Archives for April 2018

Review: Dark Queen by Faith Hunter

Reviewed by Jen

I was completely and utterly blown away by this book. Each installment in the Jane Yellowrock series has been good, but this one took it to an entirely new level. So much is happening here. I was completely on the edge of my seat. And it was a gamechanger, guys. I had so many feels.

This is the book where we finally get the big face-off between Leo’s people and the European vamps in their long awaited Blood Duel. A huge event like that—I totally expected to take up an entire book on its own, but it doesn’t. In fact, there were so many other things happening in the first half of the story that I was sure Faith Hunter was saving it for the next book. [Read more…]

Review: Warlord by Nia Mars

Reviewed by Ronelle

Lukar Xon is one of the Emperor’s most brilliant and feared warlords. He’s won battle after battle, war after war, and the conquering of Tembria is no different…until it is. Because instead of being sent off to the next war as expected, the Emperor gifts him with a governorship and a princess.

Meela is the heir to a fallen kingdom, and the conqueror’s prize. But she will bow to no one–certainly not to the barbarian who killed her father and captured her planet. She might have to surrender her body to the warlord, but she refuses to surrender her heart. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Torn by Rowenna Miller

Reviewed by Sara

Torn, the debut fantasy novel of author Rowenna Miller, tells the story of Sophie, a seamstress who has used her skills with needle and thread and her ability to imbue her creations with charms to work her way out of poverty. Her brother Kristoff, a laborer, is not so lucky and is disillusioned with the way their country’s monarchy is running things. As Sophie becomes a darling of the nobility, Kristoff becomes involved with the enigmatic professor Pryord Venko and a movement to provide more rights to the working class. Soon the movement that started out as a cry for more rights becomes a full out rebellion with goals of overthrowing of the nobility. Sophie will have to decide what side she belongs on or find herself torn between the nobles and her livelihood or her love for her brother. [Read more…]

Review: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first read by this author and the first in her ‘Coming Home’ series. I really liked the blurb and that’s the only reason I chose to read this.

It took me several attempts to get through. I’d start reading and get bored with Maverick and his complete all compassing selfishness. His is the first point of view that we as the audience is introduced to and that first impression is a lasting one. Maverick is a completely unlikable hero. And remains that way throughout for this reader.

Leighton and Maverick grew up on adjacent farms and have known each other most of their lives. Since she was old enough to know Maverick, Leighton’s always had a crush on him; that crush would eventually turn to love as she grew into her teenaged years. During a could this get any worse encounter with Maverick when Maverick was sixteen, she overheard what he really thought of her. To say she was devastated is an understatement and of course, it was the end of the world in teenage years. [Read more…]

Review: A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe

Reviewed by Jen

As much as I love the Regency romances that are the mainstay of my historicals, I am really enjoying the foray into New York’s Gilded Age I’m getting with this series. This is the second installment in Joanna Shupe’s The Four Hundred and–though I enjoyed the first one–if you want to jump in here, this holds up just fine as a standalone.

Lady Eva is a talented architect who learned her craft at the feet of her renowned father. Unfortunately, her dad has developed dementia and can no longer work. To make matters worse, he mismanaged their money and despite his success, she can’t pay the bills. So she decides to use her own skill to fix the situation. Of course, no one will hire a woman as an architect, so she takes a lucrative job in New York, pretending to serve in her father’s stead. After all, she’s been designing in his name for years. What could possibly go wrong? [Read more…]

Review: A Devil of a Duke by Madeline Hunter

Reviewed by Jen

Eh. I struggled with this book. It wasn’t bad necessarily, but it didn’t grab me. In fact, I had to push myself to get through it, largely because I didn’t connect with the characters or feel any real spark between them.

Amanda is a daughter of two thieves who is trying to make a respectable life for herself. She is serving as a lady’s secretary and is using her skills and her smarts to find success. Unfortunately, someone has kidnapped her mother and is now blackmailing Amanda into stealing stuff to keep her safe. First it was something in a museum… now it’s an object in a private collection. The owner of the house is out of town, but the only way she can access it is through the home next door… and she’ll seduce the man who lives there to get inside. [Read more…]

Review: Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

Reviewed by Jen

I wanted to love this book. I mean, a romance between a lady and Bow Street Runner, one that would be forbidden in the eyes of society… that is right in my lane. I adore pairings where the hero is below the heroine in social station. But for a number of reasons, this book did not deliver in the ways I had hoped.

The biggest fail, for me, was that the first hook up for these two happened before the book ever began. Yes, it tells you that in the blurb, but reading this book gave the distinct feel that I was jumping into a series already in progress. The was disappointing for the romance to be sure, but it was downright overwhelming with the giant infodumps in the bigger story. No standalone book has a history for its characters so detailed and complex, so I did some research and sure enough, this book was born out of the events of The Royal Rewards series. (*This is clearly stated now on Amazon & Goodreads, but was not made obvious when I accepted the ARC.) There is a whole thing about a gold heist and a dead brother for the hero… all it did was bog me down and take away from the story at hand. Even worse, I couldn’t tell what stuff had actually happened on page in other books and how much was backstory for the characters that no one had read anywhere. [Read more…]

Review: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

In the books leading up to this one, I was deeply curious about how Lisa Kleypas would fashion a romance involving the youngest member of the Hathaway family. Beatrix was always painted as a strange bird, more interested in animals than people. I wondered what kind of hero would fit with her quirky personality. And I have to say, Kleypas didn’t disappoint. What better match for a woman who collects and cares for wounded animals than a man who so wounded, he needs her special blend of tender loving care?

It takes a while for the love story between Beatrix and Christopher to really get off the ground. That’s because for the first several months…years…of their relationship, Christopher was at war. They grew close through an exchange of letters over time. The thing was, he thought he was writing to someone else, a deception she perpetuated as a kindness, until she realized she was falling for him and he was was falling in love–with a lie. [Read more…]

Review: To Discover a Divine by Tessa McFionn

Reviewed by Ronelle

Imagine stepping out of your front door and into an entirely alien world. Literally. That’s what happens to Evainne Wagner on what was otherwise set to be a perfectly normal day. All she planned to do was go for a run, but instead, she finds herself in the middle of a firefight in an intergalactic maximum-security prison. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, youngest son of a ruling house and the leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship, his only intention is to rescue his crewmembers. But when he discovers a terrified female during their escape, he doesn’t think twice about taking the exotic beauty with him. His good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize. [Read more…]

Review: With This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Reviewed by Debz

This is the 4th book and conclusion to the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Honestly, I thought this series had ended years ago and was very surprised to see it pop up in my Goodreads timeline.

If you’ve ever read any of the This Man books, you may remember that it was one of those series that came into the limelight after the shocking success of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. It ‘hard core’ sex scenes and was edgy at the time. This was just a more boring Fifty Shades of Grey, but with a different location…London.

Anyway, this book picks up about 10 years later. The twins are 11. Jesse and Ava have been married for a while and all is rosy. The husband is about to turn 50, though, and is going through a mini midlife crisis. All of a sudden, the wife is in a car accident and has amnesia. She can conveniently not remember the 16 or so years she has had with her husband, the birth of her children, etc. [Read more…]