The Fervor, by Xandrie Kovak

kovak the fervorSeries: Sinful Supes # 1
Genre: Paranormal Erotica Romance (so close but not quite…)
Published: August, 2016
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EVERYONE KNOWS MONSTERS EXIST.
BUT SHE NEVER EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THEM…

Thanks to her great- great-grandmother, loner Claire Sommers’ DNA results are succubus positive. To make matters worse, her college is forcing her into the Supernatural program. The last place she wants to be is in a room filled with ferals, vampires, and other monsters from her nightmares. The absolute worst thing she can imagine? Getting hit with her first fervor in the middle of said classroom. Especially in front of the new alpha of the Red Crescent pack, Lucas Masters.

With every Supe in scenting distance caught up in the pheromone frenzy, Claire realizes she’s probably not going to survive the night with her dignity intact. She may not even survive at all…

Thanks Grandma.

The Fervor is the sizzling first installment of the Sinful Supes series. If you’re a fan of dominant werewolves and dark suspense, sign up for the free advance review copy today.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  4.5 / 5
Format: ARC E-Book
Started: August 27th, 2016
Finished: August 27th, 2016
Drink Pairing: Drink?! WHEN IS THERE TIME TO DRINK WHEN YOU CAN’T PUT IT DOWN!!?! (But pass me a rum and coke…)

Thank you to Xandrie Kovak for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

It’s not very often I go so quickly from being way to into a book and thinking I’m the perverted one, to stumbling back in mild shock and wondering “HOW DID YOU NOT EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN?! *idiot*” and then continue to read  on shamelessly.

IN FACT! despite having an early 5AM start this morning I was still determined to finish this book, even if it was at 1AM. Shock factor or not I could not put this book down.

My morbid curiosity has been piqued and I cannot resist the chemistry and originality of the characters. Kovak’s dry wit and smooth, easy to read writing style and characters that practically walk off the page make it the perfect novella for when you’re bored and need something interesting that keeps the pages turning (TIP: unless you’re a fearless/saucy/flirty/brave/i-don’t-give-a-**** type of person, it’s probably best to avoid people reading over your shoulder. But that’s just my shy-reader/romance-noob’s opinion).

I have only one qualm with The Fervor and that is the ending – specifically with our leading lady and how she decides to end things (because, REALLY?!). However, my frustration is stemming purely from a reader’s hope for more and not from the author’s master plan. When I took a step back, I started to realize all the wonderful things this ending could end up leading too – probably more shock and frantic reading on my part. Oh gosh, trust me – if I could tell you more I would, but I dare not share any spoilers. Just know that I cannot WAIT for that sequel!

So do I recommend for my fellow devilish fiends or any other curious kittens looking to come to the dark side? If that synopsis above didn’t convince you well then –

Yes. Why, yes I do.

Another romance that I’ve enjoyed and recommend?!
*shock*
I couldn’t even hold back posting this review – SEIZE THE DAY!

P.S. I Love You, by Cecelia Ahern

ahern ps i love youSeries: Standalone
Genre: Romance
Published: September, 2003
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Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.

They were childhood sweethearts – no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms Holy discovers that Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding her into her new life without him, each signed ‘PS, I Love You’.

With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing – and being braver than ever before.

Life is for living, she realises – but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  3 / 5
Format: Paperback
Started: June 13th, 2016
Finished: June 15th, 2016
Wine Pairing:
 A really light sauvignon blanc. Chick flicks are always white wine, right?

“Nobody’s life is filled with perfect little moments. And if it were, they wouldn’t be perfect little moments. They would just be normal. How would you ever know happiness if you never experience downs?”

I’m fairly certain everyone knows what this is about. If you don’t, read the synopsis or watch the movie (which needs to be watched because Gerard Butler? Yuss please).

Luckily, the book is different from the movie. The movie was fabulous but it was Hollywood. Ahern is not Hollywood, and we all thank her for it. Her writing is exquisite and fine-tuned – her personality shows through just how much details she puts into the environment, how little dialogue there is at points, and how easily she switches between character perspectives while seeming to lead the reader through by the hand. How she wields her dozen or more characters with flawless ease – and such a variety of characters at that! – had to be my favourite aspect to the book.

