REVIEW: After We Fall by Marquita Valentine

Book CoverTabs’ review of After We Fall (Take the Fall, Book 3) by Marquita Valentine
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 26 Apr 16

Two survivors of domestic violence find love and acceptance in the latest Take the Fall book from Marquita Valentine. I have to admit that, even though I have previously enjoyed this series, I was nervous about the premise of this book before I picked it up. Luckily, Valentine takes her subject matter seriously. I’ll add a trigger warning for domestic violence and abuse before I get deep into my review because the depictions of abuse, abuse triggers, and emotional recovery are pretty graphic and they hit me where it hurts more than a few times while reading.

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REVIEW: Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Tides of Honor by Genevieve Graham
Historical Romance published by Simon & Schuster 21 Apr 15

Okay, I’ll be honest – the reason I read romance? The sexy heroes. Everything else is secondary. Except emotion. There are very few authors I’ve read who have made me cry, laugh, or react in some other way through the emotional intensity in their books. I have just added Genevieve Graham to that list. Tides of Honor is all about duty, honor, tragedy, triumph, and, of course, love. She had me turning pages as fast as I could to find out what was next for Danny and Audrey as we travel along with them through their entire romantic and emotional life with World War I as their backdrop.

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REVIEW: Lake of Dreams By Linda Howard

Book CoverVeena’s review of Lake Of Dreams by Linda Howard
Contemporary Romance published by Pocket Star 02 May 16

The back blurb on this book seemed familiar, but it wasn’t until I was reading the first few pages that I knew for sure this is a previously published story. The plot line deals with reincarnation where lovers meet but are unable to sustain a meaningful long-term connection.  In this lifetime they have another chance. How will it work out?

The story is extremely short and I feel cheated not once but twice, because I recalled wishing the author had fleshed out the story a little more to develop the characters and the story when I read it originally.  This story has the potential to be so much more that a string of sexual encounters and fear. read more…

REVIEW: The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman

Book CoverSandy M’s review of The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman
Historical Western Romance published by Berkley 03 May 16

Jo Goodman is one of those authors who can’t write fast enough for me. If I were a stalker, I’d be after her to “Write faster! Write faster!” But I know wonderful stories like those she writes take time. I’m always rewarded for my forced patience. Characters who intrigue the heck out of me, who are written just like I imagine they would have lived during the era that she has down pat in every book.

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REVIEW: Flash of Fire by M.L. Buchman

Book CoverVeena’s review of Flash Of Fire (Firehawks, Book 14) by M.L. Buchman
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 03 May 16

I’ve learned a lot about fighting fire as well as the different classes of helicopters and drones that are used by the elite fire fighting Mount Hood Aviation team during the reading of this series. Kudos to the author that these technical facts are delivered in a way that builds the story rather than distracting the reader from the main event. Robin Harrow is one of the more interesting characters in the series, and I so enjoyed seeing her find her feet – or should I say her seat – in the MHA while she slowly but surely figures out the secrets of love and success. read more…

DDS REVIEW: Naughty Wishes, Parts I through IV by Joey W. Hill

Veena’s Duckies Do Series review of Naughty Wishes, Parts I through IV  by Joey W. Hill
Erotic Romance published by Intermix 19 Jan 16 through 19 Apr 16

Ms. Hill has an uncanny ability to get to the heart of a relationship and squeeze every ounce of emotion from her characters.  In this new series Sam, Geoff and Chris are friends and room mates who want more from their relationship. Each one of them has hidden desires that they’ve never openly admitted in some instances even to themselves.  This series gives the reader a wonderful insight into the dynamics of their relationships as they move through the dynamics of becoming a single unit.

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REVIEW: If She Dares by Tanya Michaels

Book CoverSandy M’s review of If She Dares by Tanya Michaels
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Blaze 15 Sep 15

This is my third Tanya MIchaels book in the last several months, and I’m definitely going to be reading more of her books in the future. I’ve had fun with each story so far, and that says quite a bit to me that more fun, along with charming characters, is definitely in store in If She Dares. I love being right.

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REVIEW: Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

Book CoverVeena’s review of Ain’t She Sweet (Green Mountain Romance, Book 6) by Marie Force
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 26 Apr 16

As I started this book I couldn’t recall Charley and where she fit in with her other siblings. She did not make much of an impression on me as a reader in the earlier books and, to be honest, neither did Tyler, if he’s made more than a very brief appearance in the series to date. The series, of course, has become a “MUST READ” and as a reader the greatest tribute I can offer the writer is the emotional investment I have in the Abbotts. I don’t know of any other series where I’ve laughed and cried so hard.  Does the author deliver the same emotional punch in this book?

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REVIEW: Dirty by Kylie Scott

Book CoverTabs’ review of Dirty (Dive Bar, Book 1) by Kylie Scott
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Griffin 19 Apr 16

This spin-off from Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive Series throws together a runaway bride and a down-on-his-luck rocker. Lydia Green thought she’d found a place to grow roots and a nice stable husband, until some last-minute revelations send her fleeing before the ceremony. Vaughn Hewson thought he’d come home for a bit, mend his hemorrhaging bank account, and get back on the rock bandwagon. He’s pretty shocked to find a weeping woman in a wedding dress in his tub, but she has great tits and is obviously having a moment, so he rolls with it.

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REVIEW: Fire Bound by Christine Feehan

Book CoverVeena’s review of Fire Bound (Sisters Of The Heart, Book 5) by Christine Feehan
Contemporary Romance published by Jove 26 Apr 2016

As each of the sisters bonds with a Prakenskii who comes calling, the stories were becoming a bit too predictable and I hesitated over picking this one up to read. Lisa, one of the two single sisters, definitely wants to keep any remaining Prakenskii far from her and is determined to travel away from the farm and remove herself to Europe. Unfortunately for Lisa, her fate has already been foretold by an author who plotted and created a Prakenskii specifically meant for her. Fortunately for the reader, the story is a nice departure from the others in this series and has enough twists and turns to keep you engaged through the telling.   read more…


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