Review: Catwoman – Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas

Reviewed by Elise

Catwoman: Soulstealer is book three in the DC Icons series. Let me begin by saying I picked up this book because of the author, not because of the content. I have never really been a fan of the DC Universe so I wasn’t expecting to love the book as much as I did. Sarah J Maas is a phenomenal story teller and her retelling of Catwoman was no different.

For fans of the author, the premise may sound a little familiar. Young girl forced into the life of an assassin, turns into blonde, beautiful and frightening intelligent woman who makes men in her life frustrated and in desperate need of antacids. Name of Selina. Does this sound at all familiar? The similarities end at this superficial level and the book is all the better for it.

In the past, the author has been accused of lacking diversity in her work. This book is more representative of the real world and in a positive manner. None of the minority characters are killed off nor are their lives or relationships treated as anything less than normal. There is no ‘big reveal’, the relationships are what they are. Just as it should be. [Read more…]

Review: If the Fates Allow (An LGBTQ Romance Anthology)

Reviewed by Joanna

This anthology features Christmas shorts from a number of LGBTQ+ authors. All festive, romantic and in most cases super sweet.

Gracious Living Magazine Says It Must Be a Real Tree by Killian B. Brewer

Marcus works in a small-town diner. He loves his job, his boyfriend Hank, who’s the local mechanic, and he adores his deceased grandmother’s interfering friends. As Marcus never knew a traditional Christmas, he’s determined to make this year perfect. Suspecting Hank is going to propose, Marcus freaks out, and his grandmother’s friends only make it worse by giving him too much advice on exactly how to perfect his proposal scenario. [Read more…]

Review: Poison and Mercy by EC Elvedeane

Reviewed by Ronelle

It’s 1885 and NOT the London we’d expect to find. Clouds of acidic fog fill the air and body-melting rain could fall at any time, while the Thames is perpetually aflame. Anyone who sets foot outdoors without the proper protective gear is either mad or suicidal. To make matters worse, the world at large is restless: nothing has been seen or heard from within the borders of Germany for several years, the Mediterranean is plagued by the pirate airships of the Corsair Queens, and foreign plots to take control of the British Empire abound.

It will take a particular type of woman to save the day. Or rather, pair of women.

Enter Poison and Mercy d’Avalon, orphans raised by a man with a bent for poisons and a hand in entirely too many pies. These adventuresses dabble in extortion, assassination, and every other vice imaginable (some more steamy and illicit than others). Hired to eliminate a blackmail threat to a Very Important Person, they think it will be a simple—and profitable—task…but it isn’t long before simple becomes complicated. [Read more…]

Review: Hamilton’s Battalion by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Jen

This anthology cashes in on the popularity of Hamilton with a trio of love stories against the backdrop of characters marginalized by race, religion, and sexuality. I haven’t seen the musical that has captured the hearts of so many, but you really don’t need to be familiar with it to understand what’s going on here. Eliza Hamilton is collecting stories from her husband’s soldiers after his death about their history with him. Hamilton, the Yorktown, and the Revolutionary are the threads that hold the novellas together. [Read more…]

Review: The Princess and the Swineherd by Michael Bracken

Reviewed by Ronelle

Princess Maegth is the most beautiful woman in the kingdom and Hunig has had a crush on her since the first time she laid eyes upon her. When the evil wizard Vilemort and his dozen dirty dwarves abduct Maegth, Hunig joins the search. In the company of a broken-down knight named Fearn-leah of Heathfield, Hunig trails the wizard and his minions.

After successfully rescuing the princess, she reveals her feelings and discovers the feelings are reciprocated. But they aren’t out of danger yet… [Read more…]

Follow Friday: Preparing for Zombies

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A. This is an excellent question which also quite timely for me, since I just finished the uber-awesome Rebirth by Sophie Littleton. So, I have to say that the first thing I need to do is a rewatch on Zombieland.  After all, they have such fantastic and no-nonsense tips in that movie. Maybe I should write them down.  I’d like to think I could stock up on some canned goods, but the problem is –you never know when these things are going to happen in advance. Maybe I should construct some sort of kit and keep it in the attic.  After all, everyone knows that zombies can’t climb.  Crap. The more I think about it, the more I’m afraid I’ll be a goner in the first wave.

18 & Older Couples Book Giveaway Hop

This contest is closed. The winner is Liz from Coffee & Romance.

It’s time to get a dirty!  OK, it’s true, dirty is nothing new at Red Hot Books. BUT for the next few days, I’m joining up with some other dirty-minded bloggers for the 18 & Older Couples Book Giveaway Hop. The hop features 35 blogs giving away books with more, er, mature themes.

Red Hot Books is giving away a copy of Mona Lisa Craving by Sunny. And if you’ve never read one of her books, I can assure you that they fit the naughty bill.

Dante, the warrior son of a healer, was cursed by the high priestess to endure a never-ending cycle of life and death, born and reborn into an ever-diminishing bloodline. Someone shares one of his past lives. Her name was Mona Lyria. Back then, on the moon in another world, she was his victim. Today, she is Mona Lisa, and this time, she is his savior. Dante’s wish is to die by her hands to end his cursed existence, but she feels fate has given them both a second chance. For even stronger than her craving for blood is her craving for what every Monere female desires, and needs…to bear life. Now she has found her mate-but with this blessing could come a new curse under the shadow of a new moon.

If you’d like to enter, just comment below, telling me your favorite sexually charged book.  The contest runs through June 5th and is open to all Red Hot Books followers in the US & Canada. Make sure to check out the giveaways at the other participating blogs, linked below!

Follow Friday

Happy Friday! Here’s our weekly opportunity for bloggers to come together and check out each others sites. Please remember to leave a comment below, along with your link so that I can check out your site, and return the favor.
If you want to participate, it’s easy. To learn more and to enter, check out: Parajunkee 

Q. The Blogger Apocalypse made me a little emotional. What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?

A. I still have the shakes from my Blogger withdrawls.  I haven’t had a good, angsty or emotion-laden scene in a while.  Hmm.  But I’ve read several books with some hot sex.  (I’ll think on the emotional stuff and come back if anything springs to mind.)

Follow Friday and Assorted Blog Hops

Happy Friday! Here’s our weekly opportunity for bloggers to come together and check out each others sites. Please remember to leave a comment below, along with your link so that I can check out your site, and return the favor.
If you want to participate, it’s easy. To learn more and to enter, check out: Parajunkee –  Crazy for Books – and Bitten By Paranormal Romance!

Q. If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

1.  Lover Awakened by JR Ward
2.  Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole
3.  A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
4.  Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
5.  Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
6.  Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
7.  The Darkest Passion by Gene Showalter
8.  Dance With the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
9.  Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
10. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

But this list is subject to change based on the mood I am in.

Q: Do you have another hobby besides reading?

A. Not really. After work and the kids, there isn’t much time left in the day. Sometimes, I’ll watch a tv show with the hubs, but for the most part, it’s all about the books.

Weekday Blog Hop

Book Blogger HopThe blog hop was late this week, but better late than never! 
Q. Outside of books, what is your guilty pleasure? 
That’s an easy one for me! I love tv. So if my face isn’t firmly stuffed in a book (or my Nook), you’ll likely find me parked on the sofa, watching one of my many shows!  My favorites include The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, and Spartacus!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you’ll be back next week, when I’ll be chatting with the fantastic Jennifer Estep and giving away 5 copies of Tangled Threads.  That contest begins 4/22.