Review: Not Until You Part 1: Not Until You Dare by Roni Loren

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve had this in my Kindle for too long, embarrassingly long. It’s a very short read, actually only 75% of the pages told the story, the rest were promos for other stories, and from start to finish took me less than an hour to read.  Even short, it still took me over a couple of days because I just couldn’t get into the characters.  This is part 1 of 8 in Roni Loren’s ‘Love on the Edge’ series.

This is basically an introduction to roommates – Ian and Pike and their neighbor, through the thin apartment walls, Cela. All three live have lived in the same apartment complex for over a year so there’s some sense of familiarity. [Read more…]

Review: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first read by this author and the first in her ‘Coming Home’ series. I really liked the blurb and that’s the only reason I chose to read this.

It took me several attempts to get through. I’d start reading and get bored with Maverick and his complete all compassing selfishness. His is the first point of view that we as the audience is introduced to and that first impression is a lasting one. Maverick is a completely unlikable hero. And remains that way throughout for this reader.

Leighton and Maverick grew up on adjacent farms and have known each other most of their lives. Since she was old enough to know Maverick, Leighton’s always had a crush on him; that crush would eventually turn to love as she grew into her teenaged years. During a could this get any worse encounter with Maverick when Maverick was sixteen, she overheard what he really thought of her. To say she was devastated is an understatement and of course, it was the end of the world in teenage years. [Read more…]

Review: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

I came away from this without that Ravenel-happiness that I had after reading the first 3 books in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘Ravenel’ series. Book 1, Marrying Winterborne, is still my favorite and Rhys is my favorite hero of the series.

This is Garrett Gibson and Ethan Ransom’s story. I was really looking forward to this because Garrett’s a female physician and I thought her story – being female and a physician in a time when it was virtually unheard of – would be interesting. Since she made her appearance in Marrying Winterborne and her subsequent service as Rhys employee, I saw a great romance for this rare situation.

I can’t decide if this was too long or too short. If I wanted less medical terminology or more. I can’t decide if it’s my expectations or could it possibly have been Garrett’s character didn’t live up to what I saw being developed in the first few books. And I definitely couldn’t decide if I liked Ethan as a hero. [Read more…]

Review: Helping Her Remember by Kate Carley

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and the first book in Kate Carley’s ‘Crawford Falls’ series. It’s a second chance contemporary romance which I’m a fool for. The icing on the cake, the child the hero doesn’t know about. I saw glorious page-turning-slobbering-tears in my future.

I struggled with this review because so far this year I haven’t wanted to like a story as much as I did this one only to be disappointed. I don’t think my expectations were too high. This isn’t a debut novel so the author isn’t a novice to bringing forth emotion from the reader. But as a reader I felt I didn’t really understand the why. [Read more…]

Review: Claimed: A For Her Novel by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read the duo team of Alexa Riley before but I’ve read mainly the short smut writings. This one has heart. I found myself feeling for both Jordan and especially Jay. This is book 3 in Riley’s ‘For Her’ series and my first read in the series. As a stand alone, I missed nothing.

I get the feeling that this series is about obsession but with heart. Isn’t that the best kind? In this case, Jorden Chen, the IT wiz who knows more than computers, is jonesing over Jay Rose. Jay’s the secretary/right-hand/girl Friday to Mason Osbourne of Osbourne Corporation. Jay’s got a reputation around the office as the one you’ve got to get around if you want to the bossman. I liked Jay. I liked her a lot. She’s pleasantly self deprecating, unknowingly witty, and knows she can pass for cute but not pretty. What’s not to like? [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Dance by Olivia Booth

Reviewed by Shelly

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I read this. I didn’t do any research on either the author or the story so I wasn’t sure about the quality of the story but I thought the blurb sounded like it would be something different for me. This is the first book in Olivia Boothe’s ‘Chronicles of a Dancing Heart’ series and read as a part 1, not a standalone. The ending was abrupt and left me a aggravated.

Sara Hart is young and living in New York. Working as an administrative assistant for a dance company, she loves her job but can’t stand the people that she works for. She’s a trained dancer whose dreams didn’t match the life that she’s currently living in. She was actually very good at her job; it’s too bad the people she worked for were both disrespectful and temperamental. They definitely lived up to the stereotypical people in their positions. [Read more…]

Review: Kissing the Boss by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

Book 2 of Linda Kage’s ‘Fairy Tale Quartet’ is Isobel’s brother’s story. Ezra Nash has been the co-CEO at JFI for a year. He was brought in after his father’s (Henry) company bought in. During his time at JFI his nemesis and co-CEO, aka the devil incarnate, Lana has made his life hell. Kaitlynn Judge is Lana’s stepdaughter who for the last six months has been an unpaid intern at JFI. Lana is clearly not treating Kaitlynn well, but Kaitlynn not only agreed to the conditions, she’s the one who suggested the pay scale. Kaitlynn has a long term plan and other than the devil’s spawn standing in her way, she’s got it covered. Kinda. [Read more…]

Review: Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

Shaw Hollander and Isobel Nash are a fairy tale made for a happily ever after. I’ve been a fan of Linda Kage for a while now. She’s one of a handful of authors from whom I’ll read YA/NA stories from. Her ‘Forbidden Men’ series is quite good. But I’ll admit that A Fallow Heart is one of my favorite stories – ever.

Told from the hero’s POV, Monster Among the Roses was a refreshing change from the everyday retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. It’s actually a whole lot better than the recent movie with the same name that I couldn’t even get 1/2 way through. Shaw and Isobel are imperfect but they’re perfect for each other. Kage makes you believe that even with all of their faults – from the physical to the emotional – these two couldn’t find this level of happiness with anyone else. [Read more…]

Review: Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase

Reviewed by Shelly

The premise of a Phoenix is one of my comic book weaknesses. So when I saw this blurb my eyes got a little big. And my excitement got a little carried away, then I was reminded that there’s going to be insta-love (not a fan of) but I was already committed so I went with it. Plus, a new to me author is always a good thing.

I feel as if I’m missing something. Maybe because this an advance reader copy, I’m not sure. Parts of the story line almost reads out of order. I feel like there’s something that I’m missing. Maybe that’s going to get more flushed out in the future installments or maybe it just is. As I read more and more paranormal, I understand there’s a world that’s either established or will be established. I’m not sure where we’re going with this one. The world building in this seems to be based on contemporary times with the paranormal setting but it’s choppy in its delivery. [Read more…]

Review: Friends and Lovers: At Last by Denise Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read another story by the same author. It was actually a very good story and was published more recently. Going by the publication date, this was prior to the story I actually enjoyed. I really did not like this story. For one, the heroine is a cheater. And by a cheater, I mean that she had sexual relations with the hero at a time when she had a boyfriend who was not the hero. I don’t like cheaters.

Jaylyn Marks and Dominick Reynolds have lived together for a number of years. They’re best friends and that friendship inspired them to buy a house together. During their time as best friends they’ve dated other people and had no problems. Maybe a spot of jealousy here and there but not anything to make them move forward with going from friends to lovers. One day, Dominick comes home to find Jay curled up in his bed weeping and mourning after finding out about the death of her favorite parent, Mr. B. Her dad. [Read more…]