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This is a novella which starts a new series by Victoria Dahl. I always request new books from Ms Dahl as her writing seems to hit the right buttons with me. This one made me so excited for the rest of the series; it was hot, sexy and yet totally heart-warming. It is a very good, easy read…. I have requested the next in the series.
With a mature heroine and a mature, firefighter hero, there was a lot to this book that I was excited about. Jake and Lauren have been edging around each other for a while, their sense of what is right keeping them from acting upon their very apparent attraction. After realising that no one actually cares if they are acting upon it, they each start to tentatively explore the others feelings. I say start tentatively because it heats up very very quickly. The only question that remains is whether this is a one-time deal or something a lot more meaningful.
I loved both of the characters in this one and that helped me enjoy this novella. Lauren is a complete contradiction of strait-laced librarian and sexy, take-what-she-needs lover. Jake is just perfect. A widower who is ready to try to love again, he is completely wonderful to read about as he tries to convince Lauren that what he wants is her, not a replacement for his wife. It’s all so … yummy!
Overall, this was fun as a a read and it’s convinced me to try the rest of the series…need I say more?(less)
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This is a novella so it will be a brief review. I loved this little tale and will be picking up the others in the series; it’s like Once Upon a Time with a Grim Reaper kick and it was so much fun!
The main premise is that Nick, a Grimm Reaper, is sent to get the soul of Tess “Red” Little. He doesn’t, after falling in lust at first sight, and he ends up saving her, having a relationship with her and taking a new role in protecting her and the town she lives in with the other “Tales”. The problem is, he broke the rules by saving her and he has to pay over and over again for it. Even with this, there are other Reapers that think he got off too easily and they want to make him suffer. The one thing they definitely want to do is reveal all the secrets he has kept well hidden and it remains to be seen if Red will be able to forgive him for them all…
The characters were incredibly well written with an amazing amount of character development for such a brief read. Nick was a hot, brooding, romantic who was a fantastic hero with a dark side. Red was a kick-ass heroine who was a perfect balance for the broodiness. The chemistry between the two of them was believable and kept the story driving forward with a page-turning pace. I couldn’t believe how fast this story was over as I couldn’t stop reading.
The mythology of this world is probably one of the best things about it. I loved this dark twist on a fairytale land, although I do think that I need to brush up on some of the more obscure tales, and I loved matching the characters to the fairytale: Humpty Dumpty, Dracula, Little Miss Muffet, Aladdin all make appearances over the course the 100 pages of this twisty-turny plot. They all have a role to play in the way that the path to true love takes and the child in me squealed in joy.
This is a paranormal romance with a fairytale twist and it hooked me in from the first page. I didn’t read the first in the series and, although I am going back to read it now, I think this is a good place to start with the series to see if it works for you. Recommended. (less)
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Ellora’s cave launched a line called Erotica for men. I read a few and I couldn’t tell the bloody difference. This is much more what I was expecting and so I’m classing this as Erotica for men. There are different rules (I shall explain more later) but, as a female reader, I did enjoy it even though I missed the emotional connection which I would normally prefer. I would recommend this as a hot read and I would definitely recommend it for men.
This book is all about sex. Not just any sex but the sex that men write into Penthouse about, the dirty fantasies that rev their engines. The fantasy this time? Having a no-strings, short-term affair with the married, hot boss with her husbands permission. The focus is on the sex rather than romance as it is made quite clear that there will be no romance between these two (there is an after-thought romance but, to be honest, I would have preferred that to be left out). The majority of the plot is about how this fantasy plays out and, let me be quite clear, the way it plays out is a bit of a fantasy too. No one gets hurt, no one complains, the sex is amazing all the way through, there is no awkwardness ever … yeah, you see what’s going on! It is very obviously geared towards a male audience but that made it a ore fun read.
An erotic read which I highly recommend for men. Kenny Wright has a fluidity and attention to detail that makes this a very hot little read. (less)
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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. (less)
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I loved this novella, loved watching Pia and Dragos rediscover their love and I alw...moreFTC : I requested this from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
I loved this novella, loved watching Pia and Dragos rediscover their love and I always love more about the peanut :) Readers beware; this novella contains many spoilers for the rest of the series so I wouldn’t read it out of order.
I loved this story. Not only did I get to see them fall in love all over again (Dragon Bound is my favorite in this series) but I got to see Pia in action. As the title states, she does in fact save the day and I loved her strength. Her mate was injured and she had to pick up the slack, which she did impressively. She had a plan for everything and her resilience was astounding; Dragos was not the star of this show, Pia was. She could have broke, she could have let the sentinels deal with it but she pulled herself together and did everything she could to put her family back together. She was the epitome of a strong woman; she wasn’t a bull-buster, she was simply a woman who did what she had to with no fuss.
