FTC : I requested this book as part of the series to review. I do not know the author.
Well, this book was a surprise. I’m always happy with a best-friFTC : I requested this book as part of the series to review. I do not know the author.
Well, this book was a surprise. I’m always happy with a best-friends-little-sister trope book, but this one has made sure that I take some more notice of this particular author. It was a fun, light read with a hefty dose of sex. I loved it!
Sophie is quite excited by her brothers wedding. Recently losing weight, trying for a promotion at work and generally just having a life-overhaul, she goes into the wedding looking for some fun. I had high hopes for her and, for the most part she delivered. She tried her hardest to keep her new-found confidence in the face of the rest of the stunning wedding party but, sometimes, her confidence wavered and then the problems arose. The new Sophie engaged in conversations, told Logan what she wanted and tried to have some adventure. Jealous Sophie had claws and an unattractive bitchy side (I wasn’t a fan of jealous Sophie as she was also incredibly irrational). I got why she had the irrational side but that side got far more airtime than I wanted it to.
Logan is the best man and, as part of his duties, he is asked to make sure that Sophie socializes with the rest of the wedding party (saw that one biting him on the arse from a mile away). He dutifully does what he is asked but is surprised by how much he enjoys her company. His life is fricking bonkers and she brings fun (when she’s not being bat-shit crazy) and relaxation. Logan is a lovely guy but his priorities are completely out of line. He works all of the time, he never dates, never does anything relaxing … it is a rather pants existence. Sophie reintroduced him to life and this made this a rather well-rounded story; Neither of them needed the other to complete their lives but they sure made each other happier. I liked them together, believed in the chemistry between them and generally rooted for their HEA. Of course, there are the usual barriers and I spent the majority of the story hoping that Sophie wouldn’t hit the self-destruct button and pull the plug on them before they really had a chance together.
The sex scenes are some of the best in the series. There is dirty sex, Sophie-in-charge sex, sex whilst on a phone-call sex and plenty of dirty, dirty talk. I loved the flair that this author has for writing dynamic chemistry and I will be picking up more of her work.
Overall, this was the perfect end to this rather fantastic series. One of my favourites, this book was fun, dirty and light… perfect bedtime reading :) ...more
FTC : I was given this book by the author for an honest review. I was not biased by either money or myOriginally published on Scorching Book Reviews.
FTC : I was given this book by the author for an honest review. I was not biased by either money or my good opinion of her when writing it.
This is a short novella at 45 pages, but it packed a lot into it’s short length and I quite enjoyed it! It also had a ginger hero … there are not enough ginger heroes in my opinion!
After 6 years of grieving, Daphne is convinced to go on a blind date by her friends to try to get her back into the dating field. The night before her blind date, she runs into Woody at a bar and, completely unaware that he is her date for the following night, she finds herself completely unable to resist her attraction to him. After fooling around with him, she runs away and he has to hunt her down to finish what they started. What results is some VERY hot scenes ..
By giving the heroine such a tragic back story, the author was able to give some emotional depth that sometimes is missing in short stories. I wanted Daphne to find love again, I wanted Woody to stop his playboy ways and I wanted a HFN ending. It was surprising that I cared so much and I was also surprised by how much character development there was. I think the fact that it had been 6 years since Daphne’s fiancee died that I was able to accept both the rapid development of feelings and the way she responded to Woody; it had been one hell of a dry spell and was definitely time for her to move on.
This is a very short, yet very surprising, novella. It is fun, sexy and a little bit angsty. If you are looking for a uber short romantic read, this is one I highly recommend. ...more
FTC : I requested this from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. The author is a frequent visitor to the blog and is a twitter friend.
There is a reason that I loved this book so much, a trope related reason that I cannot share as it is a bit of a spoiler… GOD-NAM IT!
Janey has wanted Len for what seems like forever, but he has always stayed away. She knows that he feels the connection between him but he’s also made it clear that he has no interest in acting upon it. When, one night, Len has to step in to save Janey from some would-be date-rapists, something between them changes. After spending time protecting and caring for her, he can no longer deny the powerful attraction that he feels. With a sell-by date on the relationship, due to her imminent departure from town, he feels that he can finally give into his urges and have some fun whilst protecting his heart. Honestly, when will these heroes ever learn?!…
I liked Janey. I liked that she knew what she wanted and was prepared to fight for it. I also enjoyed the fact that, even with the depth of feelings she had towards Len, she wasn’t prepared to let him walk all over her.She was a strong woman (as shown by her work) and she only bent so far to accommodate the sharp edges to her dream man. She accepted him for what he was, accepted all of his secrets and she never asked him to change, only to compromise for the sake of their relationship. I liked that she brought her own strength to the relationship, that she was the emotionally strong one who was the rock in their relationship. It was one of the many stereotype role reversals that ran through this book and I liked it!
Len was a completely different kettle of fish for me. At times he was everything I wanted a hero to be. He was gruff, strong and silent; he was just like the milk-tray man. Then other times, he was creating difficult situations for himself by completely over-reacting to situations. I know why he pushed all women away, I know that these were the actions of a man emotionally damaged from being a child but he constantly went to the worse possible outcome for any situation. It made for great reading but I just kept thinking how incredibly tiring it must being that high-strung. His secrets were many but they were terrible only to him; I just wanted to give him a massive cuddle every-time one was revealed.
The chemistry between these two characters was incredibly well written. The sex scenes, as I have come to expect, were scorching hot and on the page. If I had to pick a favourite, I’d have to pick a particularly panty-melting mutual masturbation scene … *fans*. There is something for everyone else with shower sex, anal play, dirty talk and sex over a classic truck. For a man with very few words, Len certainly knew some damn dirty ones.
The highlight of this book for me was in the last few chapters. I won’t spoil it but it made me swoon and go “awww” a lot (therefore gaining some funny looks!). It was a lovely resolution to the conflict.
Overall, I am truly enjoying this series. With a gruff man protecting his heart and a woman determined to get his attention, there was really only one way this was going to end but it was a damn fun ride getting there....more
FTC : I have no relationship with the author. I requested this from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
I have heard so much aboutReally 3.5 Stars
FTC : I have no relationship with the author. I requested this from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
I have heard so much about this book that I realised that I had to read it. The first thing I need to warn you of is that the book is written in first POV. The second is that the male lead has bipolar disorder but I do feel that this wan’t the most accurate portrayal of that disorder that I’ve ever seen, more a media-cised version. The third is that the love interest is written with an Essex accent. It was distracting and fucking annoying…. I also don’t recommend anyone from Essex read this book as you might be a little bit offended because, apparently, you’re all orange tinted, ditsy people with over-bleached teeth. That being said, I actually really enjoyed it.
