I'm a sucker for a best friend's younger sister trope (and am reading another right now!). I saw a couple reviews tReview copy received via NetGalley.
I'm a sucker for a best friend's younger sister trope (and am reading another right now!). I saw a couple reviews that noted the irritating banter between Molly and Jason. (She thinks he should know what he did wrong, and he has no clue.) It continues a little too long. However, I didn't feel like it took away that much from the overall story. Jason is the tortured military hero. Out of the service and facing more ghosts than he cares to acknowledge, Jason is slowly making strides to carve out a new future for himself. Molly is the girl that has loved Jason since she was a teenager (even throwing herself at him years ago). Neither will talk about the issues that they have which only creates a massive miscommunication. When Molly freezes out Jason, things come to a boiling point. Jason isn't used to needing anyone - let alone a woman.
These two finally start to talk to one another (with the help of their loved ones). In the end, their spark ignites into something much hotter and much deeper. A lifetime of knowing one another gives Jason and Molly a mess of shit to overcome as well as a foundation to build upon. The secondary cast was great as well. Kay is such a mother figure to them all, Jamie is struggling to get her life back on track, and sweet Ben could use a break. Marcus and Will have a long road ahead of them, and I can't wait to read more about their relationship. ...more
I am not sure what made me pick up this book or what I was expecting. To say that I was blown away is an understatement. The care and discussion arounI am not sure what made me pick up this book or what I was expecting. To say that I was blown away is an understatement. The care and discussion around a person's deeply held religious beliefs was moving and thought-provoking. Additionally, the BDSM aspect defined within the confines of this culturally specific marriage was perfection.
Born Jewish but not raised as Orthodox, Tzipporah decided to live as Orthodox in her 30's. Divorced, she now is ready to be matched with a husband. The man she marries is Elan, the strong, silent butcher. I loved this couple. They appear to be opposites but are not. Also, the miscommunications that can happen in any relationship are put on display with these two. Both have families that are judging them, and neither one can live up to the expectations of either family. Still, there is a connection. A trust. A respect.
When I saw that it was written in first person, I was a little leery. Thank goodness I kept reading. I would certainly pick up another book by this author....more
Jessica and Rick are so adorable! Both have put off settling down for various reason (possibly because they were waReview copy received via NetGalley.
Jessica and Rick are so adorable! Both have put off settling down for various reason (possibly because they were waiting for one another?). There's something heartwarming about a hero and heroine that have faced life and are finding love after their 20's. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but it serves as a reminder that it's never too late to look for (or find) love.
Jessica rushes to the side of her sick grandfather when she intercepts a voicemail meant for her father. The estrangement between her grandparents and father means that they don't know she even exists. When she arrives, she finds that a sexy firefighter tenant also serves as a surrogate son to her grandparents. He's also a little suspicious about her sudden appearance.
There are fires to fight, hockey games to watch, and real Christmas trees to lug home. In the end, Jessica and Rick have to decide if they are going to let their intense inferno of a connection to flame out or burn bright. Living on separate coasts won't make for an easy relationship. Is there a way for these two to explore this heat before they cool off for good?
Enough with the punny one-liners. A typically solid romance with strong characters and a great sense of community from the amazing Shannon Stacey. ...more
Tyson is the stereotypical brooding fighter, focused on nothing but winning. Parker is a starlet that is no longerReview copy received via NetGalley.
Tyson is the stereotypical brooding fighter, focused on nothing but winning. Parker is a starlet that is no longer in the limelight. Parker needs Tyson (and his gym) to help her train for an MMA movie that could bring her career back on track.
There were some great moments. I especially liked the scenes with Tyson's brother, Conner. I did feel that the ending wrapped up way too quickly. It was too sudden for me. Overall, a good read and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series....more
Everly was interesting. I liked her funky hair, desire to help the less fortunate, and her independence. Ambrose waReview copy received via NetGalley.
Everly was interesting. I liked her funky hair, desire to help the less fortunate, and her independence. Ambrose was a perfectly imposing Dom who doesn't mind a bratty submissive. Their dynamic was cute and fun.
HOWEVER, the main conflict between them was weird to me. I didn't understand Everly's aversion to all rich people ever. You'd think that she'd grow out of it and realize that all people are different...? And Ambrose's crazy plans to keep his lifestyle hidden? I just - why?
Overall, this was a fun book with lots of sexy BDSM scenes. I didn't read book one and wasn't lost at all, so this can be read as a stand-alone....more
First of all, these covers are just wow. Secondly, each book is better than the next. The Girl Next Door is a great second chance/friends to lovers boFirst of all, these covers are just wow. Secondly, each book is better than the next. The Girl Next Door is a great second chance/friends to lovers book. Not long out of college, these crazy kids are figuring out life and what they want out of it. I love that Steph's fearlessness can't hide her self-doubt.
