Not many are brave enough to take a romantic Caribbean vacation cruise all alone, not unless you're Laney Parks and you've just cauMy Review:
Not many are brave enough to take a romantic Caribbean vacation cruise all alone, not unless you're Laney Parks and you've just caught your two-timing, scumbag of a now ex-boyfriend having sex with another woman. But it's better to forge ahead and wallow in your sad self pity while simultaneously getting a tan, right? Well it's a good plan right up until Laney runs into her boss and an offer she can't refuse: pose as his wife and receive not only the promotion of a lifetime, but an additional ten thousand dollars to sweeten the deal. All Laney has to do is stick to the script. Piece of cake!
Nick Sinclair is on the verge of making a complete ass of himself in front of a potential client he's currently courting and lying to in order to secure the marketing deal of a lifetime for his firm. Not only did he lie about his marriage status and hijack his potential client's Caribbean vacation, but now he's facing a real disaster while standing alone at the cruise ship entrance minus his "wife" after an inconvenient ultimatum. Nick needs to find a replacement and fast. How fortuitous then that Laney Parks is standing behind him minus her boyfriend. Throwing everything at the woman except for the kitchen sink, Nick seals his vow of "marriage" from Laney but maintaining their business arrangement proves to be the greatest, most agonizing effort in restraint.
Well aware of Nick's reputation as a womanizer, Laney is on guard for any seduction shenanigans. Meanwhile, she's also having second thoughts about her agreement to help Nick and pose as his "wife". He wants every impression of a couple in love but after her recent heartbreak, the last thing Laney wants to do is snuggle and make googly-eyes with a man she doesn't know during her mourning period. To add heat to her already raging emotions, Laney is no where near as immune to Nick's model good looks as she'd like. Plus, he embodies a surprising intensity that threatens to overwhelm every one of her vulnerable senses. Determined to set boundaries between her and her luscious "husband", Laney does her part to act the doting wife in public but alone with Nick, she's encased within a fortress of pure ice. Now all she has to do is remain vigilant and prevent Nick from thawing her rigid defenses before week's end and she can go home with her arms laden with cash and a premiere career future.
Sailing upon a sea of uncharted emotions, Nick has never been more confused or more sexually frustrated by a woman in his entire adult life. Laney is everything he's never wanted in a woman but soon she becomes everything that he'll do anything to possess. A complete departure from the clean, no-strings-no-mess women of his past, Laney's middle name is complicated. And while her lush coco skin and sinful curves have him and every other hot-blooded male on the ship salivating, Nick can't help but respect Laney's modesty and sense of self respect. Truth is, she's a damned inconvenience, one that he doesn't want nor need in his life but to Nick's untimely alarm, Laney becomes the one woman in the world that he can't possibly live without.
Laney Parks embodies a special combination of a warm consideration for others, an unintentional beauty, and an admirably high sense of self worth. In essence, Laney is pure class. Kind, loyal, and caring, she's the type of heroine that's more than deserving of her Happily Ever After and as a reader, you want to journey with Laney and be apart of that special moment when she finally receives her long awaited true love and happiness.
Bringing much needed realism to the book, it's not long before Laney regrets her agreement with Nick, not only because it feels cheap and lousy, but because she's lying to others whom at any other time could have been her friends. Laney's doing a bad, bad thing on this cruise and while the naughtiness is slightly liberating, Laney knows what the end result will be and she doesn't sugar coat or ignore the reality of her situation. It's this knowledge of herself and of Nick that has her embracing the possibility that a real relationship between the two of them may never become reality. But despite the fact that she's walked this journey with her eyes wide open, Laney is still helpless to her heart's desire and falls headlong into love with Nick.
Ruthless, predatory, competitive, and vigilant, Nick Sinclair is the very definition of intensity. A self proclaimed bachelor that only wants the simple ease that causal sex can offer, Nick doesn't want a relationship but he proves on the cruise with Laney that he can be a rather devoted and insatiable husband. Pure sexual dynamite in bed, Nick has never known this possessive and dominating side of himself that he inadvertently unleashes upon Laney. Her unintentional seductive ways leaves him aching with a want so fierce that he's left with no choice but to ruthlessly pursue her and bring them both to a whole new level within their "marriage". No one is more surprised than Nick when he realizes that he's falling in love with Laney. Truth of the matter is that Laney challenges him to be a better man. She doesn't roll over for him or issue ultimatums that would grant him the easy out. She makes him work for it and for once, Nick is willing and wanting to be in love.
My Final Thoughts:
LOVE SCRIPT: DELUXE EDITION was a surprising but delightful read. I must admit that it's hard not to judge a contemporary romance without a more skeptical eye. The premise of this novel is undoubtedly far fetched but I was extremely delighted to find that the characters, especially Laney, brought a welcome and much needed realism to the plot. It therefore became incredibly easy to suspend my disbelief and simply immerse myself into what really became an extremely entertaining read.
And it must be added that the sex in this novel is off-the-charts explosive. Trust me when I say that you'll be curling your toes, fanning your cheeks, and squirming in your seat as Nick and Laney start getting hot and heavy in and out of the bedroom. Nick is incredibly intense so it's no surprise when he becomes almost wild with a primitive need to possess Laney but it's his alarm and bewilderment over his own behavior that keeps Nick from becoming too aggressive. He pushes, yes, but his pursuit is oh so delicious. Meanwhile Laney, while not as sexually aggressive as Nick, is a wonderful counterpoint to his predatory nature with her practicality and endearing vulnerabilities. She's a complex mixture of seductress and innocent that has Nick twisted with the simultaneous need to both claim and comfort her.
