I have a confession to make. I’m a grumpy old lady. (Shocking, right? You never would have guessed it, huh?) And in my capacity as a grumpy old lady, I get cranky when my favorite authors branch out into other genres or categories of romance. I want them to write what I want them to write, darn it! Is that too much to ask?
If you’re like me and have read a crap ton of paranormal romance over the years, you know that there is a limited quantity of truly original thinking in the category. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are a ton of authors out there who do a great job with the same old vampires, shifters, witches, and fae. I think that great writing can overcome pretty much any overdone trope. But for those who are looking for that rare super-original paranormal series, you don’t really have to look any farther than LE Wilson.
Melanie Harlow is one of my 1-click wonder authors, meaning I know I can 1-click any of her books with complete confidence. She’s never let me down. When I’m in a reading slump (like I have been), I can pick up something she’s written and have a great experience. Every time. No shock that I loved her newest release,Only You, right?
I’ve read and adored just about everything this author has written, and she hasn’t let me down yet. (And that’s a saying a lot, folks. I haven’t found too many authors who haven’t let me down at least once.)Brooklynaireis no exception.
I think what I love best about this book is Nate, the hero. He’s super smart, hard working, and totally sexy. He’s also mega rich without being an emotionally tortured sadist or an alphahole.
LJ Shen is magic. There’s really just no other way to describe her writing. Her phrasing is totally unique. You won’t find anyone else in romance land who writes the way she does. It’s almost...poetic. I wish I had a better word for it, but I’m in no way poetic, so y’all will just have to take my word for it on this one, m’kay?
I have trouble finding rockstar romances that I enjoy. I mean, sure, there have been a few,but for the most part, all the cliches you find in rockstar stories tend to annoy the crap out of me.
I put off reading this book for weeks. I 1-clicked it the day it was released, then hoarded it on my Kindle for weeks without reading it, because I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I knew I’d finish it in one sitting, then it’d be OVER and I’d be forced to just sit back and wait (impatiently, bitterly) for the next release. I should’ve just gone ahead and read it on release day. The end result was the same. I read it all in one day, I loved it, and now I’m impatient and bitterly waiting for the author’s next new release. Sigh. It’s all such a vicious cycle
If you’ve visited this site more than once or twice, you already know I’m a huge fan of Scarlett Cole. Her books are repeat offenders on our weekly “best of” lists, and I absolutely adored the first book in this series,Under Fire. So, it will come as a shock to no one that I loved this book as well. (When I got an email from the publisher asking if I was interested in an ARC, I made grabby hands at my computer screen and squealed with glee, even though they couldn’t see me or hear me. Not my proudest moment, but I can live with that. But anyhoo...)
If you’re an Elizabeth Reyes fan (like I am), you probably readThe Girl In The Mirror, which is a kind of twisty, psychological romantic suspense read. (It’s also really awesome, but I digress...)We Were Onetells the story from the hero’s (Nico) point of view. A lot of times, retellings from the male POV don’t work out (I'm looking at you,Darker) But fortunately, this isn’t one of those times.We Were Onesomehow manages to be a completely different story thanThe Girl In The Mirror,in the best possible ways.
I’ll just warn you up front, folks. This could get ugly. There could be fangirling. There could be copious amounts of undignified squeeing. I can’t help it. That’s what this book has reduced me to. I’m just a shell of the grumpy, bitter old book reviewer I was before reading the book. A happy, shiny shell who can’t stop giggling and smiling. It’s gratuitous, really. Let’s just hope I don’t resort to LOLing and OMGing. (*shudders and takes a deep breath*) Here it goes…
I’ll admit something, y’all. I was a little hesitant to read this book. Not because I didn’t like the previous books in the series, but because I liked themtoomuch. I mean, how could any other hero ever stand up to the yummy awesomeness that was Landon Lucas Maxfield, who was, quite possibly, the best book boyfriend who ever, well, boyfriended? After readingSweet, though, I’m proud to say that my hesitation was unwarranted and that Boyce does a mighty fine job of book boyfriending all on his own.
Rockstar romances are usually a tough sell to me. I mean, sure, there are tons of authors who do a great job with them, but so many others (*cough*Picture Perfect* cough*)trip over tropes I absolutely loathe and force me to tag them as DNFs, allocating them to the What Not to Read shelf for life.But when it comes to a Scarlett Cole book, I don’t read blurbs or look at covers anymore. I just 1-click, because she’s never let me down.Nikan Rebuiltwas no different.
Title:The Ones Who Got Away Author: Roni Loren Publication date: 01/02/2018 Kindle Unlimited: No Cliffhanger: No I’ll just start off by disclosing that I’m a big fan of this author. I LOVED Nice Girls Don’t Ride, so when I saw this one on Netgalley, I practically hurt myself clicking so fast to request a copy. Well, needless to say, I loved this one just as much as Nice Girls Don’t Ride, maybe even more.
First of all, the setup of this second-chance romance is totally unique, as far as I know. I don’t remember any other romances EVER that focused on the survivors of a school shooting.
Title:Team Player Author:Adriana Locke, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Kate Stewart, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Mandi Beck, Meghan Quinn, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige Publication date:12/14/2018 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No
I’m not usually a fan of anthologies. Novellas usually lack the kind of character depth I prefer in my favorite romances, and out of a ton of stories, I usually only find 1 or 2 within the set that I even remotely enjoy. But when I saw Adriana Locke, Emma Scott, Kennedy Ryan and LJ Shen all had new stories in this anthology, there was no way in HELL I wasn’t going to read this one. And I’m sooooooo glad I did.
Title:Thirty Day Boyfriend Author:Whitney G. Publication date:11/2/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
This was my first Whitney G. book, folks. (I know, right? Crazy!) But I can now definitively say it won’t be my last.
Thirty Day Boyfriendwas a short, easy, funny, sassy, sexy read that managed to be light and fluffy yet still give me a major case of the feels all at the same time. (I’m still not sure how the author pulled that off, quite frankly.)
Title:A Lady Awakened Series: Blackshear Family, Book 1 Author: Cecilia Grant Publication Date: 12/27/2011 Kindle Unlimited: No Cliffhanger: No
When I first discovered romance novels, all I read were historicals, because that was all my stepmom read…and I had to get them from somewhere. Parochial schools aren’t known for their extensive romance sections, but I digress. I loved historical romances…but then I discovered the paranormal and contemporary romance genres, and I didn’t look back. Foryears.