Review: For Better or Worse by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

It’s official, this last book in the Hawthorne Family series is my least favorite. I’ve read a fair amount of books, regardless of genre and the heroine, Cassidy is one of most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. Although not a medical term – I’m going to label her as crazy. Her actions towards her husband walked a fine line between hostility and psychotic. The sex made everything better, though. Doesn’t it always? [Read more…]

Review: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Shelly

I wasn’t sure I would like this. I shouldn’t have worried because Beverly Jenkins is still a fantastic writer of historical romances. Even though I read Indigo, too many years ago to mention, I still reread it about once a quarter because it’s one of my favorite and most treasured dog-eared paperbacks. If you read Through the Storm with Sable and Raimond, this is her brother, Rhine. This is a standalone if you’ve not. [Read more…]

Review: Here Comes Trouble by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

The 3rd book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series is by far my favorite. The writing is cleaner than the prior two stories. There’s a clear focus on character development versus the previous trend of vapid heroines. I’m not a big fan of the male-slut, but even he was a redeemable character with likable traits.

Lorena Vega is the best friend of the youngest Hawthorne, Cassidy. If you read book 1, you’re familiar with these two. I read book 2 years ago and I can’t remember what mention, if any, there was of either Lorena or Matthew in that, but I will say that the books in this series are not best read as standalones. [Read more…]

Review: The Temptation of a Good Man by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

This is the 1st book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series. I read the 3rd book (A Hard Man to Love) a few years back and decided to read the other books in the series.

On the night of her birthday, single mom Celeste gets a chance for a night out with her two friends. They meet at a local night club where the idea is to have some fun – music, dancing, drinking – then call it a night and go home. After getting to the venue, Celeste is greeted by 2 strangers talking with her friends. Roarke Hawthorne arrives late and is the 3rd stranger of the group to arrive and meet his friends. He’s introduced as a tenured professor with a Ph.D. in physics who drove up from his college just for the night – to celebrate with his friends, Xander and Lucas. [Read more…]

Review: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Reviewed by Shelly

I keep coming back for more from the Abbotts. Molly, the family matriarch, has a sister, Hannah. Like Molly, Hannah has quite a brood of her own. Eight. Grayson, Noah, Izzy, Vanessa, Alison, Jackson, Henry and Sarah.

As the oldest, Grayson has been man of the house since their father, Hannah’s husband, left the family many years ago. That should be an interesting story of why it took him that long to leave, but good riddance. Grayson, at 36, is now a successful lawyer and just recently bought out of his firm to finally live his life. He’s moved back to his home town where his family, including the Abbotts live. [Read more…]

Review: Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

Reviewed by Shelly

The last good book that I read from this author, Delaney’s Desert Sheikh, was in 2002 and I’m still waiting for another. I wanted to like Forget in Desire. I was ready for it to be so good. I was ready for a hero I could get behind. I was ready for a heroine I could say – yes, that’s what I would do! I was ready for a love story that would make me know that I wasn’t wasting my time. I was ready.

This is the first book in ‘The Protector’ series and sets up at least three heroes and their lucky ladies. First up is 26 year old Margo Connelly – understated heiress who’s in need of a ‘protector’ and Lamar ‘Striker’ Jennings – the ‘protector’. [Read more…]

Review: Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and I actually enjoyed the majority of this story. Royal Scandal is the first in Marquita Valentine’s ‘Royals in Exile’ series and follows a family of siblings who were exiled after their parents’ death. I’m a sucker for the royalty and commoner trope – but then again, who isn’t?

Colin Sinclair, along with his younger twin sisters, and three younger brothers are all living in North Carolina. They’ve been living in that area for the last ten years without any fan-fare. You wouldn’t think it’s possible in today’s world to be a private person but yes, I’m here to tell you that it is. The Sinclair’s grounds keeper, Tressie, and her step daughter, Della Hughes, live on the property. This isn’t a wicked stepmother story; Tressie is actually quite lovely. [Read more…]

Review: The Lover by Robin Schone

Reviewed by Shelly

Heroine – Anne Aimes – the 36 year old spinster who pays a whore £10,000 for a month’s worth of sex.
Hero – Michael/Michel (last name unsaid) – the 40 year old former whore of the House of Gabriel.

Michael/Michel is Anne’s choice because she saw him eighteen years ago at some ball while he was procuring a new procuress. Romantic isn’t it? After being a whore since he was thirteen (age of consent), he only gave up the profession 5 years prior after he suffered a few burns burns to the merchandise – his face and body. I truly believe had it not been for that, he would still be a whore. So there’s no redemption here because he didn’t willingly stop being a whore. [Read more…]

Review: A Journey’s End by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Shelly

A surprisingly sweet, sexy and compelling novella. That’s a rarity. This is my first story by Ann Christopher and will not be my last. Miranda Lowe moved to Journey’s End to open her dream business – Java Nectar. She loves her life. She loves her twin boys. She might still have a wee bit of resentment towards her ex-husband because of who he broke his marriage vows with, but it is what it is. Who she can’t get over is James Harper. James’s business is right next door and he stops in every morning for a cup of java. I really wanted to know more about him and the relationship he has with his younger brothers.

In a few short pages Christopher got me to care about Miranda, her sons and even her best friend. I liked this small town. I liked the way the residents treated each other and I especially the way they welcomed Miranda. [Read more…]

Review: Lessons from the Professor by Shyla Colt

Reviewed by Shelly

This read like an experiment. It read like the author was testing her established target audience to see if they like BDSM elements in their stories.

This is my 2nd book by Shyla Colt and as with the first one, this didn’t work for me either. There ware too many elements for the length of this story. If might have worked if it was longer and there was more time to work through a heroine who is brand spanking new to BDSM (hearing about it doesn’t count as experience), a hero who is 20 years older than the heroine, and least of all, the disapproving family (but not for the reasons you might think). [Read more…]