Tessa Dare can do no wrong. Because any book that makes me request the remaining three books in the series after finishing is a DAMN GOOD BOOK. A Nigh...moreTessa Dare can do no wrong. Because any book that makes me request the remaining three books in the series after finishing is a DAMN GOOD BOOK. A Night to Surrender even sets the stage for two other couples, which is part of the reason for the request binge...
The other part, of course, is that Tessa Dare writes some amazing books. This one starts with sheep bombing. SHEEP BOMBING. No lie. I adore these characters. They're so real and flawed and lovable. (For the most part anyway. Lord Payne, I'm looking at you.)
I also really love the spin that Susanna had on the whole "You're mine" line from Bram. (Which is always a favorite, you know.) She says that she owns her body, heart, and soul, and that she willingly shares them with Bram. And that's a far more powerful statement to make than admitting to be someone's.
Also, guys, the sex. WHERE IT HAPPENS. o.O O.O O.o AWESOME.
The more Tessa Dare I read, the more I love her. And even though I've just requested the remaining three books in this series, I don't want it to end, since it'll be the last of her books I have left to read. *flaily flails*(less)
Whenever you have a series where characters present in the beginning books have their own book later on, there's always a bit of apprehension and fear...moreWhenever you have a series where characters present in the beginning books have their own book later on, there's always a bit of apprehension and fear involved. Sometimes it's whether the characters gets the romance they deserve.
In other cases, like Three Nights with a Scoundrel, you wonder how the hell the author is going to redeem a character you don't particularly like. Enter Julian Bellamy.
I can't say that the previous two books endeared me to Julian, and though we already know Lily loves him, it was hard to see why. But one must trust Tessa Dare because she knows what she's doing. I may have wanted to whack Julian upside the head, but his character was well-developed enough that I could totally wrap my arms around him. Ahem.
Three Nights with a Scoundrel is the last in the Stud Club trilogy. (Seriously. Stud Club. You should read for the name alone.) The murder that happened in One Dance with a Duke is solved. Though the mystery wasn't ever a huge part of the story---more like something that strings everything together---it was a damn good mystery.
And Lily was awesome. She's reeling from the loss of her twin brother and she's learning how to be on her own and deaf, but she kicks serious ass and reaches out to grab what she wants in life. I loved how well she and Julian were matched, especially considering his history. (Which we finally get answers for. Yay!)
If you're a fan of historical romance and you haven't tried Tessa Dare yet, you may just be missing out on some seriously good books.(less)
...know what it's like to be horny all the time ...don't mind masturbating in places that aren't yours with clothes tha...moreThe Walk-In is for people who...
...know what it's like to be horny all the time ...don't mind masturbating in places that aren't yours with clothes that aren't yours ...don't mind watching someone else masturbate (when they don't know you're there) ...wanna ride the cock underneath a mirror ...love Mimi Strong books
The Walk-In was a free Kindle book I downloaded on December 10, 2012 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge. Because who doesn't love Mimi Strong and horny characters?(less)
Just One Year is the companion novel to Just One Day. Familiar with Forman's companion novels (If I Stay and Where She Went), I was expecting Just One...moreJust One Year is the companion novel to Just One Day. Familiar with Forman's companion novels (If I Stay and Where She Went), I was expecting Just One Year to be on the Where She Went level. But it's not; it's not a continuation, it's the other side of the same story. Because while reading Just One Year, you realize both Willem needed a journey too.
And what a journey it is.
After walking through Allyson's world and her year, I came to this book apprehensively. Like I wasn't sure what I'd find and not positive I'd like it once I did. But as Willem's story unravels, I came to understand him -- right as he learned himself too. And it's not a painless story; it hurts. Even though it hurts, it's a necessary hurt. Like Allyson, Willem had to work through his own demons.
My only regret is that I didn't read Just One Day and Just One Year back to back. It's been ten months since I read Just One Day, and though I adored Just One Year, I know, by the very fact I had to pull my copy of Just One Day off the shelf and reread parts of it, that it would have been even better had I read both books closer together.
Even so, I already want to reread both these books. Gayle Forman flays me with her stories. They're the kind of stories that stick with you long after you read them -- the kind that the more you think of them, the more you fall in love with them.(less)
Just as I find myself in a tizzy over the lack of Sarah MacLean books to read, I found myself with The Season, a young adult historical romance from S...moreJust as I find myself in a tizzy over the lack of Sarah MacLean books to read, I found myself with The Season, a young adult historical romance from Sarah MacLean herself. Imagine my good fortune! And now that I've finished The Season, I'm a little disappointed it's not the beginning of a series; I find myself much attached to all the characters.
Very. Much. Attached.
So often in adult historical romances (and perhaps this isn't so YA; Blackmoor is in his twenties, though kissing and embracing is as far as it ever goes), the heroines are well past their first seasons, perhaps "on the shelf" and usually have given up on the prospect of marriage. Alex's experiencing her first season and she has no desire to marry.
Heh. Oh. The strong ones always fall the hardest, no matter the gender.
But I loved the friendship between Alex, Vivi, and Ella. I adored all three of Alex's brothers (even when she did not). The three girls are bright, intelligent, and prone to fits of giggles, which frankly, sometimes you need to have a proper giggle fit. The mystery wasn't all that mysterious, but it was still quite fine and not completely predictable. I'm just a little disappointed that The Season is over and I have no more.
*flails* TESSA DARE, WHAT YOU DO TO ME. The more I read by her, the more I want. Good thing I still have quite a few books left to read...
So I wasn't...more*flails* TESSA DARE, WHAT YOU DO TO ME. The more I read by her, the more I want. Good thing I still have quite a few books left to read...
So I wasn't quite sure about Twice Tempted by a Rogue because Rhys wasn't exactly a character who makes you say, "Yes, I want to read his story!" You want to know more, yes. But... well, he's intimidating and scary even as you want to know more. Which is why you have someone like Meredith.
And after reading so many books with the virginal heroine, it was so damn refreshing to have a heroine who knew what she wanted. (At least carnally. And really. That's what's easiest in these stories.) In some ways, Rhys was the chaste one---horny, but chaste---and that was a fun change of pace. I liked it. And Meredith. #WomenPower
Dude. This book really pulled on the heart strings. And! The "deep mystery" is not one that I guessed at. I maintain that I was too distracted by the romance to care much about the mystery, but the mystery---the betrayal---was gooood. And because this was a series that started with a murder, that mystery has only deepened as well. Which I suspected will be resolved in the next book.
Oh, how I love a second book that hits the spot. After a shit ton of historical romances, I appreciated the ambiguous nature of the love interests in...moreOh, how I love a second book that hits the spot. After a shit ton of historical romances, I appreciated the ambiguous nature of the love interests in Taken by the Others. (Which I think may have been an issue for me in Hunted by the Others, since I usually like a clear winner.) And really, this book isn't about love interests. It's about Shia.
It's also about the absolute mind fuckery. By the end of the book, I wasn't sure what or who to believe; everyone seems to be manipulating Shia to get what they want. Poor Shia. Everyone wants her and she doesn't really understand why.
And all it did was make me want to run out and get the next book in the series. Which I can't, because dude, nine other library books to read first. But I'll get there. (Evernote lists, FTW!)
I'm really intrigued where Jess Haines will take Shia (and Chaz and Royce and everyone else) next. Taken by the Others has a "resolved for now" ending, so you know shit's gonna get real; for as much as we learned this time, we also learned we (and Shia) don't know enough.(less)