Oh, I loved it! Another really funny, over-the-top, steamy HOT Neighbor From Hell romance. IMHO, this was just as good (if not a wee bit better) than...more Oh, I loved it! Another really funny, over-the-top, steamy HOT Neighbor From Hell romance. IMHO, this was just as good (if not a wee bit better) than Playing for Keeps.
Trevor wants the PERFECT WIFE:
So Trevor is a typical Bradford male, a guy who is completely full of himself and darn right clueless about women, but who is also considerate (when he tries), loyal and sexy as hell. He could eat you out of house and home, but he is also a hard worker and a devoted family guy who will be there for you in a pinch.
Zoe shares a town-home with her landlord’s nephew, a converted building where the top and bottom half are their own units. The walls are thin, the driveway small, but the rent is cheap. And the guy living upstairs is going to drive her insane! So when he steels her pizza delivery on the same day she lost her job and her car window broke, she lets him know what a terrible neighbor he is – only to find out he owns the building (and is her real landlord) and is the biggest jerk alive.
Feeling like a total cad for insulting Zoe’s weight problem and making her run away crying, he goes about trying to make amends. He helps her get a job at the Bradford’s construction site as the office manager, offers to repair her car, and even offers her a part time job working as his personal shopper and house cleaner. Keeping the refrigerator full might just be the hardest part of her job.
But as Zoe starts to get her life back on track, and is even losing weight, she can’t help but feel lonely. And horny. Really horny! So could she really do a friends-with-benefits with her hot neighbor? Why not.
My final thoughts This was such a great addition to the Neighbors From Hell series. I can't wait for the next. I loved Trevor and Zoe, even when he was being a jerk and she was pushing his buttons, they really worked for me. They were smoking hot together too, and I really felt the sexual tension between them. It kept me laughing until the end, and the ending made me a believer in these crazy Bradford guys.
I think why I might like this one a bit more than Playing For Keep is that Trevor wasn't quite as obnoxious as Jason, and I could relate to so many of their situations. Zoe's weight problem was a big part of this story, and with that comes a woman who doesn't feel beautiful or worthy of a hot guy like Trevor. It does take him a while to see past her weight issue, but I liked that he got to know her as a person first anyway. As he fell for her as a person, his opinion of her body morphed into total desire and wild lust. I also enjoyed the ending in Perfection too as it wasn't overly angsty like in PFK. When he decided Zoe was going to be his, he holds nothing back. You have to love a guy who is willling to go to such lengths for the woman he loves. Sigh
We also get to see lots more of Jason, Haley and their little rug rats!
Very romantic! And surprisingly steamy. My Lord Raven is a modern day Cinderella style fairytale of fated lovers destined to reunite. Dante Burroughs,...moreVery romantic! And surprisingly steamy. My Lord Raven is a modern day Cinderella style fairytale of fated lovers destined to reunite. Dante Burroughs, the Earl of Ravensmoor, and Kate, his new American secretary, have a connection that goes soul deep. Set in the countryside of England, this story spun a great tale of destined lovers trying to break a curse two centuries old.
Shocked to be confronted with the woman who haunted his dreams his entire adult life, Dante sets his plan into motion to bring her to England. Kate is instantly drawn to Dante, but realizes she is far beneath his station. While Dante recognized Kate to be his destiny, the relationship builds slowly as they spend time together.
There was a strong connection between these two that became palpable. And just when I thought this was going to be a G-rated book, the steam kicked in ... and kicked in... and wow, KICKED IN. The first kiss came midway through the story, but let me go on record as saying it may be the most passionate, toe-curling first kiss I can remember reading. The buildup and tension went on for pages, and the anticipation of their first kiss was near electric. The sex scenes were equally well done. They were so passionate, tender, and emotional mixed with a lot of hottness! I would love me my own Dante!
“You're the echo of my soul, Ravensmoor that I am,” he rasped. “You're the very reason behind my existence, Kate.”
