I don't always enjoy contemporary romance - usually I read PNR, historical or rom-suspense. Too many I've tried have had the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING whicI don't always enjoy contemporary romance - usually I read PNR, historical or rom-suspense. Too many I've tried have had the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING which should be able to be solved with a 2 minute convo that doesn't happen.
Trade Me was fantastic. Poor girl, rich boy. No assholes.Both with complicated relationships with family although they are from 2 different worlds.
This is a quick, steamy Sci Fi Romance. I really liked it and I'm hoping we someday get more in this universe.
Being as this is me, you might expect thThis is a quick, steamy Sci Fi Romance. I really liked it and I'm hoping we someday get more in this universe.
Being as this is me, you might expect that there were lots of battles, space chases and alien heads exploding amidst the smexing, but no. This is set on an alien world and deals with cultural issues between two people from vastly different upbringings. Add in that they are living next door to each other because his planet conquered hers and it ups the ante. Just the right pace and I liked the give and take.
Rasmus is an excellent lead - caring, not an alpha, but not a pushover either. Fedni has had her life upended and is still trying to hold on to the life she knew before, to stay stable when everything has crumbled around her. I understood both of them and I really liked how they came to an understanding....more
This was a quick, cute read. Contemporary romance, no monsters, no I haven't been abducted by aliens.
I've actually read Poitevin's monsters before, anThis was a quick, cute read. Contemporary romance, no monsters, no I haven't been abducted by aliens.
I've actually read Poitevin's monsters before, and she writes them well.
This time, however, we are in Ottawa with an architect who is raising three kids alone after her ex walked out, and a famous movie star in town for mysterious reasons.
Gwyneth (with 2 n's) or Gwyn was easy to identify with. She is a bit harried, but has built up a strong support system. She is afraid of getting into a relationship again and is always conscious of the welfare of her kids.
Gareth is the wonderful hero who is rich, an actor, washes the dishes and even helps out with the kids. Not perfect, but pretty close. The not perfect part comes in the rather large secret he has been carrying around with him.
There was a bit of believability stretching with how fast Gareth starting helping out with the whole family, but it's a Romance so it was easy to get past it. It helped that Gwyn and Gareth were just so cute together and very sweet.
Yes, there are adorable moppets. I didn't find them annoying.
There is some angst, but this is a fast-paced read so we were past it quickly. Gareth's secret is a doozy, but like I said, the quick pace sped through it. Also, I liked the two of them together. They worked for me.
Rounding up to 4 stars because I easily got into the story & had fun reading it.
Christopher is the captain of an airship. He is also a Man O' WarRounding up to 4 stars because I easily got into the story & had fun reading it.
Christopher is the captain of an airship. He is also a Man O' War - fused with a metallic substance that gives him extra strength and energy (he's pretty much the battery for his ship, and he needs the ship in order to siphon off said "energy" - symbiotic relationship). He and his crew are behind enemy lines when they get a distress call from a nearby village. They find Louisa, an intelligence agent, who also used to be Christopher's lover. She has info on a munitions plant that needs to be destroyed to help turn the balance in the war.
And, of course, smexy good fun as they get reacquainted. It doesn't happen right away, of course. Christopher is still very angry she left (and how she left), and Louisa is working through her feelings as well.
This was a very quick, fun read. There isn't a ton of world explanation. I got a feel for the time and place, but there weren't any big history lessons. I kind of wanted some of that, as I find that aspect of world-building very interesting.
I did like Christopher and Louisa together. Given that Louisa left, it is easy to paint her in the villain role of the break-up, but I mostly just felt sorry for her. I thought that the pace of their reunion felt right. Not too rushed or drawn out.
There was a decent amount of action. Louisa more than holds her own, and I liked that Christopher respected it. He is alpha-ish, but doesn't try to put her in a cage.
If this is the book I think it is, then this was my my first exposure to a douchebag hero.
I remember reading as a teen and getting to the part whereIf this is the book I think it is, then this was my my first exposure to a douchebag hero.
I remember reading as a teen and getting to the part where the "hero" spanks the "heroine" as a punishment enough to injure her, then just puts her in a healing device because so long as she's better now, its all ok.
