Archives for April 2016

Review: Snared: A Jaded Regret Novel by L.L. Collins

snaredReviewed by Joanna

Super sexy drummer with depression who needs a good woman.  Any takers? This is the story of Beau, world-class drummer with the rock band Jaded Regret. Beau suffers with mental health issues, and apart from his band, he’s a loner, never connecting with anyone, never hooking up with any of the groupies who throw themselves at him. He’s quiet and sweet and very vulnerable.

One day, his band goes to Orlando to play a benefit gig. They all dress up nice, suits, frocks, tattoos n all and play a song or two and during the evening, Beau sees a vision – the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. And he knows she’s far too good for someone as messed up as him. Favorite. Trope. [Read more…]

Review: The Blacksmith’s Wife by Elisabeth Hobbes

blacksmiths wifeReviewed by Jen

Blacksmiths are generally among my favorite heroes. They’re so earthy and strong, usually men of few words whose charms take time to make themselves known. If there is a blacksmith in the story, I’m likely unable to turn it down. Hal, the blacksmith in this story hits all the points –plus he’s a bastard. And while I liked the book for those reasons, there were others which made it a mixed bag.

Our heroine, Joanna, thought she was going marry Hal’s brother, Sir Roger. He is a knight… beautiful, charming, and exciting. He’s been showing her attention for the past three years whenever he comes to town, but now he is finally making it clear that they have no future. As a ward of her uncle, Joanna is reaching the end of his charity. He is ready for her to take a husband –any husband– and when Hal shows up looking to join the guild he helps run, Joanna’s uncle sees an opportunity to trade his niece for his favor helping Hal in his profession. Joanna has little choice but to accept. [Read more…]

Review: Falling for Her Bachelor by Robin Bielman

falling for her bachelorReviewed by Joanna

Cassidy is a photographer living in small town Montana. She’s taking photos by a river one day when she slips and falls on her ass. Luckily, a handsome man is jogging by and comes to her aid. And oh, it’s her childhood crush, Nick.

Nick’s back in town after a tragedy on board the submarine he worked on as a fireman. He lost two close friends and is a bit of a mess about it, so he is home to work out what to do with his career. He’s also in a bachelor auction being run by his sister Rowan, Cassidy’s best friend. At the event, he freaks out when he realizes he might be won by a woman he doesn’t fancy, so he gives his sister free rein with his bank balance and asks her to get someone to bid on him. She, of course, asks Cassidy. [Read more…]

Review: Tease Me by JL Leslie

tease meReviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by JL Leslie, so clearly, I didn’t read the first two stories in the Zane series. I’m not sure if this was meant to be a stand alone installment in the series, but I will say that I didn’t feel left out or that I was missing much.

Lennon Zane is the youngest child and the only daughter in Zane family. Her two older brothers, Stellan and Dylan, are very protective of their baby sister when it comes to her dates and she fights them every step of the way. This time Lennon knows exactly what to what to do to get her brothers off her back. She decides to have sex, a lot of it, with Swift Cole, but the arrangement is that no one can know about them. [Read more…]

Review: Jagger by Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields

jaggerReviewed by Joanna

Lots about this book appealed to me, the concept, the names and places, the cover, but it didn’t quite deliver the goods. Jagger left me unmoved.

Here’s the premise: Jagger Caldwell, an illegal MMA fighter and youngest of the Caldwell brothers, one day hears his Russian landlord beating up his daughter. Jagger witnessed his father beating his mother and can’t bear to listen, so he goes ’round, fists blazin’ and pounds on the guy. The daughter, 17 year old Tatiana, is grateful but doesn’t take up his offer of help and won’t press charges. [Read more…]

Review: Embattled Home by JM Madden

embattled homeReviewed by Shelly

By far, this is my favorite couple in the series so far.  I might or might not be partial to Chad, but if this gives you any kind of a clue, he had me when he showed such compassion and kindness towards Shannon in Book 1. Then there’s a little Duncan side piece with a young (he might think too young) doctor and what seemed like a little bit of chemistry. But before I get carried away and start with my Duncan fetish, I’ll give you the skinny about Lora O’Neil and Chad Lowell. [Read more…]

Review: The Debutante is Mine by Vivienne Lorret

debutante is mineReviewed by Jen

This is a light, feel-good historical with a couple that’s easy to root for. There aren’t really any surprises. The story progresses exactly as you would expect, from beginning to end. But sometimes, it’s nice to just take the journey, knowing your destination, when the warm and fuzzy feelings hit the spot.

Lilah Appleton has to find a husband of noble birth… and fast. As she nears the end of her third season, she is about to be forced into a marriage with her odious cousin. Her father’s will has promised her to him, unless she finds another match among the nobility. Time is running out and her prospects look dim. [Read more…]

Review: Dilemma in Yellow Silk by Lynne Connolly

dilemma in yellow silkReviewed by Jen

This story started out engaging enough. Viola is living as the daughter of an estate manager. Julian is the young lord whose family hers serves. They grew up together as children, but eventually had to put an end to their friendship, as society dictated. Now, they are reunited and their childhood affection has been replaced with an adult attraction. That might have been something they could fight or ignore, until dangerous circumstances thrust them together, destroying all but the pretense of propriety. [Read more…]

Review: The Beast by JR Ward

the beastReviewed by Jen

After the train wreck that was The Shadows, I had my concerns about where JR Ward would take the Brothers next. And I have to say that here, the pendulum swings all the way in the other direction, as far from an unhappy ending as you can get. In Rhage, Ward gives us a hero that is damn near perfect, save for a bit of over-the-top baby blues. And Mary remains his ideal match — loving, supportive, and secure. This is the story of their quest to grow their family. While there is nothing you can’t predict in their journey, it is one that totally satisfies. [Read more…]

Review: Embattled Minds by JM Madden

embattled mindsReviewed by Shelly

The pace in Ember Norton and Zeke Foster’s story is slower than the pacing in book 1 of this series. There’s none of the suspense or action sequences that were prominent, but that doesn’t take away from the emotional content and the investment that I made in caring about what happens to this couple. We were introduced to both Ember and Zeke in Embattled Hearts along with Diego and a couple of other guys. You can definitely read this as a stand alone, but you’re probably not going to appreciate the camaraderie of this group of former soldiers. [Read more…]