Review: Beyond the Limit

Book CoverBeyond the Limit by Cindy Dees
My Rating: 1.5-Stars
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Formats: eBook ($6), Paperback ($7)

I was really excited by the blurb for Beyond the Limit. A SEAL team is tasked with training women to prepare for becoming the first Navy SEALs—something that platoon leader Griffin Caldwell doesn’t believe is possible, and something that Navy media officer Sherri Tate believes she can prove.

The hero was obnoxious about women in the first chapter, but I let it slide. Second chapter, let it slide. But when it takes 15 of the 25 chapters for Griffin to show some sign of change that is never truly achieved? Unforgivable.

I was torn on whether Beyond the Limit was a 1-star, 1.5-star, or 2-star read for me. After a couple of days of reflection, I decided that it’s a 1.5-star book. There is so much more bad to discuss than good. Continue reading “Review: Beyond the Limit”

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Review: The Vixen

EmeraldThe Vixen by Christi Caldwell
My Rating: 3-Stars
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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Review: It Takes Two

It Takes TwoIt Takes Two by Jenny Holiday
My Rating: 3-Stars
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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Review: Emerald

EmeraldEmerald by Elle Casey
My Rating: 2-Stars
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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Review: The Hellion

The HellionThe Hellion by Christi Caldwell
My Rating: 4-Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: available now
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, eBook ($5), Paperback ($10)

The Hellion is book #1 in the Wicked Wallflowers series. While it’s a nice introduction to the Killoran family, it should have been the final installation in its predecessor series, Sinful Brides. For that reason alone, I detracted a star from an otherwise excellent story.

Cleopatra Killoran will give up everything if it means protecting her sisters. When their older brother arranges one of the ladies to be sponsored for the London Season by their former gaming hell rivals, Cleo steps into a world she detests. The timing couldn’t be worse: the Hell and Sin Club was just destroyed in a fire, and suspicions are high regarding her family’s involvement.

Adair Thorne could do nothing to save his family’s gaming hell. In one night, the Hell and Sin Club, along with his home and his future, was consumed in a blaze. Now residing at his brother’s home, he tasked with keeping watch on Cleopatra, and ensuring that she isn’t doing anything devious. This puts the two in constant contact and at constant odds, and soon the couple discover that there’s much more behind the roughened street image they each possess.

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