Haunted Hearts by Kimberly Dean
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Formats: eBook ($4), Paperback ($13)
Callie Thompson has inherited an old house in Shadow Valley and is thrilled for a fresh start in life. Never mind the creepy footsteps, doors that lock themselves, wailing, and flickering lights. Nor the fact that the entire town seems terrified of the place. Or that silly speeding ticket she got her first night from local policeman Carter Landry.
Carter has better things to do than to deal with the new girl in town and her creaking home. As a spurt of oddball mischief occurs leading up to Halloween, and with a federal prisoner on the loose, he doesn’t have the time. Or so he keeps telling himself.
In Haunted Hearts, Carter and Callie make an excellent team as they battle ghosts both real and imaginary. Some of the plot points are easy to guess along the way, while others will leave you pleasantly surprised. Callie makes a positive impact on Shadow Valley as she stands up for what she believes in. The characters are strong, dynamic, and likeable, and the town of Shadow Valley, as well as its quirky denizens, come to life.
This is a paranormal book with a mildly creepy but non-terrifying vibe that won’t keep you up all night—unless you can’t wait to read how this couple’s happily ever after will succeed… and if Callie will ever pay that speeding ticket.
Haunted Hearts is available as an eBook ($3.99) or in paperback ($12.99).
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Sugar: My Life as a Sugar Babe by Monique X
Genre: Memoir, Erotica
Release Date: June 24, 2018
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, eBook ($5)
Head’s up: despite the book’s blurb sounding otherwise, this book is a memoir.
There’s nothing quite like reading an entire book, and still wondering when the story will start by the time you reach the end. It may be titled “Sugar,” but not an iota of sweetness has been left in my memories.
The book’s first chapter walks readers through Monique’s ritual to prepare for her sugar dates—which are dates she has with older men, keeping them company (sexually or not) in exchange for money. But as we’re told about 300 times throughout the story, it’s not like being an escort. The narrator breaks the fourth wall a couple times here, but that can be excused, if it had been an isolated incident (spoiler: it’s not). Continue reading “Review: Sugar”
The Vixen by Christi Caldwell
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2018
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, eBook ($5), Paperback ($10)
The Vixen is book #2 in the Wicked Wallflowers series. Unlike the first book, this story feels like it solidly belongs in the new series instead of a continuation of the previous one, which was a bonus.
Ophelia Killoran is one of the bastard daughters of Mac Diggory and grew up a street rat in his gang. Now living at the Hell and Sin gaming club with her sister, Gertrude, and street brother, Broderick, she is next in line to be pushed into the Ton’s marriage mart. Ripped away from the life she knew, she is soon in misery at dinner parties and in the ballrooms of London.
Connor Steele is a private investigator that was forced into a street life after his parents’ deaths. He and Ophelia met a few times as they grew up, with a chance encounter causing Connor to be rescued and raised by a noble. His current investigation causes their paths to cross again, and secrets from their pasts will put the two to their test.
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It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Formats: eBook ($6), Paperback ($6)
I didn’t read the first book in the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series, and don’t think I missed much by not doing so. Though there’s a progression to this group of friends finding their true loves, the prior couple was in the current book enough to not make me feel left out of the story. It can be read as a standalone, but I’m guessing it’ll be stronger as a whole series.
Wendy Liu and Noah Denning have known each other for a very long time, as Noah is her best friend’s older brother. At some point, their feelings evolved but neither admitted it to the other. An “incident” occurred during their teenage years that caused Wendy to reject the notion of a committed relationship and hold onto years and years worth of a grudge toward Noah.
Now her best friend is getting married, and Wendy and Noah are thrust together as the wedding draws near. The two have obvious chemistry, but Wendy continues to hold onto a grudge that Noah doesn’t even realize exists.
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Emerald by Elle Casey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: available now
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, eBook ($4), Paperback ($10)
Emerald Collins is a small-town, hippie-esque girl from a community farm, where she lives with her three “moms” and one of her sisters, Rose. Her other sister, Amber, left for NYC and invites Emerald to come visit. On day one of the visit, Sam Stanz—the brother of Amber’s boyfriend, Ty—shows up unannounced, and Amber is pulled away from NYC on business, leaving Emerald and Sam alone.
Along with all that, there’s a ridiculous amount of exposition you need to suffer through at the onset, peppered with Emerald’s childish language and obnoxious musings.
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