Love Is A Battlefield is an enjoyable story that's light on the romance. The majority of the book is about Julian and Kate trying to one up each other...moreLove Is A Battlefield is an enjoyable story that's light on the romance. The majority of the book is about Julian and Kate trying to one up each other over a park that neither one of them owns or have rights to. The hero and heroine worked my nerves with their stubbornness. I thought the tricks to one up each other were kinda mean, not cute and funny. And the fight over the park took over the entire story. I felt very little connection to Kate and Julian and found the romance aspect of the plot seriously lacking.
While Love Is A Battlefield was an okay read, I found that I couldn't get into the whole Jane Austen re-enactment spiel and the Highland Games mainly because it's not something I see in my everyday life. I couldn't relate to their passion for it at all so I found the conflict over the park a bit much. It all seemed kinda a silly to me (as an outsider) and did not keep my engaged as the story progressed. Kate's reasoning for not giving in to Julian was because she was tired of being walked on and people not taking her and the JARRS seriously. But at every turn, Kate had no problem belittling Julian and his commitment to the Highland Games. I found Kate not that likable and kinda snotty. I could not understand what Julian saw in her and vice versa. I felt that they had zero chemistry.
I would have liked Love Is A Battlefield more if more of the story was focused on developing the romance between the main characters instead of their petty, childish tricks.
Very sexy and hot. The h/h already have a past so we don't see the initial meet and build-up. I enjoyed the novella although had a problem with what h...moreVery sexy and hot. The h/h already have a past so we don't see the initial meet and build-up. I enjoyed the novella although had a problem with what happened in the end. Hero went MIA for a few days, heroine was pissed but when they reconnected and all was resolved, she didn't question why he didn't respond to her texts. Would have liked a better, more satisfying resolution.(less)
Blood Avenged is a sexy vampire novel that started off with a lot of promise. Vasilije is a vampire set on revenge. He is dark and sexy and doesn't ca...moreBlood Avenged is a sexy vampire novel that started off with a lot of promise. Vasilije is a vampire set on revenge. He is dark and sexy and doesn't care about or follow the rules. For me, all that changes once he's in New Orleans and meets Sasa. Once he's fully wrapped up in her, the sex appeal waned. I wanted Vasilije to be utterly and totally ruthless and I didn't get that from him.
If you're looking for hot sex, then you will definitely find it in Blood Avenged. The hot sex is what kept me reading once I no longer cared about the plot or the characters. Sasa was a character that did not pull me in. I found her actions dumb and selfish even though her intentions were good. But throughout the book, she kept doing dumb stuff and it drove me crazy.
There were some aspects of the plot that were not fully explained. One in particular involved the voodoo priestess and her using a spell on Sasa. We never find out the hows and whys. If the author wasn't going to expand on that aspect, it should have never been brought up.
I found the ending predictable. I didn't care about the characters or their HEA. The ending was kind of abrupt and then there's an epilogue that sets up the next book(s) in the series. The information that was provided in the epilogue, I wish was provided in the beginning or throughout the book because all of a sudden we find out that Vasilije is part of an Order that is being targeted. When I read that, I was like what? Since when?
Blood Avenged was not a terrible read but I found that I could not get lost in the plot or care about the characters. The sex scenes were hot and steamy and that's what kept me reading. I don't think I will be continuing on with this series.