I can’t wait to see more of Peanut’s story but this wasn’t about him. This was about Pia and Dragos. It is full of moments of love, strength and determination which made it even more enjoyable to read. An absolute must read.(less)
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Well, this book was a surprise. I’m always happy with a best-fri...moreFTC : 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 :) (less)
FTC : I got this book from the publisher for an honest review. I haven’t received any monitory compensation for it.
Before we begin, it is important to note that I think you need to read this series in order. Although it is set in the same timeline, and at the same event, there is an order for a reason. I have to say that these authors have done a fabulous job with this as it must have been a complete nightmare to coordinate.
This is the wedding from the POV of Christine and Tyler. It is a tale that combines the tropes of jilted lover with the best-friends elder brother into one hot little package and I really enjoyed it.
Christine is an investigate reporter who has an exciting job and a dull sex life. She goes to her best-friends wedding armed with a list of sexual things that she feels, as a member of the bridal party, she should get to do with a member of the groomsmen. Any groomsman that is, that isn’t Tyler. Tyler is the one that took her virginity and broke her heart and he is definitely not on the list. Unfortunately for her, he wants to be and he isn’t willing to let her say no.
Christine was a conflicted character and I liked that. The chemistry between them was insane but she was wary of the man who ran out on her all those years ago; no matter what pretty words come out his mouth, he has had the opportunity to make amends since and hasn’t. She runs from him at every opportunity, she tries her hardest to not be left alone with him but, unfortunately, Tyler on a mission is something that she just can’t resist. This story was so sweet.
Tyler took me a while to warm to. Actions speak louder than words and although he may say that she is the one that got away, that she is the one he has always wanted, he still ran away all those years ago and left her, sans virginity, upset in a hotel room alone. I didn’t know if he was worthy of hero status and it took me a while not to scoff at his declarations. In fact, I was wary of him until his present actions matched his present words (see scavenger hunt scene…. yum!). I have to admit, he was pretty dream-worthy by the end.
Out of all of the books in the series, this is the most romantic. They were already in love with each other, even though she wanted nothing to do with him, and this was the story of them figuring out that love. With plenty of sex thrown into the mix, it fits nicely with the entangled line but this one really stood out from the others in the series.
The first novel in a very steamy series, this is the story of one man determined to romance the woman he threw away all those years before. With outdoor sex, romantic proclamations and a very naughty to-do list, this is a story for erotic romance fans everywhere.(less)
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This book is the prequel to the Wedding Series that I will be mostly reading and reviewing this week. The whole series is set around a wedding and this one is the tale of how the happy couple met. It’s short, sexy, fun and a must read if you want to read the rest of the series.
Kady has always had a soft spot for Colton, her brother’s best friend. Although they have a lot in common, and some unbelievable chemistry, he has faithfully resigned her into the friend zone with the single exception of one encounter years ago. The reasons are two-fold; One is the brother issue and the other is that Colton likes really rough sex and he doesn’t want to disrespect her (I don’t know what this says about the other women he slept with!). When they are thrown together by a combination of bad weather and bad circumstances, secret crushes are exposed and the rest is history…
Although I liked this little novella, and it did make me want to try the rest of the series, it lacked a couple of things that would make it great for me. I loved Kady (I’m a sucker for strong women in male dominated jobs) and I loved the fact that she was completely OK with her sexual desires. However, I was slightly annoyed that she had decided that Colton was the one for her based upon the fact that he is the only man to give her an orgasm. Personal opinion alert but I think that good sex is a reason for more good sex, not for proclamations of one true love.
The last third of the novella is where it became the novella that I expected, the hot little number that I have learn’t to expect from Entangled line. The sex scenes were hot, well written and completely enthralling. Although not as rough as I expected, I loved every single second of them.
Overall, a enticing prequel to the Wedding Dare series. Short, sweet and sexy; everything an Entangled novella should be :)(less)
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I have been loving this series so far and, although I thought this book was a fun read, it was my least favourite of the line so far. The characters were great, the setting was fabulous but the barriers to the romance were slightly annoying. I’m not a fan of the not-communicating conflict plot and, with these two being so close, it just didn’t work for me.
The chemistry between Alan and Julie was incredibly well written. Work friends, they have firmly put each other into the “off-limits” category even though they fancy the pants off each other. Once they win the trip to Hawaii, all bet’s are off as they let their hair down. I loved the set-up; I love the friends to lovers trope and this seemed like the perfect setting. Then the tone of the romance changed and I started to lose interest. The insecurities they both showed, along with the lack of communication between them, made me feel like I was reading about a fledgling relationship between two acquaintances, rather than the development of a love story between two very close friends. I just couldn’t understand their motivations or actions and it affected how much I enjoyed it.
