REVIEW: That Darkness by Lisa Black

Book Cover Stevie‘s review of That Darkness (Gardiner and Renner, Book 1) by Lisa Black
Police Procedural published by Kensington 26 Apr 16

It’s not easy to put a new spin on the police procedural formula, but every so often an author manages it, and makes me very happy in the process. Certainly there are plenty of stories out there featuring members of the forensic investigations team, some of which very neatly pair the lead character with a member of the police force they work with, and there are other series, some of which I greatly enjoy, in which the crime-fighting lead takes advice from a particularly lethal member of the criminal fraternity. This book, however, is possibly the first I’ve seen in which a forensics expert is paired with a cop who steps outside the law on a regular basis.

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REVIEW: Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Book CoverShannon C’s review of Never Sweeter (Dark Obsession, Book 2) by Charlotte Stein
Contemporary new adult romance published by Loveswept on 19 Apr 16

If there was ever an author suited to writing convincing new adult romances, it would be Charlotte Stein. With her unique voice and her ability to delve deeply into the minds of her heroines, a time in life that is so emotionally fraught brings out the best in her. Even with a premise as balls-to-the-walls crazy as this one, she delivers a moving and sexy romance that convinces me of the HEA and makes me want more. The crazy premise, you ask? A young woman falls in love with her high school bully.
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REVIEW: To Love A Wolf by Paige Tyler

Book CoverVeena’s review of To Love A Wolf (SWAT, Book 4) by Paige Tyler
Urban Fantasy published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 7 Jun 16

Three of the hunky werewolves who make the Dallas SWAT team have found their “one,” that perfect soulmate who completes them. Landry Cooper hasn’t quite drunk the Kool-Aid yet and is somewhat skeptical that he has a “one.” Then he’s in a crowded bank flirting with a beautiful girl when a bank robbery goes down and he finds himself losing control when the same beautiful girl is held hostage. However, our intrepid hero manages to disarm the bank robbers and save the girl. So is she the one for him? read more…

REVIEW: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Book CoverC2’s review of Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay series, book 1)
Contemporary romance released by Avon, 28 June 2016

Greetings Faithful Reader! It has been a while since I started a new series, but I’m always glad to see Jill Shalvis pop up in my to-be-reviewed box – and she knows how to do series! With this book, we move from small towns to the big city – San Francisco to be exact. Of course, the city itself is a supporting character, especially to those who have been there (if you haven’t, go if you get the chance…it’s lovely). Intrigued? You know you are…

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REVIEW: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare

Book CoverTabs’ review of The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake (Billionaires and Bridesmaids, Book 4) by Jessica Clare
Contemporary Romance published by Intermix 21 Jun 16

Jessica Clare returns to her Billionaires and Bridesmaids series with some unrequited love, some lousy drunken sex, an accidental pregnancy, and some Hugh-Hefner-Girls-Next-Door-esque shenanigans. Professional event planner Greer has been mooning over her friend and former college roommate Asher for many a year. When she decides that she’s finally going to make her move, things go south really fast and she decides that she is actually totally over his crap and is completely washing her hands of one Asher Sutton. An accidental pregnancy kind of throws the wrench in those plans, though!

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REVIEW: His Heart’s Revenge by Jenny Holiday

Book CoverTabs’ review of His Heart’s Revenge (49th Floor, Book 4) by Jenny Holiday
Contemporary Romance published by Entangled: Indulgence 20 Jun 16

My BFF has been not-so-subtly encouraging me to read Jenny Holiday for more than a year. I finally caved and went on an epic binge over Memorial Day weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the 49th Floor books, but I was super excited to see that the fourth book is an m/m romance featuring the cousin of the hero from The Engagement Game. Few things frustrate me more than being introduced to an interesting gay character in a romance and knowing that, unlike every other interesting side character in every romance ever written, there’s no possibility of them getting their own book because f/m is one wheelhouse and LGBT stories are another and never shall the twain mix. (I’ve noticed more authors breaking this mold lately, but it’s not common by any means). So I was just happy that this book merely existed. It having the audacity to be sexy and endearing is a total bonus.

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REVIEW: The Player and the Pixie by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

Book CoverKristie J’s review of The Player and the Pixie (Rugby, Book 2) by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway
Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 12 Apr 16

I can’t get enough of L.H. Cosway.  I discovered her just a few months ago and it’s like I’m addicted to her.  And now this is the second book she’s written in collaboration with Penny Reid, and this one, as well as the first book, The Hooker and the Hermit, are just as wickedly wonderful as the books she’s written on her own

The heroine in this book is the sister of Ronan Fitzpatrick of the first book and the hero of this one is Sean Cassidy, a secondary character in the first book.  In that one he was a real jerk, so this is a redemption story.  Can he be turned around to someone you care about? Short answer – yes.  Read on if you want more detail.

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REVIEW: Dilemma in Yellow Silk by Lynne Connolly

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Dilemma in Yellow Silk (Emperors Of London, Book 5) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 12 Apr 16

I’m loving my regular encounters with the Emperors of London and their various friends and relations – not to mention their enemies. So far they’ve never failed to deliver on adventure and intrigue, and, obviously, romance. I’m particularly enamoured of the glimpses we also get of differing strands of society (often with a definite small ‘s’) and how they relate and react to those in the higher echelons of Society (definitely with a capital ‘S’). This book is no exception, opening as it does with great excitement at Haxby Hall, as the servants clean the rooms and generally prepare for the return of the Marquess of Strenshall and his family.

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REVIEW: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Book CoverC2’s review of Allegiance of Honor (Psy/Changeling, Book 15) by Nalini Singh
Paranormal romance released by Berkley 14 Jun 16

Can you feel it in the air, Faithful Reader?? The tingle of anticipation that happens when you know a most-wanted book is available? Because Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling books are always on my Most Wanted list and I know I’m not alone! So, does her latest installment meet the very high standard of her previous books? Onward!!

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REVIEW: Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

Book CoverVeena’s review of Bay of Sighs (The Guardians, Book 2) by Nora Roberts
Fantasy Romance published by Berkley 14 Jun 16

Sasha and Sawyer’s magic has pointed the guardians to the Isle of Capri to begin their search for the next star. The quest gathers momentum, but the evil goddess, having lost the first battle, prepares for war and retaliation.  Ms. Roberts is a gifted story teller, reeling her readers into the next chapter of the story…

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