I'm writing this review from my phone, so please excuse any autocorrect fails haha
I pre-ordered this book back when I first heard about it, because whI'm writing this review from my phone, so please excuse any autocorrect fails haha
I pre-ordered this book back when I first heard about it, because while I'd never read anything by this author (I'm just not that into contemporary romance), I follow her on Facebook and have really enjoyed her personality and posts.
Let's start with the few things that weren't really for me..
* The extremely casual first person POV was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning. * Our heroine constantly complains about how she's treated like a baby, yet despite having proved herself physically capable over and over, her actions do nothing but reinforce her family's beliefs that she simply can't emotionally handle responsibility/freedom/honesty etc.
Now, before y'all come at me with the pitchforks, YES, I felt just as frustrated as she did about how her family treated her, especially in regards to her lack of freedom. I also understand that a lot of her childish action were in reaction to the injustices she felt by their treatment of her. In the end, I was very torn between wanting her to succeed in her bid for more freedom, and wanting her to grow the eff up a little and stop being so impulsive and actually THINK before she acted.
* They threw their hands up. All of them. Everyone. Constantly. Thirteen times people threw their hands up, and that's just what I counted after it had happened so often that I started noticing it. Sure, it's me being overly picky, but when a word or phrase is used often enough to be noticable, it takes me out of the reading experience, and that's unfortunate.
* It was a bit predictable at times, especially in that I already noted down my suspicions about the "twist" several chapters before it was revealed.
Now that the depressing housekeeping is out of the way, I can say this: I loved this book. I know, it may sound like I didn't like it from the points I listed above, but in truth, this was a thrilling, silly, sweet, romantic book that once I got into, I truly couldn't put it down.
I LOVE the premise of The Patchwork, of the new twist on immortality, the horrible family politics, and yes oh yes a heroine that is extremely different from any other that I've read. (I also loved the hero, but I can't really expound on that too much without ruining things)
Do be warned, that while this book doesn't technically end in a cliffhanger, it's a Happily For Now ending rather than a Happily Ever After. (ok well no to be completely honest it's totally a cliffhanger, but not nearly as painful as some other ones I've come across).
I can't say as to whether or not fans of her other books will enjoy this one, as I've never read any of them myself, but I will say that if you're a fan of New Adult paranormal romance (with a touch of explicit sexytimes), you will enjoy the world that this author has crafted, and I highly recommend it.
I know I, for one, will be pre-ordering the next book as soon as it is available.
There is absolutely no other way to describe this book than "So, SO Night Vale"
It's gloriously weird and funny and touching and weird and I was honestThere is absolutely no other way to describe this book than "So, SO Night Vale"
It's gloriously weird and funny and touching and weird and I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, despite being a fan of the podcast. Did I mention that it was weird? It was weird.
One of the most surprising and pleasing things about this book was the way they managed to tell a complex and touching family drama while still remaining loyal to the trademark weirdness that we know and love from the podcast.
I do not, however, recommend that anyone completely unfamiliar with WtNV pick this one up, because you will almost certainly be lost. More so than someone who IS familiar with the series. And you WILL be lost at times. Because it was weird.
(I do, however, highly recommend the podcast to anyone who is unfamiliar with the series and enjoys things that are weird just for the sake of being weird.)
5/5 and I sincerely hope there will be more books in the future. ...more
I do love a good space opera, and throw in a "Mercy Ship" (ie a floating brothel), a tortured hero, and a heroine with a strong dislike of prostitutioI do love a good space opera, and throw in a "Mercy Ship" (ie a floating brothel), a tortured hero, and a heroine with a strong dislike of prostitution, and I was instantly hooked.
This story features a fairly large cast of characters, each well-rounded with their own personalities and histories, and the camaraderie between the crew of the Bonnie Bell is what really sold it to me.
There were a few pacing issues, as well as not one but two Big Misunderstandings that made me want to shake everyone involved, but overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and I am interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
I. I can't. I can't even. That's it. I can't even. That ending... I... *whimpers* Is Morning Star out yet?? (Full review to follow once I've recoveredI. I can't. I can't even. That's it. I can't even. That ending... I... *whimpers* Is Morning Star out yet?? (Full review to follow once I've recovered from the fangirl flailing)
This book broke my heart in so many ways. Love, hope, friendship, family, politics, loss, and betrayal are all beautifully interwoven into the story, and every action has a consequence -- some of which are truly devastating. It's hard to ignore some of the societal parallels between the futuristic society that Darrow lives in, and some of the slippery slope policies we have in our world today, and the balance of hope and helplessness, and the very harsh realities of revolution and war took my breath away.
