Ok, I’ve Twitter confessed this before, I’m kind of falling out of love with the Psy-Changeling books and yes, I realize K and I Read Full Review Here
Ok, I’ve Twitter confessed this before, I’m kind of falling out of love with the Psy-Changeling books and yes, I realize K and I are the only ones on the planet that think this but as Popeye say’s “I am what I am”. As you can imagine I was hesitant to read Play of Passion because the last few books in the series just didn’t’ do it for me chemistry wise. After much tweeting, Smexybooks ‘smexy swear(ed)’ I would like this one so as usual I succumbed to book peer pressure and bought the darn thing.
Yes this book is sexier. Yes the chemistry has been pumped up. Yes it’s worth the $7.99 so you can read the few brief scenes between Hawke and Sienna. Yes, yes, yes (sorry, I was watching the Herbal Essence commercial while writing this). My only ho-hum was the ‘no I can’t be with you because I’m Alpha’ dominant’ back and forth(ness). Hell-lo, Drew is a prime piece of real estate and I felt the lady doth protest too much. But other than that I thought this latest psy-changeling brought the sexy back. And yes I WILL Be BUYING Hawke and Sienna’s book due out next year....more
The last few Breed books have pleasantly surprised me, I feel like Leigh is taking her characters into a different direction tha Read Full Review Here
The last few Breed books have pleasantly surprised me, I feel like Leigh is taking her characters into a different direction than mating hormone + sexual angst + unwilling female = plot. I was ok with this formula for the first few books but it can be a bit repetitive by book 20. I was a little hesitant to start Styx’s story a. because I had no earthly idea who this character was and b. I think Lion’s Heat is a hard act to follow; alas this is a series I just can’t say no to. Is Styx’s Storm just another formulaic breed book, or does it bring a little somethin’ new to the table….?
Yes…and no. I liked the main hero, Styx. He was a littler different than Leigh’s other breeds, he was more charming with a Scottish accent (why hello, do you have a kilt to go along with those wide receiver shoulders and sexy brogue) vs the Alpha ‘tude. Also, the bickering was toned down a notch compared to previous books. I have to say this is not my fav formula to create tension between the main characters – I think the council and mating hormone is enough.
The main heroine, Storme is not a breed lover, actually she hates them for killing her father and brother. Now, in the wrong hands this could have been disaster where you, the reader don’t’ emphasize with her plight and can’t connect with her – not so, I actually thought this angle was well done (Bravo!).
What didn’t tickle our fancy
You never find out what information Storme held as a secret for her father. Hand to god I thought I skipped a part, alas the author didn’t go into detail….so it’s gotta be a BFD maybe in the next Wolf breed book.
I think Styx’s Storm brings a little somethin’ new to the Breed table, with characters that don’t’ seem like cc copies from previous books.
P.S. When are we going to get Cassie’s Story?
PPS. Raise your hand if you would like to read about the Winged Breeds *KC & K-Khan raise both hands*...more
Pack your spiffy felt hat and hop in your horse and buggy, we're going to the Amish Country for Man Love! Some of you might be thinking doth she loosePack your spiffy felt hat and hop in your horse and buggy, we're going to the Amish Country for Man Love! Some of you might be thinking doth she looseth her mind? Why doth she write in this absurd accent? I am sans my super girl cape today and instead done my loose linen blouse and get down to business.
The Shunned is a love story about a boy who escapes his abusive Amish life, to live in the city. He meets Fred at his place of work as a grocery store bagger. Fred is very flamboyant, flirtatious, and aggressive in his persuasion for James to come back to his place. This is where it gets interesting and where I had to wear my suspender's of disbelief.
Fred is a criminal defense attorney...for the mob. Well I'm sure you can all guess what happens next. They both have to enter the witness protection program in Amish country after almost being shot to death. James, his first time being with a man, feels betrayed and abandoned as he is forced back to Amish Country aka the Community to enter the Witness Protection program. Where he will be Shunned. At this point, my lovlies you don't like Fred, he comes off as selfish and undeserving of Jame's affection.
