I'm always a sucker for the surprise pregnancy romance trope. In The Baby Bargain, we learn that the surprise happened two years ago and the father is...moreI'm always a sucker for the surprise pregnancy romance trope. In The Baby Bargain, we learn that the surprise happened two years ago and the father is in the dark. I think that if we had a flashback to that night that Adam and Megan hooked up after his parents' funeral, I would have had more sympathy towards Adam. He was such a douchebag from start to almost the end that I just could not deal with him.
The Baby Bargain is a good read and for the most part enjoyable. Adam and Megan used to date in college and then they hooked up when Adam was in town for his parents' funeral. Now Adam is back in Raven's Cove to sell his parents' house. He wants to close that last connection to Raven's Cove and get back to his life in Los Angeles. Then he runs into Megan and those feelings are rekindled. But Adam isn't relationship material. He wants to have sex with Megan while he's in town and then be done with her once he returns to L.A.
Megan isn't sure if she should tell Adam about their son, Cole. But when someone is attacking her practice and her integrity, Megan feels that she has no choice. She doesn't think that Adam is father material but she needs him to protect their son as her professional world is falling apart.
I felt like the chemistry between Adam and Megan was lacking. I know they have this history but I didn't feel any connection. Adam is selfish and Megan is an idiot for hooking up with him even when he expressed he didn't want a relationship. Adam's reaction to finding out he had a son was so douchey. I wanted Megan to slap him or curse him out. Instead she felt guilty. Ummm...no. She had no reason to feel that way. Adam has proven that he is not one to stick around. So why tell him so that he can not stick around again? Pffft!
Adam has some issues from his childhood that causes him to have nightmares. Adding to that the nightmares from being a Marine and at war and he has some emotional issues. These issues he hides from Megan. I would have liked to see him go into therapy to work things out instead of just telling his story and then be all, 'Phew! Glad I got that off my chest."
The Baby Bargain was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Even though I didn't care for Adam and felt that the romance was a little flat, I did like the book. (less)
I let the 4+ star reviews on Amazon convince me to buy this book. And the premise sounded interesting. This could have been a really good story but th...moreI let the 4+ star reviews on Amazon convince me to buy this book. And the premise sounded interesting. This could have been a really good story but there were so many holes in the plot. As a reader, I shouldn't have to piece together or draw my own conclusions as to what happens. Not enough background information was given regarding Jess's past with her step-brother and the death of her friend. This book would have benefited from another 100 pages. It didn't feel complete and when it ended, I was not satisfied. I had so many questions and felt that very few were answered.(less)
I liked the premise and overall enjoyed Private Practice. I love the good girl/bad boy trope.
Ellie moves back to her hometown to open her practice and...moreI liked the premise and overall enjoyed Private Practice. I love the good girl/bad boy trope.
Ellie moves back to her hometown to open her practice and take care of her diabetic father. The two have a tense relationship but Ellie is trying to make it work. When Ellie overhears that her childhood crush is no longer engaged to his high school sweetheart, Ellie sees this as an opportunity to finally have Roger for herself. When she hears, or thinks she hears, that the reason why Roger's engagement ended was due to his kinkiness in bed, Ellie decides to become that woman who can handle him in bed. Only thing is, Ellie thinks she has no bedroom skills.
Tyler is the town bad-boy supposedly. He rides a motorcycle and has a reputation as a ladies' man. When he's shot in the butt for allegedly flirting with someone else's woman, Tyler heads out to Ellie's place to get stitched up. Ellie sees this as an opportunity to get the skills she needs to draw Roger into bed. With Tyler not wanting the shooting reported to the police, the two reach an agreement: Tyler will teach Ellie how to be a sex goddess in bed and in return, she will keep her mouth shut about Tyler being shot.
I had a really hard time believing that Ellie was naive as she was. In the age of the internet, I found her naivete unrealistic especially since she went to college and medical school. She didn't have any female friends or overheard female chatter?
I really liked Tyler. He was patient with Ellie's need to control everything and to go by the book...literally. At first it was cute but it started getting on my nerves, Ellie's need to follow the sex book in the order she had the chapters flagged. Ellie trying to become the woman she thinks that Roger wants was kinda sad. I mean, they never had a date and there was never a hint of a romantic vibe between the two. It was kinda pathetic the lengths she went through for a guy who, in the end, didn't even want her.
