REVIEW: Bluewater Blues by G.B. Gordon

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Bluewater Blues (Bluewater Bay, Book 15) by G.B. Gordon
Contemporary Gay Romance published by Riptide Publishing 15 Oct 16

I’ve not spent as much time as I would have liked in Riptide’s shared universes to date, although I have a few books from various series on my To Read pile. This was my first visit to Bluewater Bay, and I felt quite at home there, even without having met any of the characters before. This Washington State town is semi-rural, and seems to have had little in the way of industry or non-local businesses until it was picked as the setting for a new TV drama series. Now, the cast and crew, the locals, the incomers, and the tourists all have to find ways to get along with each other and, in some cases, form relationships with people they might never otherwise have met.

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REVIEW: Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Book CoverTabs’ review of Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires, Book 1) by Jessica Clare
Contemporary Romance published by Intermix 17 Jan 17

Jessica Clare starts a new series with a ridiculous over-the-top redneck self-made billionaire who sees something he wants and goes for it full bore. In this case, he decides he needs a glamorous woman to help him gain respect from San Antonio society, sees a pretty real estate agent in a promotional flyer, and decides she’ll be his.  read more…

REVIEW: Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

Book CoverSammy’s review of Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood, Book 1) by Rhenna Morgan
Contemporary Romance published by Carina Press  01 Feb 17

This author is another *new to me* read. Boy, am I ever grateful for midnight 1-clicking at Amazon. I forgot how this title came onto my radar, butam I one happy reader. Not only does the next book come out in April (not too far away), but the third book comes out in June! That makes my reader heart sing with joy. When I was 10% into this book, I couldn’t help feeling a bit euphoric about a new series (and a contemporary to boot) that gave me those warm tingly feelings I had when I first read Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. What I am trying to say and probably not as elegantly as I hoped – sorry!- is this book is cracktastic. It’s over-the-top goodness, wrapped up in a badass alpha, kickass heroine, brotherhood bonding, excellent writing, and with a whole heaping of “When’s the next book out?” Complete reader bliss. While I try my hardest not to be a squeeing moron, I am going to fail to rein it in, I loved this book that much.

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REVIEW: A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery

Book CoverVeena’s review of A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay, Book 3) by Susan Mallery
Women’s Fiction published by Mira 28 Feb 17

Ms. Mallery returns to Mischief Bay in which Pam was a focal point in the first book in the series.  She’s been living a busy fulfilled life in the intervening two years since she was widowed.  She’s been John’s wife most of her life and vows to remain so even when she meets an attractive man who appeals to her on many fronts.  Can she take the major step to find love again? read more…

REVIEW: Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen
Historical Fiction published by Berkley 28 Feb 17

Regular readers of my reviews will know that I’m always keen to find more books in which one or more protagonists is of a different race, ethnicity, or religion to those we find most commonly in the mainstream, particularly where historical fiction is concerned. This latest novel from Renee Rosen gives us an entire central cast who fit one or other of those boxes, with most of them coming from a wide spectrum of Jewish and/or African American backgrounds.

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REVIEW: Wait For It by M. O’Keefe

Book CoverTabs’ review of Wait For It (Everything I Left Unsaid, Book 4) by M. O’Keefe
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 28 Feb 17

In Molly O’Keefe’s latest, a hero with a hardened heart and a heroine with a will of steel face off against each other. Tiffany is a struggling mother of three young children who is trying to divorce her abusive husband and keep her kids safe from his abuse and destruction. When said shitstain ex tracks her down after being served with divorce papers and trashes her apartment, she’s at rock bottom and needs to ask for help. When she inadvertently runs into her ex’s brother Blake, the last person in the world she wants to witness her low point, life gets even more complicated.

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REVIEW: The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Christmas Surprise (Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, Book 3) by Jenny Colgan
Contemporary Women’s Holiday Fiction published by William Morrow Impulse 06 Dec 16

I have developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christmas-themed books (books themed around seasonal holidays of other faiths evoke only love, because I find so few of them); the best kind make me feel highly pleased with the season and ready to venture out into some very unseasonal weather to sing carols in the rain. A lot of the rest, however, try too hard and leave me longing for the middle of January. Fortunately, Jenny Colgan is an author I can pretty much rely on to provoke happy feelings towards the season, and so I picked up this book without having encountered Rosie Hopkins and her friends before – I can always go back and discover their earlier adventures later on – it’s a risk jumping into a series at the holiday edition (the second holiday edition in this case), as I’ve already found to my cost once this month, but I decided to take a chance.

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REVIEW: The Hero by Donna Grant

Book CoverSammy’s review of The Hero (Sons of Texas, Book 1) by Donna Grant
Romantic Suspense published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 06 Dec 16

Romantic suspense holds a very special place in my book reader heart. Some of my comfort reads are written by Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Cindy Gerard, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Tyler, Marliss Melton, HelenKay Dimon, Elizabeth Lowell, Tami Hoag, Julie Garwood, just to name a few. When this book came on my radar, I jumped in with both feet. I need to stress for me as a reader what all these authors have in common: a 50/50 ratio of believable romance with a story. I am very picky when it comes to this sub-genre. It has to make sense and be plausibly believable. Unfortunately, I had some issues with this book. I want to be transparent. I made it through 20% of the book and put it down. Then the holidays rolled around and I forgot about it. Then I received a nudge from Sandy, the wet noodle wielder (I type that with immense love and respect), and I didn’t feel comfortable writing up a DNF review with only reading less than a quarter of the book. I made it to the 50% mark and I gave up again.

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REVIEW: Into the Firestorm by Kat Martin

Book CoverVeena’s review of Into the Firestorm (BOSS, Inc., Book 3) by Kat Martin
Romantic Suspense published by Zebra 31 Jan 17

This is a great fast-paced, exciting story with lots of chemistry between the lead couple. It opens with a heart-breaking incident which sets the stage for the rest of the story. We quickly transition into a new Emma, who has reinvented herself into a bounty hunter to chase the psychopath who has targeted her family and already left devastation in his wake. Seasoned bounty hunter Luke Brodie is after the same target. It did my feminist heart a lot of good to watch Emma in action teaching Luke a thing or two as they partner up to track clues and take down their target. read more…

REVIEW: Snitch by Dharma Kelleher

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Snitch (Shea Stevens, Book 2) by Dharma Kelleher
Lesbian Thriller published by Alibi 31 Jan 17

Following Shea Stevens’ adventures is a bit – a lot – like watching a slow-moving train wreck. The impact is inevitable; you just don’t know exactly when it will happen or how damaging it’s going to be. The first book in the series ended with Shea gaining a new young member of her household and making a bargain to avoid jail time. This second book in the series explores what happens when Shea has to fulfill her side of the deal.

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