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...

TAKEN BY A NYMPH by Lizzie Lynn Lee

TAKEN BY A NYMPH by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Description: Nymph Prince Avaran de Charmange is having a terrible time finding a wife, which he needs in order to take his rightful place on the Surian throne, but then he encounters plus-sized beauty, Raine Jackson. The Good: Well, I just loved that the heroine was a plus-sized, plain jane nurse divorcee. This story is funny, has good pacing, and also has good stakes and action. On another note, I really enjoyed Ms. Lee’s bio. The Bad: The novella suffers from a lack of romantic conflict, though it’s well set-up for such. In the end, the hero has a great arc, but the couple does not. The Naughty: Erotic. Explicit language. Tons of hot sex. Older woman, younger man. Editing issues: 5 typos found. Publisher: Indie Length: 61 pages Final Grade: B Click...

JUICY by Pepper Pace

JUICY by Pepper Pace

Description: When, Juicy, a “dark as licorice” hairdresser with anger management issues is unexpectedly saved by Troy, a homeless white man with mental issues, really unexpected sparks fly. The Good: Let’s start with the fact that Ms. Pace managed to make a homeless white hero with mental issues not only sexy, but appealing. That alone would have blown my mind, but she also manages to successfully throw many of the romance formula rules out the window — which only makes the novel even more romantic in my opinion. Ms. Pace has a strange sense of humor, and this makes for a very fresh novel. In many ways, JUICY is a page turner fueled by its own oddness. The Bad: This is difficult, because I want to give this odd gem of a novel an A+, but it...

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Crystal Hubbard

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Crystal Hubbard

Description: 40-something professor Zae Richardson, never expected to find love again after the death of her beloved husband, but her hunky, blond dojo trainer, 30-something, Chip, might give the feisty widow a new lease on life. This is the follow-up to BURN. The Good: Ms. Hubbard is a very funny writer, and there were many laugh out loud moments in this book. I really enjoyed BURN, and loved catching up with Gian and Cinder as they pursued adoption. The side characters were well-drawn and engaging. And the ending was really great. Also, there was a lot of English major fan service. If you love literature or were an English major, you’re going to really appreciate this novel. The Bad: Unfortunately the book took quite a while to get started. The narrative...