Angela Vernon walked out of the Aerie after admitting to one of her closest friends that she was in love with her husband. Xavier was everything that she wanted her Dom to be but he could never be hers. The day she cut ties with that club she ceased to be a sub, preferring instead to be the one in control so her heart never felt the pain again. Then her friend Angela died of cancer and it became impossible to go back, impossible not to disrespect her memory by longing for a man she could never have. For three years she managed to avoid him, until a patient brings them back into contact.
Xavier never understood why Angela walked away from the Aerie. All he knows that now she’s back, she’s the only woman who has lit his interest since his wife died. Unwilling to let her walk out of his life for the second time, he will do anything she asks; even play submissive for her. Once he gets her back into bed, he isn’t leaving. But he doesn’t know her secrets and he doesn’t know that she will fight to avoid being in a relationship with him.
The first thing I need to say about this book is how stunning the cover is....it’s gorgeous! This is the final instalment in this story arc with the Aerie Doms. I was warned that it may not end the way that I thought it would and they were right. I expected an extremely hardcore BDSM book but that wasn’t what I got. The man that had been made up to be the Dom of all Doms didn’t have a storyline that met with my expectations of him; I was refreshingly surprised. This one felt much more like a love story because these two had a previous connection that was reignited; I believed in the tale because I believed in this previous connection.
The thing I always find with Doms is the more Dominant they are supposed to be, the harder I find it to relate to them. I didn’t find that with Xavier. He was a man that was open to the idea of love but hadn’t met anyone that could hold the candle to his deceased wife. I liked that he hadn’t closed himself off, that he had given himself room to grieve but wasn’t shutting the door to his heart completely. He is the one who actively pursues Angela, the one who batters down her defences when it should have been his that were raised. I did love him. He was suave, charming and completely open with his emotions....the perfect man!
Angela was fooling herself if she ever thought she was a Domme. She was a sub; she was just a sub for only one man. Xavier had wormed his way into her heart when he was her best friends’ husband; it would be inappropriate to let herself feel that she had a realistic chance of having a relationship with him...no matter how hard he pushed. Angela was a character that I liked, but one whose decisions I couldn’t get on board with. She played make believe Domme because she was trying to protect herself but I just hated the lie to both herself and her subs! I liked her and Xavier together.... especially the tub scene *fans*.
Overall, this wasn’t the ending I was expecting but I liked the surprise of the story. I had more belief in this tale because I’d met Xavier throughout the series and because I knew they had a previous connection. I liked it; it was a sexy story with complex characters and a complex plot.... this series is definitely worth a read!(less)
Dulcie was left a legacy to protect when her mother died of cancer. The chocolate shop she was brought up in was a massive part of her mother’s life and it is now up to Dulcie to keep it thriving. On the one occasion that Dulcie decided to try to branch out from her Mothers recipe book, she was humiliated in front of a panel of her peers. Afraid to take any more risks, she sticks to the same chocolates, watching in despair as her business declines. When the invitation to the next Chocolateers competition arrives in the post, it’s clear she has to come up with something original or risk losing it all forever.
Across town, Nick helps manage his father’s chocolate shop that’s in the same town as Dulcie. He hates his job, seeing the busy kitchens from his childhood memories replaced by giant machines and automation. His true passion is cupcakes, but his Father believes too much in the family business for him to even try to suggest it. When he meets Dulcie, he realises that he may have met the woman for him, but then he finds out whom she really is and that he’ll be going up against her in the Chocolateers. Will he allow the competition to get in the way of an attraction that he hasn’t felt in a while?
With dirty dealings and family feuds, will our rival chocolateers be able to see that work isn’t everything? Or will they allow the competition to keep them apart.
This book is sweet. Not sickly sweet but sweet all the same. There is no sex in this book but the chemistry is still well written by the author. I enjoyed it and I’m quite surprised I did. As long time readers of this blog will attest, I like my smutty books but this one hit the right spot. I recommend it to people who like sweet romances, good-guy heroes and a relationship thwarted by misunderstandings.
Dulcie was an odd character to get to know. I wanted to like her but I wasn’t sure I could. She took everything her mother had said or did completely to heart, nearly driving herself to exhaustion trying to do everything she thought she would have wanted. She tried to juggle a master’s degree whilst running the shop; shockingly it doesn’t work. Meanwhile she is so worried about destroying her mother’s legacy, she won’t try to create anything new. She dreams of new recipes but they stay where they are created; in her head. This, alongside the way she is so quick to believe that Nick is the bad guy throughout the book due to a ridiculous feud, didn’t warm me to her. I never felt I saw the real Dulcie; I just saw a product of her grief and fear. Only the epilogue did I feel I could connect with her as a character. Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t an annoying and mean character; she was just difficult to connect with.
In contrast, I really enjoyed Nick’s character. He didn’t give a toss about family ties; he just wanted to know Dulcie. He really did make an ass of himself at times because he didn’t think before he spoke, he simply stuck to the same routine he assumed women liked and it didn’t go over well! I loved that he made her things, loved that he tried to relate to her about things that she loved and was happy enough to defy his Father in order to get close to her. He was such a genuinely nice man and it was refreshing to see an uncomplicated man in a Romance!
The side story was very sweet and I particularly enjoyed the whole premise of a culinary competition purely for chocolate J The character of the Grandma was hilarious; a Grandma that was a yoga fanatic with killer legs and a racy history? Just my cup of tea!
This was a sugary sweet treat with a hero that was a truly sexy good guy. Yes, the heroine was a pain in the ass individually, but without her being that much of pain in the ass, Nick wouldn’t have had so many opportunities to be that jaw-droppingly swoon worthy. I recommend this book as a beach read or a real feel good indulgence. (less)
When Everet is called in to a club to deal with an avian shifter that has brought their race into disrepute, it is hardly surprising to him that it’s a Magpie causing all the issues. Upon seeing the amount of suffering the young shifter has already been put through as “punishment”, he decides bringing him back to the nest to face the judgement of the Elders.
The AHole that is head of the Nest decides that, as Magpies cannot change their thieving and whoring ways, Kane is to be sentenced to the cages. Unable to watch his charge suffer such a punishment, Everet asks to be made responsible for Kane. This means that the Raven would be responsible for helping the Magpie to recuperate and also to take any punishments that he would reap whilst at the Nest. The Elders agree but maybe Everet has bitten off more than he can chew?
Although undoubtedly attracted to Kane, Everet must use his legendary restraint to resist the man who is willing to use sex as the means to getting his own way. Trying to stop him using drugs, prostituting himself and thieving will take all his skill....being distracted is not an option. But can he really take such a tricky slave on and keep his heart safe? And are the rest of the Nest correct? Can a magpie ever really change?
I have been waiting for an age for this book. Was it as good as Duck!? It was a completely different type of book and I loved it but no, it didn’t have that fantasy feel that Duck! had. It is set after Duck! (Reading it first would be recommended) and features scenes with Ori and Reynard that gave me a really lovely warm feeling inside.
This book lacked the fairytale quality that Duck! had. The characters were full of hard edges and I enjoyed reading about them because of it. Everet is a good looking Raven who has been promoted to head of security because of his control and sense of justice. He doesn’t believe in over punishment, hates avian’s using the hierarchy as an excuse to be cruel to the lower classes and believes in fairness. He is the perfect flipside to the out of control Kane but I wanted him to bend slightly, to meet Kane in the middle. He had such innovative boundaries that I instantly fell in love with him; the rule where the bedroom was only for sex, not an arena to punish any crimes was lovely because it showed Kane that he would cherish and protect him even if he made a mistake. I loved the theme of this book was lovely; no matter how much people screw up in life, people still deserve to be loved and cherished. Well, if they don’t do anything worth hard jail time for anyway! The scene where he wouldn’t let them punish Kane..... *swoon*
Kane was a brat. Kane was not really a sub because he didn’t want to submit; he wanted to do anything to get his own way. Kane had been mistreated, abused and abandoned his entire life. He did not know what to do with Everet and his protection because he had never had it. He was used to having to figure out a way to manipulate people into the things that he wanted and being a magpie these were generally shiny things. I loved that the drug he was hooked on was shiny and glittery too....it fit so well! Kane was not one for lip service and he kept waiting for all that Everet had told him to be a lie; he literally had to be shown that Everet was a man of his word in a very painful way before he believed it. I loved it.
There is MM sex because it’s a MM BDSM book. I didn’t think there was much S/M but there was definitely Dominance. I’d love to read more about these two because I feel there is so much more to come, so much more angst to follow. I hope there is more from this series as I’ve loved both books so far!
An angsty, sexy paranormal read that left me wanting more. I loved the characters, loved the plot and adored the writing. If you like MM, like PNR and liked Duck! READ THIS!! (less)
Jake Sommers has returned for one thing and one thing only; Michelle. When he had her, he played fast and loose with her feelings so she went and married another man. He left, even went as far as to join the military and get himself deployed to parts unknown, but one thing has never changed; he has never loved anyone other than Michelle. Now he has to convince her that he has changed and won’t ever hurt her again. But proving that may be harder than he imagined.
When Jake dismissed her, Michelle did the only thing she could and moved on with a man who adored her. When he was killed in action, she was left raising her child alone. Over the years she has begun to realise her priorities and Jake is not one of them. Letting him back into her life is the last thing that she wants to do. But how can she resist the man that she gave her heart to, even if she knows there is every possible that he will leave her again.
This book has a plot twist at about 20% that I wouldn’t like to know if I hadn't read it. It didn’t make me gasp (I suspected it) but it is big enough to warrant it being a spoiler...it also means this review is mega hard to write!
Michelle is a woman with a massive secret, but it’s one she has chosen to keep at all costs. She has had to live as a young widow and bring up her only child alone; neither of these tasks is easy but she has managed to get a routine going that works. Then in walks Jake, the man who made her feel and then dropped her like a used tissue. This time, he wanted back in her life and was willing to do anything to do it. When he discovers her secret, his resolve becomes a need and I loved that she didn’t allow him straight back in. She knew what was best, knew what was right for her child and so was determined to shelve her feelings and do the right thing. She was strong, determined and self reliant – very good heroine.
Jake had a good excuse for leaving when he did. He was pretty screwed up over things that happened to him, blamed himself for the death of Michelle’s husband, so wasn’t in the right frame of mind to offer her anything. Of course it would have helped if the dumb ass had communicated any of this! When he came back he was the kind of tortured Alpha that melted my heart. Yeah he had behaved like a dumbass, but he couldn’t be entirely blamed for the way things worked out; it was a joint dumbass decision.
