tech romance

A-
Damaged Goods

The first novel in Ainslie Paton’s Sidelined series, Offensive Behavior, generated a lot of positive reviews and attention last year. Though I haven't yet had a chance to read it, when I heard that the second book, Damaged Goods (also a standalone) would be released soon, I took a look at the syno ...

B
Love on My Mind

Love on My Mind is a unique contemporary romance where the hero has Asperger Syndrome and the heroine is a cross between Olivia Pope and CJ Cregg. Adam Bennett is a tech world wunderkind, but puts the future of his company at risk because of his complete aversion to public relations. In a bit of su ...

B+
The Devil's Doorbell

I agreed to review this anthology entirely because “the devil’s doorbell” is the best euphemism for “clitoris” I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Thankfully, the anthology was fantastic. There were far more hits than misses in the seven short stories, including two stories I gave DIK As ...

B+
Offensive Behavior

An accidental pregnancy and miscarriage cost Zarley Halveston her shot at Olympic gymnastics gold. Now she pole-dances at Lucky’s under the stage name Lux, and Reid McGrath, recently fired from the company he founded for “being an asshole,” is Lux’s most loyal fan. Every night he watches her ...

B
The Paris Assignment

If you like a good romantic thriller, The Paris Assignment is certainly worth trying. The plot is a fairly classic one, but the author does a good job of putting her own spin on a much-used trope, resulting in a solid read. Abigail McBane is no delicate flower, but even this strong exe ...

B
About That Night

Narrated by Karen White I was about halfway through About That Night when I realized the suspense was not the main focus of the book and the entire storyline started making a lot more sense. Unlike other entries in the FBI/US Attorney series that carry a feel of romantic suspense (although all ar ...

D
Dating and Other Dangers

Well, at the very least this book made me think, and react. Not always in a good way, mind you, but I’m not indifferent to it. That said most of it is bad news, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that on many levels, this is a troubling book. Too much analysis for a Harlequin Presents? I say ab ...

C+
The Icing on the Cake

I love romance (obviously, since I review for AAR) and I love listening to people's stories about how they met, so I thought the True Vows line would be a lot of fun to read. I've only read one so far, and I have to say that The Icing on the Cake just didn't do it for me. The protagonists seemed nic ...

B+
Hot Shot

Hot Shot belongs to Ms. Phillips’ earlier phase, an era of women’s fiction rather than the humorous, contemporary romances for which she is now known. My body automatically shudders at anything even vaguely epic or women’s fiction-y, so you can count me surprised out of my knickers when I real ...

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 ...