HARMONY by Sienna Mynx

HARMONY by Sienna Mynx

Description: When Harmony’s brother, a small-time bootlegger goes missing, the Harlem-Renaissance-era jazz singer turns to Sicilian mob boss, Vinnie Romano for help. Cue the epic romance. The Good: This is going to be a pretty short review, because I really, really loved this novel. It’s a ton of story for your buck, and it reads fast. Most importantly, it fully displays Ms. Mynx’s growth as a writer. This is really epic storytelling, and Ms. Mynx has done some terrific character work with Harmony. She’s smart, sassy, and realistically conflicted. There are no two-dimensional characters in this novel, and even the side characters are rather fascinating. The Bad: History buffs might thirst for even more Harlem Renaissance details. The...

“I’m Glad You Came” – the Songs Behind the Book

“I’m Glad You Came” – the Songs Behind the Book

Is that a wolf in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Seriously though, here’s the still-being-tweaked cover for my next book in the 50 Loving State series, HER VIKING WOLF, which is set in Colorado and will release next week on Amazon. So keep your eyes on this site for more details, which will be coming soon. Meanwhile, I thought it might be fun to do a post about the soundtrack songs for my books. For every book I’ve written so far, I’ve chosen a Top 40 song that, if I had the wherewithal and the desire to use it for a book trailer, I totally would. For THE OWNER OF HIS HEART it was “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele:   For HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE it was “We Found Love (In a Hopeless Place)” by Rihanna ft....

THE HEALER’S WARRIOR by Renee Lewin

THE HEALER’S WARRIOR by Renee Lewin

Description: Jem’ya, a black African healer comes to the aid of Tareq, a North African “farmer,” not realizing that he is really the prince of her land, and the son of their monstrous king. The Good: This is a really epic love story, told on a historical scale that you don’t often see in IR. I loved that both the hero and the heroine were virgins and that it made the love story no less compelling. Somehow the Victorian nature of it all, kept the romance hot. At one point the H/H hug, and I found it surprisingly emotional as a reader. The Bad: This is a prime example of why tears should only be used in a book once, maybe three times tops. Jem’ya cries so much, it’s hard to stay emotionally connected to her. Tears are like...

OUTLAW’S DELIGHT by Dahlia Rose

OUTLAW’S DELIGHT by Dahlia Rose

Description: When sheriff Simon Boothe is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to hang due to the machinations of the most villainous businessman in town, he escapes and flees to a nearby outlaw town. Here, he meets Delight Blue who also has a serious bone to pick with his enemy. The only thing they become more passionate about than revenge is each other. The Good: Simon and Delight are well … delightful. And Delight makes this book especially worth reading. She’s a great example of how to give your heroine a ton attitude without making her overly prickly and turning off the reader. She has hopes and dreams and moments of awesome fierceness; I was rooting for her and Simon all the way. As a couple, they’re highly romantic and a pleasure to...

GOLD MOUNTAIN by Sharon Cullars

GOLD MOUNTAIN by Sharon Cullars

Description: In 1865 both Leah and Qiang come to California during the Gold Rush, hoping to find their fortunes. Instead they find each other. The Good: Oh, I just loved this book. Both the hero and the heroine were worth cheering for all the way to the end. The sex was super-sensual and what a lovely, lovely romance. Cullars has an amazing sense of time and place, and really plunges you into her historical setting. The love interests were very well-developed and well-matched. This is by far the best BW/AM romance I have ever read. The Bad: Considering the quality of the writing, this book hasn’t found nearly as many readers as it should have. If you do read it and love it as much as I did, please consider telling a friend or at the very least, leaving a...