I love the world and characters Kit Rocha has created with the Beyond series but it's kinda confession time: Ace, Rachel and Cruz are my most favoriteI love the world and characters Kit Rocha has created with the Beyond series but it's kinda confession time: Ace, Rachel and Cruz are my most favorite triad in erotic romance! I just love these three so hard it hurts my heart. Getting a Beyond HEA story for them made me so very happy and it made the wait for BEYOND RUIN a bit more bareable.
BLANK CANVAS was a lovely quick look into Cruz, Rachel and Ace after their HEA. It wasn't as sexy dirty as CLOSED DOORS but it was at least as emotional and as hot! And I really wish for their wish to come true. I absolutely adore these Beyond Happily Ever After shorts so I hope Kit Rocha will keep doing this for every one of their HEAs in this series.
Favorite Quote: “If I thought it was a bad thing I—” Cruz gripped the back of his neck harder. “If you don't have anything filthy to say, do something more productive with your mouth.” ...more
FIT is book 1 in a trilogy written by new-to-me author Rebekah Weatherspooon. I've been following her on Twitter for a while now and admire her effortFIT is book 1 in a trilogy written by new-to-me author Rebekah Weatherspooon. I've been following her on Twitter for a while now and admire her efforts to bring books written by or featuring WOC to the forefront. A while back she tweeted about this trilogy being 99c per book and I don't know how quickly I one-clicked after reading the blurbs but I can tell you it was fast!
After DNF-ing a book that just wasn't for me I wasn't sure what to read next until I was browsing through the ebooks on my TBR and this one just screamed at me to read it. And boy, am I glad I did. This book was refreshingly different in several aspects and I immediately clicked with the writing (style). The trilogy revolves around the owners of an L.A. gym and I can't wait to read the books of the other two as Grant definitely set the tone.
What I loved most of all about this book was the sarcastic humor. Humor when done well is a thing if beauty! And Rebekah Weatherspoon does humor really well. Combined with a level of BDSM that I'm totally comfortable with —as in no humiliation, slave stuff but a balance of power and trust— and the way I clicked with the writing it made reading this book an absolute pleasure.
I loved the main characters. And though I'm pretty hero-centric in my romance reading, this was one of those books where the heroine was my favorite. Violet is witty, mouthy and realistic. I just loved her look on life and the way she wanted to work on herself and embraced who she was at the same time.
Grant is the sweetest, most considerate Dom I've ever read and I don't really read the darker BDSM stuff. And yet Grant also has this intense vibe he gives of. It was a pretty powerful combination that really worked for me.
As for the secondary characters, I really liked Mando (Grant's business partner) and I'm certain one of the books in this trilogy will be his. Faye (Violet's BFF) I'm not so sure about. There was something about her I didn't like and I couldn't quite but my finger on the what or why. The author did redeem her somewhat but still I didn't like her for most of the book.
A small thing that also kept nagging me in the back of my mind was that it was unclear to me what made Violet change her mind about the BDSM/Grant's proposition when they just met. It felt like there was no real explanation for it. One minute she left, kind of shocked by it and the next she was calling him to say she'd do it.
But these were very small things and absolutely did not take away from my enjoyment of this first encounter with Weatherspoon's work and talent. ...more
Kit Rocha is in a league of her own. No one (yes I'm saying it!), NO. ONE. writes filthy dirty sexy as well as Kit! But dirty sexy alone wouldn't cutKit Rocha is in a league of her own. No one (yes I'm saying it!), NO. ONE. writes filthy dirty sexy as well as Kit! But dirty sexy alone wouldn't cut it and make me want to immerse myself in these Beyond books, novellas and shorts until I drown in them. Within this sexy scene of 26 pages Rocha managed to infuse emotions, love, trust and kinship. While giving me the most sexy sex scene I've read in a long time.
I love Dallas, I love Lex, I love Jas, I love Noelle and I adore Kit Rocha. And that is all...
Someone needs to give Bree and Donna everything they wish for just so they can keep writing these stories! ...more
As usual Griffin writes awesome suspense with subtle romance and the short length of this novella didn't bother me at all. It was well-rounded and welAs usual Griffin writes awesome suspense with subtle romance and the short length of this novella didn't bother me at all. It was well-rounded and well-written. I loved Kelsey and Gage and their romance. The suspense plot was perfect for the length of the story and though it only partially wrapped up, I am sure it will be completely wrapped up in Mia's story (UNFORGIVABLE) who had a small but crucial part in this one.
