Archives for October 2016

Review: Dare You To Run by Dawn Ryder

dare-you-to-runReviewed by Jaimie

Dare You to Run is the second book in the Unbroken Heroes series by Dawn Ryder, and while I normally don’t like the whole leave them to save them trope, this one worked.  I haven’t read the first installment in the series, although I do intend to read it now, but I didn’t feel like I was missing too much.  There is definitely a back story that was playing out, but it wasn’t the focus of the book so I was able to get by without missing it.  The story revolves around Vitus and Damascus, two people that come from very different worlds, and overall I really enjoyed it. [Read more…]

Review: A Real Man: Volume One by Jenika Snow

real-manReviewed by Shelly

All of the stories in this series are basically a porn script, absolute smut. The novellas are HEAVY on the sex and the dialogue screams porn. But I must say, the one thing I appreciated is that there’s no sexy time with anyone outside of the couple. Small victories folks, I’ll take them as much as I can get them. Snow does gave fair warning in all of these stories – it’s insta love/lust, everything is insta and zero conflict/drama. And of course, there’s tattoos, lots and lots of tattoos. [Read more…]

Review: Rules of the Game by Sandy James

rules-of-the-gameReviewed by Janell

You guys, this is romantic fiction. We know that a romance has to have a main romantic plot, right? This started out as a romance, but the heroine, the sole narrator, gets so many subplots thrown at her that the romance took a back seat for a while. She got her HEA, but man, there was a lot of drama happening.

Maddie Sawyer is a successful romance author (how do we feel about author characters, btw? This one was handled fairly well, considering she barely worked during the story), writing under a pseudonym. Her persona is a confident New York City gal, but in reality Maddie is timid and freaking out about her high school reunion. She decides to hire some biker dude to be her fake boyfriend, because that will Show Them All! I enjoy the fake boyfriend trope, so I’m in. [Read more…]

Spotlight: Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

If you spend much time here at the blog, you know I’m not big on promo posts. But I had to make a small exception to tip you off on a book from a pretty cool lady, Chelsea Mueller. If her name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve been to her blog Vampire Book Club or seen her on Twitter. I’ve hung out with her a few times at book cons and she’s just as much fun in person.

I haven’t read her debut yet, but I plan to. It looks kind of awesome. Check out the deets below and decide for yourself. You can pre-order if it sounds good to you and be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway Chelsea is hosting.

borrowedsouls-chelseamuellerCallie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

  • The Veil by Chloe Neill SIGNED!
  • Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
  • Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  • 1 custom “Soul Magic” candle (it smells of forest, storms, and cinnamon)

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Review: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

better-when-hes-badReviewed by Shelly

I decided to try this completely based on Carrie; well if I’m being completely honest, she didn’t love it but I figured – why not? The premise is definitely not my usual cuppa tea, a hero who doesn’t start out as a good guy nor does he even seem to have any aspiration to be good.

The first in Jay Crownover’s ‘The Point’ series tells the story of Shane Baxter. Bax, is fresh out after serving 5 years for a felony. He says he did it to save his best friend, Race, but when you get to know him, Bax had done so many unlawful things in his life he was going to get caught eventually. Prison actually slowed his bad a*s down and probably saved his life. [Read more…]

Review: Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry

adultingReviewed by Janell

This is the story of Nick’s summer after high school graduation. The POV, while third person, is very deep, so you really get inside the brain of a guy who just isn’t ready to be an adult. Sometimes I really felt for him, but other times I really felt like shouting, “Dude, grow up!” Does this mean I’m old and out of touch? Perhaps.

Nick’s dad got him a summer office job at a construction company so that he can learn responsibility. Instead, Nick practices with the stapler.

His record is thirty-eight staples on one thing. Then he picked thirty-seven of them out again because he remembered he was supposed to be professional. Adulting is hard. The struggle is real.

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Review: Wicked Beautiful by J.T. Geissinger

wicked-beautifulReviewed by Joanna

Glossy, hard-nosed, sexy – was what I expected from this author. Hilarious? Excellent cast of side characters? Added bonuses to this book of enduring love, startling hate, revenge, secret identities and unstoppable passion.

We open the novel at a conference our heroine is hosting. Wait, I’m not sure she’d like to be called the heroine. Victoria is Queen Bitch of NYC and she’s a force to be reckoned with. What does she care for heroes and heroines? Nada. [Read more…]

Review: Sweet Dreams by Dana Marie Bell

sweet-dreamsReviewed by Shelly

It’s been many a moon since I read the 1st story in Bell’s ‘Halle Pumas’ series and I’ve had this book 2 in my stash for goodness knows how long. This picks up directly after book 1 ends – at the masquerade ball/dance. This read quite well as a standalone. I won’t worry about being able to follow if you’ve not read book 1. If I can keep up, trust me you can too.

After Emma’s BFF Becky’s attack from that crazy Livia, beta Simon is the one to come to her rescue. This is a pretty short story, so I can’t tell too much or I’ll ruin it for you. [Read more…]

Review: Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

deadly-silenceReviewed by Jaimie

I was so bummed out when I started the last book in the Sin Brothers series, because it was one of my favorites. The way the book ended I was fairly certain that there would be more of the series, but I couldn’t find any information on Rebecca Zanetti’s website, so I wasn’t sure. At RT 2016 I had the chance to speak to Ms. Zanetti who told me that the series would be spun off to a new one and I could not wait to get it. Deadly Silence is the first book in the Blood Brothers series and while the focus is on a new set of brothers, we got to see the guys that we fell for in the earlier series. [Read more…]

Review: In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

in-safe-handsReviewed by Joanna

We’re at the fourth and final book in the Search and Rescue series, and it’s about to go off. We know who started the fires and now we’ve got a surprise murderer on our hands. This, coupled with the new romance thread of shut-in Daisy and hot action cop Chris, we might finally get to the bottom of what happened to the headless dead guy Lou found in the frozen reservoir.

Caught up? Okay. So, Daisy never leaves the house. She’s traumatized following the murder of her mother eight years ago, and now suffers with agoraphobia. Deputy Chris comes to visit her frequently and they watch movies, work out and generally act like boyfriend and girlfriend. Except the one time she kissed him, he backed the hell off leaving her humiliated. But he gives her the hungriest of looks so she doesn’t understand. Mixed messages o’clock. [Read more…]