If you had told me earlier in the year that I’d get hooked on an established 9+ book BDSM erotic romance series, I would have told you you were flat-out crazy. And yet, here we are. Roni Loren is easily my favorite new-to-me-author of the year. I’m currently one full-length novel and one novella away from being totally caught up on this entire series and I could not be happier about that. Luckily, this latest is another knock out of the park, especially if you like a good menage relationship.
A smooth ride to romance this very definitely is not. Jayson, an ex-special forces soldier is stateside suffering from sever injuries sustained on his last tour of duty when he meets Layla, a gorgeous feline shifter. Head over heels for him, she does all she can to get him on a path to recovery so they can explore the attraction between them. Jayson is such a curmudgeon at the beginning that I had to wonder what Layla saw in him to stick by him and jeopardize her own future. Fortunately the author delivers us a well-told story with some serious adventure. read more…
With swishing ponytails, pom-poms, and a hero with a bad-boy image, this book is a breath of fresh air. I was surprised when I found myself hooked after just the first few pages. Cheryl Ann Smith has the best sense of humor ever and gives it into her characters with ease. The prologue is a little long, but I kept reading because it was funny. The first chapter explains the tedious process of a stakeout, but it is hilarious and I hadn’t even gotten to the gorgeous hunk yet.
The very first romance novel I ever read was an historical romance by the absolutely fabulous Johanna Lindsey. I remember reading Silver Angel and closing that book with the determination of reading every single book she ever wrote. While I know the subject matter in some of those books were boorish and, quite frankly, filled with forced seduction (rape), I still have fond memories of hours spent devouring each and every historical romance I could get my hands on. Needless to say, I soon burned myself out on this sub-genre of romance. Over the years, I have waded back into reading about Dukes, Earls, and Rakes of all kinds. While I am not fully immersed, I can clearly state that this book, this very special book, has reminded me why I love historical romances. The new kind and the old. You see, this special gem is both.
Katie has come full circle. She had lusted after Jace Dooley briefly in high school, but a few kisses and an evening together faded under the attraction of Darrell Pembry. When he left her for another woman – at the altar no less – she left Diablo Lake. Now she’s back and moved into a building owned by the Dooleys, with Jace Dooley her next door neighbor. Let’s get ready for the fun and excitement that’s about to ensue as their red-hot chemistry lights up the town and the Pembry wolves challenge the Dooley wolves to hang on to Katie. So why do the Pembry’s feel like they have any right to dictate how Katie lives her life? Go figure…
Veena’s review of Born of Legend (The League: Nemesis Rising, Book 11) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Futuristic Fantasy Romance published by St. Martin’s Press 24 Jun 16
I love space opera and lament the fact that there are so few stories in that genre. The League series is by far my favorite with its tortured heroes, dysfunctional families, and strong bonds of friendship that let the hero overcome his horrific past against all odds to find his happily ever after. I have seen Ms. Kenyon tell two sides of a story before that turn a villain into a hero, but Jullien En Anatole, the most hated character in the League who has committed crimes against most of the characters we’ve met so far, had to be beyond even her masterful touch. And the verdict is…
It definitely bears repeating that Tracey Garvis-Graves is a favorite author of mine, since I read her first book, On the Island, which released back in 2012. Every book she’s written since then has been terrific, and now Kate and Ian have become a favorite couple in romance for me.
Dinca’s review of A Cowboy Christmas Miracle (Burnt Boot, Texas, Book 4) by Carolyn Brown
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 6 Sep 16
Am I falling in love with Burnt Boot, Texas, along with a redheaded hellion and a sandy-haired, blue-eyed cowboy? Oh yeah, a great combo and a very enjoyable afternoon read. After all, who doesn’t love a modern-day Romeo and Juliet!
Since I wrote a story based on the Cupid and Psyche myth, I was interested to know what Ms. Neil would do with it. I transposed mine into Georgian England and made Eros (Cupid’s Greek equivalent) into one of a hidden group of people who had inherited the attributes of the gods. I did this partly because everyone was related in the originals, and you can’t write a romance about a brother and sister having sex and making babies.
Ms. Neil has taken these problems head-on, but, fortunately, the main couple of this story aren’t related. Cupid/Eros is a god and Psyche is a nymph.
I am a big fan of Sarina Bowen’s emotional NA series, The Ivy Years, but adult romance is much more my general speed than new adult. So I was superbly excited to hear that she’s writing a full-length adult spin-off series. Luckily this book does not disappoint. It’s a really sweet reunited lovers romance that deals with some difficult themes in a thoughtful manner.