Archives for July 2015

Review: Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

dragonbaneReviewed by Jen

When you develop a long history with a series you have loved the way I’ve loved this one, it’s hard to let go. But sometimes, it’s the best choice. I feel like I’ve said, “this is the last one” to myself a fair number of times, only to get sucked back in by my memories of stories past. (Dance With the Devil, anyone?) But the thing is, even when one kind of brings back the glory days the way The Guardian did, I’m getting to the point where it all feels recycled. Even the good stuff, done so many times, doesn’t shine the way it used to. [Read more…]

Review: Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

vengeance of the demonReviewed by Jen

Ugh. I am growing more and more disheartened by the direction this series is going in.  These books started as police procedurals with paranormal elements. Our heroine was a cop who also summoned demons. She was relatable. She liked donuts. She hated exercise. She was kind of lonely, with a sort of kooky aunt and mentor as her only family. Over the course of the first few books, she found her niche as a homicide detective. She made a few friends and fell in love. And then, really, what the hell happened? [Read more…]

Review: Nine Dates by Shanyn Hosier

nine datesReviewed by Shelly

This had the potential to be a really good read for me. The sample and the blurb were promising. Elizabeth Mitchell and John O’Brien work for the same company. Beth has had more than an office crush on John, but after finding out that he’s not only taken – he’s gay– she’s not sure what his flirtations were about. After being asked out by John, knowing what she knows, she decides that the best way to handle to situation is… I’ll get back to that in a bit.

Paul Atwater is John’s boyfriend. He’s in his residency as an orthopedic surgeon so you can imagine his schedule is limited. John and Beth’s proposition is something that he’s not sure of, rightfully so, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep John. I’ve read way too many types of this story where there’s a 3rd person to a couple and I felt this was one of them. [Read more…]

Review: Fearless by Lauren Gilley

fearless1Reviewed by Carrie

My MC-book loving friends… have I got a treat for you! This book was originally released as a serial but is now packaged as one big honkin’ book. A 700+ page novel that you will want to set away for when you have the time to sit and indulge because you will not want to stop. If alpha bikers, forbidden romance, violence, suspense and the brotherhood of an MC are your thing, then keep reading. [Read more…]

Review: The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward

bourbon kingsReviewed by Jen

If you ever enjoyed the night-time soaps of the 1980s, get ready for the next generation of big-money, family dynasty drama.  The Bradford family made its fortune in bourbon, not oil, but all of the major elements are in place: a southern palatial estate, high end cars, private jets… class divisions, a spoiled daughter, and a dastardly patriarch that could put JR Ewing to shame.

But this is JR Ward, you say. How does it compare to the Black Dagger Brotherhood? Simply put, it doesn’t. This is in no way, shape, or form like the BDB books. There’s no street slang nor product placement. Nobody’s “gotchu.” Nobody is drinking Grey Goose.  Oh –and spoiler alert– both the hero and the heroine survive the entire book. So there’s that. [Read more…]

Review: True Devotion by Liora Blake

true northReviewed by Carrie

I was so excited to read this book after loving the first book in the series, True North.  While there were some minor issues, I really enjoyed the book and this author’s writing.

Devon Jenkins has a pretty sweet life right now, courtesy of her rockstar brother, Trevor.  It’s a far cry away from the way they grew up in the ghetto, but she still can’t shake the lessons learned there. In the ghetto, you learn to keep everyone at arm’s length because you never know their agenda or what they want from you. [Read more…]

Review: Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

mistress of pleasureReviewed by Jen

I jumped into the School of Gallantry series with book 3 and I absolutely loved it. I followed along through the end of the series and am only just now seeing where it all began.  I read this as a second edition re-release, which I understand has some differences from the original, so you may want to keep that in mind.

One of the things I really like about this series is that the books all take place in the same period of time. So even though I didn’t start with book one, with all of the events taking place concurrently, I didn’t feel like I missed anything. The series surrounds a special school for gentlemen, run by a former French courtesan. She helps them learn the art of romance and seduction. Each man needs her help for different reasons, but each ends up a hero of his own story. This book not only features one of the students, but the courtesan’s own granddaughter, Maybelle. [Read more…]

Review and Giveaway: Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep

spiders trapReviewed by Jen

Gin Blanco is back and the more things change, the more they stay the same.  There is a comfortable familiarity that allows me to sink right back into this world every time I pick up a new book. There are all of those delicious food references. Spider puns. Owen’s violet eyes. The fact they use rubbers, despite the fact Gin takes her “little white pills.” Chicory coffee. Where the Red Fern Grows. Dreams as memory restoration device. Finn’s charm. Gin’s disdain for sloppiness. [Read more…]

Review: Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland

fury of the demonReviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, I am still kind of reeling from the hard left turn Diana Rowland took with this series in the last book.  I still miss the police angle. I still mourn what could have been with Ryan. But either you have to embrace what the books have become or you need to let them go. Even though I am kind of bummed out, I am trying to roll with it.  The bottom line, these are still good books. They’re just good in a different way. That being said, however, this is probably my least favorite so far in the series. [Read more…]

Review: The Gem by Beth Williamson

gemReviewed by Jen

There are some historical romance series where each book works wonderfully as a standalone, but in this case, it was readily apparent that I was jumping into a story already in progress. This was the first of a number of problems I encountered while reading. It wasn’t a bad book, but there was very little subtlety and an awful lot of telling instead of showing.

Charlie is an oddity among women in the Wyoming territory. She rejects all things feminine and makes her living hunting and selling meat. She never wants to marry and intentionally isolates herself from those around her. Her behavior stems from a Very Bad Thing that happened to her 10 years ago, while traveling West with her sister. This was where it would have done some good to have read whichever book where those events took place. They are referenced, but for much of the book, no one came out and said exactly what happened. Even when Charlie broke down and told all to the hero, I felt like I didn’t have the whole story. [Read more…]