The only part of the story that I struggled with was the the curse itself. The way it's explained left me confused about all the Earls that came before Dante who apparently also suffered from the same dreams. I also had issue with how long Dante kept the information from Kate. There is a point in the story where it should have been obvious to him to give her at least some basic information about the original woman who set the curse into motion. So while I really enjoyed the whole romantic fated-souls aspect of the curse, I didn't feel the curse itself was well explained.
The ending gave way to a surprising twist in the story, which was good as I felt it was becoming predictable at that point. Overall, this was a great read. It reminded me a good steamy historical romance, albeit this one is set in modern times. I guess with all the mention of royalty, titles and the visits the English country side, it felt like I'm in a historical. The writing was poetic and enchanting, the romance was quite passionate, and the steam level was right up my ally.
A velvet-snouted creature?! Snicker. I actually did enjoy this sexy novella quite a bit, but I had to laugh at the term ‘velvet-snouted creature’ as i...moreA velvet-snouted creature?! Snicker. I actually did enjoy this sexy novella quite a bit, but I had to laugh at the term ‘velvet-snouted creature’ as it’s a new one for me. And I thought I’d read them all!
OK, now back to the story. For several years there has been talk of the 'petticoat gang', a gang of women that capture men and leave them in embarrassing situations, i.e. naked out on the street...etc. But Lord Randall firmly believes that is just a tale, concocted by men so they did not have to admit their actual activities of the evening. Then to his chagrin, he finds himself captured by a beautiful masked blonde lady wearing snug fitting breaches, and her allure may be his undoing.
Lady Caroline is not really the shy, demure and dowdy heiress as she lets the world believe. After Lord Randall declined to offer marriage to her years earlier, she decided marriage was not for her. But with his latest public taunt that the petticoat gang could not be real since women were solidly incapable of such strength and skill, she decides to prove him wrong.
This short 40-50 page story spins a sexy encounter between a captive and his masked capture, and offers up just enough spice to satisfy those looking for a quick steamy historical read. The ending was completely predictable, but who cares? I downloaded this one for free, so the price was well worth it.
4.5 stars. This book should have a half naked, sweaty military guy on the front cover. :-) What a great romance suspense story, you can tell the autho...more4.5 stars. This book should have a half naked, sweaty military guy on the front cover. :-) What a great romance suspense story, you can tell the author really did her research. It was a great mix of military muscle tactics to thwart terrorism combined with a small town life set in the upper Washington state area. The romance was well done too, I just wished the heat was turned up a notch. Great secondary characters, especially Jeannie's friend Montana, (who I assume will get a book soon too?)
Great freebie read! I love it when a novella reads more like a full size story, and the writing is so good you can't help but get sucked in. This was...moreGreat freebie read! I love it when a novella reads more like a full size story, and the writing is so good you can't help but get sucked in. This was NOT a fluffy cowboy romance. It was an emotionally charged, gritty American-historical romance that painted a vivid landscape of the hard-times faced during the deep winter months of late 1800's America.
Did I mention that the writing was seriously GOOD?! Ms Marks is an author-to-watch. I'll need to check her out. Written in first-person POV (point of view) by a 15 y/o girl named Rose, we see how life unfolds for her mother, older sister and herself after her drunkard father abandons them to their own survival just as winter sets in. There is a realistic tone to the story, and I don't doubt that this scenario could and did happen. Beware that the author doesn't sugarcoat the time period, but she doesn't get overly graphic either (which I appreciated!)
This is not a paranormal read, but I liked how the sisters got a reputation among the local mining men for being ice witches, and some even claimed to have seen their ghosts at night walking the mines and causing havoc. It made for some great thought provoking moments in the story.
The romance is slow coming and quite tender when it does evolve, which make sense in such hard times. Don't expect a bunch of horny sex-minded characters, the romance was much more of a love story with an happy-ever-after ending.
