Archives for May 2018

Review: Bone Driven by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

One day I will learn how to savor a good book like a fine glass of wine. One day, but not today.

I inhaled this book with the fervor of one finding oxygen on a dying planet. It took me a few chapters to remember everything that was going on, but once I got my bearings, it was all systems go. And it was over far too quickly.

As the story begins, the clock is ticking on Luce’s days with the police force. At the end of the last book, she was forced into an agreement to go work for the demon task force of the National Security Branch of the FBI. She is a woman of her word, but it’s breaking her heart to walk away from her partner and the life she’s worked so hard to build. Before she turns in her badge, though, she’s got one more assignment–and it’s a tough one– a string of deadly arsons with no apparent common thread. She must work to figure out what’s behind them, all while juggling her sick father, her complicated relationship with her coterie, and her feelings for Cole. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the looming threat of an attack by her sisters War and Famine. [Read more…]

Review: The Greatest Risk by Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

The Greatest Risk is book three in Kristen Ashley’s erotic BDSM Romance series. The books center around a Phoenix, AZ sex club, The Bee’s Honey and the members within. I really enjoyed books one and two and was excited when book 3 released.

It follows characters Sixx (real name: Simone) and Stellan as they grapple with dark pasts on the way to love and happiness. Sixx is a private investigator that has no problem living dangerously and skirting the law. She’s the premiere Domme at The Honey, but due to a traumatic childhood she believes she’s unworthy and holds everyone, friends, lovers and Subs, at arm’s length. Sixx has desperately wanted Stellan since she first laid eyes on him, but because of her sense of unworthiness and his preference as a Dom, she refuses to go there, even if he is the thing most likely to make her happy. Stellan has also had an awful childhood too, but for whatever reason he’s risen above it to become a successful and endearingly arrogant businessman and Dom. He’s wanted Sixx as his for ages and has grown tired of waiting. Stellan pulls out all the stops to convince Sixx that they’d be perfect together, but it’s a fight against the ghosts of Sixx’s past. [Read more…]

Review: Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James

Reviewed by Jen

Though I enjoyed the romance in the first book of this series, it was almost overshadowed by my interest in the secondary couple, the hero’s brother and his betrothed. So I was more than excited to start this book and read their full story.

North, heir to the Dukedom, and Diana were engaged in book one, but it seemed that she was far less enamored of the match than he was. In fact, she ran away and jilted him before that book was done. It ended with him finding her hidden away in a cottage with a crying baby. All signs pointed to her having given birth, but we learn quickly that the child actually was a bastard born of her deceased sister. Diana refuses to let the baby grow up in an orphanage, so she has taken responsibility for him.

Anyway, North disappears for a while and goes off to fight in the American revolution. When he returns, he discovers that she is now living in his family home, raising the baby and acting as a governess to his niece. Society believes the child she brought with her is his. But rather than lashing out, he is surprisingly magnanimous. It’s sets the stage for us to see his true character. [Read more…]

Review: How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

Reviewed by Jen

I have read a few different books from Vivienne Lorret now, and I have enjoyed them enough that I did not hesitate to pick this one up. It follows the story of a professional matchmaker who inadvertently falls in love with the man who has hired her.

That premise could’ve made it very trite. So too could the second major trope thrown in. The heroine gets amnesia. Though that is an eye-roller for some folks, it did not bother me here. I did have a few issues, but that wasn’t one of them.

I guess, for me, my biggest complaint is that I was slow to warm up to these characters. Jacinda, our matchmaker, is hell-bent on proving Rydsrom, the titular Duke, is hiding something. She dresses up like a maid to invade his private space and she tries to sneak in to his country home as well. She comes across as immature and, well, like a bit of a wrecking ball. It was kind of a blessing when she forgot who she was. [Read more…]

Review: Her Hollywood Boyfriend by K.R. Grace

Reviewed by Debz

It’s a rainy day and Macey Greere just needs her dog, Axel, to poop so they can both go back and enjoy the warmth inside. Little does she know that her world is about to be turned on its head. You see, although normal to her family and friends, Macey is the girlfriend of famous up and coming rocker Cam Davis and shit is about to hit the fan.

Cam is caught and broadcasted having sex with his manager during his first tour and the paparazzi have descended on Macey’s home to capture her meltdown. Does Macey start crying immediately she sees the video and want to kill Cam? Maybe. After all, he deserves it. But she makes the decision to stick to her routine and continue with her summer plans as counselor at Camp Silver Star instead.

