Archives for May 2014

Review: Right Click by Lisa Becker

right clickReviewed by Shelly

By far, this is my favorite book in the series. If you’ve not read any of the other books in the series, you’re going to want to read the first two for maximum enjoyment. They were both good stories and nicely built the storyline for this final installment. Sorry folks, there are going to be spoilers from Books 1 and 2. [Read more…]

Review: Never Tempt a Duke by Virginia Brown

never tempt a dukeReviewed by Jen

Dear Virginia Brown, Someone has done you a tremendous disservice. The blurb of your book is a travesty.  It is, in fact, no blurb at all.  It’s a tiny snippet of the book, pulled from the middle, which gives a completely warped impression of what the story is actually about.  Maybe you do not have control over this. Maybe I should say shame on you to Bell Bridge Books, but it’s very disconcerting to readers to open a book, expecting one story –and getting another.

Let me give you the blurb that should have been: [Read more…]

Review: Renovating a Heart by Deanndra Hall

renovating a heartReviewed by Shelly

As I enjoyed Book 2 in Deanndra Hall’s Love Under Construction series I had such high hopes for Book 3. I was intrigued by the jerk that is Steve McCoy and Kelly Markham whose only claim to fame is her size ‘G’ bra size. I’ll give my customary warning – if you’ve not read any of the three preceding books, I most likely will be providing some spoilers, hopefully not too much. [Read more…]

Review: Tearing Down Walls by Deanndra Hall

tearing down wallsReviewed by Shelly

I liked this installment in the series a lot more than I liked Laying a Foundation. Going into that first story, I think I set my expectations too high and I was sorely disappointed, but I wanted to give the series and the author another go and adjusted my expectations. I’m glad I did. The character development here worked much better for me, as I actually got to see change and growth. The pacing was good and the shenanigans, subterfuge and suspense were enough to keep me interested; I must say that this Walters family seem to have a tremendous amount of violence targeted towards them. Picking up directly after Laying a Foundation, this story tells the tale of Tony Walters cousin Vic Cabrizzi and his paramour Laura Butler. If you’ve not read either the introductory novella or the first novel in the series, I will most likely reveal spoilers. [Read more…]

Review: Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows

honor reclaimedReviewed by Carrie

Jen posted my first review for Red Hot Books one year ago with the first book in this series.  I thought it was fitting to celebrate with the review of the second.  It’s been a blast chatting books with everyone and I look forward to another fun year of reviewing!

I really enjoyed SEAL of Honor and was really interested to see where the author would take the gang of ex-military misfits.  I did not realize that the hero was not an original HORNET team member but is a new character from another one of Burrows’ series (Wilde Security), which I had not read.  Fortunately, I didn’t feel lost or felt like something was missing (although I will be catching up on the other series). [Read more…]

Review: Playing it Close by Kat Latham

playing it closeReview by Janell

This is the second book in Kat Latham’s series about the London Legends, a rugby team with sexy, funny players. The first book, Knowing the Score, was surprisingly fun, so I was anxious to read the next one.

Tess has been at the center of a scandal for the past year. She was one of the few women who worked in London’s financial district and witnessed (and was the subject of) almost daily sexual harassment. She wrote an anonymous blog, parts of which are quoted in the novel, and the situations were extremely coarse. When she sued for wrongful termination after sleeping with her boss, everything hit the metaphorical fan. She was outed as the blog writer and had to testify at an legal inquiry. She is frankly fed up with anyone having any opinion about her body (thin) and her boobs (small enough to earn her the nickname “Titless Tess”). [Read more…]

Review: Laying a Foundation by Deanndra Hall

laying a foundationReviewed by Shelly

I read Laying a Foundation after reading the prequel, “The Groundbreaking.” I don’t think it’s necessary to read these two stories in that order because “The Groundbreaking,” a novella, only introduces the characters who are going to be in the series. It delivered a nice bit of background for each main character but I wouldn’t say that it’s required reading for full enjoyment.

This self-published piece is a plus novel; my ePub version was about 320 pages of single spaced story, there’s a lot of story to tell. This is my first story where the hero and heroine are 50+ as I’ve purposefully stayed away from them but the blurb was captivating enough that I went outside of my norm. [Read more…]

Review: The Groundbreaking by Deanndra Hall

groundbreakingReviewed by Shelly

Although this was released after the first story in the series, it’s meant to provide prefatory information about the characters that Deanndra Hall intends to include in her four part series. Basically, this novella guides readers in the direction that Hall is going and we the readers get a snippet in the background of the characters in her Love Under Construction Series. If you’re hoping that there’s any sort of romance in this one, there’s isn’t. It’s gritty and in some places dark and violent. One of the things I’m looking forward to in this series is that, I think, the majority of the characters are over 40 and they’re all somehow connected to the Walters family.

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Review: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

banishing the darkReviewed by Jen

I can’t believe that it’s over.  I just found this series and already I have to say goodbye to the fantastic cast of characters that make up Cady’s world.  It was a fantastic ride with a worthy climax. Through it all, Jenn Bennett kept the action high, the tone consistent, and the emotion both realistic and relatable.  When all is said and done, everything is tied up in a nice bow, almost guaranteed to leave you satisfied. [Read more…]

Review: Nobody by Sarah M. Anderson

nobodyReviewed by Jen

Nobody is the kind of tortured hero I love.  He is strong and powerful, yet painfully vulnerable. He knows how to cherish and to protect, but he doesn’t know how to be loved.  He has been through hell and back, and he thinks that survival is the best he can hope for.  But we know better.

Even Melinda was intimidated the first time she saw him. All of those muscles; all of those scars; his silence; his stealth.  But it took her next to no time see beyond all that.   She asks him questions no one has ever dared. She looks at him when no one else does.  He barely knows what to do with that. He can’t wrap his brain around the idea that someone could want him. It pushes all my happy buttons. [Read more…]