Memorable Scenes: - table smexing scene, including whipped cream and caramel sauce > Need I say more? - Brett telling Nikki how Dillon
Memorable Scenes: - table smexing scene, including whipped cream and caramel sauce > Need I say more? - Brett telling Nikki how Dillon saved his life > yes, I cried. - Scene at the pond > I cried again.
Nikki Kimball is divorced and struggling, still she strives to maintain her independence and she’s resilient. Nikki is a people pleaser and stubborn, a mix of strength and softness and bit insecure at times. Nikki's parents were a piece of work, with parents like that who needs an abusive ex? They did a number on her self-esteem in the past and actually are still trying to undermine her every attempt at confidence and happiness.
Dillon Barnett is Nikki’s neighbor. He’s impulsive and energetic with a look-on-the-bright-side-of-life attitude.
Brett Anderson is quite the opposite of Dillon. He’s brooding, quiet and stoic,. His past has left him damaged and the only good things in his life are Nikki and Dillon.
Again this is a review for which I have very little review notes to go on and it’s been more than 6 months since I read it. One thing I do remember vividly and that is that I thought it was an awesome book and I read it in a very short amount of time.
TEXAS TANGLE was emotional and hot, in other words: erotic romance as it's meant to be. Ms Braemel had me hot and bothered on one page and on the next I'd be sniffing into a tissue reading heartbreaking stuff. The few chapters leading towards the end were particularly heartbreaking when Nikki has to decide between following her feelings and caring about what society would think and the consequences of her choice for the men she loves. But the emotions also ran high for me throughout the book as the men have past issues to overcome and I was reading how they struggled through them.
I loved Dillon’s grandmother, Gramma Barnett, and when I finished the book I was very curious about her grandparents' threesome arrangement. In the meantime it seems Leah Braemel has written that story and it will release in 2011 under the title TANGLED PAST. I can’t wait to read that story!
TEXAS TANGLE is like a diesel steam train, it takes a bit for it to get going (on the hot and heavy ménage) but once it does, it's launches full steam ahead towards an ending that was sizzling hot and tear jerking emotional and completely blew me away!
Favorite Quotes: “An idea? Involving Brett?” She must have been having a few fantasies of her own from the blush that crept up her neck and filled her cheeks. Damned, if she didn’t look even more innocent. And as sexy as all get out. He pulled down the neck of her shirt and peered beneath the fabric. “What are you doing?” “Seeing if that blush you’ve got going extends all the way down. Hey, look at that, it does.” She slapped at his hand until his finger popped from the fabric. “Do you ever think of anything but sex?” “Sure. I think of food sometimes too.”
“From where I’m standing, I’ve got a couple of choices here. My favorite right now is to move back to my place and not date either of you. I’ll raise goats and morph into an eccentric old lady everyone laughs at.” “I’m not liking that option,” Dillon muttered.
The mattress dipped when Dillon shifted his weight. She murmured something about morning breath, and Dillon chuckled. “My dick doesn’t give a damn about morning breath, darlin’. Open those pretty lips of yours, will you?”
“Hon, it’s time to put on your big girl panties. You have to stop living your life trying to please everyone else. I know it’s tough—as women we’re trained to put ourselves last. But there comes a time when you have to think of yourself. When you have to listen to your heart.”
Alinna Gaerrii is an Inarrii agent tasked with observing Earth/human behavior to see if the can form a Treaty within the Confederacy again3.25 stars!!
Alinna Gaerrii is an Inarrii agent tasked with observing Earth/human behavior to see if the can form a Treaty within the Confederacy against the Raveners. When she crash lands her spy pod on a human Starforce base she decides to continue her observation, especially when she’s mistaken for someone due to arrive on the base.
Major David Brown mistakenly presumes Alinna is Dr. Janet MacPherson, the psychtech assigned to evaluate his team for an upcoming security mission escorting new settlers to Mars.
Though when writing this review I can’t remember much about the story, because it’s been almost 4 months since I read it, I also didn’t make extensive review notes and that is never a good sign with me because it means there weren’t many things that made me grab my notepad to scribble down impressions or stuff to remember for my review. I have no notes on Alinna or David’s characters/personalities, I have no notes about the romance or on what I thought about the writing style. I’ll just have to go with the notes that I do have and those aren’t many. About a third into the book in I started to suspect David might be more than just human, part Inarrii maybe? But this was not explored further, to my disappointment. The only thing I learned about David was that he had dark fantasies about sexual dominance.
There weren’t many secondary characters as the story focuses mainly on Alinna and David and their attraction to each other. However the ones that made an appearance intrigued and I hope to see some of them back further along in the series.
ALIEN REVEALED was a nice story but I couldn't escape the feeling that I wanted a little more world-building or background. And that's weird for me because normally I complain about too much world-building/background information. In this book it felt a bit brushed over in favor of the plot, romance and eroticism.
I felt a bit lost in the plot after the attack on the base...it felt like the plot lost momentum after that particular event with David easily accepting Alinna's confession and revelations. The last few chapters felt rushed in comparison to the even-paced first part of the book but I did find the erotic part of the book was hot and nicely done and I liked the romance between David and Alinna too.
In conclusion I can’t say that I read a bad book when I read ALIEN REVEALED, it just didn’t make a big lasting impression on me, which is okay because not every book can be mind-blowing material. Sometimes you need a nice, quick, uncomplicated read and that was exactly what ALIEN REVEALED was to me.
