Archives for January 2015

Review: Impulse Control by Amanda Usen

impulse controlReviewed by Janell

This is a romance made for television. Russ Donovan is the star of a show called Wild Man, where he goes out in the wild and does dangerous things. He’s living! And surviving! Susannah Stone is a Martha Stewart-in-the-making, only more relatable, because she’s not always perfect. She’s just gotten through a divorce and has a 14-month-old, and she doesn’t have time for anything.

Enter the network. Their boss tells them to combine their shows for a ratings bump…or else. Neither one is interested; Russ doesn’t want to waste his time on a pink princess, and Susannah has a kid and doesn’t have time, remember? But there’s some subtle bribery going on, and soon enough, Susannah’s preparing to snowshoe up a mountain with Russ. [Read more…]

Review: Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk

magicon the storm mech.inddReviewed by Jen

These endings are killing me. Just when I thought this series couldn’t turn on its ear any more than it already has, Devon Monk manages to pull the rug out from under me yet again. This book has something of a slow build at the beginning, but wow does it explode in the second half. And it ends with a cliffhanger that made want to throw my real-life responsibilities out of the window and dive right in to the next installment. [Read more…]

Review: Trade Me by Courtney Milan

trade meReviewed by Carrie

The premise of the book sounded good (even if a bit implausible) – college rich boy trades lives with poor girl. The book is penned by a solid and well-reviewed author of historical romance. So why did I not care for this book? Is it because it’s the author’s first go at contemporary? I’m thinking it is more likely a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. [Read more…]

Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

in his keepingReviewed by Jaimie

In His Keeping is the second novel in the Slow Burn series by Maya Banks and I could not wait to get my hands on this book.  Ordinarily books with psychic elements are not my thing but the first one, Keep Me Safe, had me hooked from the get go and I couldn’t wait for Brock’s story.  Maya threw me for a loop in the early parts of this one because I kind of thought this was going to wind up a two man, one woman story with Zach, Beau and Ari, but instead I was left even more curious about Zach’s future love.  I didn’t necessarily love the overall story of Beau and Ari as much as Caleb and Remi, but I definitely loved watching Ari come in to her powers and kick some ass! [Read more…]

Review: Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost

bound by flamesReviewed by Jen

Ah Jeaniene Frost, it’s been so long since I have read one these books that I almost forgot what I was missing! This third Night Prince book is every bit as good as the first two. It’s got amazing angst and action and romance… and gets darker than any book I’ve read from this author. Yes, I remember that time Bones died and I sobbed like a baby; but this is heartbreaking in a different way and it took me to places I didn’t expect Frost to go. [Read more…]

Review: Risking it All by Tessa Bailey

risking it allReviewed by Carrie

Tessa Bailey is back with her dirty talking alpha heroes! This time she pulls in several characters from previous books (Ruby and Troy from His Risk to Take and Derek from Protecting What’s His) and pushes this first book in a new series into a really interesting direction.

Seraphina Newsome is on a mission. The ER nurse turned cop is attempting to avenge her brother’s death by going undercover as a bar waitress for a crime lord in order to obtain incriminating evidence in the form of a ledger. Sera, as a rookie cop, has the deck stacked against her going into the unsanctioned operation with no support, but she just can’t let the man who killed her brother get off so easy. [Read more…]

Review: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

devil takes a brideReviewed by Jen

This is my first book by Julia London, and after this, I will be checking out some of her other titles. I really enjoyed this story. It had some mild bondage, which isn’t really my cuppa tea, but I was really ok with how it was done and its context in the story. This is the second installment in the Cabot Sisters series, and it held up just fine as a standalone (though I will be going back to read book 1.) [Read more…]

Review: Wrecked by Meljean Brook

wreckedReviewed by Jen

If you want to dip your toes into the world of the Iron Seas, but you’re not ready to commit to a full length novel, this might be a good chance to get your feet wet.  You won’t get the depth and full experience of the novels, but it is enough to give you a feel for the setting and tone. This story is a complete standalone and can be read at any point in the series. [Read more…]

Review: Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk

magic in the shadowsReviewed by Jen

Heck yeah! Each one of these books is better than the one before. I think what I like best about this series (other than the salty goodness of one Zayvion Jones) is the fact that Devon Monk isn’t afraid to advance her main story arc pretty significantly with each book. Yes, there is an individual crisis in each story, but every one of them moves us along in the big picture. And at the end of every book, I am excited to see what will happen next. [Read more…]

Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

burned 1Reviewed by Jen

I never thought I would ever have to say this about an installment in this series: I am disappointed.  I waited and waited through delays and revisions about what this book would be at its core. But on some level, I believed that Karen Marie Moning would make me eat my complaints and I would once again worship at the altar of Mac, Barrons, and the exceptional Fever world. And then… it didn’t happen.  The book isn’t bad. In fact, the second half is quite engaging. It simply doesn’t measure up to the standards Moning has set with the earlier books in this series. [Read more…]