This was a fun, cute romantic comedy. I was pleasantly surprised by the friends-to-lovers aspect of the3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
This was a fun, cute romantic comedy. I was pleasantly surprised by the friends-to-lovers aspect of the relationship between the H/h, especially considering what a player the hero was in the beginning. The yoga scenes were funny, and the romantic development seemed believable. But I was also somewhat disappointed by the relaxed pacing and lukewarm chemistry. I expected lots of fun, naughty, sexy times given Hayden’s cocky, manwhore reputation, but he was just a tad too tame for me.
There was some minor angst related to Hayden’s past and Emery’s job, but nothing overly dramatic. I didn’t like that the issue of (view spoiler)[sexual harassment by Emery’s boss (hide spoiler)] wasn’t fully dealt with and felt slightly downplayed and trivialized. But I was also glad it didn’t overtake the story, given the generally lighter, comedic tone.
Overall, the story wasn’t quite as sexy and entertaining as I was anticipating, but it was still an engaging read worth 3 ½ stars. And I’m definitely interested in reading Hudson’s book, Monster Prick.
**I was provided a free copy of this book by the author, Kendall Ryan, in exchange for an honest review.**
I really enjoyed this! Anna drove me nuts to the point that I honestly didn’t understand why Drew even bothere4 stars – Contemporary/NA/Sports Romance
I really enjoyed this! Anna drove me nuts to the point that I honestly didn’t understand why Drew even bothered with her, but I ended up liking her better towards the latter part of the book. Drew was a besotted sweetheart for the most part, despite a few asshat moments near the end. The sex scenes were smoking hot! I wanted a bit more from the ending but the epilogue was nice. I’m looking forward to Gray’s book, the, The Friend Zone....more
Drew is in a committed relationship now, but he’s still the same cocky, egotistical, sexist, funny jackass we loved to4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
Drew is in a committed relationship now, but he’s still the same cocky, egotistical, sexist, funny jackass we loved to hate in Tangled. My only complaint with this story is that it’s much too short. Please give us more, Ms. Chase!...more
This was my least favorite of the series. The heroine annoyed me for much of the book, and I wish there had been more4-4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
This was my least favorite of the series. The heroine annoyed me for much of the book, and I wish there had been more time spent on Vaughn and Sidney’s romantic progression and relationship. The ending was a little abrupt, and I would have loved an epilogue. But Julie James writes some of the best, wittiest, smartest, snarkiest banter in romance and always delivers an entertaining and high quality read. So still a great, enjoyable 4-4 ½ stars!...more
I loved this book! It’s so frigging fun and refreshingly different with lots of witty, snarktastic humor. Yes, Drew Evan5 stars – Contemporary Romance
I loved this book! It’s so frigging fun and refreshingly different with lots of witty, snarktastic humor. Yes, Drew Evans is an egotistical manslut, but he’s also hilarious and highly entertaining. I enjoyed being inside his cocky head for a few hours. (Double entendre, anyone?)
I was originally going to rate this 4 ½ stars because I wanted an epilogue, but Emma Chase posted a couple of extra scenes on her website, including an amusing glimpse into Kate and Drew’s life together, so 5 satisfied stars! Brava, Ms. Chase!...more
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy debut that’s bold, inventive, engrossing, and sensual. I really enjoyed this!
McMaster has crafted an intricate, alternate London set historical with memorable, complex characters and unique elements of paranormal, steampunk, vampires, and verwulfen blended seamlessly without excessive world building to bog down the pacing or impede the romance. The dark, eerie Whitechapel setting gives the story an authentic gothic resonance and provides lots of danger, intrigue, thrills, and chills.
Blade, “the devil of Whitechapel”, is a captivating, sexy hero with a fascinating mix of tortured soul and primal alpha male who’s at times brutal yet intimately tender and protective of those he cares about. He’s rough, growly, ruthless, and possessive, has a caring heart of gold, and yearns for affection, trust, and peace. Blade reminded me a little of Charming Mickey from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Scandalous Desires at times but with more of a predator, supernatural edge and a somewhat softer, gooier center. In other words...YOWZA!
Honoria Todd is a strong, brave heroine and I both admired and wanted to strangle her at times for being so stubborn, proud, and loyal to a fault. It drove me crazy that she continually resisted and rebuffed Blade, no matter what he did or how hard he tried. Blade and Honoria engage in quite a bit of bickering, sparring, and bantering and have some seriously explosive chemistry. And when she finally comes to her senses I nearly screamed...well, it’s about time!
Kiss of Steel is a terrific, original debut that’s dark, passionate, intense, emotional, and satisfyingly steamy. I’m looking forward to the next book, Heart of Iron.
Wow! What can I possibly say about this one to convey how absolutely wonderful it is? Talk about a charming, wick5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Wow! What can I possibly say about this one to convey how absolutely wonderful it is? Talk about a charming, wickedly splendid read and a smashing good time! A Week to Be Wicked is one of the most engaging, refreshing, witty, banterific, and all around pleasing historical romances that I’ve read in quite a while and definitely so far this year.
Colin is a handsome, flirtatious, affable, generous, funny, sweet, and utterly lovable scoundrel whose tormented past and insecurity make you want to hold him tight, heal his wounded soul, and never let go. And spunky, awkward, bespectacled, bluestocking, spinster geologist Minerva, who prefers spending her time unearthing rare rocks and minerals and making scientific discoveries to people, might appear his polar opposite, but together they prove that magnets indeed attract.
Colin, with his good-natured, roguish charm, endearing wit, and underlying tortured soul, reminded me of one of my favorite romantic heroes, Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsay from Lisa Kleypas’s masterful Married By Morning, and that’s high praise indeed!
It’s a highly enjoyable, gratifying read for historical romance fans! Big 5 stars!
One of my favorite scenes/passages:
(view spoiler)[A hint of sensual frustration roughened his voice. “And I will curse the gods along with them, Min. Some wild monsoon raged through me as I looked at you just now. It’s left me rearranged inside, and I don’t have a map.”
“I will insist you be man enough to take it. I won’t have you making light of my feelings, or making light of yourself—as if you’re not worthy of them. Because you are worthy, Colin. You’re a generous, good-hearted person, and you deserve to be loved. Deeply, truly, well, and often.”
He looked utterly bewildered. Well, what did he expect, after the power he’d given her? He couldn’t compare a woman to a torrentially beautiful monsoon, and then look surprised that he’d gotten wet. “You reckless man.” She laid a touch to his cheek. “You really should be more careful with those compliments.”(hide spoiler)]