Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Joanna

Kristen Callihan is another one-click author for me, and I can’t get enough of her contemporary sports series Game On. This is the fourth, (fine as standalone) and Finn Mannus is the sportsman in question. He’s a quarterback for the New Orleans NFL football team (I’ve got to stop saying American football because you’re mostly all American, right?) and doesn’t do relationships. Stereotype? Yep. Hotter when they fall? Absolutely.

The eponymous Hot Shot is hipster Chester Copper (the weird things parents call their kids. Tsk). She’s an upcoming photographer employed to take nude pictures of the team for a charity calendar. [Read more…]

Review: The Lover by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Joanna

This is part three of Ellie and Jake’s story, so if you like young love, arranged marriage in a contemporary setting, ranches, sweet sexy times and heartache, go back and read my review of book one, The Bride, as this might contain spoilers for you. Then go read these books.

So, let’s catch up. [Read more…]

Review: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a rerelease, as Sarina Bowen originally published this story under a different author name. I’d never heard of it so jumped right on the ARC when the email came through.

It’s the tale of Joshua and Caleb, two young men raised in a remote cult in Wyoming. The sort of place where the elders, the men who run the place and have all the power, take lots of wives, picking the prettiest teenagers as they become grown. And the kind of place where young men are of no use if they can’t keep up with the harsh field work. Which Joshua can’t. [Read more…]

Review: We Are All Found Things by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a beautiful short story clocking in at only 65 pages, but take the author’s name and add Virgin Hero to the description and if you aren’t one clicking then I don’t know what to do with you.

Let’s start over. Rennie is an artist who specializes in metal sculptures. She takes a warehouse in a dodgy part of North Minneapolis to carry out her work, but it keeps getting broken into at night and her metals stolen. So she places an advert for someone to rent the bedroom above her workspace for free, as they’ll provide a deterrent and be around to call the police if the thieves come back. [Read more…]

Review: The Wife by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Joanna

This is book two of the three-part series The Bride, which is being released rapid fire over the space of a month or so. If you like emotional roller coasters which give you all the pain, but sweetened with intelligence and oodles of frustration, read on, dear reader.

Ellie and Jake have now been married for over a year and a half. She’s finally turning eighteen (to his twenty-seven) and, according to their plan, they can now get divorced. She’s of age to hold her land in her own right without having to go into foster care. The marriage of convenience served its purpose. [Read more…]

Review: All The Rage by T.M.

Reviewed by Joanna

This novel caught my eye because of the unusual career of the protagonist – Rage is a contract killer. Pshaw, you say. What’s unusual about that? Well, Rage is a nineteen-year-old woman. And she’s been doing the job for three years.

So let’s start again. This is a romance where our heroine has some pretty deep rooted issues. As a child she’s told she’s different – indifferent, in fact. Emotionless, a hypochondriac and complete germaphobe. Her bouts of rage earn her her nickname from the only person she lets be her friend. [Read more…]

Review: The Way We Fall by Cassia Leo

Reviewed by Joanna

I generally start my reviews of a book when I’m about a third of the way through, so I can summarize the premise, outline the characters and give my initial impression at the start. Well this book plain confused me. It jumps around in time, telling the story of Rory (Aurora) and Houston: first when they first fell into a relationship at college, then when they broke up a few months later, and finally a few years on (present day) when they bump into one another again.

There are multiple secrets to be uncovered across multiple time frames, and I’m wasn’t sure I liked either of the characters enough to care about uncovering them. [Read more…]

Review: Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back at Winston College, this time with Harper, a polished, wealthy socialite. Our girl is high profile and president of the Deltas, but nobody truly knows her, and they certainly know nothing of her past and her bruising dark secrets. Kane’s our hero, the similarly damaged and delicious foster brother to Brax from book one. That lovely Boston accent is back. Ahhcent. [Read more…]

Review: The Bride by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Joanna

This author was recommended by another author I love (her majesty Molly O’Keefe), and I’m glad I took notice. This is a tale of a marriage of convenience between a sixteen year old and a guy in his mid-twenties – but don’t fear, our boy is as honorable as the day is long. Which all makes for a very proving story.

Ellie’s the daughter of a 4th generation rancher. Sam, her father, is almost everything to her since her mother died. Aside from Jake. He’s the son of Sam’s best friend, a man who died leaving Jake homeless and his neighboring ranch land held by Sam. Sam and Ellie took Jake in and he lived and worked on their estate, sleeping in the bunkhouse. He very much sees Ellie as a little sister. When Sam dies suddenly from heart failure, the two young people are all each other has. [Read more…]

Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

Slooowwww book here, probably the slowest start I’ve read yet by this author, but as usual it’s always worth the wait.

Kulti is a German football player (soccer to all you across the pond), and he was the world’s greatest player. Now aged 39, he’s retired and for unknown reasons come to work as an assistant coach at Salome’s Texan women’s premier league team, the Pipers. I know, I didn’t get it either; dude could’ve gone anywhere. But the reason he eventually gives Sal is perfect, so bear with it, reader. [Read more…]