Wow, I really enjoyed this one! The ending was so sweet it had me almost in tears. This is the story of Lydia, the girl who was a d*** 4 1/2 stars ***
Wow, I really enjoyed this one! The ending was so sweet it had me almost in tears. This is the story of Lydia, the girl who was a double for Lady Rose from Christmas Angel for the Billionaire (which was also good and I recommend reading first) and Kalil, a man who is looking for acceptance from his home country 50 years after his grandfather was banished. Lydia takes a vacation as Lady Rose to a desert kingdom to help Rose escape her life for a week. Kalil is assigned as her bodyguard, which he is hoping to use as leverage to gain an audience with his uncle to ask that his dying grandfather be allowed to come to his home country to die.
So Kal and Lydia both have their reasons for being where they are but both are keeping secrets. They have an instant powerful attraction to each other but they can't act on it for various reasons. The mistaken identity issue was dealt with very well, I was afraid it would be a huge deal but Kal was in love with the real Lydia and didn't care.
I really enjoyed this story, the love between Kal and Lydia seemed real. Kal was a real sweetheart who loves his large extended family and all the women in it. He treated Lydia very well and was very romantic. The ending was sweet and sigh-worthy. One thing I would warn about, the one love scene had no detail at all it was just references - but the rest of the story was so good I didn't mind.
This was a wonderful story that I would recommend to people who enjoy sweet Harlequins with a smart nice heroine and a wonderful hero who treats the heroine like a princess. ...more
Cullen Longton shows up at a Scottish nunery looking for his baby son born to his now deceased lover. Sara McHern offers Cullen a d*** 3 1/2 stars ***
Cullen Longton shows up at a Scottish nunery looking for his baby son born to his now deceased lover. Sara McHern offers Cullen a deal - she needs a husband right away to avoid her father making her marry a smelly horrible man or become a nun. In return, she promises to tell Cullen the location of his young son, whose life she saved when the baby's grandfather had paid off the abbess to kill him because he was angry at his daughter for getting pregnant to a commoner.
Cullen is not happy about Sara's terms but reluctantly agrees because he is desparate to find his son. Sara just wants him to take her home and show her father that she has a husband, then he can disappear with his son and she will be left alone. Along the way to her land, Cullen and Sara get to know each other very well. He is impressed with Sara's courage and strength, she is a woman who does what she thinks is right no matter the consequences and is self-sufficient. Sara sees Cullen as the strong, honorable man she always wanted. Will they be able to get over the obstacles in their path and find love together?
I have mixed feelings about this book. My biggest problem was that there were three main characters to this book: Cullen, Sara and the ghost of Cullen's dead lover Alaina. Cullen spends most of the book thinking of how much he loves Alaina and how he could never love another with the same passion as he did with her. I felt like Sara got really jipped. She was a strong, couragous woman who deserved a man who would love her completely. I think Cullen loved her but I wasn't convinced that he didn't just find her convenient and handy to have around. Cullen love for Alaina just took over way too much of the book and he seemed much more passionate about her than Sara. I did like the story, it was interesting and I like both Cullen and Sara but I didn't like the way the author set up the story. Both Cullen and Sara deserve to have a once in a lifetime love not a "well, my real love died and you are a great person who I have really gotten used to" type of love.
So overall: decent story with one major flaw of having a dead lover overshadow the featured love story so I felt like the hero and heroine were jipped, him because his original love was killed and her because she deserved Cullen to have loved her as fiercly as he loved Alaina. I did still like the story though, so that's why I have the mixed feelings....more
Auntee already wrote a very nice review so here are my thoughts:
Good parts: - Funny, engaging story and characters - Sexy, hot love scenes
Not-So-Good paAuntee already wrote a very nice review so here are my thoughts:
Good parts: - Funny, engaging story and characters - Sexy, hot love scenes
Not-So-Good parts: - I was creeped out by the hero calling himself "Daddy" during love scenes - The whole scenario of how and why they met was very out there (especially the real reason the hero was the daddy - creepy) - The hero's "test" of the heroine was just wrong but the heroine's response made me wonder about her supposed love just for the hero, it seemed like she would have been just as happy with his friend.
