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)
This is a very cute, funny, spicy romantic read with a sexy, rugged, alpha detective who finds himself completely out o...more5+ stars – Contemporary Romance
This is a very cute, funny, spicy romantic read with a sexy, rugged, alpha detective who finds himself completely out of his element when he goes all soft and mushy for a woman he meets on his latest police investigation. The last thing Russ wants or needs is a relationship because between his demanding job and raising his teenage brother Sean, there’s no time left for a personal life. Laurel is tired of being the perpetual “good girl” and living a somewhat sheltered life as a result of being deaf since childhood. She’s looking for some wild, no-holds-barred, no-strings-attached sex and lucky for her, hot-as-sin, testosterone-dripping cop Russ seems the perfect man to give her exactly what she needs.
This is the first romance book I’ve read that featured a hearing impaired heroine, and she’s utterly adorable and funny as hell. Laurel’s female insecurities and insights are so genuine, honest, relatable, and flat-out hilarious, and I just loved her character. The sexual chemistry and romantic development between Laurel and Russ was realistic, well written, sweet, and steamy. There were sooo many laugh out loud moments in this book, particularly some very humorous parts centered around Laurel’s overweight cat Ferris and Russ fighting to establish dominance that had me just about falling off the couch with laughter.
Mouth to Mouth is a very sexy, fun, charming read with a great H/H, lots of humor, touching moments, and steamy romance, and I highly recommend it for contemporary romance lovers and fans of Erin McCarthy. Big 5 stars!
I loved the “Pixie sticks are like cocaine for kids” line, and Russ’s candy obsession was hilarious and oh so yummy hot!
One Reckless Summer is a very touching, sweet, and steamy contemporary romance that’s a perfect escapist read for a hot,...more5 stars – Contemporary Romance
One Reckless Summer is a very touching, sweet, and steamy contemporary romance that’s a perfect escapist read for a hot, lazy summer day, but it also has emotional depth and makes you think and feel.
Jenny Tolliver returns to her small hometown of Destiny, Ohio to spend a summer in the lakeshore cottage where she grew up to heal and regroup from a painful divorce that’s left her self-esteem and soul bruised and battered. Her ex-husband had an affair with Jenny’s 21-year-old teaching assistant at the school where they both worked as teachers, resulting in a crumbled marriage and her leaving the job she’s comfortable with. Her cheating “rat bastard” ex blames his affair with a “chippie” on the fact that Jenny’s too much of a good girl and just too nice to meet his needs in the bedroom. He even compares her to June Cleaver...yikes!
While staying the summer in Destiny, Jenny hopes to rediscover and reinvent herself while catching up with her childhood girlfriends. She’s tired of being the perfect, good girl and wants to prove, especially to herself, that there’s much more to her than that. She gave up her dream of being an astronomer to teach because her husband convinced her that it was foolish. Jenny’s nursing a broken heart and spirit, and she never expected to find everything she ever wanted and needed in town bad boy Mick Brody.
Mick Brody and his older brother come from the wrong side of the tracks, or lake in this particular town, and were Destiny’s notorious hellraisers. Mick and Jenny were in total opposite worlds as teenagers, but they shared a memorable moment of attraction that both were too scared to act on because of Jenny’s innocence and good girl reputation and Mick’s bad boy ways. Mick left Destiny to avoid following in his brother’s criminal footsteps and to turn his life around. Now he’s come home in secret to fulfill a promise to his brother that could cause a lot of trouble if discovered.
When Jenny crosses paths with Mick while trespassing on his family’s property across the lake to use their hill for stargazing, Mick makes her swear to keep his presence and secret from everyone in town, including her sheriff father. Of course, they experience an explosive attraction that ignites a wild, passionate, reckless affair that’s sure to complicate matters, and neither is prepared for it to evolve into a serious, deep relationship.
This is a very pleasant contemporary romance with lots of steamy sex scenes, and although there’s nothing too overtly erotic, it’s definitely hot! What’s really surprising, at least it was for me, is how heartwarming, moving, and thought provoking the story is. Jenny is a lovable heroine, and anyone who’s been hurt and left to pick up the pieces after a devastating break-up or divorce can relate to her. Mick comes from a poor, abusive background and has always been an outsider looking in, longing to be a part of Jenny’s world and to be accepted by the town. Anyone who’s ever been judged, teased, ridiculed, looked down on by the rich, popular crowd, and/or had to overcome abuse or hardships can relate to his struggles. I had tears in my eyes a few times, especially reading the scenes involving Mick and his brother. Jenny and Mick make a great couple, both trying to shed unfair stereotypes, her always feeling judged as the good girl and him never quite feeling good enough.
It’s an emotionally moving, tender, and steamy romance with great characters and a terrific story about looking beyond misconceptions, past mistakes, labels, and appearances, that things aren’t always black and white, and the healing power of forgiveness and love, even for yourself. It’s a delightful contemporary romance and a great summer read. I’m looking forward to the next book in this terrific new series. 5 stars! (less)