Review: Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

I was saving up reading the Kate Daniels series until after the last book released – and once it did I ended up bingeing the entirety of the ten books (and two of the spin offs) in a span of three months. While I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed this series, because of the speed in which I read them (and my lack of Goodreads notes, which is where I normally make comments on current reads), I honestly can’t discuss in detail more than the broadest aspects of the story. In light of my going to see the authors in person soon, I felt that I should at least try to write down some of my feelings!

Kate is a strong but likeable character that has many flaws that are not often seen. Despite questioning herself and making mistakes, she rises above adversity surmounting increasingly impossible odds against enemies great and small. Her romance with Curran is one of my favorite points in the books, as is seeing her grow as a person while remaining in a strong relationship. I feel that a lot of heroines in slightly paranormal romances tend to lose a bit of themselves in relationships, but I didn’t feel this was the case with Kate.

One of my favorite aspects of the series was how fleshed out side characters were. I felt almost if not as invested in their stories as I did in the main characters’, which is what made the spin-off novels so wonderful.

A series that I would definitely recommend to any paranormal romance lovers out there. I can’t wait to read the authors’ other works – and see them in person at my local Barnes and Noble! (For anyone wondering at the plural – Ilona Andrews is a wife/husband writing duo).

What are some of your favorite paranormal romances? I’m always looking for recommendations!

Click Here to go to the Goodreads page for Kate Daniels #1

Overall Series Rating: 4/5

Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

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Published: December 5, 2017

Rating: 3/5


Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

This book felt kind of ridiculous at times, which is just what I needed after finishing two very intense reads. However, some of the ridiculous drama which was a little *too* conveniently swept aside and detracted from the romance and story that was developing between Calvin and Holland. While I really enjoyed a lot of the build up in the beginning, the last third of the book felt rushed with random issues popping up as plot points.

One of the main redeeming factors in the book is Calvin himself, who is portrayed as being compassionate and caring. This description is thrown into contrast with his callousness towards Holland later on, as he seems unable to understand why she gets upset about important issues.

The story also ended quite abruptly, with a lot of questions remaining. I mean this literally, as in the last paragraph is almost completely rhetorical questions, with no real hope for a conclusion as this is currently a stand alone.

Overall an okay book for what it was. I thought it started off decently strong but towards the end the endless issues and misunderstandings started to drag a little bit. If there ever does end up being a sequel, I probably won’t pick it up. If you’re looking for a quick, mindless read with copious amounts of drama, this book is for you.

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Angel’s Flight

Angel’s Flight by Nalini Singh9738582

Series Guild Hunter (Short Story Collection)

Published 2012 (full collection)

Rating 4/5


I really enjoyed this collection because it fills in a few of the relationship gaps left in the first three books of the Guild Hunter series. In this mini anthology, there are stories about Ashwini and Janvier, Sara and Deacon, Noel and Nimra, and Jessamy and Galen. All of these characters made brief appearances or were at least mentioned in the three books preceding this collection.

Out of the four mini romances, Ashwini and Janiver intrigued me the most. Luckily, there is a whole book dedicated to this romance later on in the series, (Archangel’s Shadow (Guild Hunter #7), so I look forward to seeing this romance blossom further.

The stories of Sara and Deacon as well as Jessamy and Galen were nice to read because they already are couples at the beginning of the series. These cute novellas provide background as to how they became the couples they are throughout the first few books (and how Sara and Deacon came to have a dog named Slayer).

Noel may be better known as the vampire that got beat up to satisfy someone else’s agenda in Archangel’s Kiss (Book 2). Seeing a character I previously pitied recover from a horrific incident (and find love along the way) was an unexpected pleasure. While this still wasn’t my favorite story in the collection, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Overall a nice little addendum to a romance series that is shaping up to be one of my favorite! If you enjoy romance and fantasy, definitely check out the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh!

Thanks for reading!

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Boys South of the Mason Dixon Review

34459598Boys South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines

Published: May 15, 2017

Series: South of the Mason Dixon #1

Rating:    2.5/5

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The only thing hotter than the weather South of the Mason Dixon line are the boys. Worn, faded blue jeans, slow Southern drawls, and those naughty moments in the back of pickup trucks a girl never forgets.

