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
Fiona Lowe writes such great small-town romance. Humor, heat, and great characters keep me reading. While I enjoyed Millie and Will's story, it was liFiona Lowe writes such great small-town romance. Humor, heat, and great characters keep me reading. While I enjoyed Millie and Will's story, it was like a 2-for-1 deal with Ethan and Tara's secondary storyline. ...more
I love me some KA. She does adult angst, drama, and quirky characters like no one else. Walk Through Fire was no excReview copy received via NetGalley
I love me some KA. She does adult angst, drama, and quirky characters like no one else. Walk Through Fire was no exception to that rule. A gritty, emotional, AMAZING book from start to finish. Millie and High fell in love when they were young. Though they went their separate ways, they never quite fell out of love. A chance meeting causes Millie to reach out to High after years (over 20?) apart. To put it mildly, things don't go smoothly.
Determined to bring dysfunctional to a new level, Millie and High continue on with their aggressive, angry back and forth. It's a crazy non-relationship that brings to light some decisions from the past. Millie and High never recovered from their awkward breakup, partially due to the secrets behind the split.
Watching these two find their way back to one another was so beautiful. It was frustrating to me that the obvious conversation that could have cleared up EVERYTHING didn't happen. I can't speak from Millie's perspective, having never faced the future that she faced, but it doesn't seem THAT catastrophic. I get that we all have emotional baggage and craziness. Also, 20-somethings aren't known for foresight and wisdom in decisions. Years later and she still couldn't face her future...? I dunno. That bothered me.
Of course, there was a fantastic ending. AND typical relationship stereotypes were thrown out the window (love it!). In the end, Walk Through Fire was an intense emotional rollercoaster from start to finish - and the finish was magnificent. ...more