I LOVED this book! I picked this up after reading so many rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and I was not d5+ stars - Contemporary Romance/Erotica
I LOVED this book! I picked this up after reading so many rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and I was not disappointed. Erin McCarthy’s Flat-Out Sexy is one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in a long, long while. It’s a very touching, sweet, funny, entertaining, sexy love story with lots of humor and heart and characters to care and cheer for. The hero, 26 year-old race car driver Elec Monroe, is an absolute dream that any woman would fall head-over-heels for. He’s sweet, caring, thoughtful, sentimental, charming, attentive, funny, flirtatious, a considerate lover, and just “flat-out sexy” (check out the book jacket). Tamara Briggs the 32 year-old widower with two kids who Elec falls for is a down-to-earth and realistic heroine that all women can relate to and root for. McCarthy writes great dialogue and very witty banter. There are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, like when Tamara and her best-friend Suzanne engage in girl talk, and touching moments between Elec and Tamara’s kids. The chemistry between Elec and Tamara is intense and the sex is steamy H-O-T! I loved this book so much and hated for it to end and am looking forward to the next in the series, Hard and Fast, coming out in May’09. A VERY FUN, SWEET, ROMANTIC, AND SEXY READ! Big 5 stars!...more
Although I enjoyed this, it’s my least favorite book in the Brown Siblings series so far, which is still a bit l4 ½ stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Although I enjoyed this, it’s my least favorite book in the Brown Siblings series so far, which is still a bit like saying it was only Dove chocolate instead of Godiva or Vosges. I just love this series, especially the hunktastic, sweet, caring alpha bad boy Brown and Copeland men...YUM and YOWZA!
What I liked most:
I really liked survivor Ella’s and former playboy with hidden substance Andrew’s characters and their relationship development from friendship to love.
I loved the natural, deep-rooted, familial camaraderie that exists between all the characters, especially my favorite Brown sibling Brody with his fiancé Elise and their daughter Rennie and the protectively close sisterhood of best gal pals Ella, Erin, and Elise. I just can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed all of the character interactions, and not only between the main H/h.
The letter writing and sharing of poetry between Andrew/Cope and Ella was sooo incredibly romantic...*sigh*.
Ella is such a lovable, genuine heroine who’s nurturing nature, loyalty, quirky sense of humor, strength, and sometimes silly personality make her a great friend of all the Brown and Copeland characters and a whole lot of fun, too.
I loved it when Ella went all badass, protective lioness and stood up to Andrew’s bitter, bigoted father. I was cheering...You Go Girl!
What I didn’t like quite as much:
The heat between Ella and Cope was much milder than the previous books, and although I enjoyed their natural ease and companionship with each other, I would have preferred a bit more steam, kink, and dirty talk. Their connection was intrinsic and relationship deeply passionate, but I wanted to see it expressed a little more in the love scenes. Yes, I needed the sex a little (or a lot) hotter, so sue me!
I’m surprised to be saying this, but I actually felt like things were a little too smooth sailing between Ella and Andrew. Not that I wanted some contrived, big misunderstanding or fake melodrama, but their relationship progression seemed rather easy, sedate, and a bit anticlimactic.
The Ella, Elise, Erin name thing drove me crazy and was so darn confusing and distracting at times. And they’re not overly common names either, so it seems a bit unrealistic that three best girlfriends would all have somewhat unusual names that start with an ‘E’. At least Raven isn’t an ‘E’ name, which is probably the main (only) thing that I actually like about her at this point. And I have a feeling that she’s going to be paired up with Adrian...ugh. But I really hope I’m wrong about that.*Edited on 11/20/10: YAY! Lauren Dane has posted the back cover copy for Never Enough, and the heroine paired with Adrian isn’t Raven! Thank you, Ms. Dane! I want Raven to get her HEA, too, but not with Adrian. They just don’t fit, and the heroine, Gillian, that LD has written for Adrian sounds like a perfect match for him!*
So even though it’s not the best of the series and Andrew/Cope isn’t quite as truffleliciously yummy as my favorite tattooed bad boy Brody, Inside Out is still a great romance with wonderful characters. I can’t wait for Adrian’s story, and whether he’s saddled with Raven or not, I’m hoping Lauren Dane makes Never Enough a worthwhile ending to this fantastic series. 4 ½ stars!
