Archives for December 2013

Review: The Awakening: Britton

brittonReviewed by Shelly

If you’ve read Abby Niles before you know she’s not a rock’em sock’em kind of writer. She does like to build a story even if the premise is not exactly new. That’s the way I felt about Britton’s story, anyway. The buildup was nice and good enough that it kept me reading to find out what happens to these characters I’ve become invested in.

Britton and Val’s story picks up right after Liam’s story finished – give or take a couple months. The difference between this and the other Awakening books is that this has my favorite hero and heroine of the series. Val and Britton are like oil and water – they just don’t mix and that’s what makes this a spicy read.  If you’ve haven’t read Aidan or Liam’s stories, I’ll try not to spoil them but I can’t promise. If you have read Liam’s story, you’ll remember Val and the special place that she had in Britton’s affections . [Read more…]

Review: The Spider

spiderReviewed by Jen

I wish I could say that I loved this book. I’m a long time fan of this series, but ever since the destruction of Owen, things just haven’t been the same.  Owen isn’t my problem here, but I did have many issues. Don’t get me wrong, there were things I enjoyed, but I think it’s time for me to accept that this series and I are just drifting apart. [Read more…]

Review: A Taste of Blood Wine

taste of blood wineReviewed by Janell

I haven’t read a vampire book in a long time, and only decided to read this one because it also included some post-WWI British society.

Karl von Wultendorf is a vampire, and in this interpretation, vampires are immune to pretty much everything: sunlight, crosses, holy water. Karl isn’t as angsty and self-loathing as some vampires tend to be. He’s curious about his existence and wants to learn from scientists because he doesn’t believe in God. He’s also disobedient to his maker, Kristian. Kristian is an egomaniacal power tripper who wants all of his “children” to love him and join him in doing God’s work to purge the world of evil humans. [Read more…]

Review: Double Click

double clickReviewed by Shelly

Picking up where Click: An Online Love Story left off, we’re once again immersed in the online world of Renee, Shelley, Ashley and Mark. The shenanigans and tomfoolery continue, especially for Renee and Shelley. Ashley and Mark have their own drama going on, but I really enjoyed Renee and Shelley’s banter. Just in case you missed the first one, you can read this one as a standalone, but as it’s a continuing storyline featuring all the same characters, your enjoyment will be ten times better reading the first one. So be warned that I’m going to spoil the first one for you. [Read more…]

Review: Demon Marked

demon markedReviewed by Jen

I’ll say this for the Guardian series: as much as these books are woven together, Meljean Brook does an amazing job of giving them all their own identity.  Each romance is vastly different from the one before. Each hero and heroine is extremely well defined, with unique histories, motivations, and hang-ups. There is no cookie cutter anything.  And yet, they remain cohesive and engaging…. building to a coming crescendo that promises to be fan-freaking-tastic. [Read more…]

Review: The Countess Conspiracy

countess conspiracyReviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying what a fan I am of Courtney Milan. Just about any time I pick up something of hers, I feel like it’s a given I am going to love it. Unfortunately, this book proved the exception to the rule.

This is the third book in the Brothers Sinister series and it focuses on Sebastian and Violet.  You may remember Sebastian from the previous books as the controversial scientist who had society aghast with his lectures on reproduction and inherited traits.  What we learn here is that none of those ideas actually belonged to him. In fact, all the theories came from Violet. Sebastian agreed to present them because no one would take the ideas seriously from a woman. [Read more…]

Review: Click: An Online Love Story

clickReviewed by Shelly

I started this before I went to bed. Big mistake! I stayed up late reading and got up early to finish it; I was desperate to find out who ended up with who. I even contemplated reading ahead but I held myself back because I wanted to give a review based on the way I actually read it – so no jumping ahead.

This isn’t your everyday story that has paragraphs and traditionally proper sentence structure. Chock-full of conversations between everyday people with the perfect amount of drama, nonsense and just plain ridiculousness; it’s told in a way that if you’ve got friends and a job (you MUST have somewhere to go during the day even if it’s a home office) and you’d like to keep in touch during the day – you would completely understand and possibly relate (I know that I did). This is in essence a very simple story told in a unique and interesting way. This is the way that online dating really works – if you’ve done it you know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, well good luck to ya. [Read more…]

Review: Wildfire Gospel

wildfire gospelReviewed by Jen

Love triangles make me want to pull my hair out.  From the very beginning of this series, I have been completely and totally Team Zulu. He has always been so compelling. Powerful. Sexy. Enigmatic. And completely amazing with Lenore.   Then there is MeShack, the man-whore who broke her heart; the guy that can’t keep it in his pants for five minutes.  Yet, I saw the writing on the wall back in Fire Baptized.  MeShack grew up with Lenore.  They share years of common history and love.  No matter what roundabout fashion we have to get there, that’s they guy who always gets the girl.  And he does not deserve the girl. [Read more…]

Jaimie’s Top Reads of 2013

I can’t believe we are already faced with the end of 2013!  This has been a great year for book lovers and trying to narrow down my favorites for the year has not been easy.   I think I have them “short listed” but some of the books could fit in to more than one category so I tried to keep it to two for each one.

