Welcome Elle

Red Hot Books has a new reviewer joining the team! Please help me welcome Elle Thorpe. We’re so excited to have her.

Elle is a life long bookworm from Sydney, Australia. She reads any genre, as long as there’s at least a hint of a romance in there somewhere. Elle began writing seriously two years ago and is currently working on a contemporary romance novel. She’s hoping to one day write something worthy of publishing. 

Elle is also married, mummy to three great kids plus one fur baby, and spends an unhealthy amount of time binge watching Netflix. She pretends her sporadic attendance at yoga class makes up for that. 

You can follow Elle on twitter  or email her at ellethorpebooks@gmail.com

Review: Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Reviewed by Jen

I was a little concerned when I realized that this book was a spinoff of Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. I’ve read from this duo’s alter ego, Moira Rogers, before, but I have not read the books featuring the famous O’Kanes, so I figured I might be lost here. I am happy to report that this is a great place to step into this world. I had absolutely no problem acclimating to it and I was never lost, nor did I feel like I was the odd man out of an inside joke. So if the same fear has you on the fence about this book, don’t worry about it. Let yourself jump in. You’ll be glad you did. [Read more…]

Review: The Chosen by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I know a lot of BDB fans were not excited for this book. JR Ward alienated so many people (myself included) with the ending of The Shadows, and frankly, a lot of people hate Layla. I hated Layla for a long time, so I get that. But I actually was looking forward to this book because I love a tortured hero and I’m all about forbidden romance. I’ve kinda been burning for this pairing for years.

There were things I liked in this story, but a great deal that I didn’t. I’m going to talk about the plot some, so if you haven’t read the book and you want to stay entirely spoiler free, consider yourself warned. My main problem with this book was that Ward set up the conflict with the utter annihilation of Qhuinn’s character. I’m not saying “Qhuinn makes bad choices.” I’m saying, I hated Qhuinn. I wanted to set Qhuinn on fire. Qhuinn was unrecognizable from the character we’ve known in all the books leading up to this one. That is not ok. He’s not just an ass. He is cruel, violent, and vindictive. He is beyond horrible to Layla, and frankly, speaks to Blay in a way that is completely at odds with the devoted mate he has always been up until now. Ward turned this character into something else to force the story where she wanted it to go and I am not down with that. [Read more…]

Review: The Awakening by Amanda Stevens

Reviewed by Jen

Amanda Stevens definitely knows how to draw readers into a story. Her writing creates such a sensory experience that I always feel like I am there, living the events with her characters.

This is the final book in her Graveyard Queen series, and it definitely feels like a finale. We are back home in Charleston with Amelia, where she is working on a grave restoration which introduces her to another dark mystery involving a ghost. This one is a child and somehow Amelia feels a personal connection to the little girl. Her new mission is to figure out how the child died and how to help her find peace. [Read more…]

Review: Alpha’s Challenge by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. Alpha shifter romances can be super-sexy. And in this case, it also seemed like it might be a forbidden love kind of deal because the Alpha in question, Cade, is falling for the sister of his greatest enemy. He’s a guy who has always put his pack first and now finally has something for himself in Grace, the selfless doctor who is willing to put herself on the line to go against her family and do the right thing. [Read more…]

Review: When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve read The Viscount and the Vixen, you know how this story is going to end. And if you haven’t, you really need to, because without it, you’ll miss the perspective that is part of what makes this so compelling. It’s a love story that you know ends in tragedy… at least in a way. But what a lovely story it is. One that made me cry buckets for the last 10 minutes.

This is a prequel to the Hellions of Havisham trilogy and tells the story of how the Marquess of Marsden meets the love of his life. We know him as an old man, driven mad by the loss of his wife in the other books, but here we see George as realizes his feelings for Linnie, the baker’s daughter, and struggles with the seeming impossibility of them being together. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

It can be so much fun to see a villain redeemed, especially when it’s done right. And though Sebastian St. Vincent wasn’t exactly the villain of It Happened One Autumn, he definitely had some atoning to do. It was bad enough that he was a rake of epic proportions… he kidnapped his friend’s woman, tried to force her to marry him and threatened to rape her.  So no one was more surprised than him when Lillian’s friend Evie showed up at his door, offering a marriage of convenience. [Read more…]

Review: Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Jen

I had high expectations going into this book –A– because I have heard great things about Lauren Dane and –B– some of my other bookish friends gave it generally positive reviews. While I didn’t actively dislike it, unfortunately, this wasn’t a winner for me. The worldbuilding is solid and pretty interesting, but I failed to connect with the characters and I didn’t feel invested in their romance.

Meriel is a powerful witch and the heir apparent to her family’s clan. The only thing that is holding her back from reaching her potential is the fact that she has not found her bondmate and ascended with him. Finding her magical other-half happens pretty quickly, though, when she goes to investigate a loner witch who is using her family’s magical font without permission. [Read more…]

Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

Lisa Kleypas gives us another winner with this second installment in her Wallflowers series. Here, she delivers on the promise of a relationship between Lillian and Marcus. These two were such fun enemies in the last book, you knew that fire would end up transforming into something else… and boy did it ever. These two have great passion and chemistry out of the gate, and it only gets better as they realize what they really want from each other. [Read more…]

Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Jen

This was easily the best book I have read in ages. For a series that has been running as long as the Mercy Thompson one has, it has to be hard to maintain the quality that these books have, but Patricia Briggs somehow manages to do it and do it spectacularly.

Briggs does a few things different with this book. One, is that it is told in split point of view alternating between Mercy and Adam. Not only that, but the timeline between their respective chapters was a little bit off. From another author, this could be a complete train wreck. But it totally worked here. [Read more…]