Do you ever watch a TV show or movie or read a book where you eventually think, "Man, if this character would just spoNot your grandma's fairytale...
Do you ever watch a TV show or movie or read a book where you eventually think, "Man, if this character would just spoken up everything would have resolved happily for everyone way faster." I hate to say that about SNOW'S SURRENDER but the conflict with the love/lust triangle wound up a bit flaccid (no pun intended).
That issue aside this is another titillating installment sure to inspire a few blushes in those new to erotic romance. For readers who really love shifter romances and fairy tale reimaginings this is where Miller really delivers on that. Forget those old bedtime stories and treat yourself to all three parts of this sinful serial, they definitely won't put you to sleep. 😉
The first installment of this serial was good. Really good. But this second part? *dies* It's the kind of hot that will leave yoReady the cold shower!
The first installment of this serial was good. Really good. But this second part? *dies* It's the kind of hot that will leave you needing a cold shower. And it's full of sensual surprises.
One of the things I love and loathe about serials is the cliffhangers and this book is a prime example of one done to perfection. I physically groaned out a "nooooo" when I got to the end. Hunter was just as delicious this time around but then the plot swings in a direction I didn't anticipate and daaang will it leave you panting if you're into light kink.
Don't bother buying just the first installment and waiting to finish. Buy all three because trust me you aren't going to be able to wait between parts. Now pardon me while I go lose myself in some ice cream... I need to cool down. ;)
Pardon me while I add some ice to my glass of water because Kristin Miller has done it again! If you'Snow White & the Hunter + Explosive Chemistry
Pardon me while I add some ice to my glass of water because Kristin Miller has done it again! If you're a paranormal erotica fan don't miss this serial opener. I wasn't sure how she was going to blend a Snow White erotic tale with werewolves but by the end of this first part I was chomping at the bit to get the next one.
Sex between friends has never been this hot and if you like the idea of sex in the rain. In spite of my loathing of every other paranormal hero being named Hunter, this one is a definite stand out. Though the cover had me thinking menage and the text didn't get to any the ending definitely hints at menage or more. SNOW'S SEDUCTION is the foreplay so prepare to be ramped up and ready to dive into SNOW'S SUBMISSION as quickly as you can.
Since it's almost officially summer and everyone is talking about beach reading in their reviews I'm going to chime and and call this the perfect read for a camping trip instead. Enjoy!
Feeling foreign in your own skin can be a pretty big part of being a teenager in general. But for LGBA great read that will open your heart and mind.
Feeling foreign in your own skin can be a pretty big part of being a teenager in general. But for LGBTQIA+ teens who don't see themselves in movies, comics, television, and books it can be even more of a struggle. I've been very pleased to find more and more wonderful reads featuring teens who are LGBTQIA+ sometimes even where it wasn't the central focus of the character's plot (they just are and it's no big deal) which is awesome. The world is diverse and as a reader I just really enjoy experiencing perspectives that are different from my own so I actively look for them.
NONE OF THE ABOVE was actually the first time I've read a book about an intersex character. I knew a bit about what intersex means and as a bit of a science geek I've always found the science of it to be really interesting. I'd never experienced it through a character before and I know it won't mirror every intersex teen's experiences but Kristin felt so real to me. At times it was painful to see how alien she felt and if ever I could have jumped in to support a fictional character I think this would be it.
A great exploration of gender and identity, NOTA, was also a story about family, friendship, and learning to loving yourself even when you feel unlovable. It was a really great read, one I am sure to recommend often to teen YA readers in particular, but also to anyone who is raising a teenager, teaches teenagers, or was once a teenager.
Notes: Review copy received through NetGalley....more
You may need another pair of undies after this one for more than one reason.
When you just really need to read something that blends great humor and sYou may need another pair of undies after this one for more than one reason.
When you just really need to read something that blends great humor and smoking hot sex you can never go wrong with a book by Gina L. Maxwell. I've been anticipating this series ever since it was announced and it definitely delivered my two favorite Maxwell traits.
Liv might be my favorite heroine Gina has written, she's vulnerable but not weak and she really impressed me. Erik didn't totally win me over and it took me a little while to decide that it's because he felt like a category romance hero rather than a single title romance hero. Still not sure quite how to explain that but chances are I'm alone in my feeling—I'm notoriously picky about heroes.
HOT FOR THE FIREMAN did a wonderful job of both presenting a great romance and laying down some groundwork for the series. I enjoyed the secondary characters a lot, in particular one who I quickly began to wonder about possibly being based on another author I enjoy reading (you'll have to read it to find out!). There's so much going for this book I can't think of a reason not to recommend it... okay, I don't recommend it if you hate reading fun, sexy books featuring firemen. See, totally objective.
ONE OF US IS LYING isn't the type of book I pick up often but I was in the mood for something that'd keep me guessingGreat first read of the summer!
ONE OF US IS LYING isn't the type of book I pick up often but I was in the mood for something that'd keep me guessing and it sounded like a blend of two interesting things. While it wasn't hard to figure out the answers to most of the mysteries I still enjoyed the unraveling of the secrets that had the four central characters afraid. Cooper wound up being my favorite but I liked all of them a lot. Each of their secrets really added to who they were and none were as cliche as you'd expect.
