Archives for November 2014

Review: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

never judge a ladyReviewed by Jen

This book was absolutely worth the wait. Don’t get me wrong. I hated waiting for it. But I have to take my hat off to Sarah MacLean.  She has clearly been planning this book for a long time. There have been so many little clues, so many little pieces placed on the gameboard for this story to play out.  And as it all fell into place, I couldn’t help but be completely and totally impressed with how she did it. [Read more…]

Review: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

touch of midnightReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, I have been waiting for Savannah to die since the beginning of this series.  Not that I have anything against her.  To the contrary, I’ve never really developed any feelings for her at all. We see plenty of Gideon, but Savannah, has always just kind of existed benignly. Maybe it’s that. Or maybe the Black Dagger Brotherhood has destroyed my ability to trust in a pre-existing relationship. (Poor Wellsie!) But whatever the case, I figured it was only a matter of time until she bit the big one and eventually Gideon would fall in love again, but this time on page. I guess I need to rethink that, now that Lara Adrian has given us their origin story.

I’m glad she wrote this. It gives this couple some depth. But I can’t say I loved the romance. [Read more…]

Review: Tempting the Player by Kat Latham

tempting the playerReviewed by Janell

I am such a sucker for Kat Latham’s rugby books. Here’s how much: I don’t even like the friends-to-lovers trope, but I read this installment anyway because she makes her characters so interesting and believable.

Matt is on the London Legends team, but he’s not a starter, and he hasn’t had any good playing moments since he joined the team five years ago. He’s haunted by the taunts of his father and his ex-wife, believing that he’s not really good at anything and that he always chokes under pressure. In addition to that, he’s terrified of flying, which makes nearly every away game an emotional struggle that he barely survives. [Read more…]

Review: Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer

twice temptedReviewed by Jen

I really did try to connect with this book, but it just didn’t work for me.  Several times, I was tempted to put it down; even more often, I was tempted to skim ahead.  And though I did make it to the end, it only got marginally better for me before it was over.

This is book 5 in the Drake’s Rakes series and though sometimes installments of a historical romance series stand alone well, this one did not. There is a great deal of background stuff that is obviously rooted in prior books, so if you have not read the series before, be warned. [Read more…]

Review: I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force

Untitled-4Reviewed by Shelly

I’m liking this series, a lot. After reading the second Green Mountain story I want to Hold Your Hand about the oldest daughter Hannah Abbott-Guthrie and Nolan Roberts and their HEA, I knew this was a series I wanted to follow. When I finally got the ARC in my grubby hands I took my time. My last experience reading about this family suggested that I might want to savor this – so I stretched out the reading for over a week. Now, I haven’t read the first in the series which told Cameron and Will’s story and in case you did, there should be some familiar characters here as this is about Cameron’s best friend Lucy Mulvaney and Colton, one of the 10 Abbott siblings. [Read more…]

Review: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

darkest touchReviewed by Jen

I wasn’t sure how Gena Showalter could possibly satisfy me with this book. I have been waiting for poor Torin to get some human contact since the very first installment in this series. But we went through warrior after warrior, even bringing in a new crop of Lords, until I started to fear we’d never get Torin’s story. Now, that’s it’s finally here, I am happy to say by and large, Showalter gave me what I wanted; and if this ends up the last book in the series, I could walk away content. [Read more…]

Review: Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane

night shiftReviewed by Jen

Usually, any given anthology I come across will have just one or two stories I am interested in. But with this one, I hit the motherload, with stories from three of my very favorite authors: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brook (writing as Milla Vane).  I didn’t love every story equally, but overall, I think UF/ PNR readers will get enough bang for their buck.

Secrets at Midnight: I am such a fan of Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling world, but this novella was not a hit for me. It had some good things going on, but there were some parts that really fell flat. [Read more…]

Review: Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

black widowReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book in this series so much! It feels like Jennifer Estep breathed new life into the Elemental Assassin series, giving readers Gin Blanco as we love her best: an unvarnished killer who is loyal to the core and a survivor against all odds.  I appreciate the fact that Gin has a vulnerable side under all of her bravado and some books have explored that more than others. But here, it’s just Gin kicking ass and taking names and I absolutely loved it. [Read more…]

Review: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret

tempting mr weatherstoneReviewed by Jen

One of my biggest peeves about most novellas is that usually the build to the HEA happens too fast for me to believe in it. But here Vivienne Lorret manages to sidestep that pitfall and give me a satisfying friends to lovers story in just about 60 pages.

Penelope and Ethan have been the very best of friends for the past 10 years. Their families are close. They know everything about each other. Somehow, though, neither has truly realized that there could ever be more to their relationship. As the story begins, Pen is restless. She is ready to break out of the monotony of her life with a new and exciting adventure.  Ethan thinks that is a terrible idea. His life is ruled by order; he is comforted by the familiar.  It becomes quickly apparent, however, that things are going to change with or without his blessing. The only question is, does he have the courage to change with Penelope or will she move forward with her life, without him in it? [Read more…]

Review: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

darker after midnightReviewed by Jen

Wow. Talk about a game changer.  This book was pretty much everything you would want in a series finale. Only, it’s not the end of the series. It’s a great romance. The action is huge.  The climax is shocking and it completely turns the world on its ear.  Everyone has their future set up in front of them.  It’s a great ending — but at the same time, opens the door for a new beginning. I am totally stoked. [Read more…]