Review: Elijah’s Hope by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Sara

Elijah and the men in management at the Dyson International oil rig in Hope’s Point, Alaska are lonely. So, they concoct a plan to have women flown up to them. The men place a Facebook Ad and pick from the women who respond to it. The women fly up to Hope’s Point and get to spend two weeks of no strings attached fun experiencing the beauty of Alaska. Elijah’s pick is Shelby, a wholesome, girl next door from Baton Rouge, LA. He’s immediately taken with her and her squeaky clean persona that’s so different from the women he grew up with while his mother stripped to make ends meet. Elijah has baggage.

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Review: Tikka Chance On Me by Suleikha Snyder

Reviewed by Sara

Suleikha Snyder’s novella, “Tikka Chance On Me” is a lot of things; it’s a small town romance, a Motorcycle Club romance, an interracial romance and most of all a fan-freaking-tastic Romance.

University of Chicago student, Pinky Grover, has come back to small town Eastville, Indiana, to help with her family’s Indian restaurant when her mother gets sick. Eastville hasn’t changed since she was in high school, except the local motorcycle club has recruited a new enforcer and it’s none other than local bad boy legend, Trucker Carrigan. Pinky is smart, but there’s something about Trucker that makes all reason leave her head. She knows Trucker is a bad bet, but there’s something about him, something she can’t quite put her finger on that makes her think that maybe a walk on the wild side might not be such a bad idea.

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Joint Review: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

Reviewed by Jen & Sara

Jen: As much as I enjoyed the Kingmaker series from Amanda Bouchet, I think I might like this foray into space opera even more. Here, Bouchet has created another great heroine, who is easy to root for, along with a conflicted, flawed, yet very sexy hero. Together, they make for an awesome, angsty romance, set amid a cool futuristic series arc.

You with me so far?

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Sara’s Favorites of 2018

by Sara

Overall, 2018 was not a great year for me as far as books and reading went. I felt like I struggled to be interested in a lot of the books that came out this year and then was let down by some favorite authors whose books elicited little more than a “Meh, it was ok” from me. These books, listed below, are the books that broke through my reading malaise and wowed me.

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins – I’ll be honest, I was prepared to hate this book. However, what I found when I got down to reading it was an original and sexy redemption story.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – This Contemporary Romance is one of the times when it’s safe to judge a book by its cover. Just like its cover art, A Princess in Theory is a vibrant and beautiful romance. Funny and heart-felt it, it warmed my heart to see the geeky girl get the prince and be able to use her enormous and sexy brain.

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Review: Waiting In Vain by Charlotte Stein (Reindeer Games)

Reviewed by Sara

With very few exceptions, I really dislike Christmas/holiday themed Romances. What I do like though is Romances with the forced proximity trope and author Charlotte Stein, which is exactly why I picked up the new anthology, Reindeer Games.

Each story in Reindeer Games is both holiday themed and includes the forced proximity trope. In Charlotte Stein’s offering, “Waiting in Vain,” Nancy is a fish out of water at her brother’s wife’s family Christmas weekend. In order not to embarrass her brother, she needs to present herself as well mannered and polite to the Hennessy family. Unfortunately, her resolve is tested by the gorgeous, well muscled Hennessy son, Mick who is making his attraction known at the most inopportune times.

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DNF Review: Earl To The Rescue by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Sara

Earl To The Rescue is the story of Gwendeline Gregory, daughter of the Baron Gregory of Brooklands and his wife Annabelle. While she was young, Baron and Baroness Brooklands spent only a week out of the year with Gwendeline and were as uninvolved in her upbringing as possible. So, when they die in an ill-defined accident, Gwendeline, is less upset about her parents being dead as she is about the fact that they spent all of their savings and have left her penniless and soon to be homeless, since their debts require their estate to be sold off.