This being said, I do want to add that I found out that book 2 in the series is being released in June and I am definitely going to get it because even though this wasn’t a book to blow me off my socks, it did leave me wanting to read more by Lilly Cain
Favorite Quotes: His mental voice rubbed against her in the same way his deep-toned speech did in the physical world. It resonated with sexual promises, no matter what the words communicated.
Memorable Scenes: - The scene at the Chum's parking lot and at Chum's > emotional and important scene for Daphne's character development. - The last
Memorable Scenes: - The scene at the Chum's parking lot and at Chum's > emotional and important scene for Daphne's character development. - The last 3 chapters where a conflict originates and propels into a very emotional ending > Daphne's letter to Will made me tear up
Quick & Dirty-review:
Ingredients: rodeo cowboys, serving girls/barmaids, light bondage, shady parents, a huge misunderstanding, ranch life, hot D/s sexy times
Hero: Will Hanson is a bronc rider who likes to be in control. He’s self-confident and oozes quiet power. He knows what he wants and goes for it without qualms. In Daphne he sees his ideal woman; strong and submissive
Heroine: Daphne Norris is guarded and keeps to herself. With a deadbeat two-timing dad and her share of washed-up cowboy exes she's determined to keep all men at an arm's length, especially cowboys who think they can order her around. Until she meets the one cowboy who may be capable of drawing out her secret fantasy of submission
Plot: Will knows what he wants from Daphne from the moment they meet: her submission to his Domination. He starts by slowly easing her into it, while retching up the sexual tension between them. But at one point he did rub me the wrong way in his demands (I'd never be a good submissive LOL) and I felt a bit of trepidation:
Quotes: “You’ll move into my house, you’ll quit your job, and your life will center on our relationship, is that understood?”
“Will you or won’t you give up your life to come and share my life?”
But then when in the light of day Daphne has doubts and withdraws what she agreed to in the heat of the moment, he only asks for three days of her time so she can give it a chance...and he can take her doubts away. He actually tones down the Dom a bit. This made Will more likable to me but at the same time it also made it harder for me to get a firm grip on his character.
Writing: CONSENT TO THE COWBOY is a lovely story that at some point gave me a Pretty Woman meets The Wild West feeling. It was engaging and attention grabbing, while focusing on the chemistry between the main characters. Simple and unembellished it put Abby Wood on my authors-to-keep-an-eye-on list.
Likes: - the fireworks between Will and Daphne - the light BDSM stuff: exhibitionism, spanking, and bondage - the cherry thing - Klep, the kleptomaniac dog
Dislikes: - the beginning (first 5/6 chapters), though compelling and intense, felt a bit like going too fast. - The heavier BDSM (slave/Master) stuff - Some of Will's demands and how, at times, he shut himself off emotionally from Daphne
Verdict: Excellently written and though Will was the kind if hero I had to warm up too, it was a hot erotic romance that kept me thoroughly entertained for a few evenings. This book once again proved that the Carina Press acquisitions team knows how to pick some great books.
Favorite Quotes: “Look at me, sweetheart.” He issued a soft order but one that left her struggling for breath. Why did he order her to do things in such a way that she wanted to do anything he asked?
The strength he displayed rocked her world, but this side of Will wrapped itself around her heart and didn’t want to let go.
She forgot about the blindfold, the binds holding her in place, and gave herself over to the pleasure he elicited. The way he worked her body into arousal and held her at her peak, then drove her over into her personal utopia, washed away every doubt, every inhibition that invaded her thinking.
As far as summaries go, you'll have to do with the blurb because I can't say anything more without spoiling and this is a book best read w4.25 stars!!
As far as summaries go, you'll have to do with the blurb because I can't say anything more without spoiling and this is a book best read without spoilers that would ruin a lot of pivotal emotional moments in the story. SECOND CHANCES touches subjects as D/s and bondage but also emotional stuff as family bonds and a tense mother-daughter relationship, loss, grief and a bunch of other stuff I can't mention for fear of spoilers.
This story has three main characters and I'm not talking ménage here. It's a complicated love story filled with heat, emotions and struggles.
After a break-up with her cheating ex-boyfriend, Rori Simon leaves the life she's build in Paris and moves back to her hometown and her roots after ten years. She re-connects with Jude, the town’s bad boy, womanizer and her friend whom she had a crush on when she was a young. She also decides she's not going to chase after Jude him because no matter how much she wants Jude she's also realistic enough to realize exclusiveness is not in his vocabulary. Though she is falling for him, and has fallen for him she demands respect and will not taking his crap.
Throughout the story I couldn't fully connect with Rori. She was too fickle for me at times but I can't say I didn't like her. I liked her as a heroine because she was strong, self-confident and realistic. I just had trouble with some of her decisions and I never quite felt her emotionally except during a pivotal emotional scene where her hurt broke my heart.
Jude Callahan is a commanding charmer and a commitment-phobic, skirt-chasing womanizer. He’s not the one-woman type but rather juggles multiple women at the same time, enjoying them but never committing to one of them. A fact he openly admits to and doesn't pretend he's not. And it's been made easy for him with the women falling at his feet so he doesn't even have to make an effort.
Until Rori's return changes things and he finds himself doing the chasing instead of the other way around and he starts feeling things (jealousy, possessiveness) he's never felt before. Rori calls... no, screams, to his urge to dominate. Deep down he's not the carefree bachelor he seems to be. Opening up and making himself vulnerable because of how he's starting to feel about Rori scares him to death, which is why he inadvertently pushes her away as he doesn't open up to her other than sexually.
