Review: Brawn by Laurann Dohner

Book 5 in the New Species series. While each New Species book is a standalone, the greatest enjoyment will come from reading them in series order.
One look at Brawn, and Becca is wondering how he’d look without his clothes. He’s also instantly attracted to her, but has sworn never to touch a human female. They just aren’t sturdy enough for the type of rough sex Brawn enjoys most. When he learns he’ll be living under the same roof with Becca, Brawn simply sees it as a chance to broaden his knowledge of humans. Hopefully he can do so while keeping his hands off her…
His good intentions go astray when they’re both kidnapped and locked together in a cage. Brawn finds himself reliving a nightmare when he’s once again subjected to breeding experiments at the hands of New Species’ enemies—who will use Becca to get what they want. Brawn and Becca will have to depend on each other if they hope to survive.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes – no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

Even though this series is very much like Lora Leigh’s Breeds, I tend to like it. I like that series so it figures would like this one. Sometimes, I like this series better because it is not as dark. This book was a disappointment in terms of character development of the heroine for me and there was a romantic interference which I really don’t like as a plot element. In this case, it leads to a Big Misunderstanding which I also dislike. I let and understand the heroine but the book would have been better if she had more depth, the hero too really. There was a bit more villain in this book. I prefer relationship development and the characters spending time together. If I could have had more from the heroine besides her widowhood and daughterhood (interests? A job?), this would have pushed the book into three star territory. There is a some angst and drama in the book that is very well done The hero was lovely and the secondary characters very good. Well, the father of the hero is very flat and I want to hit him. There is no reason for him to be that much of an ass. I sure he will get his own book. I will keep reading this series though.

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Review: Nothing to Commend Her by Jo Barrett

The Earl of Pensby lost his wife in a fire, one that left him scarred in more ways than one. He’s surly, brooding, and according to half the ton, a monster. Except to Agatha Trumwell, she sees so much more than his scars. But with a pitiful dowry, unfavorable looks, and a tendency to speak her mind, she has nothing to commend her, or so she believes.
Can these two lonely souls find love amid the gossiping beau monde while someone plots to tear their fragile world apart?

I was so looking forward to this book. I love beauty and the beast, married couples, bluestockings. I was thrilled. Those aspects of the book were very good. She is a scientist. Very cool. Here was I disliked. Even through the heroine was forthright, there were dumb misunderstandings of intention. The mystery was very very easy to solve. This is not a big deal because I didn’t buy the book for the mystery anyway but it was so easy and took up too much space that could have been used for more time between the couple. The secondary romance while good was rushed. I would have liked a fuller bloom here. And most of all the hero was twit about his burns. This doesn’t mean I don’t think your self esteemed would be fragile I do but … even after hot kisses… anyway.What I hated, which is why I am bothering to write this review, is that the villain was a scorned, crazed best female friend of the hero’s dead wife. She was a lesbian, full of unrequited love, rage, and crazy. I really hate the deranged homosexual villain. Enough. Its a vile stereotype. It ruined the book for me. It might not for you.

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Review: Taming the Shrew by Cari Hislop

The wealthy Miss Juliana Browne has a number of problems; she’s twenty-five, her hair is red, she’s on the shelf, life is hateful and her only known admirer is Hervey De Vere, a freckled orange haired fortune hunter who looks eighteen. After three years of continuous snubs, he’s still chasing her with endless offers of gallantry and proposals of marriage. When Juliana’s mother suggests she solve her problems by marrying the said Hervey, Juliana is revolted until her mother reveals that Hervey has a reputation as a charming, attentive and discreet lover. Assured that her married friends will turn green with envy Juliana impulsively weds the man. She quickly discovers her boyish looking husband is more than man enough to tame her contrary heart.

