Review: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Dark Desires After Dusk
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: March 20, 2008
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #5
Links:
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Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Mental illness (OCD); pregnancy; non-consenual kissing; violence

I was looking forward to getting Cadeon’s story after being teased that he was in love with a human in Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this. Something about it failed to click with me, making reading it slow going. In many ways, this book reminded me of A Hunger Like No Other since we also get a road trip, but I found this a bit more enjoyable and less problematic.

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Review: A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill

A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
A Swift and Savage Tide
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After reading The Bright and Breaking Sea, did you want more romance, swashbuckling, magic, and intrigue? Well, Chloe Neill delivered in its sequel A Swift and Savage Tide! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Neill takes the readers on an unforgettable adventure, and I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. 

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Review: A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
A Wallflower Christmas
Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #4.5
Links:AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:2 Stars

MY REVIEW

Yes, I know it’s no longer Christmastime, but I ended up reading A Wallflower Christmas a few days after Christmas, so my first review of the year is a Christmas book. I love the Wallflowers series and was greatly looking forward to this novella. However, I did not like this book. I was disappointed with the romance and some secondary storylines involving the OG Wallflowers. 

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ARC Review: Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

The Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle
Duke Gone Rogue
Christy Carlyle
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Love on Holiday #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Duke Gone Rogue is a charming start to Christy Carlyle’s new Love on Holiday series! The romance between Maddie and Will, the Duke of Ashmore, was sweet with relatively no angst. While lower on the sexy scale, I still found myself really enjoying this one as it was just so stinking cute how much these two characters came to care for each other.

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Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
The Bright and Breaking Sea
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Looking for a great fantasy read with some swashbuckling adventures and a hint of romance? Look no further than The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill. With a diverse world and cast of characters, I couldn’t put this book down! And it only gets better upon rereading as the world-building is exquisite and I picked up on more nuances in the plots, characters and magic. 

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Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
An Ex for Christmas
Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Series or Standalone: Love Unexpectedly #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Childhood cancer; death of sibling from cancer

I’m not a big fan of holiday-themed romances, but I am a big fan of Lauren Layne and An Ex for Christmas is such a cute, quick holiday read. An Ex for Christmas feels like a Hallmark movie in book form with a hint of a rom-com like What’s Your Number mixed in. You go in knowing exactly how it will end, but it’s fun to see how Layne will get our two lead characters together.

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Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: April 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars


MY REVIEW

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge might be the most bonkers entry in the Immortals After Dark series thus far. And yet, I somehow loved every minute of it? This story shouldn’t work – it’s a romance where a blood-thirsty vampire falls in love with a ghost for Pete’s sake. But somehow, Kresley Cole executes this crazy premise beautifully and the story works.

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Review: The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe

The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe
The Lady Gets Lucky
Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Fifth Avenue Rebels #2
Links: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Alcoholism; suicide; death of a loved one; emotional abuse

The Lady Gets Lucky was literally *chefs kiss* – fitting as this book features a lady who wants to be a professional chef! Joanna Shupe is the master of the Gilded Age romance and this book is her at her best. Kit and Alice’s romance hits all the right notes, leading to a swoon-worthy, steamy read that I could not put down.

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Review: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2007
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I was excited to dive into the third installment of the Immortals After Dark series as poor Bowen went through the wringer in No Rest for the Wicked. This book ended up being a very weird reading experience for me – I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. The plot was what really threw me and not in a good way. 

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Review: After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long

After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long
After Dark with the Duke
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Palace of Rogues #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexual assualt; sexual harassament 

Once again, Julie Anne Long knocks it out of the park with the fourth installment in The Palace of Rogues series. If you like age gap romances and slow burns that turn super fiery, After Dark with the Duke is for you! I’m usually not an age gap fan, but this one works incredibly well as Long once again manages to write characters with incredible emotional depth and takes you on a journey you can only experience at the Grand Palace on the Thames. 

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