Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back with Reed and Ella, and he’s been arrested for…

Wait! Book two ended in a cliff hanger so don’t read on if you fancy this series. It’s full of over privileged teenagers being awful to one another, a poor girl thrust into a family of five hot brothers, and broken homes aplenty.

Back to it. Reed is arrested for the crime perpetrated at the end of book two. A murder of someone close to the family. He says it wasn’t him, but Ella has a tiny slither of doubt. She hates thinking it, but can’t deny what she saw. He had blood on his shirt and a pretty strong motive. [Read more…]

Review: On The Chase by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back in Monroe as the small town beds down for winter, with a new runaway resident taking her pick from the plethora of hot cops. Kaylee is our heroine, and she witnesses something she shouldn’t at her too-good boyfriend’s creepy uncle’s house. Kaylee flees with the assistance of Mr. Espina who helped the family in book one to safety, and she finds herself at their door.

Problem is, Jules, the elder sister of the family in hiding, is dating a local cop. When he shows up at the safe house one day so does another of his cop friends. Hugh got shot in book one, so he’s been forced into taking time off and it’s driving him crazy. [Read more…]

Review: Rebel by Rebecca Yarros

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back at the floating university on the sea, this time with four-time X Games medallist Penna, who’s about to speed her way into love.

Penelope Carstairs is an elite athlete. At age twenty-two, she excels at motocross, winning even all-male competitions and generally kicking ass. But in a previous story, she gets injured and loses her mojo for her sport.

We kick off this tale in Vegas where Penna, known as Rebel, is about to do an illegal and secret BASE jump to get herself back in the zone. Her jump partner turns up drunk, so she propositions the supremely hot guy she’s been chatting to in the bar—Cruz Delgado. [Read more…]

Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the sequel to Paper Princess, therefore contains spoilers as that tale left off on a big old cliffhanger. Don’t read on if you like wealthy bratty kids and a rags-to-riches story. Go back and pick up the first book instead.

So, Ella Harper was whisked out of her life of poverty and stripping by her previously unknown guardian, Callum Royal, who had been a friend of her father’s. He moved her into his home with his five sons, and Ella had a rapid adjustment to make to the ultra-rich world she now inhabited.

She eventually befriended the brothers, and fell in love with Reed, the second oldest. The first story was told solely from Ella’s point of view. This book is dual perspective and the better for it, in my eyes. [Read more…]

Review: Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan

Reviewed by Elle

Ohhhh this book has been a long time coming. The Undeniable series, and Madeline Sheehan will always be one of my favorites, no matter how long she takes to release a book (but please don’t make us wait over two years again! My heart can’t take it!).

This book is a bit different than the rest of the series. We take a break from all the current day drama of the first four books, and go back in time 50 or so years. Now for those that need a reminder, Eva Fox is our book 1 heroine.  She and her man, Deuce, have played fairly central roles in each subsequent book, and this one is no exception. [Read more…]

Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Reviewed by Joanna

Parker and Ben have been roommates and best friends since freshman year at college. They are walking proof that men and women can be the closest of friends without winding up sleeping with each other. Ben doesn’t want a girlfriend, enjoying serial one-night stands, and Parker has a long term boyfriend in Lance. Until she doesn’t.

When Parker’s relationship ends, she’s a little bit upset, but it’s more the realization she hasn’t had sex in two months that gets her jumpy. So makes a proposal to her housemate Ben – no strings attached sex for as long as they both find it fun. Nothing can go wrong with that, right? [Read more…]

Review: Addicted to Ansley by Linda Kage

Reviewed by Shelly

There’s very little that I don’t like from this author. The hits still outweigh the misses by a long shot. This is a very simple but tragic story nonetheless. It’s the tale of a young couple; the boy is 18 and the girl is 15 when they initially meet. He’s a bad boy through and through, but he’s able to hide the criminal elements of his personality for the small windows of time that he’s with the most beautiful girl in the world. [Read more…]

Review: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Reviewed by Joanna

A friend recommended this to me as a lighthearted and fun romance, and just occasionally I like to put down the angst and enjoy a little sweetness. Georgiana Watkins is a party girl and socialite. Her family is moneyed so she wants for nothing and has never worked, unless you consider the tiring strain of bringing home doughnuts for the concierge at her building at 5am every day when she’s done with clubbing.

There’s little to her life apart from having fun, dressing up prettily and being good natured. You’d think the author would be setting her up to be despised, wouldn’t you? Well, she isn’t. And what’s more, I liked Georgie. She’s friend to everyone and though she doesn’t add much value to the world otherwise, she’s happy with her lot. [Read more…]

Review: Hickey by Cora Brent

Reviewed by Shelly

My first from Cora Brent and while I usually stay away from college themed stories, I’m a fan of the married couple theme. There was a lot in this that should have worked, but I thought it fell short. Cecily and Branson married when they were 18. They weren’t the typical high school sweethearts; instead it was a whirlwind romance that lasted a few months before marrying. As with many marriages in that age-group, these two didn’t last.

Seven years later, Branson’s discarded from the Army and Cecily is in her final stretch of college. A unbeknownst to most, including Cecily, Branson’s been keeping tabs on his ex-wife all these years. Branson’s decided its time for a reunion and heads west. Cecily, having left from Ohio by way of Pennsylvania, is an RA for freshmen at her college (she needs the free rent). Finding out that her ex-husband also attends the same college and lives in the same dorm comes as a surprise, to say the least. [Read more…]

Review: Sparrow by LJ Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

You may have noticed my fangirling over this author, and when I heard she had an arranged marriage tale, I leapt on it. I love her Sinners of Saint series, and she has a talent for writing guys who are so bad, so awful to their heroines, that you want to beat them with their own shoes for being so despicable.

Well, this guy takes the biscuit. Troy Brennan is a mobster. Mr Fixer, as he’s known, and where his father was a Boston big shot, after his death his son is a feared and respected replacement. Troy doesn’t run gangs or drugs, instead he works for other mobsters and cleans up problems they have.

Sparrow Reynes is problem for him. For spoilerish reasons he has to marry her, and the book kicks off at the preparations for their wedding. Sparrow has no idea what’s going on. All she knows is Troy has picked her as his bride, despite them having zero conversation or knowledge of each other, and she had to go through with it because her father is under his control. Truth is, their lives are more intertwined than she knows, and that all comes out in the wash. [Read more…]