Linda Howard's Troublemaker: A Pandora's Box

Today, AAR reviewers Maggie Boyd and Mary Skelton tackle Troublemaker, the latest book by New York Time’s bestseller Linda Howard.

Here is Maggie’s summary of the novel:

Isabeau “Bo” Maran is surprised – and displeased – when she receives a self-igniting birthday card from the ex-step-brother she loves to hate. She is even more displeased when she finds that the present alluded to in the card is actually a sick man in need of a very private place to recuperate. She is happy with the bribe she receives to play nursemaid – $150,000.00 will go a long way to alleviating the debt from a bad business decision and putting her back in financial solvency. Looks like she and her dog, Tricks, will be entertaining a house guest.

As the leader of a paramilitary group Morgan Yancy is used to facing danger. He just didn’t expect to find it waiting for him in […]

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs: A Pandora’s Box

Today, AAR reviewers Maggie Boyd and Mary Skelton tackle Fire Touched, the ninth book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

Here is Maggie’s summary of the novel:

Tensions between the fae, humans and the supernatural community at large are at an all-time high. Everyone now knows that magic is in the world, not everyone is thrilled it exists. It doesn’t help that just like with people in our world, the fae are comprised of good (well, almost good) and evil (well, really, monstrously evil). In this stress filled environment, the Columbia Basin pack led by Adam Hauptman, has become the public face of the werewolf community. When coyote shape-shifter Mercy and her mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves in a genuine mess. Escapees from the fae are seeking asylum with them. Two, Zee and his son Tad, are friends who have been helpful to the pack – and Mercy in particular –before. The third […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:12+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Maggie AAR, Mary AAR, Pandora's Box|Tags: , |6 Comments

Court of Thorns and Roses: A Pandora’s Box

Dabney: Haley picked Sarah Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses for her best Romance Novel of 2015. Here’s what she said about the book:

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, or perhaps East of the Sun West of the Moon, set in a world where humans live precariously alongside dangerous fae. The world that Maas has built is anything but Happily Ever After. Feyre’s family is on the brink of starvation and poor when she kills what she thinks is a wolf in the woods. That wolf was actually a fae in disguise, and as retribution, Feyre must go live with the High Lord of the Spring Court. The best reason to read this book is Tamlin, the High Lord. He is everything you want in a sexy leading man.

I love the story of East of the Sun West of the Moon and was intrigued. I like romantic fantasy but rarely read it. (So many books. So […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:12+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Categories: Dabney AAR, Haley AAR, Pandora's Box|Tags: , |3 Comments

Michelle Diener’s Dark Deeds: A Pandora’s Box

Today, Maggie and Alexandra tackle the second book in the Class 5 Series by Michelle Diener, Dark Deeds. The first book in the series,  Dark Horse, made both of their Top Ten Lists for 2015. Does the second book live up to their expectations? We’ll find out! Here is Maggie’s summary of the novel:

Abducted from Earth and then used  for slave labor, Fiona Russell has not had the best introduction to the wider universe. When her ship is boarded by a new alien species, she begs to go with them. She gets a concussion for her trouble. Proving third time lucky she is rescued by the Grih, humanlike aliens determined to get justice for everything from her concussed head to her abduction. But even while she deeply […]

Meatworks: A Guest Pandora’s Box

Hello everyone and welcome to our monthly AAR blog column. The basic idea is we choose a book every month and have a discussion about it. We being Elisabeth Lane (of Cooking Up Romance), a long-time romance reader who now creates recipes inspired by books and then blogs about it, and Alexis Hall, author of, most recently, For Real.

This month we read Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price, an m/m romance set in a dystopian near-future where robotics technology reigns. Desmond Poole has recently lost a hand in a robotics accident and he is… failing to cope. He gets sent to group therapy where he meets Corey Steiner, a hip, young thing who has much better control of his robotic limb than Desmond. They have instant chemistry, but it takes them awhile to navigate the treacherous waters of their new relationship.


AJH: This your first JCP […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:15+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Dabney AAR, Guest Posts, Pandora's Box|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Luck Be A Lady: A Pandora’s Box

Welcome to our Pandora’s Box on Meredith Duran’s Luck Be a Lady

They call her the “Ice Queen.” Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright—the auction house that was stolen from her. To win this war, she’ll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O’Shea? A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both.

     Having conquered the city’s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy—and access to her world of the law-abiding elite. No one needs to know he’s coveted Catherine for a year now—their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love. Seduction, however, is a different matter—an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or not…


 

Dabney: […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:16+00:00 September 19th, 2015|Categories: Books with Buzz, Caz AAR, Dabney AAR, Pandora's Box|Tags: |9 Comments

My Dark Prince: A Guest Pandora’s Box

Hello everyone and welcome to our monthly AAR blog column. The basic idea is we choose a book every month and have a discussion about it. We being Elisabeth Lane (of Cooking Up Romance), a long-time romance reader who now creates recipes inspired by books and then blogs about it, and Alexis Hall (author of, most recently, Waiting for the Flood), relative newcomer to the romance genre and occasional writer.

So, uh, My Dark Prince: He’s the Prince of an imagined country, attempting to secure the line of succession by marrying the princess of neighbouring imagined country.  Except then the princess is presumed kidnapped. BUT the heroine happens to look like this princess. There’s politics! And intrigue! And angst. And finally love.


 

AJH: Omg, this book. I literally do not know what […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:16+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Categories: Guest Posts, Pandora's Box|Tags: , , |6 Comments

A Guest Pandora’s Box: The Girl Next Door

Hello everyone and welcome to our monthly AAR blog column. The basic idea is we choose a book every month and have a discussion about it. We being Elisabeth Lane (of Cooking Up Romance), a long-time romance reader who now creates recipes inspired by books and then blogs about it, and Alexis Hall (author of, most recently, Waiting for the Flood), relative newcomer to the romance genre and occasional writer.

Today we’re going to be talking about Amy Jo Cousins’ recently released New Adult romance, The Girl Next Door.

Book 3 of her Bend or Break series, it can be read as a standalone, although it centres on Cash Carmichael, everyone’s favourite dudebro from the first book, Off […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:19+00:00 July 10th, 2015|Categories: Guest Posts, Pandora's Box|Tags: , , |6 Comments

A Pandora’s Box: Mary Balogh’s Only a Promise

Today, Dabney and Maggie tackle the latest Survivor’s Club by Mary Balogh, Only a Promise. The book comes out on Tuesday, June 9th. We’ve tried to avoid overt spoilers.

Maggie summarizes the novel here:

As a schoolboy Ralph Stockwood, Earl of Berwick, was a natural born leader. When he convinced his friends to join him in glorious combat he had no idea that he would be the only one returning. Guilt ridden and heart sore Ralph has been able to move forward with life only by deadening himself to emotion. When he is ordered by his grandmother to find a wife and get an heir to secure the family title and fortune, he is reluctant to do so. On the outside he is a fine catch; A handsome man with a long established title, prominent position and great wealth. Yet he fears […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:19+00:00 June 5th, 2015|Categories: Dabney AAR, Maggie AAR, Pandora's Box|Tags: |13 Comments

A Guest Pandora’s Box: Rose Lerner’s Sweet Disorder

Hello everyone and welcome to the fourth of our AAR blog columns. The basic idea is that we choose a book every month and have a discussion about it. We’re still Elisabeth Lane (of Cooking Up Romance), a long-time romance reader who now creates recipes inspired by books and then blogs about it, and Alexis Hall (author of, most recently, Waiting for the Flood), relative newcomer to the romance genre and occasional writer. […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:20+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Categories: Guest Posts, Pandora's Box|Tags: , , |40 Comments