Eh . . . While this book had it's sexy moments, overall I was disappointed. I didnt feel a connection to the hero or heroine, and was able...more2.5-3 Stars.
Eh . . . While this book had it's sexy moments, overall I was disappointed. I didnt feel a connection to the hero or heroine, and was able to put this book down and walk away for almost a week before pushing myself to finish. It's entirely possible it's my current stressed out mood, but for me, this book was just "okay". I may try this author again in the future, in case it was simply my mood. (less)
A sexy fling in Ireland? I'm in! Honestly, that's all I needed to know when I picked up Her Best Laid Plans. I have a serious weakness for Irish heroe...moreA sexy fling in Ireland? I'm in! Honestly, that's all I needed to know when I picked up Her Best Laid Plans. I have a serious weakness for Irish heroes and romances set in Ireland. I'll forgive Jamie and Conner for staying in the US in the end, but I was disappointed that she didn't move to Ireland. Perhaps because I want to, and I would happily take her place. However, I understood why she made her choice.
Besides the setting, I truly enjoyed this quick novella. Jamie and Connor's chemistry burned bright and my Kindle was definitely smoking!
From the start, the banter was lively, and made the story fun and flirty.
I can't tell you how many other little quotes I have highlighted. Quotes that made me smile or laugh, giggle or sigh, swoon or blush. McKenna has them all bundled into this quickie!
While the sex and chemistry was amazing, Cara McKenna also provided a solid, if quick, story. I liked these two and while, yes, I often wanted to shove Jamie out of the way to keep Connor for my own, I did feel that they would make their HEA work.
I will be reading more of McKenna's books, as I liked her writing. Now if only more authors would write contemporary romances set in Ireland, I will be a very happy reader! Hint, hint . . . And I want romances, ladies, not chick lit! :)
4 1/2 STARS!
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For my full review, including a TON of my favorite quotes from HER BEST LAID PLANS, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace .
I'm not sure why I kept reading. I knew around chapter five that, unfortunately, this type erotica is not for me. I thought I would try some...moreDNF at 60%
I'm not sure why I kept reading. I knew around chapter five that, unfortunately, this type erotica is not for me. I thought I would try something new when I picked this one up, but clearly I'm not the audience for this kink (humiliation play, etc).
Add to that the fact that I couldn't connect with any of the characters (especially Adriana, who came off as nothing more than an orifice for sex for much of the book) and I knew I couldn't finish this book and rate it. Because my rating would be very low, and that's not fair to the author. I can't say if this book was “good” or “bad”. It simply wasn't my kind of book. (less)
Tiffany Reisz is not an author that everyone will love. It's the truth; her books are not for everyone, as they are kinky, dark and very sexy. I'm a f...moreTiffany Reisz is not an author that everyone will love. It's the truth; her books are not for everyone, as they are kinky, dark and very sexy. I'm a fan, though, and while Misbehaving is not my favorite book of hers, I still very much enjoyed it!
Unlike Reisz's Original Sinners series, this quickie is more on the playful-sexy side. It was refreshing, since I know how wicked her other books are, how dark and gritty (that's a compliment, Ms. Reisz!).
My only complaint is the length and the lack of emotional connection. Unlike with her full length novels, I didn't feel the connection between the characters in this novella, nor did I feel like I truly knew any of them. Then again, this is common with many novellas, regardless of the author, and as I've said before I am picky when it comes to novellas.
With plenty of dry wit and fun sexual explorations, Misbehaving is a hot read that is sure to please.
3 1/2 STARS!
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For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I've heard rave reviews about this series for a while now, and when AllRomance had it as a freebie for Christmas last year, I snatched it up. But, lik...moreI've heard rave reviews about this series for a while now, and when AllRomance had it as a freebie for Christmas last year, I snatched it up. But, like with many books, it sat in my TBR pile, staring at me. Finally, I decided to pick it up the other day; I had just finished up a review book, I wanted something different, something new. Beyond Shame was great; I had a few small problems with the book, but not nearly enough to keep me from finishing it, or wanting more.
From the very beginning, I was intrigued by the world that Kit Rocha had created. And yet I had so many questions about their world, and very few of my questions were answered. Of course, this is book 1 in a series, so it's probable that things will be discovered and discussed in the future books. Still, I wanted a little more background information in this book.
I have to admit, for much of the book, I didn't feel a solid connection to any of the characters, the heroine, Noelle, in particular. However, there was enough to make me curious about many of the characters. So of course I will be coming back for the other books.
