Review: The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan

Reviewed by Sara

The Duke Buys a Bride is an Historical Romance by author Sophie Jordan. The male main character and aforementioned Duke, is Marcus Weatherton the fifth Duke of Autenberry. While running away from his life in London to a long forgotten Scottish property, he comes across Alyse.

Alyse was raised by loving and educated parents. Unfortunately, due to their untimely demise, Alyse is auctioned as a wife to an older member of her village. She works as the housekeeper and care provider for his children until that man is ready for a “real” wife and arranges to auction Alyse. Alyse is frightened, but arranged with a childhood friend that he would buy her and they would leave for London. Unfortunately, Alyse’s friend never shows up and when Marcus first sets eyes on her, she is alone on the auction block at the mercy of the local townsmen. Marcus is immediately struck by Alyse’s bravery and places the winning bid. Marcus’ plan is to install Alyse as the housekeeper of his Scottish estate, but over the course of their journey and against the better judgement of both Marcus and Alyse, the two fall in love. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

Wild Like the Wind is the sixth book in Kristen Ashley’s Chaos Motorcycle Club series. Like any Kristen Ashley novel you should not attempt to read it while wearing a non-waterproof mascara or without a jumbo box of Kleenex at the ready. It is also not a stand alone. Wild Like the Wind is not the book you want to use as a gateway to the rich world of alpha bikers with a heart of gold and the strong women who love them that Kristen Ashley’s created. If this review piques your interest though, go find Motorcycle Man, book 4 in the Dream Man series, which can be read as a standalone and will start you on the road to Chaos. [Read more…]

Review: How To Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper

Reviewed by Sara

How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper is the first book of her Mystic Bayou series and was originally released as an audiobook. When I saw it released as an ebook, I grabbed it quick and happily spent an afternoon falling in love with the characters and story of this light and fun Paranormal Romance (PNR).

Mystic Bayou is a town in the Louisiana swamps where supernatural, or magie, live in veritable harmony with their mundane neighbors. So, it’s the perfect place for the League for Interspecies Cooperation to send anthropologist, Dr. Jillian Ramsay, to complete a detailed report about just that topic; how supernaturals can live out in the open with their normal neighbors. This is Jillian’s first field assignment and she is committed to doing her best, but can’t help but feel like things aren’t exactly what they seem in Mystic Bayou. It doesn’t exactly help that the mayor and the ridiculously good looking sheriff are obviously keeping things from her and steering her research in a particular direction. [Read more…]

Review: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Sara

A Duke by Default is the fantastic second book in Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series. The book’s main female character is Portia, a wealthy former party girl from New York City who has decided to turn over a new leaf. No drinking, no random hook-ups and she’s taken an internship with a sword maker in Scotland. She is determined to show her friends and family that she’s not flaky and that she can commit to a career path just like her extraordinary twin sister. This becomes difficult when she meets her hot boss and he doesn’t trust her enough to let her use her expertise to help the business.

Tavish MacKenzie doesn’t have time for an American woman who’s constantly looking at her phone. With a failed marriage and a business that’s going the same way he’s doing everything in his power to shut down Portia’s ideas for the business and his attraction to her. When he discovers he’s up for a Dukedom, his entire world turns upside and the fledgling romance between himself and Portia will either withstand the new realities of his life or go the way of history. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

Reviewed by Caitlin & Sara

Caitlin: I’m a Penny Reid fan, and her last several books have been, in my opinion, her best. Marriage of Inconvenience and Dating-ish were the two best books in the Knitting in the City series by a mile (thanks to a complete lack of slut-shaming that plagued the earlier books), and I’m very much enjoying her Winston Brothers series.

Sara: I’m also a Penny Reid fan and I agree. It’s great when you can see an author grow. Gone is the problematic slut shaming and completely monochromatic cast of characters and in their place are thought provoking commentary on current events and more diversity. I’m really happy with the way Reid’s writing and this series in particular is going. [Read more…]

Review: The Major’s Welcome Home by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Sara

Tessa Bailey’s new release, “The Major’s Welcome Home,” isn’t technically a new release. The short story of Major Beck Collier and Kenna Sutton was previously released in 2015 as part of an anthology with author Sophie Jordan called Off Base. With an additional epilogue, previously only released on Wattpad and half of all its release week sales going to fund research for Juvenile Diabetes, picking up this novella and becoming reacquainted with Beck and Kenna was a no-brainer.

