I'm glad I grabbed this novella for free. If I had paid for it, I'd probably be throwing a fit right now.
When this popped up on a book deal list, I haI'm glad I grabbed this novella for free. If I had paid for it, I'd probably be throwing a fit right now.
When this popped up on a book deal list, I had just been looking for a good triad romance. I figured it was fate -- a novella fitting that theme, and it's free!
Sadly, I was very disappointed in Summer Wine. I didn't connect with the characters at all. On top of that, everything seemed very flat and rushed, and the sex was not very sexy; really, it reminded me of a low-rate porno. Not because of the content -- I love extremely spicy erotica! But rather due to the lack of character development, lack of believable emotions, and overall writing style, etc.
Oh, and there's a big ol' dollop of insta-love going on in here. Really. One night as a threesome and these three are COMPLETELY CONVINCED that they are all in love with one another and can make it as a triad. No, just no. I'm sorry, even if I'm reading for escape or fantasy, I refuse to believe that.
And the editing . . . yeah, I won't go there.
I'm sure there will be some that enjoy this novella, and it is free. But for me, there are just so many other great books in this genre, and I'm slightly sorry that I wasted an hour of my time reading this one. ...more
Better than the first book, though there were still times when I wanted to throw the book against the wall. I realize I'm not the audience for this seBetter than the first book, though there were still times when I wanted to throw the book against the wall. I realize I'm not the audience for this series, yet I've still been tempted to come back to see some of the characters. I suppose that means there's some crack in the pages? :)
Intense, very hot during a few scenes, but not for everyone....more
Oh, I'm so glad I was tempted into buying this one! A very sexy, yet at times sweet, read; I finished in a day and loved it. I can't tell you how manyOh, I'm so glad I was tempted into buying this one! A very sexy, yet at times sweet, read; I finished in a day and loved it. I can't tell you how many sexy scenes and quotes I highlighted on my Kindle . . . I will definitely be back for more from this author!
I picked up Escorted for two reasons: it was on sale and many readers had recommended it. The blurb sounded interesting, so with one click, I h3 Stars
I picked up Escorted for two reasons: it was on sale and many readers had recommended it. The blurb sounded interesting, so with one click, I had it ready to read on my Kindle.
I admit, I'm a bit disappointed. Escorted has such a unique set up. However, for me, it didn't work as well as it did for others. I felt like Kent could have expanded on it more, there was just so much potential, but for me it fell flat.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but there was far too much sex. Or rather far too much clinical, boring sex. And it was repetitive. I can't count how many times some of the same phrases were used, how many times he rolled off the bed and went to the bathroom for “longer than usual” to dispose of the condom. Or how many times he “jerked his head to the side” as he came. Oh, and it's apparently an infectious act; soon there were a few sex scenes were they BOTH jerked their heads to the side as they came. I'm not even sure what that means. In my head, I pictured some poor guy twitching and I wondered if I should ask about his medical history; does he have seizures, for example? Perhaps the author thought such an action was sexy. I just found it annoying and odd. In general, there was just too many things repeated again and again. I think if I was to highlight all of the repeated phrases/scenes, there would only be a handful of pages left in the entire book!
And as much as I love a lot of (good!) sex in my books, here it was far too much. Was there a story or character development in this book? I'm not sure, to be honest. If there was, it was clearly hidden too deep in all the sex scenes. I'm not joking: every chapter began with Lori waiting for Anders in the hotel room. Stilted conversation would follow, then sex (complete with jerking heads), and then perhaps a few lines of fairly decent conversation. End of chapter, then repeat. It was a bit exhausting, and it truly did make it difficult for me to see any character development or story progression between all the sex.
I would have liked to see some of the story from Ander's POV. And I wish Lori had been better fleshed out. Even though she's supposed to be this bestselling romance author, I felt like the only thing I really *knew* about her was that she loved having sex with Ander. There was no scenes with her working, and she only interacts briefly with her friend. Otherwise it's all about the sex. I wanted more from the story than that.
All that being said, I did like the book, but I wasn't in love with it. I don't regret reading it, of course, but I'm not sure I'll be doing a reread at any time. Unless it's to highlight just how many times Anders jerks his head. :)
If this book worked for you – great, I'm happy and I want to know why! For me, it simply fell flat. ...more
Sexy, of course, but I wish there had been more. Kitty had some spirit to her, and I liked that, and of course who could resist two strong men like DoSexy, of course, but I wish there had been more. Kitty had some spirit to her, and I liked that, and of course who could resist two strong men like Dom and Gem? I know, I know, this entire series is nothing but quickie novellas, but I still wish this triad had been more deeply explored. ...more
A quickie read, very sexy. I'm definitely not the audience for this type of romance; even by the end of the novella, I was a bit unsure about the heroA quickie read, very sexy. I'm definitely not the audience for this type of romance; even by the end of the novella, I was a bit unsure about the hero and heroine technically being stepsiblings (though her mother left his dad very shortly after the marriage, and the stepdad continued to take care of her).
Still, I may try another book in this series when I need something quick and dirty to read. ...more
Between a 3 1/2 and 4 Stars rating -- a solid read!
I have not read any of Loren's previous books, but I am very curious to do so now, especially theBetween a 3 1/2 and 4 Stars rating -- a solid read!
I have not read any of Loren's previous books, but I am very curious to do so now, especially the previous novel for this triad. Very sexy; my only complaint in the smexy department was I would have liked even more m/m action, both with Evan simply watching and with her involved in the fun. :) Forever Starts Tonight was a quickie that I desperately needed to break up all the textbook reading I'm doing for classes. ...more
I loved the first book in this series. But . . . I was disappointed and annoyed with Love is a Battlefield. Pepper seemed to be far too young for JackI loved the first book in this series. But . . . I was disappointed and annoyed with Love is a Battlefield. Pepper seemed to be far too young for Jack, and I don't just mean the number of years between them, but maturity as well. There were times when I was able to overlook this issue, but not often. The scene at the 90% mark when Pepper's "stalker" is revealed made me almost throw something, because that character was suddenly so immature and what's worse everyone was believing what that character was saying. (Trying to be vague, to avoid any spoilers).
The sex was pretty hot, I admit, but it wasn't enough to save the book for me. I'm also noticing that bringing in the hero's best friend to have a one-night menage with the heroine is a common trope with these authors. I'm not against that, but I do wish it was changed up a bit. I'm sure that not every romance novel heroine out there dreams of having a threesome.
I'll still try another book or two from these authors, and I will probably pick up the next book in this series to see if Dean's story lives up to my expectations or not.
A quick read, not bad, but also nothing overly memorable, either. ...more
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 able2.5-3 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. ...more
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 heroeA 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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