Archives for October 2015

Review: Forever in Darkness by Stephanie Rowe

Ebook cover for Forever in Darkness By Stephanie RoweReviewed by Jen

What a teaser this story is! Since the first book in this series, poor Ian has been a hot mess. After all, one of his brothers in arms killed his mate right in front of him. Before he ever had a chance to know her. It messed him up so bad that they had to chain him up in the basement for awhile. He’s been the resident warrior on the edge.

Now as this story begins, he is convinced that not only has he found his sheva again… he has lost her again. His family curse is eating him alive, tempting him to join her in death. Somehow, though, he resists. And finds her yet again. Only this time, he has a chance to speak to her. To connect. [Read more…]

Review: The Billionaire Takes a Bride by Jessica Clare

billionaire takes a brideReviewed by Janell

I think I’ve established that I love this author. She is allowed to write billionaires because they aren’t the usual demanding, silent, alpha types. This book parallels in time the prior book, because both heroines are bridesmaids for Gretchen, the heroine of another book that I haven’t read. It’s a little complicated if you want to keep everyone straight, but you really don’t need to. You can read this as a standalone. [Read more…]

Review: One Wild Winter’s Eve by Anne Barton

one wild winters eveReviewed by Jen

I love a good forbidden romance, especially one where the hero is far beneath the heroine in social standing. And this is a good… forbidden… romance.  Lady Rose is sister to the Duke of Huntford. Charles is the stable master. Their relationship started as an innocent friendship, but their feelings grew to something more. They never acted on their attraction, but it was, no doubt, the reason Charles left suddenly one day, without saying a word. [Read more…]

Review: Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole

mixed signalsReviewed by Janell

This is the third book in a post-apocalyptic series. I still haven’t read the first, but I reviewed (and enjoyed) the second book here. It’s been a few years since the Flare knocked out all the electricity. Long enough for small power grids to come back on. Long enough for Maggie, the youngest Seong sibling, to get her GED, learn to play the guitar really well, and head off to college.

As the story opens, Maggie is chopping off all of her hair. It’s been her most complimented feature, and she hid behind it a lot. Now that she’s going away to college, she’s ready for a new, more powerful identity. [Read more…]

Review: Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

shiverReviewed by Jen

I’ve read plenty of books by Jocelynn Drake and I’ve got to tell you, she is showing a side here that I have never seen before. Shiver is a m/m romantic suspense, and it is super sexy. The story centers on Lucas, an alpha self-made millionaire and his pseudo-family of damaged, yet, engaging friends, as they take on a threat to Lucas’s life.  The solution starts with a bodyguard. A sexy, captivating, Romanian bodyguard who Lucas can’t stop fantasizing about.  The only problem is, Andrei is straight. Or is he?

Well, obviously not. Or at least not entirely. And before you start thinking this is a gay-for-you story, it’s not really. Both our heroes are actually bisexual. It’s just that Andrei never realized just how hot a man could make him until he met Lucas. [Read more…]

Review: Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks

darkest before dawnReviewed by Jaimie

By now, everyone knows my fangirl love for Maya Banks so this review has me so conflicted. Fans of the KGI series have been dying to know Hancock’s story – especially after we saw the softer side of him in When Day Breaks, and if you take out a big chunk in the middle of the book – I loved Darkest Before Dawn. But somewhere partway through, the book went WAY off in a different direction and I felt like the heroine had been switched out with someone else. I’m not even kidding when I say that I started to wonder if perhaps since this was a galley copy, Maya had done one version and then decided to go in another way and the book just wasn’t put together properly. [Read more…]

Review: How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry

how forever feelsReviewed by Janell

This is a “friends first” series, and the previous book featured Officer Brett McHale who is still the greatest. He shows up in this book saying he’s the best thing that ever happened to his girlfriend Ellie, without even a hint of a smile, and I wanted to lick I mean love him all over again.

But this book is about Jack and a girl he calls Snip. You know the saying “Nice guys finish last”? Jack is a nice guy. He doesn’t finish last, by the way, he’s just a very nice guy, and I found him kind of boring. [Read more…]

Review: Falling in Bed With a Duke by Lorraine Heath

falling in bed with a dukeReviewed by Jen

One of the things I enjoy about Lorraine Heath is that she is so good at crafting characters I can care about. In this case, it’s the heroine, Minerva. She is quickly reaching spinster status, but not for lack of offers. She has received plenty of proposals. The problem is that men only want her for her dowry. No one has ever wanted her for herself. She’s never been touched… never even been kissed… and now she is ready to change that, by taking matters into her own hands. [Read more…]

Review: Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai

serving pleasureReviewed by Shelly

It’s been a while between books, (the first being published in 2009). I can’t say that this would have been worth the read if you prefer ménage, as was the first in the series, but this is still a very good m/f book. It can be read as a standalone.

Rana Malik, the oldest of the siblings, has been good for the past year. In her mother’s eyes, if she didn’t change her old ways she was never going to have a man marry her (*whisper* – she’d slept with too many). But Rana’s never really wanted marriage and babies; she just wants the love that comes with companionship. Micah Hale is Rana’s newest neighbor. He’s a British artist who’s had all the best things in life – success, friends, family, and yes, women. Unfortunately, not all good things last and after an attack Micah, just couldn’t handle dealing with his life and escapes to America to avoid all the things that haunt his past. [Read more…]

Review: Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

craving flightReviewed by Shelly

I chose to read this specifically because I’ve read and enjoyed Tamsen Parker’s ‘Compass’ series. Although I’ve read my share of erotica/BDSM, I can’t claim to enjoy the level of kink the Compass series is about; but dear readers, Parker writing is so good that I couldn’t not read that series. All that to say, it bummed me out that by the time I was 20% into this story, my opinion was already formed. I really wanted to like this story and I should have stopped reading because I wanted to put this book down (more than once). My feelings ran the gamut on this novella but not in a way that I found fulfilling. I just want a story that leaves me with a sense of ‘hey, that was a good story – I want MOAR like that’. [Read more…]