Review: The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

This latest installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series was such a hit for me. It was full of angst and heartbreak and I could not help but root for this couple to reconcile, from the beginning of the book to the end.

This is a second chance at love story, centering on Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent. Lavinia was the woman who was supposed to marry the hero of the last book, but ran away before they could tie the knot. She bailed because she saw Finn at his brother’s wedding, and it reminded her of how it felt to have a relationship based on love rather than duty.

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Review: Lost Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Reviewed by Jen

Another great ride in this third installment of the Soul Charmer series. If you are looking for a gritty new Urban Fantasy series, I heartily recommend you give this one a try. (But don’t start here…make sure you pick up Borrowed Souls first.)

This book picks up where the last one left off, with Callie desperately searching for Nate who has kidnapped her mother. The mission is especially pressing since the guy cut off some of her mom’s fingers and sent them as a warning. Callie needs to return the soul she ripped out of him or her mother will pay the price.

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Review: Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long

Reviewed by Jen

I haven’t read a historical romance from Julie Anne Long since the conclusion of her Pennyroyal Green series. And I’d almost forgotten just how much I enjoy her books. Though this story didn’t have the laugh out loud moments I associated with the other series, the romance was just as good and the black moment/reconciliation hit me right in the feels.

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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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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: Demon’s Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series. And I am just over the moon that she has come back to it. Even more, I love her Kyllwood demons. These brothers have fought so hard for their entire lives to get where they are and ensure the future of their people. Zane was awesome and now we have Logan, who is just a fantastic hero.

He is poised to undergo the ritual to become one of the Seven… guardians of bubble dimensions which hold back basically the most powerful bad guy ever. The heroine, Mercy, is one of three women who serve as “keys.” If these women are brought together, they can kill that bad guy. So, as the story begins, Logan is watching her, waiting for an opportunity to bring her in. He has no idea she is actually bait for a trap to catch him.

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Review: Elijah’s Hope by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Sara

Elijah and the men in management at the Dyson International oil rig in Hope’s Point, Alaska are lonely. So, they concoct a plan to have women flown up to them. The men place a Facebook Ad and pick from the women who respond to it. The women fly up to Hope’s Point and get to spend two weeks of no strings attached fun experiencing the beauty of Alaska. Elijah’s pick is Shelby, a wholesome, girl next door from Baton Rouge, LA. He’s immediately taken with her and her squeaky clean persona that’s so different from the women he grew up with while his mother stripped to make ends meet. Elijah has baggage.

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Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Reviewed by Jen

I almost didn’t read this book. Despite the love I had for the 12 books that came before it, the line in the blurb about 100 years passing was almost enough to make me skip this final book in the Charley Davidson series. And that would have been such a huge mistake. I don’t want to spoil the plot for you, but if this set-up is what’s holding you back, don’t let it.

Aw hell, I don’t know how I can talk about this book at all without at least a little bit of spoilage –at least on that front—so read at your own risk.

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