Review: Devil’s Cut by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I was really on the fence about whether to read this book. I made no bones about the fact that I was very disappointed in The Angels’ Share. But one of the biggest reasons for that is because I expected a very different kind of book than I got. In this case, what I was looking for was resolution to those threads that were built up in the two previous installments. I got what I was looking for.

When I first started this book, I will admit that I was slow to engage. The simple truth is that I’m not really big on women’s fiction, or whatever you would categorize this as. I am a romance fan and I am used to the template that follows. The ramp up here was slow. But the book did eventually pick up. [Read more…]

Review: Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying love triangles suck. Even ones that start out intriguing at first. Even ones where you aren’t immediately sure who you’re rooting for.

You know why? Somebody’s got to lose. And there is a 50% chance that the HEA you’re rooting for is going to crumble at your feet.

All that in mind, I hated the ending of this book. It made me mad and it mad me sad and I hate-tweeted about it seconds after I was done. I’m going to try not to let all of that shadow the rest of my review, but I had to give you total disclosure. It’s a day later and I’m still unhappy. [Read more…]

Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

This book gave me absolutely everything I wanted! This was the third (and presumably) final book in the Hidden Legacy series and it delivered in every way. It was action packed. It was smart. It had a great romance. And it left just enough open that I can hold out hope for more books in the series.

Nevada and the rest of her family are poised to become a legal House in order to thwart her grandmother’s plan to force them all to bend to her will. We all know Nevada is a powerful truthseeker, but here, her talents grow even more. It’s been such a thrill watching her come into her gift. And it’s been almost as much fun to unravel the mysteries of her family’s powers. We saw Catalina in action in White Hot. Now it’s Arabella’s turn –and she is awesome. So is Leon, the cousin we thought to be without power. They’re all fascinating and unique, and still they are only a fraction of the phenomenal supporting cast. [Read more…]

Review: Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Reviewed by Jen

The first book I ever read from Julia Quinn was the second book in this series, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. I’m not sure why it took me so long to go back and pick this up, but I’m glad that I finally did.

The older brother’s best friend trope is one we’ve all read time and again. But this story is a little different in that Honoria hasn’t been nursing a secret crush on Marcus all these years. She cared about him. She considered him part of the family. But it wasn’t until he drifted away and came back into her life that their relationship started to change. And even then, it was anything but quick. [Read more…]

Review: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

Thea Harrison shows once again why she is an auto read author for me with this latest in her Elder Races spin off trilogy. This is Morgan La Fae’s story and If you’ve loved to hate this guy in previous books, I have a feeling you will end up loving him every bit as much as I do by the time this book is done.

Morgan has done some very bad things, but they’re not really his fault. He has been under the hold of a powerful spell which forces him to obey the orders of Isabeau, the fae queen. Thankfully, as the story begins, an injury and a poorly worded command from the queen allows him a temporary escape. He plans to use that time researching the spell and the powerful artifact which allows Isabeau to wield it. What ends up happening, however, is that he comes across a wildly talented musician named Sidonie and begins attending concerts on her tour. Only, his attention gets noticed by the wrong person and Sid ends up paying the price. [Read more…]

Review: The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Julia Quinn, at this point I will read anything with her name on it. Even a book with my least favorite trope: the Big Secret. And the Big Secret in this book is a pretty big one.

Cecelia jumps on a ship and sails for the colonies when she finds out her brother has been wounded in battle. Her father is dead and her odious cousin is sniffing around her, trying to force her into marriage. She really has nothing to lose. Unfortunately, when she arrives, there’s no sign of her brother at all. There is, however, the man who had become his best friend in service, Edward Rokesby. [Read more…]

Review: The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

I read the first book in this series, but when I picked up this second installment in the Broken Destiny trilogy, I could not remember a single thing that happened. That’s what happens when a publisher takes a three years pause between books. Even as I continued to read here, very few of the details came back to me. The good news is, Jeanine Frost does such a great job of filling in the blanks, even a brand new reader could jump into this book and understand what’s going on.

The biggest things you need to know are as follows: Ivy and Adrian are destined for tragedy. She is the last Davidian. He’s the last in their long line of betrayers. And betray her he did in book 1. Now he wants to make amends. The two of them are in love, but Ivy doesn’t trust him not to fulfill his destiny again. Meanwhile, Adrian will do anything to win her back. [Read more…]

Review: An Affair With a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book when I started it. I was on the fence about the premise, but I have read some books by Lorraine Heath that I absolutely adored, so I decided to forge through. I’m glad that I did, because I ended up enjoying this story.

Our hero is the Marquess of Rexton. Though he is obviously of the nobility, he grew up a little bit of a black sheep among his peers because his mother was a bookkeeper before she married his father. Rex loves his mother and would not trade her for anything. However, his childhood was difficult. And he resolved that he would never put his own children through the same thing. He planned to marry a woman of impeccable reputation, one that would never be a cause for ridicule or ostracism for his own kids. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. [Read more…]

Review: WarDance by Elizabeth Vaughan

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been a while since I read the original Warprize books, but I do remember that I enjoyed them very much. The first three centered on the Warlord Keir and his Warprize, Lara. A fourth book featured two side characters. This fifth one does as well. I remember that I always liked Simus. He was one of Keir’s Warriors; he was charming and larger than life. He is still a charmer here, but I feel like he has toned down a little as he takes the mantle as the hero of this story.

This book is a continuation of Warcry. Well, sort of. I’ve since learned that there was another Elizabeth Vaughan series woven into this world that plays in to the story as well. I didn’t read the Epic of Palin series, so there were a few holes in the story that I just had to gloss over and move past. [Read more…]

Review: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Reviewed by Jen

In this 11th installments, the Jane Yellowrock series shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, the story just seems to keep getting deeper and more complex with each book. Don’t get me wrong, these books have never been light reading. But now it is more complicated than ever.

The story comes out swinging with plenty of action. Something or someone is raising twice dead vampires back from the grave. These revenant’s are mindless, powerful killers. Jane’s initial mission is to take them down. After that though, she needs to figure out how they are being reanimated in the first place. [Read more…]