I’m over at AudioGals with a review of Riptide by Skye Jordan, narrated by Piper Goodeve. Really interesting take on the secret baby trope – nobody is the villain here.
Why I read it: I bought this one as soon as I knew it was available because of course.
What it’s about: (from Goodreads) As a Rock Chick, Shirleen Jackson lived through all the kidnappings and explosions. Along the way, she also watched the dramatic love stories that came with those rides unfold.
But long ago, Shirleen made her choice. It affected who she was and would always be. She decided to settle for what she had and not want more. She had good friends. She was raising two fine young men who weren’t hers, but she loved them anyway.
She was good.
And then Moses Richardson crashed into her life, literally… and deliberately.
Moses has different ideas about Shirleen. He’s more interested in the Shirleen of now, mostly because she’s interesting. And funny. And loyal. Smart. Beautiful.
But Moses has a big challenge on his hands.
He has to convince Shirleen of all that.
And then convince her she deserves to have more.
What worked for me (and what didn’t): I’ve come to expect kidnappings in Rock Chick books but there are none in Rock Chick Reborn. Perhaps that’s a good thing! In some ways, the book is fan service. Certainly those who have no familiarity with the series would struggle to understand who everyone is and how they came to be where they are when the story begins. That’s not a criticism. Fan service isn’t a pejorative. And, the Rock Chick books have a very large fan base, many of whom were crying out for Shirleen to get her own HEA. Indeed, from the acknowledgements it seems that parts of the book were crowd-sourced (the hero’s name for example) so I think it’s explicit that this is a book for fans.
I’m over at Dear Author with a review of The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren. There was one thing that really bugged me but otherwise the book was great.
I’m over at AudioGals with a review of Hot Response by Shannon Stacey, narrated by Tatiana Sokolov. A firefighter and an EMT navigate some complicated family dynamics to get their HEA.
I’m over at Dear Author with a review of Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa. The story lost a little of its charm for me by the end, but I loved the beginning and enjoyed a lot about it.
I’m over at Dear Author with a review of The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It took me a couple of chapters to get into but the rest of the book blew me away.