Xenia is dogging her Uncle’s crazy attempts to kill her and avoiding a one-way trip to the overlord but she never planned on falling for the sexy Quinn. Can they survive long enough to have a future together?
Xenia isn’t weak and she isn’t stupid. But she does get captured by Quinn’s charm. Quinn her captor/savior and all around sexy guy is falling for her. It’s a great battle of wills and lust. I enjoyed their chemistry. Xenia’s fire and attitude, I loved. The banter is seriously entertaining and the action is intense. Honestly, the more pages I read the more I am swept into the author’s scifi world. Even Clio, the creature that could eat a human whole, is a cute/scary character. I have to say I’ve read several books in the series but Crossing Quinn is by far my favorite!
Must read! Must read! Must read!
This. Was. Hysterical! I seriously laughed out loud so many times. I’m not big on kids in books but this author made it a fantastic treat to have four year told Timmy outwitting his gay uncle Jason. They’re pushed together for four weeks while his mom and Jason’s sister is on vacation. Jason’s brother is Timmy’s father but mysteriously disappeared three years ago. As Sam and Jason get to know each other and take on the energetic Timmy, a few strange incidents lead them to believe there’s a real ghost in the basement.
From the old dog, to the smart Timmy and the sexy uncles, this story is a huge hit! The mystery is rather obvious about half way through but I still really enjoyed the characters figured it out. This author is brilliant. My reason: I don’t like kids in romance books. I don’t like ghost stories. And yet, I loved this book. That should tell you something. Go out and buy this book!!
Dirty Tricks took an approach I’ve never seen before in the romance. Our hero Cat is a plucky woman, ready to extract her revenge on the man who broke her Grandmother’s heart at any cost. This leads her to sneaking back into the home she once lived in and pretending to be a ghost to dissuade contractors for doing work.
The hilarity that ensues is wonderful. She’s succeeding in her quest until Jay comes. I love this hero’s off color personality and style. She was so unique, funny, and funky. Her preoccupation with the villain of her youth tugged at my heart strings. Jay is a man intent on finishing the job his father started. Steadfast and intelligent, he’s not swayed into believing the haunting is real for a minute. His retaliation on the next door neighbor for her shenanigans is a modern day prank war. I adored his wit and the slices of insight to his past. I just wish I could’ve learned more about him.
The passion between them simmers, but the main focus in this tale is on the chase. If you’re looking for a humorous romance you won’t soon forget this is the one for you.
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The Devil's Nightmare (Night Wardens #3)
Author: Stephani Hecht
Length : 108 pgs.
Genres: paranormal M/M romance
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy.
Brad is a warden with issues - his team all seems to think he's a screw-up just because he tries to make everything a little more fun and not take himself so seriously. He also has an unrequited crush on a vampire - which is pretty much a no-no. Last, but not least, he's managed to get a demon crushing on him, while even worse than usual deaths are plaguing Detroit. Jonas, the vampire assigned
as liaison to the Wardens, is not as immune to Brad as he appears, but with everything else going on, their timing is off.
This looks like a fun series to me - demon slaying, protecting innocents, following the directions of an Oracle, and suddenly receiving immortality makes for an interesting mix. Even though I
picked up the series at book three, I found the plot easy to follow and enjoyed watching Brad and Jonas fumble their way towards true love. I especially liked watching Brad's brother learn how poorly he was treating his brother, and then seeing Brad step up to his responsibilities. Recommended for Stephani Hecht fans and people who like their paranormal romances with a side of snark and gross-out.
Nora Roberts land
by Ava Miles
Genre - Romantic suspense
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 - An Erotic Ride.
When journalist Meredith Hale´s cheating, self-centered husband divorced her, he blamed their divorce on all the Nora Roberts book she read, claiming they are all just fantasy. When a family emergency brings her back from the big city to her small home town of Dare Valley, she decides to test if Nora
Roberts land really exists and write a story about her search for Mr. Right. When the ex-husband, now trying to get into the world of politics, finds out about the story, he thinks she is out to ruin him and his career by detailing their relationship in the story. He then blackmails freelance journalist Tanner
McBride into going to Dare and making Meredith fall in love with him, then dumping her, thereby effectively ruining her story. However, when Meredith and Tanner meet, the sparks between them are
undeniable. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death in Dare, their feelings unfold, but will the secrets they keep and the dangers of their investigation ruin the romance worthy of a Nora Roberts book?
