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…]

Review: Run To Ground by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

This author is an expert in small town, sweet n’ slow burn romances, centered around emergency services (first responders) in one form or another. I loved her Search and Rescue series, and I enjoyed the first in this series too.

We kick off the review with a kidnapping. Jules, a twenty-something accountant to the mob, takes her four younger siblings from school and runs. She has help from the brother of the mafia-type chap she cooked the books for, though she’s an otherwise law-abiding woman. The kids’ living situation was untenable, and Jules did the right thing. [Read more…]

Review: Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first from Claire Kingsley and I’m totally digging her style. Alex and Mia are a fun pair. Mia, the klutz that she is, loves her books. Romance to be specific. As a fellow reader of the genre, she’s already scored points with me. Her fumbling ways endeared her to me even more. Who doesn’t like a heroine who’s not perfectly graceful at all time? Our hero Alex just wants to write a book. One single book. It’s a sci-fi, but it’s taken him so long to write the thing – he gets lost in the research. He suffers from the too much syndrome – too much research, too much detail – he’s stuck in a vicious cycle. [Read more…]

Review: Behind the Wall by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Reviewed by Elle

Garrett has simple dreams. A clean place to live, a regular pay check and a woman to call his own. But the odds of that happening when he’s spent the last five years in prison seem slim. But getting his GED is a start.

Enter Miss Ella Newsome, the prison’s new teacher. Committed to helping the prisoners succeed, shes not afraid of hard work. Through the essays she assigns, she quickly realised there’s more to Garrett than his hard exterior. [Read more…]

Review: Turn Me Loose by Anne Calhoun

Reviewed by Elle

At 19, Riva Heneman locked eyes with a grad student across a crowded cafe. Their chemistry was instant. With the intent of taking him home, Riva goes to talk to him, but is bitterly disappointed when all he wants is to buy drugs from her. With the tension between them burning hot, she makes the deal. Only to find herself in a pair of handcuffs- and not the fluffy, fun kind.

Years later, Riva has turned her life around, and is on the straight and narrow. With a farm and a restaurant that teaches underprivileged youths, she’s a shining example of a good citizen. But she’s never forgotten the simmering tension between her and the undercover cop that she became a criminal informant for. [Read more…]

Review: Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley

Reviewed by Shelly

For a story without any real ups and downs, this was a good read. My first from this author, I’m a sucker for the shy hero. Wyatt Haney is the young and handsome downstairs neighbor to Kayla Malone. They’ve been neighbors for a while and Wyatt has always noticed his upstairs neighbor. Kayla is the young widowed mother to a precious 5 year old little boy. She’s working her way through dental hygienist school and is busy raising her kid as a single parent.

Living in an old building is hard enough but living in an old building that hasn’t been brought up to code to support modern-day living is frustrating. One day Wyatt smells smoke, literally, and has to evacuate the building. As the fire started in Kayla’s apartment and Wyatt’s day job is as an electrician and his family owns a construction and handy man business – guess who wins the repair job bid? Yep, it’s Wyatt’s company. And that’s how their story begins. [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond

Reviewed by Joanna

Enjoy a rock star romance? This is book two of a series I’ve been enjoying. It’s got a host of sexy musicians, big love with a helping of angst, plus an a-hole heroine who needs to sort herself the flip out.

This book follows Jessa, successful model and former songwriter to Dirty, the band she was in with her older brother. Our girl is all kinds of complicated, including with her relationship with Brody. Dark-haired, blue-eyed brooding, angry Brody. Mmmm. He’s the band’s manager and in the past he and Jessa had a thing. She ran out on him and broke his heart, but she also hurt and alienated herself from her family and friends, unable to stay near them and unable to tell them why she had to go. It’s the big mystery of the book. [Read more…]

Review: Lost Without You by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

Seven years after losing contact with the love of his short teenage life, Tommy is forced to deliver on a debt he owes, and in doing so he has to decide which is more important: his love, or his life.

In the short prequel to this tale, The Debt, free separately and included as the first part of this novel, Tommy and Beth were teenagers falling deeply in love with one another, against the backdrop of being residents of the St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles. This detestable, abusive environment made it all the more difficult for them to be together, and they were discovered and punished by the vile and evil Pastor who ran the home. Poised to rape Beth, the Pastor is killed by the teenagers. I celebrated his death and only wish it had taken the b****** longer to die. [Read more…]

Review: My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

This was a surprise release for me, and as I love this author’s New Adult work, it was all I could do to hold my attention on my existing read when this landed in my Kindle. The premise, with a rough-around-the-edges tattooed hero whose hair in that lovely shade of dirty dirty blond had me excited. Who needs an attention span? The other book got ditched at 50%.

Aiden is at Holsom College at the behest of a judge. It was either go get an education or spend your life in and out of prison. Our boy might like boosting cars, but he ain’t dumb, and he takes the right choice, joining a program for educating ex-juvie / ex-con young people. I love a world where this exists.

In his third year, he moves into a shared apartment with Jerry. In the spirit of taking things that aren’t his, Aiden sees Aster, Jerry’s gorgeous and polished girlfriend, and decides he must sleep with her. He might’ve stopped stealing cars but, for one hot night, he has to steal the girl. [Read more…]

Review: Love Rewritten by J. Saman

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s another college NA tale for your delectation, with the trope of brother’s best friend as our hostile hero. Do you like this kind of guy? I do, as long as there’s good reason for the grumps, and they make up for it with Big Love by the end of the book.

Abby lives at the edge of campus in a three bedroom apartment with Aubrey, her twin. She’s ‘edgy’ in that she wears punky clothes, dyes streaks in her hair and has tattoos, and she has no idea that Aubrey’s best friend, Xander, is totally into her.

Now Xander is of course lovely to look at, but he’s a miserable fellow and frequently mean to Abby. Abby has no idea why. She just knows it hurts and she thinks he hates her. [Read more…]