REVIEW: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Young Adult Fiction published by Philomel Books 02 May 17

I’m fond of unreliable narrators, particularly the type who warn us from the outset not to believe everything they tell us. Best of all are stories where even the narrator can’t be certain what’s true or the extent and scope of their deception. Flora Banks has to rely on others, and on her own written words, to tell her about recent events – or indeed anything that has happened to her in the past seven years – and we can’t be certain at any given time whether those around her are being entirely honest with her, or whether the notes she makes before her memories fade are a strictly accurate account of what she just experienced.

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REVIEW: Hickey by Cora Brent

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Hickey by Cora Brent
New Adult Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 4 Apr 17

I read The Gentry Boys series by Ms. Brent and enjoyed them enough to try another book by her.  First off, to avoid any head scratching over the title, Hickey is the last name of the hero and that’s where the title comes from – not those rosy red marks on your neck or other places when one gets carried away while ‘enjoying’ another person.

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REVIEW: Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

Book CoverVeena’s review of Restrained Under His Duty (Dirty Little Secrets, Book 3) by Stacey Kennedy
Erotic Romance published by Loveswept 04 Apr 17

When I started this series, I was expecting more hard-core erotic romance, but the first two books surprised me with softness and romanticism. With Haley being a submissive who uses clubs and pain to find control, this story comes the closest to a hard-core BDSM theme with the soft undertones of a true HEA romance.

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REVIEW: Soul Survivor by I. Beacham

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Soul Survivor by I. Beacham
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 18 Apr 17

I seem to be drawn to romances in which one or both protagonists experiences a crisis of faith, possibly because the situation is outside my experience and something I’m unlikely to encounter in myself – at least in its religious sense. While Church of England clergy seem to be popular heroes to feature in the trope, I’ve rarely encountered them as the heroine of a story, even though women vicars have been around for at least half my lifetime. Add in the fact that I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Beacham so far, and it may become obvious why I had to get my hands on this book.

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REVIEW: Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Book CoverVeena’s review of Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders, Book 1) by Kit Rocha
Dystopian Romance published by Kit Rocha 07 Mar 17 

The sectors all united under the leadership of Dallas O’Kane and brought down the walls of Eden, a fitting ending for the Beyond series.   Now the winners need to deliver in their promise of a new tomorrow and create a world order that is more than surviving. Gideon Rios and Sector One have emerged as a powerful beacon of hope.  In this exciting spin-off, we explore a little more about the fascinating world of Sector One, which is as different from Dallas O’Kane’s world as chalk from cheese.

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REVIEW: Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Fury’s Bridge (Afterlife, Inc, Book 1) by Brey Willows
Lesbian Paranormal Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 14 Mar 17

I have a slightly uneasy relationship with books that draw on Greek mythology in a modern setting. Some work really well for me, but others just make me cross. This novel’s blurb drew me in however, especially since it drew on the legends of the Furies, rather than the flashier, better known gods and goddesses. Then, once I started reading, I discovered that the story itself draws on some very wide influences across the whole spectrum of past and current belief systems, with the idea that gods are brought into being, and then sustained, by the faith of the humans who worship them, or who call upon their names. So far, so good.

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REVIEW: All You Need by Lorelie James

Book CoverVeena’s review of All You Need (Need Me, Book 3) by Lorelie James
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 04 Apr 17

Ms. James is on my auto- buy list. I love her larger-than-life characters, her clever dialogue, and her way of spinning a tale that enmeshes her readers into the lives and loves that unfold from her clever pen.  The first meeting between Annika Lund and Ax-hell Hammerquist was not promising at all and the second was even worse, but … read more…

REVIEW: By the Hour by Roni Loren

Book CoverTabs’ review of By the Hour (The Pleasure Principle, Book 2) by Roni Loren
Erotic Romance published by Roni Loren 25 Apr 17

Roni Loren is really in a class by herself, for me, and her terrific new book is no exception. This book takes the heinous bitch from the previous entry in the series and makes her the heroine of her own story. But this is no taming of the shrew. It’s a story with complex main characters who are not one thing but many things.  And it’s phenomenal.

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REVIEW: Surrender to the Marquess by Louise Allen

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Surrender to the Marquess (Herriard Family, Book 3) by Louise Allen
Historical Romance published by Harlequin Historical 01 Mar 17

Louise Allen is pretty much an auto-buy author for me, and I particularly enjoyed her first two books about the Herriard family. We’ve had to wait a few years for Sara’s story, but it finally arrived, and I was every bit as excited on picking it up as I was when I read her parents’ and her brother’s stories. A few years have passed in the book world too, although not as many as were skipped between the first and second books, so Sara has already been married once when her story opens: now widowed, she has withdrawn from the Ton, and is leading a double-life as both a shopkeeper and a society lady in a quiet seaside town that sees very little of the nobility – and whose upper echelons, such as they are, are prepared to overlook Sara’s scandalous behaviour in order that she continues to grace their events. This slightly unusual set-up is disrupted, however, when another titled individual also retreats to the town and tries to remain inconspicuous – albeit with limited success.

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REVIEW: My One True Highlander By Suzanne Enoch

Book CoverVeena’s review of My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero, Book 2) by Suzanne Enoch
Historical Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 04 Apr 17

As I’m getting older I find that amongst other things my reading tastes are changing.  While I have enjoyed many a tale of heroes and quests from Ms. Enoch’s talented pen in the past, this book failed to grab my attention and hold onto it, despite some adorable characters and fun moments.

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