Review: Devil’s Cut by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I was really on the fence about whether to read this book. I made no bones about the fact that I was very disappointed in The Angels’ Share. But one of the biggest reasons for that is because I expected a very different kind of book than I got. In this case, what I was looking for was resolution to those threads that were built up in the two previous installments. I got what I was looking for.

When I first started this book, I will admit that I was slow to engage. The simple truth is that I’m not really big on women’s fiction, or whatever you would categorize this as. I am a romance fan and I am used to the template that follows. The ramp up here was slow. But the book did eventually pick up. [Read more…]

Review: Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying love triangles suck. Even ones that start out intriguing at first. Even ones where you aren’t immediately sure who you’re rooting for.

You know why? Somebody’s got to lose. And there is a 50% chance that the HEA you’re rooting for is going to crumble at your feet.

All that in mind, I hated the ending of this book. It made me mad and it mad me sad and I hate-tweeted about it seconds after I was done. I’m going to try not to let all of that shadow the rest of my review, but I had to give you total disclosure. It’s a day later and I’m still unhappy. [Read more…]

Review: Seized by Seduction by Brenda Jackson

Reviewed by Shelly

This, book 2 of Brenda Jackson’s ‘The Protectors’ series is so much better than book 1. The writing is better, more fluid and the dialogue actually uses contractions – thanks for that. I still think there’re some word choices that puts pretentious on an entire new level, but overall – way better.

I liked Quasar a whole lot better than I liked Lamar ‘Striker’ from the first book. There’s a significant amount of interaction between the three friends and co-workers. I think it would be okay to read as a stand alone, but you might be a little confused about who’s who. There’s quite a bit of that. I think the Fuller family might have been in another series because of the dynamics and plethora of members, but to be honest I don’t know nor did I research it. But just know that there’s a lot of people on Randi’s side of the family – a lot and they were not in book one. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Intentions by JT Geissinger

Reviewed by Joanna

This book is just so slick, it slid into my hands when I wanted to read it, and so heartfelt I didn’t let it go. The Wicked Games series is hot stuff. Alpha heroes and seriously skilled heroines abound.

In this standalone tale, Mariana is an internationally renowned thief. She’s on a tropical island in the Caribbean to steal a valuable necklace, and needs access to a hotel guest’s bedroom in order to get the job done. Easy – she just needs to seduce and dope the mark and get on her way. The problem is, she doesn’t expect the all-American blond to have quite such a devastating effect on her. [Read more…]

Review: A Strange Affair by Brienne Dubh

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by this author and I thought the concept of a ‘strange affair’ hinted at in the blurb was interesting. I didn’t find that the story itself was much so.

As this story takes place in a different country from the one I live in there were a couple of things that I didn’t understand. The employer and building in which Ellie and Aaron worked has a bar in on the first floor that’s a frequent watering hole for the workers. Is that a thing in the UK? Drinking where you work? [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: Table for Three by Zoey Thames

Reviewed by Shelly

Josie Smith waits tables at a diner where Lucas Pearce and Dan Jackson (both billionaires) started frequenting every Friday night for the last six months. I’m not sure when Lucas and Dan realized that their interest in Josie went beyond than friendship. When the story starts, the time span has already happened so there’s a tremendous amount of story that’s told not shown.

The only thing about this story that I thought was interesting was that it was told from Josie and Lucas’s perspective. But even including Josie’s side of things she was more into the visual stimuli of Dan and Lucas together. So this read more as an m/m with a bit of ‘f’ thrown in for whatever reason. [Read more…]

Review: Breath: A Dark Fantasy MFM Menage Romance by Jean Lowe Carlson

Reviewed by Ronelle

Gryffine lives a solitary life, devoid of human touch, and all because of a curse. When the simple touch of your lips will kill someone, you tend to hold yourself apart…except for the one night a year it is nullified.

On one such night, Gryffine meets the dashing bartender Jessup, who steals her from her isolation and returns her pleasure. Yet when Gryffine’s soulmate arrives on her doorstep with her same curse, can she refuse the pull to be with this dark lover… and her own demise? [Read more…]

Review: Something Sparked by Mari Carr

Reviewed by Shelly

I started finding errors (articles and syntax) early in this purchased book and just couldn’t help but start to judge the quality of the story. Jeannette’s from a big family but she’s chosen the life of a social recluse. I found her to be a nice person, but I didn’t understand why she chose to keep herself apart from these admittedly wonderful and loving people. They’d not hurt her in any way. I didn’t understood her pushing them away, and by the end of the book, I wasn’t made to understand either.

Jeannette doesn’t date, I don’t mean she hasn’t dated in a couple months or years – she just doesn’t date. So when a couple of firefighters, who moved to town a few years ago, flirt, tease and basically cajole her into going out with them she finally succumbs to their persuasiveness. I wouldn’t even call it charming because they weren’t. The scene when Jeannette accepted their offer of a date seemed off – I didn’t think that she’d accept based on what happened. I had a hard time believing her character changed that much in a few minutes because she’s not an impulsive person. [Read more…]

Review: The Baby by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Joanna

This novella is the fourth in The Bride series, and Ellie and Jake are still going strong. You can guess from the title what this latest insight into their lives and relationship tackles. So if you like seeing the HEA from your romance novels turn into babies and happy families, this will be a treat for you. But it isn’t an easy journey for Ellie and Jake, which is par for the course for them.

Our young couple, living on their ranch in Montana, grew up together, with their fathers owning neighboring land. Events left them both parentless, and sixteen-year-old Ellie was about to lose her ranch and be taken into care. Older Jake stepped in and they married – in name only – to enable her to keep her home. If you want to know how an arranged marriage turned into a real one, go and start this series here. [Read more…]