I liked Private Practice but it didn't wow me. There was some humor. The sex scenes were okay. With Ellie yapping and complaining about the fact that they weren't following the book, it kinda put a damper on things. Private Practice is a quick read. I thought it was okay but it didn't wow me.(less)
I liked the story. It's very sexy and hot. There's something about it that's still bothering me though. Need to figure it out before I assign a rating...moreI liked the story. It's very sexy and hot. There's something about it that's still bothering me though. Need to figure it out before I assign a rating.
We were introduced to Cat in the first book of the Dare Me series, Down for the Count. Cat is full of life, fun and daring. She takes life by the ball...moreWe were introduced to Cat in the first book of the Dare Me series, Down for the Count. Cat is full of life, fun and daring. She takes life by the balls and squeezes tight. So I was excited to read Cat's story.
Shane is Galen's (Cat's brother) best friend. When Galen left for college, Shane promised to keep an eye on Cat and to make sure she doesn't get into any trouble. Not knowing the promise that Shane made to Galen, Cat saw Galen as an annoying road block to her adventure and fun. Shane likes Cat, a lot but doesn't want to act on it while she's a teen. Now Shane's back in town for good and he's ready to pursue a relationship with Cat. But Cat isn't willing or ready to be tied down.
I always enjoy the "little sister of the best friend" romance trope. It normally works for me. It didn't quite work in Down and Dirty and I blame Cat. Cat is very squeamish when it comes to relationships and commitment. She doesn't want a relationship to hinder her fun and she doesn't want to give up her dreams for any man. Now that Shane is back and starts pursuing Cat with a vengeance, she figures in order to get him out of her system, she'll have drunken sex with him -- as if that's gonna work. This only encourages Shane more.
Cat annoyed me because the basis of her skittishness about relationships was unfounded. She saw that her mom gave up being a violin player to be a wife and mother. Cat doesn't want to give up on her dreams (but no one asked her to). Cat thinks she's inside her mother's head and knows her mother's heart when Cat's mom never gave any indication that she regretted her decision. A few stolen glances at a violin and teaching violin lessons is not what a woman who gave up on her dreams make. I would have understood Cat's assumption if her mom was vocal about it, like say, if it weren't for you kids I'd be a famous violinist or something of that sort. But she didn't.
Shane is a patient man for putting up with Cat's shenanigans. Many times he accused her of not growing up and I agree. Her actions were childish and selfish. She jumped to irrational conclusions, thinking Shane wanted to hold her back. An incident that involved a missing child and Shane's actions surrounding it gave a clear picture as to how immature Cat truly is. That incident was not about her yet she made it about her. I don't understand how anyone who grew up in a loving, two-parent home could have so many issues. Galen turned out fine. What was her deal?
Down and Dirty was a good read despite my issues with Cat. I loved seeing Galen and Lacey again. For me, Cat came to her senses too little too late. I'm glad that the ending was Happy For Now because I think that Cat still has a lot of growing up to do. (less)
The Valentine's Arrangement appealed to me because the heroine is a tough, tattoo artist. I figured that alone would make the story interesting. Boy,...moreThe Valentine's Arrangement appealed to me because the heroine is a tough, tattoo artist. I figured that alone would make the story interesting. Boy, was I wrong.
Kale is on leave for two weeks. He walks into the tattoo shop where Ronnie works to get a tattoo of his fallen soldiers on his back. His tattoo artist happens to be Ronnie who he is immediately attracted to. Ronnie isn't in the mood for a relationship let alone flirting. Her fiance cheated on her and she is over being in that town and being around military men. When Kale starts showing his interest, Ronnie immediately shoots him down. But of course, Kale eventually wears her down and they agree to a sex-only relationship. Kale is on leave for 6 more days. There's no way they'd fall for each other, right?
