Review: Sweet Dreams by Dana Marie Bell

sweet-dreamsReviewed by Shelly

It’s been many a moon since I read the 1st story in Bell’s ‘Halle Pumas’ series and I’ve had this book 2 in my stash for goodness knows how long. This picks up directly after book 1 ends – at the masquerade ball/dance. This read quite well as a standalone. I won’t worry about being able to follow if you’ve not read book 1. If I can keep up, trust me you can too.

After Emma’s BFF Becky’s attack from that crazy Livia, beta Simon is the one to come to her rescue. This is a pretty short story, so I can’t tell too much or I’ll ruin it for you. [Read more…]

Review: Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

race-the-darknessReviewed by Jen

The blurb for this book sounded right up my alley. I am all about a tortured hero. Here, Xander is both physically scarred and mentally ravaged by his ability to hear the thoughts of other people. Making matters worse, he is haunted by the voice of a woman begging him to save her. Our heroine, Isleen, has been held captive for years and found some of her only comfort in her dreams of Xander. The story essentially begins with him saving her and moves forward from there.

It sounds amazing, right? And it has tons of glowing reviews on Goodreads. But it did not work, at least for me, for a number of reasons. [Read more…]

Review: A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter

fall-of-waterReviewed by Jen

I have really enjoyed the Elemental Mysteries series –and this final installment completely satisfied. I’ve read some reviews that liken these books to a more grown-up Twilight, and in some intangible way, I can see the comparison. There is something about the tone… the need these two characters have for each other that’s similar. How this immortal man’s life changes utterly in loving this human woman and how she becomes even greater as she joins his world. There are other parallels, too, with vampire families and dangerous, political ancients. But this is very much its own story. And Beatrice is such a force as a heroine, no one could ever mistake her for an awkward teenager. [Read more…]

Review: Her Demigod Complex by Abigail Owen

her-demigod-complexReviewed by Ronelle

When Legendary Consultants assigned Lyleia Naiad (yes, she is what her surname implies) to work as an Executive Assistant for a billionaire businessman, she was given one directive – don’t fall in love with her boss. Evidently, that’s been an issue with his previous assistants, both male and female. It shouldn’t be a problem for Leia, though; as an ex-nymph, she has the unique ability to resist even god-level charm.

At least, until she met Castor Dioskouri. [Read more…]

Review: The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter

force-of-windReviewed by Jen

I have to say this is the strongest book in the Elemental Mysteries book so far. So much happens here. So much that we have been building toward! This feels like the culmination of a giant build that basically explodes off the page. That being said, don’t jump in the series with this installment. You definitely want to start at the beginning. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Challenging Destiny by Cherie Colyer

challenging-destinyReviewed by Ronelle

This. Book. Was. GREAT!

No, seriously, it was. I don’t usually read YA novels—I tend to find the characters angsty and one-dimensional—so I didn’t go into this with super high expectations. But I got a free copy, so I thought “hey, why not?”

Wow, was I blown away!

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Logan and Ariana Ragsdale, a brother and his exactly-two-years-younger-sister. Disaster has followed them since childhood and they’ve lost everyone they’ve ever loved—except one another. They’ve learned to fend for themselves, trust no one, and to hide that there is something different about them. (Turns out that, in addition to matching birthmarks, Logan and Ariana share the ability to control others’ minds by simply suggesting what they want.) [Read more…]

Review: This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter

this-same-earthReviewed by Jen

I had a very difficult time at the beginning of this book. By that, I mean that I wanted to throw my e-reader against the wall and perhaps drop an anvil on top of the hero’s head. And if you read the first book in this series, and if you rooted for B and Gio in any way, shape, or form, you will feel the same way. Halfway through the book, I was still mad. I wasn’t sure I was going to get past it. Eventually… begrudgingly… I did, but I’m still a little resentful about all of the angst. [Read more…]

Review: Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo

thanes-redemptionReviewed by Joanna

This is an unusual book.  Not bad, but slightly conflicted as to its identity. It’s a romance involving a time-traveling rock band. Who are ex-military. And now deployed by an ancient being to fight deadly events in the future. If you put it like that, it sounds crazy, but it was interesting and definitely a brave attempt to bring something new to the genre. [Read more…]

Review: A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

hidden-fireReviewed by Jen

One of my great book buddies has been on me for ages to read this series. I don’t know what took me so long to take her advice. It’s so easy these days for vampire romance novels to be campy, silly, or unbelievable on an emotional level. But this book was none of those things. I cared about the main characters. I was interested in the supporting cast. And I was invested in what happened. [Read more…]

Review: Her Purrfect Match by Milly Taiden

her purrfect matchReviewed by Shelly

Book 3 in Milly Taiden’s ‘Paranormal Dating Agency’ series didn’t tickle me as much as the first 2 in the series, and even worse, every time the heroine repeated her thoughts about being fat I just got sick of the constant reminders. You’re a big girl, I get it, and yes I know that the hero didn’t have a problem with your ‘extra’.

Alyssa Moran went to see Gerri at the PDA for a date with a shifter because all of her human boyfriends treated her like she had no value other than to provide room and board for them. Alyssa wants marriage and kids, that’s all, but so far she’s not had any luck on her own. Gerri has the purrfect match for Alyssa, a cat by the name of Grayson Green. Gray is his pack’s leader and he needs a mate, fast. [Read more…]