Archives for March 2015

Series Reading Order: Beyond

This is the reading order for the Beyond series by Kit Rocha:

*Denotes novella

Review: Bedroom Games by Jessica Clare

bedroom gamesReviewed by Janell

When I reviewed Playing Games, I wrote, “[The heroine’s] brother turns out to be a jerk, trying to ruin her new relationship and her chance at winning. I hope he doesn’t show up in another book because I can’t even with him.”

Jessica Clare tweeted in response, “That was an awesome review! And uh, Brodie’s the hero of book #4! Don’t read it!! ;)”

So this is the book with Brodie the Jerk as the hero, and I read it even though I was told not to, because I love these books. I dared the author to make me like him. In the end, well, I still think he’s kind of shallow, but I believe in the romance, people. [Read more…]

Review: Warlord by Elizabeth Vaughan

warlordReviewed by Jen

Elizabeth Vaughan crafts a satisfying conclusion to her Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy, with this installment that brings the Warlord and his Warprize back to the Heart of the Plains.  This is definitely more engaging than the last book, though the original Warprize holds up as the strongest installment.  This is not a standalone –new readers need to start at the beginning of the series. [Read more…]

Review: Royally Ever After by Loretta Chase

royally ever afterReviewed by Jen

This anthology contains two previously published short stories by Loretta Chase –and I do mean short.

The first is “Lord Lovedon’s Duel,” which I read in the Royal Bridesmaids collection. It’s based loosely in the Dressmakers world. Just after Chloe’s sister is married to a duke, the women overhear some men saying the groom married for money and not love. Angered over the hurt it causes her sister –and just a little bit drunk– Chloe confronts Lord Lovedon, the man speaking most disparagingly of the match. She demands a duel, sparking his attention and a witty banter which evolves into a relationship. It was funny and sassy. 21 pages. [Read more…]

Review: Stone Cold by Devon Monk

stone coldReviewed by Jen

I know all good things must come to an end. I have to say, I am sad to leave this world behind, but I am utterly and completely satisfied by this ending.  What a great conclusion! Devon Monk has done such a wonderful job crafting these characters. They are so distinct and nuanced; I really feel like I know them now. I love them.  And for them, this is one of those stories where it always darkest before the dawn.

These books have always been dark, but this may be the toughest one yet. Shame and Terric have to endure new heights of pain here. It’s tough to watch. But it’s not gratuitous. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s worth it in the end. [Read more…]

Review: Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker

intimate geographyReviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after Personal Geography, book 2 continues India and Cris’s story. If you’ve not read book 1, this will contain spoilers as these are not stand-alone books. I made mention in my review for Personal Geography specifically about India – I didn’t like her and to be honest, I still didn’t like her in book 2. I found her immature, selfish and a class A jerk. This conclusion reveals a more pleasant demeanor, but she was in no way likeable to me. But as I’m a sucker for a good story, credit goes to Tamsen Parker because this was a compelling read, even with India for a heroine. [Read more…]

Review: The Curse of Gremdon by Ciara Knight

curse of gremdonReviewed by Jen

If you’re a fan of fantasy romance with unique world-building, a warrior hero and a heroine who is every bit his equal — look no further. Ciara Knight has created a culture that is not like any other I have read before.  The people live behind castle walls, protected by prized warriors and magical amulets to fight the effects of the cursed monsters that threaten to destroy humanity. One scratch or bite and anyone can turn into that which they most fear.  So the warriors must be rigid and single minded in their fight. There are no marriages or families. No children. And for the women warriors, no sex. [Read more…]

Review: His To Take by Shayla Black

his to takeReviewed by Jaimie

His to Take is the ninth book in the Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black and can I just say this series just keeps getting better!  Admittedly when I read the blurb, I missed the connection between the hero and Kata (who was featured in book 4 of the series) and Carlotta her mother (who had her story in book 6.5 of the series), but when I figured it out, I was really looking forward to seeing another member of that family.  Joaquin Munõz is determined to avenge the murder of his only friend and partner and will stop at nothing to make that happen.  Believing Bailey Benson may hold the answers he is looking for, and knowing she is in danger, Joaquin kidnaps her to keep her safe. [Read more…]

Review: Becoming His Master by MQ Barber

becoming his masterReviewed by Shelly

Answering many of my questions about Henry and Jay’s start, this is a solid complement to Henry, Jay and Alice’s story in the first three stories in the Neighborly Affection series. Since the first book in the series, I’ve been a M. Q. Barber fan and will read anything by this author because I like the way she writes – a lot. This is m/m and although I don’t currently read that category I read this because 1) I expected good writing 2) I wanted to get the background scoop on Henry and Jay. [Read more…]

Review: Before I Fall by Jessica Scott

before i fallReviewed by Carrie

I really enjoy Jessica Scott’s military romance series, Coming Home, for its unflinching emotional stories about romance in the aftermath of combat.  When I found out she was writing a New Adult series, I was hoping for that same emotional impact.  I wanted to love it, but it was a bit of a mixed bag for me.

Beth Lamont isn’t like the other college kids in her class. She can’t afford to let go and be young and carefree.  Beth has a single minded focus: Get a degree to get a good job so she can afford to take care of her ailing father.  She loathes the Army that required her father to sacrifice, the war that injured him and the VA for failing to provide even adequate care of her father afterwards.  Beth is a bitter girl because of this and initially balks when her professor asks her to help tutor a former soldier in statistics. However, Beth knows that beggars can’t be choosers when broke and reluctantly accepts the job. [Read more…]