Archives for February 2018

Review: Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott

Reviewed by Elle

Twisted Fate is a new adult, urban fantasy from debut author, Jessi Elliot.

Aurora is in her last year of college, but her life is turned upside down when she’s mistaken for someone else, and is kidnapped by the leader of the Fae. The Fae leader, Tristan, has the ability to erase memories, but it turns out Aurora has Fae lineage, and therefore his magic doesn’t work on her. While many of the Fae want her dead just for knowing they exist, Tristan decides to keep an eye on her by having him work for him. Sparks are soon flying between the two, and that’s when Aurora realizes she’s stumbled into the middle of a Fae war, with a target on her back. Bugger, right? [Read more…]

Review: The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Jen

I have to say that I was very curious about what kind of heroine Jepp was going to be. One of Queen Ursula’s Hawks, she has been part of the Twelve Kingdoms since the very beginning. The only thing we really knew about her was that she was a great scout out and really, really enjoyed having sex. Unfortunately for her, she jumped into bed with Harlan’s brother, Prince Kral, without understanding the consequences. In the Desnarian culture, there is no such thing as a one night stand. Either you become a man’s wife, his concubine, or his bed slave; Jepp has no interest in being any of those things. Therefore, it was totally awkward when Kral found her in bed with another guy. Even more awkward than that, was when she was tapped to go back to his home country with him to be a spy for Ursula.

All of that is backstory. This book follows Jepp as she and Kral sail into Dasnaria and attempt to navigate this society that oppresses women in ways Jepp has never even imagined. For goodness sake’s, this culture doesn’t even let women wear shoes. And Jepp is this fiercely independent, firecracker of a woman. She is a fish out of water in every way possible. [Read more…]

Review: Bride of the Dragons by Selina Coffey

Reviewed by Ronelle

Two dragon shifters newly come to power seek mate.
Third daughter of an impoverished noble seeks good husband who won’t mind a lack of dowry.
Throw them together at a party hosted in honor of the dragon delegation’s arrival at the human court for negotiations and get a match that’s fated to be. [Read more…]

Review: The Forbidden Billionaire by JS Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

I didn’t like this, book 2, as much as the first one in ‘The Sinclair’ series. The writing felt rushed. It was little to no character development for Jared, our hero. Mara seem to get all of the good stuff but even that felt flat.

And I’m not really sure why but for some reason the vulgarity in this installment didn’t work for me; same thing happened in book 1 but I forgave it because the hero is a cop. It came off as last minute editing for shock value. I’m sure some brain trust decided to go in and take out the less vulgar curse words and drop in f*ck. It didn’t feel right. I also got the impression that they replaced ‘make love’ with ‘f*ck’. Mara did NOT seem like the f-bomb kind of girl. [Read more…]

Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

Reviewed by Jen

I had fun with this first installment in Eloisa James’ new Wildes of Lindlow Castle series. It is light and funny with a wide cast of characters and a premise that could’ve gone either way for me.

Lord Alaric Wilde has spent the past several years adventuring. Not only has he traveled far and wide to exotic lands, he has chronicled his journeys in a series of books which have taken society by storm. And if that weren’t enough, his stories coupled with his dashing good looks and noble birth inspired a play about him which sells out every night.

Unbeknownst to him, he has become a celebrity of sorts. Women keep the drawings of him on their walls. They lined up outside of the boat when he returned home. They make a pilgrimages to his childhood home. He was completely unaware that any of it was happening. But now that he is finally home, to celebrate the engagement of his brother Roland, he’s getting a rude awakening. [Read more…]

Review: Exchanged by Dante Silva and Vanessa Mozes

Reviewed by Ronelle

Aubriel has loved Elston since they were children and admired him for his dedication as a paladin to their god. She sadly learns his true colors when it comes time for him to choose between her and the treasure she unwittingly leads him to. His betrayal is shocking, but it also has unintended consequences in the form of the fey lord, Callannon Thray.

When Callannon arrives to defend his treasure, he’s surprised to find a beautiful elven woman already defending it for him. Aubriel is everything he’s wanted but failed to find in a fey woman—kind, honest, trustworthy—but there’s one problem: she’s mortal.

When she agrees to go with him to the fey realm, Callannon has no choice but to hide her mortality, not only to protect her from those who would use her against him. Among enemies and amid political turmoil, Callannon and Aubriel must hide the truth of her mortality or risk Callannon’s ruin and Aubriel’s freedom. [Read more…]

Review: Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders

Reviewed by Joanna

Someone hold me. This story has a lumbersexual, big ole hero, who lives at the edge of the forest and works as a blacksmith. He’s got ropey muscles. And a beard. And he saves stray animals. Oh mummy.

BUT, then the publisher had to go spoil the book by doing something stupid with the Kindle edition. More on that later.

Uma is on the run. She fled her ex with little more than the clothes on her back, and her clapped out car. Desperate, she finds an advert in a small town newspaper and takes up a job as live-in carer for the crotchetiest of old ladies. That woman is as mean as the day is long. She’s awful to poor, broken Uma, but our heroine has no choice but to stay. See, she needs to remain in this town for a very specific reason. Her ex, the vile Joey, hurt her by marking her skin, and there’s a doctor there who provides free treatment to such patients. [Read more…]

Review: The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Jen

I wasn’t sure how much this spinoff trilogy to the Twelve Kingdoms would tie into the original books or if I would enjoy them as much without the focus on the original sisters. I’m happy to report that while this book clearly kicks off a new arc, it feels very much like a continuation of the original installments. Not only that, Ursula has an important part to play here. After all, the heroine of this story is Dafne, her closest friend and advisor.

Jeffe Kennedy does a good job making the transition smooth. The first third of this book is all about Dafne still serving Ursula and helping her navigate through the early days of her rule. We don’t even meet the hero for several chapters. But it’s ok, because once we do, this is a romance, through and through. [Read more…]

Review: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Reviewed by Sara

I have been waiting forever for the sixth and final book in Katee Robert’s O’Malley series, The Bastard’s Bargain. While I really enjoy this series, I’ve been waiting since book two for the goods on Russian crime lord Dimitri Romanov and Katee Robert did not disappoint.

Dimitri Romanov had previously been promised not one, but two O’Malley sisters in marriage only to have both fall through. Using the threat of war between their crime families, promises of peace and his own charisma, Dimitri manipulates Keira into becoming his wife, but this is more than just machinations and saving face. Since the moment she picked his pocket Dimitri has been enthralled by the courage, power and beauty of Keira O’Malley. Now, with outside forces plotting against him, can he help Keira to see that she’s more than a pawn, more than his wife, she’s his queen. [Read more…]

Review: No Ordinary Billionaire by JS Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

Seeing the word Billionaire in the title of this can be an immediate turn off if you’re like me and find these books not only repetitive but boring. But don’t be like me. Give this one a chance. It’s a sweet, easy, fun and sexy story. I’ve never read this author, but I liked the idea of a cop and a physician romance.

Dante Sinclair is a police officer. He loves being a cop. He always wanted to be one and he loves everything about it. In the city of Angels, during a confrontation with a criminal, Dante’s partner Patrick gets shot and killed. Dante’s injuries are pretty extensive – he’s shot a couple of times, broken ribs, etc. But that’s not even what’s hurting his heart – he’s completely broken up about his best friend and partner dying. And to make it worse is that Patrick’s got a family. A wife and son who are the nicest people. It’s a sad case all the way around. [Read more…]