Archives for April 2014

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

city of ashesReviewed by Jen

Never in a million years would I have expected to come to hate the word “brother” with such vigor as I have over the course of this book. Part of that may be because Cassandra Clare took every possible opportunity to rub salt in this wound that she possibly could.  Yes, I get it. You are evil. You made them siblings. Or at least you made them THINK they are siblings.  But do you have to mock my pain?  Do you have to mention it every other page? Do you have to ruin a perfectly good word… to the point that the very sight of it makes my blood pressure rise?  (*sigh*) Of course you do. [Read more…]

Review: Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha

beyond solitudeReviewed by Carrie

Note: Though this novella is meant as a stand alone, I feel that a new reader will be missing a great deal of information about the dystopian world it is set in.  The story takes place at the same time as Beyond Jealousy. However, those who have read at least one of the Beyond books can read the story at any time.

Derek Ford is the man behind the scenes for the O’Kane gang.  His job is to travel around making deals to get the supplies needed for the O’Kane booze.  Ford loves the solitude his job brings and Dallas has always given him a little more leeway to get deals done.  All of that comes to a stop when Ford peels out and crashes his bike in a more rural part of Sector Four.  [Read more…]

Review: It Takes a Scandal by Caroline Linden

it takes a scandalReviewed by Jen

This book reminded me how much I enjoy reading Caroline Linden books. It hit all my happy buttons, with minimal internal conflicts, a somewhat tortured hero, and a romance that kept me invested from beginning to end.

Sebastian is a pariah in his small country town.  He came back from war with a broken body, only to find that his father had lost his mind.  If that weren’t bad enough, his dad sold off almost all of their land for a small fraction of its worth, so they are now destitute.  [Read more…]

Review: Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter

burning dawnReviewed by Jen

Gena Showalter is back.  If you have to ask where she went, you haven’t been reading some of her latest books.  The past few have definitely failed to measure up to her earlier offerings, especially in the sexual arena. But I believe if you liked the Lords of the Underworld books from the days of Lucien and Aeron, you will definitely enjoy Burning Dawn.  It’s angsty, snarky, and very sexy. [Read more…]

Interview & Giveaway: Gena Showalter

burning dawnGena Showalter’s third Angels of the Dark book is out tomorow. And I am so excited to share the deets:

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy’s clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. But Thane’s unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

The fabulous Ms Showalter is here today to answer all of my burning questions about the new book and some of her other series.

Jen: Hi Gena! It’s so great of you to stop by the blog to chat today! I hear rumors that Burning Dawn is the last book in the Angels of the Dark series. Say it isn’t so! [Read more…]

Review: Sins and Secrets: Raphael by Naima Simone

raphaelReviewed by Jaimie

Secrets and Sins: Raphael is the third book in the Secrets and Sins series by Naima Simone. This book was my first experience with Ms. Simone’s work and I am so glad I decided to give it a shot! The series focuses on a group of four men, Gabriel, Malachim, Raphael and Chayot, who have been friends since they were babies. This installment focuses on Rafe, a hot, tattooed, alpha male who owns a security company with Chayot, and Greer Addison, a privileged, upper class woman who has been framed for her cheating ex-fiancee’s murder. [Read more…]

Review: Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna

her best laid plansReviewed by Carrie

I’ve been really digging reading the Cosmo Red Hot series being put out by Harlequin.  I don’t usually go for novellas but these are turning out to be fun and sexy stories that I have been looking forward to reading.  I love Cara McKenna’s unconventional characters and the woman can write some scorching sex.  To put the cherry on top, the story is set in Ireland (my fave)!

Jamie Webb is going to Ireland to get her groove back following a bad breakup.  She’s hoping a vacation fling might help get her back in the game after putting her life on hold so her boyfriend could achieve all his dreams only to dump her in the end.  [Read more…]

Review: The Last Grave by Debbie Viguié

last graveReviewed by Jen

I actually got a copy of this book before reading The Thirteenth Sacrifice and I debated with myself about whether to jump into this series on the second book. The OCD in me forced me to start at the beginning and I am so glad I did.  You could read this book first, but you would miss out on so much that has shaped the main character. The events of The Thirteenth Sacrifice chewed her up and spit her out.  In many ways, this story is a reaction to what happened.  It has its own central mystery, but the Samantha we see here is one fashioned by her latest hardships. [Read more…]

Review: Playing to Win by Shelley Munro

playing to winReviewed by Shelly

I wanted to like this story much more than I did. It had such potential. I assumed, as it’s a republished novel that it would have been revamped since its initial release back in 2008.

Famous rugby player Lane Gerrard just found out, through the media, that he has a 9 year-old son. Kate Alexander has been a mother to 9 year-old Jamie since her sister’s passing and is shocked to find Lane on her doorstep claiming that he’s the father to the child that she’s been raising. [Read more…]

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

city of bonesReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time that I could say I liked a movie better than I liked the book it was based on.  Not that the movie version of City of Bones was a cinematic masterpiece, but in this case, I think I preferred it… at least in some respects.  I’m not sure if my reactions to the written word would have been the same if I had not seen the movie first.  I liked the book well enough. The world-building, in particular, was quite good.  There were some things, though, that kept the story from crossing the line from good to great. [Read more…]