Review: The Billionaire’s Touch by JS Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

Evan Sinclair is my favorite Sinclair brother. He’s the eldest and he takes his responsibilities as head of the Sinclair family very seriously. He’s uptight. He’s got a thing for neatness. He doesn’t own a pair of jeans. He doesn’t eat junk food. Yet, he’s wonderfully imperfect in many ways and not anywhere being ready for a most massive takedown.

Miranda ‘Randi’ Taylor is not my favorite heroine in this series; that’s reserved for Sara from book 1, but she’s an excellent foil for uptight Evan. She’s a local school teacher who’s friends with the ladies from the previous books so she’s been mentioned before. If you didn’t read the prior book(s) I don’t think you’re missing anything because there’s not much interaction to get lost in.

During a random email exchange about funding for the local Community Center in Amesport between ‘S’ and ‘R’ a rocky conversation eventually evolves into a steady friendship. There’s a bit of a secret identity thing with the email but it doesn’t last long thankfully. However, I will say that Evan not telling Randi about know who she is rang false. It’s a nonsense plot point that made for a silly argument. [Read more…]

Review: The Forbidden Billionaire by JS Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

I didn’t like this, book 2, as much as the first one in ‘The Sinclair’ series. The writing felt rushed. It was little to no character development for Jared, our hero. Mara seem to get all of the good stuff but even that felt flat.

And I’m not really sure why but for some reason the vulgarity in this installment didn’t work for me; same thing happened in book 1 but I forgave it because the hero is a cop. It came off as last minute editing for shock value. I’m sure some brain trust decided to go in and take out the less vulgar curse words and drop in f*ck. It didn’t feel right. I also got the impression that they replaced ‘make love’ with ‘f*ck’. Mara did NOT seem like the f-bomb kind of girl. [Read more…]

Review: No Ordinary Billionaire by JS Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

Seeing the word Billionaire in the title of this can be an immediate turn off if you’re like me and find these books not only repetitive but boring. But don’t be like me. Give this one a chance. It’s a sweet, easy, fun and sexy story. I’ve never read this author, but I liked the idea of a cop and a physician romance.

Dante Sinclair is a police officer. He loves being a cop. He always wanted to be one and he loves everything about it. In the city of Angels, during a confrontation with a criminal, Dante’s partner Patrick gets shot and killed. Dante’s injuries are pretty extensive – he’s shot a couple of times, broken ribs, etc. But that’s not even what’s hurting his heart – he’s completely broken up about his best friend and partner dying. And to make it worse is that Patrick’s got a family. A wife and son who are the nicest people. It’s a sad case all the way around. [Read more…]

Review: Outlaw by Katana Collins

Reviewed by Shelly

This story was initially distributed as a serial (in three parts) and later distributed as a single complete book. In essence, it’s the second part of Katana Collins’s Harrison Street Crew. After doing a little digging, I found out the former which completely explained why I felt as if I missed some vital information between characters with the two As – angst and anger. There’re more than a few relationships that felt established and left me slightly perplexed.

During the parts, we get a pretty even measure of what each character is feeling. For me, that didn’t help so much because at thirty two years old, Patrick Flanagan is a child in a man’s body. Regrettably, Michelle Chiccarini the ADA just came off as a corrupt public servant who couldn’t stay away from the prowess of the ‘club’ VP, Patrick. The same ‘club’ that she’s been trying to take down for the past year because of their criminal activity. Please note there will be spoiler alerts. It’s a case of who’s worse – HSC, the Sauceda gang or DA’s office. [Read more…]

Review: Love Me Harder by Camille Mackenzie

Reviewed by Shelly

The first book in Camille MacKenzie’s Love Never Fails series was one that I really enjoyed. The writing was fresh, especially for a debut novel. This one felt rambly and unfocused. The heroine was one of the more immature ones I’ve read in a while and there were story lines that were introduced and left without resolutions. I had the same problem I had in book one with the errors, except this one is littered with them. This is book three – simple syntax errors and sentence structure errors shouldn’t happen this much. The editing for line repetition and character consistency was lacking. This time I chose not to overlook the lack of strong editing because they were distracting and plentiful. [Read more…]

Review: Don’t Go by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

The duo of Alexa Riley have a niche that is – if you want HEA, plot-lite, and insta-everything then they have a story that you’ll enjoy. If I ever think about stating my expectations as anything but quick and I’m shocked because ‘that would never happen’ then that’s all my fault. I’ve enjoyed many of Riley’s stories and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so.

This is a novella with insta-love. The hero is a virgin. The heroine is a virgin. I mean real virgins, none of this new fangled back door action to save the vagina for later business. At 28 they knew what they were doing do – especially that Henry. So when the business (you know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout) starts, there’re no worries because in this work the baby consequences are all the better. I’m telling ya folks – low expectations are the best. [Read more…]

Review: Unexpected Claim by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

No no no. This was supposed to be a good story and I don’t like that it wasn’t. I don’t know why but I didn’t equate ‘adult club’ with sex club.

‘It’s a sex club. It just so happens to be orgy night.’

When that happened, I almost put this down. But I said nay nay and that’s how I ended up here writing a review about a non existent character development story line that in all honesty is a stroke piece.

Ivy, the very petite heroine who ‘probably only comes up to my stomach’ is a virgin. Ivy’s best friend talks her into going to the sex club because she’s a bit of a home body who’s been minding her Ps & Qs. Yeah, that’s the best way to get that v-card over with. Sure it is. [Read more…]

Review: Stay Close by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

If you’ve not read anything from the duo that is Alexa Riley you’re missing out. Okay, well that might be a little strong but they’re a fun read. My only warning is make sure you keep your expectations low and here’s why. I think they have a plug and play template. I read this story after reading book 3 in their ‘For You’ series.

This is a novella with insta-love and is book one in the series. The heroine is a virgin. The hero is her bodyguard and is not a virgin. The ‘friend’s young daughter’ thing mentioned in the blurb should have deterred me because I find May/December romance to be…well, let’s just say I’m not a fan. Ivan, of the indeterminable age, grew up in the Russian mob. He was able to get out because of some snitching and ended up working for twins Penelope and Pandora Justice’s parents. [Read more…]

Review: Return of the Lycan King: Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first by Candace Blackburn and it’s not going to be my last. The first book in her Return of the Lycan King series is a winner. Fast paced, fun and just enough action to keep the pages turning – I found it to be a solid start to the series. I’m going to do my best to not give a spoiler because I really liked this.

When I saw the blurb for this, my eyes went big. I’m a sucker for damaged main characters and knowing it’s the heroine was the icing on the cake. The world building was good, I mean very good. Nothing over the top and all very subtle. The majority of the story is told from Kristen’s angle as the new girl on the block per se and we see the world through her eyes. It’s an interesting world. [Read more…]

Shelly’s Favorites of 2017

This year started off well but fizzled out. BUT this was the year I discovered audio books. Yeah, ME!

I’ve been a fan of Beverly Jenkins for years. Too many to count. Forbidden (Old West, 1) is a historical with some slight reference to Jenkins’s Through the Storm which is part of ‘The LeVeq Family’ series. I thought this story read great as a standalone. It was wonderfully captivating and touched on the topic of ‘passing’ told from an emotional perspective. [Read more…]