Well, if nothing else, this definitely works better now that it's been de-Twilighted (it started off as a Twilight Fanfiction, just like somanyother...moreWell, if nothing else, this definitely works better now that it's been de-Twilighted (it started off as a Twilight Fanfiction, just like somanyotherbooks.)
Completely ridiculous at times, but with some yummy sexytimes to make up for it, not a bad way to pass the time.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: www.larissaione.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Moon Bound Vampires Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Major Age Difference Between Protagonists Favorite Tropes: Kidnapped, Enemies To Lovers
Any first installment into a series can tend to be a little wobbly on its feet at first, especially when the author is known for only one series (and a popular one at that), and this one was no true exception.
I admit, I had a hard time just sitting back and enjoying the book on its own without drawing quite a few comparisons between the characters and events in this book, and the popular Demonica/Lords of Deliverance books. However, I soon found that I really enjoyed her fresh take on the vampire myth, turning them into a subjugated race fighting for both freedom from and revenge against their captors. The in-fighting between clans, the evil corporations, the hunters sent in to bring down rogues and escapees -- all of these added up to a thrilling world in which to set the story.
On top of that, the animosity between Nicole and Riker, along with their growing understanding of each other, not to mention the growing attraction that they both attempted to fight, added the perfect amount of tension, and of course, the trademark heat and chemistry that we've come to expect from Ms. Ione kept things quite interesting even during the times between fighting.
While I was a little weirded out by the in-your-face age difference between Nicole and Riker, and was perhaps a bit distracted by some of the parallels that could be drawn between this story and the Demonica/LOD series, it was the world-building that really made me fall in love with this tale. I can't wait for more books to help explain the history behind the enslavement of the vampire race, as well as the stories behind the various rogue clans. The teaser for the next book in the series has me salivating to get my hands on it, and leaves me with no doubt that this series is going to be one to watch.
A very solid 4/5, and definitely a series to watch.(less)
Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Impri...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Monstrosity Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment Favorite Tropes: Monsters! (Including a Cthulhu!), Unique Premise
This series is so much fun, that even though I tend to prefer traditional romance with steamy hot lovin’, I still couldn’t put this one down.
Light-hearted while still being full of action, betrayal, and drama, Monsters In Your Neighborhood had so much to love. We’re introduced to some new characters who really help round out the support group, including a rather unassuming Cthulhu and Dr. Frankenstein’s original assistant, Igor (who, thanks to modern medicine, no longer sports the hump thank-you-very-much).
I loved the Twitter angle, as well as the surprising twists in plot, and the horror of what is done to some of the monsters is perfect.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun, action-packed escape full of humor and action.
Expected Release Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Covet Author’s Website: http://tiffanyallee.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Sons of Kane Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Just Talk It Out Already Favorite Tropes: Pretend Engagement
This fun, sexy read had a little bit of everything – action, drama, steam, heartbreak, and joy – and while I’m not a huge fan of whirlwind romances, I still really enjoyed this one.
The chemistry between Noah and Alice was wonderful, and though I’m not sure how I felt about the Big Misunderstanding, the groveling at the end more than made up for any of my misgivings.
Recommended for fans of modern-day vampires, pretend engagements, and fast-paced romance.
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cynthiaeden.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Personal Purchase) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Bound In Series Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Betrayal, Amnesia, Mates For Life
One minor issue where the word “vampire” was used in a place that should have very obviously been “werewolf” (and yes, I’m picky, and that drove me a bit bonkers for a minute), but other than that, a very solid read.
Full of love, lust, anger, grief, betrayal, and revenge, with Ms. Eden’s trademark delicious chemistry thrown on top, I couldn’t put it down, and there’s a beautiful potential for a follow-up book with some secondary characters who also quickly captured my heart.