Romantic Suspense

shades of grayShades of Gray by Maya Banks – I am a HUGE fan of the KGI series (well let’s be honest I’m a total Maya fan girl and am a huge fan of all her books) but I’m not going to lie I was not looking forward to this book.  For some reason I had not been drawn in by P.J. and Cole and was kind of meh about reading their story.  Since Maya is an auto-buy for me the book downloaded to my ereader at midnight and I was wide awake so I figured I would start it.  I literally could not put it down and finished the whole thing that night.  There were some difficult to read scenes but it was so emotional and such a journey for P.J. that this quickly became one of my favorite books in the series.

elephant girlThe Elephant Girl by Henriette Gyland – the blurb from this book caught my attention because I am raising my nephew who witnessed his mother’s murder.  I’m not sure what I was expecting from it but Ms. Gyland did a fantastic job of showing the struggles that someone who has seen such a horrific thing goes through.  I loved that she had the heroine move on from her anger and grief and accept that it is okay to live and be happy,  and the secondary characters were just as interesting.   I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this may become a series because I would love to read the stories of some of the other characters.  I think there is a lot there to be discovered and I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, pacing and plot.


Lover At Last by J.R. Ward – if you are a Black Dagger Brotherhood fan then chances are you have been waiting for Qhuinn and Blay’s story and it was definitely overdue.  In terms of the actual core couple I’m not really sure Ward did the hardcore fans justice with their story, but the overall book did wonders to set up future stories in the series, as well as really get us intrigued by some of the characters we will no doubt learn more about later on.  I hope that in future books we get to see more of the progression in the relationship of Blay and Qhuinn because I felt a tiny bit let down on that front, but at the same time I was satisfied with it overall – if that makes sense.

unconditionalUnconditional by Lauren Dane – the Cascadia Wolves series was my first exposure to Ms. Dane’s work so I was really excited to get back to that group.  Yes we have seen glimpses of them in the de La Vega Cats series, but my heart was still with the wolves and I was not disappointed!  From a kick-ass heroine, a hot hero who didn’t try to control her and excellent story telling, Unconditional had all the elements I love in a Lauren Dane book.  I really hope we haven’t heard the last of this series!!


ours to love_layouts.inddOurs To Love by Shayla Black –  I wasn’t really sure how I was going to like a menage book that involved two brothers but I should have known that Shayla would not disappoint!  Xander is on a mission to save his brother Javier from himself and drags him down to Louisiana where the other characters from this series live.  Desperate to save not only his brother, but the family business as well, Xander sets up a temporary office down there while he tries to get Javier sober and determined to live again.  He hires London to assist in the office and it becomes clear that both men are drawn to her.  The sexual chemistry between London and each man was sizzling hot and a large part of what made Xander love her was the way she cared for his brother.  I think that big plot point helped me get over my misgivings of a menage relationship involving brothers.

theirs to keepTheirs to Keep by Maya Banks – this book is the first in the Tangled Hearts trilogy that Maya is self-publishing.  Unlike most of her series, this one will revolve around Cade Walker, Merrick Sullivan and Elle rather than a group of people.  When Cade and Merrick respond to an alarm at the business of one of their security company client’s, they find a badly beaten Elle hiding in fear.  After taking her in to help her heal, both men quickly fall in love with her.  One of the things I loved most about this book was that it was so emotional.  Typically menage books are very sexual, but given what Elle had been through it would have completely ruined the story if there had been sex scenes just for the sake of it.  By the time any sex scenes took place we were already invested in the characters and although the sex was smoking hot, it was also incredibly sweet.  I cannot wait for the next one to release!

Contemporary Romance 

drawn togetherDrawn Together by Lauren Dane – this book is the final book in the Brown Siblings series and while I am so sad that its over, Lauren saved the best for last.  For me, Erin’s story had always been the most emotional and my favorite but after this I have to say I think Raven has knocked Erin back to second.  Readers of the series “knew” there had to be an incredible story lurking behind Raven and there definitely was.  It takes a lot for me to cry while reading a book but this one had me crying in a few places.  Raven was so strong, yet so vulnerable and Jonah was her perfect counterpart.  He didn’t put up with her crap, he loved her but didn’t let her run all over him and he didn’t fight what he felt for her.  The series had the perfect ending.

Sweet Revengesweet revenge by Rebecca Zanetti – while this one is probably more romantic suspense I added it here because I loved the romantic part of the story just as much as the mystery.  After reading the first book in this series I was really looking forward to watching this story progress and Ms. Zanetti has me all in for this series.  I cannot wait to see what comes next!  Matt and Laney were so sweet together, both with their past seemingly standing in the way of any possible future.  I loved that while Laney may not be a physical bad-ass, in fact she faints at the sight of blood, she was an emotional bad-ass which is exactly what anyone who is going to love one of the Dean brothers is going to need to be.  The fact that the Dean brothers are close means that there will be plenty of opportunity to see more of Matt, Laney, Shane and Josie.  Nate’s story is next and I really cannot wait to dive into that one.

Honorable Mentions

Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips
Dire Distraction by Dee Davis
Rush, Fever and Burn by Maya Banks
Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti
Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy 

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Review: Reaver

reaverReviewed by Jen

Fans of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series have been waiting years for Reaver’s story.  Now that I’ve read it, I feel like I never really knew him at all.  Granted, that is probably in no small part, due to the fact he never really knew himself, either.  Reaver has lived for thousands of years, but he only remembers the last three decades of his life.  He’s been an angel; he’s fallen; and he’s been made an angel again.  But only at the end of Rogue Rider did he discover his true identity.  He is really Yenrieth, father to the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. [Read more…]