Review: A Game of COURAGE by Lena Hart

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read quite a few of Lena Hart’s books and I’ve had some hits and misses. I’m not sure what this one was. It’s a fast read and I might have liked it better if it was longer with more character development and a more in depth storyline. This read as if there was a story before they married. I felt like I was missing something – like how this couple fell in love.

Mason and Jules Courage have been married going on nine years. They and their two children live quite happily in the home and accoutrements that Mason’s former hockey career and newly appointed assistant coach salaries bring. Working towards a hard won National Championship for his team, Mason is finally in a place where he thinks he can accept even greater responsibilities with the team. [Read more…]

Shelly’s Favorites of 2016

What an amazing year for romance. I read some really good ones this year including a couple historicals.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Kleypas’s historicals and haven’t read her Ravenels series, you’re missing out. This was a new to me author and I couldn’t have been more pleased with Marrying Winterborne, book 2 in the series. Rhys and Helen’s romance was a sweet, fun and well told story about choosing what’s good for you in spite of what society says.

Each of the past few years, M.Q. Barber’s put out a story that I’ve really liked and this year was no exception. Finding their Balance is book 5 in her Neighborly Affection series and continues the story of Henry, Jay and Alice. Well worth the read in you’ve followed that series but I wouldn’t recommend as a stand alone.

I waited for Grace Draven’s book 2 in the Wraith Kings series, Eidolon, patiently. I wasn’t sure it would be worth it because I’ve been disappointed before but this one was absolutely worth the wait. Jen loved it too.

If SEALs are your thing, Embattled Road should be right up your alley. It’s the prequel to JM Madden’s Lost and Found series and it’s good short but good.

I’ve read everything put out by Christine Wenrick and when Leaving Lily Behind came out I was never so happy. It’s book 3 of the Men of Brahm Hills series continuing the saga of good versus evil, Dhampirs, vampires, humans and all things that go bump in the night. It’s tightly woven with the series just in case you’re tempted to read as a standalone.

One of my favorite writers is Allyn Lesley. She’s one of these authors who can pen a tale about an anti-hero and make you fall in love with him. Deeper, book 2 in her Descent series is no exception to that. Noah is no saint and Avi knows it.

Happy reading folks!

Honorable mention goes to:

Angel 6.0 – Concubine by Travis Luedke
A Bad Bit Nice by Josie Kerr
Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Frost
The Devil’s Bedpost by Lena Hart
Falling by Allyn Lesley
Sucker Punched by Kelley Martin

Review: The Devil’s Bedpost by Lena Hart

devils-bedpostReviewed by Shelly

I haven’t read the prior stories about David and Athena, so I have no point of reference on how this holds up against the other two. When I initially started reading, I actually felt a little lost in their history because of the random reference to something that happened in their past that was maybe told in a prior story. I got through the first and second paragraph and just decided to go for it and see what happened. [Read more…]

Review: Something Old by Lena Hart

something oldReviewed by Shelly

I’ve read quite a few books by Lena Hart, and I’m impressed enough to want to continue. There may be a day when I don’t want to keep reading her books, but that’s not today. I like the idea of the jilted bride/groom because well… there’s a certain amount of character strength and building to either keeping the hope alive for another day or crumbling under the pressure of being rejected. I like to see the process that reflects ether outcome. [Read more…]

Review: Because You Are Mine by Lena Hart

because you are mineReviewed by Shelly

Since I discovered this author a few weeks/months ago, I’m having a hard time moving on. I read a few of her other stories, and I enjoyed them for the escape they provided. This is one I didn’t care for as much. It’s good, but I’ve read better stories from Lena Hart so I can’t say that my like is as high.

Cara Sinclair has always liked –you could even say loved– Drake Ross. They met when they we both very young (as Cara’s mom was the nursing aide to Drake’s grandmother) and created a very strong friendship. The story starts off with Cara being assaulted, we don’t know by who, but the assumption is that it’s Drake. Cara’s step-father, that jerk, convinces the sheriff that Drake is the person who assaulted Cara, because her blood is on his hands. Okay, go with me here for a second because that part is so convenient for the storyline that somehow the author thinks that neither this reader nor the local law enforcement doesn’t need actual evidence to convict. But it’s okay, because not a lot of time is spent on Drake’s time behind bars anyway. [Read more…]

Review: Because This is Forever by Lena Hart

because this is foreverReviewed by Shelly

Oh my word, I think I just read a drama-free book. Don’t take that to mean that there weren’t highs and lows because there were; take that to mean that there weren’t a lot of secrets between this couple. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself here.

While Mia Trent worked for Nate McArthur father’s company, she and Nate had a thing going on. It was all done in secrecy, well as much secrecy as you can have while working for a large company. As an assistant, Mia didn’t have a lot of control over anything but the tasks given to her… you know the typical scheduling and things of that nature that assistants are so necessary for; she was a good employee until the day that Nate’s father decided that Mia wasn’t good anymore. I still am not convinced that Mia’s memory was that bad. I think the father had a little bit everything to do with that unfortunate situation. Old geezer! [Read more…]

Review: First Love by Lena Hart

first loveReviewed by Shelly

This is my first read from this author and I know this is the prequel to another story, but I went rogue and did it anyway. I was surprised how much I started liking the hero, Jake London. I though his character had much more to offer than the heroine, Sabrina Morgan.

After being fired from her internship, not because of poor work performance but because of some ‘he said she said’ nonsense that plagues too many corporations, Sabrina lands another job. Not surprisingly, the new job takes her a while to find because well… some industries take fraternizing amongst its staff seriously, and Sabrina knows this. In this, her new marketing role, Sabrina’s first day on the job brings its own demands – she finds herself with a same day deadline and, unfortunately, a dead monitor. Lucky for her Jake, the IT guy, comes to her rescue. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Queen of His Heart by Lena Hart

queen of his heartReviewed by Jaimie & Shelly

Jaimie: Queen of His Heart is the third book in the Queen Quartette series by Lena Hart. This is my first experience with Ms. Hart’s books but it definitely will not be my last. This story was well written, had plenty of suspense, and a great hero and heroine.

Shelly: After reading another story by this author, I thought the writing was promising enough to just keep going, so that I did. The book is based around a Vegas casino, Royal Courts. I’ve not read any of the prior stories in the series but I wanted to jump right in and get a feel for the series, plus this is an IR and well… I’m a sucker (there’s one of us born every minute). [Read more…]