It's 1871 and with the Great Fire of Chicago raging in the background, Tom Silver of Isle Royale takes advantage of the chaos and slips into Arthur Si...moreIt's 1871 and with the Great Fire of Chicago raging in the background, Tom Silver of Isle Royale takes advantage of the chaos and slips into Arthur Sinclair's home, intent on killing him. Arthur Sinclair's business interests have destroyed many lives on Isle Royale, including Tom Silver's foster son and he's come for his reckoning. Instead, Arthur escapes, leaving behind his only child to face Tom alone.
Deborah Sinclair knows her father's wishes and has always tried to obey. He wants her to marry a Chicago princeling and up until her carefully nurtured and cosseted life was destroyed by her scumbag of a fiance, she was content. Her life is in shambles and that was before Tom Silver kidnapped her and dragged her off to Isle Royale on Lake Superior.
Tom drags her away from Chicago and brings her to Isle Royale. Isle Royale is a poor fishing town but rich in culture and spirit. The townspeople don't know what to make of Deborah. Some are intrigued but most are indifferent, too busy with their day to day survival to care. Tom is a little cold and distant with her. He's transferred a little bit of his anger towards her father onto her but gradually Deborah's natural charm and willingness to help wins him over. Winter settles on the isle and a mishap occurs and by a twist of fate, Deborah is stranded while everyone leaves. Tom immediately braves the deadly winter and goes back for her. Now both of them are stuck on the isle and here is when the romance kicks in. Stuck in close proximity, Tom is forced to acknowledge how special Deborah is and how rare. They build a friendship first, a lasting and intimate friendship that one rarely finds nowadays in romance and it was a realistic and beautiful partnership. As sweet as their time was, winter comes to an end and the world once again intrudes upon their romantic interlude. Deborah's father and her fiance comes for her and Tom must find a way to let her go, just as Deborah is fighting for a chance to stay.
This was a slow moving, but ultimately gorgeous romance. The type where you use words like sweeping and majestic. It's sensual, rather than sexy and it has a dignified air about it. Tom is a brooding, gruff man. He's intense, rather than menacing and Deborah is sheltered, rather than flighty. There is no silliness or Big Misunderstandings in this book. Both of these wounded creatures heal each other and learn to trust and to love. This is a story about a chance encounter from which out of great tragedy came a great love.
There are some funny moments in the book. Reading about Deborah's attempts to settle her father's debt were amusing and reading about Tom's gradual thaw was also lovely. The ending is a little abrupt, but it all works out well, so I was happy.
This was a gentle, gorgeous and sweeping romance and best of all, there's three more books in this series to enjoy!(less)
This medieval lite story is set during The Harrying of the North in 1070 and Lady Lily is caught in the middle during that tumultuous and savage time....moreThis medieval lite story is set during The Harrying of the North in 1070 and Lady Lily is caught in the middle during that tumultuous and savage time. All the men in her life have used and betrayed her and now she is the only one left to face King William's wrath. Using her wits she hides and evades capture until her hiding place is found and she is brought before the great warrior known as the King's Sword. Destined to be enemies, these two form an instantaneous attraction and pretty soon they are steaming up the medieval sheets. Radulf has known betrayal from women before so while he feels a strong passion for Lily, he knows such feelings are fleeting, so he watches her and sure enough, she proves his distrust true. She is caught in her lies and with the enemy, and Radulf marches her to King William and her possible imprisonment. Along the way they both try to harden their heart but when they reach King William, Radulf decides he will ask for her, and decide her punishment for himself..
Marriage to Radulf is hardly a punishment. While the much feared King's Sword might have a brutal and terrible reputation, the man behind the legend is just a big softie. All the poor guy wants is to love and be loved. Awww. Lily is, in my opinion, much more complex than Radulf. Despite his baggage, at least he was on the winning side. She was on the loser's side and not only had to marry her father's murder, but she has been abused and used by her deceased husband and her friend. Everyone takes up arms under her name and banner, but no one takes up for her, and she's been surviving as best she can, alone. Then Radulf sweeps into her life and her icy heart melts for him. Even though she knows she should be running and hiding, all she wants is just one more night in his arms.
