Archives for August 2015

Review: A Thoroughly Modern Ménage by Serena Akeroyd

thoroughly modern menageReviewed by Shelly

I thought the first story in Serena Akeroyd’s La Belle sans la Bête series was brilliant. This, the second one in the series, has all of the makings for romantic tragedy: a grieving mother whose young son’s recently died, an injured soldier who’s witnessed more than his share of war and death, and a lawyer who’s got his own family history of a sibling’s suicide. I wasn’t as impressed as I was in the first go around. I thought there was too much here. It felt like a game of one-upmanship, almost like they had their own ‘who had it worse’ club. [Read more…]

Review: Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

midnight captiveReviewed by Jaimie

Midnight Captive is the sixth book in Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series and for some reason, I wasn’t looking forward to this book as much as I have others in the series. It could be because I didn’t feel like we had enough info about Bailey and Sean, but despite my reservations, I loved the story like I always do. At the end we found out who the next book in the series is about and I am so excited!!! One thing I will say, though, is that I didn’t feel like the blurb was really representative of a few key things in the story. [Read more…]

Review: Broken by Annie Jocoby

broken1Reviewed by Shelly

This is neither an HEA nor HFN and is the first in a trilogy in Annie Jocoby’s Broken series. Nick O’Hara is a professor teaching architecture at Columbia’s graduate program. He’s drawn to Scotty James’s vulnerability and wants her closer, so he proposes that she intern at this firm. Scotty’s barely living hand to mouth. She’s working as a bartender and depends on  generous tips, so when she’s offered an internship at Nick’s firm she doesn’t see how she can take it knowing that internships are usually without pay. As one of Nick’s students, Scotty is ‘eligible’ for a nomination as an intern but she knows that she won’t be able to intern without a salary. Nick offers her a salary. [Read more…]

Review: What a Woman Needs by Judi Fennell

what a woman needsReviewed by Jaimie

This review is a little out of order since I have already reviewed What a Woman Gets which is the third book in the Manley Maids series by Judi Fennell, and Janell has reviewed the first book in the series What a Woman Wants. After reading What a Woman Gets I knew this was a series I would love, so I went back and read the second book in the series What a Woman Needs which is Bryan and Beth’s story. I loved this one and rooted for them from the get-go. There was no mystery or action, just a sweet love story. [Read more…]

Review: Duty, Honor, Love by Angela Stone

duty honor loveReviewed by Shelly

I have more questions after reading this story than I should and I certainly don’t feel satisfied, either with the characters or what just happened. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a series. I even triple checked the blurb to make sure that this wasn’t part of a series nor a spin off of another series. Yep, it’s neither. While I was looking for that, I also looked to make sure that I read the blurb correctly for the romantic pairing. Yep, nothing to suggest to me here that this is an m/m story, possibility an m/m/f or m/f/m but that’s what this turned out to be. [Read more…]

Review: Unspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

unspokenReviewed by Jen

I really loved the idea of this book and I think its length was the biggest hindrance to its ideal execution. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it. But I believe that with a bit more development, it could have gone to the next level.

Roderick MacLauchlan is a mercenary Berserker. He is huge, gorgeous, powerful and mute. Evelyn is an orphaned Englishwoman who works in a tavern in Scotland. She has a little bit of precognition, but it has only ever caused her problems. When she “sees” Roderick’s death, she isn’t sure what to do. Can she change his fate? Does she even want to get involved? All of her past experiences tell her no, but she is drawn to him in a way she can’t ignore. And once they share a night together, things change even more than she could have ever expected. [Read more…]

Review: Bad News Cowboy by Maisey Yates

bad news cowboyReviewed by Carrie

If you’ve been following my reviews, you already know that I’m a fan of this author’s contemporary small town romances.  Even though they are sexy and with a good dose of humor, Maisey Yates digs deep into the characters to produce an emotional journey.

Kate Garrett didn’t grow up like other girls her age.  Kate’s older brothers, Eli and Conner, became her de facto parents when Mama Garrett abandoned the family when Kate was a toddler and Papa Garrett decided to live the rest of his life in a bottle.  Up until recently, Kate was just fine with her simple life of working at the farm and garden store, riding her horses and hanging out with her family.  She didn’t have much in the way of outside friends because of their home situation, save Liss, Conner’s best friend/now wife and Jack Monaghan, her brothers’ constant companion and thorn in Kate’s side. [Read more…]

Review: Her Shirtless Gentleman by MQ Barber

her shirtless gentlemanReviewed by Shelly

It took me a while to write this review after reading this story, only because it’s a pretty simple concept, but the journey for Rob and Nora is complex yet satisfying. I know you‘d most likely appreciate words from me versus the finger gestures and emoticons that I had during and after reading. Unlike many romance stories, this time it’s the hero who’s sure of the relationship and what he wants and expects. There’s no wishy washy non-sense about his way of life and not wanting to build his own family and all that jazz. Rob’s in his mid to late 30’s and while his siblings are all married and have children, he’s been waiting for that ‘one’ and when he finds her, he’s got one job – don’t chase her off. That single thing is harder than he ever anticipated because his ‘one’ is still getting over the crap that her ex-husband put her through. [Read more…]

Review: Frozen in Amber by Phyllis Ames

frozen in amberReviewed by Jen

It’s been a while since I’ve read an Urban Fantasy with a were protagonist that has really been able to speak to me. When I read the blurb for this story, I thought it might be reminiscent of Mercy Thompson or something similar. It sounded smart, with good world building, and a chance at romance.  Unfortunately, it had some very serious issues and it left me unsatisfied and a little bit irritated. [Read more…]

Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

veilReviewed by Jen

Chloe Neill introduces readers to a very different New Orleans than we’re used to seeing in this first installment of her new Urban Fantasy series, Devil’s Isle. It’s been seven years since paranormal beings tore through the veil into this world, kicking off a bloody war with humanity. The veil is closed and the war is over, but the aftermath lingers on. The earth is scorched. Resources are scarce. And magic has bled over into some unsuspecting humans, turning them into Sensitives. They are hunted and interned on a nearby island unless they hide their magic. And hiding has become Claire’s specialty. [Read more…]