The one thing that really stands out for me in this book was the sex scenes. When they are not experiencing lots of internal angst, these two have incredible chemistry. The sex was hot, emotional and inventive; it was definitely worth reading this just for this.
This book did make me want to read some more of Delphine Dryden’s erotic contemporaries. Although this story didn’t work for me, the writing did so I will be adding some more of her work to my TR list.
Overall, a sexy, short read that failed to hit the mark for me.(less)
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I fricking love this series and I do hope there is more from this world. A dystopian setting filled with zombies and shifters, each instalment has kept me on my toes with its twists and turns. If you haven’t started this series, you must do so on book one… there is an overall arc which will not make sense out of order.
Danny, the pack medic, caught my eye in the last one. Smooth and charming, I could see his book being a little bit sickly sweet but the lovely medic has an animal side that made this anything but. When we begin this tale, we find that Danny, worried at the rate that the zombie virus has been replicating, has been sending samples all over the world to try to find a cure. When the bunch of human scientists come in to try to find the cure too, he hopes that he is finally going to get the answers that he needs. That is until they all get themselves killed by breaking the first law of the territory and going into Zombie-land alone (yes, unfortunately, the humans are morons in this one).
Aware that Deanna is his mate, he follows them and barely makes it out alive rescuing her (aww). He vouches for her when his Alpha wants her out of London and then they must work together to try to find the cure. Of course, as she doesn’t feel the mating pull (human, not wolf remember), he also has some time to convince her she wants to spend the rest of her life with him too. All I’m going to say is that I wish I’d been wooed by a wolfie boy!
Deanna isn’t quite all that she seems. She has ulterior motives for appearing in London and I’m telling you none of them as I consider every one a spoiler. Needless to say, her motives are to do with the Zombie virus and lead to the twist at the end … OMG! I enjoyed her as a character and I think this is a love story that I may have to reread. I came away thinking maybe Danny was a closet Alpha :)
You all know that I have an issue with Insta-mate books. I admire the fact that this particular author addressed the fact that the human in the story wouldn’t feel this mate pull. In fact Ms Schnyder made her hero work for Deanna’s good affection and I loved it. I wish it had been drawn out a little more, but the entire series has been fast paced so this fit perfectly. I also liked the fact that she dealt with the fact that, whilst this might be Deanna’s HEA, it was probably Danny’s HFN. His lifespan was far greater than her’s but, whilst it was sucky, it was accepted as just one of those things. There was no transmission of supernatural life-spans (through bites or spells) and she didn’t find out that she was an unactivated wolf who just needed to find love. No, she was human, she would die, that was fine.
Overall, this book was probably the best in a series I have truly enjoyed. A fabulously dark PNR featuring a dreamy medic with secret Alpha tendencies and a scientist with some huge secrets….(less)
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I requested this book because Cara McKenna writes amazingly filthy books. Honestly, if you haven’t read her stuff, and you like smoking hot books, she is an author you HAVE to try. This book was absolutely no different.
From the off-set, this book was about sex. These two know that they have no chance of a permanent relationship, that their time together is limited, so they just decide to take what time they have and make the most of it. What ensues is a fast-track relationship; lots of sex, dates and laughs. Of course, neither of them wants to think about their relationship expiration date…
I really enjoyed this one. It was a very hot novella with great characters and a solid plot. If anything, the only complaint is that I thought that the feelings within the relationship developed rather quickly and it left me a little unsatisfied. I recommend this one to fans of novella’s and erotic romance.
I enjoyed the plot of this one. I could totally buy the set up and the characters were fantastically well developed. I loved the independence and strength of Jamie and the fact that at no point was she giving anything up for a man. She wanted to have a holiday fling, to cleanse the bad taste left by the last relationship, but she wasn’t scared of how quickly her feelings develops. She was always leaving though, no matter what her feelings were; what she was going back was too important to miss. Connor is exactly the same. He never expects anything, isn’t even looking for something, but I loved the fact that he wasn’t afraid to show her how much he cared. He was hot, sexy and IRISH.
There is sooo much sex in this one. Cara McKenna writes fantastic, erotic scenes and, from the steamy sexual encounters on a pool table to the romantic sensual scenes, every single one made me shiver.
This is a hot little novella which is perfect for anyone looking for a holiday read with some heat. (less)
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(less)
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. (less)
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!(less)
FTC : I was given this book by the author for an honest review. I was not biased by either money or my...moreOriginally 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. (less)
I was excited about this book as I’ve loved the author’s previous work. Unfortunately, it fell short in almost all aspects for me.
