Archives for February 2015

Review: After the Crux by Dani Worth

after the cruxReviewed by Shelly

After reading Dani Worth’s ‘The Kirthran Regenesis’ series, I knew I would like this other series set in a post apocalyptic world. Although this novella has been out for a couple of years, I’m just getting around to it. Set in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, Ross, Jenna, and Dorian have made a life for themselves and other survivors who they can get to join their small, but growing family. Living in an underground but functional home, they know that there’s protection in numbers. [Read more…]

Review: Revealed by Caitlyn O’Leary

revealedReviewed by Shelly

If you enjoy a strong heroine who can hold her own, Kelly Wachowski is that. The hero, Noah Kukailimoku, has his own set of strong attributes that make him just as likeable, but it was Kelly who kept me interested. Caitlyn O’Leary’s new series about a group of ‘Found’ starts off with an enjoyable story. The premise of these ‘Found’ starts with much intrigue – where are they from? What are they here for? That kind of thing and so far guys, it’s pretty interesting. [Read more…]

Review: Magic Without Mercy by Devon Monk

Magic_without_Mercy.inddReviewed by Jen

This book kicks ass. It is action packed. It’s full of danger. And it sets the stage spectacularly for the series finale. If you have been enough of a fan of these stories to make it to book 8, there is no way it won’t get your blood pumping.

It’s a transformative book for Allie. She and her friends are on the run and for the first time, she is stepping in to a leadership position. Maybe it’s the time she has spent leading the hounds; maybe it’s her unique way of looking at things; or her dad’s knowledge… it’s probably all that and a dozen other things, but it feels like a natural progression. Suddenly, her teachers and her friends are following her as the Authority closes in and magic continues to devolve. [Read more…]

Review: A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

stolen seasonReviewed by Janell

I haven’t read a time travel book in forever. Maybe because I assumed they all involved Scottish Highlanders, and with the exception of Outlander’s sweet young virgin, I picture all Highlanders as big tough alpha roar!smash types. That’s not for me. But this book has a modern woman traveling back to the Regency era, and I am all about historicals, so I gave it a shot.

Sarah Baxter is the archeologist heroine in question. Her job involves traveling to the past for non-nefarious research reasons, or something. On one trip, she accidentally leaves behind a piece of equipment. She has to retrieve it because, you know, anomalies. During her retrieval mission (which is actually a stealing-it-from-the-guy-who-collects-oddities mission), she’s involved in a rainy horse crash which results in an earl’s death. And she loses the Important Object. [Read more…]

Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

radianceReviewed by Jen

I probably never would have picked up this book if not for the glowing recommendations of some of my trusted fellow bloggers. I know that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the sad fact is, sometimes I guess I do.  And if I would have ignored this book, I would have really missed out on a great fantasy romance.

This is my very first book by Grace Draven. The good news about that is, if this story is any indication, I’m going to have a grand time rolling around in her backlist. Draven has created two interesting and likeable characters, who fall in love against the odds. It is a slow burn, but all the more satisfying for it… because I believed in it, which is no small task considering the circumstances. [Read more…]

Review: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

rough riderReviewed by Shelly

I enjoyed this the second book in Victoria Vane’s ‘Hot Cowboy Nights’ series much more than that first. The first story was about younger brother Wade and after reading that one, I really wanted to read about Dirk Knowlton- the older, obstinate, battle scarred war veteran. If you read the first story you’ll remember Dirk and Janice Combes. Vane did something interesting with this one, it doesn’t pick up from the first book as a traditional book two might – instead we get to see Dirk and Janice’s story when it initially started, some 10 years prior and it works it’s way up to present. Although this can really be read as a stand alone from Wade’s story, there are some nuances with Dirk and Wade’s current relationship that would be explained by reading these stories in order. [Read more…]

Review: Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston

diary accidental wallflowerReviewed by Jen

I generally enjoy historicals where the hero is of lower station than the heroine. Often there is some delicious angst involved with the forbidden nature of the romance and the hero’s concerns that he isn’t good enough for his lady love.  This story doesn’t exactly take that approach, but I ended up liking it, despite a heroine who was something of an acquired taste. [Read more…]

Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

soulboundReviewed by Jen

I love these books. Kristen Callihan has rocked my world for the second installment in a row, with a fantastic new story in an already extraordinary series. She made me laugh. She made me cry. And she made me love these characters.  This book is sexy, surprising, and poignant, delivering 100% on the promise of its premise. I just finished reading it and I already want to go back and read parts of it again. [Read more…]

Review: Sleeping With Her Enemy by Jenny Holiday

sleeping with her enemyReviewed by Janell

This is the second in a series about hot, rich guys who work on the 49th floor of a fancy Toronto office building. I loved the first one; it made me realize that not all romance heroes in suits were cold, domineering jerks. So I was anxious and hopeful about the second book — would I believe in the romance? It’s totally different from the first book and, yep, I believed it. [Read more…]

Review: Facade – A Vampire Love Story by R.M. Webb

facade vampireReviewed by Shelly

I read very few vampire themed stories and I read this one because the blurb sounded pretty interesting. As I write this review, I’m still trying to figure out if I liked this story or not. It’s a dark tale and the heroine interested me in this way – I wondered when her redemption would be. When will I ever see a clear distinction between good and not-good? And most important, when is the romance going to start? [Read more…]