Review: Anything Once by Meka James

Reviewed by Jen

Full disclosure, I met Meka James a few months ago on Twitter and she is a lovely person. Between that and the ultra-gorgeous cover, I picked up her book, despite the fact I don’t read much erotic romance. But I’ll tell you what, the lady can write some good sex.

The story focuses on a married couple, Ian and Quinn, who hit a bump in their marriage when Quinn catches Ian jerking off to porn. She is devastated, and once they address what happened, they discover each of them have been quietly and inadvertently hurting their marriage and each other with how they deal with their own unhappiness and insecurities. Though the porn and subsequent conversations about their sex life cover one thread, infertility and their feelings about that issue make up the other.

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Review: The DILF by Amy Andrews

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t see a lot of romance novels where the heroine is older than the hero (by a good margin), and that particular trope intrigues me. I was predisposed to like this book, even after I found out DILF was Doctor I Like to Fuck and not Dad I Like to Fuck (single dads in romance novels is also a trope I really like), and the book was a fun, easy read that did not disappoint.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, this is a very easy novella to pick up. I think I finished it in a night, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It led me to read several more of Amy Andrews’s books.

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Review: Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Reviewed by Olive

Any Old Diamonds is the newest release from KJ Charles and tells the story of Alec, the estranged – and angsty about it – son of the Duke of Ilvar, and Jerry, one of the jewel thieves he hires to further his revenge plot against his father. Alec dangles the lure of an entrée into the famously remote and challenging Castle Speight (aka Castle Spite), as well as the Duke’s newly commissioned diamond parure, in the hopes of enticing Jerry and his partner to accept the caper. The blurb promises “betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light” and it definitely delivers!

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Review: Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you know I am a fan of Kelly Meding. In fact, I finally sat down and read the 2013 Carniepunk anthology recently just to read the short story that sparked this series. And overall, I liked this book. But someone needs to sit down and have a chat with the editor.

No one should have given the green light for this much repetition. I mean, yes, it’s very important that Shiloh has forgotten Jaxon. In book one, I remember being so perplexed about who the love interest in this series would be. And then, at the very end, when she agreed to lose her memories of the person she loved most… boom! Jaxon appeared to be the guy. Add to that, I understand that coming to terms with her feelings despite the missing memories was the big emotional arc here. But for the love of Pete, this must have been reiterated at least once per page. If I didn’t already have a history with this author and an investment in the characters, I would have put the book down. I almost did anyway. And that’s a shame because, otherwise, it was a good book.

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Review: The Fearless King by Katee Robert

Reviewed by Sara

Book two in Katee Robert’s Kings Series, The Fearless King is set in Houston Texas and centers around the eldest King daughter, Journey, and the family’s oil company. As one of the oldest King siblings, Journey clearly remembers the abuse suffered at the hand of her estranged father, so when he arrives at the company she runs in tandem with her brother Anderson she knows it can’t be good. Her father’s plan to have her psychologically assessed by a psychologist on his payroll and deemed unfit to be COO is even worse than she thought. The years of abuse her father inflicted on her have taken their toll, and Journey often feels a hair’s breadth away from dissolving into a useless heap of fear and nerves. This is how Journey finds herself asking for help from the last person she should ask for help, Frank Evans.

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So…I wrote a book

 

 

 

 
Title: Brick
Series: Cooper Construction #1
Author: Jen Davis
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Gritty Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019
 
 
 
Blurb
 
I’m used to getting my hands dirty. During the day it’s mud and grime on the construction site. At night…it’s the blood I spill. A drug lord’s enforcer does what needs to be done. It’s my obedience, my loyalty to the boss that keeps my family alive.
 
I know I’m teetering on the edge. I’m losing my humanity, I can feel it. It’s changing me, and it’s only a matter of time before the darkness takes over.
 
Then I meet her. Liv. The only person who sees past my busted knuckles and brutal exterior. She sees…me. But being with me will get her killed. The only way I can keep her safe is by staying away. Until her own actions catapult her into the center of my world—a world which will swallow her whole.
 
Now I’m forced to be the ruthless bastard I’ve been for so long. Only this time it’s not to destroy…but to defend.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchase Links
 
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
 
Free in Kindle Unlimited
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coming Soon
 
 
Releasing February 26, 2019
 
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author Bio
 
Jen started her love affair with romance novels, first as a reader, then as a reviewer and blogger. She launched the Red Hot Books blog in 2010 and jumped into Book Twitter shortly after.

She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they’re raising two kids, a cat, and a dog who is afraid of his own shadow.

Jen spends her days working as television journalist and her nights curled up with a good book.

 

 

 
 
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Review: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Reviewed by Jen

A ton of my Book Twitter friends recommended this book to me and I can tell you now, it absolutely lives up to the hype. I love a good sci-fi romance set in space and this one hit all the high notes. A fierce, loyal, and capable heroine. A gruff, powerful, and mysterious hero. Fantastic world building… great plotting and action… and a cast of secondary characters that have me chomping at the bit for more.

Ada is a princess in one of three royal/ruling houses of the galaxy. But she isn’t the kind of princess who dreams of marrying the prince. In fact, she has been on the run for the past two years, just to avoid an arranged marriage with a prince of a rival house. Her own father has put a bounty on her head to get her back home, but her royal training has served her too well. To be the daughter of a High House, she has been well schooled in every skill she would need to be an ideal spy and it’s helped her evade capture… until now. As the story begins, she’s been nabbed by mercenaries and she has to enlist the help of a fellow prisoner to help her escape before she is shipped back home.

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Review: Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Reviewed by Ericka

I had mixed feelings about this book. I have read my fair share of dominant alpha males but this one was disappointing and frustrating.

November moved from New York to Tennessee to live with her father following a brutal attack. Her father owns a strip club and offers her a job working with the bookkeeping and financials during closing hours. The one time she is there during operating hours, she is confronted by the security guard Asher Mayson. When she first meets Asher he is rude, mean, and has some out of line assumptions.

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Review: Carniepunk

Reviewed by Jen

I’m a little late getting around to reading this 2013 collection of carnival themed short stories, but I learned it included a prequel to a series I am reading now and I wanted to check it out. I found the stories to be very uneven, both in tone and in how much I enjoyed them. But there were enough engaging entries, I found it worth the read.

Painted Love – This is the first thing I have ever read by Rob Thurman and I have to say, it was a bit odd. It follows the observations of Doodle, an enigmatic traveler who attaches himself to a man named Bart, a sociopath working at a carnival. The story is told entirely through Doodle’s eyes, though he does not participate much in the action. To be honest, I thought he was a dog until his true form was revealed at the end. Didn’t get much out of this one.

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Review: Once Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Sara

Part of Alyssa Cole’s wildly successful Reluctant Royals series, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, follows aid to the prince of Thesolo, Likotsi, as she spends a rare day off in New York City trying to forget the woman who left her behind. In most cases the odds of meeting Fabiola, the girl who got away, in a city of millions would be lousy, but Likotsi’s goddess seems to be feeling mischievous and a chance encounter on a stalled subway leads to a day of spontaneous discovery, answered questions and a chance at joy.

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