FTC : I got this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
Well, this one was a step outside my norm. For a start it was “tentacle porn” and it was also a parody. I find it hard to rate it with my normal brackets but I did enjoy it immensely so I’m gonna stick with my 4 star review…. I’m still a bit confused as to what it was I read!
Squirm pokes fun at several romantic tropes whilst managing to have (a bit of) a plot. The hot millionaire hero, the biker hero, tentacle porn, the heroine with disappearing underwear who is also a virgin…. it’s all in there! Every stereotype is poked at and its all wrapped up in a weird tentacle porn package. I may not be selling this well but it is a lot of fun.
Virginia is on a double quest. She is trying to find her friend and so, in a way that would make all reviewers label her TSTL, she goes to try to save her. Alone. In a biker gangs hangout. Go figure. She is also on a more personal quest…to find the mythical 10-inch penis.
“[she]wondered, ever so hopefully, if among these men she would find her holy grail – what she’d been saving herself for from the day she opened the pages of her first romance novel – the man with the ten inch purple-headed schlong”
What she finds is a Millionaire, bicycle gang leader Dom, who also is a shape-shifter with tentacles. Yes, you did hear me correctly. They then hit it off and tentacle-sex and BDSM high-jinks follow.
I won’t spoil this anymore but I hope what I have given you is a taste of what this parody is like. You won’t like the characters, the plot is a loose to say the least but none of that matters as the aim of this book is not to be good. The aim of this book is to be funny. And it is. I highly recommend it to romance fans as you will get the in jokes.
Now….my favourite quote:
“Come. You have a dinner date with me at my mansion.”
“I do?” Virginia frowned. “I’m sure it’s not in my planner.” He could be right, though. She’d already forgotten her panties, her bra, and what to call long arm thingies on monsters. ...more
FTC : I got this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. I am a fan of Vivian Arend but that had no bearing on this review.
So… this was very different book to what I expected. I think I was expecting a particular author voice (because I have read so much of Vivian Arend’s stuff) but what I got had a completely different feel to it. The writing tone that the combination of these authors created was much lighter, much spunkier and much funnier than I was expecting. I loved it and spent most of the book chuckling to myself like a loon.
When Parker meets Lynn, he has been hired to create the perfect date for her and another man. What he quite quickly realises is that she and the other man are no longer an item and calls off the case. This is a bit of a relief because he is instantly attracted to her and, after getting quite uncomfortable watching her at a yoga class, he decides to make a play. After having a rather crappy time with men recently, Lynn decides that she needs to take to be more adventurous and open when it comes to the opposite sex and, when Parker catches her eye, she decides to take the plunge with him. Well, him and his partner Dean. The threesome wasn’t left-field for him but I was quite surprised that she had a threesome with two relative strangers after meeting them in a bar. As much as I enjoyed the scene (man, it was HOT), it felt a little out of character.
After the threesome, Parker gets a little possessive and makes a solo play for Lynn. What I fricking loved about this was that there was absolutely no sl*t-shaming or judgement from Parker; to him, they had all been part of the threesome and, as fun as it was, now she was to be his alone. You have no idea how often I see sl*t-shaming in this genre of books so yay to these authors :) Lynn and Parker then embark on the journey of a developing new relationship (i.e. LOADS of sex) but there is just one problem… Parker doesn’t tell her the truth about how they really met (idiot!). Yes, you are right, it will come back and bite him on the ass.
There is a bucketload of sex in this one and it’s all scorching hot. Some scenes didn’t seem to develop the plot but they did cement it; who would believe two 20-somethings would start a relationship and be able to keep their hands off each other? Every scene is hot, some of it’s adventurous and there is some seriously sexy talk.. I loved it!
The characters were well written and well rounded. I loved Parker, understood his character and his motivations, even if his lie of omission did annoy me slightly. The way that he wooed her was very cute and I loved that this very masculine character had no issues with showing his romantic side…he was yummy. However, I’m not sure I fully understood Lynn. Well, I think I understood the Lynn when she was with Parker but not the one before him. Why Phil the skeezy ex? WHY?? I loved her with Parker, I loved her maturity and I generally thought she was a strong character. But Phil? Really? And where do I get his anti-aging regime?? (read the book … you’ll understand)
The side characters were fabulous and, again, I loved that these female characters were in complete acceptance and control of their sexuality. I can’t wait to read the other boys books but I can’t help but hope that Suz gets a book too.
Overall, this is a very hot, very funny yet light read that I did enjoy. I did see someone describe it as a perfect beach read but that all depends on how hot and bothered you want to get on a beach :D...more
FTC : I got this from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
So far, I have requested every single book in the Cosmo Hot Reads line and this has got to be one of my favourites. It’s not because of the sex for once (which was pretty tame to be honest) but because it’s so damn funny. You have to leave your concept of reality at the door (I should imagine that if a social media manager did this kind of fuck up in real life, they would be fired … quickly) but, once you do, the result is so worth it.
First question I have …. peen appearance rating? Really? I have never EVER thought of a peen to be particularly attractive never mind “magnificent” or “adorable”. Maybe it’s just me? Anyway, there is a hell of a lot of talk about peens. There was even talk of a circus peen and I never, ever want to know what that looks like *shudder*
The trope is more friends to lovers as these two were friends before they made the brave (drunken) step of falling into bed together and then never spoking to each other again. It is the worst fear of everyone who has ever fancied a friend … if I act, will it screw everything up? Well in this one, yes it did as, when we meet them, it is nearly a year since they have seen each other. Then the media disaster occurs and they are thrown back together as he wants to get a perfect 10 on the app score. Well, he does and he doesn’t because what he really wants is her. It is all very adorable.
I liked both of the characters but I have to say that I much preferred Drew to Katerina. Drew is a gorgeous, kilt-clad, self conscious doll of a man whereas Katerina was a little silly and, on a rare occasion, grating in her immaturity. For Drew, the app disaster was a blessing as it gave him the opportunity to fix something that he thought he had screwed up forever. It amused me that he had screen shot her “review” of his sexual performance on the app and was using it against her to woo her. It was so modern, so fresh that I immediately fell for him hook, line and sinker.
Katerina was a different kettle of fish for me. Although I found her entire situation quite funny, I wasn’t completely sold on her character. She didn’t seem to develop as a character and I just couldn’t buy her professed strength of feeling for him. I loved her dialogue when it wasn’t with him but I struggled in their interactions.
I enjoyed this novella immensely but it was the humour that made me enjoy it; I think that if it wasn’t present, I wouldn’t have because I just didn’t buy into Katerina’s character. A unique story that was a complete breath of fresh air. ...more
FTC : I requested this book from NetGalley. It is the first I have read from this author.
This is another great read from the Cosmo Hot Reads line and now I am going to go back and read the first in the series (I didn’t realise that it was the second in the series ’til half way in). It is hot, funny and the only complaint is that I didn’t think there was a whole lot of character development going on but I’m going to put that down to the length.
This book is written in first POV but I liked the character of Rosie so that was fine. She was tough, much to the disgust of her other suitors, but not when it came to Hunter. When it came to Hunter she was a marshmallow and it was fun to watch her struggle not to jump on him at every opportunity. I think the majority of women would relate to her internal struggle not to show how she was feeling towards a man she thought left her for being too clingy the first time round. She didn’t want to want him, did everything in her power not to want him, but in the end he was just too much. The good thing about this book being written from her POV was this book had a dry sense of wit running through it because of it; there were many moments that made me chuckle.
Because this was written in first POV, I never actually found out how Hunter felt about….well, anything! Rosie made a lot of assumptions about him but I read his actions in a different way to the way she did. From the moment he first came back into her life, he tried with her. He tried to show that he cared about her with his actions. He respected her strength, adored her as a woman and was God-damn dreamy. I loved him but I was unsure of his intentions towards Rosie, wasn’t sure if he wanted to be anything more than a bed-mate because she never let him talk. That is one issue I had with this book being written from only Rosie’s POV; I feel it took something away from the story for me as a reader.