UNSTOPPABLE reminded me of the TV show Bones, with Kelsey being a forensic anthropologist and big hunky Gage sent to protect her and I can't wait to read the next installment in the Tracers series. ...more
Please note: Contrary to my usual reviews I couldn't keep this write-up entirely spoiler-free. So beware if, like me, you don't want to read4,5 stars
Please note: Contrary to my usual reviews I couldn't keep this write-up entirely spoiler-free. So beware if, like me, you don't want to read spoilers for a book you haven't read yet.
This book! It alternated between giving me a tight knotty feeling in the vincinity of my heart (lump-in-throat emotional? Check!) and causing shivers of heat (hot and sexy? Check!). Both Hailey and Sloan have fought battles and are still fighting them and are scarred, each one's reason/cause for that is different but deep down they are in the same kind of boat and that really shone through in this heart-wrenching love story.
Carrie Ann Ryan definitely didn't pull any punches in this emotionally heavy novella. Breast cancer, PTSD and survivor guilt are not topics you immediately expect to find in a romance novella but realistically they are topics that are part of life and I personally think Ryan handled this perfectly and admire her for having the courage to create the two main characters of this novella. I can imagine not all readers will agree with me on this but I don't care because to me it was a beautiful, emotional and realistic story. One of the most realistic ones I've read in a while.
My heart ached for the characters in this story. And it is be one that will stay with me for a while. ...more
Circumstances (pesky non-bookish life and work) kept me from reading this one immediately when it came out but the fact that the next book is coming oCircumstances (pesky non-bookish life and work) kept me from reading this one immediately when it came out but the fact that the next book is coming out within a week prompted me to get it down from Mt. TBR and I'm so glad I did.
I love this series and the characters in the family that forms the backbone of it. The strong bond, sense of belonging, the tight-knit family and the humor are the things that stand out to me and keep me auto-buying and reading whenever a new book comes out. I love, adore the scenes where all the members of the family are together and the banter flows freely and easily. And I adore the scenes where they close eanks and band together around the people they love when things get tough.
The plot was intriguing in itself and by the way it was mixed with the romance and character development. I loved how it was revealed little by little with small hints here and there leading up to the big reveal and the wrap-up. Ryan does this in a great way with every book.
Griffin is one of my favorite Montgomerys and I loved reading his story. As per usual Carrie Ann Ryan delivered a sexy and emotional read that I enjoyed immensely. I'm really looking forward to the next two books in the series, both of which have been subtly hinted at and set up in this one. ...more
From the first page of this book (and to be really honest, from the moment he appeared in the first book as Marley's smartmouth brother) I lo4,5 stars
From the first page of this book (and to be really honest, from the moment he appeared in the first book as Marley's smartmouth brother) I loved Chad! Beneath that self-deprecating, joke-cracking, larger than life smart-mouth is a sweet guy yearning for love and acceptance.
If you gift your characters with humor you have a very fair chance that I'm going to love your writing and books. Humor just gets me everytime and Megan Erickson definitely has me on her hook and is reeling me in further and further with every new book in this series.
The banter and verbal sparring in this one was just epic! I have no other word for it. I especially loved when Chad and Owen would try to one-up each other in making the other one lose control with dirty talk. Because we all know by now how I feel about dirty talking.
I had so much fun reading this book! Chad and Owen are such polar opposites with Chad being a free-spirited ADD type while Owen is rule-abiding and a bit OCD with order. They really aren't into each other at first except for the crazy chemistry attraction and they hate that they want each other. This created a wonderful (sexual) tension-filled read that had just the right amount of angst to it.
Oh and have I mentioned how sexy this book is? As might or might not be known I rarely read m/m romance. This has a few reasons but the main one is that most of the m/m sexy times, especially when not in a ménage setting with at least some female involvement, just doesn't 'do' it for me. There are exceptions to my 'I don't read m/m' and that is when the book is part of a series I love from an author I adore. That's what lead me to reading this Megan Erickson m/m romance and lo and behold: the sexy times totally worked for me and definitely 'did' it for me as Owen and Chad set the pages and me on fire and I will never be able to see a bow tie and not think back fondly to a certain scene in this book.
In conclusion: Megan Erickson has been added to the (short) list of authors that have the power to make me read outside of my comfort zone. I loved this m/m romance as much as the other books in this series and I loved reading Chad and Owen's story!...more
First 5 stars of 2016 as I just loved everything about this book from start to finish!
My first thought after reading the first chapter or two was: WhFirst 5 stars of 2016 as I just loved everything about this book from start to finish!
My first thought after reading the first chapter or two was: Why didn't I read this sooner?! Because OMG I'm in love with Megan Erickson's writing and her Gamers series!
