Week in Review – 4/18/14

Week In Review Books

Welcome to a new Week in Review. We’ve been out of touch (as far as weekly updates for the past few weeks–sorry about that! We’ve got a list of giveaways going on here and on our sister site at the bottom of this post, so be sure to check those out! Here’s what we’ve been reading:

Sandi: Well! I read a fantastic, hot romance recently – which will be reviewed here on Steamy Guys: . It’s book three of a series and I’ve already picked up another one! Just wait for my review! I do love a man in uniform. (Seriously. I married one!)

Betsy: That sounds great. Men in uniform…yes. Also men in kilts or breeches as the case may be. I have been doing quite a bit of reading, most will be reviewed here so I won’t waffle on about them, except to say some were pretty good, one was steamy hot and a couple were kinda MEH. I did read by Diana Gabaldon, a spin-off novel from the Outlander series. It stars both Jamie Fraser and one of my very favorite secondary characters of the series who has been elevated to a main player, Lord John Grey. It was excellent, lots of adventure, plots and the beginning of an enduring friendship. Unfortunately there is next to no romance except in Jamie’s memory, which is vivid and painful at times.

I am currently reading Ruthie Knox’s . I started this last fall at her invitation to participate in an experiment involving the serial release of sections of the novel with reader participation in a forum on her blog, which was both interesting concept and lots of fun in execution. The full novel was recently released and it is just chock full of steam, wonderful characters and did I mention steam. I love Ruthie’s books. If you love good writing, wonderful romance and steam off the charts, go read. Really, any of them.

I haven’t talked about fic in a while because quite honestly I just haven’t been reading a lot. No time. But I still follow Meilleur Cafe’s WitFit stories by TheFicChick and Rochelle Allison. (Ro hates capitalizing LOL) respectively. Objects is about friendship gone horribly awry in high school and the resulting fallout continues into adulthood. I’m not gonna lie this one is a tough read, but the writing is wonderful. I am hoping that there will be some sort of resolution (hea please). There is a cheating element in this story so those of you who can’t deal with that might want to consider that. Rochelle’s story is about a youngish single mother who meets a friend of her brother’s who happens to be a professional soccer player recovering from a serious knee injury. So far not too bumpy. Oh and said Soccerward has lots of ink to add to his hotness.

Kassiah: Looks like I’ll be pulled back into ficworld, Betsy, because I ♥ everything by TheFicChick and Rochelle Allison, even if they kill me with the feels. And I can’t wait to check out Carolina Man, Sandi. After reading your review (which will be posting on April 23), I know I’m going to love it. Gah! I’m so excited to check these new stories out!!

Betsy: Me too. Love these writers. I’m full-on obsessing over Objects. A very tough read that makes me ragey and teary and hopeful at the same time. I won’t even try to hide my ire for a couple of secondary characters. I am full of revengeful feelings. LOL. It’s a case of I-want-that-bitch-to-pay kind of thing.

The bitter, the sweet is a much easier read. Has enough edge to keep you interested, and Ro’s ability to pull you in continues to amaze me and make me happy.

I finished . Really enjoyed it. Immersed in the music world, both edgy rock and pop with a very slow romantic burn. So pleased to see her spread her wings. She’s writing historical fiction for her next one and I can’t wait for that.

Kassiah: OMG I love spanglemaker! I must read ).

I was out of town for the past week and a half with spotty intarwebz and no kids. So that means I’ve been reading a bunch of books lately. Most of them are going to be posted as reviews or tours in the next couple of weeks, but I will have to say the hottest thing I read was available today, and you should definitely check it out. But not if you’re anywhere near your mother. :)


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Week in Review – 3/22/14

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Welcome to a new Week in Review. Each week, we’ll let you know what we’ve been reading lately, whether it’s super steamy Romance, our latest Young Adult obsession, or anything in between. We’ll tell you what we love and what falls short for us, too. Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

Betsy: Hiya. Long time, no hear, eh? I have actually been doing quite a bit of reading and most of it I can talk about. :-) I picked up an ARC on a whim, by Blue Kincaid. The blurb sounded promising: broken dom and a professional fixer-upper sub. I am no expert in BDSM so I can’t tell you if it is in any way accurate. I will tell you it was hotter than hell and had a pretty decent romance. It also sets up other books very well with a cast of excellent secondary characters. There was a sizzling threesome as well. So for a whim, this was a win.

Because I can’t stop re-reading things despite the eleventy billion books on my Kindle, I had a hankering to re-read the by Karen Moning. All I need to say is Jericho Barrons. The epitome of a steamy alpha male. Hot, irritating, controlling, confusing and underneath the edgy very caring (though please don’t tell him this, bad things would ensue). Plus in this paranormal world, populated by all manner of creatures, I still.have.no.idea.what.he.is. Really wish Moning would write a JZB book or several.

