I love novellas that follow up with my favorite characters. I feel like it’s a Where Are They Now? for romance novels. I loved Evan, Jace and Andre inI love novellas that follow up with my favorite characters. I feel like it’s a Where Are They Now? for romance novels. I loved Evan, Jace and Andre in Melt Into You and if any couple deserved a follow up, it was them.
Like many relationships, after awhile, mundane everyday life gets in the way and that’s what has happened to this triad. Add in the fact that Evan is working way too much and running herself ragged, Jace decides that the trio needs a romantic getaway for rest, relaxation and sex.
Each character is dealing with their own issues regarding their atypical relationship. While working as Evan’s fill-in assistant at a wedding, Andre runs into his ex-fiancee, Martine. Seeing Martine reminds Andre that he had dreams of marriage, a house and kids. Can he have that with Jace and Evan? Evan is dealing with a pregnancy scare and her own past as a pregnant teen. Jace wants his two lovers to feel safe and secure in their relationship so he comes up with the idea of the romantic getaway.
As much as I loved revisiting this trio, there was something missing. I felt like Forever Starts Tonight was heavy on the sex scenes but light on the plot. The introduction of Martine could have really been a great plot device to force Ev, Jace and Andre to fortify their relationship, for them to show a united front against the world. I wanted Dre to confront Martine with Ev and Jace and show her that he’s happy. None of that happened. It was kind of a let down.
Forever Starts Tonight was a quick read. I like the characters. I just wanted something…more. Loved the sex scenes between Jace and Andre. Evan could have stayed in the bed. LOL!...more
I listened to half of Chained by Night while at work and during my commute home and finished it by reading the ebook. I could not put it down. Let meI listened to half of Chained by Night while at work and during my commute home and finished it by reading the ebook. I could not put it down. Let me say that Hunter and Aylin’s story was beyond awesome. Loved it!
Aylin is a great strong heroine. Despite being mistreated by her father, sister and her clan, Aylin is strong. There’s nothing weak about her and although her disfigured leg may slow her down, she doesn’t let it stop her. Being the target of her own clan did not break Aylin’s will.
Hunter is trying to do what’s best for his clan. Even though he’s not a fan of Kars or his daughter Rasha, he thinks that becoming allies with ShadowSpawn clan is a good idea. Rasha is sexy and strong but her personality is less than desirable. I did not like Rasha and was ready for her to go at the 30% mark. By the end, she does redeem herself a little but I still don’t like her.
Both Hunter and Aylin are both committed to doing what’s right and not give in to their attraction. There were plenty of times that I wanted them to throw caution to the wind and just do what they feel is right for them!
I really enjoyed Chained by Night. I liked that this installment was fully entrenched in the vampire world. More is revealed about Hunter and his past. Secrets are revealed. There’s a couple of twists; one I actually figured out before it was revealed. Yay! Of course the chemistry between Hunter and Aylin is sizzling.
Larissa Ione hits it out of the park once again. I always say this: I’d read her grocery list. I am a huge Ione fan and I am thoroughly enjoying this new series. It’s everything you’d expect from one of her books. Sexy, alpha hero who’s not too overbearing. Strong, competent female characters. And of course, crazy hot sex scenes.
I can’t wait for the next book. I’m not sure if I want Myne to be the hero cause he’s kinda unlikable but not a total bad guy. I guess we’ll have to wait and see....more
If I'd actually read this book instead of listening to it on audio I probably would have DNFd it. Holly got on my last nerve for the majority of the bIf I'd actually read this book instead of listening to it on audio I probably would have DNFd it. Holly got on my last nerve for the majority of the book. The crap she would say and think. I'm not a fan of characters who are the morality police and tells people how to talk and behave. That irked me. Cade was ok but his constant lying made it difficult to root for the romance cause you knew the shit was gonna blow up in his face. Thank goodness the awesome narrator kept me engaged even when I wanted to bitch slap the characters.
Question. Does time ever move forward in this series? Everything happens while something in previous books is happening as well. Or slightly in the past. So now Rydstroms book will probably be in the past because we have to find out what happens when he was being held captive. Oy....more
I normally don't read romantic suspense. .this one was a pleasant surprise. fun and sexy with just enough romance and suspense. excited to read the neI normally don't read romantic suspense. .this one was a pleasant surprise. fun and sexy with just enough romance and suspense. excited to read the next book in the series....more
Not my favorite. Conrad was ok as the tortured vampire but I did not find him sexy at all. Neomi was meh. Some parts were really slow. The ending wasNot my favorite. Conrad was ok as the tortured vampire but I did not find him sexy at all. Neomi was meh. Some parts were really slow. The ending was blah and reminiscent of my 2nd least favorite BDB heroine. Not a fan of ghosts....more
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a contemporary romance novel in a day. I’ve been in a romance funk and nothing has really pulled me out of it. When IIt’s been awhile since I’ve read a contemporary romance novel in a day. I’ve been in a romance funk and nothing has really pulled me out of it. When I started reading The Best Kind of Trouble, I knew to expect a sexy hero but Paddy Hurley exceeded all of my expectations. I barely remember him and his brothers (except for Damien) from the Lush series so I went into this book with no preconceived notions. I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I am anxious, ANXIOUS to read the next book in the series.
