Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I have mixed feelings about this book, which I hate to say because I am such a huge fan of Nalini Singh. But the degree of Insta love here was just insurmountable. It colored my ability to enjoy the first half of this story to such a degree that it made it difficult to connect to the characters or the romance for a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that with shifters, a mating instinct requires acceptance of a quick connection. But the hero here is human and he was the biggest offender.

Let me back up. This is Bowen’s story. The leader of the Human Alliance has some serious issues to overcome. Not only was he shot up in a previous book, but his brain is in danger of shutting down because of the chip he had implanted. Bowen is deathly afraid of a Psy manipulating his mind and the chip prevented that. But now it is degrading and death is knocking on his door. [Read more…]

Review: Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads

Reviewed by Jaimie

Hunt the Dawn is the second book in the Fatal Dreams series by Abbie Roads.  The first book was reviewed by Jen and it wasn’t for her, but I really enjoyed it so I jumped in to read the second installment.  In order for me to enjoy a book with psychic elements, the story must be really good, and I liked Hunt the Dawn even more than Race the Darkness.  The heroine has survived hell and come out on top and while she lets the hero help her, she is a badass in her own right.

We were introduced to Lathan Montgomery in Race the Darkness, but very little was revealed about him.  With the ability to see other people’s memories through scent, he is a very valuable asset to the FBI. Unfortunately, this ability hits him at times when he cannot control it and the sensations are overwhelming.  This has led him to a very lonely life.  All that changes when he comes across a scene where a woman is being attacked, and he intervenes. [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: With Every Breath by Maya Banks

with every breathReviewed by Jaimie

Despite waiting very impatiently for this book, I will confess I was a tiny bit worried about it.  I was dying to read Eliza and Wade’s story, but I kept my fingers crossed that Maya wouldn’t turn Eliza into a simpering woman letting the big bad man save her.  She is a bad ass in all the other books and I did not want to see that gone.  I also worried Wade would demand that Eliza quit her job and be his little woman.  My fears were for naught; this book was amazing and is probably my favorite Maya Banks book ever!  With Every Breath is the fourth book in Maya’s Slow Burn series and if you like romantic suspense, you have to dive into this series. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

wild embraceReviewed by Jen

I’m such a fan of the Psy-Changeling series. This anthology gives us a peek into the lives of (mostly) secondary characters whose stories have been waiting to be told.

Echo of Silence – This story takes place early in the series timeline, after the second book, Visions of Heat, but if you’re worried about jumping that far back in the series, don’t. This story stands up completely on its own, and it may be my absolute favorite novella in the series. It harkens back to those early stories where the Psy are still holding tightly to Silence. And though our hero’s Silence is fractured, it’s a secret that could cost him his life. [Read more…]

Review: Safe At Last by Maya Banks

safe at lastReviewed by Jaimie

My love of all things Maya Banks continues with Safe At Last, the newest installment in her Slow Burn series. While this one has my favorite couple of the series so far, I must admit there were a few things in the book that drove me a little batty, which is a first for me with Maya. Safe At Last is Zach and Anna-Grace’s story and it had less of the psychic elements that the first two books had which some may prefer. As a warning though, if rape is a trigger for you then you will want to avoid this one, although it was not an overly graphic scene. [Read more…]

Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

shards of hopeReviewed by Jen

This book reminded me why the Psy-Changeling series is one of my absolute favorites. Nalini Singh accomplishes several things here. First and foremost, she creates a satisfying and emotional romance between the enigmatic Arrow leader Aden and his damaged fellow soldier Zaira. But she also sets up a fantastic new arc to carry the series forward, with a new mysterious villain; and she introduces a wealth of new characters who can create a fertile breeding ground for future stories.  Pretty impressive. [Read more…]

Review: Revealed by Caitlyn O’Leary

revealedReviewed by Shelly

If you enjoy a strong heroine who can hold her own, Kelly Wachowski is that. The hero, Noah Kukailimoku, has his own set of strong attributes that make him just as likeable, but it was Kelly who kept me interested. Caitlyn O’Leary’s new series about a group of ‘Found’ starts off with an enjoyable story. The premise of these ‘Found’ starts with much intrigue – where are they from? What are they here for? That kind of thing and so far guys, it’s pretty interesting. [Read more…]

Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

in his keepingReviewed by Jaimie

In His Keeping is the second novel in the Slow Burn series by Maya Banks and I could not wait to get my hands on this book.  Ordinarily books with psychic elements are not my thing but the first one, Keep Me Safe, had me hooked from the get go and I couldn’t wait for Brock’s story.  Maya threw me for a loop in the early parts of this one because I kind of thought this was going to wind up a two man, one woman story with Zach, Beau and Ari, but instead I was left even more curious about Zach’s future love.  I didn’t necessarily love the overall story of Beau and Ari as much as Caleb and Remi, but I definitely loved watching Ari come in to her powers and kick some ass! [Read more…]

Review: Phantom Desire by Houston Havens

phantom desireReviewed by Shelly

After reading the first book in the series, I knew that this was a new author and I did something I don’t normally do – I allowed for being a new author. I trusted the editing, as the publisher’s been around for a while, and most importantly I’m a ménage fan. That being said, if you read my review of the first story, I didn’t find it to be engaging until about a quarter of the way in. Along with that I had to suspend any semblance of things making sense to really enjoy it. And then I ran into the HFN at the end, but I liked the story enough that enjoying more that 70% of the story counted for much. About that HFN, my cardinal rule for romances — I don’t like HFNs. I read romance for a reason and in my selfish world – HEAs are a must. [Read more…]