Archives for March 2015

Review: Getting It Right by AM Arthur

getting it rightReviewed by Jen

This book may be labeled as the first in AM Arthur’s Restoration series, but if you’ve read her Belonging books, you’ll recognize several characters. One of our heroes here was actually a rather unsavory character in those stories: Tag, who it seems is both a psychiatrist and an alcoholic man-whore.  I didn’t read those earlier books, but based on the backstory we get here, I probably wouldn’t have liked him. [Read more…]

Review: Warsworn by Elizabeth Vaughan

warswornReviewed by Jen

I didn’t love this book the way I loved Warprize.  But I did like it.  Overall, it maintains the tone and the feel of the original.  The worldbuilding is growing. The sex is a little steamier. The pacing, well, this isn’t really an action series.  It’s about choices the characters make –and their implications. In the first book, it was about Lara’s decision to become the Warprize and the effect that choice had on her people, the people of the Plains, and her new Warlord.  In this installment, it’s about Lara’s decision to try to save a town stricken by plague, and the ripple effect that choice creates. [Read more…]

Review: Island Escape by Viv Daniels

island escapeReviewed by Janell

I enjoy a good shipwrecked/planewrecked/survival story, so even though the blurb suggested shallow, judgmental characters, I had to read this. Now that I think of it, shallow and judgmental people are the best kind of people to be shipwrecked together!

This book set a different tone right off, when the heroine snorts cocaine on a yacht. It’s set in the 80s, the best decade for cocaine and yachts, in my opinion. Kalina is an heiress, set to inherit a giant company when her grandfather dies (her parents conveniently died in a helicopter crash when she was young). She doesn’t have much ambition or any plans other than to keep the buzz going. Her boyfriend’s family owns the yacht, and they’re with other young, rich people on a meandering summer cruise of the South Pacific. They drink, get high, dance, have sex, sleep, then do it all again. [Read more…]

Review: Hell Bent by Devon Monk

hell bentReviewed by Jen

This book took me to places I never expected to go.  First, let me say that there is no way this series will have the same impact for people who did not read the Allie Beckstrom books before it. Yeah, you might understand what is going on, but I just don’t see how you could have the same kind of empathy and understanding for Shame and Terric. You may not really “get” the Soul Complement thing the way you would if you had been there with Allie and Zay. The changes in magic, the loss of a character, the time spent with Cody: none of it would have resonated the way it did for me, had I not read the previous books.  And that would be a shame, because there are powerful emotions working here. [Read more…]

Review: Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker

personal geographyReviewed by Shelly

There’s a fine line between love and hate. I rode that line from beginning to end. This is my first time to read this author’s work and she writes an engaging story. Consultant India Burke has a sharp mind and an equally sharp tongue. Working long days, India has ‘lost weekends’ where she takes off to parts unknown. During those weekends, she desires a submissive role along with sexual release – until the next time. Crispen Ardmore is a Dominant without a submissive. He lives in the perfect isolated location for India, Hawaii. It’s far enough away for her purposes and Cris is exactly what India wants and needs for those 48 hours. Before I go on – there are two things about this story that you should know. This is neither HFN nor HEA and is NOT a stand-alone; the second part of this story is Intimate Geography. [Read more…]

Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler

jinn and juiceReviewed by Jen

As a fan of the Jane True series, I went into this book with certain expectations. I know Nicole Peeler can suck me in to her stories, make me laugh, and light me up with sexual tension. And from the beginning of this book, all the way until the end, I kept waiting for those things to happen. Only to be disappointed. This isn’t a bad book. It’s creative with a diverse cast of characters and a different focus and feel than most urban fantasies on the market today. It just didn’t ever flip the switch to make me connect –to care– about what was happening. [Read more…]

Review: Flames of Passion by Kayla Perrin

flames of passionReviewed by Shelly

This is one in Kayla Perrin’s ‘Love and Fire’ series and is centered on a team of firefighters. There’s a little bit of difference with the hero’s name that threw me for a small loop – the blurb reads Tyler Johansen but within ARC that I was provided, the hero’s name is Tyler McKenzie – this didn’t take away from the story though.

Tyler is one of the firefighters featured in the calendar that’s raising money for one of the local charities. Nya Lowe works at the photography studio that put together the calendar. During a fundraiser, Nya’s ex-boyfriend shows up with his new girl friend and acting out of character Nya kisses Tyler while pretending that he’s her new ‘hot’ boyfriend. Along the way, Nya and Tyler pretend to be each other’s significant other when the need arises. Can these two find their way to happiness? I’ve not read any of the other installments in the series, but I’m willing to find out. [Read more…]

Review: Ice Games by Jessica Clare

ice gamesReviewed by Janell

I think these Games books are like crack for me. I start reading and everything is so fun and breezy and interesting, and then I have to stop everything else in my life to read, and then it’s over too quickly and I’m left wanting more, again, now. So, thanks a lot, Jessica Clare.

Zara was an Olympic figure skater at age fourteen when she literally crashed and figuratively burned all of her bridges. She was blacklisted from the skating world, left to teach kids at a mall and to occasionally play the role of “Pink Dinosaur” in skating shows. When the show “Ice Dancing With the Stars” offers her a position as a pro skater, she jumps at the chance to salvage her career. [Read more…]

Review: Hotter than Ever by Ella Kennedy

hotter than everReviewed by Shelly

After reading another story by this same author and realizing that I had this in my TBR for 2 years, I decided to take the plunge. I’m glad I did because I enjoyed the story a lot. Considering I didn’t read the first 8 books in the series, I’m going to assume that there’s not a lot that I missed about any of these characters. After I read, this I went back and read some of the blurbs for the other stories hoping to get a clue. They’re not my cuppa-tea because I don’t like the whole m/f/m storyline when the HEA is for the m/f only. I know what you’re thinking – and yes, I’m picky but I know what I like. [Read more…]

Review: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

warprizeReviewed by Jen

I loved this book. If you enjoy fantasy romance –even a little– I would recommend it without hesitation.

This is a story about people. By that I mean, it’s not an epic fantasy. It’s not about complicated politics or really nuanced worldbuilding. It’s about Lara, a wonderfully drawn healer, and her journey of sacrifice, empathy, and evolution. It’s about her Warlord hero, her friends, and her new community –all created with depth and care; all rich with real personality and designed with an impact on her journey. And it’s about how she falls in love in a way that swept me off my feet and made me believe and cheer and swoon in equal measure. [Read more…]