H – Holy Hot Tamales Batman! O – Our grandmothers would be shocked and appalled to discover their beloved chocol...more4 ½ stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
H – Holy Hot Tamales Batman! O – Our grandmothers would be shocked and appalled to discover their beloved chocolate meringue pie being used in such a naughty fashion. Chocolate pie as a sexual turn-on? Meringue as lubricant in unmentionable, private places? T – Tsk-tsk, tut-tut! Can’t you just see the stunned, disapproving headshakes?
This book is fire alarm smokin’ HOT, the sex is raunchy, and there’s dirty talk aplenty, but it also has a poignant storyline about two damaged people who connect sexually but may or may not be best for each other emotionally. 4 ½ stars!(less)
I’ve had Viehl’s Darkyn series on my TBR shelf for quite some time now, but I’d made a decision not to start on...more5 stars – Vampire/Urban Fantasy Romance
I’ve had Viehl’s Darkyn series on my TBR shelf for quite some time now, but I’d made a decision not to start on any new series until I’ve caught up with all the others that I’m following. Oh well, resolutions are made to be broken, right? I have to say that in this case, I’m glad because I found this to be an engrossing and chilling read.
As some other reviewers have noted, it leans more towards urban fantasy rather than straight paranormal romance due to the dark, gritty, violent, and graphic content and the fact that it doesn’t have the typical, declared HEA ending. But that didn’t lessen my enjoyment at all, perhaps since I knew ahead of time to expect it, or maybe I just loved it because of the top-notch writing, spellbinding story, strong, interesting characters, fascinating medical science aspect, captivating history of the Darkyn, unique take on some of the usual vampire clichés, and twisted, demented religious zealots as the villains. The Brethren monks reminded me of the fanatical priests in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and yes, I admit that I loved that book.
As for the “romance” part of the story, it is a very slow building, reluctant, volatile love-hate relationship between the H/H, but there’s a kissing scene involving fangs that’s extremely erotic, even more so than when they finally have sex. Although the “I love you’s” are expressed between the H/H, there is still a lot left unresolved between them, other characters, and with the story in general, as well as having a slight cliffhanger ending.
Overall, this was a nice surprise, a thrilling read, and something different to re‘vamp’ (pun intended) the paranormal romance reading slump I’ve been experiencing lately. It looks like I’ve got yet another series to catch up on! 5 stars!
Wicked Ties is one of my all-time favorite erotic reads, and I loved Decadent as well, so I was r...more**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.(less)
Oh what a delightful, sweet treat this turned out to be! Gideon, Lord Carradice is a devilishly charming, flirtatious, a...more4 ½ stars – Historical Romance
Oh what a delightful, sweet treat this turned out to be! Gideon, Lord Carradice is a devilishly charming, flirtatious, affable, seemingly carefree and superficial rake, but he harbors an underlying heart of gold, an innate caring, protective nature, and a hidden, deep yearning for love. And all it takes to rumple his composed, raffish façade and reveal the truly sweet, adoring, and devoted man within is a feisty, spirited, redheaded, fiercely loyal, and nearly on the shelf spinster and sister, Prudence Merridew.
There are some sad parts because of the abuse Prudence and her sisters suffer at the violent hands of their grandfather and painful secrets in both Gideon's and Prue's pasts, but it's also filled with numerous funny, tender, and romantic moments.
Overall, The Perfect Rake is a nearly perfect read with a sexy, lovable, to die for reformed rake hero and sweet, endearing romance that will leave you with a big, happy smile on your face. It certainly did that for me!(less)
I’m an avid Kristen Ashley fan, but this isn’t my favorite of her books. And although I didn’t enjoy i...more4 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
I’m an avid Kristen Ashley fan, but this isn’t my favorite of her books. And although I didn’t enjoy it as much as the Colorado Mountain and Dream Man series, For You is still a good read.
