Archives for March 2018

Review: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon By Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Sara

Raised on a secluded island in order to hide her magical gifts, Gwennore (Gwen), one of four women, is an innocent in all ways. However, since her sisters have started marrying, she’s seen enough of the world to know that she should hide her magical abilities and that, as a Woodwyn Elf, she is reviled and pitied.

When her niece is kidnapped by dragons of the Norveshka region, Gwen refuses to let go and finds herself in the Norveshka court where curses, plagues, and madness are threatening to destroy the country. With her gift of healing, she discovers that the so called curse is illness and that she is uniquely gifted to help the people, no matter that they don’t trust her. There’s one catch, in order to help she’ll need to pretend that she’s lovers with the gorgeous and playful General Dravenko. [Read more…]

Review: Dearest Ivie by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

Confession time: I’m not sure I can ever quit JR Ward. Time may prove me wrong, but even though her books can be over the top, trite, silly, or even downright infuriating, I keep coming back for more. Because sometimes, she pulls off sexy, captivating, and emotional along with–or instead of–the stuff that drives me crazy. Case in point: I actually worried that the hero of this book was going to die. Hell, Ward has killed a heroine before. Add to that, I had a really hard time getting into the story. Yet despite that… and even some other issues… I read it all in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down in the second half.

As advertised, this is set in the BDB world, but it’s not a Black Dagger Brotherhood story. None of the brothers make an appearance, but the king gets a shout out and we do see some familiar faces from the main series. It’s enough. [Read more…]

Review: Claimed: A For Her Novel by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read the duo team of Alexa Riley before but I’ve read mainly the short smut writings. This one has heart. I found myself feeling for both Jordan and especially Jay. This is book 3 in Riley’s ‘For Her’ series and my first read in the series. As a stand alone, I missed nothing.

I get the feeling that this series is about obsession but with heart. Isn’t that the best kind? In this case, Jorden Chen, the IT wiz who knows more than computers, is jonesing over Jay Rose. Jay’s the secretary/right-hand/girl Friday to Mason Osbourne of Osbourne Corporation. Jay’s got a reputation around the office as the one you’ve got to get around if you want to the bossman. I liked Jay. I liked her a lot. She’s pleasantly self deprecating, unknowingly witty, and knows she can pass for cute but not pretty. What’s not to like? [Read more…]

Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Reviewed by Sara

In Hurts to Love You, the third and last book in the Forbidden Hearts series, Gabe is the son of the former housekeeper to the formerly wealthy Kane family. He’s the best friend to Olivia Kane and part of her wedding party. Thing is, he’s also more. Secretly he’s in love with Olivia’s soon to be sister in law, the sheltered Eve. He’s also holding on to another secret that could alter his relationship with Olivia and her family forever, a secret it’s getting harder and harder to hold on to.

Eve is the youngest of the Chandler siblings and has been treated like a child her entire life. She’s recently split from the family business and is on her own trying to develop an improved ride share business. She’s also trying to show Gabe, who she’s always had a crush on, that she’s not a little girl anymore. Which would make it a bad thing for Gabe to find out that she’s been his ubiquitous and mysterious ride share driver for the past several months. [Read more…]

Review: The Beast and the Sibyl by AJ Adams

Reviewed by Ronelle

When a vicious Beast is dragged into the village, Bliss knows she should mind her own business. After all, everyone knows that the Beasts are violent and dangerous…but he is still a living creature and her conscience won’t let her turn away from the cruelty of the villagers. And so she steps in, unknowingly putting her on a path of life-changing consequences.

When Siv first lays eyes on Bliss, he knows she’s one of them. That pale hair and those big blue eyes are Skraeling through-and-through. He wants her and is determined to have her as his mate, objections be damned. The time he spends hidden in her home, healing from the horrible wounds inflicted by the villagers and their Patriarch, is time he can use to convince her to leave with him…or so he thinks. [Read more…]

Review: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

I should probably start by saying how much this book was universally loved. It has tons of five star reviews out there… hundreds maybe. I have read and loved Lisa Kleypas books as well; it’s why I read her back list when my TBR get slow. But while I liked this book, there were a few things about it that kept me from truly adoring in the way so many other readers did.

Amelia is the responsible oldest sister in the Hathaway family. Her brother has recently and unexpectedly inherited a title, which would be a boon if he would actually behave as an adult. He lost his love to scarlet fever, though, so he is currently drinking and wasting his life away, regardless of the effect it has on the rest of his family. [Read more…]

Review: Any Groom Will Do by Charis Michaels

Reviewed by Jen

I’m going to admit, I had some grave reservations about this book after reading the prologue. It sets up the heroine as barren from an illness she had when she was eight years old, with what seemed like very little evidence to support it. Then, it made it sound like she grew up without ever getting her period. Does this happen from illness? Can it? I felt like this was all an elaborate set-up for a miracle baby after the woman lives to the ripe age of 27 as a spinster. I couldn’t be more happy to report that I was wrong and I could have let myself enjoy this book (even more than I did, which was quite a but) without my suspicions hanging over my head.

So the heroine is Willow, the (really) barren daughter of an earl and all she wants out of life is to go live with her aunt and uncle in London and be an apprentice in their design business. Unfortunately, her aunt is a bit of a pariah in the family and as an unmarried woman, Willow doesn’t get to make any choices about her own life. Add to that, two of her friends are just as desperate for their freedom, and she is sufficiently motivated to come up with a scheme to save them all. [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Reviewed by Jaimie

After starting with the second book in the series and moving backwards, I found that I enjoyed this one even more than Dirty Scoundrel. Jessica Clare’s new series Roughneck Billionaires centers around brothers who happen to have land that was sitting on top of a lucrative oil well. Overnight they go from scruffy, paycheck to paycheck lives to billionaires. Dirty Money is the first book in the series and tells Boone and Ivy’s story.

Boone Price has worked hard and is now enjoying the privileges that come along with being disgustingly rich and hot. He may come across as having a lot of swagger, but Boone just wants to be accepted. He sets his sites on the wealthy and successful realtor who he imagines will make a perfect trophy wife. [Read more…]

Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

I’ve been waiting (not all that) patiently for Nate and Becca’s story forever. Over the course of four books they’ve been in the background, him following her every move with adoring eyes. Her unknowing competence keeping him well managed. Becca has been Nate’s office manager for seven years, and never have they crossed the streams, but now, finally, things change.

Oh, before I dive in, this *is* a billionaire hero story, but he’s neither flash, mean, nor alpha. Phew, right? Nate is a happy, work-obsessed geek, whose favorite social mores are inventing palindromes and eating takeout food with his best friend Becca.

When he first hired her, his tech start-up was a small fish about to turn full whale. Then in the midst of inventing a ton of money-making technology, Nate also buys a hockey team. After an event Becca can’t for the life of her work out, Nate moves her from by his side to work for the team in the Brooklyn office. Hmm, can anyone think of a reason he might not want her around? [Read more…]

Review: Chance by Pearl Foxx

Reviewed by Jen

I will admit, I have a soft spot for cyborg heroes who are done well. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say I have a soft spot for cyborg heroes who are done a certain way. I like them ice cold. More machine than man. Almost unfeeling. Until that perfect woman comes along and makes him feel things he shouldn’t.

This book gave me that… a little bit. Chance has essentially sworn off women because he was rejected by his love for accepting machine parts. And he considers himself unlovable. I dig that. But the romance between him and Verity was way too easy here. We are talking about insta-lust, insta-action, and a whole lot of “mine” happening in a short period of time.

Let me back up. [Read more…]