Archives for August 2013

Review: The Demon’s Deception

demons deceptionReviewed by Shelly

I read the stories in this series back to back and it made for one heck of a ride. For a novella, Adler got a big bang out of so few words. This is my absolute favorite story in the series. It’s always good to see the other side of the conflict, and with Demons taking up space on the first three stories, it’s only fair that it’s time for the Fae to have their say.

Full of secrets, Barbas – the Demon of Healing, will give and do most anything to keep them. But there comes a time when he decides that his secrets can no longer bind him. [Read more…]

Review: Stay With Me

stay with meReviewed by Janell

This book disappointed me, and I feel bad saying that, because I wanted to love it. But that’s what disappointment is, so I’ll get over it. Let me explain.

Hailey is eighteen, a freshman in college, and a superstar. As she explains it, she started as a Gerber baby, then, “I was on the soap until I was five. Then I played Annie in yet another Broadway revival of the show before playing Cosette. And then TV sitcoms and films. And my singing continued as I acted. The tours, the songwriting… It goes on and on.” Also, “I had won a few Grammys and Emmy awards by the time I was fourteen.” [Read more…]

Review: Grave Secret

grave secretReviewed by Jen

I will give Sierra Dean due credit. She has crafted a world and characters that have completely sucked me in. I can’t stop reading these books.  I have feelings –very strong feelings—about these stories that I cannot ignore. This says a lot about Dean’s gift as a writer.   Book after book, I am on the edge of my seat, thanks to the great pacing, the plotline, the action and the danger.  And book after book, I find myself inordinately pissed off with at least one of the characters and increasingly incensed by Secret’s romantic entanglements.  In past book, all my hate went to Lucas. But here… here I think I am starting to hate Secret too.

Hate Secret? You gasp.  She’s the main character! [Read more…]

Review: Devil in the Making

devil in the makingReviewed by Shelly

This is a free read on Amazon, I’m not sure if this will be indefinite but I do know that it’s been free for a few weeks now.

A prequel to the Devil DeVere series, this tell the story of Ludovic, Simon and Ned when they’re in school. I must warn you, this isn’t the same type of book as the later series because let’s face it these are still lads and the experience and expertise hasn’t been developed. If you didn’t know, I’m letting your know now – I’m a big fan of Vane’s work. [Read more…]

Review: Logan & Jenna

logan jennaReviewed by Jen

Logan & Jenna is book six in RE Butler’s The Wolf’s Mate series, but as a new reader, I promise it works fine as a standalone.  The story follows werewolf Logan as he finds and falls for his truemate, a fairy named Jenna.

Our couple comes together under difficult circumstances.  Jenna was kidnapped and nearly killed. She used a last ditch spell to call her mate to her aid.  And it worked. Logan saved her life and bonded himself to her to help make her stronger.  He brings her home and spends the rest of the book alternating between having sex with her, er, falling in love with her and protecting her from the bad guys who kidnapped her in the first place.  That’s pretty much it. [Read more…]

Review: Unconditional

unconditionalReviewed by Jaimie

The Cascadia Wolves series was my first experience with Lauren Dane’s work and since then I have devoured everything she has written.  While I love all her books, this series holds a special place in my heart.  We have seen brief glimpses of the wolves in the De La Vega Cats and Bound by Magick books but I was really excited to return to the world of Nina, Cade, Grace, et al.  The wait was worth it – Unconditional was an excellent addition to the series and it sets up stories for the other two series as well!

Police Officer Michelle Slattery is woken up one morning by a frantic call from her best friend’s mother reporting that there has been a struggle at her friend’s apartment and that she is missing.  As a witch, Michelle is vaguely aware that witches are being targeted all over but she has no idea how bad the situation is. [Read more…]

Review: The Ruin of a Rogue

ruin rougeReviewed by Jen

Eh. This one didn’t quite hit the mark for me.  It was ok, but it didn’t really inspire any deep feeling.  The book wasn’t exactly boring, but it teetered on the edge.

The story centers on two characters featured heavily in The Importance of Being Wicked: Caro’s cousin Anne and her unscrupulous friend Marcus.  As the story begins, Anne is being plagued by fortune hunters.  She can’t seem to find a man who wants her for who she is, until she meets Marcus. Of course, he wants her money every bit as much as all of her other suitors, but he’s better at playing the game.  He convinces Anne that he shares her interests –that he sees the real her– and convinces her to fall halfway in love with him.  That is, until she learns the truth.  From there, she decides to teach him a lesson he’ll never forget. [Read more…]

Review: Love in the Afternoon

love in the afternoonReviewed by Shelly

It’s amazing what you’ll find when you’re not looking. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve read by Hines, I’d be lying if I tried, but I can say it’s a lot. This short piece is one of the her best. Even as short as it was, the writing on it is quite good and gives a lot to the reader.

From their first meeting ten years ago, Oriana Price has been very much in-like with Chase Henderson. As the best friend to Chase’s cousin, Oriana became a pseudo member of the family and witnessed the style and type of women that Chase goes out with and with that knowledge knew that she definitely wasn’t his type. All this changes on the night of Chase’s surprise birthday party. [Read more…]

Review: A Rake’s Midnight Kiss

rakes midnight kissReviewed by Jen

Not every man responds to ridicule and derision in the same way. It’s so interesting to see how each of the heroes in the Sons of Sin series is shaped differently by his experiences as a bastard. In the case of Sir Richard Harmsworth, his life has been about crafting the perfect façade of indifference. He is outwardly perfect: handsome, charming, fashionable. But he is not immune to the barbs of society or the constant reminders of his questionable parentage. So he goes on a quest to find a jewel that would confirm his claim as the rightful heir to his title. Unfortunately, the woman who owns it has no intention of handing in over. [Read more…]

Review: Never Kiss a Rake

never kiss a rakeReviewed by Carrie

Anne Stuart is one of my favorite authors who has been at the game since the 70’s.  I love her because she writes such deliciously dark unrepentant anti-heroes unlike any other.  Never Kiss a Rake is the first book in a historical romance trilogy about three sisters who go into service in the households of very bad men in order to discover who was responsible for their father’s downfall and death.

After finding a mysterious note left behind by her father, Bryony Russell is convinced that her father didn’t embezzle money from his shipping business and his death might not have been accidental.  As the eldest sister, Bryony decides it’s up to her to get to the bottom of the matter.  [Read more…]