**spoiler alert** I decided to read this book after seeing some hilarious tweets from Smexy Books while she was reading it. This book is hard to revie...more**spoiler alert** I decided to read this book after seeing some hilarious tweets from Smexy Books while she was reading it. This book is hard to review because there were parts that were very hot and sexy and other parts that had me rolling my eyes and laughing. Regan is supposed to be 27 years old but she has the maturity of a 17 year old. She is naive and immature but for some reason Alex is drawn to her. Perhaps it is her perceived "innocence". They get it on in an alley after just meeting and don't use a condom. But don't worry, she's on the pill so she's protected. *insert eye roll here* They don't know two shits about each other but had unprotected sex. Strike one. I hate stories that don't address condom use and the consequences of not using condoms. Alex apparently has a Monster-sized Penis and after tearing up his first girlfriend so bad that she required 4 stitches, he's never fully been inside a woman since. Oh and Alex likes it rough, real rough. Strike Two. The monster penis is definitely a turn off and when he was telling the story of what happened with his first girlfriend, I laughed instead of feeling bad for him (which I think was what I was supposed to be feeling). I don't find ginormous penises sexy. And another thing that popped into my mind, if his penis is that big, wouldn't he have problems finding pants that fit? I would think that would be an issue. Strike Three - the murder subplot. Totally unnecessary. A different avenue could have been used to bring Alex and Regan together. All in all, it was a fun read where I spent a couple of hours being entertained (and not in a good way). Again, it's very steamy and the sex scenes are the saving grace of this novella. Hence the two star rating. There were also formatting issues that made it sometimes difficult to read and the POV changes mid paragraph/scene had me re-reading parts to figure out who was talking. All I have to say is I'm glad I borrowed it using Kindle Lendle. (less)
I love the Harlequin Blaze books because they are sexier and spicier but still manage to have a great romance story at the center. I really liked Xand...moreI love the Harlequin Blaze books because they are sexier and spicier but still manage to have a great romance story at the center. I really liked Xander and Mimi as a couple and loved the way they met. It was funny and sexy and embarrassing and set the tone for their relationship.
I enjoyed the story and the dynamics of Xander and Mimi's relationship. Xander is a fireman so that automatically makes him a sexy hero. Xander is constantly rescuing Mimi even though they both know it is best if they stay away from each other. Xander isn't interested in a relationship with someone like Mimi - a rich girl born with a silver spoon in her mouth. And Mimi has a boyfriend or a potential boyfriend. But Mimi seems to find herself in odd predicaments like disturbing a beehive while picking flowers or trying to rescue a cat. As much as he wants, Xander can't keep his distance and Mimi can't fight her attraction.
The only thing that bothered me was Mimi's dreams. To combat insomnia, Mimi drank this tea which caused her to have odd dreams that reflected her inner turmoil about her relationship with Dimitri and Xander. After the first one, I skipped over the last two. I didn't think it added anything to the story. We all know that she's torn between two men so having her deal with the issue via her dreams and showing us her dreams was unnecessary.
Blazing Midsummer Nights was a quick and sexy read. I liked the hero and heroine. You get your standard Harlequin plot with a lot of sexy times.
I thought this novella would be more erotic since the hero is part owner of a BDSM club. I felt that the two sex scenes were very vanilla. Since Chris...moreI thought this novella would be more erotic since the hero is part owner of a BDSM club. I felt that the two sex scenes were very vanilla. Since Christian/Kris is a Dom, he wasn't very Dom with Eve besides telling her what to do. That aspect was a little disappointing. With the novella being under 50 pages, I felt that too much was spent on the food aspect and less on the relationship between Christian and Eve. The desserts were described in glowing detail whereas the sex scenes were kind of skipped over. And if I'm reading a novella about a BDSM owner and his caterer, I expect a smoking hot sex scene. Supposedly the attraction has been building up between the two for 6 months so we kind of jump into that aspect already being established. The ending of the novella felt abrupt and not satisfying and it was kinda odd. Nothing, in my opinion, was settled. I guess we are to assume that Christian and Eve have their HEA.
It was an ok read for me. I wish there was more emphasis on the relationship, romance and not on the desserts. By the end, I was left wanting more, not completely satisfied. (less)
The Christmas season is about joy and family. But Chase isn't feeling the Christmas spirit. Playing at office Christmas parties and missing his partne...moreThe Christmas season is about joy and family. But Chase isn't feeling the Christmas spirit. Playing at office Christmas parties and missing his partner, Raylan, Chase is unhappy with his life and unsure of his relationship with Raylan. With his bandmate coming on to him and then filling Chase's head with thoughts of Raylan being unfaithful, all Chase wants to do is be home with his honey for the holidays. Raylan has managed to get time off from work so that he can be with Chase. Unfortunately, people from Raylan's past and present have different ideas.