I've noticed that as I read more and more books, particularly contemporary romance, I've become a stickler with names. I'm not saying that everyone should have common names like Jane or Bob, but I don't like names that to me, don't fit the character or remind me of food. Ha. So while reading The Valentine's Arrangement I changed Kale's name to Kabe because whenever I'd see his name, I thought of the green, leafy vegetable.
The Valentine's Arrangement was an okay read. Nothing about it stood out to me to make it exceptionally different from everything else that's out there. Ronnie and her mouth got on my nerves. I didn't feel like she was tough. I felt that she was mean for no damn reason. She's mean to anyone who looks in her direction. Not everyone wants to fuck you Ronnie. Get over yourself. Her attitude made her unlikable and the way she treated Kale towards the end of the book sealed the deal for me. She was downright selfish and bitchy. I get that she doesn't want to be in a relationship and she's scared of the way he makes her feel. But the guy is going back to fight in a country where his life is in danger on a daily basis. I thought it was extremely selfish how she completely shut him out. And the way she acted when he returned made me want to punch her in the throat. In my opinion, her actions were it was too little, too late.
Kale is Ronnie's complete opposite and what he saw in her, I have no idea. I can understand he's on leave and has a scratch to itch and Ronnie is the person he wants to do it. But to want to be with that mean heifer forever, I don't think so. She had zero redeeming qualities.
I was not rooting for this couple. More pages needed to be dedicated to Ronnie dealing with the issues that make her such a mean person. She doesn't care about anyone's feelings and that attitude will not get you far in life. It's amazing she had the two friends that she did.
The Valentine's Arrangement did not work for me because I didn't like the heroine and I didn't buy the romance. The epilogue made me grit my teeth. I hate it when I don't want the couple to get their HEA but they get it anyway. I felt that Ronnie was so undeserving. (less)
I enjoyed the story. liked paul and Danny's relationship a lot. felt like eve was a third wheel who didn't need to be there. the nicknames got annoyin...moreI enjoyed the story. liked paul and Danny's relationship a lot. felt like eve was a third wheel who didn't need to be there. the nicknames got annoying....Paul Guy, Evie girl and Danny Boy.
overall an enjoyable story with a lot of angst and sex scenes that push your comfort zone.(less)
Lukas Blacque is a closeted wolf who is also son of the Alpha. Being the son of the Alpha means that Lukas can never come out to his father or his pac...moreLukas Blacque is a closeted wolf who is also son of the Alpha. Being the son of the Alpha means that Lukas can never come out to his father or his pack. Lukas has been secretly lusting after his vampire neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Being a vampire, Oliver is bound by society's rules on sexuality. He's attracted to the wolf but doesn't think that Lukas will reciprocate. But hooking up with the sexy wolf is the least of Oliver's concerns. He's slowly dying because he's unable to sleep. And due to the lack of energy, he's not feeding as frequently as he needs to.
Lukas is totally inexperienced, sexually, despite the fact that he has piercings and tattoos. You'd think a perceived bad boy would have a bedpost full of notches but not so. Lukas is a loner and shy. I liked how patient Oliver was with him and understanding. Oliver is familiar with how packs run and knew that he wouldn't be able to be with Lukas in a committed relationship. I felt bad for Oliver and everything he was going through.
I enjoyed Blacque/Bleu for the most part. I liked the idea of a m/m story where a vamp and wolf get together. I did have a problem with Lukas and Oliver be referred to by their last name throughout the book. At times I got confused as to who was Blacque and who was Bleu. I felt that the world building was lacking and at the beginning of the book, I was confused. I didn't understand the issues going on with Oliver and why he was suffering from insomnia. I'm still not 100% sure. Is the insomnia the result of the nightmares or the result of him not feeding? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
There are plenty of sex scenes in Blacque/Bleu. There's plenty of pack politics that we learn about. Arcada is a town where a lot of mystical creatures live. I found it odd that Lukas wasn't aware of any of it. I'd like to have known more about Arcada and what was it about this town that drew the preternatural.
