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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REVIEW: One More Kiss by Samantha Chase

Book CoverVeena’s review of One More Kiss (Shaughnessy: Band On The Run, Book 1) by Samantha Chase
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 07 Feb 17

In This Is Our Song, Riley Shaughnessy struggled to find his own place as an individual musician while his band mates go their own successful way.  Get ready to see the story from the other side as we meet Matty Reed and get a glimpse at what is really happening with the rest of the band.

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REVIEW: Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles
Gay Historical Romance published by Riptide Publishing 07 Jan 17

KJ Charles’ historical romances are an auto-read for me these days, and in the immediate absence of a new series, I was keen to fill the gap with this slightly shorter standalone story. The cover told me we could look forward to another black hero – all too rare in historical romances – and the blurb was intriguing without giving away very much of the plot at all, other than to hint that advertisements of some sort were likely to feature alongside a ripping adventure story, which includes an elopement and possibly, by extension, a marriage.

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REVIEW: Cold Memory by Leslie A. Kelly

Book CoverSammy’s review of Cold Memory (Extrasensory Agents, Book 3) by Leslie A. Kelly
Paranormal Suspense published by LK Books 30 Jan 17

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Holy crap. Book 3 is everything I thought it could be, and after I finished reading it I realized the author exceeded my expectations. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a huge fan of this series. I don’t know if it’s popped up on anyone else’s radar or if you’re on the fence, but I would never squee like a fangirl if I weren’t 100% certain you would walk away disappointed. I would also like to point out that I also put my money where my big fingers are. I bought all three books in ebook and I have the original two books in print. That’s how serious I am. To put it bluntly, this book is fucking amazing. It was well worth the wait.

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REVIEW: Wild Fire By Anne Stuart

Book CoverVeena’s review of Wild Fire (Fire Series, Book 3) by Anne Stuart
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 14 Feb 17

Ms. Stuart delivers fast-paced, action adventure romantic fiction.  I stumbled on one of her books by accident during a period when I was working on discovering new authors and haven’t looked back since. Not only did I go back and read her entire back list but have kept up with all her new releases since.  Sophie Jordan is an incredible heroine, and difficult as I found certain parts of the book, I could not put it down once I started.

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REVIEW: Cold Touch by Leslie A. Kelly

Book CoverSammy’s review of Cold Touch (Extrasensory Agents, Book 2) by Leslie A. Kelly
Paranormal Romance published by LK Books  31 Oct 16

In Book 2 of the Extrasensory Agents, the chills get chillier, the fear factor is a little bit more edge of your seat, and Savannah, Georgia is a little steamier. I read this book many years ago. But, as we readers know, we read so many books that the details sometimes get lost. When Leslie Kelly announced she was releasing the third book in this series, I knew I had to reacquaint myself with the characters and the atmosphere. I love all the different sub-genres of romance, but when you put two of my favorite together, paranormal and suspense, it was certainly no hardship to dive in. While I was reading this book, just like the first one in this fantastic series, a few things stand out for me:

Leslie Kelly can write creepy thrillers really well. Her extrasensory components are downright intriguing. She does a romance good. Her characters are always multi-layered and her twists and turns are always shocking. Just when you think you have your finger on who or why, she blinds you with her talent. That’s not so easy in suspense.

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