Review: Crazy in Love by Crystal B. Bright

Reviewed by Shelly

Oh how I wanted to like this story. The blurb read like a promise of good romance between the R&B world and the Country music world. Plus, it’s IR. Come on… doesn’t that sound like it would be awesome. The chemistry potential in such a fast driven industry with a very fickle audience just screams – YES, tell me all about it!

Sorry, I got excited for a second there.

So what really happened was…

I’ve read this author before and although I wasn’t thrilled with the story telling for what I previously read, I thought, heck it’s been two years surely there’s been some changes. So now I’m thinking it’s me because the writing didn’t change. [Read more…]

Review: On Fire by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Shelly

This read a lot like the last book in Ann Christopher’s ‘Journey’s End’ series. The only difference is that in this one, the heroine is the one I like… okay, couldn’t stand. Sofia Abbate was introduced in the last book when we met her best friend Reeve (such an awesome name) and she was a flighty then as she is in this one. Be warned – there will be spoilers from book 2.

Christopher seems to run this series with a slight overlap at the end and beginning, if you’re reading them in order. During Reeve and Edward’s story (Book 2), Sofia comes over to Reeve’s apartment to have a ‘I just broke up with my NFL player boyfriend’ meltdown moment. I’ve got to give it to her, as far as meltdown goes it was pretty good. [Read more…]

Review: Let’s Do It by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Shelly

I read a few of Ann Christopher’s novellas and I really liked her writing style. I liked it enough to try a novel. Let’s Do It is the 2nd in her Journey’s End series and continues the story of the Harper brothers. The oldest, James, was the hero to Miranda in “A Journey’s End.” That was an adorable story of a divorced woman with twin boys meeting the man of her dreams in small town USA. I recommend that one. [Read more…]

Review: Claiming Janna by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

Gah! I’m so glad I’m done with this series. I wanted it to get better. I expected it to get better when I saw that the publisher change from book 2 to 3. But that’s not what I got. If anything, the plot in book 4 of London’s ‘Bachelor(s) of Shell Cove’ is basically a repetition of the first 3 books in the series. The hero seems to be the only one truly in love and the heroine came across as a fantastically unlikable shrew. [Read more…]

Review: Catching Rebecca by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

I should have suspected that I wasn’t going to think this book was any better than its two predecessors.

Clue #1 – it took seven chapters to describe approximately 30 minutes of action. The joke of a wedding between Rebecca Lynn and Dick Ascot. The author will later use Dick’s name as an attempt at humor. Yes, this is a grown up book and not satirical. [Read more…]

Review: Convincing Lina by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

The second book in Siera London’s ‘Bachelor’s of Shell Cove’ series is Lina James’s story. Lina’s the best friend to Ava Walters from Chasing Ava – Book 1. I liked book 1 better and I didn’t like that one all that much.

The storyline in this is similar to book 1, both of the main characters are in medical. Gideon, a former Marine, is now a psychiatrist at Shell Cove Medical Center and Lina is one of the psych nurses on staff. These two has a brief meeting of the lips in the first book and while I saw the potential of something special in their story, the telling didn’t work for me. [Read more…]

Review: Chasing Ava by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and the first of Siera London’s ‘Bachelor’s of Shell Cove’ series. I read this because I’m always on the look out for good/decent IR stories and the description of this was good. There were too many distracting things for this to be any more than meh and it could have all been fixed with tighter editing. [Read more…]

Review: Addicted to Ansley by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

There’s very little that I don’t like from this author. The hits still outweigh the misses by a long shot. This is a very simple but tragic story nonetheless. It’s the tale of a young couple; the boy is 18 and the girl is 15 when they initially meet. He’s a bad boy through and through, but he’s able to hide the criminal elements of his personality for the small windows of time that he’s with the most beautiful girl in the world. [Read more…]

Review: Hickey by Cora Brent

Reviewed by Shelly

My first from Cora Brent and while I usually stay away from college themed stories, I’m a fan of the married couple theme. There was a lot in this that should have worked, but I thought it fell short. Cecily and Branson married when they were 18. They weren’t the typical high school sweethearts; instead it was a whirlwind romance that lasted a few months before marrying. As with many marriages in that age-group, these two didn’t last.

Seven years later, Branson’s discarded from the Army and Cecily is in her final stretch of college. A unbeknownst to most, including Cecily, Branson’s been keeping tabs on his ex-wife all these years. Branson’s decided its time for a reunion and heads west. Cecily, having left from Ohio by way of Pennsylvania, is an RA for freshmen at her college (she needs the free rent). Finding out that her ex-husband also attends the same college and lives in the same dorm comes as a surprise, to say the least. [Read more…]

Review: Seized by Seduction by Brenda Jackson

Reviewed by Shelly

This, book 2 of Brenda Jackson’s ‘The Protectors’ series is so much better than book 1. The writing is better, more fluid and the dialogue actually uses contractions – thanks for that. I still think there’re some word choices that puts pretentious on an entire new level, but overall – way better.

I liked Quasar a whole lot better than I liked Lamar ‘Striker’ from the first book. There’s a significant amount of interaction between the three friends and co-workers. I think it would be okay to read as a stand alone, but you might be a little confused about who’s who. There’s quite a bit of that. I think the Fuller family might have been in another series because of the dynamics and plethora of members, but to be honest I don’t know nor did I research it. But just know that there’s a lot of people on Randi’s side of the family – a lot and they were not in book one. [Read more…]