Loved pretty much everything about this story. Charming Mickey and Silence lived up to all of my expectations! The only thi...more4.75 stars /3.50 sensuality
Loved pretty much everything about this story. Charming Mickey and Silence lived up to all of my expectations! The only thing I wish would have been different is how the villain met his end. I wish more of his demise would have been included into the story instead of being glossed over. Would have made the story that much richer and while the villain received what he was due, not being included in the story made it less satisfying.(less)
4.25/4.50 Fans of LJ will not be disappointed in Cowboy Casanova. It is exactly the type of erotic romance that her fans have come to expect and LOVE!...more4.25/4.50 Fans of LJ will not be disappointed in Cowboy Casanova. It is exactly the type of erotic romance that her fans have come to expect and LOVE! That being said if you are interested in this book for the BDSM Erotic Romance elements fans of this type of romance may see this as a "light" version of BDSM. This will appeal to more readers especially those who are normally not into BDSM romances, but if you like a little more "bite" to your BDSM" then I highly recommend Cherise Sinclair's Masters of Shadowlands series.(less)
3.25 stars 3.25 sensuality. Never Love a Highlander was good, but not great. Especially after having just read Seduction of a Highland Lass which I th...more3.25 stars 3.25 sensuality. Never Love a Highlander was good, but not great. Especially after having just read Seduction of a Highland Lass which I thought was absolutely superb! I loved the hero in Never Love a Highlander more in the previous two books than I did in his own story. After the build up and potential I thought he kind of fizzled as a hero. Though I do have to say that I like how Maya Banks wrote the entire series, and the conclusion to the series as a whole. Overall I would definitely recommend the McCabe family series, with Seduction of Highland Lass being my favorite of the three.(less)
Wrangled and Tangled is the third book in Ms. James' Blacktop Cowboys series and features her own brand of sexy cowboys that fans have come to love an...moreWrangled and Tangled is the third book in Ms. James' Blacktop Cowboys series and features her own brand of sexy cowboys that fans have come to love and she rewards readers with not one, but two couples which means double the fun! I had expected this book to be Abe Lawson and his ex-wife Janie Fitzhugh’s story, but we get a bonus with the additional love story of Renner Jackson and Tierney Pratt of the Split Rock Ranch.
Janie and Abe fell madly in love when they were both young and not necessarily ready to deal with the responsibilities of life together. Running a ranch, raising Abe’s two younger siblings as well as learning how to live as a married couple strained their relationship until Janie felt that she needed to leave. Both Abe and Janie have moved on with their lives, but both have regrets about the failed relationship. But when given the chance to rekindle their love, Abe takes the bull by the horns so to speak and is determined to win Janie’s heart again...which should be easy to do since deep down she still loves him. Through the course of the book Janie and Abe learn to talk to each other, express their needs, remember what drew them together in the first place and learn to love each other as flawed and mature adults to find the perfect love that held so much promise for them all those years ago.
Renner Jackson is the owner of the Split Rock Ranch. He loves his land and has dreams of running a successful guest ranch, but needs money as well as know how to make it a reality. Tierney Pratt is the daughter of the man who loaned money to Renner, and uses the connection as a way to distance herself from her father, his company and the world she despises. She moves to Wyoming to start a new life out from under the shadow of her manipulative, domineering and ruthless father. Renner sees her as a smart, yet spoiled little rich girl with tight purse strings, geeky glasses that are surprisingly sexy, and a sassy mouth which he can’t stop fantasizing about. Sparks fly from the beginning between the two, but not in a good way, because Renner constantly makes assumptions about Tierney based on a past relationship with another woman, assumptions that couldn’t be further from the truth as Renner eventually finds out. Renner learns to see Tierney for the person that she really is, and Tierney learns to trust in herself, in her heart and that some chances are worth taking despite what the balance sheets may say.