I loved them together. I cannot say anything more without giving away the plot but it was amazing. It was a steamy, steamy book that had a plot which both warmed my heart and kept me gripped. The main couple were fabulous together and I willed them to have a HEA, especially after I found out what the secret was. There was angst, love, sex, betrayal, secrets and lies....the best in the series so far!(less)
Coyote shifter Sera is a submissive female of a dying breed. This means that every male Coyote thinks it is their God given right to impregnate her in the interest of continuing their species. Sera is so submissive that she can’t seem to say no to anyone slightly Dominant to her and it left her in an incredibly unhappy marriage. When her husband finds she is taking contraceptive pills, he beats her badly, sending her running to the sanctuary offered by her much tougher friends.
Amongst those friends is wolf-shifter Julio, a Dominant who makes both woman and Coyote want to howl with pleasure. Julio has his own nightmares to deal with but he never shy’s away from hers. He seems to treat her with kid gloves but when her husband finds out where she is and starts to stalk her, he decides to take her on the road whilst they neutralise the threat. Sera is a woman he shouldn’t want to mix with but he can’t help but be attracted to all aspects of the fiery little Coyote. Surely being in such close contact will only amp up the sexual tension between them?
Whilst on the road, they take the opportunity to visit the more rural packs, making sure that they are getting everything they need. It is whilst visiting these packs that Sera starts to realise that maybe she brings more to a situation than being a “Coyote slut”. There are those that don’t look down on her for what she is, there are those that appreciate her heart and strength. As the relationship between her and Julio starts to heat up, the bonds between them start to strengthen. But there are those that would happily see the two of them apart, shifters that think such an inter-species union is wrong on many levels. Will our couple be able to survive the actions of some of the more dangerous opponents to their relationship?
First off, I will state that this is not a standalone. You need to read the others in the series to be able to know the characters back story. I will go further and say that you should reread the others before beginning this one to refresh your knowledge of them too. That being said it is worth doing both of these things because this is a really hot little book.
The sexual tension between Sera and Julio is obvious from the start of the book. They both feel it, but they won’t openly admit it to each other. Once they hit the road, I knew they didn’t have a hope in hell of keeping their hands off each other. Once they give in, the action is blooming hot and heavy. Turns out Sera’s submissive nature extends to the bedroom and she is willing to try almost anything in her quest for pleasure. Julio is a very Alpha male; he is more than willing to keep up with Sera in the bedroom. This leaves us with some incredibly smoking scenes. Seriously. Like need a fan installing in my underwear hot.
I loved both of the characters, but I have to say I loved Sera more. Julio was hot as hell, protective, lovely and sexy, but I expected that. Sera was a complete surprise. She had been basically been broken by a situation that was out of her control. She couldn’t help being a female coyote, a submissive or not maternal, yet she was punished for being all of the above. In the case of the latter, physically punished as her delightful husband beat the ever loving crap out of her for it. Once she gets on the road she discovers so much about herself. She discovers there is no shame in being a submissive, that with the right Dominant she can flourish and be an active part of a relationship, there to buffer out Dominant urges and be a support mechanism for a worthy man. She also discovers that she is a good person, no matter what her lineage. All of this is in no small part down to Julio and the confidence that he instils in her. I loved them together.
Overall, this is a fabulous addition to the series. With a submissive, kinky coyote and a lovely Alpha, there is fire-works, heat and even a gun-toting bad guy. I highly recommend it. (less)
FTC: I requested this book as a mammoth fan of the series. I got the book for an honest review but it may be a little biased due to how good the other...moreFTC: I requested this book as a mammoth fan of the series. I got the book for an honest review but it may be a little biased due to how good the other books are.
I love this series. It is sweet, sexy and fulfilling; I read each one with a big dopey grin on my face. The way Jill Shalvis writes romance is something that everyone should experience; I truly recommend it. Although I loved Leah and Jack together, separately I had some issues. Together they completed each other, seemed to give each other some peace. It was sweet which is why Leah frustrated me so darn much!
Jack, I adored. Leah was the only woman to remain consistent in his life and their current ploy put that at risk. Although they had laid the rules down, he knew that she had always been the one too close to his heart and he feared that they did not truly appreciate the risks that they had taken. I loved the way he transitioned into his role from playboy to boyfriend in a split second, giving up his many dates without a quibble. It was like he had been in a holding pattern before and now was back on track. His concern for his mother was admirable (and obviously made him that more attractive) but, honestly, it was the way he was with Leah that made me adore him. He knew her so well, treated her so fairly, and he was so damn sexy with her. If a sexy fire-fighter paid that much attention to me, I think I’d become a juddering mess.
Leah was a pain in the ass to be honest. I get that her life was up in the air, I get that she didn’t stay anywhere long but I just couldn’t get why. Her childhood was shocking but she fully understood the ramifications of her actions on other people and did them anyway. Maybe I am a little protective over Jack, but I thought she was pretty awful with him. She was only willing to give him a small portion of herself but allowed him to give her everything knowing full well that she was going to break his heart. I just thought she wore her past like an excuse to do whatever the hell she wanted and she didn’t really want to face up to the consequences of her actions. Whenever she made arrangements that would affect her relationship with Jack, she wouldn’t tell him. He’d find out by accident and be left reeling; I have no idea why he bothered with her. I may be being a little unfeeling towards her past but I can’t help it; she wasn’t blind to her actions and she selfishly did them anyway. Together, I loved them. The chemistry was sizzling and the history between them only made it that more satisfying to read about. It was clear that their arrangement would fail from the second it began.
The same shenanigans go on in Lucky Harbor as in the rest of the series and the small town antics made me chuckle and get all warm and fuzzy because they are comfortable to read about. They fleshed out this story but they didn’t really add to the love plot in this one.
Overall, it has all the hallmarks of a lucky harbor book and that made me enjoy it. Jack may be in my top three Shalvis heroes (number one will ever be the good doctor I think) but I’m afraid Leah isn’t on my heroine list. A good installment and I cannot WAIT for Ben... (less)
Hunter Ford is spoiled, entitled and a general pain in the ass to people who know him. Unfortunately, along with the family money comes certain responsibility and that is how we find Hunter in this tale; being dragged along as the gay nephew of a senator on his re-election tour. Hunter has always been a bit of a wild-child and this, along with his general distain for his Uncle, means he is a complete liability and must be looked after. This is why Steve is hired as his “image consultant” and general watcher.
Steve has experience in being an image consultant but not in dealing with someone as attractive, or arrogant, as Hunter. Hunter seems determined to put sex before anything else; can Steve really stop him from destroying the campaign? When Steve sees just how Hunter is treated by his Uncle, he starts to question why Hunter agreed to be part of the circus. Then Hunter starts to show him the strain and emotional pressure that being around people in Politics puts on him and Steve realises that maybe there is more to this story than meets the eye.
When the attraction between them flares into full blown lust, the two hit the sheets in a fashion which shakes Steve’s beliefs about his sexuality. Can he change everything he took for granted to be the man who can protect and care for a man such as Hunter? And will Hunter allow him close enough to be what he needs.
I’ve been waiting for Hunter Ford’s book for a while. The man has been so dislikeable in every book in which he has appeared, a moral-less slut who has caused much grief to our previous couples. At first glance, he is still the same guy at the start of this book. Then we see how his homophobic Uncle treats him when he uses him to gain a “gay-friendly” stand-point and I realised how any layers of protection someone would have to build up to get through something like that. The distain that he shows for his nephew is astonishing; I fricking hated that git. I started to pity Hunter but that isn’t quite a standpoint I normally like to see one of the hero’s from.
Then along came Steve. Steve is a nice guy, usually in control who likes taking care of other people. He looked after his deaf sister after their parents died and has took on a career of looking after people in a fashion. At first, Hunter is a complete annoyance to him. Then the cracks start to appear in his armour of ice and we start to see the real Hunter. This is the Hunter that would have been around all the time if it wasn’t for his treatment at the hands of his family. This is the Hunter that only Steve is allowed to see and I loved him for bringing it out. Hunter has hard edges but Steve softened them, yielding to his demands and allowing him to be the man he was. I adored Steve.
This is a Daisy Harris book.... there is lots of man-lovin’. It had an edge of Dominance that I loved but the whole thing was just so sweet. Yes, it was hot as hell but the sex was all about Steve accepting who he needed to be for Hunter and for Hunter to allow someone close enough to love him. Seriously, they were absolutely adorable.
The Holsum college series is about love and this one certainly fits the brief. I adored the two of them together and was completely invested in their story. It’s a tale of love, redemption and sex....perfect reading material J(less)
When the girl who broke Vance Jennings’s heart twelve years ago shows up on her doorstep looking for a second chance, he can’t think of doing anything other than running in the other direction. He thought he had finally managed to fill the hole she left when she ran, but upon seeing her again he realises that all he had really done was disguise it. But she broke his heart all those years ago; why in the hell would he give her a second chance?
Shayla had no choice but to leave Vance all those years ago, but her circumstances have definitely changed. She is now in a position to start living the live she wants and the first thing she does he return to the man she gave her heart to. She knows that it won’t be easy to win him back but the stakes are too high not to try.
This is the second book in the Blackwater series and I will be reading the rest of the series. This one covers a trope that I really like; that of long-lost loves returning to throw a spanner in the world of the Hero. It didn’t have that much tension as there were no real obstacles in the way of these two getting back together. The family liked her and there were no significant others to get out of the way. In fact, the only thing that was in the way of these two getting it on was Vance’s hurt feelings. It made this one a very quick read but it wasn't as meaty as Rainey's other books.
Vance was a good hero to read about. He is a strong, slightly gruff man who is complete family orientated. The fact that he is rebuilding his adopted families’ diner with his brothers as “repayment” made both my heart ache and swoon. The fact that he thought they warranted that level of thanks was alien to me, but I have never been in the position all five Jennings boys are in. I loved him as a Hero; he was everything I wanted him to be. He was strong, compassionate, sensual and reach-for-the-ice-bucket sexy.
Shayla had all of my respect. She was a strong heroine; the reason that she left would have been massive to a teenage girl and she honestly thought she was protecting him. When she arrives back, it is with the sole intention of winning back Vance. She is prepared to fail but thinks the risk is worth it; this woman was pretty kickass. Of course the only way she can convince him to give her another shot is to tell him it’s all just sex. I really felt for her when I listened to the stories of her childhood. They both had experienced the kind of emotions that children really shouldn’t have to feel and I wanted them to get their HEA.
