Short and to the point, STRANDED WITH MY STEPBROTHER is read like a bang. The prologue gives you the exact idea as to what to expect from the story ifShort and to the point, STRANDED WITH MY STEPBROTHER is read like a bang. The prologue gives you the exact idea as to what to expect from the story if you already hadn’t guessed. Really, if anyone asked me to describe this story in one word, it’d be bang. And not just because of what it’s telling-because yeah, it’s two people banging- but also because you’re given no time to process anything, this being a novella, but are simply expected to go with the flow. That would be fine, except, the author tried to make it more than it was, and that’s where the story failed for me.
I’m no fan of novellas of romance, because you never have enough time to develop something I can buy into. So I try to avoid them as much as possible. But when we’re talking about erotica, I can usually go there, enjoy my fun, sexy read, and leave it at that and that’s its own reading pleasure. So when reading an erotic novella of 80 something pages, I don’t expect much in terms of emotional growth. And I think the author made a mistake of trying to tell too much in too little pages. The idea of two people about to be related by marriage and sharing explosive chemistry is definitely a kink I like to read about. But to put them quickly in a tiny environment and have them stranded there for a couple of days, I don’t expect any romantic entanglements. All I expect is exactly what the title promises, stranded with my stepbrother and doing all kinds of naughty things until our time is up. If the author took the story further and perhaps made this into a full length novel, than I think Bentley and Sierra’s story would’ve been more romantic and their deepening feelings more convincing. As it was though, I couldn’t decide whether to enjoy the sex, or to wrap my head around the rushed romance, and that has reduced my enjoyment a big deal.
As a side note, the ever changing conjugation made this short story a bit harder to read. A character would start speaking in present tense, and suddenly, mid sentence, things would be happening in the past. I couldn’t understand what was going on in that regard, and that made this experience less fun for me.
If you like it real quick and don’t mind the rushed romance along with it, then you’d enjoy this. For all the telling faults, it was still an easy read....more
I was a bit unsure how to rate this book. Although I couldn't relate to the romance, the sexiness..well, I could envy that. The first encounter of theI was a bit unsure how to rate this book. Although I couldn't relate to the romance, the sexiness..well, I could envy that. The first encounter of the twenty something mechanic hero and the forty something career driven heroine was sexy. It was a fantasy come true, and though you might blame it on the high adrenaline-they met after a mild accident after all- what comes in the following chapters was no adrenaline driven moment of wildness.
Although I did love the level of spice in this book, I can't say the same about the romance. I can understand and relate to the wariness of the heroine towards having and maintaining a relationship to a younger man, albeit a physical one. The young hero had to face some insecurities of his own, since he was a mechanic who had faced some jail time because of past mistakes, not to mention he didn't earn as much as the heroine. All this could've presented a much better handled challenge romance wise, but it failed short to satisfy me. Maybe it was because this story had a somewhat shorter page number, or because it leaned towards more erotica than romance, but if it did properly deliver this romance aspect, it would've gotten a much higher rating from me. The sex though, well, it was pretty damn good. From the reckless-in a good way I guess- introduction to the sexy surprise towards the end, it was all satisfying- at least as satisfied as a gal can be reading it.
For its role in increasing my level of sexual frustration, I'm giving this book three stars. I envied the heroine for getting a good service for herself and her car, since mine keeps coming back from the shop with more problems than I sent it with. Ah, the problems of a non fictional life.. ...more
I know this book is shelved as romance, but I think it's more contemporary erotic romance, for the relationship between Abby and Tony relied heavily oI know this book is shelved as romance, but I think it's more contemporary erotic romance, for the relationship between Abby and Tony relied heavily on the rough sex they had. And I'm sorry to say, that's pretty much what the book is about.
