Archives for March 2016

Review: Coming Home by Lydia Michaels

coming homeReviewed by Jaimie

Coming Home is the final book in the Surrender trilogy by Lydia Michaels, and after the underwhelming second book, I was a little concerned. Thankfully Ms. Michaels turned things around, and the series was finished off in a satisfying way.

You may recall that at the end of Breaking Out, Scout has discovered the deal between Lucien and Parker, and she smartly walked away from them both. As the story picks up, Scout is trying to make it on her own, with a plan to start her own business and a plan to learn to read and write. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire

beautiful burnReviewed by Joanna

Ellie is a rich, coke-snorting, shot-downing, art-destroying, party girl who makes one mistake too many, forcing her parents’ life-coach to get her cut-off from her wealth. She has to get a job in her little holiday town and shift for herself.

Tyler is the Maddox brother of the hour and the other half of the twins. (Taylor’s book was the previous one – this is the last.) He falls for Ellie. Well, he screws her at her last party and pursues her after. Mainly because she isn’t interested in him. He’s a hotshot firefighter, working on the frontline of forest fire protection – a pretty dangerous and heroic job. Manly. [Read more…]

Review: First Love by Lena Hart

first loveReviewed by Shelly

This is my first read from this author and I know this is the prequel to another story, but I went rogue and did it anyway. I was surprised how much I started liking the hero, Jake London. I though his character had much more to offer than the heroine, Sabrina Morgan.

After being fired from her internship, not because of poor work performance but because of some ‘he said she said’ nonsense that plagues too many corporations, Sabrina lands another job. Not surprisingly, the new job takes her a while to find because well… some industries take fraternizing amongst its staff seriously, and Sabrina knows this. In this, her new marketing role, Sabrina’s first day on the job brings its own demands – she finds herself with a same day deadline and, unfortunately, a dead monitor. Lucky for her Jake, the IT guy, comes to her rescue. [Read more…]

Review: Perdition by Ann Aguirre

perditionReviewed by Jen

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed slipping back into the world of Sirantha Jax. Sirantha, herself, maybe be absent, but all of the great character development and world building is in full force.  In short order, I grew to love Dred, Jael, and the men and women of Perdition as much as I loved Sirantha and her crew. Ann Aguirre is such a talented storyteller. I didn’t want to put this down for a minute. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Queen of His Heart by Lena Hart

queen of his heartReviewed by Jaimie & Shelly

Jaimie: Queen of His Heart is the third book in the Queen Quartette series by Lena Hart. This is my first experience with Ms. Hart’s books but it definitely will not be my last. This story was well written, had plenty of suspense, and a great hero and heroine.

Shelly: After reading another story by this author, I thought the writing was promising enough to just keep going, so that I did. The book is based around a Vegas casino, Royal Courts. I’ve not read any of the prior stories in the series but I wanted to jump right in and get a feel for the series, plus this is an IR and well… I’m a sucker (there’s one of us born every minute). [Read more…]

Review: Reap by Tillie Cole

reapReviewed by Jen

Despite my mixed feelings about the first book in this series, I was optimistic that I would enjoy this installment more. And I did. After all, some of my biggest issues with Raze –like the sexual violence against the heroine and the 13 year old having sex– don’t exist here.  We have a brand new thoroughly tortured hero, and he definitely satisfied, paired with the headstrong Talia, who I preferred head and shoulders above the much abused Kisa. Yes, I definitely liked this book better. But it did have its own problems. [Read more…]

Review: Rival by Penelope Douglas

rivalReviewed by Joanna

Woo! I love this series – it’s my kind of heaven to find a great character set and get to see them paired off. This book is all about Madoc, the other bully from the first Fall Away novel, and Fallon, his stepsister who’s back in town.

Fallon and Madoc didn’t grow up as siblings so that’s good and non-icky, but they did live in the same house in their mid-teen years and the inevitable happened – they gave their virginity to each other. They were rivals who fell in love but stuff went wrong and as Fallon later puts it:

“From your lips I was torn.” [Read more…]

Review: Ravaged River by Lindsay Cross

ravaged riverReviewed by Jen

I knew going into this book that I was jumping into a series in progress, but I am such a fan of tortured heroes that I couldn’t pass up one as clearly messed up as Hoyt. I figured I could just wing it with the characters I didn’t know –and really, I could. The problem was, the hero and heroine had a pre-existing relationship. I could follow the story, yes, and I could appreciate Hoyt’s misery. But I lacked the emotional component of knowing these two as a couple before That Very Bad Thing tore them apart. [Read more…]

Review: Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire

beautiful sacrificeReviewed by Joanna

Third in the Maddox Brothers series, I’d say this book is the weakest in terms of setting and character development. It’s told from the POV of Falyn, a waitress in a small and pretty boring town. Falyn is the daughter of a mayor and his prissy wife, and she’s down on her luck after turning her back on her parents (with very good reason). She saves part of her measly salary in a shoe box (Why? Has she never heard of a credit card?) because she’s saving to buy a plane ticket to Eakins, Illinois. [Read more…]

Review: Raze by Tillie Cole

razeReviewed by Jen

I have mixed feelings about this book. There are some things that really reeled me in. OK. One thing… the title character. But I had some serious issues too: primarily the degree of sexual violence against the heroine and, well, the heroine herself.

Kisa and Luka were childhood sweethearts. They always thought they would have a future together, until someone set things up to look like he betrayed her and died. Someone who shipped him off to an underground fight club where he was tortured to the point he no longer knew who he was… forced to kill until the rage owned him, and all that was left to live for was revenge. [Read more…]