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4.5 -- 'Age is just an F'N number' -- Romantic Stars
Ooooh, this was such a fun story! An older couple at opposite ends of the social spectrum find a sweet love and a second chance for real happiness. I smiled through the entire damn book, and now I want to cuss like an F'N sailor thanks to Tom!! :-)
Tom Jenkins is an anti-social 62-year old widower with a foul mouth and a pension for solitude, beer, cigarettes, and working in his vegetable garden. He has been bamboozled into hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, and to make matters worse his daughter-in-law's up-tight mom, Beverly Anderson, is showing up a few days early to prepare the damn dinner.
Beverly Anderson is a pearl-clutching 59-year old widow who loves social clubs, flower gardens, and everything organized. This year, she is in charge of making Thanksgiving dinner at Tom's house. Will there be enough wine to get through it?
Surprisingly, nothing goes as planned. The crazy neighbors invade, the dinner preparations are late, the garden gnome is missing, and Tom says Thanksgiving dinner will be served on paper plates! GASP! But good things happen too. And as these two find common bonds relaxing in the garden or on the porch steps, Bev learns to loosen up and live in the moment while Tom finds a soft spot he didn't know he had.
“Are you going to cuss like that in front of the children?”
He shrugged. “I’ll try not to.”
He nodded a couple of times. “Okay. Fair enough. I’ll try to clean up my language. Happy?”
“Not even close.”
He barked out a laugh. “You have a wicked sense of humor, Bev. Who knew?”
This was such a sweet and sexy (yes, I said sexy!) romance. I have seen older couple romances as secondary characters in many books, but I can't recall any book where they were the main couple. I hope this author starts a new trend and we get more books like this, as I found it so enjoyable.
Oh, and about that debate over who wins? Lets call this one a tie. They both F'N win.
LICENSE TO DATE was a recent free selection, and I am glad I gave it a try. It made me smile. It was a clever and light 4 'Oh, To Be Cinderella' Stars*
LICENSE TO DATE was a recent free selection, and I am glad I gave it a try. It made me smile. It was a clever and light-hearted romance, reminded me of a modern Cinderella fairytale twist with two very likable and flirty characters.
Kaitlin's friends coaxes her into getting back into the dating world by promising their free labor painting her new house if she goes on five dates. Now willing to accept pretty much any date to just get the five dates over with, she meets a handsome bartender Paul at the elegant Geoffries hotel while waiting for date number one. Only thing is, Paul isn't what he seems to be, and as the dates stack up these two continue to cross paths.
If you are in the mood for a sweet, G-rated (kisses only) romance I would recommend this one. Perfect for a quick beach read or by a cozy fireplace. Or, as our heroine in this story enjoys... maybe with a glass of wine on the dock down by the river. ...more
Unfortunately, the best part of this book is that HOT cover. Whew!! Love that cover.
ABLAZE is a *very* short story about a rich girl and a hot ranchUnfortunately, the best part of this book is that HOT cover. Whew!! Love that cover.
ABLAZE is a *very* short story about a rich girl and a hot ranch hand stranded in a remote cabin during a snow blizzard. Sadly, we barely get to know anything about these two when the story comes to an abrupt cliffhanger ending, setting up the reader to buy an additional book that will continue this story. (Which, btw, isn't even available for sale at this time. Nor is this book up for sale either, for that matter. The publish date shows it was available last week on the 17th. Odd?)
The characters have potential so an additional book may be a fun option to read, but I would only entertain it if I knew the book doesn't end so quickly and abruptly as this one. I was JUST starting to like Luke, and thinking that just maybe Cheyenne and him had a possible future, then BAM it was over in mid conversation.
For those wanting a bit a steam, the book delivered on that with one moderately hot romp between these two. But like everything else about this story, it was quick and over with before you knew what happened.
There were also a few plot holes that stood out. (view spoiler)[She had a cell phone which clearly worked, yet they waited around as if they had no method to communicate with the outside world. Minimally, they should have called to explain why he never came directly back after dropping her off at the cabin. Secondly, he came very prepared with TWO changes of clothing despite not planning on staying at all, yet he forgot to pack condoms? Never thought to phone anyone he was OK? (hide spoiler)]
Overall, a cute story with potential but falls short with a cliffhanger ending.