And the humour of course.

“Holly’s theory about the army,” Sharon explained.
“And what is it?” Denise asked, intrigued.
“Oh, that fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

Buuuut (and of course there’s a but) despite my adoration and respect for Ahern’s writing, I didn’t connect with this book like I thought I would. When I first watched P.S. I Love You in Jr.High I bawled like any 16 year old girl would and was fully prepared for the onslaught again. Over the years though, it seems my emotions have stabilized (or cauterized…?) and being inside Holly’s head actually gave me a bit of a headache. It didn’t take long to realize that the book is nothing like the movie (1. Holly’s actually blonde, and not a brunette like Hilary Swank; 2. Holly lives in Ireland. Always has, always will) but I thought that I would still relate and sympathize with Holly. But that was not to be – in fact it was the exact opposite. Being inside her head when she’s lashing out at her friends and staying in her self-pitying state for months on end is probably the most realistic truth Ahern could have written, which I really appreciated, but it just didn’t hit home (to the still-single and non-widowed twenty-something year old, so take that with a grain of salt and a small apology).

With that being said,

this did nothing to deter from the story. I loved that it was more realistic and a whole lot less Hollywood. I loved all the secondary characters and that we were able to read from their perspective at points. I loved the antics of the girls and how they were given a special spotlight. But most of all I loved Ahern’s writing. It was beautiful and such a joy to read that my detachment was almost irrelevant. Thankfully I now have a book to recommend to chick-lit lovers, *wipes forehead thankfully* and I look forward to reading more of her other works.

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars.”

Have you read P.S. I Love you or any of Ahern’s work?
Or how about that movie? *wink*

First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones

jones first grave on the rightSeries: Charley Davidson # 1
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  January, 2011
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Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.

In the meantime, Charley’s dealing with a being more powerful – and definitely sexier – than any spectre she’s ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  3.5 / 5
Format:  Library Ebook Rental
Started:  May 21st, 2016
Finished:  May 22nd, 2016
Wine Pairing:
  Any kind of CabSauv, or red wine.. Actually, all wine, really. I don’t think Charley would discriminate unless she was in coffee withdrawls (which is.. always..)

“Why don’t you go keep Taft company?” Uncle Bob suggested from behind his binoculars.
“Can’t.”
He lowered them. “Why not?”
“Don’t like him.”
“Perfect. I don’t think he likes you either.”

Charley Davidson (yes, that’s her real name) is as snarky and self-assured as you’d imagine someone would be with a name like that. She’s also the grim reaper – with combat boots and sarcasm as her weapons instead of a scythe and flowing black cape. Her duty is to help the dearly departed cross over to the other side and her job as a Private Investigator gets her past the yellow police tape. As she juggles a big case with three dead lawyers, a domestic dispute escape, and her own investigation into the mysterious hunk who frequents her dreams who isn’t as imaginary as she originally thought, Charley and her secretary / best friend, Cookie, work together to keep Charley in one piece and solve the mysteries she keeps stumbling into.

If there was only one thing I could say about this book, it would be: “Perfect sarcasm.” Humour is a hard cake to cut for everyone, but this book really did it for me. Jones’ wit and dry humour were perfect and I giggled throughout the entire book. Snark and sarcasm were woven into the narration of the novel – not just with the dialogue – making it an immersive bundle of fun!

Oh, and a steamy hunt for mystery dream dude.
That starts in the shower. *ahem*

Not only were all of Charley’s investigations interesting and well laid out, but they tied in together so creatively with her own search and her personality (and Uncle Bob) that it was such a blast to read! I have a feeling I’m really going to like this series.

Thanks Annika for the recommendation!
P.S. I can totally see you as Cookie.

Shopping for a Billionaire, by Julia Kent

kent shopping for a billionaireSeries: Shopping for a Billionaire # 1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June, 2014
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When mystery shopper Shannon Jacoby meets billionaire Declan McCormick with her hand down a toilet in the men’s room of one of his stores, it’s love at first flush in this hilarious new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  2.5 / 5
Format:  Kindle Ebook
Started:  May 16th, 2016
Finished:  May 16th, 2016
Wine Pairing:
  Chardonnay – sharp, bitter, and gross.

