Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott (Romance, paperback, 288 pages; expected publication: April 19, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin; source: publisher)
Was expecting something a little more like the Stage Dive series (with actual band stuff) but this was just as good. Really liked Lydia and how she and Vaughan actually became friends before moving into the lovers territory. They both really needed a good friend at that time in their lives. Super-hot once they finally got together, too! 4 stars
Rock Me Two Times (Rock Band #1) by Dawn Ryder (Romance, paperback, 288 pages; published Nov. 3, 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Rock band stories are my crack. They’re generally cheesy and over-the-top and this one was no different. I mean, he’s a rock star and she designs gorgeous leather creations. While I didn’t love the beginning, the second half was well worth the wait. 3 stars
Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove #4.5) by Tessa Dare (Historical Romance, ebook, 144 pages; published Dec. 8, 2015 by Avon Impulse; source: purchased)
I dearly love Dare and her adorable stories. This novella hit the sweet spot: quick read, awesome and smart characters, fantastic banter. Hard to go wrong with a trapped-oops-there-goes-my-reputation historical romance! 4.5 stars
The Bride Behind the Curtain (Regency Makeover #I) by Darcie Wilde (Historical Romance, Kindle Edition; published Mar. 15, 2016 by InterMix; source: publisher)
Cute Regency wallflower story. Liked the fortune-hunting love interest, who liked her just the way she was (a little plump…though she lost weight during her transformation. Kind of a boo…she was fine as she was!). Wish there was more focus on the romance vs. the wallflowers ganging up but liked that, too. 3.5 stars.
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly #1) by Megan Frampton (Historical Romance, paperback, 375 pages; published Nov. 25, 2014 by Avon; source: publisher)
While I enjoyed this story — I always enjoy a good women-doing-it-for-themselves plot — there were too many quibbles over plot issues and the immaturity of both main characters for it to be a top read. Still, a light-hearted, quick read. 3 stars.
Safe At Last (Slow Burn #3) by Maya Banks (Romance, Kindle Edition, 256 pages; published June 23, 2015 by Avon; source: publisher)
I’ve read a bunch of Banks’s stories and, to be honest, they’re hit or miss for me. This one was a semi-miss. It was just so. darned. slow. The plot moves slowly, the romance moves slowly, Zack’s brain moves slowly as he tries to figure out why Gracie is scared of him… 2.5 stars
Latest posts by Mary @ TheBookSwarm (see all)
- Insta(re)gram: The Pirate Queen by Barbara Sjoholm - June 8, 2017
- Insta(re)gram: I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi - June 6, 2017
- Insta(re)gram: Random Book Mail - June 4, 2017