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4.5 stars. Really good! I challenge anyone to read this and not cry happy tears at the end. Whew! Sniff, sniff. For such a short read and fast romance 4.5 stars. Really good! I challenge anyone to read this and not cry happy tears at the end. Whew! Sniff, sniff. For such a short read and fast romance, it sold me by the end.
Brock hires Harley as a temporary housekeeper & cook for his Montana ranch, but he didn't expect someone like her. Both Brock and Harley are widowed, and both have had a hard time adapting and moving on. When his 11 year old twins come home for Christmas from boarding school, they remind Harley of the children she lost in a terrible accident three years earlier.
While the premise of the story might sound depressing, it is anything but. The story focused on these two enjoying life in the here and now, opening their hearts, and believing in hope once again. It is a clean romance with fade to black love scenes, but it has a lot of heart and passion despite not showing any love making.
I don't consider this a religious themed story, which I rarely read, but there is a sweet inspirational aspect of this story toward the end. Honestly, it is part of what tugged at my heart, and spoke to the magic of believing in love once again.
Overall, a surprisingly good Christmas romance. ...more
A fun light romance with a lot of heart. The story made me smile, but the low steam factor left me wanting a bit more.
Still, this was surprisingly gooA fun light romance with a lot of heart. The story made me smile, but the low steam factor left me wanting a bit more.
Still, this was surprisingly good. When I first got this ARC I half expected it to be yet another knock-off of Fifty Shades of Grey, capitalizing on the billionaire hero. I am happy to say that is not what I got, but I wouldn't of minded some additional angst and steam. In fact, this was a fairly clean romance (think fade-to-black love scenes) and without all of the four letter words used for the purpose of shock value.
Leo and two of his friends makes a bet with their buddy Miles, which binds this new trilogy of novella romances. Can they all find love? In THE FIRESIDE INN Leo soon meets a smart and feisty librarian Serena, who I adored. He needs her help to select a love poem for a poetry reading he will give at Mile's upcoming wedding, but he hides a secret about himself he really doesn't want the world to learn.
I am not a fan of fade-to-black sex scenes, and I do think this story could have been strengthened with a few choice scenes, but by the end I was still sold on this romance. Sadly, it didn't start off that way. Unfortunately, the romance between Leo and Serena started off completely unbelievable -- I literally had to skip back a page or two and re-read to see if I missed something in the build up to their first kiss. Nope. It was the fastest I have seen 'hello' go to 'hot smooching' in a long, long time. But the pacing that followed was far more believable, and I found myself really enjoying this story. The ending ends on a high note, and it made me swoon and sigh over Leo.
This was my first read by Lily Everett, and if I could describe her writing style in one word I would have to use the word 'sparkle'. She has a great writing voice that was captivating and entertaining. Her words were poetic at times, ironic since the story in this book focused on a British hero (Leo) having to find a love poem to read at his friends wedding.
I especially loved how the author paired a librarian with a man with a reading disability, it made the connection these two ultimately had feel all the more real. The hero Leo is British, and the author did a great job capturing the distinctive humor and dialect.
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. I think it would have benefited if it was a longer story as it felt rushed, especially in the beginning. I also wished there wasn't the 'fade-to-black' sex scenes, but that is my personal preference. It started off rough and I wasn't sure I was going to be sold on the romance, but by the end I was. The writing was the best part as it pulled me in and kept me glued to the story, and I now find myself very interested in reading the story of his two friends.
This is a stand-alone read despite it being a spin-off from another series (which I did not read).
Wow!! I LOVED IT! What an amazing holiday story with the MacKinnon's. I can hardly believe Pamela Clare was able to pack so much story into only 26,00Wow!! I LOVED IT! What an amazing holiday story with the MacKinnon's. I can hardly believe Pamela Clare was able to pack so much story into only 26,000 words.
