Archives for May 2015

Review: Chaos and Moonlight by AD Marrow

chaos and moonlightReviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed the first third of this book.  The premise was cool and the set-up, engaging. AD Marrow does a great job introducing these characters and building their world. I was invested in them almost immediately. I liked the heroine’s intellect and short temper. I liked the hero’s emotional investment in the human girl his sister adopted.  Heck, even the villain was interesting. How many sadistic, muscle bound transvestite killers do you find in PNR? I was practically patting myself on the back for picking up this book… until it started trying to be a romance. And that is when it all fell apart. [Read more…]

Review: Hired by the Cowboy by Donna Alward

hired by the cowboyReviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author, but the blurb was too angsty for me to pass on. Single and pregnant, Alexis Grayson is having a terrible day. After a shopping trip to get her prenatal vitamins, she’s on the sidewalk when she starts feeling faint. Thank goodness that Connor Madsen is there and still knows how to treat a woman, much less one in distress. After a short conversation and some intuition, Connor finds out that Alexis is pregnant and they go their separate ways. Connor has problems of his own. His ranch and way of life are in jeopardy. The only way that he can afford to stay afloat is by dipping into his trust fund money and as he’s not only enough at 30, his only way around that is to get married. I’m a fan of the ‘married before falling in love’ theme. [Read more…]

Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

chimes at midnightReviewed by Jen

The October Daye series just keeps getting better and it shows no signs of winding down.  This installment is fast paced and action packed. I didn’t want to stop reading.

As the story begins, Toby and Tybalt are three months into their new relationship and they are every bit as good together as I knew they would be! They’re working together to try to track the goblin-fruit drug that is permeating the streets. The drug is instantly addictive to changelings and deadly to humans, but the Fae don’t really care. Unfortunately, the problem has grown too big for Toby’s crew to handle on their own, so she brings the problem to the Queen for help. [Read more…]

Review: Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

fever pitchReviewed by Janell

I’ve been stalling on writing this review because this book gave me so many thoughts and feels that I don’t think I can even articulate them. But I also need to tell everyone to read it, so I’ll give it my best shot.

Giles and Aaron meet at a high school party in the laundry room. Aaron is the dark-haired dreamboat hiding from the crowd because he gets crippled by loneliness and depression. Giles is the goofy-looking guy avoiding a gay bashing from some jock looking to blame and shame. Giles offers to help Aaron escape, and then he takes Aaron to a drive-thru for food. This is all narrated by Aaron, and his reaction to someone being so sweet and nice is just heartbreaking. They have a sexual encounter by a lake — Aaron’s first — and then Giles drives Aaron home. [Read more…]

Review: Love In The Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden

love in the time of scandalReviewed by Jen

Lord Atherton wasn’t a character painted with the kindest brush in Caroline Linden’s last book. When we met Benedict in It Takes a Scandal, we knew him as Sebastian’s former best friend; the man who turned his back on Sebastian and then tried to court Abigail, the woman his friend loved.  Ben is handsome, charming, and heir to an earldom, but Abigail’s sister Penelope refuses to ignore all the wrongs he has done.  Why didn’t he defend Sebastian all those years ago? Why did he pursue her sister, when he clearly never loved her? [Read more…]

Giveaway: Dearest Rogue

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series.  Dearest Rogue is out today and the awesome peeps at Grand Central Publishing are giving away a copy here at Red Hot Books (US/Can only.) Check out the details!

dearest rogueHE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King’s dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she’s targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they’re confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier’s hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

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Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

dearest rogueReviewed by Jen

Elizabeth Hoyt has done it again, wow’ing me with another swoon-worthy romance in her Maiden Lane series. Lady Phoebe Batten has come a long way from the pudgy, bespectacled little sister we met back in Lady Hero’s book. She has grown into a woman who is intelligent, spirited, and now, completely blind.  Captain James Trevillion, formerly of the King’s dragoons, serves as her bodyguard. [Read more…]

Review: Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole

signal boostReviewed by Janell

This is a sequel to a book I haven’t read, but I heard great things about it so I gave it a go. I haven’t even read post-apocalyptic romance in a while, and I was pleased that the focus in this series is more about the people than the situation.

In the first book, Radio Silence, all of the electricity stopped working. John and his best friend, Arden, made their way to his parents’ cabin. As Signal Boost opens, the makeshift family has settled into a quiet routine, and everyone is reasonably happy. But John (or Jang-wan, as his mother calls him) feels unsettled, like his progress as a person has stalled, and he can’t appreciate his circumstances in the present because he worries that he will always be stuck there. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Maiden Lane

This is the reading order for the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt:elizabeth hoyt

Review: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

scandalous desiresReviewed by Jen

I loved this book. It was absolutely everything I hoped it would be and then some. Elizabeth Hoyt did a phenomenal job setting up the romance between Silence and Charming Mickey. It whet my appetite in all the right ways in the first two books of the series. But watching it unfold here was even better than I expected. [Read more…]