Archives for February 2015

Review: Magic on the Line by Devon Monk

magic on the lineReviewed by Jen

I thought this installment of the Allie Beckstrom series kicked ass. It’s a major game changer for the characters I have come to know and love over the course of seven books now. The people are evolving.  More enemies are revealing themselves. And things get worse for Allie than ever before.  That poor woman just can’t catch a break.

The hits begin in chapter one and they just keep coming.  The Authority now has new leadership and the new boss is sporting an obvious grudge for Allie and her friends.  Her hardships begin with a painful interrogation and within hours, Allie has lost her ability to use magic. [Read more…]

Review: To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

to taste temptationReviewed by Jen

I’m at a point where I open anything by Elizabeth Hoyt and just expect to love it.  Unfortunately, this first book in her Legend of the Four Soldiers series didn’t meet those expectations.  There were a few reasons I didn’t love it, but in a nutshell, you can blame the heroine, the hero’s reactions to her, and the type of intimacy between them.

Emeline is my least favorite kind of historical romance heroine: the kind who serves at the altar of the ton. She lives and breathes the dictates of social status, and frankly, the only reason she even agreed to champion Samuel’s sister is because he served with her late brother, Raynaud, in the war.  Samuel is light years out of her social sphere. After all, he lives in the colonies; he works in trade; and he wears moccasins. The horror. [Read more…]

Review: The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare

billionaire and virginReviewed by Janell

Get ready, because I’m going to tell you that a book with this title is totally worth reading. I know, most of you are over billionaires. And the rest of you have had it with virgins. So Jessica Clare once again says, “Oh, you hate that? Then let me write more of it!” She’s written lots of billionaire books, and I haven’t read any of them because I, like you, am tired of billionaires. But she also wrote the Games series, so I decided to open my mind. [Read more…]

Review: Marrying the Marine: The Brides of Hilton Head Island by Sabrina Sims McAfee

marryingReviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and I chose this story because the blurb had one thing – marines – and I was an absolute goner. Then the cherry on top was when I found out that this is book 1 in a series. I was just tickled pink to start at the beginning. After serving overseas, Braylon Wexler has returned home as a criminal investigator for the Marines. Braylon’s also from a relatively wealthy family and was raised by his grand parents; it’s their home he returns to. Sandella Summers is the caretaker for Braylon’s uncle, Royce, who has Down’s syndrome. I enjoy a good story and the premise of this was good.

There’s so much about this story that I wanted to like, but I didn’t like any of it. Once I started reading I couldn’t believe the juvenile quality of the dialogue, but I kept reading because I truly hoped it was an editing issue and that the story itself would not only improve but I hoped for improvement in the quality of the dialogue. Neither happened. I so wanted to stop reading but it was like a train wreck, I couldn’t not look. [Read more…]

Review: Soul Enslaved by Keri Lake

soul enslavedReviewed by Jen

More people should be reading this series.  It’s dark. And sexy. A similar vibe to the early Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  This book, in particular, stands out as the darkest and most emotional installment to date. It focuses more on the romance than the earlier books, which is a good thing, even though the world building is strong and interesting enough to sustain urban fantasy fans. [Read more…]

Review: The Master by Kresley Cole

masterReviewed by Jen

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I had mixed feelings about The Professional but I am a huge Kresley Cole fan, so I decided to give the series another go. While I did have a couple of issues, I enjoyed it overall in guilty-pleasure, super sexy way.

The hero is Maksimilian,  Sevastyan’s middle brother. He is a Russian politician with ties to the mafiya, but honestly, there was very little that his connections had to do with the story. For this book, Maks is visiting Miami on a business trip. As always, he orders up a blonde from a high class escort service to fulfill his needs while he is in town. But the girl he ordered couldn’t make it. Instead, she sent her friend, a fiery Latina, named Cat. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight Sins by Lora Leigh

midnight sinsReviewed by Jaimie

Midnight Sins is the first book in the Callahan series by Lora Leigh.  This one is not new, but I hadn’t gotten around to starting the series and I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner!  Ms. Leigh writes some great romantic suspense books and this one grabbed me right away.  Rafer and Cami are a loveable couple that you can’t help but root for.  I’m usually nauseated by the whole “I can’t be with him because losing him would destroy me” story, but this one was an exception. Given the overall plot, it was completely reasonable that Cami would fear losing Rafer. [Read more…]

Review: Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

flirting with disasterReviewed by Janell

Victoria Dahl was a keynote speaker at a writer’s conference I attended a few months ago. She introduced herself as an unsympathetic heroine, a woman with a few close friends but not a lot of friendly acquaintances, a woman who would rather receive dirty pictures and jokes while her husband was in the hospital than casseroles cooked by neighbors.

“She’s so cool,” I though to myself. So I followed her on Twitter, and have been treated to lessons on female anatomy, lots of curse words, and a Tumblr full of NSFW gifs. She keeps on giving, obviously. So when her latest book was released, and I was told over and over about a scene with ladder sex, I knew that I had to read it. [Read more…]

Review: Wrapped Around Him by Debra Kayn

wrapped around himReviewed by Carrie

You may have noticed that I’m a sucker for books about motorcycle clubs. I’m especially intrigued when one offers a different perspective or unique take on these books, as this one does.  This story definitely lands on the darker, more violent side of the spectrum of MC books. However, if you are a fan of very dark antiheroes, read on. [Read more…]

Review: Magic on the Hunt by Devon Monk

magic on the huntReviewed by Jen

I feel like I absolutely flew through this book. The reason: basically non-stop action. While the last installment kind of dragged, this sixth book in the Allie Beckstrom series barely gives you a moment to breathe between the trials and tribulations of the main characters. The book actually starts with a well-deserved basking in the Allie and Zayvion reunion, but it only lasts for a very short while.  In virtually no time, they’re brought to their knees and the hits just keep on coming. [Read more…]