Although I liked the heroine, I didn’t believe in the character of the Hero or his motivations. The make-over plot line started interesting but it felt rushed and, because of this, I didn’t quite feel the sexual chemistry between either of them. I have read a lot of novella’s and usually don’t comment on the length but, in this one, I felt the length hindered the plot and I was left a little cold to them both. I wanted so much to love this plot as it is a trope I enjoy and an author I love; my reaction to the book is a complete shock to me.
Overall, disappointing. I recommend the author’s previous erotic novella’s highly but not this one.(less)
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.(less)
FTC : I bought this book because I love the series.
I’ve been waiting for Nobody’s book. The mysterious man with the bad reputation and grumpy demeanour has been on my want-to-read pile since he first graced the pages of this series and, by God, he was worth the wait.
I knew straight away that I was going to love him. From the moment he saves an abused boy from his alcoholic parents (a thing he had been doing since he had gotten wind of the boys plight) I adored him and then, as I watched him struggle to deal with his developing emotions for Melinda, my heart just ached. Nobody is a product of an abusive parent and, partially because of this, he struggles with his self worth and emotions. He can’t quite fathom that Melinda can care for him, even when he cares for her from the moment he sees her, and it broke my heart every-time he showed just how unlovable he truly thinks he is. He decides to do what he thinks is best for them both; he protects her as best as he can but, ultimately, he stays away. Yes, this does lead to more tortured angst, cuteness and general swooning on my part…. of course, Melinda decides that he isn’t allowed to do this for very long.
Melinda is a free-spirit who is on the Rez to get over her latest break up with a loser boyfriend. I loved the warmth of her character and it complemented Nobody’s character immensely. She never allowed him to keep her at arms length but nor did she demand that he adapt himself to her world; he was still free to live amongst the stars and be alone in the wilderness if he wanted, he just wasn’t allowed to push her away. She understood him like no one else seems to and I think it was quite beautiful that she alone knew when he was around. The notes that she left him when he was cleaning her art room made me chuckle as I could see that she was trying to prove to him that he wasn’t nobody, even if his name suggested it.
I adore the way that this author is completely unflinching and unbiased in her stories about life on the Rez. Cultural and race issues run through this series as the heroines start to live amongst the residents of White Sandy but this book took it that much further and it made me so sad. The tale of the young boy living with his abusive parents was heart-breaking; he would rather live on the Rez and take his chances because, if social services came, they would give him to a white family who would make him cut his hair and take a white name and he wanted to keep his heritage. Yup, the tears were flowing at this point. Please don’t get me wrong, it isn’t portrayed as all bad; there is a sense of community and heritage that is truly lovely to read about throughout the series. I like that it isn’t a judgement of either characters culture; this is a tale of two people with different cultures accepting their differences and building a life together.
Overall, this a wonderful book about a tortured hero and the woman who grows to love him. I loved every page of it.(less)
FTC : I requested this book for a fair and honest review. The author has been on the site a number of times.
Wow, this book was an emotionally challenging read. For such a short story, it certainly packed in a lot of angst and, with a mixture of flashbacks and present day scenes, the author did a good job in making sure that the love story didn’t feel rushed. I’m not sure I liked Adam’s methods, or his timing, but it certainly made for a compelling novella. I read it in one sitting… yes, it hooked me in with its angsty goodness :)
Adam comes back to tell the man he has loved ever since he was a teenager that he is ready to come out and have a proper relationship with him. Unfortunately, that very same man has since moved on to a new, and very happy, relationship. Completely disregarding this fact, Adam, arse that he is, decides to pursue Harris anyway. I was torn at this point. Although I knew whose love story this was, and who I was supposed to be routing for, I couldn’t help feeling Adam’s course of action was crappy. Jason (the new boyfriend) was a nice guy and, although it was blatant that Harris didn’t love him, it was such unhero-like behaviour it made me question what I wanted from this romance. I was so bloody confused!
I completely understood why Harris was so mad. I’d have been mad. In fact, I think I’d have been completely unforgiving. He expected Adam to come back when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. When that barrier to their relationship was lifted, he expected to be able to be with the man he loved and whom he thought loved him back. Instead, Adam stayed away. Honestly, this alone made me question what I, as a reader, wanted for Harris. I knew Adam was sorry, and I knew that Harris loved him desperately, but I didn’t know if it was too little too late. I liked Harris, respected the way he dealt with the things life had thrown at him and I just didn’t know that Adam could redeem himself enough. It was a very clever decision by Vanessa North to write this tale with Adam as the dominant voice; it made it very difficult for me to hate him, even a little, even when he was the one completely in the wrong.
The sex scenes are all completely on the page and I enjoyed the desperation and bittersweet emotions that flowed through them. Adam was touching the man that he loved for the first time in years and Harris, whilst trying to resist, was completely helpless to resist the chemistry and emotion that flowed between them. They were hot, lovely and a little bit sad. I can’t decide whether this is a gay-for-you story or just one of someone finding their soulmate very young. Either way it was lovely.
