Review: My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

This was a surprise release for me, and as I love this author’s New Adult work, it was all I could do to hold my attention on my existing read when this landed in my Kindle. The premise, with a rough-around-the-edges tattooed hero whose hair in that lovely shade of dirty dirty blond had me excited. Who needs an attention span? The other book got ditched at 50%.

Aiden is at Holsom College at the behest of a judge. It was either go get an education or spend your life in and out of prison. Our boy might like boosting cars, but he ain’t dumb, and he takes the right choice, joining a program for educating ex-juvie / ex-con young people. I love a world where this exists.

In his third year, he moves into a shared apartment with Jerry. In the spirit of taking things that aren’t his, Aiden sees Aster, Jerry’s gorgeous and polished girlfriend, and decides he must sleep with her. He might’ve stopped stealing cars but, for one hot night, he has to steal the girl. [Read more…]

Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

Kellan 2.0 is the star of this tale. In book one of the Burnham College series, he’s the super-popular and super-slutty housemate of Nora, and best friend to Crosbie, the hero and heroine of that tale (oh, how I love Crosbie). Kellan got gonorrhoea, and had to track down all his previous sexual partners to inform them and find the source. He’s not exactly the hottest proposition for a hero in his own right, but this funny and easygoing guy appealed to me then, and I was excited to read his story.

Kellan’s about to start his third year at Burnham college, and has returned home to small town Avilla for a few days at the end of the summer to see his family. There, he bumps into his childhood friend and enemy, Andi. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2016

I joined the team of Red Hot Ladies in January and challenged myself to expand my reading choices past my usual go-tos. I’ve had my eyebrows raised and I’ve found writers I will love forever, from long-established authors to newbies who’ve contacted us at the blog and offered their work.

Throughout the year I’ve been editing my own novel, which is my new favorite and never ending pastime. Seriously – help, I can’t stop. Much respect for my co-reviewers, who published, drafted and dreamed big their own books this year – you guys rule and your work is sublime. On with my other favorite reads from the past twelve months:

 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniel #9) by Ilona Andrews

I’m pretty sure this novel will be on Jen’s list too. I love this series and rate this book as one of their best. The development of the relationship between Kate and Roland, her doting/murderous father, is fascinating. Curran made me laugh out loud, as did the side characters just being their excellent selves. The story is fast paced, compelling and tense, with little let up, and the world of post-shift Atlanta is just as awesome as it ever was. [Read more…]

Review: Going the Distance by Julianna Keyes

going the distanceReviewed by Joanna

I bought this on the strength of another novel by this author which I absolutely loved (Undecided) and although there were similarities, I didn’t find this book quite as strong.

It’s a contemporary romance set in China for the most, in the small city of Lazhou. Olivia fled a bad situation at home in the U.S. to work as a kindergarten teacher in a Chinese school teaching EFL. She’s alone and lonely when along comes moody Jarek. He’s handsome and casually dangerous and takes an interest in Olivia. Jarek’s ex-military – an interrogator, actually – and now works construction sites as a carpenter. [Read more…]

Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes

undecidedReviewed by Joanna

You know when you pick up a book and it’s so bang on to your tastes you love it from the off? = me with Undecided.

I like college NA, I like the player-falls-in-love trope, I like people having hidden depths and I like this well-written book. A lot.

To the plot – Nora Kincaid is in her second year at college and trying to live very differently than her wild first year. She screwed around, got arrested and failed her courses. This year she’s moving house to be with a boring and studious flatmate and promised herself, her parents and the Dean of the school that she won’t make the same mistakes again. Nora Bora is a la mode. [Read more…]