Welcome to the world of the Sutton boys.

Five brothers who fight, party, drink a little too much, but more importantly, they love their momma. Nothing can tear them apart… until the girl next door wins more than one of their hearts.

I originally picked up this “book” when it was a serial being published under Glines’ pen name, Effie Vaughn. Because I enjoyed the serial so much (and never got an ending!) I reluctantly bought Boys South of the Mason Dixon, even though I haven’t really liked anything that Glines has put out recently.

Thankfully, this book was only .99 because over 60% of the material was previously published in the serial mentioned above. Although this was very clearly meant to be a continuation of the original storyline, the fact that almost 2/3 of the way through nothing was new was a little frustrating. Especially because this story used to be free on Abbi’s website. This book read like it was written by someone who was on their first few forays into self publishing, rather than a known name in the romance arena.

As for the characters, none of them were really relatable. The main character Dixie made choices very selfishly and seemed to be fixated on the past. She doesn’t really care how her choices effect others around her, although she constantly insists that she does. In fact, her floozy friend seems to regret her damaging actions more. The love interest, Asher, seemed like a two-dimensional F*** boy who peaked in high school. While there is back story on his relationship with Dixie and some of his high school sweethearts, next to nothing is mentioned about what he’s done with himself for three years at college.


Even if a guy is the love of your life, if he ditches you for three years with no explanation, LET HIM GO. Dixie acknowledges multiple times throughout the book that she should move on, then proceeds to do the opposite. This teenage angst is enough to drive the plot for the rest of the book, but then the “BIG TWIST” happens around 86% of the way through. This “big twist” is a near fatal heart condition *gasp* which is a common enough trope in romance and one that has yanked my heart strings on more than one occasion. This was not one of those occasions.

The description of said infirmity reads like the author googled rare heart diseases and copied over the WebMD page. It was especially anti-climactic because two other points of view are randomly added in, seemingly just to point out that her parents love their daughter and love can happen more than once in a lifetime (as in their case). This disaster also manages to magically bring all the brothers together and make them forgive each other for past wrongs that have kept them at odds throughout the book.


Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book and have no desire to keep reading the series. If you’re interested in some good romance, check out Abbi Glines’ earlier works (which I absolutely love). The past three or four books published have not met the quality I saw in some of her original books. If those don’t do it for you either, check out some of my other romance reviews.

As always, thank you for reading!


Snow’s Seduction (A Snow White Werewolf Tale #1) Review

35096446Snow’s Seduction by Kristin Miller

Series: A Snow White Werewolf Tale Part 1 of 3

Published: June 5, 2017

Genre: Romance

Rating: 2.25/5

Hair black as a raven’s coat, skin as white as snow, lips as read as, blabitty-blah, blah, blah. If one more person calls me sweet and innocent, I’m losing my head.

I’ve got more pressing matters to think about. Like the fact that our wolf pack is in serious debt. If I can’t find a way to secure financing for our estate, we’ll lose our shifting sanctuary. My stepmother—wonderfully wicked as she is—has come up with a plan: seduce a rich jeweler who’s visiting for the weekend. And then, when he agrees to bond with me and make me his forever, we’ll be saved. Not such a bad deal, considering he’s crazy hot, and I’ve had a crush on him forever.

One problem: I’m not a temptress, not by a long shot. It’s a good thing my childhood best friend, Hunter, has come back into the area. He’s always been a playboy and knows how to get what he wants. He agrees to teach me the rules of seduction, but before long, I realize I’m the one being played.

DISCLAIMER: I received this ebook free from the publisher for a fair and honest review

There are some mild spoilers in this review: read at your own risk.

This book originally caught my eye on Net Galley because of the premise: Fairy-tail Retelling meets werewolf romance. It didn’t really live up to my expectations.

