DNF Review: Earl To The Rescue by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Sara

Earl To The Rescue is the story of Gwendeline Gregory, daughter of the Baron Gregory of Brooklands and his wife Annabelle. While she was young, Baron and Baroness Brooklands spent only a week out of the year with Gwendeline and were as uninvolved in her upbringing as possible. So, when they die in an ill-defined accident, Gwendeline, is less upset about her parents being dead as she is about the fact that they spent all of their savings and have left her penniless and soon to be homeless, since their debts require their estate to be sold off.

However, Gwendeline, is rescued by a the incredibly popular Lore Merryn, who, while surprised that Gwendeline is 19 years old and not an infant, is committed, along with a group of like minded gentlemen, to caring for her and helping her be introduced favorably into the ton. Gwendeline is whisked away to London where she is put up with Lord Merryn’s mother, a novelist, and begins making the round of parties. Here, she learns that her parents were general reprobates and begins to meet various characters. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Reviewed by Sara

I like to think of myself as a pretty discerning Romance reader; I know what I like, I know what I don’t like, and I know what I’m willing to try. At the moment, though, I’m feeling pretty bamboozled, a little hoodwinked, and kind of annoyed.

I like the concept of Maisey Yates’ third Cooper Ridge book, Want Me, Cowboy and I assumed I’d really like the book. Maisey Yates writes about Isaiah, a rugged, cowboy-esque, billionaire who wants to find a wife, but he’s been hurt by a past relationship and has trouble expressing his emotions. So he does what anyone in his shoes would do. (That’s sarcasm. Be prepared for lots of that.) He asks his assistant, Poppy, to put a want ad out for a wife. After several interviews, he discovers, to his complete surprise, that Poppy, his assistant of over a decade, is the perfect candidate for all things wife related. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Love Online by Penelope Ward

Reviewed by Caitlin

I absolutely loved Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein and decided to check out books that were similar. Sexy contemporary romcoms sounded like just the thing, and I’d seen the name Penelope Ward a few times before so I decided to check her out. This book had hundreds of four- and five-star reviews, and I liked the idea of a relationship starting out online before turning physical.

If this is reflective of her work, I think I’ll pass.

She’s not a bad writer. I just hated her hero and was not particularly impressed with the chemistry. Or the casual racism. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Catch a Killer by Kris Rafferty

Reviewed by Debz

This book was set up to be everything I loved. A serial killer doing his thing and killing all the people, a brazen female law enforcement agent who has made it her life’s mission to catch him and, in between, a slow simmering love story.

But ALAS, I was disappointed. This book was honestly so flat and boring to me. I could not connect with any of the characters and I was not invested in the story. Not even the bombing and almost death of the main characters could shake off the absolute drudgery of the book.

Let’s start from the beginning. Hannah Cambridge is an FBI special agent trying to get her life back together after the death of her partner and lover Jack Benton. Hannah is not just distraught and despondent; she is also pregnant and afraid for her life because her partner was killed my a notorious crime lord hell bent to killing her as well. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Anna’s Dress by London Casey & Jaxson Kidman

Reviewed by Elise

Anna’s Dress popped up on my ‘Similar reads’ on Amazon and the blurb looked promising. I decided to give it a go on Audible with one of my credits. I’m not sure that was one of my best decisions. I found it quite difficult to get through and I often stopped to read other things before coming back to this one. It goes on my ‘did not finish’ list. I only made it through 85%.

The book is described as a second chance romance. A chance for old friends with spark to come together after a long estrangement. The story focuses on Adina and Anna, sisters who live with their Aunt. Anna is uncontrollable. An unrepentant drug addict who relies on her sister Adina to get her out of trouble. Adina continually sacrifices for Anna without Anna ever acknowledging these sacrifices. So far, so good. Emotional. A bit depressing but still a logical story line. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Summer Maiden by Eva Darcy

Reviewed by Ronelle

Before she was Persephone, Dread Queen of the Underworld, Kore was an innocent maiden sequestered from the rest of the gods. All of that will change when she’s summoned to one of Zeus’ banquets. While there, she engages in innocent flirting with lighthearted gods like Apollo and Hermes and exploring her new powers of seduction. But a darker god catches her eye…and from there, a myth is born.

But it isn’t quite the tale we’ve all been told. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Torn by Rowenna Miller

Reviewed by Sara

Torn, the debut fantasy novel of author Rowenna Miller, tells the story of Sophie, a seamstress who has used her skills with needle and thread and her ability to imbue her creations with charms to work her way out of poverty. Her brother Kristoff, a laborer, is not so lucky and is disillusioned with the way their country’s monarchy is running things. As Sophie becomes a darling of the nobility, Kristoff becomes involved with the enigmatic professor Pryord Venko and a movement to provide more rights to the working class. Soon the movement that started out as a cry for more rights becomes a full out rebellion with goals of overthrowing of the nobility. Sophie will have to decide what side she belongs on or find herself torn between the nobles and her livelihood or her love for her brother. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Firestorm by Donna Grant

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Dr. Faith Reynold stumbles upon what appears to be an ancient dragon skeleton, she’s completely taken aback. Though she’s been raised on the mythology of the beasts, she’s a woman of science and there’s no way that such a creature can actually exist. And when the handsome and mysterious Dmitri enters her world, she ends up even further out of her comfort zone. Her curiosity soon turns into all-consuming passion; she’s never felt this way about any man before.

But Dimitri is keeping secrets and his biggest revelation will test her resolve. Can Faith learn to love the man—as well as the dragon within? [Read more…]

DNF Review: Other Than by Mia Jo Celeste

Reviewed by Ronelle

It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh. Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Lord Victor Lowell, the man of her dreams and darkest nightmares, preys on others to maintain his charisma and preternatural prowess.

Trapped in an ever-escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass, blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham

Reviewed by Joanna

Ah, my first Christmas read of the season. Do you like to get in the spirit with seasonal books? I do, though I’m not exactly feeling extra festive, having read this… how to categorize. Not romance, not quite. Women’s fiction, maybe?

Emma is a writer in London, producing a food blog and working a number of writing jobs to make ends meet. On the day she gets dumped by her bland, beige boyfriend, she also gets hit by a postal truck. To add insult to injury? The postie was delivering her family’s ancient recipe/spell book, sent by her grandmother who wants to tempt her back into the fold.

With broken bones and other injuries, there’s only one place for Emma, and the book, to go – back to Hope Cottage, her family’s Yorkshire Moors home in the village of Whistling.

Now, Emma is in a rough way. She’s also a little brain damaged by the accident, causing her to lose her sense of taste, smell and giving her weird vision and touch. It takes a fair amount of time in the bosom of Grannie’s home to aid her recovery. [Read more…]