Wrangled and Tangled is everything that I’ve come to love about Ms. James’s romances. Abe and Renner are so damn sexy you’ll want to move out West and find a cowboy of your own. And fans of the series will also be happy to know that there are cameo appearances with characters from the two previous books Corralled and Saddled and Spurred, especially the ladies from the salon that Harper used to work at. They are a hoot and a half!
This book is in one word ...fun. I enjoyed every single word and page. The banter between Renner and Tierney is smart, sassy and sexy and is full of snappy one liners. Here is one of my favorite parts of the book that kind of illustrates this point:
Setup: Tierney bought a knock your socks boots off dress to wow Renner at a party They've been secretly seeing each other, and have been considering making their "relationship" public:
"Any kiss I'd give you would leave no doubt in anyone's mind that we're lovers, Tierney." He spoke by her ear. "What you don't understand? I'd love for every man in this place to know you're mine. That I can kiss you any goddamn time I please. I'd happily rub it in their faces that you're goin' home with me. And that sexy little fucking dress will be on the floor by my bed tonight."
She froze. "The dress did all this?"
"No. You did this."
"How much have you been drinking?" she demanded in a fierce whisper.
He chuckled. "I'm drunk on you. Absolutely intoxicated. Totally wasted on nothin' but you."
Yeah, Renner is real good with words...and a whole lot else ;)
This book is not as emotionally deep as some of the author’s other romances (which is ok), and I think that has a lot to do with the focus being on two couples rather than just one in the same book. In fact I really enjoyed the fact that this story was a bit more lighthearted while still dealing with all of their issues. When I first realized that the story would have more than one romantic focus I was a bit worried that both couples wouldn't receive a satisfactory happy ever after in just under 300 pages, but let me reassure you that neither story feels short changed.
Wrangled and Tangled has it all and does not disappoint...hunky cowboy heroes, smokin’ hot lovin’ that has become a trademark for Ms. James’s erotic romances, as well as sassy, sexy dialogue with humor, heart and happy endings. I loved it and can’t wait for the next book One Night Rodeo (Celia and Kyle’s story) which promises to have lots of fireworks but unfortunately it's not scheduled to be released until August 2012 :(
Overall: 4.50 (There's a tiny part of me that wishes Abe and Janie would have had the book to themselves, but watching Renner and Tierney fall in lust then love was way too much fun to lament it too much)
Sensuality level: 4.25 (yeah, Abe and Renner know their way around the bedroom, and the office, and the laundry room...and a few other places that are guaranteed to turn up the heat. Though Abe's not as kinky in this book as I expected him to be based on the hints in Corralled and Saddled and Spurred, the addition of Renner makes up for it...in a big way)
Rocky Mountain Heat is the book that I discovered author Vivian Arend with, so in some respects it will always hold a special place in my little bookl...moreRocky Mountain Heat is the book that I discovered author Vivian Arend with, so in some respects it will always hold a special place in my little booklover heart :) So when I found out it was being reissued with new content I was curious to see if it would hold up to what I remembered, as well as how the author would try to make it better than I thought it was before.
The heroine, Jaxi, has been friends with the Coleman family since she was a young and daring girl who lived adjacent to the Coleman ranch. With parents that were more interested in their own lives than their lonely wild child daughter, Jaxi sought the companionship of the entire Coleman clan, including the man she eventually comes to love, Blake Coleman. She believes that he is the perfect man for her, and decides that she will become the perfect ranch wife for him. A perfect match...if only Blake would see her as more than the 13 yr old girl that she used to be.
Little does she know that Blake has definitely noticed that she is no longer that young girl, and while he is undeniably attracted to her, he feels that their age difference is too great for him to act on it (approx 10 years or so). He’s the oldest of six siblings and feels responsible for the Ranch, his family, and of course Jaxi. He’s honorable, yet a tad bit misguided in thinking Jaxi isn’t mature enough, or ready enough to take him on. At times this is a bit frustrating for both Jaxi and the Reader.
