REVIEW: Beyond The Stars by Stacy Wise

Book CoverTabs’ review of Beyond The Stars by Stacy Wise
Contemporary New Adult published by Entangled: Embrace 08 Feb 16

What happens when you throw together a down-to-earth college student, a young movie star who values his privacy, and a pet pig? Apparently, you get a totally adorable slow-burn new adult romance. This is a debut novel and it’s a whole lot of fun.

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REVIEW: How To Rescue A Rake by Jayne Fresina

Book CoverStevie‘s review of How To Rescue A Rake (Book Club Belles Society, Book 3) by Jayne Fresina
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 05 Jan 16

I’ve been enjoying this series of romances inspired by Jane Austen’s novels, and I’m very sorry to see that this may be the last of them – at least for now. On the other hand, we have now reached Persuasion in our reading, along with the ladies of the Book Club Belles, and that’s a novel I’m almost as fond of as Pride and Prejudice. Once again there are a lot of similarities between the two stories we follow, and it was fun spotting those as well as the shout-outs to past events in this series.

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REVIEW: Seduction Game by Pamela Clare

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Seduction Game (I-Team, Book 7) by Pamela Clare
Romantic Suspense published by Berkley 01 Jan 16

Unfortunately for me – and for some reason I can’t fathom – Pamela Clare’s I-Team series is one I have read only four of the twelve books (that’s including novellas) in the series. And I even have every one of those stories in my mountainous TBR pile. Shame on me. I’m definitely going to have to do something about that.

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REVIEW: Cold Fusion by Harper Fox

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Cold Fusion by Harper Fox
Contemporary Gay Romance published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 05 Jan 16

It’s been far too long since I read anything by Harper Fox, and I really can’t think of a reason why, beyond the vast size of my To Read pile. So having one of her books show up for review was a great prompt to correct my omission, and find out if her stories are as excellent as I remember.

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REVIEW: Ten Good Reasons by Lauren Christopher

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Ten Good Reasons (Sandy Cove, Book 2) by Lauren Christopher
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 07 Apr 15

I’m very happy to say that this second book by Lauren Christopher, after her debut, The Red Bikini, is a terrific success. Sophomore books don’t always work, so I was a little wary when I started reading, but was hopeful at the same time, because I enjoyed the first book so much. This story is every bit as good as the first.

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REVIEW: Wicked For You by Shayla Black

Book CoverVeena’s review of Wicked For You (Wicked Lovers, Book 10) by Shayla Black
Erotic Romance published by Berkley 06 Oct 15

This series now ten books deep and has new characters with some light references to the original characters. What should a man do when a beautiful woman walks up to him in a bar and propositions him to a night of unbridled passion? Look at a gift horse in mouth? Or let himself be led by his other head? This story is unique with a twist of action and adventure and yet…

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REVIEW: Taken by HelenKay Dimon

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Taken (Holton Woods, Book 2.5) by HelenKay Dimon
Contemporary Gay Romance novella published by Intermix 21 Apr 15

If ever a couple in romanceland will be remembered for a long while, it’s Wade and Elijah in HelenKay Dimon’s Holton Woods series. Their story to this point has been intense and so very emotional, and this novella packs a punch as they try to make things work between them. I’m probably like every fan who read it, I wish it had been full length, only to get more of them.

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REVIEW: The Gilded Chain by Lauren Smith

Book CoverVeena’s review of The Gilded Chain (Surrender, Book 3) by Lauren Smith
Erotic Romance published by Forever Yours 03 Nov 15

If you enjoy your romance with the touch of suspense and a twist of kink, then this series is for you. I had thought the suspense element in the series had played itself out with the first two books, so it’s a nice bonus to find the threads of it here. Wes and Callie are totally unlike what I expected from having met them in the earlier books, more so Wes.   He brings a unique blend of tenderness and romance to his loving and initiation of Callie. There truly are many flavors to erotic romance and not all of them have to have pain mixed in with ecstasy.

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REVIEW: Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Book CoverVeena’s review of Brotherhood In Death (In Death, Book 42) by J.D. Robb
Romantic Suspense published by Berkley 02 Feb 16

Another winner in Robb’s ever-popular long-running futuristic crime series. Kudos to the author, who has the imagination and style to deliver such a powerful story 40 plus books deep. The beginning is very different from the norm. It’s not murder that rings Eve’s phone but a friend who wants her NYPD police detective friend to come with her to the scene of a crime which is not a homicide. Thus Eve begins the search for clues behind the event that left her dear friend Dennis Mira injured and his cousin Edward missing. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on whose view point you’re considering, within a very short time a very dead Edward Mira is left hanging off the entry chandelier at the location from which he disappeared not so long ago. Now Eve is in familiar territory and engages in full gear to solve this very high-profile homicide case. The truth that Eve pieces together, as the body count of the rich and famous grows, is chilling to say the least. read more…

REVIEW: The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag
Women’s Literary Fantasy Fiction published by Random House 09 Feb 16

Every so often a book comes along that’s really difficult to categorise. This one, for example, is about women – friends and sisters – negotiating romantic and family relationships, where those women – and also some of the men – just happen to be witches. In addition, the style is more complex than a lot of mainstream women’s fiction on similar themes (but without the part with the witches), and so we end up with the subgenre mouthful that is Women’s Literary Fantasy Fiction.

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