Very cute concept but the storytelling aspect didn't quite come off. There was a lot more to this story that just wasn't told and I felt that really t...moreVery cute concept but the storytelling aspect didn't quite come off. There was a lot more to this story that just wasn't told and I felt that really took away from the whole story.
Cute bit of fluff especially if you're at the gym on the elliptical. (less)
A princess running from an arranged marriages ends up at the doorstop of a lonely giant with a huge heart.
A friend rec'd Ms. Bar...moreEnjoyable smutty-tale.
A princess running from an arranged marriages ends up at the doorstop of a lonely giant with a huge heart.
A friend rec'd Ms. Barnette's first Naughtily Ever After, The Glass Slipper and I truly enjoyed it. Although this book wasn't as clever or as naughty as the first, it was a quite pleasant, smutty read. It did, however, feel a bit rushed and lacking in the character development of the first book.
I was delightfully surprised by the link to the first book and by the unexpected edge of darkness towards the end of the book. That made it truly feel like an adult fairy tale.
Overall, a good addition to a delightful (and hopefully continuing) series. A 3.5 star erotic fairy tale.(less)
Linnet is the beauty of the ton until rumor and innuendo (and a REALLY bad dress) ruins her reputation to the point that her only viable marriage pros...moreLinnet is the beauty of the ton until rumor and innuendo (and a REALLY bad dress) ruins her reputation to the point that her only viable marriage prospect is Greg House...err, Piers Yelverton, aka, The Beast.
Just like the first book int this series, A Kiss at Midnight, this is simply adorable and fun just like cotton candy. There are some rather clever moments and some great one liners. Piers is a better Greg House than House himself could possibly be. (Piers is actually quite lovable in a cranky, too smart for his own good, grumpy bear.) Linnet is just charming and likeable all around.
Although, this story is overall quite light-hearted, it does hit on some rather dark aspects which kinda surprised me. As long as you don't go into it expecting a true Beauty and the Beast story or anything really remotely deep and serious, this story is quite enjoyable summer fun.(less)
Miss Kate is forced by her wicked stepmother to impersonate her beautifully ditzy step-sister in order to get the stamp of approval for marriage from...moreMiss Kate is forced by her wicked stepmother to impersonate her beautifully ditzy step-sister in order to get the stamp of approval for marriage from the groom's uncle, a prince. She is certainly not supposed to engage on a battle of wits with said Prince, much less fall in love with a man whose responsibilities force him to marry for money.
This is Loretta Chase meets Lynsay Sands and pure Eloisa James. Doesn't make sense? Well it's not supposed to, LOL. This isn't a 'retelling' of Cinderella, though it does deeply tip it's hat to it and it's not a historical romance as much as it is a lovely fluffy fairy tale.
The characters are likeable and witty. The secondary characters are actually quite brilliant and this is a terrific cotton candy of a story that will make you smile if you don't take it too seriously. Just plain fun.(less)
Draco Powers is making a career (and money) out of being a real life superhero whether people approve of it or not. Wendy Warner is his competent (and...moreDraco Powers is making a career (and money) out of being a real life superhero whether people approve of it or not. Wendy Warner is his competent (and very attractive) Handler, or assistant, and completely off limits for any romantic adventures. But when someone decides to target Wendy to get at Draco, all bets are off.
Now I readily admit that I'm 'one of those readers': Lois Lane was never good enough for Superman, much less Clark Kent and Catwoman is the one and only love of Batman's life. LOL. I love superhero romances and there are always so few of them out there (even if you included fanfiction) that just about any story is a treat, but saying this is good does NOT mean it's just the prettiest cockroach in the colony.
This story hit all my dork buttons with pleasure. I liked all the characters and the universe but that isn't to say that it's perfect. The storytelling could have used tighter editing (especially some comic book dork editing LOL). Such a big deal is made of the heroines origins that I was expecting some sort of reveal or resolution in the end, but there wasn't any. There are some new takes of the superhero genre that I really liked, but there are also some tropey 'twists' that are rather disappointing.
I'm also NOT a huge fan of virgin sex. In fact, I rather dislike it with passion, especially when it makes the woman come off like an idiot and adds no value to the story, like....
"Is it really un-cool if I say to you I've never seen one before and I never imagined it could be so impressive?"
Really?! Come on. This woman is mid-twenties, not sheltered and on the internet and she's NEVER seen 'one' before?