This is a short, sassy, sexy mouthful of a read. I loved the characters, love the set-up and most of all I loved Hunter!...more
FTC : I requested this book after a Maisey Yates glom .. I was not disappointed in it. The only time I have really spoken to this author is to fan-girFTC : I requested this book after a Maisey Yates glom .. I was not disappointed in it. The only time I have really spoken to this author is to fan-girl all over her on twitter so I have no reason to be biased.
I’ll admit that I haven’t read every Maisey Yates book but the tone of this one is very much different to everything else I have read. It is so snarky and funny … honestly, this sounds much more like the authors twitter timeline and I adored it. It’s been a while since I laughed so hard at a book but with weaponised unicorns horns and Doctor Who references how was I supposed to resist??
This plot actually reminds me of the film Crazy, Stupid Love. Well, it reminds me of what I wanted Crazy, Stupid Love to be as I just wanted more of the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone story and less of the other crap. Anyway, all gratuitous Gosling searching aside, this the story I wanted, the story of the playboy who meets the woman that he wants to settle down with. What I really loved about that the author didn’t judge her characters for their lifestyle choices and didn’t tell me how I should feel either.
Evie is a geek girl extraordinaire beta testing her new app to help people with relationships. From flirting to sex tips, this app should have it all but the problems lie with the fact that Evie isn’t particularly comfortable with meeting the opposite sex. When she tries it out at a bar the only man she ends up pulling is the woman-pulling expert Caleb who finds her awkward attempt at flirting amusing and cringe-worthy. What I loved about Evie was that she owned her geek-dom. She was a geek who wanted to get laid, did so and then her one-night stand turned up in her office having made himself her boss. The situation was hilarious, the characters even more so but the funniest thing throughout was the interactions between the character (more on that later).
Caleb is a rich boy with nothing to do with his time. His hobby is sleeping with women and he is very, very good at it. He is refreshingly unapologetic about it and, with the authors complete lack of judgmental prose, I could enjoy him as he was. It drives me mental that as a reading community there is often uproar about shaming of female characters yet we feel the need to reform all our heroes and make them sorry for their past behaviour. Why? It’s in the past and he’s single; I couldn’t give a damn where he sews his oats as long as when he makes a commitment he sticks with it. He isn’t sorry, he doesn’t have some deep-seated trauma that makes him treat women badly… he just likes sex. Then he meets Evie and he realizes that he wants to have a lot more sex with her which is a completely novel experience for him. I loved the interactions between them, the flummoxed charmer and the flummoxed geek … it was the most fun I’ve had with a book in ages.
The snarky prose and underlying chemistry kept me reading and I finished it in one sitting which is another thing that was a bit unusual for me at the moment. There is a hell of a lot of sex (I think the title may give this away) and I adored it all the more for it.
This novella is a sexy, snarky, funny look into the wooing of a geek girl by a man who has a lot of experience with the wooing …. Caleb can pick me up anytime. This WILL be a reread. And now I give you a quote from the hilarious Caleb….
“Well, and I was thinking it was time I had a job again. There’s only so much sedentary luxury a guy can take before the luxury starts to go to his head. I honestly found myself concerned by my lack of female servant to feed me grapes and fan me the other day. That’s not normal.”
I love Eve Langlais. Her characters are bitchy, the story-lFTC : I bought this.
A three word summary
Funny, sexy and bat-shit-crazy.
Reasons for reading
I love Eve Langlais. Her characters are bitchy, the story-lines are funny and I feel that I’ve stepped down the rabbit hole every-time I read one of them. This one was shape-shifters with a Croc hero … I was powerless to resist!
Was it worth it?
Yes! Viktor is a grumpy Croc who tries so hard to resist the helpless shifter that he rescues from the lab. Even whilst he is drawn to her, he still fights her off. I love the reluctant hero trope and this one checked all the boxes :)
Renee is a bit of a revelation as a heroine. I liked that she completely embraced her freedom, trying everything until fear gets too much for her. She was a very strong woman and I respected her … I felt as she learned more about herself so did I! The book was very funny and sweet!
Is there sex?
Is there angst?
Is there a good side plot?
There is and it has a plot within a story arc which I liked. it was a little bit Dr Frankenstein and little bit Miss Marple… I loved! I’ll admit I haven’t read the first couple in the series but I had no issues following it.
When Renee’s secret is revealed.. I laughed!
Who would I recommend it for?
People who love snarky characters, Alpha heroes and mad-cap antics!...more
**spoiler alert** FTC : I purchased this with my own money.
This going to be a short review and, since I kinda liked the way I did yesterdays, I’m doin**spoiler alert** FTC : I purchased this with my own money.
This going to be a short review and, since I kinda liked the way I did yesterdays, I’m doing it the Q & A way again.
Why did I buy it?
I love Tessa Dare’s books. The light comedy that underpins them all makes her books stand out from other historicals that I have read. She is auto-buy.
What did I think about the hero?
Ransom is a former man-slut (Brothel bills as long as his arm I’ll have you know) who was scarred in a duel and is now blind for all intents and purposes. When Izzy meets him, he is a grumpy hermit who doesn’t want her there but can’t get her to leave. Over the course of the book he is grumpy (which I found funny), he is dry humoured (which made me laugh like a maniac on a bus), he is romantic (which made me swoon) and he is an absolute arse (which made me mad and happy all at the same time … it makes me happy when they get all delusional :D). He was one of the best Dare heros and I loved him immensely.
What about the heroine?
Izzy is a resourceful woman whose main priority is to survive. I liked her, I liked the romance in her soul and I adored her backbone. She only let his grumpiness bend her so far and then she snapped back. I loved that she adored him for the snarky git that he was.
She had a few secrets too … and they were good ones too.
Was the romance any good?
I loved it. It was a beauty and the beast story without the disney-fication and a lot more dirty feelings!
Was there sex?
Hell yes! T’was good sex too … none of that off page crap.
Sum it up in three words
Funny, sexy and swoon-worthy. I fully recommend it....more
FTC : I requested this for an honest review. I have no relationship with the author.
This book starts with a kidnap. I thought “yay! A romantic suspensFTC : I requested this for an honest review. I have no relationship with the author.
This book starts with a kidnap. I thought “yay! A romantic suspense”. That wasn’t what I got. What I got was a rather sweet story about a reformed trouble maker and a woman who was willing to do anything to keep the camp she ran open. I don’t think it’s one I’ll read again but it was fun to pass the time with.
It started off with Caitlin kidnapping Dalton with a curling iron. No, he doesn’t know that’s what it is and it amused the hell out of me. That kind of delicate humour was present throughout the book, maintaining the light theme of the overall tale. I loved the relationship between the adults and the teens in this book as it created some of the more memorable moments in the book. I truly believed in the main couples desire to help these trouble kids and it helped me engage with their story as I honestly don’t think there was enough to sink my teeth into otherwise.
The thing that stopped this book from being great for me was the lack of actual conflict keeping the hero and heroine apart. They were trapped together in the snowstorm, he changed pretty much overnight and then everything was on a pathway to being OK. I wanted more, I wanted some angst but this wasn’t the book for it. If you like your romance fluffy, this could be one that you’ll enjoy as the writing was both fluid and entertaining. If the elder brother gets a book I’m reading it ‘cos he was the only character in this book that showed some promise in the angst category.
It was a entertaining read that didn’t really leave a lasting impression. If you like fluffy romance with fun characters and a mild amount of heat, this could be one to float your boat. ...more
FTC : I requested this book as I adore the series. This one did not disappoint.
Honestly, these books never fail to make me laugh. As this series has eFTC : I requested this book as I adore the series. This one did not disappoint.
Honestly, these books never fail to make me laugh. As this series has evolved, I found the books to be getting funny and funnier, the snark losing the slightly bitchy edge to become a snark that makes me chuckle at every-point. You know you’ve found a good book when you laugh like a maniac on public transport.