This drives Rori to Zach Helm, her best friend’s brother. Zach is the total opposite of Jude. He is ready to commit and so the focus of hero shifted to him, another Dominant but very openly so. He fills the emotional void that Jude left. Though both Zach and Jude are Doms Zach is more sure and comfortable with his mastery, which made him come out on top and made the sex scenes with him and Rori hotter to read.
Jude really started to get on my nerves with his petty jealousy over Rori once she's with Zach. He came across as a petulant child stomping his foot because he didn't get what he wanted but only wanted it after he threw it away and someone else grabbed it. Still, as much as he got on my nerves and as much as I wanted to smack him for being an ass to Rori, Jude was the character I clicked with the most.
Zach to me was kept on the surface as a character, understandably once you get to the heart of the story and I couldn’t completely click with Rori. Jude was the one who made a significant enough character development for me. Then something big, significant and heartbreaking happens and Rori and Jude grow close again and at the start of that development in the story my feelings about it were ambivalent.
I admired how Lauren Dane tackled the situation and the romance in this novel but I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it in the end. It's definitely not your run-of-the-mill romance novel that you just go through the motions with. It made me stop and wonder what I would do in Rori's place faced with the situations Lauren Dane put her in.
There were some things I liked less in the story. One thing that bothered me a bit was the flashbacks during sex scenes. Rori and Jude and Zach had them and they took me out of the sexy times mood, even when they were flashbacks with a sexual tone. Also Rori attracts dominant men but I didn't find a foundation in her character to suggest she's a sub other than both Zach and Jude saying she was "the perfect sub". The "something clicked into place inside her" didn't completely work for me either, as it was sudden and left too unfounded for me to truly accept it.
However there were so much more things that I did like about this story and they made the above little issues pale in comparison. I loved the quick alternations between Rori and Jude's POVs, which gave the story a very fast-paced, feel and kept it moving forward.
The characters and their emotional development were also pluses for me. This goes for Jude especially because he could have been a character easy to dislike, even hate, but the way Lauren Dane portrayed him you just can't because he's very unapologetically upfront about who and what he is, he learns from his mistakes and his redemption is believable and heartfelt.
The story at a swift pace and a lot of things were happening yet it never felt rushed. SECOND CHANCES is emotional, witty and super hot. The emotions make it honest, genuine and realistic. The romance that is not of the flowery, all sunshine and roses kind touched me deeply. I cried through the last 4 or 5 chapters and had to put it down a few times just to get a grip.
Lauren Dane ripped my heart out with this book but she also put it back, whole and rich with a new emotional reading experience. This shouldn’t surprise me because it's Lauren Dane. Need I say more? I love her writing whether it's contemporary, futuristic, full-out erotic or just sexy. She writes, I love! ...more
First line: Every time the New England Patriots chalked one up in the win column, Kevin Kowalski got laid.
Memorable Scenes: - The lipstick-4,5 stars.
First line: Every time the New England Patriots chalked one up in the win column, Kevin Kowalski got laid.
Memorable Scenes: - The lipstick-kissed napkin notes to Kevin > hilarious - Bobby 'talking' to his future cousin > funny - Christmas gift exchange between Kevin and Beth > teary-eyed - Hospital scene > so emotional I was sobbing, yet funny too so I was laughing through my tears
Review: Kevin Kowalski is a sports bar owner and a genuinely good guy. He’s smart, sweet, funny and so endearing he made my heart hurt, in a very good way.
Beth Hansen was a bit of a more complicated character than Kevin was. She might be a hard sell for some readers, especially those hard on heroines but I loved Beth. Like a wandering nomad she goes from town to town, working, staying for a few months and then moving on again. She’s independent, self-sufficient, pragmatic, stubborn, proud and smart. Her parents are sweet but overprotective and smothering and IMO a big reason for her wandering nature.
Complementing the great main couple there was a collection of secondary characters that made a lasting impression on me. Of course some of them I already knew and loved from EXCLUSIVELY YOURS, such as Kevin’s (extended) family but there were a few new ones too. Two that stuck with me most were Paulie and Sam and that’s because they formed the secondary romance couple.
Paulie Reed is Kevin’s best friend and works at the sports bar as assistant manager and waitress. Her POV was surprising at first but I knew it served some purpose and soon I discovered there was a secondary romance in the making. Samuel Thomas 'Sam' Logan IV’s history with Paulie is that she left him at the altar 5 years earlier as she pulled a runaway bride act. I really loved this secondary romance storyline, it was just as funny and romantic as the main romance but never took away the attention.
UNDENIABLY YOURS is another winner for Shannon Stacey! I fell for the Kowalskis in EXCLUSIVELY YOURS and have come to deeply love them in UNDENIABLY YOURS. It's no secret I'm a fan of contemporary romance and I appreciate great family dynamics and kids in my romance novels and with this book Shannon Stacey gave me exactly what I wanted and needed.
When I started reading UDENIABLY YOURS I knew it was going to be good because I loved the first book and this one was going to take me back to that rambunctious and fun Kowalski family and I was not disappointed! Shannon Stacey has a way of writing contemporary romance with characters that just wiggle and shove their way into your heart, whether you want it or not. They have you laughing, crying and cursing at them. They are not picture-perfect and they have flaws and issues but they are so endearing and genuinely trying to get things right, you just have to love them.
