Archives for October 2015

Review: The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

fifteenth minuteReviewed by Carrie

I’ve really enjoyed Sarina Bowen’s new adult books because she tells a well-balanced story and this one is no different.  This is the fifth book in the series, but they can all be read as stand-alones.

Lianne Challice hoped that college would be her chance to escape from the insanity of growing up in Hollywood.  Sadly, it’s not exactly going the way she planned, because when you spend your childhood traipsing around Europe or being home schooled in lot trailers and the only friends you have are those that are on the set, it’s difficult to figure out how “normal” is supposed to work.  Lianne holed herself up in her dorm room until Bella, her suite mate, finally broke her out of her shell.  Little by little, Lianne has opened up to new experiences, like going to parties and hockey games where a certain sexy guy spins music during the game.  After their first meeting was foiled by too much liquid courage, Lianne is determined to try and get closer to the only guy who’s ever made her heart pound. [Read more…]

Review: Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden

talking dirty with the ceoReviewed by Shelly

Christie St. John is a computer geek who happens to write about computers. She’s the typical socially awkward, jeans-T-shirt-Doc Martens kind of gal. The research for her upcoming article on online dating leads her to a chat room where she meets Studman500. I’m not sure what happened to the original Studman500 but when Joseph Ashton, billionaire CEO of Ashton Tech, takes over the role, the couple is soon out to dinner and sexing it up on his bathroom counter. [Read more…]

Review: Secret Pleasure by Lora Leigh

secret pleasureReviewed by Jaimie

Get the fan out before reading this one because it is HOT!  It’s also sad and funny – but mostly hot. After a four year gap between books, Lora Leigh is back to her Bound Hearts series with Secret Pleasure and it was worth the wait!  In other books we have seen glimpses of Alyssa Hampstead in The Club and there were references to what may have broken her or hurt her so badly, and now we have the full story. [Read more…]

Review: Roll Against Discovery by Allyson Lindt

roll against discoveryReviewed by Shelly

I didn’t read the first 2 stories in the series but I didn’t feel as if I missed out on anything either. This is short read about ‘shy’ Kathryn letting her inner vixen out during an anime convention. Her intended targets are Evan and Trevor – two guys she meets during some kind of role playing game (sorry folks, I’m not a gamer and that stuff just passes over my head). The road to their first sexual encounter is quick – a couple of hours at the most so there’s not a lot of character development (of anyone) before the sex starts. And might I add, some of the activities during that initial encounter are highly suspect of someone who’s ‘shy’. [Read more…]

Review: Lord of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

lord of pleasureReviewed by Jen

Everyone has their own demons and everyone has their own needs. When you love someone, you have to be what they need. And the School of Gallantry was designed to help men do that. It’s the entire point of the series. The blurb on this book focuses almost entirely on the hero, the Earl of Hawksford, who used to be fat and is still dealing with his issues despite his now attractive form. It spares no time at all for the heroine Charlotte, which meant I walked into this book unprepared for a storyline I would not have chosen to read, had I known what I was getting into. [Read more…]

Review: Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones

brighter than the sunReviewed by Jen

Fans of the Charley Davidson series know that Reyes Farrow has not had an easy life.  We’ve seen little glimpses here and there over the course of the past eight books. But there is knowing, and there is knowing. This novella doesn’t wallow in his misery, but any story about Reyes and his life is going to be tough. And believe me, it is.

Basically, the story begins with Reyes as a child, as he remembers the first time he laid eyes on Charley. It follows him as he grows, juxtaposing the horrors of his real life, with the escape she brings him. It’s heartbreaking to see her as a fantasy in his eyes. A small slice of beauty that is so foreign to his existence that he is convinced he made her up. [Read more…]

Review: No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West

no kissing allowedReviewed by Jaimie

No Kissing Allowed is a stand-alone book by new-to-me author Melissa West. I love the whole sleep with a guy, find out he’s your boss the next day trope, as long as it is executed properly. This one was. It had a sweet story, some steamy scenes and fun girlfriend lines between the heroine and her roomie and best friend. Overall, while predictable, it was an enjoyable read and I read it in one sitting.

Cameron Lawson should have known better when she agreed to her friends’ suggestion of one crazy night before their real world jobs began idea. After getting through 10 Wild Things to Do Before Adulthood, Cameron realizes her friends have added an 11th item – hookup with a random stranger. As she tries to talk her friends out of this one, a hot, but arrogant man who had been listening in, kindly offers to be that stranger. [Read more…]

Review: Price of Angels by Lauren Gilley

price of angelsReviewed by Carrie

I recently gushed about the epic and gritty MC book, Fearless. It was a doozy!! Even though I took a little time apart from Dartmoor, I was eager to get back into the series.  This book is about half the length of the first but provided plenty of time to spend with the Lean Dogs MC; and that is really the heart of this series.   The story is almost divided in half, with romance one part and the MC/suspense the other.   This is not a standalone book. [Read more…]

Review: Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison

dragos goes to washingtonReviewed by Jen

I think fans of Pia and Dragos will love this story. It brings back the magic of their courtship and mating, while moving their lives forward after the events of Midnight’s Kiss. It fits nicely after reading that novel, but even if you are a few books behind, I think you would fall easily into the story.

Two major things are happening. One: the mating frenzy is back as these two contemplate a major life change. And two: they are heading to Washington DC, for a big summit of leaders for both the Elder Races and humankind. Tensions are high in the aftermath of the last book’s bloodshed, and diplomacy is vital. Too bad that’s not a skill that comes easily to our favorite dragon. [Read more…]

Review: Witchlock by Dianna Love

witchlockReviewed by Jen

I really enjoy coming back to the Belador series. I think that has to do largely with the heroine, Evalle, and how easy she is to root for. Really, very little time has passed over the course of these six books, but Evie has been put through the wringer. She just takes one hit after another at such a breakneck pace, but somehow, her focus remains on taking care of the people she loves and those she has given her loyalty to. It’s nice to see, finally, some of that loyalty is coming back to her.

The story begins only a week or so after the events of the last book. Evalle’s solitary life isn’t quite so solitary anymore with Lanna, Storm and Feenix all living in her tiny apartment. It’s actually kind of crowded and Evie is second guessing whether she and her man will be able to make it work there. This is a surprisingly significant thread that runs throughout the story, but I’ll come back to that in a moment. [Read more…]