Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

» 24 November, 2016 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding might be short on page count but it’s not short on the squishy, gooey, feels. After months of preparation, including a postponement, hookups and unexpected pregnancies, Gretchen and Hunter are finally, FINALLY tying the knot. But alas, everything seems to be falling apart on Gretchen: part of the mansion, where the wedding is supposed to be held, is flooded in, she fired another baker, and Hunter is keeping something from her. On top of that, her recovering drug addict sister Daphne wants to reconnect with her. I adored every second of this book. It’s a novella but doesn’t read like one. Aside from Gretchen and Hunter’s wedding story, there’s also a sweet, redemptive story about Daphne. Remember her? Fans of the series sort of have a hate-hate relationship with her and I was curious whether or not Jessica Clare would give her a book even if it’s not with one of the billionaires. Well, she did. And it was quite lovely. Okay. A lot lovely. It actually made me cry, simply because her HEA was so hard fought, I feel like. I don’t want to say anything more except that if you’ve read One Night with a Billionaire, you’ll know who her […]

Review: Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy

» 6 November, 2016 » Authors » 0 comments

Review: Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy

Ruled was another steaming hot addition to Elle Kennedy’s erotic dystopian series. Reese has always been one of the series’ most interesting characters to read. Her backstory was a bit of a mystery in the previous books but was given prime importance here. In this book, readers get to know the depth of Reese’ motivation to take down not just the Enforcers but the whole “civilized” colony. Kennedy has never shied away from writing a complex female heroine that knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. Reese was every bit as flawed and as complex as Kennedy’s previous heroines, if not more. Her inner conflict was surprising though because it seems so simple and quite clichèd in some ways. But if you consider her past and her relationship with her parent, I understood where she was coming from. In terms of romance, Ruled was a a bit subdued. I know coming in that this series was more erotica than romance so I wasn’t expecting much especially since this was a mfm/mmf pairing. The sexy times were hot though. What I did love was the Sloan-Reese dynamic. Like most readers, I wasn’t exactly sure about the nature of their relationship so it came as a pleasant […]

Review: Guardian’s Mate (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

» 18 September, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 1 comment

Review: Guardian’s Mate (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this hot, relatively low-angst romance between a wolf shifter and a bear shifter. Rae is a lupine chosen to become guardian of her shiftertown. The problem is, no female has been chosen as guardian before. Ever. Not only that, Rae is a lupine in a den of felines. It made things hard not only for Rae but for her father who is the alpha of their shiftertown. The solution? Send her off to live with a taciturn bear out in middle of Alaska. Zander is a bear shifter who happens to be an extraordinary healer. His gifts made him a bit of a loner. That and he’s totally batshit crazy. Or at least acts like one. I loved Zander. Underneath all that gruff exterior lies a real sweetheart who would cut off his own arm before hurting anyone, especially Rae. Now, I didn’t read the previous books in the series, but I feel like I didn’t get totally lost because of Jennifer Ashley effortless writing style. I did get to meet a lot of characters from previous books, and it didn’t bother me that there were a lot of them. I want to go back and read the other […]

Blog Tour {Review+Except}: One Real Thing by Samantha Young

» 15 September, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Blog Tour {Review+Except}: One Real Thing by Samantha Young

I’m a huge fan of Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series. Naturally, when I heard that she’s going to have a new contemporary series out, I was all over it. Hart’s Boardwalk is a totally different series from ODS, which is fantastic. I love its older characters and the small town setting. I know I keep saying this already but guys, you know how much I love small town romances. I love them, and Hart’s Boardwalk certainly fits quite well in that category. The romance between Jessica and Cooper started off slow. And if you’re a fan of slow burning romances, you’ll love this. I myself love some slow burn romances. And in this book, you can truly understand why these two characters would have reservation about going into a relationship. Cooper certainly has some trust issues considering what happened with his ex-wife. And Jessica…well, has abandonment issues and they run deep. It made her mistrustful and wary. Like I said, I like the romance started off slow. They definitely had to work on their issues individually before they could fully commit to one another. And I had no problem with that. Besides, the end result was well worth the way. Not only that, we also get to […]

Review: A Little More Love (Harvest Cove #5) by Kendra Leigh Castle

» 14 September, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: A Little More Love (Harvest Cove #5) by Kendra Leigh Castle

A sweet, low-angst, small town romance between a reclusive fantasy author and a freelance journalist tasked to interview him. I’m huge fan of small-town romances, and A Little More Love fits this trope to a tee. Kira comes to Harvest Cove for her twin brother’s wedding. At the same, she’s also there to chase a tip that the reclusive fantasy author Malcolm Roy lives in the area. Intent on getting a sit-down interview with the author, she didn’t think she needs a distraction. But a distraction is what she gets in the form of Fitz, the resident nerdy slacker of Harvest Cove. I love that their connection didn’t start immediately even though it’s clear to the readers and the people of Harvest Cove how much they match each other. They’re both geeky. They love fantasy and gaming, etc. I adore Fitz. He’s the perfect beta hero. He’s nervous and shy but not indecisive. So if you’re in the mood for something light and sweet, I highly recommend this book. <3   ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

» 8 September, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

When I read about Georgia and Leo Trevi in The Fifteenth Minute, I knew I wanted to know more about them. I have to admit that my expectations were quite high. Fortunately for me, Sarina Bowen delivered a heartfelt second-chance romance that I devoured from start to finish. Leo and Georgia are your typical high school sweetheart. They’re young and in love and they have their lives ahead of them. Until one tragic night when all that changed. Georgia was and the fallout proved to be too much for the young couple, and they broke up. Fast forward to present day. Georgia is the interim publicist for the Brooklyn Bruisers and Leo is its new rookie. The moment they meet again, it’s evident that they’re still not over each other. Not even for a bit. But they have a lot of unresolved issues from their past. Then there’s also the fact that the new coach, who happens to be Georgia’s father, hates Leo’s guts. Rookie Move is another triumph for Sarina Bowen. She has a knack for writing really sweet and swoony heroes that are loyal, lovable and just plain fun to read. Her heroines are just as compelling, well rounded characters. Now for those who are worried […]

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

» 29 August, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Echo of Silence: 4.5 stars Dorian: 5 stars Partners in Persuasion: 4 stars Flirtation of Fate: 5 starsI loved how these novellas filled in the blanks for a lot of the characters we’ve met in the Psy-Changeling world. They’re at the perfect length, and except for Dezi and Felix, who I can’t seem to remember, are about characters we’ve already met before.*Slight spoilers on the previous books in the series, so beware! Echo of Silence If you’ve read Allegiance of Honor you might have read about a certain Psy mated to a human that Sascha talked to for having the healthiest area in the Psy-net. This is their story. Tazia is a human engineer assigned in one of the deep-sea station and Stefan is her Tk Psy station commander. It’s sometimes hard to read about a Psy paired with humans or with anyone really because they’re so closed off and they hardly show any emotions. But I loved this one. Tazia is passionate as Stefan is clueless…at first. The ending of their story was so unexpected yet, very fitting for both of them. Dorian Nalini Singh delivered on her promise. I’ve always felt like Dorian’s book was a bit unfinished because he still couldn’t shift then. So yes, […]