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Guest Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Liza’s review of The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
Historical romance released by Avon on December 29, 2015

The Rogue Not TakenLady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

I’ve enjoyed Sarah MacLean’s books in the past so I was excited to get a new book from her. I wanted to learn more about Sophie Talbot and see if she could find her happiness. I absolutely love reading about a rogue in historical romances, and Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley fit the bill completely.

I absolutely adored Sophie Talbot from the moment she hit the page. She is such a strong and protective character. She will do whatever it takes to protect her sisters and her family. I also love that she had the strength of character to know she didn’t want to remain in London and found a way to leave.  Sophie is extremely intelligent and her love of books on every subject only endeared her more to me. I did think that for such an intelligent woman, Sophie didn’t plan ahead very well and really was very naive in how she saw the world. I really felt like she saw much of the world through rose-colored glasses.

I’ll say right from the start that I didn’t love King when we first met him. I loved the idea of the rogue who ends engagements, but he was pretty much all about himself at first and it put me off him for a bit. Even though I didn’t love him in the beginning, I still saw his potential to be charming. I also really liked how quickly his protective nature seemed to kick in when it came to Sophie. He still remained a tool towards Sophie through much of the book, but I started to see there was more to his character the longer they were together. King will never be my favorite hero in a Sarah MacLean story, but I did feel like he redeemed himself enough in the end for me to at least like him.

The Rogue Not Taken was a very slow read for me. While the attraction was there between Sophie and King from pretty much the minute they met, it took so long for their relationship to move from constant nitpicking to something more. I did find many of the situations both Sophie and King got themselves into quite funny. In fact as the romance built so slowly for me, the humor is what kept me reading. I did love the more attracted King and Sophie became to one another the more they found ways of spending more time together. I need to point out that since I read more contemporary romances than historical romances, I have to remind myself most of the romantic build up is slower with a historical romance. I really did love the romance between King and Sophie once it moved from more than companions who just picked at each other like kids on a playground.

Overall, I enjoyed The Rogue Not Taken. I would definitely read more books by Sarah MacLean. In fact, I really want to know more about Sophie’s sisters and I somehow missed Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, where Sophie was first introduced. While I had some issues with The Rogue Not Taken, I still would recommend it to other readers. I really enjoyed Sarah MacLean’s voice and look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Grade: B-

You can buy a copy here.

Guest Review: Coming Back by Lauren Dane

Ki’s Review of Coming Back by Lauren Dane
Contemporary erotic romance released by Hachette on December 8, 2015

Coming BackMick Roberts, the newest partner at Twisted Steel’s custom hotrod and motorcycle shop, looks like a man with everything. But secretly he still craves the connection he lost when his best friend Adam and the love of his life Jessilynn walked out. Then, he wasn’t ready for the pleasure they promised. Now, things have changed.

Rich, powerful, and insatiable, Adam Gulati is used to getting what he wants. And there’s nothing he wants more than Mick and Jessi. He hasn’t seen either in over a year, but the second he sets eyes on them again his memories-and his desires-can’t be denied.

After trying to live without them, Jessi Franklin realized no one else can satisfy her like Adam and Mick. The three of them need one another-in more ways than one. It’s time to stop pretending and submit to the hunger they all share. But once they go down this road, there’s no turning back. As deeply devoted as they are, no one knows what great bliss their forbidden fantasy will find-or the price they may pay . . .

This was my first book by Lauren Dane and I would never have picked this up myself but the blurb hooked me in a way I never would have thought. I still don’t know why it caught my interest because I don’t really like ménage à trois reads, but this just did. Maybe it was the characters or how I wanted to know what’ll happen next, or maybe it’s because I’ve been reading some good ménage à trois lately. Who knows.

The heroine, Jessi, I found really likable and had lots of sass. She has a huge heart that is full of love and understanding. She’s very independent and  has this “I don’t give an F attitude” especially when it comes down to both her men and towards those who hurt them. She speaks her mind and is a surprising little chit who says it as it is. Jessi is stubborn and very protective and doesn’t like to be bossed around, except in the bedroom by her Dom. She’s the keystone in the relationship which kept the trio together and brought them back together. She also never gave up on them even if they were the ones who left her. I’m still not sure how to place her because of her love for both men but I do feel like she loves Mick much more because of their long history and Adam is there because she needed the Dom for both her and Mick.