Livy is a honey badger. Did you realize that honey badgers were incredibly nasty and viscous creatures? I didn’t until I met Livy in the last book. Livy is a woman in a mess. Her muse has gone, her family are hassling her into the family’s criminal business and now her estranged father has suddenly died in odd circumstances. Honey badgers don’t show when they are in trouble and Livy is no different; it’s up to sexy hybrid Vic to try to make sure that she truly is OK. When it turns out that Livy may need help to exact some well earned honey badger justice, it falls on Vic again to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. The longer he stays with her, the more appealing she becomes … is he really man enough to take on a honey badger?
The warring hybrid parts of Vic have always been an issue for him. The bear and the lion want different things and, because of it, he has stayed away from the fairer sex. He can’t seem to stay away from Livy though, or the craziness that surrounds her. With his partner Shen (a fricking PANDA), he decides that the only thing he can do is make sure she doesn’t set the world on fire in vengeance.
Livy is nuts. Her family is nuts. What Vic is actually getting involved with is a violent predator with a family that likes to throw parties with snakes as canapes and burrow into peoples home to steal things. I loved them all. They were so over the top, and slightly ridiculous, I couldn’t help but chortle all of the time. I loved Livy and I enjoyed watching her develop as a character as she learned to let Vic into her life. I loved the way she gave him the acceptance that he didn’t know he needed, the reassurance that he wasn’t a freak because of the combination of animals that lived beneath his skin.
Vic is just so cute! He buys Livy flowers when she is upset, takes her to honey town (no, this is NOT a euphemism) to cheer her up and knows instinctively what to say. All that and, when his cat side takes over, he is insatiable! The sex scenes in these books never ever disappoint and these two were incredible. The pairing shouldn’t have worked but it did and this may be one of my favorites of the series. The writing is more fluid, the characters (although still as ridiculous) are less cartoon like and the story-line is more fleshed out. The series arc carries on from the previous books but it isn’t embedded deeply enough that you couldn’t read this as a standalone.
With all the characters from the previous books making a cameo (Dee-Ann, how I love you), this is a book that made me happy at every page-turn. If you like snarky comedy with a side of very hot romance, this is a book you should try. Recommended.
Disclosure time. I got this book from NetGalley for a honest review. I don't really know the author at all.
So this was a big surprise! I expected a sexy novel and, although I did, what I actually got was a sexed up chick-lit novel. I’m not complaining about that in the slightest; I really enjoyed it. I reminded me a little bit of the film the Ugly Truth which then made Darcy Gerald Butler in my head, even though the description didn’t fit.... mmmm Gerald. *Cough* back on topic....
This was felt like a novel within a novel, pretty much like the relationship in question. There was the relationship between the two bloggers, which continued throughout the tale, and the relationship between the real life Petra and Darcy. They were so different to their online personas that it felt like I was reading two different love stories. I loved it.
The relationship between the rival bloggers was possibly my favourite plot of the book. It was snarky, bitchy and I laughed out loud frequently. This relationship was developed completely through blog comments and was fraught with sexual chemistry. I knew, without even meeting the real Darcy, that these two would be fabulous when they finally met up. It was such an interesting way of developing the relationship and I was hooked. I love enemies to lover’s stories and this one had an innovative twist that kept me reading.
The relationship between Petra and Darcy was very very different to the one that their online counterparts had. It wasn’t that they were different people in reality; they just acted in a way that was completely at odds with how they really felt. The scene where Petra attempted to talk dirty to him using the words penis and vagina made me chuckle but I could understand how frustrated she was with not being able to convey her true thoughts. Once they got together, they started to become so comfortable with each other that the true Petra and Darcy came out to play. Turns out, the real Petra is a bit of a sex kitten and the real Darcy is a dirty, Dominant stud. The sex scenes between them were STEAMING hot. They were so dirty they nearly melted my phone screen; DP with a vibrator?? I didn’t see that coming! I loved the completely dichotomy of this book; on the one hand it was a romantic comedy yet on the other it was straight up erotic romance! I thought the sex did a very good job of showing the character progression too... which was nice J
The competition added a little bit to the story and made sure that the romance didn’t run smooth but, to be honest, I didn’t really believe there was any true conflict between them. The driving plot seemed to be the scandals of the competition and, although they were fun, they felt a little bit like filler. The main draw was the love story between these two characters and how they dealt with a romance that neither was ready for.
Overall, this was a book that made me laugh out loud alongside taking a few cold showers. I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like it but I do recommend it. If you like your romance hot and steamy, give this a try....more
I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author but do consider myself a fan. There you go....
I fricking lovI got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author but do consider myself a fan. There you go....
I fricking loved this book. It had everything that I ever want in a romance and it was scorching hot to boot; how could I not love it!
Sean Owens is a geek hero...a geek with a stammer. He was so cool, calm and collected until he got around our heroine and then he was so nervous that he could not speak to her for fear of stammering. It made me ache that he considered his speech difficulties such an issue that he would rather be silent than be heard to stammer. In every other walk of life he had managed to make himself into what he considered a success but in this he could not control his own body. I wanted to give him a big cuddle but, of course, he had to come to his own conclusions about himself and see that, in the long run, it didn’t really matter. On another note I want to give some kudos to the author for dealing with this storyline with sensitivity and accuracy. It is much appreciated when an author does effective research and everything from Sean’s demeanor to his language techniques smacked of realism and were used seamlessly in the tale. I adored Sean.
Katie was brilliant as a heroine. At the start she is fixated on getting her teen idol into bed but she soon realises that Sean is the one that she is attracted to. I admired her ability to be sure in her own feelings and her determination to get her hands on what she wanted, whether I agreed with her choice of bed mate or not. Of course I wanted her to get together with Sean, but I understood her reticence; he literally did not say a word to her for a third of the book. I was reading from Sean’s POV, therefore knew his reasoning, but it must have seemed awfully rude! Once she started a relationship with him, she gave everything she could within the parameters that he set. She knew he was leaving, did her best to protect her heart from a relationship that he didn’t want, but, ultimately, had to face some difficult choices. I didn’t know how she could possibly break through the walls that he had built around his heart.
Both of them had to work together to find the “celebrity stalker” which gave them opportunity for love to blossom or fail. I loved the way that each their own role in the team and neither one of them undermined the other. The supportive way that they worked together on this case told me that they would make an excellent couple; I could only hope that they could get over the baggage that Sean carried with him. Of course, I also had to hope that he would stick around after the case finished.
The heat in this book was immense. After reading the last in the series, and finding it quite sweet, I did not expect this. The chemistry between the two of them was evident in every scene that they were in and I’m pretty sure I steamed up some windows with the heat I was emitting just reading it! It was fabulously sexy.
Overall, this is a sexy, engaging and heart-warming book. The small amount of angst that it contains creates a lovely underlying tension that kept me turning page after page and being quite upset when I realised that it was all over....more
FTC disclaimer... I have worked with Vivian Arend on many occasions and consider myself a fan. I didn’t get paid for the review but the book was proviFTC disclaimer... I have worked with Vivian Arend on many occasions and consider myself a fan. I didn’t get paid for the review but the book was provided by the author for an honest review.
I have always loved Viv’s wolfie series and I have to say that this particular series is definitely my favourite of all the series. I approached this one with a mixture of trepidation and excitement because, although this book is set in the wolf world, this one is all about bears. Turns out I fricking love bear shifters. Grumpy, blunt and oh so sexy, the bears in this series all held my attention. Viv has stated that she *may* do some more books with bears in them... I’m down with that!
Although these books could be read as standalones, I recommend that you read the other two. Only then will you understand certain reactions that the characters have. Wolfies have insta-mates and that insta-mate can only be another wolfie... it’s something to remember when going into this book. Now bears, bears have no such issues. Bears just have to make sure that both human and bear are happy with the mate in question....
I have loved Caroline in this series so far. A human in the shifter world, she has had to come up with some serious skills to survive in a world of teeth and claws. She is a very strong lady but also quite good with the whole negotiation thing; I enjoyed the way she dealt with the characters in this book. I felt a little sorry for her when she and Evan parted ways, but then she meets Tyler and all hell breaks loose. I adored the way she embraced her steep learning curve when it came to dealing with the bears. She could have been a complete pain in the arse but she bent for him and adapted. Now don’t get me wrong, she didn’t change the core of her personality (and she gave him hell throughout the book) but she did at least try to follow the social protocols. She is one of my favourite heroines in the wolfie world.
