REVIEW: The Bride, The Wife, & The Lover by S. Doyle

Book CoverBook CoverBook CoverSammy’s review of The Bride, The Wife, The Lover  by S. Doyle
New Adult Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Service, LLC  06, 13, 20  Apr 17

This is a three part series, and if you’re anything like me, I am not a fan. In this case all three books are out and ready to consume. I was drawn to this book by its premise. I couldn’t imagine how I was going to get on board with a sixteen year old getting hitched to her very dear friend who happens to be older than her and works on her family’s ranch. I am happy to say that the author did a great job. New Adult either really works for me or it really doesn’t. I have no gray areas. I guess that stems from the level of angst in each book. What was so well done with this story is Ellie’s grace in the face of tragedy. I don’t know if I would have been as strong. I took a chance on a new-to-me author and a New Adult book and was pleasantly surprised. I am not going to review each part separately, instead it’s going to be all three parts in one review.

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REVIEW: Wild Lavender by Lynne Connolly

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Wild Lavender (Emperors Of London, Book 7) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 28 Mar 17

I’ve been avidly following Lynne Connolly’s series about the Emperors of London and their archenemies, the Dankworth family, so it seems only fitting that the stories should wrap up with a romance between one member of each great house. Fear not, Emperors fans, this may be the end of one series, but I gather that another is on the way, featuring various of their cousins from the Shaw family.

Back to the Emperors, however, and Helena finally gets her place centre stage after appearing in the background of her relatives’ romances throughout this delightful and enchanting series. Also lurking in the background for much of the series has been Tom, Lord Alconbury, the eldest son of the Duke of Northwich, and thus heir apparent to the Emperors’ most bitter rival. It’s been hinted through the series so far that Tom wants to end the feud between the families, and at last we learn the full details behind his reasons, the most important of which, of course, is Helena.

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REVIEW: America’s Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan

Book CoverStevie‘s review of America’s Next Reality Star (Reality Star, Book 1) by Laura Heffernan
Contemporary Romantic Comedy published by Lyrical Shine 07 Mar 17

I don’t watch many reality shows, but I work with a lot of people who do, so it’s impossible to avoid having at least a passing knowledge of how the genre works and the type of characters to be found within any given series. Having said all that, the aspect of this book’s blurb that intrigued me most was the part where it was implied that the show this story was about would feature more tests of intelligence and reasoning than most real reality series seem to manage. The heroine’s description grabbed me less intensely – she sounded like the protagonist of far too many romance clichés – but I wanted to see the puzzles, and so I started reading.

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REVIEW: Wait for the Dark by Kay Hooper

Book CoverVeena’s review of Wait for the Dark (Bishop SCU, Book 5) by Kay Hooper
Romantic Thriller published by Berkley 07 Mar 17

Reading is my escape from the real world.  I love the stimulation of a well-told story, particularly one that gets my adrenaline pumping and keeps me enthralled through the telling.  I tend to shy away from the really dark and graphic crimes where evil oozes across the pages of the book, but occasionally I challenge myself with one of Ms. Hooper’s oh-so-dark tales of criminal minds and the people who stop them.

When a series of horrific accidents occur in the small town of Clarity, the local sheriff is taking no chances – he calls in the FBI’s special crimes unit.  Are these nothing but a series of coincidences or is there something darker afoot? read more…

REVIEW: Passion Favors the Bold by Theresa Romain

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Passion Favors the Bold (Royal Rewards, Book 2) by Theresa Romain
Historical Romance published by Zebra 28 Feb 17

I really enjoyed the first book in this duology about a brother and sister separately hunting for portions of the same hidden treasure, and finding romance, as well as a new sense of purpose, along the way. This time it’s younger sister Georgette Frost’s turn in the limelight, although she begins the story disguised as a scruffy urchin as part of her plan to get away from her old family home – now the residence of some not entirely agreeable cousins – and make enough of a fortune from her search that she can set up an establishment of her own and no longer depend on the kindness of others. Of course, none of her plans work out quite as expected.

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REVIEW: Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book CoverSammy’s review of Deadmen Walking (Deadman Cross, Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Historical Fantasy Romance published by Tor Books 09 May 17

The Dark-Hunter novels hold a special place on my bookshelf. Many, many, years ago, way back when we had Waldenbooks, I was searching for something a little different. Up until this point I was strictly historical romance. That day I picked up a Carpathian book by Christine Feehan and three books by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I’d like to say that was the late ’90s. Those books forever changed my reading landscape and I never looked back. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t discard my love for historical romance. I just think I burned myself out on all the rakes and dukes. I still love those Carpathians and I love the Dark-Hunters and all the offshoots. Sword of Darkness is by far to date and will always remain on my top five books ever read. Which brings me to this new offshoot about the Hellchasers and the Hell-Hunters. What I love about Sword of Darkness and Deadmen Walking is the merging of fantasy and historical with a big dollop of romance. When I say I had the best time reading this book, I would be understating that comment. I wanted to use “swashbuckling fun,” but I think the crew aboard the Sea Witch would make me walk the plank, and I am just not jumping into that ocean with all the creepy demon sea creatures.

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REVIEW: Behind the Curtain by Beth Kerry

Book CoverVeena’s review of Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by Berkley 02 May 17

I’ve been somewhat jaded with the some of the authors I once enjoyed and no longer put on auto read.  However, I found this cover intriguing and sensual, rich with possibilities, making me pick up this book. The inside drew me into a love story beset with cultural taboos and snobbery that divides two lovers who, while being American, come from two very distinct worlds.  An interesting tale illuminating the many faces of the people who make up this melting pot we call America. read more…

REVIEW: One Timer by Lisa B. Kamps

Book CoverKristie J’s review of One Timer (Baltimore Banners, Volume 9) by Lisa B. Kamps
Contemporary Romance published by CreateSpace 26 Dec 16

Now that the playoffs and hockey beards have started in the NHL – and thankfully this year there are some Canadian teams – I’ve been watching some of the games and my love for hockey and hot hockey players is coming back. So, of course, that means some hot hockey romance books in between the live games.  One Timer by Lisa Kamps is one of the ones I’ve inhaled lately.

I read and loved the first few of her Baltimore Banners series and then read one that I gave a huge thumbs down on. Then real hockey ended and the other books I’d uploaded by Ms. Kamps kind of fell off my radar.  However, with my renewed interest in the game and going through my books, I noticed some of this author’s other books and thought “Oh right! I enjoyed most of her books.” So I started this one and couldn’t have been more delighted.

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REVIEW: Beautiful Mess by Kasey Lane

Book CoverVeena’s review of Beautiful Mess (Rock ‘n’ Ink, Book 2) by Kasey Lane
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 07 Mar 17

I’ve been on a roll with a fair amount of reading and reviewing this month. My greatest pleasure comes not just from some great books that I’ve read but also at discovering two new authors to enjoy, of which Ms. Lane is one. I have definitely enjoyed this story with all its colorful characters that I hope to revisit in future books, as they work through their own beautiful messy relationships. read more…

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