Archives for January 2017

Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

Jessie is organizing her brother Jamie’s wedding to hockey super-star Wes. She’s stressed, more so as she’s trying to impress her family in the face of being a screw-up with frequently shifting careers. She certainly doesn’t need the unhelpful advice of Wes’s best man, Blake.

Blake’s also a hockey player, dark haired, green eyed and with a mean case of hyperactive puppy syndrome. Seriously – he’s all over the place though it’s actually pretty charming and he is universally loved. [Read more…]

Review: The Lover by Robin Schone

Reviewed by Shelly

Heroine – Anne Aimes – the 36 year old spinster who pays a whore £10,000 for a month’s worth of sex.
Hero – Michael/Michel (last name unsaid) – the 40 year old former whore of the House of Gabriel.

Michael/Michel is Anne’s choice because she saw him eighteen years ago at some ball while he was procuring a new procuress. Romantic isn’t it? After being a whore since he was thirteen (age of consent), he only gave up the profession 5 years prior after he suffered a few burns burns to the merchandise – his face and body. I truly believe had it not been for that, he would still be a whore. So there’s no redemption here because he didn’t willingly stop being a whore. [Read more…]

Review: Rosinanti by Kevin Kessler

Reviewed by Ronelle

Aleksandra, Seraphina, Valantean, and Kayden live in a world where the Rosinanti Dragons are nothing but legend. Humans rule the world of Terra and have done so peacefully for at least a millennia. But ancient evil has begun to stir once more, and for Val and Kayden, those old legends may hold the key to their past. As the awful truth of the Rosinanti’s supposed extinction comes to light, the four must embark upon a mission to maintain order and light.

Lifelong friends will face down the resurgence of the Rosinanti legacy, combat the greatest threat their world has ever known, and choose more personal sides amongst themselves. [Read more…]

Review: A Journey’s End by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Shelly

A surprisingly sweet, sexy and compelling novella. That’s a rarity. This is my first story by Ann Christopher and will not be my last. Miranda Lowe moved to Journey’s End to open her dream business – Java Nectar. She loves her life. She loves her twin boys. She might still have a wee bit of resentment towards her ex-husband because of who he broke his marriage vows with, but it is what it is. Who she can’t get over is James Harper. James’s business is right next door and he stops in every morning for a cup of java. I really wanted to know more about him and the relationship he has with his younger brothers.

In a few short pages Christopher got me to care about Miranda, her sons and even her best friend. I liked this small town. I liked the way the residents treated each other and I especially the way they welcomed Miranda. [Read more…]

Review: Justice Calling by Annie Bellet

Reviewed by Joanna

Woo! I found a new urban fantasy kick to binge on. My happy face is engaged and I’m hunkering down.

This is the story of Jade Crow. She lives in the small town of Wylde among shapeshifters, a leprechaun neighbor and a few other odd magic types. Native American Jade is part of this secret magic side of the neighborhood, but she keeps her true ID under wraps – she’s a sorceress and a powerful one at that. Except because she’s on the run, she’s entirely unpracticed as she has to keep her power signature hidden. [Read more…]

Review: Eleventh Grave in the Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Reviewed by Jen

Somehow Darynda Jones manages to up the stakes with every single installment of this series. I will admit, there have been times that the shockers or cliffhangers frustrated me. But not this time. The end of this book left me hungry for more. I am already anxiously awaiting 12th Grave to see where the story goes next.

But I suppose I should back up and talk about what happened before the last few pages. This series lost a little something for me in the installment where Charley had amnesia. The book after that was an improvement and this one has all of the magic of my favorites in the series. Sometimes it takes me a minute to reacclimate to just how snarky and out there Charley’s internal dialogue is. But as I sink back into it, I really do enjoy her silliness and irreverence. That’s especially true now in juxtaposition to the power she has turned out to be. [Read more…]

Review: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

O’Doul is the captain and enforcer of his ice hockey team, the Brooklyn Bruisers, which means he gets paid $2 million a year to brawl on the ice. He’s 32, so nearing the end of his career, and has a few recurring aches and pains that need treating. This is somewhat of a problem as O’Doul doesn’t like to be touched.

After a shaky start, he finds he can make an exception for Ari. Ariana is the club’s massage therapist and yoga leader. She’s zen and chill and super professional, but the captain with the cut eight pack gets her hot under the collar. [Read more…]

Review: Black Bullet by LD Rose

Reviewed by Jen

Part of me wishes I had waited longer to try this series because then I would have more books to glom through at once. I picked this up right on the heels of Releasing the Demons, and now I am sad I have to leave this world. LD Rose is one heck of a writer.

If you like your PNR dark, then you should definitely give this a try. (Though I advise you to start with the first book in the series.) The vampires in this book are not sparkly or shiny. They’re not misunderstood or romantic. They are killers. They believe in torture. And they will do anything to get what they want. Or who they want. [Read more…]

Review: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

The sequel to Him sees Jamie and Wes several months into their relationship. Their secret relationship, I should say, as Wes’s rookie NFL career is underway, and he doesn’t want it overshadowed by him being outed as the first openly gay ice hockey player in the league.

Jamie has given up his own playing career and taken up a coaching post, teaching elite kids how to be goalies. It’s his calling and he loves it, but it doesn’t go easily. He’s also having to navigate the new world where he’s suddenly bisexual and in a gay relationship. Whereas his family and friends are happy and supportive, it’s a lot for him to deal with, and he hates not being able to be with Wes publicly. Plus he’s in a new city and the isolation adds to his woes. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Reviewed by Ronelle

Born into the lap of English luxury, Margot Armstrong was raised for balls, soirees, and sophisticated society. Her future would be one of wealth and privilege… or so she thinks, until her father forces her into marriage with Baron Arran McKenzie, who then carts her off to the Scottish Highlands. Unable to cope, she flees her husband and returns to her father’s estate in England. [Read more…]