Archives for January 2016

Review: Horde by Ann Aguirre

hordeReviewed by Jen

In a sea of YA series that find it edgy and cool to end miserably, it’s nice to find one that provides an ending that satisfies. If anything, the happy ending may be just a little too perfect, but I’d take than any day over a series that leaves its heroine crazy, alone, or dead. This should go without saying, in my opinion, but clearly not every author subscribes to this conventional wisdom. [Read more…]

Review: For the First Time (An Anthology)

for the first timeReviewed by Shelly

Title: Sole
Author: Alessandre Torre

This is a follow up from Hollywood Dirt. The author is new to me so I’m not familiar with the initial story. The short piece was fun, though, and was surprisingly witty and captivating. They’re a married couple, he’s a gorgeous Hollywood actor and she’s pretty in an understated way. The story happens during an hour of their lives. [Read more…]

Review: Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks

blood magicReviewed by Jen

Finally! I have wanted to know more about Grandmother since the beginning of the series, and now we finally get a peek into her backstory and what it means for Lily in the present day. It was worth the wait, and was made even better as it tied into so many other threads we’ve seen woven over the last several books.

So it may seem at first like Rule and Lily’s surprise engagement would be a big deal in this book, and while there is a bit of fallout, it’s really quite a minor element of the story. That’s because someone nearly kills Cullen at his and Cynna’s baby shower and the stakes only go up from there. You see, the attack happens at Clanhome, which gives the Nokolai a major stake in the investigation, and the perpetrator uses magic, which drops the case squarely into Lily’s jurisdiction. [Read more…]

Review: Viscountess of Vice by Jenny Holiday

viscountess of viceReviewed by Janell

I’m a fan of Jenny Holiday’s contemporary series, so I read this historical even though it had spies. Here’s something about me: I don’t do well with most intrigue plots in my historicals. I’m not familiar enough with the politics and wars of the time to feel like, “yes, I know exactly what you’re talking about,” so I don’t know what’s important to the plot or what’s just accurate window dressing. And, bottom line, I like regular ballroom scenes with wallflowers and ratafia and rogues, and I feel like some of the subtle connections get tossed out when the characters go chasing after bad guys. So, that’s me, and I’m sure I’m a minority. [Read more…]

Review: What a Gentleman Wants by Caroline Linden

what a gentleman wantsReviewed by Jen

Caroline Linden books almost always work for me. So it was cool to look back on one of her earlier stories with this reissue from 10 years ago. While I’ll admit, the premise is a little far-fetched, I still enjoyed the book. In fact, I plan to pick up the other two parts of the trilogy.

Marcus, the Duke of Exeter, has been cleaning up his twin brother’s messes for as long as he can remember. But this takes the cake.  After his latest scrape, his brother David proposed marriage to a vicar’s widow, then signed Marcus’s name to the marriage certificate. To make matters worse, he put an ad in the paper and wrote to their family about the Duke’s so called romance. [Read more…]

Review: New Leaf by Catherine Anderson

new leafReviewed by Shelly

This is a new-to-me author and when I picked this up, I didn’t realize that it’s part of a series. Thankfully, that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment. I don’t know if the first book in the series was about the hero’s brother or about someone else in Mystic Creek. But I do know that Taffeta Brown and Barney Sterling should be together, just based on their names.

Taffeta’s recently moved to Mystic Creek after a very nasty divorce that left her without custody or even visitation rights to her only child, Sarah. In Mystic Creek, Taffeta hopes to reestablish herself as a responsible and upstanding person so she can go back to court and fight for custodial rights for Sarah. [Read more…]

Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa James

my american duchessReviewed by Jen

This almost felt like two different books in one. The first half deals with an American heiress, betrothed to the wrong man. I didn’t enjoy this half very much. The book is called My American Duchess, so it’s no big leap to realize that Merry’s engagement to the Duke’s brother isn’t the way the story is going to end. In fact, when she meets the Duke of Trent that very same night, it’s obvious that he is the better match. There’s a great spark between them, that sits completely unattended for more than 150 pages. [Read more…]

Review: The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare

wrong billionaires bedReviewed by Jaimie

The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed is the third book in the Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare.  This is another book from my backlist that I’ve been putting off, partially because the whole billionaire thing is so overdone lately (how are there soooo many single, hot billionaires??).  I’m glad I put my pessimism aside and gave this one a try, because it was a really sweet story with some steamy hot chemistry between the couple (billionaire stuff aside).

Audrey Petty is the dependable, successful twin to her sister’s chaotic counterpart.  She’s been harbouring a crush on Cade Archer (another billionaire…sigh) since childhood but knows its a long shot.  It appears she’s finally going to get her shot to spend time with him alone at his remote cabin.  However when she walks in, it’s not Cade she finds there waiting. [Read more…]

Review: Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen

duke of my heartReviewed by Jen

This is my first read by Kelly Bowen, and I enjoyed this book so much, I am already thinking about checking out her backlist. This is the first in her Season For Scandal series, so there is no better time for you to give her a try too. This story has a fabulous, independent and capable heroine and a hero willing to put aside his need for propriety and control to protect the people he loves. All that, plus an engaging story with good pacing that had me reading the entire book in one sitting. [Read more…]

Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

outpostReviewed by Jen

I’ve got to say, it’s interesting how this book can feel both like a next step and vast departure from book 1 at the same time.  In this stage of the journey for our characters, I still see what made me care about them. They hold on to their core identities as they evolve. Yet their circumstances are so very different, it changes everything. Gone are underground enclaves and mindless Eaters. Instead, we have a small town civilization with very old fashioned ideas and a threat they can’t even fathom. [Read more…]