REVIEW: Break Me by Julie Kriss

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Break Me by Julie Kriss
Contemporary Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 19 Nov 15

I read a series by this author, The Bad Billionaire series, and really enjoyed them, so I figured I’d try another book by her.  I can just say that the Billionaire series was written after this book and the author has improved since Break Me.  It falls into the abyss of the “it’s OK” category.  It’s not good enough to really recommend, but it’s not bad enough to read out of curiosity that surely “it can’t be that bad can it?”

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REVIEW: Resurrection by Katie Reus

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Resurrection (Redemption Harbor, Book 1) by Katie Reus
Romantic Suspense published by KR Press 11 Jul  17 

This is my first read by Katie Reus. I have a load of her books in the TBR mountain. After reading this first story in her Redemption Harbor series – along with the second and getting ready to start on the third – I will be cracking open more and more of her books from now on.

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REVIEW: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Someone to Wed (Westcott Novels, Book 3) by Mary Balogh
Historical Romance published by Berkley 07 Nov 17

Mary Balogh continues her delightful series about the unexpected ups and downs of the Westcott family with this tale of a man who neither expected, nor desired, to inherit an earldom, but is now determined to do right by everyone and repair the years of neglect wrought on the entailed estate by his predecessor in the title. The one snag is that while Alexander Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, has business acumen and experience in estate management, he lacks the resources to turn around the fortunes of his new estate quite as easily as he succeeded with his previously inherited property. Fortunately help is offered from an unexpected quarter in the guise of an unmarried female neighbour, who has recently inherited both property and considerable wealth.

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REVIEW: Whisky Sharp – Unravelled by Lauren Dane

Book CoverVeena’s review of Whisky Sharp – Unravelled by Lauren Dane
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 30 Jan 18

The cover and title of this book suggests moonshine and trouble! As it turns out, this is a modern-day contemporary romance from the talented pen of contemporary romance author Lauren Dane. The story is a nice blending of family drama and red-hot romance, making it a must read for fans of Ms. Dane’s contemporary romance series. read more…

REVIEW: Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Book Cover Stevie‘s review of Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Historical Literary Fiction published by Harper 09 Jan 18

Literary fiction and I have a somewhat uneasy relationship. I love elegant prose when it fits with the story being told, although I dislike the pretension that a book is either literary (and therefore ‘superior’ or ‘worthy’) or genre (and therefore of lesser value and not of interest to discerning readers). Themes explored in both literary and genre fiction can be remarkably similar, and sometimes genre fiction does a better job of immersing the reader in a time and a place than does the literary fiction equivalent. All that said, how does this particular literary interpretation of the dual-era historical novel stand up to examination?

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REVIEW: Sinless by Lynne Connolly

Book CoverVeena’s review of Sinless (The Shaws, Book 2) by Lynne Connolly
Historical Gay Romance published by Lyrical Press 23 Jan 18 

While LGBT is considered mainstream today, couples still face their share of prejudice depending on their socio-economic situation. Consider what it must be like to be a gay couple in Georgian England with its insurmountable social taboos. Ms. Connolly chooses to tackle this particular cause as she takes us behind the curtain into the life and love of Darius Shaw, an emperor of London and a scion of the noble family of Shaw.  read more…

REVIEW: Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Book CoverKristie J’s review of Instant Attraction (Wilder, Book 1) by Jill Shalvis
Contemporary Romance published by Brava 2 Oct 12

The hero, Cameron Wilder, is a former award-winning skier extraordinaire, but when he suffers a career-ending injury, he heads home where his family runs Wilder Adventures and Expeditions, a kind of ski lodge and business.  Katie Kramer is the heroine, who, after going through a traumatic event, is ready for a big change in her life and that means taking a temporary job at a ski resort in Wishful, California.  He meets her and is attracted.  She meets him and is attracted, and to quote Seinfeld, “Yadda, yadda, yadda.”

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REVIEW: Wheels Up by Annabeth Albert

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Wheels Up (Out of Uniform, Book 4) by Annabeth Albert
Contemporary Bisexual Military Romance published by Carina Press 01 Nov 17

Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series has delighted me from the start with the different types of relationships it covers, involving military men and the (sometimes civilian) guys who love them. I don’t know much about fraternisation rules in the US Army, other than that they seem more rigid – and more rigidly enforced – than seems to be the case over here, but this latest book is all over the issues that code of conduct can throw up, even when the guys don’t mean it to.

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REVIEW: Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Beyond Scandal and Desire (Sins for All Seasons, Book1) by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance published by Avon 30 Jan 2018

My favorite reads are when an author gives her characters an impossible situation. So impossible, it seems, that the reader even doubts there can be a happily ever after by the end of the book, despite the fact we know it’ll work out no matter what. Lorraine Heath is a master at this. From the prologue in this story, through the vengeance our hero wants, and then on to the heroine’s realization she can’t have love after all, your emotional state will barely be hanging on by a thread as that much-needed HEA finally comes to be.

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