When I started reading Believe, I felt like I was dropped in the middle of the plot. Characters and events were introduced as if the reader should already know who and what was going on. I was really confused at the beginning and had to re-read certain parts so that I could follow the plot. Past lovers were mentioned and introduced and I felt like it brought nothing to the story. It did provide some relationship background info but it wasn't enough to get a full picture of Chase and Raylan's relationship. I tried to be invested in Raylan's and Chase's happiness but I couldn't find myself rooting for them. I felt like I only got a small peak at the characters and would have liked a fuller picture.
I liked Believe but wish it had been longer. Maybe not a full-length novel but at least a 100 pages or so. I wasn't with the characters long enough to be fully invested in their happiness and having certain characters pop up in the plot took away the focus from the main characters.
Thief is the first book I've read written by Ava March and it definitely won't be my last.
Lord Benjamin Parker has always questioned his sexuality and...moreThief is the first book I've read written by Ava March and it definitely won't be my last.
Lord Benjamin Parker has always questioned his sexuality and he finally decides to test the waters by going to a gambling hell thats' known for catering to men's needs. While there, Ben isn't drawn to any of them until he spots Cavin. Cavin is a thief and he's at the gambling hell to find his next target. Ben becomes Cavin's next target but things change once they are back at the Inn and Ben gives Cavin something that he has never given to any man.
I enjoyed Ben and Cavin's relationship. Ben is willing to be all in; he wants Cavin in his life. But Cavin, being a thief, doesn't think he's good enough for Ben. Cavin needs to make some changes in his life and he doesn't want to feel like he's taking advantage of Ben's generosity. Though Cavin tries to hide his past from Ben for fear that Ben will reject him, in the end the secrecy is unnecessary.
The sex scenes were smoking hot and did not disappoint. I loved that Ben and Cavin's HEA was open-ended. It leaves a lot of possibilities for their relationship.
I thoroughly enjoyed Thief and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy. I will definitely be reading more works by March.
Luxi is the Deadly Sin, Lust. She is sent on an assignment to work for preacher, turned politician, Grayson Bailey, as an intern. Lux isn't given any...moreLuxi is the Deadly Sin, Lust. She is sent on an assignment to work for preacher, turned politician, Grayson Bailey, as an intern. Lux isn't given any instructions beyond that. She's not supposed to seduce him or sleep with him. Lux isn't happy that she doesn't know what Lucifer has in store for Grayson but she is going to be a good employee and do what she is told. Grayson is a liberal preacher and the people of Springfield aren't too happy with his views. His polls numbers are in the toilet and he needs to get them up, fast. When Luxi walks into his campaign headquarters, poll numbers are the least of Grayson's worries. Grayson's attraction to Luxi is instantaneous and his priority is no longer his campaign.
Luxi is now one of my favorite PNR heroines. She is sassy, snarky and outrageously funny. She has no filter and I love it. I didn't expect there to be so much humor in Sinfully Scandalous. The funniest parts are when Luxi and Grayson's campaign manager, John, are going toe-to-toe with the insults. Luxi definitely held her own in dishing it. Grayson is a great hero. I wondered how his character was going to be written since he is a preacher. Grayson is sexy with a sense of humor and a great personality. He lives his life the best way he knows how and doesn't judge people based on appearances (unlike his campaign manager).
I know that the fact that Grayson is a preacher and is fornicating outside of marriage will probably turn people off but I loved it. It showed that even though he's a man of God, he's still just a man. Stanton did a great job of blurring the lines between good and evil. The running theme throughout this book is that it's not black or white; what's good isn't always good. And what's bad isn't always bad. Plus, I wouldn't have been mad if Grayson went over to the "dark side" cause I figured that that would be the only way for him and Luxi to be together.
