I like picking up anthologies and bundles because they are an economical way to introduce myself to new authors and find new series to read. I picked this one up specifically for Vivien Arend’s Copper King.
A shy and secretive black bear shifter meets an alpha (slightly bipolar) grizzly bear and the results are hot enough to melt copper making an unexpected happily ever after.
Marked By Temptation (A Coven Pointe Novella)
by Deanna Chase
Basically, sex, because, well sex. No real plot or characterization, this is more erotica than anything else. It isn’t poorly done, or poorly written, but it doesn’t make me wish to see how the story line across the series might play out.
This is the eighth book in a series that looks at the HEA’s of the villains of our beloved fairy tales. The only thing I guess I have to say to this, is that I’d never wondered why precisely Rumpelstiltskin made the deals he did. Well written and enjoyable. This was my first introduction to this series and I think I’ll be looking into the rest of them.
DNF The oddly done first person writing style did not make reading this enjoyable.
by Crista McHugh
This is the 4th book in this series. It was well written and the characters were relatable and the world McHugh has created seems interesting. It seems like a magic infused off planet version of the roman empire. The heroine is a former brothel madam turned ship’s captain and the hero is the emporer’s best friend and in the military. I enjoyed it quite a bit, however it doesn’t seem to work well as a stand alone. I will be going back to read the first three entries in this series.
Cooper and Ofelia are two incredibly scarred and damaged individuals with strange hidden depths. This story starts out aggressively and just gets better. It is a bit overly dramatic but it escapes the world building pitfall of info-dumping. This is a dark story with bondage, pain, and violence, but I could not put it down.
Collateral (Debt Collection)
by Roxie Rivera
This is a spin off from Her Rssian Protector and Fighting Connollys seriesPretty, good girl, American social princess meets Albanian mafia connected chop shop owner who promptly blackmails her into a “relationship” over things her asshole stepbrother has done. It turns out the good girl isn’t so good and the bad boy isn’t so bad, but the stepbrother is still definitely an ass. There’s mild info-dumping on the backgrounds of the two main characters’ backgrounds but since most of it is in dialogue it isn’t particularly irritating or distracting. This story is trite but it is non stop action. I sound disparaging, but actually this was a pretty fun read.
This is what I affectionately label “plot porn”. Mostly it is about the sex and titillation, but Kit Rocha has also built an interesting post apocalyptic dystopian world. There isn’t any info dumping so you have to glean what the world and the culture is for the most part. Mia and Ford are hot together and they mesh well with each other. There’s the usual misunderstanding and a bit of drama, but it doesn’t seem contrived, it fits well with what we learn about the cultures and the sectors as well as the personalities of the hero and heroine. I’ll be reading the rest of this series once I get my hands on them.
by Mimi Strong
Tina and Luca are interesting and neurotic characters, especially Luca who is an enticing blend of alpha and sweetness. The story is mostly sweet rather than sexy, but there is enough of that to keep the story moving. The main characters did not pull me in as much as the side characters though. I’m looking forward to Rory’s story more than I was interested in these two characters.