Joint Review: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

Reviewed by Caitlin & Sara

Caitlin: I’m a Penny Reid fan, and her last several books have been, in my opinion, her best. Marriage of Inconvenience and Dating-ish were the two best books in the Knitting in the City series by a mile (thanks to a complete lack of slut-shaming that plagued the earlier books), and I’m very much enjoying her Winston Brothers series.

Sara: I’m also a Penny Reid fan and I agree. It’s great when you can see an author grow. Gone is the problematic slut shaming and completely monochromatic cast of characters and in their place are thought provoking commentary on current events and more diversity. I’m really happy with the way Reid’s writing and this series in particular is going. [Read more…]

Review: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Reviewed by Sara

The Varlet and The Voyeur is book four in Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway’s Rugby Series. I really enjoyed the previous three books in the series and was stoked for this book to come out.

Will Moore is the strong silent member of the Irish Rugby team. He is seen as well-mannered and scandal free until a tabloid accuses Will of paying prostitutes to perform sex acts so that he can watch. The team is shocked and so are Will’s sponsors. Will is all about rules, ethics and preventing misunderstandings. He is also, definitely, a voyeur and, while never having paid prostitutes (he views this as unethical because prostitution can be exploitive), he has had a non-monetary arrangement with several married couples. So, to make things up to the team and regain his good name he hires Josey Kavanagh to be around him to keep him from finding another couple to watch. Will initially views, sweet, exuberant Josey as a little sister or a puppy. However, unexpected things can happen in close quarters and soon Will doesn’t see Josey as a little sister at all. To avoid misunderstandings he puts both rules and a deadline on their interactions, which (of course!) means misunderstandings abound. [Read more…]

Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the wedding book that goes after the romance-getting of book one. It is not a standalone, so can’t be read as a complete story in its own right by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, it slots somewhat awkwardly between the first—Janie’s story of meeting Quinn—and the second, which charts the romance of one of her friends. But it spoils part of book two, so I don’t think it should be read in number order.

Do you like these point-five kind of stories? Infill bits that don’t make sense on their own but give extra scenes and carry on the love? For the right couple I love them, but this tale was fifty fifty. [Read more…]

Review: Friends Without Benefits

friends without benefitsReviewed Carrie

Elizabeth Finney thinks she’s come a long way since high school in small town Iowa  Not only has she physically changed from “Skinny Finney” by adding curves and growing out her hair, she’s a successful doctor at a prestigious hospital in Chicago.  She’s calm and collected, despite the occasional impulsive urges to play pranks at the hospital.  Elizabeth is ok with life.  She has her knitting circle friends and an occasional bed partner and that’s how she likes it.

Then one day, as Elizabeth is on her research rotation, Nico Manganniello, aka Nico Moretti, aka former underwear model turned tv star, aka Elizabeth’s childhood nemesis, unwittingly walks through the hospital doors so that his niece can be entered in a study for cystic fibrosis.  [Read more…]

Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human

Neanderthal Seeks HumanReviewed by Carrie

I was in a reading slump when I picked up this book after remembering hearing good things about it on Twitter. Boy, am I glad I did.  This book is funny, a little nerdy, very cute with great sexual tension and a happy sigh-worthy HEA.

Janie Morris is having a bad day to end all bad days.  When Janie catches her boyfriend cheating on her and gives him the heave ho, out also goes the apartment she splits with him and her job as an accountant in his dad’s firm.  [Read more…]