I don't care that later on she is turned on by it. The fact is it all started non-consensually and that is an immediate turn off.
Edit: This isn't an anti-BDSM sentiment. If the heroine had been on board from the get-go with the bedroom plans, then I wouldn't have had an issue. It was the use of it as a punishment (and then when her mom agreed with the "punishment" - argh - it's been years but that whole part pissed me off). ...more
This is between 4&5 stars. So much fun. Def a Romance, so if you don't like Romance it's probably not your thing.
Loved the world. Steampunk with aThis is between 4&5 stars. So much fun. Def a Romance, so if you don't like Romance it's probably not your thing.
Loved the world. Steampunk with a strong paranormal bent. Really liked the way vamps are used. We have both the heroic vampish character, but also the monstrous vampire. It didn't feel romanticized - they kept the monstrous nature by treating it as a disease. A disease with a time-limit and very bad consequences.
I liked the couple, they worked very well. Looking forward to Will's book....more
Meljean Brook's Iron Seas is one of my favorite romance series. In fact, the bar scene in Here There Be Monsters is near the top of my all-time favoriMeljean Brook's Iron Seas is one of my favorite romance series. In fact, the bar scene in Here There Be Monsters is near the top of my all-time favorite romantic moments. The world-building in this series is phenomenal. The action is intense. The women kick ass, and the men do as well. We've seen many different "types" of heroes and heroines in this series: Alphas (both male and female), adventurers, investigators, inventors, some experienced, some virgins (even the rare virgin hero). Each time I've felt like we've gotten a different kind of couple. It's not just the alpha-show 24/7, and I am thankful for that.
It's steampunk. There are mechanical "bugs" that the Horde used to control conquered people, but in the new freedom from the invaders, the bugs help to repair injuries, give strength, and enable the grafting of mechanical limbs. We've also got airships and all kinds of mechanical creations. Oh and zombies, but not any of those in Riveted, the third Iron Seas novel. Seriously, the world sets this series apart. If you are a fan of epic, expansive world-building (and you like romance) you should try the Iron Seas.
In Riveted, we're out of London and more in the New World, settled when the Europeans fled the Horde. Annika is a very "improper" young woman by New World standards. Of course, New World Social Rules make the Pilgrims look like swingers, so for the reader, Annika is a breath of fresh air. She wears bright colored clothes, speaks her mind, has an almost innocent view of the world (in the sense she isn't jaded), is searching for her sister, is a phenomenal mechanic. Oh, and she comes from a secret women-only village in Iceland.
We also have David, horrifically injured in a volcanic explosion that killed his mother, he has become a vulcanologist, an expert in volcanoes. He also has been rebuilt with mechanical legs, hand and eye. He is used to people, especially prejudiced New Worlders, shying away from him. He doesn't think he will be able to find someone who can see the man behind the mechanics. He is also searching for his mother's people. She also dressed and acted differently, much like Annika...
And there's your setup. We have an airship, madman (or two), a giant whale, and two people who are outsiders in the world, but kindred spirits.
I loved this book so much. The couple...it was just one of the most romantic Romances I've read that also satisfies my need for some action (not just of the smexy variety). Annika and David work so well. I also really enjoy that they become friends first. Brook hits all the right notes here.
That wasn't all, of course. Riveted even brings in LGBT issues and explores the need of being able to love freely without fear of physical violence or social condemnation. And this happened in a way that did not feel preachy. I am so looking forward to Scarsdale's book.
I didn't feel there was as much focus on the world as we got in the first two books, but that felt right to me. The Iron Seas world is now established in my mind. There is still plenty of exploration, of course, and I can't wait for what we'll encounter next. ...more
-liked the romance. -liked the characters; thought Cross did a good job of balancing Arden; she could have easilyWorking on review. A couple of notes:
-liked the romance. -liked the characters; thought Cross did a good job of balancing Arden; she could have easily become a bitter caricature. -like the setup for the Warden spy agency -really liked that the characters were imperfect, that their experiences had had an effect...more
Most of the Romances I read have some kind of paranormal element. This one is Contemporary, but it is a Romantic-Suspense wiBetween 4 & 4.5 stars.
