Archives for December 2015

Review: Where You Least Expect by Lydia Rowan

where you least expectReviewed by Shelly

I’ve never heard of Lydia Rowan so while I was scrolling through the Amazon ‘romance – multicultural – interracial’ filter, I wasn’t sure if I should try this. But based on the price, I couldn’t not give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because this was one of the best stories that I’ve read this year. Suffice it to say, this is my first but not my last by this author.

One of the first things I noticed with this story was the jarring lack of ethnic identification. Do you know how rare it is that a writer will not say the color of a character’s skin? Did you know that you could fall in like with a character based on their personality only without knowing how light or dark their skin is? If you haven’t experienced character development so good that you end up not caring what color skin someone has – dear readers, I encourage you to read this story. [Read more…]

Review: Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan

once upon a marquessReviewed by Jen

Courtney Milan does such a good job crafting characters who feel like real people. In this case, it’s the heroine who I felt a connection with. Judith has endured loss and ruin that would have destroyed most ladies. But she has not only survived, but carried two of her siblings through the ordeal. Now, so much of what she has worked for is threatening to unravel –and the only person she can turn to for help is the man who ruined her life in the first place. [Read more…]

Shelly’s Favorite Books of 2015

I had a very good read from a new to me author, Serena Akeroyd. Menage Material, is the first in her La Belle sans Le bete series and was an absolute winner. It’s a menage (m/m/f) erotica set in France and tells the tale of a CEO, his botanist American wife and their cancer curing scientist lover.

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Review: True by Erin McCarthy

trueReviewed by Jaimie

True is the first book in Erin McCarthy’s True Believers series and it’s one that has been sitting on my TBR pile for a while.  Since I’ve been on a bit of a YA kick lately, I figured now is as good of a time as any to check this one out.  I’m not going to say this was an all time favorite book, but I enjoyed it, and I’m going to grab the next book in the series.  It’s a fairly typical YA/NA  book so if you like those, then you will want to read this one.  I’ve read some of Ms. McCarthy’s books before and have always enjoyed them. This book was published in 2013, so its not a new release. If you are like me and you like to dive right into a series then this is a good start, since the rest are already out. [Read more…]

Review: Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian

bound to darknessReviewed by Jen

This is the best book in the Midnight Breeds series I have read in a long time. The last few romances haven’t been big hits for me, but I am happy to say that Carys and Rune’s story lived up to its potential.  I had hoped this book would give us some flashbacks to the beginning of their relationship. It didn’t, but even joining the romance in progress, I still felt invested.

We met this couple a few books back. Rune is a cage fighter with a mysterious past. Carys is the daywalker daughter of Sterling Chase and his mate Tavia. Unlike her twin, Carys isn’t part of the Order, but she can kick butt if she has to. She desperately wants a deeper connection with Rune. It’s clear they love one another, but he doesn’t want a blood bond with her. Carys has no idea why, but readers know its because he doesn’t want to reveal his dark history to her. [Read more…]

Review: Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison

liam takes manhattanReviewed by Jen

I feel conflicted. This is a solid short story and a necessary one after the events of Shadow’s Fall. Liam Cuelebre is almost fully grown and chafing at the shackles built by the love and protection from his parents. He wants to spread his wings –to get out from under his father’s massive shadow. But that’s a tall order when you’re only a year old. [Read more…]

Janell’s Favorite Books of 2015

As I look over the books I’ve read this year, I think it’s safe to say that this is the year that I stepped away from the ballrooms and carefully explored male/male romance. Also, I learned that not all billionaires are horrible alphas, which is a lesson that we all might need to learn one day. [Read more…]

Review: Endgame by Ann Aguirre

endgameReviewed by Jen

Several times over the course of the last two books in this series, I found myself wondering whether this is what Ann Aguirre had planned for these characters from the beginning. We have ended in a place so very different from which we began, and in so many ways. This book felt nothing at all like Grimspace. The characters have changed drastically. Their relationships are fundamentally altered. Even the focus feels less about Jax and more about a bigger picture. It’s almost like reading an entirely different series after book 4, yet… Aguirre laid the groundwork for every one of her story arcs. It was done with care, so I guess that means that it feels different on purpose and I have mixed feelings about that.
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Review: Desert Wolf by Heather Long

desert wolfReviewed by Jen

When I started this book, I had no idea that it was the eighth installment in a series. It held up ok as a standalone, although it was pretty obvious there was backstory I was unfamiliar with. That’s not what kept me from loving the book, though. The pacing was uneven. But worse, I never really connected with this romance and I felt like there were holes in the story that had nothing to do with the 7 books I skipped over.

Our hero is Cassius, Alpha of a pack known for its violence and brutality. He has called a neighboring pack for a favor; he wants to borrow their Omega to help transform his pack to something better. Sovvan is that Omega. She risks her own safety to meet with Cassius and hear his request. And when confronted with his stark need, she can’t say no. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year.  I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.

There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]