Archives for April 2014

Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

temptations of anna jacobsReviewed by Shelly

After reading Mia’s story in Robyn DeHart’s first installation in the Dangerous Liaison’s series, I was hooked. My expectations for this story were high because the first one was exceptionally well written. I savored this installment like a fine wine – a read here and a read there; on occasion, I even combined the reading and the wine. But that’s a story for another day. As you and I both know, it’s hard for a follow up story to be as good as the first and I can’t decide which of these stories I liked best. If you’ve not read the first in the series, I’m not going to say that it’s required to enjoy this one, but it will make Drew and Anna’s story a whole lot more to fun read. [Read more…]

Review: Hard Time by Cara McKenna

hard timeReviewed by Carrie

I really enjoy reading Cara McKenna’s brand of erotica.  Her characters are salt-of-the-earth type people with relatable issues.  It seems with each subsequent novel, McKenna tries to push her boundaries to see how far she can take her readers.  I was immediately intrigued to find out what path a convict and a librarian would take on their romance.  I’m glad I trusted the author because it turned out to be really emotionally palpable read. [Read more…]

Review: Betting the Billionaire by Avery Flynn

betting the billionaireReviewed by Shelly

This novella is a sexy, fun and fast read. Certainly a story worth reading. Keisha Jacobs has been taking calls from Gabe Campos for the last six months. These are not friendly – I wanna get to know you calls. They’re more the – I’m offering to buy your father’s business – calls that escalate to an in-person visit from Gabe at the worst possible time, during a snow storm. It turns out Gabe doesn’t know a lot about cars, even reading the gauges, and is forced to spend some unplanned time with Keisha. When Keisha finds out Gabe’s true motive for buying, can she save her Dad’s business and keep her attraction to the blue-eyed Gabe under wraps? [Read more…]

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

forever songReviewed by Jen

I loved The Eternity Cure. Loved.  And its ending left me shocked and gutted and desperate to find out what would happen next.  All of this had me foaming at the mouth for The Forever Song.  Sometimes, though, when you go into a book with expectations so high, even a fairly good story will leave you feeling a little let down and disappointed.  I think, in part, that’s what happened to me here. [Read more…]

Review: Dare to Desire by Carly Phillips

dare to desireReviewed by Carrie

This is the second book in Carly Phillips’ Dare series about the dysfunctional Dare family of siblings connected by a father who chose to have a secret family.  With all the secrets finally out of the closet, the adults are trying to figure out how they fit in each other’s lives.  Each is a stand alone story, but I found it helpful to read the previous book to get a handle on the Dare family dynamics. [Read more…]

Review: Hell Without You by Ranae Rose

hell without youReviewed by Shelly

I’ve been reading a lot of new adult stories lately. I find the majority of them to actually have adult themes – responsibility, non-selfishness, etc – the things that help to define us as adults. This is a story about 25 year-old Clementine and 26 year-old Donovan. Clementine and Donovan have known each other since they were 15 and 16 when Donovan lived in the trailer park with his drug addicted mother and Clementine lived on the nice side of town with her mother, stepfather and stepbrother. [Read more…]

Review: The Thirteenth Sacrifice by Debbie Viguié

thirteenth sacrificeReviewed by Jen

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, and you don’t mind your Urban Fantasy dark and bloody, you may want to give this book a try. In my opinion, it straddles the line between UF and horror, with a healthy dose of mystery/ suspense and just a dash of romance. The body count is high and our main character adds to it quite a bit, as she goes undercover in a powerful coven of witches, who are using human sacrifice –something bad– in order to ultimately do Something Worse. [Read more…]

Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

unfixableReviewed by Carrie

Bailey’s foray into the New Adult sub-genre begins as a spin-off from her wildly popular novel, Protecting What’s His.  I was super excited to see what direction the author would take – would it be super tame or would the hero still be deliciously dirty-talking?  It turned out to be a little of both.

For a brief moment, Willa Peet made the mistake of believing that she could be normal.  Her sister, Ginger, pulled her out the hell hole they grew up in with their prostitute mother and moved them to Chicago to give Willa a chance at life.  Willa started to believe in normal when she met Evan at school.  [Read more…]

Review: Teach Me a Lesson by Jasmine Haynes

teach me a lessonReviewed by Shelly

I’ve said this before, but I really have to start reading for the undertones in these blurbs. I’m not sure what I expected but what I got was just ‘meh’ with a side of what the hell! Charlotte Moore is a sex therapist by night and a high school guidance counselor by day. I’m not sure, but I don’t think my high school guidance counselor was a sex therapist, but then again – he could have been; interesting thought, though. Lance Hutton is the principal at the high school where Charlotte works during the day. Together these two embark on a spanking and bondage journey and fall in love along the way. [Read more…]

Review: Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard

nightmare inkReviewed by Jen

After reading the blurb on this book, I was sure it was going to be a total ripoff of Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink.  After all, the Urban Fantasy market isn’t exactly overrun with stories surrounding protagonists who run tattoo shops featuring magic infused tats.  On top of that, in both books, the main character is crazy powerful, hiding the extent of their abilities and creating a makeshift family with their co-workers.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that, despite the parallels, this book had a totally different feel than the other. [Read more…]