Older woman, younger guy is my catnip and I couldn't have been happier when I found out that Lee was quite younger than Rachel was. Lee is fabulous. HOlder woman, younger guy is my catnip and I couldn't have been happier when I found out that Lee was quite younger than Rachel was. Lee is fabulous. He's sweet but is very adamant about deciding how they will go about this relationship.
It's been a tad too long since I read the last Six Pack book because I was completely lost where the family tree was concerned. I had to look up review notes of previous books and Vivian Arend's website to get them all a bit familiar again.
The romance builds very slowly in this book and for the limited amount of pages it had (it is a novella) it might have been a tad too slow. I had some trouble believing in the change in Rachel's feelings as I could get into the sexual attraction she had to Lee but wasn't convinced of her love feelings as much as I was of Lee's feelings for her. Also the happening at the end of the book threw me for a loop...How? Why? I didn't understand why this was included in the romance. It just confused me.
Sometimes it happens...you want to love a book because you love the series and you love the author's writing and voice but I just couldn't with this novella. It didn't engage me and keep me captivated as the books before it have and it was just an okay read....more
Sabrina Sol is a new-to-me author and as soon as I saw the announcement for this book, her debut Brazen release, and I read the blurb I just knew I haSabrina Sol is a new-to-me author and as soon as I saw the announcement for this book, her debut Brazen release, and I read the blurb I just knew I had to read it. So when an e-mail came from Entangled with this one as an option for review, I immediately signed up and to my great pleasure I was approved!
I must say what really attracted me to this book was the fact that it was a foodie (pastry chef) romance with a best friend's (okay ex-best friend, but that makes little difference to me) little sister trope. These are two of the things that will put a new-to-me author on my radar.
I liked most of the characters, except for Amara's mom. She was mean and judgmental and for most part of the book I disliked her. I really liked Amara, she was funny and very easy to like. Also her resolve and struggle to stop others from seeing her as the good girl who always does the right thing was nice to read.
Eric was hot! The proverbial bad boy trying to make amends for his past and be good in the present. I loved how he tried to fight his attraction to Amara and failed splendidly.
I reall liked Sol's writing style. It's quick, fun and hot with just the right amount of expliciteness. But it was emotional too, with depth to the characters and story. The last chapters had me wiping a few tears as loss and love came together to make a well-deserved HEA for Eric and Amara.
Favorite Quotes: "[...]I thought it would be better if our first time was somewhere, you know, less dirty.” He frowned. “I want it to be, I don’t know, nice I guess.” There was that word again. She clenched her hands into fists and struggled to not scream. She was so tired of people associating that word with her. She didn’t want “nice” sex. She’d had enough of nice sex with her old college boyfriend, “Mr. Missionary.” For once in her life, she wanted splintersin-your-back-hair-pulling-lip-biting-crazy-hard-hot-sex.
“Well, I’m waiting. Am I going to rip this dress right off you so you can never wear it again, or am I going to slide it off your body using only my teeth?” ...more
As always the world with its politics and the way the sectors and Eden work and entwine held me captivated. The combination of filthy dirty sex, heartAs always the world with its politics and the way the sectors and Eden work and entwine held me captivated. The combination of filthy dirty sex, heart-wrenching feelings and romance, fascinating intrigue and downright pulse-pounding fist-, knife- and gunfights is one I only find in the Beyond series and it's a potent mix that keeps me coming back for more.
Lili made my heart ache. I wanted to open my arms and embrace her in a tight hug. She was so broken and yet determined to heal and find her true self. Jared surprised me with what was beneath the male prostitute. A man with honor and willing to put himself on the line for the sake of others.
Together they kept me glued to the pages, wanting to read when I was supposed to be doing other things like sleep, work and entertaining visitors. I just wanted more and more. More Lili, more Jared, more Lili and Jared, more Jared and Lili. This book and its main characters had so many layers I enjoyed peeling to get to the core of it, which is always love.
I loved how the Rachel, Ace and Cruz triad had an extensive role in this book. Especially during one specific beautifully filthy scene. They are still my favorite pairing of the series and I can never get enough of reading about them, their love and the dirty things they do.
Every time I read a Beyond book I fall in love a bit more with the world, the characters who live in it and the authors who create it.
Favorite Quotes: Numbness was a distant memory. She was alive, so sensitive that the slightest shift of her dress over her skin made her shiver with each indrawn breath. Just from looking at him. If he touched her again, she'd probably break apart. No one could survive so much heat after a lifetime of ice.
Lili clutched Rachel's hand and tried to remember when she'd become a creature made of nothing but want and sinful hunger so dirty she bit back a whimper.