There was two secondary characters in the story and, although I liked the sisters’ role in the story, the other felt like nothing more than a plot device. I found her presence to be a distraction, her role seemingly only to be a sounding board for characters to make decisions aloud to drive the romance forward. I’m not a fan of the secondary-character plot device but it is nothing more than my pet peeve; she wasn’t in there for me to get to know as it wasn’t her story.
Overall, this was a very emotionally confusing read for me. I didn’t know I wanted to see happen but I sure enjoyed reading it!(less)
FTC : I requested this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. I have no relationship with the author.
After reading the Mojo Queen a few years ago, I knew I liked Sonya Clark’s writing. After seeing this one was published by Carina I decided that this was a book I needed to read. The premise is so intriguing, so different to anything that I have read before that I was excited. I wasn’t disappointed and devoured this as fast as I could.
The premise of the book is simple; those that have magic are segregated from birth (yes, they are tested that young) and put into zones. In these zones, there is no rights, and a hell of a lot of external oppression, but the people that live there have managed to create a community. It is into this (hostile) community that Nate has to go following a murder of a high profile scientist and it is on this case that he meets Calla. Once they meet, we are taken on a tale of sex and intrigue in a city of magic and persecution. It is very different and very good.
The relationship between Calla and Nate is the main plot thread and it is both happy and sad. It was lovely to watch them fall in love (they are both very likeable characters) but it was quite upsetting to see them believe their relationship would be doomed because of Calla’s magic status. They couldn’t stay the night together (Calla wasn’t allowed out of the zone for more than 18 hours), they couldn’t go on dates (Calla wasn’t allowed in most restaurants) and, if he chose to stay in the zone with her, Nate would lose everything. It was a lot to give up for one person and I agreed with them; it did seem hopeless. I wanted them together so badly but I couldn’t see anything but resentment in their future if they stayed together.
As characters, Cella and Nate bring different things to the table. I liked the contrast of Nate's naivety and Cella's cynicism when it came to the way that the world worked. Their life experiences have shaped the way that they see things and I enjoyed the way that they brought a balance to each other. They matched well and I could only hope that they could find a way but, bar a destruction of the entire infrastructure of the world, I didn’t see that happening. The chemistry between them is intense which made it even harder to watch them on their journey as I knew that, for them to have a HEA, it was more than likely that someone would have to make huge sacrifices.
The world that this book is set in was the main draw for me and my only complaint is that we didn’t learn that much about it. As a reader, I felt that I only got a brief snapshot of the complexities of it and the different layers that made it unique. I’m glad this is a series book as I know I will gradually learn more. I also wanted to see a bit more of Cella’s powers! The suspense plot is fabulous and I didn’t see any of the plot twists coming.
This is a gritty romantic suspense set in a dystopian world where external forces conspire to keep our romantic couple apart. With magic and intrigue aplenty, this is one I recommend for dystopian fans.(less)
FTC : I requested this book from NetGalley as I am a long time fan of the series. I have no relationship with the author.
Yay, the librarian got a book...moreFTC : I requested this book from NetGalley as I am a long time fan of the series. I have no relationship with the author.
Yay, the librarian got a book!! I’ve loved Hailey from the second that we met her. I wanted her to find her HEA but I will hasten to add that it is NOT a Kowalski that she finds love with … it’s a hot as hell Park Ranger :)
The moral of this story is definitely “never judge a book by it’s cover”. From their initial meeting, Hailey and Matt make assumptions about each other. Hurt by past experiences, and fully armed with ideas of what they should want from a partner, they initially dismiss ideas of a relationship with each other, even though the chemistry between them is combustible. When it becomes clear that avoiding acting upon said chemistry is unavoidable (small town? next door neighbors? yeah, that one was never going to happen) they resolve themselves to being nothing more than a fling with an expiration date. Even the rest of the town is dubious about their suitability. Of course, as a reader, I never had any doubts that they would end up together :)
I enjoyed reading their story. Hailey was an older heroine and I thought that Ms Stacey showed her character well. She wants to settle down but, with the ideas of what she should look for in the ideal man, she doesn’t approach the relationship with Matt with arms wide open as he doesn’t fit her world view. They had a friends with benefits type relationship and that made me adore them as a couple; both of them were completely supportive and honest with each other throughout, showing that they truly cared about each others feelings. I thought they were wonderful together and I routed for them. Matt was a harder character for me to get on-board with as his world view polluted their relationship. How he perceived Hailey would treat him in the future stopped him from embracing their time together and it annoyed me. Whenever he put up a barrier she did something to unwittingly rip it down but it was clear that there would eventually be one barrier too many. I was right and I wanted to smack him round the head at that point … I could see that situation coming from a mile away!
