Annie’s Song is a simple, achingly sweet, heartfelt, soul-stirring, and poignant tale of how sincere kindness and love5+ stars – Historical Romance
Annie’s Song is a simple, achingly sweet, heartfelt, soul-stirring, and poignant tale of how sincere kindness and love can truly transcend cruelty, hurt, language, disabilities, and boundaries of all kinds to soothe, heal, forgive, and redeem. There are a lot of wonderful things I could say about this remarkable love story, but perhaps succinct is best: it’s precious, beautiful, and moving like the sunsets and sounds Annie so treasures. It’s a memorable romance that tugs at the heartstrings. 5 sweetly satisfied stars!...more
I’m a huge fan of Pamela Clare’s I-Team romantic suspense series, I love ho**spoiler alert** 5++ stars – Colonial American/Frontier Historical Romance
I’m a huge fan of Pamela Clare’s I-Team romantic suspense series, I love hot highlander heroes, I’m fascinated by pre-Revolutionary American history, and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Surrender from several GR friends. So why did I wait so long to read this?!?! I had no doubt that I’d love it, but I had a feeling it would be emotionally draining, so I waited until I was in the right mood and mindset. But now I’m kicking myself for taking so long because it’s one of the best, most beautifully moving historical romances that I’ve read.
This definitely stirred and twisted my emotions, but I was pleasantly surprised that it also left me filled with a sense of hope and crying happy tears, which is always a good thing. The heart and soul of the story is the incredibly pure, sensual, touching, erotic, loving, uplifting, and heartrending relationship between Iain MacKinnon, a Scottish highland warrior turned ranger for the British, and Annie, a former noble lady transformed into a brave frontier woman fighting for survival. Their romance is absolute magic for the soul.
I think Iain stands for “I adore Iain nonsensically” because he’s one of the sexiest, most honorable, courageous, loyal, protective, caring, strong, nurturing, and patient heroes ever, and he was such an eager, flirtatious, passionate, and giving lover to Annie. His longing and need for a happy, healthy, and safe life filled with a wife, home, hearth, and bairns away from the violence of war was achingly poignant, and something about Annie makes him yearn and vow desperately to turn that impossible dream into reality.
I empathized with Annie’s suffering, but her lack of faith and trust in Iain, although understandable, bothered me a little. I just kept wondering...What the heck does the poor man have to do to earn her confidence already? But once Annie started listening to her instincts and heart and began falling for Iain, I found myself really liking her as a heroine, and I admired her compassionate nature and courageous spirit.
There were so many beautiful, memorable, sigh-worthy, and tear-inducing moments between them. And the love scenes? HOLY smokes! I don’t know how they managed not to set the cabin on fire. I loved when Iain went all alpha, lost his control, and finally took Annie’s virginity in a dominating, possessive way because he was angry with her thinking that she’d slept with Wentworth, not realizing that she was almost raped by a redcoat soldier. But my favorite love scene was the part where Iain gets turned on while Annie was giving him a routine morning shave and turned the erotic razor on her and shaved her bare. It was fan yourself, need some ice water HOT!
Bikini wax...Brazilian? French? NO way! I want the Iain MacKinnon erotic shave special, please! Seriously ladies...Can you imagine a hot highland hunk who’s handy with a blade like Iain shaving you bare and then pleasuring you endlessly afterward?! Y-O-W-Z-A!!
But the story takes place in the midst of war, and so there are some violent and sad parts as well. The scene where Iain is brutally flogged in front of the entire fort was complete agony to read. I bawled my eyes out right along with Annie.
I cried big fat happy tears though towards the end when Iain witnesses the hope and wonder of new life when Annie gives birth to their son. Then I shed a bunch more when Iain’s brothers and Rangers honor him, Annie, and their child in the most thoughtful, touching way, by giving them a helpful, bountiful start to their new life journey together.