Though the impact of UNDENIABLY YOURS wasn't as mind-blowing as the first book I loved this sequel to EXCLUSIVELY YOURS. Kevin was a great hero and the humor, though tidbit more subtle, I crave was definitely shining through Shannon Stacey’s clean, crisp writing that I love so much.
The punch of UNDENIABLY YOURS is definitely in the last part. Shannon Stacey saved the best for last with a last chapter and epilogue that made me cry at Kevin's sweetness and Beth's stubbornness, by the time I came to the end of the pre-epilogue chapter I was bawling. Yet at the same time she made me smile through the tears with the humor mixed into it all.
I don’t think I have adequate words to describe how much I love these Kowalski books by Shannon Stacey. All I can say is: if you love contemporary romance, what the heck are you waiting for? Go buy and read these books!
Favorite Quotes: Muscles rippled under his T-shirt and, when he stretched for a stack of folded towels, a gap opened between its hem and the waistband of his low-slung jeans. The tantalizing glimpse of abs made her mouth go dry, which was okay because she’d forgotten what she was going to say, anyway.
Or it would be easy work if her body wasn’t tuned in like a quivering antenna to the vibe Kevin was broadcasting.
“Are you going to get all prickly on me if I try to kiss you?” She tilted her head back so she could see his face. “I guess that depends on how well you kiss.”
We. Part of her was relieved to have a partner in panic and uncertainty, but we was also a level of togetherness she hadn’t expected to share with anybody for a while, especially with a guy whose Rolodex was filled out in Do-Me Fuchsia lipstick.
“If my mother finds out you’re spending Thanksgiving alone, she’ll whack me upside the head so hard with that wooden spoon of hers, when I wake up my clothes will be out of style.
“You know what would cheer you up?” Licking frosting off his stomach before having hot and sweaty and sticky sex? “Ice cream,” he said. “Strawberry?” Not nearly as good, but better for her in the long run. His grin was on the wrong side of naughty. “Not chocolate?”
Sam & Paulie “Go out with me. Nobody knows who we are here. I’m just a businessman from Boston and you’re the saucy serving wench who struck my fancy.” The surprised laughter bubbled up before she could stop it. “Serving wench? Buddy, if I strike you, it ain’t gonna be in your fancy.”
First line: A splash of bloody red in the bleu sky fluttered like a shapeless bird before landing on his forearm.Rating: 10 out of 10 - PERFECT READ!
First line: A splash of bloody red in the bleu sky fluttered like a shapeless bird before landing on his forearm. John plunked the box down and picked up the silky red bra.
Memorable Scenes: - Kitchen scene at 4th of July get-together > hot - Frosting scene at the Sugar Shack > beyond hot - The scene with Emily at the Salvatori picnic > Go Livvy! - Livvy’s “one-woman show” performance for John > scorching doesn’t even come close to describing it.
First off I want to apologize to Inez Kelley for this totally sucky review of an awesome book. I read this book months ago and immediately rated it 10 out of 10, a perfect read because of the huge emotional impact it had on me. However the impact didn’t translate into review notes because as I sat down to finally write this review, I discovered I had only 3 little paragraphs of notes about this book. How am I going to go on and on and on about this incredibly amazing book in my review with just 3 paragraphs of notes about 3 to 4 months after finishing the book. This is not how I roll, people…So sorry Inez, I wasn’t more prolific in taking notes of why SWEET AS SIN is such a brilliant book and the following review is all I can do to convince other readers to buy and read this compelling and touching masterpiece you created.
John Murphy is a YA author. He’s intense, has sarcastic wit and he’s provoking, but beneath all that is a caring, gentle, broken man. When I read the blurb and the beginning of this book I was apprehensive about his character and didn’t know if I was going to click with him. But somehow he crawled inside my head and I can honestly say it was difficult and emotional but I slowly but surely fell in love with this man Inez Kelley created. And it was in a way I really didn’t expect. It was trough the snippets of his book that he touched me the deepest and I never thought I’d ever say it but if this YA book was ever a reality I would definitely read it. There! I said it…and I am NOT a YA reader, absolutely not!
Livvy Andrews is a pastry chef and owner of the Sugar Shack. I adored Livvy from the very start. She is cautious, nurturing, caring and vivacious. A character you root for and wish to see get her HEA. The way she handled John and everything that came along with him was admirable and earned her a spot on my favorite heroine’s list.
The secondary characters were equally awesome as the main couple. They were there, picking up the pieces, offering a willing ear and creating fun moments. I wouldn’t have missed them all for the world, as they were just as important to the overall feel of this book as John and Livvy were.
I shouldn't be surprised that once again I'm in awe of Inez Kelley's powerful writing. She creates magic with words and sentences. The magic she creates with words never ceases to amaze me and I’ve only read her (erotic) contemporary romances. Her words create the perfect mix of heat, humor and emotion. Smiles, tears and hot flashes alternated while reading SWEET AS SIN, each one trying to get to the forefront and trying to claim me.
I suspect now that whenever I hear the phrase “ How hungry are you?” in the near future I’ll think back to this book and that scene. The scene was pivotal, sizzling hot and mesmerizing. Thinking back, I get tingly all over again.
Thank you Ms Kelley! Thank you for this wonderful book that broke my heart and almost left me speechless. My heart broke for John and for Livvy. The amount of tissues I needed to get through this book was daunting. When I reached the last page I was emotionally drained, my eyes were red and swollen from the tears running down my face but most of all, my romantic heart was whole again, happy and satisfied.