The sex is awesome but I expect nothing less from Anne Rainey. There was a whole lot of bossiness going down and Vance is a pretty intense kinda lover. It is a smoking sexy book and that is the thing I went away from this book. Just look at the cover....that tells you everything you need to know *fans*
Overall, this is a smoking hot book about two lovers reconnecting and second chances. I really liked it....I would love to read Vance’s twin brothers tales immediately....I think Rivers will be a very emotional book! (less)
Nora Sutherland writes erotica that is so dirty her fan club have made her headline grabbing news. Each piece of work is so sinfully sexy that the lat...moreNora Sutherland writes erotica that is so dirty her fan club have made her headline grabbing news. Each piece of work is so sinfully sexy that the latest releases are always anticipated with bated breath. For her latest work, Nora wants to do something big. She doesn’t want to tell the story of a fling or a one-night stand; this one is personal. To do something different, she needs guidance along the way and she wants nothing but the best. Enter Zach, editor extraordinaire and general hard-ass.
Zach doesn’t want to take on Nora as a client. He doesn’t want to edit what he assumes will be a tawdry bit of fluff. No, Zach sees his skills are somewhere above the level of the person that he assumes it will take to edit this manuscript. Unfortunately, Zach has little choice in the matter.
Upon meeting Nora, he quickly falls in lust. From the much younger man that answers her door to the aura that surrounds her, she is unlike anything that he has ever seen before, he agrees to edit the manuscript on one condition; she re-writes the manuscript from scratch and she does it to his standards.
Nora agrees, the novel more important to her for reasons that she is unable to discuss. But somewhere along the way Zach gets dragged into Nora’s world, the simmering sexuality that she exudes dragging him in the way that it does with everyone else. But this world isn’t like any he has ever seen before because Nora has two big secrets; she works a professional Dominatrix and she loves Soren, the Sadist that dishes out the pain she craves, but that she doesn’t think she is good enough for.
As Zach navigates Nora’s world, the emotional damage that she has becomes apparent to us as readers. Three men desire her, but she presses all the self-destruct buttons when it comes to them all. Young Wes, the man that she lives with, loves her with all that is pure, but he cannot accept what she is. He doesn’t understand Nora’s driving need for pain and tries to enforce an ultimatum to keep her bruise free. Zach wants her. He has his own baggage, but reading through the Nora’s sensual words and treading into her words sets his own desires free in a way he never anticipated. Then there is Soren, the man who took her as his submissive at the age of 15, the man who hands out her beatings, the only man she has ever truly loved. All of men want her but they all want different versions of her.
Can she become the person that they want her to be?
This is not a romance. This is not a nice story. This is a story that will grab you by the metaphorical balls and torture you from start to finish. These people are all flawed; there is no perfect in Tiffany Reisz’s world. These people are cruel, selfish and utterly compelling; I finished this book in two hours and became the world’s most unsociable bastard whilst reading it.
This review is hard to write because this is book one in a series. This is a section of time in Nora’s story and there are constant twists and turns. It’s like being on rollercoaster; there are constant twists, turns and drops until you grind suddenly to a halt. There is so much I can say but so much I don’t want to say because I simply don’t want to spoil it. There are things that made me uncomfortable with this book, and I fucking HATED Soren, but overall I could not put it down.
Nora is one of the most damaged characters I have read in a while. She was difficult to like because as a complete character she had some awful traits; there were aspects I liked and aspects that I hated. I loved her with Zach; she was flirty, strong and completely supportive of his needs. I like that she didn’t whine when he tried to rewrite the book, rose to every single challenge he set her and still had time to set him a few challenges of her own. I knew this wasn’t to be our love story, but it was exciting to see what would happen next, to feel the sparks of attraction bouncing off the pages.
Nora with Wes was difficult to read. The Nora Wes wanted didn’t exist. Yes, there were flashes of her on the surface, but she was never truly there. It was difficult to read as I could see where it was heading, see the ending before it happened. It was going to end in tears. I didn’t know why or how but it was clear that at some point she was going to show him her true colors, prove to him that she couldn’t do what he asked because it was against her nature. I was shocked by the way their tale resolved but only by the method, not the overall outcome. It broke my heart.
Soren was the most difficult character for me to read as I didn’t like him. Soren was a man with a humongous secret that some of you may have an issue with….No, I’m not going to tell you what it is. Soren is a Sadist and Nora is his Masochist. He took her under his wing at 15 but made her wait until he felt she was ready to submit to what he wanted. I had no issue with this; it seemed completely sexist, but I already thought he was a complete tosser. Soren knew that the only woman for him was Nora. He didn’t play with anyone else, he didn’t want anyone else. This I respected. It was clear that, even though she claimed they were over, they weren’t as he had his own phone line. My problem wasn’t how he acted with her; my problem was with his methods. He was a Sadist. I’m fine with this, although it isn’t the most comfortable of subject matters. My problem was when he beat her, he literally beat her up. There was no control or art to it; she came out with bruises, cuts, split lips…. She looked like she had been mugged, not had a session with someone who reportedly loved her. I hated his lack of control, I hate that he marked her in such a haphazard way…I didn’t feel the love in his beatings. I suppose I was slightly uncomfortable with the way that she was OK with the punishment that she took (and it always felt like a punishment). She craved the beatings, craved the pain but I couldn’t help feel that it was because she felt that she deserved it. She wanted punishment and he wanted to punish her; it was a match made in twisted Heaven.
Love or hate the characters, you cannot deny the power in this story. The writing packs a punch, there are no half-truths and everyone is laid bare for you to pass judgment upon. The sex was out of this world (including the F/F scene which I adored!) but the S/M was hard to read for me. I both loved and hated Nora depending on who she was interacting with, but the depth of emotion I felt for all the characters can only be a compliment to the author. I will be picking up The Angel; I need to know where this tale leads and that is worth reading more about Soren for. (less)
Ever since they moved to a different city, the relationship between Aidan and Layla has changed. Together for four years, they used to have be both friends and lovers but now they barely touch. Now most of Layla’s orgasms are courtesy of the sex toys he frequently buys her, furtive bringing herself pleasure whilst he sleeps next to her.
When Aidan discovers her masturbating to a picture of the latest model she wants to sign for the erotic modelling agency for which she works, it sets off a chain events that changes their relationship for ever. He encourages her to invite Sawyer into their bed but he doesn’t want to be involved, he just wants to watch. He can’t give her what she needs anymore, a secret causing him to push away the woman he loves. He rolls the dice, takes the risk and hopes that his plan won't backfire and push her into the arms of another man.
Sawyer and Layla hit it off straight away and it takes very little convincing to get him into their bed. The chemistry is combustible, the affection very real; in the interest of keeping his secrets, could Aidan have sowed the seeds that will kill the one thing he is trying to save? When things become worse between Aidan and Layla, will she turn to Sawyer to give her the affection she craves? And will Sawyer settle to being a third forever? Or will he push for more?
It you read nothing else from this review, read this paragraph. This book is outstanding. It played with my emotions, tore strips off my heart and left me reeling. I didn’t expect this book to hook me the way that it did and didn’t predict the way the plot turns would leave me ignoring life in general to keep reading right up until the end. The ending is not what I expected either. I had an idea of where it was going, but found that idea changing with each and every chapter. I can’t say this book made me happy but it certainly made me feel something. It isn’t a easy, chick-lit romance that you devour in a week with a smile on your face through every page. It’s an angsty, emotional, intense read with flawed characters making decisions because of flawed reasoning and suffering greatly because of it. I will reread this book once I get over the way it made me feel the first time round.
These characters can’t stop hurting each other. Aidan is hiding a secret which is putting a wedge between him and Layla. Their relationship is on the verge of collapse, their love for each other the only thing keeping them from admitting the truth to themselves. By suggesting they bring Sawyer into his bed, Aidan thinks he is doing something that will save them, allowing them to stay together with Sawyer filling the gaps he can’t plug himself. Instead, he unintentionally hurts them all.
Layla feels rejected and unloved by the man she is to marry, so she allows herself to be pushed towards Sawyer. Yes, she is attracted to him, but she would be happy to just fantasize. Once he’s in her bed he shows her what a relationship should be like, but there is the constant shadow of Aidan in the corner to make her torture herself over her feelings and keep her unhappy. Sawyer loves being around her, but isn’t too happy being their third. Aidan creeps him out, but he is willing to put up with him as long as he gets to be close to Layla. Every time they are together, he forgets, for a little while, that she isn’t someone else’s girl and that this isn’t a temporary arrangement. Every time they are apart, it all floods back and then he hurts all over again. Mean while Aidan has to watch another man worm his way into the affections of the one woman who he adores and he can blame no one but himself.
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to happen with this book. At points, I wanted Sawyer and Layla to run off together (I loved them together), in others I wanted a happy ménage and in others I just wanted them all to go their separate ways and find relationships that didn’t cause them pain and pleasure in equal amounts. The only thing I never wanted was Layla and Aidan to go it alone. I did not like Aidan. His inability to deal with his secrets caused the emotional pain of three people and I couldn’t help see him as an emotionally selfish man. Yes, I felt sympathy for him but this was overshadowed by the anger I had at his complete disregard for anyone else but himself. He was the master puppeteer of this twisted triangle and I wanted him to bugger off. On reflection, I should also lump some of the blame at the feet of the other two characters for letting their emotions rule and allowing themselves to be treated like they didn’t matter as individuals. As you can tell, this book caused some angst in me, never mind the characters.
This review is turning into a thought dump so I’m going to leave it there. This book was filled with emotional angst, troubled character and a story line which kept me biting my nails throughout. It was a smoking hot, heart wrenching tale of two people trying to cling onto a relationship for all the wrong reasons and the repercussions of a spur of the moment decision that changed their lives forever. (less)
Abigail needs to write a paper that will make people sit up and take notice to get past university cut-backs. Deciding that one on BDSM will fit the brief, she decides to enter the Dark Haven club and study the people that play there. Once entering the building she is faced with the reality of the high fees and takes a receptionist job to play there for free. Little did she know that the receptionist at Dark Haven also can be called on to do demonstrations. She also didn’t realise that she would be so easy to spot as a fake Domme and made to show her true colours as a submissive.
Since his late wife died, Xavier has been content to play around and not commit himself to any one sub. Then he meets his new receptionist and watches as she fights against her obviously submissive nature whilst in a demo scene with him. He is intrigued, especially if she is as green as he suspects she is. She is a challenge and one he accepts willingly, but what will it take to get her to let go? The path is rocky for our D/s couple, but there is much fun along the way. With all the time and effort Xavier takes to break through her defences, it’s clear that he won’t be unaffected himself. But will these feelings be strong enough to get past the betrayal he feels when he finds the real reason she is in his club?
Well, I wanted Xavier’s book and I was certainly happy with the story he got. I was surprised to find that he was such a sweetie but it was good surprise...not a bad one at all J I loved him in the Dark Haven shorts...I love him more now.