First POV for me is always a tricky thing to read. Sometimes it can lead to complete hatred of characters (therefore I hate the book) but sometimes, as with this one, it can lead to an understanding of a character that wouldn’t happen if it was written in third. One of my friends has Bipolar disorder and, although this is a deeply romanticised view of a mental health issue that is completely unpredictable and often very scary, I liked the fact the author tried. It isn’t a pretty book and I have to admire the author for introducing the world to Ash; it cannot be easy to write a depressive, sarcastic, frequently suicidal, self-centred hero but he does and I liked the tone of the book because of it. This author has a very distinctive voice and I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading more from him.
In terms of the love story, I half loved it and half hated it. I cannot begin to tell you how much I hated the Essex dialect being written into it. It was instrumental to the story, it did mean that Ash behaved like even more of an arsehole to Darian (therefore showing Darian as even more of a nice guy) and it did show that you should never judge a book by its cover (or accent) but all I could see in my mental image of this story was Joey Essex and that just turned me right off! Thing is, even I could see that Darian was just a lovely lovely man. He didn’t pry, didn’t judge and was so generous hearted; I did wonder if he was too nice to deal with the shit he would invariably get. He seemed to take it all in his stride but I knew he would have to stand up for himself at some point. I loved the spin he put on some of Ash’s more depressed and warped thoughts, the way he brought light to them without ever judging Ash for having them in the first place. He was the complete opposite to Ash in every way and I just hoped their time together wouldn’t change his world view and make him harder.
I can’t give this book all the stars, as I really struggled with the dialogue. I also struggled with the fact that the characters are a little stereotypical. It is one that I recommend to anyone who thinks that the warnings above are manageable; both characters are memorable and their story is one that grabs your attention and keeps it. This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me swoon and made me want to throw my brand new kindle through a window…. I’m not sure I have been through such an emotional range with many other books!
FTC : I requested this from NetGalley as I have loved several books by this author. I don’t have any relationship with her.
This is a novella length erFTC : I requested this from NetGalley as I have loved several books by this author. I don’t have any relationship with her.
This is a novella length erotic romance from Lauren Dane and I fricking LOVED it. The characters were larger than life and complicated, the story was sexy but ultimately sweet and overall it left me with a very satisfied feeling in my stomach.
Wren is the driving force in this tale and, like most of Lauren Dane’s novels, she is a strong heroine. Independent, witty and driven by her own ambition, she is a character I could relate to and like. She decided to go out and get Gregori, earning my respect, but she didn’t do it in a single white female kind of way. She just made herself visible to him and showed him her best qualities; I actually really enjoyed her way of thinking. She also accepted him for the artistic know-it-all that he was and dealt with the impending mood swings and arrogance in her stride, letting it all wash over her. She was a strong heroine because she valued herself more than she did any relationship that she might engage in; she was never going to let herself be broken by Gregori and my faith in that made me relax into their story and enjoy it.
Gregori was sexy in an over-bearinging arrogant arse kind of way. He really didn’t want to be in a relationship with anyone but he was really quite OK with sex if it came with no strings. I liked him but I enjoyed the way he was knocked on his ass by his feelings for Wren more. He did some fairly ridiculous things but he wasn’t a really a bad man; he was more lost in his own sense of artisticness. I did love him when it came to his encounters with Wren because, shockingly, the man is incredibly hot! The sex scenes were pure steamy, hotness and I needed a cold shower after them ... *fans* It’s all rocky roads and passionate sex in this book...well, the hero is an artist ;D
This is a steamy novella with colourful characters who hooked me in from the second they were described on the page. One of the things I love the most about Lauren Dane’s work is her heroines and Wren is a woman after my own heart. ...more
FTC : This review copy was provided by the author for an honest review. I haven’t been paid for it!
This a shortie review as it is a short book. At 51FTC : This review copy was provided by the author for an honest review. I haven’t been paid for it!
This a shortie review as it is a short book. At 51 pages, what I expected was a short snippet of a relationship but I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of back-story that was in it. A historical erotic romance, this picks up the tale of a spurned lover that finds his ex-lover in a bit of a pickle and so tries to exact his revenge by suggesting she become his own personal prostitute to earn the money she needs to provide for her and her son. Nice huh? Only thing is, it all backfires on him spectacularly.
The set up for the story took me aback as I immediately disliked the hero. I didn’t know how he could become redeemable in the short space of time that I had with the pair of them. I shall comment there was certain things that were resolved very quickly and easily to make this a romance and take away my concerns. It was enjoyable and light, if not a little convenient in places. The one thing I came away with was the knowledge that this author can write chemistry. The sex scenes were hot, graphic and quite satisfying; I will be picking up more from the author to see where she goes with it.
This was a short, hot romance that is a good hot fix. If that sounds like something you need, this could be one to check out J...more
FTC : I love Jess Dee. I got this copy for an honest review and that is what it is getting... no point in lying about it!
Jess Dee is one of my auto-reFTC : I love Jess Dee. I got this copy for an honest review and that is what it is getting... no point in lying about it!
Jess Dee is one of my auto-read authors if I want an Erotic Romance fix. She writes really good sex. That being said, I also loved the fact that this was a no-strings sex to love trope.. I had to read it.
At 113 pages, this isn’t the longest story in the world but what it does, it does well. The sex scenes are very well written, each scene getting more possessive and kinky as Charlie gets ready to say goodbye to Sarah (his lack of self-worth was really quite heart-breaking). They come from two ends of the spectrum and this has him convinced that his surfer dude lifestyle is not good enough for uber smart Sarah. Out of the three men that Charlie set’s her up with, we only really meet Dr Sam (who Charlie is convinced is Mr Perfect) which makes me think a book could be coming his way J
I liked both characters but, as is always the case with novellas, I didn’t really know them. For me, this always means that, although I feel the sex connection, I don’t often feel the love connection. This is just the way I am; I need time to know my characters before I love their love story. What was very well written in this book is Charlie’s heart-break, each scene between them becoming more painful to read as he prepares to give up the love of his life for, in his eyes, her own benefit. It made me adore him slightly but I really didn’t get that emotionally attached to Sarah. I felt the love between them, I just wasn’t there with them. I felt the heat though. This book should come with a bucket of cold water; with sexy doctor scenes, back-door action and some very dirty action during a phone call, there is pretty much something to tickle everyone’s fancy.
