Archives for June 2015

Review: Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

born of defianceReviewed by Jen

Sherrilyn Kenyon hits the rewind button in this latest installment of The League. We’re going back to the time that coincides with the first book of the series. For me, that was cool in some ways, bad in others. I liked it because Nykyrian’s book was my favorite and I enjoyed revisiting some of the events of his story, albeit from a different perspective. It was challenging at times, though, because I read that book many years ago and I was struggling to remember what I should know, not only about Nyk’s history, but Fain Hauk’s. After all, Fain is our hero’s father. [Read more…]

Review: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

ride steadyReviewed by Carrie

It’s been awhile since readers have been treated to a new story in Kristen Ashley’s Chaos series. Honestly, the last couple of books the author has put out didn’t work for me and I was worried going into this book. Thankfully, the story hit all the right notes and even surprised me with its tenderness. [Read more…]

Review: Uncharted Territory by Tamsen Parker

uncharted territoryReviewed by Shelly

The prequel in Parker’s ‘The Compass’ series is the connecting story of India Burke and Hunter Vaughn. These stories do connect and you should definitely read Book 1 and 2 in order. From the beginning, I never liked India and I’m still no a fan of India nor the kind of kink that she likes, but Parker’s a good storyteller. I still believe that in all good fiction, there’s a truth and believability that writers have to use to captivate their audience; Parker does that here. Actually the entire series has enough conveyed emotions to make the plot and characters feasible. [Read more…]

Review: Renewed by Harper Miller

renewedReviewed by Shelly

This is a very different read than the first story in the Miller’s ‘Kinky Connect Chronicles’ series. In the first story, the heroine Mimi was single, assertive, very sure of her worth, and even a bit of a jerk.

In “Renewed,” I found the heroine, Tanya, much more likable. She’s just recently separated from her husband because she found him in her bed with another woman. Turns out, that wasn’t his first time to cheat and I’m sure it wasn’t his second time either. Tanya is really torn up about the dissolution of her marriage because she expected to be married forever and she certainly didn’t expect her husband to cheat. I felt empathy for her because what young woman who’s going into a marriage especially with a man 16 years her senior expects for her fairy tale to have that kind of an abrupt ending. [Read more…]

Review: Ironic by Harper Miller

ironicReviewed by Shelly

Are you in the mood to read a short story about a woman who’s looking for a midnight booty call? Well, you should be, because this is a surprisingly good story. Remember way back when authors would write short stories, not novellas, that would incite you to either slam the book closed or gently put it aside – either way it elicited emotions other than ‘meh’. But you were never promised closure or even satisfaction. If you’ve never read that kind of short story, now’s a good time to start. [Read more…]

Review: Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

blood of the demonReviewed by Jen

Woo-hoo! That was a fun ride.

This second installment of the Kara Gillian series takes things up another notch, with the growth of our title character. What I really like about the way Diana Rowland chose to move Kara’s arc forward is that she didn’t opt to make our heroine more powerful.  In most urban fantasies, that’s how things go. The heroine gets more uber-awesome with every book. But here, instead of expanding Kara’s powers, Rowland expands her understanding of the world around her, filling in the readers at the same time. [Read more…]

Review: Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

glutton for pleasureReviewed by Shelly

I’ve seen this author’s work around for quite some time but I’ve never been inclined to give it a try. I’m glad I finally did. I liked this one so much that I already have the second book in the Pleasure Series on my TBR. Considering this was originally published in ’09, it still holds up as a good read with ménage (m/f/m) content.

The Callahan brothers, Jace and Marcus, have always preferred bedding the same woman. If they can bed her together, that’s ideal. Once Jace sees Devi Malik during a restaurant visit, he’s immediately besotted and wants her for himself and twin, Marcus. The shy, sheltered Devi is the chef at her family’s Indian themed restaurant and how she even gets involved in these guys is quite interesting – thanks to one of her older, loving yet meddlesome sisters. [Read more…]

Review: Bengal’s Quest by Lora Leigh

bengals questReviewed by Jaimie

Bengal’s Quest is the latest installment in Lora Leigh’s long running Breeds series, and I’ve got to tell you, it just keeps getting better.  You always worry when a series gets to this point that it’s going to get stale, but this one was fantastic. We finally get the missing pieces in Gideon’s story but I have to say, the blurb is a little deceptive. I didn’t feel like it accurately described the plot of the book but anyways, that’s just a warning for you. [Read more…]

Review: The Look of Love by Crystal Bright

look of loveReviewed by Shelly

I’m always looking for an IR romance that’s not the typical storyline that I’ve read in the past. I had great hopes for this story because I’m a sucker for an MMA story. This is the first story in the Mama’s Boys series and while it started out promising, it went downhill and not because of the climax. After about halfway mark, I don’t even understand what started happening. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

wicked rideReviewed by Jen

I was such a fan of the Dark Protectors series that when I learned about this spinoff, it was the squee heard ’round the world.  This book features characters from the same world and cameo appearances from some old favorites.  It felt familiar in a lot of ways and I enjoyed it. But it was missing the fantastic series arc that knocked the Dark Protectors out of the park –and I felt the lack. [Read more…]