The good still outweighed the bad and I liked the writing style of the author enough to check out more of her books and hope for less creepy elements next time....more
Willow Gregory wakes up hungover in a strange man's bed wearing only her "Miss Firecracker" sash. Apparently she got a little rowdy*** 4 1/2 stars ***
Willow Gregory wakes up hungover in a strange man's bed wearing only her "Miss Firecracker" sash. Apparently she got a little rowdy the night before and damaged the bar after drinking too many cherry bombs to celebrate the end of her unwanted reign as Miss Firecraker. Blake West is filling in as the bartender at his buddy's bar while he is on vacation. He is the ultimate Mr. Nice Guy so he put the drunk Willow to bed alone despite her propositions. He informs her when she wakes up that the sheriff ordered her to work at the bar until she works off the damage she caused when she threw a stool at a man who groped a waitress.
Willow is a carpenter and foreman for her father's construction company. She only entered the Miss Firecraker contest after someone put her name in as a joke and she didn't want to disappoint her excited mother. She is tired of all the men she knows seeing her as a friend or buddy and not as a hot woman. So when she sees the very hot, sexy Blake West eyeing her up like he wants to eat her up, she jumps at the chance to have a hot love affair. Blake is extremely attracted to the hot firecracker who ended up working in the bar with him. He is at loose ends in his life right now after his dad sold their sheep ranch. He has spent some time bartending and working construction but doesn't really know what he wants to do next - until the sassy Willow started working for him.
Blake and Willow start a very hot affair with lots of nekkid mattress dancing. The chemistry between them is off the charts. Blake is a total sweetheart, always cooking her dinner and saying the sweetest things - Willow would have been crazy to let go of a guy like that! He is hot, has a great body, is great in bed and treats her like a queen.
The relationship between Willow and Blake is very physical but they also start to fall for each other quickly. The story had a wonderful hero, a nice romance, very hot love scenes and a lot of funny parts. Plus I just love Blake's endearments - "sunshine" (because she lights up his life) and of course "darlin'". I really enjoyed this story! Slight points were lost because I could have used an epilogue at the end - but knowing Ms. James she will write another story that tells us more about Blake and Willow's life when she writes about another West/McKay cousin or Blake's friend Dave.
Love Scene Info: The love scenes contain only M/F. No anal, toys (well some marashino cherries were utilized) or anything other than hot lovin' between Blake and Willow. ...more
The heroine was a twit with no self esteem and the hero was an ass. Parts of the story were okay but others were kind of dumb and could have been writThe heroine was a twit with no self esteem and the hero was an ass. Parts of the story were okay but others were kind of dumb and could have been written better. ...more
This is a wonderful Christmas romance with a hard hearted CEO who is softened by a sweet Kindergarden teacher who teaches him the imp***4 1/2 stars***
This is a wonderful Christmas romance with a hard hearted CEO who is softened by a sweet Kindergarden teacher who teaches him the importance of love and caring. Very sweet and heartwarming story just in time for the holidays! Plus there is a nice prominent Christmas theme and a wonderful ending. Highly recommended!...more
I never really connected to the characters in this story and some parts didn't make a lot of sense. The love scenes weren't quite to my taste either.I never really connected to the characters in this story and some parts didn't make a lot of sense. The love scenes weren't quite to my taste either. I also felt the story had a few too many similarities to the much better Jane's Walord by Angela Knight....more
This book was like the Energizer bunny in that it kept going and going and going. It was over twice the length it should have been for one book. AboutThis book was like the Energizer bunny in that it kept going and going and going. It was over twice the length it should have been for one book. About half way through the leads defeated the Big Bad but then another mystery had to pop up and go for a few hundred pages. Then at the end we were still left with unanswered questions so maybe there will be a sequel?