When Blake’s mother has an accident and needs help taking care of herself and take on her ranch responsibilities Jaxi is more than happy to step in and help out in any way that she can....and if by chance that gives her the perfect opportunity to prove to Blake that she is his perfect match both in and out of the bedroom than all the better!
There are several things that I love about Rocky Mountain Heat and the Six Pack Ranch series, both the original and the new versions; most importantly it is the love story of Blake and Jaxi. The push and pull between the two as they try to find their way to having a relationship is sexy, and fun, including a meddling but well meaning family. As much as Blake fights against their attraction to each other, Jaxi fights for a permanent place in his heart. And fight for it she does...with some help from a few of Blake’s brothers. She knows exactly the type of man Blake is, and also knows that despite a few missteps that he is the perfect man for her.
Then there is the Coleman family in general. You can understand why Jaxi was drawn to them growing up because they are such a loving family. With the Six Pack Ranch series Ms. Arend has created a family that you care about with charismatic characters, and in this newest version of the story you get even more glimpses of each of the brothers and hints about what will eventually drive each of their own love stories. Obviously there is Blake who has age difference issues with Jaxi, then there is Daniel, a brother who is sterile due to an adult illness but wants a family of his own, also Matt who has only been with one woman in his life...his high school sweetheart(who is a complete witch and I hate already), a brother who appears to be into BDSM and may be bi-sexual (not sure on that though), and twins who like to share their women...most of the time (one of whom is just a tad bit in love with Jaxi).
And one thing I can’t fail to mention is that there is some serious “heat” in Rocky Mountain Heat! Vivian Arend, in my opinion, does a superb job in writing stories that are sensually erotic, but most importantly are romances first and foremost. If you took out all of the love scenes, the essence of the romance would still be there. Not that I want that to happen mind you :) Some of my favorite heat induced scenes include playing pool in a most creative and explicit way....honestly I had no idea pool could be that...um, interesting :) Then of course there are a few shower scenes that could create enough steam...without a water heater. And those are just a few examples...and unlike some movie trailers I didn’t mention all of the best parts here to give you a false impression, in fact I would consider it understated. This is one seriously sexy romance!
You may wonder what additions or changes were made and if it is worth buying the new version if you read it when it first came out, and my answer would be...yes, it’s worth reading and/or buying again. The beginning of the story is changed slightly, but not enough to make a difference in the overall plot. Then there is also a new epilogue at the end that shows how Blake and Jaxi first met, how Jaxi got her nickname of "Slick”, and kind of explains why he sees himself as her protector and pseudo older brother. Some of the other additions revolve around learning quite a bit more about each of the brothers, which in turn made the family dynamics and connections stronger. The other brothers became more than just names; they became contributing characters that you began to care about. In relation to Blake and Jaxi, most of the story is the same, with the addition of several lovely scenes where Blake courts (dates) Jaxi, that I felt made their relationship feel more realistic. The courtship was alluded to in the original version, but in the new version the reader gets to experience them realizing that what they have together is strong enough to last and is more than just lust, but love. The new scenes show them having fun with each other (going to a movie, eating at a restaurant, having a picnic)...and frankly you don’t see a lot of that in romance which is kind of sad I think. The courtship scenes with Blake and Jaxi are a great addition to the story and filled in what I felt were some missed opportunities in the original version that was published.
The only drawback to the additional content in my opinion was the sub story of Blake’s brother Matt and his girlfriend Helen. I felt that too much attention was given to their issues (including the ménage scene which was....a...hot, but felt out of place), especially since Matt’s story is not the next book to be released in the Six Pack Ranch series. I felt that a more in depth exploration of Matt’s story would have been better in the book immediately preceding his story (Daniel’s maybe?), instead of in Blake and Jaxi’s where I felt it was somewhat distracting to the story that I was already invested in.