Favorite Quotes: Her treacherous body responded to his scrutiny with a whorish force. Pure animalistic lust flared, and she fought the primal urge to preen for him. Arrogant sexy bastard.
She was too mouthwatering to be ravished. He wanted to savor her spice until it burned him, let her sweetness flood his bitter soul until his teeth ached with it.
“You, I want your sugar, Livvy, melting on my tongue.” Erotic, naughty and exactly the right ones to say, his words painted a picture that plunged her body into shivers of anticipation.
John was all the seven deadly sins personified. LUST blazed most forcefully, carving his features with demonic beauty. PRIDE bowed his mouth as he watched her tongue skate across her bottom lip. Only GLUTTONY could describe the hunger in the gaze raking over her body. SLOTH slowed his movements tormenting her with his absolute control, but WRATH battled in his expression, urging him to possess her. Rapturous GREED heated his skin and he took her mouth in primitive passion. His tongue darted into her mouth and ENVY coveted her very breath.
3 unique stories, loved one of them more than the other two but still a great anthology for contemporary romance readers. Two of them were the prologu3 unique stories, loved one of them more than the other two but still a great anthology for contemporary romance readers. Two of them were the prologues to new series that are definitely on my buy-list!...more
4.25 stars! I need to re-read this book because when looking for review books I found NONE! I always take notes while reading review books and this on4.25 stars! I need to re-read this book because when looking for review books I found NONE! I always take notes while reading review books and this one was definitely for review as I even partook in a blog-tour for it! The only thing regarding this book I found was this repord card (number-grades) type of rating I used to use for my QuickScore Reviews. I can't imagine I was going to do a QuickScore for a requested review so I think I must have been crazy busy at the time and don't know what I was doing... Well until the re-read this is all I got...which tells me that the book didn't impact me emotionally a lot. I suspect no teary-eyed moments because otherwise that grade would have been higher than a 7. The writing was fabulous and amazing, the pace and humor were awesome and the heat, characters, romance and quotability (WHERE ARE MY MARKED FAVORIT QUOTES! I have none!) were great. Other than this...I got nothing :(
What an awesome novella, it was scorching hot, even hotter than first book in the Line of Duty series and that one wasn't too shabby to beg4,25 stars!
What an awesome novella, it was scorching hot, even hotter than first book in the Line of Duty series and that one wasn't too shabby to begin with.
Troy was exactly what I expected him to be: commanding and hot as heck when he talked the talk in the bedroom but he was more than just a dirty talking hot cop. He has this protective streak that truly touched me.
For a novella the characters were very well drawn, making it easy for me to connect with them. It was short but didn't feel short to me as it had depth and packed a punch emotionally and in terms of heat! When you make me hot and you make me cry in the span 162 pages, you deserve a fixed spot on my auto-buy and read-on-release-day lists! Tessa Bailey is definitely on them now.
I said in my review of the first book I loved this authors voice and this second book just cemented that feeling. In a novella-length story Tessa Bailey delivered to satisfaction and I was happy to find out the next book is longer again so I can enjoy her writing a little longer.
Fave Scene: - the scene at the tavern with the pool cue > *fans self* - the last chapter > Troy not giving up on Ruby undid me! That was some good grovel and loved how this book ended.
Fave Quotes: “Goddammit, you little tease. Stop licking at it and take it deep. Show me how much you missed me.” The now-familiar transformation in his demeanor—from concerned boyfriend-type to dominant sex god in mere seconds—sent her stomach quaking, turning her legs to jelly.
“As long as you’re with me, I don’t want some punk thinking he has the right to touch your gorgeous face. If you want to be touched, you tell me where, and I’ll take care of it. I’m the only one who touches you now, Ruby. Me.”...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise was super enticing and the author delivered on it too. I loved everything about this book. The c4,5 stars!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise was super enticing and the author delivered on it too. I loved everything about this book. The characters, the romance, the setting, everything. I especially loved the humor in the main characters and how it was counterbalanced with some heavy emotional stuff. I also loved how well-suited Taylor and Luca were. They had a lot in common but dealt with their respective issues that were alike in their own way, in a manner befitting their personalities. I loved Luca's impulsiveness and his "I don't give a shit" attitude. And I enjoyed seeing him, playboy king of the one night stands fall for Taylor. What I loved about Taylor were her witty and fun inner thoughts.
Sarah Morgan never disappoints! With AN INVITATION TO SIN she had me glued to the pages from the very first sentence till the last word and proves all those Harlequin Presents nay-sayers wrong! If you know my reading preferences you’ll know I like my books HOT, the hotter the better, and DIRTY, the dirtier the better. Harlequin Presents usually aren’t dirty hot and AN INVITATION TO SIN wasn’t that either, and yet it made me feel the same way my dirty hot books do. Sarah Morgan’s writing has something about it that pulls you in and keeps your attention and don’t leave you wanting more because it gives you all you want, even when there are no explicit dirty sex scenes.
Favorite Scene: - the scene at the opera > beautifully written, very sexy without any real explicitness it was an amazing scene
Favorite Quotes: She couldn’t keep this up for much longer. She was going to punch someone, split her dress and end up naked.
‘I’ve got moves that would make you weep.’ ‘I’m sure you make women weep a lot, but I’m not a crier.’ ‘I like you more and more. You could bathe naked in the fountain.’ He reached for the chilled bottle of champagne. ‘Or I could roll this over your skin.’ Her skin was prickling with the heat and she made a sound that was half laugh, half groan. ‘Now you’re torturing me. Talk about something else, before I melt.’