There was even a romance for Killy too! That bit made me laugh so hard I had trouble focusing on the pages. And then there were so many heart melting and touching moments as well. Christmas dinner, gifts, mistletoe, squirming babies, the rangers...etc.
The ending made me tear up as it was such a fitting end. This is a MUST READ for any fans of the MacKinnon series. ...more
3.5 stars. Cute story! This was a fun, sexy, magical holiday novella about a guardian angel, Sarah, falling for her human Jack Morgan.
Jack shed his c3.5 stars. Cute story! This was a fun, sexy, magical holiday novella about a guardian angel, Sarah, falling for her human Jack Morgan.
Jack shed his corporate cutthroat life of greed and power, and is now focused on spending his time and fortune to help make the world a better place. His latest adventure is to help a poor village in Bolivia, but his trip from Los Angeles to South America is riddled with strange obstacles.
Sarah has been watching over humans for over a millennium, but Jack may be her most difficult assignment yet. He has been a thrill seeker, risk taker, and rule-breaker his entire life. But this trip to Bolivia will be her biggest challenge yet to keep him safe.
Jack stumbles across a beautiful, quirky lady in the-middle-of-nowhere-Bolivia, which sets off a fun adventure for these two as they treck to a nearby village to help rebuild a leaky roofs, school rooms...etc. And he soon discover she is not what he first believed.
The sparks between Jack and Sarah fly quickly, and Sarah is soon pressured to break all of the rules she knows. She wants to be with Jack more than anything, but will true love prevail? Or will she lose her job?
I enjoyed this steamy little Christmas story, and loved the Bolivia setting. My heart went out to the kids and families of the village. Jack and Sarah made a cute couple.
My only small gripe is I wish the story wasn't told using mostly the narrative voice. It was told primarily through the eyes of the author, and comparatively had very little dialogue between Jack, Sarah and even the villagers. That unfortunately made Jack and Sarah a bit harder to get to know. They were so fun when they spoke, it just wasn't enough for me to fully round out their characters.
Overall, I did enjoy this one. And while it was more than a bit predictable, I didn't care. The magic, holiday and romance combination is a recipe I love. I saw the ending coming a mile away but I couldn't wait to get there anyway.
Thanks to Netgalley.com for providing the free ARC. ...more
4 1/2 stars. First Strike was a GREAT sexy romance novella set in Dubai. This is the prequel to Striking Distance, and is set a few years earlier. It4 1/2 stars. First Strike was a GREAT sexy romance novella set in Dubai. This is the prequel to Striking Distance, and is set a few years earlier. It tells the story of how TV news reporter Laura Nilsson and the very discreet Navy SEAL Javier Corbray first met. What starts off as a no strings attached romance quickly gets complicated. And it ends with a shocking bang that will make you want to jump right into the next book!! (Darn, I still have to wait another two weeks!!) This is a must read for Pamela Clare fans, or anyone who enjoys well written sexy romance.
Ahhh, I loved it! This is one of my favorite sexy historical romance series, and Diana and DeVere two of my favorite characters. This story takes plac Ahhh, I loved it! This is one of my favorite sexy historical romance series, and Diana and DeVere two of my favorite characters. This story takes place 3 months after their wedding, with Diana well into her pregnancy. A doctor tells DeVere to refrain from sexual relations with his wife, and the sexual frustration between them crest with an hilarious and oh-so-sexy crescendo. I just love these two together, their banter and love for each other keeps me glued.
This story also introduces Captain Simon 'Sin' Singleton, the hero of book 5, Jewel of the East. We don't actually meet him, but we learn he was once thought dead, and a bit about his actual plight as a war prisoner all of these years. DeVere and Sir Edward 'Ned' Chambers (from book 1) were close friends with Sin before his disappearance, and decides to 'help' Sin in his recovery. No doubt DeVere and Ned's shenanigans of 'help' will be center to Sin's story, and I can't wait to read it!
