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Dec
29

Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy The Deal Author: Elle Kennedy Reviewer: Nima Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Please ignore the cheesy book description—seriously.  The Deal has all the hallmarks of a typical contemporary romance (i.e. insanely fit and beautiful people, wealth, talent, and unreasonably intense sexual chemistry,) but none of the cheese.  This is actually a really good read. In a surprising move for the first book in a romance series, Kennedy tackles some significant and heavy topics relating to rape and abuse.  She works with her characters to move through and dump emotional baggage in a believable way without weighing down the readers responses.  When you get to the end, you’ve been...
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Dec
22

Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews Magic Stars Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Magic Stars is a great little side novella for fans of the Kate Daniels series. Told mostly from the third person POV of Derek, the story shares Derek and Julie’s adventures as they work together on a deadly investigation. It is a straight forward tale, giving readers insight into both Derek’s precarious emotional/mental state and Julie’s magical training. We learn some of the rather shocking and dangerous activities Julie has been exploring, all of which make me very nervous for what is in store for her as she grows and matures. *bites nails*. Derek and...
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Dec
2

Review: Out of Sync by Bronwyn Green

Review: Out of Sync by Bronwyn Green Out of Sync Author: Bronwyn Green Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Morgan Weaver isn’t happy. He’s in a job he hates, working for the family business. He spends little time outside the office, and he hasn’t composed or played music in years. Once a promising musician, Morgan walked away from what he loved to fulfill his father’s expectations. On the other hand, James (Jamie) Shepherd continued making the music that he and Morgan loved and is now a famous musician. Once roommates, James and Morgan haven’t seen each other in over ten years. However, James remained friends with Morgan’s sister, Tristan, so when he finds...
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Nov
30

Review: Stone Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards

Review: Stone Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards Stone Cold Fox Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Shut. The. Front. Door. I didn’t think it was possible to love one of Hailey Edwards’ characters more than I did Thierry. First, I’m totally going to gush about the whole Black Dog world. While Mai’s book, Stone Cold Fox, isn’t *technically* part of the Black Dog series, anyone who’s read about Thierry’s adventures already knows and loves Mai. Readers new to the series? Okay. This’ll whet your appetite, but be warned—it’s spoilery to the series featuring Thierry! If you haven’t partaken of the Black Dog books, I do highly recommend them. I adored this...
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Nov
30

Review: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson

Review: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson Pirateship Down Author: Suzanne Johnson Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Pirateship Down is the compilation of several previously released shorts, many that have only appeared on blogs and websites, and one new novella, all set in the marvelous Sentinels of New Orleans world. Each story features one or more of the series’ regular characters. This book is basically a companion piece to and compendium of the series, and therefore, is best enjoyed by existing fans of the series. I would encourage those who’ve not read the series, start with the first book, Royal Street. Talk Like a Pirate This story takes place before first Sentinel...
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Nov
27

Review: Unabashed by Sasha White

Review: Unabashed by Sasha White Unabashed Author: Sasha White Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Note about the series order: After completing Unabashed, the author realized that it is actually the second story in the series, although it was written and released third. It is the continuing story of Ronnie and Ian, which started in the first book, Unfettered. Additionally, this story was originally released as a short novella in the Every Which Way anthology. It has been reworked and lengthened for this release. We originally met mechanic Ronnie and computer geek Ian in the first Overwatch story, Unfettered. The pair grew up together, but never explored the potential sparks that...
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Nov
15

Sunday Snippet: Safeword Protected by Jessica Jarman

Sunday Snippet: Safeword Protected by Jessica Jarman  About the Book Safeword Protected Author:  Jessica Jarman Publisher:   Self-published Released:  November 27, 2015 Series:   Bound  #6 Genre:  Contemporary Romance, BDSM Author contact links:   Blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, Twitter, Website Snippet Massive knots forming in her middle, she shifted from foot to foot. God, he was pretty. It wasn’t the first time she’d thought so, and likely wouldn’t be the last. His brown hair was a mess as it was his habit to drive his fingers through it. She frowned slightly—she shouldn’t be noticing his habits. Certainly shouldn’t be noticing his long, almost elegant fingers. Shouldn’t be imagining those fingers on her skin, around her throat, heavy on her tongue....
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Nov
10

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews Sweep in Peace Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The Innkeeper Chronicles is just one of those solid urban fantasy/science fiction series that I enjoy. Sweep in Peace was a nail-biting and intriguingly fascinating mystery/action/drama.  This series is on my reread list, and it should be on yours. Note: This story was originally released as a serial on the author’s website.  Once completed, it was taken down, edited and prepped for release.  I did read it as the serial and now as an ARC.  There may have been typographical type changes but, in my opinion, the overall story remained unchanged. This series centers on...
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Nov
9

Review: Found at the Library by Christi Snow

Review: Found at the Library by Christi Snow Found at the Library Author: Christi Snow Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Writing science-fiction novels might keep him mostly single, but that dedication has brought Robert McIntyre a great deal of success. He’s a little self-absorbed, maybe, but, when his muse is talking, and the deadlines are looming, he figures it’s to be expected. But, when he gets the chance to redeem himself after a bad first impression, he falls for the gorgeous man who’s upended his world more than he ever thought possible. If only holding on to him could be so easy. After many years of loving the books that his dyslexia prevented him...
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Nov
9

Review: By Hook or By Crook by Eleri Stone + bonus review

Review: By Hook or By Crook by Eleri Stone + bonus review By Hook or By Crook Author: Eleri Stone Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Note: The author and Carina Press put out a free prequel novella, The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire, which I recommend reading prior to By Hook or By Crook, as it shares quite a bit of the couple’s mutual history. I’ve included my review of the novella at the end of this post. Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire have always made good partners. So out of a sense of debt and because she still cares for him, Molly agrees to help Flynn on a spy mission for the Rangers, even...
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