Review: Gale Force by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

This book felt like a big departure from the first six installments in the series. Don’t give me wrong, I have been lamenting the fact that Joanne and David haven’t had a moment to even breathe, much less any quality time to enjoy each other. Here, that changes in a big way. The book begins with them happy and in love, so much so that he asks her to marry him.

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Review: Warrior of the World by Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Jen

I picked this up right on the heels of Jeffe Kennedy’s novella in Seasons of Sorcery. That Harlan short really primed me to continue the series. (You would be fine reading the book without it, but why would you want to?)

Anyway, this picks up immediately after the conclusion of Exile of the Seas. Jenna/Ivariel is recovering both physically and emotionally from her husband’s attack in the last book. It’s a struggle. She fears that a monster lives inside of her, one capable of killing without compunction. And she doesn’t want to harm the makeshift family she has grown to love.

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Review: Thin Air by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

I get that I am starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to these books, but I can’t help it. They are just so good! This sixth installment in the Weather Warden series takes a major risk with an amnesia storyline and it pays off in spades. I have read other series where the author took a chance on this trope and it resulted in a 300-page waste of space, but not here. Not only did Rachel Caine maintain the awesome pacing, and character interaction, she advanced the overall plot.

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Review: The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake

Reviewed by Jen

I enjoyed this first book in Olivia Drake’s Unlikely Duchesses series. This is a second chance at love story between a duke and the girl who grew up as his next-door neighbor. Max and Abby fell in love when they were teenagers, but tragedy tore them apart. When Max‘s mother died, his father took him away to London and they never heard from each other again.

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Joint Review: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

Reviewed by Jen & Sara

Jen: As much as I enjoyed the Kingmaker series from Amanda Bouchet, I think I might like this foray into space opera even more. Here, Bouchet has created another great heroine, who is easy to root for, along with a conflicted, flawed, yet very sexy hero. Together, they make for an awesome, angsty romance, set amid a cool futuristic series arc.

You with me so far?

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Jen’s Favorites of 2018

I read some amazing books from old favorites and made at least one new favorite this year!

The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran. Tortured heroes are my jam and Lockwood fits the bill in spades. The man was kidnapped right after his wedding and sent to a penal colony under a false name. The wife he left behind is heartbroken, but instead of seeking the answers she wants, she asks only for an heir. Lots of feels in this one.

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs. As much as I love the Mercy Thompson books, I adore the Alpha and Omega spinoff books even more. Here, Charles has been put in charge of the pack in Bran’s absence. We get to spend some time with the Wildlings in this one and get a peek behind the curtain of Leah’s character. Anna and Charles are so great together. I can’t get enough of them.

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Review: Firestorm by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Holy cow! I am so glad I stuck with this series. If the last installment was a bit of a miss for me, this one more than made up for it. It was the best of the series yet.

This book had everything I love about the Weather Wardens. Jo has her power back and she is on a mission. It’s not unlike Ill Wind, where she is tearing across the country in a fast car. Only this time, instead of trying to rid herself of a demon mark, she is trying to stop the destruction of humanity at the hands of Mother Earth.

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Review: Windfall by Rachel Caine

Reviewed by Jen

Hmm. I wish I could say that I enjoyed this fourth Weather Warden book as much as I did the earlier installment in the series, but I have to be real with you. This one felt different.

I had a very hard time connecting with it, especially in the first half. Joanne has left the wardens and is making ends meet as some kind of assistant to a weatherman. Let me stop right here and say this might have been part of my problem. I work in television news and I have for the past 20+ years. I have never seen any dynamic like the one portrayed here. Apparently, Jo is paid to dress up like a fool or a bikini babe to be a prop for a TV weatherman. She gets water dumped on her. She gets her bathing suit popped. She wears foam. This does not happen in real life and frankly it bothered me quite a bit. Yes, I know this book is more than 10 years old, but this didn’t happen in 2005 either. So yeah, grr. [Read more…]

Joint Review: How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Debz & Jen

Debz: Normally Jen would have reviewed this book, but I just saw her tweet that she didn’t even know it was coming out so I’m going to shoot my shot and write one anyway. I came out of my friend’s wedding rehearsal for this so it better get published lol.

Jen: Yes. Imagine my surprise when I came here to write my own review and Debz had already done it. You’ve got stones, lady. Let it be known I am squatting on this author’s stuff from here to eternity.

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Review: Not the Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt. Her Maiden Lane books are among my favorite historical romances. This new series has a bit of a different feel, though I did enjoy it. The story mixes tropes with the older brother’s best friend and enemies to lovers, set against an extortion scheme, a mystery, and a secret society. There’s a lot going on here.

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