Overall an enjoyable book. I thought the stuff that went down in the end was unnecessary. We were never given the impression that Phil had issues othe...moreOverall an enjoyable book. I thought the stuff that went down in the end was unnecessary. We were never given the impression that Phil had issues other than being a douche. I didn't like the random chapters from the other character's POV. I found it took me out of the story a bit. Lots of sex in this one. I liked Lily's BFF, Suz, a lot and can't wait to read her book.(less)
I really liked Cassie and Trey. I didn't mind the mistaken identity via omission trope. What drove me crazy was Cassie's dad and...more3.25/3.5 stars (C+/B-)
I really liked Cassie and Trey. I didn't mind the mistaken identity via omission trope. What drove me crazy was Cassie's dad and his wife. Why do step-mothers have to always be evil?! And the dad a p*ssy with no backbone? Grrrr!! THAT drove me crazy. Really got on my nerves towards the end. But overall a nice romance between Cassie and Trey.
I bow down to the greatness that is Larissa Ione. I’ve said it before, I’d read anything by her, including her grocery list. I’m a huge fan of the Dem...moreI bow down to the greatness that is Larissa Ione. I’ve said it before, I’d read anything by her, including her grocery list. I’m a huge fan of the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series. Both series intertwine but you should read the Demonica series first because those Seminus brothers are sexy as hell and those books are HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!!
Azagoth has been around since the Demonica series and we know that he’s the The Fucking Grim Reaper and Idess’s father. Azagoth is tired of fathering memitim’s which are angels that are on Earth that protect and guide humans. Azagoth wants a mate and he’s not fathering anymore children until he gets one. Lilliana is a time-traveling angel who is in trouble for helping The Horseman and breaking “shrowd” (making herself known to humans). Lilliana is offered a way out of being severely punished — be Azagoth’s mate and if she happens to be able to still his chronograph while she’s there, all past sins will be erased. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right? But nothing’s ever simple or easy when it involves the Underworld.
Another winner by Larissa Ione! Are you surprised? I loved Azagoth and Lilliana. The one thing that is consistent throughout this series is that the heroines are strong. I liked how Lilliana wasn’t afraid to go toe-t0-toe with The Fucking Grim Reaper. You wouldn’t think that the Grim Reaper would be a sexy and sympathetic character, but he is. I loved Azagoth. Being in the underworld so long stripped him of all emotion and his life had been nothing but darkness. Lilliana brought light back into his life.
I enjoyed Azagoth and all this novella did was whet my appetite for the next book in this series, Revenant.(less)
Sophie is trying to revamp herself. She’s shy and awkward. Her confidence level isn’t very high. The last thing she wants to do is be at Beaver Creek...moreSophie is trying to revamp herself. She’s shy and awkward. Her confidence level isn’t very high. The last thing she wants to do is be at Beaver Creek for her brother’s wedding, participating in all the pre-wedding festivities.
Logan has been tasked with making sure Sophie doesn’t spend the entire week hiding up in her room. When Logan realizes that the butt he’d been admiring belonged to his friend’s baby sister, the idea of babysitting Sophie doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Logan slowly brings Sophie out of her shell and finds that he enjoys being around her. Sophie has always had a crush on Logan and being around him is no hardship. The New Sophie wants to make her move on Logan but the old Sophie’s insecurities keep getting in the way.
I haven’t read the previous books in the Wedding Dare series but didn’t have any issues following the plot. I really liked Sophie and Logan. Sophie is a very likable character. I liked the mix of social awkwardness and glimpses of sass and bravado. One of my favorite scenes involved a belt and Sophie making Logan stand in a corner. The scene was HOT! The chemistry between Logan and Sophie was wrought with tension and explosive.
I really enjoyed Best Man with Benefits and now I want to read the other 3 books in the series. I’d say my only issue with BMwB is would be why do we always have to give the “fat girl” a makeover? Why can’t she just be happy with herself in her frumpy clothes? Other than that, sexy fun story. I did feel like the ILUs were a bit premature. But it’s romance and a HEA is mandatory, eh?(less)
Just as sexy and fun and the first book in the series. My only complaint and it's a small one - is that there was just a wee bit too much sex! I mean,...moreJust as sexy and fun and the first book in the series. My only complaint and it's a small one - is that there was just a wee bit too much sex! I mean, it was amazing that Dante and Jamie had time to talk!
I am a sucker for the surprise pregnancy trope in romance. So I was excited to read this book about Angie, who we’ve met in the previous book, and J.T...moreI am a sucker for the surprise pregnancy trope in romance. So I was excited to read this book about Angie, who we’ve met in the previous book, and J.T. Catching Heat was enjoyable enough but for me, it wasn’t as good as the previous two.
