Archives for January 2019

Review: Once Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Sara

Part of Alyssa Cole’s wildly successful Reluctant Royals series, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, follows aid to the prince of Thesolo, Likotsi, as she spends a rare day off in New York City trying to forget the woman who left her behind. In most cases the odds of meeting Fabiola, the girl who got away, in a city of millions would be lousy, but Likotsi’s goddess seems to be feeling mischievous and a chance encounter on a stalled subway leads to a day of spontaneous discovery, answered questions and a chance at joy.

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Review: The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Ericka

I have read LJ Shen’s previous series called the Sinners of Saints series but this one is my favorite out of all the others she has written. For one it has the mafia and I love anything dealing with the mafia.

Francesca is the daughter of a powerful mafia leader. She has been groomed her whole life that after graduating high school her main concern and focus is to get married and produce heirs to the family business. On the night of the masquerade (which everyone is dressed as gods and goddesses) she feels like fate is going to bring her and her childhood love together but things take a turn for the worst and her fate as she would have it is stolen from her.

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Review: Drawn Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Reviewed by Sara

Drawn into Love, by Aurora Rose Reynolds, is the story of Courtney, a newly divorced paralegal who has recently moved to New York to start over. Thanks to a hefty settlement from her cheating ex husband she is able to purchase a house and an interior architect to design it. Her architect is Lucas Fremont, a sexy single dad. The two are instantly attracted to each other and through misadventures that involve vomit, Courtney and Lucas come together. With Lucas’ daughter Maddie they start building a life together until both their exes make a reappearance, Luckily, love conquers all in this story of love, romance and finding family.

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Joint Review: Seasons of Sorcery

Reviewed by Jen & Sara

Jen: I read all the shorts in this anthology, as I am familiar with all of the authors. (Sara will jump in for Grace Draven’s story.

Winter’s Web by Jennifer Estep – This is classic Elemental Assassin and in just small novella, fans of the series will find just about everything they would get in a full length book, minus the progression of the larger story arc. Gin and her buddies are attending a Renaissance fair and volunteering to help out the guy that runs the thing (and also works for Owen.) While there, Gin realizes something is amiss and ends up facing a plot targeting one of our main characters.

Delicious food references? Check. On page shout out to the title? Check. Sophia’s Goth fashion? Check. Finnegan rougishness? Check. Owen’s violet eyes and Gin’s grey ones? Double check. We even get the obligatory line on her birth control. Speaking of which, I did feel like the sex scene at the end was out of place. I love a good on-page tumble as much as the next girl, but this one didn’t advance the story. And for what it’s worth, it felt like the longest/most in detailed love scene I’ve read from these characters. (But hey, depending on your tastes, that could be a positive or a negative.)

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Review: Bartender With Benefits by Mickey Miller

Reviewed by Ericka

This is the fourth installment in the Blackwell After Dark Series. Out of all of them, this one is my favorite. One of my favorite tropes is when childhood friends become lovers.

Clarissa Hanks has returned home from Harvard to be with her mother after she was diagnosed with cancer. She is also they younger sister of Cole who was the main character in book one, Professor with Benefits. Clarissa doesn’t really know exactly what she wants in life or which direction to start. Mason is Cole’s best friend. He has always had feelings for Clarissa but for the sake of his friendship with Cole he doesn’t act on those feelings. Mason has always wanted to open his own bar. When he goes through the process of getting a business loan they are mistaken as a couple and as business partners and the only way to secure the loan they have to proceed with the fake relationship.

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Review: Total Eclipse

Reviewed by Jen

This ninth book wraps up the Weather Warden series with a finale bigger and badder than anything that’s come before it, and with a series following one main character this long, that’s the way it should be. There are definitely some familiar vibes—a cross-country road trip, chasing down Oracles, djinns under control of the Mother—but everything happens on such a jacked up platform, it doesn’t feel like a rehash. It feels like life or death.

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Joint Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Sara and Caitlin

Sara: A Princess in Theory was one of my favorite books of 2018 and yet, somehow I forgot to review it. Caitlin also listed it as one of her favorites and also didn’t review it. Luckily, there’s no expiration dates on great books. Enjoy our joint review below.

A fresh retelling of the classic Cinderella story, A Princess in Theory begins with our heroine Naledi “Ledi” Smith receiving some spam in her inbox. Ledi isn’t dumb enough to believe the email claiming she’s the long lost and Goddess ordained princess of Thesolo, a small African nation, but it brings up feelings and desires that she can’t ignore. Passed around in the foster care system after the death of her parents, stuck at two jobs in which she’s not appreciated and living out of a shoebox apartment while she completes her Epidemiology Masters degree, Ledi struggles with belonging and fitting in. Being a princess, even if it’s too good to be true, would be a vast improvement to the life Ledi’s been living.

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Review: Allison Shatters the Looking Glass by CM Stunich

Reviewed by Ronelle

After all her fighting to get to the Looking-Glass and home, when Allison tumbles onto the rug in her parents’ living room, she discovers that all she wants is to go back. It’s more than just the awkwardness of having to explain nine boyfriends, a prophecy, and magic to her family—Topside just doesn’t feel right anymore.

It doesn’t help that a trio of fucking nightmares follows her back to throw down over the one intact Looking-Glass in existence. That’s really just the icing on the FUBAR-cake.

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Review: Demon’s Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series. And I am just over the moon that she has come back to it. Even more, I love her Kyllwood demons. These brothers have fought so hard for their entire lives to get where they are and ensure the future of their people. Zane was awesome and now we have Logan, who is just a fantastic hero.

He is poised to undergo the ritual to become one of the Seven… guardians of bubble dimensions which hold back basically the most powerful bad guy ever. The heroine, Mercy, is one of three women who serve as “keys.” If these women are brought together, they can kill that bad guy. So, as the story begins, Logan is watching her, waiting for an opportunity to bring her in. He has no idea she is actually bait for a trap to catch him.

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Review: Elijah’s Hope by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Sara

Elijah and the men in management at the Dyson International oil rig in Hope’s Point, Alaska are lonely. So, they concoct a plan to have women flown up to them. The men place a Facebook Ad and pick from the women who respond to it. The women fly up to Hope’s Point and get to spend two weeks of no strings attached fun experiencing the beauty of Alaska. Elijah’s pick is Shelby, a wholesome, girl next door from Baton Rouge, LA. He’s immediately taken with her and her squeaky clean persona that’s so different from the women he grew up with while his mother stripped to make ends meet. Elijah has baggage.

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