Review: Dearest Ivie by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

Confession time: I’m not sure I can ever quit JR Ward. Time may prove me wrong, but even though her books can be over the top, trite, silly, or even downright infuriating, I keep coming back for more. Because sometimes, she pulls off sexy, captivating, and emotional along with–or instead of–the stuff that drives me crazy. Case in point: I actually worried that the hero of this book was going to die. Hell, Ward has killed a heroine before. Add to that, I had a really hard time getting into the story. Yet despite that… and even some other issues… I read it all in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down in the second half.

As advertised, this is set in the BDB world, but it’s not a Black Dagger Brotherhood story. None of the brothers make an appearance, but the king gets a shout out and we do see some familiar faces from the main series. It’s enough. [Read more…]

Review: Don’t Go by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

The duo of Alexa Riley have a niche that is – if you want HEA, plot-lite, and insta-everything then they have a story that you’ll enjoy. If I ever think about stating my expectations as anything but quick and I’m shocked because ‘that would never happen’ then that’s all my fault. I’ve enjoyed many of Riley’s stories and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so.

This is a novella with insta-love. The hero is a virgin. The heroine is a virgin. I mean real virgins, none of this new fangled back door action to save the vagina for later business. At 28 they knew what they were doing do – especially that Henry. So when the business (you know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout) starts, there’re no worries because in this work the baby consequences are all the better. I’m telling ya folks – low expectations are the best. [Read more…]

Review: Unexpected Claim by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

No no no. This was supposed to be a good story and I don’t like that it wasn’t. I don’t know why but I didn’t equate ‘adult club’ with sex club.

‘It’s a sex club. It just so happens to be orgy night.’

When that happened, I almost put this down. But I said nay nay and that’s how I ended up here writing a review about a non existent character development story line that in all honesty is a stroke piece.

Ivy, the very petite heroine who ‘probably only comes up to my stomach’ is a virgin. Ivy’s best friend talks her into going to the sex club because she’s a bit of a home body who’s been minding her Ps & Qs. Yeah, that’s the best way to get that v-card over with. Sure it is. [Read more…]

Review: Stay Close by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

If you’ve not read anything from the duo that is Alexa Riley you’re missing out. Okay, well that might be a little strong but they’re a fun read. My only warning is make sure you keep your expectations low and here’s why. I think they have a plug and play template. I read this story after reading book 3 in their ‘For You’ series.

This is a novella with insta-love and is book one in the series. The heroine is a virgin. The hero is her bodyguard and is not a virgin. The ‘friend’s young daughter’ thing mentioned in the blurb should have deterred me because I find May/December romance to be…well, let’s just say I’m not a fan. Ivan, of the indeterminable age, grew up in the Russian mob. He was able to get out because of some snitching and ended up working for twins Penelope and Pandora Justice’s parents. [Read more…]

Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the wedding book that goes after the romance-getting of book one. It is not a standalone, so can’t be read as a complete story in its own right by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, it slots somewhat awkwardly between the first—Janie’s story of meeting Quinn—and the second, which charts the romance of one of her friends. But it spoils part of book two, so I don’t think it should be read in number order.

Do you like these point-five kind of stories? Infill bits that don’t make sense on their own but give extra scenes and carry on the love? For the right couple I love them, but this tale was fifty fifty. [Read more…]

Review: The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve enjoyed every installment in this series so far and though this novella veered a little from thread of the main books, it was still a hit for me. This story had nothing to do with the Chegarre & Associates firm who does such a great job fixing problems for the ton. But it’s linked to the other installments by the enigmatic and thoroughly fascinating King character. This is a man who can make anything happen. Here, he is helping Lady Charlotte find a post as an artist.

Charlotte is very gifted at her craft, but no one would ever take a Lady seriously as an artist. So King sets her up with a phony male identity to work on a major project. Her unwitting partner is Flynn Rutledge, a talented artist from the wrong side of the tracks with a chip on his shoulder and a distaste for aristocratic women. Thank Goodness, he only knows Charlotte as “Charlie,” at least for a time. [Read more…]

Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

Elizabeth Hoyt gives us one more Maiden Lane story to love in this short holiday read. The heroine is Sarah St. John (younger sister to Godric for those of your familiar with the series.) At 27, she is a bit old to be an unmarried miss, but a house party courtesy of her mother might find her the perfect husband. Then Adam, Viscount d’Arque, shows up at the front door. His carriage has had an accident with his grandmother inside and they need a place to stay. Of course, the St. John family can’t say no even if Godric would love nothing better than to send the man packing… after all, he flirted shamelessly with Godric’s wife back in the day and the memory is still irksome. [Read more…]

Review: Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione

Reviewed by Jen

I loved dropping back into the world of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series with this novella I missed the first time around. The was originally published as part of the Supernatural anthology back in 2011, placing the story about midway through the Horsemen of the Apocalypse arc. You don’t have to be familiar with the rest of the series to understand what’s going on here, but they’re such great books, I would definitely recommend going back to Pleasure Unbound and enjoy Demonica from the beginning. [Read more…]

Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella was a surprise release for me, and the first I heard of it was via the author asking for opinions on the cover. I love her choice, what do you think?

The story is a new adult fairy-tale-style romance, between Princess Brinley Cantrella of Estau and Prince Finn, a sober and serious man from the neighboring Kingdom who Brinley has loved since the age of five. And who was, until a few months ago, engaged to be married to her sister. [Read more…]

Review: Seducing his Student by London Hale

Reviewed by Elle

Samantha looks forward to her daily flirt sessions with the hot new guy in town that makes her stomach flip.

Elliot hasn’t made a move… until now. The chemistry between them is intense, and Elliot knows she’s the woman for him. Sam agrees to meet him at a sailing event, but plans go awry when Elliot realizes the woman he’s been fantasizing about for months, is one of his students. That doesn’t stop him from doing some pretty sexy things with her on top of a pool table in her parents’ boathouse.

He vows to stay away from her until graduation but the pull between the two is too strong, and so begins a hot and steamy affair, that could cost Elliot his job, and Samantha the chance to graduate. [Read more…]