Shelly’s Favorite Books of 2014


This is the year of series for me. All of my faves this year are part of a series, which is not something I’m used to. I think we all know how rare it is to find multiple books within a series that are as good or better than their counterparts.

healing the woundsHealing the Wounds by M.Q. Barber (Pub date: 06/02/2014)

This was my only A+ book all year long. It’s a ménage with BDSM written all over it, but the writing made me like what these characters were feeling – happy, sad, anxious, fearful – the gamut of emotions were all there. The 3rd in MQ Barber’s ‘Neighborly Affection’ series picks up the story of Henry, Jay and Alice. This takes us right to club where Jay and Henry met and we see a glimpse of time when Henry saved Jay from a guy who claims he’s a Dom. There’s a lot of crying, talking and soothing of emotions in this one which was one of the many things that made me enjoy it so much. [Read more…]

Review: Misadventures in Seduction by Robyn DeHart

misadventures in seductionReviewed by Shelly

This is by far my favorite installment in this series. The 3rd novella tells the story of spinster Prudence Hixsby, who as the oldest must care for her 5 younger siblings after the death of their parents. In order to save her oldest brother from going off to war, Prudence strikes a bargain with an old acquaintance. The bargain is this – if she has sex with the old lecher, I mean acquaintance, then he’ll save her brother from going off to serve and instead he’ll be stationed stateside. The only thing is that Prudence isn’t really the queen of seduction so she doesn’t get the particulars, like what bedroom, and unknowingly ends up in bed with Harrison Carlisle, Duke of Sutcliffe. Harrison and Prudence have a civil relationship – they exchange pleasantries and ‘how do you do’s’ but that’s as far as they take it until that one fateful night. [Read more…]

Review: For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart

for her spy onlyReviewed by Shelly

The 2nd novella in Robyn DeHart’s Masquerading Mistresses is a fun follow up to Remy and Emma’s story. This is a standalone, though, so there’s no need to have read the first one, but you’ll have missed out on a bit of happiness if you don’t. Like Remy and Emma’s story, this installment has the couple with a clandestine meeting a few years earlier – in this case it’s 6 years earlier. After being left at the alter, Winifred Wilmington just wants to get away. Once she’s on her way though, her carriage breaks down and she and her maid, Polly, are stuck with no hopes of a rescue until Alistair happens by. Alistair Devlin, Marquess of Coventry, is a loner and he likes it that way. Rumors abound that he killed his wife, but that’s not the whole story, and he’s not in the least interested in swaying anyone’s opinion of him. [Read more…]

Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

temptations of anna jacobsReviewed by Shelly

After reading Mia’s story in Robyn DeHart’s first installation in the Dangerous Liaison’s series, I was hooked. My expectations for this story were high because the first one was exceptionally well written. I savored this installment like a fine wine – a read here and a read there; on occasion, I even combined the reading and the wine. But that’s a story for another day. As you and I both know, it’s hard for a follow up story to be as good as the first and I can’t decide which of these stories I liked best. If you’ve not read the first in the series, I’m not going to say that it’s required to enjoy this one, but it will make Drew and Anna’s story a whole lot more to fun read. [Read more…]

Review: No Ordinary Mistress by Robyn DeHart

no ordinary mistressReviewed by Shelly

This novella is the first in Robyn DeHart’s new series – Masquerading Mistresses – and tells the story of spies Emma Masterson and Remington ‘Remy’ Hawthorne, Earl of Latham. Emma new assignment is to pose undercover as Remy’s mistress during an investigation. This story had me within the first few pages and just kept getting better. I must say that I enjoy the style of this author – the dialogue is fun and the plot builds well. [Read more…]

Review: The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart

secrets of mia danversReviewed by Shelly

I’ve never read Robyn DeHart before and it irks me to great extent that I had this story in my TBR for as long as I did before buckling down to read it. The first in the Dangerous Liaisons Series, I couldn’t have asked for either a better introduction to both the author and the series. I even cheated a little by not reading this too fast because I just knew that I didn’t want it to end. [Read more…]