A loooong time ago, I read a book that seemed similar to this. A romantic comedy, the main chick shops for a living and ends up doing shopping for a super rich dude, and it’s funny and cute and they fall in love.

This was nothing like the awesome book I read back then.

The story is straight forward. Shannon meets Declan in the mens washroom at one of his stores and tries to pass it off as her own curiosity (Rule # 1 as a Mystery Shopper: Tell no one you’re a mystery shopper) or mistake, or something equally silly. Then at her next board meeting to land one of the biggest clients her firm has ever seen, it turns out to be Declan’s family business (of course). He swindles her into a business dinner to close the deal and then –

That’s it. Well, pretty close. It pretty much ends after dinner.

I was the one feeling stood up.

Though I can see that Kent is probably a great writer, I couldn’t get past her humour in this one. It was crude, cutting, and kind of a cheap humour – making fun of other people at their expense. We’re all guilty of teasing people a little too harshly and making others laugh at them (instead of with them), but Kent’s style was sharp and just plain rude. It was overly sarcastic and dry and seemed to be trying too hard to be funny in every paragraph – it was just too much.

Not going to be continuing with the series to see if the humour was just Shannon’s character or Kent’s writing. Maybe the humour would work for you, but it was the deal breaker for me.

Love or Justice, by Rachel Mannino

mannino love or justiceSeries: Protect and Serve, # 1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February, 2015
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Laurie Shelton is the only person alive who can identify Hawaii’s most notorious mob boss…

After stumbling into a deadly kidnapping, Laurie’s life is in grave danger, and it falls to US Marshal Dante Stark to keep her safe until she testifies against Kaimi Quamboa—assuming he can be captured.

Dante knows he’ll lose his job if he becomes romantically involved with a witness…

But when he has to comfort her through constant nightmares, he finds it nearly impossible to fight his attraction to the beautiful, strong young woman he is sworn to protect. Laurie feels it too, but aware she’s in a high-stress situation and that when the danger is past she’ll never see Dante again, she tries to ignore his easygoing smile and the security he offers.

Laurie and Dante are forced to flee again…

When Kaimi’s men descend on their hideaway, they escape to a second safe house, only to be tracked down there as well. Dante now knows there’s a mole inside the US Marshal Service, and the only thing left to do is disappear.
Kaimi will never stop looking for Laurie, and if he’s caught, showing up to testify could be the last thing she ever does.

With each choice as dangerous as the next, Dante and Laurie must confront the boundaries of what they’re willing to sacrifice, and which is more important…


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  2 / 5
Format:  Kindle Unlimited Ebook
Started:  May 13th, 2016
Finished:  May 14th, 2016
Drink Pairing:
  Shock Top

Prepare for a critical, pessimistic, and unpopular stance on what is probably a very heart-warming romance.

The story starts out with a bang – Laurie, a cleaner for a local resort in Hawaii, finds herself at gunpoint after entering the penthouse suite for a routine checkout-cleaning. Bargaining for her life, she is allowed to flee the room but leaves a woman and child with the gunmen, already beaten and begging for help. Turning to the police after being explicitly told not to, she is put into witness protection until she is interviewed and approved for a long-term placement.

Interesting.

Dante, the best Witness Security agent in Hawaii, is the first pick for the high profile case – protecting the only witness in Hawaii history that has seen mob-boss Kaimi. The case could make or break his career but the forbidden attraction he feels towards his blonde witness wages war between his loyalties and his desires.

But then it goes downhill from here..

As the romance between Laurie and Dante bloom I couldn’t help but feel indifferent. This romance that stars the top Marshals Services agent and the star witness to the biggest case in Hawaii in decades. What should be steamy and suspenseful was predictable and flat. I didn’t care about the characters. I thought Dante to be more of a puff than protective and strong, and Laurie to be whiny and obnoxious in her ridiculous antics in the face of danger. I found myself skimming over the large paragraphs and flipping through pages until I came to more dialogue because the story read as more of a play-by-play than something that made the reader think and imagine. If the story doesn’t make you think or question what’s going on, then my mind automatically assumes the long verbose paragraphs can be skipped. Unfortunately, most of the time they can be.

