Archives for December 2018

Ericka’s Favorites of 2018

by Ericka

It seemed that this year all of the books that I read consisted of Dominant Alpha males. I must have a soft spot for the ones that have dark gruesome past or the Doms that are into some really hardcore mess. These are authors that were all new to me with the exception of one that I recommend.

The Stolen Duet Duology by BB Reid which consists of book one being The Bandit and book two being The Knight. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this duology because it has some tropes that are definitely on my “Most Hated Tropes” list. After two recommendations from friends I decided to give it a try. Mostly what got me hooked on them is because they are about the Mafia. I love a good book about the Mafia. These two books are lengthy but because of the pace of the books they can be finished within one sitting. I finished them both in two days and I would recommend to read them back to back if you decided to read them.

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Jen’s Favorites of 2018

I read some amazing books from old favorites and made at least one new favorite this year!

The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran. Tortured heroes are my jam and Lockwood fits the bill in spades. The man was kidnapped right after his wedding and sent to a penal colony under a false name. The wife he left behind is heartbroken, but instead of seeking the answers she wants, she asks only for an heir. Lots of feels in this one.

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs. As much as I love the Mercy Thompson books, I adore the Alpha and Omega spinoff books even more. Here, Charles has been put in charge of the pack in Bran’s absence. We get to spend some time with the Wildlings in this one and get a peek behind the curtain of Leah’s character. Anna and Charles are so great together. I can’t get enough of them.

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Review: Firestorm by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Holy cow! I am so glad I stuck with this series. If the last installment was a bit of a miss for me, this one more than made up for it. It was the best of the series yet.

This book had everything I love about the Weather Wardens. Jo has her power back and she is on a mission. It’s not unlike Ill Wind, where she is tearing across the country in a fast car. Only this time, instead of trying to rid herself of a demon mark, she is trying to stop the destruction of humanity at the hands of Mother Earth.

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Review: Best of Luck by Kate Clayborn

Reviewed by Caitlin

Best of Luck is the third novel in Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime trilogy. The series centers around three best friends friends – Kit, Zoe, and Greer – who drunkenly decide to play the lottery one night and win. Best of Luck is Greer’s story, and it’s my favorite of the series.

Greer Garson Hawthorne (her mother is an actress and a BIG personality) sees her portion of the winnings as her opportunity to finally go to college and get her degree so she can become a social worker. She’s never had much freedom because she was sick for so much of her teen years, and her family still worries about her health and safety. The money they spent on surgeries drained the family’s savings account, so two of Greer’s siblings and Greer herself were unable to go to college. Now that she won the lottery, college is her opportunity to gain independence. Unfortunately, she made a mistake on her courses and won’t be able to graduate without an art credit. She already has a job lined up, but she needs the degree and she can’t afford to wait a few more months. [Read more…]

Review: Resisting the Boss by Whitney G

Reviewed by Debz

There’s nothing more gross than your spouse cheating on you with your best friend. I always wonder, don’t the cheaters feel like common clichés cheating??? There are more than 7 billion people in the world and you decide to cheat with your spouse’s best friend?? LAME

Anyway, our heroine, Claire, is forced into a seniors single cruise on New Years Eve, and she’s obviously hating it. One, she is too young to be a senior, so all the men at the cruise are super older than her and it’s weird, while the men closer to her age would all prefer a younger woman with no children. After a frustrating couple disastrous introductions, she decides to leave.

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Sara’s Favorites of 2018

by Sara

Overall, 2018 was not a great year for me as far as books and reading went. I felt like I struggled to be interested in a lot of the books that came out this year and then was let down by some favorite authors whose books elicited little more than a “Meh, it was ok” from me. These books, listed below, are the books that broke through my reading malaise and wowed me.

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins – I’ll be honest, I was prepared to hate this book. However, what I found when I got down to reading it was an original and sexy redemption story.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – This Contemporary Romance is one of the times when it’s safe to judge a book by its cover. Just like its cover art, A Princess in Theory is a vibrant and beautiful romance. Funny and heart-felt it, it warmed my heart to see the geeky girl get the prince and be able to use her enormous and sexy brain.

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Caitlin’s Favorites of 2018

by Caitlin

I read some really wonderful romances (and some romances that I did not love quite so much) in 2018. Some of them were novels that came out this year, while sometimes I caught up on an author’s backlog (Jennifer Ashley and Elizabeth Hoyt come to mind for that).

There were also a few books that got some much-deserved heat this year – like Cat Sebastian’s Unmasked by the Marquess and Talia Hibbert’s A Girl Like Her – but both of those authors made my list for different books they published this year.

For my money, the most underrated romance this year was Meredith Duran’s The Sins of Lord Lockwood. Duran’s books are all incredible, but I’m especially floored this came and went without the pomp and circumstance it deserved. A sort of retelling of Count of Monte Cristo with a heroine who needs an heir (as opposed to the hero who needs it) and a historical romance where the heroine inherits her own lands and is genuinely powerful in her own right, Lockwood was an angsty masterpiece. Lord Liam Lockwood is brooding and a little broken and very sexy when the book starts and a sweet little puppy dog during the flashbacks. He is the best of both worlds. Lady Anna Lockwood is a role model with close female friendships and the weight of the world on her shoulders. I would recommend this book to literally anyone.

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Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Reviewed by Ericka

This story reminds me of those cute cozy little Hallmark romance movies. Charlotte has just broken her engagement off after finding her ex-fiance cheating on her. She goes to the bridal shop to return her dress to get a refund but can only get an exchange or store credit. While she is there, she finds a gown that is absolutely beautiful, and inside the gown is sewn a hand written note stitched in from the groom. She has no idea who the couple is but finds the gesture romantic. She gets the dress and conducts some drunk research. [Read more…]

Review: Windfall by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Hmm. I wish I could say that I enjoyed this fourth Weather Warden book as much as I did the earlier installment in the series, but I have to be real with you. This one felt different.

I had a very hard time connecting with it, especially in the first half. Joanne has left the wardens and is making ends meet as some kind of assistant to a weatherman. Let me stop right here and say this might have been part of my problem. I work in television news and I have for the past 20+ years. I have never seen any dynamic like the one portrayed here. Apparently, Jo is paid to dress up like a fool or a bikini babe to be a prop for a TV weatherman. She gets water dumped on her. She gets her bathing suit popped. She wears foam. This does not happen in real life and frankly it bothered me quite a bit. Yes, I know this book is more than 10 years old, but this didn’t happen in 2005 either. So yeah, grr. [Read more…]

Review: Waiting In Vain by Charlotte Stein (Reindeer Games)

Reviewed by Sara

With very few exceptions, I really dislike Christmas/holiday themed Romances. What I do like though is Romances with the forced proximity trope and author Charlotte Stein, which is exactly why I picked up the new anthology, Reindeer Games.

Each story in Reindeer Games is both holiday themed and includes the forced proximity trope. In Charlotte Stein’s offering, “Waiting in Vain,” Nancy is a fish out of water at her brother’s wife’s family Christmas weekend. In order not to embarrass her brother, she needs to present herself as well mannered and polite to the Hennessy family. Unfortunately, her resolve is tested by the gorgeous, well muscled Hennessy son, Mick who is making his attraction known at the most inopportune times.

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