Review: Merrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday

Reviewed by Caitlin

Merrily Ever After is a novella in Jenny Holiday’s lovely Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. It follows the story of Elise and Jay, who are the couple getting married in the first book One and Only and whose actual romance is told in the (free!) novella Once Upon a Bride (which I very much recommend).

Merrily Ever After might be a bit more women’s fiction than actual romance since it deals with overcoming an obstacle in a marriage rather than two people falling in love, but it does have a lovely HEA and is a great entry into a wonderful series, so I think it’s close enough. Any fan of Jenny Holiday should absolutely read this novella. [Read more…]

Review: Closer by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

Eh. You can’t have everything. But I mean when I say that, is as much as I enjoyed the five main books of the Mageri series, I should’ve taken a pass on this spin off story.

It features Sunny’s brother Kane and lays out what happened that led him into breed prison. Technically, it takes place before the events of the last book, but I think it could be read just as easily afterward. Having skipped it, it distracted in no way from my enjoyment of Shine. In fact, skipping it entirely probably would have been A-OK with me, and I would’ve saved myself three bucks.

The problem I had with this book is the turbo insta-love. The hero meets the heroine and they fall in love in a matter of hours. Even worse, they don’t actually meet in real life, but inside of her mind. Both Kane and Caroline are sensors, though each has a problem with their gift. Kane feels things too strongly and Caroline is unable to transmit her feelings. [Read more…]

Review: Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry

Reviewed by Caitlin

“Bound to be a Groom” is a historical polyamorous romance novella by Megan Mulry. This is my first Mulry venture, and I can’t decide how I feel about it. I really liked seeing a love story with four people in it (I am very into polyamory stories, although this was my first time reading one with multiple women in it and not just multiple men), and I especially loved that it was historical, but I’m not sure I really connected to it. There was a factor that was just, frankly… missing for me.

The novella starts in Badajoz, Spain in 1808 with Anna Redondo trying to seduce Sebastian de Montizon at a wedding. Even though she’s a virgin, she clearly has a dominant personality that immediately asserts itself with the much more knowledgeable Sebastian, who appears to be a natural submissive. He is immediately entranced with her, and she feels guilty because she appears to genuinely like him too. [Read more…]

Review: Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Caitlin

A Talia Hibbert novella is the perfect antidote to a reading slump or a terrible week or anything bad ever in your life. The heroine is going to be tough and not particularly interesting in being likable. The hero is going to be big and strong and a total fucking cinnamon roll. And the romance is going to be sweet and sexy.

“Mating the Huntress” was Hibbert’s first paranormal story, but it was a typical Hibbert story in every other way. The heroine, Chastity Adofo, is a total badass who can handle herself in a fight. She comes from a line of werewolf hunters, but because of a prophecy that predicted “her first kill would rip out her own heart.” [Read more…]

Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

You can never go wrong with an Ilona Andrews book! I loved the initial trilogy in the Hidden Legacy series for a ton of reasons, but mostly because of the main couple, Rogan and Nevada. Sadly, their primary story is over, but the series lives on, switching focus to Nevada’s younger sister, Catalina. And this story serves as a changing of the guards, beginning first in Nevada’s POV, then switching to Catalina’s, and I’m happy to say I have no doubt the middle Baylor sister will deliver as a lead.

The story surrounds Rogan and Nevada’s wedding. Let me just say how much I loved his mom. Mrs. Rogan was an unexpected treat, with a cool backstory and a will of steel. She decides she wants a wedding that includes her entire family, which is no small feat. Half of them are money grubbers, nursing a serious sense of entitlement. We switch to Catalina’s perspective when one of them steals the family wedding tiara and she needs to figure out who did it before her sister walks down the aisle. [Read more…]

Review: Sugar by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Sara

“Sugar” is Lauren Dane’s sequel to her 2013 short story “Cake” and is definitely not a standalone story. It is, however, an interesting peek at a great couple that I was happy to connect with again.