Xavier and Abigail were a fabulous couple to read about. Both have some emotional baggage and, at least for the first quarter, Abigail is still in love with another man and utilising her play time to gain the skills she needs to be in a relationship with him (FYI his name is Nathan and he is a douche... Xavier is fighting the most one sided battle ever). It was hard to see Xavier getting so invested and knowing she just wanted someone else. By the end, there was no way that I could imagine them not being together after the amount of emotional baggage they each dig through to make this work. Xavier practically strips her to the bone to try to make her submit to him but in doing so he exposes parts of himself that he’s kept well hidden. It’s emotional healing through BDSM and I loved every second.
There are some fabulous moments in this book. We meet my favourite Doms again in this book as the men from the Mountains series appear (Jake *swoon*). The Paint-ball hunting game at their lodge was one of the best scenes of the book for me and it reminded me a little of the Capture Gardens scenes (another one of my favourite of Cherise’s ideas :D). I laughed like a child when the brown paint ball represented an anal sex prize for the Dom who shot the submissive with it :D I also loved the Pirate scene.....
There were scenes in this book that I didn’t like as much. The punishment scene was a tough one to read. I know it wasn’t supposed to be fun for any of us, but I hate the use of the fucking machine as a punishment.... orgasms should always be fun in my eyes J There were also the scenes with Abigail’s bitch of a sister to contend with. That woman is VILE.
Overall, this was not the book I expected for Xavier; it was better. With a widower who doesn’t want another submissive and a woman who wants another man, this was never going to be an easy road. Through bondage and a seriously hot game of paintball, they manage to see that some opportunities you have to grab whatever the consequences. I wouldn’t mind my own Xavier.....(less)
Tanya spends all day every day staring at the nude form of her male model Joe. A very attractive man, it’s certainly no hardship, but the paintings do...moreTanya spends all day every day staring at the nude form of her male model Joe. A very attractive man, it’s certainly no hardship, but the paintings don’t seem to be working for anyone. She has a room full of unfinished paintings and a patron who is getting antsy about the lack of finished work. When Joe offers to help her try a new technique to improve her work, she jumps at the chance at working more closely with him.
What Tanya doesn’t realize is that Joe is attracted to her. He’s been thinking of ways to get her to notice him as something other than an object to paint, and this seems like the perfect way to do it. By opening up Tanya’s senses and making her see him as a whole man, Joe unleashes Tanya’s desire for him. As they utilize all of her senses to explore his body, they embark on sexual journey like neither of them have ever experienced.
When tragedy strikes, Tanya’s career is left dangling by a thread. Her Patron has also decided to demand enough work to exhibit in a show and now the pressure is on. Can Joe help Tanya get together a portfolio at the same time as trying to build on the already fragile foundations of a relationship.
I was contacted by the author for a review of this book. First up, a big apology because this review should have been done a while ago. I agreed to this review as I have read Dee Carney’s work before. I like her style of writing and I find the plots inventive and original. This one was no different.
The central point of this story is the burgeoning sexual relationship between an artist and her model. It was different, I’d go so far to say unique, and the whole premise intrigued me. The fact that it was a novella worked for me too; sometimes, I just need a bite sized book to fit into one day’s reading.
For a novella, there was a hell of a lot of sex; it is a very hot little number. It begins from one of the first scenes and is a constant theme throughout. When Joe convinces Tanya that she can’t look at him as a 2D image to paint, he encourages her to stop using her eyes to explore his body and use her other senses. What follows is a very happy ending for him and a bucket load of confusion for her. They continue to explore his body in the same way, amping up the sexual tension and creating a whole heap of hot flushes for me. I loved this scene; it was so erotic yet so tender!
The progression of their story was very well plotted out. I did feel that Joe was more emotionally invested in their relationship than Tanya was; Joe’s entire focus was on them, but Tanya always had one eye on the paintings. I guess I can understand that, but it did make for a slightly lopsided tale. Again when disaster strikes, Joe was the more emotionally invested out of the two and actively created solutions and kept them together.
This is a short and sexy tale with an original premise and a lovely, dreamy leading man. With plenty of sex and an engaging plot, it’s definitely a fun read. (less)
**spoiler alert** Grace has loved her time in Lucky Harbor, but it may be coming to an end. With no job prospects on the horizon, it looks like she ma...more**spoiler alert** Grace has loved her time in Lucky Harbor, but it may be coming to an end. With no job prospects on the horizon, it looks like she may be soon leaving her friends behind to head for pastures new. Whilst she looks for a permanent job, she takes any odd-jobs she can find, even looking after the delicious Dr Josh’s demon dog. When Josh’s babysitter quits, she finds herself with an even bigger role within his crazy household; as live in nanny, dog-sitter and all round surrogate woman of the house.
Josh is struggling to fit all his tasks into one day. Between running a busy practice, looking after his son and navigating the emotions of his disabled sister, he really doesn’t have time to be Josh the man. When Grace bursts into his life, accepting the craziness and somehow showing him what’s missing, he is overwhelmingly attracted to her. She is good with all the members of the house, would do anything for anyone and seems to want Josh exactly as he is. The only problem is he really doesn’t have enough hours in the day to have any type of relationship with her.
Once that chemistry starts to bubble, there really is no way of stopping the impending sexual liaison. But with Grace leaving and Josh so busy, there is no way that this can end well. But, when push comes to shove, can Grace extract herself from the family life that she has managed to tie herself into? And is there any chance of Josh letting her?
I love, love, love this series! I go through phases of loving and hating books in the Contemporary genre but these are books I’ve read at least twice each in the short space of time I’ve had them. This may be my favorite of the series as it blends humor, sexual tension and the chaos of family life into one engrossing package. Of course it helps that Dr Josh is awesome….as is his sister :D
Grace is a fantastic heroine. She is fun, smart and completely giving. When she accepts the position as the live-in nanny, it is because she genuinely wants to help. Her attraction to Josh isn’t one of the factors that she takes into consideration because that will only make it harder to leave at the end. She knows that she shouldn’t, but she can’t help falling in love with that family as a unit. From the little boy who refuses to speak, communicating only by barking like a dog, to the disabled sister who makes it her life’s mission to annoy Josh, she finds that she fits in more than she ever did with her own family. I couldn’t see how she was going to walk away at the end, but it was clear that she wouldn’t find a job in banking in a town as small as Lucky Harbor.
Josh doesn’t take the award for my favorite hero of this series (that crown is reserved for Matt) but he comes darn close. He is a man dedicated to everyone else, to doing the right thing and to being darn sexy (he works out…a lot). For all his intelligence though, he didn’t have the sense to run away from Grace when he decided that he had no space in his life for a woman. He had no chance of running away from the woman who gets his son to talk, his sister to behave and brings some serenity to his life.
The people of Lucky Harbor are as crazy as ever in this one and provide some fantastic moments throughout. In every small town romance I read, there are constant jokes and references to the small town gossip vine. In this series there is a Facebook wall where all gossip gets uploaded….I laughed so hard!! Then there was a lovely scene where the Facebook wall was used for good….I won’t spoil it!!
Josh and Grace are a fantastic couple. They are entertaining and swoon worthy, with a combustible chemistry. From the scene where they have sex in the pool to the part where he turns to her after a very rough day, I loved them. They were the ultimate romance couple; I laughed, swooned and got hot flushes J A must-read series.(less)
A sub and her Master play hooky to indulge their exhibitionism kink and unknowingly start an entire chain of events.
I really liked this one, but it was definitely the naughtiest of the stories. Dmitri likes to have sex with his sub in public and has done for years. The bigger the audience, the more the thrill for him. The one time she dared to question his will, he made sure she never did again. It was definitely sexy, and I enjoyed the fact that there is history between the two characters; the love was definitely there. It was un-apologetically kinky!
Hail Mari by Jami Davenport
Meeting Mari Simms for one night of hot sex each year for the past four years is no longer enough for Wyatt Bedford, a ten-year veteran of professional football. This time, he plans on telling her he wants more. While waiting for her in a park, he stumbles upon a sight that changes his game plan and takes their relationship to whole new level. Can Wyatt and Mari find love in the final quarter with the clock ticking?
This one was so damn sweet! Yes it was hot (that is the aim of this anthology) but the overall theme was lovely! Both parties were eagerly anticipating meeting each other, both aware that things were going beyond the usual “hook-up” scenario and it was really sweet. I routed for these two…well recommended J
Taking it Outside by Cristal Ryder
Val sets up an afternoon of play with long-time boyfriend Tyler at a secluded beach. After packing a goodie bag with playthings, she leaves a note for Tyler. While waiting for his arrival, through binoculars Val spots lovers on the distance shore, and when Tyler arrives, together they watch the couple. Voyeurism at its best. Turned on by watching the couple have sex, Val and Ty have their own public display of eroticism.
Taking their loving outside is a surprisingly erotic treat neither expected to enjoy as much as they do. But a bigger surprise awaits them, leaving them wondering if there is more to come.
I think this was my favourite of the entire book! Val starts getting aroused by the displays of outdoor sex that she stumbles across. When Tyler turns up, They start reenacting what the other couple are doing. It was fricking HOT! Definitely an author I’m going to look at more!
A Whole New World by Cassandra Carr
After witnessing some dirty deeds in the woods, Miranda finds she has some kinks she didn't know about and discovers her boyfriend, Ross, is more than happy to help her explore them.
Another hot offering from Cassandra Carr. I loved that this was an existing relationship which was advancing before our eyes….it is a favourite trope of mine.
In the Open by Jami Davenport
Once a year, Jaid Angelini takes a break from her demanding career as a criminal defence attorney for a night of passion with young, hot pro-football player Alex Greeley. Despite misgivings about their age difference, Jaid desires a more permanent relationship and concocts a scheme to brand her name on his heart. After witnessing an exhibitionist couple in the park, her plan takes a turn toward the great outdoors. Will Alex and Jaid finally go for the long bomb or settle for minimum yardage?
This was fabulously smutty and sweet. Jaid has some deep set fears over her age and the changes that that brings to her body. She thinks that the young hottie is only looking at her as an easy lay, but she already thinks of him as so much more. These two are very VERY kinky and particularly enjoy been seen by all and sundry having sex. This was very very very sexy!!! (less)
A traumatic past has left Sidney unable to enjoy sex. She doesn’t get aroused by the thought of traditional sex, no...more**spoiler alert** Really 3.75 Stars
A traumatic past has left Sidney unable to enjoy sex. She doesn’t get aroused by the thought of traditional sex, no matter how hard she tries to please her husband. After five years of terrible sex, she finds something that pushes her buttons in an erotic novel; only question is will her husband be into it?