And finally, from the cover it's obvious that LOVE SCRIPT: DELUXE EDITION is an interracial romance but truly, these differences didn't have any profound effect whatsoever on the plot nor the characters. Attraction is attraction and these two scorched the pages with an insatiable inferno that'll leave you breathless. If you're interested in a mixed race romance but are hesitant, this novel is a great place to start.
Two years ago, Jessica Chase was on the ultimate high. Engaged to Sedric Lionheart, the not-yet-famous lead singer of t3.5 STARS!!!
Two years ago, Jessica Chase was on the ultimate high. Engaged to Sedric Lionheart, the not-yet-famous lead singer of the hard rock band Sinners, and recently accepted to law school, Jessica was in a state of bliss. That is until Sed forbade her to go to law school and achieve her dreams. Instead, he expected her to marry him, tour with him, and be his beck-n-call girl. Well, Jessica may have wanted Sed but she didn't need him and proved it when she walked out the door without a backward glance.
Fast forward to the present. Sinners is now a global phenomenon. Meanwhile, Jessica is struggling to pay for college by reluctantly stripping at a Las Vegas night club for summer break while also facing academic probation. Just when her life couldn't be in anymore turmoil, Sed has to walk into her night club, on her shift, and witness her bare ass gyrating on a pole. Needless to say, the incident doesn't go over well and Jessica soon finds herself jobless, homeless and potentially unable to pay her tuition for the fall semester. It's about time she exacted her revenge and ruin the life of the man that's effectively ruined hers for the second time.
Sed Lionheart has never gotten over Jessica or the fact that she's the only woman to have ever dumped him. Sure he's physically gotten over her for not a single night has gone by without a lady or two...or three, warming his bed but for two years, he's always imagined Jessica upon their countless faces. Now she's back in his life - hating him - but Sed will take Jessica anyway he can have her. Better to have an angry Jessica than no Jessica at all. Plus, it's sweet heaven when she can't deny that the passion between them is still a raging inferno and that no amount of water could every hope to dose out the flames. But when Jessica makes it clear to Sed that she's just using his body, he can't help but admit to himself that it hurts to know that he can't find someone who could just love him for him; not for just his body or his fame, but for him. And the fact is that Sed still loves Jessica and he's determined to make her love him once again too.
Embodying the killer female combo of being both beautiful and intelligent, Jessica chafes against not only unwanted male attention but the hurtful female hatred that comes repeatedly her way. And given all the attention, Jessica isn't totally oblivious of her own sex appeal, but the last thing she wants or needs is a man. All she wants is to finish law school and accomplish her dream of helping people by being a good lawyer. But because of Jess's hot looks and big boobs, getting people to take her seriously has never been easy and it only makes her fight harder to prove herself and maintain her control over her dreams.
Having never gotten over Sed herself, Jessica's resistance where he's concerned flies out the window the moment his lips touch hers. But in her mind, Sed hasn't changed. He's still trying to control her by taking away her choices when it comes to money and their relationship. The only time Jessica can withstand Sed's bossiness is in the bedroom but that doesn't make her any less wary of his larger-than-life need to dominate. Jessica wants to be his equal but that goal seems pointless and therefore she instead strives to deny her heart from the love that threatens to overtake her sanity.
Lead singer of Sinners and long regarded as the beauty of the group, Sed is a man driven to take care of those he considers his. A born leader, the need to "fix" things is an aching force inside Sed that constantly propels him into action. With his band mates, Sed's drive has not only propelled them to stardom, but it has also served to make them each better musicians in one way or another. However, the good side effects end there. Sed's caring need has a tendency to mutate into a steamrolling effect as he a crushes the choices others all in an attempt to do what he feels is the best for them. Case in point: Jessica. Sed's need to take care of her only served to drive a wedge between them.
When Jessica returns to Sed's life, it takes a long while for him to realize that he and his need to "fix" things have caused more harm than good. All he wants is to take care of her. But as Sed learns that he's stifling Jessica instead of giving her the support she needs without inadvertently being a dictator, he tries to "fix" things again, this time in the attempt to give her room to accomplish her dreams but he only manages to make matters worse once again. Fact is, Sed is who is and he'll never curtail the drive completely. It's who is at his core but he'll have to learn to compromise for he's fallen in love with the one woman that he can never hope to control.
My Final Thoughts:
Another steaming hot addition to the Sinners On Tour Series, ROCK HARD delivers sex, rock stars, and the high's and low's of fame to the fullest with never a dull moment to be had. Featuring a spitfire of a heroine and a hero that's all lazy, bad boy charm, this read could never be classified as boring but tantalizingly HAWT! Seriously, hardly a chapter goes by without some sort of public sex scene popping up and making your toes curl. Needless to say, ROCK HARD is rockin' satisfaction on the sex front. And I can't say that the charm ends there but I did encounter a few aspects of the read that left me wanting.
Unfortunately, I felt that all of Sed's and Jessica's troubles could have been cleared up with a single conversation. This isn't necessarily a bad thing for ROCK HARD. For one, the book is 90% sex and to have any emotional issues too in depth could have left a lot of open holes at the end due to simple lack of page time. But still, I would have liked to have seen less repeated angst over the same old issue. Better put, Sed and Jessica felt more immature than anything when it came to Sed's need to be a guiding caregiver and Jess's need to make her own decisions. What was nice, however, is that both Sed and Jessica are cut from the same cloth. They're both caregivers in their own way which made them extremely compatible together.
