Review: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

The Maiden Lane series has long been one of my favorites in historical romance and this 12th installment had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I need to tell you before we get too far, though, that this book is dark—darker than anything I have read from Elizabeth Hoyt in the past. That was more than ok with me, and frankly was what I signed up for with a scarred, tortured hero whose father once ran a debauched sex club featuring rape, child abuse, and torture. But still, I’ve seen some reviews that were taken aback by this, so go in with your eyes open. [Read more…]

Review: Once Bitten by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

The only thing that sucks more than a book I can’t finish is a book I can’t finish from an author I like.

I adore the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, so I was excited to see that she had backlist books I could dive into and roll around in. Then I started reading. Not only did I not connect to this book, I actively disliked it. [Read more…]

Review: A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of a lower class hero, upper class heroine trope in my historical romance, especially when the lady has no evidence of being a snob about it. The author did this one very well and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Raphe and his two sisters grew up on the rough streets of St. Giles. His father was nobility but he killed himself and his mom ran away with another man. Though he was only a child himself, Rafe had to take responsibility for his siblings and raise money to care for them any way that he could. He became a dock worker and made extra cash in fights for the local crime lord. In a stunning turn of events, Raphe finds out many years later that he has become a Duke and he brings his sisters back to town to live the life he could never give them before. [Read more…]

Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Reviewed by Jen

This book sucked me in right away with so many feels. It is a second chance at love story, which can be hit or miss for me. In this case it fired on all cylinders. The biggest reason? Artfully crafted flashback scenes which made me ache for this love lost.

We had the set up for this relationship in a previous book in the series. One of the Soiled Sisters pushed her brother-in-law Malcolm into a pond because he was unfaithful to her sister Sera. I am never OK with a cheater story, which made it very difficult for Mal to be a sympathetic hero. But I have to hand it to Sarah McLean, because she made me want these two to be able to work it out. [Read more…]

Review: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

bittersweetReviewed by Joanna

This is a sweet and sexy romance set on a farm in Vermont and it is such a lovely book. They grow apples in the sun, make cider, milk cows and it’s all organic and delicious-sounding. Reviewer’s warning: do not read this when hungry.

“He tasted of cider and male hunger, and I felt that kiss everywhere.”

Grumpy farmer Griff runs the place, and Audrey comes by to negotiate on buying some of his produce, accidently running her hire car into a ditch. A damsel in distress is the last thing Griff needs, but as he watches her sexy ass back out of the crashed car, he realizes he knows her. Intimately. Together they shared a couple of very memorable hook ups at college and instant attraction sparks again. [Read more…]

Review: Finding Gabriel by Rachel L Demeter

finding gabrielReviewed by Jen

It’s hard for me to turn down a tortured hero story, especially when it’s a scarred tortured hero. Believe me, Gabriel definitely fits the bill.  I’ve read my fair share of historical romances set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, though this is the first from the perspective of a French soldier. It’s dark. After all, the hero does shoot himself in the head in the very first chapter.  But there are also moments of hope, redemption and love.

Though the hero is the more tragic figure of the story, the heroine is battling demons of her own. But Ariah is determined to overcome all she has endured. She is trying to live a good life and take care of her daughter and half sister. When she stumbles over Gabriel’s body floating in the river, it never occurs to her that this decorated soldier in uniform could have put himself there intentionally. So she drags him out and sets to nursing him back from the brink of death. [Read more…]

Review: Wounded Hearts by Jayne Rylon

wounded heartsReviewed by Jen

Let me start out by saying that fans of the Men in Blue series love this book. All you need to do is check out its Goodreads page and you’ll find a sea of 4 and 5 star reviews. I say this first because before I started reading, I had no experience with this series. I was intrigued by the cover and sold by the blurb. I had no idea this was the fifth book in an erotic suspense series featuring BDSM and multiple menage stories. Thankfully (for me) those elements were only on the periphery here, but the erotic vibe is still very strong –and while there is a plot– the sex was a much bigger part of the story than I expected. [Read more…]