Feels like a happy hour with your best girlfriends, talking about each others wildest, dar5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica/Ménage/BDSM Anthology
Feels like a happy hour with your best girlfriends, talking about each others wildest, darkest, deepest sexual desires and fantasies.
Three lifelong best friends who call themselves the ABCs make a daring bet to cure their sexual boredom. Each of them has to spend a wild, wicked, wanton sex filled weekend with the man (or men) of their friends choosing.
Abby – Gets to indulge her ménage fantasy of being taken by two men with a couple of hot-as-sin veterinarians.
Blair – Learns how sexually freeing and fulfilling it is to let go of her hard fought control and submit to the dominating alpha sheriff she’s lusted after for the past 15 years.
Callie – Finally meets her sexual match and engages in some naughty funtastic voyeuristic and exhibitionist sex.
It reminded me a little of Susan Lyon’s Awesome Foursome series, but in a single anthology, with a good dose of “Sex and the City” thrown in. There’s a little bit here for all tastes (ménage, D/s, light bondage and spanking, voyeurism, and exhibitionism), and all of it is HOT, HOT, HOT! Oh, and all three stories have really sweet HEAs too! Big 5 stars!...more
This is one of those books where I doubt a review is really necessary because considering how fantastic the fir5+ stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica
This is one of those books where I doubt a review is really necessary because considering how fantastic the first book in the ‘Fast Track’ series, “Flat-Out Sexy”, was and given the sexy-as-sin cover; it’s a no-brainer that even if it received bad reviews, I’d still have read it anyway and attempted to keep from drooling over the hunk-a-licious stud on the cover in the process.
But, it’s actually a great read and has lots going for it besides the hottastic book jacket. Like for instance great characters, Erin McCarthy’s clever and funny dialogue, sweet romance, and numerous touching, tender moments that actually make you sigh out loud.
“Flat-Out Sexy” is one of my all time favorite contemporary romances, so I’ve been waiting impatiently for “Hard and Fast” and had high expectations, and it didn’t disappoint. The romance between Ty and Imogen is cute, yet scorching hot. Although Elec is still my #1 favorite, Ty is swoon-worthy in his own right and runs a very close second. Imogen is fresh and funny and a truly original heroine. The two of them together are pure, combustible magic.
So, go ahead, indulge guilt free and read “Hard and Fast” because there’s more to it than just the perfect pecs and abs....you know you wanna! 5 stars! ...more
Whew boy! LJ’s wildly sexy Rough Riders series, with its hunky, dominating, pant-inducing, studli5+ stars – Contemporary/Western Romance/Erotica/BDSM
Whew boy! LJ’s wildly sexy Rough Riders series, with its hunky, dominating, pant-inducing, studlicious cowboys, makes me smile, laugh, cry, and fan myself in utter erotic glee every single time. Kane McKay is another yummy, to die (and drop panties) for hero, and he and strong, independent lawyer Ginger are pure fire together. Raising Kane is another smokin’ hot, hawt, HOT read and one of my favorites of the series.
I just loved Kane’s sweet and soft side and the way he was so nurturing, caring, and protective of Ginger and her son Hayden, but then all alpha, dominating, and demanding in the bedroom...YOWZA! Kane joins his twin Kade from Tied Up, Tied Down for my favorite McKay man.
It’s an entertaining, wickedly erotic read that’s emotional, funny, touching, yet deliciously raunchy with a hero who’s equally tender and dominating, a heroine who’s stubborn, strong, and genuine, and an adorable kid who adds to the story, rather than detracts. There’s plenty of nekkid fun, naughty rope play, and scorching hot sex, but there’s also lots of heart, which is what makes this series so fantastic. Big 5 sweet, studtastic stars!