Not to mention that Laurie almost never thinks of the woman and child she left behind (even if that isn’t what the author was intending). I would be distraught if going to the police lead to their death – especially if that is exactly what the gunman said not to do. The only time she brings it up is to throw it in Dante’s face when he says something stupid about her being too calm, but whenever we’re in her head everything is, “Dante Dante, Dante, Dante, Dante..” like a broken record. Puh-lease.

Spoiler infused rant:

I know I’m not the intended audience for this type of story so I do feel guilty being critical, but I couldn’t help think it was written solely for fans of Criminal Minds or NCIS that want a little bit of romance in their lives. There was no mystery, no suspense, no build up and – I’m sorry – but the ending was just the nail in the coffin that made me dislike this story. It’s not horrible, just boring, drab, and a little too over dramatic and over-the-top (in a not-good dramatic way). At 60% my notes read, “It’s okay, but I don’t really want to finish it. I can’t remember the character’s names as soon as I turn off my phone.” This in itself would have been enough for me to put the book down if I didn’t force myself to finish it. Alas, my review would have probably been more favorable if I had reviewed it at 60% and simply claimed disinterest, but the ending – GAH! I’m sorry, but I hate romances that end with pregnancies. I know there’s a big audience for the whole baby-thing, but I have absolutely no desire to read about a knocked-up romance. I’d rather read more bad bear-shifter romances than listen to the dude spew about how lovely his wife looks with her big belly. And how she doesn’t realize she’s pregnant until after Dante leaves to be the hero and get rid of the bad guy was too Hollywood. Why do books try too hard to be Hollywood?!

I reckon give me ten years and I may feel different, but right now – no thanks.

There were just enough points to irritate me down to a two stars. Laurie’s perceived indifference to the woman and child she runs from, the overly-fluffy love between Laurie and Dante, and the ending, was flat and irritating and I was incredibly relieved to return Love and Justice to Kindle Unlimited.

Every Breath You Take, by Blair Babylon

babylon every breath you takeSeries:  Billionaires in Disguise # 1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February, 2015
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What happens when a Rock Star in Disguise meets a Billionaire in hiding?
Georgie doesn’t know who she is dating.

At a high society wedding, Georgie Johnson is introduced to Alexandre de Valentinois, a hereditary duke of nothing who flies around the world on his private planes and describes himself as “one of those despicable, idle rich men.” Yet, when pressed, he sings at the wedding in a gorgeous, clear tenor that tugs at Georgie’s soul, and miraculously, he calms her paralyzing stage fright so she can accompany him on the piano, even though she thought she had left her classical music career behind when she went into hiding.

But Alexandre has a dark side. His name is Xan Valentine, and he’s the rock star front man for Killer Valentine. He’s famous, but his paparazzi-dogged lifestyle might get Georgie killed.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  4 / 5
Format:  Format
Started:  April 18th, 2016 (10pm)
Finished:  April 19th, 2016 (1am)
Hours to Read:  3 hours
Drink Pairing:
  A light peach or raspberry cider is what this book would taste like.

Despite his total lack of belief in such egregious superstition, Alexandre had found a muse.

minor freak out over how AWESOME this is

Holy popsicle sticks I really enjoyed this book. The chemistry between Alexandre and Georgie is so beautiful and the no-relationship relationship that formed through their mutual marriage to their music was beautiful. They both have their own lives and their own darkness and mutually agree that relationships are irrational but that wedding sex is completely game. Their fling turns into two, but as Georgie’s past rushes to find her she has to decide how much she wants to run away from.

But really, watching the two of them come to care for each other was the biggest squeal-fest! And all their cute it’s-definitely-not-a-date dates were so them and absolutely adorable! Even if it’s all incredibly cheesy, I don’t care. Still loved it. 🙂

I love reading about musicians.: the people who are so in-tune with their inner composition that the outside world is nothing more than white noise, the dedicated fingers flitting across keys and strings at obtuse hours, the strong and outspoken who fight to be heard. I love reading about classical music and people who play it, and I love listening to it while reading and I only wish I could play it. Reading from Alex’s perspective was perfection. He is a musical prodigy – truly – that can see music. The way Babylon describes the music was intoxicating and I couldn’t get enough.