Blacque/Bleu was a good read but it didn't wow me. I had so many questions once I finished that I felt weren't answered. I'm assuming more information is revealed in the next book in the series but I'm not sure if I will be picking that book up.(less)
I really enjoy the Tucker Springs series. Never a Hero is a sweet story. Owen has a disability and has been living as a recluse. He is socially inept...moreI really enjoy the Tucker Springs series. Never a Hero is a sweet story. Owen has a disability and has been living as a recluse. He is socially inept and stutters. He has a mother that verbally abuses him; puts him down because of his disability. But when Owen's new neighbor, Nick, moves in and treats him like a normal person, a relationship between the two starts to flourish. But Nick has his own demons and he doesn't want the relationship with Owen to be nothing more than a friendship. There's mutual attraction and Nick is desperately trying not to act on it.
Never a Hero is a great story about self-acceptance. Even though Owen can function with his disabled arm, he uses his disability as a crutch to be a hermit. He works from home. He doesn't socialize. Nick brings him out of his shell. I liked Owen and Nick and felt that their relationship and the ensuing conflict was real and genuine. I felt that Nick's sister being able to relate to Owen was too coincidental since Owen's disability is so rare. I would have preferred a different plot point for them to bond over. With that being said, an enjoyable story that can be read as a stand-alone.(less)
Not my favorite of the series. I don't think enough was spent on Ricky and Toni once they became a couple. Too much was going on in this book. I could...moreNot my favorite of the series. I don't think enough was spent on Ricky and Toni once they became a couple. Too much was going on in this book. I couldn't keep most of it straight so eventually I just gave up.(less)
S.E.C.R.E.T. is a hard book for me to review. There were things I liked about the book and there were aspects of the book that drove me crazy and not...moreS.E.C.R.E.T. is a hard book for me to review. There were things I liked about the book and there were aspects of the book that drove me crazy and not in a good way.
Cassie is 35 years old. She's a widow and her life is stagnant. She hasn't had sex in 5 years and her self-esteem is in the toilet. When she first started working at Cafe Rose, her boss, Will, attempted to ask her out but she quickly shot him down. Since then, she has been mildly pining over him and wondering what it would be like to be with him. While waiting on a table, a burgundy notebook is left behind. Cassie reads parts of the notebook which contains the sexual exploits of one of her customers. This is how Cassie discovers S.E.C.R.E.T. Ten steps. Ten fantasies to awaken Cassie's sexual side. Is Cassie willing to accept the steps and liberate her sexual side?
I liked the concept of the book. Cassie is a sympathetic character. Many women lose their mojo and need help finding it. Each step was sexy and sensual and reflective of what was holding Cassie back. With each step, Cassie would have an encounter - sexual - with a different man who works for the underground society. The first 5 or 6 men, Cassie would ask questions, trying to get to know them. That is not the point of the exercise. It became annoying when asked if she would accept this step, her answer would be a tentative, "um I guess so?" I'm surprised they went ahead with the fantasy whenever she would give that kind of answer.
The sex scenes were plentiful and I loved how Cassie evolved and came out of her shell. Her boss, Will, notices as well.
The major problem I had with S.E.C.R.E.T. was the way it ended. I thought it was a joke. Cassie went through all ten steps to have the book end like this? It was crazy and came out of left field. It left me feeling angry and frustrated. The ending was a cliffhanger that I did not appreciate. There's going to be a book two but so far there's no information on whether not its a continuation of Cassie's story. If this is how it ends for Cassie, well, that's just a huge fail. (less)
I'm going to start off by saying that I when I started reading Beautiful Bastard, I had low expectations. I was pretty certain that I was going to DNF...moreI'm going to start off by saying that I when I started reading Beautiful Bastard, I had low expectations. I was pretty certain that I was going to DNF it. First, the formatting is awful and I think it was done on purpose. The story is told from Chloe and Ben's 1st person POV. I think the author, in order to differentiate between the character's POV, decided to use formatting as the indicator. Wrong. Move. Chloe's chapters lack punctuation and had weird capitalization. It's distracting and annoying. The author could have just as easily added the character's name at the beginning of each chapter and that would have been fine. The formatting issue was one of the reasons I thought I was going to DNF the book.
I'm tired of 1st person POV in erotic romance, especially the heroine's 1st person POV. I need to know what the hero is thinking. Sorry but being inside a woman's head the entire book is boring and we miss out on a lot because of this. When I realized that Beautiful Bastard was told from the hero and heroine's POV, I decided to ignore the wonky formatting and dive into the story.
