Review: Rebels and Lovers by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

It hurts my heart to say this, but I did not love this book.

That stinks for a lot of reasons. Like the fact that I adored the earlier installments in the series. Or that I was starting to think that Linnea Sinclair could do no wrong. Or perhaps because this is the last in the Dock Five series. More than likely, it’s all of these things put together. And though this book wasn’t bad, I am walking away bummed from a series that has, by and large, rocked my socks off until now.

The story centers on Devin Guthrie, younger brother to the last book’s hero, Philip. He’s about to be strong-armed by his father into a society marriage when his nephew, Trippy, goes missing. Devin defies his family’s wishes to go in search of the young man in fear for his safety. Armed with his super-smarts, his ninja-like elderly butler, and determination, he embarks on a journey to the seedy Dock Five to track him down. [Read more…]

Review: Taunt by Eve Dangerfield

Reviewed by Caitlin

Taunt by Eve Dangerfield is an odd book for this author. It’s the only one that’s not strictly contemporary erotica romantic comedy (a very specific genre, but she’s excellent at it). It’s the only one that isn’t m/f. It’s the only one set in an alternative universe where the apocalypse is nigh. And it’s the only one that felt very much like it needed a “to be continued” and I have no idea when she’s going to come back to this.

This is a m/m/f/m story. So many of these are done poorly/awkwardly, but when they’re done right, there is so much angst and I am 100% there for it.

Daniel Schwartz is a New Zealand woman who likes to party and can’t feel pain – either emotional or physical. She is aware when she is sad, but in a distant sort of way. She and her friend Cynthia are on the run and hiding out in Paris after they’ve stumbled upon some very important information with very serious consequences. Her friend can’t handle whatever this information is and kills herself, leaving Daniel totally alone. [Read more…]

Review: Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

Just when I thought I knew exactly where this series was going, this book proved me wrong. This is not a third installment of Chas and Sully’s story. Now we are breaking away to see Phillip get his HEA.

This is a standalone romance, but the bigger picture of the story arc is really a continuation from the first two books, so I would suggest you read those first. When we first met Philip in Gabriel’s Ghost, I really thought he would be fodder for a love triangle, but it didn’t go that way. And though the author did establish he was not the right man for Chas, she did a great job of setting him up as a guy who deserved a happy ending. Philip is a good man who takes his service seriously. And now he has joined the rag tag group of rebels fighting against those plotting to unravel society. [Read more…]

Review: Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

Wow. To think I almost didn’t jump right into this book. After reading Gabriel’s Ghost, I felt kind of like Chas and Sully’s love story was complete. Obviously, there were threads left open in the larger story arc, but it felt like a good stopping place. In fact, I thought perhaps the world would continue following other characters in that book. Ren maybe… or Phillip. I was wrong. There is still a ton left to mine between our main characters.

As this installment begins, three months have passed since the last book. Chas is completely in love with Sully and he, her. But the big issue is that he has not finished learning what he is and what he can do. His bond with Chas is making him even stronger and he doesn’t know what to do with his growing power.

Meantime, there is another breeding installation that they need to take down and the politics of the world they live in are coming to a boiling point. They need help. Enter an informant named Del. [Read more…]

Review: Breathing Vapor by Cynthia Sax

Reviewed by Jen

There were enough sexy times that pushed my buttons in the first installment of this series that I thought it would be worth it to keep going. I had mixed feelings about that book, but I had hoped that my personal problems with it might be limited to that particular storyline. In one big way, it was. But I found that too many other issues persisted to jump right in to book three after this.

Breathing Vapor features an entirely new set of cyborgs than the first installment did. Though the world is the same, the characters have all been reset. The plot, however, largely mirrors its predecessor. A group of warrior cyborgs who wants to escape their evil human jailers and join their brethren on the exclusively cyborg planet, Homeworld. As the others were, the cyborgs are badly mistreated and want to kill every human they meet. In the end, they decide against that because it might draw too much attention to the cyborg ability to rebel. And many of their brothers would be decommissioned. So they agree to pick just one human to focus their rage on and make it look like an accident. [Read more…]

Review: Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, it took me a little while to really get into this book. But I have read from this author before, and I enjoyed the other book so much, I really wanted to give this a chance. I’m so glad that I did because I totally ended up a fan of this one too.

