Air/Vyolet meets Stryfe during a prison break but escaping is the least of their problems...
The beginning feels more like a synopsis rather than the beginning of the story. I wish the author had incorporated this more smoothly. It makes things very confusing. I had a hard time sorting things out especially when the story jumps to two months earlier and then add in all the characters. Stryfe and Air have good chemistry together and are very romantic. The action is good too but there was a lot of lengthy scenes that I wish were trimmed.
The first two books are really great and I’d highly recommend them!
This one’s a romantic detective story—with detective as the dominant. Jo Rayburn is a tough female cop who often speaks first and regrets later. Sullivan Krane is her male partner. They’re assigned a new case,…the gravedigger.…A serial weirdo who digs up recent bodies and then returns them a week later. There are a few zombie jokes thrown in and in a strange twist, Jo has to work with her half-sister, Karma and male partner, Maker Schumaker.
In my opinion, too much emphasis is put on the conflict between the sisters and spoils the detecting flow. If you’re wondering what happened to the romance angle, it's introduced relatively early, but not much happens in the first one-hundred pages. Rhys Harrison is the assistant coroner. There are a couple of blush worthy sessions in the latter half, including a hot phone sex scene. The story’s detective climax is exciting, with twists and fights as the serial gravedigger is cornered in the cemetery. In the end, Jo lands her man for a happy-for-now romantic ending.
Luca has a bad history and he was just given guardianship of his friends kid. Only the kid in question is a curvy eighteen-year-old that is testing his willpower. Mavis’s parents died and as it turned out, she wasn’t close to them, at all. She is however interested in her new guardian…
Mavis hated her parents, she feels like Luca wouldn’t be attracted because she’s not model thin, and a virgin. Okay so there are some clichés and jumping to conclusions here. I still liked Mavis. She reveals more about her life and how not perfect her parents were. Luca is screwed, or he’d like to be screwed. The more time he spends with Mavis the more he finds himself drawn to her. And then he spanks her? Really? That came across as so random and odd. Up until that point I was really getting into the story. Then she catches him watching porn which is much more understandable and works well to get back into the story. Then Luca takes her virginity and leaves her because he feels so guilty which makes Mavis feel used. There is so much potential here I just wish the author didn’t make it so clichéd. Once Luca does accept that there’s something important between them the heat factor kicks up to like a thousand. Very sexy! The ending is sweet and a happily ever after.
SOMETHING WITCH-ED THIS WAY COMES
Only we're not sure what. Sidonie Cordumont is a witch on a mission. To free her witch-colleagues imprisoned in the Paris bastille, she must call on all her resources and connections to help her complete the task before she meets her own fate. What she doesn't count on is the aid of the man who was once her betrothed, whose love for Sidonie still burns but who is bound in a prison of his own making.
Charming but confounding, this period piece seems like book 2 of a series where book 1 has somehow been misplaced. In the opening scene we are expected to have some inkling as to who Sidonie is, why she is where she is and what she's trying to accomplish, as well as the other characters and their significance to her life. Sadly, these are never described clearly, lost in the author's attempt to write in the intricate language and vernacular of the day. In addition to a confusing sequence of events, a number of typos and missing words that have escaped the editor's notice further detract from the flow of the story. However, some exquisite turns of phrase sprinkled throughout offer redemption, just as Sidonie herself is redeemed in the exciting but brutal final scenes. The backdrop of 17th century Paris is also vividly depicted and well researched, making for an overall enjoyable read.
Dark but fascinating, this story will have historical and paranormal romance fans shouting: "Vive la France, Vive l'amour!!"
Finally, Joey and Stoli are in a relationship. It’s all new and unsure and adorable. They are on tour with the rest of the band experiencing the life of success. Mostly...
For a rock band the book is awfully uneventful. I just feels like nothing happens. There is one big, scary event but I don’t know. The story just feels like it drags. I do love the new relationship with Stoli and Joey. They have great chemistry and are so cute together. They are truly charming. I also love how the rest of the band acts toward them. Playful banter. Sex jokes. It is sweet and entertaining. The author also added more song lyrics which is such a great touch. Overall, this I enjoyed the second book in the Social Sinners series.
DROWNING HER SORROWS
Thirtysomething widow Gayle Connolly works in the beer business but all the beer in the world won't drown her grief over losing both her husband and son in a fatal crash. Parting the waters of her self-blame is no easy task for Noah Stokes, the young man whose own dreams were dashed by circumstance but whose fatal attraction for his new boss Gayle provides an entirely new bottle to drink from.