Thank to author Victoria Vane for providing this ARC copy. I absolutely love this series, and would have happily bought it otherwise....more
4.5 stars. Oh, this was such a sweet, heart-tugging, holiday historical romance. In a genre thick with Dukes and Earls and wealthy business men, I lov4.5 stars. Oh, this was such a sweet, heart-tugging, holiday historical romance. In a genre thick with Dukes and Earls and wealthy business men, I loved how this hero was just a 'mere' Doctor. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments too, including his father who was a 'hoarder' living neck deep in scrap metal and other desirable items he couldn't bear to part with.
Doctor Jonas Grantham was a practical no-nonsense man, and you might even say he was a bit anal-retentive in terms of his personal rules and social decorum. So when he spots Lydia and declares her the 11th prettiest girl around, we get a real taste of the kind of hero we are going to meet in this story. He had a one-of-a-kind look on life that was often shocking and also quite enjoyable, and I fell for it hook, line and sinker along with Lydia.
Five year prior, and when Lydia was only 15 years old, she was unfortunately overly trusting and ignorant in the ways between men and women. A quick doctor visit confirmed the worse, and thus began her life of not trusting men nor herself again. That terrible day was one she would never forget, including the young intern working with the doctor - Jonas Grantham.
Jonas soon realizes Lydia was that young girl who got terrible medical advice from a quack doctor he interned with years earlier, a day he wished desperately he could do over. He also realizes Lydia is the one for him, and sets out to make her his wife.
But the feelings weren't exactly mutual, and 18 months later he was no closer to making her his wife. So he finagles an agreement from her to help him on his medical errands, while also making her a wager that he believes he can't possibly lose.
If you enjoy historical holiday romances, then you should definitely add this one to your list. And while Lydia was a small character in book one 'The Duchess Wars' of this series, this novella can easily be read stand-alone with zero problems.
This story was pure fun, a lot of heart, and a good dose of heat. Jonas is a hero that I won't soon forget. I highly recommend it....more
5+! Holy smokes, this series is so amazingly good! I glommed all four books. And while I really enjoyed book 1 & 2, it turns out they were just th5+! Holy smokes, this series is so amazingly good! I glommed all four books. And while I really enjoyed book 1 & 2, it turns out they were just the warm up act for book 3 & 4. With each book the plot thickens, the heat gets hotter and hotter, and twists and turns came faster and faster. If you’re a fan of spicy, erotic historical romances, I couldn’t recommend this series enough.
THE DEVILS MATCH (book 4 of The Devil DeVere series) is the conclusion to Lord DeVere and Lady Diana’s story. (If you haven’t read THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, please go back and read it first!) This story takes readers back to the ‘current time’ for the series, and begins where book 2 left off: DeVere and Diana are bitter enemies with a sordid past. Only now we know the full extent of their history and passion for one another, and we can see their situation from a much different perspective.
DeVere and Diana are both god parents to Vesta Chambers, Ned’s 18 y/o daughter and heroine of book 2. When Hew and Vesta’s wedding is moved to the country and near a major race, DeVere and Diana make a wager on whose horse will win. And what does the winner get? I won’t spoil it, but you can only image what a man nicknamed ‘devil’ would do to get a woman he once thought he loved back in his life and bed.
The passion between these two crackled and sizzled. As much of their muddied past becomes clearer and clearer, the walls built between theme slowly erode. Oh, I loved watching these two fight their passion. Yum!
The last half of this book was just pure erotic heaven!! I mean HOT, HOT, HOT!! These were some well written sex scenes; full of passion, chemistry, heat and emotion.
Lastly, I have to say how glad I am that the author told their story in the manner she did; with their past story told in one book, then their current story told in another. I am not a fan of the back-and-forth storytelling as it can be very jarring to follow two stories at one time. So thank you Ms Vane for writing it this way, it was utterly delicious and built so much anticipation for this final book! I had a blast reading this series. ...more
This was so much fun to read! LUMBERJACK IN LOVE is a great sizzling hot and funny contemporary romance set in a small town in Vermont.
Marcus & AmThis was so much fun to read! LUMBERJACK IN LOVE is a great sizzling hot and funny contemporary romance set in a small town in Vermont.
