Archives for February 2017

Review: Next to Never by Penelope Douglas

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a warm up book to get us ready for the next generation of the sexy stars of the Fall Away series. Quinn is the much younger sister of Jared, Madoc and Jax, and lives under a regime of stifling overprotectiveness (from these guys? Can you imagine them letting a guy near her?). This seventeen-year-old is just waiting to fledge, and she knows the direction she wants to fly. Three years ago, family friend Lucas left town, taking her heart with him. He was fond of her, but at twenty-six they were never a match. He went to work in Dubai, and they lost contact. [Read more…]

Review: Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

Reviewed by Shelly

The last good book that I read from this author, Delaney’s Desert Sheikh, was in 2002 and I’m still waiting for another. I wanted to like Forget in Desire. I was ready for it to be so good. I was ready for a hero I could get behind. I was ready for a heroine I could say – yes, that’s what I would do! I was ready for a love story that would make me know that I wasn’t wasting my time. I was ready.

This is the first book in ‘The Protector’ series and sets up at least three heroes and their lucky ladies. First up is 26 year old Margo Connelly – understated heiress who’s in need of a ‘protector’ and Lamar ‘Striker’ Jennings – the ‘protector’. [Read more…]

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the second book I’ve read by this author, the master of slow burn romance, and she’s introduced me to another heroine I want to hug – and hero I want to throttle (before I kidnap him and run away with him forever). Vanessa is the personal assistant to the Wall of Winnipeg – aka Aiden, a huge quarterback for the Three Hundreds. She’s worked for him for 2 years and this big-hearted woman has had it. Aiden isn’t a bad boss, but he’s as warm as an ice block and barely grunts his replies when she asks him a question. Vanessa manages his social media, cooks his 7-10,000 calorie vegan meal plans, cleans, travels with him, and she’s the caring type, so she can’t get by on grunts alone. [Read more…]

Review: Bluebeard’s Curse by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

King Eric Thorsen of the Rathlin Islands, known as Bluebeard, has been widowed once more. Though his last wife resisted the lure of the curse for six months, she eventually succumbed and Eric must marry again. Will any woman survive to truly become his queen?

Astrid Halvar will not see her family become destitute, no matter the cost. In defiance of her father’s wishes, she attends the king’s ball with a number of other eligible maidens. She is the least among them in wealth and power, so it is an utter shock when the king chooses her. Will she be able to succeed where so many other women have failed? [Read more…]

Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

Baron Spencer Jr is a nasty piece of work. His family owns half the town of Todos Santos, including the mansion Emilia (Millie) LeBlanc’s parents are servants in. At age eighteen, Baron, known as Vicious, is a right handsome little terror. He’s a trust fund baby with zero respect for anyone, throwing wild parties at the mansion with his crew, the Four HotHoles (weirdest crew name I ever heard), and lusting after Millie whilst hating on her too. She hates him right back, but as the Help, won’t tell him where to go, else her parents lose their jobs. [Read more…]

Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

Reviewed by Jen

As a whole, I enjoyed this second installment of Mary Balogh’s Wescott series better than I did its predecessor, though it was a decidedly slow build. My chief problem with Someone to Love was that I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters and the interchangeable use of their names and titles. Here, that wasn’t as much as an issue because the supporting cast was brought in more slowly, after the primary leads were well established. Add to that my familiarity with the players from book one, plus a (somewhat complicated) family tree drawn out at the beginning, and I think most people will be able to follow along. [Read more…]

Review: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Reviewed by Joanna

Enjoy sexy, swaggering rich guys who fall in love then can’t handle it? Plus a side of slightly hapless country girl blindsided by the big city? Even if you don’t, then hot damn, that cover has got to please you.

Drew Jagger is our man. He’s a high-end divorce lawyer who acts solely for men, helping them get back at the women who screwed them over (left them). Yeah, he’s a real charmer. One New Year’s Eve he returns from holiday, calling in to his renovated office on the way home to his penthouse. To his surprise, he finds a woman there, working away and burning the midnight oil. Emerie Rose thinks Drew is a burglar and threatens to attack him and call the cops. [Read more…]

Review: Pack of Lies by Annie Bellet

Reviewed by Joanna

Onto book three and I’m happy again. As if by magic, Annie Bellet solved my issues with the direction of this series, in refocusing locally with the town and people I’d got to like in book one, and also upping the romantic stakes in this urban fantasy series. Sorceress Jade and shifter Justice boyfriend Alek actually talk about their relationship. It’s a Big Deal.

We open the story to an unhappy Jade. The events of book two, involving her estranged family in the shifter cult, upset her badly, and she and Alek split. They’ve not had a break-up conversation, but have neither seen nor called one another in a month. Jade is blue and mopey, but makes no effort to resolve the issue as she’s emotionally stunted, choosing instead to continue to improve her magic abilities (in case her evil ex ever shows up) and play role-playing games with her friends (cos she’s chill like that). [Read more…]

Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

When you are away from a beloved series for a while, it’s easy to forget just how much you loved it. And boy, do I love The Hollows. I was so sad to see it end, but Kim Harrison did such an amazing and satisfying job it was hard to argue with the results. She ended it so well, in fact, that I questioned whether I wanted to give this book a try. What if it didn’t measure up? How could it measure up? I am so very happy to report that it absolutely measures up. And it has left me hungry to return to this world again and again. [Read more…]

Review: Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet

Reviewed by Joanna

Three men and a baby is the core of this story, and who doesn’t want to read hapless guys juggling a cute kid? Great premise. But the love was a little harder to come by in this tale of a teacher and an ex-marine.

Addison is our unemployed teacher. She needs a job, and it just so happens Collin needs a nanny for his baby daughter. They meet in a bar where he’s pushy in offering help to her and her very drunk buddy, but Addie’s not having any of it and leaves him in her dust. They meet again when his sister, Lia, her sort-of friend, brings her to interview for the nanny post. But again our H&H don’t hit it off. [Read more…]