Archives for June 2015

Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

crushedReviewed by Shelly

After reading Broken, book #1, in the ‘Redemption’ series, I said I wasn’t going to read another but I forgot I said that and ended up reading this anyway. This is the 3rd book in the series as there’s a 0.5 in the series which tells Ethan Price’s, Olivia’s ex-boyfriend and Michael’s best friend, story. I’ve not a clue as to how that went.

Once I started reading this, I remembered one of the reasons I didn’t truly care for the first story. It’s very difficult for me to feel any level of compassion for young adults. Chloe’s 20, who drives an Audi while going to college that the parents paid for. And in Michael’s situation, we’re talking about an immature 23/24 year old driving a Jaguar, who went through college courtesy on his parents’ dime. That doesn’t mean that Chloe wasn’t a nice person, she actually was quite nice, but I really can’t seem to drum up any ‘woe is you’ tears for her. [Read more…]

Review: It Started At Waterloo by Lynne Connolly

it started at waterlooReviewed by Jen

Amelia is a lady only interested in helping the wounded soldiers in need during the Battle of Waterloo. Finding a husband is the last thing on her mind. But falling asleep in a tent with her friend and devoted surgeon Will gives her an escape from the society marriage her mother has planned.  Amelia respects Will; they share a passion for serving the injured; and it doesn’t hurt that he is very attractive.  She has no idea when he asks her to marry him that she would be doing much more than saving her reputation… she would be marrying an earl. [Read more…]

Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

mark of the demonReviewed by Jen

I’m always on the hunt for an urban fantasy series to love and this one has potential.  While I’m not ready to call it love yet, I will say that it had some really good things going for it and I definitely liked it enough to tackle book two in the series.

Our heroine is Kara Gillian. She is a cop who summons demons in her spare time.  That doesn’t make her a bad person.  Demons aren’t intrinsically evil; they’re just powerful beings from a different dimension. But most people don’t even know they exist.  Anyway,  Kara has just been promoted to a homicide detective and the first case she lands is one she has been studying for years. [Read more…]

Review: As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

as long as you love meReviewed by Janell

This is the second book in Ann Aguirre’s Apartment 2B trilogy, otherwise known as the Books with Backstreet Boys Songs as Titles. Admit it, you wish more authors would do that. In the first book, Nadia fell in love with her downstairs neighbor, while her best friend and roommate Lauren developed a drinking problem and finally dropped out of school.

Now, Lauren has moved back home. She’s not upset though, she’s happy. She wants the comfort of a small town, where she doesn’t feel pressured to party every weekend. She plans to get a simple job and enroll in online classes so that she can eventually be a telecommuting computer programmer. Life in sweatpants is good. [Read more…]

Review: Love After All by Jaci Burton

love after allReviewed by Jaimie

Love After All is the fourth book in the Hope series by Jaci Burton and when I heard who was going to be paired up, I was a tiny bit sceptical that this would work.  Chelsea is a math teacher who likes lists, including one that has all the qualities she expects in her “perfect’ man, and Bash is none of those things.  Despite my hesitation, I have to admit it really worked for me. [Read more…]

Review: The Best Medicine by Elizabeth Hayley

best medicineReviewed by Janell

This book turned out differently than I thought it would, and that’s a good thing. I was worried that I’d accidentally picked up a book with a controlling alphahole who issued ultimatums with sexy stares. It turns out that Scott only wishes he were a controlling alphahole, but Lauren sees through it.

Lauren has just incited a small riot at a bar, and needs to earn money to pay for the damages. She’s in grad school and doesn’t have a real job. Her mother, a nurse, gets her a job at the hospital clinic where she works. Scott is the doctor in charge. [Read more…]

Review: Entreat Me by Grace Draven

entreat meReviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed Grace Draven’s Radiance, so when I found out that she had also written a book featuring a Beauty & the Beast trope, I sat aside my entire TBR pile and dove in.  I don’t regret it one bit. Though I think I might have loved Radiance a tad bit more, this book definitely gave me what I was looking for. And I would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of Draven’s other work or if you, too, love a cursed or beastly hero. [Read more…]

Review: Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

trust the focusReviewed by Janell

Summer road trip time! Justin and Landry have just graduated from college. They’ve been best friends since elementary school, although they pulled apart the last couple of years. Now, Justin has inherited his father’s old RV, and he plans to honor his father’s memory by reproducing the photos from his father’s nature calendar, only with his father’s ashes in all the pictures.

That’s a lot to start with. Also, in the fall, Justin will be his conservative mother’s campaign manager as she runs for senate. He doesn’t want to do it, but he’s been playing the role of dutiful son for so long that he doesn’t see any way out. Even though he happens to be in love with his best friend. [Read more…]

October Daye Short Stories by Seanan McGuire

rat catcherBy Jen

“Rat Catcher” – According to Seanan’s website, this is an origin story for Tybalt.  She recommends that fans read it, though, after reading at least two of the novels, so you can appreciate it.  This is available only in limited edition print from Subterranean Press. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $40 for a novella. Here’s the blurb, if you’re interested:

In the year 1666, a young Prince of Cats named Rand dwelt peacefully in Londontown with his beloved sisters, Jill and Colleen. He spent his nights at the theater, drinking in the works of Shakespeare, and had no interest in the day when he would be expected to rise up, challenge his father, and take his place as a King of Cats. For Rand, kittenhood was a wonderful dream, and one that he hoped would last forever.

Dreams end.

All stories have to begin somewhere, and this is where the story of Tybalt, King of Dreaming Cats, began: with a boy, and his sisters, and the city that he loved and never planned to leave. When duty calls, can he make the choice that will keep them all safe, without giving up everything that he has ever wanted from his life?

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Review: Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy by Victoria Vane

sharp shootin cowboyReviewed by Shelly

Unlike the first 2 books in the series, this isn’t about the Knowlton family or anyone on their ranch. But I enjoyed it just as much as I have the earlier installments. What I am enjoying tremendously in this series is that the last two books have been about war veterans – that’s appealing to me.

Spending the last eight years as a Marine sniper, Reid Everett’s home for good. He’s out of all that sand and heat and happy to be back in Wyoming working on the ranch he’s known all his life, doing what he loves to do. Haley Cooper, the wildlife biologist, is all about making the world a safer place for wolves. She’ll give up everything including friends and family to make that happen. [Read more…]