This is a very well written sexy novella. With scorching sex scenes and a cute plot, this one ticked a lot of boxes for what I wanted to read at the time. As per usual, recommended. ...more
FTC : I was given this for an honest review by Vivian Arend. I would not let my good opinion of her, or any of the other authors for that matter, inflFTC : I was given this for an honest review by Vivian Arend. I would not let my good opinion of her, or any of the other authors for that matter, influence the review. I just did enjoy this.
I find anthologies hard to review. Each contribution is a short story and I find it hard to not over-spoil in those reviews. Also, do I review the collection or each book? It’s such a hard balance to find but with this one, I’m going to try my question and answer type review…. should get away from the spoiler issue at the very least :)This a shortened version of the review on the blog http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com...
If I had to some up the theme of this anthology it would be …….
……. Love, lust and exhibitionism. Seriously, there is a LOT of public sex :)
What star rating would I give each of the books?
5 stars all round. Helps that all of these authors are on the auto-buy list anyway!
How would I sum up each story in three words?
Beyond Temptation ; Dystopian, kinky and gritty
Rocky Ride ; Fun, sexy and biker-y :)
All that Remains : Hot, kinky and angsty
Hot, hot, hot!!
Favorite parts of the anthology….
Beyond Temptation : A gun-fight scene where Emma demands that Noah sees her as a partner
Rocky Ride : The scene with the hand-cuffs near the end … hot, hot, hot!
All that Remains : The blow-job scene near the start …. what can I say, I’m nothing but predictable :)
Overall, this is a very hot anthology. All of these books can be read as standalone and I recommend that you get it if you have never been introduced to any of these authors as you may find a new series to love. If you like your stories angsty and your sex content kinky, try this book!...more
The first in this series was the reason I so readily agreed to review this one and the similarities made it both fabulous and frustrating at the same time. In this one, Toby meets back up with an old flame, which he can’t quite put out of his head, in the midst of an Earthquake. There, he realises that the young boy that she has with her is his son and that he has unknowingly been a Daddy for a while. It is, Ladies and Gents, a secret baby plotJ *happy dance*
I love this trope and this one had the usual “Mom though Dad was an A-Hole who was only after sex, so didn’t tell him” plot line, except, this time, mom was dead wrong. Toby was LOVELY. Once he found out he had a son he did everything in his power to try to get to know his son and, bar a few very inappropriate but funny quips, I thought he did a fine job! He was sweet yet firm with the very cute little munchkin and my heart melted with every hair ruffle he threw his father-starved child. I adored him in all ways but I especially loved him in his relationship in Ester. He was so set on not trying to scare her off, that he put his own feelings and wants at bay. True, he was running scared from them too, but, deep down, he knew what he wanted. I loved him.
Ester was a good heroine but her decision making was terrible. What woman decides to not tell the man who was the father of her child that he was a father, even after he came looking for her, because she was piqued that he treated their holiday romance as thus? Then she made scenes at a wedding (great timing there) and perpetually voiced that Toby couldn’t be attracted to her, even when he showed her differently often. She frustrated me because she was so stubborn in her beliefs but I did like that she could be swayed by tangible proof. She could see that Toby was a fabulous father and she knew that they lit up the sheets together. It was so odd the way she was a different character in bed and out; out she was over-analytical and closed off out of bed but within situations with Toby she was a fabulous sex-kitten who was willing to try anything. I liked her in the sexual scenes but she annoyed me periodically in the ones outside of the bedroom.
The sex scenes are what I read this book for and they didn’t disappoint. The premise of the Naughty Nights game was a simple one; the game contained challenge cards for role playing sex games and there were male and female cards. My favourite was probably the inquisitor role play *fans*. Every single sex scene was amazingly hot, even the rougher ones, and these two together were absolutely explosive. Serenity Woods writes incredibly raunchy sex scenes that are not simply there as icing on the cake of the plot.
The similarities between book one and two are obvious; in both books the H/h have a previous relationship and in both they decide on sex for a set period of time, with some risqué themes, just ‘cos they both were single. In both books the downfall is obvious to the reader; you cannot have sex with someone you have any sort of feeling for without it becoming more than just sex. It was obvious that it would be the same plot, with slightly different types of baggage, in this one as with the last and that was a little disappointing to me. Overall, I did enjoy the book a great deal, but only after I accepted the similarities and moved on.
If you want a sexy read with a secret baby plot and amazingly inventive sex scenes, this is one for you. With a heavenly hero, with a very dirty side, this is a tale that will melt your heart and your panties at the same time. Read with an ice-pop nearby. ...more
I was given this book by the publisher for review. I actually do adore this author’s work and have had her on several events on the blog. I wouldn’t lI was given this book by the publisher for review. I actually do adore this author’s work and have had her on several events on the blog. I wouldn’t let this influence my opinion of her work.
I really did enjoy this one though I’ll admit I had reservations about it at first. Having read other books where an established couple gain a third, and seen authors destroy relationships for the new ones, I was worried about how this one would pan out. I liked Mike and Carlos as a couple and couldn’t do anything other than worry that they would invite a character such as Jules into their relationship. She wasn’t long-term relationship and that was a recipe for disaster.
Mike and Carlos were a couple I adored. Both quite dominant personalities, the dynamic between them was quite fascinating to watch. Both bi-sexual, they had long since decided that they needed a woman to be a part of what they had, as they felt they were missing something. I worried about this. I liked the fact they had openly discussed it and agreed to it but the fact that they weren’t enough for each other made me worry there was something intrinsically wrong with them. Once they picked Jules, I thought I was reading the beginning of the end!
Jules is not a character that I wanted to put into the relationship with Mike and Carlos. She was blatantly not looking for anything other than sex, even going so far as to admit to breaking up with previous partners for starting to get serious. I knew from the offset what Mike and Carlos wanted and it wasn’t what Jules was willing to give. I worried I was reading another self-destruct ménage! She was likeable as a individual character but I struggled with her self-enforced single status as I felt she was closing me to the rest of her.
