Review: Lure of the Dragon by Anna Lowe

May Contain Spoilers

I have been struggling to finish a book recently. This happens every few months; I begin to feel overwhelmed by Real Life, and I’d rather mindlessly play Crafty Candy than try to concentrate on something to read. When this happens, I usually shift gears to shorter romance, and since I’m in the mood for shifters, I grabbed Lure of the Dragon when it popped up on KU. The promise of balmy island breezes, sandy beaches, and dragons had me hooked.

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Review: The Cowboy’s Twin Surprise by Cathy McDavid

May Contain Spoilers

Cathy McDavid is one of my favorite Harlequin Western Romance authors.  Her characters are normal, down to earth characters. They could be my neighbors. Not a billionaire in the bunch. It’s so refreshing to read about regular, ordinary people, who make the best of things by working hard, celebrating family, and enjoying the small victories that make each day worth living.

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Review: Daisy and the Dead by Sarah Bale

May Contain Spoilers

When I saw this on Netgalley, I started salivating.  I LOVE zombie stories!  All of the running and fighting and trying to survive – I find zombie stories irresistible.   What I didn’t realize before I hit the request button is that Sarah Bale writes erotica.  That’s not a deal killer for me, but when I read books with zombies, I want ZOMBIES.  Not spankings and heroines who defiantly proclaim they won’t be sleeping with the big bad leader of the gang who saved her – and promptly jumps into bed with him. Without protection (which the hero claimed to always use, until sleeping with our heroine) during a zombie apocalypse, where an unplanned pregnancy would certainly spell disaster. Not to mention STDs. It’s not like there’s a doctor on every corner anymore. Smh.

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Mini Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

May Contain Spoilers

Meh. I found this slow and it didn’t hold my interest. I read to about the 30% point, and then skimmed and jumped to the end. I don’t know if I wasn’t in the mood for it or what, but it didn’t meet my high expectations (maybe that was the problem – how could it be as good as I built it up to be?). Dimple, at times, was just as selfish and abrasive as Rishi accused her of being, and Rishi, while I liked him, was too passive and too accepting of the role his family put him in. My favorite part of the book was when he broke out of the expectations placed on him and finally fought to come into his own. IDK. Maybe I have just become tired of the YA romance genre.

Grade: 2.5 stars

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Review: The Greek’s Pleasurable Revenge by Andie Brock

May Contain Spoilers

The Greek’s Pleasurable Revenge features two of my favorite tropes – revenge and second chance at love.  Parts of the story worked better than others, and I don’t think I ever warmed up to Lukas.  He started out a jerk, and he stayed a jerk far longer than he should have.  He also took every opportunity to jump to the wrong conclusion about Callie, and at times it was rage inducing.  More on that later. Read more

Spotlight: Marriage Claws by Paige Cuccaro


MARRIAGE CLAWS by Paige Cuccaro

SMP Swerve

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

ISBN: 9781250129239; Price: $3.99


A sassy, sexy debut about a young woman who agrees to marry her billionaire playboy nemesis to save her business, only to find out he’s also a werewolf and that her problems are just getting started.
There are two things Kate Affetto will do anything to protect: the younger brother she’s raised ever since their father walked out, and the small diner she’s managed to start from nothing in New York City. Things might not always be easy, but at least she gets to call all the shots and follow her own heart. That is until Jack Pensione, irritatingly gorgeous billionaire playboy and CEO/heir to the family empire shows up at her diner with an ultimatum: find $3 million to purchase the space, or vacate so it can be turned into condos. Read more