Surrender is a wondrous, heartfelt, passionate love story that warms the heart and stays with you long after it’s over. It simply shouldn’t be missed! I’m looking forward to reading Morgan’s story Untamed, and I’m so glad that Pamela Clare has found a publisher for Connor’s story. I can’t wait! 5 big stars for sigh-worthy and swoonalicious Iain because for him, I’d gladly “Surrender” anytime!
I haven’t found my right, exact match for Iain yet, but in the interim, he might do quite nicely.
(And FYI ladies...Apparently, if you search for “scottish hunks” in Google Images, you’ll see lots of naked men proudly offering their cocks. Hmmm...I’m not sure what the correlation is there. I might need to investigate the matter further. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
“Her chances of a decent marriage were about to be dashed-and all because of a ferret.” And thus begins the wonderfully5++ stars – Historical Romance
“Her chances of a decent marriage were about to be dashed-and all because of a ferret.” And thus begins the wonderfully romantic third installment in the saga of the eccentric Hathaway family, Tempt Me At Twilight.
Poppy Hathaway loves her quirky family, but she yearns for a conventional, quiet, normal, stable, peaceful, predictable, albeit boring, life. She believes wholeheartedly that she’s found her true soul’s desire in her beloved Michael Bayning, who’s courted her in private but has so far withheld a proposal due to concerns over his father’s likely disapproval over the match. When fate (in the form of a wily, on the loose ferret named Dodger) results in a clandestine meeting with mysterious, wealthy, powerful, reclusive, hotelier Harry Rutledge, Poppy’s future is forever altered.
Harry, owner of London’s most famous Rutledge Hotel, lives a rather solitary existence and never expects or desires to fall in love, but he’s immediately enamored and infatuated by lovely, intelligent, spirited Poppy and sets out to win her for himself. Poppy’s heart and devotion belong to Michael, but she still can’t help but be a bit intrigued and flattered by the enigmatic and dynamic Harry, especially with his persistent courtship and shocking proposal.
When Poppy finds herself heartbroken and her reputation and future security at risk, she accepts Harry’s marriage proposal, but then painful secrets are revealed that shatter her trust and wound her aching heart even further. What does a woman do when she finds herself married to the villain?
Kleypas is a master at turning tortured, cold, manipulative, cynical, ruthless men (even near villains) into the most sigh-delicious, swoon-worthy heroes in romance. Harry reminded me a little of Simon Hunt from Secrets of a Summer Night, only with a strong dose of Devil in Winter St. Vincent’s ruthlessness and vindictiveness thrown in. And sweet, caring, smart, bighearted, exuberant Poppy was the perfect compliment and match for cold-hearted, jaded, intrinsically lonely Harry...I just loved them together!
Although I enjoyed Mine Till Midnight, mainly for dreamy, yummy Cam Rohan, and loved Kev’s and Win’s achingly beautiful romance in Seduce Me at Sunrise, Tempt Me At Twilight, with its compelling, unforgettable story, beguiling, complex characters, strong depth of touching emotion, and lush sensuality that’s all blended together brilliantly, is vintage Kleypas and my favorite of the Hathaways series so far. It’s a splendid, moving, heartfelt, and utterly romantic read that’s completely riveting from beginning to end and just sheer historical romance perfection. Big 5 stars!
“I’ll never be sorry about it. Because if I hadn’t done it, you’d be his now. And he only wanted you if it was easy for him. But I want you any way I can get you. Not because you’re beautiful or clever or kind or adorable, although devil knows you’re all those things. I want you because there’s no one else like you, and I don’t ever want to start a day without seeing you.”
“Do you know what a balance wheel is?” She shook her head slightly. “There’s one in every clock or watch. It rotates back and forth without stopping. It’s what makes the ticking sound...what makes the hands move forward to mark the minutes. Without it, the watch wouldn’t work. You’re my balance wheel, Poppy.”
