When I first started reading this, it reminded me of those older short romances by Janet Evanovich from the...more3.5* -- Get That Rat Bastard! LOL -- Stars
When I first started reading this, it reminded me of those older short romances by Janet Evanovich from the 90's. They always had quirky characters, absurd plot points, loads of snarky humor, and some naughty sexy romance. SHAME ON YOU certainly has that same formula and was an enjoyable read, but the humor didn't work quite as well for me.
The Cast & Crew: One tough ex-military bounty hunter heroine, one cheating ex-husband, two awesome girl friends for support, one clueless meddling dad, one aluminum hat wearing perp with a fluffy little dog, one hairdresser with a fake accent, and one seriously HOT ex-best friend who makes your panties melt.
Kennedy O’Brien, an ex-military woman and now a bounty hunter and a single mom thanks to her rat bastard, cheating ex-husband. Her and two friends opened Fool Me Once Investigations to find other rat bastards. She is currently trying to track down a perp who skipped bail, wears tin foil hats, and believes in alians.
Griffin Crawford, was once friends with her ex-husband Alex until the rat bastard gets caught with his pants down. He has been in love with Kennedy for 20 years, and now will do what it takes to make her his. Unfortunately, she isn't talking to him as she believes he was in cahoots with her ex and helped him carry out the affair. He too is a bounty hunter, and now working the same case as Kennedy.
Steven/Sven, is the crazy stereotypical gayer-than-gay hairdresser who uses a fake accent and lives on drama, drama, drama! But keep an eye on this guy, he might not be what he seems.
The Perp Both Kennedy and Griffin are working as bounty hunters to capture this crazy guy who jumped bail. He is a complete wacko who wears foil hats, believes in alians, and has the cutest little dog TinkerDoodle.
TinkerDoodle the Poodle, is a scene stealer, so keep an eye on her.
This book started off strong and had me snickering and laughing, but by the end the humor faded and the laughs nearly stopped completely. I think it might have been the repetitiveness of the humor? Not sure.
Bottom Line: I really did enjoyed this, just wasn't blown away. It had some really fun scenes, interesting characters and some laugh out loud moments. I just wished it didn't get so over-the-top toward the end, and I especially wished Kennedy wasn't so hot and cold with Griffin all of the time. It had great potential, but didn't deliver on all of it.(less)
4 - FISHING & SKIING CATS LOVE A LAKE, TOO! -- Stars Oh the fun we could have on this lake!! He he he
In all seriousness, this isn't a story with...more4 - FISHING & SKIING CATS LOVE A LAKE, TOO! -- Stars Oh the fun we could have on this lake!! He he he
In all seriousness, this isn't a story with characters or plot, but an ode to a beautiful lake. It reads more like a college writing assignment, and it was well written. It is very heartfelt! A bit heavy on the purple prose though. Still, it really made me want to visit this lake!
Not bad for just 4 pages. I saw that a few friends read this, which intrigued me. It is free to read on Goodreads, by the way. (less)
5 'Smoking HOT & Funny' stars! BEST 99 CENTS I'VE SPENT IN A LONG TIME!
The story was short (80 pages?), but so tightly packed with a lot of great...more 5 'Smoking HOT & Funny' stars! BEST 99 CENTS I'VE SPENT IN A LONG TIME!
The story was short (80 pages?), but so tightly packed with a lot of great, yummy and sexy romance. I loved it, can't wait to see where this serial goes.
JUST ONE NIGHT is part 1 of a new erotic m/f adult romance serial by new-to-me author Elle Casey. This is not an NA/YA romance (a genre this author is known for), as the H/h are in their mid/late 30's. It is super HOT and charged with a lot of sexual tension and burning chemistry!
In this episode, William and Jennifer meet and proceed to burn up the sheets under the agreement of a one-night only affair. It had a Cinderella twist as these two attend a high-dollar charity ball, which I loved. What they didn't expect was connecting so well on an emotional level, and setting their hearts on fire wanting MORE.
In case you are wondering, it does NOT have BDSM, menage, anal or other more extreme erotic kinkiness (at least, not in this book!) It was just good old-fashion dirty smut. ;-)
William is my kind of hero! He is a super HOT, sexy, funny British guy who I adored! His wit was pure British, and his prowess is my kind of hot and sexy!! Best yet, he doesn't suffer from 'Asshole syndrome', which is becoming far too common in today's romance books. He is simply a great guy who goes after what he wants, he doesn't have a load of personal baggage, and he really, REALLY knows how to treat a lady right.
Jennifer was just as wonderful. She is a smart and down-to-earth heroine who is finding a new sexuality about her self. She is no doormat heroine either! Yeah!! (Another trope which is becoming far too common!)
These two meet under the oddest of circumstances. While personal ads in romance books have been done to death, I really enjoyed the spin we get on this one. William answers her ad, which Jennifer was very reluctant to post, only because his secretary prodded him to do so. Their first conversation was a crack up, and really set the tone and chemistry for these two.
This is a serial, so don't expect the HEA just yet. But I have no doubt that these two will get an awesome HEA when the time comes. It ends in a really good place, and will leave you both satisfied and wanting more.
The writing: One thing I really enjoyed most about this book was the authors writing voice, especially since she does a lot of 'show me' and allows her characters to tell the story. (LOVE THAT!) The dialogue between William and Jennifer felt real, and I never questioned the genuineness of their attraction. It was told in 3rd person, and we get alternating POVs from both William and Jennifer.
***Before you discount this serial, know this: I too am not fan of serial episode books because you have to buy each book by the episode. But I am so glad I did with this one, and I should warn you that you might miss out if you skip over this serial. If there ever was an exception this might just be that series. Was the 80 pages for this 'chapter' worth the .99 cents I spent? Yes, absolutely.***
According to the author's blog, new books will come out every two to three weeks.
A big thanks to my friend J for the recommendation! I wouldn't have found this series otherwise.(less)