Sapphire and ocean green streaked with sunset swirled around Alexandre, and he felt the music wave through every cell in his body. Yes, he had written it and it was a part of him as much as a child would be, but when he performed it, he lived it again, and his heart pulsed and shattered with each lyric line. The chord change at the end brought in deep maroons and golds.

And Georgie’s back story was so cool! There is definitely more to it than what we’re told in Every Breath You Take and I cannot wait to see how it all wraps up in the next few episodes.

I am so pleased I found this on my Kindle. I have no idea when or why I bought it (I’m suspecting a free romance promo weekend) but I’m so glad I have it. I really enjoyed Babylon’s writing style and how she develops each of the characters individually while still leaving plenty of room to grow. I will be finishing this series and will probably swoon over it for quite a while. I highly recommend you give this a read because it’s fabulous.

Agent Bride, by Beverly Long

long agent brideSeries: Return to Ravesville # 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published:  November, 2015
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Finding an amnesiac bride stranded in a blizzard wasn’t how a navy SEAL pictured his homecoming… 

Navy SEAL Cal Hollister is stunned when the white flag he sees flapping in a snowstorm turns out to be a veil attached to a beautiful woman. Unconscious and dressed only in a bridal gown, Cal calls her Stormy and carries her to safety. But it isn’t long before trouble finds the mysterious bride, and trying to discover her identity puts a target on her back. Using every resource at his disposal, Cal uncovers a sinister plot involving terrorists, a forced marriage—and that who Stormy really is might get them both killed.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  2.5 / 5
Format:  Paperback
Started:  May 13th, 2016
Finished:  May 13th, 2016
Drink Pairing:
 Smirnoff whipped cream vodka with water and ice. ♥

“I knew Mary Smith was bogus,” he said.
Her dark eyes got big. “That’s it? That’s it?” she repeated, her voice rising. “I tell you that I don’t know who I am and all you can say is ‘I knew Mary Smith was bogus.’ Of course it was bogus. I. Don’t. Know. My. Name.”
“And you’re pretty freaked about it,” he said.
Now she gave him a look that would have made most people run for the door.* It made him want to smile but he resisted. If he didn’t watch out, she’d land another punch.

Agent Bride is a quick and short read for someone interested in a cute romance and a little bit of a thrill. It follows a retired Navy Seal who finds a beautiful woman in a wedding gown on the side of a highway – in the middle of a snowstorm. Dubbed Stormy, she eventually tells Cal that she has no idea who she is, but she knows that Saturday is the deadline. The deadline for what, and Stormy’s identity, is what they work to figure out before time runs out.

As I’m not the intended audience for this kind of Harlequin romance, I really don’t see the appeal of this sort of stuff. Sure the story line is good and the mystery was laid out well, but I found the book in general to be rather flat and predictable. The characters had great chemistry and fit well, and Long handled the amnesia (which, on the back cover, I originally read as “anorexic”) very well and the memories surging back was written very well. There were several points in the book where sentences would become extremely short and the page would read choppy, and sometimes there was the overuse of “but” or “too” and it sounded too repetitive, but really there was nothing that jumped out of the page. There was nothing about the romance that had me swooning, nothing about the mysterious Mercedes Men looking for Stormy that had me sitting on the edge of my seat biting my lip, and nothing about the ending that made me feel.. anything.

It was, overall, an okay read. I guess I’m I can consider myself not a fan of “intriguing” romances.

* I always run across that line: “the look that made most people run for cover.” I can’t say I’ve ever felt the need to run from a look, have you? At least does anyone else agree that this line is incredibly irritating and unimaginative?

The Highland Dragon’s Lady, by Isabel Cooper

the highland dragon's ladySeries:  Highland Dragons # 2
Genre:  Supernatural Romance
Published:  January, 2009
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Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn’t count on that friend being so handsome… and she certainly didn’t expect him to be a dragon.

Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he’s never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly… or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit – and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  3 / 5
Format:  Paperback
Started:  April 15th, 2016
Finished:  April 15th, 2016
Drink Pairing:
  Fireball whiskey for the Dragon, good sir!

