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Mini Reviews: Sidney Bell, Thea Harrison, & Shalini Boland

 

The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland is a suspense but I didn’t really care that much about the suspenseful parts? There were a bunch of twists and turns to the plot…and I found I just didn’t care that much. I felt myself skimming the closer I got to the end because I just wanted to know how it all turned out but I didn’t want to bother with the details. For me that’s pretty much the definition of a forgettable mystery. 3 stars.

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Rough Trade by Sidney Bell is the conclusion to her trilogy and her m/m romantic suspense series. I cannot wait to see what else she writes! There isn’t a ton in the LGBTQIA+ romantic suspense area and it’s a category I enjoy quite a bit. Bell writes intense characters who have a lot of depth and layers to them. I had been dying to find out Ghost’s motivations for his actions and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. I’d highly recommend this whole series. 4.5 stars.

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Lionheart by Thea Harrison is another conclusion to a series I’ve enjoyed – the Moonshadow trilogy. King Oberon has basically been frozen because of a mysterious illness and needs to be saved – enter Dr. Kathryn Shaw. I like Oberon but loved Kathryn because she was a fierce heroine not to be screwed with and that’s what I need from a heroine. Oberon reminded me too much of Dragos – which was probably intentional – but he was such an alpha and a predator I couldn’t stop seeing Dragos in him and wanted to see just Oberon. Even with that I still really loved this whole trilogy and this book. 4 stars. 35842999

 

Reviewer: Melinda

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Book Review: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

We all know how much I love a wonderful cover – and WOW, is this a wonderful cover!? I absolutely picked this book up purely on the power of this beautiful woman with her glowing skin, powerful smile, and amazing hair. Combined with the vibrant purple lettering of the title smack in the middle of the cover it just pops so well and I couldn’t stop staring at it. So, whoever designed this needs a hugeย  round of applause! Continue reading “Book Review: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann”

Book Review: Feels Like Summer by Six de los Rios

This is book 2 and I didn’t read book 1 but went straight into this and I was happily just fine without knowing anything that came before it so yay to that! This author is one that I’ve had on my TBR for awhile so I’m glad I finally read something by her. And I liked it so much I went back and have already since read the first book. Continue reading “Book Review: Feels Like Summer by Six de los Rios”

Book Review: Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is a new to me author this year that I had seen quite a few people talking about and they were not wrong. This is my 4th book of hers that I’ve devoured and she is quickly becoming an autobuy – I have 2 or 3 others of her books bought and ready to read because her writing is just that good. Her heroines are interesting and strong, vulnerable as well as able to stand on their own, while her heroes are both genuine are empathetic and not at all overbearing. But if they have a moment of that her heroines would not hesitate to put them in their place. YES, PLEASE! Continue reading “Book Review: Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert”

Book Review: Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon

This is book 7 in The Holmes Brothers series by Farrah Rochon. I haven’t read all of them – because this author is new to me this year – but I’ve read a few others by her so I was looking forward to it when I got this book. The main reason was because this book is about an established, married, couple!ย I really loved being able to root for this established couple and watch them fight for their HEA. Continue reading “Book Review: Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon”

Book Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

This is book #5 in Sarina Bowen’s True North series and can be read as a standalone. For better understanding of the characters and more nuance obviously reading the rest of the books is good but I don’t feel that you’d be lost at all with this one, which I’m sure is intentional on the author’s part. Continue reading “Book Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen”

Book Review: The Viking Queen’s Men by Holley Trent

Holley Trent is a USA Today Bestselling author but is one that is new to me. I was looking for recs for authors of color and this book in particular was taking over my twitter timeline. I heard menage and addictive and I my antennae basically went up so I dove right in! Continue reading “Book Review: The Viking Queen’s Men by Holley Trent”

Book Review: Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa

This book is So. Freaking. GOOD. On the one hand I’m mad that I didn’t find out about it until now because it released last fall. On the other hand I finished it and basically book 2 came out the same week…so yay! This book is seriously so cute, funny, and just what I needed to read. I can’t recommend it enough. Continue reading “Book Review: Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa”

Book Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

I love authors who do their own thing and just do it really, REALLY well. Alisha Rai, Courtney Milan, and Kit Rocha come to mind. This is admittedly probably because these authors are friends and I see them having intelligent discussions on Twitter, but also because in their respective books they are doing representation incredibly well and I am so *here* for it. I can definitely include Alyssa Cole in the group! Continue reading “Book Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole”

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