Archives for September 2017

Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Reviewed by Joanna

Don’t you just love a book where you’re cross when the story ends ‘cause you have to give the love up? Well I fell for Callan and Grace hard, and I’m sure you will too. Come with me to NYC, if you will.

Grace Kerrington needs to turn her temp job into a permanent one. She’s employed by an Australian company at their Manhattan base, but is late the one morning she’s given an opportunity to show her skills. Luckily they take a chance on her anyway, probably as no one else is available for the somewhat unusual job. [Read more…]

Review: Just One Touch by Maya Banks

Reviewed by Jaimie

As someone who is not a big fan of supernatural themed books, I must say that Maya Banks’ Slow Burn series is one of my absolute favorites. Both the hero and the heroine in each book in this series have been great and I always look forward to the next installment. In Just One Touch we get Isaac and Jenna’s story and this one did not disappoint! There were elements of sweetness – like the way Jenna knows nothing about the modern world, hotness, and of course the usual kick ass portion!

Isaac Washington is one of the original DSS members and we met him for the first time in Beau and Ari’s book In His Keeping. Quiet and fierce, his teammates know only that he is fiercely loyal and considers them his family. Outwardly he seems okay with his life revolving around his work only. That all changes one morning when he is walking back to his truck after getting coffee and doughnuts and notices that someone is trying to steal it. Carefully creeping up he pulls his gun and prepares to apprehend some punk who is stealing his ride. What he finds instead, is the most beautiful woman he’s set his eyes on. [Read more…]

Review: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

Though I enjoyed the last book in this series–the one that introduced this couple–I was a little underwhelmed by this novella.

We first met Gina as the sweet, innocent younger sister of a scandalous woman. Her uncle had bribed a duke to show interest in her, but the man ended up falling for her sister. Gina was OK with that; she even encouraged it, and she developed an interest in the Duke’s brother, Andrew. [Read more…]

Review: The Singer by Elizabeth Hunter

Reviewed by Joanna

We ended the first book in this series on a cliffhanger. Malachi and Ava, a newly mated and bonded couple of half-human half-angel folk were being pursued through Istanbul by the deadly Gregori. They were trapped in an underground cistern fighting for their lives, only for… Malachi to be killed by Brage, one of the Fallen.

Ava goes into extreme shock and a mourning so fierce she bursts the ear drums of those around her. She’s only just found Malachi – her true soul mate and reshon, after years of being isolated and considered mentally ill by her human family. [Read more…]

Review: Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying I have read other books by Julia London and have enjoyed them. I say that so you know it’s nothing I have against the author when I say how abysmal I found this book. This is the story of Rabby MacKenzie, a Scotsman being forced into marriage with a young English miss, then falling for her governess. I hated every minute of it.

Let me tell you about Rabbie. He is the most morose, maudlin, douchebag of a “hero” I’ve read in ages. To be fair, the love of his life was killed in the Jacobite rebellion. He’s got a reason to be sad and to hate the English, but this guy is miserable for the entire book. Not only that, he is thoroughly awful to everyone around him. He only agreed to marry Aveline because of some convoluted land issue that would allow his family to keep smuggling. OK. But good grief, he is constantly contemplating suicide. He is a boor, not only to his betrothed, but his entire family. And when he falls for the governess, Bernadette, he becomes no more likable. [Read more…]

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back with Reed and Ella, and he’s been arrested for…

Wait! Book two ended in a cliff hanger so don’t read on if you fancy this series. It’s full of over privileged teenagers being awful to one another, a poor girl thrust into a family of five hot brothers, and broken homes aplenty.

Back to it. Reed is arrested for the crime perpetrated at the end of book two. A murder of someone close to the family. He says it wasn’t him, but Ella has a tiny slither of doubt. She hates thinking it, but can’t deny what she saw. He had blood on his shirt and a pretty strong motive. [Read more…]

Joint Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Reviewed by Joanna & Jen

Jen: Oh wow! How I loved this this book. It had two things going for it right off the bat. One, it was written by Tessa Dare who is one of my absolute faves in historical romance. And two, it is a Beauty and the Beast trope, which is also a favorite of mine. I am thrilled to say that not only did it come through on the promise of its premise, it was even better than I expected.

Joanna: I have something to admit. *looks embarrassed* I’ve never read any Tessa Dare.

Jen: Jo! I am so sorry for you.

Joanna: I know! I can’t tell you how it happened, but I have settled the score with this beauty. It’s sparkling, pacy and lighthearted, and I laughed out loud time and time again. [Read more…]

Review: Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. The premise was so intriguing. It’s a male/male romance between mortal enemies. One hero is a blind, scarred vampire hunter; the other, is the War King vamp who slaughtered the hunter’s entire family. It has two of my favorite tropes rolled into one, a scarred, tortured hero and a forbidden romance. It sounded dark and edgy and fully of sexy angst, and it was all of those things. But it didn’t work for me.

I generally enjoy an enemies to lovers story. My problem with this one is that these two wanted to have hate sex and that is not my bag. I’m all about holding on to the idea of hating someone while falling in love with them against your better judgement and those messy feelings –including attraction– leaking all over the place. That is not the same thing as wanting someone dead and still wanting to give them a blowjob. Does not compute. [Read more…]

Review: The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Reviewed by Joanna

I can’t believe I’ve not yet picked up this series. It’s been on my to-be-read list forever, and I’ve adored other work by this author. My loss, as this book is excellent. Plus book five has just come out, and I feel a binge read coming on.

To the story. Ava hears voices. She always has, and they drive her crazy, giving her terrible headaches and forcing her to stay away from other people. A successful photographer, she tours the world, focusing on remote tourist locations to keep the voices quiet. You see, they come from everyone, like she’s a receptor for inner monologues. Except the voices are always in a foreign language and she has no idea what they are saying. [Read more…]

Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

Reviewed by Jen

The more things change in this series, the more they stay the same. And that make sense in a world that features characters who have lived hundreds of years if not more. Since the very first book in the series Toby has faced so much prejudice and disdain for being a changeling. We have seen the fae characters wrinkle their noses at any and all beings they considered lesser. In many ways, this precept stands above all other things. And it’s rings more true than ever here.

The story begins with Toby in a happy place. She celebrating her bachelorette party; she has a great group of friends and family she loves. She has a future with Tybalt and she’s really quite grateful for where things stand. And that’s a huge flashing sign that everything’s about to go to hell. Which of course it does. [Read more…]