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: The Debt by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This book is a short, free (at time of writing) prequel to the new series Molly O’Keefe is launching rapid-fire over the next few weeks. As I started it, I knew two things. One: it was going to be a big tease, and two: it was going to hurt to read it.

See, the story is set around a group of teenagers living in a foster care home in San Francisco. St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles. Tommy and Beth are in love, sharing stolen kisses in the art room at school. They can’t date, as the husband and wife who run the home wouldn’t allow it.

They rule the place with an iron fist. [Read more…]

Review: Corralling Callie by Amelia Smarts

Reviewed by Ronelle

Callie is determined to make a life for herself away from the orphanage. When her friend Sam suggests she send off as a mail-order bride, she does, and the response she gets from Albert seems to be a dream come true. He lives in California, is wealthy, and his letters to her are sweet and hopeful. What she tells him in return might be stretching the truth a little. When he sends her a stagecoach ticket so she can join him, she’s more than ready to go.

As a stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, Jude has no time or tolerance for nonsense. And when Callie comes running up to him with a clearly altered ticket, he sees nonsense and a healthy dose of trouble behind that pretty smile. Against what may turn out to be his better judgement, he agrees to let her travel with them. The other passengers are less than thrilled to have the mouthy, undisciplined, and troubled woman in their midst. [Read more…]

Review: Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven

Reviewed by Ronelle

As a Bonekeeper, Nathaniel Gordon haunts the borders of two worlds, acting as guardian for the dead and deterrent for grave robbers. Hideous experiments have rendered him barely human and society shrinks in horror from what he has become. The life he once led is over, the woman he once loved beyond his grasp…or so he thinks.

Standing at her father’s graveside, Lenore Kenward knows that from this day forward, her life will never be the same. Grave robbing runs rampant in London, so when the mysterious Guardian of Highgate appears at her side, she doesn’t hesitate to beg his protection of her father’s remains. But there’s something about this stranger…something achingly familiar. [Read more…]

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…]