Archives for July 2018

Review: Breathing Vapor by Cynthia Sax

Reviewed by Jen

There were enough sexy times that pushed my buttons in the first installment of this series that I thought it would be worth it to keep going. I had mixed feelings about that book, but I had hoped that my personal problems with it might be limited to that particular storyline. In one big way, it was. But I found that too many other issues persisted to jump right in to book three after this.

Breathing Vapor features an entirely new set of cyborgs than the first installment did. Though the world is the same, the characters have all been reset. The plot, however, largely mirrors its predecessor. A group of warrior cyborgs who wants to escape their evil human jailers and join their brethren on the exclusively cyborg planet, Homeworld. As the others were, the cyborgs are badly mistreated and want to kill every human they meet. In the end, they decide against that because it might draw too much attention to the cyborg ability to rebel. And many of their brothers would be decommissioned. So they agree to pick just one human to focus their rage on and make it look like an accident. [Read more…]

Review: Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, it took me a little while to really get into this book. But I have read from this author before, and I enjoyed the other book so much, I really wanted to give this a chance. I’m so glad that I did because I totally ended up a fan of this one too.

The story centers on Chas, a pilot who was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to spend the rest of her life on a dangerous prison planet. But after just a few weeks there, she is rescued by an unlikely savior. Chas thought Gabriel Sullivan had been dead for two years. Before then, she had gone round and round in small skirmishes with the rogue space pirate. They’d even shared kisses. But she did not think she could trust him. Now she doesn’t have much of a choice. [Read more…]

Review: Mogul by Katy Evans

Reviewed by Debz

This book started with a bang, like bam, they’re in there and I’m not used to that. I normally prefer a normal and slightly cringe-worthy meet cute and I was a little surprised and flustered at the fast pace the protagonists jumped into sex. LOL. But this is just me; I’m sure other people loved it.

I want to say that there is something about Katy Evans and her books that I love. The premise could be the simplest love story, with no weird extra suspense side plot and I’m still satisfied with the outcome. This book is one of such for me.

Sara Davies is a concierge at the Four Seasons and an aspiring Broadway actress. On her way back from the airport, she shares a cab with a strange man and they get to talking. Sparks fly. I mean they sizzle off the page and Sara and her man get into it. Turns out he’s staying at her hotel, and he calls down to the concierge desk to request a quicky. Like I said, BAM!!! [Read more…]

Review: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Victoria

This book is the beginning of the Made in Jersey series from Dirty Talk Queen Tessa Bailey. Guys, this book is hot. How hot? I was trying to read it while making dinner, and chapter 4 was so hot, I burned the whole thing. That hot.

The story opens with our hero, Sarge Purcell, returning to the factory town he was raised in after a 4-year absence. As Sarge is amusedly noting all the things that are the same, he quickly realizes that one thing is very different. His sister, single-mother River, is having a hard time. She sends Sarge to stay with her best friend Jasmine Taveras, not wanting her daughter to get too attached to an uncle who isn’t sticking around. Sarge immediately realizes his error, and begins helping his sister in more ways than just sending money.  [Read more…]

Double Review: Even Money and Double Down by Alessandra Torre

Reviewed by Debz

Debz read both All In Duet books back to back as one long story and reviews both here, starting with Even Money.

At night, Bell Hartley works at The House, a premier and exclusive gambling den in the Vegas Strip for the rich and powerful who don’t want to be seen spending money at their competitors’ tables. A waitress extraordinaire, she does it all for her bosses, Rich and Lance, who she considers family. Bell is also a college student by day and a rape survivor.

Dario Capece is the richest, most powerful owner in Las Vegas. The Italian is a hotel mogul and mob boss on the side and he rules Las Vegas with an iron fist. Married in Las Vegas royalty, Dario and his wife Gwen are a formidable force. There should be nothing in common between Married Dario and Waitress Bell right? WRONG. [Read more…]

Review: Treasure of the Abyss by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

In my many years of reading romance I have encountered heroes of all shapes and sizes. Heroes that were lizard men. Heroes that were giant bugs. Heroes that were zombies, shifters, vampires, djinn, demons… you name it. That being said, this is my first hero with tentacles and, honestly, it wasn’t as weird as you might think.

