REVIEW: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Book CoverC2’s review of The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, Book 2) by Jill Shalvis
Contemporary romance published by Avon 27 Sep 16

Well, it’s never to early for Christmas books, is it? NOPE. When Christmas books start hitting our shelves, you know the holidays are practically upon us! I tend to enjoy holiday themed books, myself – any holiday – especially Halloween and Christmas. And when you combine holidays with one of my favorite authors? All the yays!

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REVIEW: Sex Machine by Marie Force

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Sex Machine by Marie Force
Contemporary Romance published by HTJB 26 Sep 16

I, of course, have no idea what the powers that be had in mind when they titled this book Sex Machine. I also had no idea what to really expect, though I did have a preconceived idea or two running around in my head, especially after taking a gander at the cover. What got me over all of that and on to reading this book is the fact Marie Force wrote it.  So if you’re leaning toward raunchiness or threesomes or whatever “sex machine” calls up for you, this is one of those cases where appearances can be deceiving or, more appropriately, don’t judge a book by its cover. Or title.

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DDS REVIEW: Gentry Brothers Series by Cora Brent

Duckies Do SeriesKristie J’s Duckies Do Series review of Gentry Brothers Series by Cora Brent
Contemporary Romance published by Cora Brent July 2014 – January 2015

I had barely started the first book in this series when I knew I wanted to read about all of them. I checked out Amazon and low and behold, there was a four book bundle set available. I’ve finished the whole set now and thought I’d do a shorter review of all four since it was just the one book I read – squeal of a deal it was! The series is about a set of triplets – guys – who have had a horrific upbringing and how each one of them overcomes their beginning and falls in love with just the right woman. The fourth one is their cousin who figures in several of the books, and while his upbringing wasn’t quite so horrific, he does have his own ghosts who haunt him.

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REVIEW: To Have and to Hold by Serena Bell

Book CoverShannon C’s review of To Have and to Hold (Returning Home, Book 3) by Serena Bell
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 19 Jul 16

I love this series, and have done so since the first book, in which Serena Bell convinced me that a secret baby plot didn’t have to be the dumbest thing I’d ever read. The next one had a love triangle I didn’t hate, and now she has brought her A game with an amnesia plot that worked for me. Her books have just the right mixture of angst, passion, and realism to keep me wishing she would write more quickly.
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REVIEW: Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Sorcerer To The Crown (Sorcerer Royal, Book 1) by Zen Cho
Historical Fantasy published by Ace 12 Jul 16

I have a large amount of fondness for historical fantasy that combines magic with proper manners, even though I’m still to read some of the most eminent novels in the genre. Proper manners, magic, and also a thorough dissection of race and genre issues, however, was too tempting a combination for me to resist for long.

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REVIEW: Forbidden Legacy by Diane Cosby

Book CoverVeena’s review of Forbidden Legacy (The Forbidden Series, Book 1) by Diana Cosby
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 16 Aug 16

Lady Katherine is an intrepid Scottish noble woman who escapes from the English who’ve put her family to death and captured her castle. She heads to court and demands the King help her with men and arms to re-take her castle. Stephan MacQuistan has come to court to ask the Scottish King for a safe haven to hide Templar treasure. Marriage is not something either one desires, but those are the king’s terms. A marriage made in heaven it definitely wasn’t. The twists and turns and surprises as the story unfolds will keep you enthralled till the very end.

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REVIEW: The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

Book CoverSandy M’s review of The One Real Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk, Book 1) by Samantha Young
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 6 Sep 16

I discovered Samantha Young after she’d already released a number of books in her On Dublin Street series. Though I’m better now about reading a book in the middle of a series, when I find an author I really, really like, I want to start at the beginning. So when her book Hero released back in February of 2015, I gave it try – and absolutely loved it. Thus, Ms. Young is now one of those authors I really, really like. If this new book of hers hadn’t been the beginning of a new series, I was determined to start reading On Dublin Street – from the beginning, yes. With this new series, however, I don’t have to worry about getting caught up. I’m already there, and I love her writing, her characters, her story telling. In essence, I love everything about her stories.

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REVIEW: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Book CoverTabs’ review of Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, Book 9) by Ilona Andrews
Urban Fantasy published by Ace 20 Sep 16

Post-apocalyptic-magical-sword-wielding-mercenary-and-private-eye Kate Daniels and her crew of shape-shifters, mercenaries, demi-gods, witches, and more are back! In the this latest entry, Kate and Curran are headed to the alter, Kate and Roland are headed to a major confrontation, and a deadly fate hangs over Kate’s future. Can Kate make it out with her humanity and her loved ones all intact or will she lose everything that matters? read more…

REVIEW: First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Book CoverSammy’s Review of First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars, Book 8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Contemporary Romance by William Morrow 23 Aug 16

This is my very first read of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I know. I know. You’re wondering where have I been? And … What’s taken you so long? So … Gasps of horror! This reader right here has taken the plunge into the world of the Chicago Stars Series. By plunge, I mean down the rabbit hole and I think I am going to stay for a while.

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To Professor, with Love by Linda Kage

Book CoverKristie J’s review of To Professor, With Love (Forbidden Men series, Book 2) by Linda Kage
Contemporary Romance published by Linda Kage 26 Apr 14

After the most excellent first book of this series, it was a given I’d be continuing. The premise of this book is another one of my favourites, older heroine/younger hero. Throw in the fact she’s his teacher and it’s an added bonus. I’ve read a couple of this type that I’ve really enjoyed, One Summer by Karen Robards and Hard Lovin’ Man, one of only a couple of contemporary books written by Lorraine Heath. I have to quickly point out that this isn’t a squicky kind of huge age difference. In fact, in the two books I mentioned, the heroine was a former teacher and not a current teacher. That’s not the case, though, with To Professor, with Love. Aspen Kavanaugh, our heroine and and English professor, isn’t much older than Noel Gamble, our hero. So, did this bother me?

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