The writing in this book was good and really pulled me into the story and had me rooting for the leads. The biggest problem was the one stated above, I think the book should have been much shorter and not include so many side stories and points of view.
The steam level in this book is not for the faint of heart. This story includes: regular M/F, F/F, random licking by other weres, voyarism, forced touching by the bad guy, shifter love scenes where people were in various points of hairiness and matings where couples went at it in front of each other. Basically, don't try this unless you are ready for anything ;)...more
Friends With Benefits is the sequel to the very hot Maverick's Black Cat, where we first meet the smart talking Bailey and the serious Sebastian withFriends With Benefits is the sequel to the very hot Maverick's Black Cat, where we first meet the smart talking Bailey and the serious Sebastian with the hidden kinky side. This book was a very well-written sexy read that really drew me into the characters and their story plus delivered some very hot sex scenes.
Bailey is an independent woman who knows what she wants in life - and what she wants right now is some hot sex but she isn't satisfied with the brawny self-centered men she normally dates. So she decides she should have sex with her friend Sebastian because he is totally different than her normal men - loyal, kind of quiet and a good guy. Sebastian was attracted to Bailey but only treated her as a friend because that seemed to be best for them. When she tells him her plan for them to be fuck buddies, he is less than pleased. He doesn't appreciate the casual way she wants to use him plus he doesn't think she can handle the way he is in the bedroom - a dominant man who likes to spank and occasionally tie up his lover. So he teases Bailey to the point where she is about to get off - then leaves her hanging. She is pissed but very intrigued by this new side of Bastian.
Bastian gets Cat to invite Bailey to a local club so she can see what he likes in the bedroom. In a private room, along with Cat and Mason, Sebastian sits with Bailey as they watch another couple do what he likes in the bedroom - a little spanking then some fun. Bailey is surprised by how much she enjoys watching it and is even more suprised to look over and see Mason and Cat having a little fun too. Things get hot and heavy between Bastian and Bailey, but the intensity of the love making scared Bailey so she doesn't talk to him for a few days since she has a tendency to run from emotions she can't handle.
Sebastian and Bailey start to work out a relationship of sorts that centers on their intense attraction for each other. Sebastian loves to control in the bedroom but he never takes it too far and he is always making sure Bailey is comfortable. Bailey is one hilarious strong woman so she can take whatever Bastian dishes out, usually with a funny quip back at him. She can accept his spanking and dominance in the bedroom but she has a big problem with him trying to have a deeper relationship with her. Bastian has intense feelings for Bailey but can she overcome a lifelong fear of relationships and dependence on a man in time to accept the love Bastian has for her?
This story was wonderful! I was laughing at times and needing a class of ice cubes at others. The relationship between Bastian and Bailey was very believable and well-written. Bailey's fear of relationships was a result of seeing her mother go through four marriages while using men to fund her lifestyle, so I can understand her reluctance to accept money from Bastian and her fear of admiting her feelings even to herself. Bastian was one of those quiet strong men who has a hidden kinky side that made him want to spank Bailey and screw the heck out of her. He was very skilled with his mouth and not at all selfish, so I can understand Bailey's intense pleasure at his hands. The spanking and dominance did not go too far, he mostly just uses his hand and a little bit of tying up. Bastian was very sweet with Bailey, he tried to be sensitive to her needs and feelings but he also knew he would have to push her a little bit so she didn't treat him as casually as she did her other boyfriends. He did one or two dumb things that pissed Bailey off but he honestly was just being a guy and they can't really help it, right? One thing about the story that is just not a big deal and I am glad - Bailey is African-American and Sebastian is white but it is never a big deal. Bastian justs sees her as an incredibly sexy woman.
