Archives for June 2018

Welcome Elise!

Hey guys! I’m excited to introduce you to a new reviewer at Red Hot Books. Welcome, Elise.

Elise is full time mum, part time Speech Pathologist and anytime book reader. Elise has had a passion for reading from the time she picked up her first Babysitters Club book and held a long standing envy of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, purely for her library.

Elise lives in Australia with her husband, two kids and a dog. Her nights are usually spent curled up on the lounge with her nose in a book.  Elise loves reading YA, NA, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, historical, contemporary, erotica and romantic suspense. 

Review: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

It seems that every time I write a review for an Ilona Andrews book, I have the same problem. How do I describe it without sounding like a fangirl who knows only the language of squee? It’s not my fault, really. The books are just that good.

And this first installment in the Iron Covenant series has so much in common with the Kate Daniels series it spun off of. The world building is extraordinary. The dialogue is witty and full of banter, with just the right amount of bite. There is action. There is romance. And there are characters which are complex and layered. People who are not all good and not all bad, but 100% captivating. [Read more…]

Review: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Reviewed by Sara

The Varlet and The Voyeur is book four in Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway’s Rugby Series. I really enjoyed the previous three books in the series and was stoked for this book to come out.

Will Moore is the strong silent member of the Irish Rugby team. He is seen as well-mannered and scandal free until a tabloid accuses Will of paying prostitutes to perform sex acts so that he can watch. The team is shocked and so are Will’s sponsors. Will is all about rules, ethics and preventing misunderstandings. He is also, definitely, a voyeur and, while never having paid prostitutes (he views this as unethical because prostitution can be exploitive), he has had a non-monetary arrangement with several married couples. So, to make things up to the team and regain his good name he hires Josey Kavanagh to be around him to keep him from finding another couple to watch. Will initially views, sweet, exuberant Josey as a little sister or a puppy. However, unexpected things can happen in close quarters and soon Will doesn’t see Josey as a little sister at all. To avoid misunderstandings he puts both rules and a deadline on their interactions, which (of course!) means misunderstandings abound. [Read more…]

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Reviewed by Ronelle

When nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, she never expected it would change her life forever. That same night, a beast-like creature bursts into her home and demands retribution for it. He gives her a choice: join him in the treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends or die. At her family’s terrified urging, Feyre chooses life and exile, soon discovering that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate and they spend more time together, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s even been given about the Fae. But lurking on the borders of Tamlin’s lands is an ancient, wicked shadow and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever. [Read more…]

Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

Reviewed by Caitlin

It Takes Two is the second book in Jenny Holiday’s “Bridesmaids Behaving Badly” series. I absolutely loved the first one – One and Only – and highly recommend it. It Takes Two tells Wendy Liu and Noah Denning’s story.

Wendy’s best friend, Jane Denning, is getting married and Wendy is trying as hard as she can to be happy for her. Whereas the bride in book 1 was a straight-up bridezilla in the traditional sense, Jane is almost more difficult to deal with. Every time Jane mentions how “low-key” she wants her wedding to be, I laughed. Girl, just be high-maintenance. It’s not any worse than high-maintenance-pretending-to-be-low-maintenance. [Read more…]

Review: Madfall by Grace Draven & Dana Marton

Reviewed by Jen

I’m such a fan of Grace Draven’s that any story with her name that crosses my path automatically finds its way into my TBR. This dragon-themed anthology features a reissue of a previously released novella, but it’s one I haven’t read.

Draconus tells the story of Leida, a woman who was once the favorite of a dragon lord. She ran away with a small piece of his treasure and as this novella begins, she has been located and dragged back to face him for her crimes. Magnus would be within his rights to kill her for stealing from him, but he would much rather keep her alive and in his grasp. It takes no time at all to realize these two still want each other desperately; his anger and her fear quickly give way to the desire and sexual undercurrent between them. There is a fair amount of on-page loving, and it’s pretty steamy. [Read more…]

Review: A Place in Your Heart by Kathy Otten

Reviewed by Jen

I am a big fan of historical romance, though usually my preference is for the Regency era or the occasional Highlander offering. But the blurb on this Civil War romance caught my attention. It centers on an Irish nurse named Gracie and the disagreeable surgeon who drives her crazy.

Charles constantly makes cracks about her tender sensibilities and insists that the medical ward is no place for a woman. What seems like arrogance, though, really masks a complete inability on his part to connect to other people. It is never explicitly stated, but I feel like he may have had mild Aspergers or fallen somewhere on the autism spectrum. He could not express his feelings; he did not understand humor. He was ostracized his entire life but just could not find his place. Except with medicine.

This is definitely an enemies to lovers story. Charles makes Gracie crazy, but over time she grows to appreciate his skill and realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. It doesn’t hurt that he excites her with his unbidden kisses. Still, she doesn’t feel like any man can ever replace her late husband. This is a slow burn romance for sure. (And a virgin hero, BTW.) [Read more…]

Review: Queen of Shadow by Suz deMello

Reviewed by Ronelle

Janus is a planet lacking both tilt and spin, and its Shadowlands divide the violently hot Lightside from the perpetually cold Darkside. Because of the world’s peculiarities, birthrates are low and indiscriminate mating encouraged.

Unless you’re the Queen of Shadow.

Audryn, made queen upon the deaths of her family members, has reached the time when she must either choose a King to rule with her or fail to bear an heir, casting not only her realm but all of Janus into chaos. As nobles in all three realms vie for her hand and favor, and though she trysts with many, none have struck her as the right choice. She briefly considers Kaldir, the Prince-Scientist sent by the Children of Light for a time… [Read more…]

Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

Reviewed by Jen

I have been a fan of Kelly Meding since her Dreg City days. So when I saw she had a new urban fantasy series starting, I was super excited. And I am happy to report that Stray Magic didn’t disappoint.

The heroine, Shiloh, is a US marshal who works with a special paranormal unit. She is half human, half djinn, and as the story begins, she is just looking forward to a little R&R with her boyfriend, Vincent. Unfortunately, before they can get too cozy, she is called away on a case. A group of vampires has taken a trailer park hostage. The thing is, though, it is just an entry point into a larger mystery. Someone has been snatching vampires and werewolves… and master vampire Tennyson orchestrated the hostage situation it to get the help of Shiloh’s team in finding out who is behind the kidnappings and stopping them. This, as Shiloh’s own boss goes missing. She must work with Tennyson and the remainder of her team in a race to find the bad guy as it seems he is closing in on her at the same time. [Read more…]

Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa

Reviewed by Caitlin

Pretending He’s Mine is a standalone contemporary romantic comedy with one of my all-time favorite tropes: the fake relationship. This is my first Mia Sosa book, and even though it’s the second in this series (the first one is about the heroine’s movie star brother), I had no trouble following along.

Julian Hart is a bigshot Hollywood agent whose biggest client is superstar Carter Stone – his best friend from high school. Julian is tightly wound and constantly working or working out (Lord do I love when a book details a hero’s workout regimen). He is worried that he might lose his job because he is outspoken on the matter of representation in Hollywood and his asshole boss doesn’t want him to alienate anyone from his “soapbox.” He also religiously works to keep his personal and professional life separate, which means sometimes he’s Carter’s friend and sometimes he’s Carter’s agent, but never at the same time. [Read more…]