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)
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 going...moreThis 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.(less)
I know that this series and this author is loved by many. I decided to give KA a try and see what the hype is all about. this book could have been rea...moreI know that this series and this author is loved by many. I decided to give KA a try and see what the hype is all about. this book could have been really good and a lot of fun if it weren't for the lack of editing, repetitive phrases and the overuse of honey, babe, my woman, my man etc. the list goes on. I didn't find this book so.engrossing that I could ignore the errors or the repetitiveness. it took away from my enjoyment a lot. it's a shame cause I really wAnted to like this book. I.didn't find it cracktastic at all.
I enjoyed the first 30% of WM. but the editing, long monologues, plot filler and overall monotony of the storyline and the characters could not hold my interest. the book was long for no reason. a lot could have been slashed and the plot would not have suffered.
I know that pubs are latching onto successful self pubbed novels and re-releasing them which is what Hachette has done with KA. but if pubs are going to do that, please edit the book. make it better.
so will I be reading another Kristen Ashley book? maybe. I'll give her another chance. I just hope I don't regret it.(less)
It Stings So Sweet contains three short stories that centers around loosely connected characters. What interested me the most about this book is the f...moreIt Stings So Sweet contains three short stories that centers around loosely connected characters. What interested me the most about this book is the fact that it takes place during the 1920s. The roaring 20s is known as a time of frivolity, economic prosperity and cultural change. I don't think I've ever read a romance novel set during this time.
Love Me or Leave Me is about Nora Richardson, a society girl who married a man beneath her station. After suffering a miscarriage, her husband has not touched her for a year. In desperation, Nora kisses another man. Jonathan, Nora's husband, wants a divorce. Nora doesn't want to lose him. While at a distinguished friend's party, Nora desperately tries to appeal to her husband that the kiss meant nothing. Jonathan decides to punish her, thinking it would push Nora away. But instead it awakens her sexually.
This was my favorite story of the book. Jonathan comes off as a little rough and strong so I kinda cringed when he first started dishing out Nora's punishment. But as the story progressed, you learn that Jonathan has been keeping that side of himself locked away for fear of hurting and scaring his wife. Nora may be a society girl but when it comes to sex, she likes it rough and dirty. Jonathan doesn't scare her and she wants him to show that side. She begs for it and yearns for it. I liked the dynamic of Jonathan and Nora's relationship and enjoyed their story a lot.
When I'm Bad I'm Better is about silent screen vixen Clara Cartwright. She falls for a WWI pilot, Will. He sees beneath Clara's Hollywood persona and there's something about Will that she is drawn to. Will and Clara don't immediately have sex. There's a slow build-up that has the reader and Clara anxious for more. I was surprised at the mention of pornographic movies. I have to remember that porn didn't start in the 70s. Heh. There's an intense menage scene that flows over into the third story. Overall I liked this novella and enjoyed watching Will and Clara's relationship develop.
Let's Misbehave is the final short story. There is a brief interlude prior to this story told from one of the male character's POV that sets up this one. Sophie works in a boutique at a posh hotel. She is all about social change. She wants better working conditions for the employees at the hotel. Equal pay for the women workers. Birth control access for women. She is steeped in social change. What changes for Sophie when her diary lands in her sexy boss' hands is sexual freedom.
I liked that this story touched on the social issues that were going on at that time. Robert and Sophie's sexual tension is sizzling. There's some f/f action in this story that I didn't fully believe but other than that, I enjoyed the story.
It Stings So Sweet is a different kind of erotic romance that centers around a time that I don't read about. I enjoyed being taken back to a time that was so different. I liked the characters and the setting. I definitely recommend reading this book. (less)
Flirting with Disaster definitely made up for the meh feelings I had about the previous book, Along Came Trouble. Sean is a geeky hacker and he also h...moreFlirting with Disaster definitely made up for the meh feelings I had about the previous book, Along Came Trouble. Sean is a geeky hacker and he also has a stutter. He has the hots for Katie and because of this, he won't speak to her because she brings out his stutter. Katie is trying to get her life back on track. She wants to work on a case and prove herself to her brother. The only problem is that she has to work with Sean. And how can you work with someone who won't talk to you?
I loved Sean and Katie together. I'm a sucker for a geeky hero. Sean is very manly and sexy despite his stutter. Katie is funny and smart and I really liked her. Katie is very straight forward about what she wants. I love that she is a strong character who doesn't whine and throws hissy fits.