In addition, and in an effort not to spoil things, I must point out one debilitating fact: I wanted Sed to go after Jessica. It all boils down to the fact that Sed never went after Jessica two years ago and now, when he has this serendipitous moment where the universe has deemed him worthy of a second chance, he ups and pulls an intentional repeat all for the sake of what he feels is for Jessica's own good. It was as if he didn't learn anything, as if he made no character evolution from beginning to end, and more fatally, as if he still didn't know Jessica. A pretty deflating moment for me to say the least and where I once, up until that point, was going to rate the book 4.5 stars, I couldn't. I was and still am too upset with the fact that Jessica had to come back to Sed instead of the other way around. Jessica deserved more.
But enough of the bad. The good news is, I genuinely like this author and you better believe I'll be in line for book three. And while I may have rated BACKSTAGE PASS and ROCK HARD the same, the latter is definitely my favorite of the two. The love Olivia Cunning has for music and men is palpable. The woman is also a genius at writing sex. Cunning pushes boundaries but never once does she push sex into the raunchy category. In other words, it was never too dirty to read or enjoy. I also felt that she did a better job at making each Sinners bandmate accessible and readily identifiable. I had trouble remembering who was who in BACKSTAGE PASS but in ROCK HARD, Cunning gives each man more stage time which was very much appreciated by this reader and reviewer.
ROCK HARD is everything its title implies for its one rockin' good time of a read. If you like it fast and sexy with a double does of public fornication, look no farther than this purple-clad roller coaster of a read. Enjoy!
Myrna Evans has spent the last couple years rebuilding her life, changing her name and relocating all with the hopes of disappearing from heMy Review:
Myrna Evans has spent the last couple years rebuilding her life, changing her name and relocating all with the hopes of disappearing from her abusive ex-husband. Sexually repressed and facing the very real possibility that she'll not receive the necessary funding to continue her research and teaching position at a Kansas City University, Myrna seizes the opportunity to have a quick fling with Sinners lead guitarist, Brian Sinclair. But when the hours they spend enfolded in each other's arms yields an indescribable passion that threatens to consume every faucet of her being, Myrna's distrust in men and herself has her denying that these feelings have anything to do with love but everything to do with disaster.
Famous for his genius guitar riffs, Brian "Master" Sinclair is a man who finds love easily enough but infidelity always manages to get in the way of his Happily Ever After. Miraculously enough this doesn't dissuade Brian from his belief in love nor does it crush his inner hopeless romantic. When a sexually explosive weekend with Myrna inspires his music on a never before experienced degree, his heartsickness at her leaving hurts worse than any pain he's suffered in the arms of the love professing liars of his past relationships. When Myrna joins Sinners on tour in an effort to gather research for new grant project focusing on the behavior of groupies, Brian relishes the opportunity to spend every moment with her but as he slowly peels away her mysterious layers, Brian finds a woman who fears love on a severe level forcing him to proceed emotionally at a much slower pace.
For Myrna, love is a dangerous and manipulative sentiment that guilt's and enslaves. The very words "I love you" makes her physically sick and truly, she can't believe that anyone, let alone Brian, can honestly love her. What she wants, what she convinces herself and Brian to believe, is that their relationship is merely a no-strings-attached fling and virtually ignores the feverish intensity that rages between them chalking it up to lust and lust alone. Fighting at every moment to resist her feelings for Brian, Myrna does a good job convincing herself and Brian that she doesn't love him. In fact, her self delusions are so strong and her refusal to believe otherwise nearly destroys the bliss she's found in Brian's arms.
In the background of this love war is the Sinners. Each with emotional baggage of their own, Brian's band mates shine brightly in their respective spotlights. Each are easily recognizable amongst a genuine crowd of secondary characters for it doesn't take long for readers to distinguish each different and distinct personality from the other. Sed, the consummate ladies man who sheds woman as often as he changes his clothes, is the Sinners' lead singer. Trey, extremely enigmatic with a bisexuality that will have your toes curling, is the band's rhythm guitarists. Jace, playing bass, is the most quiet of the group but also the band mate with the most controlling bedroom antics. You'd never know that Jace's soft-spoken veneer shielded a dynamic dominate. And finally Eric, the band's drummer with an explosive mouth kicks himself daily for not finding Myrna first. Each one of these guys plays a role in Bryan and Myrna's relationship, serving to strengthen as well as test its boundaries at every turn.
My Final Thoughts:
BACKSTAGE PASS is a sexual explosion! I'm surprised that the pages didn't combust from the sheer force of the sexual fire released in this read. It's been a while since I indulged in an erotic romance and after the scintillating time I spent with Brian and Myrna, I think I've met my quota for the month. Yet while I enjoyed the lush eroticism of this read, I felt that in some cases the scenes felt forced and a little out of character mostly on Myrna's end. She's supposed to be a sexually repressed woman but no sooner are we introduced to this heroine before she's participating in a three-way and parading naked in front of the entire Sinners band. The scenes were hot but slightly uncomfortable given Myrna's nature.