Abby is a workaholic editor for Tony the Romance Wiz. As well as being Tony's editor, she's his caretaker, assistant, babysitter, housekeeper and probably some other things in between. Added more recently, his fuck buddy, pardon my French. I don't have to say how much the plot intrigued me when I first read it, about a no nonsense editor and her self involved author hitting it on, but starting from the beginning I was disappointed. For one thing, there wasn't much romance in the story to suck me in. The sex was hot, I'll give Abby and Tony that, but the romance-since Tony's supposed to realize how much Abby means to him- was lacking. I didn't sense any sincerity in their relationship, despite Tony's efforts to make Abby believe that he fell in love with her. I get where Abby was coming from in her disbelief considering Tony's been a womanizer for the four years she's known him, but I felt she started her arguments for all the wrong reasons. While I thought she was being disrespected and used by Tony and thus fumed where I sat, she took it like it was no big deal, and made a scene and stood up for herself just when the guy was cleaning his act. If this wasn't bad timing, I don't know what is. Of course when she did that, she came out as the childish and irrational one, even though she might've been right had she set her foot down when she should've. One of the most frustrating things about a character is a back and forth approach they take on anything, and I'm sorry but this was exactly what Abby did. She didn't seem like a strong heroine either, with her constant self doubt and her need of approval from others, mainly Tony. I get an emotionally weak personality, but for me as a reader to come to relate to that character is through her discovery of her inner strength. Unfortunately Abby never reaches that point and that fails her as a good heroine in my eyes. Tony, on the other hand, was the more predictable character. He took a turn from being the womanizer to the one-woman man, and though it wasn't the best of transformations, I can't say it was that bad compared to Abby's flailing emotions.
Like I mentioned earlier, the sex was hot. It was just the right amount of rough sex, the fantasy of being dominated by the man, but the spice is not enough to suck me in the story on its own. Especially if I'm looking for romance. Everything started out the way I enjoyed and was looking forward to, the self centered hero and the heroine who had it enough with his usual selfishness, and just when I was ready for the turn from lust to love, I found myself having already made the turn and I haven't even realized it. I don't particularly enjoy being left out of all the fun of seeing the hero suffer.
As is the case with many series first books, I haven't lost all hope. I'm already thinking of how the next book could go, I even have hopes for another potential couple. I do hope, while keeping the sexiness the same, the romance can be taken up a notch without sacrificing any relatable characteristics of both the hero and the heroine. ...more
As an erotic contemporary romance story, Safe In His Arms felt short. The novella is about Becca, a young woman who longs for a spanking spice in herAs an erotic contemporary romance story, Safe In His Arms felt short. The novella is about Becca, a young woman who longs for a spanking spice in her bedroom, and Zac, the undercover special ops ex marine who's more than happy to help her out.
For starters, I think for the general plot, this novella should've been a full blown novel. It may be an erotic story, but the subplot of assassin involvement in Becca's life, the mystery of who is behind the act of treachery, and the fact that Becca and Zac have a child, all required more exploration. Unfortunately we never get fulfilled regarding these issues. The only thing we enjoy to the fullest is the spanking. And though I'm up for a bit of that action, the way it was told, it seemed like they took the spanking and made it more than kinky bed play, they made it a way to resolve their arguments and issues. Whenever Becca tried to argue a point with him, he spanks her. If Becca doesn't want him to give their son ice cream before dinner, Zac spanks her. Becca is aroused, Becca is out of the shower, Becca is bored, Zac spanks her. I haven't read any domestic discipline books before this, so I don't know if this is the general tone of these books, but I can say I wasn't overjoyed with the way they integrated their kink into their lives. I did, however, like the idea of flashbacks appearing every once in a while before a chapter. They added a nice touch and romanticism into the story.
As for the hero and the heroine’s romance, I didn't think they had that. It was as if they met, had spanking sex, and then Becca was pregnant and Zac was away. It's seven years later, and suddenly Zac is back and so is the spanking, and even the existence of a child doesn't make much of a difference between them. Which was another problem I had with this story. When a child is involved I'm one to look for caution and emotion. However in this case, the potential emotional engagement is wiped away by their child's-what I can only call- psychic powers that enabled him to meet with his dad years ago. So when Zac finally shows up, they don't have to go into the whole father/son reunion because they've known each other on the psychic plane. That, I'm afraid, didn't make sense to me at all, and it didn't fit into the story.
The characters didn't impress me, either as individuals or as a couple. Becca was too submissive for my taste in a heroine, and Zac was too pressing in his role of the dominant. If their dominance/submission play was limited to their bedroom, I could understand that. But we're talking about a woman who raised her child for seven years without his father, she should have every right to demand an overview of how they were to proceed since Zac is now being involved, or how they are going to blend him into their lives, but the one tiny attempt she makes is shut down by Zac's spanking yet again. I would've preferred a few more chapters to resolve this issue rather than read about Zac bending Becca over his knee for ‘punishment’.
A short story that I wish was longer to accommodate the emotional, I recommend this book to those who want their erotica with a lot of spanking without much plot to get in the way. ...more