Archives for March 2017

Review: For Better or Worse by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

It’s official, this last book in the Hawthorne Family series is my least favorite. I’ve read a fair amount of books, regardless of genre and the heroine, Cassidy is one of most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. Although not a medical term – I’m going to label her as crazy. Her actions towards her husband walked a fine line between hostility and psychotic. The sex made everything better, though. Doesn’t it always? [Read more…]

Review: Hunting Season by Annie Bellet

Reviewed by Joanna

Jade and Alek are just getting down to business after Jade rids her comic book store of a plague of cockroaches sent by the witches, when there comes a knock at the door. Seriously Jade, go stay somewhere else every now and again. Get some down time and snuggle with your big hunk of tiger man. Lord knows I’d read a novella on that alone. Anyhow, I digress. The visitor needs help with a badly injured unicorn, and our favourite sorceress can’t say no.

This is the fourth in the UF series I’ve been enjoying and Jade is still learning the extent of her powers, becoming more formidable by the book. I’m invested in Jade. I like her and I want her to succeed in securing the safe and quiet life she badly wants. And the nerdy references have me cheering. I love this. Firefly! Dragonball! [Read more…]

Review: Thrones of Desire by Mitzi Szereto

Reviewed by Ronelle

Fire-breathing dragons, princesses, court drama, the fate of battles and kingdoms… everything that epitomizes fantasy is here. Paint those landscapes and scenarios with the best that erotica has to offer, and you get something both epic and blood-stirring. In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Myth and legend reside here and good is not always the most attractive or captivating choice.

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Every now and again, I get a hankering for something short and naughty (read: requires little time commitment but is still engaging). This usually happens when I get bored or stressed or have had a string of dud books. I then find myself browsing Audible’s erotica category and lamenting the lack of fantasy stories. In my most recent foray, I discovered Thrones of Desire and It. Was. Perfect. In fact, if the rest of his work is as good as this, Mitzi Szereto may have just jumped to the top of my list of favorite romance authors. [Read more…]

Review: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Reviewed by Joanna

Prince Henry, always the spare, is unexpectedly next in line for the throne of Wessco following the abdication of his older brother. Our charming prince is a playboy, a serial bed-hopper, a sweet talker and a bit of a rogue. His public loves him, his politicians manipulate him, and his granny, the queen, despairs over him. [Read more…]

Review: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Shelly

I wasn’t sure I would like this. I shouldn’t have worried because Beverly Jenkins is still a fantastic writer of historical romances. Even though I read Indigo, too many years ago to mention, I still reread it about once a quarter because it’s one of my favorite and most treasured dog-eared paperbacks. If you read Through the Storm with Sable and Raimond, this is her brother, Rhine. This is a standalone if you’ve not. [Read more…]

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Reviewed by Joanna

Enemies-to-lovers seems to be a theme of mine at the moment. I just back-to-backed this story with Anything You Can Do by R.S. Greybut where that story missed its mark for me, this one shot me right through the heart. So I do like RomComs! Who knew? I couldn’t put it down. The point of view is of Lucy, an exec assistant to the director of a publishing house, and she’s the cutest bundle of fun I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Five foot nothing, Lucy perches at her shiny glass desk, flamethrower lipstick on her pert lips, engaging in game after game with her arch nemesis, Joshua.

Josh is exec assistant to the other director – there are two following an unhappy merger – and our boy is huge, snarly and serious. He wears the same ten shirts in rotation, and Lucy knows the day by the fetching color he’s wearing. [Read more…]

Review: Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks

Reviewed by Jaimie

Brighter Than the Sun is the latest installment in the KGI series by Maya Banks, and fans of the series have been waiting for the last Kelly brother to meet his match.  While I loved the book and the main couple Joe and Zoe, it was the scenes with Sean and Rusty that got me the most.  Rusty broke my heart in this book and if possible, I’m dying for them to get their HEA even more now!!!  Okay, back to Joe and Zoe – there was such a sweetness between these two and it wasn’t hard to root for them.  When the end of the book came around I was surprised it was already over because I was enjoying the whole book that much.

Zoe Kildare has had a shitty life thus far.  Her mother left when she was only five, and being the only daughter of a drug kingpin who doesn’t give a crap about her, left her vulnerable to being used by the wrong guy.  She overhears a phone call where the man she thought she loved was talking about how he had been forced to sleep with her to get to her dad, and then casually mentions that he’s going to kill her since its clear the old man doesn’t care about her.  Scared and having nowhere to turn, she calls her one and only friend from college Rusty.  As it turns out, Rusty is a badass who can outdo even Donovan in the technology department.  Rusty creates a new identity complete with full background and then takes Zoe home with her to hide out and regroup. [Read more…]

Review: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

Reviewed by Joanna

Daisy and Lucas were rivals as children. Born the same hour of the same day, they lived next door to one another, sharing parties, schools and their social group. They hated each other’s guts, going to great lengths to best the other, and only taking a break when they went to separate colleges to qualify as doctors. Now twenty-eight and wanting to specialize in family medicine, Daisy returns home to Hamilton to take over her local private practice from her former family doctor. Unbeknownst to her, Lucas has also been appointed to the same job, with the retiring doc taking on two new members of staff. Daisy is furious. Though she and Lucas haven’t seen or spoken to one another in eleven years, her grudge is still forefront in her mind and she’s desperate to dislodge Lucas from the shared role. It’s all very petty. [Read more…]

Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Jen

This was easily the best book I have read in ages. For a series that has been running as long as the Mercy Thompson one has, it has to be hard to maintain the quality that these books have, but Patricia Briggs somehow manages to do it and do it spectacularly.

Briggs does a few things different with this book. One, is that it is told in split point of view alternating between Mercy and Adam. Not only that, but the timeline between their respective chapters was a little bit off. From another author, this could be a complete train wreck. But it totally worked here. [Read more…]

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Reviewed by Jen

It’s hard to say goodbye to a series I’ve enjoyed as much as this one. So reading this last installment of Anne Bishop’s The Others series was bittersweet. It definitely feels like the end, but the world is big enough and in enough turmoil that Bishop will easily be able to pick up with her planned a spinoff series in the future. [Read more…]