Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQ...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.kaseymichaels.com/ My Source for This Book: Part of a Series: Yes (?) Book 3, Redgraves Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment Favorite Tropes: Secret Identity
There are certain times in everyone’s life when circumstances outside of books interfere with your enjoyment of reading, and unfortunately, I had a lot going on in my life when I read this one. As silly as it sounds, I think that this book was a little too well-written for my tastes when I read it. I was looking for more of a “mindless” read — you know, the kind with the somewhat flat characters and an almost silly plot.
Instead, this book is very well written. Both of the protagonists have many hidden depths, and the overall storyline of infiltrating a notorious (and treasonous) secret society involved quite a bit of subterfuge and quick intellect.
Another positive is that even though it is obviously part of a series, it stood very well on its own.
I struggled with a final rating for this book, because I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked it up. I didn’t want to “punish” the book by giving it a low rating when there weren’t many things I actively disliked about the tale, but neither did I want to give it a higher rating than it would have received based on exactly how I felt about it when I read it. In the end, I simply looked to my own rating scale, and I think this definition perfectly reflects my feelings for this one: “I really liked it. I’d probably read it again in the future, and while there are certainly things I would change, it was at least quite entertaining. I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth for a paperback.”
Recommended for fans of protagonists with hidden depths, evil secret societies, and plenty of action with a dash of steam.
Expected Release Date: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Blaz...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Blaze Author’s Website: www.cathyyardley.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Player’s Club Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Player’s Club — a secret organization where members learn to live life to the fullest. The catch? There’s a big emphasis on the “secret” part. So when D-List celebrity Juliana Mayfield decides that joining the elusive Player’s Club can be her big ticket back into the limelight, she cajoles her way into the club, despite founder Lincoln Stone’s intense dislike of media darlings.
Lincoln has his own reasons for keeping the Player’s Club, as well as his own life, a secret from the public and the media, and he sees Juliana as nothing more than an attention-starved poor-little-rich-girl. Vowing to keep an eye on her, he soon discovers that keeping his hands off of her is going to create a bigger challenge.
But when Juliana’s ambitions bring the Player’s Club into the spotlight, is there any way for her to redeem herself in the eyes of the club — and in the eyes of the man she’s fallen in love with?
I’m a huge fan of this series. The entire concept behind the Player’s Club fascinates me, and I adore watching the pledge challenges play out. More than that, however, was the absolutely decadent tension between Juliana and Lincoln, and the lovely angst caused by Juliana’s ambitions.
Recommended for fans of secret societies, high-octane adventure, and sizzling sensuality.
Expected Release: Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Aut...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release: Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.charlottefeatherstone.net/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Brethren Guardians Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
As of this moment, I’ve spent about two hours writing and re-writing this review. Why, do you ask? For the simple reason that nothing I say seems to accurately describe just how much I really enjoyed this book.
Taking it’s cue from gothic novels of old, Seduction & Scandal has everything I love in darker historicals. Our heroine is a woman with a secret scandalous past, determined to live a virtuous and staid life, never giving in to the passions that ruined her mother’s life. She agrees to a courtship with a man who is boring, but safe, and never tells him of her secret hobby as a novelist. Then enter the Earl of Black, a darkly handsome man who has a scandal of his own to follow him, who tempts her with the promise of secret kisses and forbidden caresses.
The secret scandal in Isabella’s past, the deadly rumors that surround Black, the tale of secret societies with a dash of the paranormal, a delicious sense of sensuality, and an unseen outside force attempting to ruin all chances of happiness between the lovers, all combine to make this book an incredible read.
I literally could not put this book down. Once I read the opening lines, Ms. Featherstone’s masterful writing style had me entranced to the point that even I found myself reading this book in line at the grocery store.
I must also say how absolutely thrilled I am by the blurb of the next book in the series, Pride & Passion, and how completely devastated I am that it doesn’t come out until December.
A very solid 5/5 Stars, and highly recommended for fans of gothic historical romances.(less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Au...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://www.amandastevens.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (free as of April 12, 2011) Part of a Series: Yes. Book 0.5 in the Graveyard Queen Series (Prequel to the forthcoming novel, The Restorer) Steam Level: Warm
So a short while ago, you may remember me fangirling all over Amanda Stevens’ forthcoming novel, The Restorer, scheduled for release next week. For those of you who are not yet able to have gotten your hands on the full-length novel, Ms. Graves has released this short story prequel to introduce readers into the world of The Restorer. Here, you will not only get to briefly meet both Amelia and Detective Devlin, but you will also get an introduction to the Order of the Coffin and the Claw, which plays a large part in both stories.
I have to start off this review by telling you, in no uncertain terms, that reading The Abandoned (or The Restorer for that matter) when it’s dark, rainy, and the entire household has gone to bed is a bad idea. Deliciously creepy, without being an over-the-top horror story, The Abandoned skillfully draws the reader into a world where simply not believing in ghosts won’t be enough to save you.
Overall, this was a quick, spooky read that leads beautifully into The Restorer without being a total cliff-hanger, which I appreciated. Fans of things that go bump in the night, but who prefer to get their scares without a lot of gore will almost certainly enjoy this read. 4.5/5 Stars (less)
This fast-paced read had everything: murder, secret societies, governmen...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
This fast-paced read had everything: murder, secret societies, government corruption, and of course, a nice dose of steamy romance.
As far as I know (and someone please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken), this is a standalone novel. However, it read as though it were the debut of a series. I admit, I am sincerely hoping there are future books planned to expand on this one, because there were quite a few loose ends that I would love to see tied up.
That said, I did enjoy it. The romance was wonderfully hot, the fast-paced action kept me on the edge of my seat, and the whodunit kept me guessing until the end. A solid 4/5 Stars(less)