Beautiful Bastard was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed reading it and could not put it down. I think BB is a book you either love or hate. Many folks have strong opinions regarding fanfic and P2P. I've never read fanfic. I have no thoughts or opinions or feelings about it whatsoever. So I started reading this book with the hopes that it would be a good story.
I really liked Chloe's character. She's smart, she's tough and she has goals. I was so happy that the heroine wasn't some weak and whiney female that needed to be controlled or rescued by a man. Yay! I enjoyed Ben and Chloe's back and forth verbal jabs. A couple of times, I giggled. Ben and Chloe have a lot of sex. They actually have sex several times at the beginning of the book. This didn't bother me. I loved the hate sex. The one thing that did bother me was the lack of condom use. The issue was addressed further into the story. But after all that unprotected sex, especially in the stairwell, where did Ben's spunk go? Did it magically disappear? Just wondering.
Ben and Chloe's "I hate you but I want you" relationship reminded me of Sam and Diane from Cheers, except hotter. It kept the story entertaining and I loved it. The characters had great sexual tension and the sex scenes were plentiful. I would have been happy without an HEA. I think a HFN or nothing for Ben and Chloe would have been more realistic. These are two strong people who butt heads at every turn. It would make more sense that the book would end with them exploring having a relationship instead of declaring love.
I really liked Beautiful Bastard. I thought the story was engaging and the characters were entertaining. Again, Beautiful Bastard was a pleasant surprise despite the formatting issues. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Beautiful series. (less)
I've loved Ellison since book 1 of the Shifters Unbound series. He's the fun-loving wolf who hasn't been able to get the girl first. Ellison finally h...moreI've loved Ellison since book 1 of the Shifters Unbound series. He's the fun-loving wolf who hasn't been able to get the girl first. Ellison finally has his chance with Maria, a scared and scarred waitress who is determined to get her life together. Even though the shifters of Shiftertown have been nothing but kind to her, she is determined to live her life away from shifters.
Maria was introduced in Wild Cat, book 4 of the series. I didn't read Wild Cat (I have no idea how that happened but will rectify that immediately). She was rescued from feral shifters and is living in Shiftertown under Dylan and Sean's protection.
I had a hard time warming up to Maria. She was stubborn but not in a good way because her stubbornness was putting herself and others in danger. Of course I loved Ellison but felt that something was missing. This Ellison was different from the fun-loving, flirtatious Ellison in the previous books. I liked how he treated Maria with respect and gentleness. I kind of wished that Ellison was paired with someone with less baggage.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and visiting characters from previous books. I can't wait to read Tiger's story which is next in the series.(less)
This installment didn't pull me in as much as the first. Everyone got on my nerves and I just wanted them to go away. I had no sympathy for Dave, Kasi...moreThis installment didn't pull me in as much as the first. Everyone got on my nerves and I just wanted them to go away. I had no sympathy for Dave, Kasie's fiancee. He turned into a mean ass mofo that bordered on psychotic. Kasie feeling that she owed Dave because of her indiscretion made me want to slap some sense into her. Mr. Dade loss some of his sex appeal with his control issues. Tom, Kasie's boss, was great and then turned into a complete ass. Everyone needed a good slap in the face.
I wasn't invested in any of the relationships or its success. I was more annoyed than intrigued. I wanted to get out of Kasie's head and her fantasies. Her long internal monologue took up too much page time. This installment is definitely darker than the first one. I hope everything comes together in the next and final issue cause this one didn't really work for me.(less)
This last installment was a huge disappointment. where in the first two books I felt sorry for kasie, in this one I hated her. I also didn't like the...moreThis last installment was a huge disappointment. where in the first two books I felt sorry for kasie, in this one I hated her. I also didn't like the ending. was kinda lame.
Marriage of convenience is hard to pull off in contemporary romance but Karen Erickson pulls it off wonderfully in Game for Marriage.
Sheridan and Jare...moreMarriage of convenience is hard to pull off in contemporary romance but Karen Erickson pulls it off wonderfully in Game for Marriage.
