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Nov
25

Review: Heart Legacy by Robin D. Owens

Review: Heart Legacy by Robin D. Owens Heart Legacy Author: Robin D. Owens Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Robin D. Owens continues to keep the world of Celta alive and—hotly—kicking with her newest Celta’s Heartmates release, Heart Legacy. As the fourteenth book in the series, I always wonder how an author can breathe new life into the same world. Ms. Owens managed to keep me hooked from first word to last. I was happy to revisit the world of Celta, as it’s one of my favorite magical places to go. One of the great things about this series is getting to see the progeny of main characters from other books. I appreciate the...
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Oct
24

Review: Heart Fire by Robin D. Owens

Review: Heart Fire by Robin D. Owens Heart Fire Author: Robin D. Owens Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Psst. I missed a Celta’s Heartmates book last year because my reading schedule was full. Well, before the next title releases, Heart Legacy, on November 3, 2015, I HAD to read Heart Fire. Because, one does not simply skip a book in a series. One of the things I love most about the Celta’s Heartmates series is that the main couple spend the bulk of the book kinda-sorta knowing they should be together, but battling their inner demons and working through stuff so they’re actually ABLE to be together in a stable, healthy, relationship. I also...
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Oct
12

Review: Against the Ropes by Jeanette Murray

Review: Against the Ropes by Jeanette Murray Against the Ropes Author: Jeanette Murray Reviewer: Nima Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Against the Ropes is the second book in Murray’s First to Fight series.  It’s also the second book I’ve read with the same title in the last two years.  The first one, a BDSM story, wasn’t much better written than this one, but it was funnier and edgier.  Murray’s Against the Ropes fell solidly into the contemporary romance category, complete with too many over-used clichés and painfully predictable plot lines.  There were even some grammatical errors that slipped in with wrong tenses and metaphors that just didn’t work. Murray did successfully create two characters, Greg...
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Sep
30

Review: Mine by HelenKay Dimon

Review: Mine by HelenKay Dimon Mine Author: HelenKay Dimon Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Sometimes I read a book and need to sit down and process what I’ve read. It takes me awhile to formulate my review. Mine was like that for me. In a good way. This third title in HelenKay Dimon’s Holton Woods series definitely brought lots of action—both in and out of the bedroom! It was a great balance, though. The pacing was quite well done. Many times in RS, there’s a chunk that’s all action and I ask myself, “Hey, where’s the sexytime?” That didn’t happen with Mine. I’m going to admit it: I was looking for...
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Sep
2

Review: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

Review: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh Archangel’s Enigma Author: Nalini Singh Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Archangel’s Enigma picks up the story of angels, vampires, and Hunters roughly seven months after the conclusion of the previous book. Readers learn that Archangel Lijuan is, in fact, alive, yet not whole. Still viewing herself as a goddess, she seeks to act on a prophecy by killing one of the Ancients while he Sleeps. It is up to Raphael, with the help of Elena and his Seven, to prevent Lijuan from finding and harming Alexander. As a scholar and an expert in Sleeping Ancients, Andromeda is Raphael’s best bet to stop Lijuan. However, she...
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Aug
19

Review: Energized by Mary Behre

Review: Energized by Mary Behre Energized Author: Mary Behre Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I’m happy to say that some of the critiques I had of the previous novels in the Tidewater series have been smoothed out, making Energized my favorite so far.  Niall and Hannah’s story was gripping, heartwarming and enjoyable. I really did enjoy Niall and Hannah’s journey.  Hannah is funky and flexible – open to life and anything really.  Her optimism is refreshing even when faced with continuing overbearing negativity.  Her determination and strength of character was admirable and I enjoyed that though she is a strong independent woman, she does need Niall.  Someone to watch over her...
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Aug
18

Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

Review: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton All Wound Up Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Ok, this is book ten.  Burton successfully does what she’s done the entire series.  All Wound Up continues to deliver what her readers have come to love and expect with this series. More of the same isn’t a bad thing, especially if this is your reading groove.  For me, however, the Play-By-Play series has become formulaic.  Like other books in this series; All Wound Up is predictable with an anti-climactic finish. There’s nothing especially original about this plot, it’s the “nobody is good enough for my daughter” plot.  The fact that the couple in this...
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Jul
20

Review: Home by Morning by Kaki Warner

Review: Home by Morning by Kaki Warner Home by Morning Author: Kaki Warner Reviewer: Ang Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Kaki Warner’s Heartbreak Creek series has a consistent theme of Redemption and Homecoming and Home By Morning was no different. Pru and Thomas, who are both fighting to figure out where they belong and what their purposes are in a post Civil War world, find that hurts can heal with the right love and support, and home is rarely found without a struggle; often in unexpected places and with the least likely of people. Anyone who has followed The Runway Bride series or the Heroes of Heartbreak Creek series, of which this is the third...
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Jul
1

Review: Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn

Review: Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn Flight from Death Author: Yasmine Galenorn Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: C+ What We’re Talking About: Flight from Death is the debut novel in a new spin-off series, Fly by Night, from Yasmine Galenorn.  Although the premise was promising with a fascinating world, it just did not deliver for Gikany and Una. First, we need to say that we did not read the original series.  If we had, the story might have made a little more sense, and we may have been more invested in the story.  There are several flashbacks during the story that takes us from the action and mystery of the ‘now’ and throws us back...
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Jun
30

DNF Review: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

DNF Review: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat Prince’s Gambit Author: C.S. Pacat Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: After finishing Captive Prince earlier this year, I was disappointed that the book was mislabeled as an m/m fantasy romance, but rather, it was the first book in a duo or trio that together is one story. I ranted about this in my review, so I won’t go into it again here. So why did I pick up the second book, Prince’s Gambit? For two reasons: 1) I found the second half of Captive Prince to be engaging and interesting; and 2) in reviews I’d read from the original Captive Prince, it mentioned reading “both parts” so...
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