Here’s my Kane (or any of the yummy McKay men for that matter):
Touch Me is the third book in Susan Lyons’ Awesome Foursome contemporary erotica series that focuses on the sex5 stars - Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Touch Me is the third book in Susan Lyons’ Awesome Foursome contemporary erotica series that focuses on the sex and love lives of four very different women friends living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Touch Me centers on uptight, stressed-out, workaholic, high-powered lawyer Ann’s deep and sensual relationship with Greek-god, masseuse Adonis. Adonis teaches Ann about tantric sex, savoring life’s pleasures, living in the moment, and of course, love. This was definitely my favorite of the series, and Adonis is simply delicious. The Awesome Foursome is a great contemporary romantica series!...more
After reading more BDSM erotic romances and the books Sweet Se**spoiler alert** 5 stars – Erotic/BDSM Romance
After reading more BDSM erotic romances and the books Sweet Seduction and Sweet Temptation, I achieved a much deeper understanding of Damon and Serena’s relationship, felt a greater appreciation of them as a couple, and gained more respect of their M/s lifestyle, especially when Damon calls her Serena Mine...*sigh*. So, I increased my rating from 4 to 5 stars.
“To each his/her own” and “don’t mock it 'til you try it”, or so the sayings go.....
Whew this one was hard to rate/review. Provocative, kinky, stimulating, emotionally-charged, wickedly erotic...There were aspects of this story that were worthy of solid 5 stars, some parts more like a 3, and a couple of scenes that had me recoiling just a little bit. I kept thinking about the lyrics to Depeche Mode’s song “Master and Servant” while reading this...it's very fitting.
I appreciate the allure and appeal of a D/s relationship and understand the pain/pleasure fixation, at least to some degree. That being said, this leaned much heavier towards the whole Master/slave thing, and there were some parts that raised my feminist hackles just a tad (okay maybe a lot). I’ve read a few reviews that suggested what Damon really needed was to just get a dog, and there were a couple of times that I had that exact same thought myself. The public punishment scene induced a slight cringe of disbelief and shock, especially since Damon adamantly declared, “I’d never hurt you Serena”. So, 24 lashes with a leather belt across the shoulders, back, and buttocks (while a party of people witness your shame and humiliation) is painless...hmmm? And there’s no broken skin or lasting marks as a result, even though no aftercare (like applying a salve, balm, or an ointment) was performed to prevent scarring?? That just didn’t sit right with me. Not to mention that Doms/Masters are entrusted to handle all the aftercare needs of their submissives after bondage/pain play. I mean, come on, she didn’t even need Vitamin E or Neosporin afterward? Serena must have freaky super healing skin because I have a permanent mark on my shin from where my ski boots were latched too tight once!
Still, the quality of writing, in depth characters, and raw, powerful eroticism are top notch, as always in true Maya Banks fashion. Although I had serious doubts about the believability of the Master/sex slave relationship, she actually makes it plausible and realistic for the characters Damon and Serena; and I could even fathom some of their fascination with the concept, even if it’s not quite my cup of coffee.
I’ll definitely read the upcoming books in this series, Sweet Seduction that’s due out October’2009 and Sweet Temptation (mysteriously yummy Micah’s story) slated for release in April’2010.
Even though I didn’t love every facet of this story, it was still entertaining (and definitely H-O-T) enough to hold my attention and a pulse-pounding erotic read; so I’m settling on 4 stars....more
This is a rather deep look into the makings of a Dominant/submissive relationship that encompasses bot4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage
This is a rather deep look into the makings of a Dominant/submissive relationship that encompasses both sexual and emotional fulfillment with a satisfying romantic suspense plot thrown in for extra measure. The H/H, dominant cop Gray and sweet, natural submissive Faith, are very likable characters, as are all the secondary characters. There are several hotties (sex club owner Damon and fellow security agents Connor, Nathan, and Micah) that I hope to see as lead characters in future books in the series, especially yummy Dom Micah.