Honestly, the only thing that I didn't love about this book isn't even something I truly hated so much as was frustrated by: the cliff-hanger ending. As I was reading the last chapter, I found myself holding my breath, then chanting "No no no no no" as I read, and the cliff-hanger that the author leaves us with this time had me screaming. As most readers are already familiar with this author's cliff-hanger ending from Red Rising, I won't spoil it for anyone, but I will say that this cliff-hanger was far more frustrating than the one in the previous book.
My final thoughts on this one are easy to sum up -- it was bloodydamn amazing, and after you read it, come find me on Twitter so that we can cry together about the long wait until Morning Star.
First things first, I do think that it would be better for readers to have read the first book in the series, Hotter On The Edge.
All of that aside, thFirst things first, I do think that it would be better for readers to have read the first book in the series, Hotter On The Edge.
All of that aside, though, I really enjoyed this anthology.
GOLD LIKE THE SUN by Erin Kellison It’s the wedding of the millennium! Princess Pilar Sol and Hakan Frust are celebrating their union with sector fetes full of celebrity and pomp. Theirs is an arranged marriage to preserve the vital commerce of the Nyer Transit Hub, and yet Pilar is madly, unreservedly, passionately in love. She has all the excitement she has long dreamed of—and a little more than she bargained for when she discovers that Hakan’s grasping family wants her dead.
Hakan has done everything in his power to save his inheritance—the bustling but impoverished Hub—including marrying a wealthy princess for her dowry. His heart isn’t supposed to be part of the deal, but Pilar has all the beauty and joy his life lacks. When Hakan runs afoul of his uncle’s associates—criminal in nature, violent in approach—he refuses to risk Pilar, not for money, not even for his life.
But Pilar is not so easily cast aside, and negotiations turn into a gamble with the future of the sector in the balance. Hakan is about to learn about the high stakes his bride will hazard, as he now has far more to lose—and win—than he ever believed possible: a future brighter than gold.
Holy cow this anthology started off with a bang. I was sitting-straight-up-in-bed-SHOCKED by some of the things that went down in this story, and though things did "work out well" in the end, it was a hell of a ride from Point A to Point B. I really enjoyed the shock factor of some of the things that happened in this story, and the non-stop action as well as the drama between Pilar and Hakan really kept the story moving.
was a great way to start off the anthology.
---- TO KEEP A WIFE by KC Klein
In the shards of civilization ruined by a global war, Lake has gotten the life she never dared dreamed of—a safe haven, and the love of a good man, her husband, Hudson Black Creek. But Lake’s hard-won happiness doesn’t last long when powerful Elders lay siege on Black Creek Manor in retaliation for a past defiance. As Lake watches everything she loves go up in flames, she sacrifices herself for the chance to keep Hudson and her brother alive. Syon, a diabolic Elder with his own agenda, will push Lake to her breaking point, forcing her to compromise—heart and soul— in order to survive.
Hudson wakes from a head wound to find that his whole world is reduced to ashes. With no memory of why he’s sacrificed everything for a woman whose name is tattooed on his chest, Hudson is determined to make his heart match the emptiness of his mind, and wipe out everything except the hatred for those who are to blame—the Elders and the wife he sought to protect.
As evil and fear spread across a war-torn land, Lake and Hudson are tested like never before, and both will have to forgive betrayals and risk greater heartbreak if they want a chance at saving their lives… and their love.
It's important for me to mention that I'm a big fan of K.C. Klein's work, even though her stories never fail to make me extremely uncomfortable. She forces me to go outside of the tiny little box of "how things are 'supposed' to work in romance" and realize that sometimes a Happily Ever After is much more meaningful if the characters (and the readers) are put through the ringer first.
This story broke my heart into a thousand little pieces. Having read the previous story in the series, I had thought that the tough times were over for Hudson and Lake, but boy howdy was I wrong about that. And as hard as it was to read about some of the things that happened to these characters, I would be a bold faced liar if I said that it didn't make their Happily Ever After all the more meaningful.