One thing that I did not enjoy was the deception. Mike started a relationship with Jules under the guise of wanting something casual and completely omitting his relationship with Carlos. I do not enjoy deceptive characters and this did annoy me. I am glad that this only took up a small portion of the book or I may not have managed to finish it.
The sex in this book was amazingly well written. Whether it is MM, MF, MMF or MFM, the sex is scorching hot and full of emotion. There is no combination of pairings that I preferred AFTER they all got together. Before, I felt a little too sorry for Carlos to let myself enjoy it as anything other than just sex. It was all a little heart-breaking for me to see Carlos not be able to be with his partner or Jules and find himself completely alone. Once they started the ménage, I really started to get into it and boy did it leave me needing a cold shower! All three are into this and all three are willing to try anything... I just love sexually liberated characters :)
Of course, I was reading this completely expecting the shit to hit the fan and it did. I knew it was coming but I hated that I was right. I had no idea what to expect from the ending as, in the past, an authors version of a HEA is not the one I wanted. I was scared!
Overall, this is a book that conflicted the crap out of me. It hit some of my angry buttons but it pulled so many emotions from me, I was destined to enjoy it. With sexy, angsty characters having scorching hot sex, there was no way I was going to be able to put it down :)...more
Sometimes, you have to have faith that an author won’t steer you wrong. Sometimes, you have to plough through difficult points and know that she, or he, has only their characters best interests at heart. The amount of faith I placed in Cari Silverwood’s love for her characters in this book is amazing to me. I, the lady who doesn’t like dubious consent and has absolutely no masochistic tendencies, have just read a book on the evolution of the Sadist through a capture fantasy gone awry. Not only did I finish it, I didn’t put it down unless I absolutely had to. Enjoy isn’t a word I would use for this book. When I see that word, I think of warm and fuzzy feelings and these are few and far between in this book. I would say compelled, even a little obsessed, is a more accurate way to describe my mood towards this book. There were parts where I winced, even got very angry, but I carried on. After a while it wasn’t because I felt I needed to, it was because I had to. This book had grabbed my imagination and just wouldn’t let go. It’s so hard to rate a novel that does that.
This book begins with a project. Jodie wants to film a capture fantasy like the ones in her erotic novels, wants to experience what it is like to become someone slave. She chooses Klaus because she trusts him and I quickly realised just how important that trust was to the whole central theme of this book. That trust gave him the nudge he needed to evolve into something he never considered he could be. It gave her the power to completely let go, to allow him to venture into some seriously scary territory. For me, this wasn’t a book about her; it was his story. She had allowed herself some Masochistic and submissive fantasies, some very extreme ones for someone not in the lifestyle too, but she seemed to have the idea that she wanted some kind of kink. He is clueless. Her complete trust in him, and her own sexuality, allows the development of his sadistic side. She always has the ability to stop the game but doesn’t feel the need whilst she is enjoying it and feels that he will do her no permanent harm.
Sadists are difficult for me. I have had numerous conversations with people in the lifestyle, am perfectly aware that a good sadist only wants to cause pain to people who enjoy it, but my wariness of them is bone deep. This was probably one of the most interesting facets to this tale for me; I had never looked at this whole lifestyle from the point of view of someone who realises that his pleasure comes from the pain of someone else. He suffered so much in this book. He thought he was sick, twisted and ultimately dangerous. He wanted to own her, to control every aspect of her being. It was so far out of my comfort zone it hurt but I knew, deep down, that she had agreed to it all. At some points, he was actually dangerous. Although I admired Jodie’s faith in his desire not to hurt her, in playing their game they were unleashing a beast that neither of them understood. He wasn’t trained, mentored or monitored and there are some things that you CANNOT learn from Google. It was a very bumpy road with some very scary moments for me as a reader. (I will insert a warning here.... there is needle play. I held my boobs for a good ten minutes before I could continue). Ultimately, I adored him for his care for her. He adored her and never wanted her to come to any harm; the stupidity of untrained play lay on both sides of the cane. Their game became something that neither of them had the skill to control and blame cannot lie solely with him. He was so damn Dommly....*conflicted fanning whilst eying needles with terror*
The development of the relationship was both endearing and terrifying. Psychologists, and experienced practitioners of the lifestyle, would have slapped the shit out of both of them for this game. The trust that they had in each other though... that was a thing of beauty. She trusted him with her pleasure, her safety and her mind. He trusted her with his everything. He trusted her enough to bare his deepest darkest desires and let them out to play. It’s a beautiful yet scary thing to read with the major problem being that he forgets that no one is born with the innate ability to wrangle their beast.
Ultimately, this is a story of self-discovery for both of them. This isn’t a sweet book that will make you feel the warm and fuzzies; there were scenes I read with a genuine sense of trepidation and a tinge of horror. I enjoyed its originality, its depth of emotion and its narration from the other side of the typical BDSM love story. I’m so used to reading about experienced Sadist’s it was quite refreshing, if not scary, to see the development of a baby Sadist (although he certainly doesn’t seem like a baby Dom to me!!). A recommended read for experienced BDSM readers and ones who’ve always wondered how a Sadist evolves.
Warning: contains spanking, caning, flogging, needle play, anal play, ménage, FF play, Total Power Exchange and elements of S&M. ...more
Awww, this one was so sweet! Well, it was also ridiculously hot but it was as sweet as Erotic Romance can be! I liked the idea of lost loves finding each other again and being in a place to fully appreciate each other. Mitch was a fabulously alpha (slightly Dom) hero who knew what he wanted and was willing to do literally anything to get it. Hayley was a woman once scorned and I liked the way that he wasn't get her back without proving to her that he was serious this time. I like strong female characters! I did like Ty...I do hope we see his story :D
I also loved that she was completely at ease with her sexuality. She liked to be watched, she like to be dominated and she just loved sex in general. The theme throughout these books was one of women being in charge of their sexuality and not apologizing for it....I loved it!...more
Oh, this one was the most fun out of all of them. It was very hot and really quite amusing; anything that has a UK man as a debonair charmer makes me chuckle (visit sometime....I'm afraid that particular man is about as easy to find as a lesser spotted eagle!). This book was the tale of Leo the fire fighter (who was hot and intense), Addison (suave and funny) and Kennedy. I loved the male characters in this book and would have LOVED to be in the shoes of Kennedy. Seriously, I couldn't have chosen either and the menage aspect of this novella was amazingly hot.