Sinfully Scandalous is sinfully sexy. Remembering that Grayson is a man first, there are some smoking hot sex scenes between him and Luxi. I liked that there was a balance of sex and relationship development. It would have been too easy to have Luxi and Grayson to hump like rabbits and then at the end, have their HEA. Throughout the book, both Luxi and Grayson have to look at themselves and their issues. Luxi may be Sin but she has her own insecurities. Her exterior is snarky and confidence but inside she has insecurities like a normal woman.
Sinfully Scandalous exceeded my expectations. So far it is my favorite of the series (even though this is only book 2). I loved Luxi and Grayson. I loved the humor, the introduction of the other Sin siblings. We revisit Ava and Dante who are still happy and in love. I liked that I had no idea how Grayson and Luxi were going to end up together. I was completely taken by surprised. But I felt that how it was done, it was the only option.
Sinfully Scandalous is a great addition to the series. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I could not put it down. If you're looking for a funny, sexy read, I highly recommend this one. (less)
My favorite of the series. Even though this was a novella I think Spike's story had more heart than the previous three. And I gotta love a man who's n...moreMy favorite of the series. Even though this was a novella I think Spike's story had more heart than the previous three. And I gotta love a man who's named after my favorite Buffy character. (less)
I don't think I would have enjoyed the Charley Davidson books if I'd read them. There's something about Lorelei King's narration that brings the chara...moreI don't think I would have enjoyed the Charley Davidson books if I'd read them. There's something about Lorelei King's narration that brings the characters and the story to life.
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet was my favorite book of the series despite some of the issues I had with Charley. It's a few months later and Charley is holed up in her apartment, making out credit cards buying useless items from Home Shopping Channels. Since her attack, Charley has been suffering from PTSD although she doesn't want to admit it. Cookie slowly tries to get Charley to leave the apartment and to stop shopping. A new case shows up at Charley's doorstep and that propels Charley to finally get out of her funk. But like any Charley Davidson story, there's not just the case she has to deal with but there's also demons, her family, bank robbers and Reyes.
As much as I enjoyed FGBMF, I felt like there was too much going on! My first issue was with the case that Charley took, Harper, who's being harassed by someone. I felt that it was unnecessary since it was put on the back burner throughout most of the book. And then to throw in Charley being caught in the middle of a bank robbery? What was the point? There should have been a better way to display Charley's powers without adding another plot point. There are demons trying to kill Charley! Why aren't we focusing on the demons?!?!?!?! That in itself is enough to get the plot interesting.
I'm also tired of Charley's family. Can they go to therapy and move on please? Or cut them off. Do something. Let's hope everything is resolved for the next book.
I love Charley's humor but she kicked it into overdrive to the point that it was annoying and felt forced. The naming of furniture and body parts was the first time I heard it but after the fifth time, it starts to lose it's cuteness. Charley's humor needs to scale back because it overpowered everything else.
My favorite parts of the book involved Reyes and the demons - which should be the focus in my opinion. Let's stop with the 2 and 3 plots going on at the same time. It takes away from the Big Bad.
All of the men in Charley's life suck, except for Uncle Bob. And yes, that includes sexy ass Reyes. I'd do him but I don't have to like him. ;-)
Cookie is my favorite character in this book. She seems to be the only one with some sense.
I did enjoy this book (I know it may not seem like it) and it's mainly thanks to the narrator. Lorelei King kept me entertained from start to finish even when I was rolling my eyes when Charley called her gun 'Margaret'.
I love reading stories where the main characters are already married.Seth and Leila are going through what most married couples experience. S...more3.5 stars
I love reading stories where the main characters are already married.Seth and Leila are going through what most married couples experience. Seth is spending most of his time at his job and Leila is feeling neglected. Instead of sitting down and talking to each other about, Seth and Leila are avoiding each other. They're going through their life, as if everything is okay when they both know that things aren't. When Seth finds out that his wife was tempted to cheat on him, he realizes that he needs to do something fast and drastic in order to save their marriage. So he decides a weekend at The Ranch, where Leila can indulge in whatever pleasures she want, will be the key.
