WOW! I loved this! What an awesome start to an enthralling new highlander historical romance series about an elite fightin5 stars – Historical Romance
WOW! I loved this! What an awesome start to an enthralling new highlander historical romance series about an elite fighting guard of warriors handpicked by Robert the Bruce to partake in a secret mission to free Scotland from English tyranny by overtaking the throne from King Edward’s rule.
Robert the Bruce’s elite force, the Highland Guard is made up of the best of the best, warriors from the Highlands and Western Isles, selected for their exceptional skills and tactics of warfare, and to lead this band of brave fighters, he calls on the fiercest swordsman and most respected, feared warrior in all the Highlands, Chief Tormod MacLeod of Skye.
Tor MacLeod has spent the last 20 years rebuilding and fortifying his clan, and he has no plan to take part in politics or be drawn into Scotland’s war. The brutalities of his past have hardened the fierce, proud warrior and respected leader, and his devotion is given solely to the welfare of his clan. He has no place in his heart for a woman, even one as tempting and alluring as his sweet, innocent bride.
Christina Fraser is bartered to Tor as part of a political alliance and contracted agreement to train Bruce’s team of superior, deadly warriors. She’s initially frightened by his seemingly barbarian ways, but quickly comes to respect him and yearns to be his wife in every way. But Tor is unaccustomed to sharing himself with anyone or having to worry about a woman’s delicate feelings. He’ll give her unbridled passion in bed unlike she’s ever dreamed, but outside their bedroom, he keeps his emotions tightly controlled and his heart closed off.
Christina is certain Tor harbors a softer, warmer nature underneath his stony, fierce demeanor, and she’s determined to win her husband’s affection. But when her well-meaning but reckless plan to earn his love results in treachery and thrusts them into war, Tor will risk everything to save her from danger, but can the stoic, independent warrior finally concede his heart, before it’s too late?
I love the movie “Braveheart” and this takes place between William Wallace’s torture and execution and Robert the Bruce being crowned King of Scots. It’s a fascinating, riveting combination of steamy highlander romance and military suspense. The description on Monica McCarty’s website says it best: “What’s sexier than a man in a kilt? How about Special Ops in kilts. The series will marry her love for strapping, sexy Highland warriors with her other love for navy SEALs and black ops. Think Suzanne Brockmann meets Braveheart”.
Tor is a sexy, hardened, tortured alpha hero struggling to deal with feelings stirred by his young wife that are totally foreign to him, and Christina is such a sweet, endearing heroine longing for her husband’s trust and affection, that it’s just impossible not to love them both. Their relationship and romance is tentative, touching, intensely passionate, and so achingly tender and sad at times that it brought tears to my eyes, and the love scenes are blistering HOT! I simply couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t want it to end. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, The Hawk: A Highland Guard Novel, that’s scheduled for release on August 31, 2010.
1) Better have about 6 hours of uninterrupted free time since you simp5 stars – Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance
Before Reading Survival Checklist:
1) Better have about 6 hours of uninterrupted free time since you simply won’t want to put it down! 2) Be sure to have a fan or a glass of ice water nearby ‘cause you’ll need to cool off! 3) Might want to make sure you have a nail file handy for when you’ve chewed your nails into ragged stubs!
Whew...What an awesome, intense, sexy, violent, edgy, gritty, explosive, suspenseful, hot, action-packed thrill-ride! I loved it! Skin Game kind of reminded me of Anne Stuart’s Ice series, especially the tough, broody, badass, alpha, anti-hero assassin, only with a slight paranormal element revolving around the heroine having an unusual ability related to touch (hence the title). So, if you like romantic suspense a bit on the dark side with unique, great characters, verrry steamy sex, and lots of exciting action, then definitely check this out! 5 stars!...more
The Darkest Fire is an okay LOTU prequel story, but I didn't really gain any further insights into the series and it's just a bit too short. 3 stars.
The Darkest Prison is a pretty good LOTU 'enemies to lovers' story that I enjoyed. 4 stars.
The Amazon's Curse was my favorite part of the anthology, which is a bit surprising since I mainly bought this for the LOTU stories and guide and hadn't previously read any of the Atlantis books. It's a very sweet romance of two people from warring tribes, one vampire and the other Amazon, who have been abused in the past finding trust and love in each other. It definitely piqued my interest in reading more of the Atlantis series. 4 ½ stars.
