Review: Bachelor Games by Daire St. Denis

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It’s no secret that I love geeks, and heroine Becca Evans is a brilliant scientist.

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BACHELOR GAMES is a fun and sexy romp. I thought I knew how the story’s gonna go (based on the blurb), but I’m glad to see the author prove me wrong. I love the unpredictable twists and turns (and it took me awhile to guess at the secret about Grace), the exciting chemistry between the couple, and the hot, hot sex scenes.

I love that Becca and Calum met at the airport and that they had that delightful and exciting interlude in the airplane before they arrived at the island. I love how they connected on the plane, and I believe that’s the basis for their relationship. Where they started, definitely. Continue reading

Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

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And here’s my review of the second book…

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THE GIRL IN THE TOWER continues the story left off from The Bear and the Nightingale, where Vasya decided to go off adventuring into the world, to avoid the villagers at home who accused her of being a witch and perhaps because she also felt guilt at what had happened to her father. This is still a coming-of-age story, where Vasya tries to find her identity in a world that would suppress her movements and desires, just because women have a “place” in society–either marriage or the convent. Yet, for Vasya, who is wild and spirited and clever and brave, either of these wouldn’t have been enough for her. They were traps she wanted to avoid, especially when she holds her independence so dearly. Continue reading

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I blogged about the stunning cover of the 3rd book in this series, and I think it’s apt that it be entitled “The Winter of the Witch”. After all, we’re dealing with winter in the books and her romantic interest is Morozko, the frost demon. But will they have an HEA? I guess we’ll know in August. In the meantime, here’s my review of the first book in the series!

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THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE is a captivating, edgy tale of growing up and finding one’s self and beliefs. It has been recommended for fans of Uprooted (by Naomi Novik), but I thought fans of Wintesong (by S. Jae-Jones) would also enjoy this as well. There’s the same coming-of-age heroine and a supernatural “hero”, though Wintersong is a tad darker and more intense. More than a romance though, both of these stories chronicle the heroines’ journey into self-actualization. Needless to say, I enjoyed both books thoroughly and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend either one. Continue reading

Review: Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer

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DEFENSELESS started out with what I thought was info dumping about Georgia’s life, but I’m glad I didn’t give up because the story picked up when she met Parker at the end of Chapter One. Oooh, Parker!! Parker is a geek, and he’s super brilliant, but he doesn’t have the typical geek profile. He’s charming and can communicate like a normal human being. I find him refreshing due to the role reversal here, where Georgia (the bodyguard) is the badass and Parker (the tech guy) the damsel. It’s also the first time where I read how the hero is “intimidated” and “deferred” to someone else, because he’s not “physical” as the rest of the spec ops guys and also because his expertise is based on his brain. While it’s disconcerting to read, we also really see Parker’s growth here, both in his relationship with Georgia and individually as a person. Continue reading

Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

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Think geek heroes are boring? Let ZERO HOUR change your mind. It’s a gritty, pageturning, thrilling ride into the world of cyber romantic suspense with hackers and high-octane action!

Roarke gathered a crew together to avenge his brother’s murder, but he never wanted to involve Wren, the woman who had the power to tie him up in knots. But Wren got an in with the villain, and it would’ve saved them work and time if she used that connection, so Roarke reluctantly allowed her to join them, not that he could’ve stopped her. But what he didn’t know was that Wren had a personal revenge mission of her own…

Roarke and Wren are unbelievably hot together! Continue reading

Review: One and Only by Jenny Holiday

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Another superb offering from Jenny Holiday!

It’s no secret that I love Jenny Holiday’s books (49th Floor Novels). So it’s an auto-reflex to snatch this one up, especially when the hero and heroine promised to deliver sparks of the clashing kind. I’m happy to report that the author exceeds expectations and more. Jenny Holiday is a superb storyteller and she presents the romantic journey of Cam and Jane in a clear manner that is every bit as thrilling and fulfilling as her previous books. Not only do Cam and Jane develop as a couple, but their individual ARCs were fulfilled as well.

First up, you’ll love Cameron McKinnon–he’s adorable and sweet, vulnerable, honorable, Continue reading

Review: Legacy of Evil by Sharon Buchbinder

NEW BOOK RELEASE !!
The exciting next installment from the Hotel LaBelle Series by Sharon Buchbinder
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LEGACY OF EVIL
Sharon Buchbinder
Series: Hotel LaBelle Series Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 13, 2017
Legacy of Evil
One battle, one outcome. Who will win? Good or evil?
When a wild mustang is shot in Montana, renowned horse whisperer and telepath, Emma Horserider, is called in to calm the herd and find out what happened. Once on scene she is almost killed by a bullet-spewing drone, and calls her black ops brother for back-up.
Emma’s help roars into her life covered in tattoos and riding a Harley. Remote viewer Bronco Winchester takes the assignment because he is ordered to, but he wonders what type of assistance, his boss’s sister needs. That is until he sees Emma, a valiant Warrior Woman proud of her Crow heritage.
Posing as a married couple, Emma and Bronco go undercover to infiltrate and stop a hate group. Both are anxious enough without the now growing attachment they feel for one another. When the lives of many are on the line, they are not sure if they will live or die—let alone have a chance at love.

Review

LEGACY OF EVIL is a highly entertaining and enjoyable story, also educational for me, because like Bronco, I’ve had a bad education in Native American stuff. I learned a lot in this book, and I especially like the Indian telegraph. There’s a kind of homey and sense of belonging in being part of a community like Emma’s. There’s also a certain subtle humor threading throughout the story that made me chuckle or at times, outright laugh out loud.

Sharon Buchbinder has created an unforgettable heroine in Emma Horserider. She’s bold and brave and I’m thoroughly jealous of her ability to communicate with horses and dogs. I love Bronco as well. These characters are fleshed-out and three-dimensional, well-rounded with layers that are peeled open as the story unfolds. They’re certainly different from most characters in the books I usually read.

Speaking of characters, there are noteworthy secondary characters here like Stephanie (Emma’s cousin), Beautiful Blackfeather (Emma’s ancestor) and let’s not forget Gaucho the bobcat! I’m not saying more; let’s just say you have to read this to appreciate them.

Overall, entertaining and unforgettable characters make this a recommended read!

Rating: 5 stars Continue reading