Single Malt by Layla Reyne

I’ll admit I chose to read this novel based on the blurb without realizing it was a male-male romance. I haven’t read very many as that’s not my thing, but once I realized, I decided to go ahead anyway, a … Continue reading

Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but the blurb made me curious enough to try. What I found was hard people rising above difficult beginnings who choose to join together and make something good of themselves and … Continue reading

Courting the Cowboy by Carolyne Aarsen

This is a sweet story of recovery from tragedy and finding yourself in the aftermath. A quick read, I was surprised to find it includes some major issues and the consequences of living through them, but they’re well handled. Ella … Continue reading

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

This is an odd book falling somewhere between historical fiction and romance. It is erotic in detail, and the main character, Tully, works out of a brothel for much of her life. At the same time, there’s a kind of … Continue reading

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

I was of half a mind not to review this book as I read it. The characters are interesting, the space they’re in is complicated, and I liked the premise of this new series. So why was I wavering? There’s … Continue reading

Under Pressure by Lori Foster

I rarely read romantic suspense or thrillers anymore, because they’re all about the sex and lust when what I enjoy the most is the connection. Way to make me eat my words. It’s not that there isn’t sensual and explicit … Continue reading

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

I’ve reviewed books that have uncommon narrative styles before, but this is the first time I found myself lost in cultural differences, not just between my culture and theirs but within their culture and the different social strata. No, this … Continue reading

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

I started this book because the blurb intrigued me after a lifetime spent around live theater, but I expected a typical romance with some interesting elements and would have been happy to read it. Instead, I was folded into the … Continue reading

Echelon by Z. A. Waterstone

Mix ignorance with assumption and a little mad scientist, and you come close to the cultural conflicts that form the foundation of this novel. The story begins with a group of fugitive human survivors after an alien race, which visited … Continue reading

Mistletoe in Montana by Belle Calhoune

For those of you missing the holidays already, here is a lovely Christmas novella with a surprising amount of character development. There wasn’t space to really delve into their transformations, but the author did a wonderful job of showing what … Continue reading