With further thought, I've come to the conclusion that Myrna just in general rubbed me the wrong way. She's a stubborn character and while I sympathized with her plight, I also felt that she was harsh with Brian's feelings and heart throughout the entire read. Here's a man that puts his heart out there only to have it squashed time and again and the fact that it's only in the last three pages of the book that Myrna finally declares her love, I didn't really believe her reasons for her sudden about-face.
For readers looking for a read with a serious spice kick, hot rocker guys, and emotional intensity, BACKSTAGE PASS is a must read. Enjoy!
Bryce Ryder is the ultimate player. After being burned before by a woman who nearly took him for everything he had, Bryce is terrified of commitment aBryce Ryder is the ultimate player. After being burned before by a woman who nearly took him for everything he had, Bryce is terrified of commitment and has resolved to only partake in the one night stand. It's so much safer. Besides his number one loves are his restaurant and TV show, Heating It Up. When a gossip rag misconstrues the context of Bryce's words, he suddenly finds his reputation in ruins, not to mention the fact that Greenwood Financial is now ready to back out of a major deal that has become near and dear to Bryce's heart. He's got four weeks to turn this catastrophe around and Bryce knows just the woman who can pull him out of hot water.
Jenna McCabe is turning 28 today and she's going to get her birthday wish - Bryce naked in her bed. For ten years she's been in love with him and enough is finally enough. Well aware of Bryce's reputation with woman, Jenna has a master plan on how to get Bryce and keep him. His call for help is the perfect opportunity too. Owning her own marketing firm and working tirelessly to build a solid reputation, Jenna knows she can help Bryce with his current dilemma.
Meeting Jenna for dinner at his restaurant, Bryce is appalled by Jenna's suggestions on how to recoup his reputation. He didn't ask that his fans be house wives. But unfortunately they're what bring in the money and they're also the ones that his words offended. He has to make amends but not by cooking with the elderly. No way! There must be something wrong with Jenna. Not only does she propose this horrible plan but she's also acting totally out of character. His best friend has suddenly developed a back bone where he's concerned and Bryce can't help but stand up and take notice and that's not the only thing that's standing up. Jenna totally has his blood fired up and his cock standing at complete attention. He wants her. Bryce wants shy Jenna McCabe. What is going on?
Jenna's in the mood to play a little hard to get. She certainly just can't hop into bed with Bryce the first night. That would be too easy for Bryce and Jenna would just be one more in a long list of romps in the sack. But Jenna's plans are soon tossed out the window after Bryce shows up unannounced at her apartment carrying a steaming hot platter of something that smells positively sinful.
Plying her with dessert is exactly what Bryce has in mind. He's not at her apartment for sex, he just wants an excuse to try and understand these new feelings that are bombarding him over Jenna. But his good intentions fly out the window when Jenna opens her apartment door dressed in a silky chemise that leaves little to the imagination. As one hot and delicious spoonful of custard dripping with chocolate and Carmel leads to another, Bryce and Jenna are soon overwhelmed by the eroticism of the moment and it's not long before these two get hot and heavy between the sheets.
Completely humiliated by last night's bed play and afraid that it all was one big fat lie on Bryce's part, Jenna escapes the confines of her apartment and heads to work. Shaken to the core, Jenna could kick herself for deviating from her plan of playing hard to get. Bryce's nonstop phone calls and unexpected visit at her office with breakfast is making things even worse. Jenna needs time to think and plan her next form of attack. Besides her emotions are completely raw and a moment to regroup is really all she wants. Well that and Bryce's cookie dough pancakes!
Now Jenna has a new plan with the help of her gorgeous and confident employee, Rachael. Give Bryce a little dose of what he's been dishing out all these years: hot sex with no strings.
When a marketing deal near and dear to Jenna's heart goes sour, Jenna hightails it Italy to save the account. Bryce is steaming over the fact that Jenna didn't tell him she was leaving the country. If it wasn't for his brother, who unbeknownst to both Bryce and Jenna is conspiring with Jenna's sister Sarah in an effort to get Bryce and Jenna together once and for all, he never would have known she was gone. But Bryce sees where he can possibly take advantage of this situation by whisking Jenna away to his Tuscan villa.
The days in Tuscany with Bryce are some of the best days of Jenna's life. In a perfectly sublime moment, Bryce tells her that he loves her. While her own heart has been engaged for years on end, Jenna's hesitant to tell Bryce her own words of love. She still can't believe that what he's saying is real. But what Jenna doesn't say she shows Bryce her love with her body as the two embark on some of the steamiest love scenes in the novel.
Of course when everything is just starting to feel secure for Jenna, disaster strikes. A rather nasty email was sent earlier to Bryce by his conniving brother Trey, all in the effort to get Bryce to realize his love for Jenna. While at the time Bryce thought of Trey's words as cruel, it did work to get his attention. But having the email read by Jenna turns the words into a whole new context.
Horrified by her behavior and her near proclamation of love to Bryce, Jenna is hit hard by the email's revelations. Those hesitant feelings with regards to Bryce's words of love are proving not only to be her savior, but reaffirming her earlier denied knowledge that Bryce simply can't commit. Humiliated, Jenna takes off for some much needed time alone on her family's farm.
Bryce is not about to let the one woman he's ever loved get away. With true heroics, Bryce tracks Jenna down with the drive of a hungry lion stalking its prey. He will win her heart no matter what it takes. But as more lies pile up, Bryce needs to do some fast talking or he may very well end up the way he'd always imagined - alone.
