Archives for February 2017

Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about the premise for this book. I am a sucker for a tortured hero and Leo is described as the Beast of Benwick. He carries the power of lightning, but that means he is a danger to anyone around him. He cannot touch anyone. And no one can touch him. Except maybe the heroine. How delicious does that sound?

The leading lady is Luciana. She is one of the Embraced, people born on a specific day when the moons are aligned and as a result have special powers. Hers is the ability to see ghosts. Anyway, she has been raised in a convent away from her family thinking she was an orphan her whole life. Until her father shows up to let her know her twin sister is dead and she must now impersonate her and marry the beast or else her father’s life is forfeit. [Read more…]

Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

Kellan 2.0 is the star of this tale. In book one of the Burnham College series, he’s the super-popular and super-slutty housemate of Nora, and best friend to Crosbie, the hero and heroine of that tale (oh, how I love Crosbie). Kellan got gonorrhoea, and had to track down all his previous sexual partners to inform them and find the source. He’s not exactly the hottest proposition for a hero in his own right, but this funny and easygoing guy appealed to me then, and I was excited to read his story.

Kellan’s about to start his third year at Burnham college, and has returned home to small town Avilla for a few days at the end of the summer to see his family. There, he bumps into his childhood friend and enemy, Andi. [Read more…]

Review: Defy by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella is the tale of Melody, a twenty-six-year-old teacher who falls for Jaime, her eighteen-year-old student. It’s unapologetically instalove on Jaime’s behalf (and instalust on Melody’s), and I was interested in whether I’d feel icked out by the abuse of power and age difference between the two. I’d met Jaime in book one – Vicious – and here I found myself warmed by just how dedicated a hero he is in his own story.

Melody hates her job. She was meant to be a ballerina but a bad leg break put paid to her career. Teaching literature is her alternative but she isn’t very good at it and her students don’t pay any attention to her. Apart from Jaime Followhill. The six-three blond man-bunned stud is all about the teacher. He stalks Ms Greene until he finds a way to blackmail her into seeing him. She puts up a feeble resistance – based mainly on the fact his mother is the school principal – but they end up in bed together (I say ‘bed’ but it is mostly other places). [Read more…]

Review: The Temptation of a Good Man by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

This is the 1st book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series. I read the 3rd book (A Hard Man to Love) a few years back and decided to read the other books in the series.

On the night of her birthday, single mom Celeste gets a chance for a night out with her two friends. They meet at a local night club where the idea is to have some fun – music, dancing, drinking – then call it a night and go home. After getting to the venue, Celeste is greeted by 2 strangers talking with her friends. Roarke Hawthorne arrives late and is the 3rd stranger of the group to arrive and meet his friends. He’s introduced as a tenured professor with a Ph.D. in physics who drove up from his college just for the night – to celebrate with his friends, Xander and Lucas. [Read more…]

Review: Napoleon’s Rosebud by Humphry Knipe

Reviewed by Ronelle

After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte and his entourage are exiled to the tiny island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It is the last place on earth he wants to be, but he’s determined he won’t be there long. His mind is already working on ways to secure his freedom.

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Knipe is dubbed Rosebud by Napoleon on the night of their meeting. He sees in her exactly what he’s looking for—a conduit to the civilized world and hopefully his freedom as well. It isn’t long before he’s recruited her and her fiancé in London to help him provide misinformation to the British government. [Read more…]

Review: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

Another slow burn romance from the queen of the genre, in the theme of the meek gentling the angry beast. Not my favorite of the three I’ve read by this author, but a good yarn and a touch different to other motorcycle club stories I’ve picked up.

Iris has upped sticks and moved in with her half-brother Sonny, a guy she saw sporadically when they were kids, but who now offers her shelter following problems at her home. He gets her a job in a tattoo parlor, owned and managed by one of his MC club buddies – Dex. Dex is a mean SoB, tattooed, massive and cross with everyone, and meek little Iris is scared stiff of him. She’s a funny creature, timid and damaged by illness but loyal and funny too, and when faced with Dex, does all she can not to piss him off all the more. Including not actually learning how to do her job properly as she’s too afraid to ask twice. [Read more…]

Review: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Reviewed by Shelly

I keep coming back for more from the Abbotts. Molly, the family matriarch, has a sister, Hannah. Like Molly, Hannah has quite a brood of her own. Eight. Grayson, Noah, Izzy, Vanessa, Alison, Jackson, Henry and Sarah.

As the oldest, Grayson has been man of the house since their father, Hannah’s husband, left the family many years ago. That should be an interesting story of why it took him that long to leave, but good riddance. Grayson, at 36, is now a successful lawyer and just recently bought out of his firm to finally live his life. He’s moved back to his home town where his family, including the Abbotts live. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Green Mountain

This is the reading order for the Green Mountain series by Marie Force:

*Denotes novella

Review: Nova by Rebecca Yarros

Reviewed by Joanna

A second chance romance with a backdrop of extreme sports on a giant floating university in the Pacific  – who couldn’t fall in love with that?

I was excited for this book for a long time before it came out. It’s the second story following the Renegades and the women (and I guess men at some point) who love them. The crew are extreme sports professionals, winners of X games medals and all round badasses, but in their early twenties, they’ve got to finish college alongside pursuing their sports dreams. [Read more…]

Review: Chest of Bone by Vicki Stiefel

Reviewed by Ronelle

While on leave from her position with the FBI, empath Clea Reese stumbles upon the scene of her mentor’s murder. Dave Cochran holds on just long enough to give Clea some final—and cryptic—instructions. Now, she must team up with the secretive James Larrimer to hunt her mentor’s killer and untangle Dave’s final words. What is the Chest of Bone and why did Dave want her to find it? [Read more…]