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…]

DNF Review: A Deep Dark Call by Rose Vane

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about this book. It was supposed to be a gothic style PNR, with an English-governess in Wallachia who falls for her enigmatic employer. The blurb promised a sinister manor house, a possible curse, and questionable circumstances surrounding the death of the hero’s first wife. I was expecting Rebecca meets Dracula or something. What I got was a story I had to put down three times in eye-rolling frustration before I finally walked away for good around the halfway point. It should tell you a lot that I couldn’t get any further, since the book was only about 43,000 words.

It started out with a lot of scene setting, which ok, the author was trying to set the mood. Wallachia is very different from London and wolves howl a lot. Lucy, the heroine, has some kind of Past which forced her to leave her home and strike out somewhere entirely new. At first, I figured someone must have deflowered her, especially since she wondered if her new employer was going to ravage her the first time they met (an idea she was clearly not adverse to) but since we later discover she’s a virgin, I can tell you that wasn’t it. [Read more…]

Review: The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

Jeaniene Frost goes out big with this final book in her Broken Destiny series, though really, when you’re talking about an epic fight between ancient factions of good an evil, anything less would be a total letdown. This third installment picks up right on the heels of book two, where our hero Adrian has betrayed his wife yet again. It’s in his Judean blood… it’s his destiny… but this second betrayal is almost worst than the first one because A) they’re married now and B) he does it for love. On one hand, there’s no doubt of his devotion, but on the other, you just want to shake the guy for being so thickheaded. Then the waiting begins for the other shoe to drop. [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: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Reviewed by Jen

It feels like a million years since I read a book in this series (translation: two years), but this story takes no time at all to pull you back into the world of the Immortal Guardians. The hero here is Aidan, the 3000 year-old warrior who was so desperate for love, he stole the group’s list of gifted women in hopes he could use it to find a mate. Sure enough, his plan works.

Dana isn’t the first woman he approached from that list, but it is apparent from their first meeting that they are destined to be together. Dana is a powerful psychic and gets visions of her future with Aidan. The cool thing is, he’s psychic too, so he sees all of her visions. There’s not a whole lot of will-they-or-won’t-they, meaning their relationship development is a bit low on internal conflict. But there is plenty of external conflict to go around. [Read more…]