Tag: contemporary romance


Review: First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars, #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Review: First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars, #8)  by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Crista’s Review 4 Stars! When Susan Elizabeth Phillips is at her best, she writes on a different writing plane than anyone else in the business.  Her quirky characters, witty dialogue, and memorable scenes, make me eager anticipate whatever she publishes.  While First Star I See Tonight is not my absolute favorite of her books, it is reminiscent of some of her best works. The Chicago Stars series is absolutely a “must-read” series and one that I find myself thinking of and coming back to year after year.  Whenever I want to introduce someone to the romance genre, it is this series that is my “go-to” series.  First Star I See Tonight […]

Posted October 24, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Slow Burn by Pamela Clare (Colorado High Country #2)

Review: Slow Burn by Pamela Clare (Colorado High Country #2)

Crista’s Review 5 Stars! Slow Burn is the second novel in Pamela Clare’s new Colorado High Country series.  I enjoyed the first book, Barely Breathing and gave it 5 stars, but this book is even better!! I enjoyed it more, so if I could, I would give it MORE than 5 stars! This is great writing.  You can tell that Ms. Clare understands Colorado and lives there.  The mountains and the setting come alive in this series, and I have half a mind to move to Colorado just to live near this fictional town and fictional characters! Eric Hawke.  Just his name gives me the chills and his character is even […]

Posted October 11, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Hard Core by Tess Oliver

Review: Hard Core by Tess Oliver

Dorsey’s Review 3.5 Stars!! I loved the idea of this book, but I didn’t feel the overwhelming powerful connection between Ledger and Jacy that I love to have in my heroes and heroines. Jacy’s picking up the pieces of her life after getting out of an abusive marriage. Ledger was always in trouble growing up until one day he went a bit too far and ended up in jail. Ledger and Jacy are both trying to live their lives and find comfort in one another…but Ledger is keeping a secret, one that can destroy the fragile relationship their building. Honestly, I can understand why Ledger hesitated to tell Jacy the truth […]

Posted September 17, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Too Hot to Handle (The Clarksons, #1) by Tessa Bailey

Review: Too Hot to Handle (The Clarksons, #1) by Tessa Bailey

Dorsey’s Review 3 “Too Hot To Handle” Stars! Rita Clarkson and her three siblings set out to honor their deceased mother’s last wish, so they pack up the old suburban and set out on a road trip from San Francisco to New York City to participate in the polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day, just as their mother had done many years earlier. Rita is having a hard time lately, she has just (accidentally…sort of) burned down her famed mother’s restaurant where she was head chef and had a mishap on a televised cooking show that made her an unwilling YouTube star. She is definitely at crossroads in her life so […]

Posted August 13, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Don’t Tempt Me (Guthrie Brothers, #1) by Lori Foster

Review: Don’t Tempt Me (Guthrie Brothers, #1)  by Lori Foster

Dorsey’s Review 4.5 Hunky Neighbor Stars!!  I really loved this book, classic Lori Foster!! Where to begin….. Don’t Tempt Me starts when Honor moves into her new fixer-upper house with the help of her BFF, Lexie. Right off the bat her sexy neighbor Jason, his brother Hogan, and his adorable teen nephew Colt start to intrude in her very private, quiet, and busy life, and things get a little bit crazy for her. Now about the Guthrie Brothers (and Colt)….they are very friendly, generous, caring, honest, funny, and super protective. Jason was attracted to Honor right from the start but Honor has a lot of personal stuff to work through. She has […]

Posted August 3, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4) by Nalini Singh

Review: Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4) by Nalini Singh

Kristen’s Review 4 Solid Stars!! What a wonderful ending to an enjoyable series. To be honest, I was surprised how much I truly enjoyed this book. I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t fully connect with this particular love story considering how ambivalent I have been toward Abe’s character throughout the series. I shouldn’t have worried. There is a reason Nalini Singh is my favorite author. She just knows how to write my type of romance. This story not only offered a heartbreaking but sweet second chance at romance storyline between Abe and his ex-wife Sarah, but it also gave page time to the other couples in the series. That aspect […]

Posted August 2, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Flashback Friday: Falling for Gracie (Los Lobos, #2) by Susan Mallery

Flashback Friday: Falling for Gracie (Los Lobos, #2)  by Susan Mallery

Dorsey’s Review 5 Feel Good Stars!! Fourteen-year-old Gracie Landon falls in love with eighteen-year-old Riley Whitefield, really truly in love. Her antics to discourage him from dating got so out of hand that she made the local small town newspaper which became to be known as “The Gracie Chronicles”. Her mother, in desperation, and in what was supposed to be a temporary solution, shipped Gracie off to live with her aunt and uncle, however, it would be 14 years until she finally returns. Much to Gracie’s dismay, her antics are town lore and NOT forgotten. “She’d been so hopeful that people would forget her.” Gracie is now a successful and popular wedding […]

Posted July 29, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Review: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Crista’s Review 4 Disturbing Stars! Addiction. Codependency. Dysfunction. Wealth. These are the words that come to mind when thinking about the relationship between Loren Hale and Lily Calloway.  The Ritchie sisters take a no-holds-bar look at the high cost of codependency in a relationship and the devastating impact that addiction takes on peoples’ lives. Loren Hale is a raging alcoholic.  Raised by a critical and condescending father who withheld his love, Loren now spends his days trying to forget it all in the “comfort” of the bottle.  His family believes that his drinking problem was simply part of growing up and that his drunkenness is in the past.  Lily Calloway makes […]

Posted July 19, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Saddle Up (Hot Cowboy Nights #4) by Victoria Vane

Review: Saddle Up (Hot Cowboy Nights #4) by Victoria Vane

Karla’s Review 3.5 Stars! While I loved the detail about the plight of the  mustangs I felt that it might have overshadowed the romance element in the story. For that reason, I had a hard time feeling the chemistry between the 2 main protagonists, Keith and Miranda. I loved them well enough as individuals but I didn’t get that all-consuming feeling that they belonged together, something I look for in my romance reads. I also would have liked more information as to why Keith had the falling out with his tribe due to the documentary that was filmed about him. There were bits and pieces but nothing concrete that would help […]

Posted July 18, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Devil and the Deep (Deep Six, #2) by Julie Ann Walker

Review: Devil and the Deep (Deep Six, #2) by Julie Ann Walker

Crista’s Review 3 Stars! The Devil and the Deep is the second book in Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six series which features Navy SEAL heroes.  I didn’t realize this until I was already into the book.  Although it probably would’ve been helpful to have read the first book first, (as that is where Maddy and Bran are first introduced), I was still able to follow along pretty well. What is it about Navy SEAL heroes that get to me every single time???  I was in the mood for a good romantic suspense and Julie Ann Walker is a go-to author for me in this genre.   I thought that this book was […]

Posted July 5, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments