Review: Siren’s Calling by Piper Drake

Reviewed by Debz

I didn’t think this through when I decided the start this series from a randomly placed novella. The premise of the book seemed interesting though. I’m a fan of mythologies and epic fantasies and I’m now basically an expert in all things faeries, vampires and werewolves so I thought I should check this one out.

This is a novella in the middle of a long-established series by different authors and for anyone wanting to read this book, I think it’s better to have a background of all the other novels before you start this one.

This novella follows Amae Waters, the banished daughter of the Sea God. She has been living in the human world (Seattle) and working to help preserve water life and sea creatures and preserving the eco system as a mermaid. [Read more…]

Review: That Guy by Belle Brooks

Reviewed by Debz

Melinda (Mindy) Grant is a hot mess. A doctor turned escort agency receptionist, Melinda can’t seem to find the happy ever after she desires. At 29, this protagonist has been on two dates ever and gets tongue tied whenever she gets close to any member of the male species.

Arlie Blight is a 6 ft. something Greek god who seems to like this very weird woman. Their first encounter is something for the ages; they meet at the grocery store and Mindy, rather than talking to him, follows him around creepily and mistakenly mirrors his purchases and doesn’t notice until she’s at the till. It was really difficult for her to explain the giant pack of condoms and tissues to the cashier.

Mindy has a gay best friend, Chris, and he is her emotional support system and cheerleader.  And let’s pause for a while from the plot of this book to talk about this character. Reading the dedication, you’ll notice that the author dedicates this book to her Chris, who while imaginary at the moment, she hopes to meet and have so much fun with. And that is my problem with this character; considering the lengths the author went to make other characters in this book nuanced and flawed, the fact that she made this gay best friend (overused trope TBH) the most silly, annoying over the top person felt disingenuous to me. It just put me off. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Catch a Killer by Kris Rafferty

Reviewed by Debz

This book was set up to be everything I loved. A serial killer doing his thing and killing all the people, a brazen female law enforcement agent who has made it her life’s mission to catch him and, in between, a slow simmering love story.

But ALAS, I was disappointed. This book was honestly so flat and boring to me. I could not connect with any of the characters and I was not invested in the story. Not even the bombing and almost death of the main characters could shake off the absolute drudgery of the book.

Let’s start from the beginning. Hannah Cambridge is an FBI special agent trying to get her life back together after the death of her partner and lover Jack Benton. Hannah is not just distraught and despondent; she is also pregnant and afraid for her life because her partner was killed my a notorious crime lord hell bent to killing her as well. [Read more…]

Review: Covet by Rosanna Leo

Reviewed by Debz

Dana Hamill is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Not only has she just been told that she is infertile, her fiancée and support system, Tommy Parker has just dumped her as well. His reasoning, he want biological children of his own and cannot continue the relationship. And this is doubly worse because he does this unceremonious dumping in the cafeteria of the hospital, immediately after the diagnosis. What a dickhead.

She meets Alex Markov, (unbeknownst to her) a hotel magnate and the new owner of the hottest hotel on the Vegas strip, Vice at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Vegas. Alex and Dana are both there to drown their sorrows in relative anonymity and darkness. They strike up a conversation, however, when Alex advices Dana not to get the white wine on the menu. As they continue talking, sexual tension builds up between them and they decide to let go of their pent emotions via a quickie in the bathroom. Dana regrets this instantly, and runs away hoping to never hear from the hot stranger Alex anymore. [Read more…]

Review: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Debz

Right off the bat, I have to say that I appreciate literary works about and including characters with disabilities, but especially mental disabilities. This is why I gravitate towards TV shows like The Good Doctor, Parenthood, Scorpion and books like this. I especially like when the characters are fleshed out, normal human beings and not cardboard stereotypes. So thank you, Talia Hibbert.

Ruth Kabba is an online comic book writer in the small town of Ravenswood. She has her mother and sister, Hannah, as her only family and she’s okay with that. Unknown to everyone in town, Ruth has been in a relationship with the town heartthrob, Daniel Burne, for 7 years. A 7 year secret relationship y’all. Until Daniel calls Ruth on the day of his engagement party to tell her about the said engagement and remind her that this changes nothing in their relationship. Everything is not okay!!!! [Read more…]

Review: Give Me a Reason by Jennifer Miller

Reviewed by Debz

Remy Sinclair’s life has just fallen into pieces. After feeling lethargic for a couple weeks, she goes to the doctor for a flu shot. They ask for more blood for further tests, and then for a biopsy. She has cancer they say, and no one is sure how much time she has left. The doctor even goes further to say that she has a rare aggressive form that, if left untreated immediately, would lead to death in months.

