Archives for November 2015

Review: Always by Lynsay Sands

alwaysReviewed by Jen

You know that a book is not the right fit for you when you spend the entire thing waiting for the hero to stop being an idiot. For me, generally the hero of a romance is the most important part of the story and Aric was just a big, fat fail. The book begins with him swearing off marriage because his betrothed cheated on him. But the King rules out his plans for an extended bachelorhood when he decrees Aric shall marry his illegitimate daughter, Rosemunde.

So Aric is against getting married from out of the gate, but he can’t deny an edict from the crown. That sets us up for loads of fun. He’s essentially a prat to his new bride from the word go. He’s not trying to punish her or anything, but he figures that if one woman cheats, they’re all going to cheat and he behaves accordingly. [Read more…]

Review: The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins

girl next doorReviewed by Janell

I loved the first book in this series. The second book wasn’t quite for me, because I had issues with one of the characters, and I’m also not a fan of the reunited lovers trope. This is the third book, which acts more like a sequel to the first book, since those characters have quite a lot of screen time in this book. Also, these main characters, Cash and Steph, met in the first book. Do you need to read Off Campus first? No. But will you like it? Of course. [Read more…]

Review: Settling the Score by Dani Wade

settling the scoreReviewed by Jaimie

Settling the Score is the second book in the Backstage Pass series by Dani Wade.  After reading the first book in the series, I discovered that several others had already been released and immediately bought this one.  These books are fast reads but there’s enough story, character development and suspense to make you forget that.  In Finding Her Rhythm, one of the storylines was that Michael’s brother Daniel was drugged and set up in an attempt to make it look like he was having an affair with Michael’s girlfriend Taylor.  When her sociopath ex-boyfriend was arrested for trying to kill her, everyone assumed that he was the one that had been behind the set-up.  Settling the Score picks up almost right after where we find out that it wasn’t Taylor’s ex who staged the scene. [Read more…]

Review: Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre

wanderlustReviewed by Jen

This series is just… So… Good. Ann Aguirre continues to rock my socks off with this sci-fi story, with her multi-dimensional characters, amazing worldbuilding, and emotional whammies I never saw coming. These book are just flat out fantastic. And if you haven’t read them already, you should stop reading this review right now and go “one-click” these bad boys straight to your e-reader.  Then get comfortable, because you are not going to want to stop reading.

All that being said, I didn’t love this book quite as much as Grimspace, though it was pretty close. There are some frustrating moments, as our characters try to find their respective places in their new lives. But Aguirre does so many things right that I would quickly get over the things that would bother me. Too much is happening to linger too long on any one thing. The pace moves at breakneck speed and never lets up from beginning to end. [Read more…]

Review: Irresistible Deceptions by Mackenzie Crowne

irresistable deceptionsReviewed by Jaimie

I love a good romantic suspense story with an awesome heroine and an alpha man, and Irresistible Deceptions by Mackenzie Crowne fit the bill perfectly.  The book was very fast paced but not rushed, had plenty of suspense and some steamy chemistry.  I read it in one sitting because once I started, I couldn’t stop reading it.  The hero of the story starts off a bit of a jackass, but it doesn’t take long to redeem him.  I haven’t read any of Ms. Crowne’s work before, but I definitely won’t hesitate to try her again. [Read more…]

Review: Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon

born of betrayalReviewed by Jen

At a time where I am feeling very disconnected from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, I am happy to report that I enjoyed this latest League book. I did have some issues, but I liked both main characters and their second chance at love story, especially with their grown son a major player in the story.

This is finally Fain’s book, and Kenyon primed us well with Talyn’s story in the last installment. We’ve seen the fallout from Fain’s decision to leave Galene all those years ago. Her social standing was ruined and their son lived a life beneath even the lowest castes of society, since he had no paternal lineage. Fain went off and married a human woman, despite his betrothal to Galene and, well, everyone ended up suffering for it. [Read more…]

Review: A Mackenzie Clan Gathering by Jennifer Ashley

mackenzie clan gatheringReviewed by Jen

I have to admit that I was a little worried about whether I could love this story after The Stolen Mackenzie Bride was such a miss for me. But Jennifer Ashley brought the magic back with the Mackenzie clan we know and love. All the brothers, wives, and children are here, but this is really an Ian story –and we get the chance to see the man he has become with Beth and his children in his life.

It’s been a dozen years since The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Ian and Beth now have three children and life as a husband and father has given our hero a joy and stability he had never believed possible. Beth is still his salvation and his world, but their children have widened the bubble of domestic happiness to include them as well. The thing is… Ian is still Ian. The autism or Aspergers he has still exists; he just has learned coping mechanisms that make life better. [Read more…]

Review: Finding Her Rhythm by Dani Wade

finding her rhythmReviewed by Jaimie

Finding Her Rhythm is the first book in the Backstage Pass series by new to me author Dani Wade. I like the whole ex is stalking me while I’m moving on plot so when I read the description, I figured I would give it a shot. I didn’t realize that the book has been out for over two years and that three more books in the series have already been released, but I’m definitely hooked after this one!  This story revolves around sexy rocker Michael and his new nanny Taylor and has all the elements I love in a book. [Read more…]

Review: Don’t Stop Believing by Gwen Hayes

dont stop believingReviewed by Jen

This Christmas m/m novella hit just the right notes for me. It features a growly, reclusive lumberjack and the new town librarian. It’s short, but unlike many novellas, it didn’t feel rushed. I liked both heroes and it even had just the right touch of holiday cheer.

Simon is a former Navy SEAL, nursing some serious emotional wounds. He has retreated into a solitary life. He lives in a cabin he built himself, just outside of a small town. He rarely ventures out, just enough to keep up with supplies and to sell the firewood he cuts to make a living. He doesn’t really have any friends and he definitely doesn’t have a love life. They call him the Ogre from the Hill and that is the way he wants it. [Read more…]

Review: Harlot by Victoria Dahl

harlotReviewed by Janell

From the Victoria Dahl books I’ve read, and from following the author on Twitter, I know that Dahl is the most opposite of a slut-shamer there can be. She’s very sex positive, and very positive that women should enjoy sex without the guilt. That’s easy to show in a contemporary book, but what about a historical set in the Old West? Of course, she nails it.

Jessica and Caleb grew up in the same small town. Her father was a banker, so she had high social standing and a relatively luxurious lifestyle. Caleb worshipped her from afar, and as they grew older, they were sweet on each other. But Caleb had that olde tyme male affliction of needing to prove himself to her (funny how that affliction still exists today!), so he set off for California to earn his fortune. [Read more…]