Overall, I really ejoyed this story. It was emotional, sweet, funny and sexy as hell at times. This story includes some spanking, a little bit of bondage, two couples doing it in the same room (so voyarism but no touching by the other couple - do you think Mason or Bastian would share?), anal, a toy and one hilarious scene where Bailey accidently walks in on Bastian's lawyer co-worker getting a blow job and she notices that he has the biggest dick she ever saw (they don't call him Big Phil for nothing). Highly recommended but read Maverick's Black Cat by Lena Matthews and Maggie Casper first - both are hot, wonderful reads!...more
Tess Summar lives in a small Montana town named False Hope. She lives with her married brother John, who is the town's doctor, and helps him with hisTess Summar lives in a small Montana town named False Hope. She lives with her married brother John, who is the town's doctor, and helps him with his practice. One day a young Indian girl is brought to her brother who is dying from a gunshot. The town's Marshall says her brother accidently shot her while he was trying to get away while stealing horses. Before the girl dies, she tells Tess that the Marshall was the person who shot her, not her brother. She gets Tess to promise to help her brother, who she thinks was shot and probably went to a nearby cave injured. Tess thinks the girl is delirious but agrees to ease her mind. When the Indian girl's Blackfoot family comes to collect her body, she tells one of the warriors that the girl thinks her brother is injured in the hills.
A few days later, Tess is kidnapped by the Blackfeet warrior, Brown Otter, who she talked to before because he wants her to help the injured Storm-in-His-Eyes, the dead girl's brother. Storm is lying injured in a nearby cave and needs her help. Tess agrees to help Storm once she sees how injured he is because she feels bad for him and because she promised the dying girl. Storm is out of his mind with fever for days as Tess tries to save his life.
Once Storm wakes up, he is not happy to see a white woman attending him. He has spent some time in the white world, where white women have brought him nothing but trouble. Now white men have unjustly accused him of stealing horses and killing his sister. Tess sticks up for herself to Storm and lets him know just how hard she fought to save his life. Storm is attracted to Tess because she has two things he finds irresistible - pluck and freckles. Tess is also attracted to Storm but realizes that nothing can come of it because they are from two different worlds.
Storm's friend Black Otter shows up with the tribe's Medicine Woman to help heal him. Once Storm is feeling better they tell Tess that it is time for her to head home, which Storm agrees with because he doesn't want to bring trouble to her life. On the way back to town, Tess is accosted by two white men dressed as Indians but she is saved in time by Storm and Brown Otter. They bring her to the Blackfeet village to help her heal from wounds she received when she fell from her horse. While in the village, Tess starts to fall in love with Storm who is the strong man she has always dreamed of having. She likes living with the Blackfeet Indians because they treat her as an honored Medicine Woman, not as a helpless female like the white people in town do. Storm is also falling for Tess but he will not think about allowing anything between them because Tess does not belong in his world and he refuses to live in the white world again. Plus he plans on killing the Marshall in retaliation for his sister and hunting down the men who attacked Tess, so he wants Tess back in town where she will be safe.
After one night of hot loving, Tess goes back into town to live. But the passion between them refuses to go away, causing both Tess and Storm to take a hard look at what is important to them and try to find a way for them to live together. Storm has a lot to work through because he needs to consider if he is willing to be with a white woman and what that would mean to his place in the tribe. He also needs to find the white men responsible for the "Indian" attacks before trouble is brought to his tribe - plus he and the Marshall are heading for a showdown. Will Tess and Storm find a way to work everything out so they can be together and will they survive the men out to get them? (Hint: since it's Romancelandia, the answer is YES).
I enjoyed this western/Native American romance. The two leads were very likeable. Tess was a very strong woman who wanted more than the life she had - marginalized by her brother, who didn't appreciate her nursing ablilities and wanted to marry her off to any eligible man. She wanted to fall in love with a strong man who would appreciate her and give her children but she was a spinster to most of the town's people. Storm saw her as a very desirable woman from the start and he appreciated her medical skills (well they did save his life). They found a wonderful love together and were willing to fight for the right to live together. Storm was a very honorable man who treated Tess with respect and didn't want to bring danger to her life so he tries to stay away from her because he has been branded an outlaw by the corrupt Marshall - but he feels so strongly for Tess that he just can't stay away.