Overcoming grief and giving one's self permission to forgive and move on is the major theme here. Though tragic, Gayle Connolly's three year wallow in self-pity seems a little overdramatized. Also, her ultra-rich, more-money-than-Croesus lifestyle is a little unbelievable, as is some out-of-character dialogue and sudden, slutty behavior on both character's parts. However, she manages to turn the head of a hard-working and honest young man several years her junior. Predictably, she pushes him away but gradually succumbs to his advances. The sad part is the wringer she puts him through along the way.
While I like the older woman-younger man pairing, it's not without its obvious problems. He wants to avoid being the boy-toy and poor Gayle doesn't know how to treat him any other way. Noah doesn't give up though, which is a 'testament' to his patience and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. And like the old-testament Noah, perseverance does pay off; you just have to be the bearer of the olive branch once in awhile. The result is a story and a relationship that is a uniquely crafted brew of attraction, grief, guilt, forgiveness, hot sex, and eventually love. Cheers to that.
Joey is part of the rock band Social Sinners. When he catches his boyfriend cheating he starts to fall into a deep dark hole. Long time friend and bandmate, Stoli, may just be the light that helps him out of the dark.
I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read this author before. My music tastes don’t exactly go in line with Social sinner but the author actually shares the lyrics which is a nice, detailed touch. However, the first half of the story is very slow moving and jumpy. The romance is primarily between Joey and Lucas. Lucas who I didn’t like and as the blurb states, not liking him for a good reason. The sex scenes are hot but because they’re between Joey and Lucas, with Lucas cheating, it makes them not so sexy. There wasn’t really much romance between Joey and Stoli which made me question if this was really a romance book. It was more about Joey and Social Sinners becoming famous. This book had a lot of potential. I’m excited to read the next book in the series.
It all started with 25 years stuck together in a lifeless space vessel...must admit it would have driven me insane! Well, they were vampires. The story begins when they return to Earth. Would their romance rekindle?
The story is a well written vampire on vampire romance, with a helping hand from a reporter. It has a strong man on man theme, but if you're looking for heavy sci-fi, you'll be disappointed. There are only three main characters, two male vampires and a human male. The old vampire finally discovers love, but the turned vampire is suffering from PTSD caused by a 25 year lack of human blood. The reporter will do what is needed to land a good story, even if he has to donate some of his own blood. The characters are well rounded, believable with depth. The story is developed by switching between their perspectives building the romance to a hot vampire-on-vampire explicit climax. If you enjoy this one, there's a strong hint of a sequel involving the same three characters. Like vampire romance? It's worth a try.
Avery is an overweight shifter who is unable to shift and upset by her last boyfriends cheating ways. When she meets Fletcher and Mitch she knows they’re trouble but can she resist? Should she resist?
I like Avery and Fletcher and Mitch. They are all good characters but very predictable. I wish the author had given us more. Maybe more world building, or more action or something. Please be aware the men do interact which I personally am a fan of. If you like shifter stories I have no doubt you’re going to enjoy this one. It has sexy men who are in love with an overweight, flawed woman. There’s hot sex and mate fun. The author is very talented, I’ve read several of her other books and they’ve been fabulous. I just wish this story was different from all the other shifter books out there.
Love fated mate stories? I’d say give Queen Wolf a read!
Life doesn't always give you what you want. In the end you have to make it yourself.
Life is Hard. But it was harder in the Old West. Harrison Carter's worked hard to make his fortune in the silver mines of Colorado, to be able to finally send for his long-awaited fiance Jenny back in Illinois. So it's little wonder he's pissed when who should arrive by train on his wedding day is not Jenny but her sister Retta, complete with toddler in tow.
While the idea of swapping one bride for another makes for good storytelling, in those days it was not just a story; it was sometimes a necessity. Harrison's initial rejection of Retta and anger at Jenny is understandable, but marries Retta anyway to honor Jenny's dying wish. Retta is just as apprehensive but has little prospects herself being the mother of an illegitimate child. Both Harrison and Retta are taking big risks, but with big risks come big rewards. The development of their relationship is heartwarming and Harrison's acceptance of Retta's daughter Adeline as his own shows the strong type of character he is. Retta also shows a bit of steel in her spine while at the same time doing what's expected of her under difficult circumstances. Throw in the token villain, in this case Slim Morgan and his cadre of slime balls who aim to take both Harrison's livelihood as well as his pretty new wife, and you have a fairly cliche if somewhat boring period drama that seems dragged out over more pages than is necessary. However, what makes it intriguing is that the story was inspired by a true-life family history. If that's so, then any preconceived ideas of the era's straight-laced, buttoned-up behavior in the bedroom in are out the window thanks to the author's skillful depiction of some wild west action between homespun sheets!
Western romance fans can saddle up comfortably with this predictable but satisfying read!