Then we have...
"I'm going to push through now."
She shook her head. "Push through what?"
She bit down on her lip. "You're not all the way in yet?"
There is also my problem of the hero calling the heroine 'little girl' in a romantic sense & in bed. Now, I get it that's totally my squick factor so it may not bother others but it did throw me out of the story.
Typically, those two issues alone would totally drop my rating to a 3 or 2, but I just have to say that by the time they came up, I just really liked the universe and the characters that I just let it slide. I'll be honest, if this had been about vampires or shifters, I would have been much less forgiving. In the end, the likeable universe and characters made this an enjoyable read despite some serious flaws. (less)
Caitlyn is a secret half-breed (human/tiger or in this case, Tigre) who is stripping to pay for school and runs across ubber alpha, Damien (no 666's i...moreCaitlyn is a secret half-breed (human/tiger or in this case, Tigre) who is stripping to pay for school and runs across ubber alpha, Damien (no 666's in this story) who knows she's his life-mate because of her smexy dance moves (at least it's better than sniff, sniff, you're my mate).
This was a really short and very good shifter erotica until it tried to force a plot. Now, I confess to be a plot junkie and demand that from my stories but tbh this story didn't need that heavy handed baggage after the hot smex.
The idea that the heroine needed to be so frakin independent and wanted to 'control her own destiny' just seemed like a cop-out to make sure the reader didn't think the heroine was a gold-digger and ubber grateful that she had a sugar-daddy. Frankly, it would have been refreshing if the heroine just went...Oh, cool, but don't you think for a minute that I'm a doormat just because I'm going along with this without a fight. IDK.
The other part that kept throwing me off was the fact that the hero started sounding like an overbearing, sanctimonious neanderthal with his 'baby' this and 'little wildcat' that.
Still, a well written smutfest until it tried to inject plot in the eleventh hour without the space to support it. I'll definitely try more from this author.(less)
So Lark has been in love with her cousin by marriage (no blood relation whatsoever) for years but thinks she has a snowball's chance in hell because h...moreSo Lark has been in love with her cousin by marriage (no blood relation whatsoever) for years but thinks she has a snowball's chance in hell because he treats her like an annoying little sis. Taran, a bad-ass alpha wolf detective, knows that Lark is his mate and has lusted for her for years (secretly of course) but has decided to hide it and be a martyr because of the pseudo familial relation. Queue some side plot (snort) about missing women and possible human slavery (which NEVER GETS RESOLVED), throw in some hot smex and that's Kiss and Kin.
Now I was really enjoying this bit of fluff. I love shifter 'verses where they are out and are cops etc. I liked Taran and Lark. The pseudo familial relation, made them kissing cousins of sort and gave that hint of taboo without the squick factor.
Then came the 'Big Mis' and let me tell you that it was so utterly ridiculous that not only did it throw me right out of the story, but really made me totally dislike Lark with a passion. "Grow up" indeed. Let me just say that Lark, who had been on the amusing side of snarky twit, became a full fledged annoying, stupid, shallow bimbo and was thereafter tainted. And WTH happened with the investigation of the missing women? That is just left out there as if it never happened. Really annoying to leave such a big plot element unresolved.
Because of the huge mess of the 'Big Mis' turning the heroine into an immature, shrill bimbo and the huge plot element that got lost somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, two stars. Which is kinda sad since the universe had potential.(less)
Adorkable virgin hero finally gets the nerve to talk to curvy sweet heroine and a friendship blossoms into a serious relationship but darkness is just...moreAdorkable virgin hero finally gets the nerve to talk to curvy sweet heroine and a friendship blossoms into a serious relationship but darkness is just around the corner in the form of a jealous, vindictive coworker, Evan.
Now I'm rather wishy-washy about this rating. Something between 2.5 & 3.0. I really love socially awkward, adorkable heroes but I have say that Will was almost too adorkably sweet and the virgin aspect is more like a red herring than anything else. Jenny is fine as a heroine. I didn't like her nor dislike her. In fact, I have to say that's true for all the characters (even the evil Evan - snort). These characters were just there, and kinda flat, actually.
