Review: Tyrant by T.M. Frazier

Reviewed by Joanna

This is not a standalone so if you like the sound of a motorbike riding tattooed hard man who’ll do anything it takes – murder, violence, torture – to get his girls back, then go read King first.

If you’ve already read it, or you don’t care about spoilers, read on.

We good? M’kay, so King is crazy in love with Doe, the sweet girl who ended up a prisoner in his house after she lost her memory and her drug addict friend stole King’s money. She’s fallen hard too, though neither wanted to love the other, especially as King is pretty hard to love. [Read more…]

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

Reviewed by Joanna

Zeke (Ezekiel) Daniels is a douchebag. Unlike Oz, the douchebag in book one of this new adult series, Zeke’s quality of douchiness comes more from his terrible attitude problems, rather than screwing around. He’s such a sour puss.

“My parents must have known from the beginning that I was going to be a sinner—that’s why it sounds like they named me after two books of the Bible. Lord knows I’m no saint.”

So it’s no surprise when mousy scared Violet, who is assigned to tutor him, takes one looks and runs a mile. She’s not alone in her reaction. Everyone dislikes the guy. Women sleep with him for his incredible looks and body, and for his face being on billboards around campus as he’s such a hot wrestling stud, but they hate him otherwise. His friends don’t much like him either, nor does his team, and his coach has had it. [Read more…]

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…]