Archives for August 2015

Review: Second Chances by Reana Malori

second chancesReviewed by Shelly

A sexy interracial story (bw/wm) about two people who find love where they least expect it. Erica Parker lost her husband four years ago and never thought she’d find love again. Todd Atkins was a man who was happy being a bachelor and had never been in a long-term relationship. An unexpected meeting, in the most unlikely of places, will bring two people together and help them have a second chance at love.

I read another IR story by this author and thought there was enough potential that I should get some of her other stories. This is a fun, short read about Erica Parker and Todd Atkins. Erica’s a widow with a 4-year old son. While working at her second job at a local bowling alley, she meets millionaire entrepreneur Todd Atkins. Todd’s out with his friends just having a boys night out when he meets Erica and her son, Miles. [Read more…]

Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison

drafterReviewed by Jen

If you’re a fan of the Hollows and you’re debating whether to pick up this very different kind of book from Kim Harrison, let me make it easy for you: do it. Of course, this recommendation isn’t only for fans of Rachel Morgan, but I have to admit that after loving those books so much, for so long, I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy Harrison making such a big departure from Urban Fantasy. Instead of disappointment, this book left me feeling excited about the next installment and finally broke me free of an ongoing reading slump. [Read more…]

Review: My Lady Faye by Sarah Hegger

my lady fayeReviewed by Jen

Though I love historical romance, I rarely venture beyond Regency-roms or the occasional highlander book. But I have to say, I really enjoyed this medieval love story. The title character is a woman who endured nearly a decade married to a horrible man who abused her. Now she has escaped his iron fist and is living back at her father’s keep with her two sons. She is trying to make a new life for herself, but her efforts are cut short when her eldest son is kidnapped by his father. [Read more…]

Review: Bring Me to Life by August Kert

bring me to lifeReviewed by Jen

A hot zombie romance isn’t going to be for everyone. I get that. But if the idea intrigues you, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this quick –and pretty sexy– read.

The story takes place more than a decade into the zombie apocalypse. Lyric is one of the human survivors, but things go from bad to worse when she is kidnapped and stuck in a human stable to feed the monsters. For the first time, she learns that some zombies have moved beyond mindless hunger. Some can think… and even talk.  They’re the masterminds behind human camp she is stuck in, but despite the odds against her, Lyric is determined to get out. [Read more…]

Review: Darkness Surrendered by Stephanie Rowe

darkness surrenderedReviewed by Jen

I had such high hopes for this book. Sometimes the anticipation is better than the payoff, and unfortunately for me, that was what happened here. The very fact that Elijah is alive was enough for me to get excited. This is a man who sacrificed his very life for his mate, a woman who has built him up in her mind as this amazing savior. He is her protector, a beloved friend to other members of the Order, and a deliciously tortured hero. Add to that, this is the book with the big climax to the series arc, and there was so much potential.  Only, I really struggled to get through this one. [Read more…]

Review: Finding Gabriel by Rachel L Demeter

finding gabrielReviewed by Jen

It’s hard for me to turn down a tortured hero story, especially when it’s a scarred tortured hero. Believe me, Gabriel definitely fits the bill.  I’ve read my fair share of historical romances set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, though this is the first from the perspective of a French soldier. It’s dark. After all, the hero does shoot himself in the head in the very first chapter.  But there are also moments of hope, redemption and love.

Though the hero is the more tragic figure of the story, the heroine is battling demons of her own. But Ariah is determined to overcome all she has endured. She is trying to live a good life and take care of her daughter and half sister. When she stumbles over Gabriel’s body floating in the river, it never occurs to her that this decorated soldier in uniform could have put himself there intentionally. So she drags him out and sets to nursing him back from the brink of death. [Read more…]

Review: Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

not always a saintReviewed by Jen

This is my first book by Mary Jo Putney, and I guess I am overdue when you consider the fact that I am a historical romance fan and she has written something close to a hundred books in the genre. Obviously, she is doing something right. I didn’t love this one, though I liked it ok. It didn’t move me, but I didn’t have to force myself to finish or anything like that.

This is the 7th book in The Lost Lords series, though it holds up fine as a standalone. The hero is Daniel, a doctor and surgeon committed to helping those in need. He never dreamed he would become a peer, but a fever outbreak at a family reunion essentially wiped out everyone between him and the title of Lord Romayne. He wants to keep practicing medicine, but he’ll need a wife to help manage his new estates, which is where Jessie comes in. [Read more…]

Review: Seduced by the Baron by Amy Andrews

seduced by the baronReviewed by Shelly

By far, the best in the series. The last installment in the ‘Fairy Tales of New York,’ tells Faith Sullivan’s story – FINALLY! Faith’s been biding her time for quite a while as all of a close-knit group of friends found their HEAs; does it count that two of them were with her brothers? Her friend Merry (who’s not in a relationship with any of her brothers – thank goodness) has a friend/business acquaintance from Australia who ready to introduce his lager in the U.S. As a networking favor, Merry innocently asks her bestie, bar-owner, Faith to meet with him. [Read more…]

Review: On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah Jayne

on the huntReviewed by Jen

This anthology is a pretty mixed bag of mostly paranormal romance. It features a few stories from ongoing series… none of which I was familiar with. Here’s a breakdown:

“On the Hunt” – This is my first story from Alexandra Ivy, and served as a pretty good introduction to her Sentinels series. She clearly lays out the basics of the world from the beginning, so I never felt lost and it was easy to focus my attention on the romance. [Read more…]

Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

when a scot ties the knotReviewed by Jen

I loved this book! It is funny and charming, sexy and romantic.  The characters are fabulous. The pacing is spot on. There’s a love story I can believe in and an ending that totally satisfies. What more can you want?

Madeline loves living a quiet, solitary existence. She doesn’t need to be alone necessarily, but she hates to be surrounded by people. Crowds make her panic and the idea of coming out amid crushing balls simply terrifies her. So she invents a foreign paramour who conveniently has to leave the country and serve as a soldier before anyone in her family can meet him. She picks a name out of thin air: Captain Logan MacKenzie, and she precedes to write him letters to keep up appearances. She thinks the missives will end up in a dead letter office, so they become a diary of a sort, sharing the details of her ruse, and later, her life.  Of course, she has no idea there actually is a soldier by that name, who comes to receive every single one of the letters she sends over several years time. [Read more…]