Archives for October 2017

Review: The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Reviewed by Jen

I am still positively reeling from the end of this book. Holy cow, folks, I tore through this book like the pages were on fire. Though I always generally enjoy this series, a few of the installments have been less thrilling for me than others (we won’t talk about that amnesia book.) But I think this is one of my absolute favorites in the series so far. Why? Because it was unpredictable. Because it moved the series arc. And because it was All About Reyes.

If you’re not up to date on the series, read no further, because spoilers from previous books are ahead. [Read more…]

Review: The Sea King by CL Wilson

Reviewed by Jen

I wanted to like this book. I read and enjoyed CL Wilson’s Tairen Soul series and I liked The Winter King, the first installment of this series fairly well. However, one of the issues I had with that book felt even more pronounced in this one and it really hampered my enjoyment.

It was obvious. And by that I mean everything was obvious, from the villains, to the romance, to the “twist” in the (second) epilogue. You will see it all coming from a mile away. And maybe that wouldn’t be so bad if the names weren’t so cheezy and saccharine (and again… obvious) like Wynter, the Winter King who controls ice. Or the sisters named after the Seasons who hail from Summerlea. (*cringe*) [Read more…]

Review: Take To The Limit By Dawn Ryder

Reviewed by Jaimie

Take To The Limit is the fourth book in the Unbroken Heroes series by Dawn Ryder and once I started it I finished it in one shot. It wasn’t just Bram and Jaelyn that drew me in, we got to see more of their teammates, we got to visit with the couples from the earlier books, and I loved Jaelyn’s grandpa and sister too.

Bram Magnus is a hardcore military man, who has worked with Saxon and his team on a few occasions. When he isn’t officially offered a spot on their team he is set to head to Afghanistan for a six-month deployment. The day before he leaves, he goes to see his quasi-girlfriend LeeAnn but instead he finds her with another guy. He’s not even upset because, in reality, he knew she wasn’t the one. Her sister, on the other hand, is a totally different matter… [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Boxing by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt

Reviewed by Elle

Jules and Nick had a hot fling for a few weeks in Chicago, but just as Nick began wanting more, Jules left without explanation.

A year later, Nick, an MMA fighter, has joined a new club and has his eye on the championship belt that will make his career. He thought he’d moved on from the intense feelings he’d developed for Jules during their short time together. That is, until he realises Jules is the new marketing manager, assigned to work on promoting the club. And to make matters worse? She’s the boss’s daughter. [Read more…]

Review: Claiming Janna by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

Gah! I’m so glad I’m done with this series. I wanted it to get better. I expected it to get better when I saw that the publisher change from book 2 to 3. But that’s not what I got. If anything, the plot in book 4 of London’s ‘Bachelor(s) of Shell Cove’ is basically a repetition of the first 3 books in the series. The hero seems to be the only one truly in love and the heroine came across as a fantastically unlikable shrew. [Read more…]

Review: Low by Mary Elizabeth

Reviewed by Joanna

I read modern day Bonnie and Clyde on the story blurb and jumped right on this… this romance? Romantic fiction? I’m leaning toward the latter as by the time we meet Low and Poe (Lowen and Poesy) they’re a well-established couple who are doomed to be separated by his going to jail for theft and assault.

Where I enjoyed parts of the story, we don’t actually see the falling in love, and I think that would’ve made a huge difference to how I rated this book. [Read more…]

Review: Hamilton’s Battalion by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Jen

This anthology cashes in on the popularity of Hamilton with a trio of love stories against the backdrop of characters marginalized by race, religion, and sexuality. I haven’t seen the musical that has captured the hearts of so many, but you really don’t need to be familiar with it to understand what’s going on here. Eliza Hamilton is collecting stories from her husband’s soldiers after his death about their history with him. Hamilton, the Yorktown, and the Revolutionary are the threads that hold the novellas together. [Read more…]

Review: Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder

Reviewed by Jaimie

Deep Into Trouble is the third book in the Unbroken Heroes series by Dawn Ryder and this one grabs you from the get-go! Saxon and Ginger were a bit of an odd couple with one being spunky and fun and the other being serious and straight-laced. They worked in so many ways and you couldn’t help but cheer for them!

Ginger Boyce is a librarian who is dying to break out of her shell and live a little. While attending a conference in New Orleans she takes a walk on the wild side, with disastrous results. After witnessing a murder committed by a dangerous and elusive killer, Ginger is in desperate need of protection. Thankfully for her, Saxon’s team is tracking the same man. [Read more…]

Review: Legs by Kelly Siskind

Reviewed by Joanna

Rachel is a little bit lost. She careens from job to job with stints at university collecting diplomas, but she’s never quite found her calling. On a birthday night out with her girlfriends, they each make a secret wish, and Rachel decides to sort her life out. She also gets rather drunk, yells Pussy loudly in a gap in the music, and ends up going home with a hot bad boy she pursues to the next bar.

Enter Jimmy. Said bad boy is tattooed, pierced and rides a motorcycle. Oh mama. He is happy with one-night stands as he’s in a hiatus from life and can’t handle anything heavy. Two years ago, he became estranged from his family, got dumped by his fiancé and walked away from his career. Now he works in a bar and wallows in his pit of misery. [Read more…]

Review: Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

It took me a little while to get into this book. It starts off a little slow and I wasn’t really sure where Hailey Edwards was going with it. And then I met Cole. Which, for me, is where the story really started to get interesting. Then it got more interesting. And more interesting. And by the end, I was ready to stalk the author on Twitter and beg for the next installment.

The story takes place in Canton, Mississippi. I have actually lived right outside of Canton and it was fun to get a few shout-outs to places that were a little familiar. However, it did not feel like the Canton I knew. For what it’s worth, the whole bayou southern feel was never one I got from living there. But this is fiction, so I just tucked that away and refused to let it interrupt my suspension of disbelief. [Read more…]