Paddy and Natalie have a past. Back when the band was just starting out and Natalie was young and on her way to college, Paddy and Natalie spent two weeks together screwing and drinking and partying and screwing. Living the life of a rock star, Paddy has had his share of women. But when he sees Natalie in a coffee shop, he immediately remembers. 10+ years have passed but he instantly remembered the time they spent together. Natalie doesn’t regret the time she spent with Paddy but she’s a different woman now. She has a respectable career as a librarian and she’s not that wild girl anymore. Paddy starts pursuing Natalie. He feels a connection with her. Natalie resists but she can’t resist that Hurley charm.
I enjoyed this story. Paddy is so sexy and sweet and dreamy. I liked Natalie as well. Lauren Dane writes great male and female characters. I will admit that Natalie’s issues in the beginning kinda annoyed me but I took a step back and didn’t let it ruin my enjoyment. Not everyone is perfect. People come with baggage and that baggage can affect your life. I really need to stop expecting my heroines to be perfect. We’re all flawed dammit! And Natalie wasn’t stupid about her issues. She grew throughout the book, working through her triggers. I will say that I got tired of the word “buttons’ and “triggers”. LOL! Paddy is the best even though he was a huge ass towards the end of the book.
Mary and Damien were in this book a lot. I still love them! The Hurley brothers are all sexy mofos and I am anxiously awaiting Ezra’s book because …..OHMIGOSH EZRA!!!!! And the heroine is black with sista girl natural hair. I am here for THIS!!
If you’re a fan of Lauren Dane then The Best Kind of Trouble will not disappoint. Sexy rock star hero meets sexy librarian brings the fireworks and the emotion....more
Despite my issues with the back and forth power struggle between Mari and Bowen I really enjoyed this story. Cole does not disappoint with the smokingDespite my issues with the back and forth power struggle between Mari and Bowen I really enjoyed this story. Cole does not disappoint with the smoking hot sex scenes.
I really like the narrator so I'm going to continue reading this series via audio....more
What I love about Alison Packard’s heroines are that they are relatable women with relatable issues. I’ve been hooked on this series since book 1 andWhat I love about Alison Packard’s heroines are that they are relatable women with relatable issues. I’ve been hooked on this series since book 1 and wish that Packard wrote faster because the wait for the next book is agonizing!
I think Melissa is my favorite heroine to date of this series. She has recently lost a lot of weight but her confidence isn’t all the way there. She has grown up being the butt of fat jokes and her twin sister has always been her defender. Melissa has always turned the other cheek instead of standing up for herself. Despite this, I never felt that Melissa was helpless. There are people in this world who are just non-confrontational; who feel that it’s better not to engage. I can understand that. Even though Melissa lost 50lbs, she’s not model thin. But she’s gaining confidence and is liking the way her body looks. And she doesn’t feel like she needs to lose any more weight.
Jake is Melissa’s personal trainer and has seen something within Melissa that draws him to her. He has a “no dating clients” rule so he keeps their relationship strictly professional. But when Melissa asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for her cousin’s wedding, Jake sees this as an opportunity to get close to Melissa and maybe act on the feelings that she stirs in him.
Again, this is my favorite book of the series. I loved Melissa! She is a well-written character with flaws and insecurities but knew herself. Melissa is a work in progress and I loved seeing her change from a woman who turned the other cheek to someone who finally stood up to the bullies. And through that transformation she still remained a nice and likable person. You can tell a bitch off and still be nice a nice person. Kill them with kindness. Gets them every time. :)
Jake is super dreamy. And a personal trainer….rawr! So sexy. And probably a lot of women’s fantasies….doing squat thrusts while your sexy trainer is spotting you. Whew! Oh…where was I? Anyways…Jake. He’s a good guy with good morals and comes from a good family. I liked that he didn’t want to mix business with pleasure but his stance regarding that policy started wearing thin especially when it ends up hurting Melissa. Of course, Jake is a blockhead and stubborn and drags out the road to HEA longer than necessary.