Tyler was such a hoot. Completely inept at wooing Caroline, he kind of blundered his way into her good graces. He was oh so Alpha (i.e. bossy and sexy) but, in terms of dealing with Caroline, he was completely out at sea. He insulted her, was a little bit overbearing and he pretty much lied about his identity. It may sound like he is a bit of an arse of a hero but in fact it was endearing and hilarious...I chuckled all the way through my flight. When he turns on the sexy, oh my, it’s hawt! He is a bossy bear who knows what he wants and it was quite entertaining to watch his pursuit of her as he is so obviously used to getting exactly what he wants. Of course what he wants is her in his bed until he grows bored of her.... yeah, that’s the way these books go (!).
There is a little cliff hanger for Evan’s book as he scents his mate in the beginning of this book. I love Evan and I only hope his mate will be someone wildly inappropriate who will give him hell! I can’t wait for his book.... Alpha heroes are always so yummy!
As with all of Viv’s books, this one is a hot and steamy romp that left me needing a cold shower. With a bossy bear and a feisty heroine, this book made me laugh and swoon all the way through. I haven’t decided whether I want my own wolfie or my own bear yet... J...more
Another fab read. Love Charley, love Donovan and I'm still not sold on Reyes.....as much as he is hot as hell! Funny, sexy and Goddamn addictive...a mAnother fab read. Love Charley, love Donovan and I'm still not sold on Reyes.....as much as he is hot as hell! Funny, sexy and Goddamn addictive...a must read series!...more
I’ve heard Jill Shalvis described as a comfort read and I couldn’t agree more. To me, this series is the one that I pick up when I need to read something drama-free that I know will make me laugh and smile all the way through. I can give this book no less than 5 stars because it literally will be read again and again. On another note here (to be honest it’s a bit of a whine) this book was obtained from NetGalley but I cannot buy the finished article as it is not available in the UK in eFormat.
This relationship starts with a living arrangement based on convenience and it progresses into one of the most charming books of the series. Ali has got to be one of the most unlucky characters in the series but she approaches the whole situation with a breeziness that was endearing. Life smacked her down but she kept getting up and carrying on and I loved her resilience. There were times when I expected her to just give up but she just moved on to the next challenge. She took support and guidance when she needed it but for the most part she was completely independent; she is one of my favourite heroines of the series.
Luke, well Luke is an adorable hero. He isn’t one of my favourites of the series (he doesn’t contain the “edge” that some of the others do) but I loved him all the same. He doesn’t want to get involved with Ali but he finds that he cannot abandon her to the false accusations of grand theft and so becomes her champion. Spending more and more time with her he starts to fall for her and some of the scenes where he starts to realise this are truly lovely. He was as sweet as sugar.
Jill Shalvis manages to create sex scenes between her characters that are steamy whilst still staying true to the overall sweet tone of the series. The scenes between these two are another example of how well this author crafts her contemporary romances and even a seasoned erotica reader such as me can be satisfied with the heat level of these books. I wanted these two to get a HEA because I loved every facet of their relationship; it was such a lovely tale to read.
There is the addition of all the usual jokes in this one and I was so happy to see the first mention of Lucille and *that* Facebook page. If you haven’t read this one, I don’t recommend that you start from this one. Although it can be read as a stand-a-lone, I feel there are in-series jokes that you may miss if you start only from this one.
This is another fantastic to a series that has cemented its way into my heart. With a fantastic heroine meeting her genuinely nice hero, this has something to appeal to everyone. I can’t wait for the next one. ...more
Noelle has been carbon dating archaeological finds for nearly 6 years. Over that period of time, her aged friend Gabriel has given her many religious artifacts to examine. Some have been real and some fake, but the latest one has come up trumps. He has brought her the Sudarium of Oviedo, a piece of cloth supposedly used to clean up Christ after his crucifixion, and the dating seems to match the story. Being the possessor of such a relic could leave her in danger from fanatics, so Gabriel hired her a team of body guards. Unfortunately, none of them seem to love the assignment....
Farran is part of the Knights Templar and the main bodyguard of Noelle. She thinks that she is just returning the relic to its rightful owner but the truth is actually far more sinister. The Relic can give Azazel incredible power and so he is quite willing to send his Demons to kill her to get it. The Archangel Gabriel (i.e. Gabriel her friend) has ordered him to protect the relic, well that’s what he thinks until he discovers that she is a Seraph. In fact, she’s not just any Seraph; she’s the Sepraph that is destined to be his mate.
Farran wants nothing to do with a predetermined mate. He knows that they have to be mates in public, but he will not give her either his body or his heart. Noelle is a complete atheist who rejects the very idea of all things Catholic. When Farran tells her what she is, she literally laughs in his face. He doesn’t want a mate, she doesn’t believe in mates (but thinks he may be a little bit crazy) but there is definitely an attraction simmering underneath their chatter. Will they give into their lust (of course they will :D ) And once they do, will their differences make it any more than an act of release of sexual energy?
Well, this book was unexpected. I hadn’t read the first in the series but the attention to detail in this one made me feel like I’d missed nothing. The order of the Templar’s are charged with the protection of the Earth and Church from Demons. They walk the world alone until they find their Seraph, the one that is mean’t to be their mate. The mated pair will have an identical mark somewhere on their body and this shall be their identifier once they are discovered. If the Templar becomes tempted or broken, he shall become a Dark Knight and this is the one thing that we are trying to avoid.
Our particular Templar is a complete prat. He carries around a lot of baggage to do with his ex-wife and has vowed never to allow himself to be manipulated by a woman again. Once he realizes that she is his mate, he starts to become almost paranoid about her supposed “manipulations” towards him. She wears perfume, she’s trying to seduce him. She wears a jumper to bed, she is flaunting her womanly wiles. It really is quite amusing. He is so desperate to push her away, he is quite willing to turn her into a complete whore in his mind to achieve his goal. Unfortunately for him, you can only fight an attraction like his for so long and then they are scorching up the sheets together. But their individual reasons remain and then there is the pesky mission to keep her alive still looming.... it could all go very wrong. He was an arrogant man who wore his heartbreak like a shield against the world.
Noelle is a complete atheist who thinks everyone around her is completely bonkers. I liked her but she wasn’t one for seeing what was in front of her face very easily. I enjoyed her feistiness and completely agreed with her initial Farran stance. Who the hell would be flattered to be repeatedly treated like a whore, told they were unwanted and treated with something akin to disdain simply because she has a particular mark that she didn’t volunteer to carry. She was refreshing and intriguing....I hope we see more of her in subsequent books!
Overall, this was a hot and steamy read set in this imaginative world where Knights are immortal and Angels walk amongst us. With two incredibly hard-headed leads, this was never going to be an easy ride. A recommended read and series.... bring on book 3 J ...more
Ahhhhhhhhhh, it’s a Kowalski book!! If you like sweet romances with a side order of hot sex then this is a series that you may need to start. This serAhhhhhhhhhh, it’s a Kowalski book!! If you like sweet romances with a side order of hot sex then this is a series that you may need to start. This series is based around the members of the Kowalski family and their stories as they fall head over heels in love. This one features Josh, the youngest of five (I think) and his friends to lover’s romance. It made me laugh, hug my kindle and mentally beat them both over the head. I want the next one immediately!
