Archives for April 2019

Review: Gods and Monsters by Saffron Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I’ve only read two books by this author recently and this one is in a different ballpark than those. I didn’t really know what to expect of this story. It was darker and intense. It is a coming of age story that shows characters that are flawed and strong. The growth was probably my favorite part because I love to see how the characters move on from haunting pasts.

Able and Evie’s journey began when Evie was twelve. She was considered the town princess. Able was fourteen and the two developed a friendship. Able was everyone’s villain but Evie saw something else in him. Before I get more into the review I want to point out that this is not an exactly healthy relationship and there are some problematic situations. For these type of stories the writing saves the characters because it is interesting to see how they get out of certain situations and how it is made justifiable.

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Joint Review: American Witch by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen & Sara

Jen: I am such a big fan of Thea Harrison and her Elder Races series. This is the first book in a new trilogy set in that world and even if you’ve never read one of Harrison’s books before, you can easily jump in here. As made obvious by the title, this trilogy focuses on witches, particularly one who is just coming into her powers.

First of all, I love that Molly is an older heroine. She’s around 40 years old and her magical awakening comes due to a major disaster in her life rather than reaching a particular age. That being said, at the beginning, she is still a somewhat naïve and sheltered woman. She has essentially built her life around being the perfect wife for her husband and that made her a little difficult for me to relate to. I mean, I know women like this exist in the world, but in some ways, she was as much of a clean slate as a 21-year-old coming into her power.

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Review: The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn

Reviewed by Ericka

This was a heartbreaking novel that had me at a loss for words. The cliffhanger was no joke as well. However, the good thing about it is that book two comes out in June so there isn’t a long wait.

Colby has a mission to not deviate from his goal or dreams. He doesn’t have any time for distractions or allow anything “fun” in his life at the present moment. He wants to be a fighter pilot and is preparing to graduate, Soon he meets Rory at a party. He is standoffish and rude. Rory is beautiful, confident, and determined. It is clear the tension is very thick between the two. The distractions begin when Colby finds himself always thinking about Rory, but his dreams leads him to travel and Rory has family obligations that she has to stay home.

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Review: Black List by Lynn Raye Harris

Reviewed by Sara

Black List,  book 1 of Lynne Raye Harris’ Black’s Bandits series begins as Jace Kaiser, former Russian fugitive and now premier spy and mercenary for Black Defense International(BDI), joins the hunt for international assassin Calypso. After tracking her down at a Russian oligarch’s birthday party, Jace captures Calypso and ferries her away to BDI’s American headquarters. Unfortunately for Jace, the woman he brings back to the States isn’t Calypso, but American and Russian art appraiser, Dr. Madeline Cole. Oops!

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Review: Repeat by Kylie Scott

Reviewed by Ericka

I could not wait for this book to come out. I love Kylie Scott’s Dive series and the Dive Bar series so much that she has become an auto buy author. Also, I listened to this on audio and it was so much better than I expected it to be.

Clementine is recovering from being violently mugged. The aftermath of the attack has her suffering from amnesia. Anything from within the last few years, she doesn’t remember. When someone recognizes the style of the tattoo that she has and the artist, she goes to the tattoo shop to try and find some kind of answers of who she was. When she gets there the owner is very hostile towards her and tries to force her to leave. She doesn’t understand why he is acting that way towards her until she tell him that she can’t remember him. To make matters worse, they used to date.

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Review: Queen Fae by Leia Stone and Jaymin Eve

Reviewed by Debz

It has taken me a hot minute to get back into rereading this book for the umpteenth time just for this review, so sorry for the delay. After reading so many books with espionage, fantasy, suspense and the very intense fear on my part that a character I love would die, I have to take a break and watch a bubblegum drama or read a romantic comedy. 

If you’ve read the last two books with me, you would know that the last book ended with Violet, Arianna’s best friend being kidnapped by the Fae and now Arianna, Kade and co have journeyed through the veil to the Fae kingdoms to find her. 

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Review: The Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

This is my second book by this author and I love it more than I did the first time around. There are trigger warnings for mental illness.

After a crazy accident, Willow is admitted into Heartstone Psychiatric Hospital. It was an impulse decision that she regrets everyday. It causes her mom to worry for Willow’s safety and self being. Willow knows that she is different from all the females in her family. From her personality all the way down to the different eye color. The one thing that she inherited was her silver hair. Simon Blackwood is the new psychiatrist that is hired at Heartstone Psychiatric. His father is the founder of the hospital and it is implied that Simon would follow or be just like his father but the two of them couldn’t be anymore different. Willow awakens something in him that he thought was dead for a long time and it scares the hell out of him.

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Review: Tempting Her Neighbor by Laura Jardine

Reviewed by Sara

Tempting Her Neighbor is book one in Laura Jardine’s Small Town Temptations series. In it, Cole Sampson, a curmudgeonly, misanthropic software designer, moves to a small town to get away from all the people in the big city. Cole had an abusive father and it’s caused him to be mistrustful and generally grumpy. He’s hoping small town life will allow him to live simply and in peace.

Have I mentioned Cole hates people?

Cole hates people like I hate bathing suit shopping, with an unholy passion. Unfortunately for him, his neighbor, Rachel Malone is not getting the people hating message.

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Review: Breaking His Rules by Aliza Mann

Reviewed by Debz

So, I just started using my twitter to get more book recommendations and not just to troll/hype my friends and I’ve newly gotten super immersed into romancelandia on twitter. It has been a hot mess month there guys, a hot mess. However, I was still able to get book recommendations from authors and book bloggers and this is my first foray into a book  I saw solely on twitter. 

First thing I have to say is that it feels like the author is my friend. I have never met or spoken to her before, but she and the book sounds like a conversation I’m having with my friends. The words used and the tone just seem so familiar to me and I dig it.

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Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Reviewed by Caitlin

I’m not sure who my favorite romance novelist is, but Meredith Duran is definitely top three. She writes novels that are so vivid, that make me think, and that seem so realistic even as they deal with subjects that don’t always pop up in other historical romances (the Mutiny of 1857 in India or a genuine reflection on the lower classes of London.) She’s a page turner. I can’t ever put her down.

And this might be my favorite of all her novels.

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