REVIEW: It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore

Book Cover Stevie‘s review of It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 13 Mar 18

I don’t know a lot about start-ups or venture capital, although I have at least one friend who has done well from the former. Heather Blackmore, however, obviously knows her stuff in that area, and also writes romances that don’t necessarily follow the expected tropes. So I was intrigued to see what she would do with this tale of a developing relationship between a first-time entrepreneur and her mentor, a woman who’s had a great deal of success in both founding and investing in new businesses.

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REVIEW: Come From Away by Genevieve Graham

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Come From Away by Genevieve Graham
Historical Romance published by Simon & Schuster 24 Apr 18

I freely admit growing up history was not something I enjoyed. At all. Yes, I listened in school and I know the big moments of the world, but when it comes to those moments that shape citizens in other countries, I’m one of those ignorant folk. But with the bloom of my passion for genealogy about five or six years ago, I’ve now picked up the love of history. This is Genevieve Graham’s third book delving into catastrophic moments of Canadian history, giving me lessons to broaden my minuscule knowledge of her country, all amid the romance I love to read.

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REVIEW: Hot Target by April Hunt

Book CoverVeena’s review of Hot Ticket (Alpha Security, Book 4) by April Hunt
Romantic Suspense published by Forever Yours 10 Apr 18

Logan Callahan is extremely unhappy when he’s asked to rescue Rachael Kline from a Las Vegas jail cell shortly after she left him alone in his bed, after a spectacular night between the sheets. Things go from bad to worse when he finds a professional gunman has Rachael between his sights and he’s going to have to come up with some fancy footwork to keep her alive and kicking. How did things turn from sugar to shit within such a short time? read more…

REVIEW: One Under by JL Merrow

Book CoverStevie‘s review of One Under (Porthkennack, Book 9) by JL Merrow
Contemporary Gay and Bisexual Romance published by Riptide Publishing 17 Mar 18

Riptide has had some problems of late, and I really hope that the management changes put in place as a response enable the press to keep going and to carry on turning out a diverse range of books and series by authors I already enjoy, as well as those I am yet to investigate. The Porthkennack series is currently a firm favourite of mine and one of the only ones for which I will consistently pre-order new additions. This latest contemporary novel revisits two characters from JL Merrow’s previous book in the series and brings them from the background cast to centre stage – while also updating us on her previous heroes and introducing us to more of the town’s landmarks and history.

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REVIEW: Loving the Secret Billionaire by Adriana Anders

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Loving the Secret Billionaire (Love at Last, Book 1) by Adriana Anders
Contemporary Romance published by Adriana Anders 19 Apr 18

Normally I tend to avoid any book with the word billionaire or millionaire or C.E.O. or any of those kinds of titles.  As soon as I see the hero is a boss or rich or anything like that, I Very Quickly skip them.  I’m a blue-collar hero fan, no matter what genre.  But when I read the outline of this book and having read this author’s Blank Canvas series and loving them, I thought I’d give it a try.  And I’m ever so glad that I did. I enjoyed every word in this book.

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REVIEW: Fury’s Death by Brey Willows

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Fury’s Death (Afterlife, Inc, Book 3) by Brey Willows
Lesbian Paranormal Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 13 Mar 18

This series has been getting steadily better as it’s progressed. That said, it feels to me very much as three parts of a whole, rather than a trilogy that can be dipped into at random (I could have done with more hours in the day, in order to reread the first two before reviewing this one). This finale shows us the progress of the two couples we’ve already met, as well as giving us a new pair to cheer for, along with yet more glimpses into how the various gods are adapting to their new circumstances as power bases shift and some gain followers, while others lose out due to the realignment of human beliefs in the face of absolute proof. There’s a further increase in the numbers and vehemence of those humans who just wish the gods would go away and stop messing up the status quo, leading to an even stronger coalition between the atheists and those whose belief worked far better when the gods weren’t telling them directly to be awesome to each other. Meanwhile, some former believers and agnostics are suffering information overload and have no idea what belief system to follow in the face of the various gods’ media presences and marketing campaigns. These last present somewhat of a problem for Dani Morana – Death herself – whose job it is to shepherd souls to whichever afterlife is most fitting.

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