Archives for August 2016

Review: No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

no mistress of mineReviewed by Jen

I can go either way with a second-chance-at-love story. Sometimes, they fall flat, because I feel like I missed the best part, where the couple initially falls in love. Other times, it works, because you have a real reason to believe in the characters’ emotional investment, almost from the beginning. It can make you care about their feelings, without feeling rushed. For me, this story fell into the second category. I didn’t feel like I missed anything, as the author filled in the pieces from the past. I cared about the hero; I felt his hurt. Maybe a bit too well… because it took me a while to get on-board with the heroine. [Read more…]

Review: Made For Sin by Stacia Kane

made for sinReviewed by Jen

Like many other readers who will pick up this book, I am a huge fan of Stacia Kane’s Downside series. I knew this story wouldn’t be like those, but I like a good PNR and I figured that Kane’s talent would shine through in just about anything she wrote. I’m sad to say that I’m disappointed. Made For Sin isn’t bad, but it’s not especially good either. It’s kind of superficial in its character development. The romance is lackluster and insta-love. The pacing is uneven. And the ending just didn’t satisfy. [Read more…]

Review: Unraveled by Jennifer Estep

unraveledReviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed this latest Elemental Assassin story, which takes us into an entirely new arc with a great mystery and a new big bad. Plus, there’s a road trip, which brings along just enough familiar faces to feel connected, while still providing a fun change of pace and scenery.

Gin, Owen, Finn, and Bria head to an old cowboy resort that Finn’s evil mother owned and left to him. Obviously, he doesn’t have exactly warm and fuzzy feelings for dear old mom, but the gang hopes the trip will help get him out of the doldrums and maybe give some clues about Regina’s cohort Tucker, who revealed himself as a major player in the last book. Tucker is part of the mysterious Circle, an underworld consortium that’s been deeply hidden, and now Gin is determined to uncover their secrets –and their possible connection to her mother. [Read more…]

Review: With Every Breath by Maya Banks

with every breathReviewed by Jaimie

Despite waiting very impatiently for this book, I will confess I was a tiny bit worried about it.  I was dying to read Eliza and Wade’s story, but I kept my fingers crossed that Maya wouldn’t turn Eliza into a simpering woman letting the big bad man save her.  She is a bad ass in all the other books and I did not want to see that gone.  I also worried Wade would demand that Eliza quit her job and be his little woman.  My fears were for naught; this book was amazing and is probably my favorite Maya Banks book ever!  With Every Breath is the fourth book in Maya’s Slow Burn series and if you like romantic suspense, you have to dive into this series. [Read more…]

Review: Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden

twice the growlReviewed by Shelly

I have no idea what I just read. It’s so ridiculous and without logic that it blows my mind that I actually enjoyed it. There’s nothing in this story that makes a lick of sense. In Talia Barca’s world, shifters are a given; one of her favorite people, Geraldine “Gerri”, her neighbor and the owner of Paranormal Dating Agency is a shifter. Talia needs a date for a wedding; she wants a date with a good looking guy because her ex is going to be there and she wants to stick it in his face that she’s moved on. Gerri’s nephew, their pack Alpha and his beta, Theron and Connor, are looking for that 3rd member for their perfect triad. [Read more…]

Review: This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret

this earl is on fireReviewed by Jen

I enjoyed his second installment in Vivienne Lorret’s series of the Season’s Original as much as I did the first. It’s sweet and engaging with a jaded hero and the sweet, country miss who shows him that it may be worth it to trust people again.

We met Liam, the Earl of Wolford, in the last book.  He came off as a complete wastrel, but we learn here that he crafted that reputation on purpose. Liam is trying to keep himself apart from society, specifically the conniving debutantes, scheming for a rich and titled husband. He loves to collect valuable artifacts and he’s actually quite smart, but he likes to hide the truths of himself from the world. [Read more…]

Review: A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind

fine messReviewed by Joanna

Lily needs to break up with Kevin. Not just because of Sawyer, but yeah, definitely because of Sawyer. Our heroine is in a comfortable but past-its-sell-by-date relationship, and she needs to quit. The fact that her new design partner / boss is super-hot and she’s super in to him is only one of the reasons.

Lily’s a designer and her friend Shay hooked up with Sawyer’s friend Kolton in book one. You don’t need to read that, but it’s good and has bra-flinging, so why not? [Read more…]

Review: Secretly Hers by Jamie Beck

secretly hersReviewed by Shelly

This is book 2 in Jamie Beck’s Sterling Canyon series about life in a ski town around the Denver, CO area. I didn’t read book 1, but I didn’t feel as if I missed anything. I’m not a fan of this kind of heroine; actually I’m not a fan of this kind of person.

Thirty year old Kelsey Callihan wants nothing more than to be married with children, which is more than fine by me, but what I don’t like is the manipulation to get what she wants. She literally talked herself into her love of Trip. When one of her good friends, Emma, asked what she loved about him, this is Kelsey ‘He’s sexy and surprisingly sweet, strong and willful, fun and sentimental, even if he doesn’t see it’. If sexy is the first thought much less word out of your mouth, what happens when his looks fade? Yeah, I know it takes two to tango, but her thoughts are revealed to the reader, so I know where she’s going and I know what she wants, and I see her just being someone I can’t stand. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

wild embraceReviewed by Jen

I’m such a fan of the Psy-Changeling series. This anthology gives us a peek into the lives of (mostly) secondary characters whose stories have been waiting to be told.

Echo of Silence – This story takes place early in the series timeline, after the second book, Visions of Heat, but if you’re worried about jumping that far back in the series, don’t. This story stands up completely on its own, and it may be my absolute favorite novella in the series. It harkens back to those early stories where the Psy are still holding tightly to Silence. And though our hero’s Silence is fractured, it’s a secret that could cost him his life. [Read more…]

Review: Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Frost

happily everReviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author. When I started this story, I didn’t realize that this was a full (not novella) story. The kindle version that I’m reading also has these other stories by the same author – “Bad Boy’s Baby,” “Beauty and the Blitz,” “Once Upon A Half-Time,” and “Touchdowns and Tiaras,” a mini-novella. It’s an investment in reading time I wasn’t prepared to give. This was good enough that one day I might go back and read the others, but today I’m only interesting in the story with the blurb. [Read more…]