REVIEW: Wait For It by M. O’Keefe

Book CoverTabs’ review of Wait For It (Everything I Left Unsaid, Book 4) by M. O’Keefe
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 28 Feb 17

In Molly O’Keefe’s latest, a hero with a hardened heart and a heroine with a will of steel face off against each other. Tiffany is a struggling mother of three young children who is trying to divorce her abusive husband and keep her kids safe from his abuse and destruction. When said shitstain ex tracks her down after being served with divorce papers and trashes her apartment, she’s at rock bottom and needs to ask for help. When she inadvertently runs into her ex’s brother Blake, the last person in the world she wants to witness her low point, life gets even more complicated.

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REVIEW: The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Christmas Surprise (Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, Book 3) by Jenny Colgan
Contemporary Women’s Holiday Fiction published by William Morrow Impulse 06 Dec 16

I have developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christmas-themed books (books themed around seasonal holidays of other faiths evoke only love, because I find so few of them); the best kind make me feel highly pleased with the season and ready to venture out into some very unseasonal weather to sing carols in the rain. A lot of the rest, however, try too hard and leave me longing for the middle of January. Fortunately, Jenny Colgan is an author I can pretty much rely on to provoke happy feelings towards the season, and so I picked up this book without having encountered Rosie Hopkins and her friends before – I can always go back and discover their earlier adventures later on – it’s a risk jumping into a series at the holiday edition (the second holiday edition in this case), as I’ve already found to my cost once this month, but I decided to take a chance.

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REVIEW: The Hero by Donna Grant

Book CoverSammy’s review of The Hero (Sons of Texas, Book 1) by Donna Grant
Romantic Suspense published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 06 Dec 16

Romantic suspense holds a very special place in my book reader heart. Some of my comfort reads are written by Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Cindy Gerard, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Tyler, Marliss Melton, HelenKay Dimon, Elizabeth Lowell, Tami Hoag, Julie Garwood, just to name a few. When this book came on my radar, I jumped in with both feet. I need to stress for me as a reader what all these authors have in common: a 50/50 ratio of believable romance with a story. I am very picky when it comes to this sub-genre. It has to make sense and be plausibly believable. Unfortunately, I had some issues with this book. I want to be transparent. I made it through 20% of the book and put it down. Then the holidays rolled around and I forgot about it. Then I received a nudge from Sandy, the wet noodle wielder (I type that with immense love and respect), and I didn’t feel comfortable writing up a DNF review with only reading less than a quarter of the book. I made it to the 50% mark and I gave up again.

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REVIEW: Into the Firestorm by Kat Martin

Book CoverVeena’s review of Into the Firestorm (BOSS, Inc., Book 3) by Kat Martin
Romantic Suspense published by Zebra 31 Jan 17

This is a great fast-paced, exciting story with lots of chemistry between the lead couple. It opens with a heart-breaking incident which sets the stage for the rest of the story. We quickly transition into a new Emma, who has reinvented herself into a bounty hunter to chase the psychopath who has targeted her family and already left devastation in his wake. Seasoned bounty hunter Luke Brodie is after the same target. It did my feminist heart a lot of good to watch Emma in action teaching Luke a thing or two as they partner up to track clues and take down their target. read more…

REVIEW: Snitch by Dharma Kelleher

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Snitch (Shea Stevens, Book 2) by Dharma Kelleher
Lesbian Thriller published by Alibi 31 Jan 17

Following Shea Stevens’ adventures is a bit – a lot – like watching a slow-moving train wreck. The impact is inevitable; you just don’t know exactly when it will happen or how damaging it’s going to be. The first book in the series ended with Shea gaining a new young member of her household and making a bargain to avoid jail time. This second book in the series explores what happens when Shea has to fulfill her side of the deal.

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REVIEW: Royal Affair by Parker Swift

Book CoverSammy’s review of Royal Affair (Royal Scandal Book 1) by Parker Swift
Contemporary Romance published by Forever Yours  14 Feb 17

I love trying debut authors. This book, while I have some issues with it, was very page turning. If I had to title this review, I would call it 50 Shades of Royalty. It relied heavily on 50 Shades of Grey – right down to Dylan Hale’s aloofness, his controlling ways, his many secrets, even not liking pubic hair. I’ll dive into all the details in just a bit.

As a first book I loved this author’s voice. While it reminded me of another book, she did make it her own. It’s always nice when you have a British aristocrat chasing after the American girl. I can’t lie, I couldn’t read this book fast enough. It was like catnip. I do want to tell you, though, this is Book 1 of a three-book series about Dylan and Lydia. There is a cliffhanger at the end, but not a cliffie about their relationship. More like a dubious email.

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REVIEW: Lady of Silver by Shona Husk

Book CoverVeena’s review of Lady Of Silver (Blood & Silver, Book 1) by Shona Husk
Romantic Fantasy published by Lyrical Press 21 Feb 17

Not only does Dale Morgan believe psychics are charlatans and cheaters, he’s got the scars to prove it.  Urged by his police captain, he reluctantly shows up at psychic Saba Venn’s door to ask for her help in solving his latest murder case.  His encounter with her turns his belief system on its ear.  A great start to a new series, read on to see how it all unfolds. read more…

REVIEW: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Women’s Crime Fiction published by MIRA 01 Jan 17

Stories of assumed or multiple identities are always intriguing, especially when the person living a double life manages to fool those closest to them, up to and including their spouse. This story is written from the wronged spouse’s point of view, starting at the point when she discovers her husband’s lie in the worst way possible – and with seemingly no way for him to give her an explanation or an apology.

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REVIEW: Tied To His Betrayal by Stacey Kennedy

Book CoverVeena’s review of Tied To His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets, Book 2) by Stacey Kennedy
Erotic Romance published by Loveswept 15 Nov 16

Five years ago Darius sacrificed love for success and ambition.  While Darius is at the pinnacle of success, Taylor has lived a rough life as evidenced by the signs of abuse she wears, a legacy from her last boyfriend.  Will Darius repeat his choice from five years ago? read more…

REVIEW: That Potent Alchemy by Tess Bowery

Book CoverStevie‘s review of That Potent Alchemy (Treading the Boards, Book 3) by Tess Bowery
Historical Gender-fluid Romance published by Seamchecker Ent. 04 Oct 16

Historical romances featuring characters of colour are too a rare joy, especially those in which neither protagonist is white. Likewise, it’s not often we find novels that examine the characters of those individuals in history who have chosen not to present as their sex at birth. We know from written accounts of instances where women passed as men, or – to a possibly lesser extent – vice versa, for professional reasons not connected to the theatre, and we know of individuals who famously cross-dressed at times within the highest echelons of society. What we don’t know much about, however, is how those individuals viewed their identities. So, imagine my delight at finding an author, whose books I’ve already enjoyed, tackling a story in which not only are both the hero and heroine people of colour, but the heroine is the cross-dressing actress from the previous book in the series. Obviously this was a book I had to read…

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