KA’s writing style tends to be very detailed, descriptive, and lengthy, and it just didn’t work as well for me this time. It’s a great second chance romance with a likable H/h and dark, chilling suspense elements, but it felt bogged down at times, which kept it from being as gripping and taut of a thriller as it could’ve been. It took a hell of a long time for the big secret that kept February and Colt apart to be revealed, and the plot meandered too much, which hindered the overall story a bit.
But the emotional, passionate romance between Feb and Colt and its intense, thrilling climax and gratifying HEA ending compensated for the slower parts of the story. So while not my favorite, this still deserves a solid 4 stars.
I’ve already bought the other books in The ‘Burg series, and I’m still happily full steam ahead on the KA train!
WOWZA! The most anticipated installment in the phenomenal Psy-Changeling series definitely delivers the goods and lives u...more5+ stars – Paranormal Romance
WOWZA! The most anticipated installment in the phenomenal Psy-Changeling series definitely delivers the goods and lives up to the hype. It’s an intense, passionate, and emotional epic romance with smoldering sensuality and thrilling action that is pure tribute to Hawke fanatics. It satisfied my super high expectations and then some. I was completely and utterly captivated by every word from beginning to end, and my only complaint is that I didn’t want it to be over. I loved it, loved it, loved it!
Hawke in all his alpha, growly glory is a sexy, magnificent thing to behold. I want to take a big bite out of him, and have him bite me (all over!) in return. YUM! Don’t get me wrong...I love Hawke and Sienna together and think they’re an amazing, unforgettable Romancelandia couple. But I still want to be Hawke’s mate and have his wolf babies. *sighs and swoons* Oh wait, I’m already mated to Lucas. I guess I’ll have to beg settle for being the center of a wolf/panther sandwich. *naughty girl grin*
Hot Alpha Wolf Kiss me for Eternity!!!!
My favorite quotes:
She came to, to find a very satisfied wolf at her side. He was drawing patterns on the sweat-sheened skin of her navel with his finger. “How was dessert?” she asked, her throat a husky reminder that she’d screamed at the end. A flash of teeth. “I plan to go back for seconds in a bit.” She sucked in a breath. “Bad wolf.” Sliding down his hand, he tugged at her damp curls. “Hungry wolf.” Right then, Sienna knew she was sunk. Absolutely and gloriously.
“You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word—you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.”
“You have the power to tear me to pieces, to wound me so deep and true that I’ll never recover.”
Hawke in his majestically beautiful wolf form (note the “Kiss of Snow” on his nose):
My Hawke (Eric Dane):
Sienna (note the ruby red hair and cardinal-like eyes):
I’m a big fan of Toni Blake’s Destiny series and friends to lovers storylines, so I was really looking forward to Amy...more3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
I’m a big fan of Toni Blake’s Destiny series and friends to lovers storylines, so I was really looking forward to Amy and Logan’s book. And while I enjoyed the comfy familiarity of once again visiting small town Destiny, Ohio and spending time with its endearing characters, I was disappointed with the romance this time around.
The H/h pairing of town good girl and resident matchmaker, Amy, and her hunky firefighter lifelong best friend, Logan, had potential for a great romance but unfortunately didn’t quite deliver and fell rather flat. Their relationship progression from friends to sudden attraction following an awkward kiss to unexpected “is this love that I’m feeling” just didn’t seem believable, especially with Logan spending a significant amount of time flirting with and circling around a woman from the past whose surprise appearance in Destiny and competition for Logan’s attention makes Amy rather miserable. The triangle went on far too long, and I just didn’t buy the character motivations, romance, or eventual HEA.
My biggest complaint was with Logan’s character, or more accurately, his shortage of appeal. I’m a hero-centric romance reader and Logan was sorely lacking as a romantic hero. He was immature, selfish, oblivious, inconsiderate, and pretty much an a**hat for most of the book. His constant ineptitude regarding Amy’s feelings was frustrating, and I wanted her to realize that she deserved better. I actually found myself thinking she should have explored things with Lucky’s biker friend, Duke. (I hope Ms. Blake gives us his story at some point!) I also felt like there wasn’t nearly enough of Logan’s POV, which probably exacerbated his a**hat status.