I thought this book was going to be much better than it was. This is a debut novel and it shows. While it's definitely not mediocre, neither is it good. It's "not bad." Unfortunately, with the title of this book, the setting and the synopsis, I was hoping for a juicy and angsty tale to sink my teeth in and be swept away in. Instead it's rather medieval lite, the character's aren't very well fleshed out or developed, and it's all rather flimsy. I felt like I had read this book before. If you have read Judith McNaught's A Kingdom of Dreams and Madeline Hunter's Lord of a Thousand Nights, you might feel the same way I did after this book.
This is not to say you shouldn't read this book. This author has written several novels since this one and I'm sure she's improved. I even have her Rose And The Shield book waiting for me to be read one day. I might have been projecting my own wishes and wants on to this story, hoping for something else, while not paying attention to the story Sara Bennet had created. Or I could just be blowing smoke up my own behind and this story really wasn't all that great. Whatever the reason, I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping for, but I also want to try it again in the future to see if my opinion of it changes. (less)
I liked this. A lot. Nerd In Shining Armor was my first Nerd book and I thought it was a lot of fun. I'll be honest and confess that I barely read the...moreI liked this. A lot. Nerd In Shining Armor was my first Nerd book and I thought it was a lot of fun. I'll be honest and confess that I barely read the parts with Genevieve's mother and Matt. I was too impatient to get back to Jack and Gen, and even after having read only half a book, I still loved it and was very satisfied.
Even though I know Gen's accent and hillbilly ways was just a fluffy bit of schtik, I still enjoyed it. It just got funnier and funnier, though I'll admit, sometimes it was laid on a little thick. Jack was hilarious and I liked that despite how desperate he was for Gen, he wasn't a pushover. I also thought his cluelessness about the great outdoors was hysterical and the continued bit about the shark was really funny.
The plot involving Nick wasn't very interesting, though I could have cared less. Once Jack and Genevieve were marooned on that island, I was enjoying every minute. The moment Gen spotted her suitcase and I remembered what was in them, I hooted and cheered. That nerd was finally going to get some!! The sex they had was really hot and the pirate and innocent maiden fantasy that both of them played out was also really amusing. After I read this book, I began eyeing all the nerds in my office and also started secretly measuring their thumbs....
I highly recommend Nerd In Shining Armor as a funny read. It may not be great literature but it was a most enjoyable way to pass the time. Even though I didn't read the secondary plot with Genevieve's mom and Matt, I saw the handwriting on the wall with those two so I was happy for them. I just couldn't tear myself away from Jack and Gen long enough to indulge in their story. I'll admit that Gen's refusal to see their relationship surviving once they were rescued was very silly and marred my enjoyment of the book, but oh well. I loved it anyway.(less)
Unleashed by Donna Kaufman It's instant love and attraction between Emma the Pet Sitter and Trevor the House Burglar and before she lets him make his...moreUnleashed by Donna Kaufman It's instant love and attraction between Emma the Pet Sitter and Trevor the House Burglar and before she lets him make his move she wants to know why he is skulking around the house that she had been told would be empty over the holidays. Apparently Trevor has been looking for clues about his family tree since he was a boy and when he learns that his uncle's house is going to be empty over the holidays he hopes to learn something about his history. Instead he finds the love of his life in Emma and decides he doesn't need to know anything about his past because all he cares about now is his future.
*gag* I didn't notice any chemistry between Emma and Trevor nor can I discern a reason as to why this novella was even created. Pointless love story set during Christmas. Our H/H meet and fall in love. The End.
Finding Mr. Right by Jill Shalvis Brilliant chemist Maggie Bell has a knack for choosing the perfect guy. All her ex boyfriends were successful, reasonably attractive and very intelligent. And boring. So she hits upon the excellent idea of picking Mr. Wrong to be her Mr. Right.