When Sidney approaches Nick to try to bring BDSM into their bedroom, he is all for trying anything to get her to enjoy sex. Tentatively they take baby-steps into the lifestyle, trying out many new techniques to find the ones that fit them. Through pain and bondage, Sidney finds a release she never thought she would get and begins to look forward to being intimate with her husband.
Whereas Sidney needs the pain and control to orgasm, Nick only participates because he wants to watch the woman he loves enjoy herself. Although being in control is fun, it takes a lot of work and sometimes it just seems too much. As resentment starts to breed on both sides, it’s clear that the decision to foray into the world of kink has opened Pandora’s Box. No matter how much you try, those feelings won’t lie back down. Can their marriage survive the awakening of Sidney’s desires?
Confession time; I have read the first version of this book and then this one. The revisions have worked wonders for this book and I enjoyed most of the tale. The fact that it is based on a real story makes it hard to review; the decisions in this book are based on a real marriage and feature real people which makes it crazy hard to judge. The one thing I loved about the whole thing was the mantra that there is no one size fits all in regards to sex; there is a spectrum between Vanilla and a full BDSM relationship that can be filled by anyone. After reading tens of BDSM books, this is not a message that ever came across as fully as I thought it should; I loved the thought that your relationship could contain or omit as many rules as you wanted.
The thing that concerned me about the whole of this book was the fact that Sidney craved BDSM whereas Nick only dabbled for her. This was always going to be a test of who could bend more and unfortunately, I felt that Nick did all of the bending. It was clear that he started practicing with the bondage for her and only enjoyed it because she did; it was a novelty for him for her to crave him as much as he did her. He was bound to want down time and have normal sex; he was only playing at being a Dom and didn’t need to feel that element of control. My bug-bar was she wouldn’t even attempt compromise properly; instead she just flipped it back on him and laid out a massive guilt trip about making her feel like she was “work”. It was work to him. It didn’t come naturally and he didn’t enjoy the research; demanding sex from him constantly and then berating him when he wants her to bend for him was ridiculous. I pitied her character, but I’m not sure that I liked her for what she did to him. I enjoyed that she felt strong enough to ask for what she needed but I hated that she was so self-obsessed with her pain that she couldn’t give her man what he needed too.
Nick was always going to come out of this tale well to me. He was literally doing anything for the woman he loved. He used his words and his actions to prove to her how he loved her; the man was a fricking saint! I have no bad words to say about this man because he was real and he was lovely. He showed how real relationships aren’t based on love and lust, but constant work and compromise. It was only a shame that she was as unwilling to bend.
The sex scenes were fabulously sexy and you could feel the care and love in each scene. He gave her what she wanted, but he did it whilst checking she was OK and not pushing. The scenes are hot and imaginative....I loved the Throbinator! BDSM enthusiasts will hate this because, really, Sidney is giving up very little control. She really does come across as if she doesn’t trust him enough to give him the freedom of her body. I couldn’t imagine how it would feel to have the person you love the most shrink away from you in fear, knowing that you put that look on her face. I knew why she had that fear, but I wondered throughout if she was mentally healthy enough to be a fully functioning part of a relationship.
I don’t see this as a tale with a HEA; I see it as the first chapter in a work-in progress. Hopefully by the end Sidney will be in a place where she can be an equal in that relationship and that is a book I’d like to read. I’m starring it based on the fact that I will read it again, if only for the Balloon scene J(less)
Amanda was a bit of a stubborn idiot at times but on the whole I liked her. She was trying to break out of the protective barriers created by her elder brothers but there was something inside telling her she wasn’t good enough to make it on her own. Never really having seen the “I will kill you painfully and they will never find the body” side of her eldest brother, she never really understood the barrier that other men faced. She just assumed that she wasn’t worth fighting for, that she was destined for a life in the shadows.When Cole asks her out, she doesn’t believe it’s anything other than a joke.When she hears about the plan, it all makes sense her head. Yes, she’s hurt by her brother’s actions but also it’s a way to get rid of the virginity she doesn’t think she’ll ever get rid of otherwise. She really was a woman with issues and I felt so much pity for that.
Unfortunately, there were also points I wanted to slap her upside the head. Her stubbornness was cute, but over the top. I loved that she traded skills for life skills (i.e. cooking lessons for electrical safety lessons) but her reasoning pissed me off. Being self sufficient is one thing; learning these skills to prove a point and never having to ask your brother? Bit much. She was likeable but a little childish in her reasoning.
Cole I adored. Cole didn’t want to be married because his parents had had a terrible one, but he forgot about that soon enough. What I loved throughout this tale was the total devotion he had to Amanda. He didn’t stifle her,didn’t control her; he tried to enable her to make her own way. He arranged for her to learn car maintenance, tried to romance her even though she was a sure thing and he never let up trying to show her she was a person worth knowing. He had some of the best lines in this entire book and I fell for him hook, line and sinker. The scene where he found out about the catalogue was the best in the book for me; that firm control snapped and we got some seriously pissed off man... *swoon*. Of course the fact that he knew Elfish and Klingon only cemented my love of him...I love secret nerds :D
"There's more to sex than just going at it." He pressed a kiss to the corner of her mouth, then another along her cheek. She turned her head to give him more room. "There's not much satisfaction in that. You should have build-up. Anticipation. Temptation. Seduction."
The side characters of this tale made it even better. A special mention must go out to Locke... I cannot wait for his book! He was a complete caveman for the majority of the book, but the scene where he explains how much he gave up to bring them all up made me tear up; there are many hidden layers to that man, I can’t wait for his story (especially with the big massive clue Dee throws our way in the Epilogue :D)
This is a contemporary with angst, humour and sexual tension throughout. With a Hero that made me swoon and a side character that made me cry, I don’t think I could ask for anything more. Read it for Cole if nothing else.... he named his motorbike "friend" in Elfish.(less)
It’s time for Leah “Princess” Girardi’s book folks and it’s certainly a wild ride! After months of drinking hard, playing hard and fighting hard, Leah knows it’s time to focus on the job at hand. Now she’s on the wagon, she’s focused on a promotion in the flight squadron and her life is getting back on track. That is until the new recruit put under her care turns out to be Mike, an ex-boyfriend who had gotten under her skin.
Mike had followed Leah’s career and fully expected her to be there on his first day. He didn’t expect the Major to dump him in her care or under her tutelage. The sparks fly from the second they see each other again but a lot has changed for Mike since the last time they met. Mike has since discovered his true sexual desires, specifically the desire to submit to a woman he trusts. Leah is a woman that could be everything that he wants, if only she could be the one thing he needs. All the signals that he sends her way show that she has no experience in the field of BDSM, the only way to find out if she can Dominate him is to simply show her what that is. But when he comes to her wrists out, asking to be cuffed, what will she say?
Once they start their liaison, it seems that Leah has a taste for being in charge in the bedroom. But she is untrained and nervous about her role; can she really imagine this as a lifestyle role forever? Mike is looking for a permanent relationship and isn’t going to short-change himself this time; can he really convince Leah that they are worth a shot? And will he be able to trust his body into her care forever?
This book was a revelation for me. I loved the second one, but this one was far better. It dealt with something that I adore but rarely find done well; Fem-Dom. There are many books that portray the Domme as a ball-busting bitch and the male sub as a nervous man, as submissive in life as he is in the bedroom. This is not one of those books. These two were definitely bedroom BDSM practitioners only; outside Mike was definitely Alpha and Leah was a hot mess.
Leah was a liability in all the previous books. In this one she is trying to not be a hot-mess. When Mike turns up, she sees him as her downfall, a temptation that will undo all her months of hard work. I was over-joyed when he actually starts to cement the fragile foundations she has started to lay. You see, she isn’t allowed to play whilst under the influence which, with a man as hot as Mike, is motive enough to stay sober. She likes the idea of being of control of Mike in the bedroom, seems to be a natural, but she lacks the experience that is required. This book sees Mike effectively training her and I loved that she embraced the sparks between them with enough gusto to try.
Mike was AMAZING. A sub who is Alpha outside of the bedroom? Sign. Me. Up. The fact that he had enough respect for himself to want more than a part-time Dom, enough respect for his own body to call his safe-word when he feels he is danger and enough respect for his safety that he is able to advise his Domme without topping from the bottom? I LOVE THIS MAN. He was a strong man who chose to give up control in this one aspect of his life because he enjoyed it; it was as simple as that. I will warn you that the man has a masochistic streak a mile wide but most of the action takes place "off-page".
The whole gang were present in this book again and I loved seeing them (especially Tin Tin :D) It is a nice addition to a series and I can’t wait to see if the other men get a book too! I love the feel of this series, the complete abandonment of inhibitions as shown by the characters. It is one that I will continue to read and reread; I whole heartedly recommend this book and the one before it.
This is a scorching hot book with very sweet undertones. With a Domme in training who wants to get her life back on track and a submissive man who is unwilling to short-change himself, this is a story that amused me, upset me, infuriated me and turned me on. Can I have a Mike? I’d be willing to hone my caning skills :D (less)
Zoa is an avatar of the Goddess of Desire, destined to bring lust and happiness to all around her. She is sent north to find and awaken a lost avatar...moreZoa is an avatar of the Goddess of Desire, destined to bring lust and happiness to all around her. She is sent north to find and awaken a lost avatar and finds herself in a Brothel, waiting for the Emperors army to pass through in the hopes he is amongst the soldiers. The only way to awaken an avatar is to have sex with another avatar and Zoa must find him before the time limit is up.
It isn’t going to be an easy mission for Zoa; an un-awakened avatar is often embarrassed to have sex due to their years of having to cope with their inability to orgasm. When Zoa finally locates Jeric, it’s clear that even his obvious attraction for her is not enough to tempt him into bed. She needs to pull out the big guns and enlist the help of his hunky Captain Izar. Once she tempts Izar into her bed, the passion that they create makes it impossible for Jeric to resist joining in. As Zoa, Izar and Jeric join together in a night of lust, the Goddess of Desire finds herself yet with another disciple.
As the attraction grows between the three of them grows, so do the bonds that keep them together. What started as a night of passion becomes something far deeper and far more erotic. When the three of them travel towards the Emperors city, it’s clear that the Goddess has bigger plans for them that just love and lust. Will their ties manage to survive the tests that they will have to face in the name of their Goddess?
