Review: Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. The premise was so intriguing. It’s a male/male romance between mortal enemies. One hero is a blind, scarred vampire hunter; the other, is the War King vamp who slaughtered the hunter’s entire family. It has two of my favorite tropes rolled into one, a scarred, tortured hero and a forbidden romance. It sounded dark and edgy and fully of sexy angst, and it was all of those things. But it didn’t work for me.

I generally enjoy an enemies to lovers story. My problem with this one is that these two wanted to have hate sex and that is not my bag. I’m all about holding on to the idea of hating someone while falling in love with them against your better judgement and those messy feelings –including attraction– leaking all over the place. That is not the same thing as wanting someone dead and still wanting to give them a blowjob. Does not compute. [Read more…]

Review: Incubus Touch by Siryn Sueng

Reviewed by Ronelle

Valyn enjoys the snow-covered city of Tromsø, Norway. The long nights are painted by the northern lights, whose energy fuels magic and the potential for intense pleasure. As a siren looking for a mate, this is both a blessing and a source of intense frustration. But when he meets an incubus named Jakai, his long search comes to a blissful end. He’s finally found the man to share his life with. Jakai is mysterious, but kind, and the sex is better than Valyn could have dreamed.

But along with the aurora, the darkness harbors new dangers. The fae have come to town, and they’re not looking to play nice. [Read more…]

Review: Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read another story with the theme of a widowed spouse, and because I enjoyed that story tremendously I decided to try this one. The premise of Cassie Mae’s story seemed close enough that my curiosity was captured, plus the idea of pillow talk – who doesn’t like that? And while this story is categorized as ‘a feel-good romance that will steal your heart’ I found it anything but.

This is my first story by Mae and while I’m not sure if this is her writing style, but I found too many things lacking to say that I enjoyed this or even felt good about it. Kennedy’s boyfriend, Jared, is dead. After being diagnosed with cancer, he fought the good fight. A year after his passing, Kennedy’s gone back to Jared’s hometown to spread his ashes. [Read more…]

Review: Go Big by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

I recently read another of Joanna Blake’s stories Torpedo, and I didn’t realize (but I should have) that the heroes in her stories might be on the douchey side. Unfortunately for me, I feel dumber after having read Go Big. I really don’t know what I was thinking.

Cadewell Dupree is a man on a mission. He’s new to major league baseball. He’s one of these hitters who can hit any pitch thrown at him and he’s been recently signed off of a rig. The back story is silly and so rare as to be unbelievable. [Read more…]

Review: Alpha’s Challenge by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. Alpha shifter romances can be super-sexy. And in this case, it also seemed like it might be a forbidden love kind of deal because the Alpha in question, Cade, is falling for the sister of his greatest enemy. He’s a guy who has always put his pack first and now finally has something for himself in Grace, the selfless doctor who is willing to put herself on the line to go against her family and do the right thing. [Read more…]

Review: For Better or Worse by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

It’s official, this last book in the Hawthorne Family series is my least favorite. I’ve read a fair amount of books, regardless of genre and the heroine, Cassidy is one of most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. Although not a medical term – I’m going to label her as crazy. Her actions towards her husband walked a fine line between hostility and psychotic. The sex made everything better, though. Doesn’t it always? [Read more…]

Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about the premise for this book. I am a sucker for a tortured hero and Leo is described as the Beast of Benwick. He carries the power of lightning, but that means he is a danger to anyone around him. He cannot touch anyone. And no one can touch him. Except maybe the heroine. How delicious does that sound?

The leading lady is Luciana. She is one of the Embraced, people born on a specific day when the moons are aligned and as a result have special powers. Hers is the ability to see ghosts. Anyway, she has been raised in a convent away from her family thinking she was an orphan her whole life. Until her father shows up to let her know her twin sister is dead and she must now impersonate her and marry the beast or else her father’s life is forfeit. [Read more…]

Review: Chest of Bone by Vicki Stiefel

Reviewed by Ronelle

While on leave from her position with the FBI, empath Clea Reese stumbles upon the scene of her mentor’s murder. Dave Cochran holds on just long enough to give Clea some final—and cryptic—instructions. Now, she must team up with the secretive James Larrimer to hunt her mentor’s killer and untangle Dave’s final words. What is the Chest of Bone and why did Dave want her to find it? [Read more…]

Review: Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Jen

I did not enjoy this book. At all. I had such a difficult time connecting to it. Essentially, I found it boring. I found Lord Sebastian’s secret to be weak. And for something that is supposed to be the crux of the book, that’s not good.

Sebastian thinks he’s stupid. His big secret is that he can’t read. This is no big spoiler; it’s in the blurb. There is absolutely no tension or excitement to be found here. None. Sebastian and lady Georgina met before the book began, so there was no seeing them fall in love. This was already true on the first page. The entire book is about him winning over her peculiar family while hiding the fact that he thinks he’s stupid. That’s it. [Read more…]

Review: Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein

Reviewed by Shelly

Both the author and publisher are new to me. I’ve not read a vampire themed story in many a moon and the blurb sounded promising. I mean who doesn’t like a shy heroine, compelling hero and oh my goodness another hero who’s brooding? This sounds like a recipe for success.

I don’t know if this is the typical style of writing for this author but I’m not a fan of it. This is a short story (110 pages if you’ve got the Kindle copy) so I expected things to start happening pretty quickly. No biggie. The first 80% of the story, it’s all about Cora and the way she perceives the situation she’s in. The dialogue is minimal – I’m talking maybe, if I’m lucky, there’s a line of dialogue in a chapter until that last 20%. [Read more…]