Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Reviewed by Joanna

Enemies-to-lovers seems to be a theme of mine at the moment. I just back-to-backed this story with Anything You Can Do by R.S. Greybut where that story missed its mark for me, this one shot me right through the heart. So I do like RomComs! Who knew? I couldn’t put it down. The point of view is of Lucy, an exec assistant to the director of a publishing house, and she’s the cutest bundle of fun I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Five foot nothing, Lucy perches at her shiny glass desk, flamethrower lipstick on her pert lips, engaging in game after game with her arch nemesis, Joshua.

Josh is exec assistant to the other director – there are two following an unhappy merger – and our boy is huge, snarly and serious. He wears the same ten shirts in rotation, and Lucy knows the day by the fetching color he’s wearing. [Read more…]

Review: Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks

Reviewed by Jaimie

Brighter Than the Sun is the latest installment in the KGI series by Maya Banks, and fans of the series have been waiting for the last Kelly brother to meet his match.  While I loved the book and the main couple Joe and Zoe, it was the scenes with Sean and Rusty that got me the most.  Rusty broke my heart in this book and if possible, I’m dying for them to get their HEA even more now!!!  Okay, back to Joe and Zoe – there was such a sweetness between these two and it wasn’t hard to root for them.  When the end of the book came around I was surprised it was already over because I was enjoying the whole book that much.

Zoe Kildare has had a shitty life thus far.  Her mother left when she was only five, and being the only daughter of a drug kingpin who doesn’t give a crap about her, left her vulnerable to being used by the wrong guy.  She overhears a phone call where the man she thought she loved was talking about how he had been forced to sleep with her to get to her dad, and then casually mentions that he’s going to kill her since its clear the old man doesn’t care about her.  Scared and having nowhere to turn, she calls her one and only friend from college Rusty.  As it turns out, Rusty is a badass who can outdo even Donovan in the technology department.  Rusty creates a new identity complete with full background and then takes Zoe home with her to hide out and regroup. [Read more…]

Review: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

Reviewed by Joanna

Daisy and Lucas were rivals as children. Born the same hour of the same day, they lived next door to one another, sharing parties, schools and their social group. They hated each other’s guts, going to great lengths to best the other, and only taking a break when they went to separate colleges to qualify as doctors. Now twenty-eight and wanting to specialize in family medicine, Daisy returns home to Hamilton to take over her local private practice from her former family doctor. Unbeknownst to her, Lucas has also been appointed to the same job, with the retiring doc taking on two new members of staff. Daisy is furious. Though she and Lucas haven’t seen or spoken to one another in eleven years, her grudge is still forefront in her mind and she’s desperate to dislodge Lucas from the shared role. It’s all very petty. [Read more…]

Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Jen

This was easily the best book I have read in ages. For a series that has been running as long as the Mercy Thompson one has, it has to be hard to maintain the quality that these books have, but Patricia Briggs somehow manages to do it and do it spectacularly.

Briggs does a few things different with this book. One, is that it is told in split point of view alternating between Mercy and Adam. Not only that, but the timeline between their respective chapters was a little bit off. From another author, this could be a complete train wreck. But it totally worked here. [Read more…]

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Reviewed by Jen

It’s hard to say goodbye to a series I’ve enjoyed as much as this one. So reading this last installment of Anne Bishop’s The Others series was bittersweet. It definitely feels like the end, but the world is big enough and in enough turmoil that Bishop will easily be able to pick up with her planned a spinoff series in the future. [Read more…]

Review: Life of the Party by Kris Fletcher

Reviewed by Jaimie

Life of the Party is the first book in the Calypso Falls series by new-to-me author Kris Fletcher. If you are looking for a really intense or in-depth book to read this is not for you, but if you want a fast, predictable read, I would definitely recommend it.  The main couple was developed enough that I was invested in their future, the story moved along at a nice pace, and overall it was a fun read. [Read more…]

Review: Here Comes Trouble by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

The 3rd book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series is by far my favorite. The writing is cleaner than the prior two stories. There’s a clear focus on character development versus the previous trend of vapid heroines. I’m not a big fan of the male-slut, but even he was a redeemable character with likable traits.

Lorena Vega is the best friend of the youngest Hawthorne, Cassidy. If you read book 1, you’re familiar with these two. I read book 2 years ago and I can’t remember what mention, if any, there was of either Lorena or Matthew in that, but I will say that the books in this series are not best read as standalones. [Read more…]

Review: My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton

Reviewed by Jen

Megan Frampton shakes things up in her Dukes Behaving Badly series by focusing the fifth installment on a Duchess. In a rare allowance of succession, Genevieve has inherited the duchy from her father. Only, she has no training for the position. Her dad was a terrible duke, and she was essentially raised by servants in the country. Now she has people and estates to look after and absolutely no idea how to do it right. So she reaches out to her godmother for help, and the woman sends her steward to teach Genevieve the ins and outs of her new position. [Read more…]

Review: Wait For It by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This author writes the most perfectly broken people, I can barely read her work for being doubled over with chest pains from all the damned feelings she makes me feel.

This is the fourth and last in the Everything I Left Unsaid series (though can be read as standalone), and we see Tiffany’s life spinning out of control. She turns up at her friend Annie’s (books’ 1 & 2 heroine) house in the dark of the night with her three kids in the back of the car and wearing her slippers. Her estranged husband, Phil, turned up at her apartment and she had to flee out the back window. Phil is a violent and abusive man, and poor Tiffany has been on the run from him. [Read more…]

Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about the premise for this book. I am a sucker for a tortured hero and Leo is described as the Beast of Benwick. He carries the power of lightning, but that means he is a danger to anyone around him. He cannot touch anyone. And no one can touch him. Except maybe the heroine. How delicious does that sound?

The leading lady is Luciana. She is one of the Embraced, people born on a specific day when the moons are aligned and as a result have special powers. Hers is the ability to see ghosts. Anyway, she has been raised in a convent away from her family thinking she was an orphan her whole life. Until her father shows up to let her know her twin sister is dead and she must now impersonate her and marry the beast or else her father’s life is forfeit. [Read more…]