Sheridan and Jared have an instant sexual connection and act on it almost immediately. I loved that Sheridan gave into the attraction and didn't beat herself up for it. We need more women in romance to own their sexuality. There's nothing wrong with it! Jared is sexy and cocky, but completely likable. I loved how he was the one trying to stick to the rules of the arrangement and Sheridan was the one who was trying to tempt him.
There are no surprises in this book. Jared and Sheridan eventually fall in love, there's the inevitable conflict and groveling for both characters. And that's okay. Because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun, hot and oh so sexy. Jared and Sheridan are likable as well as the supporting characters.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series.(less)
As a rule I don't read YA. But Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limit series is the exception to my rule. I adored the first book in the series and was exc...moreAs a rule I don't read YA. But Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limit series is the exception to my rule. I adored the first book in the series and was excited and anxious to read Dare You To.
Dare You To is a great book. I wasn't sure if I was going to like Beth. She's prickly, bitchy at times and hard core. In Pushing the Limits, she wasn't very likable. Beth has to grow on you. She's been through a lot so it's understandable that she's emotionally closed off.
Ryan is the all American boy. He's handsome, plays baseball and an all around decent guy. Even though Beth starts off as a dare for him, he is intrigued by her. He sees that there's more to her than the tough vibe that she gives off.
Dare You To reminds me of the John Hughes' films of the 80s. The girl from the wrong side of the tracks and the guy from the right side. You can't help but root for them and love that the guy doesn't care that the girl isn't perfect. I loved Beth's story. Her life has been and continues to be rough. A part of her wants to be a normal high school girl but her life hasn't allowed her to be one. Beth is responsible for her mother who has bad taste in men and chooses the man over her daughter. I kept thinking Beth should cut her mother off but Beth knows that her mother will not survive without her.
Ryan and Beth's story is so good. Ryan is a little too perfect. I don't think I ever met a guy that perfect and good when I was in high school. But that's what makes his character so likable. And you want the perfect guy to fall for the not-so-perfect girl.
Dare You To is a fantastic story and I loved it from start to finish. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this series even if you're not a fan of YA. This is one series I will continue to read. I can't wait to read Isaiah's book.(less)
've been having bad luck with Harlequin Blaze lately. I don't know if it's because of the spicier covers that I expect the story to be just as spicy a...more've been having bad luck with Harlequin Blaze lately. I don't know if it's because of the spicier covers that I expect the story to be just as spicy and tantalizing.
I had a hard time connecting to the characters especially Haley. I am not a fan of judgmental characters whether it be male and female and I got tired of Haley being up on her high horse. I didn't like the plot device that was used to have Haley end up stranded on Jeb's boat. And I don't like the name Jeb. LOL! A billionaire playboy should not be named Jeb. I'm sorry.
Smooth Sailing was an okay read. Once Haley was stranded on Jeb's boat, the story got better and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. I didn't fully buy that Jeb wanted to stop his ex-girlfriend's wedding but whatever works to get him to realize that he needs to stop leading a shallow life is fine by me.
There's nothing new or different in this story that makes it stand out. A good read that'll help you wile away a couple of hours. (less)
The Summer He Came Home was an okay story. Cain is back home for his best friend's funeral. He's now a famous rock star and hasn't been home in 10 yea...moreThe Summer He Came Home was an okay story. Cain is back home for his best friend's funeral. He's now a famous rock star and hasn't been home in 10 years. Being back home isn't easy for him and he's ready to get back on the road until he meets Maggie. Maggie is a single mom and works as a maid. When Cain shows interest in her Maggie, she has no desire in getting involved with him. But Cain is hard to resist especially when he wins over her son.
It took awhile for me to warm up to Maggie. She was very prickly and it rubbed me the wrong way. I liked Cain and The Bad Boys. I would have liked more than a glimpse into Cain's life as a rock star on the road. I'm looking forward to reading Jake's book. I hope Dax gets a book as well or a novella. He's a colorful character. For the most part, The Summer He Came Home follows the romance formula. Nothing really stood out for me to make this book different from other romances out there. With that said, I will continue with this series because I really liked The Bad Boys and am looking forward to reading about the women that bring them to their knees.(less)