This didn’t feel as sweet as the other Kowalski books. The writing was a little less chick-lit and a lot more contemp. The chemistry was a lot more potent, the sex scenes that little hotter … I love the series but I feel this may be number two for me in the entire series (I’m sorry, Kevin will always win … secret baby tropes are my thing!). You don’t need to read the rest of the series to enjoy this one but the rest of the couples do appear at various stages of the plot.
Overall, this is a sexy contemp that kept me smiling. With an unlikely couple finding love, you know that the ending will be all the more satisfying. The more they protest in a romance, the harder they eventually fall :)(less)
FTC : I got this book for an honest review and that is what I am giving. It was not until I went to put the buy-links on the review I saw the price …...moreFTC : I got this book for an honest review and that is what I am giving. It was not until I went to put the buy-links on the review I saw the price … it is £1.87/$1.99 for 51 pages. This is quite high for the length of the book; I enjoyed it immensely but the price will be a consideration for some people.
This is written completely from Jez’z POV and I enjoyed it immensely. He walks into a comic store to buy something for his sick friend, sees the man of his dreams and spends the majority of the book trying to impress him, even going so far as to learn “geek” for him. There is a lot of British-isms (which I, of course, loved) and this made it all the more memorable. Infact, the strong author voice throughout was one of the stand out points for this very short novella. Generally, I found it to be a fabulously light read with very likeable characters with very little conflict.
This is a short novella that would be perfect for a first foray into MM. I loved it and found it to be funny, charming and very sweet.(less)
FTC : I requested this book from Net-Galley after hearing rave reviews about this authors writing. I have no relationship with her and have not been p...moreFTC : I requested this book from Net-Galley after hearing rave reviews about this authors writing. I have no relationship with her and have not been paid for this review.
Historical romances are not my go to-reads but I do enjoy them. This one was interesting and definitely atypical. The one thing that held this book up for me was the writing; I will be trying books from Julia London again based on just how much her writing kept me going. That being said, I had a few complaints.
I honestly thought that the heroine in this book was the most selfish character I had come across in years. In her actions throughout, she thought only of herself and did exactly what she pleases. Although her actions would have had incredibly detrimental actions on the future of her sisters, a fact that was pointed out to her, she did them anyway. It got to such a point her younger sister decided that she had to do something about their situation instead. The things that she does (e.g. turning up to the gambling rooms with the men) cannot be excused by her age because she was pretty well seasoned by the point of this book. I also struggled with the fact that she still had a good reputation by this point; surely that would have gone? Due to Honor, I struggled with this book and, as hinted to above, the only reason I really finished it was the strength of the writing and the side characters. I actually really enjoyed the hero and the apparent villain …. turns out I thought they were better people than the leading lady herself.
I laughed aloud at the interactions between certain people in the book. My favorite was the interactions between the (slightly dramatic) lovable rogue Easton and his slightly sarcastic butler. The moments between them were the highlights in the book for me along with the seduction of Honor. Although I couldn’t abide her when she was scheming (which was the majority of the book), I loved them together. The desperate attraction between them was fantastic to read and left me with that warm, satisfied feeling that only a well written yearning scene can. I will point out, at this point in the review whilst I am raving about the the writing, other readers from GR seem to have no issue with the character of Honor.
Overall, this is not a book I will read again nor did I find it an easy one to read/rate. The writing style was fantastic and, on what I have read so far, I don’t think the other sisters will annoy me as much so I will be picking up the next one!(less)
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-gir...moreFTC : 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.”
FTC : This book was given to me by the author and I was asked to post this on this date. I did not let the fact I am a massive fan inf...moreReally 4.5 Stars
FTC : This book was given to me by the author and I was asked to post this on this date. I did not let the fact I am a massive fan influence my review but I know I like this author’s writing, and this series, so I accepted this book expecting to love it. I wasn’t disappointed.
There are not many historical series I actually enjoy but this western series is one of the few that remain on my auto-buy list. The women are feisty, the men respect them as partners and the story-lines are straight out of the wild west… what’s not to love!
This is Nick’s story, the moody middle brother who can’t help but feel responsible for the kidnap of his baby brother and his subsequent slavery. Nick is a tortured man who can’t seem to enjoy life for the weight of his guilt and then he meets Winnie. She seems to ignite feelings within him that he didn’t expect or want; don’t you just love a reluctant hero :D I enjoyed the struggles of Nick, the way he couldn’t quite let himself believe he could be happy. Once Winnie started to show that she could accept his dark sides and share her own, he is helpless. He starts the book as a brooding, reluctant hero and then he becomes a gorgeous man who, without truly realising it, starts to become the hero trying to prove to himself that he is worthy of her. I have loved every single one of the heroes in this series but I think Nicholas may have moved to the top of my list with the way he acts during this book.