The only thing that I didn't care for in this story was the fact that the timeframe changed. As the author notes, the first story in this novella happened after the events in the novel of this series, Dark Future, a time-traveling tale of which I am a huge fan. This novella, however, changes things around and forces the previous novella as well as this one to be set before the events of Dark Future. Though this shouldn't be a problem to newcomers to the series, I admit it was confusing as hell for me as I read some of it.
PRINCE OF PASSION by Jessa Slade
When mercenary raiders targeted the empathic crystals that imbue the legendary l’auraly lovers with extraordinary sensual prowess, Icere, the last male l’auralyo, helped destroy the crystals. Rather than let the source of uninhibited pleasure be corrupted into a mind-controlling drug, he allowed his passionate destiny to remain forever unfulfilled. Now, Icere channels his fury into revenge. Tracking the raiders through the interstellar sheerways to a watery world infamous for its aphrodisiac liqueur, he finds a queen—as adrift and alone as he—forced for years into a fate she never desired.
Saya-Rynn inherited duty, command and control from her cruel grandfather and fought to transform her dangerous planet into a paradise for her people—but the price was literally a poison that runs through her veins. Though she feels as ancient as the seas, she finds herself awash in the hot male potency of the young Icere. Still, she resists the chance for indulgence she thinks has passed by her. But when the raiders strike again, Rynn must embrace her troubled legacy, and Icere will find his place as a lover and a fighter. Together, the reluctant ruler and the deposed prince of passion find common purpose, combating the mysterious entity seeking to rule the sheerways, and claim a love as bright as the infinite stars.
As usual, this trio has saved the best for last. I loved not only the virgin hero (hello!), but the delicious tension between Icere and the older, more experienced Rynn. The mermaid mythology as well as the intrigue and danger woven into the tale only added to the drama, and I especially appreciated the concern that Rynn had about taking a lover who was of an age with her own son. It's not often that we get "older" heroines in romance, and I for one appreciated that she wasn't some young, green girl. The action, the drama, and the passion of this story made it a perfect way to close out the anthology.
Eh, I'm not big on romantica. Still, not a bad story, and I can't deny some of the love scenes were hot. Not sure I'm comfortable with the heroine's sEh, I'm not big on romantica. Still, not a bad story, and I can't deny some of the love scenes were hot. Not sure I'm comfortable with the heroine's situation, or the fact that she and the hero jumped right to the smexin so soon in the story, but hey, different strokes for different folks.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.moirarogers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author (Bree) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Children of the Undying. Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Clocking in at only around 100 pages, Demon Bait packs quite a bit of punch for what could be considered a relatively low word count. With a captivating universe where evil demons have taken over and the world’s human population has taken to the underground for protection, much of a person’s life is spent in virtual reality. Having blamed summoners for bringing down the scourge of demons, humans live in fear and prejudice against those who may carry demon or summoner blood.
Marci was wonderful. She was a strong character without being bitchy, and Gabe was alpha while still desperately trying to find a balance between his instincts and actual consideration for Marci.
While I do of course wish there’d been a few more details of both the history of the demon/summoner relationship and of the realities of the world outside of the compounds, I still found this an incredibly satisfying read.
As always, the love scenes are steamy without ever feeling gratuitous, and the ending was absolutely perfect.
A delightfully solid 4.5/5 Stars, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel....more
This one had such great potential, but the ending is what killed it for me.
I love arranged marriages in romance, especially when there are culture claThis one had such great potential, but the ending is what killed it for me.
I love arranged marriages in romance, especially when there are culture clashes, and this was no exception. D'Minicah is an alpha heroine, from a matriarchal world where men take what we would consider to be "stereotypical female" traits, such as being physically smaller and weaker, subservient, and something to be protected and cosseted. Toran, on the other hand, comes from a world that is the exact opposite -- women belong in the man's bed and are considered to be less intelligent and certainly not warriors.
Neither of them is looking forward to the marriage, and are surprised by the attraction and chemistry they have (when they're not at each others' throats, of course).
The frustration of the culture clash, of being forced into an intimate relationship with someone they hadn't chosen, and the angst of not only rejection, but of D'Minicah's realization that in marrying, she may legally be giving Toran far more power in their relationship than she'd anticipated, were wonderful.
However, the ending felt very rushed, and the ILY's came far too quickly to be believable. I think had the story had another maybe 50 or 100 pages or something, I would've felt as though these two could have reasonably reached the point where they were actually falling or fallen in love with each other. Instead, the almost abrupt appearance of emotions deeper than anger, rejection, and frustration, really pulled the final rating down.