I have read enough Nora Roberts books (although I am not as devoted as Meredith) to be drawn in by the blurb. Although Meredith and Tanner are the typical romance story main characters they do bring something new to the table, and they do make an excellent pair. The book is good in the romance department and good in the suspense department. The book had a lot of laugh-out-loud
dialogue, especially in the beginning and many amazingly sweet and funny characters, especially Meredith´s family members. Although very well written, there were a few things that made me not give this five stars, including that the bad guys acted quite stupid and obvious. You wouldn´t really need to be a top journalist to figure those goons out.
Ava Miles has created a nice space of her own in the world of romance with this book, and I am looking forward to reading more about the people of Valley characters in her next book.
The Spirit Dragon
Author: Tianna Xander
Page count: 95
Genres: Paranormal Romance
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 1 - Tame
Having reviewed the prior book in the series, The Water Dragon, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I jumped at the chance to review the next book in the series, The Spirit Dragon. I’m happy to announce that much of the book lived up to my expectations, including a very healthy dose of humor.
Jasmine’s witchy gift is bringing things back from the dead. Until recently, it’s been limited to plants, but about a month ago, formerly living creatures have started getting up and walking after her. This includes a rather humorous recitation of one of the zombies shambling after her saying
“Braaaains.” Understandably, she’s a bit tired of that and retreats to a sanctuary provided by Drake, her brother-in-law, where she just has a couple of guards and limited interaction with things that might have once been alive.
Honestly, I never stopped giggling throughout the book. Ms. Xander’s humor was fantastic and I just didn’t get tired of the zombie jokes. Given everything Jasmine had been going through in recent days, you couldn’t blame her for clinging so long to the belief that Ryuu was yet another reanimated body. And, with that in mind, who can blame her for not wanting to be attracted to him or objecting more than she might otherwise at being abducted.
These two made a great pair, their innate gifts (her ability to reanimate the dead and his to pull a spirit back from the afterlife) matching perfectly. I don’t remember the Water Dragon having the same perfect compatibility, but they made a lovely combination.
Anyway, all that said, this got knocked down from a 4-star to a 3 because of some of the issues in the latter pages of the book. Primarily, the utter confusion (in my mind, to the point I actually went back and reread a few pages when I stumbled over the issue as I read) over why exactly Jasmine didn’t want to be with Ryuu (after she finally believed he wasn’t a zombie).
The only other minor problem I had with this was definitely one I hadn’t had with The Water Dragon: the secondary cast. Had I not read the other book, I would have had no clue what they were talking about when they threw in a conversation about finding/rescuing Emily (friend of the heroine who got snatched by a dragon at the end of the book). While it’s always a delicate balance to avoid info-dumping and boring those who are a long-time fan of your series while providing enough information to newcomers, I think this book definitely fell shy of that balance.
Other than these two issues, I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting a chance to get my hands on the next Dragon book.
Theirs (The Bears bk. 1) by Hazel Gower
Genre: paranormal ménage
Length: novel (115 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Ratings: 4 Stars - A Recommended Read.
Heat: 3 Handcuffs - Blush Worthy.
Susie is a larger girl and after fighting to not gain another pants size, she decides to join a nearby gym and get some personal training to try to lose some weight. What she finds when she walks into Healthy Bodies is certainly more than she intended - not one, but two bear shifters that immediately declare she is their True Mate. Both Brian and Blake Bear have chosen to wait to find their True Mate, rather than mating with another bear shifter just to have children. These brothers have not even lived together in years, so to discover that they share a mate shocks them as much as it does Susie.
This book is funny - Susie keeps trying to run away from her domineering, dominating mates, but they
keep luring her back in. Blake and Brian both have their own pasts to deal with, a mother that tries to boss everyone around, and now a mate with insecurity issues. Brian, especially, often has a serious case of "foot-in-mouth" syndrome.
Overall, it is a cute read that could have stood another round of edits in a few spots but did not take away from my enjoyment of the story and set up well for a story about Susie's friend and the Bear Brothers' cousins.
