Reviews by Haley Kral

B
Leveling the Field

Leveling the Field is the fourth and final book in Megan Erickson’s Gamers series. I think that it is on par with the three previous books; a middle of the road read. Erickson’s style is fun and sexy, but none of the Gamers books have tugged too hard on my heartstrings. I think that’s okay som ...

B-
Tied to Trouble

Okay, let’s all be honest with each other. If Megan Erickson’s name is on a book it will be good. She is excellent at bringing together sexy and silly, and Tied to Trouble is no different. Chad and Owen’s romance is fiery, nerdy, steamy, and sweet all at once. In this third ...

A
Downtown Devil

I had really mixed feelings about the first book in the Sins in the City series, Crosstown Crush, but I am happy to report that I loved this second installment. Like its predecessor, Downtown Devil is about a woman and two men engaging in a ménage when real feelings start to intrude on the fantasy. ...

B-
Crosstown Crush

I’ve really struggled with how to review this book. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a romance novel, and certainly not erotica, that left me feeling so conflicted. McKenna’s writing is sexy, and engrossing, but the storyline left me feeling uneasy. In the sake of full disclosu ...

B
Dumplin'

So I admit, I definitely read this book because I heard the author lived in my area and was also a librarian. I normally avoid contemporary Young Adult stories because they aren’t my thing, but I knew I needed to give this a shot. The result was a charming, wholly Texan, story about friends, boyfr ...

A+
Carry On

How dare this book make me love it so much? It had a slow start, and the premise seemed a bit like Harry Potter fan fiction, so I was all ready to toss it aside and give up. I am so glad I didn’t. Rowell’s first foray into fantasy has all of the heart and awkwardness that I love about her contem ...

A+
Focus on Me

I had a chance to see Megan Erickson on a panel, and meet her briefly, at the RT Convention in Dallas. She was super funny, and charming, and I couldn’t wait to read one of her books. When I heard she was writing gay romances I thought it was about time to give one a try. Flash forward to me devou ...

A-
Falling for His Best Friend

This book was such a surprise! I really wanted to read a friends-to-lovers book, but the first few I found were pretty bland. But in came Katee Robert to knock my socks off with Falling for his Best Friend. Avery Yeung is feeling the pressure of her biological clock. Her family has a genetic hist ...

C+
Trust the Focus

After reading Focus on Me and being blown away, I was so excited to pick up the first book in the series. While Trust the Focus is a good book in its own right, I think it was overshadowed by how much I enjoyed Focus on Me. Justin’s father passed away while he was in college, leaving ...

B
The Marriage Contract

So…who do I have to hold hostage to get the second book in this series early? I cannot wait until April of next year for it. Katee Robert has introduced a new family to the romance world and, boy, are they trouble. And I want more of them. In The Marriage Contract, Teague O’Malle ...