There was a point in this tale I didn't like Kennedy (if you read it, you will know where). I know what she did aided the tale and made the resolution sweeter but at the time I'd have quite happily punched her. I just wanted to take both of the yummy men away from the mean lady and cuddle them....*grin*...more
I think this is the most angsty of the all the books and I enjoyed it. I honestly didn't see where it was going (although on reflection, there were enough clues to point the way!). It was incredibly sexy (pool sex people!!) and the overall message was hopeful. I liked Bianca and really enjoyed her complete utter determination to get a second chance at love. She was the main selling point for me in this novella; Brody was fun but that it was more Bianca's story. She was the one that shared feelings first, she is the one that instigated their relationship and she is the one who drove the whole thing forward. ...more
FTC : I downloaded this book from NetGalley before I knew about the tour. I am a fan of the series.
This book feels very different to the rest of the series. Maybe it is the innocence of Nora, maybe it is the youthfulness of Soren or maybe it’s just because this is where it all began for them, before the complexities of their relationship caused their emotional scars. Don’t get me wrong, this is the same Nora and Soren; Nora still faces everything with cynicism and wit and Soren is still the Sadist Priest, but this feels fresh and as innocent as their relationship could ever be. I loved it. I loved them and I think I love Soren even more.
Yes, this is a prequel but please don’t be tempted to read it out of turn. Although this is where it all began, I think you need to be in love with them as a couple before you read this book or you may be tempted to see only a teenaged girl having a D/s relationship with her priest which, on paper, and probably in reality, is rather taboo. You won’t know how right they are together, won’t ever see the beauty in their relationship. It is a very clever decision to do in this order as I just accepted their relationship, the inevitability of them. Also, there is a big God-damn spoiler from the end of book four and I don’t think you want to see it ….
This book isn’t told as a flashback. Nora is telling these stories to another character (I consider his identity a spoiler to the rest of the series). I loved hearing their story from their POV, how the young Nora fell in love with Soren from the first time she met him and refused to allow him to elbow her out of her life. She knew what she wanted from the first time she saw his motorbike but I respected the way he dealt with her. At every step of the way he allowed her the freedom to choose a different life than the one she would have with him, always knowing that if she chose him, her life would never be easy. I loved him for the respect that he showed her and I loved him more as, even though he had decided she was his, he made sure that she knew what she would be accepting, and missing, if she decided to claim him as hers.
In this book, Nora has frequent sex with someone other than Soren (Polyamory remember) and it was fairly vanilla. It was hot and it was a direct contrast to the scenes that you see in the flashback. Nora and Soren do not do vanilla. The scenes are brutal and made me fall in love with them as a couple even more. I know, it seems a ridiculous statement because when I say brutal I mean sex that leaves welts and marks that don’t fade for weeks, but throughout the violence I could feel the love. She accepted him, accepted his need for pain and she knew that she was giving him what he needed. It would never be sex that starred in my fantasies but this is where the strength of Ms Reiszs’ writing shines through; I didn’t give a crap that it could never be my romance because it was so damn right for Nora and Soren (and King of course :D).
I loved this book. I love the series. This is where it all began and, unusually for one of the Sinner’s series, I came away with a case of the warm and fuzzies. Soren is amazing, Nora is the spunky teenager that I knew she would be and young King is a danger to the chastity of men and women everywhere. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read. 5 Stars....more
Angela Vernon walked out of the Aerie after admitting to one of her closest friends that she was in love with her husband. Xavier was everything that she wanted her Dom to be but he could never be hers. The day she cut ties with that club she ceased to be a sub, preferring instead to be the one in control so her heart never felt the pain again. Then her friend Angela died of cancer and it became impossible to go back, impossible not to disrespect her memory by longing for a man she could never have. For three years she managed to avoid him, until a patient brings them back into contact.
Xavier never understood why Angela walked away from the Aerie. All he knows that now she’s back, she’s the only woman who has lit his interest since his wife died. Unwilling to let her walk out of his life for the second time, he will do anything she asks; even play submissive for her. Once he gets her back into bed, he isn’t leaving. But he doesn’t know her secrets and he doesn’t know that she will fight to avoid being in a relationship with him.
The first thing I need to say about this book is how stunning the cover is....it’s gorgeous! This is the final instalment in this story arc with the Aerie Doms. I was warned that it may not end the way that I thought it would and they were right. I expected an extremely hardcore BDSM book but that wasn’t what I got. The man that had been made up to be the Dom of all Doms didn’t have a storyline that met with my expectations of him; I was refreshingly surprised. This one felt much more like a love story because these two had a previous connection that was reignited; I believed in the tale because I believed in this previous connection.
The thing I always find with Doms is the more Dominant they are supposed to be, the harder I find it to relate to them. I didn’t find that with Xavier. He was a man that was open to the idea of love but hadn’t met anyone that could hold the candle to his deceased wife. I liked that he hadn’t closed himself off, that he had given himself room to grieve but wasn’t shutting the door to his heart completely. He is the one who actively pursues Angela, the one who batters down her defences when it should have been his that were raised. I did love him. He was suave, charming and completely open with his emotions....the perfect man!
Angela was fooling herself if she ever thought she was a Domme. She was a sub; she was just a sub for only one man. Xavier had wormed his way into her heart when he was her best friends’ husband; it would be inappropriate to let herself feel that she had a realistic chance of having a relationship with him...no matter how hard he pushed. Angela was a character that I liked, but one whose decisions I couldn’t get on board with. She played make believe Domme because she was trying to protect herself but I just hated the lie to both herself and her subs! I liked her and Xavier together.... especially the tub scene *fans*.
Overall, this wasn’t the ending I was expecting but I liked the surprise of the story. I had more belief in this tale because I’d met Xavier throughout the series and because I knew they had a previous connection. I liked it; it was a sexy story with complex characters and a complex plot.... this series is definitely worth a read!...more
Coyote shifter Sera is a submissive female of a dying breed. This means that every male Coyote thinks it is their God given right to impregnate her in the interest of continuing their species. Sera is so submissive that she can’t seem to say no to anyone slightly Dominant to her and it left her in an incredibly unhappy marriage. When her husband finds she is taking contraceptive pills, he beats her badly, sending her running to the sanctuary offered by her much tougher friends.
