AMAZING! Wow, I highly recommend this one, especially to fans of NA romances or anyone who just wants to read an emotionally deep and romantic story o...moreAMAZING! Wow, I highly recommend this one, especially to fans of NA romances or anyone who just wants to read an emotionally deep and romantic story of first love (not the insta-luv formula).
This was such an emotionally charged story told over a three year period. Brent and MacKenna first meet at a dude ranch in Montana and form an odd but solid friendship. At just under 18 years old, MacKenna is too young for Brent. He is 5 years older, and dismisses her schoolgirl crush. But the friendship they form means everything to him, as he has quite a bit to cope with at home.
The book takes readers on a three + year journey with these two, and OMG it just tugged at my heart! It blew me away, and I couldn't put it down. I loved watching them form a deep friendship that turned into a bone deep love. It broke my heart in places, and I cried a few times too. Oh, they were so deserving of their HEA!
I saw the book posted in a group I help moderate, and after reading the sample I bought the book as I couldn't put it down. Brent and MacKenna were such a great couple, the days on the ranch to their days apart because of school kept me glued to the book. What a fantastic love story of friends-to-lovers.
I am absolutely blown away that this is a debut book too. The writing is great, the editing solid, and the character development was unbelievable for a debut author. The steamy parts come late, but they were down right steamy too!
While they are young, this is very much an adult love story not a silly teenage love story. So I fully believed their HEA, which I normally don't in an NA book.
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 26,00...moreWow!! 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. (less)
DNF'd at 50%. Oh boy, I tried but I am just not in the mood for reading stilted dialogue and silly plotting. Not even for an erotica fluff piece which...moreDNF'd at 50%. Oh boy, I tried but I am just not in the mood for reading stilted dialogue and silly plotting. Not even for an erotica fluff piece which promises some hot sex scenes. This book would be great if you just want to read some sexy banter and some naughty sex scenes, and if you don't expect much depth or a believable story. I could have enjoyed that but sadly the dialogue was filled with a lot of double-speak innuendos that felt a bit cheesy, and the so-called attraction felt more forced and cold than genuine and warm. The plotting was not working for me either. The tours, dinners, games...etc. didn't transition smoothly. It might have picked up, but for now I need something more solid to read. I am just not in the mood for this kind of fluff. (less)
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 c...more3.5 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. (less)
This wasn't a YA/NA romance, but it borrows heavily from that genre.
Bastian was yet another asshole hero, much like Travis from Beautiful Disaster, w...moreThis wasn't a YA/NA romance, but it borrows heavily from that genre.
Bastian was yet another asshole hero, much like Travis from Beautiful Disaster, who drinks too much, smokes too much, curses too much, fights too much, feels he doesn't deserve to be loved, and alternates treating his heroine like a piece of shit or a priceless golden statuesque goddess.
Raine was yet another doormat, doe-eyed, virginal innocent, giggly heroine with a speech impediment, (this one couldn't talk without inserting an "...uhm..." every few sentences), who believes in rainbows and unicorns, that love will conquer all, and that heroes like Bastian are just 'being silly' when they repeatedly treat them with abusive language and actions.
The relationship is essentially them fighting, fucking, fighting, fucking, fighting, then more fucking and more fighting. Toss in a few "I love you's" and a boatload of the heroine telling the hero his is worthy of love, and you have just summed it all up.
The shipwreck and survival aspects were my favorite part of this story, and it is why I bothered to finish the book. Despite not liking or believing in these two, I enjoyed seeing how they worked to survive, and I did want to know if or how they were rescued.
I know this book is really popular, and I understand that. I think this book is well suited for readers who like their romance characters similar to ones found in Beautiful Disaster and Fifty Shades, which I do not. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend this one. (less)
3.5 stars. Great humor, likeable characters, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many references to the 'vagina' and all the other variations of that word.
Don'...more 3.5 stars. Great humor, likeable characters, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many references to the 'vagina' and all the other variations of that word.
Don't get me wrong, this book was down right funny at times. But the same joke told over and over got OLD. Nearly **all** of the humor and dialogue hinged on references to body parts, most particularly the ‘vagina’ and its many other names. No matter what Elle was doing (working, drinking, golfing, fucking…etc.) the endless bombardment of crude body part jokes ensued. Page after page after page, and it never let up until the end. At first I actually enjoyed it and found it hilarious, but it wore on me quickly. It was like listening to your favorite song over and over and over and over until you find yourself wanting your ears to bleed out just to stop the music.
