Review: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Reviewed by Victoria

Let’s start with THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE. Jane Doe is a fantastic book, with one of the most interesting, motivated protagonists I’ve ever read, but it is NOT A ROMANCE. You’ve been warned.

This book is not my usual thing. It’s not a romance, and it’s a first-person narrative. Any other author, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance. But Stone, aka Victoria Dahl, writes some excellent romances. Her previous work, combined with my dreaded Book Slump, prompted me to give Jane Doe a try. And I loved it. This book is about revenge. Deliberate, meticulous, cold-hearted revenge.

The book opens with Jane subtly gaining the attention of a manager at her new job. Jane knows exactly who he is: charming at work, controlling in a relationship. The job is beneath her education and experience level, and Jane is there for one thing: to ruin Stephen’s life. [Read more…]

Review: Harlot by Victoria Dahl

harlotReviewed by Janell

From the Victoria Dahl books I’ve read, and from following the author on Twitter, I know that Dahl is the most opposite of a slut-shamer there can be. She’s very sex positive, and very positive that women should enjoy sex without the guilt. That’s easy to show in a contemporary book, but what about a historical set in the Old West? Of course, she nails it.

Jessica and Caleb grew up in the same small town. Her father was a banker, so she had high social standing and a relatively luxurious lifestyle. Caleb worshipped her from afar, and as they grew older, they were sweet on each other. But Caleb had that olde tyme male affliction of needing to prove himself to her (funny how that affliction still exists today!), so he set off for California to earn his fortune. [Read more…]

Review: Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl

looking for troubleReviewed by Janell

The events in this book follow close on the heels of Too Hot to Handle. While you don’t need to read THTH first (and I didn’t), it provides a lot of backstory for both main characters, and it’s a fun book, so you might as well.

Sophie is a good girl librarian who wears gorgeous 1950s-style dresses and red lipstick and silk stockings. Her mother, according to town gossip, was a dirty, dirty whore, and so Sophie has lived her live perfectly to avoid being compared to her. Jackson Hole is a small town, and Sophie doesn’t need any trouble in her life. [Read more…]

Review: Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl

too hot to handleReviewed by Janell

This is an older Victoria Dahl novel that I’ve had sitting on my windowsill, and I finally read it. It’s not quite as sexy/spicy as some of her more recent books, but it delivered a quirky heroine, a hot guy, a great best friend, and conflict! It’s set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, like many of her other books. There are apparently many eligible singles in Jackson just waiting to hook up with other singles, so you might want to swing through there if you’re on the prowl. [Read more…]

Review: Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

flirting with disasterReviewed by Janell

Victoria Dahl was a keynote speaker at a writer’s conference I attended a few months ago. She introduced herself as an unsympathetic heroine, a woman with a few close friends but not a lot of friendly acquaintances, a woman who would rather receive dirty pictures and jokes while her husband was in the hospital than casseroles cooked by neighbors.

“She’s so cool,” I though to myself. So I followed her on Twitter, and have been treated to lessons on female anatomy, lots of curse words, and a Tumblr full of NSFW gifs. She keeps on giving, obviously. So when her latest book was released, and I was told over and over about a scene with ladder sex, I knew that I had to read it. [Read more…]

Review: Close Enough to Touch

Reviewed by Allison

Grace Barrett, makeup artiste extraordinaire, is running away. As she runs from her life in LA (and the ex boyfriend intent on making her life as miserable as possible), she runs to the only place she can find shelter, Jackson, WYO where her great-aunt lets her stay in an apartment building she owns. Although her aunt is quite prickly, she is grateful for the roof over her head…even if the floor is her mattress. Right off the bat, she meets her neighbor, Cole Rawlins – an honest to goodness cowboy. Even if the purple hair and dark makeup didn’t scare him off, she figures eventually her personality will. It always does.

Cole is absolutely intrigued by his new next door neighbor. He’s on the mend from a serious horse riding accident and she’s a welcome distraction. Although he doesn’t have the best memories of city girls, he can’t help but be drawn to her. He loves her tough exterior but is convinced she’s not as hard as she seems and each moment, no matter how fleeting, that he sees her vulnerability peek through, he falls even harder for her.

I adore Cole. He’s been through so much and yet each day he chooses to be positive, chooses to believe that with hard work, his dreams have not escaped him yet. Plus – he’s a sexy cowboy! Grace was another story, however. Talk about your tortured heroine. You can tell she’s just had it really rough in life and after so many punches, you have a harder time rolling with them. Still, as much as I liked her and rooted for her, the darkness and constant self-berating was a bit much to read.

All in all, I still enjoyed the first book of Victoria Dahl’s new series and look forward to reading the short stories in between before getting to Grace’s BFF Merry’s story! If you’re looking for an emotional yet sexy read, check the Jackson Hole series out!

Grade: B+

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Close Enough to Touch
by Victoria Dahl
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin HQN