My search for vanilla menage was finally successful! Last night I read COMMANDO COWBOYS SEDUCE THEIR WOMAN by Paige Cameron. It had a M/F/M menage, no...moreMy search for vanilla menage was finally successful! Last night I read COMMANDO COWBOYS SEDUCE THEIR WOMAN by Paige Cameron. It had a M/F/M menage, no hardcore BDSM, no anal, and no crazy sex things that I had to Google to figure out what they meant. It even had a romantic HEA with a baby-on-the-way! (Baby with 2 daddies, hee hee!)
Some observations about this book...
* The characters ate a lot of sandwiches. And snacks. And beverages. THEY NEVER SKIPPED A MEAL!
* They all had a very keen sense of smell. If things didn't work out on the ranch, they could probably get a job in Paris as a perfumer.
* A romance with three partners is called a "polyromance" according to Siren.
* The story was pretty much what you'd expect with a threesome erotica...instant attraction, etc. BUT this was not an alpha-caveman story. It was what I refer to as a "caretaker" menage...it's every woman's deepest desire. Sure, she wants two hot sexy dudes to cater to her every sexual whim and ensure satisfaction. But more importantly, she wants a foot massage, and her guys to cook for her and do the dishes. (It's pretty obvious a woman wrote this book).
* The end actually had a pretty cool suspense storyline. I liked it!
Over-all assessment: C+/B-
I liked it, and I bought the next one in the series! Yee haw!(less)
End was ridiculous, complete with deranged lunatic showing up at the heroine's door. At the beginning of the book, the heroine (w...more2.5 stars, rounded up
End was ridiculous, complete with deranged lunatic showing up at the heroine's door. At the beginning of the book, the heroine (who has brain damage) explains that her memory is bad when she's stressed, and she actually forgets her own name when she meets the hero. So, I'm thinking your stress level is probably pretty high when a deranged lunatic shows up at your front door with a knife and tries to kill you. Nevertheless, the brain damaged heroine remembers all of her tai chi moves that she learned in order to thwart the cray cray would-be killer.
That could totally happen.
She also is drop-dead gorgeous, loves puppies, and is an amazing cook and home-decorator.
I enjoyed the beginning until this got too out of control, but the end. THE END!
And then the hero and heroine made up in 3 seconds.
Don't think I'll be reading any more books by this author.
Nice debut. Well-written, interesting world-building, loved the discrimination issues with hybrid creatures, fun snappy humor. My...more3.5 stars, rounded up
Nice debut. Well-written, interesting world-building, loved the discrimination issues with hybrid creatures, fun snappy humor. My only criticism is...too much sex, not enough character development/emotional relationship development.
Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.(less)
Review for SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD by Anya Wylde
Yesterday, as I was reading, I laughed so hard, and for so long, and snorted like a pig (don't tell...moreReview for SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD by Anya Wylde
Yesterday, as I was reading, I laughed so hard, and for so long, and snorted like a pig (don't tell anyone), that my dog Lucy was concerned enough to stare at me as though I were having some sort of debilitating fit.
I laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes.
I laughed so hard I started mumbling to myself ("Oh dear Lord, this is funny!") under my breath.
I laughed so hard I stopped reading to post about it on Goodreads.
I laughed so hard I sent Penny Reid a tweet because I KNEW she would love the over-the-top, ridiculous farcical sense of humor in this book. And I told her so. And then she bought it, too.
In a sea of boring-ass, cookie-cutter, no imagination-whatsoever romance novels, SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD is a huge, honkin' breath of fresh air.
Does it have handcuffs?
Does it have a billionaire?
Does it have teenage angst, a motorcycle gang, kinky sex, or vampires?
No, thank the good God, it does not.
What is has is irony, farce, charm, and so much humor you might start wheezing and need an inhaler. (I have one for emergency purposes).
Anya Wylde may write books, but in her heart, she is a comedian. She has perfect, spot-on timing with her comedy. One sentence, perfectly placed, and you burst out laughing uncontrollably.
This is a gift. And it's brilliant, sweet, adorable and super super fun.
In fact, as summer comes to a very sad close, I would go out on a limb and say this is the PERFECT way to wrap it up. Get that final pink cocktail with the little umbrella and read this story until you snort like a pig.
Then, take the kids back-to-school shopping and cry a little bit.
If you are looking for a hilarious, ridiculous, sweet (no sex), ironic, farcical, well-written wallpaper historical romantic comedy, then SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD is just what Miss Penelope recommends.
P.S. The scene that made me laugh the hardest involves a senile uncle, his beard, and a candle.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny, Inspector Gamache Series #9.
After waiting patiently for many months, following a heart-wrenching...moreSo, I read it.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny, Inspector Gamache Series #9.
After waiting patiently for many months, following a heart-wrenching cliffhanger at the end of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, I finally got to dive back into this captivating world.
And let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
And let me tell you WHY it was worth the wait.
Trust in Gamache--steady, gracious, loyal, brilliant inspector.
Trust in Louise Penny--amazingly-talented author who elevates the common mystery into something incredible.
Trust in the story arc. That it won't get lost, go too far, string out the reader and leave us hanging. Again.
Trust in Three Pines. A magical town in Canada, with secrets and fears and love and steaming cups of hot chocolate. And friendship. And courage.
Once again, Penny has woven two storylines together...the mystery and the overlying story arc which has haunted Gamache for a very long time. The story arc that has built so much tension and worry for the readers, we wondered how Penny would ever resolve this conflict without devastation. Without death. Without tragedy.
Well, I think that Louise Penny has a romantic soul. Because she has managed to wrap up a seemingly impossible problem in the most wonderful, hopeful, optimistic...and romantic way possible. And I'm not talking about romance between a man and woman. I'm talking about romance in the larger sense of the word. Someone who believes in goodness and light and happy endings.
To be honest, I almost felt the mystery portion of this book to be a bit of a distraction. The overlying story arc was so powerful and intense, it overshadowed everything else. But the mystery also mirrored the same issues of lies, deceit, greed, and power that play into the larger picture.
I finished this book with tears on my face, and utter satisfaction. And two other things that always happen when I finish one of her books.
One, an appreciation for simple moments and the simple things in life. The beauty of fresh snow, the lusciousness of home-made stew, a feather mattress on a bed, sharing a glass of scotch with a friend. There is something so very appealing and lovely about Three Pines, it inspires me no end.
And finally, as a writer, I always finish one of Louise Penny's books and sigh with pleasure. And a newly found vigor to hone my craft, tell a story, become the best writer I can be.
I really don't care if you love romance, YA, literary fiction, biographies, poetry, horror. If you have never read a mystery in your life, I implore you to embrace Penny's Gamache series. STILL LIFE is #1.
Penny has created an incredibly seductive world, filled with beautiful prose, quiet moments, stunning revelations, and a reminder of the strength of the human spirit.