Archives for June 2014

Review: Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

hope ignitesReviewed by Jaimie

When I found out Jaci Burton was releasing a new series, I could not wait to get my hands on it.  I didn’t read Hope Smolders which was the introductory novella for Burton’s new Hope series and instead dove right in to Hope Flames.  You can check out my review of Hope Flames on the site, but I was sadly underwhelmed by it.  Despite that, I wasn’t about to give up on the series because I love Burton and the secondary characters sounded really appealing.  I am so glad I stuck it out!  Hope Ignites is the second full installment and revolves around rancher Logan McCormack and movie star Desiree Jenkins.  I loved both of the main characters and their chemistry was smokin’ hot! [Read more…]

Review: Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon

born of furyReviewed by Jen

Sherrilyn Kenyon is the queen of the tortured hero.  I have to admit, I was a little worried where she would go next after the misery of Styxx, but I am happy to say she struck a much better balance this time around.  This is Hauk’s story and we finally get to go beyond his hulking tough-as-nails exterior, to the warm and gooey center underneath. [Read more…]

Review: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines

enslaved by the othersReviewed by Jen

I really wanted to love this book. I have enjoyed previous installments in the series and some of the things I liked about those books, work in this one as well. Specifically, I enjoy the voice of the heroine, Shiarra.  She is a good person, trying to make the best of a volatile world that constantly puts her in danger. In book after book, she faces monsters with many different faces, while trying to come to terms with the changes inside of her.  Shia and the latest danger she faces with the Others take center stage in an even more intense way, but there were some elements of the book that didn’t hit the mark for me the way I had hoped. I’ll get back to that in a minute. [Read more…]

Review: Temptation in Shadows by Gena Showalter

temptation in shadowsReviewed by Jen

I can’t say that I enjoyed this novella as much as I like Gena Showalter’s full length novels. It does have some good things going for it.  The world-building is intriguing and it has promise, though it’s shallow and needs more backstory.  There’s some pretty good action; the characters have good chemistry and the sex is satisfying.  But the story lacks depth and there is absolutely zero emotional resonance or believability in the relationship development. [Read more…]

Review: Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean

cold heart secretReviewed by Jen

This book did not play out the way I expected it to.  Maybe because I have gnashed my teeth through six prior installments of Secret flitting from man to man, I have really gotten to the point where I thought Sierra Dean would never end her waffling.  Yet, it appears Secret has finally settled on a paramour.  I think I might drop dead from the shock of it.  Better yet, I am going to steel myself for the possibility it’s all a colossal fake-out and the winning sweetheart will suddenly drop dead in the last book –or something equally awful to cancel out Secret’s decision.  Because Dean is cruel like that. She likes to raise my blood pressure. [Read more…]

Review: Hold on Tight by Serena Bell

hold on tightReviewed by Carrie

Serena Bell is a new to me author.  I was on twitter when someone tweeted out that ARCs were up for a second chance secret baby book with a wounded warrior.  Of course, those words are like crack for me and I immediately went to request it.  I know many do not care for the secret baby trope, and generally I agree, but I think you should take a chance on this one. [Read more…]

Review: Best Man with Benefits by Samanthe Beck

best man with benefitsReviewed by Carrie

This is the last novelette in the Wedding Dare series and overall I have enjoyed them all.  It introduced me to new authors I might not have otherwise read (and that’s always a plus in my book).  The series concludes with the best man, Logan, and the groom’s sister, Sophie.

From the outside, Logan McCade is the golden boy – gorgeous, successful & driven – but that success comes at a price.  A little idea that bloomed into a huge outdoors company has turned him from athlete to a CEO with virtually no outside time or social life beyond the demands of his company.  However, when Colton, his former college roommate asks him to be the best man, Logan puts down everything to be by his side.  The only responsibility Colton tasks him with is to hang out with his little sister Sophie.  Logan figures this is easy enough.  He remembered a shy young thing from his college days, so Logan was wholly unprepared for the woman Sophie had grown into. [Read more…]

Review: Lady Windermere’s Lover by Miranda Neville

lady windermeres loverReviewed by Jen

I had some issues with this book.  OK, one issue primarily.  I didn’t like the hero.  That’s a pretty big obstacle to overcome.  In fact, I found myself rooting for “the other guy” to win the heroine.  This, even though she was already married and I hate adultery storylines.  I didn’t dislike the entire book, but I just couldn’t get excited about the romance. [Read more…]

Review: Homegrown Heroes – Ryan by Kara Swynn

homegrown heroes ryanReviewed by Shelly

Who says you can’t put a satisfying story in a novella? Kara Swynn is one of my new favorite writers who can spin a heartwarming, fun, sexy, and angst filled tale about a guy and his gal. In her new series, Homegrown Heroes, about a trio of former Marines, Swynn starts off with a winner. Ryan Sears met Cassandra Cross when his adopted father married her mother. For him, it was love at first sight. For her, it’s love at first sight. But with any good romance, there must be the appropriate misunderstandings and insecurities – that was well done here. [Read more…]

Review: Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase

vixen in velvetReviewed by Jen

I have consistently enjoyed all three installments in Loretta Chase’s dressmaker series so far, although the second two have not been quite as good as the first. This book features youngest Noirot sister, Leonie.  She is the red-headed sibling who handles the business end of Maison Noirot and she is trying to do it all while one sister struggles with a difficult pregnancy and the other is taking a necessary trip out of town. [Read more…]