I admit, I had started this one a long time ago and put it down only a chapter in, because I didn't care for the fact that the book started off with tI admit, I had started this one a long time ago and put it down only a chapter in, because I didn't care for the fact that the book started off with the heroine climbing out of the hero's bed after a drunken one-night stand.
I should never have put it down.
There was tons of intrigue, betrayal, angst, danger and excitement plus a good dose romance and sexual chemistry.
A very solid 4/5 Stars, with a full review to follow.
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://darknessandromance.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This one was a hard one for me to rate. On one hand, I absolutely adored the world that Ms. Knox has created, with both its strong emphasis on virtual reality and its gritty and bleak futuristic world. On the other hand, there were just a few too many times where I felt myself overly confused, and the inclusion of forced nudity sapped away quite a bit of my enjoyment.
In the end, despite my enjoyment of the plot and even the characters, I found that there were too many things that confused me or were left incomplete for me to really enjoy it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Having never read anything by Erin Kellison, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the fast pacing, captivating world-building, and delicious chemistry between the protagonists quickly had me hooked. As of right now, this story is a standalone, but I for one am sincerely hoping that it is expanded on in the future. 4.5/5 Stars
To Buy a Wife by KC Klein
Author’s Website: http://www.kckleinbooks.com Part of a Series: Set in the same world as Dark Future Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
I’m a huge fan of Ms. Klein’s universe from Dark Future, so I actually picked up this anthology for this story alone. One thing I love about her writing is that she’s not afraid to push the limits of what might be “comfortable” to read, and instead explores the very dark side to what is turning out to be a very intriguing dystopian world.
While it was a bit painful for me to read the love scene due to the exhibitionism and forced nudity, I know that this was intentional — this world is not supposed to be comfortable, and it’s absolutely not. Women are treated as commodities and possessions, corrupt leaders (called Elders) control absolutely everything, and the individual people in society are left quite powerless. It’s a world that is absolutely ripe for revolution, and I’m highly anticipating future installments to the series.
I have never had the pleasure of reading any of Jessa Slade’s books before, but I can promise you, this novella will not be my last. I wasn’t quite sure, going into this story, whether or not it would be something I would enjoy — after all, “trained” lovers simply aren’t my thing in romances. However, I’m very glad I gave it a chance, because I soon fell not only for Corso and Benedetta, but for the entire world Ms. Slade had created. Full of subtle nuances and a horrifying betrayal, Enslaved By Starlight was easily one of my favorites in this anthology. 4/5 Stars – All three of these stories were well-edited, and none of them had a stereotypical “indie” feel to them, even though they were technically self-published. I know that a lot of readers tend to shy away from self-published titles for this reason, and wanted to reassure my readers that all three of these stories were high quality, not just in their storylines, but also in the technical aspects as well.
I highly recommend this anthology to any fan of sci-fi romance — all three stories were fast-paced, full of beautiful world-building, and highly romantic.
Right now I'm torn between 3.5/5 and 4/5. I do love Ms. Drake's cyberpunk retakes of classic fairy tales, and this one was definitely a creative re-imRight now I'm torn between 3.5/5 and 4/5. I do love Ms. Drake's cyberpunk retakes of classic fairy tales, and this one was definitely a creative re-imagining.
I think what bothered me mostly (outside of the rate of hair growth lol) was that because of the civil rights issues in the story, I couldn't feel that the ending was a true Happily Ever After. Which, I admit, isn't really fair of me, because if everything had been all perfect and wonderful, I would probably be complaining that everything was too neat and tidy :P
Hence, being torn on the rating.
Full review to (eventually) follow. Hopefully....more
After the disaster that was Burning up Flint, I'd said I wouldn't be reading this series. I had a few people message me though, telling me I'd probablAfter the disaster that was Burning up Flint, I'd said I wouldn't be reading this series. I had a few people message me though, telling me I'd probably like this one, and so I gave it a chance.
Just as with all of her other books, there is far too much telling instead of showing (though, to be honest, not as badly as with some of her other books), the hero of course ties the heroine up for sex (it's gotten to the point that it's like seeing Stan Lee in a Marvel movie -- you know it's gonna be there if you just wait for it), and if I ever need to get really drunk, I'm going to create a drinking game where anytime the term "vaginal walls" or "vaginal muscles" appears in one of Ms. Dohner's books, I get to take a shot.