Wow, this book is so fricking hot it should come with a warning NOT to read it whilst on public transport, in a park or generally anywhere there is no way of relieving the tension it creates. I’ll admit, it started off in with the Goddess stuff and my heart sank; I’m not one for mystical stuff in my erotica. Then the scene where Izar and Zoa start to have sex started and I really started to enjoy it Then Jeric joins in and the smut level goes off the charts; I do so love a scene where everyone in a ménage is comfortable having sex with each other :D
The plot line was very loose but did set up the story well. A Roman time period certainly would allow for the amount of sex and debauchery that takes place over 120 pages. The whole sex God thing made the irresistible woman angle completely acceptable and also explained the sheer volume of sex that the novella contained. I think the highest praise I can give this book is that I never got bored of the sex scenes; every single sex scene was hot. The ending blind-sided me a little, but I suppose there did have to be a twist in the tale. I think my favourite scene was the one where Izar finally gets the courage to touch Jeric during sex... *fans*
This book is 120 pages of mind blowing sex between two bisexual Gladiators and a sex disciple. If that doesn’t sum out just how hot it will be, I’m not sure I can do much more. I recommend it to get you in the mood; you’ll certainly be hot by the end! (less)
A recent addition to the Lucky Harbour family, Amy is happy with the way things are going. She loves her job at the diner, her new chocoholic friends...moreA recent addition to the Lucky Harbour family, Amy is happy with the way things are going. She loves her job at the diner, her new chocoholic friends and the new feeling of things finally coming together. The only fly in the ointment is the sexy Park Ranger who just won’t leave her alone. Matt is gorgeous, caring and makes no bones about wanting her; he is too much of a temptation. She has sworn off sex having spent far too many years using it to get whatever she wants. Lucky Harbour is her escape from the past, but her feelings towards Ranger Hot Buns is threatening all the foundations she has started to put into place.
Matt came to Lucky Harbour to leave behind his past. He has been through the emotional works, with a betrayal from his former police partner and the breakdown of his marriage in his very recent past. He doesn’t want to get involved in anything serious with Amy, but the attraction he feels towards her is too strong to deny. He goes to the diner where she works every day, he constantly stares at her and there isn’t a person in Lucky Harbour who is unaware of how he feels towards her.
Amy’s main reason for coming to Lucky Harbour is try to connect with the peace that her late Grandmother found many years ago in the town. Amy has no family anymore, driven away by a combination of her previous behaviour and an inexcusable breach of trust by those supposed to love her unconditionally. This trip is about feeling like she isn’t alone anymore and so she follows the paths described by her Grandmothers journal, desperately searching for happiness. When she gets lost on a particularly nasty trail, she sends out an SOS to the chocoholics. But they don’t come for her, they send Matt instead. Ignoring their chemistry is easy when you are surrounded by people; when it’s one on one, it’s a lot more difficult. After a falling tree leaves them alone in the woods together overnight, it becomes crystal clear to both of them that avoiding this issue is no longer an option.
Neither especially wants a relationship, both too scared by the hurts of the past. Of course they agree to a sex only relationship, but all us Romance readers know that is just an excuse to get physical contact without admitting to any emotional connections. Can they keep up their sex only relationship or will they let it fall apart because of fear of being hurt?
Here in the UK, Jill Shalvis is a hard woman to find books by. This series is especially difficult to find, only available on book depository in paperback format. I will be buying every single title in this series for my keeper shelf and I recommend that anyone who has a fondness for contemporaries does the same. This is actually my favourite of the series because the emotional depth of the story brought an extra oomph to a tale I was already looking forward to.
Matt is just a yummy man who has been hurt by a lot of people in his past. He can’t deny his feelings for the prickly Amy, but he won’t admit the full depth of them to anyone, including himself. When she offers up a sex only arrangement, he nearly bites her hand off for it. Unfortunately, this means spending time with Amy, something that they have both managed to avoid in the 6 months they have been circling each other. As he finds out more about her, he starts to realise that there are reasons for the back off attitude. He starts to try to unpick the twisted web of her past and in doing that he starts to care. It isn’t long before he realises that he is kidding himself if he thinks he can carry on. I love, love, love Matt. He is my favourite hero of this series.
Amy is an awesome heroine but man has she got issues. Her past choice of using sex to get what she wants backfired spectacularly, so she steers clear of men and has remained pretty much celibate for a while. She can’t help but be drawn to Matt; he’s sexy, strong, protective and kind. When he brings Riley home from the woods, a young runaway who reminds Amy so much of her younger self, I think she starts to crumble a bit. He is completely aware of the way to handle the troubled youngster and Amy starts to see the man past the hot shell. The majority of this tale is about Amy’s emotional journey, how she learns to let people in and believe they care about her. I answered a question yesterday on who I like best out of the hero and heroine in a book and my answer was that to truly love a book I have to love them both. In this book, that was definitely the case. I adored Amy and fully routed for her changes....I also loved her spunkiness J
Did I believe in the love story? Yes. Did I want the love story to happen? Yes. Ever since I met these two in book four, I have wanted to see if that chemistry could run to something deeper. Once I started to read the emotional trauma that Amy had been through, my heart bled and I wanted to her to find some sort of happiness. I’ll admit I really wanted it to be with Matt just because he treated her like a princess, but I think I’d have been happy if she just found somewhere to belong. Please don’t mistake me, I was sympathetic to Matt’s emotional baggage too, but it wasn’t the complete betrayal that Amy had seen. I wanted Matt to be happy because he really deserved to be. He was a lovely lovely man who showed compassion to even the most damaged (whilst being a real stickler with the rules...)
The sex was awesome. Honestly it was clammy palm inducing sex that set me up to be hot and bothered for the duration of the tale. Matt was real thoughtful in the bedroom department which only made me love him more. He had that whole big and in charge thing that I particularly like, but his affection for Amy shone through each and every scene. I don’t have a favourite...I loved them all!
Overall, this is my favourite book in the Lucky Harbour Series. It may also be my favourite book of the moment. With a hot Park Ranger, a damaged yet spunky heroine and a whole host of charming side characters, it has something for everyone. I love Lucille and her Facebook wall too....(less)
Lettie isn’t running, but she certainly is hiding. Left abused and broken by her former husband, she tries to push the world away by m...moreReally 4.5 Stars
Lettie isn’t running, but she certainly is hiding. Left abused and broken by her former husband, she tries to push the world away by making herself unappealing and mean. But no amount of pain can warp the person within and, when a beaten stranger appears on the porch of the diner where she works, she can’t help but try to heal the man with wounds so similar to the ones she used to sport. He may smell like rot-gut whisky, and be wearing clothes that have more lice than cloth, but he is a man in need of help. When he throws up all over her shoes, it begins a chain of events that brings her world crashing down around her feet.
Shane Murphy is a mess. Left broken by the death of his wife, he has survived the aftermath of the war in a drunken stupor. He doesn’t quite know how he ends up beaten at the Blue Plate, but he knows that the women there have saved his life. He is grateful to them all, but only one holds his attention, only one holds him when the nightmares leave him curled in a ball out of fear. When he looks beyond the drab clothing and waspish attitude, he sees a caring woman who has been taught to fear men. Can he breach the walls that surround her to try to get close to her heart?
As Shane begins to heal, the pair start to bond on a level they never want or imagine. Shane plans to leave once he has healed fully, can the fledgling relationship develop into something strong enough to make him want to stay? Or will the baggage that makes them cling so desperately to the pain of the past stop them from embracing the one person in the world who will be able to help them weather any storm? It seems that only in their dreams can they truly accept the feelings that blossom between them and allow love to take root. I love Emma Lang’s writing. Whether it is as this name, or as Beth Williamson, her story telling is flawless. This western tale of romance and healing hit the spot in so many ways and, with its slightly erotic edge, it was more than enough to satisfy the perv in me J This book also delved a little into supernatural territory; it was a nice touch that allowed for a speeding up of a relationship that otherwise could have seemed improbable to develop.
Lettie is a character broken in so many ways. Her first husband was a Mormon who took her as his second wife when she was little more than a child. He caused her immense pain, using her to satisfy his own twisted wants and needs. God, I didn’t like her at the beginning of this tale. Don’t get me wrong, I felt sorry for her, but she was so twisted up in her pain that she was very bitter and waspish. It took Shane’s slow erosion of her walls and bitterness for me to feel anything warm to her. She had felt nothing but pain and humiliation from sex with her husband; it is the major reason why she shy’s away from the feelings that she has for Shane. But once the dreams start happening, she is powerless to stop the feelings that start to bloom (on a side note, the dreams are hot as hell....they were amazing). It’s not until a scene which made me a little warmer that she accepts that she can’t control herself around him (see the scene where she bathes him...wow *fans*). It’s at this point she starts to come out of her shell and I really started to like her. Without all the layers of fear, she is quite a ballsy woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it.
"You are my dark Angel, Lettie. You brought me back from the dead whether or not I deserved it. There isn't anyone in this world who cared about me, or whether I lived or died.......Right now you are the only important person to me"
Shane is not a hard character to like. Yes, he has made some stupid choices, but in hearing his back-story, I could forgive him pretty much anything. He married a woman who wasn’t right for him, and in doing so made himself so unhappy he turned to drink. It was this choice that led to his feelings of guilt over his wife’s death; he blames the fact he was drunk for his inability to help her. When he meets Lettie, he doesn’t want to feel for her. He has done marriage, he has proved that he is a terrible husband and a man; he wants only to be left alone. But once the naughty dreams of him and Lettie together begin, he starts to notice more and more about her. He notices the woman beneath the drab costume and he finds he isn’t as emotionally dead as he first thought. I loved the way he was with her, loved the way he helped her out of her shell and then didn’t let the woman she truly was faze him. He was a fabulously flawed hero... I only hoped that he stuck around!
I loved this book. I loved the romance, I loved the drama, I loved the sauciness and I loved the Wild-West setting. You can read it as a stand-alone but I truly recommend reading the previous two first; you will get to know some of the characters better and that will make the book all the sweeter. Also, the cover is awesome.....look at that cowboy(less)
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 ser...moreAhhhhhhhhhh, 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(less)
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 :)(less)
Gabe Coleman has worked his fingers to the bone to help run the family ranch, even in the face of severe adversity from his nasty Father. Now the ranc...moreGabe Coleman has worked his fingers to the bone to help run the family ranch, even in the face of severe adversity from his nasty Father. Now the ranch is now longer making money, hindered by his Fathers inability to change with the times and bring some much needed innovation to the ranch. When Allison reappears in his life after more than a year, it’s with an offer he simply can’t refuse; she’ll help him bring in the much needed changes for free and make sure his ranch is used to stock a local restaurant. There is only one thing she needs in return; she needs him to pretend to be her fiancée so she has a reason to be back in the area to care for her very stubborn mother. Can’t be too difficult right?
