A new take on the bad-boy rockstar theme. The girl's father is the leader of a bad-ass motorcycle gang so there are all sorts of crazy things going on...moreA new take on the bad-boy rockstar theme. The girl's father is the leader of a bad-ass motorcycle gang so there are all sorts of crazy things going on in this story. The book ends with a cliffhanger but I've got book #2 Heart Song ready to roll. This is great...I can visualize the cast of characters...Katey Sagal as Violet's mother, Ron Perlman as her father, Charlie Hunnam as Travis Phoenix, etc...it's totally Sons of Anarchy!(less)
Three separate stories about siblings Ian, Paige and Sadie Long, owners of the coffeehouse Pulled Long, and their sexual adventures at the local sex c...moreThree separate stories about siblings Ian, Paige and Sadie Long, owners of the coffeehouse Pulled Long, and their sexual adventures at the local sex club, Mavericks. Paige, the uptight eldest sister, really needs to give control over to someone else...and finds the perfect Dom in a hunky fireman. Sadie, who has secretly been in love with her best friend, Paul, for 10 years, is finally able to hook up with him while at the same time fulfilling her fantasy of being with two men at the same time. Ian, the 27-yr-old little brother, is infatuated with a customer known only as "blue eyes", until he finds out his crush is in the midst of a divorce - from a woman!
All three stories were enjoyable...a nice blend of romance and sex between consenting protagonists that stayed true to a solid plot. If you like audiobooks, this would be a good choice as the 3 different narrators each do an excellent job.(less)
I'm a little disappointed because I thought Eva was taking Krav Maga classes so she could kick Nathan's ass herself, but the way it all came together i...moreI'm a little disappointed because I thought Eva was taking Krav Maga classes so she could kick Nathan's ass herself, but the way it all came together in the end was just another example of Sylvia Day's brilliant creativity. She has set the standard for the "classy" eroticism we are being treated to these days. I can't wait for Crossfire #3!(less)
WOW! Now I think I understand the meaning of the term "anti-hero".
William Honor is the bad boy college professor who commits the cardinal sin o...more*gulp*
WOW! Now I think I understand the meaning of the term "anti-hero".
William Honor is the bad boy college professor who commits the cardinal sin of hitting on one of his students. But he doesn't just flirt with Emma...he throws it into high gear from day one and "goes after" her. What I mean by that is he really wants this girl...wants to possess her, wants to dominate her, wants to fuck her six ways to Sunday. Is he losing his mind? He can't think straight anymore. She makes him crazy, she makes him horny, she makes him lose control... and William never loses control. OMG this is a wild ride from beginning to end!
I thought I should hate William but I'm drooling over the guy instead. He's the poster boy for the term "hot mess", yet something about him is so damn attractive. If you're familiar with Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster then you have a good idea what William is all about...but about 4 times more intense. Once he seduces Emma it's all over for any man who even looks her way. Like Travis, he is totally dysfunctional in a one-on-one relationship; however, while Travis used his fists to "communicate" his displeasure of any man that looked Abby's way, William's method of dealing with Emma's admirers is ratcheted way the hell up from simply delivering a black eye.
So why do I find this troubled man so appealing? To begin with, the story is told in first person by William. We get to find out first-hand what has happened in his troubled past to make him the man he is today. In the first book, Honor Student, we get the story from Emma's POV...and that gives us zero insight as to where this crazy guy Emma has latched onto is coming from. We only know that he is a gorgeous young teacher who is into kinky fuckery and totally messes with Emma's head. You wonder WTF is she doing with this guy? He's having an affair with a married staff member, his ex-wife is blackmailing him, he freaks out when Emma dances with another man and punishes her for it by whipping her with his belt. Jeez Emma...t-h-e-r-a-p-y...think you might need some?
But when the story flips and we are inside of William's head, we find out where he's been, who he has become, his self-deprecating thoughts; and, best of all, how much he cares for Emma and what lengths he will go to protect her. He's a user, an abuser and way too out of control. If Christian Grey is fifty shades of fucked up then William Honor is sixty. Apart from Emma, he places little value on human life - including his own. He is a train wreck coming and going...and I'm crushing on him terribly!
Honor Thy Teacher is an adrenaline rush from the first page to the last, and is erotic to the core. Kudos to Teresa Mummert for gifting us with the most dysfunctional couple in romancelandia and having the writing skills it takes to not only make Emma and William believable but have us rooting for them as well. I love the fact that their story is to be continued with Honor and Obey (Emma's POV) and Honor and Betray (William's POV), thereby insuring that William Honor will remain my Kindle fantasy boyfriend for a long time to come!