However, even with all of that, I really enjoyed this one. There was a lot more... chemistry between the characters, as well as just a general feeling that the heroine was willingly being seduced instead of it being a forced seduction scene (forced seduction can be hot, but not every. single. book.).
Now, as I said, I've never read any other book in the series, so while I definitely got the Zorus-is-a-demented-jerk vibe, I never witnessed all of his asshattery as it took place in previous novels. I'm sure that probably made it easier for me to accept him as a hero, since I was able to see him without being biased by past books.
I was very happy to see that there was far less forced nudity (so not my thing), though sensitive readers should be aware that there is a(n almost) rape scene.
Overall though, I enjoyed it. I may actually read Krell's book soon, though I'll of course have to check my queue before I get to read any more books that I've purchased myself.
Expected Release Date: January 9, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarleqThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 9, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, 8th Wing Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Overall, I adored this one. Full of action and chemistry, there was also quite a bit of character development for both Nils and Celene. I'm also a huge sucker for a "nerdy" hero, especially one who takes care of himself physically.
Celene's status as an incredible pilot has alienated her from anyone that she could have a true relationship with, because invariably, her lovers suffer from a bit of hero worship. When she does something "human", like just having a grumpy day, or making any sort of mistake that would be expected out of ordinary people, she quickly finds that her lovers were only with her because of her pilot status, and as such, she's very gun-shy about relationships.
Nils, on the other hand, is a valuable part of "Nerd Works", and despite his physical fitness is rather looked down on by pilots. Sure, he's got a bit of giddiness from being able to be around Celene -- the famous pilot -- but more than that, he's long been attracted to her as a woman.
With a vital mission throwing them together for a long period of time, there's plenty of actual romance in the story, despite the intensity of the action to the story.
A perfect space adventure with plenty of romance and chemistry, this one is definitely a keeper for me.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Impulse Author’s Website: http://kckleinbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Possibly* Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Dark, gritty, and utterly entrancing, this book absolutely blew my socks off.
Let me backtrack for just a moment. To be perfectly honest, things got off to a bit of a slow start for me. The first three chapters had me a bit wary — Kris, with her perfect manicure, carefully tamed and colored curly hair, cartoon-character panties, and rather cowardly attitude seemed far too weak to be a heroine of any sort of post-apocalyptic, futuristic story, and to be honest, my assessment was correct. That Kris absolutely was too weak to be a heroine.
However, Chapter Four is where the book really starts to shine, when Kris is catapulted into a world of pain, fear, tough decisions, and horrible sacrifices. Completely out of her element, she does what any modern day woman would do — she flounders, badly. Stubborn, angry, frightened, indignant, mouthy, and impulsive, she is quite literally her own worst enemy in a world that she neither belongs in nor understands.
Her relationship with ConRad gets off to what is quite possibly the rockiest of starts imaginable — thinking she’s an alien spy, he’s fully prepared to torture her for information, and makes no qualms about threatening her, physically hurting hurt, and doing whatever else may be necessary to coerce her into telling him the truth. He can’t believe she could possibly be from the past, and even if she is, she’s a danger to everyone in the compound. ConRad is a hardened warrior who has lived his entire life making tough decisions and sacrifices for the greater good of both their compound and of mankind in its entirety. He’s tough. He’s brutal in his decision-making. He’s unapologetically in charge and not afraid to use his authority as he sees fit, even when it tramples on the rights of others.
And I adored him.
This book is dark. It’s bloody. It’s violent. All of the characters, not just the main protagonists, are put through literal hell more times than I can count. And yet out of that darkness bloomed an absolutely gorgeous love story against seemingly impossible odds. Both ConRad and Kris have had quite a bit of trauma in their pasts, and throwing in her tendency to lie to him, and his utterly devastating betrayal of her, and it truly seemed as if these two characters never had a chance. Yet, I believed in their romance. Two lost souls, surrounded by unspeakable horror, finding solace in each other? Utterly and absolutely delicious.
Yes, this book had a few minor issues. There were some unanswered questions in the world-building, only a fly-by mention of why there weren’t a ton of paradoxes created by the time travel, and at one point I found it very hard to believe that Kris had emotionally recovered so quickly from what was a truly horrible betrayal and some of the most brutal torture I’ve ever read about in a romance. But you know what? I don’t care. Even with all of those things, I loved this book so much I want to marry it and have its babies (if, you know, I weren’t married already, and it weren’t both illegal and creepy to marry a book), and I am desperately hoping I am able to get my hands on more of this author’s writings in the future.