Finding out her mother was sick was one of the worst days of Allison’s life but having to scheme to be near her is damned difficult in itself. For her ruse to work, every single person they know has to believe that their relationship is real which makes a hell of a lot of people to convince. When the chemistry becomes the only distraction in their daily nightmares, they quickly realize that they need to cling to their shared desire to keep themselves sane.
But how long can they pretend to be a couple, sharing a bed and secrets, before the bonds between them begin to strengthen into something deeper? And when family start to stir up trouble, will they trust each other enough to see the truth?
I love this series. It’s sweet and sexy and exactly what I needed at the time. I had wanted grumpy Gabe’s book for a while and it is everything that I hoped for. It can be read as a standalone but the series is so fricking good, I don’t know why you’d want to!
Gabe is a deeply tortured cowboy. Plagued by a deep-seated guilt and tormented daily by a cruel father that seems to live to make him hurt, he has very little in his life that he actually considers good. He loves his family, but they don’t make him any happier, often taking advantage of his generous nature to suit their own ends. I knew I was going to love him within three chapters. He is all gruff, manly and tortured, but beneath all that is a lonely cowboy, just wanting some love. My love for him was cemented when he saved and looked after a kitten (the awwww factor was high here) and he got even more drool-worthy when he instigated sex on a front-porch :D This man was a rock to the very emotionally stressed Allison throughout this book and I loved the scenes where he simply was there for her in her darkest hours. Favorite hero in this series by far.
Allison was a good heroine. She had a lot to deal with, having to deal with her mother’s illness and also keep it quiet that she knows about it. I felt so sorry for her yet oddly pleased about how well she was holding it all together. She carried on with life as usual, even managing to interfere a little in the live of Gabe, and didn’t break to pieces. She was refreshing. The scenes between her and Gabe were pretty awesome too. Fraught with sexual tension from the start, it was blatant that they would end up hitting the sheets at some point and when they do it certainly smokes up the pages! Vivian Arend always seems to write amazing smexy scenes and this book just kept getting hotter and hotter. I liked!
With an amazing heroine and a FANTASTIC cowboy hero, I couldn’t recommend this book more. If you like nice guy heroes with a hint of angst and strong heroines, this book is one to try whether you’ve read the rest or not. It’s scorching hot and satisfyingly sweet; five stars all the way.(less)
**spoiler alert** Vincent is an office man by day and a Romance writer by night. His reputation is that of a complete man-slut, but the reality is the...more**spoiler alert** Vincent is an office man by day and a Romance writer by night. His reputation is that of a complete man-slut, but the reality is there is only one woman who currently holds his attention. He frequents the local gas-station almost every night to clock eyes on the object of his affections; Kiki Wyatt. He’s tried almost everything to get her attention; he flirts, he looks his best, he buys ridiculous amount of condoms….nothing seems to faze her! When writers block leaves him staring at his computer screen for nights on end, he can only conclude that his sexual dry spell is leaving him bereft of inspiration. Can he finally convince the feisty cashier to let him have his wicked way with her?
Kiki hates her job at the Gas and Gulp. The only highlight is the brief glimpse of the handsome Vincent on her shifts. The man is gorgeous, but unfortunately he falls directly into the look but don’t touch category. His reputation precedes him and Kiki is not about to get involved with a womanizer again, no matter how much he makes her heart race. Holding out to the pheromones the man is exuding is hard, especially when he keeps throwing his sexual prowess at her. Can she keep on resisting in the face of such overwhelming temptation?
When an armed man tries to hold up the gas station on the night of Kiki’s shift, the two of them find themselves thrust together in unbelievable circumstances. Jumping in front of Kiki, Vincent manages to get himself shot and also get himself a better platform for his hunt; he now has her gratitude. When guilt forces her into helping the injured Vincent continue writing his books, her resistance starts to waver. Spending all day, every day in his apartment writing sex scenes together creates a sexual tension that affects them both. With both of them trying desperately cling onto their “single” status, what ridiculous solution will they come up with to try douse the flames of passion between them?
I was approached to review this book because I’d confessed that I love Geeky heroes. I didn’t get many Geeky vibes from Vincent but boy was he hot. An office boy by day, he writes romances under a fake female pseudonym by night. He is massively attracted to Kiki but, because this is a Romance and there has to be a “but”, he doesn’t want a relationship and feels if he could add her to his collection of notches on his bedpost, he’d be able to get her out of his system. Then the gunman appears and it seems like he will be soon getting his wish as a very grateful/guilty Kiki agrees to spend all day every day with him, helping to finish his book. I do love men in denial; Kiki has been under his skin for a while, there is no way that a one-night stand would be enough to cleanse him of his fears. Once she agrees to some mattress dancing, and his condition of no strings, he starts to engage in lots and lots of sexy times with her. The thing is, he didn’t see the fatal flaw in his plan. Yes, if they were only having sex, he would have no difficulties in keeping it purely down and dirty. But it wasn’t just sex. They were talking, writing scenes together and generally getting to know one another along the way. I loved how grumpy he got when some emotion emerged that proved he was starting to feel more for Kiki than he wanted to. I also loved how Kiki just wouldn't put up with it. He wanted nothing but sex, but how can he maintain a sex only deal with a woman who starts to know, and accept, all his dreams, hopes and fears?
Kiki was pretty awesome. She was one of those deluded heroines who think that they don’t need a man because they are all git’s after a bad experience with an ex. My first clue that this was a delusion was when she is spotted reading one of Vincent’s romance novels. Women who read romance believe in love! My next was her reaction to Vincent. Yes, she started to sleep with him to scratch an itch, but it becomes more than that. As they work together, she starts to see the man behind the sexy glasses and suave attitude. She gives herself to him whole-heartedly, withholding nothing from him. Her mouth may still reiterate that there is nothing between them but sex, but the way she conducts herself shows that it is only the conscious part of her holds this view. The problem is that her emotional scars run deep (Nico the slimy ex made sure of that), so when the brain starts to realize what the heart is up to, there is a high probability she will run. I loved the scenes between them where they were talking about the past; they were so touching to read. But will they ever stand a fighting chance at getting their HEA with so much baggage standing between them?
I loved this book. I loved the drama, I loved the characters and I loved the explosive chemistry between them both. It was more of a contemporary romance than the rest of her backlist, but this was probably because of the length of the tale stretched out the storyline, making it seem like it was less erotic than previous short stories (in reality, it wasn’t). It had a dreamy reluctant hero, a feisty heroine, good side characters and lots and lots of steamy sex. If I had one complaint it would be about Vincent’s reaction to the subplot involving his Grandmother which made him seem a little petulant and a little bit less attractive. Overall, a recommended read (less)
The story of Thorne!! He is as grumpy as he has seemed in the other books, but he makes a FAB hero. The back-story is amazing and heartbreaking....a m...moreThe story of Thorne!! He is as grumpy as he has seemed in the other books, but he makes a FAB hero. The back-story is amazing and heartbreaking....a must read!(less)
I discovered Emma Lang through her alter ego Beth Williamson. I was recommended her Historical Cowboys and I loved the lyrical style of her writing. This is a Romantic Western and I loved every second of it. The book is set in the 1800’s so the men are men and the women are housewives. This family have had their lives turned upside down in the most horrific of fashion and now one of their kin is in the hands of some very horrible people. I respected the decision of Olivia to force herself into the investigation; family is the thing you should cherish and protect at all costs. The premise of this whole book worked for me and I found myself lost in the wild-west.
Olivia was a woman who no longer gave a crap about what was right and proper. She wanted to find her brother and was more than willing to risk her reputation to do so. She doesn’t balk at any of his suggestions, really appreciated the fact that he knew best and doesn’t take the risk lightly. Yes, she takes her life into her own hands but she does it with her eyes wide open. I loved her spunky attitude and strength of conviction; she is the type of heroine that grabs me. She wasn’t stupid or naive; she was just a big sister. She makes some decisions that, when she dissects them later, make her shake, cry and vomit but at the time they are necessary. When the sparks become too much, she walks into a sexual relationship fully aware of all the consequences but realising that she needs to grab her happiness where she can. I enjoy intelligence and Olivia is certainly that.
Brody is just hot. He’s a bad ass Ranger who wants to do his job, sleep with prostitutes who expect him to leave and just stay alive. He has a traumatic past, making his career path perfect for him, but Ms Olivia threatens to destabilise his normal completely. He doesn’t want to feel for her, and is actually quite terrified for her safety, but he can’t deny the saucy thoughts that keep clouding his mind. I loved the fact he was willing to go all the way to Mexico to try to rescue the little boy but I loved the way he was with Olivia even more. He didn’t truly start to appreciate her until she proved her worth on the mission, when he realised that she wouldn’t be a burden. I loved that he respected her strength and her presence; that these were the qualities were what made him fall in love with her! I adore a man who isn’t an Alpha-hole.
This was not your average sweet Western. The action was high octane, the bad guys were creepy and the sex was off the charts steamy....these were not a couple that were shy in seeking their pleasure. The Hero was strong enough to respect his woman and the Heroine was strong enough to hold her own; it’s a fantastic trip back to the Wild Wild West.... (less)
Mallory Quinn is a good girl. A nurse in the small town of Lucky Harbour, she is used to being seen as the town sweetheart and a complete opposite to...moreMallory Quinn is a good girl. A nurse in the small town of Lucky Harbour, she is used to being seen as the town sweetheart and a complete opposite to her crazy siblings. When a storm scares the beejesus out of her and her friends whilst they are trapped at the fabulously named “Eat-Me” diner, she vows to bring some crazy into her life, starting with dating a Mr Wrong. When a stranger hurt in the storm lands on the doorstep of the diner, it looks like someone has heard her new vow and sent her a sexy man in the shape of Ty Garrison.
Ty Garrison has been in Lucky Harbour for months, but he hasn’t really tried to integrate himself into the small town. He has been trying to rehabilitate an injury so he can get back to life in the military....he has no intentions of setting down roots. When he regains consciousness in the storm and claps eyes on Mallory, he has the unwelcome return of a sex-drive which has been dead for a while. But whilst he is happy to help Mallory explore her wild side, he has to make sure that, when he is fit for duty, she realises that he is long gone.
Mallory knows Ty is Mr All Wrong, but she vowed to explore her wild side and the man stirs her in ways that no one has in a long while. Ty is used to having no roots, no reason to stick around. But the problem with a place like Lucky Harbour is that people refuse to stay out of your business and let you keep yourself apart. With a set of nosy people worming their way into his business and a woman who stirs him like no other, is he really going to be able to up and leave when the doctor gives him the all clear? And when Mallory gets herself into a trouble at work over a issue which is close to his heart, can he really let her face her challenges alone?
