A Scot In The Dark | 4 Stars

A Scot In The Dark
by Sarah MacLean
4 Stars

I didn’t like the tone of this book at first, and I was very tempted to put it down. But I’m so glad I didn’t! I quickly fell in love with the hero who had been so tragically misunderstood and scorned in the past. I really loved the hero’s backstory, his internal narrative, and the way he acts around the heroine. Also – what’s sexier than a man whose Scottish accent sneaks out whenever he gets lost in the moment with the heroine? Swoon!

There was also a sweet line questioning why we put so much importance on “firsts” or “seconds” rather than who we spend our lives with. I thought that in a genre often populated with virgins, this was particularly poignant.

Carolina Home | 5 Stars

Carolina Home
by Virginia Kantra
5 Stars

If you’re a lover of romance that’s small-town sweet AND super hot, you’re going to love Carolina Home! I immediately fell in love with both our characters, and I found that their romance-that’s-not-a-romance was very natural and believable. It didn’t feel at all that it was being forced or manipulated to fit the story. I also particularly enjoyed the involvement of the secondary characters. The subtle secondary plots hint at future books in the series, and I’m excited to read more!

Hit The Spot | 5 Stars

Hit The Spot
by J. Daniels
5 Stars

Another book that I stayed up all night reading because I HAD to finish! I love the angst between the characters and how their relationship develops from a love/hate relationship based solely on physical attraction to a true love story. And boy, is their love a steamy one! Be prepared for a super hot read from beginning to end!

I’ll be honest – in the opening pages, I did not like Jamie, our hero. He was arrogant, very sexual, and maybe not too respectful of relationships. I was scared, and wondered, how are we going to redeem this jerk? But as I read on and fell in love with him, I realized that if we want a bad-boy-turned-good, we have to let him actually be a bad boy in the beginning. So, stick with it, even if you want to treat him the way our heroine does (I won’t ruin it by telling you, but you’re going to love it), and I promise you’ll fall head over heels in love with him too. This is a book I can’t stop rereading. The emotional journey, especially for the heroine, is just so intense. Love it!

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake | 5 Stars

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
by Sarah MacLean
5 Stars

I loved this story! The heroine was absolutely fabulous, sassy, and witty. She was completely unwilling to be shackled by her status as a female or spinster, and watching her complete her bucket list was wicked fun! The romance is so sweet as well, with a wide and believable range of emotions not limited by the characters’ roles in society. I have no complaints whatsoever, other than that the book had to end.

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days | 3 Stars

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
by Kerrelyn Sparks
3 Stars

Right off the bat, the narrative read like a historical, but in a way that it sounded like a bard was reading me a story. It made it a little difficult to get immersed in the story because the narrative style kept reminding me that I was reading a book. Another difficulty I had was in determining what age group the story was written for, not that it stopped me from reading it either way. To me, it seems that the story is written in a YA tone, but I was surprised by the high heat level. It was an interesting story, and it definitely improved after the first few pages of overwhelming backstory on the world we are thrust into. If you enjoy stories with an awkward “first time” scene, this one takes the cake. It was actually so awkward that I was a bit mortified for both of them – but again, if that’s something you enjoy, then you will love this scene. I will probably read the next book in this series, because I am intrigued by the world and the characters, it’s just the narrative style that isn’t quite what I usually read.

Nobility Was Inspired By Shrek

Nobility was inspired by Shrek, one of my favorite movies to listen to while I write. I really liked the idea of a princess locked away in a tower, being rescued by a knight in shining armor… and neither of them actually fitting the stereotype they’re playing. In Nobility, Danna is a princess locked away in a tower, but she wasn’t cursed. Actually, she ASKED her fairy godmother to put her there to escape an arranged marriage. Nobelle is a thief with her face plastered on wanted posters all over the kingdom. Her only chance to escape the noose is to rescue and marry the princess, even though she doesn’t want to rescue the princess and the princess doesn’t want to be rescued.

Fun fact? This story was originally published as a m/m romance several years ago, before I revamped it to be f/f. I personally prefer this version myself, but maybe one day I’ll release them both together and let readers decide.

Check out Nobility today!

A Million Little Things | 4 Stars

A Million Little Things
By Susan Mallery
4 Stars

I love this author’s writing style. That’s the first thing that sucks you in and does not let you go. Seriously, it was hard to put down this book to go back to things that needed to be done. Like, going to work. I particularly enjoyed that the three storylines we’re following are all of different aged women at different points in their relationships: a young woman dating, a married woman and her husband, and a widow venturing into the dating world again. I thought it was an intriguing angle to view relationships from different points in life, all from within the same book. As a younger reader, I don’t go looking for books about grandma’s falling in love again. It’s just not something I go looking for. I thought it was very clever for the author to combine these three age groups/markets in one book, so that even if one of the storylines isn’t something you usually read, there’s still something in the story for everyone.

Other than the author’s cleverness in that regard, the book was definitely a fun and delightful read. Did I mention how much I love her writing style? I did, but I’ll say it again. Her voice is fun, charming, and clever, and this is a book that you will enjoy reading!

Kris Allen Inspired the Maze Scene in Words of Divinity

Okay, this one takes a little bit of backstory, since the song doesn’t necessarily tie into the scene itself. I LOVE Kris Allen’s music, and back in the day, I thought I was going to become a music video director. (A bit of a difference from where I am now, huh?) I wrote dozens of music video treatments and they’re all locked away in the vault somewhere (aka, a forgotten folder on my laptop). For Kris Allen’s song “Before We Come Undone,” I envisioned a maze scene very similar to the maze scene in Words of Divinity: two characters making their way through a maze while two people outside the maze are playing a maze board game that magically relates directly to what’s happening to our characters inside. Check it out in Words of Divinity.