Review: Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Sara

I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately, but I came across Wanna Bet? while scrolling through Twitter. Another blogger was live tweeting quotes from the book and it looked just different enough that I decided to give it a try.

Jasmine and Rahul have known each other since university. Jasmine is now a lawyer (solicitor really, because this story takes place in England) working with low income families to resolve housing disputes. A leak in her apartment has her calling her friend Rahul. Rahul is a very successful and well off accountant with a spare bedroom. Based on what I’ve just written, you probably think that the conclusion of Wanna Bet? is, well, a foregone conclusion. However, while Jas and Rahul do get together in the end (not a spoiler, it’s a Romance after all) the circumstances around their eventual coming together are what makes this book different enough that I completely fell in love with it. [Read more…]

Review: After the Wedding by Courtney Milan

Reviewed by Jen

Let me be honest. When I started this book I had absolutely no recollection of the first installment in the series. I wasn’t even sure if I had read it until I went back and looked on Goodreads. No wonder I had forgotten. It’s been three years since Courtney Milan wrote the beginning of this series. But don’t worry, you don’t need to remember of have even read that book in order to jump right into this one.

This is an interracial historical romance, which is a bit of a rarity. But one of the things I like best about it was how low key the race element was. Yes, the hero and heroine are of different ethnicities, but this love story isn’t about their race. It was about love and acceptance. About choosing someone to love and who chooses to love you in return. [Read more…]

Review: Friends and Lovers: At Last by Denise Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read another story by the same author. It was actually a very good story and was published more recently. Going by the publication date, this was prior to the story I actually enjoyed. I really did not like this story. For one, the heroine is a cheater. And by a cheater, I mean that she had sexual relations with the hero at a time when she had a boyfriend who was not the hero. I don’t like cheaters.

Jaylyn Marks and Dominick Reynolds have lived together for a number of years. They’re best friends and that friendship inspired them to buy a house together. During their time as best friends they’ve dated other people and had no problems. Maybe a spot of jealousy here and there but not anything to make them move forward with going from friends to lovers. One day, Dominick comes home to find Jay curled up in his bed weeping and mourning after finding out about the death of her favorite parent, Mr. B. Her dad. [Read more…]

Review: Love Me Harder by Camille Mackenzie

Reviewed by Shelly

The first book in Camille MacKenzie’s Love Never Fails series was one that I really enjoyed. The writing was fresh, especially for a debut novel. This one felt rambly and unfocused. The heroine was one of the more immature ones I’ve read in a while and there were story lines that were introduced and left without resolutions. I had the same problem I had in book one with the errors, except this one is littered with them. This is book three – simple syntax errors and sentence structure errors shouldn’t happen this much. The editing for line repetition and character consistency was lacking. This time I chose not to overlook the lack of strong editing because they were distracting and plentiful. [Read more…]

Review: Crazy in Love by Crystal B. Bright

Reviewed by Shelly

Oh how I wanted to like this story. The blurb read like a promise of good romance between the R&B world and the Country music world. Plus, it’s IR. Come on… doesn’t that sound like it would be awesome. The chemistry potential in such a fast driven industry with a very fickle audience just screams – YES, tell me all about it!

Sorry, I got excited for a second there.

So what really happened was…

I’ve read this author before and although I wasn’t thrilled with the story telling for what I previously read, I thought, heck it’s been two years surely there’s been some changes. So now I’m thinking it’s me because the writing didn’t change. [Read more…]

Review: Convincing Lina by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

The second book in Siera London’s ‘Bachelor’s of Shell Cove’ series is Lina James’s story. Lina’s the best friend to Ava Walters from Chasing Ava – Book 1. I liked book 1 better and I didn’t like that one all that much.

The storyline in this is similar to book 1, both of the main characters are in medical. Gideon, a former Marine, is now a psychiatrist at Shell Cove Medical Center and Lina is one of the psych nurses on staff. These two has a brief meeting of the lips in the first book and while I saw the potential of something special in their story, the telling didn’t work for me. [Read more…]

Review: Chasing Ava by Siera London

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and the first of Siera London’s ‘Bachelor’s of Shell Cove’ series. I read this because I’m always on the look out for good/decent IR stories and the description of this was good. There were too many distracting things for this to be any more than meh and it could have all been fixed with tighter editing. [Read more…]

Review: Love’s Many Challenges by Zena Wynn

Reveiewed by Shelly

The latest installment in Zena Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ finds Nina and Roberto married. In all honesty, if Wynn continues this series – I’ll be right there reading it because I really enjoy Nina and Roberto and the family they’re building.

Nina. How do I put into words how much I enjoy her character? Written in first-person POV everything is told from our heroine’s perspective. The internal dialogue comes across as very honest with no semblance of fairy tale. Nina’s personality doesn’t lend towards histrionics either. She’s pretty consistent with her thoughts and actions. She’s been a solitude person for years. She was happily single before Roberto. That’s part of her challenge – dealing with another person, that being her husband Roberto, and taking his thoughts, words and actions into consideration. [Read more…]

Review: Forever Yours by Addison Fox

Reviewed by Shelly

My first by this author is actually the third book in her ‘The Brooklyn Brotherhood’ series. This has so much potential. Defense attorney Jasmine Shane has been in love with detective Cade Rossi since the two were teenagers. Jasmine’s been part of the Rossi family since her friendship with Cade’s younger sister began so she’s had plenty of access to Cade. Unfortunately for Jasmine, Cade’s never looked at her like he’s looked at all the other women he’s dated in the borough.

Circumstances put these two in a restaurant at the same time. They’re there with their respective ‘dates’. Actually the ‘dates’ are more than dates; it turns our that both Jasmine and Cade are dating other people. Semantics but it’s important. [Read more…]

Review: Worth Fighting For by Zena Wynn

Reviewed by Shelly

DISCLAIMER: Somewhere along the line, I’m guessing that the author gained rights back to these stories and decided to rebrand, rename (Worth Fighting For) and republish. According to Goodreads, the story that I read is called Love’s Challenges and was published back in 2010 by Red Rose Publishing. The story that I have on my kindle is called Worth Fighting For.

Picking up direct after The Apology, the second book in Wynn’s ‘Nina Chronicles’ continues with the lives of Nina and Roberto. In this installment there’s more of Roberto – where he’s from and even quite a bit more on his previous marriage and his children. Nina and Roberto are now in a relationship. Everything is moving along nicely but Nina doesn’t get too complacent because she’s been down this road before and caution is a must. [Read more…]