Archives for March 2016

Review: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

strong signalReviewed by Janell

This book melted me into a puddle of goo. Take one internet gaming celebrity, add an Afghanistan vet, show all the stages of sex and intimacy, and there you have it.

Garrett is on his third and last Afghan tour. He’s a mechanic, so his days are usually spent on base, away from the fighting. His life is routine enough that he brings a laptop to play an online role-playing game. He’s also got semi-private quarters, sharing a tent with only one other guy. [Read more…]

Review: Three Weeks to Wed by Ella Quinn

three weeks to wedReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time I struggled this much to finish a book. This was one of the worst romance books I have read in a long time. Basically, there is no romance. The hero and heroine literally fall in love in one night. And it’s the mooney-eyed, can’t live without you kind of love. There is no character development. There is no emotional connection. There isn’t even a real threat to their HEA. It’s sappy. It’s silly. It’s too long. And I honestly can’t think of one redeeming thing to say about it.

The premise is that Grace is raising her seven brothers and sisters now that her parents are dead. She feels like she can never marry because no man will ever want that burden, and she wants to keep her family together above all other things. But when she gets trapped at an inn with Matt, the man she had a crush on in her first season, she decides to throw caution to the wind and spend the night with him. Only she withholds her name and runs away the next morning. [Read more…]

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

because of miss bridgertonReviewed by Jen

I completely adored this book. It is an enemies to lovers story done right. These two characters are just so much fun in their sniping and snarking, I was completely entertained from the first page until the end. It feels so effortless; there is nothing forced in their dynamic, nothing contrived. I believed it, as the attraction –and later, affection– grew. And I didn’t want to put it down.

If you’re a fan of Julia Quinn, you’ll likely recognize the Bridgerton name. This new series is a prequel to that one.  Billie is the Miss Bridgerton in question. She is a bold and frank hoyden, who grew up bosom friends with her neighbors, the Rokesbys. Mary was always her best friend, but she was just as close with brothers Edward and Andrew. Only George, the oldest, was different; a little older, a little stodgier, an heir through and through, he got on her nerves every bit as much as she grated on his. [Read more…]

Review: Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden

six degrees of scandalReviewed by Jen

Caroline Linden finally delivers answers to the questions she left us with at the end of Love in the Time of Scandal. This is Olivia’s story. She was the widow with a big secret and the super creepy stalker, Lord Clary.  She is also the woman who should have married Penelope’s brother, Jamie. This story is both a mystery and a reunited lovers story. And it finally unmasks the elusive Lady Constance, whose stories have titillated characters in every book of the series. [Read more…]

Review: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

falling awayReviewed by Joanna

This is the third book in the Fall Away series, and I still can’t get enough. We kick off with K.C. walking in on Jax having sex with a couple of women. She’s shocked but then realizes how much she’d like to be the girl on the bottom and she bolts. Jax pursues her and they share a moment, but she shuts him down. She’s a year older and has a stick up her jacksey about a whole load of things. But I mean, to be fair, however attractive he is, he’s just been ‘there’ you know. I don’t blame her for not wanting to jump on right away. [Read more…]

Review: Angel 6.0: Concubine by Travis Luedke

angel concubineReviewed by Shelly

I’ve had this in my TBR for a while, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. The concept is interesting. Before I get started, allow me get this part done first – Angelina, yes picture the famous bearer to that name, is genetically engineered. She wasn’t born a baby and grew into adulthood, she stepped out of an incubator in an adult body and has been in a lab environment all 6 years she’s been ‘alive’. The thing about Angel is that not only is the lab the only world she’s even known or have experience with, she’s been programmed by the man who created her to have an interesting tolerance, you could even say exuberance, for pain. And that elation sets the tone for many of her actions. [Read more…]

Review: Havoc by Ann Aguirre

havocReviewed by Jen

Ann Aguirre continues to rock my world with this second installment in the Dred Chronicles. And this book is an adrenaline filled ride that doesn’t let up from beginning to end. It picks up right where the last story left off, and sets up an entirely new enemy for the Dred Queen and her crew. It’s an external threat that only piles the danger on top of all other crazy killers already inside Perdition. [Read more…]

Review: Because This is Forever by Lena Hart

because this is foreverReviewed by Shelly

Oh my word, I think I just read a drama-free book. Don’t take that to mean that there weren’t highs and lows because there were; take that to mean that there weren’t a lot of secrets between this couple. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself here.

While Mia Trent worked for Nate McArthur father’s company, she and Nate had a thing going on. It was all done in secrecy, well as much secrecy as you can have while working for a large company. As an assistant, Mia didn’t have a lot of control over anything but the tasks given to her… you know the typical scheduling and things of that nature that assistants are so necessary for; she was a good employee until the day that Nate’s father decided that Mia wasn’t good anymore. I still am not convinced that Mia’s memory was that bad. I think the father had a little bit everything to do with that unfortunate situation. Old geezer! [Read more…]

Review: Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks

mind magicReviewed by Jen

Lily and Rule are back and returning to center stage after a strategic absence in the last book. I know some people didn’t like the series detour into Kai and Nathan’s story in the last installment, but this book had no trouble at all putting our original couple back into the driver’s seat. There are so many things I liked here, I am excited about the series all over again. [Read more…]

Review: A Bad Bit Nice by Josie Kerr

bad bit niceReviewed by Shelly

I’m not a big fan of the all over body tattoos that have become so popular and trendy; really, a little goes a long way with me. But I’ll tell you this dear readers, if I’d judged this story by that standard, then I would have missed out on a very good story. What really drew me to this story was the age of the hero and the heroine. It’s so unlikely to run across a romance where both characters aren’t in their 20s or 30s and I’m not talking about when the hero is older while the heroine is much younger.

A Bad Bit Nice is my first story by Josie Kerr and it’s the first in her ‘Second Chance Neighbors’. I can’t say that I was disappointed in any one character – maybe the bad guy; he wasn’t bad enough. For a rare and pleasing change – everything fell in sync with me reading about Em and Mick. [Read more…]