Reviews by Heather Stanton

C
Montana Actually

Hallelujah, I made it through. One of my notes said, "This book is populated with idiots," and normally I'd leave it there, but I think our readers would like more. So this book kicks off the new Medicine River series, and Montana Actually is a mixed bag of romance and family drama. The family drama ...

A-
Forbidden

First, let me say this book probably won't appeal to everyone. The themes are dark and religious (but not preachy) and the trauma the heroine has suffered in the past can be difficult to read about. But if you are looking for a brief story with a high emotional impact, you'll be hard pressed to do b ...

C
Reluctantly Royal

I really need to start checking my expectations at the door when it comes to books I read for review. I expected Reluctantly Royal to be a cute, fish-out-of-water story about a commoner thrust into the royal spotlight. Instead, I received a story about a funeral, an alcoholic, and a tepid romance. ...

C+
The Sweetest Summer

Fans of Susan Donovan's Bayberry Island series will no doubt delight in returning to the tiny island with the weeklong festival celebrating its legend of the mermaid. Filled with quirky characters and situations, this book is part frivolity and part seriousness, with a love rekindled theme. ...

D
Come to Me Softly

Do you enjoy watching people self-destruct while everyone around them tries to prevent it from happening? How about a hero who despises himself so much that he has an awful tattoo of the most gruesome moment from his past spread across his chest just to remind himself how terrible he is? And in case ...

C+
In Your Corner

My feelings toward this book are utterly ambivalent. On the one hand, the reader is gifted with strong characters. There’s a strong supporting cast and the narrator of the story is a likable protagonist. On the other hand, I felt like the romance between the main characters was lackluster. ...

B+
The Bastard

When an angel must assemble a team of fighters for the side of good in a battle between good versus evil, she does not choose the good guys. Instead, she picks those cut from a more morally ambiguous cloth. And so begins a new series starring The Baddest Boys in History.Erik, also known as “Vi ...

B
The Book of Life

The Book of Life was one of my most hotly anticipated reads of the summer, promising a conclusion to the saga of vampire Matthew Clairmont and witch Diana Bishop’s quest for knowledge regarding the origins and secrets of creatures, specifically vampires, witches, and daemons. And for the most part ...

C
Flying

Hopping on an airplane every other weekend to escape life’s everyday drudgery sounds like a grand time. You can visit exotic locales, meet interesting people, or just take some time for yourself. But the heroine of Flying doesn’t do so for any of those reasons. She does it to lose herself in ano ...

B
Burning Dawn

What happens when a not-quite-fallen angel held captive by a group of Phoenix falls for the Phoenix-human hybrid who helps him escape? Sparks fly and worlds collide as they attempt to come to terms with their feelings for one another in this fun paranormal romance.Thane is a ruthless angel curre ...