Publication date:01/27/2018 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
I don’t normally read dark romance. It tends to depress me, and the world is depressing enough on its own, so I don’t need to read depressing crap, too. But on the recommendation of a friend, I read the first book in this series,Prisoner, and absolutely adored it.
I waited and waited and waited for Hostage to be released, and about hurt myself 1-clicking at lightning speed when it came out. And once again, the authors didn’t let me down.
Publication date:02/06/2018 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No If you’ve read any of our reviewsor weekly “best of” lists,you’ve seen plenty of Celia Aaron. I’ve read, reviewed and ADOREDThe Bad Guy,NateandIncubus. Hell, I even read (and loved) her Reylo fanfiction.(Sidenote: there’s also some super hotThe Walking Deadfanfiction there, too. But be warned: it’s not work appropriate, folks. Save this one for home, after hours, when the kids are asleep.) So, saying that I’m a big fan of Celia Aaron is an understatement. Kind of like saying, snow is a little cold and doughnuts are a little yummy. (Doughnuts are EVERYTHING. But I digress…) That said, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I lovedThe Elder.
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.
Title:Seal of Honor Author:Tonya Burrows Publication date:5/28/2013 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
Egads, this wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I DNF’d right around the 25% mark. Here’s what made me pull the plug:
The heroine, Audrey, is an artist. When her brother is kidnapped (who he’s kidnapped by isn’t really relevant. Just know it was your standard, run-of-the-mill romantic suspense novel baddie), what does she do? Well, she immediately drops her life in Costa Rica and journeys to Colombia to save him. By herself.
Title:A Love Restrained Author:Becky Flade Publication date:10/4/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
So, I’ve been giving romantic suspense a hard time lately. I evenconsidered turning my back on the category altogether. But this story was a rather nice reminder of why I shouldn’t make hasty decisions about an entire category of books based on a few bad experiences.
Kylee was a heroine I really rooted for. She’s smart and tough, but still sensitive and vulnerable enough to open her heart up to Jayson, even though they have very little in common in the first part of the book.
Title:The Witness Author:Nora Roberts Publication date:4/17/2012 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
Let me start this review by saying how much I appreciate my blog partner. Jennifer could’ve been a little irritated with me for running off on my own like a lost 5-year old at Wal-Mart to pick out my second romance novel. But she didn’t shake her head or say “I told you so” even after I released my2-star review. Nope, she just quietly put that awful experience behind us and patiently presented me with new options for stop #3 on my journey into romance-land. She even gently nudged me towardsThe Witness, like a mom guiding her toddler away from sharp-edged furniture.
So, I came REALLY close to DNFing this one, folks. But I hate to DNF, especially when I get the book from NetGalley, so inexplicably, I persevered and made it through to the very end. I wish I could say things got better as I got to the end. They didn’t.
There were a number of points early on in the story where I started to question Shanna’s intelligence. And if there’s one thing thatpisses me offin romantic suspense, it’s aTSTL heroine. For example, here are my questions for Shanna:
Title:Undercover Attraction Author: Katee Robert Publication date: 11/28/2017 Kindle Unlimited: No Cliffhanger: No
I REALLY don’t like to DNF any book. It makes me feel like a big ole quitter. A failure. A reader with a weak constitution. A fair-weather reader, if you will. But in reviewing books for this blog, I’ve come to accept that I simply can’t afford to finish every book I start. In the interest of maximizing my reading time, sometimes I just have to let a book I’m not enjoying go so that I can move on to book that’s more my speed, you know? And sadly, that’s what I had to do with Undercover Attraction.
So I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that I’ve successfully finished the second romance novel of my entire life. The bad news is that it didn’t go anywhere near as well asmy first. Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone to blame but myself. After Jennifer made such a fantastic recommendation for my first romance review, you’d think I would seek her out for advice on my second. But nooooooooo. I wandered into the romance wilderness on my own, as lost as a Kardashian at a neighborhood garage sale.
I’ll be honest. I’m not a huge romantic suspense fan. There, I’ve said it. Let the hate mail start pouring in. I just usually find it so needlessly overwrought. Then there’s the fact that while running for their lives or in the middle of any number of improbable situations, heroes and heroines in romantic suspense decide to have sex. Sure, that’s just what I’d do if a serial killer/covert government agency/mafia hitman was after me. But for all my scorn of the category as a whole, I found myself actually enjoying Broken Bits.
Title:Under Fire Author:Scarlett Cole Publication date:08/01/2017 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No Rating:5 out of 5
Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I’m not a huge fan of romantic suspense. But once I saw that Scarlett Cole was the author? I couldn’t download fast enough. I ADORE Scarlett Cole. Her new adult romances are some of the best on the market today. (In fact, you can check out our review of Jordan Reclaimed. It was an AWESOME read.) And as usual, with this story, Ms. Cole didn’t disappoint. This story sucks you right in from the beginning, making you a part of Six and Louisa’s world. The author’s writing style is just so conversational and...real. There’s just no other way to describe it.
Title:One Taste of Crazy Author:Amanda Siegrist Publication date:07/28/2017 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No Rating:3.5 out of 5
I’m going to admit to something here, folks. I’m not a romantic suspense fan. I usually find the premise of romantic suspense novels to be soooooo ridiculous. I mean, there’s a serial killer stalking you and you’re more worried about whether the hot bodyguard thinks you’re pretty than you are about the lingering threat of DEATH hanging over your head? No WAY would that happen in real life. So, I approach romantic suspense reads VERY carefully. (As carefully as I approach giant hairy spiders and anything with tofu in it.)