Archives for November 2017

Review: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Phew! Finally I made it to the fourth and most lauded book of this series of standalones. This story follows Lucy and Graham. A hippie florist who loves too much, and a famous writer who is so closed up he can’t feel anything at all.

We start with Lucy’s sister being gravely ill, and her douchebag husband walking out on her as he can’t handle watching her die–a theme in this book. Lucy cares for her sister, Mari, and thinks upset thoughts about their elder sister, Lyric, who doesn’t give a damn. [Read more…]

Review: Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione

Reviewed by Jen

I loved dropping back into the world of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series with this novella I missed the first time around. The was originally published as part of the Supernatural anthology back in 2011, placing the story about midway through the Horsemen of the Apocalypse arc. You don’t have to be familiar with the rest of the series to understand what’s going on here, but they’re such great books, I would definitely recommend going back to Pleasure Unbound and enjoy Demonica from the beginning. [Read more…]

Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella was a surprise release for me, and the first I heard of it was via the author asking for opinions on the cover. I love her choice, what do you think?

The story is a new adult fairy-tale-style romance, between Princess Brinley Cantrella of Estau and Prince Finn, a sober and serious man from the neighboring Kingdom who Brinley has loved since the age of five. And who was, until a few months ago, engaged to be married to her sister. [Read more…]

Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

Reviewed by Jen

There were things I really enjoyed about this book, but I had some issued that kept it from being a total hit for me. This is a runaway bride story and I don’t have any problem with that on principle, but I struggled a bit because her intended really wanted to marry her and his best friend ended up taking his place.

Olympia isn’t a great beauty. She loves books and wears glasses and she’s been voted Most Boring lady for the past several years running. But Ashmont, a disreputable duke, recognized something special in her, and decided to ask for her hand. She said yes to take care of her family, but got drunk and bolted before the ceremony. [Read more…]

Review: The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Maggie May was a sweet little loudmouth who fell in love at aged ten with her stepbrother’s best friend. Brooks tolerated her chatter and her plans for their wedding, but the day he was late to their rehearsal, deep in the woods, little Maggie witnessed a murder, then was attacked herself by the murderer.

She escaped, but was traumatized and lost the use of her voice, unable to tell anyone what happened. The poor child became mute. For years. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon

Here is the reading order for the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn:

  • Etched in Silver*
  • Witchling
  • Changeling
  • Darkling
  • Dragon Wytch
  • Night Huntress
  • Demon Mistress
  • The Shadow of Mist*
  • Bone Magic
  • Harvest Hunting
  • Blood Wyne
  • Ice Shards*
  • Courting Darkness
  • Shaded Vision
  • Shadow Rising
  • Haunted Moon
  • Autumn Whispers
  • Crimson Veil
  • Flight From Hell*
  • Priestess Dreaming
  • Panther Prowling
  • Darkness Raging
  • Moonswept*
  • Earth Bound*
  • Moon Shimmers
  • Harvest Song (2018)
  • Blood Bonds (2019)

*Denotes short story/novella

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

Reviewed by Jen

I adore Julia Quinn and I was totally psyched to jump into one of her backlist books that I somehow missed along the way. And at first, I thought I was going to love it. It had all of the light charm and wit I have come to love from this author. On top of that, the heroine is smart and likable, and I thought I could really get behind the romance. After all, the hero saw something special in her that no one else ever has. Sure he has a secret, but how bad could it be, right?

See, the thing is, I figured out the Big Secret pretty early on, and it didn’t bother me all that much at the time, but as the story played out, that changed, along with my opinion of Richard. Simply put, I ended up thinking he was a douchebag of the first order. [Read more…]

Review: Seducing his Student by London Hale

Reviewed by Elle

Samantha looks forward to her daily flirt sessions with the hot new guy in town that makes her stomach flip.

Elliot hasn’t made a move… until now. The chemistry between them is intense, and Elliot knows she’s the woman for him. Sam agrees to meet him at a sailing event, but plans go awry when Elliot realizes the woman he’s been fantasizing about for months, is one of his students. That doesn’t stop him from doing some pretty sexy things with her on top of a pool table in her parents’ boathouse.

He vows to stay away from her until graduation but the pull between the two is too strong, and so begins a hot and steamy affair, that could cost Elliot his job, and Samantha the chance to graduate. [Read more…]

Review: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Reviewed by Jen

It feels like a million years since I read a book in this series (translation: two years), but this story takes no time at all to pull you back into the world of the Immortal Guardians. The hero here is Aidan, the 3000 year-old warrior who was so desperate for love, he stole the group’s list of gifted women in hopes he could use it to find a mate. Sure enough, his plan works.

Dana isn’t the first woman he approached from that list, but it is apparent from their first meeting that they are destined to be together. Dana is a powerful psychic and gets visions of her future with Aidan. The cool thing is, he’s psychic too, so he sees all of her visions. There’s not a whole lot of will-they-or-won’t-they, meaning their relationship development is a bit low on internal conflict. But there is plenty of external conflict to go around. [Read more…]

Review: Ruin You by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

A journalist tries to take revenge on a chef for the sins of her father, but falls for her instead in the middle of a beautiful countryside farm setting. City grit meets tranquil, carefully put together love. Where this story didn’t break me, as I’d expected, it gently settled around me, and I read it in one shot, thriving on the feel of it alone.

Simon Malik was a resident of St Judes—a foster home for young people who found themselves in trouble. In books 0.5, 1 and 2 (which follow a different couple) we see the same scene played out a number of times. The abusive foster parents attack the kids, the husband gets stabbed, and the children get offered a deal by the mysterious Bates who keeps them from jail. Then the debts get called in, which causes the protagonists to tussle with their loves. Like Bates is some sort of HEA fairy godfather. [Read more…]