Although it’s scorching hot, with some light bondage, a ménage, D/s play, and minor details described of various public escapades being performed at a sex club, there’s nothing overly kinky, and the story and character development aren’t hindered by the frequency and duration of the erotic scenes.
If submitting to a dominant man means experiencing an over abundance of orgasms, being physically and verbally worshipped, decadently bathed, and lavishly pampered, having my hair brushed and played with, eating extravagant meals that are prepared for me, and getting tons of naps...just tell me where to sign up...Sweet Surrender indeed! 4 ½ stars!...more
Let me start by saying that I’m a romance addict, and I read for escapism and rate books solely based on my leve5 stars – Contemporary/Holiday Romance
Let me start by saying that I’m a romance addict, and I read for escapism and rate books solely based on my level of enjoyment and how they make me feel, not the literary value or social relevance.
Lisa Kleypas is my favorite author, and I’ve absolutely loved every book of hers that I’ve read because her characters and stories are always full of life, engaging, and poignant. I was beyond excited about her new contemporary Friday Harbor series, and although I would have loved for it to be longer and steamier with a bit more romance, the series debut novella, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, is still a deeply moving and utterly satisfying read that, to me, was worth the $9.99 + tax (about the price of a movie ticket) that I paid for it on my Kindle.
Take an adorable six-year-old girl who hasn’t spoken a word since she lost her mother, a hardened bachelor uncle with skewed views on marriage, family, and happily ever who has his life turned upside down, heart touched, and soul healed through the responsibility and unconditional love of becoming his niece’s guardian, another fun loving uncle who opens his vineyard home for them all to live together, a guarded widow with a toy shop who’s love of magic is just what the heartbroken little girl needs, an ugly but lovable Bulldog, and a beautiful, small town island setting and then add several tender, emotional moments, some uplifting holiday cheer, a nice dose of humor, and a touch of nostalgia, and you’ve got an endearing romance that’s a real heartwarming treat.
It’s such a sweet, genuine, and touching holiday story that tugged and wrenched my heartstrings and made me cry in earnest, smile, laugh, and feel all warm and cozy inside like I’d had a nice, comforting, steaming cup of Bailey’s hot chocolate or apple cider in front of a roaring fire on a chilly winter’s day. I usually like my romance a little (okay, much) hotter, and although I would have liked a bit more of Mark and Maggie together, the charming family moments with brothers Mark and Sam showering their precious niece Holly with affection were the most gratifying. I loved it! This gave me a good dose of sentimental holiday spirit that I needed. I just wish there had been more of it, and I can’t wait until the next story in the series. 5 sweet stars!
And there were no rules for how to deal with the death of someone you loved. You had to accept that the loss would always stay with you, like a reminder note pinned to the inside of your jacket. But there were still opportunities for happiness. Even joy.
I just read and adored Something About You and then started this immediately afterward, and there’s a whole lot to love5+ stars – Contemporary Romance
I just read and adored Something About You and then started this immediately afterward, and there’s a whole lot to love about A Lot Like Love.
FBI Agent Nick McCall is coming off a grueling undercover assignment and looking for a little R&R before taking his next case, but instead finds himself tasked with assisting a junior agent in an undercover money laundering investigation. In order to infiltrate an exclusive charity event held by one of Chicago’s wealthiest restaurateur’s at an elite wine club, the FBI needs the cooperation of billionaire heiress and wine entrepreneur Jordan Rhodes.
