Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers

Book: Hollywood Ever After

Author: Sasha Summers

Basic story: Claire has an abusive ex who just won’t let go. When she goes for some much needed R&R in LA, she literally falls into newest Hollywood heartthrob, Josh Wiley. When passion explodes between them, neither is ready to let go even when Claire’s dangerous ex enters the picture ready to make Claire his wife again no matter the cost.

Why You Should Read It: great writing; tons of Hollywood heartthrobs and glamorous star studded parties; some steamy sex scenes; the chance at love with a celebrity even after a messy divorce and bearing two children; romance between a younger virile man and a middle aged woman.

What You Might Hate: how gloomy the book is–deranged exes, physical and verbal abuse, and depressing scenes are rampant; the Hollywood heartthrob is British(!); how quickly the hero falls in love with the heroine; how neat and pat the ending is.

Our rating: 3/5 stars. Not fantastic, not bad either, just a solid okay.

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Book: Dark Lover

Author: JR Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 1)

Basic story: Vampire king Wrath must initiate his dead friend’s half-human daughter into the ways of life as a vampire while simultaneously trying to evade immortal vampire slayers intent on exterminating him and his people. Helping him protect his race against the slayers is a group of 5 vampire warriors known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB).

Why You Should Read It: interesting plot twist: these vampires don’t prey on humans but on each other meaning you get to learn all about their world and how it co-exists with ours; fantastic love story and uber-hot sex scenes; interesting sub-plot involving vampire slayers called Lessers; the focus is not just on the love story so the book reads like fantasy not romance; amazing writing.

What You Might Hate: the Lessers are run by an annoying man they call Sensei who is frankly the creepiest villain I’ve read about in a long time; there is a lot of talk about the Gods who created both vampires and the slayers which can be a bit dull; these centuries old vampires occasionally devolve into ghetto talk and like to listen to rap music.

Our rating: 5/5 stars Drop what you’re doing and go get this stat!