Enter Jacob. The ripped and sweaty construction guy who is working in her building. Hubba Hubba. Our brilliant but clumsy heroine trips her way into Jacob's arms and into his heart. This was fun, a little slapstick-y and hot. Stick a big red bow around Jacob's....er, Jacob and it's Merry Christmas to me!
Can You Hand Me The Tape by HelenKay Dimon Natalie has a big problem. She's just broken up with her turd of a boyfriend but not before he unknowingly made off with his Christmas present. A homemade video. *wink wink* She can't tell him to give it back because that would just rouse his curiosity and cause him to watch it. So she turns to Spencer Donovan for help.
This was a little annoying. Nat has been mentally pounded into nothing by her emotionally abusive ex boyfriend and so she distrusts Spencer's sudden declarations of love and devotion. This entire novella is just endless rounds of "didja get the tape?" and "I'm too fat to be loved!" (less)
This was a fascinating book. It was truly fascinating and yet so depressing. It's quiet and moody and well, romance noir. The aliented, doomed hero an...moreThis was a fascinating book. It was truly fascinating and yet so depressing. It's quiet and moody and well, romance noir. The aliented, doomed hero and the femme fatale. Corruption, madness, and moral breakdown. It's all here. And it's sometimes hard to read.
Claiming The Courtesan starts with the incomparable beauty Soraya and her protector the Duke of Kylemore, Justin Kinmurrie enjoying a postcoital glow. All is right with Kylemore's world, he possesses the mistress that is the envy of the ton and he's decided upon the perfect revenge against his interfering witch of a mother. Marriage to the courtesan, Soraya. What he doesn't know is that Soraya has been planning her escape of him and is in fact going to leave him within a fortnight. Enraged and humiliated, he tracks her down three months later and by gunpoint, kidnaps her and drags her to his tumbledown hunting box deep in the Scottish Highlands. He's determined to break her indomitable will and force her to acknowledge him as her master, her lover and eventually, her husband. He doesn't know that beneath Soraya's silken sensuality and urbane sophistication lies Verity, the woman underneath the courtesan facade, and Verity has a core of steel that refuses to bow down to his demands. Her refusals to accept him threatens to break Kylemore's tenuous hold on his sanity and his methods of ensuring her obedience grows desperate. She must submit to him. She must love him, because if she does not, the madness that lurks within the Kinmurrie blood could overtake him and then all he holds dear will be lost.
Kylemore has the requisite tortured childhood and the type of evil mother that has ruined many a good man. He knows the threat of insanity that lies dormant in his family blood because he watched his father go down that path and to this day, it terrifies him. The only thing that stands bastion against his fears is knowing he has his Soraya by his side. When she leaves he is desperate to get her back. While he is desperate, I wouldn't call Kylemore pathetic. Anna Campbell, IMO, straddles that line well and as such, makes him a man who can be redeemed. He knows that what he is doing to Verity, the woman, is wrong. He literally can't help himself. He needs her. He needs her to keep the demons away and save him from himself. While that need and love battles back and forth from obsession and dependence he will eventually stand on his own two feet. To see him do that at the end of the book was, well, for lack of a better word, fascinating. I applauded his ability to shake off the shackles of his parents and realize that despite the ever present threat of insanity, he can rise above it and be a better man. In all honesty, I don't believe there was an actual insanity gene in his bloodline, more like a debilitating capacity for horrifying self indulgence. With Verity removing herself from Kylemore's grasp/toybox, he at first reacts with childish fury. How dare she steal herself away from him, he thinks. When she stood up to him, she forced him to realize that his needs and wants can't always come first. He might have wanted to strip away the strictures of his dukedom, but he liked the power. When he comes to terms with that and realizes that Verity is a person, he can allow himself to step back a little, and learn to love the woman.
