Review: King by T.M. Frazier

Reviewed by Joanna

You know you’re in for an interesting read when the opening chapters of a book have the male protagonist, King, aged eleven and beating up people while planning a future as a drug dealer. And then you’re set for sure when the first time he sees the female protagonist, Doe, he’s choking the woman he’s screwing (who’s pussy he just tattooed a pussy cat on) but his orgasm comes from linking eyes with sweet-looking girl at his door. Phew, right? Darkness, grit and lust follow in spades. [Read more…]

Review: Girl in the Mirror by Elizabeth Reyes

Reviewed by Joanna

Maggie wakes up in hospital. She can’t speak, feel and this confused nineteen year old can’t remember even her own name. The woman crying at her bedside, apparently her mother, fills some of the blanks, but it’s a while before the hospital psychologist allows her the truth. While out driving with her twin sister and best friend, Maggie was in a terrible car crash. She’s the sole survivor. [Read more…]

Review: How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney

Reviewed by Joanna

Jameson wears cardigan and pearls, particularly when she goes to the campus library. This way, she won’t get hit on by douchebags. Also, she likes cardigans. Who doesn’t?

The crew of douchebags in the corner, that’s who. One, Oz, gets bet $500 by his wrestling team cronies that he can’t get the virginal-looking girl to kiss him. [Read more…]

Review: Hunting Season by Annie Bellet

Reviewed by Joanna

Jade and Alek are just getting down to business after Jade rids her comic book store of a plague of cockroaches sent by the witches, when there comes a knock at the door. Seriously Jade, go stay somewhere else every now and again. Get some down time and snuggle with your big hunk of tiger man. Lord knows I’d read a novella on that alone. Anyhow, I digress. The visitor needs help with a badly injured unicorn, and our favourite sorceress can’t say no.

This is the fourth in the UF series I’ve been enjoying and Jade is still learning the extent of her powers, becoming more formidable by the book. I’m invested in Jade. I like her and I want her to succeed in securing the safe and quiet life she badly wants. And the nerdy references have me cheering. I love this. Firefly! Dragonball! [Read more…]

Review: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Reviewed by Joanna

Prince Henry, always the spare, is unexpectedly next in line for the throne of Wessco following the abdication of his older brother. Our charming prince is a playboy, a serial bed-hopper, a sweet talker and a bit of a rogue. His public loves him, his politicians manipulate him, and his granny, the queen, despairs over him. [Read more…]

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Reviewed by Joanna

Enemies-to-lovers seems to be a theme of mine at the moment. I just back-to-backed this story with Anything You Can Do by R.S. Greybut where that story missed its mark for me, this one shot me right through the heart. So I do like RomComs! Who knew? I couldn’t put it down. The point of view is of Lucy, an exec assistant to the director of a publishing house, and she’s the cutest bundle of fun I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Five foot nothing, Lucy perches at her shiny glass desk, flamethrower lipstick on her pert lips, engaging in game after game with her arch nemesis, Joshua.

Josh is exec assistant to the other director – there are two following an unhappy merger – and our boy is huge, snarly and serious. He wears the same ten shirts in rotation, and Lucy knows the day by the fetching color he’s wearing. [Read more…]

Review: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

Reviewed by Joanna

Daisy and Lucas were rivals as children. Born the same hour of the same day, they lived next door to one another, sharing parties, schools and their social group. They hated each other’s guts, going to great lengths to best the other, and only taking a break when they went to separate colleges to qualify as doctors. Now twenty-eight and wanting to specialize in family medicine, Daisy returns home to Hamilton to take over her local private practice from her former family doctor. Unbeknownst to her, Lucas has also been appointed to the same job, with the retiring doc taking on two new members of staff. Daisy is furious. Though she and Lucas haven’t seen or spoken to one another in eleven years, her grudge is still forefront in her mind and she’s desperate to dislodge Lucas from the shared role. It’s all very petty. [Read more…]

Review: Wait For It by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This author writes the most perfectly broken people, I can barely read her work for being doubled over with chest pains from all the damned feelings she makes me feel.

This is the fourth and last in the Everything I Left Unsaid series (though can be read as standalone), and we see Tiffany’s life spinning out of control. She turns up at her friend Annie’s (books’ 1 & 2 heroine) house in the dark of the night with her three kids in the back of the car and wearing her slippers. Her estranged husband, Phil, turned up at her apartment and she had to flee out the back window. Phil is a violent and abusive man, and poor Tiffany has been on the run from him. [Read more…]

Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

Kellan 2.0 is the star of this tale. In book one of the Burnham College series, he’s the super-popular and super-slutty housemate of Nora, and best friend to Crosbie, the hero and heroine of that tale (oh, how I love Crosbie). Kellan got gonorrhoea, and had to track down all his previous sexual partners to inform them and find the source. He’s not exactly the hottest proposition for a hero in his own right, but this funny and easygoing guy appealed to me then, and I was excited to read his story.

Kellan’s about to start his third year at Burnham college, and has returned home to small town Avilla for a few days at the end of the summer to see his family. There, he bumps into his childhood friend and enemy, Andi. [Read more…]

Review: Defy by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella is the tale of Melody, a twenty-six-year-old teacher who falls for Jaime, her eighteen-year-old student. It’s unapologetically instalove on Jaime’s behalf (and instalust on Melody’s), and I was interested in whether I’d feel icked out by the abuse of power and age difference between the two. I’d met Jaime in book one – Vicious – and here I found myself warmed by just how dedicated a hero he is in his own story.

Melody hates her job. She was meant to be a ballerina but a bad leg break put paid to her career. Teaching literature is her alternative but she isn’t very good at it and her students don’t pay any attention to her. Apart from Jaime Followhill. The six-three blond man-bunned stud is all about the teacher. He stalks Ms Greene until he finds a way to blackmail her into seeing him. She puts up a feeble resistance – based mainly on the fact his mother is the school principal – but they end up in bed together (I say ‘bed’ but it is mostly other places). [Read more…]