Reviews

Dark Horse (Class 5, #1) by Michelle Diener Review

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Dark Horse - Michelle Diener

Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she’s made a powerful ally–a fellow prisoner with whom she’s formed a strong bond. Sazo’s an artificial intelligence. He’s saved her from captivity and torture, but he’s also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn’t know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he’s not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5’s owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn’t the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he’s going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.

 

 

Review

 

Everyone seemed to really love this book and I have to agree it is great.

The writing is very fluid and soothing which is a lovely balance is a story that has a lovely line of tension in it both romantically and in the plot.

I adore Rose. She is so very reasonable, loyal, and clever.

The hero is less interesting but I find the slow burn of the romance nicely done even if there is a bit of love at first sight.

The world building is a joy. The secondary characters are very nicely drawn.

The other main character of the book is what makes this book so very very good. As well, as the basic questions of science fiction such as first contact and basic “human” rights that are explored.

Very good. On to the next book in the series.

Never Sweeter (Dark Obsession #2) by Charlotte Stein

Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel - Charlotte Stein

(3.5 / 5)

Letty Carmichael can’t believe her eyes when she catches a glimpse of her high school tormenter, wrestling champ Tate Sullivan, on campus. College was supposed to be her escape from Tate’s constant ridicule. Now he’s in her classes again, just waiting for his chance to make her life hell. But when Letty and Tate are partnered up for an assignment—on sex in cinema, of all things—she starts to see a kinder, gentler side of him. And when she realizes Tate knows more about sex than she could ever guess at, he soon starts making her blush in a whole new way.

Tate Sullivan is haunted by regret over his cruelty toward Letty. So when she agrees to work with him, he seizes his chance to make amends. He can’t blame her for not believing he’s for real, but soon Tate starts to break down her wall. She wants to know about passion, desire, lust—topics he is well versed in. And in return she offers the one thing he always wanted: the chance to be more than just a jock.

Letty is shocked by how sensitive Tate can be. Still, desiring him feels ludicrous. Loving him is impossible. Craving him is beyond all reason. So why can’t she stop?

Review
Once I could let go of the fact that he used to be her bully and accept the storyline that he had really changed this was a sweet hot romance. The hero and the heroine are both wonderful and funny. There is cool movie fun. Young love is in the air, Tate is very sweet.  Stein has her big well hung man fetish in full swing.  Each lead is nuanced and oh so human worthy of love. Then, just like the last book in the series, it jumps the shark for me with too much outside drama.  But it settles back down again is a lovely, tender, spicy romance that is worth your time.

The Assassin’s Salvation (Mandrake Company, #3) by Ruby Lionsdrake Review

 

The Assassin's Salvation (3 / 5)

When Jamie Flipkens signed on as a pilot and engineer for a small medical research company, she never expected to end up on a mercenary ship full of hulking soldiers who want to make her their latest conquest. The captain has been good to her—it doesn’t hurt that he’s her boss’s new beau—but she’s on the verge of quitting when a strange man shows up at her shuttle door.

Sergei Zharkov claims to be an old friend of the captain’s. He neglects to mention that he’s also an assassin, a dangerous man who even the hardened mercenaries avoid. Jamie should avoid him, too, but she’s drawn to the charm that sometimes escapes from beneath his grim facade. She finds herself wanting to give him a reason to smile—and maybe a little more than that.

The problem? There’s a fresh bounty on the captain’s head, and it’s possible Sergei is there to collect it.

Review

This is a sweet Science Fiction Romance with a lovely smart heroine and a tortured hero. I love how brave and yet unsure Jamie is at the same time. The romance between her and Sergei the assassin is tender and awkward. The rest of the crew are fun and the adventure is a good one. A pleasurable read. I am really enjoying this series.