Marcus & Ami
This short story packs quite a bit into it. Ami and Marcus are well developed characters, who at first appear to be as opposite as day and night. She a city gal; he a woodsman "lumberjack" that prefers the country. But quickly we see an attraction burning between them, and their flirting was just so fun to read. When things heated up - and I mean HEATED UP! - I thought Marcus might well be the most perfect man and Ami the luckiest lady alive. (Yum!)
The town folks congregate at a local general store, where we meet several other fun characters. Ami misses the good coffee and wine found in the big city, but she is falling in love with the people here. When a career changing opportunity gives her a chance to stay, she doesn't know what to do. Marcus, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to convince her to stay.
The lumberjack jokes were fast and frequent, and kept me laughing. The chemistry between Ami and Marcus sizzled, and despite them being so opposite it was easy to believe that these two belonged together. There were some great scenes, very original.
In summary, Lumber Jack in Love was a HOT, funny, small town romance with great chemistry and quirky characters. It has an opposites attract theme that I also love. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a great `feel good' steamy romance read.
Note: the author Penny has been an online friend of mine for years, and I love to chat romance books with her. But she did not ask me to read or review her book, I am simply a big fan of her writing. And this is the best book she's written yet...more
This was ~80 pages of pure fun and sexy m/f hotness. Loved it.
(((Blow job lessons, anyone? LOL)))
Julie is about to turn 30 in two weeks so she decideThis was ~80 pages of pure fun and sexy m/f hotness. Loved it.
(((Blow job lessons, anyone? LOL)))
Julie is about to turn 30 in two weeks so she decided to create a bucket-list of things to do before that big day. She spent the last six years raising her little sister and putting her own personal life on hold, but now that her sister is off to college all that is about to change.
Matt had a huge crush on Julie back in college, but before he could make his move Julie dropped out to raise her little sister after their parents were killed. Seeing her again at the law firm in Birmingham, Alabama (where he is on a short assignment), stirs up old desires.
The attraction and chemistry between Matt and Julie was hot and fun to read. When he discovers her list, he is more than happy to help. I loved the way they went about checking things off her list, it made me look forward to the next chapters!
Matt and Julie made a great couple, and I enjoyed their romance both in and out of bed. While they could burn up the sheets, their friendly chemistry with each other was just as fun to read. I loved the way he could tease Julie and make her putty in his hands.
“Of course, we’re not technically working for the same firm, so I think an argument could be made that a consensual relationship wouldn’t break any laws. At least not any corporate ones.”
He leaned into her, licking her ear lobe. “I can’t promise anything about Alabama laws, though. There are definitely some things the state frowns on that I wouldn’t mind doing with you, sugar. To you, even.”
This story reminded me of some of my favorite contemporary romance authors (Toni Blake, Erin McCarthy, Jill Shalvis...) Cheeky humor, hot sex, quirky but very likable characters...etc. I haven't read anything by Manda Collins before, but now I want to check out her other books. I look forward to more in this Legal series too.
Note: Manda contacted me and asked if I'd like a copy of her new self published novella, which I was happy to get as I've been wanting to try one of her books. She's been a Goodreads friend of mine for several years and recently became a published author with St. Martin's Press. My review was purely optional, but after reading this I had to gush about it. I'm very impressed....more
A great short m/m historical romance with some hot steamy parts, but best of all a touching and heartfelt romance.
Ben had never had a male lover befoA great short m/m historical romance with some hot steamy parts, but best of all a touching and heartfelt romance.
Ben had never had a male lover before and wants to understand once and for all if he really is attracted to men. In fantasy, yes. In reality? He didn't know. Shortly after meeting at a gambling club frequented by men seeking men, they begin what should have been a one night only affair.
One night together turned into another, but Cavin's secret life as a thief keeps him from returning to Ben again. Ashamed of who he has become for the sake of survival, Cavin decides to put his criminal life behind him but finds it very difficult. Meanwhile, Ben longs for more of Cavin.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and it had the right amount of steam for me! It was sensual, steamy and heartfelt. I connected with Ben and Cavin, and was so happy they found each other. Two very likable and deserving guys. Cavin and Ben come from two very different worlds, but together they were very much alike in their desires.
