Review: How Not to Let Go by Emily Foster

Reviewed by Joanna

This book is the second part (woo finally a HEA!) to How Not to Fall, the tale where open and honest Annie falls for can’t-love-too-tormented Charles. This pair of smart cookies are medical students – Charles postdoc, Annie just entering medical school. At the end of book one (look away now if you love NA and haven’t read it!) Annie leaves Indiana – and Charles – for Boston and 8 years of her doctoral degree. He told her he couldn’t commit as after an awful childhood, he’s emotionally incapable. Attachment-avoidant. No possibility of him falling in love.

Ah, the bigger they come… [Read more…]

Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s another edition of the lives of a small beach town and its residents. In the last book, Mac, the deputy of lovely and tranquil Thunder Point, finally managed to get himself together and ask out Gina, the woman he’s been in love with forever. Their lives are complicated, with his three motherless children and her one fatherless daughter to think about, plus his aunt, her mom and a couple of big dogs they’ll need to sidestep if they’re going to make a go of their relationship.

As this is all settling down, a beautiful woman walks into Gina’s diner. It’s Cee Jay, Mac’s ex-wife. And she wants back in. [Read more…]

Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a location-strong community-style slow-mo romance, which I wandered through a little confused by, but ended up in love with.

The story is contemporary with an old fashioned feel, where women do girl talk and shopping, guys drink beer and members of the opposite sex don’t quite communicate right. I don’t mean to misrepresent the book – Sarah, our main heroine, is a helicopter pilot, as previously was Cooper, our main hero. But Sarah’s also a mom (well, raising her brother from when he was 6 years old) and managing a household. Coop’s a drifter, and talks like he’s 70 though he’s not quite 40. Fortunately he’s handsome and honorable, and interesting enough to draw me in. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after book 1, Kiss Me continues the adventures of Sage McGuire. As with Chase Me, this is a short read.

Sage is still working for Daniel who is as weird/interesting as ever. They have a dynamic that’s fostered by Daniel’s lack of brain cells and inexperience with having a job. Or at least that’s what I think based on what Sage knows or even cares to find out. But in reality it doesn’t even matter because she wants to quit that job for her dream job as a self employed private investigator. [Read more…]

Review: Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown

Reviewed by Joanna

Carli’s hearing aid gives out in the middle of class at college. Worst case scenario, as there’s no replacement batteries in her bag. She’s floundering, unable to hear the professor or lip read due to his unfortunate moustache. Used to hiding her hearing loss, Carli can’t manage, and she has no idea how she’s going to cope with the class. Even with the hearing aids she was struggling.

Ah, luckily a handsome man appears, having noticed Carli’s plight. A knight in shining armor, Reed teaches deaf kids, and though he doesn’t use hearing aids himself, he frequently has to help the kids with theirs, so he carries batteries at all times.

Carli is enamored and aflutter. [Read more…]

Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a smart NA story for your delectation, with a focus on sexual exploration between Annie, our narrator, an undergraduate in medicine, and Charles, the man of her fantasies – a 4-years-older postdoc at her research lab, with blond good looks and a side dish of attachment disorder. Well.

At the beginning of the tale, earnest Annie is gearing up to ask Charles for a sexual relationship. She thinks they have A Thing, and despite being inexperienced, wants to explore that before she goes off to Boston for eight years of medical school. She is whip smart but doesn’t see herself as pretty, so is nervous he’ll refuse. [Read more…]

Review: Chase Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

The first in Sharon Kleve’s ‘Sage McGuire’ series, this is a pretty short read and while I thought the blurb sounded very interesting with an adventurous and spunky heroine, I’m not sure that’s what I got. The story opens with Sage and a few of her friends drinking at a bar. They’re there because Sage’s boss has died, but that’s okay because Sage wants to open a private investigate firm. While at the bar, she sees Carter from across the room – sparks fly. When Sage wakes up the next morning, she makes some assumptions that she should have made the night before, but maybe the beer goggles were too thick. Things happen and she finds out that Carter is actually a police officer. Her getting in the PI business and Carter being a cop should equal happiness for her, but not so much, and it’s a long yet short road to their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Joanna

Rita burned down her mother’s restaurant. It was an accident, and her mother has been dead a while so she won’t miss it, but even so. It’s shaken our girl up a little bit and made her refocus on what she wants to do with her life. It ain’t cooking, that’s for sure.

A request from beyond the grave has her heading out on a long road trip with her sister and two brothers. They don’t really get along, and they aren’t close. I guess that’s what her mama was trying to fix.
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Review: If You Can’t Take the Heat by Melissa Brown

Reviewed by Elle

34 year old, Whitney Bartolina is the casting director for one of the biggest tv production companies in LA. It’s her job to travel the country to find the talent for a new, reality tv cooking show. After breaking up with her super famous, tv star boyfriend Nolan, Whitney is also ready to find some new talent to warm her bed.

But things get complicated when she crosses business with pleasure, and two of the competitors catch her eye with more than just their ability to cook. [Read more…]

Review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Reviewed by Joanna

Now, I need epic love stories like most people need air, so when I heard about a series of books with a Big Love couple I hadn’t read, I got all het up and marched on over to book one. But one person’s Big Love is another’s overdone turkey, and I think I’m about to make myself unpopular with my opinion on this couple. Where I enjoyed some parts of this rock star story, there were significant elements of it I didn’t enjoy, centering around cheating, whining, and indecisive people. [Read more…]