Review: The Forgotten Child

The Forgotten Child, by Lorhainne Eckhart

I must admit, Lorhainne is fast becoming a favorite of mine. She has an easy writing style that makes for a quick, light read. This book is no exception, and it took me just a couple of evenings to finish.

Emily ends a loveless marriage and leaves her emotionally abusive husband, taking their young daughter with her. (yay for leaving the SOB!) Luckily she has a good friend who is super supportive and pushes her to stretch beyond her comfort zones – leading Emily to apply for and land a great job as a cook/nanny. A live-in cook/nanny where room and board is included for her and her daughter, and she still gets a paycheck on top of that. Dude. I want that job.

But, things aren’t that easy. Continue reading

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Review: Candles on the Sand

Candles on the Sand by Katie Stephens

For the ultimate in “post breakup recovery” stories, pick up a copy of Candles on the Sand. In this contemporary romance novel, Stephens tells the story of Anna, an English woman who finds herself running to Italy after discovering her fiance cheating on her with her own friend! A strained relationship with her mother sends her over the tipping point and, just two months before her intended nuptials, Anna’s starting a brand new life in another country. Quite by accident, too!

A series of truly fortunate events helps her to establish a new home, many new friends, and even sparks a new flame… one she isn’t sure whether to tender or not, given how jaded she now is about love. But Dante isn’t just any other guy. Continue reading

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Review: Spell Bound

Spell Bound by Kelly Armstrong

I have a serious addiction to Kelly Armstrong’s books. Spellbound is the latest in the Women of the Otherworld series and follows one of the newer and most junior members of the cast of characters that Kelly’s created.

Savannah is a young witch that is learning (the hard way) that not everything is about her and that not everything can be fixed with a spell. Growing up sucks, man. AND she’s trying to save the world? Talk about a major buzz-kill. For her, not for us. For us it means a great supernatural plotline.

And did I mention that she’s had a wicked crush on this guy, Adam, since she was 12? He is a hottie (literally, he’s a half-demon with a pension for fire) that maybe, just maybe, likes her back. The tension between them is just delicious. Continue reading

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Review: Too Good To Be True

Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins

I have to come right out and admit that I’ve got a soft-spot for this talented contemporary romance author. From her quippy dialogue to her pitch-perfect love scenes, I just can’t get enough of her writing.  I haven’t reviewed her here before (no less than a travesty, I realize) and so I’ve decided to start with my very favorite of her extensive catalog: Too Good To Be True.

In this sweet and spicy romance tale, Grace Emerson is a woman torn apart by an ex-fiance but determined to move forward with her life. Even when he starts dating (and soon proposes) to her younger sister. If she didn’t love her baby sister so much, she might actually be mad.  Instead, she licks her wounds privately and forges onward… by making up an imaginary doctor boyfriend to keep her family quiet.  Makes sense.

But when smoking hot Callahan O’Shea moves in Continue reading

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Review: Naughty or Nice

Naughty or Nice: Christmas Erotica Stories
Edited by Alison Tyler

Happy Holidays! If you’re looking for a little Christmas cheer that, ahem, gets your fires roaring… well, here it is!  This compilation of short stories, collected from some of the hottest erotica writers and edited by famed erotic novelist Alison Tyler, delivers the goods and much more.

Described as “a blazing-hot feast of holiday erotica sure to jingle sleigh bells and curl mistletoe,” this collection features a little bit of everything to please almost everyone.  There’s some bondage, BDSM, lesbian encounters, gay love stories, and even an incident with a couple of candy canes, if that’s your thing. This book separates the good girls from the bad, then gets them both naked. Continue reading

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Review: The Firebrand

The Firebrand (The Chicago Fire Trilogy) by Susan Wiggs

This book was not what I was expecting. The cover has a woman reclining in heaping amounts of satin, bosoms apparently bursting at the seams. You look at a cover and expect some things, you know?

Well, color me pleasantly surprised. The heroine is not a classic beauty waiting to be ravished by the hunka-hunka burnin’ somethin’ next door. Rather she’s a forward-thinking suffragette in a time when that was just not cool. She survives the Chicago Fire and saves a baby thrown from a burning building in the process. Awesome, right? She works hard, supporting both her adopted daughter and her mother, and opens a bookstore. When the little girl’s father is found, well, things just get complicated. Continue reading

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We’re Back!

Happy December, everyone! And Happy Holidays as well. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, with lots of turkey, pie, and family fun.  Now, as we prepare for winter snow and gift-buying, it’s back to business here at Love on the Bookshelf.

See, last month was National Novel Writing Month, so some of us writers here were, well, writing… furiously. But that’s all over now, so on to the reading and reviewing once again!  We’ll be featuring books this month by Susan Wiggs, Kelly Armstrong, Lili Tufel, Katie Stephens, Alison Taylor, Kristan Higgins and more!  I hope you’re ready for some great reviews!

With our return to blogging, I’d also like to send out a call for new submissions for the new year!  If you’re a romance author with a book you’d like us to review, please email as at with details about yourself and the book.  We’d love to take a peek!

We’re also hoping to profile more authors! If you’d like to get involved, email me directly at to get interviewed.

Best wishes to you all for a happy holiday season! Happy Reading!

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