Review: Shatter by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

Spoiler alert all over this.

Book 3 in KM Scott’s Addicted to You series picks up 5 weeks after Kristina doesn’t go to Rome with Ian for his research trip. In Ian’s mind the trip was twofold – a research opportunity for his new historical and a vacation for the two of them to be away from prying eyes and have time to themselves. Unfortunately, instead of Kristina telling Ian that she’s got a great job opportunity for work, she says nothing and just strings Ian along.

So Ian’s in Rome by himself and he’s got that addiction to heroin that he can’t seems to beat unless he’s got Kristina; it’s not surprise to this reader that he goes on a bender. I mean he does it big – booze and heroin. The only thing he didn’t seem to do was pick up random strangers, but it wouldn’t have surprised me if he did. Once he gets back to the States, he does his stalking thing by going to Kristina’s street and gazing lovingly up towards her apartment window. She’s not there so he heads home and while he’s walking home he sees a gossip magazine cover with Kristina and some new fling they’re reporting about. Left dejected by Kristina again, Ian goes home gets smashingly drunk and calls up his dealer (who’s also his editor). A few minutes later, the bliss of oblivion and flying high. [Read more…]

Review: Crux Survivors: Sole Survivors by Dani Worth

Reviewed by Shelly

This edition has two stories, the novella “After the Crux” and this book Sole Survivors. I reviewed the novella a while back while it was still under the author’s pen name Dani Worth. I really enjoyed that one, however it’s m/m/f so keep that in mind.

Set in the same dystopian future as “After the Crux,” this story takes the audience away from the refuge where Ross, Dorian and Jenna live. Chase Hawthorne and his brother Tripp are making their way to find people. Specifically, they’re trying to find people who they can live with. It’s been the two of them for quite a while now, about a year. Chase is getting desperate to find Tripp some new and fresh faces, people who he can talk to. Tripp’s twin was killed and he’s having what Chase describes as dark thoughts. [Read more…]

Review: Adore by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

Mayday! Mayday! Spoilers ahead (from book 1).

Book 2 picks up a week after Kristina walks out the door on Ian; he’s a hot mess. He’s drinking and doing it heavily. He doesn’t understand why she left because she didn’t say. She’s still freaked out about the ‘stalking incident’ in the newly penned erotic book for which he used her as his muse.

They’d already exchanged ‘I love you’ in their very short time together. I wouldn’t even consider their time as dating because the majority was spent having sex in his apartment and her listening to him in the afternoon as he read to her what he’d written that day. It’s a very one sided relationship. But separately, they’d each decided that they were addicted to each other. But I digress. [Read more…]

Review: The Polar Bear’s Baby by Sophie Stern

Reviewed by Shelly

Sometimes I read a short whimsical story to get away from some heavier reads. This is one of those. I don’t even know why I picked this one. Maybe I thought the cover was pretty or maybe I pushed the nefarious ‘click one’ button versus the sample and voila – I’ve got a new book. But who looks at their kindle and doesn’t get excited when they see a new book? Either way, in my life I’ve made worse choices than this book.

This is my first Sophie Stern book and is the first in her ‘Honeypot Babies’ series. Human Mia just found out that she’s pregnant by bear shifter Aidan. The shifter world is a given in this so there’s no mystery, shock or cry of indignation with the shifter knowledge; even knowing that Mia was a little, just a little, concerned with carrying the cub of a bear. Can’t blame her there. [Read more…]

Review: Love’s Many Challenges by Zena Wynn

Reveiewed by Shelly

The latest installment in Zena Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ finds Nina and Roberto married. In all honesty, if Wynn continues this series – I’ll be right there reading it because I really enjoy Nina and Roberto and the family they’re building.