 

Alien Warrior’s Wife (Brion Brides #2) by Vi Voxley Review

Alien Warrior's Wife: Sci-fi Alien Military Romance (Brion Brides Book 2) - Vi Voxley (3 / 5)

Urenya has been conditioned to be the best version of herself. As a healer, she is held in high regard. As the closest friend of one of the most fearsome generals in the Brion armies, she has a delicate role to play. Not only must she be wise and with hands that can heal any harm, but she must also act as a moral compass when the bloodlust of great men around her drive them wild.
But where does that leave her desires? And what if she needs her own damn warrior to fight and bleed for her, instead of standing up for herself on her own all the time?

Narath knows one thing – any problem can be solved with a spear. And not just a spear, but a spear in his very capable hands. Battle has always been in his blood and he could have never imagined that it would not be enough… Until laying his eyes on the sexy, curvy healer of the Triumphant. After that, he wants nothing more to use a very different spear, but with the same intent – to solve a problem.

Will Narath and Urenya realize what fate has in store for them at the right time, or will war tear them apart before they can ever really taste happiness?

Review 

This is a fun entry into the Science Fiction Romance World. I especially like that along with the matching with women from earth there are romance between the Brions as well.

The hero is just grand. The heroine is wonderful grows through out the book.

This is a very sweet and touching love story with good world building.

The Assassin’s Salvation (Mandrake Company, #3) by Ruby Lionsdrake Review

 

The Assassin's Salvation (Mandrake Company) - Ruby Lionsdrake (3 / 5)

When Jamie Flipkens signed on as a pilot and engineer for a small medical research company, she never expected to end up on a mercenary ship full of hulking soldiers who want to make her their latest conquest. The captain has been good to her—it doesn’t hurt that he’s her boss’s new beau—but she’s on the verge of quitting when a strange man shows up at her shuttle door.

Sergei Zharkov claims to be an old friend of the captain’s. He neglects to mention that he’s also an assassin, a dangerous man who even the hardened mercenaries avoid. Jamie should avoid him, too, but she’s drawn to the charm that sometimes escapes from beneath his grim facade. She finds herself wanting to give him a reason to smile—and maybe a little more than that.

The problem? There’s a fresh bounty on the captain’s head, and it’s possible Sergei is there to collect it.

Review 

This is a sweet Science Fiction Romance with a lovely smart heroine and a tortured hero.

I love how brave and yet unsure Jamie is at the same time. The romance between her and Sergei the assassin is tender and awkward.

The rest of the crew are fun and the adventure is a good one.

A pleasurable read. I am really enjoying this series.

Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole 5 Star Review!

(5 / 5)

Let It Shine - Alyssa Cole

Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don’t court trouble by upending the status quo, but it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofie’s spent half her life being prim, proper, and reserved—as if that could bring her mother back—but the nonviolent protests happening across the South bring out her inner agitator.

Ivan Friedman has devoted his life to boxing, loving the finesse of a well-delivered punch and the penance of receiving one. His family escaped from Europe before the horrors of WWII, and Ivan decides to help fight injustice in their new country, even if it goes against all his instincts as a fighter.

When Ivan and Sofie meet, they realize that their pasts are intertwined and—with the sparks that fly between them—perhaps their futures will be too. With everything in their society lined up against them, will Sofie and Ivan be able to beat the odds? Or will their chance at love be destroyed by the tumultuous times they live in?

Review

This is a perfect gem of a novella. The setting is perfectly set in terms of time and place. Then, Cole moves her characters on to this stage asking who are they and what if?

What follows is a perfectly pitched interracial romance between childhood friends: a proper Black woman and a Jewish boxer in during the lunch counter sit ins and other civil rights actions in Jim Crow 1960’s South.

There are tidbits of lesser known history but most wonderfully the tender and fierce love story of these two characters with a shared past and impossible future made possible by bravery of every kind.

I love the imagination of this romance. What would make a white boy get involved in the movement? What was going on the mind of all those pretty gloved women refusing to get up from the lunch counter?

Why so many Jews in the Civil Rights movement? What were the generational tensions?