‘I thought you were trying to prove to the board you’re responsible?’ ‘I’ll use a condom. Does that count?’
Turning towards her, he leaned his forehead against hers and smiled that smile that made women forget how to put one leg in front of the other to walk away.
‘We won’t be expending more energy. This was a one-time thing. We’re going to forget this happened.’ He should have been relieved to hear that from a woman. The fact that he wasn’t surprised him. ‘Fine by me. But any time you want me to make you moan again, just tap me on the shoulder. My skills are at your disposal.’
‘Bene. In that case I take you, Taylor Carmichael, to have and to hold, to sin and misbehave with until too much hot sex doth leave us breathless and knackered. How does that sound to you?’ ...more
The banter between Story and Daniel was awesome. I loved how they were on the same level. By this I mean that while I adored the previous books in thi The banter between Story and Daniel was awesome. I loved how they were on the same level. By this I mean that while I adored the previous books in this series, the heroes had the upper hand there. This could be because the heroines were more inexperienced and acted younger than Story, I don't know. Can't quite pinpoint it but I felt that Story was more mature and more able to be at Daniel's level, giving as good as she got. Daniel is the trademark Bailey hero: possessive, protective, sexy and in possession of a deliciously dirty mouth. I loved the bond and banter between Daniel and his friends and colleagues Brent and Matt!
All in all I loved this third book in the series and can't wait for the next one!
Memorable Scenes: - backseat on the Mets' parking lot scene > actually all the sex scenes were favorites but this one was extra steamy! - the phone sex scene and the one leading up to it > I'm running out of words to describe beyond hot! ...more
Evie Baker is a chef turned shampoo girl after trusting her business partner and lover who couldn't be trusted. After her restaurant is close3,5 stars
Evie Baker is a chef turned shampoo girl after trusting her business partner and lover who couldn't be trusted. After her restaurant is closed she’s forced to go back to her hometown. I immediately took a liking to Evie who grew up as an outsider (tomboy and poor amidst rich girly girls)! She gave her virginity to Matt Girard, her best friend since they were little kids, and he took it, stomped on it and her feelings and then left for the military, leaving her to deal with the aftermath. Now they are both back in the town they grew up in and danger that threatens Evie throws them together.
Evie was a mix of vulnerability and strength that worked very well for me. Despite his action when he was a teenager, Matt was great too. He had this intense, strong silent type vibe going with pain and guilt simmering just beneath the surface. He was sincere in admitting to his past mistakes, which redeemed him early in the book. What I loved in both of them was how straightforward and direct they were. Matt and Evie as characters is what made the book for me.
I must say HOT PURSUIT is one of those books that I find to review because there was something missing for me but I can't exactly pinpoint what it is. I liked it well enough to want to read the next book in the series but I can't say I loved it or that it blew me away (no pun intended). The romance wasn't all consuming and I missed some of the sense of urgency in the suspense that propels the romance to the next level, something I loved in other romantic suspense novels that evoked my mad love for the genre.
This book is a mix between contemporary romance and suspense romance and maybe that was the issue for me. Maybe there was too much suspense to make it a great small-town contemporary romance and not enough depth in the suspense to make it a thrilling suspense/military romance. A few decisions made by Matt and the development of the romance at times felt rushed and against character for both Matt and Evie.
This being said the characters were great and I loved them and I also really liked a few unexpected twists in the suspense. What I also loved was the subtle humor and the great way Lynn Raye Harris described growing up and living in the South. The look and feel of the small Southern town came across very well through the writing and the characters. It felt genuine and non-intrusive to the rest of the story.
HOT PURSUIT is a very nice blend of Southern small-town contemporary romance and military romantic suspense. I loved the characters and the writing style. I enjoyed reading it enough to want to read the next story in the series.
Fave Scene: - the dance at the party by the lake > the scene was a perfect combo of emotion, humor and sexual tension
Fave Quotes: Just one dance and we go our separate ways, got it?” Because she didn’t want to feel this tangle of emotions again. This tiny blossoming in her heart that said she was going to be in so much trouble if she didn’t shut it down quickly.
He was comforting her, giving her his strength, telling her it was okay. And he was doing it all with his lips and tongue. She moaned into his mouth and sank into the deliciousness of a kiss with this man she could love. ...more
I love Katie Porter books! Why? Because they are never what you expect them to be. After reading their Vegas Top Guns series and their Club Devant booI love Katie Porter books! Why? Because they are never what you expect them to be. After reading their Vegas Top Guns series and their Club Devant books I was excited to read this new series because come on people...a Spec Ops unit and BDSM? I'm so in!!
For an erotic military suspense the pace was quite slow and it took me a while to get in the flow of things. This is probably because it's the first book in the series and there's need for setting up the background and world it's set in. The slow pace also managed to crank up the intensity and the sexual tension, taking the anticipation super high. With every page I read I became more and more entranced by the story of Evan and Katsu and by the military suspense plot and by the time I reached the end I knew Command Force Alpha is going to be another Katie Porter series I will love!
Memorable Scene: - the one in the pool hall, with the bet > Evan is just...wow! And Katsu is something else! - the one in the shower > I <3 shower sex scenes! - the one with the ritual > Yep, I cried...of course!
