Archives for October 2013

Review: Duke of Midnight


The third (and final?) Ghost of St Giles is finally unmasked in this latest installment of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series.  I have been a big fan of the last two books, but I didn’t love this one quite as much.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. But it didn’t have the same spark as the previous books.

Maximus, the Duke of Wakefield, is the original Ghost. He began donning the mask as part of a quest for revenge in the death of his parents.  He still hasn’t found the man responsible, yet after more than a dozen years, he is still searching for the killer.  In the meantime, Maximus is on the hunt for a wife, but he doesn’t care for a love match. The only thing he cares about is finding a woman worthy of the Dukedom… someone who would honor his father’s lineage.  Lady Penelope would be perfect in that regard. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Secret McQueen

This is the reading order for the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean:

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*Denotes short story/ novella

Review: To Tame a Wilde

to tame a wildeReviewed by Shelly

After reading Terry’s story (To Have a Wilde) about the other twin and being disappointed, I wanted to see if this would be a better read. It wasn’t. With the blessing of the Wilde family, attorney Sinclair Adams goes to Hawaii to negotiate a deal with the grown twin sons of the Wilde patriarch. Nick Kealoha is adamant that he will not give up any of their rights to the Wilde ranch back in Wyoming. Once they finally see each other, the sparks fly.

I thought about not finishing this story so many times. I can only tolerate ‘blue eyes’ and ‘baby’ so many times before I want to pull my hair out. This story like its predecessor had a problem with names and being consistent. [Read more…]

Review: Running Back

running backReviewed by Carrie

I’m a girl who loves sports, so when watching football the other Sunday, I got the urge to read a good sports romance and this one came up for review and sounded promising.  Football – check. Smart heroine – check.  Set in Ireland – SOLD.

Archeologist Natalie Sullivan is finally about to achieve her dream, to uncover a lost city under layers of dirt on a farm in Ireland.  Just as she’s gotten the contracts signed, crews assembled and secured grant money for the dig, the landowner unexpectedly dies.  [Read more…]

Review: (Never) Again

never againReviewed by Carrie

What would you do if you got the chance to make your first love, the guy who broke your heart, grovel and beg for you?  That’s the hook that drew me in to review this New Adult novel.  Sadly, it wasn’t as epic as I thought it might be, or perhaps it was just me still wishing I could kick Jimmy C. in the shins for breaking my heart sophomore year of high school… but I digress.

Liz Wagner is rolling along happy as a clam in her freshman year of college with her brother Josh, her boyfriend Joe and her group of friends, including BFF Sadie.  Then one day, as she’s walking into class, she spots her old boyfriend Zach.  [Read more…]

Review: Freedom to Submit

freedom to submitReviewed by Shelly

Fast, smart and sexy. Freedom to Submit is the first in Monroe’s menage series set in Freedom, Colorado. Even the name of the town suggests something naughty is coming at ya. Danisa Milan is on a stakeout, minding her own and her client’s business, just trying to take some incriminating pictures when she gets a lot more than she bargained for. She sees a murder through her lenses. Sheriff Brady Braxson remembers Danisa from high school and wants to protect her from the killer. But that’s not the real reason he doesn’t want to let her out of his sight, he’s hoping that she’ll be the perfect submissive for him and his roommate rancher Lucas Holt who’s also a Dom. [Read more…]

Review: Apocalipstick

apocalipReviewed by Janell

It turns out that I’m not a fan of gore, so take that into account with this review, because it’s got a lot of zombie killing.

Jenna is eighteen, and about five years ago some sickness killed a lot of people. They were dumped into mass graves, and then those corpses reanimated and killed even more people, so the world doesn’t have a lot of humans. Jenna manages to find a group of people traveling south to a secluded inn where they can live happily ever after. [Read more…]

Review: Demon Moon

demon moonReviewed by Jen

What a difference one book can make! In the first installment of this series, I was confused; I was uninvested; and I was ready to give up on a series heavily recommended to me by readers I trust.  But  Demon Angel and Demon Moon are like apples and oranges.  Sure, they are closely tied with overlapping characters and world building, but this story is worlds better.  I cared about the characters and their struggling relationship.  I felt connected to the story. And not only did I understand what was happening, I was eager to turn the page to see what would happen next. [Read more…]

Review: Archer

archerReviewed by Jaimie

Archer is the first book in the Hard Body Novel series by Debra Kayn and tells the story of Jane Beaumont, a woman on the run from her past, and Kage Archer, a man determined to rise above his name.  The book opens with a difficult to read scene so if domestic violence is a hard topic for you then this might not be the book for you.  I actually really enjoy the woman leaving the bad relationship and rebuilding herself angle so it was right up my alley. [Read more…]

Review: Play by Play

play by playReviewed by Shelly

This is a cute short read. Blogger, journalist and former college football player Jake Dublin writes about what he knows – football. He also likes to drop in the occasional line about what’s going on in his personal life. Nothing wrong with that, many bloggers do that. Where Jake runs into trouble is when he meets his new neighbor, Elevator Girl aka Sophie James, and decides to not only give his fans something extra; he also decides to be not so honest with Sophie about who he is and what he does.

It’s hard enough to deliver a good story in the traditional way much less the way that Kate Donovan carried this one off. As each character has their own voice, much of Jake’s character is developed through his blog and that’s the way that Donovan told it. I thought that was genius because it’s not only Jake we get to know this way but his readers too – the comments for his posts were harsh, insightful, and just laugh out loud funny with some of them. [Read more…]