Archives for December 2018

Review: Chill Factor by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Three books in and the Weather Warden series is keeping me on the edge of my seat. These books are so engaging and unpredictable. I think one of the things I like best about them is that Rachel Caine feels no need to stick to a formula. The trials of the heroine take her to very different places by the end of each installment, yet the series maintains a consistent feel and tone throughout.

This book picks up immediately after the events of the last one. All three installments, in fact, show the roller coaster Joanne has been on in a very short period of time. Only a couple of weeks have passed since her story began. Now she’s human again; David is bound as her djinn and the they are working together to try and contain Kevin, the troubled teenager who escaped with Jonathan. Kevin is using his djinn to keep her away from Las Vegas where he’s holed up, trying to live the high life. [Read more…]

Review: Inseparable by Siobhan Davis

Reviewed by Elise

Warning – this review does contain discussion about a number of triggering subjects… and I’m pretty much going to spoil the whole book here so click the spoiler links at your own risk. It’s hard to talk about my issues, though, without addressing what happens.

I get a lot of my book suggestions off Amazon’s ‘Kindle Recommends for You.’ This book was no different. The cover looked pretty hot so I judged that book by its lusty cover and jumped right in. I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. Just about every trope and twist you could possibly imagine was thrown in. It got to the point where I think I emotionally disengaged with the story.  As I go through the review I’m going to keep track of the tropes and twists so you will see what I mean. [Read more…]

Review: Allison’s Adventures in Underland by CM Stubich

Reviewed by Ronelle

Allison Liddell didn’t want to go to that stupid party in the first place, but her sister, Edy, knew just the card to play to convince her. She even talked her into that stupid blue-and-white dress. Of course, Edy wandered off to socialize as soon as they got there. So Allison did what came naturally: found a quiet place to read her book…which ended up being the last normal event in her young life.

A gunshot, a spray of blood, and before she knew it, she was chasing a murderer with rabbit ears through the woods. He jumped into a hole and she followed, like Alice in those books. Except in those books, there wasn’t blood everywhere. In those books, the characters weren’t all male, attractive, and interested in her.

Forget everything you know about the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare… This isn’t Wonderland; this is Underland. And everything is riding on Allison. [Read more…]

Review: Billionaire’s Unwanted Black Twin Babies by Ciara Cole

Reviewed by Debz

Honestly, I have no idea why I read this book. I really don’t. It’s just that when I enter a mini reading slump, I have to find a ridiculous book to jog me out of my funk. And buy was this ridiculous. First of all, the name guys…..it’s a bit much.

The story telling wasn’t any better. As someone who has been blessed with the opportunity to beta read for authors and friends alike, it’s very obvious to me now when a book is at it’s first draft stage and when it has been refined numerously to be fit for public consumption. This books reads like a first draft, and it’s annoying. The way the words are strung together feels clunky and inorganic.

Don’t even get me started on the objectification of both men and women in this story. The characters refer to the other sex as ‘male’ or ‘female’ and I don’t know if this bugs only me, but it feels dehumanizing and patronizing to me. You might as well just go the extra mile and call them men or women. Plot twist….I’m one chapter into this book, guys. [Read more…]

Review: Merrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday

Reviewed by Caitlin

Merrily Ever After is a novella in Jenny Holiday’s lovely Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. It follows the story of Elise and Jay, who are the couple getting married in the first book One and Only and whose actual romance is told in the (free!) novella Once Upon a Bride (which I very much recommend).

Merrily Ever After might be a bit more women’s fiction than actual romance since it deals with overcoming an obstacle in a marriage rather than two people falling in love, but it does have a lovely HEA and is a great entry into a wonderful series, so I think it’s close enough. Any fan of Jenny Holiday should absolutely read this novella. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Earl To The Rescue by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Sara

Earl To The Rescue is the story of Gwendeline Gregory, daughter of the Baron Gregory of Brooklands and his wife Annabelle. While she was young, Baron and Baroness Brooklands spent only a week out of the year with Gwendeline and were as uninvolved in her upbringing as possible. So, when they die in an ill-defined accident, Gwendeline, is less upset about her parents being dead as she is about the fact that they spent all of their savings and have left her penniless and soon to be homeless, since their debts require their estate to be sold off.

However, Gwendeline, is rescued by a the incredibly popular Lore Merryn, who, while surprised that Gwendeline is 19 years old and not an infant, is committed, along with a group of like minded gentlemen, to caring for her and helping her be introduced favorably into the ton. Gwendeline is whisked away to London where she is put up with Lord Merryn’s mother, a novelist, and begins making the round of parties. Here, she learns that her parents were general reprobates and begins to meet various characters. [Read more…]

Review: Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

I have to say, at the end of Ill Wind, I wasn’t really sure how Rachel Caine would continue with the Weather Warden series. After all, the main character wasn’t even a Weather Warden anymore. Maybe it should’ve been called the Weather Warden Turned Djinn series… Or maybe something a little snappier. But I am happy to say that be author did not disappoint. And while there is definitely a different feel here, I tore through this book in no time at all. I blinked and it was already over. Not because it was short, but because I was so engrossed in what was happening, I did not realize how much I had read. [Read more…]

Review: The Switch by Nia Arthurs

Reviewed by Debz

I’ve never been to Belize before, but it does sound amazing from everyone raving about the beautiful beaches and food. This means that I have only thought about it in terms of the country being a tourist destination and not a place with natives who go about their daily lives. This book finally put everything in perspective for me.

As y’all know, I love me a good best friends to lovers trope, so I was sure going to be read this. The beginning was super similar to another book I’ve reviewed in the past. It’s nice to know that a leaky kitchen pipe has brought so many couples together.

This book revolves around Ashanti Lane, an amazing soon to be awarded newspaper reporter and Luke Zhang, a coffee barista and soon to be coffee shop owner. Basically, she’s killing it, and he’s a bum and she’s too good for him. [Read more…]

Review: Fall by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Sara

Fall is book three in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series. In it, Jill-of-all-trades and professional friend, Stella Grey and John “Jax” Blackwood have one of the best meet-cutes I’ve read in a long time and then, through fate become neighbors. Both Stella and John are guarded and mistrustful of others. Stella, because she was abandoned by her grifter father shortly after the death of her mother and John, because of past family issues and because he is the lead guitarist for international recording sensation, Kill John.

While Stella doesn’t immediately recognize John as the infamous Jax Blackwood, once she does she realizes why he lives like a hermit. Just over a year or so before Fall takes place, John attempted suicide by overdosing on heroin. Since then, his reputation has been dragged through the mud and the family he had in his band and management has been fractured. [Read more…]

Review: Death Knell by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

Talk about a slow burn. I can’t think of a single romance I have become this invested in with so little physical payoff. Luce and Cole feel as inevitable as the tide, yet they move together in increments of inches. Millimeters. And even as slowly as they move, each hard won inch is a victory to celebrate. Hailey Edwards has sold me on this pairing, hook, line and sinker. And I may want this romance to happen even more than the characters do.

That being said, the book and the series aren’t romances; they’re urban fantasy. So there is a whole lot more going on on the pages. Luce is preparing for her sister, Death, to cross over into the world, and she is working with her new partner, Adam Wu, to figure out how when and where it’s going to happen. The bodies of corpses are reanimating and it seems a portend from Death herself. [Read more…]