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Once Upon a Maiden Lane - A Maiden Lane Novella

"Once Upon a Maiden Lane" has Hoyt's characteristic humor and gritty sweetness along with the edge of a twist. I really did love Mary. She has this grace in the face of change and a fiery backbone of titanium. It was a pleasure watching her...

4 Stars

Master of Magic

"Master of Magic" is a mostly standalone romp through the Mageverse world and I really enjoyed Olivia and Rhys' story. Mostly standalone because there's some mention of how magic works and the laws that govern it that might have been easier...

4 Stars
  • Author: Angela Knight
  • Review by: Kyraninse
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: InterMix

The Jarl’s Witch

Fun, steamy quick romp. I liked Eileen and Leif - I appreciated that they both tried to do the right thing within the parameters of what they had to work with. There's also a sense of humor about the story that didn't take itself too seriou...

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Dawn - Stronghold Book 3

"Dawn" is fast, hot, and fun in all the good ways. It mostly stands alone. I think this series would be best if read in order so the reader has a better idea of what came before, who the Sentries are, and what they do, but it's not strictly...

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Duke of Desire - Maiden Lane, #12

"Duke of Desire" is extremely well done; I adored Iris and Raphael and I desperately wanted them to find their happy together. Raphael is that super-damaged sort of broody, but Iris has more than enough steel in her spine to face him down a...

4 Stars

Second to None - A Second Glances Novella

I was hesitant about Second to None, since I'm never sure about when the friend falls in love with his friend's wife. Nancy Herkness hasn't let me down yet, however, and I'm glad I picked this book up. Max is lovely, and it was a joy to see...

4 Stars

New Tricks - A Redwood Ridge Romance

Loved the small town feel, loved the humor, and loved the sweetness of New Tricks. There's grief and loss, painful amounts of it, but New Tricks does a wonderful job of acknowledging that terrible things happen while giving warm reassurance...

4 Stars

Servant of the Forest - A fairy tale retelling

"Servant of the Forest" very much is a fairytale retelling. There's a couple that are referenced in the story, but the overarching one is the story of Cinderella. Cinderella is a fairytale that doesn't lend itself well to re-tellings for me...

4 Stars

Benediction - Cattenach Ranch

I'll admit, I liked the premise of Benediction when I first picked it up, but I was wary of how it'd play out. The guy who never looks back, coupled with being Arapaho -- I was more than a bit gun-shy. I'm thrilled to say that Benediction m...

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Misconduct - Birmingham Rebels

Carmina, Tom and Danny just work together - I don't know how it all meshes together, but it does. Tom's the good-time-boy next door, but when he starts dominating Carmina and Danny, watch out. Danny's surliness just turns to sheer adorablen...

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Stay Close (For You)

This is definitely an Alexa Riley read - it's sweet, a bit over the top, and nothing but pure sugary spice. That said, it is pretty much cotton candy with little conflict and next to no drama. Sure, Ivan works for her parents and Penelope's...

4 Stars

Falling for her Brother's Best Friend - Tea for Two Book 1

Falling for her brother's best friend was sweet and I liked Noah and Emma - but it never really took off for me. This is a fairly standard brother's best friend to lovers story - Noah and Emma are cute together, they've got shared history t...

3 Stars

Betrayed by Blood - Mark of the Moon, #2

I couldn't get into "Betrayed by Blood", but since this is the second book in the series and I knew that going in, I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt for readers who have read the first book. Otherwise I'd be rating this as a 2.5...

3 Stars

The Scandal of It All - The Rogue Files

I liked "The Scandal of It All", but somehow it didn't fire any passion in me. It starts with the characters, I suppose. Graciela and Colin are nice enough people (damning with faint praise here, I think) and things certainly get very spicy...

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I Knew You Were Trouble - An Oxford Novel, #4

I don't think the description particularly fits the book - in both a good way and a not-so-great way. I don't like love triangles, so I was relieved that Tay may have had some lingering feels for the rat-jerk, but it wasn't an active triang...

4 Stars

The Farthest Edge - The Honey Series, #2

Let me preface by saying that I usually like my Doms to be male and I had my reservations going in about having the hero be the sub in the D/s relationship. Kristen Ashley thoroughly alleviated my worries and then some. In fact, if you don'...

4 Stars

My Darling Gunslinger

I'm fairly torn about this book - I liked Ty and I liked the rest of the motley crew and I liked Charlotte -- but the entire time I was reading the book I was wondering just why things had to get to the point where they did. Eventually they...