Josh caught my attention in Mitch’s book. Left by his elder siblings to run the family business (because they didn’t want to!), he was left feeling angry and trapped by their choices to leave and his sense of responsibility that kept him where he didn’t want to be. I understood his feelings, and it did affect my opinions of his brothers in their books, but in this one they are trying to rectify their mistakes. They have made the decision to sell the business and let Josh run free for a bit. Perfect timing for his story right? J
Katie has been Josh’s best friend forever and loved him for just as long but he doesn’t see her that way (well, he doesn’t consciously anyway). I love friends to lover’s books and this storyline made me squeal! How does she finally get him to notice her? He sees her in PJ’s sans bra. Yes, that’s right ladies; the girls did it for her....stupid, horny man syndrome strikes again. Because of the way he started to notice her, it made me question the credibility of any relationship they might have. Luckily, Josh decided to make me like him again by having the same reservations and realising that he may screw up his friendship by giving into the demands of little Josh. Good man.
Unfortunately, Katie realised that he had noticed her boobs at the same time he did and decided now was the time to strike. This is where I started to question her sanity. It is one thing loving a man from afar and knowing that you can never have him but then to try to entice him into bed when you know he is going to up and leave? That’s Masochism. Try as I might though, I couldn’t hate them together even when I thought they were making some very bad choices. The chemistry was awesome and all the sneaking around they were doing to find the privacy to have sex made it all the yummier. The barn, the shower, the snow mobile, the kitchen, the office....I wondered when the hell they were going to find a bed!
"Gee Josh. Sex in a barn. Cookies in a closet. You sure know how to show a girl a good time." "I'm a hell of a catch, huh? Wait 'til I show you what I can do in the basement"
In all honesty, I liked both of the characters individually but I adored them together. Josh was a stubborn character that needed to be left to make his own decisions and this did give some moments where I mentally beat him repeatedly with my kindle. Katie was a fantastic character whose only flaw was her unwavering devotion to Josh. There were points when I questioned why she hadn’t moved on, why she had kept herself in such an impossible situation, but it was all worth it in the end. Together, they were fricking amazing. They were fun, sexy and in complete synch. Of course, the whole question hanging over their relationship is whether or not it will be enough to keep Josh’s itchy feet still. Well, I’m not telling....read it yourself J
This was a fantastic edition to a series that is a must read one for me. A friends to lovers book which was believable as well as sexy, it hit everything on my check list. I read it tucked up on a cold snowy day and I never stopped reading or smiling. Shannon Stacey, you are now one of the authors I will automatically turn to when I need a read that makes me feel good J...more
I love this series; it makes me so happy! This is the book of Ryan Kowalski, the serious constructor introduced to us in Mitch’s book. In that book, he was so serious and work driven that I wondered how this book. We had been tantalised with the rumour that “something” had happened between him and the mysterious Lauren that had kept him away from home. In this book, we find out that he had thought himself madly in love with her and asked her, and her baby, to move away with him... and she.said.no. That’d be enough to keep any man away as dented pride is something that is difficult to heal. I knew he wanted to stay away from her, I understood the decision, but knew it was inevitable that it wouldn’t happen. When he catches Lauren's son vandalising his property, they had to come into contact with each other again and I loved the way he came up with a punishment that both suited his needs and Lauren's. He was such a damn nice guy that there was no way that I could dislike him,
Ryan as a character was fantastic. He was charming, considerate and sexy as hell. The only thing that I could see was his flaw was his work ethic; he saw as work as the conduit to him having a happy life so he let it consume his life. He was always working and that was the ultimate barrier to their relationship; he had no intention of giving up his business or relocating to be with her....in effect he chose the business over her as he couldn’t see how she would be happy without all the things his money provided. He knew that he wanted her, was completely unafraid at breaking down all her barriers (the scenes with him trying to build a relationship with her son are amazing...swoon worthy!) but was completely unable to look at his own. Typical man!
Lauren was a hard-working single mom, struggling to survive financially and juggle her own needs with that of her family. I wanted her to get together with Ryan just so she could start seeing herself as something other than a mom. She was a woman who I could get onboard with; she was strong enough to fight for what she wanted but had enough self preservation to step back when she was fighting a losing battle. Her reactions to Ryan were all fantastic to read about and completely believable.
The scenes with the two of them were full of a sweet heat that was both satisfying and entertaining to read. I loved every single scene between them and couldn’t think of an outcome to this book where they weren’t together. There is a reason I read romance and this book is one of them; I read this book with a smile on my face for over 75% of it and wouldn’t have liked an ending other than the one I got. The only thing that I couldn’t see was HOW the resolution was going to come about, what kind of relationship they would have and if I would be happy with it. I was and that’s all you’re going to get out of me.
Overall, this is a great addition to a fantastic series. If you want a sweet, satisfying read that you can get lost in, anyone of the books in this series are perfect. With a strong Hero who is great with kids, drives a motorcycle and really is quite dreamy, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone :)...more
Right, first order of business before I start this review properly. This was originally alternate universe Twilight fan-fiction and it had the same name. Whatever your opinion of that, there really is only one part of this work which I could identify as having been influenced by Twilight overtly and I wouldn’t have figured that one out unless I’d found out (by accident) the origins of this story. I have judged this book as if I didn’t know that information. I didn’t at the time of reading it, and making my notes, and I’m going to use my thoughts and opinions from this time with no comparisons to that book.
Now, onto the review. This book is a whole bucket-full of crazy, but it was a crazy which I quite enjoyed. Blake is a mentally unstable homeless man. Interesting hero choice. I had problems relating to him as a hero because he was so fragile. We all know I am a bit Alpha fan, occasionally a couple of Beta’s make the list, but Blake was neither. He was sweet, but there was very little commanding about him. He sits at the station day after day because he wants to see Livia, even when he is getting cretins using his sleeping form as a target for idiotic games. Once she talks to him, he becomes the perfect gentleman to her. He walks her to her car at night, he is genuinely interested in what she has to say and he wants to be on an equal footing to her (he goes bonkers when she offers him food). All good so far, yes? Then we find his weakness. He believes that is skin is made of glass and therefore won’t go out in the sun. This means that all his good actions are slightly forgotten when he runs off at inopportune times (including one where she is left very alone). He never really inspired me as an individual character.
Livia is actually a really fun character to read about, especially when she seen with other characters. She is strong willed, non-judgemental and quite feisty. I didn’t feel that her friendship with Blake started because of stars and fireworks; I think it started because she feels sorry for him. She jumps into a situation in-which he threatened and that is where their connection starts. In-fact the whole story is pretty much her taking care of him; I’d label her the alpha heroine because she does everything I would expect an Alpha man to do in a romance with a heroine with previous-abuse. I liked the way she didn’t humour or ignore his obvious oddities, but tried to work with him on realising that they weren’t real. I liked that she stood up for him, and their relationship, time and time again. They were quite sweet together, but I only really could even imagine Blake as a character within his relationship with Livia, a relationship which it takes ¾ of the book to build!
There are a host of side characters that make this book far more interesting than the main couple do. There is Clay, Blake’s Foster brother and vicar’s assistant, who is very protective of Blake and suspicious of the motives of Livia. There is Kylie, Livia’s foul mouthed and incredibly amusing sister, a damaged young woman who craves affection in all the wrong ways. The most entertaining of all the side characters, and the one who kept me going at points, was Beckett. Beckett is the foul-mouthed, crass, violent, murderous drug dealer who is Clay and Blake’s other Foster brother. Beckett is the character seen popping a Viagra to “test out” the new hookers on his payroll. Most of Beckett’s scenes were incredibly useless to the overall plot but hell they were entertaining. There is no punches pulled in these scenes with Beckett; they are violent, crass and often disturbing, but he would do anything to protect his family. He was my favourite part of the book. I haven’t really mentioned Livia’s boyfriend in all this, but he becomes the baddie in the tale, the thorn in the side of this budding relationship. He really is quite an arse and an arse without the ability to realise the consequence of his actions. He becomes a little dangerous when Livia starts to be seen with Blake. I didn’t like him but I wasn’t supposed to!
Overall this is a very interesting read which did keep me turning pages. Although there were some parts which were superfluous to the major story they did keep me entertained, even engrossed at some points. I enjoyed the heroine’s character immensely and I applaud the author for flipping the usual dynamic and creating a strong woman to be in a relationship with such a damaged man. ...more
An Opera is scheduled to be performed in Frewyn but, just before opening night, the controversial adverts threaten both the show and the safety of its director. The clueless maestro seems to be trying for ratings, without worrying about what the giant, Den Asaan, may think about the parody of his relationship with the Commander. When the Giant demands an immediate performance of the opera, to check that it does not belittle his beloved, it seems that this may be the last performance the famous Marridon ever creates.