In the end Rocky Mountain Heat was just as good as I remembered, and with the additional scenes it was only that much better. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, I love love love Vivian Arend’s contemporary romances! Consider me a cowboy junkie for the Coleman Six Pack Ranch series :) The next installment in the series to look forward to is Rocky Mountain Haven scheduled to be released January 2012, with Rocky Mountain Desire in March 2012. Seriously, I can’t wait!
Overall: 4.25 stars (an engaging, fun read) Sensuality level: 4.25 sensuality (a few very sexy love scenes between the H/h, as well as a few steamy scenes (literally and figuratively to add into the mix, and one menage scene involving characters other than the H/h, but otherwise just hot hot monogamous lovin')
This book was reviewed for Seductive Musings blog. I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion about the story.(less)
3.00 stars /3.5 sensuality. I would consider this more of a historical fiction, rather than a historical romance focused more on the political intrigu...more3.00 stars /3.5 sensuality. I would consider this more of a historical fiction, rather than a historical romance focused more on the political intrigue surrounding the hero and the heroine rather than their love story.(less)
This was a pretty good anthology. I thought all three stories were equal, and fans of any or all of these authors will enjoy each story. Overall I wou...moreThis was a pretty good anthology. I thought all three stories were equal, and fans of any or all of these authors will enjoy each story. Overall I would give this a slightly higher than average rating @ 3.5 stars & 4.0 sensuality.(less)
4.5 stars/3.75 sensuality. So far my favorite of the trilogy. A very emotional read and absolutely LOVED the hero. Interesting dilemma in what kept th...more4.5 stars/3.75 sensuality. So far my favorite of the trilogy. A very emotional read and absolutely LOVED the hero. Interesting dilemma in what kept them from each other. A very emotional read, which I really loved. Also felt that more of the Maya Banks that her Erotic Romance readers love was in the love scenes in this historical romance, and the language had a bit more "Highland" feel to it than the first book.(less)
Silent Night, Sinful Night is a collection of erotic short stories by some of Aphrodisia’s best known authors, and has a little bit of something for e...moreSilent Night, Sinful Night is a collection of erotic short stories by some of Aphrodisia’s best known authors, and has a little bit of something for everyone. While all are considered historical, each is set in a different period and location. One is set in Regency England, another in Georgian West Indies, and the third is set in Victorian United States...all of them will spice up any cold winter night.
In Sharon Page’s Wicked for Christmas the heroine Amelia, is the Governess to a privileged family of the Ton. She falls in love with the family heir and when he vows to marry her against his family’s wishes she succumbs to his passionate seduction only to find herself ruined and abandoned in the morning.
Alone, she is left to face the condemnation of her employer and is reduced to a mere servant, as well as the loss and seeming betrayal of the man she loved. Several years elapse and just when Amelia is on the verge of moving on with her life and trying to trust in love again, Dante returns. While his love for Amelia has not wavered he can no longer offer her the love he once did...only the protection of his name. Because on the night he disappeared he was changed into a vampire.
Dante has yearned for his one true love ever since becoming a vampire, even incurring the wrath of his maker to return to her. But now Dante must convince Amelia to marry him once again, even though they cannot be together forever. His determination to win her over results in twelve days of seduction cleverly inspired by the twelve days of Christmas. And while Dante might not be able to be in the light, he makes up for it in his creative erotic nocturnal temptations.
I enjoyed almost every aspects of Ms. Page’s story....all except for the parts that dealt with Dante being a vampire which I thought were somewhat laughable in their throw back to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Granted this is a paranormal historical romance, but every reference to vampires in long black capes, or shifting into bats...was just too....Bram Stoker Dracula archaic.