Overall, this was a nice western/Native American romance that was written well. The characters were likable and the story was interesting. Plus who can resist a hot hero who is named Storm-in-His-Eyes?
Tykota was six years old when his father, the chief of the Perdenelas tribe, sent him to live with a white friend because he was afraid for the boy'sTykota was six years old when his father, the chief of the Perdenelas tribe, sent him to live with a white friend because he was afraid for the boy's life after multiple attempts to kill him. After nineteen years living away from his tribe, it is finally time for Tykota to go back and take his place as chief of the tribe after the death of his father. He spent those nineteen years living in England and on a ranch in Texas with his white family, the Silverhorns, at the request of his father.
Makinna Hillyard is on a stagecoach in Texas as she travels from New Orleans to her sister's home in San Fransisco after the death of her mother and brother. She had nothing left in New Orleans so she was trying to start over. On board the stagecoach she meets an Indian man dressed as a white man named Tykota Silverhorn. That night at a stagecoach stop, she awakens to the sight of Tykota in her room. He carries her out of the house and into the desert to save her life when he realizes that a large group of Apaches were attacking the cabin and he only had time to save one person.
They escape into the desert knowing the Apaches will be following once they realize someone escaped. Tykota knows this desert because it is near his tribe's hidden land. He leads Makinna through the relentless heat and sand toward the mountains, hoping to stay one step ahead of the Apaches. Makinna comes to admire Tykota as he helps her to survive the harsh landscape, she is also very attracted to his dark good looks. Tykota is also instantly drawn to the beautiful Makinna but tries to keep himself separate from her because he knows he must become the chief of the Perdenelas and the chief is not allowed to marry outside the tribe. Tykota and Makinna battle the elements and their own feelings as they start to fall in love even though they know a future together is impossible if Tykota honors his father's request for him to be chief and put his people's needs above his own.
This book was very much a "wallpaper" western - the historical details and setting were barely a part of the story. The only characters that had any depth were the main two characters. The background characters were pretty much given a name and physical desccription and that was about all. The writing was also a bit simplistic and the dialogue was stilted sometimes. There were also instances where feelings were too exaggerated, like the first time they make love they "realize their bodies have been created for each other". When they were walking through the desert with hardly any water, they always managed to find water and shelter just as they were about to collapse - but they were still attracted to each other because it's not like they would have smelled to high heaven or been sweaty after a day of walking through the desert.
Why am I still giving it four stars? Because despite all that, the story was entertaining and fun to read. I liked the main characters and the hero was a good man who was trying to do what was right. He always treats Makinna with respect and tries to protect her honor (well until he gives into the passion of course). I liked Makinna for the most part too, occasionally she would do something pretty dumb (like ride a horse at night by herself which of course got her into a lot of trouble - but at least she realized that she did something dumb).
Should you run out and get this book? Probably not. But if you can get it from the library or cheaply at a used book store, it is an entertaining enough story if you are in the mood for a "light historical detail" western historical romance with nothing heavy like cheating or drama and a nice romance between a decent hero and heroine....more
Wow! This book was pretty bad! It had a lot of exclamation points! And a heroine who was a virgin but wanted the hero so bad that she had to be mean tWow! This book was pretty bad! It had a lot of exclamation points! And a heroine who was a virgin but wanted the hero so bad that she had to be mean to him so she didn't feel the urge to beg him to ravish her!
Yeah, the writing was very bad and the story was dumb. Here is an example of the crappy writing:
"He wanted Andi. Now! But they had too many clothes on still. Both of them!"
Basically, don't waste your time. I am giving two stars because the characters she created were not bad but the writing and story were not good at all....more