Most of the Romances I read have some kind of paranormal element. This one is Contemporary, but it is a Romantic-Suspense with a REALLY evil big bad in it. It's also different in that it's not fully contained in one book. The main relationship is, but the overall mystery will span 3 books, each with a different couple as the main focus, but still with the other characters involved. This is very different from other romances I've read and I think it really works for me. If everything had been solved by the end, it would have been too neat. Too easy. I've read a few too many Romantic-Suspense books where in between the all night marathons of fantastic sex to the exclusion of all else, the hero and heroine are also able to capture the villain who has been giving the authorities the run around for years. I'm not saying that this concept hasn't been done well (for instance, I loved Linda Howard's Dream Man), but in more than a few I haven't been satisfied with the end, mostly because there wasn't enough balance between mystery-solving and romance-building.
I liked the characters. There are a lot of different POVs here (it's all 3rd person, just following several different characters), but that didn't bother me. It worked for the story. Being in the killer's head was creepy as hell. He's a sadistic torturer-rapist-killer. You don't get really graphic, explicit details, but sometimes what's NOT told is even scarier as your mind makes up the difference.
Lena, our lead female character is blind with a fierce independent streak. She's worked hard for the life she's built, is fiercely loyal to her friends, and has a wicked sense of humor. Ezra is a cop on leave following a shooting - I won't spill what happened, as it's pretty crucial to his whole attitude, but I thought it worked. There were plenty of times I called him an idiot, but his actions were understandable. I bought their relationship. It's not one that starts because of the villain, although circumstances involving the mystery do bring Lena & Ezra closer together. The romance was hot - there was no skimping on that end at all.
I do not read a lot of contemporary romance. Generally, if there aren't monsters, magic, action, gadgets or airships, I don't read it. True, I do occaI do not read a lot of contemporary romance. Generally, if there aren't monsters, magic, action, gadgets or airships, I don't read it. True, I do occasionally read a historical romance, but too often with contemporaries I find myself thinking that the couple really just needs counseling. Then I get bored.
Most of the time. Sometimes, though, a contemporary comes along and I really get into the characters and have fun with the story, sans explosions and big bads. That happened for me here.
I also follow the author on Twitter and she's pretty funny, so I thought I would be in good hands. I was right.
Sweet romance with childhood friends reconnecting. June left home a long time ago and never looked back. She had a falling out with her very religious grandmother, and given that her dream is to own her own bar, she doesn't think there is any way her only relative would approve. Right when she is about to get her dream, an old warrant from her old town hinders her licensing and she needs to spend a month in Sultry Springs.
She happens to also encounter her old friend and crush, Luke, who is trying to earn enough money to buy back his family's land.
Sparks fly, but Luke's emotional walls keep them apart. There are misunderstandings, and Luke was a jerk several times. I was more than a little surprised by June's actions in the end, but it did fit with her character and what she really wanted to be doing with her life.
I loved how June and her grandmother reconnect. Very well done. The other supporting characters, especially Luke's friend Trey, were very good. Trey is the male lead in book 2. Looking forward to that.
This book wins for one of the best uses of letters in a Romance. It got me. I loved that part.
Fun, engaging Romance. The town has many characters who are religious, but I never felt like I was being preached to, that was just a part of the characters' lives. ...more
I needed something completely different and this historical romance fit the bill.
It's a quick read, easy to get into, and I liked the characters.
JameI needed something completely different and this historical romance fit the bill.
It's a quick read, easy to get into, and I liked the characters.
James needs a wife or he will be disinherited, and only has 2 months to find one (of course), so he decides to settle on his best friend's sister. He likes her, she isn't afraid of him (he has a tendency to scowl and "look stern"), and he thinks they will get on tolerably well. Since she's on the shelf and not known for her beauty, he thinks this is a slam-dunk arrangement.
