Archives for May 2016

Review: Three Nights with a Rock Star by Amber Lin and Shari Slade

three nights with a rock starTReviewed by Joanna

Hailey’s gone to Chicago to infiltrate a rock band as she thinks one of them knocked up her sister. Chloe had been working the merch stand on the band’s tour but left when she found out she was pregnant. She won’t say who the father is, and in order to gain access and ask questions, Hailey agrees to a three day sexathon with the lead singer, Lock.

Yeah, so it’s a bit of a weird premise. [Read more…]

Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

duke of sinReviewed by Jen

I always get excited when a new Elizabeth Hoyt book comes out. I adore her and her Maiden Lane series. I have to say I was very curious about how she was going to make a hero out of Val. He was quite thoroughly unlikable in all of the previous books. He has lied. He has kidnapped. He seems to have no conscience at all. He was the villain for crying out loud. But I should have never doubted. And she always does, Hoyt pulled me in and I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I started it.

What’s cool about this is that Hoyt does not try to rewrite Val’s character. He is still extremely flawed. The thing is, we just finally begin to learn how he got this way. I really didn’t think I would care about his backstory. I didn’t believe there would be any excuse for what an awful guy he is. But I was wrong. [Read more…]

Review: Icing by Kelly Jamieson

icingReviewed by Shelly

You know when you start reading something that you’re not really sure what direction it’s going to go? That’s the way I felt about this. Some of the more recent contemporary stories have disappointed me so greatly, I find myself cringing more often than not.

While I’ve not read the first story in Kelly Jamieson’s ‘Aces Hockey’ series, I have read a few other works by the same author and that’s 100% why I decided to read this – the author. I’m not a big fan of hockey, but I like sports, and any romance that can smartly incorporate a sport into its plot is a-okay with me. That was the case here, there were actual sport events (with play by play description) that Jamieson managed to work in and make interesting. [Read more…]

Review: Calmly, Carefully, Completely by Tammy Falkner

calmly carefully completelyReviewed by Joanna

Book three in the Reed Brothers series and we’re with the youngest brother, Pete, as he gets out of jail. He’s done two years for a non-violent crime and has paid his dues. See, he and his twin Sam were doing jobs for Bone, the local dodgy man, to make money to pay for their brother Matt’s cancer treatment. Sam got away when the police busted them, Pete didn’t.

On release day, Pete’s offered a sweet probation deal by his pro bono attorney if he spends a week at a camp for kids with various disabilities. With his sign language skills learned to talk to Logan, another of his four hot brothers, he’ll be an asset to the camp. [Read more…]

Review: Something Old by Lena Hart

something oldReviewed by Shelly

I’ve read quite a few books by Lena Hart, and I’m impressed enough to want to continue. There may be a day when I don’t want to keep reading her books, but that’s not today. I like the idea of the jilted bride/groom because well… there’s a certain amount of character strength and building to either keeping the hope alive for another day or crumbling under the pressure of being rejected. I like to see the process that reflects ether outcome. [Read more…]

Review: Wrapped and Strapped by Lorelei James

wrapped and strappedReviewed by Jaimie

Wrapped and Strapped is the seventh book in the Blacktop Cowboys series by Lorelei James, and I have to say no one writes a hot cowboy quite like Ms. James. Pretty much everyone in this series is related to or knows someone else in the series, so even though it’s a new couple, chances are we’ve already read something about each of them before. In this installment, we get Harlow (sister to Tierney from Wrangled and Tangled) and Hugh’s story. You might recall if you follow the series that Hugh works for Renner who is married to Tierney – see, everyone knows everyone! [Read more…]

Review: There All Along by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart

there all alongReviewed by Jen

This two story anthology features novellas by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart. The blurb says they are set in futuristic worlds, though I felt like the Hart story had a more sci-fi feel, and Dane’s had a more Old West flavor.

Land’s End – Verity Coleman is tired of putting aside what she wants to please others. Married off to an abusive husband at the age of 14, becoming a widow was the best thing that ever happened to her. For the past few years, she has been nursing a crush on Loyal, the lawman who travels into town every few months. But she’s ready to act on her feelings and seize the opportunity to get out of the town that’s stifling her.

I liked Loyal. He’s not exactly the strong, silent type, but he’s close. He’s kind of a big gruff man who has never settled down, never had any roots. But he looks forward to the days he gets in the young widow’s company. He dreams of her. He wants her. But he thinks he’s no good for her. (One of my favorite tropes!) I really enjoyed watching her break down his resolve and seduce him into the kind of relationship they both wanted.

The story did drag for me at times. Occasionally, I was tempted to skim the narrative to get back to the parts where the romance was unfolding. Verity and Loyal had great chemistry, though. And their love scenes are smoking hot.

Rating: B/B-

By the Sea of Sand – I enjoyed this sci-fi romance story a bit more than the first novella. Set in another world, it focuses on Telia, a woman with a young son, who takes in wounded soldiers to heal. She thought she was a widow, until her latest soldier turns out to be her husband, Kason, who was taken by the enemy. The bad guys altered him somehow, suppressing his memories. And Talia can’t clue him in without possibly setting off an implanted trigger in his mind. Kason has to remember on his own, or the results could be disastrous.

The connection between them is clear and immediate, even without Kason’s memories. These two are hot together, which was great. More than that, though, I really felt how difficult it was for Talia to have her husband back, but as a different man. At the same time, Kason’s frustration was tangible… and anyone could see how much these two needed one another.

The danger plot with the aliens was ok. My only complaint about the story was that I felt the resolution was too easy after all the build-up. But that wasn’t enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

There All Along
by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Berkley

Review: Mind Games by Laura K. Curtis

mind gamesReviewed by Jaimie

Mind Games is the second book in the Harp Security series by Laura K. Curtis.  Although I hadn’t read the first one in the series yet, I really enjoyed the last book I read by Ms. Curtis (from a different series) so I decided to give this one a shot.  Thankfully I didn’t feel like I was lost by not having read the first book, but I enjoyed this one so much I will probably go back and read it at some point.  I love a good romantic suspense novel, and although I figured out early on who the big villain was, it didn’t lessen my overall enjoyment of the story. [Read more…]

Review: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

in the middle of somewhereReviewed by Janell

This is a long, languid romance between Daniel, the tattooed professor dropped in the middle of Michigan, and Rex, the quiet small-town carpenter. It’s all told from Daniel’s POV, and he is a jumble of nerves, caffeine, foul language, and insecurity. He’s freaking adorable, like if Tim Federle went into academia instead of Broadway. This review could just be quotes and you would all buy the book immediately.

Daniel grew up poor, one of five sons of a mechanic. With encouragement from his professors, he made it all the way to a PhD, but his family is not impressed. He interviews for a job at a small private college in Michigan, and meets Rex after crashing his rental car. He thinks Rex is straight. [Read more…]

Review: Smart, Sexy and Secretive by Tammy Falkner

Portrait of passionate young couple romancing over white backgroundReviewed by Joanna

Emily’s back in town. At the end of book one in this series, she gave up Logan and returned to California and her daughter-of-a-billionaire lifestyle in exchange for her dad paying for Matt’s cancer treatment. But now she’s persuaded her father to let her return to NYC to study music. With a side of being with Logan too, thanks.

Due to his deafness and her dyslexia, they’ve not been in contact since she left, though each knew they would reunite and there’s no messing with other people which pleased me lots. We see this happy couple get back together and it’s oh so sweet. [Read more…]