“The first time you kissed me, I felt like the desert, and you were the rain. So much rain, I thought you'd wash me away. But I'm not the desert. I'm the flowers.” [...] She wasn't the desert or the flowers. She wasn't ice or steel. She was a goddamn diamond, formed under terrible pressure, as hard and unforgiving as the rock Logan had put on her finger. And she'd cut the fuck out of anyone who didn't get out of her way.
“Fine, you're both badasses," Ace grumbled as he smoothed the gel over Jared's wrists. "Panties fall off when you enter a room. Virgins swoon." "Don't worry, Santana," Jared said dryly. "You're still the king of disintegrating lingerie." "He doesn't care," Cruz said, curling a hand around the back of Ace's neck. "He prefers taking it off with his own two hands. Or his teeth.”
DNF-ed at 34% I just wasn't feeling this book. Actually from the minute I started reading it and then I read this sentence: “Dominance and submission wDNF-ed at 34% I just wasn't feeling this book. Actually from the minute I started reading it and then I read this sentence: “Dominance and submission was all about humiliation.” This really bothered me, because it's not... But I still continued as I'm always resistant to DNF-ing and it is a fifth book in a series where I really liked the other books. However, once I got to a certain BDSM scene and still didn't feel even a hint of emotional about it I knew it was time to throw in the towel.
There are too many books to be read and life is too short to keep reading a book that I'm not feeling at all. ...more
When I met Penelope in the previous book of the series and she briefly mistook Garrett for Will, I immediately liked her. I suspected a strong, sassy,When I met Penelope in the previous book of the series and she briefly mistook Garrett for Will, I immediately liked her. I suspected a strong, sassy, defiant woman and that is exactly what she turned out to be in her own book. When Will was decribed by Ridley as "ice" in the previous book (the one about his twin Garrett who was described as "fire") I was immediately intrigued. When he lectured Garrett about how stupid he was being towards Ridley and love, that's the moment I fell for Will and became even more eager to read his story. I wanted to see the Ice King lose control and fall in love.Because isn't that the ultimate sexy thing: to see an Ice King melt because the perfect woman has the fire to make that happen?
I really loved the chemistry between Penelope and Will and loved the switch angle in the BDSM. Seeing Penelope struggle with her need to submit to the man she least wants to submit to but. Seeing Will being all confused about his feelings and fighting not to lose control. The verbal sparring between them contributed highly to my enjoyment of this book. I loved how Penelope's defiance would spark Will's loss of control. It all worked splendidly for me.
Also, this is the first book in the series where the BDSM worked extremely well for me. It's still kept "light-BDSM" enough for it to be much to my taste but there's also just a bit more intensity, probably because of the switch angle added to it. I loved this. It made the dynamics between Penelope and Will very different from the previous couples' dynamics as the exchange of power was much more balanced.
Will is my fave hero of the series so far. Though his talk isn't as dirty as the other ones because of his control issues I suspect, he's so much more intense and the little bits that slip from his control are so freaking good! Every time he called Penelope "pet" or praised her, every time Penelope called him Sir I couldn't stop a shiver from going through me. This book was really really hot in a way that gave me goosebumps. It's wasn't because of a distinct thing I can point out, it was more in the build-up in the feelings and intensity of the sexy stuff, I think.
I loved the brief appearance of Addison and mention ofCaine from MEETING HIS MATCH. I loved those two in their book and adored the itty bitty tiny glimpse of their HEA!
BETTING ON FATE was amazing! I had minor issues with the first three books in this series, making them 3 rather than 4 star reads but I LOVED EVERYTHING about this one. It was perfect in every way and makes me very happy that I stuck with the series and continued reading after the second book. I look forward to the next two books in the series!
Memorable Scenes: - the one in Penelope's office > All I'm saying is: desk-smexing... - the one at Serve where Will pushes Penelope to hard > The way he tries to make it right again and the emotional exchange that followed a moment that really got to me.
Favorite Quotes: Before she could process this turn of events, he kissed her—a deep, drowning kiss that swept away every single one of her fears and left only need in its wake.
“You’re going to submit. To me.” “Yes.” “What about your precious control?” He looked up into her dark eyes, trying to see something—anything—to indicate her state of mind. For the first time, though, her thoughts were closed to him. “If I have to chose between control and you, I choose you.”
This third book in the co-authored Serve series is by Katee Robert and after Tessa Bailey took my on a rollercoaster rides with the first tw3,75 stars
This third book in the co-authored Serve series is by Katee Robert and after Tessa Bailey took my on a rollercoaster rides with the first two books of the series I admit I was a tiny bit hesitant about this one. Nonetheless, I started it immediately after finishing EXPOSED BY MISTAKE and am happy to report it didn't disappoint! On the contrary, I was (unlike with the previous books in the series) drawn into the story of Ridley and Garrett from the very start.