Meanwhile Fred has to pretend to be courting one of the Amish females, while James is considered an outcast where he can talk to on one and if forced to live in a barn and perform manual labor. Feeling alone, he meets Samuel, a boy he grew up and is also gay, they secretly converse and share their feelings. Samuel and James make love for the first time and it's beautiful, both trapped by their upbringing, wanting the freedom to be with one another. At this point I was on board Team SamJam relationship.
So you might be asking what about Fred? Fred ends up kissing a girl, questions his sexuality somehow and worms his way back into James's affection after almost being killed (again) by the mob. James and Fred return back to the city. Together.
I had some problems with The Shunned. I really wanted to like this book, at times I did. The author did an incredible job with James's character and his struggles with being gay in an Amish community. My major problem was who James ended up with. After all the selfish acts Fred did, ie working for the Mob, getting them involved in the Witness protection program and forcing James to go with him, he didn't redeem himself, even at the end. Not that I needed him to, but the romance between them just didn't work for me. I thought James's interlude with Samuel was much more believable and deserving.
Final Verdict: I had some troubles getting into Shunned intially, but after James retruns home to the Commmunity, I think this is where the author shines. You really connect with James and his return home where he is Shunned and casted out. Although I didn't buy the romance between Fred and James, maybe we can hope for a sequel *crosses fingers* ... with Samuel.
Rating - I'm giving this book two ratings
2 1/2 for initial pacing problems and main hero/hero relationship
3 for James's character, Amish setting, and for causing me to get chocked up twice (twice)
Read Full Review Here Simply Irresistible has made me realize that my fast-pace life in Southern California can suck it. You hear me Arnold?
Simply Irr Read Full Review Here Simply Irresistible has made me realize that my fast-pace life in Southern California can suck it. You hear me Arnold?
Simply Irresistible is my first experience with Ms. Shalvis (who I embarrassingly referred to as Jill SHAVIS. In writing. On twitter. At least 20 times.) I found myself lost in the fantasy of relishing the dream of living the real ‘Americana’ life and Googled “small coastal towns in the Washington’. My little slice of heaven will include the hubster and I packing all my books and shoes in my (leased) 4 door-turbo- Volkswagen CC and open a restaurant called “What a Crock” where we will prepare ready to serve meals from our new $16.00 crock pot (thank you Target clearance aisle).
Maddie is starting over. After losing her job in LA and escaping a disastrous relationship, she sets out to find a fresh start for herself in her mother’s hometown, Lucky Harbor.
“Are you lost?” he asked.
Was she? Probably she was a little lost mentally, and quite possibly emotionally as well. Not that she’d admit either. “I’m heading to Lucky Harbor Resort.”
He pushed his sunglasses to the top of his head, and be still her heart, he had eyes the exact color of the caramel in the candy bar she’d consumed for lunch. “Lucky Harbor Resort,” he repeated.
“Yes.” But before she could ask why he was baffled about that, his gaze dipped down, and he took in her favorite long-sleeved tee. Reaching out, he picked something off her sleeve.
Half a chip.
He took another off her collarbone, and she broke out in goose bumps — and not the scared kind.
“Salt and vinegar,” she said, and shook off the crumbs. She’d muster up some mortification — but she’d used up her entire quota when she’d nearly flattened him like a pancake. Not that she cared what he — or any man, for that matter — thought. Because she’d given up men.
Even tall, built, really good-looking, tousled-haired guys with gravely voices and piercing eyes.
What she needed now was an exit plan. So she put her phone to her ear, pretending it was vibrating. “Hello,” she said to no one. “Yes, I’ll be right there.” She smiled, like look at me, so busy, I really have to go, and turning away, she lifted a hand in a wave, still talking into the phone to avoid an awkward good-bye, except–
Her phone rang. And not the pretend kind. Risking a peek at Hot Biker Guy over her shoulder, she found him brows up, looking amused.
“I think you have a real call,” he said, something new in his voice. Possibly more humor, but most likely sheer disbelief that he’d nearly been killed by a socially handicapped LA chick.