Beyond Shame is very sexy, and the sexual freedom and explorations are powerful, both for the characters and the reader. The setting is unique, and I do want to visit this world again. Plus, who can resist a world where loyalty and possession thrive, where being marked can be both a show of submission and power at the same time? I'm dying to read the rest of the series, and I will be looking into other books writing by these two authors!
I admit it was sexy, and at times the hero's unique view on things was a bit fun. A quickie with heat and sweet, I liked this book. I may continue the...moreI admit it was sexy, and at times the hero's unique view on things was a bit fun. A quickie with heat and sweet, I liked this book. I may continue the series some day.(less)
First, I'm sorry for the rant-y and long review, but I had to share my thoughts on this book.
To fully explain all the things I hated about this book,...moreFirst, I'm sorry for the rant-y and long review, but I had to share my thoughts on this book.
To fully explain all the things I hated about this book, I would need to replay the story at least a dozen times, take detailed notes, and write a 12+ page rant-y review. But I won't. Well, the rant-y part, yes, but not the rest of that. There were a few spots that did not enrage me, but they were not enough to save the book.
I have seen many rave reviews for this book (many of my GR friends have rated it 4-5 stars; only two gave it less than that). Many readers I talk to on Twitter or GR recommended it to me last year. It sounded like an extremely sexy read (duh – Ellora's Cave!) and the MC lifestyle sounded intense. I decided to try it through Audible. The narrator was okay, I do not have much to say, good or bad, about her performance. But the story left me feeling ill, frustrated and full of RAGE.
Where to start?
The switch from 95% 1st POV through Marie, a few chapters from 3rd POV through Horse, and a mix of “6 weeks ago” followed next chapter by “4 weeks later”, etc, made my head spin.
Marie was more than a bit ditzy, and the only thing I felt for her was frustration. She made a dozen stupid choices and let Horse take control from chapter 1. Let's talk about their first meeting: he walks up to her and feels her up. They don't know each other, she's working alone in her brother's yard when Horse and the rest of the Reapers show up, scary and intense, and he walks up, calls her a “Sweet Butt” and plays with her tits. Now, a normal woman would complain, smack him – anything, right? She melts into his hands and from then on his Magic Hands and Monster Penis have complete control over her. The brief moments when she tries to grow a spine and argue with him, he touches her and she forgets everything she was about to say, turning so submissive it's pathetic. Getting lost in the heat of passion, etc, I can understand. But this was worse and it made me want to slap some sense into her and kick Horse in the balls.
This was a common feeling throughout the book, by the way.
Speaking of Horse – I never saw him as the hero. He was a total ASS, with no redeeming qualities that I could see (or cared about). I know the extremely-alpha-almost-anti-hero is popular in the genre right now, but I couldn't even see him in that way. He was just an ass, a crude dick from beginning to end. Even though I did not care about Marie, I hated how Horse treated her. For example, the blatant scene when he fucks a “Sweet Butt” while thinking of Marie sealed my hate for him – and that was very early in the book!
Oh, and let's not forget when Horse had a lap dance from a stripper in a private room while Marie was out with the old ladies. This is after they are “together” and he's snarled his “Mine, mine, mine” shit. He excuses it by whining that “You were out and not here to take care of me, what was I suppose to do?”. Stop bitching, you bastard! For one thing, she didn't actually want to go out, it was Horse's sister and the rest of the women who took her out for Ladies' Night. BUT She had every right to go out with the girls! His “poor” balls will survive one night without her. Also, when the ladies show up at the strip club, Horse throws an even bigger fit. Oh grow up, asshole! You're only mad because she caught you.
Or how about the dubious consent angry-sex scene (directly after another Reaper almost raped Marie, I may add)? But she forgives Horse instantly because: A) His anger made her wet (Even as he asked why she was kissing the other man, not listening to her side of the story, of course) and B) He gave her zillions of amazing orgasms. So it's all cool. * rolls eyes *
If I had been reading this in print, I would have thrown the book at the wall at this point. Wait, no, by that point I probably would have thrown it against the wall a dozen times.
So why did I finish the book? First, it was like a train wreck; I had to see if it was going to get worse, since I knew it couldn't possibly improve. Also, the rage while listening fueled my daily walks, pushing me to walk faster, although it did lead me to swearing to myself, which may have earned me a few odd looks from neighbors.
To be honest, if I had been reading this as an ebook OR print book, I would have DNF'ed it early into the story and moved on.
I can see why so many readers loved this book. As Sarah (SmartBitches ,Trashy Books) has said before “I could see the crack, but the crack didn't work on me.”
I'm sure the portrayal of the 1% MC world is fairly accurate in this book, but it's not the kind of story I want. I guess it is simple, really: I'm not the audience for this particular book. I won't be continuing this series. (less)