Review: My Lady Quicksilver - Bec McMaster This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Octobe...moreReview: My Lady Quicksilver - Bec McMaster This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2013Publisher: SourcebooksImprint: CasablancaAuthor’s Website: http://www.becmcmaster.com/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 3, London Steampunk SeriesSeries Best Read In Order: Probably, but would stand well on its own.Steam Level: HotPet Peeves: Adultery/Infidelity (Sort Of, Minor)Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers, Secret Identity
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book ever since the final pages of the previous book, Heart of Iron. I love the Enemies To Lovers trope in romance, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. With Lynch on the hunt for the elusive rebel leader, Mercury, and Mercury herself hiding right under his nose, there was plenty of excitement and subterfuge, and I loved getting an inside look into the Nighthawks.
The world-building is fantastic, as it has been throughout the series, and I simply cannot get enough of this world where the glittering sphere of the Echelon clashes so perfectly with the dark, gritty world of the mechs and the working class.
The battle between the blue bloods and the humanists really heats up in this story, and the hunt for Mercury as well as the humanists’ plans for war really come to life.
Getting inside of Rosalind’s head was wonderful, and I loved the insight into not only her past but also her heart. I’ve known ever since he first graced the pages that Lynch was a man of great depth, and seeing him, especially at his most vulnerable, made me all for him even harder.
Bottom line – I adored this book. Had it not been for the kind-of-sort-of-but-maybe-not-really cheating, it very likely would have been a full five stars for me. As it is, though, it was still a wonderful, exciting, sexy read, and it is firmly on my keeper shelf.
Expected Release Date: April 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Impr...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Monstrosity Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: No Smexin’ Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred (Heroine), Secret Identity
Though certainly not what I would call a traditional romance, this lighthearted tale of a group of misfit monsters was fresh and entertaining. Of course, I wish there’d been a little more focus on the romance, especially since there seemed to be a promising bit of chemistry between two of the characters, but even without any steam, I really enjoyed it.
A very lighthearted, easy read, and a series that I will definitely be keeping an eye on.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: http://mollyharper.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Half Moon Hollow Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Warm Pet Peeves: Infidelity (Heroine) Favorite Tropes: Major Betrayal
The premise of this story was quite intriguing, and I knew as soon as Jed stepped onto the pages that his relationship with Nola was going to be quite enjoyable. However, despite how much I enjoyed his character, in the end, there wasn’t really much about this story that stood out to me.
There was so much focus on the townspeople of Half-Moon Hollow (which makes sense seeing as how this is the third installment in a series) that I found myself actually getting bored with Nola’s search for the artifacts that had drawn her to the town in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the secondary characters, especially Jane, but there was almost a “chick-lit” vibe to this book, when I had gone into it expected a somewhat steamy paranormal romance.
Overall, I would recommend this one to fans of the series, as they will be more likely to fully appreciate all of the emphasis placed on the residents of the town, but while I enjoyed it, I doubt that I will be reading more of this series in the future.
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I try...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I try so hard to avoid spoilers, and yet, I want to either rant or rave about almost every tiny detail.
At times this book was so overwhelming with minute details, that it felt as though she were trying her hardest to give every single character that had ever appeared in the stories, if not an actual cameo, at least a mention. And yet, at other times, it felt as though important characters and events were glossed over with a quickness that left me re-reading a few pages thinking that I must have missed something, because I ended up not quite sure what exactly was going on.
In the end, however, there are two main factors that I feel I should focus this review on. First, the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn, and second, the overall progression of the series’ story arc.
On the first, I can say I was generally pleased. The pacing was perfect, with tons of angst and heartache on both sides, as well as plenty of chemistry. While the actual love scenes were mostly deliciously hot, there were a few quirks that left me a bit cold, and that’s coming from someone who’s typically a fan of male-male romance.
On the second, however, is where the book really shone. Old foes come back to the forefront, with surprising results, and the villains from last book begin to take unexpected paths in their quest to wipe out the Brotherhood and Wrath. In addition, we get quite a bit of history on the Shadows, Trez and iAm, as well as a very fascinating (and sexually charged) sub-plot with the dangerously sexy Assail.
Add to that an absolutely fabulous epilogue, and this book is definitely a keeper.
Newcomers to the series, however, should realize that this is not a series that can really be read out of order.. Books 1 – 5 are arguably interchangeable, and able to stand on their own, but I would personally suggest just going ahead and reading everything in order and saving yourself the massive headache of trying to sort things out.