Soraya/Verity was I thought, worse off than Kylemore. At least he knew he had problems, she didn't. She was forced to create the courtesan Soraya out of need and desperation and over the years she completely split herself in two. Soraya, who could do anything or be anything and Verity, who remained clean and untouched. When Verity leaves Soraya behind she thinks to immerse herself in good works and live a celibate and demure existence. While I completely sympathize with her anger and frustration at being dragged back to Kylemore I think he ultimately did her a favor, because she needed to come to grips with both sides of her personality and meld them into one person.
In my opinion Kylemore raped Verity. Repeatedly. While I understand his confusion in Verity's claims that she was not Soraya, I still believe what he did to her constitutes rape and humiliation. The journey from Yorkshire into the Highlands was meant to break her will and he nearly succeeds. He holds the threat of her rape over her head the entire time and when he finally comes to her, she tells him plainly and in an unequivocal manner, no. She does not want him to touch her. In fact, she's practically exhausted herself with fear. He ignores her wants and desires and forces himself on her anyway. It is part desire on his part and part punishment. I hated Kylemore in those scenes. Anna Campbell doesn't stop at one scene, however. Kylemore comes back for more, night after night. She tries to run away from him repeatedly, into the deadly wilderness of the Highlands but he just drags her back. Whether or not he knows enough about her body to make her respond to him is irrelevant, he forced her to engage in sexual acts not of her choosing.
Once all the inner emotional turmoil is dispensed with however, their sex turns into lovemaking. Verity realizes she has always been fascinated by the duke and once she comes to terms with the fact she can be both Verity and Soraya, both the Madonna and the whore, she acknowledges to herself at least that she loves him. She refuses to be deserted by him though and have her heart broken, so when he asks her to marry him again she refuses. She won't make him a laughingstock and a pariah and neither will she do that to herself. This is when Kylemore realizes she is sincere and whole and that there is nothing more he can do but challenge her as she challenged him.
After all this exhausting angst and inner turmoil, Claiming the Courtesan delves back into familiar romance territory with the damsel in distress and the rescuing hero on horseback and then the requisite groveling scene. While it's still dark as hell, this is actually a relief!
What I'm trying to say with this exhaustive review is that Claiming the Courtesan was a fascinating read, but I wouldn't want to read it again. Too exhausting, too depressing and too full of emotional inner turmoil. This is not a romance to be swept away in, nor is it a book full of humor and love. It's full of everyday people and problems hiding behind a mask of Regency glitter and titles. This is not a pretty story and in actuality gets down right ugly at times. It's a grotesque gothic horror that leaves you feeling stunned and awed. If ever two people deserved a happily ever after, it was these two.(less)
To teach at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies in Yorkshire, Emma Brimley lied on her application and said she was a young widow. This small fib la...moreTo teach at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies in Yorkshire, Emma Brimley lied on her application and said she was a young widow. This small fib lands her in big trouble when the schoolmistress informs her that the patron of their school wishes for the older girls to be taught about the intimacies of marriage. Emma doesn't know what to do then she remembers the man she shared the coach ride with from the train station. Known as "Lord Bedchambers" Emma turns to Lord Nicholas Chambers for instructions. Nicholas has a weak leg and a passion for art that has put him at odds with his family but he loves painting and even though he's been turned down time and time again by the Royal Academy, he heads to his home in Yorkshire to paint yet another submission for the Academy's review. After his model deserts him, he's thinking of creating yet another dull landscape when Emma walks into his studio, requesting a portrait of a man's genitals. Once he recovers from a bout of hysterical laughter, he makes her a bargain. If she poses as his semi nude model, he'll answer all her questions about the intimacies of marriage. Maybe it's not very gentlemanly of him, but hey, alls fair in love and war.