Nina. How do I put into words how much I enjoy her character? Written in first-person POV everything is told from our heroine’s perspective. The internal dialogue comes across as very honest with no semblance of fairy tale. Nina’s personality doesn’t lend towards histrionics either. She’s pretty consistent with her thoughts and actions. She’s been a solitude person for years. She was happily single before Roberto. That’s part of her challenge – dealing with another person, that being her husband Roberto, and taking his thoughts, words and actions into consideration. [Read more…]

Review: Crave by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first book by KM Scott and the first in the Addicted to You series. While I enjoy reading from new authors I found myself slightly disappointed based completely on my own failings. I should have done some research before tackling this novella. I knew it was part of a series; however what I didn’t know based on the blurb is that it’s primarily erotica. I’m a big fan of that category but I’m also a big fan of a good and compelling story.

Told in alternating first person point of view, Ian and Kristina are a couple of young people who have a chance meeting – not really a chance meeting at all. Ian’s a well-known, published author living in his $5 million New York apartment (I’m already seeing an issue here because I gave up the (.)illionaire stories a long time ago). He’s an admitted addict. Right now, he’s an alcoholic who’s okay with that addiction because his other addition (heroin) is much more deadly to both his person and his career. His recent stint in rehab is still fresh in his mind and he’s committed to staying off the dope. [Read more…]

Review: Forever Yours by Addison Fox

Reviewed by Shelly

My first by this author is actually the third book in her ‘The Brooklyn Brotherhood’ series. This has so much potential. Defense attorney Jasmine Shane has been in love with detective Cade Rossi since the two were teenagers. Jasmine’s been part of the Rossi family since her friendship with Cade’s younger sister began so she’s had plenty of access to Cade. Unfortunately for Jasmine, Cade’s never looked at her like he’s looked at all the other women he’s dated in the borough.

Circumstances put these two in a restaurant at the same time. They’re there with their respective ‘dates’. Actually the ‘dates’ are more than dates; it turns our that both Jasmine and Cade are dating other people. Semantics but it’s important. [Read more…]

Review: Worth Fighting For by Zena Wynn

Reviewed by Shelly

DISCLAIMER: Somewhere along the line, I’m guessing that the author gained rights back to these stories and decided to rebrand, rename (Worth Fighting For) and republish. According to Goodreads, the story that I read is called Love’s Challenges and was published back in 2010 by Red Rose Publishing. The story that I have on my kindle is called Worth Fighting For.

Picking up direct after The Apology, the second book in Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ continues with the lives of Nina and Roberto. In this installment there’s more of Roberto – where he’s from and even quite a bit more on his previous marriage and his children. Nina and Roberto are now in a relationship. Everything is moving along nicely but Nina doesn’t get too complacent because she’s been down this road before and caution is a must. [Read more…]

Review: A Game of COURAGE by Lena Hart

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read quite a few of Lena Hart’s books and I’ve had some hits and misses. I’m not sure what this one was. It’s a fast read and I might have liked it better if it was longer with more character development and a more in depth storyline. This read as if there was a story before they married. I felt like I was missing something – like how this couple fell in love.

Mason and Jules Courage have been married going on nine years. They and their two children live quite happily in the home and accoutrements that Mason’s former hockey career and newly appointed assistant coach salaries bring. Working towards a hard won National Championship for his team, Mason is finally in a place where he thinks he can accept even greater responsibilities with the team. [Read more…]

Review: The Apology by Zena Wynn

Reviewed by Shelly

There are no billionaires, alphas, or MC themes in this book. The main characters are two very ordinary people who happen to find each other in a sea of ordinary circumstances.

I’ve re-read this story quite a bit. This is Zena Wynn’s first installment in her “Nina Chronicles’. A clean, Christian themed romance about a woman who’s having a crisis of ‘what to do’. I’ve read many of Wynn’s books and most have been good, a few misses here and there, but majorly they’ve been good. I can’t remember when I started reading her work, but it’s been quite a few years and this series is one I’ve not been able to stay away from. I like the way that Wynn writes Nina’s voice. It seems like a familiar friend that I get to catch up with once I start reading. [Read more…]