This is a short read (approximately 35 pages) therefore will be a short review. Did the length bother me in the slightest? Nope, it was the perfect bite sized chunk. The land of Frewyn is a mythical, fantasy land where giants and people live together. This is a short story from a well-established land created by Michelle Franklin, but I don’t believe that reading out of order will hamper your enjoyment. In this tale we see an very amusing and heart-warming glimpse into the lives of the powerful Commander and her mate, the grumpy, chocolate addicted Giant. It made me chuckle at reading the glee she took in imagining how bonkers her beloved was going to go when he saw how she had been depicted on the adverts. Seeing his tough significant other depicted as a damsel in distress was likely to cause him much distress and, in seeing the amusement that the thought of this caused, I got a little warm and fuzzy feeling. Too often, books concentrate in the lusty, passionate feelings that come from a new relationship without ever touching on the little, comfortable feelings that also appear. It was clear how deep their feelings ran from this miniature insight.
I love the little world that Ms Franklin has created in Frewyn. This isn’t my first introduction to her characters and her world is very reminiscent of fantasy lands created in fabulous sci-fi shows (with far better dialogue and far less leather I hasten to add!) There is characters aplenty to get your teeth into (In this one, the King and his wife also gained my attention :D) and a delightful story that keeps you hooked.
A 5 star snippet from the characters in this delightful fantasy world. With an overbearing chocolate addict, a feisty female and a smattering of sex, this tale was a guaranteed winner for me. A lyrical writing style makes this tale a very easy read (even if I did have to look up a word or two :D) If you like your fantasy with a smattering of romance, this is a tale to try. ...more
After Bailey gets dumped by her long-term ex, her male friends decide to cheer her up the guy way. After getting her stinking drunk on Jaegermeister,After Bailey gets dumped by her long-term ex, her male friends decide to cheer her up the guy way. After getting her stinking drunk on Jaegermeister, they decide it’s about time to dish the dirt on the ex. After pointing out her lack of enthusiasm in her previous sexual experiences, they are all astounded to hear that she has never experienced an orgasm. Now feeling even crappier about her love life, she then has to contend with the sappy in love couples that frequent her wedding cake shop. Her friends are hell-bent on protecting her dignity by getting revenge on Craig (the ex) but one of them seems like he has more than a friendly reason for hoping she gets over her breakup quickly. Will she be able to get over the fact that he has always been her friend and chase that elusive orgasm?
This book blindsided me. It is uber short, but please don’t let that be a factor in deciding to read it. Also, a massive bonus that I didn’t realise is that it’s free on All Romance at the moment (I got the review copy from the author) Honestly, I’d have paid money for the giggle fit this novella gave me. Bailey is a bit of a whiny character at the start, but the last time I got dumped, I cried for a week, ate the entire counties weight in ice-cream and referred to all men as gits for a good 6 months….as break-up’s goes, I think she was fairly chipper! She lives with Tom and Ollie, with a permanent visitor in the shape of the lovely Linc. I loved the banter between them all and it was during them conversations that most of my laughing occurred. A particularly memorable moment was when Olly was referred to as a “Cunt Whisperer” because he knew exactly how to please a woman in bed (this particular quote got mixed reviews on twitter! ) They were a motley bunch of men but it was clear that all of their actions in this tale are done to protect her and cheer her up. As the book is written in first person, what we learn from the other characters is simply from Bailey’s POV, but the affection that she feels for them all comes across quite clearly. I could see the romance coming a mile off. From the way that Linc behaved towards her when she broke up with Craig, it was clear he didn’t quite see her as a friend. I won’t say more on this because I think you should go read it!
This was a hilarious novella with a very strong author voice. I’ll admit, my humour tends to border a little on the silly (and I happen to enjoy swearing) and I think this is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much. There were a lot of very British insults thrown around (tosspot for one) and I understand that this could be difficult for American audiences but I implore you to give it a go. I’ll be looking for more from this lady cos I loved this! ...more
Gabrielle Broussard runs away from her family home after her Uncle tries to marry her off to a sadistic man to repay a gambling debt. She finds herself working for a private investigative firm and, after only weeks of intensive training, finds herself on her first case. Posing as a Governess to a 2 year old child, Gabrielle infiltrates the home of Lord Blackwell to find out if he really has killed his wife. Upon arrival at the Castle, Gabrielle finds herself unfortunately attracted to her number one suspect and, even more unfortunately, finds that he is as equally attracted to her. Whilst trying to fight her feelings towards Julian, trying to fend off his amorous advances and trying to find the murderer, Gabrielle realises that her first case is more trying than first expected. Whilst suspects start pouring out of the woodwork, someone seems intent on making sure that Gabrielle doesn’t uncover the real truth. Will she make it out of her first case alive?
This is a fun, silly tale that kept me so engrossed I missed my bus stop on my way home from work. It reminded me of a cross between a Jane Austin novel and a pink panther movie; it was escapism at its best. The crime (and I say crime rather than suspense because it is just so daft) is the sub-plot, but its twists and turns kept the Romance plot moving forward. Gabrielle is forced to run after her odious Uncle tries to marry her off to the man who basically says he is going to marry her, force himself upon her and then leave her broken. To be honest, I applauded her decision because that man is a dick. When she first arrives at the Castle, she’s about as subtle as a brick through a window whilst questioning the staff about the death of the mysterious Lady Blackwell. Honestly, the woman is supposed to be undercover, but she blundered around and it was no great surprise when she aroused the suspicion of the actual killer. I often wondered how the other characters didn’t question her behaviour however she was left unchecked by everyone for the majority of the book. Her behaviour towards Julian is a little clumsy too, but it was understandable and sweet. She couldn’t fight her feelings towards him but was torn between the strength of them and her determination to do her job right. I don’t think that she ever truly believes that he is the murderer, but the job is all that stands between her and marriage to a dreadful man; she cannot afford to let her feelings influence her judgements. The burgeoning relationship between the two of them is actually quite entertaining to watch; she really is quite a head-strong, snarky character and she struggled with his dominant personality. The age difference was quite apparent at several points in the story in her constant change of feelings towards him (which was quite tiring). I did like her; she reminded me a little of Alexia from the Parasol Protectorate novels with her desire for fashion and weapons disguised as accessories. She was a pretty useless PI and I’m sure she wouldn’t have solved the case effectively if the killer hadn’t basically confessed all!
Julian is a dreamy character. Lord of the Manor with roguish good looks and a pretty good seduction technique; there wasn’t any way she was resisting his charms for long. He marries his former wife when she falls pregnant with his child. The marriage is loveless and broken which leaves him wary of women in general. At one point he questioned whether he was so un-loveable that women will only marry him for his money….I wanted to jump into the pages and give him a hug! When he meets Gabrielle he doesn’t realise that she is his new Governess, he thinks she is only another woman out for his money. In trying to prove what a gold digging tart she really is, he unwittingly falls under her spell, a spell that grows in strength when he realises that she isn’t interested in him. He really was cunning in his plan to woo her; first he changes the details of her employment so she becomes his escort rather than his Governess, then he ply’s her with romantic picnics and dinners in the guise of “planning” their behaviour at the next ball. He had all the hallmarks of a fantastic hero; I would love to see him in future books.
