Review: Kiss Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after book 1, Kiss Me continues the adventures of Sage McGuire. As with Chase Me, this is a short read.

Sage is still working for Daniel who is as weird/interesting as ever. They have a dynamic that’s fostered by Daniel’s lack of brain cells and inexperience with having a job. Or at least that’s what I think based on what Sage knows or even cares to find out. But in reality it doesn’t even matter because she wants to quit that job for her dream job as a self employed private investigator. [Read more…]

Review: Chase Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

The first in Sharon Kleve’s ‘Sage McGuire’ series, this is a pretty short read and while I thought the blurb sounded very interesting with an adventurous and spunky heroine, I’m not sure that’s what I got. The story opens with Sage and a few of her friends drinking at a bar. They’re there because Sage’s boss has died, but that’s okay because Sage wants to open a private investigate firm. While at the bar, she sees Carter from across the room – sparks fly. When Sage wakes up the next morning, she makes some assumptions that she should have made the night before, but maybe the beer goggles were too thick. Things happen and she finds out that Carter is actually a police officer. Her getting in the PI business and Carter being a cop should equal happiness for her, but not so much, and it’s a long yet short road to their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: We Are All Found Things by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a beautiful short story clocking in at only 65 pages, but take the author’s name and add Virgin Hero to the description and if you aren’t one clicking then I don’t know what to do with you.

Let’s start over. Rennie is an artist who specializes in metal sculptures. She takes a warehouse in a dodgy part of North Minneapolis to carry out her work, but it keeps getting broken into at night and her metals stolen. So she places an advert for someone to rent the bedroom above her workspace for free, as they’ll provide a deterrent and be around to call the police if the thieves come back. [Read more…]

Review: When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve read The Viscount and the Vixen, you know how this story is going to end. And if you haven’t, you really need to, because without it, you’ll miss the perspective that is part of what makes this so compelling. It’s a love story that you know ends in tragedy… at least in a way. But what a lovely story it is. One that made me cry buckets for the last 10 minutes.

This is a prequel to the Hellions of Havisham trilogy and tells the story of how the Marquess of Marsden meets the love of his life. We know him as an old man, driven mad by the loss of his wife in the other books, but here we see George as realizes his feelings for Linnie, the baker’s daughter, and struggles with the seeming impossibility of them being together. [Read more…]

Review: Hunting Season by Annie Bellet

Reviewed by Joanna

Jade and Alek are just getting down to business after Jade rids her comic book store of a plague of cockroaches sent by the witches, when there comes a knock at the door. Seriously Jade, go stay somewhere else every now and again. Get some down time and snuggle with your big hunk of tiger man. Lord knows I’d read a novella on that alone. Anyhow, I digress. The visitor needs help with a badly injured unicorn, and our favourite sorceress can’t say no.

This is the fourth in the UF series I’ve been enjoying and Jade is still learning the extent of her powers, becoming more formidable by the book. I’m invested in Jade. I like her and I want her to succeed in securing the safe and quiet life she badly wants. And the nerdy references have me cheering. I love this. Firefly! Dragonball! [Read more…]

Review: Defy by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella is the tale of Melody, a twenty-six-year-old teacher who falls for Jaime, her eighteen-year-old student. It’s unapologetically instalove on Jaime’s behalf (and instalust on Melody’s), and I was interested in whether I’d feel icked out by the abuse of power and age difference between the two. I’d met Jaime in book one – Vicious – and here I found myself warmed by just how dedicated a hero he is in his own story.

Melody hates her job. She was meant to be a ballerina but a bad leg break put paid to her career. Teaching literature is her alternative but she isn’t very good at it and her students don’t pay any attention to her. Apart from Jaime Followhill. The six-three blond man-bunned stud is all about the teacher. He stalks Ms Greene until he finds a way to blackmail her into seeing him. She puts up a feeble resistance – based mainly on the fact his mother is the school principal – but they end up in bed together (I say ‘bed’ but it is mostly other places). [Read more…]

Review: Bluebeard’s Curse by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

King Eric Thorsen of the Rathlin Islands, known as Bluebeard, has been widowed once more. Though his last wife resisted the lure of the curse for six months, she eventually succumbed and Eric must marry again. Will any woman survive to truly become his queen?

Astrid Halvar will not see her family become destitute, no matter the cost. In defiance of her father’s wishes, she attends the king’s ball with a number of other eligible maidens. She is the least among them in wealth and power, so it is an utter shock when the king chooses her. Will she be able to succeed where so many other women have failed? [Read more…]

Review: Murder of Crows by Annie Bellet

Reviewed by Joanna

This is book two of the urban fantasy series I was excited to start. Am I still excited? Maybe, though this story wasn’t as good as the first.

Jade is stretching and practicing her sorceress magic, ready for when her evil ex-boyfriend comes. We’re three months on from book one when her cover was blown, and her friends now know she’s more than the hedge witch she was pretending to be. They stick by her, and she’s decided to stay in town at her store, Pwned Comics and Games, instead of running. [Read more…]

Review: A Journey’s End by Ann Christopher

Reviewed by Shelly

A surprisingly sweet, sexy and compelling novella. That’s a rarity. This is my first story by Ann Christopher and will not be my last. Miranda Lowe moved to Journey’s End to open her dream business – Java Nectar. She loves her life. She loves her twin boys. She might still have a wee bit of resentment towards her ex-husband because of who he broke his marriage vows with, but it is what it is. Who she can’t get over is James Harper. James’s business is right next door and he stops in every morning for a cup of java. I really wanted to know more about him and the relationship he has with his younger brothers.

In a few short pages Christopher got me to care about Miranda, her sons and even her best friend. I liked this small town. I liked the way the residents treated each other and I especially the way they welcomed Miranda. [Read more…]

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…]