The past couple of weeks I have been reading a bunch of historical fiction/romances. by Juliana Maio was the first one I read. This one is set in Egypt in early 1941. Lots of suspense, mistaken identities, spies and war-time action. Also contained a decent romance between a Jewish refugee and an American reporter who is also working for the precursor of the CIA. Enjoyable read with a satisfying if somewhat quick resolution.

Another interesting one that was suffused with myth and legend and set in the 16th century Scottish Highlands was by Kathryn Lynn Davis. It’s sort of old school historical fiction with a very understated romance between the second son of an earl and an heiress to a large estate who also happens to be gifted with second sight which she feels is more of a curse than a gift. It was an interesting story peopled with many historical figures and stories from local legends fleshed out to fit the story. I liked it even though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

But, I am saving the best new read for last. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know I’ve found a new historical fiction writer to read. this freebie novella that she loved and thought it would be right up my alley. So I picked up (Brothers Sinister Series) and I freaking loved it. Went back and bought two more books. The writing is excellent. Setting, backdrop, language all period appropriate, but the steam and the romance is off the charts. The characters are well drawn, often flawed but eminently redeemable. If you love historical fiction/romance with a healthy hint of heat (LOL alliteration) give this writer a try.

Sandi: Hey! Good to see you! :) So you’re reading from the Brothers Sinister series? Excellent. I read A Kiss for Midwinter and very much enjoyed it.

I’ve been reading, too. I’m just so behind on reviews! So sorry! This past week, I read by Krista Lakes. This was a very quick, very fluffy romance involving a billionaire and a “regular woman from Iowa”. You can see my review on Goodreads.

I am currently reading something I haven’t read since the ‘80’s, I don’t think. V.C. Andrews’ book, the Lifetime Channel. Gothic tale, indeed.

Kassiah:OMG Sandi! Flowers in the Attic?!? I read those forever ago–with my grandmother. Not sure what she was thinking there lol I didn’t even realize it was a movie. And Betsy, I keep meaning to read the Fever Series. If I’m not mistaken, I think I promised author Elisabeth Grace that I would read over Christmas. Oopsie!

I’m still insane and don’t even know what I’ve been reading lately. I finished Cain Black (so far, anyway). In YA world, I’m reading by Kim Culbertson and I like it a lot. I’m glad to see that ya’ll have been reading so much, and I can’t wait to read your reviews!

Oh, and I also went to see ! ♥♥♥ Did ya’ll see it yet?

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Week in Review – 3/14/14

Week In Review Books

Welcome to a new Week in Review, where we let you know what we’ve been reading lately, whether it’s super steamy Romance, our latest Young Adult obsession, or anything in between. We’ll tell you what we love and what falls short for us, too. Without further adieu, here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

Kassiah: I forgot to post our Week in Review last week, so I thought that I would mention a few books that I’ve read over the past couple of weeks, even though we’ve reviewed some of them recently :)

One in particular stands out to me: by Jen Frederick. I haven’t read her other books yet, but Holy Dirty Talking Marine, Batman, this boy is HOTTTTT I loved it and will be reading her other works asap.

I’m currently reading by Julie Murphy. I was desperate to read this a few months ago and I’m loving it so far. Harvey is so sweet.

Sandi: I read , by Mary Behre (review to follow – honest, I’m working on it on my desktop!). This was a murder mystery surrounding a steamy romance and laced with the paranormal. Very interesting once it got going! I’ve also been re-reading some former favorites of mine in the Regency Romance department. Those Goodreads lists are grand for reminding me which books I like. ;-)

Most recently, I re-read by Moriah Densley. I am not sure why it’s not pulling me in more quickly; likely my own innate prejudice against Victorian romances. I should work on that.

Kassiah: That’s great about Spirited, Sandi, because I’m pretty sure we’ve got a copy to give away when we post your review! Speaking of giveaways, we have finally sorted through all the entries for our huge Christmas giveaway and will hopefully be announcing winners next week! We want to be sure to contact everyone first to verify addresses and such but we’ll post here as soon as we’ve got the final list. Sorry it took so long ♥

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Week in Review – 2/28/14

Week In Review Books

Welcome to a new Week in Review, where we’ll let you know what we’ve been reading lately, whether it’s super steamy Romance, our latest Young Adult obsession, or anything in between. Without further adieu, here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

Sandi: So! This week I read , by Beth Trissel. It’s an historical romance featuring a Native American as the heroine (half Shawnee, half white), a white man adopted by the Shawnee as the hero, and a healthy dose of the paranormal. It was…okay. There is insta-chemistry between the principals, there is steam (some, not over-much, which was fine with me) and there are some good chase scenes and fights. But…I probably won’t read it again.

Kassiah: This week, I read by Crista McHugh and I loved it! I haven’t read the other books in the series, but this was fine as a standalone, and I definitely want to read more from her :)

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