Colin is an old dragon shifter from Scotland. Yup, he turns into a sparkly, prickly blue dragon. Regina, aka. Reggie, has a psychic ability where she can see people’s thoughts and secrets when she touches them skin to skin. This means Colin’s dragon is revealed the first time they meet (and it’s not the “dragon” Reggie was expecting). Kind of a let, down, if I’m being honest. No build up, no suspense, just BAM! dragon.

It’s interesting to read a supernatural romance with a paranormal mystery plot. It’s a little ball of cheesy-corny goodness if you’re in the mood for a dragon shifter romance, but for me it was a big fat meh. The ghost in the house didn’t really grab my attention and the chemistry between Colin and Reggie didn’t spark any flames for me. The ending was both over the top and anticlimactic at the same time (maybe I was just getting bored? bitter?), but thankfully Cooper’s writing was decent. There was more dragon-shifting than I cared for, and I’m a little disappointed Reggie’s brother, Edmund, didn’t play a bigger part in the plot. But whatever.

“There’s another possibility,” said Edmund, walking up to them.  He gestured over the wall to a smaller and much humbler plot.
Mr. Talbot-Jones’s eyes widened.  “Unconsecrated ground?”
“It might explain why she’s a ghost,” said Colin.  Before he thought of either reverence or concealment, he vaulted easily over the wall, a possible stunt for a mortal young man, but one that made Edmund whistle and Mr. Talbot-Jones cough.
Devil take it: they could think what they liked.

Colin’s a bad-ass in a professor’s body, apparently. There were several moments like this where Cooper tried to showcase Colin’s dragon strength, but it just comes off as him showing off. It really did nothing to make you like him more.

Anyways, it’s an all-together cute Dragon Shifter romance with a ghost mystery. It’s set back in 1895, so their gear for fighting ghosts (or detecting dragons) is lacking, meaning most of the sleuthing is left to the guests who have been invited for the couple of weeks it will take to find and vanquish the ghost haunting Reggie’s parents house. With the rest of the guests, all invited for either their sketicism, paranormal expertise, or medical background, Reggie and Colin need to help rid the family of their unwelcome guest or risk everyone’s lives (dun dun dunnnnn! ?).

Supernatural Romance that “left us speechless”

It’s not a lie. We have no idea what to say for these books.

Most of them are ebook only published which should have been our first clue. There are not enough words to describe or explain, so we simply decided to cut our loses. Below is a bunch of mini-reviews to the books we couldn’t fully review (or didn’t want to). Give them a shot – if you dare.

All of these come with a warning that they will almost definitely have strong sexual scenes, bondage/weird smut, and absolutely no plot.


Katelynn’s Trashed Reviews:

banks golden eyesGolden Eyes, by Maya Banks

Series: Amber Eyes # 1
Genre:
  “Supernatural Romance” – aka. Eroticakitty kitty Published:  March, 2008
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The GIF says it all.

When Sheriff Duncan Kennedy finds an injured cheetah in his mountains, he brings it home, determined to find out how she got there and stop the poachers who were hunting her. When he later checks on the cheetah and instead finds a gorgeous, naked woman with an arrow in her leg, he’s completely flabbergasted.
For six months, Aliyah Carver has been trapped in cheetah form. Taken by poachers who import exotic animals to illegally hunt, she stayed in animal form to avoid detection. She escaped the hunters, but now she faces another problem — a devastatingly sexy sheriff who now knows her secret.

Katelynn’s Rating: 2 / 5
Read on April 18th, 2016

A mountain ranger in Colorado saves a cheetah from poachers only to get it back to his house and find a naked woman where the cheetah used to be in his mud room. Furious at finding out there are illegal poachers bringing in exotic animals for the hunt, he sets off to arrest the bandits and keep Aliyah safe in his arms.

I think I clawed through this book in two hours (can you even call it a book if it’s that short?) and well.. I suppose there’s a romance? I mostly found it was about a rugged sheriff that gets seduced by the sex-crazed cheetah-shifter and it’s so mind-blowingly amazing they fall in love with each other and live happily ever after. Ta-da. I don’t know what else to say and it’s not as though there was an abundance of lines just waiting to be quoted on here.