The first chapter starts of very strong, throwing Snow into a sex-filled closet with…the man she isn’t pursuing? As love triangles go, this one is pretty painful. Snow gets her childhood best friend Hunter to teach her how to seduce another man…by having lots and lots of sex with him. This novella is the first part in a serial/series. This particular installment is set over the course of a single night. While lots of things can happen in one night, sex three times while taking breaks to seduce another guy is a little much.

I feel that I often ignore gaping plot holes in favor of a good story, but in this case some of them are too large. It’s constantly mentioned that the werewolves have wonderful smell, and are even able to scent others in a raining forest. But no one can scent the sex on Snow 10 minutes after she does the deed?

There are a lot of cheesy sayings throughout this novella that made me giggle. Some of the phrases include: “Clitar Hero” and “Holy horse-cock.”You have to give the author some points for those.

Overall, this is a good book if you’re really horny and just want to read about some coitus. Didn’t really see any connection to Snow White, other than the main character’s name (as well a the name of “The” Hunter) and a  predisposition to order appletinis. Again this is the first part in a three part series, so more connections may come later on. If I’m in the mood for some mind-numbing sex romance, I may pick up the next two in the series, but I feel no need to continue.


Slave to Sensation Review

178476Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Series: Psy-Changling #1

Published: September 5, 2006

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4/5

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In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

I always love to pick up a Romance novel when trying to get over a major book-hangover (and there are none as large as those following a Sarah J. Maas book). What better book to pick up than one suggested by the Queen herself? Maas often lists some of her favorite reads in her newsletters and in the last one she mentioned Nalini Singh. As a lover of all smutty romances–especially those of the paranormal/sci-fi variety–I had to check this author out.

As with the first book in all paranormal/fantasy books, a good deal of page space is dedicated to world building and explaining the intricate relationships between species. This is one of the main reasons that I gave this book 4 stars. While I always enjoy diving into a new world, and Singh did descriptions fairly well, there seemed to be quite a few descriptions that took a little away from the story.

Lucas is a hot hunk that I had no trouble falling for him. The dance between Sascha and him was very amusing to read although the collapse from tension into love did seem a bit sudden. Any book with mating does seem to go this way, and it did not detract from my overall enjoyment. Who wouldn’t want a hot male connected to you? (unless they’re super creepy of course)

Overall a satisfying read that I devoured in a day. It did it’s job of assisting me out of the reading slump. I will definitely be checking out the other books in the series, as this world is very addictive. Can’t wait to find out more about the other characters that were introduced as well as the world of the Psy and Changelings!

Thanks for reading,


Book Club: This Is What Happy Looks Like Review

15790873This Is What Happy Looks Like

Jennifer E. Smith

Published: April 2, 2013

Rating: 4/5

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

I read this book quite a while ago actually, long before my illustrious blogging career. I am revisiting this lovely little book I read way back in January 2014 as the first book in my Book Club: The Archeron sisters. My two best friends and I constantly relate ourselves to the Archeron sisters from Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses books, and because we all have blogs (Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ StarsWhoListen) now we have made a little book club! Feel free to read along, or just read our reviews, and also leave us suggestions!

This was the first book that I have read by Jennifer E. Smith, and I have to say that I absolutely adored it. Ellie and Graham were such likable characters, and I loved how the modern era was incorporated into this book. I feel like a lot of contemporary heroines just bump into their leading man on the street, so a chance meeting by email was refreshing.

The dynamic problems that they had to face throughout the book were interesting as well, with lots of family drama, which I absolutely love in fluffy romance books. I will admit that the book isn’t exactly believable in terms of the actual relationship and how they meet, but the relationship with a famous actor is a written out fantasy of most girls (me included). But, as I stated, this is the perfect fluffy romance book to warm your cold soul (especially coming off of an ending like Empire of Storms).

Overall, this was a cute and lovely romance story that left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, even if there is a little bit of a question as to the couples future. I did just find out when I looked on Goodreads again that there is a novella sequel, which I will definitely check out in the future!

Again please read along with our book club! Our October pick is the darkly fascinating Three Dark Crowns  by Kendare Blake. Can’t wait to see what this book holds!


Check out Jess‘ and Maggie’s opinions on this book, and check back of future updates!

Thanks for reading!