I loved this Jake and Melissa and I loved their romance. This series is awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book. I hope the H/H is Melissa’s twin sister and Jake’s mostly MIA detective brother, Justin. That would be awesome!
If you haven’t read this series, I definitely recommend!...more
Len is the quiet one of the Thompson Brothers. For years he’s been secretly (or maybe not so secretly) wanting his little sister’s best friend, Janey.Len is the quiet one of the Thompson Brothers. For years he’s been secretly (or maybe not so secretly) wanting his little sister’s best friend, Janey. Janey has always wanted Len but whenever she hints at wanting a relationship with him, he shies away. Janey has pretty much given up on Len when he changes his mind and decides that he wants to be in a relationship with Janey.
I’m always a sucker for the “falling for sister’s friend” trope. Add to it that Len is really inexperienced, *coughvirgincough* and I couldn’t wait to read One Sexy Ride.
I don’t know what it is about me and this series where half-way through the book, I start to lose interest. I think once the couple is actually together, some of the spark is lost. Since Len is a virgin, I expected the sexual aspect of their relationship to be drawn out. Yes I’m saying it. They had sex too soon! And for him to be a virgin and already with skills, well…you don’t learn that by jerking off. I’m just saying. If you gonna make the hero a virgin, let him be a little awkward and bumbling. Len did shoot his load kinda fast but he knew all the parts to hit – a little too well.
I liked Janey but I felt like I never really got to know her. She’s an interesting enough character but I don’t know why Len has been obsessed with her for so many years.
My one big complaint is that Len mentions that something happens in the shower with Janey and that’s what made him change his mind about being in a relationship with her. We’re never told what exactly happened. What happened in the shower?!?!
Also, I could have sworn in Rocky Ride that the Thompson brothers’ baby sister was recovering from a head injury and they were all worried about her. And then in One Sexy Ride, she has a kid and seems perfectly normal. What did I miss? Am I confusing the sister with someone else?
I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with this series. There’s two books left (two brothers left). I’m just afraid that the spark will fizzle in the middle and I’ll be disappointed again. :( One Sexy Ride wasn’t bad. I just wanted more....more
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Darkness Awakened, and was excited that Drake — the dragon shape-shifter who was rescued in book 1, waI really enjoyed the first book in this series, Darkness Awakened, and was excited that Drake — the dragon shape-shifter who was rescued in book 1, was the hero of this one. Drake is pretty much a mystery because to the preternatural world, dragon shape-shifters no longer existed and there’s not that much information about them.
Taste of Darkness starts off with Drake hanging out with Victoria. There was an immediate connection between them at the end of book 1. Drake has drifted closer to Victoria out of anyone in the Pack. Drake already knows that Victoria is his mate but he doesn’t want to act on it until he has more to offer her. He is still getting used to this new world and believes that Victoria deserves a man that can give her what she needs. Victoria is just as drawn to Drake but she isn’t sure if it’s due to him being dependent on her or if it’s attraction.
Drake soon discovers that he has a brother and a sister and that the person who cursed him to Hell 1,500 years ago is still after him. Drake has to learn to trust his siblings while trying to remember the past.
For the most part I enjoyed Taste of Darkness. I was fascinated by Drake since book 1 which is why I was hoping there was more to his story. I felt that something was missing. I liked the first half but the moment Drake and Victoria left the Pack and went to Tennessee, the story line kind of fizzled for me. Even with all the dragon politics and covens and influx of information, I found myself at times kind of bored.
Victoria and Drake had great sexual tension in the beginning but once they finally acted on it, it was kind of meh. I just felt that their love story would be more epic. Or maybe it was and I just didn’t get it. LOL!
I still like the series and will continue to read it. I just think I built this book so much in my mind that I ended up disappointing myself. :(...more
I normally LOVE Ruthie Knox's work but I can't get into this one. The story starts off slow. The pacing is awkward. I'm not drawn in. And the heroineI normally LOVE Ruthie Knox's work but I can't get into this one. The story starts off slow. The pacing is awkward. I'm not drawn in. And the heroine is 26. The hero is 32. I can't. I've pretty much stopped reading contemporary romance because I am so OVER the young heroine and older hero. OVER. IT. ...more
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Fanning the Flames, I couldn’t wait to read Looking for Trouble. We met Sophie in Fanning the Flames and she isAfter reading and thoroughly enjoying Fanning the Flames, I couldn’t wait to read Looking for Trouble. We met Sophie in Fanning the Flames and she is a naughty girl under a good girl exterior.