If you're one who enjoys a very twisted mystery plot that has a blend of romance and unlikely friendships I think you'll find it a really satisfying read. I wouldn't call it a beach read but this is definitely the sort of read I loved to spend a summer day engrossed in as a teen. I will definitely be reading more from McManus!
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine Program....more
A cute blend of magical realism, young adult rom-com, and a look at the challenges of teenage relationships when they geIs his Perfect Ten a unicorn?
A cute blend of magical realism, young adult rom-com, and a look at the challenges of teenage relationships when they get complicated by expectations, PERFECT TEN, is really good.
I struggled a little with the characters in this book and it took me most of it to figure out why. They frustrated me because they were so well developed and thus, realistically flawed! Sometimes I just really wanted to give Sam a good shake and tell him to... well, I don't want to spoil anything. But suffice it to say that if you have ever stood by a friend through their complicated romances you're sure to find this read to be much like that.
With a cast of potential Perfect Tens for Sam to develop his relationships with you're sure to pick a favorite. Charming and enchanting Gus, shy and artsy Jamie, flirtatious and wicked Travis, and familiar and special Landon could each be great with Sam. But it's never as simple and though at times the plot felt particularly circular and draggy I found the overall journey to be enjoyable.
If you're new to LGBTQIA+ romances I think this is a really great read for a first timer. It's funny, sweet, and has enough depth to make it more than just a fluffy beach read.
Notes: ARC received through the Amazon Vine Reviewer Program....more
If you love a good teen rom-com and need a feel-good read, look no further!
It's that time of the year when I just can't seem to read anything too darkIf you love a good teen rom-com and need a feel-good read, look no further!
It's that time of the year when I just can't seem to read anything too dark or moody. Gimme some fun, romantic YA so I can soak up the extra sunlight with a read that makes me smile. SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS totally fit the bill!
Poor Andy. Talk about having your world turned upside down. After being bullied back home in Seattle she's ready for a new start at Beverly Hills High. But with a reality TV show crew catching her worst moments and making them worse, who's to blame her for making some not-so-great choices in friend-making? If Andy wants to let her geek flag fly, she better wear a mask. As a fellow geek I loved the LARPing parts of the plot a lot. I may not have ever been into the live-action type but I'm a role player who loves to see my people represented positively in fiction.
While it's generally light, humorous, and fun I was impressed with the complicated characters. These weren't your typical YA stereotypes and there was a lot more than met the eye by the time the story ended. I had my fair share of giggles and was really pleased to see the romantic plot end sweetly. I really enjoyed Griffin's writing style and will definitely be on the lookout for more YA offerings from her in the future.
When you suffer from a mental illness the stigma can be nearly as crushing as your condition. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is one oThe stigma stops here.
When you suffer from a mental illness the stigma can be nearly as crushing as your condition. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is one of the first YA novels I've read that I felt actively voiced this. Norah's agoraphobia and OCD have built a life that she and her mother manage in their own way. It's not perfect but for the most part they make it work. Some readers may find the lengths they go a bit over-the-top but I can speak from experience that they're actually realistic.
As I read URTS I found myself getting frustrated with Norah a lot. At first I thought it was that I didn't like her but as the story progressed I realized that it wasn't that I didn't like her, it was that I was unwittingly seeing my own struggles with mental health in her. The things I thought I didn't like about her were things I felt frustrated with my self over. For readers who live with mental illnesses this might be a struggle. But what ultimately made it a 5-star read for me was feeling like Norah was able to grow stronger in her fight both against her disorders and the stigma of living with them.
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine....more
I don't often reach for historical YA but when I do it's usually something in the ancient civ. There's just somethingAn ancient civ YA worth reading!
I don't often reach for historical YA but when I do it's usually something in the ancient civ. There's just something interesting about times when people believed in large pantheons and so much of the world was still undiscovered. Back when wars were fought hand to hand and there were interesting codes of honor. THE VALIANT delivers very well on these aspects so buckle up!
While I never quite stopped thinking of Fallon as a bit of a fool who thought way too highly of herself and her own skills, the overall story was very good. With interesting twists and turns, nary a slow spot, fights galore, and lots of romantic tension I had a difficult time putting this one down. Aside from not tolerating Fallon's personality well the only complaint I really have is that the story felt unfinished, as if it were written with loose threads in hopes of a sequel but a little too wrapped up to feel quite like one was needed.
Looking for a contemporary romance quick read? This New Adult Halloween novella is just the ticket!
IGet in the Halloween spirit with this quick read!
Looking for a contemporary romance quick read? This New Adult Halloween novella is just the ticket!
I'll never find the idea of a bully growing up and then having a romance with the person they bullied truly believable, it's still a trope I kinda like. Nora is pretty ashamed of her middle school behavior but can't resist the hottie the kid she used to pick on has become. It's an oddly built story in that it takes place at a haunted house she works at but it's pretty fun if you want to get in the Halloween spirit.
While certainly not a life changing novella I really enjoyed Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish. I will definitely think about picking up more Halloween novellas from this author.