A very raw 5/5 Stars
*There is a sci-fi novella planned for February release based in the same world but with different characters. Details have not yet been worked out as to whether or not there will be an actual sequel to Dark Future (but oh how I hope so!)....more
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 Publisher: Red Sage Press Imprint:This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 Publisher: Red Sage Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://heathermassey.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
A giant battalion of Calithian invaders are moments away from crushing Earth’s forces, when Captain Michael Drake makes the momentous decision for his ship, the Relentless, to retreat, knowing that sometimes the best hope for success is to live to simply fight another day.
Limping away from battle, the Relentless’ integrated Calithian technology interferes with navigation, dropping the ship out of their jump in orbit around Vardos — a planet orbited by a maximum security penitentiary, and dubbed with the befitting name, Hades Station. Knowing that the war would have caused interruptions in supply shipments, Captain Drake and his crew board the station, fearing they might find nothing more than the remains of starved prisoners and guards.
Instead, they are quickly taken captive by a gang of convicts, and Drake soon comes face to face with Queenie — their ruthless yet beautiful leader.
Queenie was born and raised to be a leader of the people of Hades Station, and when a UFE starship is dropped in her lap, she immediately takes action to ensure that her people gain control, knowing that this might be their only chance to escape their prison. Ruthless and cold-blooded, Queenie is cruel by necessity, never hesitating to deal pain and violence to those who oppose her. Falling for a sexy starship captain, who wants nothing more than to manipulate her and her people into fighting a war to save a planet that long since abandoned them, is not an option.
But soon Drake’s fairness, honesty, and sense of loyalty get beneath her skin, and it isn’t long before he begins to convince her to see things his way. For a woman whose whole life is defined by her leadership and loyalty to her people, can she find a way to fulfill her duty to the other inhabitants of Hades Station while still giving her heart to the handsome Captain Drake?
Drake was delicious, Queenie herself was a delightful blend of ruthlessness and vulnerability, and the entire world with the Calithian war and the prison outpost made for an exciting read.
Queenie’s Brigade is currently a standalone novel, but there is a lot of potential for this one to expand into a series. While the author tells me that there are no concrete plans to transition into a series, both she and the publisher have expressed interest in possibly continuing the story some day. I for one hope that they do, because I think the war with the Calithians could lead to many interesting situations, and frankly, I’m rooting for Drake to finally find the redemption and forgiveness he’s seeking after his sister’s death.
Recommended for badass heroines who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, of tortured heroes battling between duty and attraction, and of exciting space operas complete with alien computers and lot of explosions.
Expected Release Date: October 3, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 3, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://fan-fatale.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Ari Golde is a returner — her job is to retrieve stolen items and return them to their rightful owners. When her latest mission to retrieve a statue goes wrong and she’s caught by three notoriously scary bear-shifters, she knows her night is headed for the dumps. Escaping with only the use of her wits and a touch of chaos magic, Ari flees, but it will not be the last time she comes face to face with one of the bears.
Maks is furious at the vixen who broke in his house and stole the statue that belonged to his parents. Determined to force Ari to hand over the statue, he’s stunned to learn that her returner magic proves that he is no longer the rightful owner of the statue.
Driven by the a strong attraction he’s determined to ignore, and the desire to get his family heirloom back, Maks accompanies Ari for a night that ends up being chock full of chaos, havoc, and magic
While I think the overall premise had a whole lot of promise, in the end, this book lived up to it’s name: there was an overabundance of chaos, and I think the overall story suffered greatly from it.
While the chemistry between Ari and Maks was crackling (and how sexy is it that Bear kept wanting to take her as a mate even when Maks was being stubborn?!), there was simply far too much going on far too quickly to actually make sense half the time.
Very fast paced, with a plethora of characters, it was a fast, energetic read full of fight scenes, trickery, chemistry, and fun, but in the end, it was simply too chaotic for me to keep up with.
Was interesting, but I didn't realize it was part of a series when I originally got it, and was still pretty confused several chapters in. I'll be looWas interesting, but I didn't realize it was part of a series when I originally got it, and was still pretty confused several chapters in. I'll be looking to read the rest of the series in the future, and will come back to this one (someday) :)...more
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ninacroft.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Blood Hunter Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I loved BREAK OUT, but no matter how good that book was, this one was even better. Jon was an absolutely wonderful, tortured hero, and while I wanted to pimp-slap Alex half the time for her reckless behavior, they made a perfect couple.
