This series is set in a harsh post-apocalyptic world where the seas have risen and dry land is scarce. If you sometimes find yourself craving old-school viking romances but wishing that the women had more agency and the sex was erotic, then this series may be right up your alley. The heroes are straight-up domineering assholes. The sex is suuuuuuper dirty. The women have inner lives and their own agendas. The incredibly misogynistic world they inhabit doesn’t often let them have many choices, so they’re fierce about getting to choose what they can.
Sadly, this one wasn’t really fully ignited for me. While I love Shannon Stacey’s writing, every so often I come across a dud where I haven’t enjoyed it but others have.
Stevie‘s review of A Gentleman’s Position (Society of Gentlemen, Book 3) by KJ Charles
Gay Historical Romance published by Loveswept 05 Apr 16
I’m sad to see KJ Charles wrap up her Society of Gentlemen series (although I gather a spin-off series may be in the pipeline), but at least she’s ending the saga with a pairing that’s been waiting in the wings all along. We learned in the previous story that Lord Richard Vane’s valet, David Cyprian, has been scheming all along to get his master’s former lover out of the way (or at least happily settled) in order to stand a chance of seeing his own feelings requited. Now that Richard has no one to pine for – given the way his morals work – David finally has a chance. Except, of course, Richard’s pesky morals won’t let him do anything that he might regard as taking advantage of someone he has power over.
I have a sneaky love for books about women who are flung together by the actions of a man who wronged them, but then go on to work together and forge a new unit. I also like books that show how it is possible to choose your family as well as your friends, no matter that popular sayings might tell us otherwise. This book achieves both.
Veena’s review of Dilemma In Yellow Silk (Emperors of London, Book 5) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 12 Apr 16
With this newest entry in her Emperors series, Ms. Connolly takes us back into the bosom of the delightful Strenshall family. Marcus Aurelius is in the right place at the right time to help Viola Gates escape the armed men who come hunting for her. Viola, it turns out, is yet another daughter of the old Pretender, who has been tucked out of sight and hidden in the English countryside as daughter to the Strenshall estate steward. As they flee from the country and dodge the plots that threaten their lives, it is inevitable that romance with a strong touch of lust flowers to life. read more…
I’ll be honest here, I really had no expectations for this book after reading the first part. My biggest quibble, apart from the purple prose that leads to not being true to the characters, is the fact they don’t trust one another, nor their love in each other. Yes, that’s probably due to the fact they fell in love in record time, but then that’s the dilemma the author has woven into the over-the-top emotion this couple throws back and forth at the drop of a hat. There’s only one reason, and one reason alone, this book gets a higher grade from me over the first book.
I was a little hesitant to pick up this book because the cover is a pretty bland “ABS! LOOK AT THE ABS!” cover and I just wasn’t in the mood. That would have been a shame, though, because this story is actually a warm hug in book form. It’s sweet and endearing as all get-out.
Photographer Naomi Carson has never stayed in a location longer than a few months until she comes to rest in the Pacific Northwest where a beautiful rundown house with a view to die for calls to her and gets her started on the road to putting down roots. Before she knows it, she’s acquired a dog, and Xander Keaton, a local heartthrob, is courting her. Unfortunately her demons are not far behind as first one and then another woman disappears from town and their bodies start turning up in the woods around Naomi’s house. This is a sweet, sexy story in a small town with chilling undertones that will sweep the reader in and under.
Every once in a while, I get to a point where I’m ready to give up on finding new-to-me authors in a subgenre because I’ve been burned once too often. Then a book comes along that makes me rethink my whole position: something I can really get my teeth into, or that’s completely different to everything else I’ve read recently. This novel turned up at just the moment when I was prepared to write off MC romances, barring a couple of series, and completely blew me away. Be warned, though, it’s not your typical romance, and it doesn’t have anything like a typical happy ending.
I chose to read this two-part book based on the description and blurb sent to me through email. I responded that I love to read alpha military heroes, thus this series sounded like a good one. For me, however, what was described and what I actually got are two totally different things.