Maddie’s desire to rebuild her life is constructed in a way that endears you to her vulnerability without making her a victim. Her self-deprecating humor is charming and sweet and the author doesn’t make the mistake of having the character to find her self-worth in a relationship. Maddie’s relationship with her sister’s and her ability to learn to stand on her own two feet make this is a charming, heart warming story about family, rediscovery and sexy carpenters.
The highlight of the story has to be when Maddie and her sister’s have had too much to drink and she gets the grand idea of looking in the yellow pages for a contractor to help with renovations. She locates an add for a ‘master carpenter’ and then drunk dial’s the aforementioned contractor letting him know that she need’s “mastering” only to find out the next morning that when she opens the door it’s non other than sexy Jax with the motorcycle and tattoos.
You’ll fall in love with Maddie and Jax and the rest of Simply Irresistible’s characters. You can tell how much I’m ‘into a book” when I’m searching for average home prices and rentals in the less populace coastal areas of Washington. Darn you Jill Shalvis!
If your having a sucky day this book is guaranteed to make you smile at least once and warm your little heart....more
After reading so many great reviews and tweets about The Iron Duke, we, at Smokinhotbooks decided to take the Steampunk plunge anRead Full Review Here
After reading so many great reviews and tweets about The Iron Duke, we, at Smokinhotbooks decided to take the Steampunk plunge and read this mofo. One of my main hesitations about starting this book; is this going to be too complicated for me? Will I like Steampunk and will there be (spells out) s-e-x?
Iron Duke is neither a quick or light read. This book requires commands your attention and after arriving at the end, this book will leave you thinking, no ruminating about the characters long after you set your book down. We start off with our main heroine Mina, at a ball with her girlfriend Felicity (very Pride and Prejudice right there…I kid, I joke). Get ready for some rather unique vocabulary: Horde, Frenzy, nanoagents etc. and some awesome world building. At first I was a wee bit confused, but I like how the author didn’t try and throw the whole kitchen sink world-building in the first chapter. For me, the book started off a bit slow but be patient, and stick with it - when Mina meets the Iron Duke things take a turn for the better.
There is so much more to this story then my half assed blurb attempt above – you really have to read it to get it (and no the author didn’t pay me to say that). Mina is such an interesting character, basically born of rape by the Horde Frenzy and is hated for what she is. Often times she is referred to as a Jade Whore and even spit upon. Her life isn’t easy, her father the Earl, isn’t really her father, her mother has glass eyes (you’ll find out why later on) and her job is her life. Now enter the duke – loooooove that he is a pirate FY to the I. Despite being sold into slavery, he managed to take over one of the most famous ships, and rescue England from the Horde control. Put these two together on a page and you’ve got awesome chemistry.
“So tell me whether you have a man.”
“And if I do?”
“I’ll discover what he gives you. Then I’ll offer more.”
“Have you been kissed before, inspector?”
“Why?” If he wanted virgin lips, she’d claim to have serviced an army.
“If it’s your first, I’ll do it differently.”
“You won’t do it at all.”
“Yes, I will.”
The story really gets adventurous once Mina accompanies Rhys to find her brother (who is aboard the Iron Duke’s old ship) and the murderer. Hell people, we’ve got Zombies, Krakens, and some steamy sexy time on a ship. You know you want to read it after that sentence.
The Iron Duke really has it all, adventure, world building, and some of the best chemistry between two main characters I’ve read this year. If you’ve been holding off like us, don’t. Steampunk isn’t for every reader but this author really gets it right with a perfect blend of romance.
Share with Smokinhotbooks. Have you read this one? If so what did you think? If not why the h – e double hockey sticks haven’t you?! ...more
Usually a sequel is not as good as the original, this is the complete opposite. Matt is now considered a 'house-husband' (my heart just clenched fromUsually a sequel is not as good as the original, this is the complete opposite. Matt is now considered a 'house-husband' (my heart just clenched from the cuteness of it)and although the family as accepted him, they both still have some issues to work out. Evan still has issues identifying his relationship as being gay and his jealousy over Matt's relationship with Jim Shea.