Amongst those friends is wolf-shifter Julio, a Dominant who makes both woman and Coyote want to howl with pleasure. Julio has his own nightmares to deal with but he never shy’s away from hers. He seems to treat her with kid gloves but when her husband finds out where she is and starts to stalk her, he decides to take her on the road whilst they neutralise the threat. Sera is a woman he shouldn’t want to mix with but he can’t help but be attracted to all aspects of the fiery little Coyote. Surely being in such close contact will only amp up the sexual tension between them?
Whilst on the road, they take the opportunity to visit the more rural packs, making sure that they are getting everything they need. It is whilst visiting these packs that Sera starts to realise that maybe she brings more to a situation than being a “Coyote slut”. There are those that don’t look down on her for what she is, there are those that appreciate her heart and strength. As the relationship between her and Julio starts to heat up, the bonds between them start to strengthen. But there are those that would happily see the two of them apart, shifters that think such an inter-species union is wrong on many levels. Will our couple be able to survive the actions of some of the more dangerous opponents to their relationship?
First off, I will state that this is not a standalone. You need to read the others in the series to be able to know the characters back story. I will go further and say that you should reread the others before beginning this one to refresh your knowledge of them too. That being said it is worth doing both of these things because this is a really hot little book.
The sexual tension between Sera and Julio is obvious from the start of the book. They both feel it, but they won’t openly admit it to each other. Once they hit the road, I knew they didn’t have a hope in hell of keeping their hands off each other. Once they give in, the action is blooming hot and heavy. Turns out Sera’s submissive nature extends to the bedroom and she is willing to try almost anything in her quest for pleasure. Julio is a very Alpha male; he is more than willing to keep up with Sera in the bedroom. This leaves us with some incredibly smoking scenes. Seriously. Like need a fan installing in my underwear hot.
I loved both of the characters, but I have to say I loved Sera more. Julio was hot as hell, protective, lovely and sexy, but I expected that. Sera was a complete surprise. She had been basically been broken by a situation that was out of her control. She couldn’t help being a female coyote, a submissive or not maternal, yet she was punished for being all of the above. In the case of the latter, physically punished as her delightful husband beat the ever loving crap out of her for it. Once she gets on the road she discovers so much about herself. She discovers there is no shame in being a submissive, that with the right Dominant she can flourish and be an active part of a relationship, there to buffer out Dominant urges and be a support mechanism for a worthy man. She also discovers that she is a good person, no matter what her lineage. All of this is in no small part down to Julio and the confidence that he instils in her. I loved them together.
Overall, this is a fabulous addition to the series. With a submissive, kinky coyote and a lovely Alpha, there is fire-works, heat and even a gun-toting bad guy. I highly recommend it. ...more
FTC stuff. I am a massive fan of this series so I requested it from Netgalley. I don’t know the author personally nor was I paid for this review.
ThisFTC stuff. I am a massive fan of this series so I requested it from Netgalley. I don’t know the author personally nor was I paid for this review.
This book starts off hot and heavy. Our hero and heroine meet in a bar, have a very sexy conversation and head to a motel for a one night stand. Our heroine doesn’t know the name of the man she’s walking out on the next morning and neither do we the reader. Of course, it could only be someone she is going to meet again so when we learn the identity of our sexy vet, we know the shit is about the fan.....
This book is starts off erotic but then heads more towards hot romance. The writing is as awesome as ever and I ended up really enjoying the romance between Tanna and August(Fletch), even if both of them had character flaws that made me want to butt them.
Fletch was my biggest annoyance in this book. He started with the alpha-hole possessiveness before he actually had a right to. She had made him no promises of anything but he pretty much declared her his territory and then decided to scare anyone else off her in any way he could. It wasn’t endearing. Once he starts his relationship, he actually finds a clue and I started to like him. He seemed to know when to push and when to back off intuitively and I found he really started to come into his own as a hero. His mission to help Tanna cure her fear of horses was lovely to read about and the man sure is hot in the literary sack J I found myself becoming a little protective of the good ol’ vet when Tanna pressed the self-destruct on their relationship so he definitely grew on me.
Tanna was a pretty good heroine. She was smart, strong and funny but she wasn’t looking for anything serious with Fletch. She went to the ranch to try to figure out her future and watching her try to heal her fears of horses was quite heart-breaking; she literally couldn’t go near them. I understood her reluctance to start a serious relationship with Fletch, but her methods of keeping him at bay quite annoyed me. There was no need to hurt him in the ways that she did and it really was quite irritating.
In this book, we also checked in with the other pairings that have happened over the course of this series. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna need a family tree for this one soon like I did with the rough riders series; they all keep reproducing! c Overall, this was a steamy addition to the series which I did really enjoy. With a stubborn heroine and a dominant hero, this one was bound to be a fiery read. ...more
Ever since they moved to a different city, the relationship between Aidan and Layla has changed. Together for four years, they used to have be both friends and lovers but now they barely touch. Now most of Layla’s orgasms are courtesy of the sex toys he frequently buys her, furtive bringing herself pleasure whilst he sleeps next to her.
When Aidan discovers her masturbating to a picture of the latest model she wants to sign for the erotic modelling agency for which she works, it sets off a chain events that changes their relationship for ever. He encourages her to invite Sawyer into their bed but he doesn’t want to be involved, he just wants to watch. He can’t give her what she needs anymore, a secret causing him to push away the woman he loves. He rolls the dice, takes the risk and hopes that his plan won't backfire and push her into the arms of another man.
Sawyer and Layla hit it off straight away and it takes very little convincing to get him into their bed. The chemistry is combustible, the affection very real; in the interest of keeping his secrets, could Aidan have sowed the seeds that will kill the one thing he is trying to save? When things become worse between Aidan and Layla, will she turn to Sawyer to give her the affection she craves? And will Sawyer settle to being a third forever? Or will he push for more?
It you read nothing else from this review, read this paragraph. This book is outstanding. It played with my emotions, tore strips off my heart and left me reeling. I didn’t expect this book to hook me the way that it did and didn’t predict the way the plot turns would leave me ignoring life in general to keep reading right up until the end. The ending is not what I expected either. I had an idea of where it was going, but found that idea changing with each and every chapter. I can’t say this book made me happy but it certainly made me feel something. It isn’t a easy, chick-lit romance that you devour in a week with a smile on your face through every page. It’s an angsty, emotional, intense read with flawed characters making decisions because of flawed reasoning and suffering greatly because of it. I will reread this book once I get over the way it made me feel the first time round.
