Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Reviewed by Joanna

Don’t you just love a book where you’re cross when the story ends ‘cause you have to give the love up? Well I fell for Callan and Grace hard, and I’m sure you will too. Come with me to NYC, if you will.

Grace Kerrington needs to turn her temp job into a permanent one. She’s employed by an Australian company at their Manhattan base, but is late the one morning she’s given an opportunity to show her skills. Luckily they take a chance on her anyway, probably as no one else is available for the somewhat unusual job. [Read more…]

Review: The Singer by Elizabeth Hunter

Reviewed by Joanna

We ended the first book in this series on a cliffhanger. Malachi and Ava, a newly mated and bonded couple of half-human half-angel folk were being pursued through Istanbul by the deadly Gregori. They were trapped in an underground cistern fighting for their lives, only for… Malachi to be killed by Brage, one of the Fallen.

Ava goes into extreme shock and a mourning so fierce she bursts the ear drums of those around her. She’s only just found Malachi – her true soul mate and reshon, after years of being isolated and considered mentally ill by her human family. [Read more…]

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back with Reed and Ella, and he’s been arrested for…

Wait! Book two ended in a cliff hanger so don’t read on if you fancy this series. It’s full of over privileged teenagers being awful to one another, a poor girl thrust into a family of five hot brothers, and broken homes aplenty.

Back to it. Reed is arrested for the crime perpetrated at the end of book two. A murder of someone close to the family. He says it wasn’t him, but Ella has a tiny slither of doubt. She hates thinking it, but can’t deny what she saw. He had blood on his shirt and a pretty strong motive. [Read more…]

Joint Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Reviewed by Joanna & Jen

Jen: Oh wow! How I loved this this book. It had two things going for it right off the bat. One, it was written by Tessa Dare who is one of my absolute faves in historical romance. And two, it is a Beauty and the Beast trope, which is also a favorite of mine. I am thrilled to say that not only did it come through on the promise of its premise, it was even better than I expected.

Joanna: I have something to admit. *looks embarrassed* I’ve never read any Tessa Dare.

Jen: Jo! I am so sorry for you.

Joanna: I know! I can’t tell you how it happened, but I have settled the score with this beauty. It’s sparkling, pacy and lighthearted, and I laughed out loud time and time again. [Read more…]

Review: The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Reviewed by Joanna

I can’t believe I’ve not yet picked up this series. It’s been on my to-be-read list forever, and I’ve adored other work by this author. My loss, as this book is excellent. Plus book five has just come out, and I feel a binge read coming on.

To the story. Ava hears voices. She always has, and they drive her crazy, giving her terrible headaches and forcing her to stay away from other people. A successful photographer, she tours the world, focusing on remote tourist locations to keep the voices quiet. You see, they come from everyone, like she’s a receptor for inner monologues. Except the voices are always in a foreign language and she has no idea what they are saying. [Read more…]

Review: On The Chase by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back in Monroe as the small town beds down for winter, with a new runaway resident taking her pick from the plethora of hot cops. Kaylee is our heroine, and she witnesses something she shouldn’t at her too-good boyfriend’s creepy uncle’s house. Kaylee flees with the assistance of Mr. Espina who helped the family in book one to safety, and she finds herself at their door.

Problem is, Jules, the elder sister of the family in hiding, is dating a local cop. When he shows up at the safe house one day so does another of his cop friends. Hugh got shot in book one, so he’s been forced into taking time off and it’s driving him crazy. [Read more…]

Review: Rebel by Rebecca Yarros

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back at the floating university on the sea, this time with four-time X Games medallist Penna, who’s about to speed her way into love.

Penelope Carstairs is an elite athlete. At age twenty-two, she excels at motocross, winning even all-male competitions and generally kicking ass. But in a previous story, she gets injured and loses her mojo for her sport.

We kick off this tale in Vegas where Penna, known as Rebel, is about to do an illegal and secret BASE jump to get herself back in the zone. Her jump partner turns up drunk, so she propositions the supremely hot guy she’s been chatting to in the bar—Cruz Delgado. [Read more…]

Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the sequel to Paper Princess, therefore contains spoilers as that tale left off on a big old cliffhanger. Don’t read on if you like wealthy bratty kids and a rags-to-riches story. Go back and pick up the first book instead.

So, Ella Harper was whisked out of her life of poverty and stripping by her previously unknown guardian, Callum Royal, who had been a friend of her father’s. He moved her into his home with his five sons, and Ella had a rapid adjustment to make to the ultra-rich world she now inhabited.

She eventually befriended the brothers, and fell in love with Reed, the second oldest. The first story was told solely from Ella’s point of view. This book is dual perspective and the better for it, in my eyes. [Read more…]

Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Reviewed by Joanna

Parker and Ben have been roommates and best friends since freshman year at college. They are walking proof that men and women can be the closest of friends without winding up sleeping with each other. Ben doesn’t want a girlfriend, enjoying serial one-night stands, and Parker has a long term boyfriend in Lance. Until she doesn’t.

When Parker’s relationship ends, she’s a little bit upset, but it’s more the realization she hasn’t had sex in two months that gets her jumpy. So makes a proposal to her housemate Ben – no strings attached sex for as long as they both find it fun. Nothing can go wrong with that, right? [Read more…]

Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

Ah, books with families of brothers really are my downfall. I can’t remember why, but I was put off reading this series last year, despite the excellence of the co-authors (Erin Watt is Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick). I think I read that it was Young Adult, but I wouldn’t recommend this for teens. Although the protagonists are high school students, it has detailed scenes of stripping, drugs, sexual assault, non-consensual and consensual and sex, so I’d shelve it in the New Adult category.

The story is told from the point of view of Ella Harper, an orphan who is struggling to get by and supporting herself by the trade her mother excelled at – stripping. Her mum died and Ella is forging her signature in order to continue going to school. She’s pragmatic, street wise and sassy. Imagine her fear when a strange, well-dressed man arrives at her school claiming to be her guardian, and when she runs, he finds her and kidnaps her. [Read more…]