This story lacked something in terms of characterization for me but I have to say that it kept me reading. I wanted to see exactly how things were going to work out. Maybe I was just in the mood for an adorkable hero. There is a rather violent almost rape scene and characters have to deal with that but overall it still felt rather flat for me. (less)
**spoiler alert** So I'm going to sound like a total ubber bitch in this review but if you read any of my other reviews you might gather that I actual...more**spoiler alert** So I'm going to sound like a total ubber bitch in this review but if you read any of my other reviews you might gather that I actually AM one. So I've decided to just embrace it.
Tally, our spunky gifted (of course) heroine, escaped the murderous rampage of a psychotic demon who killed her entire family at fourteen, only to become the ward (cuz why not) of an ubber sexy powerful (of course) demon lord, Devlin. Now, our ubber hot, sex on a stick demon lord, decides to train (buffy style) our spunky heroine because she is a 'sensor' (or someone who can read demon minds or something). Lo and behold, as our spunky heroine grows up to fall madly in love with said demon lord (what a surprise) and on her 19th (had to make extra sure she's legal in all countries and provinces) she decides she wants him for her birthday. Queue virgin sex! Well, something (we don't learn until the very end what it was and OMFG! really?!) happens and she leaves his mansion to become a demon hunter for hire. (A girl's got eat, right? and all the retail jobs were apparently taken.) Fast forward five years, Tally, now an experienced bad ass (who is really not that tough) demon hunter because of her 'gift', is being summoned by Devlin to return to the fold.
Well, no siree mr. hot-sex-on-a-stick scary demon lord (who turns out is less scary than my 3yo darling demonspawn during a toddler rampage), she's a self made girl and she's not about suffer the indignity of whatever it was she suffered. A girl has to have standards.
Of course Dev has just been biding his time and now he knows the demon who killed her family and is offering a deal. (Of course he is). He will kill the ubber powerful demon in order to have one more night with her. (Dur, it's always about that golden vjj). Tally agrees (it would have been even shorter if she didn't) though she is torn between dread and excitement about another night with her, one and only, demon lover.
Do they kill the bad demon? Of course. Do they get it on in the sack. Well, that's a given. Is it earth shattering? Yup. Do we find out what caused her to run away six years ago? OMFG we do. Queue evil bitch trope! Does everything get sorted out in the end with HEA. Of course.
Now, you might be wondering why I gave this trope fest three stars. Well, I haven't laughed this hard since the last Lynsay Sands book I read. This was a frakin adorable tropefest that I had to make into a drinking game otherwise I'd have to hurt someone. Drinking equals the generous rating for this shallow, trope filled but ultimately amusing niblet.(less)
Thank you Ms. Sands. This was a perfect palette cleansing read after a wallbangerotica.
This was a cute and amusing fluffy read. This is like a lighter...moreThank you Ms. Sands. This was a perfect palette cleansing read after a wallbangerotica.
This was a cute and amusing fluffy read. This is like a lighter version of Weekend at Bernie's in the Pride and Prejudice world. It reminded me of those madcap comedies of the 40's. I think this would make a very amusing romantic comedy with sight gags because it doesn't quite come off here but it is still very cute and silly and a fun beach read. There is a mystery that is not really that mysterious to anyone but the characters. As for the identity of the murderer, I kept thinking, 'Oh, she's not going to go there, is she? Yes, she is.' *snicker*
If you go into this book expecting a silly piece of fluff, it will not disappoint you. If you are expecting something with depth...go elsewhere. I will read #2, but looking forward to #3 more, especially if she goes where it looks like its going.(less)
Lucy is a sexually frustrated ghost shrink who seems to only attract 'clients' with similar pre-death problems. Enter Jake, the gigolo her boss sends...moreLucy is a sexually frustrated ghost shrink who seems to only attract 'clients' with similar pre-death problems. Enter Jake, the gigolo her boss sends her in order to solve her 'frustrations'. Or so she thought. Of course, Jake is anything but a gigolo. He's an ubber hot PI looking for information to put away a dangerous mob boss with the help of a sexually frustrated - and newly dead - accountant who is sure to visit Lucy. Madcap amusement ensues.
This is a short and amusing niblet. Lucy is cute until she has a TSTL moment. I liked the idea of a ghost shrink that helps the newly dead overcome their life angst's before moving on 'into the light'. In fact, I really liked the universe.
This is an easy, if a bit uneven read, mostly due to it's length. The sex is ok, though at times I felt it was ridiculously out of pace. Still, it's a fluffy beach read that will make you smile. I definitely liked the universe enough to seek out the next in the series.(less)