Archives for July 2017

Review: Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Reviewed by Jen

The first book I ever read from Julia Quinn was the second book in this series, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. I’m not sure why it took me so long to go back and pick this up, but I’m glad that I finally did.

The older brother’s best friend trope is one we’ve all read time and again. But this story is a little different in that Honoria hasn’t been nursing a secret crush on Marcus all these years. She cared about him. She considered him part of the family. But it wasn’t until he drifted away and came back into her life that their relationship started to change. And even then, it was anything but quick. [Read more…]

Review: Adore by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

Mayday! Mayday! Spoilers ahead (from book 1).

Book 2 picks up a week after Kristina walks out the door on Ian; he’s a hot mess. He’s drinking and doing it heavily. He doesn’t understand why she left because she didn’t say. She’s still freaked out about the ‘stalking incident’ in the newly penned erotic book for which he used her as his muse.

They’d already exchanged ‘I love you’ in their very short time together. I wouldn’t even consider their time as dating because the majority was spent having sex in his apartment and her listening to him in the afternoon as he read to her what he’d written that day. It’s a very one sided relationship. But separately, they’d each decided that they were addicted to each other. But I digress. [Read more…]

Review: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

Thea Harrison shows once again why she is an auto read author for me with this latest in her Elder Races spin off trilogy. This is Morgan La Fae’s story and If you’ve loved to hate this guy in previous books, I have a feeling you will end up loving him every bit as much as I do by the time this book is done.

Morgan has done some very bad things, but they’re not really his fault. He has been under the hold of a powerful spell which forces him to obey the orders of Isabeau, the fae queen. Thankfully, as the story begins, an injury and a poorly worded command from the queen allows him a temporary escape. He plans to use that time researching the spell and the powerful artifact which allows Isabeau to wield it. What ends up happening, however, is that he comes across a wildly talented musician named Sidonie and begins attending concerts on her tour. Only, his attention gets noticed by the wrong person and Sid ends up paying the price. [Read more…]

DNF: The Darkest Corner by Lilliana Hart

Reviewed by Elle

The Gravediggers were once elite soldiers. For whatever reason, they at one time found themselves betrayed by their countries and facing death. Then in swooped Eve Winters and gave them a choice- die or come work for her, ridding the world of terrorists. The catch? Their deaths would be faked. Their previous selves would cease to exist. Their families and friends left behind. Oh, and Eve and her directors own you. But what choice did Deacon have but to accept?

Working out of a funeral home in a tiny town seemed to be the perfect cover. But Deacon didn’t count on falling for the feisty red headed mortician. He needs to keep his distance because any attachment to Tess gives Eve and the directors leverage over him, putting her life in danger. [Read more…]

Review: The Polar Bear’s Baby by Sophie Stern

Reviewed by Shelly

Sometimes I read a short whimsical story to get away from some heavier reads. This is one of those. I don’t even know why I picked this one. Maybe I thought the cover was pretty or maybe I pushed the nefarious ‘click one’ button versus the sample and voila – I’ve got a new book. But who looks at their kindle and doesn’t get excited when they see a new book? Either way, in my life I’ve made worse choices than this book.

This is my first Sophie Stern book and is the first in her ‘Honeypot Babies’ series. Human Mia just found out that she’s pregnant by bear shifter Aidan. The shifter world is a given in this so there’s no mystery, shock or cry of indignation with the shifter knowledge; even knowing that Mia was a little, just a little, concerned with carrying the cub of a bear. Can’t blame her there. [Read more…]

Review: Love’s Many Challenges by Zena Wynn

Reveiewed by Shelly

The latest installment in Zena Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ finds Nina and Roberto married. In all honesty, if Wynn continues this series – I’ll be right there reading it because I really enjoy Nina and Roberto and the family they’re building.

Nina. How do I put into words how much I enjoy her character? Written in first-person POV everything is told from our heroine’s perspective. The internal dialogue comes across as very honest with no semblance of fairy tale. Nina’s personality doesn’t lend towards histrionics either. She’s pretty consistent with her thoughts and actions. She’s been a solitude person for years. She was happily single before Roberto. That’s part of her challenge – dealing with another person, that being her husband Roberto, and taking his thoughts, words and actions into consideration. [Read more…]

Review: Ruckus by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

Ooh, I’ve been looking forward to this book. This author writes the best alpha a-holes, who I love to hate before I learn to love.

We’ve worked our way to the third of the Hotholes, and Ruckus, or Dean Cole is the a-hole in the frame. In book one, Vicious, he was dating Millie, who ends up with Vicious, the psychotic leader of the rich-boy gang. Yet even as Dean and Millie were an item, he loved someone else. Her younger sister, Rosie LeBlanc.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about inter-family dating, but my concerns went by the by pretty quickly, with some great background building to their romance, and also the time that passes in the tale. Add to that the fact Dean slept with pretty much everything that moved in the eleven years since he and Millie broke up, and the sister connection is pretty weak. [Read more…]

Review: Crave by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first book by KM Scott and the first in the Addicted to You series. While I enjoy reading from new authors I found myself slightly disappointed based completely on my own failings. I should have done some research before tackling this novella. I knew it was part of a series; however what I didn’t know based on the blurb is that it’s primarily erotica. I’m a big fan of that category but I’m also a big fan of a good and compelling story.

Told in alternating first person point of view, Ian and Kristina are a couple of young people who have a chance meeting – not really a chance meeting at all. Ian’s a well-known, published author living in his $5 million New York apartment (I’m already seeing an issue here because I gave up the (.)illionaire stories a long time ago). He’s an admitted addict. Right now, he’s an alcoholic who’s okay with that addiction because his other addition (heroin) is much more deadly to both his person and his career. His recent stint in rehab is still fresh in his mind and he’s committed to staying off the dope. [Read more…]

Review: The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Julia Quinn, at this point I will read anything with her name on it. Even a book with my least favorite trope: the Big Secret. And the Big Secret in this book is a pretty big one.

Cecelia jumps on a ship and sails for the colonies when she finds out her brother has been wounded in battle. Her father is dead and her odious cousin is sniffing around her, trying to force her into marriage. She really has nothing to lose. Unfortunately, when she arrives, there’s no sign of her brother at all. There is, however, the man who had become his best friend in service, Edward Rokesby. [Read more…]

Review: Where I Belong by M O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the second part of The Debt series, and is not standalone. If you like your love awash with all the feels, go read my review of book one Lost Without You. Better still, go grab the prologue (review here) for free and see if you like the writing.

We good? Okay, so we left off with Tommy and Beth on the run. They’ve stopped for gas and food, but in the café Beth realizes the news channels are running an appeal from her evil mother, saying Beth needed to be brought back to psychiatric care. Everyone is looking her—Tommy too—so she flees back to the car. In the meantime Tommy is set upon by two gangsters lurking in the men’s room. Bates sent them as Tommy hadn’t delivered on his debt repayment, which was Beth’s delivery to her evil mother. [Read more…]