Gregori and Wren have been together for years, but only now have situations, personal circumstances and Wren’s career aligned to make marriage a possibility. Together, marching to the beat of their own drum, they decide to elope and spend a week living the high life in New York City. Unfortunately, mechanical difficulties ground their flight and storms make travelling forward to New York an impossibility. The two find themselves stranded in Iowa. Instead of giving up on their wedding they quickly tie the knot and embark on a roadtrip honeymoon. Over the course of their travels they meet some interesting characters and encounter some highs and lows, but the focus of the trip is always on each other and their changing life together. [Read more…]

Review: Siren’s Calling by Piper Drake

Reviewed by Debz

I didn’t think this through when I decided the start this series from a randomly placed novella. The premise of the book seemed interesting though. I’m a fan of mythologies and epic fantasies and I’m now basically an expert in all things faeries, vampires and werewolves so I thought I should check this one out.

This is a novella in the middle of a long-established series by different authors and for anyone wanting to read this book, I think it’s better to have a background of all the other novels before you start this one.

This novella follows Amae Waters, the banished daughter of the Sea God. She has been living in the human world (Seattle) and working to help preserve water life and sea creatures and preserving the eco system as a mermaid. [Read more…]

Review: Devoted to Wicked by Shayla Black

Reviewed by Jaimie

Devoted to Wicked is the first book in Shayla Black’s Devoted Lovers series. For fans of her Wicked Lovers series, this one is a spin off and we get peeks at some of our favorites from that series. This is a short novella but it is a bit confusing because it takes place after the events in the next book in the series. I actually read them out of order so it was good for me, but don’t be confused when you read the next one!

Karis Weston is Jolie’s sister (the heroine in the final book in the Devoted Lovers series Holding on Tighter). She takes a vacation to Mexico with her friend for a little rest and relaxation and her trip is not smooth sailing. When someone breaks in to her hotel room and steals her passport, money, jewelry, etc., she calls home asking for someone to come and help her. With Jolie pregnant and busy with her business, Cutter sends his brother to help her out. What he doesn’t know is that Cage is the last person Karis wants to see. [Read more…]

Review: The Major’s Welcome Home by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Sara

Tessa Bailey’s new release, “The Major’s Welcome Home,” isn’t technically a new release. The short story of Major Beck Collier and Kenna Sutton was previously released in 2015 as part of an anthology with author Sophie Jordan called Off Base. With an additional epilogue, previously only released on Wattpad and half of all its release week sales going to fund research for Juvenile Diabetes, picking up this novella and becoming reacquainted with Beck and Kenna was a no-brainer.

Kenna Sutton was a wild child and has done her best as an adult to make up for that by making herself indispensable to her General father. Which is how she ends up as the pick up driver for Major Beck Collier as he returns from a six year deployment overseas. Considering Major Collier’s expertise is in engineering strategy, Kenna assumes she’ll be picking up a bespectacled, paunchy desk jockey. Instead she’s met with a hulking, military Adonis with a heart of gold. Determined to see that he’s welcomed home properly, Kenna gets particularly hands on with Beck and soon finds an attraction to the major that’s more than skin deep. [Read more…]

Review: My Lord, Lady, and Gentleman by Nicola Davidson

Reviewed by Caitlin

I first decided to check out Nicola Davidson on a recommendation by Sarah Maclean and burned through almost her entire backlist. Back then, this book hadn’t been released yet, but I couldn’t wait for it to come out. The first two novellas in the series – “My Lady’s Lover” (f/f romance) and “To Tame A Wicked Widow” (BDSM with experienced widow submissive and virgin dominant) – were excellent, and I was very much anticipating this entry into the series.

It did not disappoint.

Clayton Irving is a third son of a lord whose parents expected him to be a vicar. Clayton, however, is not really cut out for the cloth. He drinks, he gambles, and he has plenty of sex – with both men and women. His parents have disowned him, so he supports himself as an artist of a… sensual nature. He’s very talented. [Read more…]