Archives for April 2017

Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Joanna

Kristen Callihan is another one-click author for me, and I can’t get enough of her contemporary sports series Game On. This is the fourth, (fine as standalone) and Finn Mannus is the sportsman in question. He’s a quarterback for the New Orleans NFL football team (I’ve got to stop saying American football because you’re mostly all American, right?) and doesn’t do relationships. Stereotype? Yep. Hotter when they fall? Absolutely.

The eponymous Hot Shot is hipster Chester Copper (the weird things parents call their kids. Tsk). She’s an upcoming photographer employed to take nude pictures of the team for a charity calendar. [Read more…]

Review: The Lover by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Joanna

This is part three of Ellie and Jake’s story, so if you like young love, arranged marriage in a contemporary setting, ranches, sweet sexy times and heartache, go back and read my review of book one, The Bride, as this might contain spoilers for you. Then go read these books.

So, let’s catch up. [Read more…]

Welcome Elle

Red Hot Books has a new reviewer joining the team! Please help me welcome Elle Thorpe. We’re so excited to have her.

Elle is a life long bookworm from Sydney, Australia. She reads any genre, as long as there’s at least a hint of a romance in there somewhere. Elle began writing seriously two years ago and is currently working on a contemporary romance novel. She’s hoping to one day write something worthy of publishing. 

Elle is also married, mummy to three great kids plus one fur baby, and spends an unhealthy amount of time binge watching Netflix. She pretends her sporadic attendance at yoga class makes up for that. 

You can follow Elle on twitter  or email her at ellethorpebooks@gmail.com

Review: Torpedo by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a relatively short read. My first from Joanna Blake, it’s full of angst and young love. Not too young though – they’re in their early 20s but think and talk like they’re teenagers. Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Jackson is the high school football player that didn’t peak during that time. He actually went on to do something valuable and note worthy. He joined the Navy. While stationed on a ship, there was an explosion and Gabe was injured. Going home to recover, Gabe’s care-taker is none other than Tabitha ‘Tabby’ Peterson. Tabby’s the girl that Gabe had a crush on in high school. Once, he’d even tried getting it on with Tabby, but she was smart enough to say no. [Read more…]

Review: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a rerelease, as Sarina Bowen originally published this story under a different author name. I’d never heard of it so jumped right on the ARC when the email came through.

It’s the tale of Joshua and Caleb, two young men raised in a remote cult in Wyoming. The sort of place where the elders, the men who run the place and have all the power, take lots of wives, picking the prettiest teenagers as they become grown. And the kind of place where young men are of no use if they can’t keep up with the harsh field work. Which Joshua can’t. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

For my own greedy purposes, this was way too short. The 3rd book in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘The Ravenels’ picks up after Helen and Rhys have started their family. They’ve had a child. If you read any of the previous two stories this should meet your need for more. If you’ve not read the previous stories you can still enjoy this as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend Marrying Winterborne – absolutely brilliant that is.

Pandora Ravenel is a women ahead of her time and she’s very unlike her sisters, Cassandra and Helen. Pandora has no interest in marriage because to do that would mean she’d lose her own identity and her endeavors to create her board game would relegate to the bottom of her responsibilities. She doesn’t want that. At least until she meets Gabriel. Gabriel’s not only charming, smart, and funny – he’s quite good looking too. Takes after his father. [Read more…]

Review: We Are All Found Things by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a beautiful short story clocking in at only 65 pages, but take the author’s name and add Virgin Hero to the description and if you aren’t one clicking then I don’t know what to do with you.

Let’s start over. Rennie is an artist who specializes in metal sculptures. She takes a warehouse in a dodgy part of North Minneapolis to carry out her work, but it keeps getting broken into at night and her metals stolen. So she places an advert for someone to rent the bedroom above her workspace for free, as they’ll provide a deterrent and be around to call the police if the thieves come back. [Read more…]

Review: Second Chance Ranch by Liz Isaacson

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by Liz Isaacson which is the nom de plume for Elana Johnson. I’m not sure if under the Isaacson name, Johnson will exclusive write inspirational/Christian/clean romances but this is that kind of story. I’ve read quite a few very good stories with those themes so I was very hopeful and really looking forward to this one.

The first book in her ‘Three Ranch Rivers’ series, the title Second Chance Ranch pretty much describes the underlying theme of this story. It’s the second chance at romance for both Squire Ackerman and Kelly Russell. [Read more…]

Review: The Wife by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Joanna

This is book two of the three-part series The Bride, which is being released rapid fire over the space of a month or so. If you like emotional roller coasters which give you all the pain, but sweetened with intelligence and oodles of frustration, read on, dear reader.

Ellie and Jake have now been married for over a year and a half. She’s finally turning eighteen (to his twenty-seven) and, according to their plan, they can now get divorced. She’s of age to hold her land in her own right without having to go into foster care. The marriage of convenience served its purpose. [Read more…]

Review: All The Rage by T.M.

Reviewed by Joanna

This novel caught my eye because of the unusual career of the protagonist – Rage is a contract killer. Pshaw, you say. What’s unusual about that? Well, Rage is a nineteen-year-old woman. And she’s been doing the job for three years.

So let’s start again. This is a romance where our heroine has some pretty deep rooted issues. As a child she’s told she’s different – indifferent, in fact. Emotionless, a hypochondriac and complete germaphobe. Her bouts of rage earn her her nickname from the only person she lets be her friend. [Read more…]