I really enjoyed Seth and Leila's story mainly because I could totally relate to them. Life gets in the way and we have a tendency to not put as much effort into our relationship. I loved that both Seth and Leila were willing to do what it takes to make their marriage work. Even though it took Seth a little longer than Leila to get his priorities straight. I don't know if going to The Ranch is the best way to fix a marriage but it seemed to work for them. Seth needed to know that he was the only one for Leila. And Leila needed to figure out if she truly wanted to step outside her marriage.
Still Into You was a great emotional and sexy read. Once they arrived at The Ranch, the sizzle factor went through the roof. Besides the smoking hot sex scenes, there was a great story about two people who love each other trying to find their way back. (less)
The positive early buzz for About Last Night had me more than anxious to read it. Thank goodness I pre-ordered it and the moment it arrived on my Kind...moreThe positive early buzz for About Last Night had me more than anxious to read it. Thank goodness I pre-ordered it and the moment it arrived on my Kindle, I started reading. And was totally blown away. Contemporary romance is my first love. When I get in a rut and need a pick me up, I automatically turn to contemp rom. It gives me what I need and I know what to expect - an HEA at the end. When I started reading About Last Night, despite all the rave reviews, I didn't expect to fall deeply and utterly in love with Nev "City" Chamberlain. When I was at the Lori Foster Reader Author Get Together and attended a panel featuring Jill Shalvis and HelenKay Dimon, Jill said that in a romance, it's all about the hero. If the reader doesn't like the hero, then the appeal of the book and the romance fails. Ruthie Knox has written the most likable, the most perfect and sexy hero that I've read to date. Not only is Nev completely swoon worthy but Cath is extremely likable. For me, I normally have a hard time liking the heroine in most contemporary romances. The heroes are written so well that I feel that the heroine is undeserving. This was not the case with Nev and Cath.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like Cath in the beginning. Her character is very dark considering that this is a contemporary romance. She's dealt with some heavy things in her past. Her life has not been all rainbows and unicorns. But as we learn more about her and her past, I started admiring her for her determination to get her life in order and to not stray from her path. On the surface, Nev and Cath are complete opposites. He's a successful banker and comes from money. Cath is barely scrapping by and her family life was less than stellar. Cath is gun-shy when it comes to relationships but can't seem to resist the charming Nev. Who can blame her? The man pursues her relentlessly. He's sexy, romantic and he wears yellow rubber gloves when he washes dishes. He is downright irresistible!
About Last Night is perfect from start to finish. Once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down. Nev is one of the best heroes I've read to date (have I said that already?) and I've been reading contemporary romance for over 25 years. The writing is so well done. The plot is engaging. There's humor and super hot sexy times. The dialog is AMAZING! It's emotional and sweet. It has everything you could want in a romance. The only thing I didn't like was that it ended. I didn't want to leave Nev and Cath. This is where I needed an epilogue or something to fulfill my insatiable appetite for more.
About Last Night is one of my favorite books of the year. I can't recommend this book enough. It has everything you want and more in a romance. Ruthie Knox is a fresh voice in the contemporary romance genre and she is now on my auto-buy list. I look forward to reading more from her.
About Last Night is a book that you won't forget. Nev is a hero that you will immediately fall in love with. Cath is a woman you root for. I finished the book with a smile on my face and a sigh in my heart. Nev, Nev, Nev...*sigh* That is all.
Lust in the Library is broken up into two novellas, each novella being 50 pages. I had so much hope for this novella. I loved the premise of the sexy...moreLust in the Library is broken up into two novellas, each novella being 50 pages. I had so much hope for this novella. I loved the premise of the sexy goings on taking place in the library and I loved that the hero in the novella is a British professor. But alas, neither novella rocked my boat and I was rather bored while reading them.