I highly recommend it to fans of American historicals that don't mind the steam level turned down to low. It's only 80-100 pages, and the heat is only kisses, but it does read like a full size story. I got this for free in December, so if you didn't get it back then I am sure many (including me) would be happy to Kindle lend it to you. (less)
OK for a 10-page(ish) freebie. Started out promising with some good writing, but the story fizzled fast. The H/h both had issues that were more 'red f...moreOK for a 10-page(ish) freebie. Started out promising with some good writing, but the story fizzled fast. The H/h both had issues that were more 'red flag' then romantic. (less)
A fun, light historical western romance short story. Sheriff Colton West, new to town, knows exactly what he wants when he spots Rebekah standing unde...moreA fun, light historical western romance short story. Sheriff Colton West, new to town, knows exactly what he wants when he spots Rebekah standing under the mistletoe at a barn dance. Cute story, I really enjoyed. This was free at smashwords.com. The story is maybe 10 pages total (double spaced!), so a super quick holiday read. (less)
This was my first -- and last -- book by this author. Her stories may be interesting and heartfelt (according to many of her fans), but her w...more Sigh, DNF
This was my first -- and last -- book by this author. Her stories may be interesting and heartfelt (according to many of her fans), but her writing is NOT great. I found this book to be nothing more than an unedited rough draft not ready for prime time. More so, she doesn't have a polished writing voice, nor does she have a solid grip of basic writing rules. So if you care about well written stories, be sure to read the free chapters online before you buy. Many readers have been able to look past the writing issues, so maybe you can too.
In full disclosure I only made it 10% (60 pages or so) into it before I couldn't take anymore, so this review is not about the story itself. In truth, she may have told a great story in this book but I will never know.
So what is wrong with the writing? The major issues I found were:
Problem 1: It felt as if HALF the sentences started with the word "I", which to me showed a lack of creative story telling. "I went into...", "I noticed that...", "I couldn't get...". Wow, this got old fast! (Read the first few pages of the Sweet Dreams sneak preview and you'll see what I mean. I skimmed the rest of the book and sadly the writing voice issue never stopped.)
Problem 2: The loooooong run on sentences are a constant problem, not an occasional one. It is difficult to follow her meandering train of thought through these poorly written sentences.
"But it hit me just then that since not only did he feel free to shout those things about me when he barely knew me but also he knew I heard it and he didn’t apologize but told me to shake it off and let it go because I should somehow accept he was in a shit mood and just deal with it, that he obviously wasn’t a very nice person and maybe, even though I was a nice person, there were some people who deserved to get back what they got."
Problem 3: Poor punctuation, or should I say the lack of it.
Problem 4: Parentheses over-kill. She uses A LOT of parentheses to help clarify her meandering thought process. Because of this, the story unfolds in such a choppy manner.
Problem 5: Editing. Words like "past" instead of "passed"..etc. Argh.
Problem 6: Lack of brevity. A common rule of writing is to omit useless words and repetitive statements. If this book was edited for brevity alone, I bet it would reduce the overall page count by several dozen or more -- at least.
Problem 7: The story often meandered making it hard to follow her train of thought.
Tonia ignored this totally and I soon noticed she was good at ignoring a lot of things, including me, who she didn’t say so much as “boo” to, and her customers, unless they were good-looking.
Her legs had a hint of tan I guessed because she was often out watering her flowers or cleaning the pool or sweeping the walkways or cleaning the cool deck around the pool with a blast from the hose and I noticed she was always in a sundress.
On a positive note I will say she does a pretty good job of keeping it in an active-voice (show me) instead of a passive-voice (tell me). I mean no offense to those of you who love her books, but she is not an author I'd personally recommend to anyone based on her rough, unedited writing style.
