Reviewed for The Romanceaholic Whew! *fans self* This story was Hot with a capital H. The sexual tension between John and Livvy was incredibly intense,Reviewed for The Romanceaholic Whew! *fans self* This story was Hot with a capital H. The sexual tension between John and Livvy was incredibly intense, without being trashy or overwhelming the story.
What worked for me:
* I do love a tortured hero. John had a terrible childhood to say the least, and that still affects the man he is today. * I love the possessiveness that each feels for the other, long before there’s anything more than an intended no-strings-attached fling. * There’s just something primal about John being jealous that Livvy went out on a date with another man while “still wearing his mark”. * I really enjoyed John’s talent for not only writing, which is fairly common in contemporary novels it seems, but also his talent for illustration. * I really liked that both John and Livvy had “childhood damage”. His was much worse than hers, but her own unhappy childhood definitely left a mark. * I enjoyed the little snippets from John’s YA books, as well as how the story paralleled what was happening in his own life.
What didn’t work for me:
Honestly, there wasn’t really anything that didn’t “work” for me.. There were a few points that maybe bugged me a bit at first, but in the context of the story, they really do work well.
* The details about the abuse that John suffered as a child were incredibly hard to read. Sensitive readers should be aware that some of the descriptions of they physical abuse can be a bit graphic. * John fights so dirty that it frustrated me at times how forgiving Livvy was. At the same time, however, it worked for this story, because she’s right — when you love someone, you stand with them even when they push you away.
Overall, I really and truly loved this story. The chemistry between John and Livvy was amazing, and their relationship felt real. They loved hard, fought dirty, and made mistakes just like any other human, but in the end they both had to be brave and learn to trust the other.
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN BoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Books Author’s Website: http://lorifoster.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 of Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Steam Level: Steamy
Official Blurb: The tougher they are, the harder they fall…
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he’ll take the mission he’s offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who’d had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare’s tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she’s uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…
As you may remember, I reviewed the prequel to this story (Ready, Set, Jett) as it appeared in the Guys Next Door Anthology, and gave that story 4/5 Stars.
When You Dare picks up right where Ready, Set, Jett left off, resolving the mystery of where Molly had disappeared to.
While I admit, I felt that Molly’s love for Dare was grounded more in the fact he had rescued her and could protect her, I absolutely adored Dare’s protective nature as well as his reluctance to put a “label” on his feelings. I also loved how he felt whenever it proved that he wasn’t omnipotent and able to protect Molly from absolutely everything.
The UST was delicious, and the love scenes were nice and hot, as we’ve all come to expect from Lori Foster.
Overall, I would say this is a very enjoyable summer read, complete with action, romance, and a good dash of family drama.
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review (and giveaway through 11/4/11) please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review (and giveaway through 11/4/11) please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.cready.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
FULL of tongue-in-cheek references to some of the most popular romances today, with hints of Twilight, Outlander, and pretty much any regency romance ever written, this book was an absolute blast.
I am about to admit something that will probably lose me some followers — I didn’t like Outlander. There. I said it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can definitely see the appeal of both the hero and the book as a whole, but for me, there were too many of my pet peeves running rampant throughout it for me to love it. Even so, however, I really enjoyed all of the obvious nods to Outlander in A Novel Seduction. From a red-headed virgin hero named “Jemmie” instead of Jamie, to a time traveling married woman named “Clara” instead of Claire, it touched on everything that was appealing about the story, and explained it in a way that even those hesitant to read romance could relate to.
In the end, I think that was one of the best parts of the story — watching a heroine who thought that romance novels were absolute drivel read only by women whose sex lives were non-existent fall in love with the genre in spite of herself. While a lot of the dialogue in the book was pretty much “preaching to the choir”, as anyone reading this novel is already a fan of the genre, it was fun to see in a heroine the very excitement that we as readers are overcome with when presented with a romance novel that we just love.
Don’t get me wrong, the relationship between Ellery and Axel is satisfying, but ultimately I think I enjoyed picking apart the romance genre even more. From trying out different positions as they’re written in romances (because let’s face it, when the hero’s a foot taller than the heroine, sometimes physics simply get in the way of a good time), to sneaking in a few minutes of reading your favorite romance when you think no one is looking, to getting into hours of discussion with other fans of one of your favorite books, all of it was so true to life that I think it will be hard for any fan of romances to not be able to identify.
