Archives for October 2014

Review: Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton

scandalous summer nightsReviewed by Jen

The younger sister in love with her brother’s best friend is a popular trope in historical romance, and while this one doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, I did find it to be an engaging and entertaining read.  It plays out much how you would expect, but I enjoyed the journey, thanks primarily to the fact that Anne Barton crafted two very likeable leads and set up a romance between them that was easy to root for. [Read more…]

Review: Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

only enchantingReviewed by Jen

I think in many ways this series is tailor-made for me.  Each installment is focused on a survivor of the Napoleonic wars.  Each has suffered in the aftermath: some, in more obvious ways than others. You know I love a tortured hero and these books are chock-full of them.  In the hands of a lazy author, this could result in essentially the same story playing out over and over again, different in only the details.  Thankfully, that’s not what happens here. I love how different Mary Balogh has made each one of these books, and especially, each one of her heroes. What’s more, she gives us just a taste of each man prior to his book, but then reveals him slowly over the course of his story. [Read more…]

Review: He’s No Prince Charming by Elle Daniels

hes no prince charmingReviewed by Jen

This book totally hit my sweet spot.  If you know my taste at all, you know I am a sucker for a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and for me, this one knocked it out of the park.  Elle Daniels has crafted a pitch-perfect tortured hero, who is just the right blend of hard and vulnerable; and his heroine is the ideal balance of pragmatic and romantic to see beyond his gruff exterior. [Read more…]

Review: Inner Demon by Jocelynn Drake

inner demonReviewed by Jen

I will never understand for the life of me why an author would choose to end a series this way. Generally, I am not a big fan of serials, but I am a fan of Jocelynn Drake. I have enjoyed her Asylum Tales books (and the Dark Days series before that.) I was actually excited to see what she would do to resolve Gage’s issues, so serial or not, I knew I would be reading.

It’s actually a good thing that this story was released in sections, because that allowed me to tell you how much I enjoyed the beginning and was captivated through the middle. Only to be so thoroughly disappointed at the end. [Read more…]

Review: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

archangels shadowsReviewed by Jen

It feels like we have been waiting forever for Janvier and Ashwini’s story –and I am happy to say it was absolutely worth the wait. All the teasing, the flirting… the anticipation… pay off here as these two finally face what has been brewing between them all this time.  Add to that, pieces of the larger Guild Hunter story and a more in depth look at some of the supporting characters, and I just can’t imagine this won’t be a hit for fans of the series. [Read more…]

Review: Say Anything by Isobel Irons

say anythingReviewed by Janell

This is the followup to Wake For Me, aka the “Girlfriend in a Coma” book. I enjoyed Wake For Me to an extent, until the end turned all crazy Hollywood movie. The author is an indie film director and TV producer, so she’s good at keeping the story moving. This book didn’t get quite so crazy at the end, but I still felt that the romance was neglected. [Read more…]

Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

burn for meReviewed by Jen

I’m not one of those readers who swears a favorite author can do no wrong. I feel I have to say this because it seems like every time I pick up an Ilona Andrews book, I find myself fawning all over it, like a teenage girl with her first crush.  BUT IT’S REAL LOVE. I SWEAR.

This book rocked my socks off as much as any Kate Daniels book ever has. And while the Andrews team has a unique voice that is unmistakable, this book is not Kate: Part 2.  The world-building is fantastic and utterly different from the some of the tired UF/ PNR templates I find in so many books of these genres.  I loved the heroine. I loved the hero. I loved the unpredictable progression of the plot.  And I loved the foundation of a romance that promises to be spectacular.  I’m going to stop gushing for a moment and tell you a little about the story. [Read more…]

Review: Penumbra by Keri Arthur

penumbraReviewed by Jen

Why in the name of all that is holy would a publisher re-release a book series that has no ending?  It wasn’t until after I read Memory Zero that I realized these books had been previously published. That wasn’t a problem for me, but when I started reading other reviews, I found out that Keri Arthur had abandoned the series after book 3.  Surely, it wouldn’t be left unresolved… would it?  Yes. It would.  I reached out to the author on Twitter and asked if what I heard was true. She told me she wrote a new Epilogue for the end of Penumbra to tie up loose ends. This was enough to give me some hope for a resolution.  It shouldn’t have. [Read more…]

Review: Trusting Chance by Caitlyn O’Leary

trusting chanceReviewed by Shelly

Ah, the sweetness and all kinds of spicy, that is erotic romance. As a fan of this category, it’s hard to find stories with both erotica and romance; it’s usually just erotica. This is my first story from Caitlyn O’Leary and I’m hooked on her writing style. The first in the Fate Harbor series is for Josie Decker – baker extraordinaire, Chance Reynolds – rich dude, and Sam Booth – former Marine and best friend to Chance. [Read more…]

Review: An Imperfect Match by Bea LaRocca

imperfect matchReviewed by Shelly

The second in Bea LaRocca ‘Dare to Dream’ series picks up directly after book 1. You might be able to read it as a stand-alone, but there were conversations from book 1 that were referenced and that might make it a tad confusing.

Literary agent Claire Brady’s dad asks her to visit potential new client, Zachary Golden. Zach’s publishing company has been purchased by Premier Publishing – the company that Claire’s father owns and who publishes the majority of Claire’s clients. The thing is that Zach is the poster child for a recluse. He lives in the mountains and has very little contact with anyone. After Claire gets stuck during a snow storm in Zach’s cabin things heat up very quickly between these two over the next couple of days. [Read more…]