Jordan will do anything to help her incarcerated brother get early parole, even if it means aiding an arrogant, gruff, and rough around the edges agent known for his “don’t-fuck-with-me” look who pushes all her buttons, both good and bad, like Nick McCall. Nick grew up in Brooklyn and would rather take on dangerous criminals and kick back with a nice glass of bourbon after a hard day than attend fancy wine tastings with stuffy, high society types, and polished rich women like Jordan aren’t his type. But opposites definitely attract, and when Nick and Jordan are forced to spend more time together masquerading as a couple, fighting their combustible chemistry and drawing the line between lies and love becomes impossible.
It’s a flawless, vastly entertaining contemporary romance with a hot alpha hero, a smart and sassy heroine, great secondary characters, clever dialogue, refreshing and witty banter, laugh out loud humor, and steamy love scenes. And who knew that wine could be so damn sexy?! (view spoiler)[The part when Jordan demonstrated to Nick how to properly sample wine and the scene when Nick made creative, sensual use of a glass of cabernet during a shared bubble bath were smokin’ hot! (hide spoiler)]
I absolutely lovedA Lot Like Love and highly recommend it for contemporary romance fans! 5 stars!
Here’s my favorite quote:
(view spoiler)[“You came into my life and messed the whole thing up and now I’m screwed. Because I’m in love with you. As in balls-out, head-over-heels, watching-Dancing-with-the-Stars-on Monday-nights, wine-and-bubble-bath kind of love. Hell, I think I’d even wear a scarf indoors for you.”(hide spoiler)]
WOW, I really loved this contemporary romance from Jessica Bird, aka J.R. Ward, about tough, cold, cy5+ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
WOW, I really loved this contemporary romance from Jessica Bird, aka J.R. Ward, about tough, cold, cynical, hardened, and emotionally detached ex Special Forces soldier turned private security specialist John Smith, who’s hired as a bodyguard by billionaire New York socialite Grace Woodward Hall, the Countess von Sharone, to protect her from a serial killer targeting her and five other high-profile society women.
Although John feels initial disdain for Grace’s glamorous, perfected appearance and glitzy lifestyle and she resents his gruff, remote attitude and rigid, high-handed ways, they prove the old adage that opposites attract. Despite their differences and occasional hostility, John and Grace experience an immediate, intense attraction and volatile lust that becomes increasingly difficult for them to deny or ignore, especially as they get to know each other better and when deeper feelings enter the mix. He is determined to maintain a professional relationship and has vowed never to become emotionally involved with a woman, even when Grace starts to chip away and thaw his icy exterior and threatens to blow his carefully laid plans for a solitary, unattached life all to hell. Can Grace convince John, a hard-edged man scarred both inside and out, to take a chance on love and a future together?
This is only the second book I’ve read by Jessica Bird, and although I liked Beauty And The Black Sheep, this was much closer to what I’d expected from a contemporary romance written by the WARDen. Although the love scenes are still fairly mild, especially compared to the steamy Black Dagger Brotherhood series, John Smith is definitely a tortured alpha hero reminiscent of the Brothers, and something about the heated, intense emotional encounters and explosive sexual tension between John and Grace reminded me a little bit at times of Zsadist and Bella, which I loved of course.
I really enjoyed An Unforgettable Lady, and I’ll definitely read the sequel, An Irresistible Bachelor, and the rest of her Moorehouse Legacy Silhouette series, which also features related characters. Big 5 stars!
OHHH-MYYY-GAWWWD!! I have absolutely zero saliva left after staring at this epitom5 stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance
Thoughts Before Reading:
OHHH-MYYY-GAWWWD!! I have absolutely zero saliva left after staring at this epitome of cover HOTness! Seriously, call a doctor quick 'cause I think I've swallowed my tongue.