I just finished reading this book for the second time this week and loved it all over again. The story has everything I crave most in a romance...a to...moreI just finished reading this book for the second time this week and loved it all over again. The story has everything I crave most in a romance...a tortured hero that is smokin' hot and jealous as hell, a heroine that sometimes allows herself to be taken care of and isn't always acting ridiculous trying to prove her independence, a vindictive ex that (finally!) gets what she deserves, a little mystery, a lot of great sex (spiced up with some "kinky fuckery") and a HEA with another book to follow! It just doesn't get any better than this!
Fifty Shades Darker is E.L. James' 2nd book in her Fifty Shades trilogy. While the first book Fifty Shades of Grey is a great read and introduces us to His Awesomeness, otherwise known as Christian Grey, it is also a much darker story. Seduced at age 15 by a friend of the family, Christian's sexual expertise at age 27 is strictly limited to the only type of relationship he has ever known...that of Dominant & Submissive. When Anastasia Steele interviews Christian for a college newspaper, he is instantly taken with her. Ana is quiet, docile and beautiful..everything Christian wants in a Submissive. So he proposes a contractual deal with her; but for once in his adult life, Christian isn't getting what he wants. Book #1 lays the early groundwork for the tumultuous relationship these two find themselves in through both books. As Christian freely admits to, he is "fifty shades of fucked up" and Ana doesn't disagree. Even so, their sexual chemistry is palpable and their encounters rock right off the pages! (Gawd, what I wouldn't give...) Add to this, their bantering (done best through their emails to each other) is just so damn cute you will be left with no choice other than to love the heck out of them both!
Note: Reading Fifty Shades of Grey first is an absolute must to truly understand and appreciate Christian & Ana's entire story, so don't embark on this amazing journey haphazardly and start with Book #2. (That would give Christian twitchy palms!)
So while Book #1 gives you the beginning of Christiana (haha), Book #2 Fifty Shades Darker focuses on the strengthening of their relationship, as Ms. James takes you to the heart and soul of their union. Although Christian and Ana are polar opposites, you won't have to suspend disbelief to accept their relationship as the author thoroughly fleshes these two characters out. You will witness first-hand how love triumphs over sexual preferences, extremely different lifestyles, outside interferences and all of the other idiosyncracies that would normally provide just cause to terminate a relationship. You will cheer right along with Ana's "inner goddess" who throws caution to the wind when it comes to claiming her man outright. Coming together is a hard-fought battle for Christian and Ana but staying together will be forever. If you really love romance, then this is one special, adorable couple you can't possibly live without knowing!
PS: Once again, have the tissues handy for there are some truly poignant scenes!
This is the second installment in the Regency Draculia series by Colleen Gleason, and is the reluctant, brooding Lord Corvindale's story...better know...moreThis is the second installment in the Regency Draculia series by Colleen Gleason, and is the reluctant, brooding Lord Corvindale's story...better known to us as the vampire Dimitri. Like the vampire Voss (hero from Book 1) Dimitri sold his soul to the devil over 100 years prior to 1804, when the story takes place. I did enjoy Voss's story but he was a fun, "devil-may-care" type of hero who absolutely loved being immortal. Dimitri, on the other hand, "turned" to save the woman he loved and himself from perishing in a fire...and immediately regretted that decision when the woman soon left him. Disgusted by a vampire's need to feed, Dimitri lasted a year without indulging. But when his willpower snapped and a victim lay dead at his feet, Dimitri withdrew from society and Gleason presented us with the classic tortured hero, albeit one with fangs.
Maia Woodmore and her sister, Angelica, were temporarily under Dimitri's protection because their brother Chas had stolen something of great value to Moldavi, the creepy bad vamp of the Dracule, who intended to take the sisters as hostages. Where Voss's story had expanded upon Moldavi's terrorism - and the threat still remained - the basis for Dimitri's story involved a vindictive ex-mistress who was seeking revenge for being jilted by the hero. I love this type of plot device! As Dimitri must continuously keep his eye on the headstrong Maia, he tries desperately not to fall in love with her....with no success. The feeling is reciprocated by Maia but she is engaged to marry another man and Dimitri, knowing that he cannot give Maia the life she deserves, spurns her.
Although the first part of the book was a little tedious as it rehashed the story from Book 1 but from Dimitri's point of view, the rest of the story rocked! It was sexy and steamy and the suspense had me riveted to my seat...eyes closed, earplugs on high volume...unable to function in the real world until my handsome, brooding vampire hero saved his lovely heroine and I was assured of their HEA.
Oh...and that valuable "something" Chas has stolen...her story is next. The Vampire Narcise.