This book is a classic example of what Indie authors should not do. There is no excuse to skim over the proofreading and editing steps when publishing a book. Indie authors have a huge uphill battle to prove themselves as worthy as the big name published authors, but as long as such unprofessional manuscripts are being pushed out by Indies that battle will only continue. I honestly couldn't imagine any professional publishing house releasing a manuscript with so many writing errors as this one had. (less)
2.5 stars. My final thought when I finished this: Tony is going to get his heart broken, and Adam is just not worthy.
I **loved** the Troubleshooters...more2.5 stars. My final thought when I finished this: Tony is going to get his heart broken, and Adam is just not worthy.
I **loved** the Troubleshooters series. I devoured it to the point I thought of the characters as real people, which is partly why I didn't care for this romance between Tony and Adam. I hated Adam in the previous books, and I didn't think he was redeemable as a hero. And turns out he wasn't. Adam made life miserable for Jules and Robin, (who I love and consider some of my closest friends. Nuts I know, but again this series does make you believe they are all real people).
Tony was a much smaller character in the series, but what we saw of him we learned he was a great person. Honest, true, and loyal. Anyone would be proud to call him a friend, gay or straight.
I went into this book knowing Tony had a huge crush on Adam, and wishing I could talk him out of it, but Tony had that love-at-first-sight thing going on and sadly it was aimed square onto douche bag Adam.
So when Adam agrees to a hookup-only situation with Tony, I wanted more for Tony. But I have to give Tony credit for laying his intentions out there and not wavering. He came off a bit desperate, but he knew what he wanted. He saw something in Adam even Adam didn't see, and some how he got Adam to believe it too.
The story is short so I didn't expect a long courtship, but I would have liked either more time spent together or them taking slower steps toward the end. The commitment between them given all that was between them was just too much to buy. This could of been a better case for 'less is more'.
And speaking of 'less is more', the sub-plot of this little story is heavy handed with a DADT (don't ask, don't tell) agenda. I was all for its removal and supported the rights for the military to come out if they so chose, but the preaching is HEAVY in this story for a casual read. Some will love that, but others will feel a bit bashed over the head by it.
On the plus side it was great to see Sam and Izzy again. I love those guys. Dan G and Jay L were both in the story too. And while they are awesome SEALs, they are not in the same class as Sam and my dream boat Izzy. (BTW Izzy and I were going to get married, then Ms Brockmann messed it up and wrote Breaking The Rules where Izzy falls for Eden. I'm still heartbroken). This was a good story to reconnect with the series and see some interesting characters, but the romance wasn't for me. Tony deserves better. (less)
Loved it. Just as good as Beg for Mercy. A GREAT steamy hot, nail-biting romance suspense series, so glad I finally took everyone up on their recommen...moreLoved it. Just as good as Beg for Mercy. A GREAT steamy hot, nail-biting romance suspense series, so glad I finally took everyone up on their recommendation to read this one. Alden writes quite a bit of her stories from the male POV, and I love that. More please!!(less)
A retelling of an old Hawaiian tale. John Wall, captain of sinking ship is called to the sea by his Siren. This was a fun love story about a mortal ma...moreA retelling of an old Hawaiian tale. John Wall, captain of sinking ship is called to the sea by his Siren. This was a fun love story about a mortal man from land, and an immortal goddess from the sea. (less)
A fast action romance suspense, impressive for a debut. I think fans of Catherine Mann or Nina Bruhn will especially enjoy.
Albeit a highly implausibl...moreA fast action romance suspense, impressive for a debut. I think fans of Catherine Mann or Nina Bruhn will especially enjoy.
Albeit a highly implausible story, it was entertaining! Lt Commander Zane Winters has a history of seeing visions of events to come. Though they are never clear and detailed, they are always accurate. So when he gets flashes of danger on the airline him and his SEAL team 7 buddies are about to board in 90 minutes, they all know to take him seriously. But just as they are putting a plan into action, a shiver of awareness hits Zane square on. The woman meant for him (aka ‘mine, mine, mine!) has just walked into the flight lounge area. What he doesn’t know is that Beth is there to find him too.
