REVIEW: The Sniper’s Kiss by Justine Saracen

Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Sniper’s Kiss by Justine Saracen
Lesbian Historical Fiction published by Bold Strokes Books 14 Mar 17

Although my preference for wartime stories tends to lean toward the 1914-1918 conflicts, there’s a lot of excellent lesbian fiction out there set during the Second World War. I’m also a great fan of Justine Saracen, no matter what era or location she writes in, so this book was pretty much an auto-read for me. Throw in the complications of a relationship between a Russian and an American – from countries technically on the same side, but with very different political outlooks in so many ways – and you can see why I was very excited indeed about the prospect of this story.

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REVIEW: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Book CoverTabs’ review of Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, Book 18) by Kresley Cole
Paranormal Romance published by Gallery Books 25 Apr 17

I am a recent convert to the cult of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series. I started the series last year and burned through the first handful of stories. Then various shit hit various fans earlier this year, and I desperately needed comfort reading. So I powered through a cool dozen books about badass immortals and wicked sexy-times in a matter of weeks.

This crazy-pants Beauty and the Beast retelling features a hell dimension complete with torture, hellhounds, and dragons, a magic castle with a mind of its own, a demon hero with revenge on his mind, and a young smart-as-hell literal fairy princess heroine who isn’t about to put up with anyone’s crapola. It’s a weird recipe for a damn satisfying and entertaining read , and I wouldn’t change a damn thing about it.

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REVIEW: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Devil in Spring (Revenels, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas
Historical Romance published by Avon 21 Feb 17

This review will be, I’m sure, quite different than most out there, due to the fact this is my first historical romance by Lisa Kleypas. I’ve read her contemporary series, which I loved, but just have never taken the opportunity to begin reading her historicals. Thus, I’m probably the only historical romance reader on the planet who hasn’t read Devil in Winter. Yes, I heard all those gasps out there. So perhaps that gives me a whole different perspective when it comes to this Devil in this book, mostly because I can’t compare him to his father, probably the most popular Kleypas character to date.

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REVIEW: At Attention by Annabeth Albert

Book CoverStevie‘s review of At Attention (Out of Uniform, Book 2) by Annabeth Albert
Gay Military Romance published by Carina Press 01 Apr 17

I was greatly enchanted by the first book in the Out of Uniform series and found myself particularly taken with Lieutenant Floros, out of all the various secondary characters. So obviously I was highly pleased to see him get his own book. We always need more gay romances when the heroes are both out and proud and are facing some of the tropes common to all variants of romance novels: in this case dealing with childcare and finding a second chance of love after the death of a much loved partner.

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REVIEW: Devil’s Own by Megan Crane

Book CoverTabs’ review of Devil’s Own (Devil’s Keepers, Book 3) by Megan Crane
Contemporary Romance published by Loveswept 16 May 17. 

Megan Crane’s sexy motorcycle club series continues with a big bad biker enforcer and a straight-laced high school teacher who wants absolutely nothing to do with biker life. When Ryan “Chaser” Frey angrily storms into the classroom of his teen-aged daughter’s history teacher, he’s expecting to find an uptight biddy, who needs to get her nose out of his business. What he finds instead is hot teacher Lara Ashburn, who sasses him to his face and doesn’t appear to be intimidated one iota by his biker status.

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REVIEW: Six Impossible Things by Elizabeth Boyle

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Six Impossible Things (Rhymes With Love, Book 6) by Elizabeth Boyle
Historical Romance published by Avon 25 Apr 17

I’ve greatly enjoyed these witty and charming novels about the seemingly unmarriageable young ladies of Kempton. While I’m sad to see the series reach its conclusion, I’d rather it ended on a high note than dragged on beyond the point at which the stories still feel fresh. For the finale, we’re treated to the tale of how the villain of recent stories fully meets his comeuppance. With a healthy dose of romance for two of his arch-nemeses, of course.

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REVIEW: Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

Book CoverVeena’s review of Last Night with the Duke (Rakes of St. James, Book 1) by Amelia Grey
Historical Romance published by St. Martin Books 07 Mar 17

I am a fan and have enjoyed many a book by Ms. Grey. Is it just me or does this plot seem familiar?

An indiscretion from his youth still haunts the Duke of Griffin, especially when he’s ready to launch his twin sisters. Happenstance brings him to Ms. Swift’s agency in search of a competent chaperon who can successfully navigate the currents of modern-day society and guide his sisters to successful marriages. read more…

REVIEW: The Witness by Nora Roberts

Book CoverSammy’s review of The Witness by Nora Roberts
Romantic Suspense published by Berkley 17 Apr 12

I love Ms. Roberts stand-alone novels. She had me with Carnal Innocence back in 2009. To be completely honest, I have never been disappointed with any book I have read by her. The Witness is the book with which I woo non-romance readers. It works every time. I mean, the die-hard no way I am not reading “that kind of book” person. I get em’ hook, line, and sinker. Then the floodgates open and I have a million texts, “What should I read next?” And a romance reader is born. I loved this book. Characterization was off the charts and I fell in love with Elizabeth. She still lingers in the back of my mind and she will always hold a special place in my reader heart.

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REVIEW: Royal Rebel by Jenny Frame

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Royal Rebel (A Royal Romance, Book 2) by Jenny Frame
Contemporary Lesbian Romance published by Bold Strokes Books 16 May 17

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that while I’m not a great fan of mainstream category romance’s ‘royal’ titles, I have quite a lot of affection for their lesbian romance counterparts. I only got around to reading the first book in this series very recently, right in time for this, the second book, to come up for review. Although the novels are set almost thirty years into our future (presumably to avoid too many comparisons with the current British Royal Family), they pretty much read as contemporary stories, with only a few pieces of extra technology, most notably in the field of medicine, thereby enabling our heroines to more easily have babies together, as well as some offshoots from medical applications perking up the sex toys industry. Generally, however, the plots and characters are very familiar to even the most casual of royal watchers, right down to the idea that the Royal Family (Buckinghams, not Windsors) were beset by scandals and divorces in the late twentieth century, but have been enjoying much less turbulent relationships in the twenty-first century. Not so the Royal Family of the small state of Denbourg (which I’m assuming is supposed to be somewhere in Northern Europe), and especially not the second in line to the throne, Princess Rozala.

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An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Book CoverSandy M’s review of An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, Book 4) by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance published by Avon 30 May 17

As usual, Lorraine Heath kept me turning the pages of this latest addition to her Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series. Rexton and Tillie are both in a spot when it comes to their futures, so adding in their attraction to each other just makes for a sticky wicket. But what fun – and challenges – ensue, giving the reader another lovely and heart-wrenching read from Ms. Heath.

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