We are supposed to believe that Sara and William have been lusting after each other from afar yet neither one has been willing to make the first move. When they finally do, I expected explosions, hot sweaty make-out sessions that lead to hot, sweaty sex. Thanks to Sara's indecisiveness and insecurities, the lust was mainly green light with an abrupt red light. She put the kibosh on William several times and it got tiring especially since they had only 50 pages to get it on. When they finally get together, I was not impressed. It was not sexy, kinda boring and disappointing. I felt zero connection between the two characters and felt that them together was pretty lame.
The same goes for the second novella. I felt that the premise of Veronica's story was very weak and once I started reading it, I was in a rush to finish. Again, boring sex scenes that were kinda repetitive. A weird blow job given so that a book wouldn't be damaged by wayward cum. I found none of this sexy or erotic. I pretty much was shaking my head in confusion the entire 50 pages.
Lust in the Library was a huge disappointment. With the wonderful cover and awesome blurb and premise, I had such high hopes for this novella. I thought that maybe if this was a full-length novel instead of a novella, where the author could provide more back story and character development, that this could be something great. But then I think back to the uninspiring sex scenes and think, no.
I've been reading a lot of books about married couples in long established marriages and I like it. All romance isn't about being single and looking f...moreI've been reading a lot of books about married couples in long established marriages and I like it. All romance isn't about being single and looking for love. There's also the flip side of the coin. Married couples who've lost that zing in their relationship and are working their way back to each other.
Even though the characters are male, I found Derrick and Trevor's relationship and problems very relatable. They've let their sex life fizzle once Trevor's son comes to live with them. But once Luke is off to college, they don't have anything or anyone standing in their way. So what do they do with themselves? Their lives centered around Luke and now it's just to the two of them again. Trevor is feeling his age and wonders if Derrick is still attracted to him. Derrick is feeling his age and wondering if Trevor is attracted to the older, more mature man that Derrick has become.
There is a lot of misunderstanding and mis-communication throughout the novella. Each person is making assumptions about the other. And you know what happens when you assume. A lot could have been resolved if Derrick and Trevor just sat down and talked to one another. But then the novella would be 10 pages long. Haha!
I loved the look inside Derrick and Trevor's relationship. They both love each other but have lost their way. They are willing to do what it takes to bring the spice back and they do. There's a smoking hot sex scene that involves a couch that is quite steamy.
First Time, Forever is a good read that anyone who has let the fire go out in their marriage or relationship can relate to. I enjoyed this novella a lot and will be looking to read more works by this author. (less)
I am a huge fan of the TV Show Sons of Anarchy and I am liking the trend of romance stories being centered around a MC (Motorcycle Club). It adds an e...moreI am a huge fan of the TV Show Sons of Anarchy and I am liking the trend of romance stories being centered around a MC (Motorcycle Club). It adds an edge that's missing in most contemporary romance stories.
My first Kristen Ashley experience didn't go well. I wasn't a fan of Wild Man or the author's writing style. I'd heard so many positive things about Motorcycle Man and the hero, Tack, that I figured I'd give KA another try.
I enjoyed Motorcycle Man. Tack is an awesome hero and I really liked Tyra but I am not down with KA's writing style. I was fully engaged for about 50% of the book. Tack and his alphaholeness had me hooked. Tyra and her fiestiness was entertaining. The problem I had with Wild Man, I had the same problem with Motorcycle Man -- repetitive phrases and long, rambling monologues. I also had a problem with 'yeah?' tacked on at the end of sentences. For the first half I was able to ignore it but at the midway point, when the story started to drag (for me), it stood out more and more. As the story the progressed, the more I noticed and was annoyed.
I hope the Chaos series is heavily edited. I liked Motorcycle Man for the most part and am looking forward to Shy and Tabitha's story in the spin-off series. I liked Tack and Tyra. I liked his kids and the MC. What I didn't like was the repetitive phrases! I'm sorry, but people don't talk like that in real life (for the most part) and if they do, you don't put that in a book. It ruins the reading experience for the reader who's not used to people talking like that. At times the author had Tyra sounding like a 4 year old with..."and then I did this. and then I did that. And then this happened. And then..." it was annoying. And Tyra always saying "oh boy" or "oh god" multiple times ON ONE SINGLE PAGE! Come on now. Let's use some of those extra words and phrases for more detailed sex scenes. For example, I wanted to know what Tack and Tyra did with the Cool Whip. C'mon! Give us those details.
