REVIEW: Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Book CoverSammy’s review of Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 15.5) by J.R. Ward
Paranormal Romance published by Ballantine Books 13 Mar 18

I have to confess to having a love/hate relationship with this series. Yet, I can’t seem to quit it. I guess that’s because J.R. Ward writes a damn good book, even though some books want me to burn shit down (The Shadows, anyone?) I am a little gun shy after that book. I guess you can say I lost trust in how these books are going. While I love the world she created and I want to know all about how the characters end up, a little bit of that shine for me has dulled. I was excited to see that she was putting out a novella based on the world. Especially that it was about an Aristocrat and a Civilian. I love when one of the characters are from the wrong side of the tracks. If only that was what this novella was about …

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REVIEW: A Scot’s Surrender by Lily Maxton

Book Cover Stevie‘s review of A Scot’s Surrender (The Townsends, Book 3) by Lily Maxton
Gay and Bisexual Historical Romance published by Entangled: Scandalous 12 Mar 18

I’ve read this series somewhat out of order, since the blurb for the first one didn’t initially appeal to me. I enjoyed the second book enough to get caught up with the series, however, and when the first proved to be far more than I’d previously expected of it, I quickly went in search of an ARC of the third. This again proved to have a lot more going on in it than its blurb suggested.

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REVIEW: Dark Alpha’s Night by Donna Grant

Book CoverVeena’s review of Dark Alpha’s Night (The Reapers, Book 6) by Donna Grant
Fantasy Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 06 Mar 18

The Reapers are Death’s hit squad created to keep the Fae in check. They answer only to Death and have forsaken all, including love, in order to become a reaper. Bran was once a reaper who broke the rules and paid for his disobedience with exile.

Bran has escaped and is now seeking vengeance against the reapers. The reapers themselves have changed, many of them have fallen in love, and to the teeth-gnashing dismay of Bran and his cohorts, Death has admitted the women into the folds, even as she is losing her powers and weakening day by day. The world is a dire place indeed and the reapers look like they may be on the losing end of the tide.

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REVIEW: Protected by Elisabeth Naughton

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Protected (Deadly Secrets, Book 3) by Elisabeth Naughton
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 20 Mar 18

Elisabeth Naughton is one of those authors who got away from me after enjoying a number of her early books. No reason other than time and too many books. So when I wasn’t sure what to read next recently, her name popped up, and because I’ve been disappointed in favorite authors lately, it was time to go back to some roots. I’m so very glad I did.

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REVIEW: Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan

Book Cover Stevie‘s review of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan
Crime Fiction published by Penguin 22 Feb 18

When I read the blurb for this book, I was expecting a Young Adult or New Adult novel; however, the protagonist is a little older than either demographic, although the theme of discovering your parents aren’t as you’d always imagined definitely fits the broad theme for those genres. There’s another theme running through the book too, although I’ll come to that later.

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REVIEW: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
Young Adult Fiction published by Penguin Books Ltd 11 Jan 18

I loved Emily Barr’s first foray into Young Adult fiction, The One Memory of Flora Banks, with its quirky unreliable narrator. So I quickly snapped up the author’s next novel in the same genre when I saw it was available to review. This time our narrator is more honest with herself than she is with those around her, although it soon becomes apparent that the adults in her life are keeping secrets from her as well: secrets that will cause Ella’s parents to spirit her away from school and out of the UK, and will eventually lead to Ella herself leaving all that is familiar from both her old life and the new one they are trying to make and hiding as far from the adults in her life as she is able to get.

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REVIEW: Head Coach by Lia Riley

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Head Coach (Hellions Angels, Book 2) by Lia Riley
Contemporary Romance published by Avon Impulse 9 Jan 18

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Mister Hockey, enough to continue reading.  But when this book came out, the price was more than I was willing to pay. So I decided to wait until the third book released.  When it did, and after I purchased it – review to come – I went back to check Head Coach again, because it just seems wrong to read the first and third book in a series and not the second.  Much to my delight, it’s on sale for $1.99, so I scooped it up, electronically speaking, lickety split.  It’s not necessary to have read the first book, but it helps.

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REVIEW: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Book CoverVeena’s review of Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, Book 4) by Lisa Kleypas
Historical Romance published by Avon 27 Feb 18

Historical romances were my first love. However, in the past few years I’ve found myself enjoying romantic thrillers and romantic suspense novels. This is a great period story that blends all the elements that make it a win for me. Ethan and Garret are delightful modern characters in a historical time warp with a great story to tell.  Thank you, Sybil, for suggesting I read the book.

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REVIEW: Thanks Fur Last Night by Langlais, Taiden & Baxter

Book CoverTabs’ review of Thanks Fur Last Night by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden & Kate Baxter.
Paranormal Romance published by St. Martin’s Griffin 30 Jan 18

This novella collection features three mostly new-to-me paranormal romance authors. There’s a little bit of everything here with stories that vary in tone from wildly over the top to deadpan serious. All three stories feature variations on the fated mate trope.

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REVIEW: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

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Veena’s review of Lake Silence (The Others, Book 6) by Anne Bishop
Fantasy Suspense published by Ace 6 Mar 18

I am a huge fan of Ms. Bishop’s multi-layered, deeply meaningful fantasies. In an interesting twist, Ms. Bishop takes us outside the Lakeside Courtyard to a tiny village in the Finger Lakes.   With a brand new cast of characters we find greed and entitlement once again squaring off against the Others.  The choices and alliances of a few humans will make the difference between peaceful co-existence or total destruction of all humans in this tiny community on the shores of Lake Silence.

Even as I enjoyed meeting a whole host of new characters and new species of Others, I did not find this story as powerful as the original series. Perhaps that will change as the stories continue.  read more…


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