Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz

First, the elephant in the room. One of the heroes of this tale is a transgender (female-to-male) character. I’m actually glad that this is not hinted at in the back-cover blurb, and that I found it out naturally (very early on in the book). It put a different slant on the relationship, but only byContinue reading “Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz”

Review: Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

As a professional author and former fanfic writer, this novel was an odd sort of wish-fullfillment romance that I never knew I wanted. Reading it was both fascinating and oddly bizarre, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Reading about other authors and their process is always an interesting experience, because I believe there’s no “one, trueContinue reading “Review: Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt”

Review: Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3) by Z.A. Maxfield

Characters can make or break any book, but especially romances, and the characters in this book shined. Though both of them come from worlds far from my experience, Nash and Spencer were guys I could relate to, guys I could cheer for. And even better, neither of them existed in a vacuum. Their decisions regardingContinue reading “Review: Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3) by Z.A. Maxfield”

Review: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg

This novella was a fun, quick read with striking characters that I devoured in one sitting. I appreciated that it didn’t follow the traditional romance genre formula, because there was no “meet-cute.” No slow burn between characters as knowledge and attraction deepen. Instead, this was the metaphorical final five minutes of the movie as twoContinue reading “Review: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg”

Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt

This is an excellent introduction to the Bluewater Bay shared-universe romance series, giving us just enough information about the town of Bluewater Bay and the television show Wolf’s Landing to provide a taste for more. This book also does a great job of showing how major Hollywood stars are human just like anybody else, with veryContinue reading “Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt”

Review: The Ruin of a Rake (Turner Series #3) by Cat Sebastian

This was a satisfying conclusion to the romantic tales of the extended Turner family. While I was concerned that Lord Courtenay wouldn’t appeal to me as a romantic lead after his introduction in The Lawrence Browne Affair, author Cat Sebastian proves a deft hand at hidden depths that do not negate any of the characterContinue reading “Review: The Ruin of a Rake (Turner Series #3) by Cat Sebastian”

Review: A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles

This was not a long novel, but I think I would have devoured it just as quickly had it been twice the length. I’ve decided that I adore Lord Crane. Like any true romantic hero, he has looks, brains, and money. But his personality, lack of regard for polite society, and familiarity with the worldContinue reading “Review: A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles”

Review: The Soldier’s Scoundrel (Turner Series #1) by Cat Sebastian

I’m starting to see the appeal of romances, especially the ones where a happily ever is guaranteed. I don’t always like the emotional angst characters have to go through to get there, and I’ve discovered that I’m not a huge fan of the “you’re better off without me” trope (it hits a bit close toContinue reading “Review: The Soldier’s Scoundrel (Turner Series #1) by Cat Sebastian”