Archives for March 2014

Review: Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop

heir to the shadowsReviewed by Jen

I am still waiting to be bowled over by this series. I hoped this would be book that would do it.  I figured Janelle would finally age past puberty and give poor Daemon the chance to love her.  I was only half right.  Janelle does grow up, but I kept waiting and waiting for her reunion with Daemon.  Only to end the damn book still waiting.  That’s right.  They spend the entire book apart.

But Jen, you say, this isn’t a romance novel. You can’t judge the book on the romance… or lack of it. And you are totally right.  The book did not fail me because the romance failed me. It failed me because I spent the entire book waiting for something to happen that never did.  [Read more…]

Review: Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich

feel the rushReviewed by Janell

This is the story of Reed, an adrenaline junkie/military skydive instructor/damaged guy, and Meagan, a woman who is about to turn thirty and is really upset that she’s not married with kids by now.

When Meagan’s best friend Eva gets transferred, Meagan decides to follow her to a new state. Meagan is a nurse at a VA hospital, so she’s able to transfer her job and start over. Her goal: no more dating exciting and dangerous men, no more casual sex. She’s looking for Mr. Safe so that she can meet her gender-specified life goals by her arbitrarily-assigned deadline. [Read more…]

Review: Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha

beyond jealousyReviewed by Carrie

I’m not going to lie to you all.  I was nervous going into this book because I knew the romance was with Ace, Rachel and Cruz.  While I don’t mind ménage in my erotica, it’s not really my thing.  With that in mind, I will admit that it may have colored the way I saw this book.  Just a quick reminder, that this is the fourth book in the series and that they should be read in order. [Read more…]

Review: What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell

what a woman wantsReviewed by Janell

A hot guy loses at poker to his enterprising sister, who then requires him to join her maid service for a month. Sweet! I liked the premise of this book, but the style was ultimately too whimsical for me.

Sean and his brothers are all hot and rich. Sean wants to get even more rich by turning properties into bed & breakfasts, and he has his eyes on one particular old mansion. His sister’s company has a contract to clean it, and when the old woman who owns it dies, Sean takes the cleaning job so he can plan and scheme for his future. [Read more…]

Interview & Giveaway: Abigail Roux

Ball&Chain_TourBannerBy Abigail Roux

Welcome to the Ball & Chain virtual tour! If you’re following along, you’ll  be able to win yourself some goodies that might just save your life!  I’ve got five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can, perfect for traveling and hiking or taking with you to remote island weddings where people might be dying. And I’ve got five sets of trading cards with original artwork and character work-ups for the less adventurous readers!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of five Survival Kits in a Sardine Can or one of five sets of trading cards with original artwork. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 1, and winners will be announced on April 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.

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Jen’s Q&A with Abigail Roux

Jen: Hi Abi! Thanks so much for visiting the blog. I’m such a fan of the Cut and Run series, and I am often struck by how hard core the support is for these books. What is it about them, do you think, that has inspired such a devoted following?

Abigail: I wish I knew and I could repeat it over and over for the rest of my career. I know it’s about the characters, that people have latched onto them and love them. The series is nearing its end.  Have you ever been tempted to extend it?

Abigail: Never. I had a specific plan for Ty and Zane’s story arc, and to extend the books would just draw out their torture. I suppose the Sidewinder Series is a sort of extension for the characters, but Ty and Zane will be more like supporting characters there.Readers seem to be excited for any stories from this world.

Jen: What can you tell us about Cross & Crown?

Abigail: Cross & Crown is book 2 in the Sidewinder Series. It will follow Nick and Kelly, but it’s a different formula from he Cut & Run books. Sidewinder will be less about the relationship arc and more of an episodic adventure series. They’re a lot of fun.

Jen: Do you plan on giving any other secondary characters their own stories? Any deets?

Abigail: Frankly, I never planned on giving Nick and Kelly their own stories! I’ve learned that plans never work anyway, so I stopped making them.