I stayed up until 12:00am just so I could download this book, yeah I'm that desperate. Did not disappoint!...more
Julie James is a new-to-me author I stumbled across this year from stalking my blogger friends. This author is like baked lays; oRead Full Review Here
Julie James is a new-to-me author I stumbled across this year from stalking my blogger friends. This author is like baked lays; once you read one you have to read ‘em all. So, to say I was ‘excited’ to get my hands on A Lot Like Love is an understatement.
A Lot Like Love stars tall, dark, and smoldering Nick McCall; an Italian, undercover FBI agent. A no strings kind of commitment phobe. His latest assignment is to take down wealthy restaurateur Xander Eckart and the only person who can help is billionaire heiress and wine shop owner Jordan Rhodes. Jordan is no Paris Hilton, she actually works for a living and even though she and her twin brother, Kyle are set to inherit a ba-gillion dollars, she is down to earth. Her twin brother Kyle is in jail for hacking twitter and taking it offline (this is effing hilarious in the book) in order to release him from jail early, Jordan must work with the FBI to take down Xander.
[When Jordan and Nick first meet]
How Can I help you, Agent McCall? [Jordan]
“Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to fill you in on the details here.” [Nick]
“I’m sure whatever it is you have to say, the chardonnays will keep it confidential.” [Jordan]
“I never trust a chardonnay.” [Nick]
“And I don’t trust the FBI.” [Jordan]
This book could have gone the whole spoiled heiress route and I’m so glad it didn’t. Since I don’t a. have a billion dollars (yet – Mr. Steve Jobs I’m waiting for you xoxoxo) or b. a Mazarati; it would have been hard to connect with the main heroine if she was the spoiled rich heiress. But, Jordan is a down-to-earth girl who likes to stand on her own two feet and like most of James’s female leads she’s independent, witty, and likable. I’m also a sucker for I-didn’t-like-you-at-first-impression but I’m still really attracted to you type of tension.
If you were expecting the legal theme from James’s first 3 books this one focused more on the undercover FBI angle rather than what I like to call the Law and Order-esk theme from her previous books. Don’t get me wrong I liked this book with all my book heart, but I think I missed some of the aspects and characters from the 3 previous books like Jack Pallas’s intensity, or Jason Andrews sarcastic banter.
There are guest appearances by Jack Pallas and his new DA from Something Like You throughout the book, which always makes KC happy. Julie James also brought her side character A-game especially with Jordan’s twin, Kyle, and the prissy Ivy league FBI agents. How can you not fall in love with a guy who hacks Twitter because his girlfriend broke up with him? I’m really hoping Kyle gets his own story once of these days.
Although I miss the law and order-esk theme from James earlier books, A Lot Like Love had me devouring the entire 304 pages in one evening and left me with a smile on my face. I dare you not to like this book!...more
Confession: I stayed up until 5:00am reading Lotus in the Wild and Bee Among the Clover.
When I saw this was Viking man love story I immediately saidConfession: I stayed up until 5:00am reading Lotus in the Wild and Bee Among the Clover.
When I saw this was Viking man love story I immediately said 'yes please.' I read the first story Bee among the Clover and although I liked it, I feel that Lotus in the Wild didn't have as many forced sex issues. Kintaro has always been a slave and enjoys being with Wulfgar so there wasn't that forced sex situation like in the previous book. I liked their relationship dynamic more so in this one.
P.S. I am now wearing my silver cuff bracelet and if I could I’d throw Mr. Smokin’ over my shoulder & ravage him on our kitchen counter, I would. Let’s keep this between us....more
Barbara cut off her words with a kiss, pressing her lips gently but insistently against Jennifer’s mouth. Jennifer sat there in stunned silence. When she didn’t respond, Barbara raised her head. She held Jennifer’s face in a tight grip and moaned. She wanted to feel Jennifer’s tongue against her own.
“Jennifer, please le me in. Let me make you feel good.”
“Yes please.” She whispered, ever so polity. She touched her tongue against Barbara’s.