This was like strip poker but with a Victorian twist. Some of the questions and answers that Emma and Nicholas came up with were really funny. The scene where Emma asks questions about oral sex was really, uh, unique. Some of the questions that she asked weren't even discussed in my own sex ed class when I was in school. This was a sweet romance that was very naughty yet very nice. Don't get this book expecting a raunchy read, though. Nicholas was in actuality a very nice guy and completely misunderstood and maligned in regards to his reputation. Without the titillating question and answer bit, this was just another gentle, loving and traditional historical romance. (less)
The Spy Wore Silk is about a former street urchin who is plucked from the stews in London and trained to become one of England's most formidable weapo...moreThe Spy Wore Silk is about a former street urchin who is plucked from the stews in London and trained to become one of England's most formidable weapons. Renamed Siena, she and her fellow students go through rigorous training in all forms of martial arts as well as the deadlier seductive arts that will become her raison d'etre into high society. As one of Merlin's Maidens, she is expected to fly solo and unmask who is selling England's secrets during the Napoleonic Wars. The traitor is discovered to be smuggling his secrets across the Channel through antique manuscripts, so our intrepid young spy sets out to ensnare an invitation to an extremely exclusive auction through the members of an equally exclusive club. These members are all possible suspects and so Siena sets out to capture their attention by concocting a slew of games, contests if you will, with Siena as the grand prize. While the men are busy running around, trying to outdo each other for the right to bed the newest courtesan in London, one man stands firm against the hysteria. Lord Julian Kirtland is no fool, and he immediately discovers Siena is not what she seems. Together, they seek out the traitor and set out to discover if their newfound passion can blossom into something longer and timeless.
While the premise of The Spy Wore Silk sounds exciting, it falls flat. It requires too much faith from the reader, and I just couldn't buy into this world. The whole contest scenario was just plain stupid. Nuff said. Siena is supposed to be a great spy, having trained for years for just this moment, only to spill the beans the moment Kirtland smiles at her and makes her heart flutter. Huh? I only hope real life spies are a little tougher to crack. The story is overpopulated and it's hard to keep track of who's who, plus the villains are a little too cartoonish, especially after all the dire cloak and dagger stuff.
It's not all bad though. I really liked Kirtland and how he respects Siena right from the start. I liked how there wasn't any, "I'm the lord, you're just the rabble." They meet on an equal playing field and I felt it allowed for more playfulness to come out between them. There is also one extremely erotic game of strip fencing that I would love to play. It was seriously one of the hottest, non sex game I have ever read about. If nothing else, read the book for that scene alone.(less)
Mina Halliday has quite a way with words and she uses her naughty talents as a source of income after her father is arrested and sent to Australia. Sh...moreMina Halliday has quite a way with words and she uses her naughty talents as a source of income after her father is arrested and sent to Australia. She uses her job as a letter writer at the Pleasure Emporium to try and lure certain men to the bordello where she will have her courtesan friends try and sex any pertinent information out of them. One such naughty letter lands in the hands of Constable Salter Lambrick and since it's the only clue in a high profile murder case, he goes undercover and infiltrates the Pleasure Emporium to find the naughty vixen who may or may not be a murder suspect. Instead he finds plain ol Mina and discovers that their two investigations may be connected. They try to work out a partnership and along the way Mina falls in love. If only Salter was free to return her love....
Well, first off. Michelle Marcos makes no attempt for historical accuracy. No attempt. None whatsoever. Nada. Zilch.
This book starts off pretty sexy, but it's all a big tease and our H/H don't make love until the very end of the book. It's a pretty humorous book and I enjoyed it but I don't understand why the author didn't place this story within the Victorian era. It would have made more sense with the historical accuracy but whatever. I'm actually not that big of a stickler for historical accuracy but still. It would have been nice if the author had made somewhat of an attempt. At times I thought I was reading contemporary romantic suspence. Sheesh.
Salter was a fun guy. He's kind of dense but he was a sexy character. I also thought he was an incredible a**hole. If he wasn't free he should have said something. Jerk. He also shoots at his ladylove. He honest to God aims a pistol at Mina and shoots at her. Of couse he's not aiming to kill but if I remember my gun history those pistols during that time era (1813) were notoriously inaccurate. Most times people would just aim in a general direction and hope for the best. When I read that part my jaw dropped and I thought, "that son of a b*tch just shot at her!"
