It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy...more4 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.
Rachel Gibson is one of my go-to, comfort contemporary romance authors when I need a light, fun read with a good dose...more4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
Rachel Gibson is one of my go-to, comfort contemporary romance authors when I need a light, fun read with a good dose of humor and emotional substance that’s not too fluffy or overly angsty.
Rescue Me returns to Lovett, Texas, population 10,000, and pairs former Navy SEAL Vince Haven, who’s the brother of Autumn from Any Man of Mine, and Sadie Hollowell. Vince and Sadie have hot chemistry but there isn’t enough time devoted to their actual romantic progression/relationship development. It just seemed like most of the revealing of their characters was done independently, and I wanted a bit more of them actually together.
Still, I really enjoyed Vince’s and Sadie’s characters, the humorous, clichéd Texas references, and the colorful secondary characters, and the estranged relationship between Sadie and her father was realistically portrayed and heartfelt. The ending was much too abrupt with a somewhat hasty HEA, especially since I’m always greedy for an epilogue, but I’m hoping that means we haven’t seen the last of small town Lovett, Texas.
Whew! I think my Kindle had smoke coming out of it from this little scorcher! Seriously, I Just Gotta Say that t...more5 stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
Whew! I think my Kindle had smoke coming out of it from this little scorcher! Seriously, I Just Gotta Say that this is turn down the AC, need a glass of ice cold water, where’s the fire? blazing hot! And it’s sweet, too. :)
I read this for one...more3 ½ stars – Erotic Contemporary Romance
Thoughts before reading:
SED! SED! SED! SED! SED! GIVE US SED, NOW! :)
Thoughts after reading:
I read this for one main reason...SEX SED! And it he mostly delivered. Overall, I didn't enjoy Rock Hard quite as much as Backstage Pass, but it's a smokin' hot, entertaining read. I'm still a Sinners groupie.
(view spoiler)[And ten orgasms, really?! Seriously?!?! I think I'd pass out or need a crash cart after Sed's "rock hard" sexin! I actually got a little bored at times with their marathon sex sessions and public escapades, and I was hoping for a bit more kink like Myrna and Brian shared in Backstage Pass. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, especially considering that I was somewhat disappointed with the last...more4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, especially considering that I was somewhat disappointed with the last book, The Darkest Lie, and since Amun has always been a rather quiet (pun intended), serious, and less charismatic Lord. But color me pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment with this one.
Amun and Haidee have magnetic chemistry and explosive sexual tension, and their mutual longing and desperate need to belong was palpable, touching, and sad. The romance between them is wildly passionate, sweet, sexy, beautifully moving, fierce, and achingly tender, all at the same time. And did I mention HOT? Whew!
And I loved all the humorous buddy moments with Strider (his cocky arrogance cracks me up!), William, and Paris ribbing each other. I can't wait for their books! This is a fun, smokin' hot, satisfying addition to the LOTU series. 4 ½ stars!(less)
As much as I enjoyed the love/hate banter of The Rake and swooned at devilishly wicked, sinfully charming rake Sa...more5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
As much as I enjoyed the love/hate banter of The Rake and swooned at devilishly wicked, sinfully charming rake Saint’s feet in London's Perfect Scoundrel, England’s Perfect Hero ended up being my favorite book in Enoch’s wonderful Lessons in Love trilogy. It’s a beautiful, touching romance between an emotionally and physically scarred hero suffering from PTSD and the woman whose friendship helps heal his wounded soul and bring him back into the light. I absolutely loved it! My only complaint is the same that I had about London's Perfect Scoundrel, which is that it needed a bit more to the ending and an epilogue. But it’s still a heartrending, soulful love story worthy of big 5 stars!
(view spoiler)[The scene where Robert dances with all the wallflowers at a ball, despite his difficulty with touch and at the detriment to his injured leg, because it’s important to Lucinda was sweet, sigh-worthy, and exceedingly romantic. (hide spoiler)]
This was the best book in the Stud Club trilogy and my favorite Tessa Dare novel to date, mainly because I loved L...more5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance
This was the best book in the Stud Club trilogy and my favorite Tessa Dare novel to date, mainly because I loved Lily and Julian and adored them even more together. The piano scene?! Holy cow! YOWZA!
Three Nights with a Scoundrel was a moving, sensual romance, and I'm glad that I finished the series, since the best was saved for last! And I loved the epilogue. It brought tears to my eyes and left a HEA smile on my face. 5 stars!(less)
**spoiler alert** 4 ½ stars – Vampire/Paranormal Romance
Okay...It goes without saying that I’m a total hussy for the Brothers, that the BDB series is...more**spoiler alert** 4 ½ stars – Vampire/Paranormal Romance
Okay...It goes without saying that I’m a total hussy for the Brothers, that the BDB series is my favorite, and that the ‘WARD’en is brilliant, and I totally expected this to be another no-brainer 5-star read. But unfortunately, it juuust didn’t quite get there for me (shocking...I know!), mainly since I felt a little bit cheated in the romance department due to all the Lash/Lesser distraction and because there was just so much filler. I mean, Lash’s evil manifestation through physical deterioration and mental decline into total cuckoo-ville got waaay too much word time. And what was with the completely irrelevant haunted southern mansion sub-plot?! I could have done without that interruption for sure. I also felt like the flashback sub-plot with Darius and Tohr was a bit disruptive to the overall flow and pace of the story, but at least it tied in really well at the end. Although I’m still utterly confused about whether John Matthew is supposed to be Darius reincarnated or is he just his son?
I’ve always liked John Matthew and ached for his suffering and found Xhex to be a mysterious, intriguing, and kick-butt heroine, but I just didn’t picture them becoming a BDB power couple like Zsadist and Bella, Rhage and Mary, or Wrath and Beth. However, I was very pleasantly surprised and totally captivated by their intense connection, personal struggles, emotional turmoil and growth, and journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and healing. I just wish there had been more time devoted to their relationship and romance because it was so complicated, touching, volatile yet tender, passionate, heart-wrenching, and blistering hot!
By far, my favorite aspect of Lover Mine was the explosive sexual tension and volatile emotional conflict between Qhuinn and Blaylock...YOWZA! They (Qhuay) flat-out stole the show, IMO. I just kept wishing and hoping that Ward would give us a nice, fat, juicy Qhuinn/Blay steak! I expect (fingers crossed) that they will get their own story, or at least a novella, at some point, and I really hope there’s a big HEA coming their way. There better not be a Marissa and/or Jane sell out this time either...I want a Qhuinn/Blay mating, darnit!
So, although this wasn’t my favorite or a perfect 5-star read, the BDB series still kicks major ass! Now, I just wish there wasn’t such a long, agonizing wait until the next book! 4 ½...almost 5 stars!
And whew boy, what a sexy, hot cover! I love the nail scratch marks on his chest!