As for the first hero, Adam, I first thought he was the Beta in this trio because of his emotional awareness and how he wears his emotions on his sleeves, but as it turned out he’s the Dom in the bedroom and is very possessive. This means he’s also bossy and will do anything to get it his way, even irritating people to it. On the other side he’s very neat and clean and can be vulnerable when he thinks about he past wrongs to the people he loves. He definitely has the Alpha attitude if you look at it closely, he just hides it very well. He’s more on the needy side of the relationship and more open in sharing  his feelings with Jessi and Mick. His love is more on the sex side – the physical – and I see that he loves Mick more because they were best friends.

Mick on the other hand has tattoos and has this bad boy look which I initially thought made him the Alpha male with his strength and muscled bode, but he’s more on the Beta side. He’s a Sub and less controlling than Adam and very vulnerable. He had trouble accepting his bisexuality and dealing with his family on this taboo which lead him to leave in the first place but he has grown to realize that he couldn’t live without Jessi and Adam in his life. He’s the referee in the relationship but also the dependant. He’s known Jessi the longest, since childhood, and has a much deeper bond with her than Adam does so his love is more on the friends side of love, that turned into love-love, if you understand it. But with Jessi, I saw it as more of the true m/f love relationship.

What I liked was there was no overarching drama and huge misunderstanding. It was plain and simple and love all around. The main characters and secondary characters were great. Jessi’s parents were the most lovable parents around. Duke and Asa (from the previous books) were very intriguing and I’ll likely be reading their stories. I liked that we got POVs of all three characters within the chapters and got to understand each of their history and feelings towards each other. I also liked that we got to know how Jessi, Adam, and Mick changed from the past to the present and how they felt during those times they were separated. Their progress was a bit quick but I loved that they each had to reconnect with each other again, and what almost felt like a re-introduction.

What I had problems with was the pacing. How the book started, how fast they all seemed to accept what happened in the past, and just how quickly they just got back together. Like there was some tension and uncomfortable moments but I felt like there should have been some time to work things through and ease their way back together than just jumping right onto the wagon no matter how much they desired being together. Yes it’s going back to the there’s no drama bit, but I felt issues weren’t addressed, and it was just a bit unrealistic without more difficulties. It also felt like I was just thrown into the story right in the middle of things. It as as if I started off from a cliffhanger and I had to read the previous stories to get it.

It was also very difficult, for me personally, because with Coming Back at points I would just want Jessi and Mick together, or Jessi and Adam, or Mick and Adam! For this book I just wanted one story with two people! Three makes it hard! A third wheel! When there’s romances with two people and I’m got invested and then the third came in….the fire died for me. I had to change gears and prepare for the other character’s thoughts and introspection of the relationship. It just messes with my romance. Just something personal.

So, my overall impression is that I might have to read the previous stories to understand Mick in those books to really have a full on feel and comprehension of his story in this book. Although I wasn’t very connected to any of the characters I really did enjoy the story and definitely enjoyed the sex. It isn’t that I don’t like ménage à trois romances, I just haven’t read that many, and for Coming Back I think I would have liked to see a couple instead of the trio.

Grade: C+

You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.

Review: Make Me by Tessa Bailey

Babs‘ Review of Make Me by Tessa Bailey
Contemporary Romance released by Avon Impulse on August 11, 2015

Make MeConstruction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she’d stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.

With the future of her family’s hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn’t helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby’s suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?

As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she’s ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.

Make Me is the third book in the Broke and Beautiful series. I’ve had the series on my to-read list for awhile. I got the first book at RT in May. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary recently–Lauren Dane, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Penny Reid–along with this series. I read all three books over a 3-day period. I’m one of those readers that read series in order. I recommend reading the first two books in the series before reading Make Me. I think you’ll miss some back story if you try to read this as a stand-alone.

Throughout the series Russell has been longing for Abby and she’s been oblivious. Russell is struggling with his own demons and doesn’t think he’s good enough for Abby. He has in his head he has to be the strong one, the protector, and he thinks he knows what Abby needs and it’s not him. Russell has tried to stay firmly in the friend zone then things take a turn–like they do. I’m a sucker for the big, burly guy that’s all gruff but on the inside is a softy. Russell would do anything for Abby including not let her know how he feels because he doesn’t feel worthy.