'Hot In Here' was a fantastic escape read. Bryce is an intense hero who is originally a bit frightened by the sudden spark of lust that he feels for his long time friend. But he shows real strength with his fast and determined commitment to Jenna. If anything, Jenna is the one with commitment issues, IMO, but much of that can be blamed on Bryce's earlier behavior with women.
Also, food has never read so sexy. I've developed new meaning to words like custard, gelato, and Carmel. Chocolate needs no added eroticism, it's a dessert that's always been associated with sex and boy was I reminded why. ...more
Risa Clay has survived hell. Abused terribly at the hands of a man that should have protected her life with his own, instead Risa's father, Jansen ClaRisa Clay has survived hell. Abused terribly at the hands of a man that should have protected her life with his own, instead Risa's father, Jansen Clay, allows her young virginal body to be used as a facilitator for an experimental drug and weapon. Not only did he hold his own daughter down while another man raped her, but he also made sure Risa stayed quiet after her rescue by admitting her to a private psychiatric ward with strict instructions that she remain heavily sedated, all the while, injecting her with drug after drug.
Jansen Clay and his doctor associate have been perfecting the drug used on Risa known as Whore's Dust - a powerful aphrodisiac that virtually blinds the user to anything but debilitating lust. The drug attaches itself to pleasure receptors in the brain causing any type of arousal to border on pain until release is achieved. When climax is finally attained, the effects are so explosive and overwhelming that the user can become terrified of the uncontrollable sensations.
It's been eight years since Risa was rescued from her captives, and six years since the death of her father allowed her subsequent rescue from the psychiatric ward. Now, determined to move past her isolating fear that has virtually made her a prisoner in her own home, Risa is ready to take a lover. The aching lust writhing within her has moved beyond nuisance and straight into agony. Yet fear of a man's touch isn't the only thing that she's afraid of. Risa knows that she isn't beautiful. She's been told since as far back as she can remember by her father that she was ugly. Never has a man been interested in her. Even the man who raped couldn't stand the sight of her. But with the encouragement of her friends and some new found strength, Risa agrees to meet their friend Micah Sloane.
Micah Sloane is a man whose original identity of David Abijah, died. Now, a covert agent working with a group of "dead" men known as Elite Ops, Micah is determined to catch an assassin called Orion that not only murdered his parents, but nearly succeeded in murdering David as well. Now that very same killer is after Risa Clay, a woman stronger than anyone he's ever known to have laid eyes on.
A rare occurrence has happened with Risa. Whore's Dust is supposed to block any memory of the user while the drug is in effect, but Risa is starting to remember things about not only the night she was raped, but of the visitations her father made while in the hospital. Someone is worried that his identity is about to be revealed and he intends to put a stop to Risa's life before she can remember more.
With the hopes of capturing Orion and ascertaining the identity of his employer, Elite Ops and more specifically, Micah Sloane, will dangle Risa as bait while he poses as her new live-in lover. Risa agrees to the charade. She hasn't worked for the past six years to get her life back just to have it taken away again.
Despite the strong physical evidence where Micah's arousal is concerned, Risa's low self esteem with her image causes her to second guess and excuse Micah's behavior as nothing but the need to complete an op. In her mind he couldn't find her anywhere near attractive. But Micah has a plan, for Risa's excuses couldn't be farther from the truth. For the last six years Micah has caught glimpses of Risa coming and going from her friends' houses and every time he was struck but an inner glow of strength that radiated off her despite her baggy clothes and face obscuring hair. Micah has been fascinated with Risa since day one and he's developed an intricate plan of seduction with hopes of banishing Risa's self-loathing and revealing her true beauty.
Each day finds Risa falling more and more in love Micah but nothing can ever come of it. Micah is expected to walk away from Risa once the threat to her life has been removed. Yet it certainly isn't a crime to hope. With their lives put in danger time and again, Risa and Micah both are having trouble dealing with the fact that there can't be a future relationship for them. Micah is a "dead" man who has signed his life away to Elite Ops. The only way that Risa can truly be his is if he claims her now and forever and damn the consequences.
'Maverick' while a good read, wasn't my favorite by Lora Leigh. To be honest, I can't really pin point what was lacking or if the novel even lacked anything at all. I suppose it was just mundane in essence. Everything was there: Alpha hero, sexual tension, all the hot love scenes to melt a romance reader's heart. I think I just missed the emotional angst that I've come to love so much in a Leigh novel. This may have something to do with the fact that most of her novels portray the reunited love theme where the hero and heroine share a past which is generally tragic in some way or another. That vital angst was missing. I think it'll be a while yet for Leigh top 'Wild Card' which is the absolute best of her military novels, IMO. ...more
Marguerite Purrequet has a very regimented daily routine. She begins and ends each day the same with the sun rising and setting around her tea shop, TMarguerite Purrequet has a very regimented daily routine. She begins and ends each day the same with the sun rising and setting around her tea shop, Tea Leaves. Only one variation exists. Every Thursday night Marguerite steps out of her tea shop and into The Zone, an exclusive BDSM club where she is known as Mistress Marguerite, the Ice Queen. Marguerite is a sexual Dominant. Her soul finds true bliss when a submissive relinquishes all - body, mind and soul, entrusting Mistress Margurite with not only their safety but their fantasies as well.
Tyler Winterman, a man of untold wealth, is a Master and heterosexual Dominant at The Zone. In his early forties, Tyler embodies the seductive sturdiness and strength of a real man who knows himself - body, mind and soul, thorough and thorough. His soul rings true to Marguerite's and their shared desire to dominate their sexual partners.