And with all this intense terrain, don’t think that love story isn’t just flat out hot in places. Just because a woman irons in pleats to her dress, doesn’t mean she doesn’t notices a sexy mouth and strong forearms.

The heroine goes through a wonderful arc in her character from suppressing herself out of grief to fully become herself.

And the hero just loves her. Sees her. And he is steadfast and wonderful and yet there is a realism to his love that doesn’t make him more than human.

The writing is spot on. I teared up and smiled. The epilogue a treasure of its own.

Can’t wait to read more of Alyssa Cole.

Bride of the Keil Warriors by Yamila Abraham Review

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Bride of the Keil Warriors: SciFi Menage Romance - Yamila Abraham

Amerset leaves her world to give herself to the two rival Keil Warriors who may bring her people salvation

Review

This book had great promise in terms of the basic plot of warriors retaking their world and a heroine who fiercely fought for her people.

However, the romance between the leads was lacking as was the development of the heroes.

In the end, I just didn’t like anyone much and that hurt my enjoyment of the the book.

Sated (Fit Trilogy, #3) by Rebekah Weatherspoon Review

SATED: #3 in the Fit Trilogy - Rebekah Weatherspoon

(4 / 5)

All Keira Kenney wants is her happy ending. Too bad she can never make it through a first date. Is a nice man who’s into fitness and comics, with an extensive knowledge of everything science-fiction too much to ask for? Apparently, since Keira can’t seem to find a partner who can simply tolerate her interests. Perhaps it’s time for her to give up. She has her job at Melrose Fitness, a new season of her favorite space drama added to streaming, and hundreds of thousands of words worth of fan fiction all to keep her mind busy. Her heart will have to wait.

Pyrotechnics expert, Daniel Song isn’t looking for anything. He spends his days doing what he loves, and his nights and weekends participating in the kinky activities his body craves. Single life as a sexual switch suits him perfectly, giving him the freedom to indulge in the types of erotic adventures some people only dream of.

When a good friend asks Daniel if his co-worker, Keira can join him at a local sci-fi convention, neither of them expect any sort of fireworks to spark. After all, Keira’s turned off by kink and Daniel can’t live without with it. So naturally they both agree that an official first date would be a great idea. With this new relationship fresh between them, Daniel shares what he can of himself without scaring Keira off, hiding his shock and growing infatuation as she rises to every sexual occasion with her silly, geek-girl personality. It’s only a matter of time before they both have to face the truth; what he wants is the furthest thing from what she needs. But in the meantime, pushing each other’s sexual limits seems like a good plan. It’s like not either of them is looking for love.

 

Review

This romance is my favorite of the series. I love Kiera and I love Daniel. They are human and fall in love with each other in lovely real ways. They also mess up in lovely real ways.

I am not always a fan of BDSM but this book is great for me because who the characters are blend into their play. Very sexy and very loving.

I think we get the great, if fast, development of their relationship. I wish, again with this series, to see how they ended up negotiating their lives fully blended.

This was a sweet hot read about acceptance and being loved.

Review: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so “former”) and current used bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.


I am writing my review on my second read of this book. I have now read the entire series and as a part of whole I like it even better than I did the first time. This is a lighter more madcap Kristen Ashley book and it is good fun.All the side characters are great and most will get their own romances which makes the reread so delicious. Lee, our hero, is grand. He loves Indy just the way she is and this is the hottest thing about him and there is a lot of other hot stuff as well. Indy is a hoot. She has trouble accepting that she is finally having her crush come true after years of rejection. And who can blame her. There is lots of crazy action including car chases but you need never fear things won’t come out alright. The love story here is really very sweet with enough spice to make it sizzle just right.

(4 / 5)

Review: Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain, #2) by Kevin Hearne

She’s ready for the ride of her life . . .

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won’t fit in at Bubba’s. Yet there’s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.


Ruthie Knox’s review of this book is perfect. I just gave it a four star because of the length and editing issue. I will reread sections of this book for certain but to be a five-star it needs to be a book I would reread again and again.

(4.5 / 5)