26 Oct '11

A Rae Review – Healing Love by Cara Cooper

Good looking and a wonderful medic, Dr James Frayne is a man with a secret which is threatening his work and his patients. It is up to feisty Becky Armfield, the practice manager at his surgery, to tackle him. But he’s not the only man causing her problems. If her fiance Trent would finally name the day, perhaps she could finally be happy in love.Meanwhile Becky’s friend and colleague Dr Holly Parkes has mysteries of her own to solve. Like the patient who wants to find out why her husband is behaving so strangely and the one who cannot understand why money is disappearing from her house – not to mention her own complicated love life… I want to like this book….. but it just didn’t quite deliver.  One too many cliches, predictable to the extreme & no sex scenes to save it! Dr James Frayne, handsome and well liked by the patients but troubled single parent to his daughter who is suffering from leukemia.  Because of the way he… Keep Reading »

22 Oct '11

Nix Review – With a Kiss by Kim Dare (5 Star)

Stuck in a relationship with his abusive boyfriend, Liam’s only escape is talking to the comatose Vampire that he has been visiting for three years. Every-time he takes a beating he goes to talk to the only man who never judges, never looks on him with pity and never hurts him; Marcus. Marcus has been in hell for the last three years. He was put into a coma by another Vampire but he never stopped being aware of his surroundings. Tortured with the animal blood they place into his veins, the anti-vampire proclamations by the nurses charged to take care of him and dreams of revenge, the only thing that keeps him sane is the ramblings of the boy who he has come to care for. Never once has he seen him, not once has he been able to answer him back, but he knows Liam better than any human.  Trapped inside his body, he has resigned himself to never being able to touch the man of his dreams. That… Keep Reading »

20 Oct '11

A Rae Rave Review – The Pull by Chelsie Shakespeare

Evie Remington had always done what people expected of her. As a result, at twenty-six she finds herself the unhappy owner and manager of a Denver hotel. That is, until deep-rooted memories of a past life and the hidden knowledge of a promise she made in that other lifetime pulls her away from it all. Without knowing where it will lead, Evie sets out on a cross-country journey that will challenge what she believes about life, death, and love The prologue, I think, is the cleverest one I’ve read for some time.  It immediately sets the scene for the entire novel and instantly drags you in. I was hooked from the very beginning of this story, even with struggling to read it in PDF format on my phone in tiny writing because my e-reader seems to have given up the ghost on me! We are introduced to Bria and Jude, who have just been told that that Jude is dying and that they should say their goodbyes. From the moment… Keep Reading »

18 Oct '11

A Rae Review – ARC review of Crave the Night Anthology

This collection of novellas features paranormal pairings romance readers will pine for.  Vampires, demons, werewolves, faeries and even a mermaid will satisfy the darkest of cravings. Hidden – Sharon Ashwood Rafe returns to the Devries werewolf pack to rescue his people from a scheming fey beauty. Pitting his will against her wits, he plans to seduce his way free of the ice queen’s trap.  But surrender means death for the fey and little does Rafe know that he’s gambling with more than hearts. While reading Hidden I had a real sense of deja vu, something about this story really reminds me of something I’ve seen or read before, but really can’t remember what or where.  However I do know that it doesn’t live up to the recollection I have of that previous experience.  It’s not a bad little story, it just didn’t grab me and drag me in from the start.  One Soul to Share – Lori Devoti Mermaid, Sarina Neri, is desperate to regain her sister’s soul.  The sea… Keep Reading »