“Oh Jennifer. You undo me.” Barbara whispered against her mouth and then dipped her head to such on her neck.”
Now, we all known that I was a bit scared to read a full on F-F book. I dipped my toe with an urban fantasy F-F, but KT Grant was asking me to go boldly where Smokinhotbooks had never gone before. A May-December female love book. Or as I like to fondly call this genre, a femfest book. Was I a little uncomfy with some of the more erotic scenes of the book? Sure, I'll confess to being a bit of a prude. However, after finishing this book I can say that enjoyed the erotic aspects of the book and didn't look through my fingers during the characters naughty time. KT Grant has busted me out of my male-male only rut, and now I can brag to all my more worldly friends that I can join the female love group too!
Normally May-December romances don't really 'speak to me', but I put my prejudices aside and really enjoyed this aspect of the story. The author definitely made a hypocrite out of me as I thoroughly enjoyed the older woman/younger woman love angle with Barbara and Jennifer, and found the dynamics of their relationship really worked for me.
Barbara, a successful (billionaire) hotel owner runs into young, Jenny Caffey in a local Starbucks, only to find out that the hotel Jenny is working (St. Jennings) out is owned by the sultry older woman nicknamed The Barracuda. As Jenny and Barbara start a sensual relationship can it survive when Jenny finds out the hotel might be closing…?
Lovestruck is an apt title for how I was ‘struck’ on how much I liked this book. As I mentioned above, the older woman dating a younger, more innocent woman really worked for me. Even though I prefer my erotic with two guys or heck if I’m feeling adventurous throw in another one, I was surprised on how much it didn’t matter that I was reading about two females. This is a testament to the writing – a good author; no matter the sex of the characters can pull you in with great character development and writing.
Although I won’t be putting away my 'I heart man- love t-shirt' anytime soon, maybe there is room in my closet for 'I heart girlie love'…?
Lovestruck is a sensual, contemporary romance between two women from different worlds that find love in one of my favorite coffee shops (Starbucks). Did I mention intimate scenes were verra (x2) sexy? For those of you readers that want to branch out into something different, Lovestruck is a well-written female/female contemporary erotica book.
P.S. I'm really hoping that Mike (Jenny's adorable gay roommate) gets a book of his own *crosses fingers*
Have you read any girlie love books? What did you think? ...more
Wow, finally we get another With or Without book --> woo to the hoo. This one was worth waiting for. The romance between Aubrey and Matt was superWow, finally we get another With or Without book --> woo to the hoo. This one was worth waiting for. The romance between Aubrey and Matt was super cute - secretly gay, Aubrey can't believe that Matt is his mate. Not only is he too young to drink, but due to his family wanting an heir he must marry a woman. There are some scenes that caused a lump in my throat especially when Matt finds out that Aubrey is unable to be with him. Break my heart why don't you.
If you liked the previous With/With Out books - With Abandon met all my expectations and if my newborn son would just allow me a re-read all would be right with the world ;) ...more
A Word of Caution Some people might be a little surprised/angry/shocked about one scene that-shall-not-be-named. You might want to wait until the 5th b A Word of Caution Some people might be a little surprised/angry/shocked about one scene that-shall-not-be-named. You might want to wait until the 5th book comes out in November and buy back-to-back. That's all I'm going to say (zips lips)
We’re baaaaaaaaack! After the birth of baby KC what book could we not wait to get our hands on…Lover Unleashed! Hell, I almost plRead Full Review Here
We’re baaaaaaaaack! After the birth of baby KC what book could we not wait to get our hands on…Lover Unleashed! Hell, I almost planned my c-section around this release date. Kidding, only a little bit. So, in-between late night feedings – learning to nurse with one hand and read my ipad in the other; to say I was excited to read the next BDB book is an understatement.
Oh Lover Unleashed where to begin with you.
LU starts off Xcor witnessing the Bloodletter’s (Vishous and Payne’s crazy arse father) death by an unknown female – vowing vengeance to find and kill her. We then proceed to the present time where Manny, Jane’s sexy doctor-friend from Lover Unbound, is summoned to hopefully to help cure Payne who is paralyzed. And in usual J.R. Ward style we have an abundance of side arcs that if not present I wouldn’t have liked the book hardly at all.