Favorite Quotes: He wanted her cooperative, but that didn’t mean he wanted her meek. Hell no. Despite her petite frame, barely five-foot-two, she was larger than life compared to other women. Gorgeous. Powerful. Stubborn as a damn mule. To wrest an ounce of submission from the woman was a feat worthy of Hercules. To manage it made Evan feel that powerful. He lived for hits of power and hard-pumping shots of adrenaline.
She gasped. Her scowl was epic. “What the hell? You made a joke, and then I made a joke. You don’t have to go all Captain Bullshit on me.”
“So is any of that obeying-because-we-like-it going to be sexual?” She looked at him then, holding thumb and forefinger up before her. “Maybe a wee little bit?” “Katsu,” he ground out, and that cat-strangling thing became even more apparent. “So help me God…” “You didn’t finish that threat.” It was hard to keep her voice level. She wanted to crawl over the car and wedge herself down in his lap, driving be damned. When she was sitting with him, she knew where she was and how all these stupid pieces lined up. “So help me God, if you don’t give it a rest, I’ll pull this car over, push you down over the hood in the view of everybody sitting in rush-hour traffic, pull your skirt up and spank you until your skin is red enough to see from three lanes away.”
He snapped his hand out and grabbed her chin. Slowly then, he slid his fingertips down the front of her throat. “I am going to tell you what to do tonight, and you’re going to do it. Everything. To the letter.” Rather than contradict him, the sparking anger in her eyes dimmed, then flared to life on a shot of pure, crippling lust. If not for the support of the driver’s seat, Evan would’ve been the one to drop to his knees. Christ, she was so responsive.
This would be easier if Evan talked, or if they offered some give and play as they went along…but she didn’t want it, either. She wanted the weight of obedience, the challenge of it. When she focused on that challenge, everything else faded away. The world became Evan, what he wanted, and how she could be so very strong by proving herself up to any task.
“Then you held me with one hand, you caveman.” She fanned her face. “Don’t ever do that again unless we’re somewhere I can drop my panties and show you how much that turned me on.”
He kissed her throat. “I’ll be here too. Every night. Every time I have to make questionable judgments. Every time I wonder whether the hours I’m away from you are worthwhile. Our work is dark,” he whispered against her ear. “You’ll be my light in the dark, Katsu. My heart and my way home. Every time. From this moment.” Oh, she’d needed that. She wanted to be everything to him, the way he was everything to her....more
3,5 stars It's been a while since I read an RS with more than 3 POVs and the number of them had me a little frazzled at the beginning. Next to Noah an3,5 stars It's been a while since I read an RS with more than 3 POVs and the number of them had me a little frazzled at the beginning. Next to Noah and Trinity there are at least 8 other POVsand on top of those there were a lot of secondary characters (without their own POVs). With a lot of connections between them and one of them still not revealed at the end I was still a bit confused when the book ended.
After the novellas that started off this series I was really looking forward to the first full length book. Now I'm thinking I should have waited till all the full length books were out before reading. Because not only did all these POVs and the suspense have me rather confused, but I also reached the end and was none the wiser about a major happening in the book and a plotline I was hoping to get answers on. Also, I was still pretty much in the dark about the plot I suspect is going over to the next book or maybe even books.
Now I didn't mind this in the novellas as they were short and came out one right after the other. But the next full length is not coming out until the end of September!! When you have an ending that's rather abrupt and it doesn't give you the conclusion you wanted, it's too long a wait till the next book.
Though the above may give the impression I didn't enjoy this book, I really did. Because I love Shiloh Walker's writing and characterization and romance. The emotions burst from the pages and kept pulling me towards the book over and over. Characters chased by personal demons, sexy romance and a kid! Alcoholism, single parenthood, grief, guilt all form the background for the romance part of this romantic suspense. These elements all form the base of DEEPER THAN NEED and I loved that part of this book. Micah stole my heart from the first page!
So in conclusion, I didn't get the satisfaction of a rounded and concluded plot but I liked the romance, the characters and the emotions. I'll be on the lookout for the next book because I want my conclusion.
Favorite Quotes: The demons that had chased after him were called guilt and grief and no amount of alcohol could silence their voices for long. No woman could ease the ache for any longer than it took to bring her to climax.
But how did you go about telling a preacher that you were dying of lust? She was going to burn in hell for this. There had to be some sort of law or commandment or something against lusting over preachers, right? She was certain of it. He was just so very, very pretty to look at.
And oh, man … he shifted a little and she caught sight of his chest. He had chest hair. A little dusting of it, just enough to feel so good. Trinity felt her fixation teeter on the edge of obsession, ready to topple over. How would it feel to curl her fingers in the light scattering of it, to have it rubbing over her breasts as he moved over her—
My first thought when I read the first chapter of this book was: "OMG is this going where I think it's going? Is the heroine of this book who I thinkMy first thought when I read the first chapter of this book was: "OMG is this going where I think it's going? Is the heroine of this book who I think she is? If so Shiloh Walker is a f*cking genius!" And then I read chapter 2 and yes, Shiloh Walker is a f*cking genius! I did not see that coming after the previous book and I love it when authors surprise me. And surprise me she did! Every time I thought I had stuff figured out, she'd throw in a twist that completely obliterated my speculations and suspicions.
Lana Rossi is far from sweet and innocent, with a past riddled with hurt, drugs and isolation she has a lot of baggage to carry around. And from DEEPER THAN NEED we already know Adam is also burdened by a dark past that dictates his present life. I adored the romance between them. Ms. Walker did an amazing job with it.
