Archives for June 2016

Review: Idol by Kristen Callihan

idolReviewed by Joanna

Yum. Rock star romances can be hit or miss, but this one was pretty much on the money for me. I’m a Kristen Callihan fan anyway from her sports-based novels so I was expecting quality and I got it. It’s a dual-perspective ride through rock ‘n roll land till we get to a nice HEA, and I was all kinds of happy with this book.

Liberty Bell finds a strange man on her lawn one day. He’s drunk, disgusting and he’s crashed his Harley right through her fence. She hoses him down whilst berating him for the lives he risked being a drunk driver. He promptly pukes on her. [Read more…]

Review: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare

billionaires favorite mistakeReviewed by Jaimie

The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake is the fourth book in the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series by Jessica Clare. Despite the whole billionaire thing, the description of this one really appealed to me. I love the accidental pregnancy trope, so despite not having read any of the other books in this series, I dove right in. Thankfully it didn’t feel like I had missed anything major by not having read the previous books. I’m not going to say this book will hit my all time favorites list, but overall it was a fast read with an entertaining story and a really sweet couple. [Read more…]

Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes

undecidedReviewed by Joanna

You know when you pick up a book and it’s so bang on to your tastes you love it from the off? = me with Undecided.

I like college NA, I like the player-falls-in-love trope, I like people having hidden depths and I like this well-written book. A lot.

To the plot – Nora Kincaid is in her second year at college and trying to live very differently than her wild first year. She screwed around, got arrested and failed her courses. This year she’s moving house to be with a boring and studious flatmate and promised herself, her parents and the Dean of the school that she won’t make the same mistakes again. Nora Bora is a la mode. [Read more…]

Review: Demons From My Past by JL Leslie

demons from my pastReviewed by Shelly

Kingsley Huxton is 5 years sober from both drugs and alcohol. There’s nothing she’d rather do than make her father proud, because she’s been disappointing him since she was a teenager stealing from and lying to him all in the name of getting her next hit. She’s finally in a place where she can do right by her family.

She’s already got her mother and younger sister on her side, so the only one left is her father. After what was probably a brow beating from his wife, Kingsley’s father agrees that she can come to work at his company as an Events Planner. On Kingsley’s first day at work she meets Paxton Rowe who happens to be the guy she kissed in the alley the night before. Whoopsie! [Read more…]

Review: Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta

beyond the veilReviewed by Jen

These days, so many Urban Fantasy heroines have the same sort of feel… some kind of derivative of Kate Daniels. I get that. Kate is totally awesome and strong and empowered. I love her, and honestly, I enjoy most of the other heroines who follow a similar formula. But it’s also kind of cool to get a change of pace every so often. Muse is cut from a different cloth. She has been through hell; a half-demon, she’s an anathema to demonkind. She’s lived as a slave. Tortured. Passed around. Hunted. Now, all she wants is to live a quiet, human life, but that’s a dream that will never come true. [Read more…]

Review: Eidolon by Grace Draven

eidolonReviewed by Jen

Radiance was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I have been eagerly awaiting more of Brishen and Ildiko’s story since the moment I finished this series’ first installment. This sequel is a little different, but it has to be. This is no longer a story of two members of vastly different species falling in love. That’s already happened. Now it’s the story of what comes next for them. It’s still a fantastic book, though, and it continues the thread of how this Kai man and human woman not only manage to love one another through their differences, but how their union is accepted among their people.

If you haven’t read Radiance, by the way, go do it now. [Read more…]

Review: Shadowed Blade by JC Daniels

shadowed bladeReviewed by Jen

I know it’s hard to wait for a new book when you love a series. I’m right there with you, griping and wondering if that precious story I want is ever going to get here. This book, in particular, was one we had to wait on. And I hate to say it, but we should have waited a little bit longer. The story is a good one. As it unfolds, there are some major revelations. It unlocks secrets and it changes Kit’s life. It’s a big deal and the ideas are really good. But the book feels so unfinished. By that, I don’t mean that there’s a problem with the ending. I mean, it needed more work. It needed more time, and maybe as fans, that’s partly our fault for pushing so hard for it to come out.  It wasn’t ready, and you’ll be able to tell. [Read more…]

Review: Foolproof Love by Katee Robert

foolproof loveReviewed by Joanna

This is a cute, small town pretend-relationship love story involving a crazy cat lady and a bull riding rodeo cowboy. Yup, that’s what’s happening here.

Jules is the classic small town girl, and she’s completely unashamed of the fact. She runs a cat café and looks kindly on old ladies. Bless her. One night at a bonfire, she hears that her ex, Grant, is back to take a position at his father’s law firm. He’s a total douche, and when he left for college, he dumped our Jules and told her she was too boring to stay around for. What a piece of work. [Read more…]

Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

allegiance of honorReviewed by Jen

I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. To be fair, though, this not your average Psy-Changeling book. It’s not a romance. It’s more like a dozen romances, all reveling in their own versions of Happily Ever After. It’s a reunion. It’s a celebration. An ending and a beginning. And maybe that won’t be what every reader wants. But for me, this book won on every level. I cried. I laughed out loud. I basked in a thousand feels and I ended the story completely satisfied.

There are so many things going on here. After all, this is the culmination of the story arc that started with book one. We revisit every character. We tie almost every thread. It’s a task that could have been overly ambitious or scattered, but Nalini Singh is such a master of her craft that it all just… fit. [Read more…]

Review: Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000448_00034]Reviewed by Joanna

Not long ago I read my first motorcycle club book and somewhat enjoyed it. It was silly, a bit misogynistic, but the scene was kinda cool, and it was tongue in cheek and made me laugh. So I asked a MC book fan for their favorite of the genre and this is what they kindly recommended.

Undeniable covers the relationship between a couple from when they are child/young man to mature woman/middle aged guy. There are more obstacles between these two than the eighteen year age gap alone – they’re in rival clubs, there are other marriages and children, and there is one hell of a battle of wills. It’s not pretty, in fact in places it’s downright horrible, but it’s quite a ride. (Pun intended.) [Read more…]