The last 10-12% of the book I could have done without - the POVs from characters from other books. What was the point? I don't care what those people think. To me it added nothing and frankly, I skimmed it because I care about Tack and Tyra, not them. Maybe if I'd read the previous books, other than Wild Man, I would have appreciated it more.
I liked Motorcyle Man wayyyy better than Wild Man. I don't know if I want to read Mystery Man. People say it's great, that Hawk is awesome. But the author's writing style really turns me off. Maybe I'm being too picky. But I don't want to be constantly taken out of the story because the author is too wordy, too detailed (for no reason) and just too TOO much. The characters in Motorcycle Man are fantastic. I see why Tack is everyone's favorite alphahole. And Tyra is a heroine that I actually liked! The story worked for me. The execution, not so much. (less)
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Bared To You. I'm a cover whore so the first thing that drew me was the cover. Second thing was th...moreI didn't know what to expect when I started reading Bared To You. I'm a cover whore so the first thing that drew me was the cover. Second thing was that it was written by Sylvia Day. I love her historical romances so was happy at the chance to read a contemporary romance by her.
Eva is starting her new life in Manhattan. She has a new job and is sharing an apartment with her BFF, Cary. Then Eva meets billionaire Gideon Cross and her simple, new life in Manhattan is turned upside down. Gideon is handsome, sexy, dynamic and he's also fighting his own demons. His past translates into him being a controlling, sometimes needy, borderline nut sack crazy stalker.
Gideon and Eva's relationship is so dysfunctional it's like watching a train wreck. I was totally engrossed in their story and I could not put my Kindle down. With each turn of the page, I was anxious to see where the relationship was headed. I didn't like Gideon at the beginning and by the time I finished Bared to You, I still wasn't sure if I liked him. He is truly fucked up and his issues manifests itself into controlling, stalkerish behavior that at times had me frightened for Eva.
While reading Bared To You, I wasn't sure if I wanted Gideon and Eva to have a HEA. They both have so many issues and when they are together, both of their insecurities rise to the surface. Gideon brings out the jealous side of Eva and Eva brings out every bad thing you wouldn't want in a boyfriend in Gideon. But I must say, for all the issues, they are compatible in the bedroom. All that crazy equals some smoking hot sex scenes.
Bared To You is an engrossing and sexy read. Again, I could not stop reading. Both the characters are such a hot mess and yet their relationship works, in some crazy, off way. Gideon and Eva's issues were not resolved in Bared To You. Thankfully there's a sequel and I hope that we learn more about Gideon's past. The story is told from Eva's 1st person POV so the information we get about Gideon is through Eva. We know, or can deduce, that he's a victim of abuse but we don't know who abused him. I hope to learn more about Gideon's family and his upbringing cause he had to experience some crazy shit to be such a successful man and be so insecure in his relationship.
I highly recommend Bared To You. I've never been so engrossed in such a dysfunctional relationship.
Mark may look the part of a sexy, alpha male but he doesn't act like it. With debilitating shyness, Mark can not function in many social settings. He...moreMark may look the part of a sexy, alpha male but he doesn't act like it. With debilitating shyness, Mark can not function in many social settings. He lives alone with his dog and closes himself off from people. When his brother is deployed from Iraq and asks Mark to move in and take care of his pregnant wife, Mark's lonely life changes.
The moment I started reading Moving in Rhythm, I was drawn into Mark's lonely world. I don't know what else to call it. Other than his dog, Belle, Mark has pretty much cut himself off from the outside world. After having unfulfilling sexual experiences in back alleys, Mark decides that he can live a celibate life. That being celibate is better than having degrading back alley sex without any contact, feelings or words. Mark wants to be in a relationship but because of his shyness, it makes it nearly impossible for him to communicate with someone he's attracted to. When Mark meets Seth, the Zumba instructor at his sister-in-law's gym, Mark is instantly attracted and rendered even more speechless. There's no way he can continue to accompany his sister-in-law to Zumba and hide his attraction to Seth.