Let me sum it up what got really old, really fast: # of ‘vagina’ references = 58 # of ‘cunt’ references = 15 # of ‘pussy’ references = 32 # of ‘labia’ references = 9 # of ‘muff’ references = 12 # of ‘snatch’ references = 15 # of ‘fuck’ references = 100 # of ‘cock’ references = 89
Luckily, the last 20% of the book takes a turn and tones it way down, and it had a strong ending that finally showed some depth to these shallow characters. The ending made up for a lot of frustration, and I ended up enjoying the book enough to give it 3.5 stars.
For me, I think a good bit of editing to remove at least half of the va-jay-jay, juice-box, muff-lips…etc. references would have gone a long way in improving this one. I would read this author again in a heartbeat if only I can be assured there are far less repetitive references to body parts. (less)
4.5 stars. I am big fan of the Amazing Race TV show, so when I read that Jill Myles (Jessica Clare) wrote a follow up to her fun book Wicked Games, I...more4.5 stars. I am big fan of the Amazing Race TV show, so when I read that Jill Myles (Jessica Clare) wrote a follow up to her fun book Wicked Games, I bought it and moved it right to the top of my TBR pile.
I like the fun and playful tone of this series as it mixes in a fast paced adventure plot with a sexy romance. It is told through Katy's point-of-view, but we get quite a bit of time with Liam too. This was definitely an 'opposites attract' romance story, as she is a small town country girl and he a famous rock-star with tattoos and piercings.
The race was one crazy challenge after another, which made for a lot of laughs. The secondary characters were a wide mix of people from likable to despicable, also adding quite a bit of fun to the story.
The 'misunderstanding' that typically comes late in most romance books was probably my least favorite moment in this book, but I was so glad to see it got resolved quickly and without any prolong and undue drama. That made me love Katy and Liam even more! They were a bit goofy, but in such a likable way.
I will definitely continue with this series. I love reality TV game shows and romance books, so this series feels like it was custom written just for me.
DNF @ 70% I have loved several romance suspense books by this author, but this one didn't work for me. The romance was flat and uninteresting, the sus...moreDNF @ 70% I have loved several romance suspense books by this author, but this one didn't work for me. The romance was flat and uninteresting, the suspense tedious, and I really never cared who the bad guy was. I was forcing myself through this story, something I promised myself I wouldn't do anymore, so I am calling it a DNF.
To make matters worse, I tried listening to this on audio. The reader butchered many of the voices, including the hero Dane. So if you do want to read this one, I recommend skipping the audio version. (less)
What a fun, romantic, sexy, adventurous historical romp by one of the best authors writing in this genre. What the Duke Desires was a great start to a...moreWhat a fun, romantic, sexy, adventurous historical romp by one of the best authors writing in this genre. What the Duke Desires was a great start to a new series, I look forward to more!
Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, is searching for his long lost brother. He is such a likable character, and not the typical snooty, snobby or ego driven Duke. I loved his humor, loved how quickly he opened up to Lisette, and loved how he didn't ever hold Lisette's 'bastard' status against her.
So when Max and Lisette set out on a road trip disguised as married commoners, their passionate story made for a fun romp to read. (less)
3.5 stars. Melting Ms Frost is a spicy contemporary romance set in London. It explores a lite dom-sub relationship between Aiden, a mysterious and han...more3.5 stars. Melting Ms Frost is a spicy contemporary romance set in London. It explores a lite dom-sub relationship between Aiden, a mysterious and handsome Irish bar tender, and his boss Annabel Frost, the cold, stiff and proper manager of the chic restaurant.
Aiden is a talker: a smooth talker, a sweet talker, and most assuredly a dirty talker. He is bona-fide fantasy hero material! Dark Irish, brogue accent, mysterious, and sexy as hell. So while Annabel would never fraternize with the help, she is drawn to Aiden's shocking flirtatious advances as he pushes well beyond the boundaries of appropriate in a work place. She denies her attraction and sets out to avoid him, but he can read her like a book and persists through her resistance to eventually make her his.
I should probably mention that I could count the number of BDSM themed romances I have read on one hand, and still have a few fingers left. It is normally not my cuppa, and while I enjoyed this book I still don't think it's my cuppa.
Aiden wants a dom-sub relationship with Annabel, but to have that he needs to make her see how she is attracted to that lifestyle. She is suppressing her desires and resisting giving in so not to lose control. But Aiden is determined to win her. And part of that means when the relationship finally heats up, the game of dom-sub means she must surrender fully her control to Aiden if she is to receive 'satisfaction'.