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Review: An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

Reviewed by Ronelle

Being born with an obvious physical deformity and no magic in a world that fears the former and looks down upon the latter, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs should have been given to the sky at birth. Instead, the quick-thinking and clever maneuvering of the musketeer Jean-Claude spared her life. Underestimated by her family and her kingdom, she is hidden away and nearly forgotten…

…until the day a marriage proposal to the second son of a dying king in an empire on the verge of civil war is laid at her feet.

Isabelle grabs onto the promise inherent in such an unexpected escape from her family, but she soon learns she is not the first. In fact, the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude quickly find themselves ensnared in a web of prophecy, intrigue, betrayal, and madness where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. It’s up to Isabelle to unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception…and the clock is ticking. [Read more…]

Review: Dark Justice: Hunt by Jenna Ryan

Reviewed by Jaimie

I love a good romantic suspense book and I’m always on the look-out for new authors. Dark Justice: Hunt is the second book in the Dark Justice series by Jenna Ryan, and this one kept me reading from the start! I had not read any of Ms. Ryan’s books before and I didn’t start at the beginning of the series. I definitely plan to go back and read the first one but I was still able to enjoy this one.

Dr. Melia Rose thought she had it all – great career, perfect marriage – she really couldn’t have asked for more. Until one night saw her life go up in flames. She’s not even sure what happened, but she blames herself for the end of her marriage. She spends three years jumping from city to city trying to avoid her pain but settles back in her home town. Dr. Rose takes over the local GP practice and wants to focus on getting back to “normal”. And just when she starts to get in a groove, an associate of her ex-husband shows up and blows her comfortable lie to hell. [Read more…]

Review: Disturbing His Peace by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Sara

In all honesty, I wasn’t going to read Disturbing His Peace. I wasn’t a huge fan of the other books in this series and figured I’d just leave it. That was, until I saw a couple posts Tessa Bailey put up on Instagram about the book. I snatched it up on release day and I am so glad I did.

Dannika is a people-pleaser, she’s always the one her family comes to for helps. So, it only makes sense that her dream job is helping the citizens of New York. She’s at the top of her class in the police academy and would love it if it wasn’t for Greer. Greer is Dannika’s incredibly good looking, incredibly demanding instructor and she hates him. However, there’s more to Greer than meets the eye; he’s hard on his students because he knows what happens when you’re not perfect at this job. Greer’s partner died on the job, and between that and a very man’s man kind of upbringing, he holds people at arm’s length. Except it’s getting harder and harder to keep his brightest and most tempting student, Dannika at a distance. A slip up on Greer’s part, as well as a potentially dangerous mistake on Dannika’s brings the two together and the sparks fly. [Read more…]

Review: Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve by Danielle Garrett

Reviewed by Debz

This is an urban fantasy romance with vampires (wooohooo!!!!!) The heroine here is Lacey Vaughn, basically the princess of American vampires and her love interest, Matthias Hartford.

Lady Lacey, daughter of the ‘Baron of the East’ has been summoned by her father back into the fold. After being on self imposed exile for 3 or so years, her father has commanded her to come back home and she has two options, come voluntarily or be brought back.

Upon her return, her father informs her and the court that she will be wedded on the annual Hallow’s Eve all. Not only will she be married, her husband will be chosen via a tournament of the blood. For context on the tournament of the blood, think of sweaty men, fighting each other in pairs, until one surrenders or dies until there is one victor. [Read more…]

Review: Melt For You by JT Geissinger

Reviewed by Joanna

Joellen, a NYC-based editor, has zero self-esteem. In love for a decade with her boss at her publishing house, she can’t believe the guy would ever look at her twice, even if he’s about to get a divorce and has started hanging around her desk. She’s thirty-six and considers herself old, overweight and unattractive. Her life gets worse when her annoying new neighbor, a giant of a Scottish sportsman, plays rap music until the walls shake. Joellen has no problem giving him a piece of her mind, even if every time he answers the door, he’s half-naked (top half, silly. Where did your mind just go?)

To get him to shut up, Joellen bribes him with home-cooked meals, and for comfort-starved Cameron, this is a deal he can’t refuse. Despite Joellen’s frosty snark, they become kind of friends, and she confides in Cameron about her unrequited love. Overconfident Cameron, who’s constantly trying to get Joellen to admit she fancies him, decides he needs to teach this woman to kiss. After all, the boss is starting to pay attention, and she’s out of practice. [Read more…]