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…]

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…]