To say that Alex and Sophie were hot together is an understatement! First of all, Alex Bishop is a sexy mofo. Shaved head, tattoos, rides a motorcycle. Unf! I’m a sucker for a shaved/bald head. Sophie gives the appearance of a staid, button-up librarian but there’s more than meets the eye. Sophie is a naughty librarian but she only lets her naughty side out for the right guy. And Alex is definitely the right guy.
On their first encounter, Alex takes Sophie for a motorcycle ride and let me tell you. That was one hell of a sexy ride. And they didn’t even have sex! The sexual tension and chemistry between them is RIDIC! Everything is working out okay until their family history gets in the way. Mainly Alex’s mom won’t let go of the past and tells anyone who will listen that Sophie is a whore just like her mother. Oy!
Alex doesn’t make things easier for Sophie. Even though he doesn’t blame Sophie for what happened in the past, Alex is not one to stick around. He and Sophie have fun but he’s not the type of guy who is great in a relationship. Sophie likes living in her small town but she has an adventurous side. She wants to break free but is afraid that once she does, her family will realize that they will no longer need her. Both Alex and Sophie have to meet somewhere in the middle where they both get what they want. It’s a bumpy ride but so worth it in the end.
I really enjoyed Looking for Trouble and can’t wait for the next book in this series!...more
Wow. Just…wow! Magic Breaks is my favorite book of the series so far. Magic Breaks kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
I must say thatWow. Just…wow! Magic Breaks is my favorite book of the series so far. Magic Breaks kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
I must say that I appreciate the character break down and the recap at the beginning of the book. Even though I’d just finished listening to Magic Rises before the release the Magic Breaks, the recap kept everything fresh in my mind.
What I love about this series is that Kate grows and evolves throughout each book. The characters and the stories are not stagnant. Growth – I can appreciate that. Magic Rises reads like a series finale but there are 3 more books left in the series. Some plot lines were wrapped up but the ending left me with my mouth hanging open.
Curran isn’t in the first half of the book. Kate is on her own with the Pack and has to make decisions without Curran’s guidance or input. This is where we see a mature Kate. She is Pack and every decision she makes is with what is best for the Pack. Sometimes the decision is at her expense.
Magic Breaks is has humor, heart, action and heartache. This book was perfection! I loved it book so much!
As usual, Renee Raudman does an excellent job as narrator. She brings so much life into Kate, Curran and the rest of characters. This is a series where I can both listen to the audiobook and read. It’s that damn good!
Kate and Curran are becoming oen of my favorite couples. Curran is beyond awesome!
I can’t believe we have to wait so long for the next book. I’m ready to listen to Magic Breaks all over again....more
Rocky Ride, the first book in the Thompson and Sons, is a spin-off of the Six Pack Ranch series, which I haven’t read. I had no problem following theRocky Ride, the first book in the Thompson and Sons, is a spin-off of the Six Pack Ranch series, which I haven’t read. I had no problem following the plot but I was a little loss when characters from the Six Pack Ranch was mentioned or introduced. A little background info would have helped in some situations.
Rocky Ride started off smoking hot. Mitch and Anna hooking it up on the side of the road. Woo!! Hawt! And the first half of the book was sizzling. Mitch wants more from Anna but Anna is afraid to let loose mainly due to her job and her reputation. Mitch is tired of being Anna’s dirty little secret. Anna has a wild side but it’s a side she likes to keep hidden. But being with Mitch is worth being herself outside the bedroom. As Mitch and Anna decide to out themselves and have a public relationship, that’s when the book started to fizzle for me.
The sex scenes were hot and well-written but after awhile I kinda got bored. As much as I wanted to believe in Mitch and Anna as a couple, I couldn’t. The romance didn’t work for me. Mitch isn’t a bad boy by any means so it was hard for me to believe that Anna would be ashamed to be seen with him. All the animosity that was aimed at The Thompson Boys made no sense to me. They run an honest business. What was I missing? Is it just small town prejudice at work?
It took me a month to read Rocky Ride. I kept putting it down because it wasn’t holding my interest. I liked the characters enough. I liked the family and how close the brothers are. I will read the next book in the series....more
This was a long ass book. But I stuck it out. Lots of people love this series so I'm going to stick it out. Not every first book in a series is goingThis was a long ass book. But I stuck it out. Lots of people love this series so I'm going to stick it out. Not every first book in a series is going to be great. Just look at Magic Bites. I DNFd that book originally and then a year later, decided to give it a 2nd chance. It still sucked but the books after were fantastic! I'm hoping that will be the case with this series.
I like Rachel and the side characters. I want to know more about Ivy and Trent.
Good narrator. I zoned out more than a few times but it had more to do with the book dragging and not the narrator....more