Archives for January 2016

Review: Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane

hell on heelsReviewed by Shelly

This is part 1 of 2 in Victoria Vane’s Hotel Rodeo series. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, especially when there’s not a disclaimer. But surprisingly that’s not what made me dislike this story. This time I’ll blame the characters. Talk about a couple of self-absorbed jerks – the both of them!

Ty Morgan is bound and determined to renovate the hotel that he’s managing. I’m not sure what his motivation is, but he doesn’t have the finances to do it on his own and is thereby dependent on financial backers. He thought he had one pegged and ready – the owner of the hotel, but unfortunately, Tom ends up having stroke and is incapacitated. [Read more…]

Review: Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks

mortal sinsReviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, I haven’t been 100% sold on the Rune and Lily relationship. One of the reason I liked Night Season so much is because I enjoyed watching the romance evolve between Cynna and Cullen. Theirs isn’t a mate bond; they’re together because they want to be… because they love each other. In this book, I finally felt the love that ties together Lily and Rune as something more than a physical connection. It’s real. It would exist even without bond. And it made such a difference. [Read more…]

Where Is the Feverborn Review? There Isn’t One.

feverbornBy Jen

*Updated 1/24/16

Please know that I have given this subject a great deal of thought. I initially wrote this opinion piece to call attention to a post on Karen Marie Moning’s Facebook page. In it, she voiced support for audiobook narrator Phil Gigante. Reader comments on that thread linking to articles on his arrest were hidden, and I felt like that information should be available to readers. So I provided it here.

Since that time, Moning has apologized and severed ties with Gigante. But that is not the only thing that has happened. Fandom has blown up. Everyone is angry. Many people are hurt. Others are reminded of their own experiences with sexual abuse. It’s not a simple debate; it’s an emotional one that touches people deeply. [Read more…]

Review: Caught Up in You by Roni Loren

caught up in youReviewed by Jaimie

Caught Up in You is the fifth book in the Loving on the Edge series by Roni Loren.  I’ve been trying to go back and read some of the books on my TBR list and this one has been there for quite a while, so I thought I would give it a shot.  With the whole post-50 Shades trend of billionaires and BDSM, I found myself completely jaded by a lot of these stories which is why it sat for so long.  Overall the book was good.  Nothing earth shattering or new, but still enjoyable to read. [Read more…]

Guest Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

the scoreReviewed by Joanna

Got to love the latest in the Off Campus series. It’s NA but adult enough and sexy enough to recommend past the angsty label NA implies.

We start with gorgeous and wealthy student hockey player and self-confessed manwhore, Dean Heyward-Di Laurentis, hooking up with Allie, the BF of his BF’s girlfriend. Thing is, he doesn’t do relationships and is upfront with his sexual partners that it’s a one night only kind of deal.

Allie Hayes, nest-builder and student actress has just broken up with her long term boyfriend, again, and decides this time it’s for keeps. She stays over at the hockey boys’ house to avoid the ex, but it turns out she’s alone there with Dean. After he kicks out the two girls he was about to get down and dirty with, Allie turns down his advances, but by the end of the drunken movie night, she’s had hot sex twice with the blond-haired, green-eyed beauty. [Read more…]

Review: Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon

barbarian mineReviewed by Shelly

By far, this is my favorite book in the series. The storyline take us much further than the mating frenzy that the prior stories have featured. The conflict is surprisingly different from what we’ve gotten in the past, even better than book 2.

Harlow was one of the abducted women, but unlike Kira, Georgie or Liz, she was one of the women in stasis and didn’t get to interact with any of the women until they were ‘defrosted’. Happy with her ‘khui’, Harlow is okay with the life she now has. Yes, she’s on an alien planet and the men are all blue and 7 feet tall, but she’s happy because her secret is safe and she’s doing well. [Read more…]

Review: Her Wicked Proposal by Lauren Smith

her wicked proposalReviewed by Jen

It’s pretty much a given that I can’t turn down a blind hero.  Losing his sight has changed almost everything about life for Cedric, Viscount Sheridan. He used to ride and hunt, play cards and seduce women. Now he can barely take a walk in his own garden without falling flat on his face. But the appearance of a lady from his past will utterly change his course, yet again.

Cedric once tried to court Lady Anne without success. Now, she is back in his life, asking to marry him. Her father is dead and she is weary of fortune hunters. She knows Cedric only wants her for herself, and she believes they could make a good life together. He is all too happy to oblige. [Read more…]

Review: Endurance by Ann Aguirre

ENDURANCEReviewed by Jen

I’ve got two words to describe this story: Too. Short. It’s really good, packed with action and heart, and it was over in less than half an hour. (*sob*)

Here is where we find out what happened to the enclave after Deuce left –and it’s not a pretty picture. In short order, there is an uprising. And just when their forces are weakened by their own infighting, the zombies attack.  Thimble and Stone turn to each other to survive and escape. [Read more…]

Review: Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon

barbarian loverReviewed by Shelly

I’m slightly addicted to this series. Even though I didn’t like the heroine, Liz, in book 2, that was no reason for me to stop this series. It’s fun and doesn’t take itself seriously. Another one of the human women, Kira, I really liked. I knew if she stays true to form from the previous books, then I would like this story. And then there’s Aehako, big flirt that he is.

Kira’s story starts with her and Aehako going to the medical unit on the ship that belonged to Aehako’s people. I wasn’t sure what we were going to be told about that ship but so far, I have no complaints. It’s kind of far-fetched, but no more so that the entire premise of the story of blue skinned alien men with horns, tails and a parasite that can tell who your mate is. [Read more…]

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

enclaveReviewed by Jen

I know there are more dystopian or post-apocalyptic YA series out there than you could shake a stick at, but if you haven’t tried this series before, now is the time. It’s dark and gritty, with great worldbuilding and solid character development. It’s engaging and moves quickly. I didn’t want to put it down and devoured it in one sitting.

Our lead character is Deuce, a 15 year-old girl, raised in an underground enclave after some kind of apocalypse. Life expectancy is short. 25 is considered ancient. And rules are inviolate. They exist to keep you alive. If you question them, you die. [Read more…]