LAID BEAR by Eve Vaughn

LAID BEAR by Eve Vaughn

Description: After a near-fatal collision, Zora Calloway wakes up in the cabin of three sexy bear-shifter cousins determined to claim her as their mate. Goldilocks and the three bears, indeed! The Good: This is a really sexy take on a beloved fairytale. Ms. Vaughn is a master of old-school erotic romance structure, and the sex really drives the story. But she also gives us a really interesting and well-executed mystery — it provides just the right amount of plot. I also loved that the level-headed, somewhat beta bear was in charge, and this word pairing: “awesomely serious.” The Bad: The relationship-building gets a little lost in the fray of thick sexual tension during the first half of the book. And Heath and Logan often read as alike, as...

ON CALL: AFTERNOON by P.D. Singer

ON CALL: AFTERNOON by P.D. Singer

Description: When Keith, the new single doctor in town, meets sexy black veterinarian, Dante, he’s way to shy to make a first move. Can his cat, Harpo, bring them together? The Good: I adore vets in real life and wish they’d be used more in romance. Ms. Singer does a good job of making Dante vulnerable (he’s got cat scratch fever), while keeping him attractive in the opening scenes. The romantic build up to sex is sweet and awkward, and the couple is very well-matched. Also, the cat at the center of the story is quite a character. If you love cats, you will love this story. The Bad: Ms. Singer doesn’t manage to overcome the curse of short stories. The characters are too good for the story length, and many readers will come out of this...

HAVEN by Nia K. Foxx

HAVEN by Nia K. Foxx

Description: As a shifter, who can’t shift, Ashlei Preen has pretty much given up on love — that is, until the new sexy shifter sheriff catches her scent. The Good: I really liked the premise of a shifter who couldn’t shift living in a town of shifters. The sex was very hot, and fans of shifter romances will appreciate the primal details. There were also some really funny comedic moments and the town’s residents are a hoot. The Bad: As much as I loved the premise, the story was weighed down by a really resistant, really insecure heroine, who isn’t given believable motivation. Her stubborn refusal to believe that the hero was truly interested in her was baffling and made for a frustrating read. I also didn’t understand the class...

HELLRAISER by Kelly Wallace

HELLRAISER by Kelly Wallace

Anybody else sick of me talking about me? Good! Then let’s delve back into these reviews, which I really missed posting in the run up to getting my new book, HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE up and at ’em over at Amazon. First up this week, HELLRAISER by Kelly Wallace. Description: When bitter and cynical recent divorcé, Dr. Zach Taylor, agrees to buy into a practice in Baltimore sight unseen, he’s expecting an elderly white partner, tending to adult patients. But what he finds is Dr. Sam Winslow, a kooky-but-really-sexy black woman, who dresses up in costumes to tend to her pediatric patients. Can opposites this extreme attract? Oh yes, they can! The Good: Well, Sam is a total pip and very hard not to adore. I also really liked that the hero was serious...

SUCK IT UP (Grassroots Series, Book Two) by Emma Hillman

SUCK IT UP (Grassroots Series, Book Two) by Emma Hillman

Description: Everybody likes Dr. Nate Franks, except his prickly shifter nurse, Kellie. However, after he finds out and solves her secret — the one that got her tortured by and eventually kicked out of her original pack — they are literally and passionately bonded. The Good: Ms. Hillman sets up a great inner-character conflict for her heroine, in that she’s heterosexual while her inner-lioness prefers women. I have never seen this situation before and was immediately intrigued. I also loved the cover. The Bad: Ms. Hillman set up a great situation, yes,  but failed to fully develop it. In general there was a lack of craft to this story. Nate keeps secrets that would be better shared for unstated reasons. Kellie’s character is uneven, never...

CHRISTMAS & FOREVER by Delilah Hunt

CHRISTMAS & FOREVER by Delilah Hunt

Description: Aiden, a traumatized and wounded doctor, tries to resist his attraction to, Liya, the much younger receptionist at his clinic. But when they both end up at his cabin for the holidays, even the snow can’t stop them from heating up the winter nights. The Good: Ms. Hunt has a weird way of making me like situations that I don’t normally like. For example, I didn’t think her mute cowboy romance, LOVE UNSPOKEN, would be quite to my taste (I only read it on the strength of an excerpt she posted on another IR site), but it was one of my favorite romances of the year. And, I’ve never been a fan of May/December romances but I really loved this one. It was like watching Dr. House fall in love, even though he was super-resistant to it....