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Alpha Knows Best - Romance on the Go

Caveat: pretty much nothing but steam. It's very good steam and hot as heck - Logan is all alpha and has truly filthy mouth on him and his chemistry with Honey is off the charts. That said, they're very sweet (and spicy!) together, but ther...

4 Stars

Alien Education - Alien Novels Book 15

Reader take note: this is most emphatically not a book that you can just pick up and dive into. It is book 15 in a series and oh my stars does it show. For those who have been following along from the start, I'm sure the constant mentions a...

3 Stars

The Immortal's Unrequited Bride

Interesting premise, with likeable characters and the story challenges some of the same tropes that I've always had questions about, but The Immortal's Unrequited Bride oddly didn't wow me. It was a good read, but it also felt very much lik...

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Fallen Rose

"Fallen Rose" is definitely on the gory side of the dark and gritty scale. I found it rather difficult to wade through in part because of the darkness and in part because I didn't really buy all the suffering as I couldn't see the logic in...

3 Stars

Pipe Dreams - A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel, #3

Pipe Dreams was a slow burn for me - I started out really disliking the hero for what he did, and I don't usually like flash-back sequences when I just want to know how what happens next rather than what happened before. It gets better thou...

4 Stars

Crave Me - Luminous, #2

"Crave Me" is sweet spicy candy. I liked seeing how Chloe went after Simon and how their relationship progressed. I liked that it wasn't a case where Chloe didn't really know Simon but crushed on him for ages - it was made very clear that t...

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The Dream Dancer

"The Dream Dancer" was a sweet, fast, mostly uncomplicated read. Mostly, because Bryce and Rowland both start out problematically: Bryce is a bit spoilt and Rowland is the stereotypical chauvinist rake. It worked, however, because if love i...

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The VIP Doubles Down - Wager of Hearts Book 3

"The VIP Doubles Down" wraps up the trilogy of wagers made in the club, but I'm hoping that we'll see more of the people I met along the way. I was hesitant about this book because it seemed like Gavin was a much angrier person than the oth...

4 Stars

The Rule Book - Rule Breakers

"The Rule Book" started out slow and I wasn't certain if I was going to like it at first. The blurb made it sound funny and light-hearted, but the opening felt crammed full of the usual modern Cinderella tropes. Evil supervisor, newly minte...

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Becoming a Legend - The Blue Eyes Trilogy, #2

The series started out intriguing and I had high hopes for it, but I didn't really want to go on to finish the trilogy at the end of the "Becoming a Legend". The premise is interesting and there's lots of excitement, but with all things con...

3 Stars
  • Author: B. Kristin McMichael
  • Review by: Kyraninse
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * SF: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Lexia Press

Degree of Resistance - Pacifica Rising Book 1

"Degree of Resistance" was interesting and intriguing, but it's definitely the first in a series. The romance between Evie and Ben takes a major backseat to setting up the world, establishing the players, and introducing the Real Problem. T...

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Edge of Power - Viking Dystopian Romance, #4

I'd been looking forward to Wulf's story for a while, especially after what I saw of Kathlyn in the previous book -- but I'm not sure Edge of Power delivers. To be fair, I think it's difficult to live up to expectations when the hero has be...

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Fanning the Flames - Going Down in Flames

Note: I haven't read the previous books in this series, so this review will definitely reflect that and readers who have read the previous books should take what I say with a grain of salt. I found it difficult to get into the story. I wasn...

3 Stars

Lesser - Terran Times Second Wave Book 8

I enjoyed "Lesser". It was a fast and intriguing read. I thought the background behind Iridia's powers was interesting and thought provoking. However, it seemed like more weight was given to the political background of becoming the Avatar a...

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Counterbalance

"Counterbalance" has put Kelly Moran on the map for me. The story was sweet, hot, and I loved how it touched on aspects of real life to make their struggles believable. What I really appreciated was that their issues were things that the av...

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Cyborg Heat - Burning Metal Book 1

"Cyborg Heat" is an enjoyable read, but it relies on many of the usual cyborg tropes and a rather improbable connection between Amanda and Adam. I liked Amanda for her courage and principles, but I wasn't quite buying why she was willing to...

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Forbidden Forest - The Legends of Regia, #1

"Forbidden Forest" is a book with an intriguing world. It also has interesting characters, but is also fairly gritty and dark. In case the mention of the slave mark wasn't a clue, this story gets pretty dark and gory. Think Game of Thrones....