The case (Jonah the rock star) that Sean and Katie are working on is a sizable part of the book as well. While I enjoyed their time working together, I felt like Jonah took up too much of the book. I was anxious to get back to Sean and Katie and I could care less about Jonah. Towards the end, I pretty much skimmed when Jonah was on the scene.
Overall, I really enjoyed Flirting with Disaster. Sean and Katie are great characters that you can root for and fall in love with.(less)
Story started off okay. I liked that Jay was trying to win Aly back. But he waits 4 years??? Four freaking years!?!?!?! The time spand bothered me. Al...moreStory started off okay. I liked that Jay was trying to win Aly back. But he waits 4 years??? Four freaking years!?!?!?! The time spand bothered me. Aly having sex with Jay after 4 long years and then proceeds to tell him she's going to use him for sex so that she can get over him bothered me. (I know guys in romance books do this all the time and there shouldn't be a doubled standard..blah, blah. blah. Stil didn't like it). I didn't like Aly much. Thought she was a judgmental hag, getting on Jay about his issues. The guy is a sniper in teh Marines. He told her that he almost died. ANd she's bitching at him and judging him about his issues. I would have issues too. What sealed it for me (not liking Aly) is that she was nasty about the fact that Jay didn't own a house or an apt. Single military folks normally don't own homes because they are constantly moving or being deployed. That's no reflection of their character.
Why Jay wanted to be with her judgy ass was beyond me.(less)
I normally don't like serials but The Stranger was surprisingly good.
Kasie has always done the right thing. When her friend suggests that Kasie have a...moreI normally don't like serials but The Stranger was surprisingly good.
Kasie has always done the right thing. When her friend suggests that Kasie have a fling before she gets married, Kasie scoffs. But when she makes eyes with a handsome stranger, Kasie finds herself contemplating her friend's proposition. Kasie gives into the attraction and has a one-night stand. When she returns to her normal life, she has a new job opportunity. The person being this opportunity is none other than her Vegas one-night stand.
The Stranger could have easily fallen into the category of another FSoG knock-off. Older billionaire sexually commands a young woman. But this story is slightly different. I don't condone cheating but I wasn't totally turned off by Kasie's actions. She's always done the right thing and because she's not completely happy with her personal life, she does something that she would normally not do. At times she tries to do the right thing with Dave and break things off, but she doesn't want to be the bad guy even though having an affair isn't exactly the honorable thing either.
I enjoyed the story. The sex scenes are hot and can't wait to learn more about Mr Dade. The story is told from Kasie's 1st person POV. It was annoying in the beginning, being inside Kasie's head. Kasie's inner dialog was at times long-winded and annoying but the more she became entrenched in the affair, the less annoying she became.
The Stranger ends in an OMGWTF cliff-hanger. The story was sexy, engaging and suspenseful. Definitely looking forward to the next installment.(less)
What made my buy this book was the cover and the blurb. I felt like the story would be angsty and sexy and that was what I was in the mood for. If you...moreWhat made my buy this book was the cover and the blurb. I felt like the story would be angsty and sexy and that was what I was in the mood for. If you put aside the fact that Matt watched Gina from afar for 4 years, it's a very sweet story.
I know that Matt's behavior will come off as stalkerish but I thought it was sweet. He didn't have the courage to approach Gina when he first saw her at the fair 4 years ago so he decided that seeing her once a month when he took his friend George in for treatment at the hospital where Gina works would be enough. He finally works up the courage to finally speak to Gina, a nurse, when he bumps into her, causing her to fall and break her wrist. Matt feels all kinds of dumb and that he's already hurt her before getting to know her.
Matt's background isn't pretty. He comes from an abusive and neglectful past. He's afraid to put his shit on someone else which is why he's avoided being in a relationship. He doesn't know what a healthy relationship looks like. He likes Gina, a lot, but thinks that she is too good for him.
The title, A Needful Heart, is very apropos. Matt needs goodness in his life even though he feels like he doesn't deserve it. Being around Gina is the one bright spot in his otherwise dark life. Gina never noticed Matt until he volunteered to fix her staircase and banister. Now she sees him daily and is finally taking notice of him. She finds him sexy and is attracted but as Matt slowly opens up to her, she realizes that she will have to take things slow. Matt's extremely skittish and Gina doesn't want to do anything that'd made him run away.
I liked the slow build-up between Matt and Gina. They are obviously very attracted to each other and their chemistry is explosive. Matt is very sweet and tortured. Gina is very patient and loving with him. The two worked well together.
Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters. (less)