Kenna Sutton was a wild child and has done her best as an adult to make up for that by making herself indispensable to her General father. Which is how she ends up as the pick up driver for Major Beck Collier as he returns from a six year deployment overseas. Considering Major Collier’s expertise is in engineering strategy, Kenna assumes she’ll be picking up a bespectacled, paunchy desk jockey. Instead she’s met with a hulking, military Adonis with a heart of gold. Determined to see that he’s welcomed home properly, Kenna gets particularly hands on with Beck and soon finds an attraction to the major that’s more than skin deep. [Read more…]

Review: Home by Jezz de Silva

Reviewed by Sara

Home, by new-to-me author Jezz de Silva, is a poignant and heart-wrenching romance that is perfect for readers who enjoy military themes, May/December romances and the friends to lovers tropes. It’s also great if you like your main characters on the mature-side.

There are a lot of surprises in this book and as a result it’s a bit difficult to write a detailed synopsis of the story without spoiling some plot points. As a result my synopsis here is pretty vague.

Home begins on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan with military specialists Mark and Jamie. Mark is Jamie’s best friend and mentor. The men are heroes, but Home isn’t about those kind of heroes and soon the setting of the novel changes and we meet Eve in Australia, Mark’s now widow. Eve is attempting to get answers from military higher ups about Mark’s death, bury her husband and grieve, when Jamie risks his career and freedom to shed light on what happened to Mark. What begins as two strangers meeting soon evolves into more as Eve provides Jamie with the home he’s never had and Jamie works to do right by his best friend’s wife by providing support and fixing her home. [Read more…]

Review: The Devil’s Daughter by Katee Robert

Reviewed by Sara

I’m a big fan of Katee Robert and her sexy romances, but I wasn’t so sure about The Devil’s Daughter when I saw its release. Published in 2017, it’s the first book of tmhe Hidden Sins series of novels and while it’s listed as a romance, it’s more of a romantic suspense or romantic ystery. While there is a romance between between Sheriff Zach Owens and FBI agent Eden Collins, it’s not the main element of the story. Needless to say, I am super happy that I gave this book a try.

After a career in the Marines, Zach Owens is happy with his life in quiet, small town Clear Springs, Montana, even if he does have a cult residing inside his jurisdiction. This all changes when girls start disappearing and then showing up dead. To make matters worse, the estranged daughter of the Elysia cult’s leader shows up to let him know there’s a leak on his force and that she has inside information on his case. Eden Collins doesn’t want to be back in Clear Springs, and she wants to be near her mother and the Elysia cult even less, but she’s dedicated her life to shutting down violent cults with the FBI, and the information she received from an unnamed source leads her to believe that something horrible is happening in Clear Springs. [Read more…]

Review: Loving the Wounded Warrior by Adriana Anders

Reviewed by Sara

Adriana Anders has a way of using her novels to discuss very real societal issues, while also providing the escape many readers look for in a romance novel. Loving the Wounded Warrior is an example of this particular skill.

Kurt is a man left broken by his military service and the loss of a friend and fellow marine to suicide. He is pushing this same friend’s empty wheelchair up a mountain when he is nearly run off the road by O’Neal. O’Neal isn’t just the baby sister of Kurt’s best friend, a girl he crushed on, but she was also the intrepid high school reporter whose article on a concussion Kurt received due to football, led to the derailment of his college football career.

O’Neal has always been curious. Looking for the story in others’ experiences has helped her to avoid her own issues. She has trouble processing physical affection, is emotionally blunt, and has a career that she loves in theory, but is failing at in reality. Once she discovers the man with the wheelchair is Kurt, she’s even more curious than she normally is and she can’t let him or his story get away. [Read more…]

Review: A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

Reviewed by Sara

Danica (Dani) Nilsson loses her boyfriend and her job as a chef in one day. With her reputation in tatters, she leaves to visit her aging supermodel mother in Italy where she runs into her one night stand from over a year ago. Antoni (Toni) Lorenzetti, Dani’s fling, is also the nephew of her mentor, Chef Marcello. Both Dani and Toni are present when a tragedy occurs in Marcello’s kitchen and Dani steps up to save the whole evening service.

Toni wants Dani in his bed, but he’s not sure about having her in his kitchen. Begrudgingly, he asks Dani to help at his secluded farm to table restaurant in the countryside outside of Milan. Throw in a conniving ex-wife, a distraught teenage daughter, a meddling mother and the idyllic Italian scenery and the recipe for a tumultuous romance is set. [Read more…]