Winnie is a product of her upbringing. Her father prostituted her out at a very young age and she has suffered the consequences of that ever since. Heart-break and abuse have created a strong, independent woman who needs nobody to take care of her because no one ever has. I loved the way that she made Nicholas see what she was to him, what a real relationship could be like. Even when he started to try with her, she still refused to accept anything less than what she deserved without ever asking him to change. She was an amazing character to read about.
I am not going to spoil the storyline that brings them together, the hurt that they try to heal together as it happens after 30%. It is a truly heart-breaking look at the corruption in the wild-west and I actually got a little bit upset at the content. It made me adore these two as a couple, the pair of them using their darkness to to try to solve a mystery that not only brings them together but heals a little bit of their hurts. The ending made me sniffle …. I loved this book.
The sex, whilst on page, is quite sweet. The sex is not explicit and the language is tame whilst still being sexy. These two had quite a lot of sex, attracted to each other in such a way that they could not keep their hands off each other. It really is very sweet.
I have but one complaint about this story and it is the reason why it didn’t get 5 stars. Emma Lang usually introduces the couple from the next book as she did here. Tobias and Rebecca’s story is obviously getting started in this story but it didn’t really fit and felt like random, although enjoyable, scenes thrown into an otherwise perfectly meshed story. There weren’t many and, although they were intriguing as to how the next story will pan out, they took me completely away from the main romance. Again, it is a minor point in an otherwise amazing book because I really do enjoy the character of Tobias.
Overall, this is a fantastic edition to a fabulous series. With a damaged, sweet as sugar hero and a firecracker heroine, this is one that gave me the warm and fuzzies all the way through. (less)
FTC : I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review. The author has been on the blog for events but my opinion of her as an author has had no baring on the overall review.
This book is written from First POV. I like first POV but it is a risky strategy for authors as, if your character is annoying, it can pull a reader out of scenes and, eventually, out of their book altogether. For the bulk of this book, I actually quite liked Willa and the hidden teenaged girl in me could relate to her. She is running away from a relationship where the man who professed to love her wanted to “fix her”. Yeah, I hated him and I never even met him.
Willa is not broken; she is a product of her upbringing. A snarky girl who uses sarcasm to keep people at bay, the overall impression I had of her was that she didn’t really care about herself, but she damn well cared about others. Over and over I saw examples of Willa helping others and, in the process, letting them inside her walls even when she didn’t want to. She didn’t go into this book expecting love but she found it in the shape of Shane. From the first moment she sees him when he picks her up at the airport, she is attracted to him and their story starts from chapter one. It was fascinating to see the extremes that she would go to to protect herself, and her heart, from him. I didn’t understand it until much later as she starts to open up to him and it, at some points, came across as a little bit petulant. The teenaged girl in me approved, the adult wanted her to grow up and communicate properly.
Shane is an Irish racing driver who is forced into life behind a bar when his Father dies. Here’s where the first POV bugged me slightly; I wanted to know more about Shane. This story is told entirely from Willa’s POV, who spends the majority of the book either keeping Shane at bay or trying to keep her relationship with Shane temporary, so I didn’t learn much about Shane. He had loads of stuff I wanted to know about; what happened to make his Father eventually kick him out? How did he feel about having to give up on the racing? How did he feel about watching his mother deteriorate? I learned very little about any of these questions as I only learned what very little Willa asked him and Willa’s priority was not getting to know him more. He was older than Willa (I never learned how old he actually was) and that did come across in his actions and in the way he responded to her. He was a nice balance to Willa and I found that what I enjoyed the most, was the impact he had on the development of her character.
The sex starts much later in the book than in the other books I’ve read from her (probably due to it being an NA) but they are just as sexy (a scene in the car … phew! *fans*). As I’ve come to expect, the Hero is a very verbal participant in all of the scenes
Overall, if you like erotic tales written in first POV involving a sexy hero with a deliciously dirty month, give this a go! If you have read Ms Bailey’s work before (and if not, do so!) this one will definitely hit the spot.(less)
FTC : I received this book for an honest review. I have worked with the author on several occasions and have enjoyed...more**spoiler alert** Really 4.5 Stars
FTC : I received this book for an honest review. I have worked with the author on several occasions and have enjoyed several of her previous work.
This is the second in the series although it can be read as a standalone. I class this book as a rather sweet MM romance with coming out angst and a reluctant hero to boot; I really liked it.
