Review: Jay Bell – Something Like Forever (Something Like #10)

Author: Jay Bell
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before he met Tim Wyman, the man he would one day marry. Now, twenty years later, everything is perfect. Isn’t it? As Ben struggles with guiding his adopted son toward happiness, he begins to question his own path in life. Tim is little help, pulled away … Continue reading

Review: Santino Hassell – Illegal Contact (The Barons #1)

51cebO11mCLAuthor: Santino Hassell
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Random House Intermix
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of … Continue reading

Audio Review: Andrew Grey – Noble Intentions

51jh2T19GULAuthor: Andrew Grey
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Narrator: Robert Nieman

Summary:

Robert Ashton is in for the surprise of a lifetime. His mother, a bit of a rebel, raised him away from the rest of the family, and it’s not until he’s contacted by his lawyer about an inheritance that he learns who he truly is: the new Earl of Hantford. His legacy includes ownership of the historic Ashton Park Estate—which needs repairs Robert cannot afford. … Continue reading

What we loved in 2017

Favorites of 2017

The books we just couldn’t put down this year, in no particular order!  Click to see reviews (where available).

Ashley

Sanctuary (A Tale from the Mercy Hills Universe) By Ann-Katrin Byrde

This was by far my favorite book of the year, and since Ann-Katrin always makes my favorites lists that’s no big surprise.  A friends-to-lovers book that follows two shifters, Ori and Patton, this book is full of sweetness and adventure.  Ori and Patton have always been best friends and in their heart of hearts they know they’ve always loved one another, but … Continue reading

Audio Review: M.A. Church – Dragon’s Hoard (Dreamspun Beyond #5)

Author: M.A. Church
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Summary:

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he … Continue reading

Audio Review: Shira Anthony – Finder’s Keeper (Heart’s Gate #1)

Author: Shira Anthony
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Paranormal

Narrator: Kenneth Obi

Summary:

The truth might ruin his dreams—or make them come true.

When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker—Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half–red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and … Continue reading

Review: Londra Laine – Forever with You

Author: Londra Laine
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He’s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, … Continue reading

Review: K.C. Burn – Banded Together

Author: K.C. Burn
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life.

Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In a search … Continue reading

Review: Mary Calmes – Kairos

Author: Mary Calmes
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered … Continue reading

Review: N.R. Walker – On Davis Row

Author: N.R. Walker
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible.

Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is … Continue reading