An enjoyable romp with some sizzling romance and a who-done-it that kept me guessing until the end. With a hero that I know I could grow to adore and a hero whose antics made me giggle, this is a wonderful romance that I read through in one sitting. ...more
Kit Blackman is a grumpy bastard who lives with two other men. When Ben moves out to be with his girlfriend, Kit and Gary face the ultimate challenge;Kit Blackman is a grumpy bastard who lives with two other men. When Ben moves out to be with his girlfriend, Kit and Gary face the ultimate challenge; to find another housemate that will put up with Kit’s horrible moods. Enter Steven Kenton. Steven seems to be the perfect match to compliment the housemates except for one fatal flaw; Kit is immediately attracted to him. It is the ultimate faux pas to sleep with a housemate; a one night stand will lead to awkwardness and a long term relationship would mean an immediate cessation of the tenancy agreement if it ends badly. Thing is, no matter how much of a bad idea Kit knows it is, he just can’t help himself. When Steven starts to come onto him, he just can’t resist. What begins as “migraine relief” starts to become something more. Problem is that no one has explained the rules of this type of relationship to Kit and his uncertainty, plus his massive amount of insecurities, means that he keeps screwing up with Steven. Will he end up destroying the perfect harmony within the house forever?
As with any of Scarlett’s books, this book has a strong author voice throughout. Written in first person, Kit Blackman is our leading man. Snarky and sarcastic, I liked the way he viewed the world. Everything is very black and white to him, and sleeping with Steven is very wrong because of the many problems it may bring. However, when Steven shows him a VERY alternative Migraine cure, Kit starts to realise that maybe this is one attraction he can’t fight. But, he doesn’t know how to cope with these feelings, so he starts to be even more of a bitch to Steven the morning after (much to Steven’s amusement). I identified with that awkward feeling that can happen when you aren’t sure how another person feels about you; to Kit, Steven just wanted some sex and wouldn’t welcome any romantic overtures! It made me like him even more, but I actively cringed when he became more and more snarkier to Steven. I wondered how long it would take for Steven to get bored with the constant defensiveness that he kept encountering, how long he would keep on banging his head against the proverbial brick wall. I wanted Kit to pull down a few of those barriers and let Steven in. I shouted at the book in places, as it was clear that Steven was interested in more than just a one night stand, but no matter what he said, Kit kept pushing him away. I could see that it would take a massive shove for Kit to accept that he wasn’t just interested in him in a purely carnal way. I did find it a little odd that Kit basically had an issue with people seeing his cum-face; yes, it underlined his fear of being vulnerable but it was just a bit darn odd….saying that, we all have our own personal bit of crazy somewhere!
I only saw Steven through the eyes of Kit so I didn’t know him quite as well. I could see why Kit fell for him, but he did seem like a little bit of a masochist. I knew why I liked Kit, but I wasn’t really that sure why he would bother to chase after someone who he knew so little and gave so little in return. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Steven as a character (and knowing the many *cough* muses that Ms Parrish uses, I’m guessing that Steven is based on some fabulous hottie) I admired him for sticking to his guns and I admired him even more for his last stand. The ending of the book was perfect; he gave Kit the opportunity to redeem himself in style and I thought it was uber cute (yes, I am using the word cute….) and made me will for Kit to step up to the plate and stop being such a pussy.
Let’s get onto the smex. Yes there is a fair bit of the smexing time, which is to be expected from an erotica book. From awkward hand jobs to full on angry man-love, this book has a variety of different scenes to get your pulse racing. They are detailed enough to turn you on yet not graphic enough to make it porn so they worked for me! I’ve never had a problem with M/M books, in fact I enjoy them. If this is the first M/M book you try, it’s a good one to start with! From her tweets to her books, I enjoy this author’s voice and she writes with the same humour no matter how small the format.
A sexy read featuring a bad-tempered hero and his slightly masochistic love interest. With lots of angst and sex, this checks all the boxes for a good erotica tale and I loved every second of it. ...more
I want a Seth. When we meet him, he has been a very good boy for nearly 3 years. He promised Jodi’s daddy that he wouldn’t touch her until she finished college. This meant that no matter how hard she tried to seduce him, he resisted. Unfortunately for Seth, there is only so much rejection a girl can take. Jodi comes home a woman determined to move on with her life. Yes she loves him, but she isn’t a masochist, and he has hurt her one too many times. Marrying Paul has nothing to do with her feelings for him, but it is an easy way to keep him arms length if he lets her. Unfortunately, Seth isn’t an ordinary Cowboy. Seth is a Dominant Cowboy, and a Dominant cowboy in love at that. He isn’t going to give away what he has decided is his easily, especially when he decides that the marriage must be a sham. How can she hope to resist a full-blown Dom Seth charm attack?
Seth is so sexy. From his bad-boy attitude to his honest declarations of affection, I adored him. I don’t know how in the hell Jodi was not supposed to fall in love with him, I was by the end of the novella! He pushes and he pushes (as Doms do!), but he never pushes her to a place where she is uncomfortable or distressed. He tries to make her see what she will be missing with her marriage, but he never tries to take the decision out of her hands. My favourite scene is one involving a webcam and some restraints; it was so funny I laughed aloud, but I want you to find out the details for yourselves :D What I loved about him the most was his reasoning why they couldn’t be together; it was so unselfish yet realistic that it made me swoon a little. He didn’t want her to be something that she wasn’t for him. Jodi was amazing. She didn’t ever deny her feelings, yet knew they were no good for her. When she came back to the ranch, she was determined not to give in to temptation and try to seduce him, yet he was determined that this time she would be the seduced. She didn’t stand a chance, and I honestly loved her more for the fact that she knew that was the case. She was funny and feisty, yet completely honest and caring with him too. I loved them together, yet there was the small problem in the shape of Paul!
The sex scenes were blooming amazing. He is hot and he likes domination; I was going to love him! One of the most refreshing things was the fact that she was so sexually inexperienced, yet had no sort of hang-ups about what she shouldn’t enjoy. The fact that they both enjoyed themselves, made me enjoy the scenes more. Together they were evaporating the ink on the page!
The blurb of this book hooked me immediately. Cowboys? A mild D/s theme? Yes please! :D However, this book is so much more than I imagined. I liked the whole cast; from the Mother that appeared in only a couple of scenes down to the main cast, everyone was likeable and well written. It was sweet, funny, sexy and also made me cry! I can tell I’ll be following the series. ...more
I love Cherise Sinclair’s books and, although this one was no different, it was a massive leap from her other books. The sex was nowhere near as frequent and was erotic rather than straight up kinky. The writing seemed slightly different too, but I have noticed her style evolving over the last few books. I loved it and thought it was more along the lines of the Starlight Rite, rather than Shadowlands. As per usual, I loved Sinclair’s heroine. Vicky was emotionally and physically strong, affectionate and incredibly protective of the boys and Calum's daughter. She went to Cold Creek with dual interests; she needed to tell the story of Lachlan’s death and decide whether the Government should be informed about the existence of shifters. I admired her determination to protect everyone involved, although I was a little concerned for my beautiful Alec. Alec was AMAZING. He was funny, dominant, sexy and one hell of a smooth talker. I loved the way that he was so protective of all around him, even to the point of some seriously violent encounters with the people that hunt Vicky. Calum was an Alpha. I find that some Alpha characters can be written as distant characters that only warm up when they want something, and this best describes Calum. When he wants to get into Vicky’s pants, he certainly changes into this smooth talking, dominant cat. I loved all of the characters. I also really enjoyed the relationship building between Vicky and the secondary characters; she had to see these shifters as people she loved before she could switch loyalties to them.
Usually, I have a problem with ménage where the men don’t touch. I have even more of a problem with a ménage where the hero’s are brothers. Yet, in this tale, it didn’t feel so wrong. In the context of this world, male shifters are plentiful but female are not. It is usual that a female will take more than one mate. Yes, it is that mate word again, seems you can’t open a book without it at the moment. I have to admit that something inside of me goes a little melty when an alpha character starts all “mine” over a female, so it isn’t a problem for me. Anyhow, in this book it wasn’t really a true ménage. Calum and Alec never had a burning desire to share, they just knew they would. It didn’t bother them at all, which in turn made me not care so much. As they were so close to their animal natures throughout the tale, it didn’t feel so incestuous for some reason (my reasoning with this is non-existent...it just didn’t). I liked that they had separate relationships throughout the tale, first Alec and Vicky got it together, then Calum and Vicky got it together and then, finally, they all got it together. Because sex was part of the shifter nature, it was just a natural progression. Speaking of animal nature, there is a part of the book where there is a sex ritual for the sake of repopulating the community. It was utterly sexy and also utterly sweet ...I really enjoyed how that all played out but I was a bit surprised at the direction that Sinclair chose to take it, as it could have been FAR kinkier.