The Zone requires all Mistresses and Masters to complete a study in both BDSM roles in order to maintain membership status. These studies allow sexual dominant members to experience BDSM sessions from the submissive perspective. Computer error has allowed Marguerite membership without class completion. In order to continue her forays at The Zone, Marguerite selects Master Tyler to be her teacher in the hopes that The Zone's two elite can work out a deal whereby Marguerte may continue her membership without class completion. But Tyler is not in a mood to comply.
Tyler has been infatuated with Marguerite since the first time he saw her at The Zone two years ago. Her appearance alone would attract any ones notice. Marguerite is tall and slender with long snow white hair and translucent skin but it's her ice blue soul-piercing eyes that captivate Tyler. That and the fact that he thinks Marguerite is a "switch" - a Dominant that is actually a sub. Tyler believes that the computer glitch is destiny and convinces Marguerite to complete the study while spending a weekend at his Florida Gulf home.
Marguerite is intensely complex. While her body lays out the trauma of the past one cigarette burn at a time, Tyler does not inquire about how their appearance came to be. Although a Master's goal is to view the soul of the sub, somethings, upon the sub's request will not be disclosed. That is part of the safety and trust that a Master can and must provide. Yet the scars only represent the first of many unbreakable walls that Marguerite has erected to protect her soul and Tyler fights desperately to blast through them.
This book was like a fencing match with two very aggressive beings thrusting a parrying back forth while the steel of their souls clash causing sparks to fly. Marguerite is mostly on the defensive trying desperately to maintain and uphold the bricks of her walls but Tyler continually crumbles them with soul searing light. And while that light helpful it's not enitrely effective, Marguerite's darkness appears too vast and deep that the light is vanquished by it's shear depth and blackness. Yet Tyler's persistence is admirable and he knows that while Marguerite runs, he has made an impact, those first protective walls have come down and he tries one last direct hit with allowing Marguerite to dominate him.
I really enjoyed this novel. It provided the extreme of BDSM with the complexity of a true, albeit unusual, romance. Tyler's acceptance of Marguerite, including her sordid yet unrevealed past, is beautiful and true making him a hero in every sense of the word. Marguerite is the epitome of strength and vision of how one can pull their life together after terrible tragedy. She is selfless and compassionate to others and is more than deserving of Tyler's love and protection. These characters were perfect for each other. ...more
'Mirror To My Soul' starts mere sentences after 'Ice Queen' ends. Marguerite has just completed a session as Mistress over Tyler which has ended with'Mirror To My Soul' starts mere sentences after 'Ice Queen' ends. Marguerite has just completed a session as Mistress over Tyler which has ended with Tyler bruised and bloody. Although he acted as Marguerite's submissive and bares the wounds of his decision, not once during the entire time was he not in control. Tyler's eyes continuously proved with every locked stare that he was and always would be Marguerite's Master.
The psychological breakdown that Marguerite experiences and of which was ultimately the catalyst to the physical abuse she inflicted upon Tyler, of course leaves her body, mind, and spirit extremely fragile. The shame of her actions propels her to run and seek solace at the sight of her long dead brother's death.
Meanwhile, Tyler uses his connections to discover the truth of Marguerite's past thinking that if he knew the events that shaped her life than perhaps he can discover the key to opening her heart and soul to his dominance. Thus Ms. Hill reveals the absolute horror of a past that Marguerite endured from eight to fourteen years old in the hands of her mind-broken father. Reader be warned that the author does nothing to sugar-coat or gloss over any of the terrible and gruesome aspects of Marguerite's past. The final deaths of her mother and brother are so heartbreaking that I find no words at all to convey the emotion I felt over reading their demise. After reading how Marguerite survived, my admiration for her grew ten fold as well as my utter awe of her strength and her ability to love even when she feels incapable of the emotion or even deserving.
Tyler is not without his own ghosts and certain triggers set of his post traumatic stress syndrome leaving him vulnerable and scared that if Marguerite doesn't always witness his strength than she will run once again. Yet, in a beautiful scene, Marguerite offers her substantial strength to Tyler and for once he has some one he can truly lean on and unburden his soul to. I believe that this trait is what convinces Marguerite that she is and can be human. Up until this point she has been a bystander in life, a non-being just operating day to day and Tyler is able to crash through this mode and show his need for her and her need for him.
When Marguerite finally acknowledges her submission to Tyler and calls him Master, the sexual scenes are explosive with extreme BDSM and passionate romance. The eroticism was powerful and I enjoyed seeing characters re-appear from her previous novels in the 'Nature of Desire' series. There is an especially sweet moment between Mac and Violet from 'Natural Law' that made me want to pick up the novel and read about how their love came to be all over again.
Yet even after all these subsequent breakthroughs, Tyler and Marguerite suffer more with the return of her father as his sickness threatens to kill once again. Yet when these two finally receive their much deserved happy ending, I closed this book with a contented sigh knowing that while neither may be truly healed yet, they are certainly on the right track with their love for each other guiding their way....more
'This Is What I Want' by Megan Hart is a super fast, fifty-two page ebook, that's more like a little erotic snack.
Eve Grant, a.k.a. Eris Apparent, li'This Is What I Want' by Megan Hart is a super fast, fifty-two page ebook, that's more like a little erotic snack.