So, not as good as previous books in the series, but I’m still a fan and look forward to returning to Destiny when Half Moon Hill comes out. I can’t say I “really liked it” for 4 stars but it’s better than just a 3...therefore I’m rating it 3 ½ stars.
Big thanks to Lindsey and Ms. Blake for providing me with an ARC!
I’m slightly apprehensive about reviewing this because I know The Surrender of a Lady probably won’t work...more4 stars – Historical/Victorian/Harem Romance
I’m slightly apprehensive about reviewing this because I know The Surrender of a Lady probably won’t work for many traditional romance readers, but this represents how I feel about it, so just take from this what you will.
Solely as a romance, I didn’t love it, mainly because there isn’t much “romance” expressed between the H/h, but instead reminiscence of their past, youthful courtship and lost love, explosive desire, mutual longing, emotional conflict, sexual power struggles, and dark obsession. But as a saga of the heroine’s suffering and sexual journey, discovery, and transformation from proper English lady Elena to prized Harem courtesan Jinan as means for survival and sacrifice, it’s compelling, daring, emotive, provocative, sensual, moving, and completely captivating.
I loved the exotic setting, unique story, beautiful writing, quick pacing, and intriguing characters. My only real complaint is that the hero, Griffin, Marquess of Rothburn, was an utter ass, and his actions were selfish, brutish, obsessive, domineering, and hypocritical. I think if there had been deeper romantic development between Elena/Jinan and Griffin or further details of their past relationship, I would have better understood his compulsion and found their erotic passion, intrinsic connection, and intense yearning a bit more believable. The ending is rather abrupt, but thankfully the epilogue provided a satisfying HEA.
With author endorsements from Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter, and Lara Adrian and an interesting premise, I ha...more3 stars – Paranormal Romance
With author endorsements from Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter, and Lara Adrian and an interesting premise, I had high expectations for the first book in J.K. Beck’s new Shadow Keepers series, but unfortunately When Blood Calls, although somewhat steamy, was a bit disappointing and fell rather flat.
Prosecuting attorney Sara Constantine is promoted to a new position with a secret division under Homeland Security after winning her most recent, high-profile case, and suddenly she finds herself in the middle of her worst nightmares when she discovers her new job involves persecuting supernatural creatures. Her first assignment is to prosecute powerful vampire Lucius Dragos for murder, and even worse, he’s the same sexy stranger she recently had a wildly passionate, soul shattering one night stand with. Well, that sucks...pun intended.
Now Sara has to determine if Lucius is really the cold blooded monster she’s being led to believe that he is, or if he’s really the complex, affectionate man revealed to her in their night of erotic ecstasy. Can she uncover Luke’s secrets in order to save him from the executioner’s stake?
The story had a lot of possibility, but it was really disjointed overall and a bit slow at times. There wasn’t much depth to the characters, the relationship between Sara and Luke wasn’t developed at all, and the romance was really weak. The reader is just expected to believe in their instant love/true soul mates because they had one blissful night together that’s only referenced here and there and not even revealed through flashback. I just didn’t feel the “love” between the H/H, and not having them interact, other than some brief defendant/prosecutor questioning, until around page 177 sure didn’t help in building a connection. And Sara’s complete, speedy turnaround from wanting to see Luke punished for his monstrous crimes to total adoration, acceptance of his killing ways, and willingness to become a vampire herself to spend eternity with him, with minimal development between them, felt rather forced and seemed a bit implausible.
So overall it’s not a bad read or a total waste of time, but there’s just nothing remarkable about it, except maybe the strikingly sexy cover. The premise of the story had a lot of potential, but with weakly crafted characters and artificial romance between a rather bland H/H, it just didn’t ever really come together or deliver like I’d hoped.
Will I continue with the series? At this point I’m honestly not sure because I never say never, but I’ll probably wait for reviews before buying the next book. The third book When Wicked Craves features Luke’s advocate and friend, Nicholas Montegue, who I found intriguing in this, so I’m tentatively hopeful that his story will be better.