Review: Kiss Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after book 1, Kiss Me continues the adventures of Sage McGuire. As with Chase Me, this is a short read.

Sage is still working for Daniel who is as weird/interesting as ever. They have a dynamic that’s fostered by Daniel’s lack of brain cells and inexperience with having a job. Or at least that’s what I think based on what Sage knows or even cares to find out. But in reality it doesn’t even matter because she wants to quit that job for her dream job as a self employed private investigator. [Read more…]

Review: Chase Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

The first in Sharon Kleve’s ‘Sage McGuire’ series, this is a pretty short read and while I thought the blurb sounded very interesting with an adventurous and spunky heroine, I’m not sure that’s what I got. The story opens with Sage and a few of her friends drinking at a bar. They’re there because Sage’s boss has died, but that’s okay because Sage wants to open a private investigate firm. While at the bar, she sees Carter from across the room – sparks fly. When Sage wakes up the next morning, she makes some assumptions that she should have made the night before, but maybe the beer goggles were too thick. Things happen and she finds out that Carter is actually a police officer. Her getting in the PI business and Carter being a cop should equal happiness for her, but not so much, and it’s a long yet short road to their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read another story with the theme of a widowed spouse, and because I enjoyed that story tremendously I decided to try this one. The premise of Cassie Mae’s story seemed close enough that my curiosity was captured, plus the idea of pillow talk – who doesn’t like that? And while this story is categorized as ‘a feel-good romance that will steal your heart’ I found it anything but.

This is my first story by Mae and while I’m not sure if this is her writing style, but I found too many things lacking to say that I enjoyed this or even felt good about it. Kennedy’s boyfriend, Jared, is dead. After being diagnosed with cancer, he fought the good fight. A year after his passing, Kennedy’s gone back to Jared’s hometown to spread his ashes. [Read more…]

Review: Go Big by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

I recently read another of Joanna Blake’s stories Torpedo, and I didn’t realize (but I should have) that the heroes in her stories might be on the douchey side. Unfortunately for me, I feel dumber after having read Go Big. I really don’t know what I was thinking.

Cadewell Dupree is a man on a mission. He’s new to major league baseball. He’s one of these hitters who can hit any pitch thrown at him and he’s been recently signed off of a rig. The back story is silly and so rare as to be unbelievable. [Read more…]

Review: Torpedo by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a relatively short read. My first from Joanna Blake, it’s full of angst and young love. Not too young though – they’re in their early 20s but think and talk like they’re teenagers. Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Jackson is the high school football player that didn’t peak during that time. He actually went on to do something valuable and note worthy. He joined the Navy. While stationed on a ship, there was an explosion and Gabe was injured. Going home to recover, Gabe’s care-taker is none other than Tabitha ‘Tabby’ Peterson. Tabby’s the girl that Gabe had a crush on in high school. Once, he’d even tried getting it on with Tabby, but she was smart enough to say no. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

For my own greedy purposes, this was way too short. The 3rd book in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘The Ravenels’ picks up after Helen and Rhys have started their family. They’ve had a child. If you read any of the previous two stories this should meet your need for more. If you’ve not read the previous stories you can still enjoy this as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend Marrying Winterborne – absolutely brilliant that is.

Pandora Ravenel is a women ahead of her time and she’s very unlike her sisters, Cassandra and Helen. Pandora has no interest in marriage because to do that would mean she’d lose her own identity and her endeavors to create her board game would relegate to the bottom of her responsibilities. She doesn’t want that. At least until she meets Gabriel. Gabriel’s not only charming, smart, and funny – he’s quite good looking too. Takes after his father. [Read more…]

Review: Second Chance Ranch by Liz Isaacson

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by Liz Isaacson which is the nom de plume for Elana Johnson. I’m not sure if under the Isaacson name, Johnson will exclusive write inspirational/Christian/clean romances but this is that kind of story. I’ve read quite a few very good stories with those themes so I was very hopeful and really looking forward to this one.

The first book in her ‘Three Ranch Rivers’ series, the title Second Chance Ranch pretty much describes the underlying theme of this story. It’s the second chance at romance for both Squire Ackerman and Kelly Russell. [Read more…]

Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Reviewed by Shelly,

This is my first historical romance by Maya Banks, and instead of the traditional book, I chose the audio version. The narrator, Kirsten Potter, really brought those words and scenes alive for me and made my morning and afternoon commutes pleasant. Highland based historicals haven’t been on my radar in years because they tend to be repetitive but I decided on this because a fellow reader/reviewer tried it. Eveline is deaf. She had a riding accident three years prior and was sick with a fever. Once the fever and her illness went away she was left without the ability to hear. We don’t know if it was the fall or the fever but it doesn’t matter because the end results are the same. [Read more…]

Review: One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve been a fan of Johanna Lindsey for many years. However, the only stories that I enjoy from her are her earlier ones. Gentle Rogue is still one of my all favorite stories. I thought this was a fair read, but I’ve read such good stuff from this author, I didn’t quite feel this one measured up to her better story lines and story telling.

Tiffany Warren is sent to her father’s (Frank Warren) ranch to meet the man that she’s been pledged to marry. Tiffany didn’t make the pledge; her mother did. Hunter Callahan is the oldest son from the sworn enemy of the Warren’s and his mother pledged him to marry Tiffany. All of this is to stem the ongoing feud between the Callahan and the Warren families. [Read more…]

Review: Lily’s Mistake by Pamela Ann

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve had this book in my TBR for quite a while; it’s a new to me author. The only reason I started reading was because I was in the mood for what I thought would be an easy read. Indeed, it was a very easy read, but the author decided to throw in everything including the kitchen sink. Drake Tatum and Lily Alexander grew up together. Two years older than Lily, Drake is literally the boy next door who Lily can’t help but fall for. She’s loved him all her life. She’s loved only him all her life. Drake lusted after Lily and after she’d thrown herself at him a time or two, at 18 years old she gave her virginity to him. He most willingly took that offer. Unfortunately Drake so disliked the idea of what a relationship with Lily would entail so much that he left the day after their night together. [Read more…]