“I have so much love for you, I could fill rooms with it. Buildings. You’re surrounded by it wherever you go, you walk through it, breathe it...it’s in your lungs, and under your tongue, and between your fingers and toes...” His mouth moved passionately over hers, urging her lips apart. It was a kiss to level mountains and shake stars from the sky. It was a kiss to make angels faint and demons weep...a passionate, demanding, soul-searing kiss that nearly knocked the earth off its axis. Or at least that was how Poppy felt about it.
Anyone who's read my review for Playing with Fire knows how much I loved it, especially heroine Belle's sarcastic humor4 ½-5 stars – Paranormal Romance
Anyone who's read my review for Playing with Fire knows how much I loved it, especially heroine Belle's sarcastic humor and the sexy romance between her and uber yummalicious agent/assassin Rome.
So I was totally ooh goody, goody gum drops for more Belle and Rome in Twice as Hot; but there's trouble in paradise for the engaged lovers, and it ended up being an emotional roller coaster to get to their HEA. Luckily, there's plenty of fun, action, hot sexual tension, and snarky humor to entertain along the way.
I was gaga for Rome in Playing with Fire, but he acted like a real jerk for much of this. But Belle's not a simpering damsel in distress, so she refused to play the jilted, wilted flower and never gave up on them as a couple.
There were a lot of funny moments, but I think the scene with Belle and her sidekick Tanner discussing possible superhero names for newly acquired, and formerly badgal, agent Elaine, aka Draino, was one of my favorites.
"Oh, and guess what? I've renamed her Super Absorber," Tanner said. I tried not to cringe. "You realize that name makes her sound like a tampon, right?"
So although I didn't enjoy Twice as Hot as much as Playing with Fire, it's still a superfun, supersexy, and highly entertaining read. 4 ½-5 stars!
Wicked Ties is one of my all-time favorite erotic reads, and I loved Decadent as well, so I was r**spoiler alert** 4 stars – Romantic Suspense/Erotica
Wicked Ties is one of my all-time favorite erotic reads, and I loved Decadent as well, so I was really looking forward to Luc’s story in Delicious. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations, mostly because both Luc and Alyssa (and some side characters too) made me so violently furious at times that I wanted to get my head smack on or throw the book across the room.
A couple of alternate titles for this could be: “A Chef, a Stripper, and a Baby” or “The Arrogant Dick, the Wishy-Washy Doormat, the Creepy Bouncer, and Baby Makes Four”.
The list of people I wanted to slap in this book was a mile long.
Luc, with his condemnatory, snobbish ‘strippers are all unfeeling, uneducated whores only good for hardcore f**cking’ and ‘I have to marry someone who’s pure as snow and goes to Bible study regularly, even if I’m not attracted to them, in order to be a father’ crap was just ridiculous.
Alyssa was a strong, smart, independent, confident woman in so many ways, but at the same time, her relentless pursuit of Luc, a man who so clearly judged and treated her like a whore, was pathetic.
And then you have possessive, clingy bouncer/bodyguard Tyler who sticks to Alyssa like a persistent, annoying rash constantly causing trouble for Luc and Alyssa. Argh!
Oh yeah, and some creepy stalker and baby drama thrown in, too. I swear, was there anyone not stalking Alyssa in this book?!?!
But Shayla Black is a great writer and can pen some seriously scorching hot, ‘delicious’ly erotic love scenes, which is why I still rated this 4 stars, despite the fact that the H/H made me crazy with frustration. I’m really looking forward to cold, dark, and mysterious Hunter’s (who was just about the only character in this that I didn’t want to smack) story in Surrender to Me.
Content warning: There’s a graphic, violent rape attempt....more
I've been in love with Micah ever since Sweet Surrender, and I'd imagined that his story would probabl5+ stars – Romantic Suspense/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage
I've been in love with Micah ever since Sweet Surrender, and I'd imagined that his story would probably be the darkest of the series. Well, Micah really showed his tortured, brooding, cold side in this, and it definitely has some heavy and hardcore content. And in fact, there were times that Micah made Damon from Sweet Persuasion seem like a total pussycat. Despite a few moments here and there that stretched my comfort zone just a bit, especially during the 30+ page fivesome scene, I found it completely riveting, beautifully written, and seriously H-A-W-T! And it made me realize how much I love this entire series and wonder why I didn't rate them all 5 stars?!