I’m in the UK which means I can’t get hold of the Lucky Harbour Series on eBook. Yes, I know I could look at the paperback, but the other half has made me limit my paperback buying under threat of making me move into the room WITH my books. What all this means is that I haven’t read the first three books in the series....I tell you right now that is going to change! I love love loved this series and AM going to buy the other books. They are sweet reads with laugh out loud moments and some very smutty sex...it was just what I needed.
Mallory may seem sweet and innocent, but the constant pressure of having to be the nice Quinn is starting to take its toll. She can never be seen to just let loose and it’s darn tiring! When the storm hits, a couple of changes happen to her life. The first, and one of my favourite aspects of the book, is the Chocoholics club is formed. What this means is that the three women of the story get together to discuss life and love over chocolate cake. These meetings were actually some of the best parts of the book and had some moments which I truly adored and laughed at. The next thing was obviously that Ty was brought into her life... *swoon*.
Ty is awesome, a true Alpha wild man with a stubborn streak. He has lots of emotional baggage from his time in the forces and he doesn’t want to be attached to anyone, let alone someone as sweet as Mallory. Yet when she looked after him in the storm, he felt the spark of attraction and something more from her comforting embrace. He can’t help but crave that, so he takes himself out of isolation and puts himself into the limelight for her. When he gets her alone in that loft for the first time...*fans* Oh my, this book has some amazing sex scenes, but the desperation and sheer lust in that initial sexual encounter makes it my favourite. It’s quite clear that the both of them are fighting a losing battle from the offset; Ty goes against all his usual nomadic habits from day one to spend time with her and she is not the type of girl to have regular, emotionless sex with a guy. But, old habits die hard and fears run deep...it was never going to be a smooth run!
There are many other things to love about this book apart from the main story. I love small town books, and this one has the same feel to many others that I have read about. Everyone knows everyone else and seems to have an excessively long memory where indiscretions are concerned, everyone assumes that their opinion is needed and there are always some amazing characters present. I think one of my favourite aspects is the Facebook page and its constant updating with local gossip such as Ty sightings (AKA Mysterious Cute Guy) before he became less of a hermit. That people were stalking Mallory and Ty on a date to update the Feed made me chuckle.
I smiled through page after page of this book. It kept me reading well into the small hours and I can honestly say that I adored every aspect. It was funny, sexy and completely endearing...it’s a must-read! (less)
Kai is a little upset at having “lost” his best-friend at the Aerie to a permanent sub. When he needs to grab a sub to hang out in the “couples-only” zone within the Aerie, he grabs the first one he sees, even though he has purposefully never chosen her before. Jenna’s colourful hair, piercings and skinny frame have meant that that he has never picked her out of the sea of unattached subs because she simply wasn’t attractive to him. Up-close and personal, he starts to see beyond the disguise and he has an overwhelming desire to play. When their play session leads to the unearthing of some very disturbing memories for Jenna, Kai can only watch on as she emotionally breaks down in front of him. Suddenly, his detached attraction to the sub morphs into a desire to help her.
Jenna has done as much as possible to change herself from the girl who was abused. She uses the Aerie as a place to get the physical pain she feels she needs to try to exorcize her demons. Nothing prepared her for her session with a Dom such as Kai. His ability to bring her pleasure with limited pain opens up recesses of her mind she thought she’d closed. Kai and Xavier find the best possible help for Jenna and she starts therapy to try to come to terms with her past. She is more than a little surprised when, after a doctor recommended break from the Aerie, Kai still wants to play with her when she returns with a whole new set of limits.
Kai hasn’t stopped thinking about Jenna, finally accepting that he wants more from her than just a couple of nights of play at the club. But now she wants the sex without the pain, without the core element that she started in the lifestyle for. She wants him to teach her submission without pain and he wants to see her as more than a part-time sub. Neither of them know if they are cut out for what the other is asking; will this fragile relationship be able to withstand the new added pressure of them both trying to change?
I had an issue with the lack of safety in book one of this series. Christina Thacher got into contact with me about that issue and we had many lengthy chats about it. She is an author who I think has an awesome sense of professionalism and I enjoyed my debate with her. That being said, the rating of this book has nothing to do with whether I like the author; I genuinely liked the book.
Kai isn’t much of a Dom. But to be fair, he knows he isn’t much of a Dom and this is perfect for a character such as Jenna. Kai is a beautiful man who likes a bit of kink and treats sick kids for a living; yeah, I was hooked straight away! His reaction to Jenna’s freak-out made sense to me because of his profession; I completely understand that he would want to heal her and feel partially responsible for her care. I loved that it was during this time, and not during the sex, that he started to have real feelings for her. In fact, I pretty much loved Kai throughout the book. He is caring, sensitive of her needs and has a lovely imagination. In fact, he has all the major attributes of a Dom...he just can’t actually be bothered being a Dominant all of the time. He doesn’t really get off on the control, more the kinky sex and bringing his sub pleasure. I really enjoyed the way he was with Jenna, he made me like him!
Jenna is a heavily damaged lady. The abuse she suffered as a child is truly horrible and she uses the pain of BDSM to try to exorcize her demons. Prior to this, she used to use self harming as a tool to try to do this, but she *thinks* this is the healthier way to deal. It’s not because she is effectively lying to any Dom she plays with as she isn’t actually in this for the submission, just the pain. When she comes back to the Aerie I wasn’t even sure she was a sub... the draw for her was the pain and that doesn’t make a submissive. I wanted her and Kai to work out, I just wasn’t sure that they would.
The sex in this book is really really fun and hot. I do think it is light on the BDSM and high on the kink factor, but that was fine with the way the storyline progressed. I particularly enjoyed the role playing scene as Sultan and his slave... very very hot J The scenes became more imaginative as the book progressed as Kai had to stick to Jenna’s new doctor enforced no pain hard limit; he really was a resourceful man J There was quite a high proportion of the books where the characters weren’t together; it was a little odd to read a romance with this much separation between the H/h.
Overall, this is a very hot and dirty book with characters that I really did like. I wanted them to work out and routed for them all the way through. Now, where do I find a sultan themed play room?......(less)
Heather has spent years reforming herself after a massive lapse of judgement left her in a dangerous position. The only thing left of her wild-child past is a nipple ring which she hides very well under her stuffy accounting suits. When she is approached by a sexy, smug man at a wine-testing, the temptation of a no-holds bar sexual fling is too much to temptation to pass up. Armed with a safe-word of Panda, Heather sets herself firmly into Jon’s very capable hands.
Captain Jon “Tin-Tin” Carlisle is not looking for anything other than sex from anyone. Constantly fighting against the limits his very well-off family try to place on him, a relationship is the last thing he wants. What he wants is only sex and he gets it. Often. When he approaches Heather at the event, he sees her as another conquest, another notch on his belt.
When she agrees to put herself fully at his mercy, he can’t quite believe what a gift he has been handed. When she turns out to be just an uninhibited as him, they begin a sexual game of dares that takes them closer and closer to the edge of their mutual limits. But will the amount of sexual trust they are placing in each other really lead to a smooth break when they decide their time is up?
This book was a complete surprise. Both this book and the first one were incredibly steamy, but this one brought angst to the table that gave this story a depth that really hooked me into the story.
Heather was a good heroine. I always like a heroine who doesn’t have sexual hang-ups in erotica and she is a woman who seems to have the no limits when it comes to sex. I was a little surprised at just how much trust she places in Jon, but once hearing about her background, I realised that it fit her character well. Heather is a woman with a past and some of those past decisions nearly got her hurt. Ever since then she has bundled up these feelings and desire behind a boring suit and refused to acknowledge the woman she once was. Something about Jon brings this sexually adventurous woman to the forefront once more. The fact that he was willing to give as he got made this a more explosive relationship.
Jon is a man who lives very very fast. He spends money like it goes out of fashion, sleeps with hoards of women and flies a jet plane. Basically, he is a very very bad man. But that side to Jon seems to be the face he’d like everyone to see, hiding what he is underneath. There are multiple examples of just how far he will go far for his friends or anyone else he cares about. He will go to any lengths to make sure they are safe and well; I loved him. He expects his liaison with Heather to go the way that they all do but her total inhibition with him lead to them spending the weekend together, pushing each other’s limits to the max.
This book is SEXY. Seriously. With a capital S. It covers (in no particular order) bondage, blindfolding, spanking, anal sex, anal play (M and F), exhibitionism, sex-toys, masturbation, voyeurism and finally autoerotic asphyxiation. Now I mention this final one because I thought it was done very very well and this is a sexual practice I have seen written very bad. There is established trust, a safe gesture and complete control; bravo to both the authors involved in this because this done badly would make me DNF a book based on a heroine being TSTL.
I loved the sense of camaraderie that underlines these books. Tin-Tin, Princess and Fang are all present again in this book along with a few more of the squadron. I like that they are each other’s family. I love that they have been through war together and have come out the otherside with a friendship that has no limits or boundaries. I like that, in each book, the heroine has had to face the real possibility that the man they are in a relationship may one day fly in war again. I just like the whole thing. Can’t wait for Princess’s book....
This book was a revelation to me. Hot, sexy, angsty and completely naughty... it had me reaching for the ice-bucket at several points *fans*(less)
I think this series has definitely changed over the years, and the stories involving Casper's sons have been the angstiest. This book was heart-breaki...moreI think this series has definitely changed over the years, and the stories involving Casper's sons have been the angstiest. This book was heart-breaking in places and I cried a little at the bile that Casper spewed towards his children. I didn't realize the groundwork laid for this book until I started reading it; I cared so much about this story because Dalton has been in previous tales.
Was it everything I hoped for? Well, Dalton was more than I hoped for. He was hell-bent on getting Rory to acknowledge that he had changed and that they were perfect to each other. He gave her everything but I can't say she did the same. She wasn't everything that I wanted for Dalton and, although I knew that he had brought on his behavior with his past behaviors towards her, as I heard more of his past story, I couldn't help but be really hacked off by her attitude towards him. I wanted her to be as open with him as he was with her but, whilst he was still hiding the real reason that he left town, I knew she wasn't going to be.
This is the second to last book in the series and I can't believe its all coming to an end. This tale incorporated most of the McKay's and I was so happy to see Kyler as a teenager, carrying on the McKay love for the ladies :) Colby still pissed me off and Gavin cemented his place in my heart; this was a book you should not read without having read the rest in the series as, although the main tale is the standalone, you won't understand the family dynamics without having seen them develop over the course of the series.
This was a sexy, emotional tale of a emotionally broken man finding his happiness with the woman of his dreams. I loved it. (less)