My only quiver comes toward the end, it was a bit of stretch for me, but since this wasn't an m/f historical romance one couldn't expect these two to end with a similar type ending. Still, I enjoyed it and I now see why so many m/m fans LOVE Ava March's books. The lady can write romance! (view spoiler)[ I couldn't help but wondering how well a similar ending in an m/f historical romance would go over. My guess, not well! Cavin ends up working for Ben as domestic help, his Cook, while Ben continued to socialize around the Ton. These two will never be equals of course, but employee/employer seemed a lot to mix with an HEA. Still, Cavin does get a much better life, and they have each other, which is probably the best to expect given the historical time period of this story. But I couldn't help but wonder how well fans would balk at a similar ending if it was in an m/f historical romances. Thank God times have changed, and everyone gets a chance at a better HEA these days. (hide spoiler)]
This book was PRICELESS!! Well, actually it was FREE, but my time is not free, and reading this was time well spent!
This is a hilarious short read. TThis book was PRICELESS!! Well, actually it was FREE, but my time is not free, and reading this was time well spent!
This is a hilarious short read. Thanks GR friends for the recommendation. While I have not read the Fifty Shades series which this book parodies, I have read Twilight and saw some connections to that book. I think I even saw a small parody of Steve Jobs when Anna asks the bazillionaire Gray about being adopted. In truth, you don't need to read either to enjoy the crazy humor. It really stands on its own!
Some fav quotes: ___________________
“I’ll have an, uh... Earl Grey tea.”
He looks shocked. “You don’t want coffee?”
“I drink coffee sometimes, but Starbucks’ coffee tastes like burnt ass,” I say.
“Actually, it tastes nothing like burnt ass, Anna.”
Now it’s my turn to be shocked. “And how would you know what burnt ass tastes like?”
He laughs. “That’s for me to know...and you to find out.”
“How do you know all of this?”
He pulls his Blackberry out, opens an app, and pushes the device across the table to me. It’s opened to the “White tea” entry in Wikipedia. I read a few lines, and realize he just quoted the article word-for-word to me. “You just copied Wikipedia! Even I know not to do that,” I say. “My professors tell us that all the time.”
“Your professors are idiots, Anna,” he says.
“So you weren’t just reciting this article word-for-word?"
“Who do you think wrote the article, Anna?”
Woah. This guy writes for the Internet!
you have a philosophy of business?”
“No man is an island,” he says. “Islands are made of dirt and rocks and trees. I don’t know any people made of such things. Therefore, people are not islands.”
Wow. Was this hot guy a philosophy major in college?
By the way, the author's website says this will be an ongoing series and he will write and publish more every few days. As of now, he has only written a parody of the first three chapters, but it looks like we will get plenty more. Oh, I hope he does! The humor is wicked funny, and the dirty parts just plentiful enough to keep me re-reading the good parts. ...more
.This freebie was mismarked as a romance historical, so if you expect anything along the lines of Lisa Kleypas or Julia Quinn you will be sorely disap.This freebie was mismarked as a romance historical, so if you expect anything along the lines of Lisa Kleypas or Julia Quinn you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you have read the author's dystopian series The Cash Chroniciles set in 2141, or just want to read a character driven story where the story and HEA are turned upside down from a traditional romance novel, this one may really hit the spot.
In this short story we meet the ruthless and heartless heroine Millicent and her soon-to-be philandering milksop of a husband William. They are both forced into an arranged marriage, one William wanted in name only. However, Milicent insists on a real marriage, and knows no boundaries to keep her from having William as her own.
Despite the potential of a good love story, this is actually the back story of characters that star in the authors Cash Chroniciles series. I can't imagine Milicent and William lived out a great HEA, but we will have to read the series to truly find out. It appears Milicent is a wicked character in that series, which has me intrigued to give it a try.
So while this one failed as a romance, the writing and characters peeked my interest in reading the dystopian romance series. But for this book, I'd give it 2 stars as a straight historical romance....more
WTF?! No, no, no! This is why men should not write romance. OK, scratch that. They should write romance, but not like this crap.
