Review: Fall by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Sara

Fall is book three in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series. In it, Jill-of-all-trades and professional friend, Stella Grey and John “Jax” Blackwood have one of the best meet-cutes I’ve read in a long time and then, through fate become neighbors. Both Stella and John are guarded and mistrustful of others. Stella, because she was abandoned by her grifter father shortly after the death of her mother and John, because of past family issues and because he is the lead guitarist for international recording sensation, Kill John.

While Stella doesn’t immediately recognize John as the infamous Jax Blackwood, once she does she realizes why he lives like a hermit. Just over a year or so before Fall takes place, John attempted suicide by overdosing on heroin. Since then, his reputation has been dragged through the mud and the family he had in his band and management has been fractured. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2017

With so many great and excellent reads published this year, I had a hard job settling on a short list. Some of my favourite authors have been knocking it out of the park with their releases, and I’ve made brand new finds who I’ll one-click forever.

How about you? Found a book that’s given you joy? Let me know.

Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

Chef Bianca Hardwick goes head to head with rude, gorgeous and damaged Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux in this tale set in the Deep South. It’s all accents, sumptuous recipes and fiery tempers, with a dollop of an arranged marriage. And I adored it. [Read more…]

Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Joanna

Kristen Callihan is another one-click author for me, and I can’t get enough of her contemporary sports series Game On. This is the fourth, (fine as standalone) and Finn Mannus is the sportsman in question. He’s a quarterback for the New Orleans NFL football team (I’ve got to stop saying American football because you’re mostly all American, right?) and doesn’t do relationships. Stereotype? Yep. Hotter when they fall? Absolutely.

The eponymous Hot Shot is hipster Chester Copper (the weird things parents call their kids. Tsk). She’s an upcoming photographer employed to take nude pictures of the team for a charity calendar. [Read more…]

Review: Managed by Kristen Callihan

managedReviewed by Joanna

Scottie is the utterly beautiful manager of Kill John, super rock band. He’s excellent at his job, but has a stick up his ass and is as approachable as a cranky bear. He also doesn’t do well with flying, and is not best pleased to find a chatty American girl in the adjacent seat in the first class cabin as he flies to London. Chatty girl, Sophie, is a photojournalist heading for a job interview. She’s blinded, but not awed, by Gabriel Scott’s incredible looks and steps up her standard teasing attitude to try to weasel out any signs of humanity from the stiff. She messes with him, he gets stiffer. It’s cute. [Read more…]

Review: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

forevermoreReviewed by Jen

It’s hard to say goodbye to a series I have enjoyed as much as this one. This seventh installment is the last in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, and while a new reader could probably catch up, I’d definitely recommend starting with Firelight; one, because I loved that book like chocolate, and two, because this book is really a culmination of the series. It pulls together lingering threads, builds bridges between stories, and ends with the world in a very different place from where it began. It’s also a long awaited happy ending for a character who has been to hell and back. [Read more…]

Review: Idol by Kristen Callihan

idolReviewed by Joanna

Yum. Rock star romances can be hit or miss, but this one was pretty much on the money for me. I’m a Kristen Callihan fan anyway from her sports-based novels so I was expecting quality and I got it. It’s a dual-perspective ride through rock ‘n roll land till we get to a nice HEA, and I was all kinds of happy with this book.

Liberty Bell finds a strange man on her lawn one day. He’s drunk, disgusting and he’s crashed his Harley right through her fence. She hoses him down whilst berating him for the lives he risked being a drunk driver. He promptly pukes on her. [Read more…]

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

game planReviewed by Joanna

Mmm. Beards. This third book in the Game On series follows beautifully bearded Ethan ‘Dex’ Dexter and Fiona Mackenzie getting their chance at being tussled in love, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Dex is a different kind of hero from those in the previous books. In no way a playa, he’s serious and the father figure of the college football players we met in the first book. He’s a huge, quiet, tattooed, lumbersexual kind of guy. And he’s untested both by heart and penis. [Read more…]

Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

friend zoneReviewed by Joanna

Who doesn’t like a NA sport ‘n true love-based series? I shot straight from the first in the Game On series to this, the second, and I’ve just picked up the third. Not enough to convince you? Then read on.

This college-based friends-to-in-lovers story centers on Ivy Mackenzie, 6’ business graduate, baker extraordinaire and crazy bad dancer, and Gray Grayson, cut, tall and blond tight end (no idea what that means) American football player who knows nothing about love apart from lovin’ and doesn’t want to. Til her. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Favorite Books of 2015

To be honest, this year was a difficult one, both personally and reading-wise.  I found it harder to connect to characters and had little patience for plots to roll out. Thankfully, this year is ending on a high note and I very much look forward to 2016!  Listed are a few of my favorite books this year…. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year.  I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.

There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]