Mina was a nice character. She was a little mousy but she had her moments of brilliance. I loved her naughty predilection for erotica. I also love her name. I think Mina is such a naughty, bad girl name. There was a part early on in this story, when I was about done with this book, when some guy makes a completely thoughtless and incredibly cruel remark about Mina and after that I had to keep pressing on in the hopes that she would get her HEA.
This story wasn't bad. It was actually pretty good. I enjoyed the mystery and Salter's and Mina's attempts to find the villain. When our hero isn't firing pistols at his heroine and our heroine isn't sucker punching her hero, I really liked this book. I kept going back and forth from despising it to liking it. Whenever I wanted to toss this book aside, I would at first look at the cover and stare at the male model for a while and then I would forget why I was mad and continued reading. Hehe. Try it and see if it works for you. (less)
After surviving a truly horrific attack in her home after the Civil War, Miss Jenny Colter takes a teaching position in the small yet closeknit town o...moreAfter surviving a truly horrific attack in her home after the Civil War, Miss Jenny Colter takes a teaching position in the small yet closeknit town of Tumbling Creek, Missouri. She's with her two Negro servants, Moses and Delcine, when the train she is on is held up by the infamous Morgan gang. Two of the brothers, Raiford and Luke are going through the passengers, stealing their belongings, when Jenny is overcome by the violence that Luke and Raiford use in order to subdue the conductor, and she takes off into the woods with Luke hot on her trail. After a brief tussle and a few gropes, he reluctantly lets her go, instantly smitten by her brave defiance of him, but afterwards he realizes to his horror that his bandana had slipped from his face during their brief skirmish and Jenny had gotten a good look at his face. Luckily for him, her destination of Tumbling Creek happens to be the Morgan brother's hometown and surrounded by his kin, he knows she will be unable to bring him to justice, but just in case, he devises a bunch of ways to keep her quiet, least of which, stealing into her hotel room to impart a friendly warning. He tells himself he is just keeping an eye on her while he is ruthlessly surrounding her within the friendly embrace of his family but Jenny has touched the deepest recesses of his lonely heart and for her, he is willing to give up his life of crime. He hopes to turn over a new leaf and go into politics and while on the campaign trail, Jenny sees a horrible ghost from her past and it's up to Luke and his two children to help save his beloved outlaw heart.
This book starts off with us, the reader, being chosen to bear witness to the undying love that our hero and heroine hold for each other that still resonates within the Ozark Mountains. It's a very private moment that we are intruding upon, but if I had stumbled upon two spirits getting it on before me, I would have stared, too. Our guide in this book, known as the Old-Timer, gifts us with this story through his eyes.
My first impression: Not as inflammatory as Huck Finn, but I still felt uncomfortable reading Moses and Delcine talk to each other. Not only that, I had to slow down my reading to try and figure out what the heck they were saying to each other. The "N" word is sprinkled about as well.
Jenny is a plain, freckled young woman who lost all her family during the war and after it. She's crippled and thinks noone could want her, which is just as well because after what she witnessed, she doesn't particularly want to be with a man. Enter Luke. No bodice of hers is safe from his demanding lust and though he starts off as a typical bodice ripping alpha male, complete with the obligatory scene of the bodice ripping male slapping his heroine in the face, (done to calm down her hysterics) he soon becomes a very sweet, gallant and caring hero, notwithstanding the whole threatening her life at knifepoint bit. I really liked him. True, he starts off a little grabby and a little rough with her, but he soon realises he needs to employ a much softer touch with his Jennilee, soon to be his Outlaw Heart.
This book has a gentle pace and I can easily see people dropping out before the finish line, but don't do that. This is a really lovely story and has an interesting look into the South and the sprawling Old West post Civil War. The infamous outlaws from the time era that this book encompasses (1870-1875) receive a few honorable mentions and I thought that was fun. It also gives us several gimpses into the savagery committed from both sides of the war though this book is decidedly skewed from the South's perspective, which was not so fun. Jenny sings a Southern song during a party and after I read the words from the song, alls I have to say is wow. Bitter much?
