I don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s noI don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s no denying that Pax was scrumptious from the moment he stepped onto the pages. There’s not much that I enjoy more than a deliciously tortured, yet honorable and protective man, and Pax had it in spades.
As for Ellie, I think it was her complete and somewhat willful blindness to the danger that she faced that made me want to shake her so badly. Sure, there were those around her who were taking pains to make sure she was kept in the dark, but even so, considering the trauma she’d faced as a child, I would have hoped that she’d been a little less naive when Very Bad Things started happening around her.
Through most of the book, though, I kept holding my breath, waiting for Ellie to find out that Pax was not exactly who he’d claimed to be, and instead was hired on to protect her from the blackmailer who’d targeted her father, and when the reveal happens, the fallout didn’t disappoint.
I also enjoyed that while the mystery and danger certainly took center stage, this book never had that “heavy” vibe that a lot of romantic suspense suffers from, though plenty of action that kept the story moving along. There was also a wonderful twist, just when I thought I’d figured out the whodunit, that had me gasping.
Of course, I have to mention that I do prefer my romances to be a bit on the steamy side, so the fade-to-black lovin’ isn’t really my style, though I know there are many readers out there who will appreciate it. Even so, I enjoyed the almost whirlwind feel to the romance, and couldn’t wait for them to get their Happily Ever After, which in the end was just as satisfying as I’d hoped.
Overall, this was an excellent debut novel, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars
For the sake of full disclosure and in accordance with FCC regulations, please note that I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that I have personally known this author for several years prior to her pursuing a writing career....more
Well, if nothing else, this definitely works better now that it's been de-Twilighted (it started off as a Twilight Fanfiction, just like somanyotherWell, 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.
I know that the hero and heroine were in a fairly long relationship before the beginning of the story, but even so, the I Love You's felt a little tooI know that the hero and heroine were in a fairly long relationship before the beginning of the story, but even so, the I Love You's felt a little too quick from our hero's side.
Very light, easy reading, with some lovely angst and steam, but I wish that our hero had been forced to grovel a bit more.
Expected Release Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImprinThis 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: May 13, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImprinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 13, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Entangled Select Author’s Website: http://robyngrady.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Idol Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Obnoxiously Clumsy Heroine Favorite Tropes: Class Barrier
Full of action and steam, the plot was a bit overly dramatic at times, but that’s exactly the sort of thing that I was seeking out when I picked this one up.
While I did find myself flabbergasted at Helene’s extraordinary clumsiness, and the plot progressed along a very obvious path, I still enjoyed Helene and Darius’ unconventional courtship, especially the lovely chemistry and the seeming impossibility of their relationship going any further than the island due to Darius’ princely status.
Overall, this was a very light, easy read, and perfect for summertime.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImprinThis 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.
I wasn't very keen on the poor heroine being humiliated every time she turned around, but in the end, it was a highly entertaining book no matter my dI wasn't very keen on the poor heroine being humiliated every time she turned around, but in the end, it was a highly entertaining book no matter my dislike of certain plot devices.
Expected Release Date: December 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Blaze Author’s Website: http://cathyyardley.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Player’s Club Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
What happens when a boring accountant accidentally ends up smack in the middle of an exclusive, super-secret club of urban adventurers? What happens when his shy but sexy next door neighbor figures out his secret? Does Scott Farrell, uninteresting office chump, have what it takes to complete three outrageous challenges, while keeping the club’s existence a secret? Does quiet Amanda Wheeler have what it takes to not only be the first woman ever to gain membership to this exclusive bad-boy club, but to convince Scott that she wants him for more than just a ticket into the club?
When two very ordinary people suddenly find themselves participating in extreme stunts while realizing a strong attraction between themselves, the results are explosive.
Overall, this was a fast-paced, sexy read, full of crazy challenges and hot lovin’. I absolutely adore the idea behind the Player’s Club, and watching both Scott and Amanda come out of their shells and actually start living their lives was absolutely delightful. With just enough angst to keep things interesting without falling into a distracting heaviness, there’s plenty of plot to go along with the action, and I can’t wait to read more.
Recommended for fans of high-octane adventures, steamy love scenes, and secret societies.
Lighthearted, with an occasionally TSTL heroine, a hard-headed(but sweet) hero, just a pinch of heat, lots of hijinks, with enough heartache and angstLighthearted, with an occasionally TSTL heroine, a hard-headed(but sweet) hero, just a pinch of heat, lots of hijinks, with enough heartache and angst to keep things interesting.
I actually enjoyed the whole series, though I read them in backwards order, so some of it was a bit disorienting to me.
The heroine's a bit of a barefI actually enjoyed the whole series, though I read them in backwards order, so some of it was a bit disorienting to me.
