Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Reviewed by Debz

Don’t judge me guys, but this is hands down one of my favorite books to read, ever. I was on twitter yesterday and there was an ongoing conversation about books that bring you out of a reading slump, and this is it for me. It never fails to bring me out of that dark place when books have to meaning and I’m unmotivated. I absolutely love it.

This book is about this amazing human Ella Rodriguez and her online bff and real life celebrity hottie Brian Oliver (unbeknownst to Ella of course). They met on her blog when she wrote a post bashing the casting of Brian as the main character in her favorite book series and have been friends ever since.

It’s super heartbreaking what Ella goes through in this book. On her birthday, she and her mum, her only parent and her rock get into an accident that kills her mum and leaves her almost crippled and scarred. She’s not only forced to live without her mum, she has to move to California with her father who abandoned her and his resentful new family. I honestly couldn’t do it. [Read more…]

Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Debz

You will not believe how excited I was for this book to be made a movie. I had just finished reading the trilogy when it was announced that the first book would be made into a movie. I was ecstatic. I googled everyone announced to be in the movie and singlehandedly watched the trailer more than 50 times. I made sure I was free on the day it came out and pestered my local cinema for a week to make sure it was coming out on the day they said it was coming out. I watched it twice, consecutively and loved every minute of it.

After my haze of obsession has worn off, I have come to the conclusion (and this is the right conclusion guys, don’t argue) ……Nick Young is a wuss. The first time I read this, I swooned over Nick. Gorgeous, rich yet humble, good friend, good son, yet good boyfriend. The list goes on and on, but after 2 viewings and 1 extra reading, his shortcomings just shine through, and all I could do was scoff and roll my eyes. How does he not prepare Rachel for any part of his life in Singapore? How is he okay with throwing her to the sharks and just hoping she survives? He literally tells her how about how hard something is going to be one scene before it actually happens and expects her to just ride with it. Dick move Nick, dick move. [Read more…]

Review: Give Me a Reason by Jennifer Miller

Reviewed by Debz

Remy Sinclair’s life has just fallen into pieces. After feeling lethargic for a couple weeks, she goes to the doctor for a flu shot. They ask for more blood for further tests, and then for a biopsy. She has cancer they say, and no one is sure how much time she has left. The doctor even goes further to say that she has a rare aggressive form that, if left untreated immediately, would lead to death in months.

She’s devastated and numb. Anyone in this situation would need someone to lean on; her best friend and confidante was no longer there. Her mom, too, had died of cancer, and Remy had just been waiting for the other shoe to drop. She has no friends, no life outside her cat, Meatball, and is resentful of society browbeating cancer survivors into “fighting.” She just wants to live her life to the fullest in the time she has left. Her mom fought for so long, went into remission, and still died of cancer. She was not able to fulfill any of her goals in her bucket list and the disease took a huge toll on her life. Remy just wants to die. [Read more…]

Shelly’s Favorites of 2017

This year started off well but fizzled out. BUT this was the year I discovered audio books. Yeah, ME!

I’ve been a fan of Beverly Jenkins for years. Too many to count. Forbidden (Old West, 1) is a historical with some slight reference to Jenkins’s Through the Storm which is part of ‘The LeVeq Family’ series. I thought this story read great as a standalone. It was wonderfully captivating and touched on the topic of ‘passing’ told from an emotional perspective. [Read more…]

Elle’s Favorites of 2017

2017 was an extremely slow reading year for me. I wrote and edited more than I read and it doesn’t help that I’m not the world’s fastest reader to begin with! I also read a bunch of unpublished work from some talented author friends that would have totally made this list if I could have included them!

There were also more DNF’s than I care to count. But of course, there were some gems mixed in with the coal!

Dirty Boxing by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt. In fact, the whole Blood and Glory series is amazing (the third book releases in January but I’ve read it and loved it so look out for that one). Harper and Tara are a dream combo with some of the best writing I’ve read. They make mixed martial arts look incredibly sexy and their heroines are feisty and strong, despite all having to overcome their personal issues. This is sports romance at its best- low on the sports and high on the heat. [Read more…]

Sara’s Favorites of 2017

2017 felt like a good year to hide under the covers with a good book. Here’s what did it for me this past year.

UF/Romantic Fantasy

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
The last (contracted) book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series hit it out of the park. Everything from the smoldering romance between Nevada and Rogan to the revelations of series secrets were flawless.
If you like detailed worldbuilding and original plots you should totally read this series. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2017

With so many great and excellent reads published this year, I had a hard job settling on a short list. Some of my favourite authors have been knocking it out of the park with their releases, and I’ve made brand new finds who I’ll one-click forever.

How about you? Found a book that’s given you joy? Let me know.

Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

Chef Bianca Hardwick goes head to head with rude, gorgeous and damaged Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux in this tale set in the Deep South. It’s all accents, sumptuous recipes and fiery tempers, with a dollop of an arranged marriage. And I adored it. [Read more…]

Ronelle’s Favorites of 2017

This list was a little hard to put together because, to be frank, I read a lot of not-so-red-hot books this year. BUT there were a few that stuck out and that I enjoyed enough to put on my 2017 list! Here they are, in no particular order:

Poison and Mercy by EC Elvedeane
Not, in fact, a safe read for “girls”, but a really good choice for adults of either gender who enjoy strong heroines, steampunk, and erotica.

Golden by RL Mosswood
I finally took the plunge into M/M romance this year and my first attempt was not a good one. I won’t name names, but let’s just say the constant use of adjectives making it sound like characters are being electrocuted is not sexy.

But I digress.

“Golden” was novella-length, yet it still managed to develop a compelling relationship and intriguing plot. The reverse-harem was surprising and The Dragon managed to be pretty intimidating even though she isn’t physically present for the vast majority of the story. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorites of 2017

For me, 2017 meant a lot of writing, moving (again!), and some new responsibilities at work. When you put all of that together, it equals less reading time for me than ever before. I came across a few stinkers (which I had to mark DNF despite my best efforts,) but I also added a few awesome books to my keeper-shelf.

Every year, Ilona Andrews tops my list. Part of me is embarrassed that I must be so predictable by now, but it’s not my fault. I swear if she ever writes something I don’t love, I’ll tell you the truth. In this case, it’s a two-fer in her Hidden Legacy series. White Hot and Wildfire came out really close together and that was a huge win for fans who had to wait an age after Burn For Me. These books feature such fantastic world building, awesome characters, and an exciting enemies-to-lovers romance that hit all my happy buttons. If you’re a Kate Daniels fan or heck, if you like UF/PNR at all… jump into this series with both feet. I promise you won’t regret it. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2016

I joined the team of Red Hot Ladies in January and challenged myself to expand my reading choices past my usual go-tos. I’ve had my eyebrows raised and I’ve found writers I will love forever, from long-established authors to newbies who’ve contacted us at the blog and offered their work.

Throughout the year I’ve been editing my own novel, which is my new favorite and never ending pastime. Seriously – help, I can’t stop. Much respect for my co-reviewers, who published, drafted and dreamed big their own books this year – you guys rule and your work is sublime. On with my other favorite reads from the past twelve months:

 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniel #9) by Ilona Andrews

I’m pretty sure this novel will be on Jen’s list too. I love this series and rate this book as one of their best. The development of the relationship between Kate and Roland, her doting/murderous father, is fascinating. Curran made me laugh out loud, as did the side characters just being their excellent selves. The story is fast paced, compelling and tense, with little let up, and the world of post-shift Atlanta is just as awesome as it ever was. [Read more…]