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: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Reviewed by Joanna

Mo is the daughter of outrageously maniacal hippies, and so damaged by their overbearing nature that, at age twenty-nine, she relocates north to Alaska to get away from them. She needs a period of small-town living to feel normal, and settles into the little town of Grundy, working in the local diner as short order cook.

But Grundy has one resident who has an even stranger background than Mo does. Cooper is definitely not normal. He’s the naked werewolf from the title. At least he’s naked the day he turns up at Mo’s cabin with a bear trap around his leg.

Ah, I do love a good shifter story, particularly a refreshingly gentle sort of tale, as this one is. A few dramatic things happen, but really only as a background plot to allow the characters’ story to progress. The nutshell of this yarn is a woman with her own complicated backstory meets a werewolf, and they have a amusing time falling in love. [Read more…]

Review: Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase

Reviewed by Shelly

The premise of a Phoenix is one of my comic book weaknesses. So when I saw this blurb my eyes got a little big. And my excitement got a little carried away, then I was reminded that there’s going to be insta-love (not a fan of) but I was already committed so I went with it. Plus, a new to me author is always a good thing.

I feel as if I’m missing something. Maybe because this an advance reader copy, I’m not sure. Parts of the story line almost reads out of order. I feel like there’s something that I’m missing. Maybe that’s going to get more flushed out in the future installments or maybe it just is. As I read more and more paranormal, I understand there’s a world that’s either established or will be established. I’m not sure where we’re going with this one. The world building in this seems to be based on contemporary times with the paranormal setting but it’s choppy in its delivery. [Read more…]

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Jen

There is something so special about this series. Yes, I love the Mercy Thompson books, but the dynamic between Charles and Anna puts the Alpha and Omega series over the top for me. If you’re not reading them, go back to the beginning and start now. You’ll be glad you did.

You really don’t even need to be up to date with the Mercy books, though the main events of Silence Fallen are addressed inasmuch as it references Bran’s trip to help Mercy out. It’s with his absence that Charles has been put in charge of the pack, a responsibility he accepts but doesn’t enjoy. As the story begins, he gets a desperate call from one of the Wildlings—the wolves on the fringe of the pack—asking for help. It turns out that someone has kidnapped one of the old ones and her mate needs the Marrok to get her back. Charles and Anna step in to mount a rescue. [Read more…]

Review: Hunting Witch Hazel by Heather Novak

Reviewed by Sara

Hunting Witch Hazel is the first book in Heather Novak’s Lynch Brothers series and the premise caught my attention right away. Hazel is a witch whose life is in ruins since her father abandoned her family and her mother gave into a dark magic addiction. Now, she is struggling to juggle her mother’s debts, grief over her sister’s death, a full college schedule and a job. Grayson, on the other hand, is a retired witch-hunter who’s back in the game in order to collect Hazel’s magic and save his brother. Problem is, Grayson wants Hazel, but stealing her magic will ensure she never wants anything to do with him again. Grayson’s older brother has given him one week to obtain Hazel’s powers or he’ll do it, and he won’t be nice about it.

Hunting Witch Hazel had a lot of potential, but really fell flat for me. [Read more…]

Review: Bride of the Dragons by Selina Coffey

Reviewed by Ronelle

Two dragon shifters newly come to power seek mate.
Third daughter of an impoverished noble seeks good husband who won’t mind a lack of dowry.
Throw them together at a party hosted in honor of the dragon delegation’s arrival at the human court for negotiations and get a match that’s fated to be. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Firestorm by Donna Grant

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Dr. Faith Reynold stumbles upon what appears to be an ancient dragon skeleton, she’s completely taken aback. Though she’s been raised on the mythology of the beasts, she’s a woman of science and there’s no way that such a creature can actually exist. And when the handsome and mysterious Dmitri enters her world, she ends up even further out of her comfort zone. Her curiosity soon turns into all-consuming passion; she’s never felt this way about any man before.

But Dimitri is keeping secrets and his biggest revelation will test her resolve. Can Faith learn to love the man—as well as the dragon within? [Read more…]

Review: Blood Fury by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I’m almost to the point where I can just say point blank that I like these Black Dagger Legacy books more than current incarnation of the core series. Why? More focus on the romance. The main BDB books jump all over the place, from character to character, scene to scene. There have always been parts I’ve wanted to skim to get back to the romance, but with the spinoff books, it’s all romance; there’s nothing to skim.

That’s not to say there’s no jumping around here… there is. It just happens between the two romances which equally carry the book. The blurb may be all about Peyton and Novo, but this is every bit as much about Saxton and Rhun, and frankly, it’s all the better for it. The secondary romance (and I hesitate to call it that because it had equal page time) was even better for me than the headlining love story. [Read more…]

Review: Return of the Lycan King: Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first by Candace Blackburn and it’s not going to be my last. The first book in her Return of the Lycan King series is a winner. Fast paced, fun and just enough action to keep the pages turning – I found it to be a solid start to the series. I’m going to do my best to not give a spoiler because I really liked this.

When I saw the blurb for this, my eyes went big. I’m a sucker for damaged main characters and knowing it’s the heroine was the icing on the cake. The world building was good, I mean very good. Nothing over the top and all very subtle. The majority of the story is told from Kristen’s angle as the new girl on the block per se and we see the world through her eyes. It’s an interesting world. [Read more…]

Review: Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate

Reviewed by Ronelle

Embyr has finally found a place where she can settle peacefully, and while the life of a tavern owner might not be the most thrilling, it allows her to keep her secrets. That is, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has spent 800 years hunting the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman and he’s fine with that. But what begins as a bid to add a beautiful—but more importantly, powerful—half-demon to his army soon becomes a battle to keep his heart at bay. [Read more…]