The suspense had me confused for a while and as with the other books in this series I kept bouncing between suspects and in the end I was still surprised. This book had quite some POVs and an abundance of secondary characters. Though I'm not against multiple POVs and I enjoy it in romantic suspense it did add to my confusion with the plot.
Gritty doesn't even come close to describing this series! Though I'm one for light and sexy romances, I enjoy my romantic suspense dark and gritty! And if it happens to be sexy as well, like SWEETER THAN SIN absolutely is, that's just icing on the cake.
Memorable Scene: - the one with Lana and her dad > this one hit home for me at a very personal level and I sobbed throughout the entire scene...more
This series is rapidly making its way to the top of my favorite series list. SINFUL DECEPTION continues in the same excellent vein the first two booksThis series is rapidly making its way to the top of my favorite series list. SINFUL DECEPTION continues in the same excellent vein the first two books started it all. The main couple is awesome, the writing is captivating, the suspense plot fits right in and it was just as sexy and hot as the other books in this series! This is one of the few series I've read that make me wish they'd make a TV series of it. I'd definitely watch that!
I read 2 books in this series back to back and though the main themes are the same (Border Patrol, ICE, cartels, illegal immigrants and smuggling) in each book, they are all original and never felt the same. The romances are also one-of-a-kind and each couple is unique.
SINFUL DECEPTION starts all cute and sexy with webcamming and pole dancing and then...BAM! Again (like with the other books in this series) Joan Swan took me completely by surprise with the plot by giving it a twist I didn't see coming at all. I loved Marcus and Tova and their story and the shortness (around 120 pages) of the book didn't take away from the story at all. The sexy times were in perfect balance with the suspense plot and I really like Swan's writing style. It's fast-paced, crisp and sexy.
Since there's no next book in this series yet I'm going on the hunt for Joan Swan's (and her alter ego Sky Jordan's) books because I really liked what I read in this series.
Memorable Scenes: - the one against the wall > seriously hot scene there! - the one in the shower > yowza!
Favorite Quotes: “Maybe you could close your shirt while we do this.” She laughed but ignored the suggestion. In fact, she used a little shoulder shimmy to shake the loose blouse farther open. The move also jiggled her breasts beneath the white lace and filled Marcus’s lower body with another flash of fire. “Holy fuck…” Marcus muttered. “If you do that again, I’ll go into brain freeze and won’t be able to fix your camera.”
The pleasure burst at the base of his spine, shooting fire through his hips, his chest, his limbs…until even his hair tingled with it. He couldn’t hold back the sounds that rolled from him, deep, throaty, intense sounds of pleasure. And the electricity continued to hum through his veins for long moments afterward while they slumped together, nothing keeping them up but his body weight crushing her to the wall.
Tova’s mind emptied of everything but him. She wrapped her arms around him, curved her body into his, and opened her mouth. Let him take. And take. And take. Reveled in being so completely wanted. So thoroughly devoured. No one had ever kissed her like this. No one had ever wanted her so completely, so deeply.
“Yes…” The pitch of her voice rose, grew tight, “Jesus… Mar—” She cried out. Her hips jerked against his mouth, and Marcus closed his eyes with the delirium of her, held her steady, and ate at her, absorbing her tremors, her heat, her flavor, until her motions melted into shivers.
I liked RICOCHET more than RECKLESS but REBEL is still my favorite to date. Though I loved Rachel and Ryker together I wasn't charmed by Ryker's quickI liked RICOCHET more than RECKLESS but REBEL is still my favorite to date. Though I loved Rachel and Ryker together I wasn't charmed by Ryker's quick assumptions about Rachel and how many men she sleeps with all because of a one-sided overheared phone convo and another guy having a non-mutual crush on her. However, this is soon cleared up so it didn't bother me too long. And the rest of the book definitely made up for it. The chemistry between Rachel and Ryker is hot and this is intensified by the need to keep their involvement secret because of their jobs.
Josh was as slimey as they come! And the perfect "hate-this-character" in this third book in the series. But honesty compells me to admit he was redeemed a bit there at the end. And I hope he finds his own HEA too. As I enjoyed the previous books in this series a lot too, I loved seeing the main characters from RECKLESS and REBEL make an appearance too.
I'm really enjoying this series as I love Sky Jordan's writing style and I am a sucker for the premise of this team of stuntmen and the jobs they do. From the writing it is clear that Jordan knows her stuff and in RICOCHET the plot was just as exhillarating as the romance and chemistry between the main characters. I really look forward to reading the next Renegade's HEA.
Memorable Scenes: - the one in the trailer when rachel discovers that Nathan is Ryker > awesome scene that really showcases Skye Jordan's writing talent: emotional sprinkled with humor - the one where Rachel tells Rubi about her night with Ryker > great girl talk and I <3 Rubi! - the one where Rachel makes Ryker's bed at the cabin > well played, naughty Rachel!
Favorite Quote: “I know”—he lowered his voice and stepped closer, now just six inches away—“that any man who’d had you give his cock a chocolate massage, then watched you suck off every last trace of it like a lollipop, wouldn’t be able to think of anything else when they looked at you.” Dread, shame, excitement, and lust collided and tangled. Just having him close, just hearing his voice made her full and achy. “Don’t Nathan. I can’t…do this here.” “Does remembering make you wet?” he asked in a whisper, like he was telling her a secret. “Because remembering the way you begged for more makes me hard.” ...more