REVIEW: Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Brighter Than the Sun (KGI, Book 11) by Maya Banks
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 7 Mar 17

I am so heartbroken after reading this book. I’ve loved the Kelly boys since the debut of the series, and now I think it’s time I let them go. I’ve let a couple of other series by Maya Banks go in the past year too. My hope that the old Maya I have so enjoyed over the years will make a comeback has finally been squashed.

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REVIEW: Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft
Historical Gender-fluid Romance published by Riptide Publishing 19 Nov 16

While I’ve visited the ruins at Knossos and have a healthy fascination with the legend of the Minotaur, I don’t know as much about the history of ancient Crete as perhaps I should. Not, it seems, that anyone else knows as much about the Minoans as they do about the more dominant cultures of that region and time period, thus leaving plenty of gaps for authors to fill with fascinating speculation. More to the point of this review, having complained recently that I don’t see enough historical romances with gender-fluid or genderqueer characters, a whole spate come along at once, not least this offering by Alex Beecroft.

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REVIEW: Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Frostbitten (2016 Riptide Holiday Charity Bundle, Book 2) by Charlotte Stein
Bisexual Paranormal Holiday Romance published by Riptide Publishing 26 Nov 16

Anthologies and book bundles are a great way to test out new authors, as well as trying out genres that don’t usually appeal, and when a donation to charity is involved it seems pointless to only buy and read the parts of a collection that particularly appeal. Thus it was that I found myself reading a vampire menage by an author I’d not encountered before, as the shortest story in a bundle of three festive reads from Riptide. What could possibly go wrong?

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REVIEW: Flash of Fury by Lea Griffith

Book CoverVeena’s review of Flash Of Fury (Endgame Ops, Book 1) by Lea Griffith
Romantic Suspense published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 07 Mar 17

Fans of fast-paced action romance, hold onto your hats! This book starts off with a bang and keeps on going with no let up in pace.  King McNally, a leader in a shadow operations, happens to be in the right place at the right time to save a young and beautiful woman from Boko Haram terrorists who hijack their plane on the tarmac in Cameroon.  As  the two of them try to stay a half step ahead of gun-wielding terrorists, the surprises keep coming.  This one is a keeper, because Allie Redding is just the right kind of deep, dark woman to complete King.  read more…

REVIEW: Rainbow Gap by Lee Lynch

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Rainbow Gap by Lee Lynch
Lesbian Fiction published by Bold Strokes Books 13 Dec 16

One of the first lesbian romance novels I bought was Lee Lynch’s That Old Studebaker, back when it was originally published, and I’ve been meaning to find out whether the author’s current works live up to the happy memories I have of that book. As with the previously mentioned book, Rainbow Gap focusses on lesbians growing up in less-than-glamourous surroundings and going on to have mundane but nonetheless important careers. By way of contrast to my memories of a coming-of-age novel, however, this book covers a broad period of lesbian history, seen through the eyes of two relatively ordinary women.

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REVIEW: Lord Of The Mountains by Sabrina Jarima

Book CoverVeena’s review of Lord Of The Mountains (The Viking Lords, Book 2) by Sabrina Jarima
Historical Romance published by Lyrical Press 14 Mar 17

Few authors venture to tell tales set in this beautiful country of fjords with its violent and bloody history.  I am so pleased to discover this series by Ms. Jarima, who keeps her readers spellbound with the richness of her story telling. From the casting of the runes that foretell the future to communing with the gods in quiet groves and mountaintops to battles at land and sea, the story will sweep you in and leave you longing for more. read more…

REVIEW: When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath

Book CoverSandy M’s review of When the Marquess Falls (Hellions of Havisham, Book 4) by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance published by Avon Impulse 14 Mar 17

If you’ve been reading about the Havisham Hellions, you know all about the Marquess of Marsden, the mad man running around the family estate where clocks no longer work and the ghost of his wife is said to keep him company on occasion. But you also know he raised four young boys to be the noble gentlemen who find love in the other books in the series. Here, however, we see all those “mad” things we associate with Marsden from his point of view. This is a story of love transcending not only but everything else in life.

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REVIEW: Love Always and Forever by Alexis Morgan

Book CoverVeena’s review of Love Always and Forever (Sergeant Joe’s Boys, Book 3) by Alexis Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 14 Mar 17

This is a delightful conclusion to Sergeant Joe’s Boys.  Given the emotional intensity of the earlier two books in the series, I thought I was prepared, but this story left me with a sweet ache in my chest.  I feel not just for Mikhail, the protector who wants to keep everyone safe and alive, but also for war veterans who are returning home riddled with survivor’s guilt.

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REVIEW: Freckles by Amy Lane

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Freckles (2016 Riptide Holiday Charity Bundle, Book 1) by Amy Lane
Contemporary Gay Holiday Romance published by Riptide Publishing 12 Nov 16

One good way I’ve found to get a good fix of festive fiction and at the same time try some new authors and subgenres is by dipping into the various themed anthologies and bundles that appear every year from November onwards. So much the better when so many of them incorporate a charitable donation into the price. This year, I decided to go with Riptide’s Charity Bundle, which included two familiar authors, and one that was completely new to me. The first to be released, and the first that I read, was by the relatively familiar-to-me Amy Lane. After all, there’s something oddly festive about puppies, no matter how often we’re advised that ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas,’ and small, fluffy breeds are always endearing in theory, if not in practice.

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REVIEW: Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler

Book CoverVeena’s review of Wolf Unleashed (SWAT, Book 5) by Paige Tyler
Urban Fantasy published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 06 Dec 16 

Ms. Tyler delivers a fast-paced, hold-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat tale in her next chapter involving hunky werewolves, drugs, illegal dogfights, and missing co-eds.  The werewolves of the Dallas SWAT team had long believed that tales of the “One” were myths until their teammates began to prove them true.  Could Lacey Barton be Alex Trevino’s One?  The jury’s out, since she seems to be somewhat immune to all his attempts at flirting.  read more…


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