I really hope Ms. Banks writes Cole's story at some point in the future 'cause he really fascinated me in Sweet Seduction and especially his part in this....more
I knew going into this that readers tend to have a love or hate reaction to this book and that many consider Rome to be3 stars – Contemporary Romance
I knew going into this that readers tend to have a love or hate reaction to this book and that many consider Rome to be a jackass. I didn’t really love or hate it, and yes, Rome definitely acted like a Grade A asshat for most of the book. What especially turned me off about his character was that he admitted (view spoiler)[lusting after his deceased wife’s best friend, Sarah, from the beginning, and even got a hard-on for her at his freaking wedding. WTF? What kind of man fantasizes about shagging his best friend’s wife at his f*ng wedding?!?! And if he was so damn attracted to Sarah from the start when they first worked together, before he met his wife, why didn’t he ever act on it? It makes no sense that Rome never asked Sarah out, especially considering that he’s the kind of man who goes after what he wants ruthlessly and doesn’t take no for an answer. And the fact that she was attracted to him in return and in love with him just makes it harder to understand why he never took action and that it took so damn long for them to get together. (hide spoiler)]
But what annoyed me most about this book was how much of a spineless doormat Sarah was. I understand that he’s grief-stricken, but damn her internalizing everything and being satisfied with scraps was irritating. (view spoiler)[And the way she was so easily accepting of him having nothing to do with her pregnancy or their baby was pathetic. (hide spoiler)] I just found her self-sacrificing behavior annoying rather than admirable.
Yes, there was an HEA, but it just wasn’t all that sweet for me when it finally came. 3 stars.
I’m a big fan of Maya Banks and military romantic suspense, so I was really looking forward to this first book in her new5 stars – Romantic Suspense
I’m a big fan of Maya Banks and military romantic suspense, so I was really looking forward to this first book in her new KGI series. I’m not at all surprised that I liked and enjoyed it, but I was amazed and impressed by the emotional depth and intensity of the story. Ethan might be an alpha military hero, but he’s not afraid to express his love, demonstrate his feelings, or shed tears of grief, relief, joy, and gratitude. The homecoming scene where Ethan cries while bathing, holding, and comforting Rachel is one of the most poignant moments of any romance that I’ve read. I loved this and can’t wait for Sam’s story next in No Place to Run.
This is a very taut, dark suspense thriller about an uber creeepy psychotic serial killer who tortures and murders women t4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
This is a very taut, dark suspense thriller about an uber creeepy psychotic serial killer who tortures and murders women to harvest parts with the intent of creating the perfect woman. He makes the Bride of Frankenstein seem like a fairy tale in comparison.
Reporter Elise McBride is convinced that something horrible has happened to her free-spirited, artistic sister Ashley, who appears to have gone missing. When the police initially brush off her sister’s disappearance as the latest whim of an erratic girl, Elise is determined to find Ashley on her own. Her sister’s ex-Chicago cop neighbor Trent Brady is worried that if Elise goes looking for trouble, she’ll find it, and wind up in danger like Ashley. He begrudgingly agrees to help her with the investigation, regardless of the fact that he swore off anything that reminds him of the job he left behind following a tragic accident two years prior. But when Elise becomes the psycho’s latest ‘perfect woman’ fixation, will Trent be able to keep her from becoming the killer’s next, ultimate victim?
Elise and Trent are likable, well developed characters and make a nicely paired couple, and although there is some romance and a few steamy love scenes balanced in, it’s still an intense, eerie, and gruesome suspense thriller with a sickeningly sinister villain at the center of the story. 4 ½ stars! ...more