Archives for October 2016

Review: Desire in Tartan by Suz de Mello

desire-in-tartanReviewed by Ronelle

Dugald Kilburn is sure that he’ll never find love after losing his wife and unborn child. It’s rare for vampires and their mates to successfully reproduce, so what happened to Elsbeth shouldn’t have been a surprise.

Alice Derwent is alone in the world and facing uncertain prospects… until she meets Dugald. She is hired on the spot as a governess for his laird’s children and is swept off towards a future in the Scottish Highlands. A good enough life for an English lady with no family, and the fact that she is instantly attracted to Dugald doesn’t hurt, either.

Both must make choices that will affect their futures. Will they survive it? [Read more…]

Review: With A Twist by Staci Hart

with-a-twistReviewed by Janell

This is billed as a romantic comedy, which it kind of is, until the end when it’s all schmoopy poetry and love talk.

Lily is a principal ballerina with the New York City ballet, which is awesome. The book doesn’t delve into too much ballet minutia (except for sewing ribbons onto shoes and scoring toe pads, which I had no idea because I never danced en pointe), but it’s seeped into Lily’s life and character. She goes to work; she dances; she goes to bed early, and when she hangs out at the bar with her friends, she drinks ice water. I really liked that she was settled into her lifestyle, and that no one gives her crap about it. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Reapers Mate by Celia Aaron

reapers-mateReviewed by Joanna & Ronelle

Joanna – Here’s a short and sweet read of Grim Reapers and angels, just in time for Halloween. I’ve liked other work by Celia Aaron, so when this popped up on the request feed, I was excited to dive on in.

Ronelle – Unlike Jo, I’ve never read anything by this author before, and I also rarely read novellas. But the synopsis intrigued me. Plus, It’s October, so why not? Grim Reapers felt pretty appropriate.

Joanna – So, to the story. Annabelle’s a party planner in New Orleans. Her prestigious French Quarter Halloween event is in full swing when, amongst the guests dressed as sexy fairies or killer clowns, a seven-foot tall dark-haired hunk of lovin’ comes. [Read more…]

Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

keepsakeReviewed by Joanna

Need your romance sexy yet gentle and angst-free? Like the sound of a warm and welcoming family of handsome adults on an apple farm in Vermont? How about the little matter of a darling virgin hero? Look no further, with the feel-good factor pumped up to high, Keepsake is the hug of a novel for you.

Zachariah is our guy. This farm hand caught my eye in the previous two books (this is great as standalone), working hard, keeping his head down and flushing red whenever anyone mentioned sex. See, he was born into a polygamist cult where kids weren’t allowed to do pretty much anything, and though he’s been free for a few years, he’s still never got into the whole idea that touching people is okay. He knows little pop culture, doesn’t own a phone and has certainly never had a girlfriend. (Plus, of course, boy’s got abs that won’t quit.) [Read more…]

Review: Truthsight by Miriam Greystone

truthsightReviewed by Ronelle

ER doctor by day, paranormal clinician by night, Amy devotes her time and attention to tending the sick and patching up the wounded. For years, she’s been safe, unnoticed, hidden, but when she is called upon to attend a centaur birth, she finds that her magic is all that can save mother and child. But using it will cost her everything.

Within days of tapping into the Source, mages that she once called friends have taken her prisoner with plans to brutally execute her for past crimes. Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is ‘rescued’ by the mysterious Rowan, who transports her to his ailing father in the Yukon. Amy saves the old king, but not in the fashion his sons had hoped and the result will change all of their lives forever. And now that she and Rowan are both facing their own kind of death sentence, they must work together to save not only themselves, but also Amy’s former patients and friends. [Read more…]

Review: Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica Clare

billionaire-on-the-looseReviewed by Jaimie

Billionaire on the Loose is the latest book in the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series by Jessica Clare. The books in this series all take place around the same time so there were some things going on that we had seen in the earlier books as well. This installment revolves around Loch, who is related to Griffin and Princess Alex from earlier installments, and Gretchen’s techie friend Taylor. While these types of stories are predictable, that’s one of the things I like about them.

Taylor lives her life behind a computer and until recently that was fine by her. Lately she’s not finding the enjoyment that she used to when she plays her online games and works her technical support job from the comfort of her home. Part of the reason is that she has an online stage 4 clinger that threatens suicide if she’s away from the computer for more than 5 minutes. [Read more…]

Review: Falling by Allyn Lesley

fallingReviewed by Shelly

Disclaimer – I’ve read all of Allyn Lesley’s published stories and while Falling might not be a category, YA, that I would typically read, I decided to read it based on my history of her story telling. I didn’t even read the blurb before I started reading. For me, Lesley’s story telling skills are still as good as when I read book 1 in her ‘Deeper’ series. I wasn’t disappointed.

Lesley doesn’t write about your typical good guy hero. Absolutely not the guy next door nor the guy with all the friends because of his charming and witty personality. Oh no, her heroes barely know the word etiquette much less practice it. Dyllan Sterling is an absolute tool. His expressions are surly, he’s cantankerous and can be plain ole disagreeable. But he loves and is loved by his parents and older twin brothers which says a lot when you find out how he got his family. As Dyllan’s story unfolds and I got to know him better, he actually started growing on me. I’m not saying I started to like him, but I did start to accept him as he was. I did have my limits with him though, I’ll tell you in a second. [Read more…]

Review: Children of the Veil by Colleen Halverson

children-of-the-veilReviewed by Ronelle

Elizabeth Tanner is determined to find her mother, regardless of what dimension she has to search. But she needs information, some kind of clue as to where she should start, and that will require her to face her father. The two have been estranged for over a year and Elizabeth isn’t relishing the idea of going to see him. The night before she plans to visit him, an attempt on her life and the return of a lost love only add to the ever-growing pile of questions. Together she and Finn—the man she loved once and now doesn’t trust a bit—will venture into a world of secrets and deception that land them in the middle of a Fae rebellion. Finn’s loyalties—and their love—will be tested almost beyond the breaking point. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Sexy by J.T. Geissinger

wicked-sexyReviewed by Joanna

You know when you start a series and love it so much you want the whole lot to be complete? I badly want to binge-read this romantic suspense set of books right here, but I made a mistake and the third book isn’t out for months. My bad. Now I have to wait. Sad face.

Tabitha is a loner, and a world-class hacker. She’s no family, few friends and no need for money, since being left a fortune by her old employer. Tabby takes legit security jobs as a way of keeping her super-speed mind occupied, and to keep the demons of her locked-down memories at bay. One day, she’s propositioned with work by a man she loves to hate – one Conner Hughes. [Read more…]

Review: Experienced by Jenika Snow

experiencedReviewed by Shelly

This is novella 4 in Jenika Snow’s ‘A Real Man’ series and my least favorite. Hugo, the Russian businessman (he came off as mafia), is back from Europe to celebrate Sabine’s college graduation. Getting in late from his long flight, Hugo goes to his friend’s home where he’ll stay in the guest house.

On his way in, he sees Sabine swimming in her black string bikini and he can’t help but stand and stare because you see, he’s come for her as he realizes that she’s the one for him. Okay ya’ll, the friend that Hugo is staying with is Sabine’s father (and mother). And did I mention that Hugo is 50 years old and Sabine is barely legal at 21? [Read more…]