I want to give this short romance more stars. I think with an little editing and a honest first reader this writer has great promise. She has a good plot, nice dialogue, and can manage multiple characters. However, the octave of the tone of this short is too high. It is farce like which could be okay but I really like the h and H and could like the rest of the brothers but they are not aware of the farce and it really is not needed. All the screaming was very annoying as was the over use of the word Satanic. It ruined would have been a good book. A few more chapters for the h and H really having to live with each other and more after the bed scene and the book could have been very very good. We need more motive for the H love. We get a little bit of that. Anyway, I am always sad when something could have been good. I will try the author’s later book to see if she has been learning.

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Review: The Viscount’s Addiction by Scottie Barrett

Murderer, convict, opium-eater…Jessie Braddock’s husband has come home.

Jessie’s stepfather, wanting to exploit the estate, had brutalized her into marrying his nephew by proxy. She soon realizes Ryder Braddock, the wickedly handsome Viscount Blackwood, is far from the criminal she’d imagined, but his prison years have left him with a hardened edge and a ravenous appetite for sexual pleasures. Now the only thing in danger is her heart.

The basic story was good and the erotic hot. However, it was a miss with me because it was something was missing in terms of backstory or motive or something between the h and the H. Many people would really like this book.

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.I didn’t read this book for a long time because of its length. Finally, I listened to the audio version which was simply wonderful. This is a grand love story, an amazing look at history, and book that transcends genre. This is a classic for a reason. Come on and fall in love with this book. If you like, (some spoilers below)Above 30 Heroines, Alpha Males, Big and Tall Heros, Children, Close families, Curly Hair Heroines, Ginger Men, Nurses, Heroine Saves Hero Historical fiction, Historical Romance, Intellectual heros, Kick ass Heroines, Male Rape, Marriage of Connivence, Married Couples, Non Virgin Heroines, Nursing back to health, Older Heroines Younger Heros, Same Couples, Scarred, Scots, Series, Sweet heros, Time travel romance, Tortured hero, Virgin heros, Warriors.

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Review: Savage Spirit by Meg Cameron

I read this book when I was a young adult. The characters were charming and real. The conflicts genuine. It is and excellent historical romance that really contends with the various cultures explored here. The epilogue is grand and gives lovely insight into the future that spreads before the couple. A hidden gem in this novel is the secondary romance based on a real historical Native American reader. It is a sweet romance without the sensuality of today’s young adult books but the love is epic and the history lessons engrossing.

5 Stars (5 / 5)


Review: Charlie’s Bargain by Evangeline Anderson

The species work was good as well as the emotions. However, more plot would have been nice and follow up at the HEA. Spolier!!!!!!!My main issue with the book is the fact that there were rapes in the books. A barmaid who also sold sex (not the heroine) was raped twice. She was gang raped the second time. There was no pleasure but the rape was described erotically. And it was not. Also, even after the heroine witnessed the rapes of this woman and the woman was telling the truth about something she was doing, the heroine called her a whore. This was out of character and not to mention awful. The makings of a book book and a good writer are in here. I am risking another book hoping the writer improves.

1 Stars (1 / 5)

Review: Claimed (Brides of the Kindred, #1)

3 Stars (3 / 5)

I liked the hero of this book a great deal and loved that it had pets. Of course, aliens would have pets. And I like the bio/animal tech very much. I will read the rest of the series most likely but not on auto buy. Spoilers:


I didn’t like how thin the plot is or that we got to explore the world and the people less. I also know exactly who will be paired up in the next books. I think that have designed to appeal (A were like alien, a vamp like, alien, twin men) rather than what the world demands. But the idea of genetic traders is compelling. And the villains being a trade gone wrong interesting. I just don’t think the heroes need to be brothers with different mothers. I do like that we have a size 18 heroine coming.


Review: Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

This couple was long awaited and worth the wait. If love this series, you will be very pleased with the book. Hawke is a wonderful leader and alpha hero and Sienna holds her own and comes into her own in this book. There is a lot of tenderness and sense of looking in on the very private emotional interaction of a couple that make this book so special. Because, it is a book later in the series, the dedicated readers get the joy of seeing all our favorite characters. I wouldn’t rate this book as high if it was a stand alone but even if you have not read the series is is very good and would make your want to become a fan of the series.

5 Stars (5 / 5)