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Early Review: Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

If you enjoy fantasy romance and you haven’t read Jeffe Kennedy, you’re missing out. She writes engrossing fantasy and manages to balance the world building with the romance without sacrificing one for the other.

Badass Best of 2016: M/M Romance

Welcome to the Badass Best of 2016. Today we continue our foray into the romance genre! Take a look below for our 5 favorite M/M romance reads from this year with a few honorable mentions.

Badass Best of 2016: Urban Fantasy

Welcome to the Badass Best of 2016. We’re kicking off this year’s posts with one of our favorite genres, Urban Fantasy! Take a look below for our 5 favorite UFs from this year with a few honorable mentions.

Early Review : Beyond Surrender by Kit Rocha

Okay, so the Beyond books are an erotic/dystopian series that takes place over the course of 9 interlinking books. Beyond Surrender is the final book in this particular series, although there are a set of spin-off books coming up in the next year. Throughout the years, the stories have featured couples, a menage, a foursome, and the sexuality is fluid.. so if polyamorous relationships or bisexuality is not your thing, well… these may not be the books for you.

Spotlight on December’s New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at 20 of the new releases coming out this month. The release dates are on a best known basis so please check with your favorite store to ensure availability. Now, on to the books!

Early Review: Hooked by Brenda Rothert

The best thing about Hooked is the cover.

The premise was great but it just fizzled. The pacing was off, the characterization was weak, love scenes were meh and both conflicts were undeveloped and solved WAY to easily. There wasn’t anything exciting about this book with the exception of Jake, who was as hot as they come. But a hot hero does not a romance make.

New Release Review: Ruled by Elle Kennedy

I’ve been with the Outlaws series since the beginning, and I have been a huge supporter of it. Claimed was one of my Top Reads of 2015, and Addicted is definitely a contender for my 2016 list. I love the idea of ‘outlaws’ in a dystopian world, and the sex scenes have been amazing. Sadly, this installment did not measure up to the first two.

Review: Managed by Kristen Callihan

I’m not that big of a rock star fan, it’s not a trope or story that I particularly like or am drawn to… and Managed actually focuses on the band’s manager, Gabriel Scott, aka Scottie, and their newest hire, photographer turned social media expert, Sophie Darling.

Early Review: Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

I enjoyed “Trophy Wife” a lot more than I thought I would.

Neither the title nor the cover inspired much confidence that this would be up my alley but I like heroines who take charge of their lives and work for what they want. And that was Alison to a T. The description makes her sound brash but she’s really very brave. She divorces her husband, leaving the luxury she’s known all her life because she wants to find herself and stop being the kind of woman who depends on her husband for everything.

A Year of Sarah Dessen | That Summer

I just can’t push myself to finish. There was absolutely nothing going on here. Haven is tall. Her parents are divorced. Her dad just got remarried. Her sister is getting married in a few weeks. That’s the bare bones of this story, and I feel like that’s all there is to this – bare bones.

Early Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

I’m totally anti-Holidays. Not because I’m against the sentiment behind them, but because of how commercial they are in the U.S. (I’ve never put up a tree in my life.) That means that I seldom read Holiday romances but “Miracle on 5th Avenue” called out to me because it’s set in NYC. Even with the Holiday theme, I enjoyed it more than I thought.

New Release Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

I’ve been leery of Ms. Oliver ever since she ruined the Delirium series (I loved the first book and hated the second so much that I didn’t finish the series) but I was curious about the gimmick in Replica. You see, Replica can be read in various ways. You can read Lyra’s story first and Gemma’s second or viceversa or you can read it in alternating chapters (although the latter takes a bit of work as each story is separate.) I started with Gemma’s, read a few chapters, switched to Lyra’s, read a few chapters and would continue one narrative or the other depending on which story was more interesting at the time. It made for a unique listening experience.

Review: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

This book deals with grief over the death of an immediate family member, so if that’s not your cuppa, you’re probably better off staying away for the time being. That being said, I thought the subject of Oakley’s brother, Lucas, was handled with sensitivity and realism. The book is basically a series of letters to Oakley, written to her by Lucas (now deceased). Oakley uses them to help her grieve over his death as well as taking his advice and wishes for her to heart.

Review: In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes

I picked “In Her Defense” from the library without reading the first book in the series. (This was a conscious decision as the hero of the first book is an ex-con which is a real stretch for me.) Reading some reviews, I found out that Caitlin, the heroine here, was actually the villain of the first book. Not having read it, I didn’t know the extent of her villainy, but I was curious how Ms. Keyes would redeem her.

Soon enough I found out that Caitlin’s reputation was well deserved. She’s aggressive, cutthroat, ambitious, impatient, confident and simply the best at her job. The best part? Ms. Keyes didn’t make any excuses to justify or explain Caitlin’s personality. There wasn’t any kind of trauma in her life, that’s just the way she was. And I just loved that characterization. Why is it that women cannot be ball-busters in romance without some sort of ordeal involving their mommys or past boyfriends?

Audiobook Review: Spiral of Need by Suzanne Wright

Maybe it’s semantics, but I feel like The Mercury Pack should be called a ‘companion’ to the The Phoenix Pack series as opposed to a spin-off. Spin-off, to me, indicates that while there may be similarities, there’ll be something new and fresh. I didn’t get that here at all. This was mostly a mash-up of The Phoenix Pack scenes, and it used to be that all the females in these series were interchangeable, but it’s gotten to the point where the characters act so much alike, they’re all interchangeable.