more…]

Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella was a surprise release for me, and the first I heard of it was via the author asking for opinions on the cover. I love her choice, what do you think?

The story is a new adult fairy-tale-style romance, between Princess Brinley Cantrella of Estau and Prince Finn, a sober and serious man from the neighboring Kingdom who Brinley has loved since the age of five. And who was, until a few months ago, engaged to be married to her sister. [Read more…]