There is plenty of romance between Luke and Jenny, though a lot of screen time is shared with the quirky characters from the town of Tumbling Creek, plus Luke's family and his two children and the children that Jenny teaches. Also, this book goes off on a couple of different tangents. Luke reminiscing about his part in the infamous Lawrence Massacre in Lawrence, Kansas and Jenny, when she finally chooses to tell her story about the truly horrific day she lost her family. That story was BAD. Truly horrific. Though it makes me wonder how the Old-Timer knew that story. *shrug*
All in all, this was a very lovely story. Luke and Jenny were a great couple, but the use of the Old-Timer as the storyteller kind of gave me a standoffish feeling. It was as if I was reading this story through a filter. Eh. Just a minor complaint. 4.5 stars. (less)
Trying to escape her ex boyfriend and his band of Merry Men, Molly Jennings returns to her hometown of Tumble Creek, Colorado and immediately runs int...moreTrying to escape her ex boyfriend and his band of Merry Men, Molly Jennings returns to her hometown of Tumble Creek, Colorado and immediately runs into her naughty muse, Chief of Police, Ben Lawson. Ever since their last encounter ten years ago, Ben has been her secret inspiration in her career as an erotic fiction author and seeing him again has caused her imagination to go into overdrive. And that's not the only thing that is in overdrive. The town's gossips are in an uproar, dogging her every move and worse still, there's a stalker who keeps breaking into her home. Luckily for Molly, she's got her own personal lawman who is watching her back. That is, until he finds out what exactly she does for a living and who she's been basing the hero of her fantasies on. You'd think a man would be flattered, huh? Well, not all men are ruled by the little guy. Some are straitlaced, modest, stick-in-the-muds named Ben and he most definitely does not approve.
This was a lot of fun. I had laughed out loud several times by the first hundred pages. Even though this is about an erotic romance author and her sexy muse, this wasn't an overly sexual book, though there are a few naughty things discussed and the c & p words are tossed about. This book definitely had it's share of fun times. This was my first story by this author and I really enjoyed it.
Ben was like a bulldog after a bone when it came to wanting to know Molly's secrets. He plainly does not believe in leaving a woman her mystery and rather than send flowers, he does background checks, Google searches and calls her family for character references. It's an odd double standard for someone who zealously guards his own privacy, but he has his reasons. Despite his fear of scandal and his habit of ordering background checks before a first date, he was a genuinely nice guy. A nice, normal guy who just thinks about hot wax and starts wheezing. Ha! With the help of Little Blue, whose not so damn little, Molly soon loosens him up.
I liked Molly. She kind of reminded me of Linda Howard's Blair Mallory, everyone was out to get her. She's not very deep or bright but she was a lot of fun. She was a goodtime girl, someone you would want to hang out with at a bar. Though whenever she kept in contact with her ex and his band of Merry Men she made me want to scream. Why does she keep in contact with them? How To Successfully Prosecute A Stalker 101, everyone knows you are not supposed to encourage your stalker by calling him and/or taking his calls. Kind of defeats the purpose of telling him to stay away from you. And get that stupid restraining order filed! I can't stand chicks who say they are going to get a restraining order and then never get it done.
The dynamics are completely switched in this book. Though Molly may be the damsel in distress, Ben was definitely the emotional basketcase. He wanted a relationship with no secrets while Molly was just in it for the sex. "That was a nice conversation, sweetie. Now take off your pants." That sounds like some jerk male, huh? Whenever things got too heavy for her she was the one who was bailing. An interesting change. This was my first book by Victoria Dahl and I liked it. She was a little corny. There was one too many Yowzas! And Hoo Doggies! Please, have some pride. All in all, this was nice, highly entertaining book. Enjoy!(less)