Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed by Jen

It’s not often that a cover draws me to a book the way this one did. I read the blurb and I was on the fence. I read some of the reviews and I was really on the fence. But at the end of the day, that cover won me over and here I am, done with reading this book in one sitting. Will it be for everyone? No. But I enjoyed it quite a bit and I can say for sure I will be back to read the next installment when it comes out.

The title and cover tell you a lot. This is a romance centering on Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. And I can tell you two things: One, Pestilence is not a good guy. He’s not a guy at all, really. He is disease made flesh. His one and only mission is to destroy the human race. So (two) if you can’t wrap your brain around how a woman could fall in love with a merciless killer, this is not the book for you. Obviously, Pestilence learns some human emotions as he falls in love, but this is his journey. For much of the book, he is an unrelenting force, bent on humanity’s destruction.

Still with me? Great. [Read more…]

Review: Breathing Vapor by Cynthia Sax

Reviewed by Jen

There were enough sexy times that pushed my buttons in the first installment of this series that I thought it would be worth it to keep going. I had mixed feelings about that book, but I had hoped that my personal problems with it might be limited to that particular storyline. In one big way, it was. But I found that too many other issues persisted to jump right in to book three after this.

Breathing Vapor features an entirely new set of cyborgs than the first installment did. Though the world is the same, the characters have all been reset. The plot, however, largely mirrors its predecessor. A group of warrior cyborgs who wants to escape their evil human jailers and join their brethren on the exclusively cyborg planet, Homeworld. As the others were, the cyborgs are badly mistreated and want to kill every human they meet. In the end, they decide against that because it might draw too much attention to the cyborg ability to rebel. And many of their brothers would be decommissioned. So they agree to pick just one human to focus their rage on and make it look like an accident. [Read more…]

Review: Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, it took me a little while to really get into this book. But I have read from this author before, and I enjoyed the other book so much, I really wanted to give this a chance. I’m so glad that I did because I totally ended up a fan of this one too.

The story centers on Chas, a pilot who was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to spend the rest of her life on a dangerous prison planet. But after just a few weeks there, she is rescued by an unlikely savior. Chas thought Gabriel Sullivan had been dead for two years. Before then, she had gone round and round in small skirmishes with the rogue space pirate. They’d even shared kisses. But she did not think she could trust him. Now she doesn’t have much of a choice. [Read more…]

Review: Treasure of the Abyss by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

In my many years of reading romance I have encountered heroes of all shapes and sizes. Heroes that were lizard men. Heroes that were giant bugs. Heroes that were zombies, shifters, vampires, djinn, demons… you name it. That being said, this is my first hero with tentacles and, honestly, it wasn’t as weird as you might think.

This book is set in a futuristic world, where humans have settled off of earth. Macy grew up there and it has been hundreds of years since her people made it their home. Not all of the technology still works and some of the early plans and ideas have been forgotten, but people get along well enough.

Macy is not very happy with her life. She lost a sister to the sea in an accident she blames herself for and can no longer recapture her joy for the water. That is only driven home when her childhood suitor takes her out on a boat with plans to propose. Macy loves Camrin as a friend, but all that guilt she carries around over her sister makes her a bit of a martyr. She plans on accepting his suit despite her platonic feelings. Until a storm knocks her off the boat and they are separated. [Read more…]

Review: Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance

Reviewed by Jen

I waited to read this novella until I had the new Dorina Basarab book at hand and I am glad that I did… because while this was a fun ride, it never would have satisfied my craving after so long away from the series.

This story is told in alternating timelines and points of view. Half of it is present day Dory, while the other is told by the Mircea of the past. I have to say, I did not like this storytelling device. Yes, I like Mircea quite a lot in this series, far more than I do in the Cassie Palmer books. But, every time we switched to his point of view, it took me away with what was happening with Dorina and that was the part of the book that I really enjoyed.