I liked this story a bit better than the first two stories but still I'm not convinced about this series. It's good but it's not blowing me away. I liked both Ridley and Garrett and their romance. It had some really hot and sexy scenes and Garrett talked the dirty very nicely and still it was just okay.
And yet I can't seem to decide to call it quits on the series because I want to go straight to the next book (about Will, Garrett's twin and the mysterious Penelope) so something must be working for me. Either that or it's my determination to finish a series I started.
All in all I liked that this story was more balanced in the effect it had on me and I liked the characters a lot but that was it.
Favorite Quote: “Did you call back for a reason or are you just trying to get your asshole quota for the day?” ...more
Oliver caught my attention in book 1 of this series (the book about his sister Caroline) with his witty, fun and laissez-fair demeanor. It wa3,5 stars
Oliver caught my attention in book 1 of this series (the book about his sister Caroline) with his witty, fun and laissez-fair demeanor. It was surprised to find him in a broody kind of mood at the start of his own but not even a few pages in he'd already made me laugh with his inner thoughts. But after those first pages something happened that makes me sad. I just couldn't get into this book. It wasn't working for me at all. I couldn't connect to Oliver or Eliza. What was going on here?
I felt there was a lot of inner monologue and not enough dialogues, banter or interaction. This huge amount of inner monologue did a number on the pace. It slowed it down considerably and what I love about contemporary romance (be it erotic or not) is the fast-pace. What was most disappointig was that Oliver wasn't the dirty talking hero I've come to expect from Tessa Bailey. Oh he was possessive and issued commands and said stuff but the intensity and sexy dirty was missing from it. Also, as in book 1 the BDSM didn't entirely convince me.
I knew it was a bad sign when I started thinking about whether to DNF or skim my way to the end but I kept reading. What saved this book from being a DNF was the humor. Because with everything that I missed that was the one thing that luckily was still there. I'm glad I kept reading because as with book 1 the second part of the book worked better for me than the first half. In the second half Oliver even started the much wanted dirty talk and though the inner monologues also kept going strong, I was relieved that Oliver did turn out to be the dirty talker I wanted him to be.
Really, the second half of it worked as brilliant for me as the first half didn't at all! That second part was perfect! It had it all! Everything I missed in the first part: it was hot, fast-paced, so emotionally gripping it brought me to tears...dammit why couldn't the first half been like that too?!
This book tricked me and I'm a bit mad about that! If it had all been like the second part this could've been a 5-star read while I can't give the first part more than 2 stars!
Favorite Quotes: Voices in the kitchen. Philip and Caroline. Only yards away from them. Eliza’s eyes flew wide. “Don’t you dare stop, Eliza. You will not stop until you suck me down.”
“I know when you look at me you see a man who has used and been used. You think I have nothing left to offer you.” His eyes burned. “Believe me when I tell you that no one has touched what I’ve got inside me for you, Eliza. Just. You. It’s real. It’s the reason I’m alive. I’m alive to offer you everything. Take it. I’m begging you to take it. Take me. I’m so scared to find out what happens if you don’t.”...more
4,5 stars Ainslie Paton has a writing style that I had to get used to in the beginning but one I did end up liking. I can't exactly pinpoint what it is4,5 stars Ainslie Paton has a writing style that I had to get used to in the beginning but one I did end up liking. I can't exactly pinpoint what it is that makes me like it but I do. It felt a little bit like a Charlotte Stein I've read but then in 3rd person narrative. Like with the Stein, there's something different than what I'm used to and you spend a lot of time in the characters' thoughts but it's also compelling and keeps me reading.
Dry, subtle humor and you get to know the setting and backstories little by little through tidbirs sprinkled here and there. Must admit that the parts where Jacinta and Mace weren't together on the page (a big part around 1/3 to mid-way through) this was the part of the story I liked the least as it detracted from the romance feel and it wasn't as compelling as the parts where they were together, those parts were brilliant.
I had to get used to Paton's writing style and when I got in the flow of it I was captivated. Her writing is vivid and beautiful and it just flows around you, enveloping you in words and emotions through characters who find themselves a place in your heart with their realness and sincerity.
