I really enjoyed Devyn and Joseph's story. They have great chemistry. I loved the banter. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. What I likeI really enjoyed Devyn and Joseph's story. They have great chemistry. I loved the banter. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. What I like about this author is that she doesn't follow the normal romance formula. She doesn't create fake drama for the inevitable fight, breakup and then make up. That's been a part of romance forever but it's at time tiresome, predictable and boring. If you're writing about grown ass adults, why create immature drama for the sake of having drama? Devyn and Joseph have a mature relationship. When they realize they want to be more than friends with benefits, they have that conversation. There's no misinterpretation of feelings or actions. Yay for grown up romance!
So now I'm anxiously awaiting Justin's book. I love a good friends to lovers story....more
I normally don't read anthologies because most of the time, most of the novellas aren't that good. I saw a rave review about The Devil's Doorbell andI normally don't read anthologies because most of the time, most of the novellas aren't that good. I saw a rave review about The Devil's Doorbell and decided to give it a chance. The first novella was kinda meh for me and I was worried that the rest would disappoint. So happy that I was wrong. All of the novellas were good. Some more than others. But as a whole, this is a great anthology and I definitely recommend that you read it. The stories don't end with the typical romance HEA. Some there's a hint of HEA or HFN. Others you have no idea. And that's okay. The stories are amazing....more
I love Alisha Rai and was ecstatic when she announced a surprise release. Of course I immediately one-click purchased it. I read it in a day. I lovedI love Alisha Rai and was ecstatic when she announced a surprise release. Of course I immediately one-click purchased it. I read it in a day. I loved the heroine, Elizabeth/Tess. I don't remember her from the other series with Akira and Jacob. I guess that gives me a great excuse for a re-read. :-)
I was disappointed when I saw that the second book won't be out until June. But that's okay. It gives me something to look forward to....more
I liked the premise. I liked the hero and heroine. But there was something, I don't know what, that didn't have me 100% invested in the sto2.5/3 stars
I liked the premise. I liked the hero and heroine. But there was something, I don't know what, that didn't have me 100% invested in the story. I have no issue reading a book about porn stars. I welcome it because it's different from what's currently trendy. I like that the characters are proud of what they do and they don't apologize for it. It was a little disconcerting that Devi, the heroine, started doing porn at the age of 18 but that's the reality of that industry. But I didn't fully understand why she would do it because she comes from a supportive, two parent home. When you hear about teenage girls being in the industry, it's due to them being runaways or coming from abusive homes. Same for Logan. He came from a normal, middle class background. But I guess there are all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds that are in the porn industry. It's just not runaways and druggies.
The authors did a great job researching the porn industry. You could tell that they made sure that the industry was portrayed realistically.
I also liked that the heroine was a woman of color and that the hero loved that; it wasn't a fetish.
All in all, it was a good read. Nothing wow'd me. The sex scenes were a-plenty and they were hot but at times, a little long. LOL! ...more
I see that this book was originally published in 2005 and re-released in 2014. Before I purchased the book I knew it was a re-release with added sceneI see that this book was originally published in 2005 and re-released in 2014. Before I purchased the book I knew it was a re-release with added scenes and edits. With that being said, GianMarco was not good. It was okay enough where I was able to finish it but for a PNR, it was pretty basic. The world-building was non-existent. Where did the vampires come from? Supposedly, they are born and not "made" but how? What started vampirism? The heroine, Maggie, was likable. She was married for 23 yrs to a man who no longer appreciated her. She's starting to come into her own when she meets her new boss, GianMarco. Marco is a vampire and he and his brothers are busy trying to find some unknown evil that is targeting them. We don't know why they're being targeted. Eventually Marco comes out to Maggie as a vampire and initially she has a hard time accepting it. But she eventually does of course cause how else are they going to be together?