Beth has been having dreams over the last 24 hours, and much of it is coming true. A warehouse fire…etc. really happened, which means the terrorist who plan to take down a flight from Seattle to Hawaii and divert it to South America will likely come true too. In her dream she sees Zane and his two officers, so out of desperation she goes to the airport in hopes these men are real and can help.
What unfolds is a fast action cat-and-mouse chase, plenty of thrill and bloody action, and finally a nice hot steamy closet scene with Zane and Beth. The timeline is a quick one day, but given the context of the story it felt believable. We meet many interesting characters, and have to guess who is the bad guy. Typical, yes, but still fun.
While there are PNR elements in the story (psychic visions…etc.) it is not a PNR. You are just going to have to go with it or you’ll never make it through the story. I especially liked how the author used their special gifts at the end of the story, no matter how implausible it really is. It was about the entertainment value, not the realism.
Several reviews have eluded to the cliff hanger ending, and while it does have one I saw it more as a setup for the next book. (At least, I assume it’s a setup otherwise it really was a crazy ending.) I don’t doubt Zane and Beth get their HEA, so that is not a worry. I didn’t feel cheated one bit by the ending, so don’t let it stop you from reading it.
Not bad, had a nice amount of humor. Someone has been kidnapping famous people over the last century and turning them into Chia pets. Xavier, the hott...moreNot bad, had a nice amount of humor. Someone has been kidnapping famous people over the last century and turning them into Chia pets. Xavier, the hottest male super model realizes he's been kidnapped when he awakes to find himself naked in a large green room in South America. But help soon comes in the form of a shape-shifting Chia pet who turns into a 6'4" delicious specimen of a man.
A quick 11 page story, free at scribd.com. I enjoyed Tam Ames other free stories much more, but I always love her writing voice quite a bit. This one had only a touch of steam, mostly just implied, but her others are a bit more saucy. ;-) You can find this little book here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/32474621/Ch... (less)
4.5 stars. Not what I expected, but a great read all the same! I first heard of this debut book a few months ago and was instantly intrigued that it i...more4.5 stars. Not what I expected, but a great read all the same! I first heard of this debut book a few months ago and was instantly intrigued that it is a PNR series set in historical London 1880's. So when I noticed Netgalley had it I immediately requested it.
This book paints a vivid picture of a darker Gothic London, one plagued with cut throats and thieves, fathers who sell their daughters for a tidy sum, and cunning men willing to risk damnation of their very souls.
In this version of a 'beauty and the beast' theme, Lord Benjamin Archer hides his identity and disfigurement from the world behind a dark mask. Cloaked in the shadows of darkness, he spies the beautiful Miranda Ellis defending herself from would-be attackers and instantly finds himself enthralled. In time he arranges a marriage with Mira and whisks her off to his remote castle.
For years Archer has been obsessed with finding the cure for his 'illness'. He constantly fights his inner demons, and now struggles with a burning desire for his new bride. But when his friends start getting murdered and he is the most likely of suspects, Miranda's safety is all that matters.
I absolutely loved the darker, Gothic historical feel of this story. Archer is a tortured hero who feels he must hide from the world. Miranda slowly comes to learn of his 'illness' and other secrets, meanwhile hiding secrets of her own. We meet many other nefarious and interesting characters as well, including Mira's sisters who will have their own books in this series.
The paranormal part of the story is slowly revealed and therefor hard to explain, and in fact best left for the reader to discover. The world Archer and Miranda live in is the actual London 1880's, but we learn that not everyone is as one would believe. There are some people who have gifts, or curses depending on your point of view, that simply go beyond the imagination.
If I have any complaints it is that the romance was pushed to the later part of the book. However, there was a great deal of relationship building and tension between the H/h, so my complaint is small. Overall, Kristen Callihan has an amazing writing voice so I have no doubt this author will be a big hit with romance fans. I am excited to read the next book in this series, or whatever else she publishes.