Review: At His Lady’s Command by Nicola Davidson

Reviewed by Caitlin

I have been waiting for the story of the 38-year-old sexually-experienced domme and her very muscular, very masculine submissive lover. Life got in the way a bit – new job, moved to a new place, etc – but when I finally had time to sit down and read this novella, I was thrilled to find it was worth the wait.

Lady Portia Butler is the founder of the Surrey Sexual Freedom Society (or Surrey SFS) and has enjoyed a life of relative freedom for a women in the Regency era. But her brother has the title now, and he is not nearly as open-minded about a woman’s place in Society as their father was. He insists she marry a peer or lose her income. And she will most definitely lose her bodyguard, Captain Randall Denham.

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Review: The Human Omega by JL Wilder

Reviewed by Debz

This year, I made the executive decision to read more fantasies and paranormal romances because they make me happy. The vast possibilities in world building always takes my breath away, so I want to read as many as I can and just marvel at how far we can go with this. A staple in my PNR read list is shifter romances and I’m always willing to give one a go.

I’m just going to casually observe that this book was very short. I prefer my books to cross the 450 page mark so whenever I see a short full length novel, I feel a little bit sad because I know the story’s going to end too quickly. Moral of the story, this could have been longer.

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Review: Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper

Reviewed by Sara

Love and Other Wild Things is book 2 in Molly Harper’s Mystic Bayou series and is based on the Audible Original audiobook of the same name. This Paranormal Romance follows energy witch, Danica Teal, who has relocated to Mystic Bayou to help The League, an international body that governs all supernaturals and their relationships with non-supernatural, get more information on and calm the recently turbulent rift. The rift, a energy source that drew the first supernatural inhabitants of Mystic Bayou to the remote Louisiana countryside, has become destabilized. It’s tearing and it’s have a negative impact on the townsfolk, both supernatural and mundane. Danica has the abilities to work with the rift and she needs the funds from her work to help save her grandfather’s farm. What Danica isn’t prepared for is a potential romance with Mystic Bayou’s mayor and bear shifter, Zed Berend, or having to deal with some seriously deadly office politics.

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Review: Private Eye by Katrina Jackson

Reviewed by Olive

Private Eye is the second book in Katrina Jackson’s The Spies Who Loved Her series. It follows cam model and awesome business woman Maya (ThickaThanASnicka) and her favourite private chat client, MasquerAsiaN. Maya has been fantasising about this mysterious client for ages and she doesn’t even know his real name…

Until, that is, her best friend and roommate comes out to her as an assistant to spies that need her help. Her partner in this mission? None other than MasquerAsiaN, aka Kenny. Maya has to decide how to handle all this new information and determine if she can trust her feelings, Kenny, or anything ever again.

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Review: The Infamous Duchess by Sophie Barnes

Reviewed by Jen

This is the fourth book in Sophie Barnes’ Diamonds in the Rough series and it centers on Viola Cartright, the mysterious patroness of St. Agatha’s hospital. Though we have met her several times over the course of the series, if you jump in here, you will be fine reading this as a standalone.

Viola is a young widow trying to keep a low profile. The ton kind of gives her the side-eye because she married a man old enough to be her father, or maybe even her grandfather, and he left her everything when he died the very next day. All she wants to do is run her hospital and make a difference, but when her grown son-in-law comes home and wants to fight her for his father’s fortune, everything starts to fall apart.

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Review: A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

Reviewed by Caitlin

Martha Russell is nearly 21 years old and recently widowed. Intelligent, practical, and virtuous, Martha finds her late husband has spent most of her funds on alcohol. Worse, his heir is a degenerate who has a reputation for raping the women on staff. Martha may be pious, but she is also moral – she’ll do whatever it takes to keep the women under her employ safe.

Theophilus Mirkwood, heir to a baronetcy, has been a carefree rake for most of his 26 years. He’s a good man who is a little too prone to affection, but he has never taken anything seriously. His father sends him to Sussex as a last resort, so Theo can learn to settle down a bit. When Martha realizes she needs to conceive another heir, she offers Theo money to essentially be a stud. Sex every day for a month in the hopes they conceive.

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Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Reviewed by Sara

Back in 2009, when I was reading mostly Paranormal Romance, I came across Soulless by Gail Carriger. It had werewolves and vampires, golems and ghosts all set in Victorian England. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the story wasn’t written like a Paranormal-Historical, but was actually this really cool subgenre I hadn’t ever read before, Steampunk. Steampunk, at least the way Carriger writes it, takes a time period like Victorian England and through intense world building and the addition of steam powered technology creates a fantastical, but still familiar alternate history.

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Review: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Reviewed by Ericka

“Always the bridesmaid and never the bride” phrase seems to fit Emma’s lifestyle. She feels as if she is cursed especially with her last name being Loveless. She is constantly being set up on blind dates by her matchmaker mom. Emma swears off relationships until her mom feels like she truly has found the “one” for Emma.

Emma gets a text from an unknown number and thinking that it is her best friend messing with her she says things that are definitely embarrassing. She then realized that it wasn’t her best friend texting her but her so called “the one” that her mom tried to set her up with. To make matters worse, it was the love of her life that she claimed a long time ago when they were in school. Emma’s life starts to unravel in a good and bad way.

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Review: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

Reviewed by Caitlin

Alayna Withers works at a nightclub. She just graduated from her NYU MBA program and plans to use it to work her way up the ladder at The Sky Launch. She has a lot of great marketing ideas and loves her job.

But Alayna has a past. She has an obsessive disorder that most recently ended up with her stalking someone and getting a restraining order against her. She’s humiliated to have this in her history, and so she’s wary about any guy that might feed into her obsessive instincts.

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Review: Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve really struggled with how to write this review. Embarrassingly, this is my first read from Beverly Jenkins, who is a much beloved and prolific author of African-American romance. And I absolutely love how she has created such a wide backlist of love stories, all focused on men and women of color.

It is awesome to see such an underrepresented culture explored in historical romance. Specifically, this book takes us to California in the late 1800s. The heroine, Maria, is a light-skinned black woman who is escaping a terrible life and abusive mother in Philadelphia. The hero is a black man who runs a successful ranch with his Spanish stepmother. The book is filled with fascinating tidbits of information about historical figures and I really got a taste of what life was like in the California of this time.

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