Reviews by Ha Nguyen

D+
Secrets: Forbidden Desires (Volume 16)

Anthology
Secrets anthologies feature erotic and romantic short stories. The quality varies from volume to volume as well as from author to author. Unfortunately, I can recommend only one out of the four entries in this latest Secrets volume, while the other three range from below average to downright silly. ...

A
All U Can Eat

I love the uninhibited, laissez-faire feel of Emma Holly's erotica. The sensuality level is out of this world, but always in combination with an entertaining story, a HEA, and well-drawn, interesting protagonists. All U Can Eat is the kind of book I adore: a frivolous mix of romantic erotica and tra ...

B-
Nefertari 9.0

Michele Bardsley's Erotic Tales from The Lust Bastion: Nefertari 9.0, a short story of about 21,000 words, cheered me up this rainy afternoon. Nefertari 9.0 is a bawdy, fluffy, fun novella about love and lust's caprices, and how every geeky Jack will find his geeky Jill.You don't stumble ove ...

C
Planet X

Planet X by Evangeline Anderson starts out with great promise. The author gets everything right - plotting, pacing, and two absolutely terrific protagonists who simply leap off the pages. Unfortunately, things took a downhill turn and my predominant feeling when I finished the book was great disappo ...

D
Curse of Brandon Lupinus

Curse of Brandon Lupinus is a Quickie from Ellora's Cave. I had hopes of a fun, little ghost story; unfortunately, it mainly revolves around sex, the plot is so thin it's hardly there, and the sex-obsessed main characters had me rolling my eyes. Jess Whittlebury falls in love wit ...

B-
Love's Golden Embrace

At about 35,000 words, Love's Golden Embrace by Charlene Leonard is a rather short story in which you won't find much detail in either setting or characterization. However, the feeling of nostalgia, comfort and my affection for both leads (especially for hero Luke) make Love's Golden Embrace a pleas ...

F
Sight Unseen

I will admit to a great deal of reluctance when sitting down to write this review. But it's no use procrastinating. Sight Unseen was painful to read, and even more so to finish. Faith Connors's vocation to become a forensic investigator became clear early on, when she suspected her best friend's ...

B+
Desire's Slave

Can you believe I've found a character-driven Romantica? Slave of Desire by Delilah Devlin is a merry galactic romp with too much sex, but I admit I didn't notice its flaws while reading because I was spellbound by the leads' unfaltering spirits and their stormy relationship.After some suffocati ...

B
Full Ride

By definition, romantica is a hybrid of Erotica and Romance, ideally a combination of the best the two genres have to offer. Playfully taking up the definition, Gail Faulkner's Full Ride is both sultry and romantic.When nervous Prin, naked under a trenchcoat as agreed upon, enters the ...

B-
Nothing Personal

I've read countless category romances just like Nothing Personal by Elisa Adams, which is, at heart, yet another variation of the older-woman-younger-man theme - same arguments, same development of story, same twists and turns. However, Elisa Adams's take on this well-trodden path held my interest a ...