Review: His Wicked Charm by Candace Camp

Reviewed by Sara

Do you like the opposites attract trope? How about Historical Romance? What about mysteries with paranormal elements?

If you said yes to any of these you’ll probably really enjoy Candace Camp’s latest release, His Wicked Charm.

Lilah Holcutt is everything a proper lady should be. She is well-mannered, logical, even-tempered and never breaks the rules. When her best friend gets married, she’s introduced to the Moreland family, better known as the Mad Morelands. The Morelands don’t care about convention; they believe in following one’s passion and are *gasps* suffragists. Con, Lilah’s best friend’s husband’s twin brother, is the worst of these. He’s a joker, a flirt and, for some reason, has turned his attention on her. [Read more…]

Review: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon By Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Sara

Raised on a secluded island in order to hide her magical gifts, Gwennore (Gwen), one of four women, is an innocent in all ways. However, since her sisters have started marrying, she’s seen enough of the world to know that she should hide her magical abilities and that, as a Woodwyn Elf, she is reviled and pitied.

When her niece is kidnapped by dragons of the Norveshka region, Gwen refuses to let go and finds herself in the Norveshka court where curses, plagues, and madness are threatening to destroy the country. With her gift of healing, she discovers that the so called curse is illness and that she is uniquely gifted to help the people, no matter that they don’t trust her. There’s one catch, in order to help she’ll need to pretend that she’s lovers with the gorgeous and playful General Dravenko. [Read more…]

Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Reviewed by Sara

In Hurts to Love You, the third and last book in the Forbidden Hearts series, Gabe is the son of the former housekeeper to the formerly wealthy Kane family. He’s the best friend to Olivia Kane and part of her wedding party. Thing is, he’s also more. Secretly he’s in love with Olivia’s soon to be sister in law, the sheltered Eve. He’s also holding on to another secret that could alter his relationship with Olivia and her family forever, a secret it’s getting harder and harder to hold on to.

Eve is the youngest of the Chandler siblings and has been treated like a child her entire life. She’s recently split from the family business and is on her own trying to develop an improved ride share business. She’s also trying to show Gabe, who she’s always had a crush on, that she’s not a little girl anymore. Which would make it a bad thing for Gabe to find out that she’s been his ubiquitous and mysterious ride share driver for the past several months. [Read more…]

Review: Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Reviewed by Sara

Confession time! Sometimes I see book blurbs and think, “that’s going to be awful. I can eviscerate it in a snarky review,” and then I throw my head back and laugh like a deranged Bond-villain.

Such was the case when I read the blurb on Mia Hopkins’ book, Thirsty. I don’t know who wrote the blurb, but to me it read cheesy and then the devil on my shoulder pointed to a single phrase, “hipster gringo.” There, I thought, while stroking my imaginary villain moustache, for that phrase alone, I should read and review this book. Cue Bond-villain laughter.

However, and please don’t tell my husband (I have an image to uphold) I was wrong. I really, really enjoyed Thirsty and could not put it down. [Read more…]

Review: First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

Reviewed by Sara

First Kiss of Spring follows Caitlin, a successful textile designer, who has decided she’s ready to settle down, make babies and open a daycare back in her hometown of Eternity Springs. Before her big move, she attends a wedding. In her duties as a bridesmaid, she meets Josh, invites him to be her plus-one and BAM! decides he’s the one. Once back in Eternity Springs, Caitlin makes it her mission to win Josh and show him how good they could be together.

Josh has an adorable dog and meets adorable Caitlin, but he’s got a dark past and isn’t into commitment. Although, he doesn’t mind if Caitlin comes over for a booty call or two, so long as the cast of wacky townsfolk don’t find out. [Read more…]

Review: Hunting Witch Hazel by Heather Novak

Reviewed by Sara

Hunting Witch Hazel is the first book in Heather Novak’s Lynch Brothers series and the premise caught my attention right away. Hazel is a witch whose life is in ruins since her father abandoned her family and her mother gave into a dark magic addiction. Now, she is struggling to juggle her mother’s debts, grief over her sister’s death, a full college schedule and a job. Grayson, on the other hand, is a retired witch-hunter who’s back in the game in order to collect Hazel’s magic and save his brother. Problem is, Grayson wants Hazel, but stealing her magic will ensure she never wants anything to do with him again. Grayson’s older brother has given him one week to obtain Hazel’s powers or he’ll do it, and he won’t be nice about it.

Hunting Witch Hazel had a lot of potential, but really fell flat for me. [Read more…]

Review: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Reviewed by Sara

I have been waiting forever for the sixth and final book in Katee Robert’s O’Malley series, The Bastard’s Bargain. While I really enjoy this series, I’ve been waiting since book two for the goods on Russian crime lord Dimitri Romanov and Katee Robert did not disappoint.

Dimitri Romanov had previously been promised not one, but two O’Malley sisters in marriage only to have both fall through. Using the threat of war between their crime families, promises of peace and his own charisma, Dimitri manipulates Keira into becoming his wife, but this is more than just machinations and saving face. Since the moment she picked his pocket Dimitri has been enthralled by the courage, power and beauty of Keira O’Malley. Now, with outside forces plotting against him, can he help Keira to see that she’s more than a pawn, more than his wife, she’s his queen. [Read more…]

Review: Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Sara

Book 1 of Lauren Dane’s Whiskey Sharp series, Unraveled, follows the story of Maybe, a tattooed, punk rock, drummer and hairstylist. She’s a straight shooter, irreverent and blunt, but she’s also highly compassionate and committed to her friends and chosen family. Maybe lives in Seattle with her sister, who has a traumatic past, is estranged from her parents and is ready to take it to the next level with her bearded, tattooed and Russian boss Alexsei.

The characters in Unraveled, both main and background, were great with tons of description and backstory. Maybe, her sister, friends and neighbors are described in a way that makes them jump off the page. They’re multi dimensional and vibrant and the kind of characters that you want to go hang out with. [Read more…]

Review: Surrender To The Highlander by Lynsay Sands

Reviewed by Sara

Lynsay Sands was one of the first Historical Romance authors I ever read and she is the first author to introduce me to the delight of Highlander Romances. So, you can be sure that when one of her books is up for grabs, I’m taking it.

Surrender to the Highlander is book 5 of Sands’ Scottish Highlander series. In it, the Buchanan brothers pay a visit to their very pregnant sister, Saidh, only to find out she needs their help. Saidh hasn’t been able to reach her friend Edith in several weeks and she’s worried. The brothers take on the task of looking in on Edith, but when they arrive at Drummond castle they find the castle closed up due to an illness that has overtaken the Laird and several of the brothers and has left Lady Edith on death’s door. The brothers make their way into the castle only to discover it’s no illness that has plagued the castle, but rather poison. This leads to the brothers protecting Lady Edith and bringing her back to health. [Read more…]

Sara’s Favorites of 2017

2017 felt like a good year to hide under the covers with a good book. Here’s what did it for me this past year.

UF/Romantic Fantasy

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
The last (contracted) book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series hit it out of the park. Everything from the smoldering romance between Nevada and Rogan to the revelations of series secrets were flawless.
If you like detailed worldbuilding and original plots you should totally read this series. [Read more…]