Archives for February 2016

Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

bullyReviewed by Joanna

If you’re a sensitive soul who doesn’t like people being mean to other people by way of foreplay, then don’t read this book. If you like a tortured anti-hero who is too cool for school, sexy as hell and twisted by a terrible experience, then you really oughta read this book.

Tate has just returned from a year in France and is back in her original high school for her last year. Before she left, she was the victim of a campaign of petty bullying by her former best friend – Jared. [Read more…]

Review: The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels

infamous heirReviewed by Jen

I really liked the premise of this story. A second son comes home after years away, to fall for his brother’s intended. Ethan is everything Trevor is not. He thumbs his nose at propriety and makes his money in the boxing ring. He knows the Roselyn he remembers from childhood would never be happy with his stuffy older brother. But no one has the chance to find out, because Trevor is murdered before the betrothal can even be announced. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

beautiful oblivionReviewed by Joanna

Girl has to decide between long-distance love and hot, local bad boy. It’s a bit traumatic for all. Reader is frustrated with the narrator until the Very. Last. Three. Words. (Don’t skip ahead in the book; you’ll spoil it for yourself.)

This is the start of the Maddox Brothers series of books, but is associated with and part of the same world as Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster. In fact, this novel parallel-runs BD and there are many scene overlaps. (Hats off to JM for precision time-lining.) [Read more…]

Review: Collective Memory by Tielle St. Clare

collective memoryReviewed by Shelly

I’m determined to get through my TBR that’s more than 5 years old. This would have been a story if it wasn’t porn. The potential was there. Cayl is a being from another planet who’s come to Earth to stop the bad guy alien who came to basically take over the planet. The thing is – where Cayl is from, they’re all part of a consciousness that shares all of their knowledge, so what one person learns, they all learn. They reminded me of the Borg on the ‘Star Trek’ franchise but without the bodies. But I digress. [Read more…]

Review: Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks

ritual magicReviewed by Jen

Remember when I said this series might have run its course for me? Scratch that. This book was a comeback in a big way. All of the disconnect I had been feeling was gone. All of the character focus I missed, was back again. I was engaged from the very beginning. The pacing was good, the plot moved fast, and I didn’t want to put it down from beginning to end.

One of the things that drew me in was the set-up. Lily’s mom, Julia, has lost her memory. She thinks she is still 12 years old. She can’t remember any of her life since that point, and that includes her husband and her children. Obviously, Lily thinks that whatever has magically targeted her mom, is using Julia to get to her. Then other people start popping up with memory loss all over the city. Something bigger is happening, but that Lily can’t shake the feeling that her mom is ground zero. [Read more…]

Review: How to Capture a Duke by Bianca Blythe

how to capture a dukeReviewed by Janell

I had high hopes for this book, but found myself disappointed in the hero and disbelieving in the romance. The premise is great: Fiona has told her family that she has a fiancé because she was too shy and nervous during her Season and never wanted to do it again. She’s waiting for her grandmother to die before revealing the embarrassing truth. But, while out digging for Roman ruins, she kind of sort of accidentally holds up a carriage with a handsome Duke inside. She may as well recruit/force him to portray her imaginary fiancé, right? [Read more…]

Review: The Night Before Dead by Kelly Meding

night before deadReviewed by Jen

This is a totally a satisfying conclusion to a series that has taken me to some really dark places. The main character, Evy, has been put through almost every horror you can imagine. She’s been raped, murdered, and tortured. She’s been experimented on. She’s watched her loved ones die. She’s even had to pull the trigger, herself. But with her trials have come triumphs. With her suffering has come the kind of personal connections she never thought possible. She has become more than anyone ever believed she could be. [Read more…]

Review: The Fall of the Red Queen by Lexxi Callahan

fall of the red queenReviewed by Janell

This is the third book in the Southern Style series. The heroine, Madlyn, was a suspicious, mean, other-woman type in the first book, so to get the full impact of what’s going on with her here, you should probably read Sweetened with a Kiss first. Plus, as I always say, the first book has Stefan.

Jared Marshall is known from SWAK as the hot pastry chef in a band. Hot pastry chef in a band. I don’t know why you haven’t bought this book yet. He’s also a semi-practicing attorney in his father’s firm, but he wants to get out of that job and spend more time with cheesecake, so he faces down Madlyn, the Red Queen, to offer her a job. [Read more…]

Review: Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

bitter biteReviewed by Jen

I’m happy to say that this book lives up to a pretty exciting premise. It’s all about Finn’s long lost mother, who is back from the dead and up to no good. Gin knows it. Bria knows it. Unfortunately, Finn DOESN’T know it. He is vulnerable in a way that we don’t normally see him, because like anyone would, he wants to believe his mother loves him. He wants the relationship with her that he has missed his entire life. [Read more…]

Review: Checkmate by Annemarie McKenna

checkmateReviewed by Shelly

Eli Graham’s just come back from being on an 8 month assignment. He’s come back to find the the woman he’s had his eye on for years is in a world of trouble. Nikki Taylor is having the world’s worst luck; she’s witnessed a murder, and the bad guy knows who she is.

Eli and Nikki’s story is really fast paced. Now I didn’t read the first story about Eli’s brother and his mate, so I don’t have context, but I really enjoyed this story. Eli’s from a family of shifters, but they live amongst non-shifters and have kept the secret for century without incident, so far. Nikki doesn’t know about this ‘other’ life; she suspects something, but after years of asking her brother, he’s not telling. [Read more…]