Kate has secretly been in love with James for years. She overhears James' talking to her brother and she hears him say that he doesn't love her, but he's sure she'll agree to marry him. (Note: In reality, for the time, I suppose this would have been an ideal match for her, but this is a Romance, so I went with it.) Kate says no, but that she will help James find a woman he can love.
Of course, as Kate intorduces James to the other eligible young ladies he starts realizing that Kate is the only one he wants. Then he has to convince her he is sincere.
I did love that Kate didn't have to marry. She wasn't going to be sent out into the streets. She had a very strong relationship with her brother and had her own fortune - enough that she could establish her own household if she wished. So, she didn't have to marry anyone. I really loved it when she told that to James, too.
It was diverting for a few hours and was a warm & fuzzy romance. If you like historicals, you should look into it....more
I read this one a long time ago, so I mostly remember it. It was all right. I liked the beginning a lot, and then everything seemed to dissolve into "I read this one a long time ago, so I mostly remember it. It was all right. I liked the beginning a lot, and then everything seemed to dissolve into "miscommunication-land" and I got bored.
I think this is why I usually like romances of the paranormal/action-adventure kind. I'd rather there be a big bad to deal with, not just issues that could be overcome if the characters actually talked together for 5 minutes....more
Between 4 & 5 stars for this sci fi romance novella. It's set in the same world as Silent Blade, but you don't have to read one to understand theBetween 4 & 5 stars for this sci fi romance novella. It's set in the same world as Silent Blade, but you don't have to read one to understand the other. It was a treat getting an update on Meli and Celino, though.
Ilona Andrews referred to this one as a Billionaire and His Secretary romance, except that the secretary can kill you with her mind. This is my kind of romance.
For the sci fi fan, there are biologically enhanced psychic warriors (called psychers), bionet computers that psychers jack into and interact with, and the issues of refugees from one planet trying to assimilate to life on a new one. You also have a planet that while beautiful to look at, is ruled by mafia-type families whose feuding often leads to bloodshed. Only the strong survive and thrive here. I really liked the bionet scenes, there was a lot of action and imagery.
For the romance fan you have a smolderingly hot male lead, Ven, who can't seem to find the right girl to settle down with. You also have Claire, the ultra powerful psycher from a war-torn planet who must pretend to be normal to have a chance at a new life on a world that appears to be a paradise compared to her home. I like that although there were secrets and miscommunications, there was a really good reason for that - Claire is terrified of being deported or killed for her abilities.
The attention to the small details that I've come to expect from Andrews is here from the comparisons of the different planets, to the discovery of new enticing foods, to the interactions between the characters. There is also some subtle humor, especially in Claire's asides. A very fun romantic getaway, with a good dose of action too.
[I received a review copy of this novella.]...more
Fun, light. I've read a couple of other entries in this series. This is the first, and feels very complete. Sometimes in these shorter romances it feeFun, light. I've read a couple of other entries in this series. This is the first, and feels very complete. Sometimes in these shorter romances it feels too rushed in the end, but not here....more
I found this on my kindle (I think I got it as a freebie awhile ago but never read it).
This was a cute romance that moved pretty quickly. The MC is vI found this on my kindle (I think I got it as a freebie awhile ago but never read it).
This was a cute romance that moved pretty quickly. The MC is very likeable. It did seem like there were a few too many threads (and IMO - too much cheating among the secondary characters). Maybe a few less subplots would have made for a tighter story.
Whatever name she's writing under, Krentz's books are among my favorite guilty pleasures. Formulaic - you bet! Do I care - nope! When I want a happy eWhatever name she's writing under, Krentz's books are among my favorite guilty pleasures. Formulaic - you bet! Do I care - nope! When I want a happy ending with fun verbal sparring, the unconventional heroine, the brooding alpha male, I know I can pick up a Krentz novel and be happy, no matter how many times I've read the story before (and after a while, they can start running together). Except for this one.
It lost me when I found out that Mattie declared her love for Hugh and begged him to marry her THE DAY HER SISTER BROKE OFF THEIR ENGAGEMENT! (Yep - she went after her sister's ex-fiance.) Then she gets pissed because he said no. Really? I lost all respect for the character and had no idea why Hugh changed his mind. ...more