The heroine's a bit of a barefooted hippie (complete with a bit of a "free love" attitude, despite her innocence), the hero (thinks he) is in love with another (married) woman, there's a whisper of magic (not really enough to make me classify it as "paranormal", but definitely there), and there's enough lighthearted angst (if there truly is such a thing) to fill a bathtub.
As backlogged as I am on reviews, realistically I don't have time for a full one. So, I'll just say that the angst was wonderful, the headstrong heroiAs backlogged as I am on reviews, realistically I don't have time for a full one. So, I'll just say that the angst was wonderful, the headstrong heroine's antics alternately made me want to cheer for her or beat some sense into her, the prideful hero at least knew when he'd screwed up (well, eventually at least), and the couple spent far, FAR too much time apart for my tastes, albeit not truly of their own doing.
Overall, a very entertaining, rather lighthearted medieval story that reminded me in style of some of my favorite Lynn Kurland stories.
Expected Release Date: September 2, 2010 (Available Now) Publisher: Self-This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 2, 2010 (Available Now) Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.hpmallory.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Jolie Wilkins Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm While this is an Urban Fantasy, and therefore sadly lacking in the HEA department, I actually didn’t care, because instead of frustrating me, it simply made me want to read more of the series.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While it was a bit on the long side (over 100k words), it passed very quickly, without a lot of heavy drama to pull the reader down. There were plenty of fantastical elements, ranging from various species, Jolie’s developing powers, and even a visit to the fairy realm, but there was also quite a bit of action to keep both the characters and the readers on their toes.
I think the thing I liked the most about this book was how much fun it was. Instead of bogging the story down with heavy drama and gory action, the humor, sexual tension, and whirlwind pacing left me closing the book with a smile on my face.
At the time of this review, this book is only $0.99 on Kindle at Amazon, and I personally recommend it for any fan of lighthearted, fast-paced urban fantasy.
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequiThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarlequinRomance Author’s Website: http://www.jackiebraun.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Chloe McDaniels and Simon Ford have been best friends since they were kids. She, the unpopular geek with glasses and frizzy hair, and he the studious nerd who liked to blend into the woodwork, their friendship has lasted through all sorts of ups and downs. Now, with their upcoming high school reunion rapidly approaching, Chloe has begun to freak out about facing the people who made her school life miserable, and Simon has finally had enough of Chloe's self depreciation.
Terrified that his long-time attraction will ruin their friendship, Simon is finding it harder and harder to maintain the status quo between him and Chloe, and Chloe's newfound attitude is not making things any easier.
A very fast, light-hearted read, this book was absolutely wonderful.
While at times it bordered a bit on chick-lit, in that there was a great deal of pressure on Chloe to accept herself for who she was, and to stand up to the people who were constantly taking advantage of her and making her feel inferior, there was a strong emphasis on the budding romance between best friends. Simon was delicious, and Chloe felt real, and I simply could not wait for them to get together. While I was disappointed that there was no actual lovemaking in the story, explicit or otherwise, I still greatly enjoyed it.
Recommended for fans of heroines who finally realize that nobody can make them feel inferior, of heroes who finally gain the courage to reach for their greatest desire, and of finding out that love has been waiting for you in the most unexpected place all along.
Expected Release Date: May 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self PublThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.lilianahart.blogspot.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Addison Holmes series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Okay, this book is hysterical. It’s a true comedy of errors. Poor Addison is a high school history teacher with an incredibly awesome (and expensive) car, a penchant for ice cream, and a horrible run of bad luck. Having been left at the altar by her scumbag fiance, who was of course busted banging her bimbo arch-nemesis (also the home-economics teacher from the same school she teaches at), and living in an apartment about to be condemned, she doesn’t currently have the funds to buy the adorable house of her dreams. Having made a bargain with the local sleezebag banker to have the money to him in 60 days, she’s desperate for money.
Enter her ill-fated — and incredibly short-lived — career as a stripper. Not only does she have absolutely zero talent for stripping, but she spies her Assistant Principal from school in the audience. Immediately after her only dance, her career as a stripper is over, and grateful to make her escape and put this horrible day behind her, she literally trips over a dead body in the parking lot of the strip club.
Unfortunately for Addison, things are rarely simple, and the body she stumbled over belongs to the same Assistant Principal who minutes ago was getting a lap-dance from another dancer and taking lewd photos of Addison during her performance.
Enter police hottie detective, Nick Dempsey. Immediately at odds with Addison, both feel an intense pull of attraction. However, neither lets that small fact get in the way of their animosity, and soon it seems that Addison can’t decide whether she wants to rip Nick’s clothes off and have her dirty, dirty way with him, or clobber him over the head with whatever heavy object happens to be handy. Or maybe both.