Eve Grant, a.k.a. Eris Apparent, lives in a nice safe bubble where by night she can explore her inner fantasies on her blog while by day she can keep to herself as a good worker bee for Digiquest. The truth, Eve's actually afraid of real relationships. Scorned in the past, Eve isn't about to let her heart get trampled again. But Lane DeMarco, fellow employee and I.T. genius, may just ignite her former flame for real flesh and blood as opposed to keyboard and monitor.
The two have never really exchanged more than "hi", "goodbye", or "thank you for fixing my computer", and Eve isn't about to change that either no matter if her heart beats a tattoo in her chest each time she lays eyes on him. But Lane's not the only man vying for her attention.
Eris Apparent has a new admirer, Tell_me. After posting another one of her fantasies starting with "This is what I want", Tell_me's short and to the point statement "I am what you want" leaves Eris intrigued. Now the original rush of receiving comments and emails regarding her blog entries has ramped up to a scorching high. Yet, coincidental things are occurring at work with Lane.
After writing about her secret fantasy of ties, Lane walks in wearing one the very next day which has previously not been a part of his wardrobe. Eve can't help but heat up while staring at his new accessory. Next, after a detailed encounter with a cowboy, Lane walks in wearing the sexiest pair jeans that should really be outlawed and the scruffy boots only make Eve's appetite for Lane whet even more. But Tell_me wants more from Eris and Eve wants Lane. Who will she chose?
'This Is What I Want' was fast little escape. The plot is minimal to nonexistent with an ending that I guessed about three quarters of the way through but with only fifty-two pages to work with, one can't expect a whole lot. Still the Spice Brief was tight and most definitely erotic. If you care for a little erotic snack or mini escape, check out 'This Is What I Want' by Megan Hart. ...more
'Wicked Burn' was somewhat of a pressure read for me. Not only have blogger friends sworn it's excellent, but Ms. Kery herself sent me a copy to revie'Wicked Burn' was somewhat of a pressure read for me. Not only have blogger friends sworn it's excellent, but Ms. Kery herself sent me a copy to review. Needless to say I've been pretty nervous with regards to my reaction and it's taken me a while to read the novel. But I've finished it and when consulting my husband and mother, they both recommended that no matter what my reaction or thoughts on the novel may be, that I would be doing a grave injustice to not only my friends but to the author as well if I wasn't completely honest. So in an effort to be honest I have to say that 'Wicked Burn' is not my favorite novel.
Vic Savian, a famous but reclusive playwrite, lives across the hall from the delectable Niall Chandler. The two have locked eyes previously and even shared an elevator alone once and even then, during these mundane moments, the tension between them crackled. Than one night Vic overhears Niall arguing with a disgruntled suitor. It doesn't take him long to recognize danger and Vic makes a rapid decision to peel the bastard away from Niall and after which, even instilling a littler fear in the man as well. In the next second though he offers Niall a drink at his apartment. Lucky for Niall, hot sex was on the menu as well.
I love having characters revealed slowly to me but I thought that in this instance that revealing was too slow. In the midst of the white hot sex, we're given emotion but very little detail as to why, especially on Vic's end. Shortly after their first sexual encounter we're given limited information on Niall's tragic past and I suppose that it was both fortunate and unfortunate that I found her history so interesting because I ended up skimming the sex scenes to a certain extent to get back to the emotional story rather than the sexual.
Niall Chandler's four year old son was murdered before her very eyes. Soon after which her husband deserts her to wallow in his own grief. After suicidal attempts turn to homicide attempts with regards to Niall's life, her husband is admitted to a mental institution. Slowly coming to terms with not only her son's death but with the guilt and her husband's accusations that it should have been her that died, Niall has done her best to put her life back together over the last three and half years. Yet Niall still lives in a semi-catatonic state where her grief frequently manifests itself with debilitating nightmares. But it's Vic's earth shattering love making that awakens her to life again.
Vic has had his share of tragedy as well but his jaded demeanor, in my opinion, made him hold his fiancé's betrayal a bit too close to heart for too long. Jenny, a gorgeous movie star with a complex, broke Vic's heart after cheating on him and choreographing the timing so that Vic would walk in on her mid-orgasm with another man. It's this betrayal that makes Vic refuse to become close enough to a woman where she has the power to once again break his heart. Yet Niall soon inspires complex emotions to arise and like the man that Vic is, he explains away his intense emotions as lustful desire.
Understandably, Niall is afraid of Vic's possible judgement regarding her son's death and she can't bring herself to tell him the truth of her past despite his offering to be there for her. Vic, finally ready and wanting to know who Niall is, nearly begs her to confide in him but of course she's too terrified of his possible negative reaction to do so. When the truth of her marriage becomes known, Vic proves true to Niall's fears and not only judges her but walks away from her as well.
As a reader, I have a serious aversion to the heroine going after the hero in general and even more so when the situation should definitely be the other way around. While I can't fully say that Vic didn't try, he did at one point call Niall, but he made no effort to truly demand an explanation which I think he was fully entitled to. I also can't say that Niall was entirely innocent for she never did return his call and she did also slink away and move from her apartment across the hall without a goodbye. Yet despite all that I believe that Vic should have manned up and went after her. Niall's crumbled and heartbreaking expression at Vic's untimely realization of her marriage, warranted some further digging on Vic's part. It's like he completely forgot her night terrors and her pale and shaky reaction to her parents arriving at her apartment unannounced. Plus she also had previously informed him that she needed to tell him something regarding her past but asks for more time. How could he have forgotten all this?