Henri has just broken up with his douche of an ex after finding out he was cheating on him and, subsequently, may have given him herpes. He finds himself on a camping trip where he doesn’t want to be, sharing a tent with a man who stirs unwelcome feelings within him. I don’t know how I felt about Henri as the reluctant hero. He shows all the classic traits (surly towards his love interest but overall protective) and he has added complications of the embarrassing wait for the Herpes test, but he was just a bit too grumpy to be likeable for the majority of the book. Don’t get me wrong, he had ample reasons to want to push Logan away. He is still caught up in the initial betrayal of his ex, unable to move on whilst the threat of an STI still looms, and then, when he realises that fighting his attraction to Logan is useless, he can’t act on his sexual urges which puts a huge strain on him throughout. It was understandable but it wasn’t all that sexy.
Logan is a lovely character to read about. He has just split up from his long-term girlfriend, finally accepting that he is gay, and goes on the camping trip to be introduced to other gay men in the hopes he can find friends and maybe more. What he actually meets is a surly man who really doesn’t like the fact that he is sharing a tent with him. Logan can’t help the attraction that he feels towards him, or the wide eyed looks that he keeps throwing, but he can help the way he is treated. He manages to restrain himself whilst Henri is throwing him nothing but distain but once the signals start getting more mixed, he finds it easier to try his first romance with a man. Then he gets oh so cute (he’s a Texan too…. a cowboy!)
The heat level of this book is spicy rather than sweet. These two were a cute mis-matched couple who I wanted to succeed. I have to say I was quite amazed at the addition of a STI to a spicy romance (it isn’t really a sexy topic) but it did add a level of angst that I feel the story needed and it was dealt with in a very delicate way. There is a scene in the tent that is quite fun…. there is a lot of sexual tension in this book that is amped up by the STI storyline :)
I really enjoyed this cute romance story. If you like your romance sweet and your hero’s cute enough to hug, give this one a try.(less)
I love Eve Langlais. Her characters are bitchy, the story-l...moreFTC : 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!(less)
FTC : I was given this by the author. I do have an online relationship with her but that didn’t influence this review.
As a 52 page novella, I really don’t think that I can review this one properly without giving plot away so this will be an opinion only post. I liked both of the characters within this book which made reading their romance easy.
I enjoyed this Valentines themed novella; it was short, sweet and light. The romance was fluffy and left me with a case of the warm and fuzzies. Due to the length of the novella, there was a lot of relationship building that was skipped or felt rushed; my only major complaint about this book was that I felt the author tried to give the relationship a bit too much flesh in such a short story. It was however, a very effective as a light and heart-warming read.
Overall, if you need a short and sweet pick-me-up, this could be one for you. With cute characters and an easy-to-follow plot, I read this one quickly and did so with a smile. (less)
FTC : I requested this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
The Ramos family series was one I picked up due to the author’s name on the fr...moreFTC : I requested this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
The Ramos family series was one I picked up due to the author’s name on the front of the book. I love Meg Benjamin and, although this series has been very much different to the rest of her work, I have enjoyed it immensely! This is the last in the series and by far my favourite. It seemed to flow better than the others and was far hotter; well, this is a book with a sex hungry ghost :)
This one focuses on Ray Ramos, house decorator extraordinaire. Little does he know, the house he has recently bought is infested with a nasty ghost who wants to sex his energy out of him. The only person to believe and help him is the lovely Emma but he soon decides he wants to do more with her than hunt ghosts.
Emma is attracted to Ray as soon as he answers his door but she has no time for a romance. When she witnesses strange things at a sceane, she is thrown into the path of Ray whilst trying to make sense of what is going on in that house. She can’t help but acknowledge the strange attraction that is between them but it’s clear that any relationship they would have has a sell-by-date. Can they really go through such extreme situations together and not give in?
I loved both main characters, both of them having many character flaws for me to get my teeth into. Emma was an absolute wet lettuce at the start of the book because all she has is her job in her life. Then she meets Ray, and the ghost, and she becomes more of a person that I could relate to, a woman with a backbone and a stubborn edge, determined to get rid of that scary ghost. Ray also begins as a work-driven grumpy git but, again, when the ghost makes her presence known, he has to do something more than just decorate the house because he truly feels in danger. This ghost drives them both out out of their comfort zone and forces them to actually live a life for themselves. They were a fabulously compatible couple and the chemistry really does fly.
The ghost story really drives the romance forward. The creepy, and often dangerous, path of the ghost gives their story a hint of pace and danger. I loved the mystery and the never-ending twists in the plot; it isn’t often I have seen a truly spooky ghost story mixed so well with such a gritty romance. I truly enjoyed it and am quite sad that this is the last in the series. It really seemed that the series reached a new height with this one which just leaves me gasping for more.
This is a spooky, gritty romance book that packs a punch and keeps you guessing all the way through. With a twisty turny plot and combustible character chemistry, it was by far the best book in the series. I truly recommend it. (less)