Archives for September 2014

Review: Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

generation 18Reviewed by Jen

Knowing that this series has a limited shelf life put me on the fence about whether I wanted to move forward reading it.  Now that I have read this second installment, I am glad I stuck with it.  I liked Memory Zero pretty well, but I liked this one better.  Maybe because I already understood the world, but also because Keri Arthur really advances the bigger picture and gives me more elements toward a romance. [Read more…]

Review: Owned by Fate by Tessa Bailey

owned by fateReviewed by Carrie

Readers, you are going to have to take this review with a grain of salt.  See, I knew after reading the blurb that this book wouldn’t be for me, but I love Tessa Bailey’s work and I was hoping that she would bring a fresh take to this tired story.  I was wrong and I have learned my lesson – this trope just isn’t for me.

Caroline Preston is desperate to help her family’s financial magazine keep from going under.  She’s so desperate she agrees with her brother’s harebrained idea to write a lifestyle piece for the magazine on New York’s exclusive BDSM club.  What does BDSM have to do with a financial magazine, you ask? Apparently, the wealthy are just going to these clubs in droves after the release of the book that-shall-not-be-named. [Read more…]

Review: Stone, At Your Service by Rie Warren

stoneReviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author. I had no idea that there’s a plethora of books already written by Rie Warren. Not knowing the author’s repertoire, the only reason I read this was based on the blurb. The female lead was described as ‘shy, bashful’ while the male was ‘bad boy mechanic’. I can get behind those characteristics – I’m expecting LeeLee to have done the research for her books but without a lot of hands on experience, if you know what I mean. I’m expecting Josh to be a little rough behind the oil and grease, but still with an innate sense of right and wrong. But what I expect outside of all the sex scenes is a solid and good story. [Read more…]

Review: Misadventures in Seduction by Robyn DeHart

misadventures in seductionReviewed by Shelly

This is by far my favorite installment in this series. The 3rd novella tells the story of spinster Prudence Hixsby, who as the oldest must care for her 5 younger siblings after the death of their parents. In order to save her oldest brother from going off to war, Prudence strikes a bargain with an old acquaintance. The bargain is this – if she has sex with the old lecher, I mean acquaintance, then he’ll save her brother from going off to serve and instead he’ll be stationed stateside. The only thing is that Prudence isn’t really the queen of seduction so she doesn’t get the particulars, like what bedroom, and unknowingly ends up in bed with Harrison Carlisle, Duke of Sutcliffe. Harrison and Prudence have a civil relationship – they exchange pleasantries and ‘how do you do’s’ but that’s as far as they take it until that one fateful night. [Read more…]

Review: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

mean streakReviewed by Jaimie

My trend of finding great romantic suspense books has continued!  Mean Streak is the latest book from New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown and it had all the elements I love in a good novel.  Tortured hero, kick ass heroine and plenty of intrigue.  Just when you think you have it figured out, a new twist pops up.

Pediatrician Dr. Emory Charbonneau is in training for a charity marathon which she is organizing.  In order to push herself harder and get a break from her failing marriage, she heads out of town to run on the most difficult paths she has attempted.  One moment she is running as planned and the next she is waking up in a cabin with a splitting headache, nausea, and the most intriguing man she has ever seen.  When it becomes clear that he does not intend to let her leave, Emory does everything in her power to escape – to no avail.  The man has promised that he will not hurt her and that he will release her when it is safe, but not until then. [Read more…]

Review: The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

year we hid awayReviewed by Carrie

I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in the series and I’m glad the second book continues with its well nuanced stories of college aged men and women.  This time around, the stakes are a higher but the author deftly manages to keep the story moving at a clip.

The day that she stepped on campus at Harkness College, Scarlet Crowley left Shannon Ellison behind.  Scarlet wasn’t a pariah in her hometown, didn’t have paparazzi staking out her house and wasn’t shut in with parents who were indifferent to how the allegations against her father were affecting her.  Scarlet Crowley had a blank slate and was determined to start her life anew and keep Shannon firmly in the past. [Read more…]

Review: Hold Still by Lisa Regan

hold stillReviewed by Jaimie

Hold Still, the latest novel from author Lisa Regan, is really more of a thriller than a romantic suspense story, but it was great nonetheless.  There is some romance but it is very secondary to the storyline and the sex scenes are minimal.  The book was fast-paced, well written and full of twists and turns.  There are some difficult topics such as rape, torture, prostitution and drug abuse so if these are topics you are not comfortable with, you will want to skip this one. [Read more…]

Review: Unsettled by S.C. Ellington

unsettledReviewed by Shelly

Had I known this is a part 1 in the story of Brooklyn Caldwell and Logan Colton, I probably wouldn’t have read it, but I didn’t… so I did. S.C. Ellington is a new to me author and although I liked the story well enough, I have a little point I have to make before I go on. I don’t give a rats behind about the name brand on clothes, cars, etc. In fact, telling me that the shoes are Sam Edelman’s instead of just black strappy heels just removes me from the flow. I don’t need to know that the SUV you’re driving is a Range Rover – just tell me it’s an SUV. Repeatedly telling me brands places too much emphasis on the material items on not enough on the characters and the situation they’re in. I think authors who do that are actually limiting themselves, because unless you’re going to have multiple versions of the same book, there are people in this great world of ours who will have no idea what those brands equate to. I’ve read this in a few other stories, usually when the characters are early to mid-20s. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t like it. But I digress. [Read more…]

Review: Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer Ashley

scandal and the duchessReviewed by Jen

I wanted to love this novella. I liked it, but it didn’t perform for me the way books in this series usually do.  Maybe it’s because we have left behind the familiar. After all, we have exhausted the well of MacKenzie men and have moved on to the McBrides. I honestly don’t even remember Steven, though I am sure we have met him through Ainsley at some point. He just didn’t leave much of an impression. But I don’t think that’s what held the story back — or at least not entirely. [Read more…]

Review: Frozen Heart, Melting Kiss by Ellie Darkins

frozen heart melting kissReviewed by Shelly

This is a quick easy Harlequin story that readers who want a pretty even-keeled romance will like. Business owner and caterer Maya Hartney’s latest job is to cater a charity function for Will Thomas’s company. During their first meeting, Will’s enthusiasm for Maya’s cooking is lackluster and humdrum. However, Will’s boss will pull the plug on his work with Julia House charity if Will doesn’t at least pretend to enjoy something outside of work. So on ‘recommendation’ from his boss, Will signs up for one week of Maya’s cooking classes. [Read more…]