TRANSGENDER HELL by Downy Davis

TRANSGENDER HELL by Downy Davis

Description: Khaki has just married Bram, the man of her dreams. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t told him she was born a man. The Good: I really love that the heroine of this novel is transgender, and I would really like to see even more out-of-the-box characters like this in IR. Ms. Davis does not shy away from going into transgender specifics: for example we’re told about Khaki’s operation, boob job, and hormone therapy; and when Khaki goes home to visit, she still helps her father with the same stuff she helped him with when she was living as a boy. Also the situation was compelling enough for me to finish the book. The Bad: Unfortunately, though the writer’s heart was in the right place, this book was almost a complete craft...

WAY OF THE WOLF by Netherland St. James

WAY OF THE WOLF by Netherland St. James

Description: Trace and Dustin are best friend and shifter-wolves, and they have a very interesting problem. They’re both in love with the same woman, and she happens to be their employee. The Good: This is a good situation. And the sex is hot. The Bad: Almost the entire story is told and not shown. I’m still not sure if Olivia is black or white — the Amazon tags say bwwm, but she’s not described in physical terms outside of the two leads desire. The story has somewhat good bones, but ultimately fails due to really poor execution. The Naughty: Erotic. Menage. Editing issues: 2 typos Publisher: Capri Montgomery Books (Indie author) Length: 7,000+ words Final Grade: D+ Click on the widget to buy at Amazon for $1.50.     Love IR...

WE ALL SCREAM by Nona Wesley

WE ALL SCREAM by Nona Wesley

Description: The economy has been rough on Diahann Marshall’s family-owned ice cream shop and her love life has gone even colder than the product she sells. Can local business owner Sun Li, who she thinks is a Chinese food delivery guy, be the perfect solve for both? The Good: Compelling premise. I’m a big fan of mistaken identity plots and kept on reading just to see how it would all turn out. The Bad:  The H/H relationship is so under-developed that the great set-up is effectively ruined. Both characters (but especially Sun Li) lack strong/clear motivation, which makes suspension of disbelief particularly hard when certain romantic plot points play out. At the end of the day, this romance just isn’t very romantic. Also, the heroine’s...

SURRENDERING TO SUMMER by Kortny Alexander

SURRENDERING TO SUMMER by Kortny Alexander

Description: When Summer Showers moves to Whispering Mountain for a new job, she takes an offer to stay with her cousins-in-law Dillon, Denver, and Dalton Durden until the remodels on her house are done. Cue the menage quarto! The Good: Summer is an enthusiastic partner, and the sex scenes are scorching hot with tons of variations. Also, I really loved Summer’s job. She’s a landscape engineer — how cool! The Bad: This book is basically a bunch of good ideas with no craft whatsoever. I can see the author’s raw talent trying to claw its way up, but it’s buried under poor writing (telling not showing, stilted language, weak character motivation, head hopping) and underdeveloped characters. Ms. Alexander has an innate sense of structure,...

THE GRUNT by Latrivia S. Nelson

THE GRUNT by Latrivia S. Nelson

Description: Staff Sergeant Brett Black suddenly finds himself widowed, with no one to look after his little boy. Enter Courtney Lawless, a wild-child, surfing librarian and the Lieutenant Colonel’s daughter. She’s recently been laid off from her job and agrees to become Brett’s live-in nanny. Passion and drama alike ensues. The Good: This story is a super-hot and sexy page turner. It’s also offers rather fresh situations as far as IR is concerned. I was just as compelled by the story as the relationship. Unlike many a prickly IR heroine, Courtney is both interesting and sweet. It’s hard not to cheer for her. Oh, and that cover is H.O.T. The Bad: See the editing section. Also, Black’s dead wife is painted as a two-dimensional...