I instantly liked Aiden, and loved the way he would go about shocking Annabel with his naughty whispers of desire. Annabel, being the cold and stiff person she is, was much harder to like at first. But the cat and mouse games between them was fun to watch, and slowly we began to see a likable side to Annabel as well.
The story is heavily focused on the sexual relationship between Aiden and Annabel, but I hesitate to call this one an 'erotica' novel. It is a spicy read with light-erotica moments, but it spends more time on the sexual tension build up and not so much on the bedroom scenes. (If you are looking for hardcore erotica or hardcore BDSM, this isn't that book.)
There are a few secondary story lines including Annabel's mother's horrible taste in men, and Aiden's history that led him to eventually decide to take on a bar tending job. While they were interesting enough, for me they were easy to skip over. The main meat of this book really is the relationship between Aiden and Annabel.
Overall I did enjoy it despite not being a fan of BDSM themed romances. I loved Aiden and enjoyed the cat and mouse games between them as their relationship grew. But I had trouble relating to the sex scenes as my own preference is certainly elsewhere and not with the dom-sub role play. I would also be lying if I said I enjoyed the ending. It ended how it should given all the story lines, but not as I had hoped. (view spoiler)[It did not have a strong HEA, and there were no declarations of love between them. (hide spoiler)]
Thank you to Netgalley and the author for making this ARC available in exchange for an honest review.
'Off-topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt' tells the story of the hours and days that followed Goodreads sudden and unannounced decision to purge hu...more 'Off-topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt' tells the story of the hours and days that followed Goodreads sudden and unannounced decision to purge hundreds of reviews, listopias, and shelves.
Goodreads is a popular online social media site that depends on free user-generated content and its community engagement features to attract sponsors who buy advertising and promotional packages. But in late September 2013 it made a gross misstep when it deliberately targeted and mishandled a specific list of user-generated content and assumed few would notice. In the end, their mishandling and its new censorship policy created a major uproar that broke the trust of thousands of its most dedicated content contributors, volunteer librarians, and community moderators.
Goodreads defended its new censorship position, and the sudden deletion of content that discussed an authors behavior, by citing that their policy had simply changed to help set an appropriate tone. But their lack of consideration with no prior notification to its 20 million users before they started the massive purge set off a firestorm of backlash and an internet revolt.
The revolt grew rapidly when it became clear that the policy was not being enforced with any sense of fairness, but instead with a heavily biased agenda to appease a small group of authors who were bending the ears of the Amazon executives. One person likened this event to 'Goodreads shooting mosquitoes with a shotgun'.
For many of its members, this was the day Goodreads quit being a site devoted to the readers.
Goodreads has since apologized for their haste in not notifying the impacted members first, as well as deleting innocuously named shelves that should have been safe. They promised to retrieve the deleted content so these members will have an opportunity to revise the content so it won't be considered objectionable. However, all comments attached to the reviews are lost for good. And as of six weeks later, no one has received any of their deleted content back.
Unfortunately, new reports of innocuously named shelves being deleted are still being heard. These deletions are allowed due to a provision in their policy that allows them to determine the 'intent behind the naming convention', and is based on their own limited scope of the situation. A lot of members compare this to 'mind reading', a faulty measure to determine anything with any true accuracy.
Many devoted members questioned if this policy change was needed. Goodreads always had a policy that removed truly offensive and abusive content on their site, as well as a strict rule against attacks on other members. The new policy was not about addressing abusive behavior or content, only about removing content that discusses objectionable behavior of the author, and which consumers might find as a reason not to buy the book. So why the change? Who will benefit from it?
When confronted with the conflicting interests between reader and author, Goodreads changed positions from 'error on the side of the reader' to 'error on the side of the sponsor'. This unfortunate move now brings a heavy bias toward the sponsors, leaving all content on the site into question. If Goodreads is now scrubbing content to appease the sponsors and ensure them their books will not be blacklisted based on their own lack of professionalism, how trustworthy are the reviews?
The staff at Goodreads decreed that all content which mentions an author in any negative tone will be deleted. Reviews, shelves, lists, status updates...etc. were all impacted. As of today, the only 'safe' place to discuss authors behavior is in the groups, but many members believe that is only a matter of time before they too become subject of this great content purge.
Goodreads is a social media site devoted to discussing all things books. And for many members, they believe an authors conduct, both pro and con, is a fair and reasonable part of that discussion. However, under the new policy Goodreads is trying to silence any 'negative' part of that discussion, and will punish members who do not comply by deleting their content and letting them know their membership will be under review for termination if they continue.
