Archives for December 2013

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergentReviewed by Jen

I know this book was the big thing two years ago, but I’m not much of a YA reader and I ignored the buzz. But then I saw the trailer for the movie and I was intrigued.  The good thing about being late to the party is that I get to read all three installments in this trilogy back-to-back.  This is fairly awesome since I really enjoyed the book –and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The basic plot goes like this: in a dystopian Chicago, society is made up into five factions. Each represents a different virtue that its people strive to achieve. Beatrice was raised Abnegation, the selfless sect of society committed to doing for others.  But like all others turning 16, it is time for her to choose the faction she will follow for the rest of her life.  [Read more…]

Review: By Surprise

by surpriseReviewed by Shelly

I would consider myself a connoisseurs of all things m/m/f and this isn’t my first story by Alyssa Turner. “Polished” left me curious enough to read another of her stories. As with that story, I found things with this one that didn’t really work for me. Maybe because it’s only 77 pages and there wasn’t time to develop the characters. Gay Nicholas and bi-sexual Paxton are happily married. Nicholas has just lost his job as a counselor and cop Paxton’s already working overtime and doubles so money is very tight in that household. Paxton running into Jodi, his best friend from high school seems like a lifesaver because she’s looking for a place to stay and the guys have a room to rent – perfect solution. A little too perfect. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss of Crimson

kiss of crimsonReviewed by Jen

I am still waiting to be wowed by this series.  So many of my book-buddies are fans, but I can barely muster up a meh for it. It wasn’t bad, but much like Kiss of Midnight, I found this installment to be predictable and just very stereotypical of the PNR genre.

This is Dante’s story. He is pretty unremarkable among the Breed males. He is not the tortured one, the super-serious one, or the leader. The only thing that really differentiates him from his brethren is that he has visions of his own death.  [Read more…]

Review: Hearts in Darkness

hearts in darknessReviewed by Jen

I’m not usually one for contemporary romance, but this short, sexy read actually hit the spot for me.  Not only was there great sexual tension and hot love scenes, it also featured a hero who’s tattooed and tough on the outside, but with a gentle vulnerability underneath. Win. And win again.

The entire story takes place in less than 24 hours, which immediately avoids one of the pitfalls of so many novellas. It doesn’t try to cram too much story and character progression into a scant number of pages.  It all starts when Makenna, a harried forensic accountant steps into an elevator with paramedic Caden Grayson.  [Read more…]

Review: The Breed Next Door

breed next doorReviewed by Jen

After my last Breed read several months ago, I needed a break from the series. I decided to dip my toe back in with this novella –and everything about this series came rushing back. It’s sexy, with a possessive, controlling hero. The heroine is a feisty virgin. The sex is hot. The language walks the line between dirty and ridiculous. And then it’s over.

Tarek is a lion breed who has never had a normal life. He tries to enjoy the little things, like his own home and cutting the grass, while working an undercover job, tracking a Trainer. He enjoys a fun, slightly antagonistic rapport he has going on with his sexy neighbor Lyra. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Most Anticipated Books of 2014

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I know I’m going to miss a bunch after I send this list to post, but these are just a few of the books that have me biting my nails until they release.   I ordered them by release date to let you manage your excitement. *grin*

Tell me in the comments what you can’t wait for!

bitter spiritsBitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett  –  A PNR set in the 1920’s featuring a spirit medium and a sexy bootlegger caught up in a mystery involving a turf battle and ancient Chinese curses.  I was fortunate to read an advance copy.  Go and pre-order this now – it’s outstanding.  Releases Jan 7th, 2014

Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost – It’s the last Cat and Bones book. *sobs*  One of my all-time favorite romance couple’s series is coming to an end.   I’m sure Ms. Frost has pulled out all the stops for this one.  Releases Jan 28, 2014

Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde – A really well written motorcycle club book series.  MC books are my crack and I read a lot of them.  Most of them are only ok, but when they have an author who knows what’s she’s doing, they are one hell of a ride.  Releases Jan 28, 2014

Frankie & Benny (title TBA) by Kristen Ashley – We’ve been waiting for the story of these two firecrackers since At Peace.  I am crossing fingers that Ms. Ashley does not fail us.  Release Early 2014.

written in my ownWritten in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon – The 8th book in the Outlander series is set upon the eve of the Revolutionary war.  The book’s release also coincides with the Starz production of the first book.  I don’t know if my heart can take that much swooning at once, but I’m going to give it a go.  Jamie and Claire FTW!! Releases June 10th, 2014

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – The finale to the All Souls Trilogy.  This trilogy is a mix of time-travel, paranormal, romance and history.  I love when I’m able to passively learn things from books.  Fans of the Outlander series would appreciate this series.  Releases July 15, 2014

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole – FINALLY Lanthe and Thronos’ story.  Lovers to enemies to lovers? LOVE IT! Releases August 5, 2014

So what did I miss?

Review: Guardian Demon

guardian demonReviewed by Jen

I have so many feelings after reading this book. So many.  The basic takeaway, though, is that I loved it.  It was everything you could hope for the ending of an epic, awesome series, but so rarely get.  The romance is exceptional.  But beyond that, Meljean Brook does a masterful job of weaving together elements and characters from previous books to build a breathtaking climax and utterly satisfying conclusion. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: The Guardians

This is the reading order for The Guardian series by Meljean Brook:meljean

 

*Denotes short story/ novella

Review: The Guardians Short Stories & Novellas

hot spell“Reviewed by Jen

Falling for Anthony” (Guardians 0.5) – This story may fall chronologically before the events of Demon Angel, but I am so glad that I read it after I was a couple of books into the series. I really don’t think I would have appreciated Anthony and Emily’s story without the perspective that the first two full length books gave me.  We’ve heard Colin mention his sister Emily many times –as well as his own turning into a vampire. This is the story of that time in their lives and how Colin’s best friend Anthony fits into the picture. [Read more…]

Review: The Iron Duke

iron dukeReviewed by Jen

This is another series pushed heavily to me by a few of my book friends.  I was a little hesitant to pick it up, because I have been hit and miss with steampunk and I didn’t know whether it would be a good fit.   My main fear was that it would be “too steampunk.” Let’s face it, there are varying degrees… from stories with an airship or wind-up sprinkled in… to others with giant manned-robots, goggle-attire, and elixirs.  In case you’re wondering, on a scale from one to 10, this series is about an 11 on the steampunk scale. But the more I read, the deeper I fell into the world. [Read more…]