Archives for July 2014

Giveaway: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC SLAYSIf you’re an Urban Fantasy fan and you are not reading the Kate Daniels series already, you are seriously missing out. It is one of the smartest, entertaining and well written series in the genre.  The newest installment, Magic Breaks, is out in just a few days.  I have read it and I can tell you: it is awesome.

In honor of the new release, the fine folks at Ace publishing are offering three copies of Magic Slays.  (They are giving away different installments of the series in the different stops along the blog tour.) If you’re not caught up on the books, here is your chance.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. US Only. [Read more…]

Review: Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

agnes hitmanReviewed by Janell

I’ve been vacationing with my children lately and letting them play games on my phone, which means that I haven’t had access to my multitudes of ebooks. Yes, I only have one e-reader, is that weird? So I went way old-school, borrowing older paperbacks from a friend to fill those moments when the kids were occupied with gadgets. I also bought two books at a grocery store, but researching them on my phone while standing in the aisle didn’t work out so well —  one book was slow and dull, and the other I DNF’d. Which only goes to show how important trustworthy recommendations are! This particular book is one of my friend’s favorites, and I liked it too. So there. [Read more…]

Review: Lost by Laura K. Curtis

lostReviewed by Jaimie

I’m on a roll right now with some really great romantic suspense books and this one fit right in.  Lost is the second book in the Dobbs Hollow series by Laura K. Curtis and revolves around Tara, a police officer that abandoned her career after a costly mistake, and Jacob, a determined FBI agent.  Ordinarily I would not read a “cult” book, but the blurb drew me in and I’m glad I gave it a shot.  A good blurb is so important! [Read more…]

Review: Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn

enemies on tapReviewed by Carrie

I picked this book up after someone tweeted that it was about a heroine who ran her family’s brewery.  My family has a long history of owning/running taverns and breweries and being a beer nut myself,  I was immediately interested.  The blurb mentioned that it was a second chance enemies to lovers story and I was a goner. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. [Read more…]

Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

poison promiseReviewed by Jen

I think I enjoyed this Elemental Assassin story more than I have any installment in a long time.  The series hasn’t been the same for me since Widow’s Web, for a number of reasons.  I’ve had serious issues with romantic arc.  And we’ve been missing a villain of Mab Monroe’s caliber for Gin to face.  The stories have felt more like standalones, not building toward anything.  Frankly, I was just losing interest. Until now. [Read more…]

Review: Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? by Abigail Sharpe

who wants to marry a doctorReviewed by Janell

I admit it, I read this book because of the title. It’s so silly and obvious, I wondered if there would be subversive depth going on underneath. And there kind of was, so, yay!

The first unexpected twist came when I realized that the heroine was the doctor. I know, how sexist of me to think that it would be a book about shallow women trying to marry a rich doctor. Sabrina was a pediatrician in a small Wyoming town, she had a son out of wedlock, and she lived with her parents. Her sister ran (or owned, I’m not sure) the local bar and dispensed advice while she pours drinks. [Read more…]

Review: This Wicked Gift by Courtney Milan

this wicked giftReviewed by Jen

From most other authors, I doubt I would have been able to enjoy this story. In fact, part of me finished it feeling like I really should have disliked it.  After all, the hero was willing to essentially force himself on the heroine.  It wasn’t actually rape; and despite his intentions, it wasn’t even extortion.  But the point is, he was willing to do it and that’s a pretty substantial thing to overcome. [Read more…]

Review: Fast Forward by Juliet Madison

fast forwardReviewed by Janell

In this story, aspiring model Kelli describes herself as “tall, slim, with glossy black hair and a well-proportioned face.” She’s just about to turn twenty-five, she has a hot boyfriend who is about to propose, and she’s very superficial. She goes to bed on the eve of her birthday and wakes up on her fiftieth birthday, married to “chubby-no-friends William McSnelly.” Her name is now Kelli McSnelly. It is the worst. [Read more…]

Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

into the shadowsReviewed by Carrie

This is the third book in Crane’s romantic suspense series, The Associates.  Although each can be read as a stand alone, there is an over reaching arc that threads through the books; some readers might find themselves a bit lost with missing information.

Thorne McKelvey has been working his way up the notorious Hangman game for years.  No one knows that he’s really a plant for Dax, the head of the super-secret spy ring, The Associates.  Many years ago, Dax noticed Thorne’s skills and made a deal with him.  Dax would give him the new identity of the man who murdered his sister in return for working for him.  [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

dirty little secretReviewed by Janell

Jennifer Echols is such an expert at writing smart, complex teen girls. The last book of hers that I read, Such a Rush, was about a girl living next to a small airport who decided that she’d learn to fly planes. In Dirty Little Secret, the heroine is an expert fiddle player with perfect pitch. How does Ms. Echols think of this stuff? And how much research does she do to accumulate all the minute musical details? Yes, I’m a fangirl. [Read more…]