This book is set in a futuristic world, where humans have settled off of earth. Macy grew up there and it has been hundreds of years since her people made it their home. Not all of the technology still works and some of the early plans and ideas have been forgotten, but people get along well enough.

Macy is not very happy with her life. She lost a sister to the sea in an accident she blames herself for and can no longer recapture her joy for the water. That is only driven home when her childhood suitor takes her out on a boat with plans to propose. Macy loves Camrin as a friend, but all that guilt she carries around over her sister makes her a bit of a martyr. She plans on accepting his suit despite her platonic feelings. Until a storm knocks her off the boat and they are separated. [Read more…]

Review: Loving the Wounded Warrior by Adriana Anders

Reviewed by Sara

Adriana Anders has a way of using her novels to discuss very real societal issues, while also providing the escape many readers look for in a romance novel. Loving the Wounded Warrior is an example of this particular skill.

Kurt is a man left broken by his military service and the loss of a friend and fellow marine to suicide. He is pushing this same friend’s empty wheelchair up a mountain when he is nearly run off the road by O’Neal. O’Neal isn’t just the baby sister of Kurt’s best friend, a girl he crushed on, but she was also the intrepid high school reporter whose article on a concussion Kurt received due to football, led to the derailment of his college football career.

O’Neal has always been curious. Looking for the story in others’ experiences has helped her to avoid her own issues. She has trouble processing physical affection, is emotionally blunt, and has a career that she loves in theory, but is failing at in reality. Once she discovers the man with the wheelchair is Kurt, she’s even more curious than she normally is and she can’t let him or his story get away. [Read more…]

Review: Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance

Reviewed by Jen

I waited to read this novella until I had the new Dorina Basarab book at hand and I am glad that I did… because while this was a fun ride, it never would have satisfied my craving after so long away from the series.

This story is told in alternating timelines and points of view. Half of it is present day Dory, while the other is told by the Mircea of the past. I have to say, I did not like this storytelling device. Yes, I like Mircea quite a lot in this series, far more than I do in the Cassie Palmer books. But, every time we switched to his point of view, it took me away with what was happening with Dorina and that was the part of the book that I really enjoyed.

Our heroine is still trying to come to terms with the fact that the other half of her personality can communicate with her and the Micea flashbacks are somehow courtesy of her dhamphir nature. Honestly, I did not entirely understand how she had access to her father’s memories, but I just had to go with it. Anyway, Louis-Cesare is missing and Dory teams up with Marlowe and Radu to search him out overseas and bring him home. [Read more…]

Review: A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

Reviewed by Sara

Danica (Dani) Nilsson loses her boyfriend and her job as a chef in one day. With her reputation in tatters, she leaves to visit her aging supermodel mother in Italy where she runs into her one night stand from over a year ago. Antoni (Toni) Lorenzetti, Dani’s fling, is also the nephew of her mentor, Chef Marcello. Both Dani and Toni are present when a tragedy occurs in Marcello’s kitchen and Dani steps up to save the whole evening service.

Toni wants Dani in his bed, but he’s not sure about having her in his kitchen. Begrudgingly, he asks Dani to help at his secluded farm to table restaurant in the countryside outside of Milan. Throw in a conniving ex-wife, a distraught teenage daughter, a meddling mother and the idyllic Italian scenery and the recipe for a tumultuous romance is set. [Read more…]

Review: Gaslight by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Elise

Gaslight is the 4th installment of Dannika Dark’s Crossbread series.

‘Vampire trafficking is a sinister business, and nobody knows that better than Keystone. After Raven discovers hidden clues in a cold case, the group sets a trap in hopes of catching an elusive criminal. But when the plan backfires, Raven’s world is thrown into chaos, and Christian’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test.

Buried secrets come to light, and the only thing keeping Raven grounded is her insatiable thirst for vengeance. The stakes are high as they travel to a place where the landscapes are as treacherous as the immortals who live there. This time, there’s no room for mistakes. Will Raven have the courage to tame the violence in her heart before it swallows her whole?’ [Read more…]