Archives for February 2016

Review: The Asset by Anna del Mar

assetReviewed by Jen

I don’t usually read m/f romantic suspense, but the description of this book reeled me in. The heroine –Lia– is hiding out in a small Rocky Mountain town from a deadly cartel, when Ash knocks on her door looking to rent a room. She is damaged on the inside, but he is damaged inside and out by his service in Afghanistan. They recognize something kindred in each other, and a friendship is born. As it turns into something more, all of Lia’s secrets begin to come out, and Ash puts himself on the line to keep her safe. [Read more…]

Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

walking disasterReviewed by Joanna

This is a retelling of the New Adult genre-defining novel Beautiful Disaster, this time from Travis’s perspective. I’m not going to give the premise of the story again; you can read my Beautiful Disaster review for that. Save that, it’s a torturous college romance. But if you loved BD, you’ll like this, too. Yes, it is repetitive, hard to avoid that with a retelling, but there’s new material and the same high quality of writing, and I wasn’t bored. [Read more…]

Review: Jaz’s Warriors by Ann Mayburn

jazs warriorsReviewed by Shelly

What a fun, short read that made no sense at all. I loved it! I’ve read from Ann Mayburn before, and it’s not always been a hit for me. If this was a contemporary, I wouldn’t have kind words, but it’s not – it’s sci-fi, paranormal (there’s some anatomy changes for the guys) and that makes all the difference in the world. [Read more…]

Review: Mortal Ties by Eileen Wilks

mortal tiesReviewed by Jen

I’m still enjoying The World of the Lupi, but I’m starting to feel like it’s past its prime. The procedural elements of this ninth installment work pretty well. Once again, Lily and her gang have to solve a mystery, which in this case, centers on the theft of a magic device created by Cullen. The worldbuilding is great and even continues to expand somewhat as we delve more into the sidhe and the workings of their culture. With all of these things going for it, despite a somewhat slow start, I liked the book. But I didn’t love it. And I think that’s because we’re losing some of the great character focus in the novels, in lieu of an action driven storyline. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

beautiful disasterReviewed by Joanna

You know when you stumble on book that everyone seems to have read apart from you? I’m pretty sure I’m last to know about this uber-angst love story, but I’m glad I found it. That’s despite alternately wanting to hug and stab the lead characters and feeling exhausted by the end of it.

The setup – Abby moves state to a small college to get away from a life she doesn’t want anymore. Travis is an irresistible bad-boy who reminds her too much of what she ran from. He’s classic NA fodder, a beautiful and ripped, tattooed serial one-night stander who has women flocking to him. But he can’t seem to take his eyes off the one who doesn’t want him – Abby. [Read more…]

Review: Will’s True Wish by Grace Burrowes

wills true wishReviewed by Jen

I think it’s fair to say that this series is not for me. I was seriously underwhelmed with the last installment, and I walked away from this one feeling much the same way. I liked the idea of the story so much more than the execution. I struggled to keep myself from skimming through parts. I struggled, and honestly, sometimes failed. Because I was bored. Because I kept waiting for things to pick up… to heat up… but they just never did. [Read more…]

Review: His to Keep by Katee Robert

his to keepReviewed by Shelly

After it spent a while in my TBR stack, I finally decided to read this short story. This is my first read from this autho,r but what convinced me to try it was the military aspect; I’m not tired of that yet. Marceline Bellini and Aaron Robinson have known each other for years, about 10, and he’s had a thing for her for quite a few of those years. It turns out that she’s had a thing for him too, but knew that she wasn’t in his league. So after the high school fantasies wore off, she decided to move on. That’s how she ended up with a daughter from a man who left her after the pregnancy began. [Read more…]

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

game planReviewed by Joanna

Mmm. Beards. This third book in the Game On series follows beautifully bearded Ethan ‘Dex’ Dexter and Fiona Mackenzie getting their chance at being tussled in love, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Dex is a different kind of hero from those in the previous books. In no way a playa, he’s serious and the father figure of the college football players we met in the first book. He’s a huge, quiet, tattooed, lumbersexual kind of guy. And he’s untested both by heart and penis. [Read more…]

Review: Human Error by Eileen Wilks

human errorReviewed by Jen

Finally! I have been waiting for more Benedict and Arjenie since they first got together. And while I would have loved to get a full length book for them, this novella does the job quite nicely. These two are such a great pair. I love the way they compliment each other, they way they understand one another, and just… fit.

Here Benedict is accompanying his mate back home to visit her family for the holidays. It’s sweet to see this strong, stoic man, nervous to meet the people who matter to her. I really felt connected to him as he tried to make a good impression and to please the woman he loves so much. [Read more…]

Review: Make Me Sin by J.T. Geissinger

make me sinReviewed by Joanna

You should never judge a book by its cover. But damn. And not only is it nice to look at, but this rock star / broken hero novel delivers. Hold on, because this is an emotional ride.

A.J., our hero, is a troubled man. The drummer of a world-famous band, he’s the hulking shadow at the back of the photoshoot, the mean and moody guy who looks like he has secrets and won’t let anyone close enough to find them out. He’s a tattooed & muscled, blond-haired death wish. And you just know his secrets are going to be bad. [Read more…]