Review: Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Reviewed by Jen

When Ann Bishop kicked off The Others series, I was so blown away by how much I loved Written in Red. As new installments published, I enjoyed some more than others. Generally, the earlier books were my favorites. While I think I liked this book more than I expected, it didn’t enthrall me quite so much as this series is capable of. Don’t get me wrong. It was good. It was just missing the kind of connection you get from a strong central main character.

I would say all of the Bishop of books I have read were ensemble pieces. But, I still felt like I knew who the story was mainly about. Generally, the first part of the series was about Meg. Lake Silence was primarily about Vicki. Here, I couldn’t tell you who the lead is. Maybe Jana (?) the new police officer who has come to the town of Bennett to serve under a wolf Sheriff. She’s probably the closest, although her POV scenes only make up a fraction of the book. The characters are interesting and eclectic, and they all weave together for a cohesive story, but I was missing some of my emotional investment.

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Review: Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Reviewed by Jen

Faith Hunter is such a master craftsman of urban fantasy. All of her books in her Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood world are just so dense and layered… in plot, in backstory, and in the characters. The Soulwood books are the spinoffs and if you have not read Dark Queen, the latest Yellowrock book, be prepared for some spoilers because there is some overlap.

Nell, our heroine, has grown so much over the course of this series. She started off as this— I don’t want to say backward, but off-grid woman who has never known I truly modern life. She grew up as part of a polygamist cult and lives in the middle of the woods in a house off the power and water lines. But while she may never truly be free of her upbringing and the impact of its effects, she has now embraced a lot of the modern world in her job as a probationary Psy-Led agent. Not only that, she is bringing her sister, Mud, along with her. Nell is working towards adopting the 12-year-old, but has to make a few more changes to her lifestyle in order for that to happen.

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Review: Storm the Castle by Jolie Vines

Reviewed by Jen

I’m so incredibly proud and excited for Jolie Vines as her first book goes out into the world. As a romance lover, I’ve read tons of books with a Highland hero, but interestingly, almost all of them were historical or involved time travel. This is my first contemporary Highlander and Callum gave me everything I wanted.

As the story begins, Mathilda is contemplating marriage to her father’s business partner. Not because she loves him—she barely knows the man. But she desperately wants to build a home where she can invite her sister to come live, and her father would only allow it if she were married and could provide a stable environment. Her younger sister has a terrible home-life with her parents and Mathilda feels she is the only one who can save her. The would-be fiancé needs her as much as she needs him, to help him with some personal PR.

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Review: If I Ever by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

What the hell did I just read? I honestly don’t know.

I wanted to enjoy this book. I really did. In fact, I finally got around to reading book 3 recently just so I could be ready to see how Tom and Prophet’s story finally ended. I’m sad to say, it culminated in a convoluted violent and sexually aggressive mess.

These books have always been heavy in the sex department. Tom and Prophet always connected best when they did it physically — and usually with a little bit of kink. But I felt like all this book was, was action and sex.

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Review: An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Jen

Wow. What an engrossing and powerful book. This is the third installment in Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series, but the first for me. And it holds up completely as a standalone.

If you’ve read even a handful of my reviews, you know I am a sucker for a tortured hero, and my gosh, Daniel Cumberland is certainly tortured. He was a black man born free who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He spent months being subjugated and abused, until the day he was rescued and delivered to the Loyal League. Their mission: to help take down the Confederacy. Daniel joins their cause, but he does it more for vengeance then altruism.

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Review: The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

This latest installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series was such a hit for me. It was full of angst and heartbreak and I could not help but root for this couple to reconcile, from the beginning of the book to the end.

This is a second chance at love story, centering on Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent. Lavinia was the woman who was supposed to marry the hero of the last book, but ran away before they could tie the knot. She bailed because she saw Finn at his brother’s wedding, and it reminded her of how it felt to have a relationship based on love rather than duty.

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Review: Not Fade Away by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

SE Jakes takes the best of what the Hell or Highwater series has to offer and gives it to readers in one undiluted dose in this little slice-of-life novella. This is set after the events of book three, but it doesn’t get into any of the complicated series arc or backstory, and it doesn’t feature the enormous cast of characters. Just Tom and Prophet, loving, fighting, fu—well, you get the idea.

The story begins with the couple reminiscing about a sex-tacular game of truth or dare they played after the events of book two. But as usual, Tommy is looking for new nuggets about the hidden truths of Prophet’s life. In particular, he wants to know the favors Prophet does for Mal. If you’ve read Mal’s book, you know all about his penchant for BDSM clubs. Apparently, Prophet takes him there sometimes. It’s not sexual for Prophet—he just wants to make sure his friend doesn’t go too far down the rabbit hole.

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Review: Moonsworn by Amber Renard

Reviewed by Jen

It has been a while since I read a good shifter PNR and this debut from Amber Renard delivered in spades. It features a dominant, headstrong heroine and an equally dominant, headstrong hero. You can see right away where the conflict will come in.

Kel is heir to her father’s werewolf pack, Steel Valley, but she does not live with them. Instead she is just finishing up her training as a veterinarian. It is her dream to serve as a doctor to the supernaturals in the area. Of course, the school she has to attend is not exactly in her own backyard. It is in the backyard of the neighboring pack, the Pine Richland Wolves, and she had to get permission to be there under somewhat false pretenses. She pretends to be a barren lone wolf and she barters her medical abilities to stay there long enough to finish her education.

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Hey guys! I wrote another book

 
 
Title: Kane
Series: Cooper Construction #2
Author: Jen Davis
Genre: Dark MC Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 26, 2019
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

I know how it feels to lose everything—to watch my world crash down around me, unable to do shit about it. 
 
I was a broken man when the Skulls took me in. They helped me pick up the pieces, became my family, earned my loyalty. 
 
Then my past storms back into my life with spiky heels and an attitude to match, and my loyalty is tested. Amanda doesn’t just own the company I work for, she owns my heart. She’ll always own it, even though her betrayal sent me into hell in the first place
 
But being together now is not as simple as it was back then. We’ve both changed. After thirteen years, we’re worlds apart. I don’t belong in her world, and she wants nothing to do with mine.
 
Problem is, I don’t think I can let her walk away from me…not again.
 
 
 
 
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Review: Lost Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Reviewed by Jen

Another great ride in this third installment of the Soul Charmer series. If you are looking for a gritty new Urban Fantasy series, I heartily recommend you give this one a try. (But don’t start here…make sure you pick up Borrowed Souls first.)

This book picks up where the last one left off, with Callie desperately searching for Nate who has kidnapped her mother. The mission is especially pressing since the guy cut off some of her mom’s fingers and sent them as a warning. Callie needs to return the soul she ripped out of him or her mother will pay the price.

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