Archives for September 2017

Review: Ride the Storm by Karen Chance

Reviewed by Jen

I have long been a fan of the Cassie Palmer series, but reading this latest installment left me feeling exhausted. Usually when I describe a book as “action-packed,” I mean it in a good way. Here, not so much. There are some good things going on: plot advancement, relationship developments, answers to long-held questions. But they’re buried beneath a avalanche of non-stop action. There is no room for the story to breathe.

The book picks up right on the heels of where the last one left off. Cassie has been trying to rescue Pritkin for the past three years (or is it longer?) though in book time, it’s only been days or weeks. This storyline has dragged on for so long. I’ve stuck with it, because I love Pritkin and Karen Chance has been giving us little Cassie-Pritkin bread-crumbs for so long, I’ve been holding out for the payoff. The problem is, the longer she’s teased me with it, the less I care about the other stuff. [Read more…]

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

Reviewed by Joanna

Alien romance is a new one on me. I don’t read much space fantasy so don’t often see aliens as heroes. Aren’t they usually the bad guys? Well for Katy, new resident of nowheresville, West Virginia, this proves both true and false. For one thing, her new neighbor—incredibly hot and frequently topless Daemon—is just such an ass. He is perma-scowling and rude, and can move faster than any human should. His twin sister Dee is his polar opposite in terms of attitude and as much as she and Katy want to be besties, the douchebag brother doesn’t like this plan one bit.

This story is set in high school and sits firmly in the YA category. The protagonists are seventeen and dealing with issues like exams, friendships, dating and social status. Except for Daemon, Dee and their crew they have the extra fun element to their torturous teenage years of being so very different to everyone. Like, light years away from their peers as, um, they’re aliens. [Read more…]

Review: Pleasure Me by Monica Burns

Reviewed by Jen

Somehow I missed out on this book when it first released back in 2011. That was a pretty spectacular feat, looking back and seeing how much some of my book buddies really loved it. Pleasure Me is chock full of some of my favorite tropes and while it wasn’t 100% perfect for me, I really enjoyed the story.

Lady Ruth is a 41-year-old courtesan who has just lost her protector to a younger woman. She must face the reality that she is growing too old to be an ideal mistress. It makes her question her self-worth and convinces her she will never find another man. Instead, she decides to focus on the orphanage that she runs. [Read more…]

Review: War Flower by Mary-Anne O’Connor

Reviewed by Elle

In 1965, 18 year old Poppy meets a beautiful boy named Ben on a Sydney train. Poppy is instantly besotted with him, but disappointed when Ben begins dating Poppy’s arch nemesis Barbara. Barbara and her squad have always made Barbara and her twin sister Rosemary, feel like wallflowers, teasing them mercilessly throughout their high-school years. [Read more…]

Review: Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Nalini Singh and so many books in her Guild Hunter series really hit it out of the park for me. Though I didn’t feel like I “knew” Venom very well from the previous stories, I was really excited for his book; he’s so deliciously “other,” I just knew Singh would suck me in as this aloof enigma found love.

Eh. Yes and no. Or maybe it would be better to say… eventually. [Read more…]

Review: Chasing Ava by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and the first of Siera London’s ‘Bachelor’s of Shell Cove’ series. I read this because I’m always on the look out for good/decent IR stories and the description of this was good. There were too many distracting things for this to be any more than meh and it could have all been fixed with tighter editing. [Read more…]

Review: After the End by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a short catch up with the four couples of the Search and Rescue series (which I loved). It also launches the new Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. You know, I think more authors should do this. I just adored seeing a little glimpse of the futures for these lovely people, alongside a mini adventure for each.

Each of the four ‘seasons’ (chapters) is told from the male main character’s point of view, which is nice as you get to see just how in love, dedicated and content each is with his lady love.

We start with Winter and Callum, who is happy adoring Lou. He’s nervous, and about to ask Lou a *very* important question, but their radio goes off and they get called out on an ice dive call. The question has to wait while three silly people are rescued from the frozen reservoir. I don’t get why anyone would walk out on a frozen body of water. *Shakes my head.* Anyway, this little bit of drama keeps us waiting for the big moment, but it’s sweet when it comes. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie expects it to be just another one of Nell’s crazy ideas.

Turns out it’s not… at least not for Allie. While her friends are understandably freaked out, when Allie takes her turn, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her. [Read more…]

Review: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the third and last in this series of royal romances, and it’s the turn of the younger sister of book one’s heroine. Ellie Hammond isn’t royal, but she’s sister to a princess. Her options are wide open, but there’s only one guy for her: bodyguard, Logan St James.

Logan is twenty-two but lied about his age to get into the military at fifteen. He’s strong, fit and eagle eyed. He’s also fully aware that his seventeen-year-old charge has a crush on him, and is more than capable of keeping her safe while keeping his distance. Until he isn’t.

This can be read as standalone, but it would make more sense if you’ve read the first two in this series. There’s quite a lot of the lives of books’ one and two heroes and heroines dictating the plot of this story, e.g. royal babies and royal weddings. The location is split between the US, where Ellie lives and goes to college, and Wessco, the England/Scotland hybrid country where Logan (and the invented royal family) come from. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I was such a huge fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series! These Realm Enforcer books haven’t enraptured me quite as much, largely because the series arc surrounding the Apollo drug didn’t have the same oomph as the possibility of a war among supernatural factions. That being said, this installment is easily my favorite in this spin-off series.

The reason: a cranky introverted Alpha Grizzly named Bear. [Read more…]