When Addison’s best friend, Kate, who also happens to be a private detective, takes pity on Addison and agrees to hire her to do some surveillance for her agency in exchange for $100 a day. Addison jumps at the chance, but she’s not exactly the most circumspect woman in town, and while she does get some good results, her methods are unorthodox to say the least…
Overall, I loved it. A perfect summer read, this is lighthearted and funny, while still possessing a pretty well executed (no pun intended) murder mystery. While Nick and Addison never go all the way, I think romance readers will still enjoy all the UST, the transformation from enemies to partners, and the delicious moments where it looks as though these two crazy kids might actually score.
While Addison does have a tendency to have quite a few Too Stupid To Live moments, the sheer amusement gained by reading her escapades is enough, in my opinion, to make it worth reading. And since at the moment it’s only $0.99 for the Kindle version, you really can’t pass it up.
First off, let's be clear -- this is NOT an anthology! It's a single story that was written as a collaboration between three incrediI loved this book!
First off, let's be clear -- this is NOT an anthology! It's a single story that was written as a collaboration between three incredible regency romance authors -- Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway.
When horse-crazy Hugh Dunne, Earl of Briarly, is gravely injured while training his new prize stallion, he realizes that it's time to find a wife and set up his nursery. So he does what any man would would much rather spend his time in the stables than darken the door of Almack's would do: he pawns off the responsibility of finding a suitable match onto his sister!
A houseparty is quickly arranged to include both the most eligible beauties of the season, and a few handsome gentlemen as well (since they might as well try to find a husband for a family friend, the young widowed Georgiana, despite her insistence that she will never remarry).
What follows is a light-hearted, charmingly sweet tale of matchmaking, hijinks, and of course, love with three distinct love stories all written into a single narrative.
There's no real angst -- just enough to keep things interesting -- and overall this is a very easy, light-hearted, cheesy-grin-inducing period romance. Highly recommended for those looking for something easy and sweet (especially good after reading a heavy novel or two just prior). 5 Stars...more
I feel like it had a lot more potential than was developed, though that could simply be a matter of m**spoiler alert** Didn't love it, didn't hate it.
I feel like it had a lot more potential than was developed, though that could simply be a matter of my tastes not matching the writing style.
I enjoyed the angst of having everyone manipulate Carrie's life -- I could imagine how utterly helpless she had to feel, especially with all the gossip going on in town.
Justin, however, was too perfect. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for a "bodice ripper" story or anything, but he just seemed so.... weak? He was very non-confrontational, and honestly came off a bit whiny to me..
I find it a bit ridiculous that every unmarried character in the story was a virgin.. Okay so they're virtuous and Christian. I get that. But even the 40 year old uncle was still a virgin. I just don't find that realistic at all, especially since it was turn-of-the-century South where, while illegal, houses of ill repute were common. I would've been able to more easily let that slide had it just been the hero who'd never lain with a woman.
Also, despite the fact that everyone was a virgin, and these were supposedly upper-class anglos, it seemed like every time you turned around, people were making very blatantly sexual comments -- her brother even went so far as to tell Carrie that he would send her some chocolate since chocolate has been known to increase sexual desire -- and this conversation occurred at the dinner table in the middle of a party!!
Carrie also forgave everyone way too easily in my opinion.. Not only did everyone conspire to force her to marry Justin, but her best friend betrayed her with the man she'd just started courting (before the whole Justin thing), how Justin was constantly cancelling their engagements at the last minute due to business (whether it was in his control or not), and her brother freaking bust up in her house and tied her to the bed and told her she'd have to stay there until she had sex with Justin! *shakes head* And yet, she just laughed everything off and went on like nothing had ever happened.
Overall, it was a very easy, light read. I didn't find it as humorous as I think it was intended to be, though, and instead felt as though the characters were all pretty flat and, well, not very interesting.
I just feel like there was so much more potential than was actually fulfilled. Everything that happened could've been so much more meaningful had Carrie shown signs of being more upset about the way everyone (including Justin) was treating her, because then as a reader I would've felt that Carrie and Justin really did fall in love. As it was, they were together a week or two and she just decided she loved him despite the utter unfairness of the whole situation. It would've been a more satisfying read had she resisted a bit longer, or Justin had been less "perfect" and more realistic (occasionally showing anger, frustration, or really anything other than mild lust and disappointment)..
The one explicitly sexual interlude felt out of place with the rest of the book as well. Sure, Justin had kissed Carrie several times up to this point, but all of a sudden there's some very explicit third base action going on, sliding right into home. As much as I love me some smut, I prefer when sexual situations match the tone of the rest of the story. I really feel as though a PG or "fade to black" situation would've fit much better in this story. Instead of feeling as though their love was being gloriously celebrated by their consummation, I felt as though I'd been watching a Disney movie that had a naked chick thrown in to make it more "hip" or something.