The story is over-the-top at times. Marco has a giant c*ck. His brother has a giant c*ck. And they both like to eat the p*ssy (or the "box" as the author likes to call it). In this world, I'm not sure that vampires are out so it's weird how people around Maggie are so quick to accept that Marco is a vampire. I had a lot of questions. I rolled my eyes a lot. There's one scene with Marco and his brothers that had me roll my eyes so hard I think I strained them. LMAO! Despite all this, I kind of want to continue on with the series to find out what happens next. I'm hoping as the series progresses, the books get better. We'll see....more
I enjoyed this story but it could have benefited from an extra 100+ pages. It was too short for all the drama that was introduced into the storyline.I enjoyed this story but it could have benefited from an extra 100+ pages. It was too short for all the drama that was introduced into the storyline. It felt incomplete even though the H/H got their HEA. More than half of the book was spent with the h/h not being together. Then the rest was them dealing with drama from outside forces. There needs to be a part 2 because there wasn't a lot of resolution regarding Jay's ex-wife and Jay and Brenda's mutual friend, Nick (despite the confrontation at the end)....more
Warning: if you don't like stories about people who cheat, then you won't like this one. Sophie's boyfriend cheats on her. Their relationship3.5 stars
Warning: if you don't like stories about people who cheat, then you won't like this one. Sophie's boyfriend cheats on her. Their relationship was already strained due to him not being fully in the relationship but she was willing to work it out. She goes to the Bahamas. Has "revenge" sex with Ransom. But boyfriend decides he's going to change his ways and make Sophie his #1 priority. Sophie forgives him and decides to give their relationship a chance all the while she continues lusting after Ransom and emotionally and physically cheating on her boyfriend, Keith. Sophie does have guilt and I understand that. I don't have an issue with how her relationship with Ransom started. If my boyfriend cheated on me I'd probably have revenge sex as well. What I didn't like was that Sophie continued to force her way into Ransom's life and when he would show interest in her, she'd get mad at him and pull the "I have a boyfriend" card. That was annoying. All she had to do was stay away but of course she couldn't do that.
Overall I enjoyed this book and the series. It was nice catching up with the characters from the previous books and getting a peek into their lives....more
apparently I read this earlier this year but didn't rate it on Goodreads. and Amazon didn't remind me that I'd already purchased this. thank goodnessapparently I read this earlier this year but didn't rate it on Goodreads. and Amazon didn't remind me that I'd already purchased this. thank goodness it was free....more
This book was sexy and hot. I don't have issues with menage story lines but this one bothered me a little. It was a little weird (a lot weird) that JaThis book was sexy and hot. I don't have issues with menage story lines but this one bothered me a little. It was a little weird (a lot weird) that Jace was unable to have a relationship with a woman without his twin brother, Marcus, being involved. I kept thinking instead of being in a menage relationship with Devi, they (Jace and Marcus) should both go to therapy. Like, a lot of therapy. I really liked Devi and her sisters and the sex scenes were well-written. The co-dependent twin thing just creeped me out....more
My goal this year is to read more romance written by and featuring PoC. I recently saw a tweet about the 2nd book in this series and immediately purchMy goal this year is to read more romance written by and featuring PoC. I recently saw a tweet about the 2nd book in this series and immediately purchased once I read the blurb. But being the anal-retentive person that I am about reading a series in order, I purchased the first book as well. I'm a sucker for a friends to lovers story but this one has a little twist. Tariq and Kora are friends with a side of hot sexy benefits. They've been friends since childhood and have both been supportive of the other in their time of need.
Inevitable Conclusions starts off hot and the hotness does not let up. I love that Tariq has locs and a beard. That combination is sexy AF! The conflict they experience with keeping their relationship platonic while hiding their true feelings is believable. I like that the conflict isn't drawn out. Tariq and Kora's relationship is grown and they act like grown folks. And hooray for a romance with a H/H that are in their late 30s! Woo hoo!! Grown ass folks still get down and want romance too!
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read book 2. My only complaint is that there wasn't an epilogue. I'm a sucker for an epilogue. But I guess we can watch their story from the sidelines in the next installment of this series....more
Both characters annoyed me but overall I liked the book. there was a certain phrase that was used throughout the book that annoyed me. i didn3.5 stars
Both characters annoyed me but overall I liked the book. there was a certain phrase that was used throughout the book that annoyed me. i didn't know that folks - male and female - suck their teeth so damn much! Any type of repetitive phrase in a book starts standing out to me cause i start thinking, there's got to be another way to describe this. Anyhoo, Steph and Nubia has great chemistry. Nubia annoyed me with her games. Steph annoyed because...i don't know. Maybe I wanted him to just back off and let her sweat a little? He was a little too pressed. LOL! Towards the end, the story dragged a little for me and did end up skimming. I appreciated the epilogue. It was nice to revisit Tariq and Kora from the first book. ...more
I really wanted to enjoy Austin and Sierra's story but this book had wayyy too much going on. Austin comes from a big family so family and family adjaI really wanted to enjoy Austin and Sierra's story but this book had wayyy too much going on. Austin comes from a big family so family and family adjacent characters were introduced right at the beginning. Why? I was so confused. There was too much going on with other characters that I could care less about. How many tropes can you have in one book, let me count the ways. Sierra is at woman running from her past and wants to start fresh. For someone so emotionally scarred she sure did fall for Austin pretty damn fast. I felt that the issue with Shannon, Austin's ex wasn't resolved. The story didn't flow. It felt choppy. There were editing issues. I may give this series anther chance with the next book. Hopefully it will be better....more