Archives for May 2017

Review: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne

Reviewed by Jen

Eh. This book didn’t do much for me one way or another. I didn’t dislike it necessarily, but I found it pretty superficial. It didn’t make me feel anything…though I did roll my eyes a few times.

Livia is an orphan who was raised on the charity of an aunt and uncle who never really cared about her. No one has ever really cared about her. For some reason, her snotty, beautiful neighbor has made her into a charity case, but she uses every opportunity to remind her of her low social station. Anyway, the snotty girl is set to marry a rich, handsome catch of the ton, but Gabriel is taken by Livia’s beauty and kisses her in the garden during a ball…and gets busted. From there, he has to propose in order to maintain his honor and reputation. [Read more…]

Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s another edition of the lives of a small beach town and its residents. In the last book, Mac, the deputy of lovely and tranquil Thunder Point, finally managed to get himself together and ask out Gina, the woman he’s been in love with forever. Their lives are complicated, with his three motherless children and her one fatherless daughter to think about, plus his aunt, her mom and a couple of big dogs they’ll need to sidestep if they’re going to make a go of their relationship.

As this is all settling down, a beautiful woman walks into Gina’s diner. It’s Cee Jay, Mac’s ex-wife. And she wants back in. [Read more…]

Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

Sometimes I wonder if it would be possible for me to ever not love an Ilona Andrews book. Because every time I pick one up, it satisfies me like nothing else can. Kate Daniels is hands down my favorite heroine, but I’ve got to tell you, Nevada Baylor is right on her heels. Like Kate, she’s strong, funny, loyal, and powerful, with an uber-strong and sexy hero to help heat up the page. But Nevada is definitely her own character and even though this book inspires Kate-level love, it does it on its own merits. [Read more…]

Review: Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven

Reviewed by Ronelle

As a Bonekeeper, Nathaniel Gordon haunts the borders of two worlds, acting as guardian for the dead and deterrent for grave robbers. Hideous experiments have rendered him barely human and society shrinks in horror from what he has become. The life he once led is over, the woman he once loved beyond his grasp…or so he thinks.

Standing at her father’s graveside, Lenore Kenward knows that from this day forward, her life will never be the same. Grave robbing runs rampant in London, so when the mysterious Guardian of Highgate appears at her side, she doesn’t hesitate to beg his protection of her father’s remains. But there’s something about this stranger…something achingly familiar. [Read more…]

Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a location-strong community-style slow-mo romance, which I wandered through a little confused by, but ended up in love with.

The story is contemporary with an old fashioned feel, where women do girl talk and shopping, guys drink beer and members of the opposite sex don’t quite communicate right. I don’t mean to misrepresent the book – Sarah, our main heroine, is a helicopter pilot, as previously was Cooper, our main hero. But Sarah’s also a mom (well, raising her brother from when he was 6 years old) and managing a household. Coop’s a drifter, and talks like he’s 70 though he’s not quite 40. Fortunately he’s handsome and honorable, and interesting enough to draw me in. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after book 1, Kiss Me continues the adventures of Sage McGuire. As with Chase Me, this is a short read.

Sage is still working for Daniel who is as weird/interesting as ever. They have a dynamic that’s fostered by Daniel’s lack of brain cells and inexperience with having a job. Or at least that’s what I think based on what Sage knows or even cares to find out. But in reality it doesn’t even matter because she wants to quit that job for her dream job as a self employed private investigator. [Read more…]

Review: Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown

Reviewed by Joanna

Carli’s hearing aid gives out in the middle of class at college. Worst case scenario, as there’s no replacement batteries in her bag. She’s floundering, unable to hear the professor or lip read due to his unfortunate moustache. Used to hiding her hearing loss, Carli can’t manage, and she has no idea how she’s going to cope with the class. Even with the hearing aids she was struggling.

Ah, luckily a handsome man appears, having noticed Carli’s plight. A knight in shining armor, Reed teaches deaf kids, and though he doesn’t use hearing aids himself, he frequently has to help the kids with theirs, so he carries batteries at all times.

Carli is enamored and aflutter. [Read more…]

Review: Fantasy of Flight by Kelly St. Clare

Reviewed by Elle

Fantasy of Flight is the second book in the Tainted Accords series, that began with Fantasy of Frost.

We pick up the story, right as book 1 finishes – Olina has left the safety of the Kings guard, and with her blue eyes, is passing for a Bruma named ‘Frost’. In return for food and a roof over her head, she agrees to become a pit fighter, taking on some of the outer ring’s most brutal fighters. Her veil has been destroyed and the only way she can ever return to her position as Tatuma is to find the material to replace her veil. If she cannot do so, she’ll be stuck in the pits as her ‘Frost’ persona forever. But maybe that wouldn’t really be so bad? [Read more…]

Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a smart NA story for your delectation, with a focus on sexual exploration between Annie, our narrator, an undergraduate in medicine, and Charles, the man of her fantasies – a 4-years-older postdoc at her research lab, with blond good looks and a side dish of attachment disorder. Well.

At the beginning of the tale, earnest Annie is gearing up to ask Charles for a sexual relationship. She thinks they have A Thing, and despite being inexperienced, wants to explore that before she goes off to Boston for eight years of medical school. She is whip smart but doesn’t see herself as pretty, so is nervous he’ll refuse. [Read more…]

Review: Escaping Fate by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Amalia is a survivor, not just of a dying race, but of slavery. Since her unique abilities manifested, she’s been the prized pet of Gruuk, a notorious slaver. But she’s determined that won’t be all that life has to offer. When her master informs her that she’s next in line for his psi talent breeding program, escaping and attending the Fastening Ceremony on Xelix Prime to find a mate and protector is her only hope.

Like the majority of Xelixian males, Khel and Lhor are Tainted and the only hope a Tainted male has for survival is to find a Pearl—a female who can produce life-saving hormones. But Xelixian females are rare and females willing to mate with the Tainted are even rarer. No amount of wealth or status changes that…until Amalia walks right up to them at the Fastening. [Read more…]