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4

Review: Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey

Review: Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey Disorderly Conduct Author: Tessa Bailey Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: I love reading book series. It’s honestly one of my favorite things. I get to meet some characters, get to know them, have some sh*t happen, and then it gets fixed (or the author is mean and leaves us hanging…) and they live happily for now. Until the next book in the series comes out and there’s another crisis. OR…we meet ‘supporting cast’ members in the first title who become the leads in a subsequent book. The Academy series by Tessa Bailey is the latter. Slated for three titles, the first two titles are about police...
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Jul
24

Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews Wildfire Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Wildfire opens immediately after the conclusion of the previous book, White Hot. Rogan and Nevada return from their mini-vacation to tell her family about Victoria Tremaine trying to buy out their company. However, when Rogan and Nevada arrive, Rynda Charles, Rogan’s ex-fiancee (arranged marriage when he was three) and daughter of Olivia Charles (the baddie from book 2) is waiting for the pair. Her husband is missing, and no one will help her because of her mother’s disgrace. Nevada takes the case, starting the next round in the ongoing war with the unknown group of Primes looking...
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May
22

Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews White Hot Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Rating: A What I’m Talking About: White Hot is the second story in the Hidden Legacy series, building upon the exciting escapades of Nevada Baylor. This is NOT a standalone book. The series, a mix of urban fantasy and romance storylines, is set in an alternate Houston, where magic (psychic powers) is prevalent in some families. If one is powerful enough, s/he is designated Prime. Have enough Primes, and your family is a House. We learned in the previous book, Burn for Me, that a faction of powerful, secretive Primes/Houses is trying to disrupt status quo and create confusion in Houston; however...
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Jan
23

Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis Accidentally on Purpose Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Elle Wheaton is the successful manager of hot downtown San Francisco property and is putting herself through school with aspirations of owning her own accounting firm. She doesn’t let anything or anyone get in her way. However, with Archer Hunt as the head of her building’s security, she has a few hurdles to jump. They have a past. She’s still attracted to him, but wants a man who is safe, secure, and stable. Archer is none of these things. Archer, ex-police officer, owns his own private investigation and security firm. He saved a 16-year old...
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Sep
26

Review + Excerpt: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Review + Excerpt: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis The Trouble with Mistletoe Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Willa Davis, lover of animals, runs a successful pet boutique. She had a rough childhood, in and out of foster care, but she’s turned her life around; seeing the positive in everyone and everything. She believes in second chances, except maybe when it comes to Keane Winters, the boy who stood her up in high school, regardless of how sexy he is now. Keane Winters, now a successful contractor, was just a teen when he stood up Willa for the Sadie Hawkins dance her freshman year of high school. The funny/sad thing is…...
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Jul
1

Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis Sweet Little Lies Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Having recently moved into her new digs and spending time with the locals at O’Riley’s Bar, Pru Harris realizes she’s got a big thing for Finn, one of the bar’s owners. However, Pru has a huge secret that could put an end to her new friends and comfortable life. Finn O’Riley is married to his job and keeping his younger brother, Sean, on the straight-and-narrow. But when Pru breezes into his bar, he realizes he is missing something in his life, something that only Pru can fill. Okay, I’ll say right from the start… Generally,...
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Jun
23

Review: Safe at Last by Maya Banks

Review: Safe at Last by Maya Banks Safe at Last Author: Maya Banks Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Maya Banks’ Slow Burn series has been a wild rollercoaster of a ride. I had high hopes for Safe at Last, but I ended up being pretty meh about it. First, I read an ARC. I edit books, I know things change. However, I felt like the first 2/3 of the book was slow, rehashed a bazillion things we knew already without much purpose. Maybe this was looked at in the final version (and I hope so). I came VERY close to not finishing this title at about the 45% mark because I just couldn’t...
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Jan
26

Review + Giveaway: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Review + Giveaway: In His Keeping by Maya Banks In His Keeping Author: Maya Banks Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I ate up this book. Literally. I would have read it in one sitting, if I’d had the time. That’s usually the case with Maya Banks’s titles, though. Especially the Slow Burn series. In His Keeping was no exception. Take a little Alpha male, a damsel-in-distress, some paranormal abilities, a dash of kidnapping and you’ve got the wild roller coaster that was In His Keeping. The action kept me riveted to this title, and looking forward to the next title in the series. What drew me into the story was the love that Ginger and...
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Oct
28

Review + Giveaway: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Review + Giveaway: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks Keep Me Safe Author: Maya Banks Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Once again, Maya Banks brings it! The Slow Burn series is off to a fabulous start with Keep Me Safe. This page-turner is full of everything I love in romantic suspense. A fabulous alpha male, a secretly super strong female lead, and a bunch of creepy stuff going on to keep me on the edge of my seat. Here’s the thing, it’s really hard for me to review romantic suspense in general. I’m always worried about being spoiler-ish. Especially something that’s such a magnetic read. But, I’m going to give it a shot…. I’ve read...
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Oct
24

Review + Giveaway: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Review + Giveaway: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews Burn for Me Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Burn for Me kicks off a brand new series from the husband-wife writing team of Ilona Andrews. Their modern-day world has an alternate history, one that saw the development of magical powers in humans. Not everyone has these powers, such as telekinetics and pyrokinetic, and modern society equates the strength of one’s abilities with power and social rank. The authors do a great job laying out this history in the prologue. It is unique, yet familiar enough that it comes together easily. Several characters are introduced almost immediately, and the reader needs to pay attention...
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