However, Gwendeline, is rescued by a the incredibly popular Lore Merryn, who, while surprised that Gwendeline is 19 years old and not an infant, is committed, along with a group of like minded gentlemen, to caring for her and helping her be introduced favorably into the ton. Gwendeline is whisked away to London where she is put up with Lord Merryn’s mother, a novelist, and begins making the round of parties. Here, she learns that her parents were general reprobates and begins to meet various characters. [Read more…]

Review: Fall by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Sara

Fall is book three in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series. In it, Jill-of-all-trades and professional friend, Stella Grey and John “Jax” Blackwood have one of the best meet-cutes I’ve read in a long time and then, through fate become neighbors. Both Stella and John are guarded and mistrustful of others. Stella, because she was abandoned by her grifter father shortly after the death of her mother and John, because of past family issues and because he is the lead guitarist for international recording sensation, Kill John.

While Stella doesn’t immediately recognize John as the infamous Jax Blackwood, once she does she realizes why he lives like a hermit. Just over a year or so before Fall takes place, John attempted suicide by overdosing on heroin. Since then, his reputation has been dragged through the mud and the family he had in his band and management has been fractured. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Reviewed by Sara

I like to think of myself as a pretty discerning Romance reader; I know what I like, I know what I don’t like, and I know what I’m willing to try. At the moment, though, I’m feeling pretty bamboozled, a little hoodwinked, and kind of annoyed.

I like the concept of Maisey Yates’ third Cooper Ridge book, Want Me, Cowboy and I assumed I’d really like the book. Maisey Yates writes about Isaiah, a rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire who wants to find a wife, but he’s been hurt by a past relationship and has trouble expressing his emotions. So he does what anyone in his shoes would do. (That’s sarcasm. Be prepared for lots of that.) He asks his assistant, Poppy, to put a want ad out for a wife. After several interviews, he discovers, to his complete surprise, that Poppy, his assistant of over a decade, is the perfect candidate for all things wife related. [Read more…]

Review: Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Sara

Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost is a Paranormal Romance, book one in her Night Rebel series and set in the world of her highly acclaimed (at least by me) Night Huntress series. It is the story of Master Vampire, Ian, and vampire Law Guardian, Veritas. The two characters are as different from each other as oil and water; Ian being a hedonist of the highest order and Veritas an employee of what is essentially the vampire community’s version of a police force. What they do have in common is a demon named Dagon.

Thousands of years ago, Veritas was the prisoner of Dagon and forced to do horrible things in his name. Now, she sees an opportunity for justice, but needs a way to get Dagon’s attention when her plan is ready. When Ian sold his soul to Dagon he made it possible for Dagon to teleport to him any time the demon wishes. Veritas sees Ian as a means to an end and hopes to use him, but she wasn’t expecting him to be such an accomplished magic user, something illegal in the vampire world, or to be so honorable. Soon what starts as as her using Ian becomes an uneasy alliance and then a partnership as Veritas begins to development feelings for Ian. [Read more…]

Review: Dil Or No Dil by Suleikha Snyder

Reviewed by Sara

To be honest, I don’t generally read a lot of short story collections. I usually find them slightly frustrating because, if the stories and character are good, I generally want more than what a short story has to offer. Furthermore, I’ve never read anything by author Suleikha Snyder. So, I was a little unsure about how I would enjoy Dil or No Dil, but it was on sale and I was between books. Spoiler alert: It was fantastic!

The collection contains older stories, dating as far back as 2011, and new stories made available for the first time in this collection. There are eight in all. The stories range in length from several pages to as many as 13 chapters and contain many elements of and references to the author’s Indian background. I was really blown away by how much I really enjoyed Dil or No Dil and especially the variations of the stories. Some of the stories, were f/f, others were m/m, most were typical m/f pairings, but then some the m/f stories included older female characters and younger male love interests which aren’t typical of Romance as a genre at all. Some of the stories were of the insta-lust/love variety and other were love stories that, while told over only a couple of pages, spanned decades. [Read more…]