After six months of separation, Niall conspires with Vic's sister and boards at the farm that Vic owns south of Chicago while on a brief teaching foray at the local high school. Vic of course is still reeling over his discovery of Niall's marriage and is not particularly happy that she's foisted herself upon his life at the farm. Vic was beyond cruel and arrogant with his treatment of Niall and he even does the unforgivable in romance land: getting caught making out with another woman not once but this is now his second offense (the first was earlier with his ex. Jenny and I didn't like his explanation for that one at all).
On the other hand, I wanted Niall to rail at him and download her history on him so hard and fast that his head would spin. I wanted him to crumble under her valid anger and after wallowing in his guilt, he needed to get down on his knees and beg her for mercy. Yet my wishes didn't weren't realized. Instead, when I finally thought that Niall had had enough of Vic's abuse and found the will to walk away, what does she do? She runs back to him again! Vic, of course by this time knowing in detail Niall's tragedy, says he's sorry for his ugly behavior but although Vic internally realizes his love for Niall(and I could be wrong even after a second look through), he never voices it.
'Wicked Burn' wasn't by any means a bad read it just struck a lot of general dislikes for this reader. It's one of those novels that everything could have easily been cleared up with one simple and revealing conversation but where would the fun be in that, right?
This novel is definitely a very erotic read and I was surprised that the sexual content didn't merit a posting somewhere on the cover announcing this. It's categorized simply as Contemporary Romance. Perhaps there's more leniency with regards to what context requires an erotic warning to be printed with the entire romance genre heating up between the sheets these days. Either way I hope readers aren't caught off guard. ...more
Megan Hart's characters continue to fascinate me. Her writing is both amazingly simple and intensely complex making her first person narratives flow sMegan Hart's characters continue to fascinate me. Her writing is both amazingly simple and intensely complex making her first person narratives flow seamlessly. While sexually erotic, her novels also embody a stark reality that resonates with real life and real people. Megan Hart is an author who deserves to be on top.
There is one garishly loud technical problem with Grace Frawley owning Frawley & Sons and that being the obvious. Living in a small town leaves Grace with limited clients. But after working tirelessly, cutting her pay down to the minimum, and ramping up marketing opportunities, she's been able to pull the business back from the brink of closing. This, of course is unrecognized by her anal retired father who needs to find a hobby that doesn't involve checking up on Grace's every move as far as the business is concerned. Yet despite her father's recriminations, Grace is good at her job and she loves her work. While some may think a funeral director and it's corresponding job objectives as being morbid, Grace would say the very opposite. She is there to help people through the most difficult time of their lives. Not only does she help bury their loved ones in the most respectable manner possible but she is also there to assuage their grief by lending them a hand of understanding.
Grace also has a little secret...
Grace awaits him at a local bar. She's there to meet a stranger, a stranger in fact but not in the sense whereby stars align and fate bestows the one. Grace has paid in advance for this meeting with her stranger and she hopes to get exactly what she paid for, and boy does she ever. His name is Sam and he gives Grace the most gratifying sex that she's ever had. The only problem - Grace didn't pay for Sam. Her hired rent-a-boy happened to be late and Sam truly was a stranger...
While confident in her own skin, Grace is not confident in her life. Death and grief have marked her soul, leaving her with only one option - protection. Terrified of one day losing a husband, Grace has made the decision that she'll never allow a man close enough to cause her pain when he is gone. Her paid escorts provide a scratch to an itch and the impersonal quality of their dates gives Grace comfort. But two men are going to change Grace's life, one is Sam and the other is Jack.
Jack and his jaw-dropping, pantie-wetting, and immobilizing megawatt smile steals Grace's heart from almost day one. Fresh after her wild night with Sam the stranger, Grace is looking for any man to take her mind off her lingering and arousing thoughts of him. Her escort service has paired her with a man who is different from Grace's general type with his tattoos and body hardware, plus he's young but boy can he smile. Jack, new to the business but eager to learn, takes Grace through some of her most daring sexual escapades that are heavy on the role play. Yet as the layers pull apart one by one, Grace finds that she really likes Jack. For the first time in a long time, a man knows her.
Meanwhile, fate has stepped in again. Sam hurls back into Grace's life with the tragic death of his father. After mistaking him for a burglar and nearly bludgeoning him with a golf club, the heat between Sam and Grace erupts with as much force as before. But Grace, terrified of Sam's effect on her, denies his attempts for a relationship at every opportunity. But Sam's persistence pays off.
For the first time in long line of paid dates, Jack and Grace have unpaid sex. Dropping their masks, the two have true sex and it's during this one moment of pure reality that Grace imagines that it's Sam, not Jack. It's at this moment that Grace realizes that her yearning for Sam has reached the ultimate crescendo and she decides to give him the chance he's been begging for.
Yet as their relationship blossoms so does Sam's drinking. While outwardly he may appear like his father's death has meant little, his drinking shows something else entirely. As her job and family pressure escalates, Grace finally breaks down and tells her secret to Sam. Now with the ball in his court, can Sam accept Grace's past or will it just be the icing on the cake that will send him along with his drinking to an early grave?
I loved this story. I stayed up all night reading it in order to discover whether or not Sam and Grace would be able to work out their differences and try to make a life together. Hart writes some of the best erotic love scenes in the genre. Each experience it new and each provides further growth of her characters. 'Stranger' was stunning and I challenge my blogger friends to give this author a chance....more