This was one fucked uWTF?! No, no, no! This is why men should not write romance. OK, scratch that. They should write romance, but not like this crap.
This was one fucked up story, thank God it was a short quick read. The heroine's portrayal is a classic example of why I do not read romances written by men. She is a domestic abuse victim reduced to nothing but a sex-starved air-head who needs a man to think for her and take care of her. Grrrr.
This book was classic bad. It had domestic violence, cheating, love horny lust at first site, and quickie sex with a stranger. Top this off with awful parents, bad dialogue, and quite a few TSTL moments, you will wonder how an author could cram all of this into so few pages.
Spoiler warnings ahead (but I'm sure you wont care!):
In short, our heroine Scarlett is an emotionally weak female who has been in a physically abusive marriage with a total A-hole for seven years. He beats her bloody for slightest things.
So what does she think about her abuse husband? This:
"She needed companionship; security; love. Regardless of Robert's behavior, she could not deny him those three attributes."
WTF?!! Really? She never calls the cops, talks to her parents, confides in a co-worker for seven years?!
This f'd up married couple hosts a family Christmas dinner, which includes her husbands long-lost half brother Issac visiting from France, his witch of a mother, and Scarlett's passive door mat parents.
In matter of **minutes** of meeting Isaac, the emotionally and physically abused Scarlett is now hot and horny for him and even plants a passionate kiss on him when they bump into each other in the hallway. An hour later they make an excuse to get alone in a storage closet, where she immediately wants to suck him off. Isaac declares his love, and the doe-eyed Scarlett declares her love right back. He begs to her to go to France with him, and she agrees.
But first we must suffer through a miserable holiday dinner where her husband gets drunk and walks out because dinner is boring him, listen to a cranky mother-in-law calling Scarlett a slut, plus a wildly stupid confession to everyone that Isaac and her are madly in love despite meeting just a few hours ago. Top it off with her own parents trying to get her to change her mind to work things out with Mr bloody fists husband. Yes, they believe maybe he can get counseling or something for his domestic violent tendencies. Way to go mom and dad. Grrrr.
I mean, who writes this shit? This was one truly pathetic excuse for a romance story. Seriously, pathetic.
A bawdy, naughty freebie read set in 1919 England with a 42 y/o widow, a 20 y/o soldier home from war, and a little bit of ganja smoking.
The isn't aA bawdy, naughty freebie read set in 1919 England with a 42 y/o widow, a 20 y/o soldier home from war, and a little bit of ganja smoking.
The isn't a love story with an HEA, but a naughty read about a woman finally getting to experience uninhibited sex. Her marriage offered sex in the dark with little intimacy or pleasure. Her awakening was the best part of this little story. The dialogue was often over-the-top, but it also made it a fun read with the bawdy nature of this May/December relationship.
There were parts of this story that I enjoyed, but oddly it wasn't the sex scenes. The first sex scene was fades out and we are told the details after the fact! In an erotica? WTF? And then the story picks up in present time once again. Odd. They were getting hot and bothered, then all of a sudden the narration changes and says:
And so as the full moon shone into his bedroom and she smoked ganja and drank the best vintage champagne since 1874, he went down on her; his nose, lips and tongue, licking, sucking, kissing and caressing her sex, with his fingers and hand sliding into her most intimate feminine recesses, finger fucking her as his beloved French widow had shown him, until Lady Constance was shuddering, gasping and panting, and clutching the arms of the chair, and using terms of endearment she had never used with her husband, or any man for that matter.
Not all sex scenes were fade to black, so it redeemed itself as an erotica should. Overall, it was a fun quick read and worth the 'free' price tag.
2.5 stars. A light quirky mystery story, but completely mislabeled as a romance. Glad this was free. The heroine mentions she has the hots for her bos2.5 stars. A light quirky mystery story, but completely mislabeled as a romance. Glad this was free. The heroine mentions she has the hots for her boss, and he might share her interest, but that is as far as the romance went. The story is a comedy romp without much laughs, centered around the heroine dog sitting while a stalker is out to get her. A talking dog saves the day. I will say the author gave this one a clever ending, I didn't see that coming. ...more