Angie and J.T. have a passionate one-night stand. J.T. has been lusting after Angie since he joined the Blaze two years ago. Angie hasn’t given him the time of day because she does not date baseball players. J.T. catches Angie at the right moment and they have sex which leads to Angie’s surprise pregnancy. Now Angie is unemployed and pregnant. J.T.’s solution is simple — they should get married. J.T. doesn’t want his child to be born out of wedlock and wants to be there for his kid. He grew up with two parents and wants the same for his child. Getting married is the last thing that Angie wants to do but with a baby on the way and no job, Angie doesn’t have many options.
Like I said, I love surprise pregnancies that brings a couple together. I liked Angie and J.T. but I wasn’t wowed by them. JT was a little heavy-handed with the whole marriage thing. At one point, I was like, OK! We get it! Stop talking! Angie’s issues with ballplayers are somewhat valid due to how her father treated her mother but to lump an entire group of men as no good because of one man seemed a bit much. I would have understood if she’d had several relationships with ball players that ended badly. That would make sense.
I loved JT’s family especially his brothers. Well except for Justin. He can go kick rocks and play in traffic for all I care. I don’t know if I’d want a series featuring the brothers. I like the baseball setting for this series and hope it stays that way. Maybe a spin-off series.
JT really pissed me off at the end. His reaction was whack and Angie should have made him grovel on his knees, over hot coals and glass. Angie should have made him work a little harder cause he was a total jackass.
Catching Heat was good but it didn’t wow me like the previous book. I still like the series and am looking forward to reading the next book.(less)
After reading a couple of disappointing BDSM novels, I was ready for a change of pace. Up in Knots piqued my interest because it was about a heroine w...moreAfter reading a couple of disappointing BDSM novels, I was ready for a change of pace. Up in Knots piqued my interest because it was about a heroine who was already into the lifestyle. She was an ingenue who needed to be introduced and taught.
Kyla is looking for a new dom. Two years ago her Dom and boyfriend died and Kyla hasn’t felt ready emotionally to get back in to the lifestyle. Two years later and she finally feels like she’s ready. Kyla has the prefect Dom in mind. Sawyer has a great reputation in the BDSM world. Kyla is in awe of him even though she hasn’t met him. Kyla decides to attend one of Sawyer’s workshops. Kyla immediately catches Sawyer’s eye and he gets her to be a model for his rope demonstration. Kyla tells Sawyer her situation and Sawyer is more than willing to play with Kyla for a few weeks and get her ready for her next Dom. Sawyer doesn’t do relationships and this set up is perfect for him. Sawyer doesn’t do relationships. But the longer he’s around Kyla, Sawyer begins to question whether or not he’ll be able to let Kyla go.
I enjoyed Up in Knots mainly because the characters are both already in the lifestyle. Kyla is willing to learn from Sawyer. I loved that they had an honest conversation about what Kyla was willing or not willing to do and Sawyer made sure not to cross those lines. To me, this is how a BDSM should be written; responsibly with both characters being honest about their wants. The relationship was not one-sided with Sawyer taking the lead without thought to Kyla. There was no, “well I know you said we have to use condoms but I don’t want to so you’re just gonna have to trust me” type of bull. Bull that I’ve been reading in erotic BDSM novels that I think are so irresponsible in portraying that lifestyle. *end rant* :)
I will say that the one thing that disappointed me was that there weren’t a lot of sex scenes between Kyla and Sawyer. They had sex and played but we, the reader, aren’t privy to it. There were are a lot of fade to black and it’s the next day type of scenarios. This was disappointing because the chemistry between Sawyer and Kyla was off the charts. I was hoping to see more of that chemistry in the bedroom especially after the smoking hot restaurant scene.
Overall, I enjoyed Up in Knots. I felt the ending was a little too dramatic but it didn’t ruin the book for me. As for the romance, I didn’t fully buy into it. I think if the book was longer, the romance could have been better. The chemistry and Sawyer and his wire-rimmed glasses totally made up for that.(less)
Ok that ending!! For the most part, the story was okay. Bell is slowly putting everything in place. I wasn't bored but I was waiting for something to...moreOk that ending!! For the most part, the story was okay. Bell is slowly putting everything in place. I wasn't bored but I was waiting for something to happen. Of course, it ends on a cliffhanger and has me itching for part 3.
The only reason why I didn't DNF Cupcakes and Ink is because it's only 60 pages. The heroine is 20. Strike 1. The hero has facial piercings. Strike 2,...moreThe only reason why I didn't DNF Cupcakes and Ink is because it's only 60 pages. The heroine is 20. Strike 1. The hero has facial piercings. Strike 2, not my thing. I can deal with tats but not the facial piercings. This novella is a prequel to Hayden and Tenley's (ugh the names) full-length novel. These characters failed to make an impression on me so I have no desire to read book 1. Strike tres.