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: 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: 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…]

Review: Claim by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

If you’ve not read any of the prior books, there’re going to be quite a few spoilers.

This is last book in Scott’s ‘Addicted to You’ series and picks up immediately after book 3. After Ian found out that Kristina slept with another man AND outed his secret identity as T. Anderson (the T & A stands for you know what), the author of the newest and greatest erotic novel, he breaks up with her. This time for good. But not really, remember when you were in grade school and you’d break up for a few hours and but then you’d get back together before you sat down to dinner that same evening. This is exactly the world of Ian and Kristina – not a sane and rational adult in either of them. [Read more…]

Review: Dalí by E.M. Hamill

Reviewed by Ronelle

Human beings are assholes. Dalí Tamareia should know and doesn’t have enough fucks left to give about changing that.

After losing everything—a young family and a promising career as an Ambassador in the Sol Fed Diplomatic Corps—the genderfluid changeling spirals into self-destruction. Though their skills are desperately needed to broker a protective alliance, Dalí no longer cares. They seek oblivion at the bottom of a bottle, in the arms of a faceless lover, or at the end of a knife.

But when Dalí stumbles into a plot threatening changelings like them, a shadow organization called the Penumbra recruits them for a rescue mission full of danger, sex, and intrigue, giving Dalí purpose again.

Risky liaisons with a sexy, charismatic pirate lord could be Dalí’s undoing—and the only way to prevent another deadly act of domestic terrorism like the one that took their family. [Read more…]