Erickson's awesome writing style combines scorching hot and sexy with humor and emotion. This is my kryptonite! And she did an excellent job of having me go through it all as I could be all hot and bothered on one page and having trouble holding back my tears on the next. And I loved it all.
This book ticked all my 'so sexy' boxes! It had dirty talk, role-playing and even a bit of spanking. In a recent review I commented on missing sexiness, urgency in the sex scenes and this book illustrated exactly what I missed in that other book by giving it to me in spades. It was super sexy yet never crass or over the top. The sex was balanced perfectly with the characterization and emotional side of the story. Well done, Megan Erickson!
I adored the secondary cast as much as the main couple. Of course Austin and Marley (couple from bk 1) were there and I loved seeing them after their HEA. Sydney is at the top of my fave kids/teenagers in romance novels-list And Ethan! OMG I want Ethan's story so bad! Physically scarred, emotionally damaged and recluse are magic words to me when it comes to a male character that entices me but I also glimpsed care, dry humor and old school gentleman and that just about did me in.
It's two out of two for Ms Erickson with this series as I loved this second book as much as, if not more than the first book. I love everything about her writing! It is so good I just flew through the book and suddenly I was at the end. I read it in practically one sitting and that's rare for me lately. ...more
Thoughts to follow, no rating as it's probably a case of 'it's me, not the book' and YMMV.
My thoughts on this DNF: I admit I only sought outDNF at 47%
Thoughts to follow, no rating as it's probably a case of 'it's me, not the book' and YMMV.
My thoughts on this DNF: I admit I only sought out this book because of tweets commenting in how dirty sexy it was and I have a fondness for dirty books. Then someone (Maria Rose) commented that fans of Kit Rocha would love this book and I was done for. It went from wishlist to reading list in a mere few seconds and before I knew it, it was the next book to read.
Then I started it and admittedly I don't do well with extensive worldbuilding, hence my preference for contemporary romance over pnr and UF or fantasy. However, as with Kit Rocha's, I was immediately drawn into this dystopian world Megan Crane created as the backdrop for this romance.
Once the initial worldbuilding was set up the romance began and I must confess that I had some trouble with it. This was caused by once again expectations. For some reason I had built this book up in my mind to be something very dirty and it's probably a case of YMMV but for me it didn't reach that level of filthy, sexy dirty that makes me inhale a book and unable to put it down for one second.
Normally When I'm reading, I try to do it every single minute that I can: in bed before getting up, during my 10-min commute to work, in my breaks, during commercial breaks while watching TV, in bed before sleeping. Literally every chance I get. The fact that I was too easily able to put it down should have been a warning to me. I wasn't as drawn into it as I should be. And I think this mostly had to do with the pace and internal thoughts versus dialogue/action ratio. The only parts that would spike my excitement or make me read faster were the dirty bits and this may sound jaded but despite them being nicely written and somewhat dirty, they didn't completely blow my mind as some other sexy books/series have.
When about 30% into the book I started skimming to dialogue and/or sex scenes I knew I should give up trying to force myself to read this book and making it work for me...because it just wasn't... When you have been reading like a few pages a day for 8 days and you're only at 40% when before this book you were finishing a book every two days, it's time to admit defeat. I stubbornly went on until 47% but even the first full-on sex scene between Tyr and Helena did nothing for me. So hence my first DNF of 2016...at 47%
But I will reiterate that it's probably me and not the book so if you like post apoc with little dialogue and okay sexy scenes, definitely try it because the world is fascinating. ...more
I read this novella for Wendy the Superlibrarian's TBR Challenge first theme: 'We Love Short Shorts' and because I started catching up with3,75 stars
I read this novella for Wendy the Superlibrarian's TBR Challenge first theme: 'We Love Short Shorts' and because I started catching up with this series at the end of last year so it was a two birds, one stone situation.
I met Eve in the first full-length story of this series and admittedly I wasn't as eagerly looking forward to her story as I was Jenny's (TOO FAST TO FALL). Can't explain exactly why but she just didn't stand out to me in the cast of secondary characters that were in that first book. But Eve's story surprised me and I ended up liking it way more than I thought I would. Hero Brian was completely new to me as he wasn't mentioned anywhere prior to this story.
The novella-length of the story didn't leave much room for in-depth character development, especially considering how little we knew about especially Brian and in the end it left me wanting to know more about them, their past and their back-stories but this being said I still really enjoyed this novella as Victoria Dahl's writing never disappoints in its sexiness and its ease of reading. Also the way the romance was set up it worked as a novella as the couple already had an emotional history together.
In conclusion: I flew through the story as it was a fast-paced, hot, enjoyable and quick read that satisfied my need for a Victoria Dahl fix....more