The thing about these characters is that they aren't one note. There are rich kids, poor kids, white kids, non-white kids, jocks, geeks. The inclusion is great and hopeful. ❤️...more
I didn't want to like Jack after book 1 in this series. And maybe I don't like him, but I understand him. He's on his own journey. It was moving to seI didn't want to like Jack after book 1 in this series. And maybe I don't like him, but I understand him. He's on his own journey. It was moving to see these two boys/men growing into themselves and getting a second chance at love. ...more
So lovely. Two fallen stars, one a former famous dancer and one a former semi-pro football player. Both men are struggling to embrace the fact that paSo lovely. Two fallen stars, one a former famous dancer and one a former semi-pro football player. Both men are struggling to embrace the fact that past events have changed their plans for the future. Witnessing them come together and support one another is beautiful.
I love that Heidi Cullinan stressed community outreach in her books. Characters don't always have the support they need, but it's always acknowledged. ...more
I have no idea what took me so long to pick up this book, because it is seriously amazing. New adult sizzling romance without being too angsty - evenI have no idea what took me so long to pick up this book, because it is seriously amazing. New adult sizzling romance without being too angsty - even while dealing with issues such as homelessness and sexual identity. ...more
The Principles of Lust by Sasha White 3 stars Teal is taking a risk in opening an erotic art gallery. She feels a strong connection to the carpenter heThe Principles of Lust by Sasha White 3 stars Teal is taking a risk in opening an erotic art gallery. She feels a strong connection to the carpenter helping make her dream a reality, Zack. Zack is a sexy, strong Dom convinced that assertive Teal isn't subby enough for him. When they both take a chance, they find that the chemistry is out of this world. I liked the story, but Teal wasn't super likable. I'm not sure why she irritated me so much, but she did...
Frisky Business by Michelle Bardsley 3 stars Claire decides to do one more job for her (former) boss after she turns in her resignation. The fact that the task is a photo shoot at an adventurous resort catering to those in the BDSM lifestyle isn't something that the boss, Lucius, shared with her. Claire realizes that her attraction to Lucius may not be as one-sided as she thought. Steamy and full of BDSM goodness, my issues with this book mostly involved transitions between scenes. Sometimes, it felt a bit disjointed.
Picture Her Bound by Sidney Bristol 4 stars When an Officer Odalia (love it!) finds that some private photos of her doing some BDSM modeling have been stolen and said photos may reveal her identity, it takes a sexy, Dominant bounty hunter to help her solve the mystery...and help her relax. Sparks fly between these two from the start, but Odalia has a little trouble letting go. Hot, steamy and full of yummy bounty hunter delicous-ness.
Come Monday by Mari Carr 4 stars Keira is finishing her degree as an older student. She's also crushing pretty hard on her professor. Little does Keira know that Professor Wallace can't take his eyes off of her either. When she meets with him to discuss her lower than preferred grades, the tension is palpable. Once class is over, Keira and the professor are free to explore their connection. Her family and his Dominance are interesting wrenches, and, thankfully, neither challenge is unable to be worked out. I don't usually like the student/teacher dynamic, but this was fantastic. Maybe it was the older student scenario, or the emotional connection to Keira and her family. Either way, I know I'm gonna pick up the rest in this series!
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller 4 stars Mac steps in as oboist when her best friend is injured. The band leader, Finn, and Mac get off on the wrong foot right away. Once misunderstandings have been cleared up, Finn makes it his mission to help Mac re-discover the BDSM lifestyle that she barely had a chance to explore before a tragic assault closes her off to the world. Incredibly heart-warming, well-developed, sexy, sweet, sensitive...it was everything that it should have been.
A is for... by L Dubois 4 stars The story is one of a couple that is exploring their personal BDSM limits within the confines of a private club.
As a matter of combatting complacency, the Masters and Mistress in charge of the exclusive Las Palmas BDSM partner members and assign them letters of the alphabet. Anna and her partner are assigned "A" and must complete the acts listed on the club checklist under that letter (as long as no hard limits are violated).
While most of the pages are devoted to the Master/sub relationship and the activities dictated by the assigned letter, there is an undercurrent of something more. We are given hints that lead to a lovely ending. The dedication and honesty of these two surprised me as I was only expecting light-hearted sexy times. It was a moment and most if the story is pure sex/sexual adventure - nothing vanilla. So, please don't expect some heart-warming, sweet romance. The bedroom doors are closed in this book (as in sweet romance) BUT we have a bullseye view from inside......more