Gustav's Gargoyle Adventure By, Charlie Richards
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Gay Romance, Shifters
TBR Reviewer: Luta Wolf
Rating: 4 Stars - A Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 Handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
Sometimes it just takes time and gentle hands to heal a wounded soul. Having someone else to lean on helps a lot too. Gustav is doing just that, surviving and licking his wounds, and he’s doing a pretty good job at it with the help of a variety of shifter friends. When he catches the scent of his mate he finds it’s even easier to heal when you have someone who is always there for you.
This is a sweet well-written book about some unlikely shifters getting together and a whole bunch of clutching your stomach humor along the way. There is no angst to the plot but nor is there any villains.
I love Gustav, he’s a gentle giant all the way around. He might have been a victim of abuse but he is shown as realistically handling things and not as a victim but as a survivor. He’s quirks in the book are relatable but emphasized to give added humor, which easily kept a smile on my face throughout the
telling. I love the whole adopted primacy of Tible. It added extra oomph and humor to the story. I wish it had been expanded just a bit more to help round out some of the questions I had as far as how they knew so much about gargoyles and yet didn’t know some important gargoyle information that arises in the book.
I loved the simplistic fun of this book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. There could have been more expansion on certain parts seeing as this wasn’t plot laden, it really needed a little more meat in sections. However, it’s still a really good read that I absolutely recommend to those that need a nice hot
chocolate read once in awhile.
Purely Relative (The P.U.R.E. 1.5) by Claire Gillian
Genre: contemporary romance, humor
Length: novella (88 pgs)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 5 stars - A Must Read.
Heat: 4 Handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
When we last saw the hero and heroine of The P.U.R.E., Gayle had lost her job by becoming a whistle blower and running around solving a mystery with Jon, her undercover FBI agent turned boyfriend. Unemployed and far from family, Gayle agrees to go to Thanksgiving dinner at Jon's home, never dreaming how much drama would be involved.
Imagine all the worst, craziest holidays you've endured, roll them all into one, and multiply by ten. Now you have an idea of the craziness that is this story! From having dinner with Jon's ex-fiancée's parents to watching both Jon's siblings' relationships implode, Gayle finds this
to be an unusual holiday. On top of all this comes the comedic angst of Gayle's unemployment and Jon's future with the FBI.
This sequel is a comedic glimpse into Gayle and Jon's future after Anderson-Blakely and is a great reunion with a wonderful romantic duo. I also enjoyed all their family members.
Ms. Gillian's writing is fresh and enjoyable, both funny and angst-filled in turns without being over the top. I highly recommend this book to those who have read the first one (and the first one to those who have not).
Code Red by Amy Noelle
Genre - Romantic Comedy
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 3 Stars - It was a good read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush worthy.
After being hurt by a bad romance in college, Nicole has sworn to never have her heart broken again by a man. She and her group of friends created Code Red, meaning if one of them meets a good-looking guy with the potential to break their hearts, they call the code and everyone comes to the rescue.
A few years later, Nicole has created a structured life for herself, with a good job, close contact with her best friends and her two cats. Most of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds, but Nicole is still single and happy with that. That is until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole´s office and assigned to work with her on a special project. Joshua is everything Nicole doesn´t want to let herself fall for. When Nicole calls the Code Red, her friends don´t really seem to want to save her this time and Joshua seems determined to show her that Code Red isn´t needed at all.
The story is a romantic comedy, with a great male lead and funny banter between the characters. I picked this book, because I wanted just that. The book is very well written, with well developed character and while I did enjoy large parts of the book, the story as a whole didn´t do it for me. I think the big part of this was Nicole. She came through as very immature, who constantly pestered her friends with whiny texts and e-mails, and it felt like she couldn´t take a step in any direction without fretting about it and going through everything in detail with her friends. Joshua was great though, a really good guy and a gentleman. He won´t run away when Nicole tries to push him away, but at the same time he won't just give in to her,
without her opening up and letting him in to her life. I also loved the little side story of Jen and Ryan. Jen had really been hurt badly and deserved a good guy.
This is a lighthearted, fun book.