Review: Something Sparked by Mari Carr

Reviewed by Shelly

I started finding errors (articles and syntax) early in this purchased book and just couldn’t help but start to judge the quality of the story. Jeannette’s from a big family but she’s chosen the life of a social recluse. I found her to be a nice person, but I didn’t understand why she chose to keep herself apart from these admittedly wonderful and loving people. They’d not hurt her in any way. I didn’t understood her pushing them away, and by the end of the book, I wasn’t made to understand either.

Jeannette doesn’t date, I don’t mean she hasn’t dated in a couple months or years – she just doesn’t date. So when a couple of firefighters, who moved to town a few years ago, flirt, tease and basically cajole her into going out with them she finally succumbs to their persuasiveness. I wouldn’t even call it charming because they weren’t. The scene when Jeannette accepted their offer of a date seemed off – I didn’t think that she’d accept based on what happened. I had a hard time believing her character changed that much in a few minutes because she’s not an impulsive person. [Read more…]

Review: Escaping Fate by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Amalia is a survivor, not just of a dying race, but of slavery. Since her unique abilities manifested, she’s been the prized pet of Gruuk, a notorious slaver. But she’s determined that won’t be all that life has to offer. When her master informs her that she’s next in line for his psi talent breeding program, escaping and attending the Fastening Ceremony on Xelix Prime to find a mate and protector is her only hope.

Like the majority of Xelixian males, Khel and Lhor are Tainted and the only hope a Tainted male has for survival is to find a Pearl—a female who can produce life-saving hormones. But Xelixian females are rare and females willing to mate with the Tainted are even rarer. No amount of wealth or status changes that…until Amalia walks right up to them at the Fastening. [Read more…]

Review: Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh

Reviewed by Jaimie

Intense Pleasure is the latest installment in the Bound Hearts series by Lora Leigh and I was waiting for this story! During the last book Secret Pleasure we got to see more of Summer Bartlett (whose real name is Summer Calhoun), who presented herself as a cold agent capable of shooting someone she thought was a friend with no second thoughts. It was clear that there was more to Summer than the world saw so I was really looking forward to reading her book. There were a few slow moments throughout but overall this was a great addition to the Bound Hearts series.
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Review: Only Pleasure Part 3 by Lora Leigh

Reviewed by Jaimie

Lora Leigh doesn’t waste any time getting into the action for Part 3 of Only Pleasure. When Kia returns home, much to Chase’s dismay, they find that her apartment has been vandalized and all of her belongings trashed. The words Die Bitch and Whore are spray painted on her walls, and she is left terrified and confused. Chase believes immediately that it is Kia’s ex-husband behind the attacks, but she does not agree.

Knowing she cannot stay in her trashed apartment, Kia returns to Chase’s where he can keep a close eye on her. Although badly shaken by what has happened, Kia is determined to go to work and carry on with her life. I really admired her strength during all of these attacks. Most of all, she is scared for Chase’s safety and it is that simple act that seems to break through his defenses. He decides to wait until they figure out who is after her before he finally tells her he loves her. But at least he has admitted it to himself. [Read more…]

Review: Only Pleasure Part 2 by Lora Leigh

Reviewed by Jaimie

Part two of Only Pleasure by Lora Leigh begins with Kia questioning whether she can continue having a “pleasure only” relationship with Chase, while she is also beginning to tire of having Khalid present every time they are together. We also start to see glimpses of who Khalid’s heroine is, setting up for his future story.

Chase Falladay is continuing to deny that he is in love with Kia Rutherford and his brother is becoming increasingly concerned about him. Cameron knows that Chase is holding himself away from Kia because of Moriah and he feels a sense of guilt over that. [Read more…]

Review: Only Pleasure Part 1 by Lora Leigh

Reviewed by Jaimie

Only Pleasure is the 10th book in the Bound Hearts series by Lora Leigh, and was reissued in three parts like Wicked Pleasure was earlier this year. Only Pleasure picks up six months after Chase was forced to kill Moriah Brockheim to protect his twin brother and his fiancé Jaci. The book starts off with the Epilogue which happens two years earlier. Chase, in his position as a protector for Ian Sinclair’s club, is forced to meet with Kia, the woman who fascinates him like no other and ask her to humiliate herself. After Kia’s husband assaulted her and tried to rape her, she confided in a friend about the exclusive club and that rumor was spreading fast. Chase cannot allow him that to happen, but he vows to do everything he can to protect her.

Chase Falladay is drowning in overwhelming guilt. He blames himself for not being aware that his brother Cameron was being pimped out by their evil aunt, and he knows that Cameron said nothing to protect him. Adding to that guilt, he considered Moriah a friend and he didn’t have any idea that she had been plotting his brother’s downfall. When he and Khalid see Kia in a bar alone one night he loses the fight to stay away from her, and he convinces himself that he can keep it strictly about the pleasure. [Read more…]

Review: The Luck of Love by Serena Akeroyd

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read this author before. Menage Material, the first book in her ‘La Belle sans la Bête’ series, is splendid. I’ve re-read it a few times it’s so good. A Menage Made on Madison, the first book in her ‘The Federation’ series was decent enough that I didn’t write off the series. I’ve had a few misses, but the hits have outnumbered them.

This is the 3rd, yes I’m keeping score, book I’ve read (not all by the same author) with the following content and no warning. If you’re going to put it in a story, I don’t care but warn me first, please. [Read more…]

Review: Centerfold by Kris Norris

centerfoldReviewed by Shelly

I’ve not had great success with this publisher in the past so I’ve not read any of their stories in years, but I thought what the heck, the season is right, and I was feeling particularly generous. I have to give you a back story before I start with the review because the purchase transaction unfortunately set the tone of my reality. I bought the book electronically and it took me 3 days (purchased on a Friday, downloaded on a Monday) to be able to access the file from the site. Argh! [Read more…]

Review: Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden

twice the growlReviewed by Shelly

I have no idea what I just read. It’s so ridiculous and without logic that it blows my mind that I actually enjoyed it. There’s nothing in this story that makes a lick of sense. In Talia Barca’s world, shifters are a given; one of her favorite people, Geraldine “Gerri”, her neighbor and the owner of Paranormal Dating Agency is a shifter. Talia needs a date for a wedding; she wants a date with a good looking guy because her ex is going to be there and she wants to stick it in his face that she’s moved on. Gerri’s nephew, their pack Alpha and his beta, Theron and Connor, are looking for that 3rd member for their perfect triad. [Read more…]

Review: Finding Their Balance by MQ Barber

finding their balanceReviewed by Shelly

Be warned, this is a fan girl review, so there’s a high chance I’m going to be a little bit giddy and rambly. I’ve read all 4 previous stories in this series and while I could probably recommend this as a standalone, I’m not going to, because this is a continuation. The story of the three main characters – Henry, Jay and Alice – is told in a traditional over-arching storyline. Each story builds on the last and there’s very little, if any, retelling. That’s one of the big pluses for me, the ability to fall right back into the lives of these three. [Read more…]