Review: Lessons from the Professor by Shyla Colt

Reviewed by Shelly

This read like an experiment. It read like the author was testing her established target audience to see if they like BDSM elements in their stories.

This is my 2nd book by Shyla Colt and as with the first one, this didn’t work for me either. There ware too many elements for the length of this story. If might have worked if it was longer and there was more time to work through a heroine who is brand spanking new to BDSM (hearing about it doesn’t count as experience), a hero who is 20 years older than the heroine, and least of all, the disapproving family (but not for the reasons you might think). [Read more…]

Review: True North by Tamsen Parker

true northReviewed by Shelly

This is a really hard review for me to write, because I find myself wanting to say so much and not give too much away. I’ve done way too many revisions before settling down. I read this book purely on my experience with the writer. I find her storytelling to be very engaging, even when I neither like the characters or when I find the story category not to my liking. This one crossed too many lines of what I find pleasurable to read but I still found the writing to be good solid stuff. As with India, Slade’s story is his POV only. [Read more…]

Review: Dominated by Maya Banks

dominatedReviewed by Jaimie

Oh Maya.  Dominated is the second book in Maya Banks’ Enforcers series, and the continuation of Drake and Evangeline’s story.  I wanted to love it I really did – but I almost marked it DNF.  I’m glad I pushed through because it did get better at the end, but there were times I wanted to reach through the pages and smack Evangeline – HARD.

I don’t even know how to write this review because it was another bizarre experience.  Drake had his asshole moments, but overall I really liked him.  I also love the men that work for him, and I cannot wait to get their stories.  The men were the only reason I kept reading. [Read more…]

Review: Angel 6.0: Concubine by Travis Luedke

angel concubineReviewed by Shelly

I’ve had this in my TBR for a while, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. The concept is interesting. Before I get started, allow me get this part done first – Angelina, yes picture the famous bearer to that name, is genetically engineered. She wasn’t born a baby and grew into adulthood, she stepped out of an incubator in an adult body and has been in a lab environment all 6 years she’s been ‘alive’. The thing about Angel is that not only is the lab the only world she’s even known or have experience with, she’s been programmed by the man who created her to have an interesting tolerance, you could even say exuberance, for pain. And that elation sets the tone for many of her actions. [Read more…]

Review: Finding Their Balance by MQ Barber

finding their balanceReviewed by Shelly

Be warned, this is a fan girl review, so there’s a high chance I’m going to be a little bit giddy and rambly. I’ve read all 4 previous stories in this series and while I could probably recommend this as a standalone, I’m not going to, because this is a continuation. The story of the three main characters – Henry, Jay and Alice – is told in a traditional over-arching storyline. Each story builds on the last and there’s very little, if any, retelling. That’s one of the big pluses for me, the ability to fall right back into the lives of these three. [Read more…]

Review: Mastered by Maya Banks

masteredReviewed by Jaimie

After the last book I read from Maya Banks let me down, I was looking forward to reading her next one to erase that memory. Mastered is the first book in her Enforcers series and is book one of two for the hero Drake and heroine Evangeline. I’m not sure this has ever happened to me, but I really liked the book and hated the heroine. It’s a confusing, I know, but I will try to make sense of it here. [Read more…]

Review: Caught Up in You by Roni Loren

caught up in youReviewed by Jaimie

Caught Up in You is the fifth book in the Loving on the Edge series by Roni Loren.  I’ve been trying to go back and read some of the books on my TBR list and this one has been there for quite a while, so I thought I would give it a shot.  With the whole post-50 Shades trend of billionaires and BDSM, I found myself completely jaded by a lot of these stories which is why it sat for so long.  Overall the book was good.  Nothing earth shattering or new, but still enjoyable to read. [Read more…]

Review: Finding Her Rhythm by Dani Wade

finding her rhythmReviewed by Jaimie

Finding Her Rhythm is the first book in the Backstage Pass series by new to me author Dani Wade. I like the whole ex is stalking me while I’m moving on plot so when I read the description, I figured I would give it a shot. I didn’t realize that the book has been out for over two years and that three more books in the series have already been released, but I’m definitely hooked after this one!  This story revolves around sexy rocker Michael and his new nanny Taylor and has all the elements I love in a book. [Read more…]

Review: Their Secretary by TL Reeve

Their SecretaryReviewed by Shelly

Secretary to business partners, Colton Shaw and Tyce Stewart, Piper Collins has had a crush on both of her bosses for months. Colton and Tyce, together for 10 years, have been looking for a third for a while. They’ve already been ‘rejected’ by one woman. (I never did find out what happened there.) One day Piper walks into the partners shared office space to find the two kissing and she promptly walks out and tenders her resignation. How will Colton and Tyce win Piper back is the big question. [Read more…]

Review: Uncharted Territory by Tamsen Parker

uncharted territoryReviewed by Shelly

The prequel in Parker’s ‘The Compass’ series is the connecting story of India Burke and Hunter Vaughn. These stories do connect and you should definitely read Book 1 and 2 in order. From the beginning, I never liked India and I’m still no a fan of India nor the kind of kink that she likes, but Parker’s a good storyteller. I still believe that in all good fiction, there’s a truth and believability that writers have to use to captivate their audience; Parker does that here. Actually the entire series has enough conveyed emotions to make the plot and characters feasible. [Read more…]