Review: A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian

Reviewed by Caitlin

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score is the second installment of Cat Sebastian’s “Seducing the Sedgwicks” series. Sebastian has been an autobuy for me since I read The Soldier’s Scoundrel (book 1 of “The Turner Series”), but this book is far and away my favorite since that series.

It’s 1817. Hartley Sedgwick is a 23-year-old gentleman and a social outcast. He inherited a house in Mayfair from his godfather, Sir Humphrey Easterbrook, with whom he carried on a sexual affair. Hartley has told himself he did it to get his brother Will a commission in the Navy and to make sure his other brothers had food on the table because the truth – that he was too young to make such a choice and was taken advantage of by someone who was supposed to care for him – makes him feel even weaker. At least this way, he was an active participant, rather than a victim. [Read more…]

Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Reviewed by Caitlin

Stella Lane is 30 years old and a very successful econometrician (economics meets math – sounds like a badass job). She works everyday because she’s passionate about what she does. She hates dating just as she hates most social interactions in which she has to meet new people, but her mother is worried about her daughter’s biological clock and so continues to pressure her to go out on dates.

Also, Stella has Asperger’s. In the first chapter, it appears as if this is something to conquer in her mother’s eyes, while her father dotes on her. Mom suggests she date Philip James. They come from the same neighborhood, and they work in the same firm. It makes sense.

What is our introduction to Philip James? He’s in his 30s and agrees to date an intern in his office who is over a decade younger than he is. He sneers at Stella and casts aspersions about what she must be like in bed, then suggests that she practice sex until she’s good at it. At the workplace he says all this. AT THE OFFICE. [Read more…]

Review: Making Up by Lucy Parker

Reviewed by Caitlin

I’ve been putting off this review because I couldn’t figure out what to write about it. This is the third book in Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities series and it has my two favorite leads so far. The book was funny and endearing, and I really enjoyed getting to know Trix and Leo. I’m a sucker for the strong, silent type who isn’t also a dick, and Leo fills that role nicely.

Trix Lane is a performer in The Festival of Masks, a Cirque-du-Soleil type show enjoying a good run in London. She is incredibly talented, but her verbally abusive and controlling ex-boyfriend Dan has done a number on her, and her confidence is in the gutter. When the lead injures herself bad enough that she won’t be able to perform anymore, Trix is next in line to fill in. [Read more…]

Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

Reviewed by Caitlin

It Takes Two is the second book in Jenny Holiday’s “Bridesmaids Behaving Badly” series. I absolutely loved the first one – One and Only – and highly recommend it. It Takes Two tells Wendy Liu and Noah Denning’s story.

Wendy’s best friend, Jane Denning, is getting married and Wendy is trying as hard as she can to be happy for her. Whereas the bride in book 1 was a straight-up bridezilla in the traditional sense, Jane is almost more difficult to deal with. Every time Jane mentions how “low-key” she wants her wedding to be, I laughed. Girl, just be high-maintenance. It’s not any worse than high-maintenance-pretending-to-be-low-maintenance. [Read more…]

Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa

Reviewed by Caitlin

Pretending He’s Mine is a standalone contemporary romantic comedy with one of my all-time favorite tropes: the fake relationship. This is my first Mia Sosa book, and even though it’s the second in this series (the first one is about the heroine’s movie star brother), I had no trouble following along.

Julian Hart is a bigshot Hollywood agent whose biggest client is superstar Carter Stone – his best friend from high school. Julian is tightly wound and constantly working or working out (Lord do I love when a book details a hero’s workout regimen). He is worried that he might lose his job because he is outspoken on the matter of representation in Hollywood and his asshole boss doesn’t want him to alienate anyone from his “soapbox.” He also religiously works to keep his personal and professional life separate, which means sometimes he’s Carter’s friend and sometimes he’s Carter’s agent, but never at the same time. [Read more…]

Review: Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend by Kerri Carpenter

Reviewed by Caitlin

So far, every review I’ve written for this site has had an element of fake relationship in it. I swear I read other things.

Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend is cute and light-hearted, and I genuinely liked the heroine. It seemed to hint at a romance for the hero’s sister and his best friend, which I admit I was curious about.

Lola McBride is 26 years old and freshly dumped by her boyfriend for a 22-year-old girl who is hotter than she is – his words. Brutal. Seems like a catch. Her roommate Frankie, a Golden Girls aficionado and serial dater, convinces Lola to crash a 10-year high school reunion in a sexier-than-usual outfit to find a man and bring him home for a good old-fashioned one-night-stand. [Read more…]

Review: The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Caitlin

Cherry Nieta works in HR for a very posh prep school in England. She’s charismatic and damn good at her job, even if she isn’t particularly passionate about it.

(Most romance novel heroines are charming, but Cherry is charismatic, and I would argue that the way Cherry’s brand of charm is described is almost always reserved for heroes. She can get someone to do whatever she wants with just a smile – and it’s a trait described in a positive way. I was immediately hooked.)

One day, her school has a very handsome visitor who runs a charity visit. He’s deciding if he’s going to give money to the school or not. Nobody knows anything about him (except that he is very dreamy), so Cherry is elected for the reconnaissance mission. [Read more…]