The Darkest Facts LOTU bonus material/companion guide includes a funny question/answer section with authors Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole, provides some fun character bios/details, and gives deeper insight into the LOTU series. 4 stars.
I can't wait for Gena to finally write Paris's and William's stories!
This is my first read by author Julie James, and I absolutely loved it! I devoured this in a single s5+ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
This is my first read by author Julie James, and I absolutely loved it! I devoured this in a single sitting. Something About You has everything I enjoy in a contemporary romance/romantic suspense read.
*Hot, brooding, gruff, protective alpha hero who’s former Army Special Forces, a Special Agent with the FBI, and drives a Triumph motorcycle? – Check and YOWZA! *Strong, intelligent, yet genuine heroine? – Check! *Witty, often laugh-out-loud, dialogue? – Check! *Amusing, sexy repartee between the H/H? – Check! *Perfect dose of suspense? – Check! *Electric, magnetic chemistry and smokin’ hot sexual tension? – Check! *Steamy love scenes? – Check! *Cover ties in perfectly with the book? – Check!
I was fairly disappointed with this one. The hero’s declaration of instant love (ahhh...I think it’s called lus3 stars – BDSM/Erotic Romantic Suspense
I was fairly disappointed with this one. The hero’s declaration of instant love (ahhh...I think it’s called lust) and then demanding total submission was borderline creepy and the annoying, whiny, wishy-washy heroine’s constant back and forth between “oh yes...give me more of those earthquaking, soulshaking orgasms, even though they make me bawl like a baby afterward ‘cause I’m scared that I revealed what a total hussy I am” and snapping her fingers and busting out the “you don’t own me” speech gave me whiplash.
I’m a fan of BDSM erotic romance and D/s relationships can be very hot when it fits the characters, but I just didn’t really care much for Hunter and Kata together. And don’t even get me started on the assassin suspense subplot because it was rather ridiculous.
Wicked Ties is one of my all-time favorite BDSM/erotic romances and Decadent is one of my favorite ménage erotic romances, but Delicious and especially this didn’t quite live up to my high expectations. I hope things get back on track for this series with Logan’s story Belong To Me.
Here’s Kata’s theme song (in between screaming multiple orgasms that is):
“You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore
You don't own me, I'm not just one of your many toys You don't own me, don't say I can't go with other boys
And don't tell me what to do And don't tell me what to say And please, when I go out with you Don't put me on display, 'cause
You don't own me, don't try to change me in any way You don't own me, don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay
WOW! I loved, loved, loved it! What a fantastic, thrilling conclusion to an AWESOME series! If you like steamy, action-pac5+ stars – Romantic Suspense
WOW! I loved, loved, loved it! What a fantastic, thrilling conclusion to an AWESOME series! If you like steamy, action-packed military romantic suspense and authors like Suzanne Brockmann, Marliss Melton, Catherine Mann, and Stephanie Tyler (only with more smokin' hot sex) and haven't yet read this series, then what on earth are you waiting for?! Big 5 stars!
Merde!...What is it about a roguishly, ruggedly sexy alpha hero spouting Cajun words and phrases that’s just so damn fan yo5 stars – Romantic Suspense
Merde!...What is it about a roguishly, ruggedly sexy alpha hero spouting Cajun words and phrases that’s just so damn fan yourself, smokin’ hot?!?!
This is the second installment in the thrilling Passion for Danger romantic suspense series that began with Shoot to Thrill, and it’s another steamy, gripping, and action-packed read! I loved it! I can’t wait for the third and final book, A Kiss to Kill, to come out in April’2010!
If you’re a fan of intense and exciting military themed romantic suspense with strong heroines, sexy alpha heroes, heavy action, and scorching hot love scenes, then I highly recommend this awesome series! Big 5 stars!...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 read this Immortals After Dark story/novella in the Playing Easy to Get anthology. It's the story of vampire4 ½-5 stars – Paranormal/Vampire Romance
I read this Immortals After Dark story/novella in the Playing Easy to Get anthology. It's the story of vampire warrior Nikolai Wroth's quest to claim his Bride, the beautiful and seductive enemy Valkyrie, Myst....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
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
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!
“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.