Review: Lessons from the Professor by Shyla Colt

Reviewed by Shelly

This read like an experiment. It read like the author was testing her established target audience to see if they like BDSM elements in their stories.

This is my 2nd book by Shyla Colt and as with the first one, this didn’t work for me either. There ware too many elements for the length of this story. If might have worked if it was longer and there was more time to work through a heroine who is brand spanking new to BDSM (hearing about it doesn’t count as experience), a hero who is 20 years older than the heroine, and least of all, the disapproving family (but not for the reasons you might think). [Read more…]

Review: Casualties of Love by Denise Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author and I was a tad bit nervous before I read this – you just never know with new authors. It’s a theme that’s as old as time – friends then lovers with a little ‘I love you enough to save you from yourself’ thrown in for good measure.

Jessica and Tyson went to West Point together. Members in both of their families served and they both wanted to continue the tradition. During their time at USMA, they started as friends, good friends that had each other’s backs, and later moved on to something a bit more intimate.

Told primarily in flashback, there’s a simple goodness about Jessica and Tyson that I really enjoyed reading. The conflict is a bit underwhelming and stems around this secret that Jessica’s kept from Tyson but it gets the job done. [Read more…]

Review: An Unexpected Attraction by Diamond Delaney

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read book 1 and book 2 in Diamond Delaney’s ‘Love Unexpected’ series, and I enjoyed them enough to continue with this, book 3. Jay Santorini has known Brenda Morrison since their college days. During those days, Jay was seeing Brenda’s friend Jenna; they would later marry and have twin sons. But before the marriage, Jay and Brenda had an immediate mutual attraction after which they shared a very steamy kiss and some intimate touching. That’s all that happened because Brenda remembered her friend Jenna. Brenda was a very good friend to Jenna. I can’t say the same about Jenna.

After a mutual friend, Terrence, unexpectedly dies, the group of friends get together to celebrate his life. Nick, Sophie, Brenda, Jenna and Jay were fast friends but they’ve been lax in their get togethers and this one is bitter sweet. [Read more…]

Review: Dual Desires by Shyla Colt

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author, but not my first IR MC themed story. It’s part 1 of Shyla Holt’s ‘Dueling Devils’ series and tells of Ardy Larking and Demon’s (no idea of his real name) relationship. Because of the ending which was abrupt, not really HFN or HEA – like someone just stopped writing or chopped a longer story in two, I clicked on a few links and found out that Ardy and Demon’s story continues in book 2 – Payback.

Ardy’s and her siblings are from a caucasian Catholic father and an African-American Baptist mother. As the oldest, she’s been working in the family bar and taking care of her brothers and sisters for a long time. Somewhere along the line, the bar was in financial struggles and took a loan or some kind of assistance from Demon’s group. What I don’t know is if Demon caused the struggle so he could have the bar owner indebted or if it was for some other reason. There aren’t a lot of explanations in this story – circumstances just seem to be what they are. [Read more…]

Review: Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone

game-set-matchReviewed by Shelly

Love trying for a second chance, but there’re some nefarious folks in the way.

This isn’t my first story by this author and I wanted to try this one to see if the writing was different/better. Izzy Connors is a professional photographer raising the teenaged son of a woman who used to be her friend. Jason Cartwright is Izzy’s latest assignment. He’s a hot shot tennis player whose on the court wins are often galvanized by his off the court antics. Jason likes the ladies. He likes them a lot and the paparazzi loves the playboy that he is. [Read more…]

Review: The Devil’s Bedpost by Lena Hart

devils-bedpostReviewed by Shelly

I haven’t read the prior stories about David and Athena, so I have no point of reference on how this holds up against the other two. When I initially started reading, I actually felt a little lost in their history because of the random reference to something that happened in their past that was maybe told in a prior story. I got through the first and second paragraph and just decided to go for it and see what happened. [Read more…]

Review: Broken by Camille Mackenzie

brokenReviewed by Shelly

This debut novel by Camille Mackenzie is actually quite good. The promise for good stories is there. What I didn’t know about Broken is that there’s a motor cycle gang/club involvement. The hero Roman Gage is a member and from what I can tell some kind of enforcer. The particulars escape me. This is my first and last motor cycle gang/club book because, to be honest folks, that’s not a segment of society I find interest in or certainly not entertaining. Roman is a construction worker by day and does what he does for his brotherhood by night. [Read more…]

Review: Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Frost

happily everReviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author. When I started this story, I didn’t realize that this was a full (not novella) story. The kindle version that I’m reading also has these other stories by the same author – “Bad Boy’s Baby,” “Beauty and the Blitz,” “Once Upon A Half-Time,” and “Touchdowns and Tiaras,” a mini-novella. It’s an investment in reading time I wasn’t prepared to give. This was good enough that one day I might go back and read the others, but today I’m only interesting in the story with the blurb. [Read more…]

Review: Silent Praise by Michelle Lindo-Rice

silent praiseReviewed by Shelly

This is the 3rd book in Michelle Lindo-Rice’s Christian IR ‘Able to Love’ series. I read the first one, Color Blind, back in 2014 and didn’t care for that because I couldn’t stand the heroine; then I read the 2nd in the series, Unbound Hearts, and even with a different heroine I still couldn’t stand her. So why not finish out the series, right? I will say I liked the heroine quite a bit more, but this time I couldn’t be distracted by a bad heroine because the writing made me wonder why I even bothered. [Read more…]

Review: Unbound Hearts by Michelle Lindo-Rice

unbound heartsReviewed by Shelly

This is the second book in Michelle Lindo-Rice’s IR ‘Able to Love’ series and is a Christian romance. I read the first one, Color Blind, back in 2014 and found a big problem with that one; the problem I had was that the heroine withheld vital information from the hero. The rich and powerful Saul was a bigot, plain and simple. Saul’s caucasian and doesn’t believe in the mixing of ethnicities (or the races if you must). [Read more…]