Heather Pierce has dealt with a lot of crap from men in the past, so when she sees an opportunity where she can call the shots and things will happen...moreHeather Pierce has dealt with a lot of crap from men in the past, so when she sees an opportunity where she can call the shots and things will happen on her terms she jumps at it, even if she’s not one hundred percent sure it’ll work. After all, she’s never really let herself have that take charge personality in any aspect of her life. Tony Carmine is the opposite. He’s a right hand man to one of the most powerful businessmen in the city. He’s well known, both in boardrooms and for being a bit of a playboy, so when Heather Pierce leaves him spinning he’s pretty sure there’s something between them to investigate. However, will she hate him once she really figures out who he is?
I picked this book up for two reasons, the title made me giggle and it was published by Entangled Publishing whose books I simply can’t get enough of.
I kind of loved this story, plain and simple. The characters had strengths and faults and both came into their own in some way or another during the book. So yes, while it is an erotic romance, it still had this awesome character development throughout. It’s also got one of my current favorite tropes which is the powerful businessman. That didn’t hurt one bit.
The story was in some ways kind of predictable which did take a little of the excitement from me, but nonetheless I still absolutely enjoyed immersing myself into the tale of Heather and Tony’s budding relationship. There were the ups and downs of course, and the work life drama that played into how both of them approached their out of office hours, but it was still awesome to see Heather start wielding this power and fighting for her independence so to speak in a largely stuffy corporate world, but more importantly in her personal life.
All in all, Vanilla on Top was a quick enjoyable read. Fun, a bit spicy, and a bit thrilling – I’d say give it a shot if erotic romance works for you. 4/5 stars.(less)
Kara MacAllister is a pre-school teacher from a small town and she’s pretty sure she isn’t all that remarkable, but after her house is stormed by one...moreKara MacAllister is a pre-school teacher from a small town and she’s pretty sure she isn’t all that remarkable, but after her house is stormed by one hell of a man one night, everything she has believed about herself and about life is about to change. Lyon has lived through a lot in his several centuries of life, but there’s nothing quite like the position he and his warriors are now facing. He finds the key to survival he is looking for in Kara MacAllister and now his biggest problem is going to be resisting her… or maybe giving in to her.
Desire Untamed was overall a pretty good read. It was fast paced without leaving me wondering what was going on. The characters all had their quirks, those things that make them relatable even though they’re shapeshifters. From start to finish the book kept me hooked and I give Pamela Palmer props for putting this together so well.
Characters. I kinda love stories where one party is sort of thrust into a whole new world, loosely speaking. How the characters adapt is what makes or breaks it for me. Kara, while certainly struggling and resisting the idea of what her life was going to become with the warriors, reached a point where she grew some pretty hefty balls and pushed forward to be and do the best she could for a people who were depending on her for their survival. Lyon wasn’t bad either. While certain things he did kind of irked me, he always did the best he could for his warriors. He’s a dedicated leader, but he also learned that there needs to be a balance.
Plot wise, there were a few different things happening throughout this book. There was the budding romance between Kara and Lyon, Kara’s learning curve, and the threat of the Mage’s, but Palmer managed to write all of this in a way where everything flows well but doesn’t overwhelm you. I read the majority of this book in one sitting because I just didn’t want to stop reading.
Bottom line, this was definitely worth the time and money. I was hooked from the get go and I honestly can’t wait to keep reading about the warriors. 4/5 stars.(less)