Category: 2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

3 stars — Well, I ended this one feeling quite conflicted.  And as usual, I couldn’t resist going to Goodreads and reading through lower star reviews to see if I could help pinpoint my gripes.  *slaps hand*  What’s funny is that at least half of those people had the opposite gripe of me wrt to […]

The Locker Room by Amy Lane

The Locker Room by Amy Lane

ORIGINAL REVIEW: 5 stars — Well, at first I was thinking this review was going to be utterly pointless with just a bunch of gushing b/c I was so overwhelmed after I finished. But then I figured maybe I should sit down and actually figure out what specific things worked for me. B/C I don’t […]

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

4.5 stars — I’ve been looking forward to this one since it came out, but you know how sometimes you’re so excited for something that you start to worry that you’ve hyped yourself up too much, and it can’t possibly do anything but disappoint you?  That’s how I started to feel about this book.  So […]

The Kidnapped Christmas Bride by Jane Porter

The Kidnapped Christmas Bride by Jane Porter

3 stars — This one ended up just being OK for me.  It had some great moments, and it had a lot of moments that frustrated me or made me want to shake my head.  And honestly?  By the time I got to the end, I wasn’t feeling super satisfied. I will note that from […]

Winter Ball by Amy Lane

Winter Ball by Amy Lane

3.5 stars — I enjoyed this one, but to be truthful it just made me want to reread The Locker Room (which I did…review coming soon).  I liked both Skipper and Richie, but they did feel a bit young…but that could be just the nature of these two characters.  They did feel authentic though, that wasn’t […]

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

4 stars — I was so happy to read this one so soon after The Trouble with Mistletoe, because I was so intrigued by Rory and Max in that story…you could really feel the undercurrents between them.  And so I got almost immediate gratification in this little novella.  And other than one tiny little thing […]

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

3.5 stars — I’ve been wanting to read this one since it came out last year, and was so excited when I snagged a copy on sale (not to mention a paperback copy).  It was definitely a delightful Christmas romance, but it started stronger than it finished for me. My one major problem with the […]

Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone

Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone

4 stars — Oh dude, this was so refreshing after my last read!  I was sucked right into this one, it was everything I wanted in a Christmas book!  I honestly think it just hit all my Lenore buttons, you know?  I do find “royal” stories to be a bit of a guilty pleasure, and […]

The December Deal by Dana Volney

The December Deal by Dana Volney

2.5 stars — Yeah, this one just left me feeling very meh.  I didn’t end up being that captured by either character…we dive right into the story fairly quickly, and so we really don’t get to see who either of them are before it’s about the two of them together.  I think this kind of […]