She’s devastated and numb. Anyone in this situation would need someone to lean on; her best friend and confidante was no longer there. Her mom, too, had died of cancer, and Remy had just been waiting for the other shoe to drop. She has no friends, no life outside her cat, Meatball, and is resentful of society browbeating cancer survivors into “fighting.” She just wants to live her life to the fullest in the time she has left. Her mom fought for so long, went into remission, and still died of cancer. She was not able to fulfill any of her goals in her bucket list and the disease took a huge toll on her life. Remy just wants to die. [Read more…]

Review: Mogul by Katy Evans

Reviewed by Debz

This book started with a bang, like bam, they’re in there and I’m not used to that. I normally prefer a normal and slightly cringe-worthy meet cute and I was a little surprised and flustered at the fast pace the protagonists jumped into sex. LOL. But this is just me; I’m sure other people loved it.

I want to say that there is something about Katy Evans and her books that I love. The premise could be the simplest love story, with no weird extra suspense side plot and I’m still satisfied with the outcome. This book is one of such for me.

Sara Davies is a concierge at the Four Seasons and an aspiring Broadway actress. On her way back from the airport, she shares a cab with a strange man and they get to talking. Sparks fly. I mean they sizzle off the page and Sara and her man get into it. Turns out he’s staying at her hotel, and he calls down to the concierge desk to request a quicky. Like I said, BAM!!! [Read more…]

Double Review: Even Money and Double Down by Alessandra Torre

Reviewed by Debz

Debz read both All In Duet books back to back as one long story and reviews both here, starting with Even Money.

At night, Bell Hartley works at The House, a premier and exclusive gambling den in the Vegas Strip for the rich and powerful who don’t want to be seen spending money at their competitors’ tables. A waitress extraordinaire, she does it all for her bosses, Rich and Lance, who she considers family. Bell is also a college student by day and a rape survivor.

Dario Capece is the richest, most powerful owner in Las Vegas. The Italian is a hotel mogul and mob boss on the side and he rules Las Vegas with an iron fist. Married in Las Vegas royalty, Dario and his wife Gwen are a formidable force. There should be nothing in common between Married Dario and Waitress Bell right? WRONG. [Read more…]

Review: A Royal Secret by V. Vee

Reviewed by Debz

My second Royal Romance; forgive me guys. The internet suggests books based on what I’ve already read. This is not fully on purpose (I think).

Here we meet Valerie Hall on a girls trip with her besties in Europe. They are about to run with bulls and have a fun holiday. She meets a fellow adventure seeker who then asks her out for a date and drinks. Turns out, he is Prince Algerone, the Crown Prince of Malvidence and an international playboy. Her friends try to warn her to tread, lightly but she is in love. It seems he is as well.

This seems like a normal fluffy romance until you read on and find out that Valerie and Algerone get married within about 3 months and have been married for 14 years by the time Chapter 1 begins. This is not a normal marriage, however, because Algerone has not told any member of his family about his marriage. Even with FIVE (5) children with Valerie in America, he still insists on keeping them a secret for their protection. [Read more…]

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed by Debz

This novella is set after the third book in Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Throne and Roses series and if you’ve read A Court of Wings and Ruin, you can jump right in. After the final battle against Hybren his armies and the three human queens, this books begins in the aftermath with Feyre, Rhysand and the crew picking up the pieces and rebuilding.

Especially after the attack on Vellaris, Rhysand and Feyre as the High Lord and Lady of the Night Court have their hands full, helping the people rebuild and restart their lives. They also have to make treaties with the other courts; and make sure none of the other Lords encroach on the human lands. All this to do, and it is almost time for the biggest celebration in the Night Court, Winter solstice.

The book is not just told from the POV of Feyre and Rhysand; there are chapters centered around the Morrigan, Cassian, Azriel, Elain and Nesta . All the painful memories and emotions about the horrors suffered during the battle are laid bare on the pages. Most prominent amongst them is guilt; guilt for the battle in Vellaris, a city which had previously been sheltered from the outside world for so long. Guilt for the number of Illyrian men who had to die to stop Hybren and mainly guilt that the lives of most children will never be the same. [Read more…]