With tons of action, romance, and plot twists, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Not only were Jon and Al interesting, but the rest of the crew added an enormous amount of interest as well. The intrigues, twists, incredible action, and delicious tension to the story all kept me glued to the pages, and ensured that I quite literally couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fans of exciting space operas, vampires and werewolves who despite being around for centuries have never quite figured out how to fit in with society, and of a hero and heroine who are perfect for each other despite their differences.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.jamie-craig.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
During World War I, demonic looking creatures appeared on Earth. Fighting them back through the rift they had entered through, a group of soldiers disappeared along with the creatures. Now, a hundred years later, a new rift has opened in Antarctica, and small secret group of elite soldiers is charged with keeping these creatures from invading Earth.
Captain Charlie Weller is one of these elite soldiers, and thrives on the challenge of fighting these massive creatures while still protecting her teammates. After felling one of the monsters, she is stunned to see a man crawl out of the rift onto the ice, half dead. Taking him back to base, she helps a teammate warm him back up and then is amazed when he introduces himself as Lysander Davies, a descendant of one of the missing soldiers who had gone missing during the first world war. Lysander's claims that not only is he from a place called Ilyria, the world on the other side of the rift, but that the giant monsters Charlie's team has been battling are actually gentle, sentient beings who have been captured by an enemy called the Yellow Cross.
Skeptical, her team is both amazed and thrilled when they discover that Lysander is telling the truth, and the possibility begins to form of using these creatures to help battle the real enemy to protect the people of earth.
It soon becomes obvious, however, that the only way to close the rift is to send Lysander back to Ilyria, but even knowing that their time together will soon come to an end, Charlie cannot help but give into the feelings growing so rapidly between them.
As I was preparing my review, I was very pleased to realize that Jamie Craig also wrote a m/m sci-fi favorite of mine, Outcast Mine. This book has the same easy, fast-paced style as well as the same delicious intensity and forbidden elements to the romance that I'd come to love from them.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Being that it was sci-fi based, it is easier to suspend your disbelief at times, especially in regards to alien creatures and technology, which I think made it easier to swallow some of the details. The open ending makes me hopeful that there will be a sequel, as well as possibly another romance from Charlie's team.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random HThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Ballantine Books Author’s Website: http://www.jacquelynfrank.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, The Three Worlds series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Official Blurb: ICY RECEPTION Ambrea Vas Allay is the rightful heir to the throne of Allay. But when she is summoned home from exile, she discovers that her father, who had executed her mother, has died. Her young half-brother, controlled by their uncle, has taken power. Ambrea is torn by an impossible choice: renounce the crown or waste away in prison. The last thing she expects is to be liberated by a huge, tattooed Tarian—or to feel a searing passion for her mysterious rescuer.
SMOLDERING DECEPTION Rush “Ender” Blakely loves being part of the elite force of the Interplanetary Militia and the mission to save the princess Allay. But the tough Tarian hides a fiery secret—a blazing power that makes him literally too hot to handle. He must be crazy to carry a torch for this strong, beautiful princess—when any intimacy between them is bound to be explosive.
BLAZING INSURRECTION As Ambrea steels herself to take back the throne, does she dare entrust this scorching stranger with the fate of an empire—and, even more so, with her heart?
While I wasn't too thrilled with the speed of Rush and Ambrea's relationship, I definitely enjoyed not only the intrigue and politics involved but also Rush's awesome powers. I don't often get to read stories where a character can manipulate fire (unless they're a dragon-shifter or something), so that was a lot of fun. Plus, it was great watching Rush learn to trust again after that horrible incident in his childhood.
I was also happy to see that this book worked well as a standalone. Previous readers will likely enjoy the large role the hero and heroine from the first novel play in this one, but even without that background I was still able to follow along without feeling as though something was missing.