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Summer Job, Summer Love

"Summer Job, Summer Love" is a sweet and hot read. It's pretty good for a quick pick-me-up, although definitely on the cotton candy side of things. Bronwyn, Ross and Jake were sweet together, and they were a lot of a fun together. However,...

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  • Author: Berengaria Brown
  • Review by: Kyraninse
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Under 45k Words, * Contemporary, * SPICY: HOT Romance, * SPICY: Multiple Partners
  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Systematic Seduction - The Weathermen Book 9

The premise was very interesting and I had high hopes for Systematic Seduction -- but in the end I found it to be rather more reminiscent of the usual "billionaire meets Jane Normal plus kinky sex" story than the ecological/technology suspe...

3 Stars

Rann - Children of Poseidon 2

Fairly sweet and enjoyable, although with less of an emphasis on the romance side of things than I prefer. Jewel is all grown up and Rann is finally coming to realize that - which is nice. I like that Jewel has grown a spine and figured out...

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Damnamenos - Children of Poseidon 3

Much like the previous book, "Damnamenos" focuses more on the potential end of the world and the danger the witches are in rather than the romance. Your mileage may vary as to whether this works. It was interesting because I liked Maya in t...

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Jacked Up - Birmingham Rebels, #3

"Jacked Up" was funny, hot, and somehow managed to be warm and fuzzy as well. I went in expecting a steamy love story and got so much more. The Birmingham Rebels have really started to hit their stride with this book - the team is now start...

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Thirst - The Energy Vampires, #1

Thirst was ... interesting. I liked Renee. She was a kickass heroine and I really appreciated her courage, dedication to keeping people safe, and her ability to stand up to anyone that needed it. Rafe actually paled in comparison to Renee,...

3 Stars
  • Author: Jacquelyn Frank
  • Review by: Kyraninse
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Loveswept

Devil's Mark - The Devil's Keepers, #2

I'm a bit conflicted about Devil's Mark. On the one hand, it's done extremely well - steamy, panty-melting dirty talk, a take-no-prisoners hero, and a heroine who has a core of steel underneath a fluffy bunny exterior. Gotta appreciate a ma...

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Lykos - Children of Poseidon 1

Lila and Lykos were sweet and a lot of fun. I really appreciated the fact that Lila could hold her own against Lykos despite being a witch without a lot of a power versus a demi-god. Lykos started out as a bit of an arrogant jerk, but a sor...

4 Stars

Palace of Scoundrels - Two Thrones Book 2

I did very much enjoy this chance to see how Danae and Matthias do after their wedding and all the politics that surround being a royal match. It was interesting seeing the day to day of their lives, watching Danae grow into her power and s...

4 Stars

Black Dawn - Dark Light Book 1

Short and sweet, if a bit under-fleshed. I would have liked to see a bit more of what led Darr to love Isolde, how his feelings changed from his initial thoughts of simply staying away from his previous master, to loving Isolde. After all,...

4 Stars

Wild at Whiskey Creek - Hot in Hellcat Canyon

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I was a little bit leery because when you go into the story with the two main characters not really talking to each other -- welp, that's not usually super happy reading times. And I was al...

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Spindle

Something that should perhaps be made clear: this book is set somewhere in time where there are cotton mills, orphan trains, and when "No Irish Need Apply" is in full effect. I walked into this story thinking that it'd be full of hardship t...

3 Stars

The Boyfriend Bet - Boyfriend Chronicles, #2

I enjoyed "The Boyfriend Bet". It was a fast, fun, mostly sweet read. Zoe and Grant were really cute together, and I appreciated Zoe and her unwillingness to take anything lying down. Chris Cannon did a good job of writing Grant's back and...

4 Stars
  • Author: Chris Cannon
  • Review by: Kyraninse
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen

Haunted by the King of Death - Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 11

I liked "Haunted by the King of Death", but I didn't think it stood alone all that well. Grave and Isla's story on its own was sweet (in its own way) and I liked them as characters. There's a lot in the book about other characters, presumab...

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Eden's Deliverance - The Eden Series Book 4

To be honest, I wasn't really as invested in this series after the previous book. I enjoyed the books, yes, but I felt that the villains were getting way too much play and the whole thing was bordering on ludicrous. That said, I really did...

4 Stars

The White Spell - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, #10

I loved this book - but it's not a standalone. Points taken off for this not being made clear. This book is standard Lynn Kurland in all the best ways: a heroine with an inner strength and tricks of her own, a hero who is gentle when it cou...

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