Wicked for Christmas would have been everything that I love about erotic historical romance if Dante would have been kidnapped by just an ordinary person instead of a vampire (though evil in his own way), escaped, then pursued by his abductor…basically removing every element of “vampireness” in the story. In truth, the paranormal aspect actually made me step outside of the story I was enjoying, because I found some of it to be ridiculous. It changed what would have been my favorite of the stories, a 5 star read, into a story that I loved only partially resulting in a 3.5 star read instead. In the end I think I will avoid Ms. Page’s stories that contain paranormal elements based on my experience with this story, BUT I enjoyed her writing style, the sensuousness of the story, as well as the historical setting so much that I will most definitely be checking out her Historical Romances like The Club or any of her other Erotic Historical Romances in the very near future. (3.50 stars /3.75 sensuality)
In Naught or Nice? by Melissa MacNeal the heroine Tess is facing her first Christmas alone after the deaths of her husband and daughter, in addition to being pressured by an unwanted suitor to remarry. On a whim she decides to flee and while at the train station she finds an ad in the paper for employment and decides that it is exactly what she needs. So she boards a train for the West to escape her memories and to avoid a man she despises.
This story was my least favorite of the three. I just couldn’t get past Tess’s need to believe that her employer is Santa, or someone like him. Santa. I don’t know why I had a hard time believing that she would believe, considering that I usually try to suspend reality in ANY fiction book that I read, but I just couldn’t get past that. I wish the story would have focused more on Tess’s loss and learning to live again and finding a new love, as well as a new purpose with the wealth she inherited. Instead the story focuses on a wealthy childish man who is a mix of Willa Wonka and Santa, who lives in a fantasy world of his own creation (helped along with his opium & sexual addiction).
Perhaps I might have enjoyed Naughty or Nice? if the man needing redemption would have been the hero, but he wasn’t he was just a secondary character that took up too much page time in my opinion. As a result I felt that the story was very superficial much like the candy that Tess’s “Santa” manufactures. All sugar...no not really sugar, more like saccharin...with very little substance. It leaves you craving so much more after you are finished. Naughty or Nice? by Melissa MacNeal gets 2.75 stars /3.50 sensuality
Stolen Chances by Chloe Harris is by far the best story out of the three in this anthology, and in my opinion should have been the headliner...the star, even though the author is not as well known as the other two.
Winston Matthews is the son of an important and corrupt government official whom he basically despises, but because of his love for his mother he returns home for the holidays where he encounters a beautiful woman at a ball with lust in her eyes…except the lust is not for him, but for the jewels that she is planning to steal....at least at the beginning.
Winston begins his seduction of the beautiful woman in order to thwart her attempts to illegally appropriate his guests’ valuable possessions only to find himself enthralled by the lady behind the deception. Thus begins their steamy (very steamy) holiday affair where both of them learn a bit about the other, while still protecting their own secrets.
I really loved Stolen Chances, in fact I wish it would have been a full length novel because I loved the setting of the story, I loved the dilemmas that both the heroine and hero found themselves in, as well as watching them learn to trust and believe in each other...which is against both of their skeptical natures and jaded hearts.
I did feel that their intimacy upon meeting each other was rather quick, but when you take into account that they are both attempting to use the other for their own means it becomes more believable. I also wished that there would have been the opportunity to explore both of their histories more than what was possible in the story. I wanted to know more details about Rosie’s life, and I also wanted more about Winston’s estranged relationship with is father. Both played pivotal roles in who the characters were when they meet each other and colored there actions and reactions to one another.
It’s not that the story was lacking those connections to their pasts, they just weren’t as in depth as I would have liked because I enjoyed the hero and heroine so much. Stolen Chances is the shining star of this holiday themed erotic romance anthology. With its exotic locale, characters that you are dying to learn more about, not to mention the spicy and steamy love scenes which were positively sinful, this story is the one to buy Silent Night, Sinful Night for. I’m looking forward to reading more by Chloe Harris. Stolen Chances by Chloe Harris gets 4.25 stars/4.00 sensuality.
Wicked for Christmas by Sharon Page 3.50 stars /3.75 sensuality Stolen Chances by Chloe Harris 4.25 stars / 4.00 sensuality Naughty or Nice? by Melissa MacNeal 2.75 stars /3.50 sensuality