Archives for August 2014

WTF Review: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan

dark bloodReviewed by Jen

This is easily the very worst book I have read all year.  It is actually one of the worst books I have read, ever.  There are so many things wrong with it, I barely know where to start.  From the plot progression, to the relationship, to the sex, it was all just bad.  Even worse was the writing itself. [Read more…]

Review: Cat Tales by Faith Hunter

cat talesReviewed by Jen

I somehow skipped this collection of short stories as I read though the Jane Yellowrock series. I was still able to enjoy the stories now, as three of the four are prequels anyway.

The Early Years – I’ll admit, I have wondered what it was like for Jane to consciously shift into her Beast for the first time. After all, from the time she was 12 until she was 18, she had no idea what she was. She suppressed the voice of Beast in her head. She had no memory of her life Before. [Read more…]

Review: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

voyagerReviewed by Jen

I think I may be one of the few readers of this series who made it this far… only to say I have now had enough.  There is something intangibly wonderful about the relationship between Jamie and Claire. It has sustained me through all of the things I have found frustrating about these books.  That dynamic is still there and this book gives us the reunion we didn’t get in the last story.  But so much of the book either frustrated or upset me that in the end, I must conclude that it is time to part ways. [Read more…]

Review: Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

memory zeroReviewed by Jen

The Riley Jensen series was a binge read of mine a few years back, so when I found out that Keri Arthur had a new Urban Fantasy series releasing, I was excited to give it a try.   What I discovered later was that it’s not really new. Memory Zero and the entire Spook Squad series was actually released for the first time a decade ago. This is a re-release with new edits and a new publisher. Hardcore Arthur fans undoubtedly knew this already. Another surprise: there is no romance. None. Urban fantasy purists may celebrate, but I was a bit disappointed. [Read more…]

Review: Once More, My Darling Rouge by Lorraine Heath

once more my darling rogueReviewed by Jen

Let me tell you a little bit about my reading experience with this book.

Chapter 1: I hate this heroine.

Chapter 2: I really, really hate this heroine.

Chapter 3: Should I keep reading this book?

Chapter 4: Oh crap, am I going to hate the hero too?

Chapter 5: How will this romance have any chance of succeeding?  Will this be like Overboard? That movie had a happy ending, didn’t it? [Read more…]

Review: A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth Essex

scandal to rememberReview by Janell

It might be too soon for me to declare this, but I think I love shipboard romances. I know I love a woman stealing away on a ship disguised as a boy, and I recently read a fun book with a woman pirate captain, and now this one with a female scientist — a conchologist — going on a research expedition. All good! [Read more…]

Giveaway & Review: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

evernightReviewed by Jen

I have been a fan of the Darkest London series since day 1, but I honestly never thought I would love another installment the same way I loved Firelight.  That was, of course, before I read this book.   Evernight blew me away.  It’s sexy; it’s emotional. The action is great. The pacing is great. The romance is… fan-freaking-tastic.  Simply put, this is one of the best books I have read this year. [Read more…]

Review: A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh

secret affairReviewed by Janell

Here comes another borrowed paperback review! This book was published in 2011, and it’s the fifth and final book in the Huxtable Quintet series. Have I read any of the previous books in the series? No! From browsing some reviews, I gather that the hero of this book, Constantine, was set out as a betraying, devilish, secretive sort of guy in the other books. But I didn’t know any of that when I started reading, and I still understood that about Constantine. It must be because I am a professional reader.  [Read more…]

Review: What a Lady Most Desires by Lecia Cornwall

what a lady most desiresReviewed by Jen

This book didn’t play out exactly how I expected it to, but sometimes, that’s actually kind of cool.  What’s also cool: a hero who is A) wonderfully tortured and B) blinded in battle.  The result is a man of honor who is tested to his breaking point; one who falls in love with a woman he never would have given the time of day without his wounds.  His friends turn their backs on him. His reputation is destroyed. He can’t even care for himself.  But our heroine sees the worthwhile man at his core and she won’t give up until he sees it too. [Read more…]

Review: Be My Hero by Linda Kage

be my heroReviewed by Shelly

The continuation of Linda Kage’s Forbidden Men series is focused on one of my favorite characters, Patrick ‘Pick’ Jason Ryan from Book 2 (To Professor With Love.) If you’ve read any of my reviews for Kage’s work you’ll know that I’m a fan of her writing and I’ve not been disappointed in anything that I’ve read so far. Now that being said – this story was no different for me. I suspected as much when I started tearing up by chapter 3, I was already sucked in and all I could do was hold on for the balance of the ride. [Read more…]