Anyhow, this was a book far more reminiscent of the Starlight Rite than the Shadowlands, and I loved it. With a fantastic heroine, two yummy heroes and a whole host of fun side characters (I’ve already asked for a certain bear and wolfie to get books :D) this slick paranormal romance came at me out of nowhere and knocked my socks off. Sexy, fast paced and funny, I think this is a story that will appeal to the masses without alienating any long-term fans like me. A must read for me! ...more
As enjoyable as the other's in this series. In this instalment, Kat and Bones are pitted against a deranged witch hunter's ghost who becomes corporealAs enjoyable as the other's in this series. In this instalment, Kat and Bones are pitted against a deranged witch hunter's ghost who becomes corporeal on Halloween to torture and kill women. Yeah he's a nice bloke...
Add in a new creepy bugger in-charge of the Government team, a smattering of Denise/Spade and the delectable Ian, and you have a very entertaining read. It doesn't feel as emotionally heavy as the other books, but it's no less gritty. It's nice to see Cat and Bones so stable, but we get far too little sexy times. There is flying sex...that does sound like fun :) ...more
Mercury Rising was a complete surprise to me. I completely expected to like it; I just didn’t expect it to be as thought provoking as it was. The MercMercury Rising was a complete surprise to me. I completely expected to like it; I just didn’t expect it to be as thought provoking as it was. The Mercury in the title is Mercury the Roman God, son of Jupiter. Mercury is the main organizer of DICK (Deities International Conference and Kibitz), which is an event where all the major deities, from each religion, gather. This time it’s on a cruise ship and Jupiter has decided to make this twice as hard on poor Mercury, by bringing along his future fiancée Vesta, the Virgin Goddess. Problem is that Vesta and Jupiter have never met, but an even bigger problem is that Mercury is gay and has no interest in marrying a woman. After a particularly difficult day of trying to keep the Gods from offending the humans that are to staff the ship, Mercury runs into the little hottie that is Dillon. A frank exchange occurs, after which follows a rather sexy blowjob in a little alcove in the ships corridors. Neither knows who the other is, just that they are attracted to each other. Imagine the surprise when Mercury finds out that the supposedly sexy waiter is actually his assistant, and that he can’t seem to control the urge to want to bump nasty’s with him all the time.
Meanwhile Vesta is getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of attention she is getting from her future husband. Wondering around the ship in very little doesn’t seem to attract the attention of the aloof Mercury, but it does attract the attention of Loki, the God of Chaos, and Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. Unable to choose between the two very different men, Vesta embarks on a hot and steamy tryst with the two of them, sometimes at the same time. Vesta can’t help but fall a little bit in lust with them, but it can’t last. If Jupiter finds out she is no longer pure, and has cheated on Mercury, she will be cast out of the Godly ranks. When the ship is attacked by a bomb wielding Vampire, all the major players become separated into their relative pairs. Will the time together, away from the stressful situations of their everyday lives, allow their burgeoning romances to grow into something stronger? Or will pesky reality start to intrude, reminding them of the impossibility of their situations.
My favourite bit of this book is the relationship between Mercury and Dillon. Mercury is terrified to anger his father and even more scared that he won’t love him anymore if he discovers his “secret”. Unable to deny his sexuality, Mercury has lots of meaningless sex with men, including Dillon, to satisfy himself. He is used to getting his own way; as a God, people pretty much bow before him and agree to all rules he sets, including to complete secrecy. Dillon is different. When he meets Mercury, he refuses to bow to his will, automatically arousing more than Mercury’s interest. Dillon is happy to hook up for a bout of meaningless and satisfying pleasure, but when it becomes clear that Mercury wants to do it again, Dillon very firmly tells him where to go. He is sick of being someone’s dirty little secret. He has had to come out, and has already dealt with all the prejudice and discrimination that comes with that revelation. He just wants to be able to be in a relationship that is open and honest because he has earned that right. The attraction that fizzles between these two is incredibly potent, especially when they find themselves alone in various hotel rooms after the bomb. Soon it becomes clear that one of them needs to give in. Either Dillon allows himself to be someone’s secret plaything or Mercury gets the courage to come out, because a permanent separation will make no one happy. I admired Dillon for risking everything for his own belief system; it was satisfying to see a character that had morals that were that strong. I pitied Mercury so much it made me want to cry in parts. He was so scared of what everyone would think of him, he allowed himself to get draw into an untenable situation. He felt incredibly guilty that Vesta would be shackled into a loveless marriage, but felt powerless to stand up and tell Jupiter what he actually wanted, for fear of being rejected by him. I loved Dillon a little for the way he tries to help Mercury because he could have just walked away from him and his plus sized issues. The sex scenes between them were smoking hot; it was obvious from the start that this was meant to be more than a fling!
The side plot between Vesta, Thor and Loki was charming and sexy. I really felt for Vesta; she wasn’t pure by choice, more by necessity. When she had her chance to become free of that pesky title, the man she was promised to all out rejects her. I didn’t blame her for her choices; in fact, I all out applaud them! Loki was awesome. A sweet talking mischief-maker, he went out of his way to make sure she knew that she was wanted. Thor was the complete opposite. He wanted her, but he had no idea how to tell or show her that. She needed Thor's strength and power to make her feel like a Goddess, and worthy of a God, but she needed Loki to make her feel appreciated as a woman. I loved them together and I hope we see more. The side plot with the Vampire was a little weird. I can only assume that the consequence of that particular storyline will feature in future books. I think I found them odd because those characters didn’t feature a lot in the story, so it all seemed a little disjointed to me.
This book is about accepting who you are and learning to play by your own rules. It was funny, charming and mind-blowingly sexy. The mythology that features throughout the plot creates some very entertaining moments as ancient Gods and modern day America collide. Highly recommended read. ...more
Wow, this book was not what I was expecting! I was expecting something light and fluffy, but what I got what a truly dark and heart breaking read. Faith is in untenable situation. Does she want to make a devils bargain? Hell no! She knows that the Devil never makes things simple, that he will look for ways to renege on their deal, but what choice does she have? Her baby boy is dying and his death will not be quick and easy. She makes a choice to “whore” herself out to save her child, and she hates herself every second of it. She can’t help but feel attracted to the delectable Rock star, but she can’t let herself feel pity for the situation in which she puts him. Finn is used to the life he lives. He has women throwing himself at him at every corner, more money than he can spend and a legion of adoring fans. He knows that it will one day end, knows that the Devil will not allow him to live to a ripe old age, but he refuses to allow that day to come anytime soon. When Faith steals his ring he does everything, and I mean everything, that he can to convince her to give it him back (it has to be given to him, not stolen). He knows that to relinquish the ring means certain death. He also knows that whatever the Devil say is twisted to suit his means; can he convince Faith not to trust her soul to such a manipulative creature. It comes down to a choice for the pair of them; Nathan’s life or Finn’s. When they start to feel something towards each other it makes it twice as hard; how can they cause each other pain if they claim to care? I felt so sorry for the pair of them; I completely understood both of their points of view. My opinion was swayed more in the favour of Faith winning the ring (especially when Nathan basically tells her he accepts he will die and I cried!), but I knew that neither outcome would make me happy because I loved them together. It was not a good situation!!
In part’s, this book was a little slow because it was so emotionally heavy, but the overall story, and the fabulously written characters, kept me reading and I finished it one sitting. I loved the tragic love story between Faith and Finn, and I couldn’t see an outcome that would satisfy me. Sammy B Devine (AKA the devil) was my favourite character. He was a grumpy old Angel, but underneath all the hurt and anger, is a lonely man that has been cast out by his family and rejected by the only woman he has ever loved. A tearjerker, with the occasional laugh, this is a twisty, emotional tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. I will be reading more of this series!...more