Thoughts After Reading:
I think a review for this book is about the equivalent of crotchless panties or raspberry sauce on chocolate cake...totally unnecessary. I mean with a tongue swallowing, eyes bulging cover like this, who really gives a @%*$ what the story is, right? Well, the even better news is that it’s actually a great erotic romance with a too “perfect”, too sexy, to die for hero that can only be found in Romancelandia. And yes, the sex is as satisfying and as smokin’ HOT as the cover! 5 studtastic stars!...more
Thoughts Before Reading NOT that I'm complaining at all about the masculine perfection of this cover 'ca4 ½ stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance
Thoughts Before Reading NOT that I'm complaining at all about the masculine perfection of this cover 'cause HELLO, just look at those mouthwateringly yummy shoulders and biceps...GRRR! But, don't baseball players usually have a little more junk in their trunk and thicker thighs? I think I have an obligation to read this (as purely scientific study of course) to find out. *naughty grin*
Thoughts After Reading After careful review and scientific analysis, I have determined that this cover model, albeit delicious in his own right, isn’t a totally adequate representation for the studtastic hotness that is Gavin Riley.
Allow me to offer some additional...ahem...visual demonstrations.
Gavin thinking about Liz:
Gavin fresh from the shower after a grueling game:
Gavin lazing around in jeans:
I really enjoyed this, although not quite as much as The Perfect Play. Gavin and Liz are seriously smokin’ hot together and scorch the sheets, the balcony, the shower, the floor, the couch, the kitchen counter, and just about any and every surface they touch. Gavin is yummy of course, but I was surprised by how much I ended up liking and rooting for Liz after her outright display of utter bitchiness in The Perfect Play. The author does a good job explaining her hidden insecurity and vulnerability and making her into a sympathetic heroine. Mick was a total d*ck, no pun intended, to Gavin and Liz and tried his best to tear them apart. Luckily he eventually came around because otherwise I was going to have to pummel him, which would have been a damn shame considering how much I loved him in The Perfect Play. 4 ½ stars!
Sheltered, naïve preacher’s daughter Haley Foster ran away from her small Ohio town to take a road trip to Hawaii (yes,5 stars – Contemporary Romance
Sheltered, naïve preacher’s daughter Haley Foster ran away from her small Ohio town to take a road trip to Hawaii (yes, you read that right) and to do all the wild, crazy things in life that she’s never experienced before. When U.S. Marshal Kevin Harmon, who rescued Haley in a bar, ends up needing a ride back to his hometown of Possum Landing, Texas, they embark on an unexpected road trip together and an even more surprising journey to love.
I loved both Haley and Kevin, and they made such an engaging couple. All of their discussions and interactions were so entertaining, funny, and sweet. Haley is so nice, guileless, quirky, cute, and just utterly adorable. Kevin’s patient, gentle, thoughtful, tender, and protective manner of treating and caring for Haley is sigh-worthy. And although Kevin thinks his former bad boy ways makes him unworthy of having sex with someone as innocent as Haley or of receiving love, she’s mighty determined to convince him otherwise.
So if you’re looking for a fun, charming, touching romance with a lovable heroine, a yummy hero, and some laugh out loud moments that will leave you “completely smitten” (couldn’t resist), with a big fat smile on your face, then I highly recommend this delightful little gem. 5 stars!
Whipped Cream and Handcuffs Tessa was engaged to the perfect doctor, but when she becomes the subject ofI read this in the Whispered Secrets anthology.
Whipped Cream and Handcuffs Tessa was engaged to the perfect doctor, but when she becomes the subject of an admirer who knows all her darkest fantasies and deepest desires, gifts her with a basket full of handcuffs and naughty toys, and describes in detail, via erotic letters and sexy phone calls, all the ways he intends to bring her pleasure, suddenly her perfect fiancé isn’t so ideal anymore. When her admirer comes calling and sets out to turn her fantasies into reality, and to make Tessa his, can she submit?
Caleb has loved Tessa forever, and when the SEAL comes home wounded from war and ready to claim her once and for all but finds her engaged to another man, he sets out to prove that he’s the only man who knows what she actually craves and the man she really belongs to...using whipped cream and handcuffs of course! Turn down the A/C some more because Caleb is an alpha SEAL hunk who knows how to make a woman hot...yowza!...more