Throughout the novella, I was instantly sympathetic to Mark. We are taken on a journey of Mark's battle with his shyness and anxiety and his battle to overcome. There were plenty of times that I felt Mark's frustration at not being able to communicate with Seth and I'm sure there were a few times I wanted to yell "Just talk to him!". But if only it was that easy.
I loved how Seth gradually made Mark comfortable enough to talk to him. Seth is used to dealing with skittish animals and is very patient and loving with Mark. Because most of the story is about Mark and his issues and feelings, we don't learn enough about Seth. Seth is an interesting character that I wanted more back-story.
Not only is Mark extremely shy but he's also in the closet. Mark has many issues that he must confront and deal with and thankfully, he is surrounded by a loving and supportive family (even if he doesn't realize it at first).
Moving in Rhythm is a sweet love story. I was engrossed from the beginning and was rooting for Mark until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading more from the author.
Like A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston I've only read one book in the Pride series but had no problems enjoying Eggie Ray and Darla Mae, parents...moreLike A Wolf With A Bone by Shelly Laurenston I've only read one book in the Pride series but had no problems enjoying Eggie Ray and Darla Mae, parents to Dee-Ann (who kinda grates on my nerves but now I see where she gets it from). The story is set in the 70s and is a prequel to the series. I found the story of gruff Eggie Ray and Darla very sweet. She's the complete opposite of her sisters. And Eggie is a wolf that everyone fears. When Eggie and Darla get together, everyone assumes he kidnapped her or is harming her. The romance is sweet and sexy, the families are crazy and wolves really like their pie.
If you're a fan of the Pride series, you know the characters are zany and out of this world. I enjoyed Life A Wolf With A Bone and will stop dragging my feet on reading the rest of this book in the series. Rating: C+
Wed or Dead by Cynthia Eden Kayla is a hunter who's been working undercover. So deep is her cover is that she's marrying Alpha Gage Ryder. Her goal is to kill him and rid the world of one less murdering wolf. What Kayla doesn't count on is falling for Gage and having everything she ever believed in turn on its side.
I really enjoyed Wed or Dead and hope this is a start to a new series. It was that damn good. A steamy, action-packed read that I didn't want to end. The best part of the novella is that it ended the way it began. Loved it! Rating: B+
I absolutely loved this book. Once I started reading Frat Boy and Toppy, I could not put it down. It was sexy, sweet and funny. I loved Brad's journey...moreI absolutely loved this book. Once I started reading Frat Boy and Toppy, I could not put it down. It was sexy, sweet and funny. I loved Brad's journey from jock to gay man.
Brad has always suspected that he might be gay but hasn't acted on it until he finds himself attracted to his T.A., Sebastian. Brad has a reputation as a ladies' man for all the wrong reasons. He's used girls in the past to make him appear like a normal, typical jock. Brad is tired of the facade but he's not quite ready to come out. What he is ready to do is get Sebastian's attention.
Sebastian is out and he's experienced. He's attracted to Brad but isn't sure that Brad is truly gay. For all he knows, Brad is just curious and wants to experiment. Sebastian tries to keep the relationship light but the more he's around Bradley (that's what he calls Brad even though "Brad" isn't short for "Bradley"), he finds himself falling deeper and deeper. Sebastian isn't a relationship person but what develops between him and Brad is more than just Sebastian showing Brad the ropes.
Frat Boy and Toppy is the perfect blend of humor, rumor and hot sex. When I started reading this book, I didn't expect to laugh as much as I did. The cast of supporting of characters are likable, hilarious and almost stole the show especially Brad's friends Kyle and Collin and Sebastian's grumpy roommate, Paul.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next book in the series. Frat Boy and Toppy was a thoroughly entertaining read that I could not put down.