There isn’t really much to review. The plot is so small it’s almost not even existent.

 

thorne forbiddenForbidden, by Elle Thorne

Series: Never After Dark # 1
Genre: Supernatural Romance
Published: July, 2015
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A SPIN OFF SERIES OF SHIFTERS FOREVER!
This one takes place in Europe, the original home of the Tiero shifters. We start our journey in the Eternal City—Rome. Vax’s half-brother Rafe has it bad for Callie. He thinks that’s the kind of woman he needs.

If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book. If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one. We believe in sex–hot, dirty, delicious sex. Yup, make it sweaty, too. It’s not just sex, it’s about the romance. But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! 😉

Katelynn’s Rating: 2 / 5
Read on May 8th, 2016

I swear I bought this because the cover was pretty. I swear! Because if I bought this for any other reason, I’d be incredibly disappointed. It’s only 100 kindle pages, it took less than an hour to read, and I’ve already forgotten what it was about. Seriously – there’s hardly anything interesting in this book. Jax is the main girl, and Rafe meets her at the cafe she works at when he goes off to pout because he’s jealous of his brother. Jax and Rafe use the other as pretend girlfriend/boyfriend to get their families off their backs, but “…it was never just a weekend thing.”

You’d probably have to read the entire series for it to really have any impact, but there wasn’t anything special enough to go further – or to the previous series, for that matter. Another shifter insta-love mating romance with a big, burly pussy cat and some tail.

 

logan abductedAbducted, by Cassandra Logan

Series: The Twin Moons of Andove # 1
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Published: April, 2015
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Anika’s life has finally fallen into place. She has a career she loves, an apartment that, while small, meets her needs, and a best friend that is helping her find someone to spend the rest of her life with, or at the very least someone to have a good time with.
Zeke is only on Earth long enough to make repairs to some salvaged equipment and relax with the local natives. Just a few, short weeks and then he, and his shipmates are on their way back to their home world. Then he catches Anika’s scent and his wolf is gone.
Unable, and unwilling, to fight the instant attraction Zeke soon finds himself head over heels, but will the secret he’s keeping cause him to lose his mate? Meanwhile, Anika has a secret of her own that could end up having a huge impact on the couple’s future.

Katelynn’s Rating: 2 / 5
Read on May 8th, 2016

Abducted found it’s way into my Kindle when I saw that it was free. I can’t resist free ebooks, and this Bad Romance May seemed like the perfect time to read this one. It was a longer read and only took several hours. Anika and Zeke fall instantly in love with each other (because they’re mates of course), and it’s mostly about how they can’t keep their hands off each other. The ending ends on a bit of a cliffhanger which was a bit disappointing, and even though I kind of want to know what happens next I don’t really want to read anymore.

As far as Sci-Fi romances go, I’d say this is pretty tame. Such a relief!

A note that this is the first in the series and it does end on a cliffhanger. If you like your romance novels to stand on their own, keep scrolling.

 

sims taken by the t-rexTaken by the T-Rex, by Christie Sims

Series: Standalone (thank goodness)
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published: September, 2013
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Drin is her tribe’s chief huntress; she lives for the thrill of the hunt. Men and sex hold no allure for her, as Drin has never found a partner to satisfy her. When a T-Rex descends upon her village, destroying it, Drin demands that the tribe’s hunters go in search of the beast and slaughter it. Opting for safety instead of revenge, the tribe moves to a new location, hoping that the big beast won’t follow them.
It does.
Drin taunts the beast, giving her tribes mates time to flee. As she runs, leading it through a gauntlet of traps, the thrill of the hunt soars through her blood, leaving her wet with desire. When the angry T-Rex corners the huntress in a box canyon, it seems more interested in her wet womanhood than in her flesh.

Katelynn’s Rating: 0 / 5
Read on May 8th, 2016

Yup, this is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. Creativity points for using caveman speak (“the big light” instead of sun, and the gruff accent of cavemen that lacks any and all grammar). It’s a 15 minute read and on Kindle Unlimited, if you’re curious you should really just go read it.

