Archives for April 2015

Review: A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage

perfect tenReviewed by Shelly

It took me a couple days to get my thoughts on paper because I just couldn’t write this review directly after reading Ten and Caroline’s story. I was in a dilemma; I couldn’t decide how much I liked the story versus how much I should like the story. I say that because this genre is not one of my usual ones and reading the story reminds me that I’m still a bit of a prude when it comes to teenagers and sex. The thing is, though – Linda Kage’s writing style is such that she captures my attention even with a topic outside of my norm. [Read more…]

Review: Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes

lady sarahs sinful desiresReviewed by Jen

I had a very hard time connecting with this book. I am never great with a Big Secret story, but in this case, that was compounded by the fact that I was unimpressed by the secret itself. The hero is uninspiring. And the bad guy is nothing short of a cookie cutter villain.

Sarah is not a virgin. That’s the big secret. She lost her virginity to a man who she planned to marry and it didn’t work out. Now her parents are forcing her to marry a vile man named Mr. Dennison, because they say no one else will have her, and the shame of her actions may ruin her sisters’ prospects of marriage. [Read more…]

Review: The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London

scoundrel debutanteReviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but I’m sad to say that this third installment was not as much of a win for me.   I’ve never been a fan of insta-love, but the romance here happened at such warp speed, it left me shaking my head.  Three days. They were in love in three days.  They were getting busy even before that.  I understand that our heroine was trying to have a little adventure, but this story just trampled all over my suspension of disbelief with her behavior, which fit neither with the character nor her setting. [Read more…]

Review: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

duke and the lady in redReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time I cried this much reading a book.  It says so much about Lorraine Heath’s ability to craft her characters that she made me care for them so much.  I expected a light story about about a rich rake, falling for a canny con artist.  But what I got was so much more.  Rosalind is a swindler, but that is the tip of the iceberg for her character; and it’s her backstory and its impact on the present that kept me reading, cover to cover, without putting it down once. [Read more…]

Review: Claimed by Love by Skye Jones

claimed by loveReviewed by Shelly

This is a first time author for me. The first book in the Wild Hunters series is a paranormal m/m/f erotica and while the last two things are right up my alley I will admit that I don’t read a lot of PNR but the blurb was intriguing enough for me to give it a chance. For the last four years Kayley Edwards has lead a relatively solitary life. She’s an artist who sells her wares on occasion. And if being an artist wasn’t lonely enough, the only consistent person in her life is her roommate who is also her employer at the nearby tattoo shop. [Read more…]

Review: All’s Fair in Love and Scandal by Caroline Linden

alls fair in love and scandalReviewed by Jen

In every installment of Caroline Linden’s Scandalous series, the naughty 50 Ways to Sin stories have captured the attention and imagination of the more daring ladies of the ton.  Everyone is talking about them and no one knows the identity of the woman behind the bold serial.  Now a wager has Douglas Bennet tasked with unmasking her.  His target: the aloof widow, Madeline Wilde.

Douglas didn’t even know Madeline existed until a friend threw down the gauntlet, daring him to turn her head. But despite his title and charm, she remains unmoved. That, of course, only serves to intrigue him more. And once he learns she could be the author of those salacious stories, he’s only drawn in deeper. [Read more…]

Review: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

local habitationReviewed by Jen

I have to say I was pretty ambivalent about whether to continue with this series after my issues with Rosemary and Rue.  This book was an improvement over that one. It was definitely less boring. The pacing was better and the main character is better defined. But there were still some significant issues; the worst being the predictability of the story developments. (I’ll get back to that in a minute.)

This book picks up a few months after the events of the last one. Toby is a private investigator once again and has fashioned a life for herself with friends and a purpose.  Things actually seem to be going well.  She has moved on from the fish thing. No more lingering on that –or on her lost family. It’s almost like they never existed, which allowed the story to evolve, yet seemed strange after all the emphasis placed on it before. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Allie Beckstrom

This is the reading order for the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk:devon monk

Broken Magic spinoff

Review: Hearts of Stone by Inka Loreen Minden

hearts of stoneReviewed by Jen

I had a very difficult time pushing through the first quarter of this book. I almost put it down a few times, but I powered through, hoping it would deliver on the promise of its premise.  The book is about a gargoyle who serves as a secret guardian to a witch on a mission to fight demons and save her brother.  Noir has no idea that Vincent exists, and even if she did, he is forbidden to ever touch her. So he worships her from a distance and has devoted himself to serving as her protector.  I loved the sound of this, so I at least wanted to give the story a chance to get to the good stuff. I’m glad I did, because it definitely got better. [Read more…]

Review: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan

love lessonsReviewed by Janell

Welcome to my first m/m review! I heard great things about the sequel to this book, so I read it first, and then had to go back to read Walter and Kelly’s romance.

Kelly has researched everything about Hope University, except the dorms. Because of his allergies, he needs a room that allows an air conditioner, and the only room he’s eligible for is in Porterhouse, where the gay-unfriendly jocks live. [Read more…]