Overall, this was not only an enjoyable look into the romance genre as a whole, but a satisfying romance between two people who were truly meant for each other, but who had previously let small differences get in the way of true love.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Howling Mad Press Imprint: NThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Howling Mad Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: kendallgrey.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Just Breathe Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
I admit it — I’m not used to Urban Fantasy that doesn’t involve vampires, werewolves, or at a bare minimum, the fae. It’s because of this that when I picked up Inhale and found myself thrown into a watery world of marine science and psychic connections, of dreamscapes and prophecies, of Elementals and Sentinels, and of damaged heroes and heroines drowing in guilt, I simply couldn’t put it down. There was something so fresh and exciting about this story, and even though I found myself wishing for a more thorough world-building, I also found myself so enchanted with the characters themselves that I didn’t mind nearly as much as I normally would have.
In the end, while there were a few moments where I wished the editing had been a little tighter, I was certainly impressed by this story. With an original premise, interesting characters, multi-dimensional villains, and some delicious chemistry and sensuality, I really enjoyed it.
A very solid 4/5 Stars
Worth mentioning about this series is the fact that author Kendall Grey is donating all profits from the sale of the trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face! She also requests “ if you’re thinking of buying INHALE, please consider purchasing the e-book instead of the paperback. E-books save trees, cost less, and bring in much more money for the whales. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can…download the free Kindle app or Nook app for your computer, tablet, or phone and read e-books there.”
I myself would also like to add that Amazon has added a new online “cloud reader” that no longer requires you to install any software — just purchase and start reading!
Expected Release Date: April 2, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 2, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.sandy-james.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
I was a bit torn on the final rating for this book. As my long-time followers know, I don't typically go for contemporary romances, and I think that I'm probably a little harder on them than their historical or paranormal counterparts.
I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, with Maddie's devious little plan to pick up Mr. Perfect for her reunion, and Scott's bargain and intention of actually dating her. And then they arrived at the reunion. And things got a bit soap opera-ish all of a sudden.
I think my problem was that I'd gone into this story expecting something very light-hearted, and the up to the point where Scott and Maddie traveled to the reunion, the book absolutely delivered on those expectations. Once they got there, though, we were hit with some very serious issues, one after the other, that completely changed the dynamic of not only Scott and Maddie's relationship, but of the entire book itself.
Once I got over the shock of having heavier issues in the story, I admit, I did enjoy it. Unfortunately, having been thrown so far off-balance midway, my overall enjoyment was a lot lower when I finished.
Recommended for fans of stubborn heroines, heroes in pursuit, and some very lovely groveling.
This author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound forThis author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound formulaic, I still enjoy them, despite the horrible tendency to pick a pet name for the heroine and abuse it until the very end.
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Random House PublishinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Ballantine Author’s Website: www.shilohwalker.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Secret Identity, Identity Theft Pet Peeves: Magic Peen
It’s been a while since I’ve read a romantic suspense, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed them.
With identity theft rampant these days, and much of our identities relying on the Internet, it’s not a huge stretch of the imagination to think that someone very private could, quite literally, have their lives stolen via digital manipulation. This premise is what first attracted me to this story, but what made me stay was the execution.
I was surprised at first that the identity of the villain was revealed so early on in the novel, but I soon realized that in doing so, Ms. Walker didn’t spoil any surprise, but instead added a great deal of tension to the story. After all, can you imagine someone tearing your life apart, and your knowing who was behind it, and yet still being powerless to stop it? That’s exactly what Shay was going through. Add to that her horrible past, and her estrangement from the one man who made her feel safe, and the tension in this book was off the charts.
While I was a little disappointed that Shay’s past didn’t affect her relationship with Elliot as much as I’d anticipated, the chemistry between them, as well as the trust that they developed for one another, made the romance quite satisfying.
Recommended for fans of abused heroines, secret identities, and of having your very identity taken away.
Expected Release Date: July 30, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN AuthThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 30, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://nicolacornick.co.uk/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Scottish Brides Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Public (Forced) Nudity Favorite Tropes: Forced Marriage, Enemies To Lovers
An almost silly premise — with the heroine having penned some rather scandalous notes for her brothers and his friends, and one such note having led to a certain Larid being left at the alter by his bride-to-be, and then said Laird sort of blackmailing her into marrying him in her stead — but still quite entertaining.
My biggest problem with the book was of course one of my biggest pet peeves ever – that of “forced nudity”, especially of the public variety. It was so unnecessary to the scene and did nothing but annoy me, which is a shame, because up until that point, the scene was actually quite well done.
Even so, despite the forced nudity, it was still an easy, enjoyable read, and recommended for fans of forced marriage, enemies to lovers, and surprisingly gentle heroes.
I wish there had been a little more... resistance, I suppose.. from the heroine when it came to the seduction, but any annoyance I felt by that was maI wish there had been a little more... resistance, I suppose.. from the heroine when it came to the seduction, but any annoyance I felt by that was made up for in the end with a beautifully groveling hero.