Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous by Juliet Lyons

Reviewed by Elle

I admit, I have a soft spot for vampires. I hadn’t read a vampire romance for awhile, so when I was offered this one for review, I easily accepted, despite not reading the first book in the series. This book stands alone well, so you can definitely jump in here without reading the first of the Bite Nights series.

Mila is a bit of an adorable mess. Her last boyfriend dumped her to go back to a wife and family she knew nothing about. Down on her luck, she tries the hot new dating site V-Date. Yes, the V stands for Vampire. They’re out of the coffin, living in society and open to dating.

Mila’s night out becomes a bit of a drama, when her Vampire date tries to kill her. Lucky for her, Inspector Vincent Ferrer happens to be around to save her. One look at Vincent’s (Hemsworth look-alike) face, is almost enough to erase Mila’s near death experience from memory. Only problem is, he’s a Vampire too. Oh, and the killer isn’t giving up that easily. [Read more…]

Review: Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott

Reviewed by Elle

Twisted Fate is a new adult, urban fantasy from debut author, Jessi Elliot.

Aurora is in her last year of college, but her life is turned upside down when she’s mistaken for someone else, and is kidnapped by the leader of the Fae. The Fae leader, Tristan, has the ability to erase memories, but it turns out Aurora has Fae lineage, and therefore his magic doesn’t work on her. While many of the Fae want her dead just for knowing they exist, Tristan decides to keep an eye on her by having him work for him. Sparks are soon flying between the two, and that’s when Aurora realizes she’s stumbled into the middle of a Fae war, with a target on her back. Bugger, right? [Read more…]

Review: No Contest by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt

Reviewed by Elle

No Contest is the third book (final maybe? I hope not!) in the Blood and Glory series from Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George.

We first met Leandro in book 2, where he was portrayed as the rich, arrogant, title hungry competitor, chasing after Gabe’s belt.

And that’s exactly who he is as we get to know him better in this book. Rich, spoiled, and arrogant sum him up perfectly. As heir to a family fortune, he’s never had to work for anything in his life. Except fighting. The ring is the only place he’s ever wanted to prove himself and earn something the hard way instead of it being handed to him on a silver platter. He did the work, became one of the best and got his shot at the belt, only for Gabe to pretty much hand it to him when he retired. [Read more…]

Review: Love Between Enemies by Molly E Lee

Reviewed by Elle

I’ve been binge watching 90’s teen romance movies lately. I don’t read a lot of YA romance, but my recent movie marathons had me agreeing to review Love Between Enemies by Molly E Lee.

It’s the second book in a series of stand-alones, that all follow different characters at an epic end of year graduation party. I haven’t read the first, and though there is quite a bit of talk about the characters from the first book, it only bothered me very briefly. So you can definitely jump into this series at any point.

As the two smartest kids in their grade, Gordon and Zoey have been competing against each other their entire lives. But there’s respect between the the two, so while they might not be friends, they aren’t true enemies either. [Read more…]

Elle’s Favorites of 2017

2017 was an extremely slow reading year for me. I wrote and edited more than I read and it doesn’t help that I’m not the world’s fastest reader to begin with! I also read a bunch of unpublished work from some talented author friends that would have totally made this list if I could have included them!

There were also more DNF’s than I care to count. But of course, there were some gems mixed in with the coal!

Dirty Boxing by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt. In fact, the whole Blood and Glory series is amazing (the third book releases in January but I’ve read it and loved it so look out for that one). Harper and Tara are a dream combo with some of the best writing I’ve read. They make mixed martial arts look incredibly sexy and their heroines are feisty and strong, despite all having to overcome their personal issues. This is sports romance at its best- low on the sports and high on the heat. [Read more…]

Review: Seducing his Student by London Hale

Reviewed by Elle

Samantha looks forward to her daily flirt sessions with the hot new guy in town that makes her stomach flip.

Elliot hasn’t made a move… until now. The chemistry between them is intense, and Elliot knows she’s the woman for him. Sam agrees to meet him at a sailing event, but plans go awry when Elliot realizes the woman he’s been fantasizing about for months, is one of his students. That doesn’t stop him from doing some pretty sexy things with her on top of a pool table in her parents’ boathouse.

He vows to stay away from her until graduation but the pull between the two is too strong, and so begins a hot and steamy affair, that could cost Elliot his job, and Samantha the chance to graduate. [Read more…]

Review: Take Down by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt

Reviewed by Elle

Take Down takes us back into Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt’s dirty hot MMA world, this time following Gabe and Megan, who we first met in Dirty Boxing. Gabe was a bit of a mysterious figure in the first book, so I loved getting inside his head in Take Down, and seeing him get his girl.

Though Gabe Maddox holds the championship belt, he fights not to hold onto it, but because exhausting himself in cage is the only way for him to find peace. He has more scars than just those on his skin. Gabe is a lone wolf, keeping everyone at bay, and living in fear that another loss of someone he loves will be his undoing. Better to just not love at all right? After all, there’s plenty of women out there who are happy to have just one night with Gabe ‘The Sandman’ Maddox. [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Boxing by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt

Reviewed by Elle

Jules and Nick had a hot fling for a few weeks in Chicago, but just as Nick began wanting more, Jules left without explanation.

A year later, Nick, an MMA fighter, has joined a new club and has his eye on the championship belt that will make his career. He thought he’d moved on from the intense feelings he’d developed for Jules during their short time together. That is, until he realises Jules is the new marketing manager, assigned to work on promoting the club. And to make matters worse? She’s the boss’s daughter. [Read more…]

Review: War Flower by Mary-Anne O’Connor

Reviewed by Elle

In 1965, 18 year old Poppy meets a beautiful boy named Ben on a Sydney train. Poppy is instantly besotted with him, but disappointed when Ben begins dating Poppy’s arch nemesis Barbara. Barbara and her squad have always made Barbara and her twin sister Rosemary, feel like wallflowers, teasing them mercilessly throughout their high-school years. [Read more…]

Review: Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan

Reviewed by Elle

Ohhhh this book has been a long time coming. The Undeniable series, and Madeline Sheehan will always be one of my favorites, no matter how long she takes to release a book (but please don’t make us wait over two years again! My heart can’t take it!).

This book is a bit different than the rest of the series. We take a break from all the current day drama of the first four books, and go back in time 50 or so years. Now for those that need a reminder, Eva Fox is our book 1 heroine.  She and her man, Deuce, have played fairly central roles in each subsequent book, and this one is no exception. [Read more…]