I so enjoyed this book that I read it in one day - mostly at work. Shhh!
I didn't care for the names of the heroine or hero - Gillian because I couldn'...moreI so enjoyed this book that I read it in one day - mostly at work. Shhh!
I didn't care for the names of the heroine or hero - Gillian because I couldn't figure out if her name should be pronounced Jilly-ann or Gilly-ann. I stuck with Jilly-ann and pressed on. Lennon because although different - it isn't a name I would place in the grown and sexy category of names. Anywho...
I've typically stayed away from interracial romances because it's 2012 and let's be real - it's not that big of a taboo so when most authors go on about how "wrong" it is for the couple to be together, it just irks me. However, Lena Matthews pulled this off wonderfully. Primarily by having the heroine share feelings that I identified with. Although Gillian found men outside of her race attractive, she couldn't see them as serious prospectives for a relationship and her reasons...well, she didn't really have any reasons. Works for me. I loved Gillian's best friend, Minta! She was very well-written and her character was sassy and funny and definitely someone I could see myself being best friends with.
Lennon. Mmmm...Mmmmm...Mmmmm. WHERE ARE MEN LIKE THIS AT?! SERIOUSLY!!! Do they really only exist between the pages of fiction?! Uuuuggh! He was everything I want in a man: uber-sexy (I imagined him as a Gabriel Aubry in way of looks), dominating, possessive, and sexually aggressive! And his dirty talk....LE SWOOOON!!! The sex scenes were sooo hot!!! *fanning self wildly I smiled and squirmed my way through the entire book!
I hope there author chooses to make this a series because I would love to read more about Lennon's friends and even Minta!
This book is kind of hard for me to rate because I thought it was "okay" on one hand and then on the other hand as I continued to read it I kept think...moreThis book is kind of hard for me to rate because I thought it was "okay" on one hand and then on the other hand as I continued to read it I kept thinking "How did this get published?"
It started out pretty good - I really liked the focus being on a Creole family and the relationship between the lighter-skinned mother and her darker-skinned daughter. I was even okay with it when the daughter decided to be a stripper as a way to "rebel", I guess. And when Thierry recognized her and got angry instead of turned on - I was like - Okay now, this might be interesting.
And then I was through.
First of all, Thierry's habit of calling Angelique "sugar" every other sentence annoyed the heck out of me! Sugar? Really? Is that even sexy anymore? Was it ever?!
And the sex scenes...uuuggh! Every time Thierry found his release it was the most intense release ever! Okay, so what about the fifty-eleven times he released before?
And then the grammatical errors were too numerous to ignore. Really.
The writing was a bit amateurish to me at times and at other times it was downright ridiculous. I kid you not.
Example: It stood out proud, red, and furious with pearly drops of fluid escaping from its one eye.
Oh! Oh! And let's not overlook Angelique "cooing" while in the throes of love-making.
Yeah, so this didn't really do it for me. At least not enough for me to want to read any other books in this series. (less)
Lucie is in every sense of the word - a wallflower. Clumsy, socially awkward, and always standing in the shadow of her gorgeous best friend, she just...moreLucie is in every sense of the word - a wallflower. Clumsy, socially awkward, and always standing in the shadow of her gorgeous best friend, she just accepts that that's her lot in life. She just is. When the doctor she's been crushing on for years finally gets up the nerve to ask her for her best friend's number, poor Lizzie is thrown for a loop and dissolves into tears once he leaves her office.
Enter Reid. Oh my, oh my, oh my! My britches do warm at the thought of Reid. *le swoon He was just....sexy. I can't think of any other adjective to describe him that would fit so accurately. I'm so for reals...I am in complete and utter lust with Reid and he has earned a coveted spot as my "fictional romance". Yum! Reid is not just an MMA fighter, he is the MMA fighter and a recent injury may cost him his career. He's sent to Lucie for rehabilitation. They both realize upon meeting that - "Hey! You're my brother's best friend that made my teen heart go all a'flutter" and "Hey! You're my best friend's kid sister and you're crying! So who's the jerk so I can bash him in the face?" Too funny! Reid is ready to get back in the ring so he tempts Lucie with an offer he can't resist - help him win back his title and he'll help her win the good doctor's heart. What begins as a lesson in seduction quickly escalates into something more real for them both.
