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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Review: Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long

Reviewed by Jen

I haven’t read a historical romance from Julie Anne Long since the conclusion of her Pennyroyal Green series. And I’d almost forgotten just how much I enjoy her books. Though this story didn’t have the laugh out loud moments I associated with the other series, the romance was just as good and the black moment/reconciliation hit me right in the feels.

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Review: Daylight Again by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been years since the last time I read a book in this series…so long, in fact, I couldn’t remember why I stopped. I went back and read my old reviews for the first two installments. I talked about how they reminded me of the Cut and Run series, and that I liked them. I’d forgotten about the Mal and Cillian spinoff that disappointed me so much.

Anyway, what I got here—after jumping back in—was something of a mixed bag. Some things are done very, very well. Other things, distanced me from the romance and the bigger picture story.

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Review: Meant to Be Kept by Amelia Foster

Reviewed by Jen

Cheating is a hard pass for some readers, no matter what the circumstances, so be warned at the outset, the issue is the starting point of this entire story. But the cheating isn’t what the book is about–this is about what happens to a marriage after it’s fractured and how the couple got to this place to begin with.

Meant to Be Kept is really two stories told in tandem: present day, where Isabelle learns her husband kissed another woman, and in the past where we follow the evolution of their relationships through a series of flashbacks that chronicle touchstone moments.

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Review: Anything Once by Meka James

Reviewed by Jen

Full disclosure, I met Meka James a few months ago on Twitter and she is a lovely person. Between that and the ultra-gorgeous cover, I picked up her book, despite the fact I don’t read much erotic romance. But I’ll tell you what, the lady can write some good sex.

The story focuses on a married couple, Ian and Quinn, who hit a bump in their marriage when Quinn catches Ian jerking off to porn. She is devastated, and once they address what happened, they discover each of them have been quietly and inadvertently hurting their marriage and each other with how they deal with their own unhappiness and insecurities. Though the porn and subsequent conversations about their sex life cover one thread, infertility and their feelings about that issue make up the other.

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Review: Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you know I am a fan of Kelly Meding. In fact, I finally sat down and read the 2013 Carniepunk anthology recently just to read the short story that sparked this series. And overall, I liked this book. But someone needs to sit down and have a chat with the editor.

No one should have given the green light for this much repetition. I mean, yes, it’s very important that Shiloh has forgotten Jaxon. In book one, I remember being so perplexed about who the love interest in this series would be. And then, at the very end, when she agreed to lose her memories of the person she loved most… boom! Jaxon appeared to be the guy. Add to that, I understand that coming to terms with her feelings despite the missing memories was the big emotional arc here. But for the love of Pete, this must have been reiterated at least once per page. If I didn’t already have a history with this author and an investment in the characters, I would have put the book down. I almost did anyway. And that’s a shame because, otherwise, it was a good book.

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So…I wrote a book

 

 

 

 
Title: Brick
Series: Cooper Construction #1
Author: Jen Davis
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Gritty Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019
 
 
 
Blurb
 
I’m used to getting my hands dirty. During the day it’s mud and grime on the construction site. At night…it’s the blood I spill. A drug lord’s enforcer does what needs to be done. It’s my obedience, my loyalty to the boss that keeps my family alive.
 
I know I’m teetering on the edge. I’m losing my humanity, I can feel it. It’s changing me, and it’s only a matter of time before the darkness takes over.
 
Then I meet her. Liv. The only person who sees past my busted knuckles and brutal exterior. She sees…me. But being with me will get her killed. The only way I can keep her safe is by staying away. Until her own actions catapult her into the center of my world—a world which will swallow her whole.
 
Now I’m forced to be the ruthless bastard I’ve been for so long. Only this time it’s not to destroy…but to defend.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchase Links
 
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
 
Free in Kindle Unlimited
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coming Soon
 
 
Releasing February 26, 2019
 
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author Bio
 
Jen started her love affair with romance novels, first as a reader, then as a reviewer and blogger. She launched the Red Hot Books blog in 2010 and jumped into Book Twitter shortly after.

She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they’re raising two kids, a cat, and a dog who is afraid of his own shadow.

Jen spends her days working as television journalist and her nights curled up with a good book.

 

 

 
 
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