Misery loves company, so if this is your thing she has more.  O ∩ O

 

chase horn of desireHorn of Desire, by Cecilia Chase

Series: Unicorn # 1
Genre: Fantasy Erotica
Published: September, 2013
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Unicorns are real, and they are not the beasts of legend. They want Serena, and she must confront her desires if she is going to find out why.

Katelynn’s Rating: 0 / 5
Read on May 8th, 2016

I can’t believe I read this. I’m not sure what conclusions that synopsis is supposed to bring about, but this is just really weird smut that leaves you feeling ridiculously violated.

Curiosity isn’t worth this shit, man. Keep moving.

Heart of the Dragon, by Gena Showalter

showalter heart of the dragonSeries: Atlantis # 1
Genre:  Supernatural Romance
Published:  January, 2005
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Grace Carlyle’s world was about to change . . .

Deep in the jungle on the trail of her missing brother, Grace never expected to find a secret world populated by mythological monsters — nor guarded by a sword-wielding being whose beauty put mortal men to shame.

Darius en Kragin belongs to a race of shape-shifting warriors sworn to guard Atlantis and kill all travelers who stray within its boundaries. Yet when Grace stumbles into his realm, he finds himself tempted to betray his centuries-old vow.

Now their forbidden love will either bring their worlds together — or tear them both apart.


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  4 / 5
Format:  Paperback
Started:  May 10th, 2016
Finished:  May 10th, 2016
Wine Pairing:
 A light, crisp white wine.

“As I told you before, you have only to bury your pain deep inside you, somewhere no one can ever hope to reach it – not even yourself.”

Showalter brings us an intriguing romance from the depths of Atlantis, where the creatures of dreams live in tense peace. The dragons protect the portals from Atlantis from surface travellers, ensuring their secret does not breach the surface. Darius is the current Guardian – a dragon who does not shy from the ice and cold of the portal but instead feeds and welcomes the cold. Powerful and emotionless, he is the stone wall Atlantis needs to protect them.

Grace is only looking for her brother. After deciding a little adventure and a trip to see him in the Amazon rainforest deep within Brazil, her bad-lucks ends up leading her through fog and mist and standing at the tip of Darius’ sword. But something keeps Darius from killing her – the bright red of her hair shines through the black and white he has lived in for hundreds of years and senses trickle through his mind that he hasn’t acknowledged in just as long. He struggles to do what he must and what he wants, and as the choices he makes changes everything his world has known for years he can’t help but feel like he’s doing everything right.

I’d like to point out that my not needing to look at the back of the book or flip through it once to remember any of the names or places is a testament to how much Showalter captured my attention, and just how much focus I had reading The Heart of the Dragon. This is the first Showalter novel I’ve read but it won’t be the last – her story telling is captivating and her writing is seemingly effortless! Her attention to character and world building was beautiful and there were several moments my romance-skeptical brain would think, “This is really a romance?!”

For most of the book, we are reading from Darius’ perspective. As he moves through the surface world, we are given insight into the amusing confusion and surprise he encounters with day-to-day life and items.

She stopped at the desk and held up a can for his view. “This looks like an ordinary hairspray can, right?”
“Of course.” he said though he had no idea what hairspray was.

Darius’ strong loyalty to guarding Atlantis, but his increasing love for Grace made for a power struggle within his mind. We constantly cheer for Grace and Darius’ union and the conclusion is so satisfying and action packed and wonderful! There is also an incredibly wonderful moment where the human acknowledges their weakness and agrees to stay put instead of running into the fray to act brave – can I please have a round of applause?! It’s so obnoxious to read the characters who can’t seem to grasp that they just get in the way with their heroics and it’s far more realistic to listen to the big fire breathing Dragon when he says to stay put.

“Realism in a Dragon Shifter romance? Really, Katelynn?” Shhhhhhhhhhh.

It’s easy to see why Showalter is one of the leading supernatural romance writers to date. Even though they’re romance novels, there is a great plot and intriguing foreshadowing (and the snippet for The Vampire’s Bride – # 4 – sounds so good!). The Heart of the Dragon isn’t just a romance – it’s a wonderful, heartfelt fantasy that keeps you wondering, giggling, and begging for more.