Abby loves that Russell doesn’t handle her with kid gloves. He gets mad or frustrated when she doesn’t behave like he expects but is still there for her as a friend. Abby has her own secrets and insecurities that mean she doesn’t even think about Russell as a potential lover or that he would want her that way. She’s also wrestling with a big work/family issue. Then something happens and changes their relationship. Abby learns Russell wants her and she wants more of him. I think Abby is a great character–trying to be strong for everyone, trying to find her way in her new relationships, overcoming childhood fears. At the same time I like that she also figured out what she wanted from Russell and walked away when he wouldn’t give it to her. She also took charge and found her own solution for the work/family problem.

I like the change up in this book where Abby has the money, not Russell. Contrary to billionaire hero trends and a switch from the first two books in the series, it’s not the hero with the money–it’s the heroine.

Russell and Abby have hot sexy times. I wanted to yell at them “Just do it already” because the build up was killing me! The sexy times get marred by the several misunderstandings and failure to fully open up to each other. I wish there had been more time in the story with them as a romantic couple–not just as friends.

Roxy and Louis and Honey and Ben from the previous books are all around for this story. I loved seeing the relationships of the “supergroup” grow and really reach maturity in this book. I love series that follow connected groups be they friends or family members.

All three books are pretty spicy reads. I think this one kicks things up a notch. Russell is a dirty talker (yum!) and they’re both feeling out the dynamics of their sexual relationship. I like the dynamic of them both getting something “new” from their physical relationship. Russell wants to do stuff to Abby he’s never wanted before and she’s experiencing everything for the first time.

I liked this book and enjoyed the series. If you like hot contemporary reads, these are great stories. My first Tessa Bailey read was Off Base. I highly recommend that story too–a fabulous, hot contemporary book. I read it when it was released and could not put it down.

Grade: B

You can buy a copy here.

Review: Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Karen’s Review of Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
Contemporary m/m romance published by Samhain Publishing on November 10, 2015

Winter WonderlandPaul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

Well, reading a Christmas book while on holiday in the South of France may not sound like a great idea, but weather aside, lying on a beach was at lest as good as reading this by a roaring fire – which would really be its natural habitat.

I’ve never read anything by Heidi Cullinan before, for some reason I felt that her books would be really angsty and tear your heart out-y, but this was not. This is total feel good seasonal fluff.

Kyle, well he camps his queer up for the audience, he’s been seen as a kid his whole life as well, and can’t seem to break through that barrier. Yet as a character he is quite well rounded, his love for his sister and family and how he cares for the people he looks after is just snarky enough to stop being nauseating. I found the campy toppy thing to be quite a superficial twist though, and would have liked to see him become a little less of a caricature.

Paul, again there is this very simple switch that goes on from manly bear to ‘likes to be bossed’ and for me, it just was too simple. I wanted to feel a little more depth.

Kyle’s family was the highlight for me, close knit and caring, but again lacking in nay real depth.

The plot is straightforward, this is part of a series (I haven’t read the others) and apart from cameos from the main characters of the previous books is pretty much about the relationship between Kyle and Paul. Overall there was nothing offensive about this, but there was nothing that grabbed me either, I read it 3 weeks* ago, and I’m struggling to remember it.

Grade: C+

You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.

*Editor’s note: this is my bad, Karen sent in the review on August 30th. Just a frame of reference.

Review: A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles

Karen’s review of A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles
Historical M/M released by Loveswept on August 11, 2015
A Fashioanble Indulgence

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.
After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

I got a copy of this book from the author, because she is great. As at the time I wasn’t sure if I was reviewing or not, I found that very generous.

A Fashionable Indulgence is a classic case of right book, right time, because I actually read it twice. The first time I was so fixated on the detail in the clothing, and some of the customs that I couldn’t actually see anything else, it was just before I went on holiday. I was quite tense. The second time was just after I came back from holiday, a little more relaxed and what a different experience.

KJ Charles is a clever writer, initially I felt that this was a homage to the Heyer school of historical novel, the language and the setting, and the very ordered and formal descriptions of clothing and situations. Plus there is quite a large cast of characters to contend with, almost from the off. Then I started noticing political parallels, with the treatment of the poor, the resistance to the government, and the sedition. And that really sucked me in. I think that the best and most memorable romance books have more than just a relationship in them. They can, and should make you think.

The main characters Harry and Julius are such good counterpoints to each other, physically dark and light and emotionally light and dark. Harry is a very open, heart on his sleeve character, and it appears that the job of Julius is to tamp that enthusiasm down, so that Harry becomes a Gentleman. Yet as Harry becomes more a part of Society, he looses that spark that makes him unique and there is this glorious internal conflict, mirrored in the defrosting of Julius, the balance between these two is excellent.

