Review: How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms

I got incredibly spoiled by how good all the books in the Bluewater Bay series have been so far. This installment certainly wasn’t a terrible book by any means, writing-wise, but it didn’t hold up to the story-telling quality of the other novels. 

Review: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt

One of the things I love most about this series is the diversity of characters. This doesn’t refer to just skin color, or occupation, or whether the character is famous or “normal,” but also in terms of personal history. In this case, Scott is a guy who hasn’t had a serious relationship in decades, andContinue reading “Review: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt”

Review: The Deep of the Sound (Bluewater Bay #8) by Amy Lane

I was thrilled to see that the next book in this series was by the same author (and featured the same characters) as my favorite story in the Valentine’s Day anthology, “Nascha.” In fact, that story takes place over the same time period as this novel, and it was fun to see what was goingContinue reading “Review: The Deep of the Sound (Bluewater Bay #8) by Amy Lane”

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: It Takes Two to Tumble (Seducing the Sedgwicks #1) by Cat Sebastian

This was a fantastic look at how two people who might otherwise have nothing in common develop a natural and loving relationship. At times, Ben came across as a little too perfect. Luckily, Phillip balanced this out by becoming a sympathetic character without losing any of the thorny character traits that intrigued me. 

Review: Outside the Lines (Bluewater Bay #22) by Anna Zabo

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author of this novel; however, I purchased the ebook for full price. My metric for how I view a good romance novel has turned into whether the interpersonal relationships are occurring between mature adults. I don’t have time for whiny teenage angst produced by characters in their twenties, thirties,Continue reading “Review: Outside the Lines (Bluewater Bay #22) by Anna Zabo”

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 Spirits” (A Charm of Magpies short) by K.J. Charles

This short story was included in my Kindle edition of A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2). This delightful short story doesn’t add much to the interpersonal relationship between Lord Crane and Stephen Day, but it does show how Crane and his manservant Merrick have become intricately linked with Day’s world of magician justiciars.Continue reading “Review: “A Case of Spirits” (A Charm of Magpies short) by K.J. Charles”

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”