These characters can’t stop hurting each other. Aidan is hiding a secret which is putting a wedge between him and Layla. Their relationship is on the verge of collapse, their love for each other the only thing keeping them from admitting the truth to themselves. By suggesting they bring Sawyer into his bed, Aidan thinks he is doing something that will save them, allowing them to stay together with Sawyer filling the gaps he can’t plug himself. Instead, he unintentionally hurts them all.
Layla feels rejected and unloved by the man she is to marry, so she allows herself to be pushed towards Sawyer. Yes, she is attracted to him, but she would be happy to just fantasize. Once he’s in her bed he shows her what a relationship should be like, but there is the constant shadow of Aidan in the corner to make her torture herself over her feelings and keep her unhappy. Sawyer loves being around her, but isn’t too happy being their third. Aidan creeps him out, but he is willing to put up with him as long as he gets to be close to Layla. Every time they are together, he forgets, for a little while, that she isn’t someone else’s girl and that this isn’t a temporary arrangement. Every time they are apart, it all floods back and then he hurts all over again. Mean while Aidan has to watch another man worm his way into the affections of the one woman who he adores and he can blame no one but himself.
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to happen with this book. At points, I wanted Sawyer and Layla to run off together (I loved them together), in others I wanted a happy ménage and in others I just wanted them all to go their separate ways and find relationships that didn’t cause them pain and pleasure in equal amounts. The only thing I never wanted was Layla and Aidan to go it alone. I did not like Aidan. His inability to deal with his secrets caused the emotional pain of three people and I couldn’t help see him as an emotionally selfish man. Yes, I felt sympathy for him but this was overshadowed by the anger I had at his complete disregard for anyone else but himself. He was the master puppeteer of this twisted triangle and I wanted him to bugger off. On reflection, I should also lump some of the blame at the feet of the other two characters for letting their emotions rule and allowing themselves to be treated like they didn’t matter as individuals. As you can tell, this book caused some angst in me, never mind the characters.
This review is turning into a thought dump so I’m going to leave it there. This book was filled with emotional angst, troubled character and a story line which kept me biting my nails throughout. It was a smoking hot, heart wrenching tale of two people trying to cling onto a relationship for all the wrong reasons and the repercussions of a spur of the moment decision that changed their lives forever. ...more
A sub and her Master play hooky to indulge their exhibitionism kink and unknowingly start an entire chain of events.
IBack to Nature by Cassandra Carr
A sub and her Master play hooky to indulge their exhibitionism kink and unknowingly start an entire chain of events.
I really liked this one, but it was definitely the naughtiest of the stories. Dmitri likes to have sex with his sub in public and has done for years. The bigger the audience, the more the thrill for him. The one time she dared to question his will, he made sure she never did again. It was definitely sexy, and I enjoyed the fact that there is history between the two characters; the love was definitely there. It was un-apologetically kinky!
Hail Mari by Jami Davenport
Meeting Mari Simms for one night of hot sex each year for the past four years is no longer enough for Wyatt Bedford, a ten-year veteran of professional football. This time, he plans on telling her he wants more. While waiting for her in a park, he stumbles upon a sight that changes his game plan and takes their relationship to whole new level. Can Wyatt and Mari find love in the final quarter with the clock ticking?
This one was so damn sweet! Yes it was hot (that is the aim of this anthology) but the overall theme was lovely! Both parties were eagerly anticipating meeting each other, both aware that things were going beyond the usual “hook-up” scenario and it was really sweet. I routed for these two…well recommended J
Taking it Outside by Cristal Ryder
Val sets up an afternoon of play with long-time boyfriend Tyler at a secluded beach. After packing a goodie bag with playthings, she leaves a note for Tyler. While waiting for his arrival, through binoculars Val spots lovers on the distance shore, and when Tyler arrives, together they watch the couple. Voyeurism at its best. Turned on by watching the couple have sex, Val and Ty have their own public display of eroticism.
Taking their loving outside is a surprisingly erotic treat neither expected to enjoy as much as they do. But a bigger surprise awaits them, leaving them wondering if there is more to come.
I think this was my favourite of the entire book! Val starts getting aroused by the displays of outdoor sex that she stumbles across. When Tyler turns up, They start reenacting what the other couple are doing. It was fricking HOT! Definitely an author I’m going to look at more!
A Whole New World by Cassandra Carr
After witnessing some dirty deeds in the woods, Miranda finds she has some kinks she didn't know about and discovers her boyfriend, Ross, is more than happy to help her explore them.
Another hot offering from Cassandra Carr. I loved that this was an existing relationship which was advancing before our eyes….it is a favourite trope of mine.
In the Open by Jami Davenport
Once a year, Jaid Angelini takes a break from her demanding career as a criminal defence attorney for a night of passion with young, hot pro-football player Alex Greeley. Despite misgivings about their age difference, Jaid desires a more permanent relationship and concocts a scheme to brand her name on his heart. After witnessing an exhibitionist couple in the park, her plan takes a turn toward the great outdoors. Will Alex and Jaid finally go for the long bomb or settle for minimum yardage?
This was fabulously smutty and sweet. Jaid has some deep set fears over her age and the changes that that brings to her body. She thinks that the young hottie is only looking at her as an easy lay, but she already thinks of him as so much more. These two are very VERY kinky and particularly enjoy been seen by all and sundry having sex. This was very very very sexy!!! ...more
Frankie has spent the last few months burying herself under a pile of work, hiding from the hurt and pain of her husband cheating on her with another woman. On her birthday, a letter appears on her doorstep from her soon to be ex-husband Mark. Frankie is all for burning it without glancing at the excuses, but her friends decide to take matters into her their own hands and force her to listen to every word. The eloquent explanations and declarations ripe her words wide open, causing her to lash out at the very people who are trying to help her heal.
From that day forward a new letter arrives on her doorstep each morning. Each day brings a new declaration of love, a new apology and a fresh set of tears for Frankie. Her heart and brain are at war; he is the only man she has ever truly loved, every truly wanted but the hurt that he caused is still too fresh. Will her firm resolve hold out when she realises that she may be letting one mistake ruin her one epic romance?