I absolutely loved every aspect of this novel - the heroine was totally likeable (I adored that she wore glasses), the hero was so ^*% sexy and the love scenes between these two were hot! I mean, I read erotica - quite a bit of it - and for the most part remain fairly unaffected by most love scenes. Yet Gina Maxwell made the smallest interaction between these two so sensual that the images my mind conjured up had me....ooooooh-weeeee! I do love me some Reid! This is the second novel this year I've read featuring a MMA fighter (the other, See Me by Pauline Allen) and I must say that I have now added them to my list of "preferred man meat" (others would include Highlanders, knights, and the occasional vamp). I'd seen all the accolades this novel received on other blogs and decided to give it a go - best decision I've made this year thus far! I've been gushing to friends about all the feels I have for this novel since I finished reading it. It's one of those books that you finish and your first thought is,"Okay, so when's the movie coming out?" because you so want to see this romance carried out on the big screen! My cheeks are sore from all the cheesy smiling and grins I had while reading this book. Even the secondary characters were a hoot! The interactions between Vanessa, Lucie's best friend, (and a true best friend she was) and Fritz, the owner of the bar they frequented, were hilarious and so adorably sweet. I can't effectively communicate, it seems, how much I enjoyed this novel. It's definitely one I will return to time and time again. I loved it!
And Reid. I love Reid.
I really hope the next book in this series is due out soon as I can't imagine having to wait too long for another terrific read featuring more MMA fighters. I tell you the honest truth - I have been totally seduced by Seducing Cinderella!!!(less)
I absolutely LOVE the story of Beauty and the Beast! It’s my all-time favorite fairy tale and love story so I’m always quick to pick up any book with...moreI absolutely LOVE the story of Beauty and the Beast! It’s my all-time favorite fairy tale and love story so I’m always quick to pick up any book with this plot. With that said, I was uber excited when I came across A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale: Beauty by Selena Kitt.
Jolee finds out that her husband Carlos was involved in the death of her father and confronts him about it. Instead of giving Jolee a heartfelt apology and a dozen red roses, instead, Carlos orders his men to take Jolee into the woods and kill her. On the way to carry out the task, the trio are involved in a car accident that leaves the thugs dead and Jolee seriously wounded.
Enter Silas. Silas has been living in the woods alone for years after a fire leaves him disfigured…and a widower. While hunting in the woods, Silas comes across Jolee unconscious and bleeding. He decides to take her to his home and nurse her back to health. When Jolee finally awakens, she soon discovers that she and Silas share a connection that threatens to destroy them both.
I really enjoyed the story of Jolee and Silas. I did feel, however, that Jolee’s husband Carlos was more of a beast in nature than Silas. Silas was kind and caring – you couldn’t help but fall in love with the way he looked after Jolee and tended to her every need while she recovered. Because he continues to feel guilt for failing to protect his wife, Silas initially is afraid of allowing himself to get close to Jolee. I felt that the face mask that he constantly wore while in Jolee’s presence was used for more than just hiding his disfigurement from her. I felt it was symbolic of an emotional wall that he kept erected between them. What a joy it was when that wall came down!
A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale: Beauty contained some VERY hot scenes . Selena Kitt can indeed put together steamy and erotic love scenes! However, I found myself more intrigued by the way these two characters slowly grew to trust and eventually love one another more than by just their physical interactions.
Although I wouldn’t place it in my top favorites of Beauty and the Beast re-tellings, A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale: Beauty is an enjoyable read that will not disappoint. (Originally Reviewed for BlackRaven's Reviews)(less)