Four Letter Word
By J. Daniels
Easily the best book I have read in a LONG time. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up through the night to read a book (it may have been Twilight), but I couldn’t put this book down. The storyline was super fun and intriguing (two people drawn together not only by a misdial, but a ranting misdial at who they thought was a friend’s former lover? love it!). The relationship developed so naturally, and I loved the technology aspect. It can be difficult to show a relationship building via text, but J. Daniels pulled it off brilliantly! And the characters! I swooned over Brian (more than once). He is so well rounded and is a dream man. Sydney (the heroine) was fun, relatable, and enjoyable to read. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun sexy romance. Can’t wait to start book 2!
After a failed attempt at a romantic fling, Liam and Daniel spend the next three years at each other’s’ throats. They’re far from kind to each other and barely civil. Because of this, their romance takes a long time to develop. Before it can, they have to move past the years of insults between them, which is no simple task. In fact, it takes a fair amount of the book for them to stop insulting each other whenever they feel snubbed. Still, I feel that their relationship develops very naturally as they overcome their petty grievances – something that isn’t always common in a romance, where people become lovers overnight. Read more in Words of Divinity.
I listened to Nickel Creek’s self-titled album fairly exclusively while I was writing Words of Divinity (both the original write, and the updates for the second edition), to the point where it has become the book’s unofficial soundtrack for me. It’s not that the lyrics for the songs themselves represent my story (example: The Lighthouse’s Tale, a beautiful heartbreaking song that has nothing to do with my book, but I love it just the same), but the style of music really inspires me. “Reasons Why” is the unofficial theme song of my book – again, not completely because of the lyrics themselves but that the idea of people having their own reasons why they’ve done what they’ve done is a recurring theme in Words of Divinity. Listen to the album today – and get your copy of Words of Divinity!
That Night With The CEO
By Karen Booth
I was so disappointed by this book! This was my first Harlequin Desire, and (as the name suggests) I was expected a spicy read. Even the premise of the book and its own name led me to anticipate a hot, sensual read with high chemistry and sexual tension. Unfortunately, it fell short. I didn’t feel a burning passion between the characters, even in their bedroom scene. The hero was crafted very well, and his interactions with his family are relatable and easily sympathized with, but this didn’t make up for the lack of steam I was hoping for.
Watch As My World Ends takes place in a community living after the Biblical Apocalypse, and is (of course) full of Biblical references. I always found The Book of Revelation to be fascinating, so I thoroughly enjoyed researching this story. Something I was particularly interested to find was how detailed the timeline is of this prophesized event. One could almost create a calendar of the signs that string through the seven years of the apocalypse. For something that hasn’t happened yet, there is certainly plenty of prophecy revealing what will happen to those who don’t find faith. The story of God’s angels, however, is less clear. There are mentions throughout the Bible of the angels and that they are soldiers and messengers of God, but there is little known about what they are like, what their “lives” are like, or what their purpose will be after the Second Coming. This led me to my decision to make my heroes angels, instead of humans. It added an extra sense of urgency and unknown to the story, as the fate of humanity has already been laid out for us but the fate of the angels is shrouded in mystery. Interested? Check out Watch As My World Ends today!
The Rogue Not Taken
By Sarah MacLean
This is my first Sarah MacLean (shocking, I know), and right from the start, I was hooked! Her style is witty, catty, and delightful, and the narrative of the story is simply delightful to read.
A fabulous book! I got so caught up in the story that at one point when I set it down, I couldn’t believe I had read so far. It was an effortless read because Sarah creates a world that is so complete that I was never left questioning a situation or puzzling that she had thrown something too modern into a historical. The characters were excellent, enjoyable to read and fully relatable, and the plot twists were so excellently done that I didn’t see them coming! I truly enjoy a book that can catch me by surprise, but still feel completely believable. An excellent book that I recommend to anyone – even those who (like me) don’t read regency romance.
Let’s talk gladiators. Whether in stories, movies, or TV specials, gladiators have always appealed to our primal side. The fight for life or death, the pursuit of honor and glory, the can’t-look-away violence. These traits have always excited an audience, which is what made them so popular to begin with. The lifestyle of the gladiator strikes a chord with our primal nature, with our desire to kill or be killed, the fight never-flight instinct, the distant memory of the caveman swinging his club in victory. Is it logical? Hardly. Watching people kill each other shouldn’t be entertaining, and yet if you ask the people lining up to watch NASCAR races, they’re not there to watch the cars drive in circles. It’s the thrill of danger, the risk of life, that makes these sports exhilarating – for both the spectator and the participant. The characters in The Wolf and the Moon aren’t historical gladiators, but they are inspired by them and have many similarities. All the same excitement is there: the life or death battles, the cheering crowds, the kill or be killed attitude. Plus, the characters are fighting for love. It doesn’t get much more primal than that. Get your copy of The Wolf and the Moon today, and surrender to your primal instincts.
In The Wolf and the Moon, Dag and Myka are reunited after spending 10 years apart. Dag believed Myka to be dead, and trudged on with his life – what was left of it. Myka knew he could never see Dag again and dedicated himself to the care of his family. When the two are reunited, they are completely different people that the ones they fell in love with so many years before. It’s a strange thing to think about. Many couples, after years together, comment that they feel that they’ve grown apart, but these couples were still together every day and could see the changes taking place. They can look back on their years and identify these points. For Dag and Myka, they lived completely separate lives as if the other didn’t exist – until they were thrown back together. They can’t pick up where they left off, even though they try, because they are no longer the same people. Can the love they felt for each other last through the years and transform into a love for the people they have become? Find out in The Wolf and the Moon – get your copy here!
In The Wolf and the Moon, a recurring theme is debt. Myka’s father died young and left him to care for his mother and sister – and his father’s mountain of debt. In order to pay these fines, Myka becomes an arena warrior. The master of the house agrees to pay off Myka’s debt in exchange for Myka’s services; once the house recoups this money from Myka’s fights, he is free to go – if Myka lives long enough to see that day come. Dag is not from the city but from an outlying tribe. He tells Myka that in the tribal lands, when a person dies, their debt dies with them. Myka finds this incredibly appealing, to find a world where debt wouldn’t loom over the heads of his descendants for generations to come, if Myka himself is unable to pay back his father’s debts and the medical bills he has incurred caring for his mother and sister.
I’ve worked in the health insurance industry for six years, and this idea of debts dying with a person was appealing to me as well. I’ve handled calls before from surviving spouses where their partner has recently died and they are receiving the medical bills from his hospital stay. Some people assume that these bills just disappear when a person dies – but that isn’t the case. Hospitals and doctors still expect to be paid for their services, even if the patient doesn’t live long enough to pay them. The same is true of credit card debt and loans. People imagine being left with an inheritance when their loved ones pass, but instead might be left with a staggering pile of bills.
See if Myka is ever able to escape this cycle of debt, violence, and heartbreak in The Wolf and the Moon. Get your copy here!
I loved this story! It was sensual and delicious, and the chemistry between our two characters is palpable on every page. I also enjoyed the insight into Texas Rescue and the world of those who clean up after a natural disaster. I found the main character to be relatable and believable and enjoyed every moment with the hero!