To understand the impact of this censorship policy, imagine if Goodreads was a site about politics. This would mean its members couldn't discuss Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal, only his politics. If this was a site about restaurants they would not be able to discuss the infamous anit-gay tweet by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, only his menu items. And so on and so on.
So what does this mean for Goodreads member? Authors who are convicted child abusers, who orchestrated mass murder genocide (yes, anti Hitler reviews were removed!), who repeatedly attacked reviewers, who shamelessly gamed the system for a quick buck, who publicly doxxed and outed reviewers identities in hopes of a rebellious attack on their personal lives...etc. ARE NOW ABLE TO HIDE THEIR MISDEEDS on Goodreads.
Buyers should be forewarned about such authors, but you will not find that pertinent discussion allowed here on Goodreads.
This book sheds a lot of light on the actual events of the purge, and provides a lot of details about what Goodreads doesn't want you to see. (less)
So disappointed! This book went from "O.M.G!" to a big fat "D.N.F." at 75%
I really (and I mean REALLY!) enjoyed the opening of this book, and was loo...moreSo disappointed! This book went from "O.M.G!" to a big fat "D.N.F." at 75%
I really (and I mean REALLY!) enjoyed the opening of this book, and was looking forward to a great read. But in the end, I gave it too much of my time and finally just had to call it quits.
Oh, it started off so funny and original. The 'Wallbanger' and 'Cock blocker' jokes were cute. Simon was such a mystery, and Caroline was a person I would love to hang with if she was a real person. Her conversations with her cat had me laughing! And when Simon and her finally met, the banter was so well done.
The story stayed on pace for a while, but around the halfway mark it got a little juvenile for my tastes. In the quest for friendship with Simon, Caroline got a bit whiney and started playing head games. The banter got a bit over the top. The cliches got a bit thick. And I was like "WTF Caroline?!
And then the story got really farcical, but I persisted. Caroline started to really rub me wrong. What is happening to her? She is turning into a desperate, stupid big fat cliche from every bad Chick Lit book I've read.
Then she really, really started to make me not like her. The romance between her and Simon was turning into rainbow farting unicorns, and the delusions dancing in her head were no longer entertaining. I no longer wanted to hang with her, assuming she was a real person. And the story about her friends got weirder and weirder.
By the time I quit, Simon was the only thing about this book I still really liked. And that is how I plan to remember him, because I am so afraid if I finish this book I will end up not liking him either.
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. It...more4 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.
FALLING INTO YOU is a dark, steamy, sexy NA romance that aims for heart, punches you in the gut, and then, finally, lifts your spirits sky high.
The v...moreFALLING INTO YOU is a dark, steamy, sexy NA romance that aims for heart, punches you in the gut, and then, finally, lifts your spirits sky high.
The very first sentence sets the powerful tone for the entire book:
"I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first."
It only took reading that single sentence to convince me to read this book, as I couldn't help but wonder about the brothers and what went wrong. And, what went right.
This is Nell's story, but it is told over several years and through the alternating POVs of Nell and Colton. For Nell and Colton, survival is about learning how to live life on their own terms, and not through the dreams their parents wished for them as young children. When life crushed their spirits, and their young dreams faded away, pain became their welcomed friend. Emotionally and physically.
With this odd connection, Nell and Colton truly understand each other. Through the shared love of music and guitar, they find a friendship and eventually a love that allows them to finally deal with their past.
I was surprised how much I liked these two characters together. Fundamentally they were so different, but by the end of the book I couldn't imagine them apart. And for an NA book, this was very steamy. In fact, I would probably call this a straight adult romance. These two burned up a lot of pages! (This author can write some hot steamy scenes. Whew!)
My issues with the book were small, and they mostly focused around Nell. I did like her and I understood her issues, but I also had to remind myself often that she was young so don't expect her to act like a mature adult. At least not yet. She was an over-thinker and made some questionable choices, which got a bit dramatic for my personal tastes.
Colton was a well developed and awesome hero character. For me, he is what made this book so special. He had a rare mix of strength and sensitivity; he was rough and tough but not in a Neanderthal kind of way. He wrote beautiful lyrics, words straight from his heart and soul. But he was fierce and could survive street fighting and protect those around him.
FALLING INTO YOU will remind you that life rarely turns out as one expects when they are young, but you can still hope for love and a chance that something special will come of it. And who knows, you might even surpass your wildest dreams.
((Thanks my GR Friends for the recommendation! Without your reviews, I would have missed this little gem.))(less)