Harry should be, if this were even vaguely traditional, the innocent virgin, and Julius the man of the world, but this is KJC and nothing is that straightforward. There are many writers who would simply swap the characteristics over, but not here. Harry IS more sexually experienced than Julius, but the balance is the Julius understands society, in many ways Julius is the more innocent.

There is also a rather wonderful Sleeping Beauty feel about A Fashionable Indulgence, and for me quite a literal feel.

I found A Fashionable Indulgence so multi layered, a great read.

Grade: A

You can buy a copy here.

Review: Ever After by Rachel Lacey

Deb’s review of Ever After by Rachel Lacey
Contemporary Romance released by Forever on August 25, 2015

Ever AfterCAUGHT IN THE ACT

Olivia Bennett is not having a happy birthday. Instead of blowing out her twenty-nine candles, she’s stuck in jail, caught red-handed in a graffiti incident that (perhaps) involved one too many strawberry margaritas. Worst idea ever. The only bright side is that she ended up in the strong arms of the most gorgeous lawman she’s ever seen.

Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff) faces intense pressure from the sheriff to find out who’s behind a string of vandalisms. And after her spray-painting spree, Olivia is suspect number one. Still, Pete can’t stop thinking about her. Wanting her. Now he’s torn between his duty and his overpowering desire for the vivacious waitress. But he may have to bend the rules because true love is more important than the letter of the law…

Ever After is book 3 in Rachel Lacey’s Love to the Rescue series;  however, it can be read as a standalone.  It is a very sweet, well written, contemporary romance set in small town North Carolina.  I love small town romances with their interesting mix of quirky characters and fun goings on.  However, I’m not a sweet kind of gal.  I like my romances down and dirty with lots of the same in regard to the sex on the page.  And, shame on me, I have also been known to judge a book by its cover.  The cover of Ever After is…sweet. However, the hot guy and the dog on the cover roped me in, because guys who love dogs are just that much hotter, right?  So I gave myself a lecture to stop with the judging and eye rolling before I’ve even read a chapter.  And I’m glad I did because I truly enjoyed this book.

Olivia Bennett isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life.  Her parents, prominent attorneys, expect Olivia to follow in their footsteps.  She has two years of law school under her belt.  Admittedly, she’s a natural at it, but the thought of practicing law makes her cringe.  It really isn’t her “thing” so she’s taking a break to figure out just what her “thing” is.  Olivia’s true passion is animal rights and for the past year she’s gone on a crusade to close down Halverson Foods, a local chicken processing plant.  She writes a blog and has a Facebook page viewed by thousands, documenting the abusive conditions at the plant.  At this point, I’ll admit I started to step back.  This particular subject matter in a romance book?  But I kicked the judgment aside because I was liking Olivia.  She’s not a goody two shoes by any stretch and she’s not a fanatic.  She speaks her mind but doesn’t force her opinions on anyone else.  She’s a vegetarian but hey, she won’t condemn you if you are a carnivore.  She organizes peaceful protests, hands out pamphlets, and writes intelligent posts on the subject.  However, her efforts to enlighten the Halverson big wigs about the conditions at the plant repeatedly fail. So after celebrating her 29th birthday with a couple friends and imbibing in one margarita too many, Olivia goes a bit too far in her activist efforts.

When Deputy Pete Sampson comes across a teenager spray painting graffiti on the side of the Halverson Plant he’s mostly annoyed.  However, when he discovers the teenager is a very attractive woman who’s clearly indulging in a drunken prank, he’s pissed.  Since Olivia’s friends have run off, he assumes she is not only defacing property but also driving while under the influence.  A drunken driving incident he feels responsible for has caused Pete some demons he can’t let go of.  Even though he finds her cute as hell, duty prevails.  Once Olivia is sentenced to community service Pete finds reasons to check up on her.  All the while telling himself it’s just his duty.  Which is a load of baloney because he knows were it not for him being the arresting officer; he’d totally be asking her out.  Pete is adorable while at the same time frustrating as hell.  He flirts with Olivia, admits he’s attracted to her, but then comes to his senses since it’s a huge conflict of interest, and pushes her away.  Except when he’s kissing her.  And that seems to happen a lot.  When vandals begin painting nasty slogans on her car and house, it only draws Pete closer to Olivia.  He wants to protect her.  Pete is a good guy.  He adopted a German Shepard that failed the K-9 program, he takes care of his mom, he bakes muffins when he can’t sleep and donates them to the women’s shelter.  He’s also very hot.