Jen: What else are you working on right now?

Abigail: Right now I’m working on the third book of the Sidewinder Series, Lost & Found. It’s sort of a Christmas Special for the universe, more of a feel good thing than any of the other books.

Jen: Do you have plans to attend any cons this year? Do you enjoy them?

Abigail: I have GRL on my calendar. I do enjoy them quite a bit, even if they can be exhausting. The Q&A sessions always end up being fun.

Jen: I love following you on Tumblr. Is that the best way for fans to keep up with you online?

Abigail: It depends on what aspect fans want to follow. My Tumblr is very unprofessional! I have a Facebook fan page that’s good for book updates. I sporadically mumble on Twitter. My personal Facebook is just that, it’s personal. People who want that are welcome to follow. I try to divide things up, because different readers want different things from authors. Some don’t want to hear me talk about my daughter, or see my burgeoning obsession with the new BBC Musketeers show.

A big thanks to Abigail Roux for visiting the blog today! Be sure to check out Ball & Chain… It’s out this week!

Review: Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh

rule breakerReviewed by Jaimie

Rule Breaker is the latest instalment in the popular Breeds series by Lora Leigh.  Often times with long running series, the story gets stale and it is difficult to remain interested. That is not the case with this series.  This book did a lot to move the overall arc forward, while giving us a satisfying, steamy hot couple.

Gypsy Rum McQuade is a woman on a mission to atone for a sin that was never really hers.  Believing she was at fault for the death of her brother and hero, Gypsy keeps emotional and physical distance between her and everyone in her life.  On the surface, she is a party girl who lives a flirty, carefree life.   [Read more…]

Review: Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

like no other loverReviewed by Jen

Still waters run deep, my friends.  Miles Redmond may be an entomologist and a scholar; he may wear glasses and lack the obvious charms of his brother.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t satisfy as a hero. In fact, he definitely satisfies. Unfortunately, Cynthia does not see things so clearly.  When she first saw Miles, she judged him at face value, a mistake that would come back to haunt her in a big way.

Thanks to Cynthia, I didn’t care for this book in the beginning. In fact, I was quite sure that with such an unlikable heroine there was no way I was ever going to enjoy the story. I almost put it down. Now I am glad I didn’t. [Read more…]

Review: Tempted by the Soldier by Nicolette Day

tempted by the soldierReviewed by Carrie

I’ve found that the Brazen line of books can generally be relied on when I need a quick sexy read.  I usually like to read them to break me out of a reading slump or when I only have a little time to read.  This book lives up to the expectation.

Lilly Grayson is not happy.  She needs to get to Vermont ASAP because her friend and former boss, Hayden, is getting married to sexy Jace Jenning and Hayden demanded that Lilly be their wedding photographer.  [Read more…]

Review: Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

daughter of the bloodReviewed by Jen

I have no idea where to start with this book.  Some of my most-trusted book-friends gave it the gold seal and since I absolutely adore the Others, another Anne Bishop series, I dove in.  And promptly found myself in morass of character overload and ambitious world-building of brain-hemorrhage inducing proportions. I was completely and utterly lost for at least a third of the book.  Then, I was horrified to discover the sexual perversities, ranging from rape to incest to pedophilia and sadism.  Hell, the female lead only ages to 12 years-old by the end of the book and she is assigned sexual significance. But somehow in the second half, I found myself becoming invested in the outcome. [Read more…]

Review: Captured by the Pirate Laird by Amy Jarecki

captured by the pirate lairdReviewed by Janell

This is a Scottish Highlander book set in 1559. The only other men-in-kilts book that I’ve read is Outlander, and that was mumblemumble years ago, so I want you to know that I’m reviewing this book as pretty much a novice to the genre. Why did I read it, then? Because the title was such a blunt statement of the plot, and because of the cover. Have you looked at it enough? [Read more…]