17 Oct '11

Nix Review – Stay the Night by Scarlett Parrish

Kit Blackman is a grumpy bastard who lives with two other men. When Ben moves out to be with his girlfriend, Kit and Gary face the ultimate challenge; to find another housemate that will put up with Kit’s horrible moods. Enter Steven Kenton. Steven seems to be the perfect match to compliment the housemates except for one fatal flaw; Kit is immediately attracted to him. It is the ultimate faux pas to sleep with a housemate; a one night stand will lead to awkwardness and a long term relationship would mean an immediate cessation of the tenancy agreement if it ends badly. Thing is, no matter how much of a bad idea Kit knows it is, he just can’t help himself. When Steven starts to come onto him, he just can’t resist. What begins as “migraine relief” starts to become something more. Problem is that no one has explained the rules of this type of relationship to Kit and his uncertainty, plus his massive amount of insecurities, means that he… Keep Reading »

16 Oct '11

Nix Review – Control by Charlotte Stein

When steamy book seller Madison finds herself in the midst of a steamy clinch with an interviewee, she realises that maybe she hasn’t been fulfilling all her needs. Sexually aggressive Andy (i.e. Mr-Make-a-good-Impression on the interview) isn’t up to the grade, but maybe the man that she eventually hires will tend to her every whim. Uptight, repressed and a little bit weedy, Gabriel doesn’t seem to be attracted to her at all. Unable to resist trying to get a reaction from him, after realising that he has seen her mid-Andy clinch, Madison does everything in her power to elicit some kind of response. From going to work without pants on to leaving butt prints from sweaty sex on the counter at work (I kid you not!), she tries every trick in the book to get him to make him blush and aroused. Eventually, he gives in to her persistence and they embark on a rather steamy affair. Gabriel needs control, he craves the bossy Madison and the orders that she… Keep Reading »

14 Oct '11

A Rae Review – Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

By blood, by word, by magic…. Most can’t touch the power.  But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is to trust no one. But when her friends daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl.  Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe.  Bu that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her. Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…. every touch…every kiss. And more blood will be spilled before it’s over. Rachel Vincent is one of those authors that I want to say I don’t like, because I don’t always agree with the decisions that she makes for her characters (I’m the person that thinks in the Shifters series Faythe should… Keep Reading »

13 Oct '11

Nix Short Review – Dinner and a Movie by S.D.Grady

When their eyes meet through their rear view mirrors, whilst stuck in traffic, a glimmer of instant attraction hits both Liam and Bernie. When their journeys end at the same restaurant, they join dinner parties to indulge in a meal that neither of them will ever forget. When their obvious antics at the table scare off their respective dinner dates, they finish the night in a dark cinema where their sensual fun reaches its pinnacle. Question is, can they walk away from their fun after just one outing? This is a short read which comes in at under 44 pages. This doesn’t mean that the quality of book suffers because this is one seriously hot little number 🙂 The set up for the encounter was unusual (I’ve never read a book where attraction flared up through car mirrors) but, as with all erotic shorts, you need to leave your scepticism at the cover. The sex starts pretty much immediately after they meet and it is very well written. The scenes at the dinner table were FANTASTIC;… Keep Reading »

12 Oct '11

A Rae Review ~ Darkest Surrender – Gina Showalter

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain.  For him, nothing stands in the way of a victory.  Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.  Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die.  Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own…steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named.  But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible… A welcome return to form for Ms Showalter! I don’t know about any of you, but I felt a little let down by Amun & Haidee’s story.  It wasn’t bad but it just wasn’t as good as I have come to expect from the Lords of the Underworld series.  As we all know Darkest Surrender tells the story of Strider, keeper of the demon of Defeat & Kaia… Keep Reading »

11 Oct '11

Bound by Night – Amanda Ashley

Once featured in a horror movie the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches & worse. But Elena doesn’t believe a word of it – until she spends the night & wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger… Tall, dark & disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone & Elena is the first woman to enter his lair – and survive.  And Drake is the first man to touch her heart & soul. By the time she discovers who he really is – & what he craves – it’s too late. Blood lust has turned to love & Elena is deeply under Drakes spell. But forever comes at a price for each of them. Meet Elena, a twenty year old brought up in the USA until her parents died, who lives in Romania with the husband of her dead aunt.  A man who she knows has raped & abused his own daughter, Jenica,… Keep Reading »