As the vandalism events toward Olivia escalate, so does the romance between Pete and Olivia.  Pete uncovers startling information surrounding the Halverson plant and the vandalism directed at Olivia, which only makes him more protective of her.  The suspense adds a lot to the story and even though it’s not too hard to figure out, I still enjoyed it.  Ms. Lacey has done a fine job with Pete and Olivia’s relationship as well.  I thought it might turn into a sappy story but I found myself really liking the slow build, the courtship, the care Olivia and Pete take getting to know one another. There really is something to be said for a nice sweet romance.  And just so you aren’t too disappointed, there’s some pretty hot sex as well.

Grade: B

You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.

TBR Challenge Review: Evening Storm by Anne Calhoun

Evening Storm by Anne Calhoun
Contemporary [erotic] romance released by Penguin Intermix on August 18, 2015

Evening StormWhen it comes to the wolves of Wall Street, Ryan Hamilton is the leader of the pack. But his bravado is all bluff. The bank he works for is up to it’s assets in fraud and shady deals. And thanks to pressure from the NYPD and FBI, Ryan is working as both a trader and a whistleblower. His only respite from the tension is when he parades his latest arm candy at a fancy lingerie shop.

Simone Demarchelier owns Irresistible, crafting custom high-end lingerie. So she’s more than happy that Ryan is spending a fortune on his women. But she senses that behind the hotshot facade there is something more. Something tortured and sad. And when he flies her out to the Hamptons in the shadow of a summer thunderstorm in order to fix one of her designs, she instead finds herself stuck in the opulent home with a distraught Ryan.

Is Simone the one person who can mend Ryan’s heart and soul?

​Anne Calhoun wrote one of my favorite erotic romances – Liberating Lacey, so I’m always willing to give one of her books a try. I read the previous book in this series (The List), and I liked Evening Storm [even] more. There’s something about it that keeps me from loving it, but I did find the book very sexy, and an enjoyable read. I can’t quite put my finger on what was “off” for me because the premise while potentially off putting for people, didn’t bother me. There’s a stark and rather grim undertone throughout the novel, which makes everything unique. The back cover copy is itself unique because it describes something that happens near the end of the story.

Simone Demarchelier is a heroine who is comfortable in her own skin. She knows who she is, and likes who she is – that’s unique enough amongst romance heroines, much less women in general. Simone designs and sells high end lingerie, which makes her profession inherently sensual, if not sexual. She understand that and goes with it. She’s attracted to Ryan but keeps her distance as she meets him basically as a client first. And then because of who he is – he’s a player, and Simone is too smart to be taken in by that, or involved with someone like that. I liked that Simone was willing to stand in place and do what she liked without changing for Ryan. Especially because they only had a tentative friendship. She values and respects herself, and is the steady presence in Evening Storm.

Ryan Hamilton is a really interesting character. He’s a romance hero – but he’s not very heroic in a way. While he’s pictured as your stereotypical high flying asshole investment banker, his despair negates the behavior. It’s hard to explain without reading it. Ryan himself says that he hit rock bottom when it comes to humanity, and almost surprised himself by doing the right thing. And in this case, doing the right thing is more than even a good person might do. It’s a difficult journey for Ryan throughout, and Ms. Calhoun does an excellent job of conveying how difficult and precarious the situation is. Then there’s also the fact that he yearns for Simone, but is essentially romancing other high profile women. He and the actress(es) are using each other, but it’s still unusual.

It’s clear from the start is that Ryan and Simone are going to end up together. What adds another level to Evening Storm is that they aren’t together, and that as I stated, Ryan is “dating” other women through most of the book. In fact, he uses stories of his exploits to tempt and seduce Simone. He’s ridiculously extravagant and romantic in his gestures to Simone. Almost obscenely so, but it fits. He’s a splashy guy who gets what he wants, and money is no object for him. He’s also working toward a goal that will basically destroy his life. Somehow Ms. Calhoun takes all this, and crafts a romance from the mess.

I found Evening Storm to be a compelling read, and I look forward to Anne Calhoun’s next book. I can definitely see myself re-reading this book in the future.

Grade: B–
You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.