INSECURE is a beautifully written, super realistic love story about two people who learn that love comes when least expected, love is hard and love is worth fighting for....more
Ooh I liked Jonah. I really liked Jonah. He had his way with words, dirty words but brought them with finesse and we all know how much of a s3,5 stars
Ooh I liked Jonah. I really liked Jonah. He had his way with words, dirty words but brought them with finesse and we all know how much of a sucker I am for sophisticated dirty talkers :) He says the sweetest and dirtiest things and he's intense...so very intense.
Because I liked Jonah so much, he almost overshadowed Caroline...She definitely stood her own but at first all I wanted was Jonah's POV and presence on the page. Caroline was very reluctant, disapproving and too judgy at first but once she started to accept what Jonah offered her and what she didn't know she wanted she definitely put herself on my radar.
I must say I liked the second half of the book better than the first half as it took me some time to warm up to Caroline and I wasn't completely convinced on the BDSM part of the book. The second half kept me glued to the pages and affected me more, emotionally but I knew everything was going to be okay. It's a romance with a HEA after all.
OWNED BY FATE is a little different from what I have grown to expect from Tessa Bailey. I'm glad she kept the possessive, dirty talking hero but I'm not convinced in the BDSM area. Though I am of the BDSM "light" camp (not one for humiliation and extreme pain) this was a tad too "light". That being said I truly enjoyed the romance between Jonah and Caroline and Tessa Bailey's writing so no foul no harm. My Tessa Bailey-addiction still reigns supreme!
Favorite Quotes: “If I sit across from you much longer, I’m going to pull you astride my lap and kiss “your superbly formed mouth until you soak straight through my pants.” He pulled back just enough to watch redness suffuse her cheeks. “It wouldn’t take long, sweetheart. I can do amazing things with my tongue.”
His tortured gaze fell to her mouth. “I left your panties on as a reminder not to fuck you senseless against the wall. What’s going to stop me now?”
“When is the last time you were properly fucked, Caroline?” She couldn’t hold back a moan, her knees starting to tremble. “W-what? I—” “Never. The answer is never, because I’ve never fucked you.”
Before she could stop herself, she brought the note to her mouth and rubbed the smooth paper over her lips, lips Jonah had kissed just hours ago. Bruised lips that shouldn’t like the feeling at all. Lips that should feel violated and abused but instead felt wanted and worthy of passion from a man who kept it chained inside him until it exploded out in a frenzy of demands she’d been all too eager to comply with.
This was short, sexy, dirty and scorching! I'm used to that by Rhian Cahill but still I was pleasantly surprised by how intensely hot this little gemThis was short, sexy, dirty and scorching! I'm used to that by Rhian Cahill but still I was pleasantly surprised by how intensely hot this little gem was.
I really liked both Alex and Sadie and their story. It was a short novella so the pace reflected that and the wrap-up was quite quick. I would have loved to read on and on about these two but as it was, I was happy with this quick hot read.
Once again Rhian Cahill doesn't disappoint and delivers on what I love about her writing: heat and fun!
Favorite Quotes: She moaned into his mouth. The man knew how to kiss. How to take her from interested to craving with the brush of his tongue.
“Sadie.” He nuzzled his nose into her hair by her ear. “Mmm…you smell good.” Lord. The man was delusional. She stank of sweat and sex....more
I have had this series on my TBR for a while now. I guess since the release of this first book in the series. And just before starting UNFORG3.5 stars
I have had this series on my TBR for a while now. I guess since the release of this first book in the series. And just before starting UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER is when I realized that the Ty in the blurb was the same Ty from Sami Lee's the Bandicoot Cove:The Wedding story MOONLIGHT MIRAGE. When I finished that story I desperately wanted him to have his own story but I never linked him to this book. If I had, I would have read UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER much soon than now.
I did have certain expectations of the story once I realized it was Ty Butler's story and unfortunately the book didn't fully meet those expectations. For one I thought the book would be dirtier. sexier but though it was pretty explicit and sexy it was also very sweet and it felt like Ty was holding back somehow because it was Summer. There were times he treated her as the virginal innocent she was ten years earlier and though there's nothing wrong with that, it didn't quite work for me, especially the virgin role-playing thing didn't.
I did like the backstories and the history between Ty and Summer. Though I am not a fan of story-telling through flashbacks they did work for me in this book. It served to add depth to the characterization of both Summer and Ty and didn't interfere with the pace of the rest of the story. I really liked the ending. It was less focused on the proper, conservative Summer and became more emotional, giving me the lump-in-throat ending I always love.
UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER is a sweet, emotional, sort of reunited first love story. It was enjoyable with plenty of heat and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Favorite Quote Finally he took her mouth and swallowed the last of her ecstatic cries into him, wanting to bring all of her into him somehow, so they’d never be apart again....more