Review: Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Nalini Singh and so many books in her Guild Hunter series really hit it out of the park for me. Though I didn’t feel like I “knew” Venom very well from the previous stories, I was really excited for his book; he’s so deliciously “other,” I just knew Singh would suck me in as this aloof enigma found love.

Eh. Yes and no. Or maybe it would be better to say… eventually. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie expects it to be just another one of Nell’s crazy ideas.

Turns out it’s not… at least not for Allie. While her friends are understandably freaked out, when Allie takes her turn, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I was such a huge fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series! These Realm Enforcer books haven’t enraptured me quite as much, largely because the series arc surrounding the Apollo drug didn’t have the same oomph as the possibility of a war among supernatural factions. That being said, this installment is easily my favorite in this spin-off series.

The reason: a cranky introverted Alpha Grizzly named Bear. [Read more…]

Review: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

Though I enjoyed the last book in this series–the one that introduced this couple–I was a little underwhelmed by this novella.

We first met Gina as the sweet, innocent younger sister of a scandalous woman. Her uncle had bribed a duke to show interest in her, but the man ended up falling for her sister. Gina was OK with that; she even encouraged it, and she developed an interest in the Duke’s brother, Andrew. [Read more…]

Review: Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying I have read other books by Julia London and have enjoyed them. I say that so you know it’s nothing I have against the author when I say how abysmal I found this book. This is the story of Rabby MacKenzie, a Scotsman being forced into marriage with a young English miss, then falling for her governess. I hated every minute of it.

Let me tell you about Rabbie. He is the most morose, maudlin, douchebag of a “hero” I’ve read in ages. To be fair, the love of his life was killed in the Jacobite rebellion. He’s got a reason to be sad and to hate the English, but this guy is miserable for the entire book. Not only that, he is thoroughly awful to everyone around him. He only agreed to marry Aveline because of some convoluted land issue that would allow his family to keep smuggling. OK. But good grief, he is constantly contemplating suicide. He is a boor, not only to his betrothed, but his entire family. And when he falls for the governess, Bernadette, he becomes no more likable. [Read more…]

Joint Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Reviewed by Joanna & Jen

Jen: Oh wow! How I loved this this book. It had two things going for it right off the bat. One, it was written by Tessa Dare who is one of my absolute faves in historical romance. And two, it is a Beauty and the Beast trope, which is also a favorite of mine. I am thrilled to say that not only did it come through on the promise of its premise, it was even better than I expected.

Joanna: I have something to admit. *looks embarrassed* I’ve never read any Tessa Dare.

Jen: Jo! I am so sorry for you.

Joanna: I know! I can’t tell you how it happened, but I have settled the score with this beauty. It’s sparkling, pacy and lighthearted, and I laughed out loud time and time again. [Read more…]

Review: Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. The premise was so intriguing. It’s a male/male romance between mortal enemies. One hero is a blind, scarred vampire hunter; the other, is the War King vamp who slaughtered the hunter’s entire family. It has two of my favorite tropes rolled into one, a scarred, tortured hero and a forbidden romance. It sounded dark and edgy and fully of sexy angst, and it was all of those things. But it didn’t work for me.

I generally enjoy an enemies to lovers story. My problem with this one is that these two wanted to have hate sex and that is not my bag. I’m all about holding on to the idea of hating someone while falling in love with them against your better judgement and those messy feelings –including attraction– leaking all over the place. That is not the same thing as wanting someone dead and still wanting to give them a blowjob. Does not compute. [Read more…]

Review: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

Reviewed by Jen

The more things change in this series, the more they stay the same. And that make sense in a world that features characters who have lived hundreds of years if not more. Since the very first book in the series Toby has faced so much prejudice and disdain for being a changeling. We have seen the fae characters wrinkle their noses at any and all beings they considered lesser. In many ways, this precept stands above all other things. And it’s rings more true than ever here.

The story begins with Toby in a happy place. She celebrating her bachelorette party; she has a great group of friends and family she loves. She has a future with Tybalt and she’s really quite grateful for where things stand. And that’s a huge flashing sign that everything’s about to go to hell. Which of course it does. [Read more…]

Review: On The Chase by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back in Monroe as the small town beds down for winter, with a new runaway resident taking her pick from the plethora of hot cops. Kaylee is our heroine, and she witnesses something she shouldn’t at her too-good boyfriend’s creepy uncle’s house. Kaylee flees with the assistance of Mr. Espina who helped the family in book one to safety, and she finds herself at their door.

Problem is, Jules, the elder sister of the family in hiding, is dating a local cop. When he shows up at the safe house one day so does another of his cop friends. Hugh got shot in book one, so he’s been forced into taking time off and it’s driving him crazy. [Read more…]

Review: Once Bitten by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

The only thing that sucks more than a book I can’t finish is a book I can’t finish from an author I like.

I adore the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, so I was excited to see that she had backlist books I could dive into and roll around in. Then I started reading. Not only did I not connect to this book, I actively disliked it. [Read more…]