Our heroine is still trying to come to terms with the fact that the other half of her personality can communicate with her and the Micea flashbacks are somehow courtesy of her dhamphir nature. Honestly, I did not entirely understand how she had access to her father’s memories, but I just had to go with it. Anyway, Louis-Cesare is missing and Dory teams up with Marlowe and Radu to search him out overseas and bring him home. [Read more…]

Review: Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Reviewed by Jen

I always enjoy returning to the world of the Immortal Guardians. This eighth installment is an awesome gift for long time fans of the series. This is Stanislav‘s book. You read that right. One of the immortals believed to have been killed a few books back is actually alive! He has been buried alive for the past 2 1/2 years, ever since he was horribly wounded in the battle that killed his best friend, Yuri. He has been in and out of stasis this whole time and doesn’t remember who or what he is; he knows only loneliness and pain. Until Susan comes.

Susan is a Gifted One who moves in to the home above the basement where Stanislav is buried. He uses his empathetic gifts to prompt her to buy the house and eventually to dig him up. Susan is a telepath, so the two of them are able to communicate truths to each other that help get past what would be a mountain of fear and suspicion for most women. I mean, if most ladies were to dig up a body six feet underground and find him still living, at the very least they would call 911. Susan ends up letting Stan stay with her and nurses him back to health. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Rogue Souls by Chelsea Meuller

Reviewed by Sara and Jen

Sara: Rogue Souls is fantastic!

Jen: Agreed! No sophomore slump here. I really enjoyed this second installment of the Soul Charmer series. It picks up right on the heels of the first book, so if you have not read Borrowed Souls yet, you should start there. But if you read and liked that book as much as I did, you are in for a treat as Callie’s story continues.

Sara: Chelsea Mueller uses this second book to methodically reveal the many layers of this rich story. Callie and Derek are still working repossessing rented souls from people of Gem City until a teenager shows up dead and mutilated on the Soul Charmer’s doorstep. The murder unveils the criminal element of Gem City’s underground’s not so subtle unhappiness about the Soul Charmer’s monopoly on rented souls and reveals a surprising alliance between the Church and the Soul Charmer. [Read more…]

Welcome Victoria!

I know we’ve had several new faces here at the blog lately, but I have one more. Please help me welcome Victoria to the team.

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom from Ontario, Canada. After chasing her two boys around all day, she likes to relax with a book featuring a competent, kickass heroine. She previously worked in a bookstore, and has never broken the habit of recommending books to family, friends and innocent bystanders. She can be found on Twitter at @VickRoz. She swears she’s going to update her Goodreads account any day now! 

Review: The Allure of Attraction by Julia Kelly

Reviewed by Jen

I somehow missed that this was third book in a series when I picked this up, but it held up fine as a standalone. In fact, I would go so far as to say that despite the fact this is dubbed a Matchmaker of Edinburgh story, I’m skeptical about the matchmaker element at all, because though a matchmaker character existed, I don’t think she had anything to do with the hero and heroine getting together at all.

This is both an enemies to lovers and second chance at love story. Andrew and Lavina were teenage sweethearts who were deeply in love. Andrew went off to make a name and money for himself on the high seas, but was in a terrible accident and presumed dead. When he made it back home a year later, Lavina was married to someone else. Understandably, he was heartbroken, but he was also cruel, lashing out at her and turning his back on his old life, planning never to return to it again. [Read more…]

Welcome Elise!

Hey guys! I’m excited to introduce you to a new reviewer at Red Hot Books. Welcome, Elise.

Elise is full time mum, part time Speech Pathologist and anytime book reader. Elise has had a passion for reading from the time she picked up her first Babysitters Club book and held a long standing envy of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, purely for her library.

Elise lives in Australia with her husband, two kids and a dog. Her nights are usually spent curled up on the lounge with her nose in a book.  Elise loves reading YA, NA, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, historical, contemporary, erotica and romantic suspense.