Review: Falling by Barbara Elsborg

fallingReviewed by Jen

A sympathetic hero is probably the single most important element of a winning romance for me, whether it’s a traditional het rom or a m/m read. This story definitely has a hero who you can’t help but root for.  Harper has just spent the past 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  He was a teacher, falsely accused of raping a student. Now, he is out of jail, his reputation in tatters, and he has no idea how to regain any sense of normalcy.  He has no one to come home to. Everyone abandoned him. He has only the worn down house his father left him before Alzheimers robbed him of his faculties. [Read more…]

Review: Worlds Apart

worlds apartReviewed by Shelly

Well, that was different. I’ve read enough from Barbara Elsborg to know that I like her stuff and very rarely am I disappointed with her work. No difference this time. What was different about this was that it starts out very much like any other contemporary romance and gradually morphs into paranormal with faeries and yes, werewolves (but I’ll get to that later – it’s good). Listen folks I very rarely read about faeries, there’s just something about them that creeps me out. But I gotta say that Elsborg made me crazy-in-like with Niall and it was hard not to like where the story went.

Ladies first. When Roo was introduced, I was sure this chick is a bit loose in the cabesa. She was so happy on the outside that it was a bit unreal, a bit like those faeries that I don’t tend to like; I was thinking as I was reading – this chick is the one that’s going to go postal one day from all this happiness. [Read more…]

Review: Just What She Wants

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a short story (about 42 pages including cover in ePub format). I’ve read Elsong before but it’s been a long while, long enough to not remember her writing style. This is the story of Indiana Jones, Marc Cantrell, and Kyle Landon. Indiana has flown from London, England to FL, for what she thought would be a chillaxing vacation. Yeah, surely a place called Heden wouldn’t be suggestive, but let me not get ahead of myself here. Indiana’s already a little nervous because her best friend, Lisa, bailed on her at the last minute – something about a broken leg. Argh, the bad luck of it. Things start looking up when Indiana meets the two hotties who run the resort – Marc and Kyle. It just so happens that Marc and Kyle are a couple of guys in a somewhat committed relationship and have been looking for a third. Both of the guys are in agreement with this, so there was no angst about that. I did have a passing thought that Marc is a bit of slut, as he can’t stop sleeping with the guests, but whatever floats his boat.

Now I had to put certain things, like my need for things to make sense, aside, because this is part of the 1Night Stand line of stories. So falling in love within a few hours of meeting could happen. With that premise and knowing that Indiana is only going to be in the resort for a set time, things happened really quickly. I mean really quickly. To Elsong’s credit, Indiana’s character is well developed. She’s funny, smart and believable when she’s dealing with Marc and Kyle. She doesn’t immediately fall for the crap that’s coming out of Marc’s mouth. The only complaint I have, other than the story is too short, is that Indiana’s got a thing about Christmas that I thought was ridiculous, but as it’s a short story, it can’t be too complex (I guess).

Marc and Kyle had their own drama. Kyle’s physical and emotional pain comes from a place where most of us might have trouble dealing also. I found myself being sympathetic to him and his reasons for the way that he treated Marc. It’s hard to love those around you when you don’t love yourself. There wasn’t a lot to Marc’s character other than he’s the funny guy.

Overall, this was a fun read with a couple of pretty hot sexy scenes.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: B-

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Just What She Wants
by Barbara Elsborg
Original Release Date: December 7, 2012
Publisher: Decadent Publishing