The love scenes were sizzling (sometimes literally), there was plenty of action to keep your adrenaline pumping, and tons of political scheming and intrigues that kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Add to that Rush's increasingly powerful ability and Ambrea's determination to make him see it as a gift rather than a curse, and you end up with a delightfully gratifying read. 4/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: SamhainThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Samhain Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cathryn-cade.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Orion, Book 1 Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Scorching
Tryon Jag is an alpha-male Tyger — a man whose powerful instincts allow him to be one of the few people who can successfully guide ships through the deadly Cattarus system. When a shift in planetary alignment forces him into his yearly mating shift on the Orion instead of his home planet, the captain must take a volunteer among a select group of females — young, clean, and unmarked by the scent of multiple males — to submit to Tryon’s fierce mating and bring him back from the edge of insanity in time to steer the ship clear of a deadly asteroid field.
Calla Fellura is a tyger female who, while not a virgin, has never experienced the powerful sensuality of a shifted male. Knowing that her choices are limited, and unable to deny a fierce attraction to Jag that she’s felt since first arriving on the Orion, Calla volunteers to be his shift-mate. Realizing that a male of Jag’s pedigree would never choose her as a life-mate, she vows to keep her heart unattached, but when faced Jag’s sensuality and unexpected tenderness, she fears she may be very well on her way to being in love with the powerful male.
Just when it appears that things are back under control, a violent group of eco-terrorists attack the Orion, destroying their navigation system. Forced to rely on only his instincts, can Jag pilot them all to safety, or will the Orion, and everyone on it, be eliminated?
Overall, it was a very fast, very hot little read. The basic plot line of a male driven insane by a yearly mating shift, and a vulnerable female volunteering to help him regain control is delicious, but the subplot of the eco-terrorists was poorly done in my opinion. The overuse of feline references (no that’s not a euphemism either) also pulled down my enjoyment level, and when one of my big pet peeves (forced nudity) was brought into the mix, I had no choice but to greatly drop my rating.
Recommended for fans of forced exhibitionism, of intense sexuality driven by instinct, and by arrogant males completely blindsided by a minuscule female. 2.5/5...more
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.joss-ware.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: “Ex” In The Picture Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Phobia
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this series. This one features a heroine who has a physical disability, and a hero with an emotional one (phobia/PTSD) — very interesting combination to say the least, especially when the combination of the two makes their relationship seem almost impossible from the beginning.
And of course, the overall story arc with the Elite, Atlanteans, the zombies, and Envy all continue towards their conclusion, which was pleasing to me as a fan of the series in general. As this is book 5 in the series, I wouldn’t really recommend it as a jumping-off point to newcomers, though I have to admit, Ms. Ware did a fantastic job of giving relevant backstory up to this point without ever feeling as though it were out of place or a case of “info-dump”.
Expected Release Date: June 13, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 13, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.lillycain.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, The Confederacy Treaty Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
The people of Earth have recently discovered that they are not alone in the universe, and are in the process of forming a treaty with an alliance of worlds that will hopefully be beneficial to all parties involved. During the peace talks, Captain Susan Branscombe was captured and brutally tortured by terrorists, and the information that she gave them was used to orchestrate an attack on the peace talks. Now rescued, Susan has come under suspicion of treason, and is to be given over to the Inarri for interrogation.
The Inarri are physically similar to humans, with the exception of nerve pathways all over their bodies that resemble henna tattoos. They also have what we would consider to be psychic powers — they are able to communicate telepathically amongst their own race, and by utilizing touch, are able to probe the minds of humans as well. Amongst their own people, the Inarri also use touch and sexuality as a way of comforting each other, and are much more uninhibited (and some might say, promiscuous) than their human counterparts.
Asler is the Examiner assigned to the case, and it is his duty to relive Sue’s torture with her in her mind in order to gain the truth. He is not at all anticipating the process, however. He knows that being forced to relive her torture might just break her, and while he knows what he has to do for the good of his people and the future treaty, he’s not a cruel man who would take pleasure in hurting her. Unfortunately, neither of them has a choice in the matter, and Susan is soon taken to the Inarri ship for interrogation.
This book had one of my favorite premises — one of the main characters was severely physically injured. I also loved the psychic elements, and Susan’s own potential with it. The sensuality was delicious without being PWP, and as always, I loved the political machinations that they had to deal with.
Since forced nudity is so squicky to me, it did lose an entire star from the final rating, despite the fact that Sue stopped caring about her embarrassment in a very short amount of time. Readers who are not bothered by or enjoy this type of thing will likely rate it much higher. Recommended for fans of heroines with a traumatic past, psychic bonding, and political machinations, all with a healthy splash of delicious sensuality. 3.5/5 Stars...more