The story centers on Chas, a pilot who was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to spend the rest of her life on a dangerous prison planet. But after just a few weeks there, she is rescued by an unlikely savior. Chas thought Gabriel Sullivan had been dead for two years. Before then, she had gone round and round in small skirmishes with the rogue space pirate. They’d even shared kisses. But she did not think she could trust him. Now she doesn’t have much of a choice. [Read more…]

Review: Treasure of the Abyss by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Jen

In my many years of reading romance I have encountered heroes of all shapes and sizes. Heroes that were lizard men. Heroes that were giant bugs. Heroes that were zombies, shifters, vampires, djinn, demons… you name it. That being said, this is my first hero with tentacles and, honestly, it wasn’t as weird as you might think.

This book is set in a futuristic world, where humans have settled off of earth. Macy grew up there and it has been hundreds of years since her people made it their home. Not all of the technology still works and some of the early plans and ideas have been forgotten, but people get along well enough.

Macy is not very happy with her life. She lost a sister to the sea in an accident she blames herself for and can no longer recapture her joy for the water. That is only driven home when her childhood suitor takes her out on a boat with plans to propose. Macy loves Camrin as a friend, but all that guilt she carries around over her sister makes her a bit of a martyr. She plans on accepting his suit despite her platonic feelings. Until a storm knocks her off the boat and they are separated. [Read more…]

Review: Ghost’s Sight by Morwen Navarre

Reviewed by Ronelle

Following her visions, the Witch seeks out a child, one plagued by dreams and visions he cannot explain, and in time he becomes her new apprentice healer. ‘Ghost’ is an apt moniker, for the boy is pale as the Northers who live at the top of the world and as shy and quiet as the phantom for which he is named. For many years, it is just the two of them.

When Gerry, a rugged and headstrong hunter, is brought to the Witch for healing, something awakens in Ghost. Gerry does not reject Ghost as an outcast, as many others would, and he finds the strange young man beguiling and mysterious. He declares his intent to claim Ghost as his own and all should be happily ever after for them. [Read more…]

Review: Being Green by Cynthia Sax

Reviewed by Jen

I flew through this short little story in about 30 minutes during my lunch break. Though it was published fifth in the Cyborg Sizzle series, I saw that it is designed it to be read after the first full length novel, so here I am.

It was… ok. The hero is Green, the cyborg with an attachment to his plant, Windy. His heroine, Shelby, is a botanist who is the only person who lives on a tiny planet dedicated to various flowers and plants. She has cut herself off because everyone she has ever loved has been killed and she is trying to protect herself from future pain.

To call this insta love would not do the speed in which these to find their way together justice. Green had decided Shelby was his female before he even laid eyes on her. And she was fantasizing about him based on email exchanges as well. You’ve Just got to go with it. [Read more…]

Review: Releasing Rage by Cynthia Sax

Reviewed by Jen

Where to start? I have some very mixed feelings about this book. It is super sexy for sure. This book knows what it wants to be and comes out of the gate swinging, getting down and dirty in the first few pages. It delivers on its promise of an angry, wounded cyborg who has never known kindness. And it made me want to see a happy ever after for each and every one of the cyborgs the author introduced me to.

But.

(*spoiler alert*) The heroine is gang-raped. The book didn’t need it. Even worse was the way that the hero had to heal her. With sex. After she is raped. While she is unconscious. And it’s gross. And if this part of the book was not there? If the heroine just managed to escape after being roughed up or something? We would’ve been pretty golden. But that’s not what happened. And I’m not over it. So trigger warning all over the place. [Read more…]