Review: Shake Up by Joyce Palmer


Most of the stories I’ve read are new couples falling in love; hardly do I read about an established couple encountering problems in their marriage and trying to find their way back to each other. So I went into SHAKE UP with an open mind and not a lot of expectations, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed this story a lot.

John and Lacey are great characters, both individually and together as a couple. John came across as a dominant, and he has definite ideas about a woman’s place in his life and household, but when Lacey bucked against this, when she decided to work at the DEA as an undercover agent, the couple ran into problems that might seriously wreck their marriage. However, John and Lacey loved each other too much to give up just like that. Continue reading

Review: The Mortal Falls by Anna Durand


I enjoyed reading The Mortal Falls a lot; I couldn’t put it down. A riveting story, this book was super entertaining with lots of adventure and murder and suspense and romance. Let’s not forget the paranormal elements, and this story has superb worldbuilding that I love to read more about.

The characters quickly worm their way into your heart, and you get invested in them and their future. Will Lindsay and Nevan get their HEA? Will Nevan be free of his contract from the evil king? Who was murdered and will Lindsay be implicated? What’s up with Travis and what’s the story with Lindsay’s ex, who was also…um, spoiler, I guess, so I’ll just stop there. Continue reading

Review: The Frog Prince by Mike Klaassen


I love what Mike Klaassen has done to The Frog Prince, the fairy tale we all know and love. He has fleshed out the characters of the frog prince and the princess, made them more well-rounded with motivations we can believe in and get behind. The frog prince also exhibited growth in his character, a lesson learned over the course of his period as a frog–though I wish we could see just how he came about the revelations that prompted this growth. The story ended on a whimsical note, a perfect period to the tale.

Overall, I highly recommend Mike Klaasen’s The Frog Prince, especially to tweens and teens. Continue reading

Review: The Highwayman’s Proposal by Vanessa Liebe

Why does Lady Godwin find it so hard
to obey her highwayman?

The Highwayman’s Proposal is a fun, short story that is both heartwarming and sexy and erotic. The chemistry between Gabe and Caroline shoots sparks off the pages, and their romance is both believable and spine-tingling. Caroline is a relatable and sympathetic heroine; I can’t imagine what she must have gone through with her father bedbound and the debts he incurred resting heavily on her shoulders. I’m happy to be living in these present times, where women have more agency and power. Still, Caroline made do with what she has (and good she found a friend in Gabe), and her courage is something to aspire to.
It was certainly fun to see Caroline in the role of a highwaywoman, and though it was a set up for the eventual spanking, her motivations for her actions, no matter how rash, were believable and realistic. Though there’s some spanking involved between consenting adults, it’s light and something you might see in general romance novels.  The mystery of Gabe’s identity is easily solved toward the end, and I wish there could be a bit more scene between him and his brother and Caroline. But maybe there’ll be like a big Blakeney family reunion in the last book. It’s certainly something to look forward to. Though The Highwayman’s Proposal is the 3rd book in the series, you don’t have to read the previous 2 books to enjoy this.
Rating: 4 stars

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Review: What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp and Meredith Duran


WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE features four heartwarming Christmas stories by four talented authors.

While all the stories are good in their own way, Sweet Ruin by Meredith Duran is my favorite, because it seems to me to be the most romantic. It’s also kind of a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story that I like, especially the enemies part where both the hero and the heroine do their best to deny their continuing attraction to the other, all while gripped in the rejection of the past. Continue reading

Review: Merry Christmas Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle


MERRY CHRISTMAS, MRS. ROBINSON is a sweet historical romance of second chances.

Jane thought she’d found her Mister X, the man who wrote her the passionate letters, in Philip and married him. She was distraught when she realized he’d been lying to her all along, and when tragedy struck, she withdrew from the world. Until one day, eight years later, Martin appeared in her life, Martin her childhood friend, Martin who left her without saying even a word of goodbye. And he shattered her world once again when he revealed that he was Mister X. Even as her head reeled, she had a hard time reconciling this big, mature man with the lanky, shy, quiet boy she’d once knew… Continue reading

Review: Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh


ARCHANGEL’S CONSORT continues where Archangel’s Kiss left off, about 3 to 4 months after the stunning fight that left Beijing a crater.

Here, we see Elena and Raphael continue to develop and build the foundation of their relationship. Raphael still continues to push at boundaries, but Elena more than held her ground on those things that she felt are very important to her. Aside from that, however, they have to deal with the effects of Raphael’s mother possibly rising from her Sleep, and the effects are felt worldwide–weather disturbances, earthquakes, tsunami, vampires running rampant, and Raphael in the grip of a rage that Elena had never seen before and that left her terrified and fighting for her Archangel. Continue reading