REVIEW: Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley
Historical Romance published by Berkley 30 May 17

I only discovered Jo Beverley relatively recently, in fact not long before her untimely death, and while I have a lot of previous books to discover, I decided to read her final book to be published before backtracking and starting at the very beginning. Although not directly linked to the Rogues series, this novel is set in the same world, and takes place in the aftermath of Princess Charlotte’s death, as with the previous Beverley-penned Regency I read. So, a relatively familiar setting for my second full-length read from the author, and I was hoping to be as entranced by it as I was by my past experiences of her work.

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REVIEW: Every Little Thing by Samantha Young

Book CoverVeena’s review of Every Little Thing (Harts Boardwalk Book 2) by Samantha Young
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 07 Mar 17

Hartwell is a small seaside resort which comes with all the attendant joys and agonies of living in a small town where every one knows your business and gossip runs rampant.  Ms. Young’s writing pulls her readers into becoming personally invested in her characters almost as though we are a member of a family who calls Hart’s Boardwalk their own.

Bailey and Vaughn have been on opposite sides of the fence for so long that it’s become habit.  Now that Bailey is free of her long-term relationship, will things change between them? read more…

REVIEW: The Truth about Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove, Book 1) by Laura Lee Guhrke
Historical Romance published by Avon 28 Mar 17

I thoroughly enjoyed Laura Lee Guhrke’s previous late-Victorian-set series, and was very keen to see what she’d come up with next in roughly the same era. No American heiresses this time, however, just a man overwhelmed by the rapidity at which events happen around him and a woman keen to speed up progress in order to make her own way in life without having to rely on a man. And who can blame her when the men in her life have so far proved distinctly unreliable?

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REVIEW: Her True Match by Paige Tyler

Book CoverVeena’s review of Her True Match (X-Ops, Book 6) by Paige Tyler
Paranormal Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 03 Mar 17

Dreya and Braden made very intriguing support characters when they were first introduced in the previous book.  Ivy and Landon immediately recognized Dreya as a feline shifter very similar in skill set to Ivy when they first met her and brought her to the attention of the X-Ops team.   Readers, get ready for the next exciting chapter in this race, the conclusion of which will leave you reeling. read more…

REVIEW: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Young Adult Fiction published by Philomel Books 02 May 17

I’m fond of unreliable narrators, particularly the type who warn us from the outset not to believe everything they tell us. Best of all are stories where even the narrator can’t be certain what’s true or the extent and scope of their deception. Flora Banks has to rely on others, and on her own written words, to tell her about recent events – or indeed anything that has happened to her in the past seven years – and we can’t be certain at any given time whether those around her are being entirely honest with her, or whether the notes she makes before her memories fade are a strictly accurate account of what she just experienced.

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REVIEW: Hickey by Cora Brent

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Hickey by Cora Brent
New Adult Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 4 Apr 17

I read The Gentry Boys series by Ms. Brent and enjoyed them enough to try another book by her.  First off, to avoid any head scratching over the title, Hickey is the last name of the hero and that’s where the title comes from – not those rosy red marks on your neck or other places when one gets carried away while ‘enjoying’ another person.

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REVIEW: Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

Book CoverVeena’s review of Restrained Under His Duty (Dirty Little Secrets, Book 3) by Stacey Kennedy
Erotic Romance published by Loveswept 04 Apr 17

When I started this series, I was expecting more hard-core erotic romance, but the first two books surprised me with softness and romanticism. With Haley being a submissive who uses clubs and pain to find control, this story comes the closest to a hard-core BDSM theme with the soft undertones of a true HEA romance.

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REVIEW: Soul Survivor by I. Beacham

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Soul Survivor by I. Beacham
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 18 Apr 17

I seem to be drawn to romances in which one or both protagonists experiences a crisis of faith, possibly because the situation is outside my experience and something I’m unlikely to encounter in myself – at least in its religious sense. While Church of England clergy seem to be popular heroes to feature in the trope, I’ve rarely encountered them as the heroine of a story, even though women vicars have been around for at least half my lifetime. Add in the fact that I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Beacham so far, and it may become obvious why I had to get my hands on this book.

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REVIEW: Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Book CoverVeena’s review of Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders, Book 1) by Kit Rocha
Dystopian Romance published by Kit Rocha 07 Mar 17 

The sectors all united under the leadership of Dallas O’Kane and brought down the walls of Eden, a fitting ending for the Beyond series.   Now the winners need to deliver in their promise of a new tomorrow and create a world order that is more than surviving. Gideon Rios and Sector One have emerged as a powerful beacon of hope.  In this exciting spin-off, we explore a little more about the fascinating world of Sector One, which is as different from Dallas O’Kane’s world as chalk from cheese.

Gideon’s riders are dedicated men and women who forsake all relationships to put their lives on the line to keep the innocent safe.  In this new series, we start the next wave of adventures with these brave men and women as they conquer new threats and find redemption. read more…

REVIEW: Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Fury’s Bridge (Afterlife, Inc, Book 1) by Brey Willows
Lesbian Paranormal Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 14 Mar 17

I have a slightly uneasy relationship with books that draw on Greek mythology in a modern setting. Some work really well for me, but others just make me cross. This novel’s blurb drew me in however, especially since it drew on the legends of the Furies, rather than the flashier, better known gods and goddesses. Then, once I started reading, I discovered that the story itself draws on some very wide influences across the whole spectrum of past and current belief systems, with the idea that gods are brought into being, and then sustained, by the faith of the humans who worship them, or who call upon their names. So far, so good.

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