Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a location-strong community-style slow-mo romance, which I wandered through a little confused by, but ended up in love with.

The story is contemporary with an old fashioned feel, where women do girl talk and shopping, guys drink beer and members of the opposite sex don’t quite communicate right. I don’t mean to misrepresent the book – Sarah, our main heroine, is a helicopter pilot, as previously was Cooper, our main hero. But Sarah’s also a mom (well, raising her brother from when he was 6 years old) and managing a household. Coop’s a drifter, and talks like he’s 70 though he’s not quite 40. Fortunately he’s handsome and honorable, and interesting enough to draw me in. [Read more…]

Review: Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown

Reviewed by Joanna

Carli’s hearing aid gives out in the middle of class at college. Worst case scenario, as there’s no replacement batteries in her bag. She’s floundering, unable to hear the professor or lip read due to his unfortunate moustache. Used to hiding her hearing loss, Carli can’t manage, and she has no idea how she’s going to cope with the class. Even with the hearing aids she was struggling.

Ah, luckily a handsome man appears, having noticed Carli’s plight. A knight in shining armor, Reed teaches deaf kids, and though he doesn’t use hearing aids himself, he frequently has to help the kids with theirs, so he carries batteries at all times.

Carli is enamored and aflutter. [Read more…]

Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a smart NA story for your delectation, with a focus on sexual exploration between Annie, our narrator, an undergraduate in medicine, and Charles, the man of her fantasies – a 4-years-older postdoc at her research lab, with blond good looks and a side dish of attachment disorder. Well.

At the beginning of the tale, earnest Annie is gearing up to ask Charles for a sexual relationship. She thinks they have A Thing, and despite being inexperienced, wants to explore that before she goes off to Boston for eight years of medical school. She is whip smart but doesn’t see herself as pretty, so is nervous he’ll refuse. [Read more…]

Review: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Joanna

Rita burned down her mother’s restaurant. It was an accident, and her mother has been dead a while so she won’t miss it, but even so. It’s shaken our girl up a little bit and made her refocus on what she wants to do with her life. It ain’t cooking, that’s for sure.

A request from beyond the grave has her heading out on a long road trip with her sister and two brothers. They don’t really get along, and they aren’t close. I guess that’s what her mama was trying to fix.
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Review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Reviewed by Joanna

Now, I need epic love stories like most people need air, so when I heard about a series of books with a Big Love couple I hadn’t read, I got all het up and marched on over to book one. But one person’s Big Love is another’s overdone turkey, and I think I’m about to make myself unpopular with my opinion on this couple. Where I enjoyed some parts of this rock star story, there were significant elements of it I didn’t enjoy, centering around cheating, whining, and indecisive people. [Read more…]

Review: Start Again by J. Saman

Reviewed by Joanna

Kate suffered a huge loss – probably the worst a human can go through. One night as she was working her late shift at the hospital, she’s paged to go down to the ED. Her 2-year-old daughter has been brought in. The kid doesn’t make it. Her husband was already gone after their car crashed.

This prologue had me welling up. How can this be the start of a romance story? Is J. Saman trying to hurt me? Bear with, dear reader. This is not a tale of woe.
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Review: Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a romantic suspense novel with a strong bodyguard and a sexy pop star going up against a creepy stalker. Megan is the star. Five years ago she and Jax, the bodyguard, had a whirlwind four-day romance before he deployed as a marine. Now he’s back and he’s horrified to find the girl he was too afraid to look up in case she’d married, is under attack by some creep at her sprawling mansion. Tough guy Jax leaps onto his motorbike and powers through the police and paparazzi, rescuing trembling Megan from her closet, the stalker long gone.

Phew. What an opening. [Read more…]

Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

In this series of more mature hockey romances, Sarina Bowen shows us how love isn’t always enough. Sometimes it doesn’t save the day, and more building blocks are needed to fix some relationships. Trust, honesty and commitment are as big issues. These are grown up thoughts happening right here in this second chance romance.

Lauren, office manager and support staff for the Brooklyn Bruisers, has been in love with Mike Beacon, goalie, for years. They were a loving couple until he broke up with her out of the blue, returning to the wife he’d been separated from, who was sick. Lauren didn’t know his reasons as he rather cruelly left her in the lurch.
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Review: Baby, Come Back by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

Second in the Bad Boy Romance series, we already met Jack and Abby, the main characters of this heart wrenching tale. They made appearances in book one, Bad Neighbor, where we found out Abby got pregnant and was running for her life from Jack, the baby’s daddy. We also know her twin was seeing Jack’s brother and even the brother thought Jack was dangerous and no good.

But when we met him in that story, there was obviously more to him than meets the eye. Deadly but not evil, weighed down with duty and broken bits, and carrying an unloaded gun, Jack is fascinating. He works for Lazarus, a mobster and a very bad man, but he’s not one of them.

What I was very interested in was why, all of a sudden, Abby was terrified of the guy she’d likely been in love with. [Read more…]

Review: Sin With Me by J.T. Geissinger

Reviewed by Joanna

This tale of love, heartache and star-crossed lovers is the third in this wonderfully angst-filled rock star series. Grace, a cool, sharp-dressed lady dates a different guy every month. Her conquests have a 30-day expiration date and she never ever lets them stay overnight. Cuddles? Affection? What are those?

Brody, a man she’s known since her friends hooked up with his friends, won’t take no for an answer. The guitarist for Bad Habit shared a closed-door moment with Grace at the end of book two (A.J. and Chloe’s story, which, incidentally, nearly killed me with the weeping I did over A.J.), and Brody wants more. [Read more…]