This was a shortie book, so this will be a shortie review! I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to get into this book. Something about the POV of the book didn’t resonate with me and I found the tale to have a narrator like feel. The book really shone through the dialogue. It was through the conversations between the characters and the letters that the story really started to come alive and I started to enjoy it.
I understood Frankie’s point of view. Mark threw away something special for the sake of something tawdry, devaluing what they had in a way that could be irreparable. She was hurt that he could do that to her and hurt that she meant so little; I’m positive that my reactions would have been identical. What I loved more is the way Mark explained himself in his letters. He never belittled her feelings, never made pointless excuses that stoked the fires, he simply said sorry and told her he missed her. It was perfect. I didn’t know where I stood on their relationship, but I knew that I would have struggled being mad at someone who didn’t shy away from his punishment.
The angst in this book was lovely, the emotion well written and powerful. I was drawn in to their story through his letters and the dialogue. There wasn’t that much sex in this but what there was was certainly very VERY steamy. Oh, and I forgave him..... ...more
When Jamie decides to drown his sorrows on his boat, he doesn’t expect to be propositioned by a beautiful stranger who swims up to him in the lake. SlWhen Jamie decides to drown his sorrows on his boat, he doesn’t expect to be propositioned by a beautiful stranger who swims up to him in the lake. Slightly grey skinned and speaking of life below the seas, Jamie is sure the man is crazy. In his slightly inebriated state, Jamie’s inability to turn away strays seems to be even more pronounced and their meeting becomes a little more than he originally planned... It is forbidden to have a homosexual relationship as a Selkie, but Marin cannot help the way he feels. Sent up to the surface by his future mate, he knows that if he finds a man willing to have sex with him it’s a possibility he will never go back. When he meets Jamie, he immediately feels an attraction to the beautiful barman. When their meeting turns sexual, his attraction to the human grows by leaps and bounds.
Selkie’s need to produce offspring and Marin cannot leave his fertile future mate in trouble. He tricks Jamie down to the depths to try to get him to get him to help him get her pregnant. Will this deception ruin any chance they had of getting involved in a real relationship? This book worked on some levels and didn’t on others. I love Daisy Harris, and I love her writing, and I think the fluidity of the tale was the thing that saved it for me. Jamie was a lovely character and I enjoyed the story of his growth. I think that his character was a lot more consistent than that of Marin’s who seemed to change so fast I got whip-lash. He began the tale as a walk-over, a man that would do anything for a stray or a man he wanted to pay him some attention. I understood why he was on the boat but I didn’t understand why he thought engaging in sexual play with a stranger, simply to be nice to him, was a good idea. I understood why he went back after being rejected again because Marin gave the impression of adoring him. I say impression because at certain points in this book, I doubted Marin liked Jamie at all and didn’t just crave the sexual contact of another man.
Marin’s physical appearance weirded me out a little at first. He had blue/grey skin and a tail which became a bit like a skirt to reveal some legs when he wants to walk on land. It was an ingenious take on the merman legend but it certainly took some getting used to. I liked his character at first but then he used an unfortunate situation with the police to get Jamie to his home to try to get him to help impregnate his mate. At that point he was an ass. Yes, he makes up for it. Yes, I liked his character a little more by the end, but darn it was hard work not to hold that against him. In that instant he broke all my rules of being good book boyfriend because he put Jamie into potential emotional and physical danger to suit his own ends...not cool dude, not cool at all.
The smexing was awesome. It was hot, tender and totally worth reading...I have never been disappointed by a Daisy Harris sex scene yet! She manages to bring tenderness and heat into scenes with ease; perfect erotic book material.
Overall, a mixed review. The world was novel and interesting, the sex was smoking and tender and the writing was fluid and easy to engage with. The only problem I had was with Marin’s character but it was quite significant issue. I encourage you to try this book if you like MM PNR because he may not annoy you as he did me :D ...more
I love the Rough Riders series; these books are the ones I blame fully with my love (obsession) with Cowboys and the reason I should probably avoid Texas unless I want to be arrested. That being said, these last few have felt very different. That isn’t a bad thing, they just are. The earlier books are full of horn-dog men who grew up in a happy home but are now ready to settle down. The books that have featured Casper’s sons are nothing like that. These books show cowboys emotionally scarred by an emotionally and physically abusive father, who have had to fight for every bit of Cowboy pride that they have. They keep themselves away from the rest of the clan in a way the preceding cowboys never did, holding a little resentment against the rest of the family for their easy way of life. It gives the books a very different feel but they are no less enjoyable.
Tell’s book is very different in another way; in no way is Tell ready to settle down. Tell is a man who is all about the fun times. He sleeps with dozens of women, manages to charm them when they get pissed at him for not remembering their name and has no intentions of settling down. He is literally the teenage boy you’d shuck on the head and go “awww, you’re so naughty...” His attraction to Georgia hits him like a steam train, but it’s still more about sleeping with his teenaged obsession than the woman she has become. He is so quick to judge her on her past actions, so eager to find fault with her intentions that he pissed me right off. He wanted to strut around like a peacock with his new buff muscles and sexy moves, but he was unwilling to believe that anyone else could have changed too.
Georgia was a completely different character. People assumed that she had the easiest time in high school, but in order to try to fit in, she took considerable emotional poundings. I loved the way she faced all her fears and met with all those people who hated her in high school, trying to make them see she’d changed. I really enjoyed the way she started to bond with all the people of Sundance, having the kind of relationships that she had never really enjoyed before. I loved her girls nights out...those are the kind of evenings I enjoy But what I really liked the most was that she wanted people to like her, but wasn’t willing to allow them to make her bend in order to do so. She is the type of heroine I love in these novels; feisty, emotionally bruised and with a back-bone made of steel.
Tell and Georgia’s relationship was fun to read, but it took me a while to take them seriously as a couple. Tell was so insistent on them just being “fun”, that even I believed it! The sex was off the charts amazing (trampoline scene = INSPIRED!) but it was all about play-time. It is only after the emotional stuff starts to come out and slap them around the face that I started to see them as the missing piece to each other’s puzzle. What I found the most heart warming was the acceptance that they gave each other when they realised what their flaws truly were.
Cos this is a Rough Riders book, there is plenty of McKay man flesh around to keep me happy. With a fun-loving cowboy and a woman who is willing to experience ALL of the charms he has to offer, I got the ride I wanted. I loved Chase in this book too.... *sigh*, why aren’t these men real? ...more