Archives for December 2015

Barbarian Alien: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

barbarian alienReviewed by Shelly

After reading the first story in Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarian series, I was really looking forward to the second book. There’s a continuing arc in this series and although you might enjoy reading book 2 and not book 1, I think your enjoyment and appreciation of the erotic elements will be enhanced if you read book 1 first.

I’ll be upfront and say that I didn’t like this one. The dislike had absolutely nothing to do with the writing, because that was just as good as the first story. I couldn’t stand the heroine, Liz. She was completely unlikeable to me. She was just as snarky and just as b*tichy in book 1, but there, it was in short bits and therefore tolerable. I was hoping she would have undergone a personality check considering she’s now dependent on someone else for her survival and would somehow be grateful for that; while I waited, it was really painful by the way, there were moments of redemption, so there’s that. Still didn’t make me like her, though. [Read more…]

Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

dukes prefer blondesReviewed by Jen

Loretta Chase books are very hit and miss for me. Silk is For Seduction was one of my favorite books of 2011. But while that book touched me emotionally –this book had the opposite effect. I felt very little while I was reading and walked away feeling lukewarm. I think it has a lot to with the hero.

This is book 4 in the Dressmakers series and you’ll remember Clara as the woman who was supposed to marry the hero in Silk is For Seduction. She is a sweet girl who the Noirot sisters took under their wing –and has blossomed with more flattering clothes and a mission to help less fortunate children. Though she has been bred to become a duchess, Clara has grown weary of the countless suitors who seem interested in nothing but her beauty. [Read more…]

Review: One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild by Megan Frampton

one eyed dukes are wildReviewed by Jen

If you are looking for a romance with a repressed and scarred hero, learning to come out of his shell, I think you would enjoy this story. The Duke of Lasham is awkward and unhappy and he has no idea who is really is inside. He only knows that as a duke, he has a responsibility to be proper, to do the right thing, as befits his station. Then he meets a bold and fiery lady who turns his world upside down when she makes him realize there is another way to live. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Most Anticipated Books of 2015

I know I’m going to miss a bunch after I send this list to post, but these are just a few of the books that have me biting my nails until they release.   I ordered them by release date to let you manage your excitement.

Tell me in the comments what you can’t wait for! [Read more…]

Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

rogue not takenReviewed by Jen

Rakes and rogues are generally not my favorite types of heroes, but Sarah MacLean is one of those authors where I know I’m going to like the book without even having to read the blurb. And again here, she doesn’t disappoint. King didn’t make me fall in love at first sight, but there is more to him than meets the eye. He’s not simply the debaucher his reputation implies. But it takes a special woman to get to the truth of him. [Read more…]

Review: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

ice planet barbariansReviewed by Shelly

If you’re in the mood for a fun, sci-fi read about a hero that has a tail, blue skin and horns like a ram (snicker snicker) this is for you. I’ve never heard of Ruby Dixon. I can’t even say that she was ever recommended to me by Goodreads (thanks for nothing GR), but this is entertainment that doesn’t even try to disguise itself as anything but (did you see the cover?). The first story in the Ice Planet Barbarians is a quick, laugh-out-loud read that I sped through it in a couple of hours. [Read more…]

Review: Originally Human by Eileen Wilks

originally humanReviewed by Jen

When I first started this story, I thought it was a standalone, but I was quite excited when I realized the story intersected with events of Tempting Danger. In the first World of the Lupi book, one of the werewolves –Cullen– was captured by the bad guys after he was knocked out in a chain of events, off page. The story here is about the characters who he interacted with in those missing hours. But if you didn’t read that book, don’t worry. This holds up just fine as a standalone. [Read more…]

Review: Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks

tempting dangerReviewed by Jen

I’ve been meaning to get around to this series for years. When it occurred to me that I hadn’t found a good werewolf Urban Fantasy series in a while, I figured it was well past time to give the World of the Lupi a try. It was a little more police procedural than I expected. It felt similar in some ways to the early Anita Blake books (without all the polyamorous sex-a-thons that appeared in the later books) or maybe the Kara Gillian series before its sharp left turn. The heroine is someone with a special gift of her own which helps her navigate a supernatural world where humans fear those who are different. The thing is, I liked those books, so it’s no big surprise that I liked this one too. [Read more…]

Review: Forever and Always by Leigh Greenwood

forever and alwaysReviewed by Shelly

So I found out something interesting about the author, after I read the story. It’s a dude! To say I was shocked is an understatement. I really liked this story. I liked everything about it, even the whole ‘dying’ story line. That part was actually quite legitimate and if you can put yourself in the time and place of these characters, I have a strong feeling that you would too.

This is the 3rd story in the Cactus Creek Cowboys series and although I didn’t read the first 2, this read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel left out at all. Cactus Creek is a small town that’s typical of its time. There’s usually a couple of families who have the majority of the wealth and it’s no different here. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Favorite Books of 2015

To be honest, this year was a difficult one, both personally and reading-wise.  I found it harder to connect to characters and had little patience for plots to roll out. Thankfully, this year is ending on a high note and I very much look forward to 2016!  Listed are a few of my favorite books this year…. [Read more…]