If you were expecting the awesomeness of Lover Mine to jump onto Lover Unleashed you’ll probably be disappointed. The main romance between Payne and Manny barely has any page time. Instead, Ward focuses on Vishous and Doc Jane’s story. Still emotionally unstable and frozen, Vi doesn’t know how to handle his feelings about his sister and the attraction between Payne and Manny. There are some truly heart wrenching scenes between V and Doc Jane leaving you to wonder if these two would actually make it (sobs). Butch also plays a major role in V’s recovery, which I thought gave V and Butch the clossure they should have had.
Ok let’s talk about Payne. I’m not sure what I expected but her somewhat meek dialogue with Manny didn’t really fit her kick ass personality from previous books. Also, she is one of the spawn of the Bloodletter you’d expect a little more fierceness. Anyhoo I liked how Ward placed these two together with Manny helping her to walk again. It was sweet and we all know Ward can bring the sexy scenes. Although, I liked Manny and Payne I really didn’t feel they were major characters, actually, I thought this book was really a bunch of side arcs made into one book, more so than any of her other BDB books. We get a little more of Quinn,Blay, Layla action, new BDB characters like Xcor and less….lessers.
Lover Unleashed isn’t my favorite of the series but I’m hopelessly addicted t and I’ll read any BDB book Ward writes. I’m excited to read more about Xcor (the disfigured vampire), hell I’m already matchmaking him with Layla and his friend because that’s how Smokinhotbooks rolls. If you love this series as much as we do (even Phury’s story) this is an entertaining read with a lot of your favorite BDB characters making an appearance....more
This book is only 34 pages but one of the best short stories I've read all year.
Starts off with Michael's daughter brining down a pink shoe and askinThis book is only 34 pages but one of the best short stories I've read all year.
Starts off with Michael's daughter brining down a pink shoe and asking him why he kept it. The story flashes back from Michael's POV during high school where he was struggling with the fact that he was gay. A new boy arrived in class, Rob, his first real life boy crush. After loving him from afar, prom night arrives and he is busy working in the grocery aisle. Interrupted by a co-worker who informed him that some odd young man was in a skirt and pink stilettos, Michael’s life changes when he walks down the coffee aisle to find out who it is. I won't go into further detail because I would spoil the story but this is a spectacularly well written short story.
Okay, first things first. He was wearing a skirt-black and short-beneath which his long bare legs could be seen, smooth and muscled, and very shapely. The skirt accentuated the fact that he had a very cute ass, as well. The shirt he worde was a pale cream color and bare midriff, so that I could see that his stomach was indeed flat. And upon his feet were a pair of very pin, very high stiletto heels.
I really struggled on whether to give this one a 2 or 3. How do you rate a book when it is just not your cup of tea? The writing was well executed butI really struggled on whether to give this one a 2 or 3. How do you rate a book when it is just not your cup of tea? The writing was well executed but I major issues with the BDSM Dom/sub aspects of this book. This is not a light read by any means.
I think my biggest issue was how Casey was blackmailed into seducing a known sadist. I kept thinking is this author going to go all the way? This was an uncomfortable read for me -many times I had to stop and think 'can I go on?'. I also didn't buy Casey and Kirkland's relationship. How could someone fall in love with a man that used and basically forced him to be raped?
If you've read explicit m/m BDSM books that dabble outside comfortable reading boundaries I do think this is worth reading. The character development is well done, especially with Casey and is well written.
Sweet coming of age m/m story. Had some trouble initially with the beginning writing style, not that it was poorly written, just a different style. AlSweet coming of age m/m story. Had some trouble initially with the beginning writing style, not that it was poorly written, just a different style. Also, thought some of the back and forth/ past and present flash backs sometimes hindered the flow of the story. All in all a cute love story about two boys who started off as friends and became something more.
I'd also recommend Enlightened Little Boy Lost by JP Barnaby if you are looking for more coming of age m/m stories written for adults. ...more