FTC : I received this book for an honest review. I have worked with the author on several occasions and have enjoyed...more**spoiler alert** Really 4.5 Stars
FTC : I received this book for an honest review. I have worked with the author on several occasions and have enjoyed several of her previous work.
This is the second in the series although it can be read as a standalone. I class this book as a rather sweet MM romance with coming out angst and a reluctant hero to boot; I really liked it.
Henri has just broken up with his douche of an ex after finding out he was cheating on him and, subsequently, may have given him herpes. He finds himself on a camping trip where he doesn’t want to be, sharing a tent with a man who stirs unwelcome feelings within him. I don’t know how I felt about Henri as the reluctant hero. He shows all the classic traits (surly towards his love interest but overall protective) and he has added complications of the embarrassing wait for the Herpes test, but he was just a bit too grumpy to be likeable for the majority of the book. Don’t get me wrong, he had ample reasons to want to push Logan away. He is still caught up in the initial betrayal of his ex, unable to move on whilst the threat of an STI still looms, and then, when he realises that fighting his attraction to Logan is useless, he can’t act on his sexual urges which puts a huge strain on him throughout. It was understandable but it wasn’t all that sexy.
Logan is a lovely character to read about. He has just split up from his long-term girlfriend, finally accepting that he is gay, and goes on the camping trip to be introduced to other gay men in the hopes he can find friends and maybe more. What he actually meets is a surly man who really doesn’t like the fact that he is sharing a tent with him. Logan can’t help the attraction that he feels towards him, or the wide eyed looks that he keeps throwing, but he can help the way he is treated. He manages to restrain himself whilst Henri is throwing him nothing but distain but once the signals start getting more mixed, he finds it easier to try his first romance with a man. Then he gets oh so cute (he’s a Texan too…. a cowboy!)
The heat level of this book is spicy rather than sweet. These two were a cute mis-matched couple who I wanted to succeed. I have to say I was quite amazed at the addition of a STI to a spicy romance (it isn’t really a sexy topic) but it did add a level of angst that I feel the story needed and it was dealt with in a very delicate way. There is a scene in the tent that is quite fun…. there is a lot of sexual tension in this book that is amped up by the STI storyline :)
I really enjoyed this cute romance story. If you like your romance sweet and your hero’s cute enough to hug, give this one a try.(less)
I love Eve Langlais. Her characters are bitchy, the story-l...moreFTC : I bought this.
A three word summary
Funny, sexy and bat-shit-crazy.
Reasons for reading
I love Eve Langlais. Her characters are bitchy, the story-lines are funny and I feel that I’ve stepped down the rabbit hole every-time I read one of them. This one was shape-shifters with a Croc hero … I was powerless to resist!
Was it worth it?
Yes! Viktor is a grumpy Croc who tries so hard to resist the helpless shifter that he rescues from the lab. Even whilst he is drawn to her, he still fights her off. I love the reluctant hero trope and this one checked all the boxes :)
Renee is a bit of a revelation as a heroine. I liked that she completely embraced her freedom, trying everything until fear gets too much for her. She was a very strong woman and I respected her … I felt as she learned more about herself so did I! The book was very funny and sweet!
Is there sex?
Is there angst?
Is there a good side plot?
There is and it has a plot within a story arc which I liked. it was a little bit Dr Frankenstein and little bit Miss Marple… I loved! I’ll admit I haven’t read the first couple in the series but I had no issues following it.
When Renee’s secret is revealed.. I laughed!
Who would I recommend it for?
People who love snarky characters, Alpha heroes and mad-cap antics!(less)
FTC : I was given this by the author. I do have an online relationship with her but that didn’t influence this review.
As a 52 page novella, I really don’t think that I can review this one properly without giving plot away so this will be an opinion only post. I liked both of the characters within this book which made reading their romance easy.
I enjoyed this Valentines themed novella; it was short, sweet and light. The romance was fluffy and left me with a case of the warm and fuzzies. Due to the length of the novella, there was a lot of relationship building that was skipped or felt rushed; my only major complaint about this book was that I felt the author tried to give the relationship a bit too much flesh in such a short story. It was however, a very effective as a light and heart-warming read.
Overall, if you need a short and sweet pick-me-up, this could be one for you. With cute characters and an easy-to-follow plot, I read this one quickly and did so with a smile. (less)
FTC : I requested this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
The Ramos family series was one I picked up due to the author’s name on the fr...moreFTC : I requested this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
The Ramos family series was one I picked up due to the author’s name on the front of the book. I love Meg Benjamin and, although this series has been very much different to the rest of her work, I have enjoyed it immensely! This is the last in the series and by far my favourite. It seemed to flow better than the others and was far hotter; well, this is a book with a sex hungry ghost :)
This one focuses on Ray Ramos, house decorator extraordinaire. Little does he know, the house he has recently bought is infested with a nasty ghost who wants to sex his energy out of him. The only person to believe and help him is the lovely Emma but he soon decides he wants to do more with her than hunt ghosts.
Emma is attracted to Ray as soon as he answers his door but she has no time for a romance. When she witnesses strange things at a sceane, she is thrown into the path of Ray whilst trying to make sense of what is going on in that house. She can’t help but acknowledge the strange attraction that is between them but it’s clear that any relationship they would have has a sell-by-date. Can they really go through such extreme situations together and not give in?
I loved both main characters, both of them having many character flaws for me to get my teeth into. Emma was an absolute wet lettuce at the start of the book because all she has is her job in her life. Then she meets Ray, and the ghost, and she becomes more of a person that I could relate to, a woman with a backbone and a stubborn edge, determined to get rid of that scary ghost. Ray also begins as a work-driven grumpy git but, again, when the ghost makes her presence known, he has to do something more than just decorate the house because he truly feels in danger. This ghost drives them both out out of their comfort zone and forces them to actually live a life for themselves. They were a fabulously compatible couple and the chemistry really does fly.
The ghost story really drives the romance forward. The creepy, and often dangerous, path of the ghost gives their story a hint of pace and danger. I loved the mystery and the never-ending twists in the plot; it isn’t often I have seen a truly spooky ghost story mixed so well with such a gritty romance. I truly enjoyed it and am quite sad that this is the last in the series. It really seemed that the series reached a new height with this one which just leaves me gasping for more.
This is a spooky, gritty romance book that packs a punch and keeps you guessing all the way through. With a twisty turny plot and combustible character chemistry, it was by far the best book in the series. I truly recommend it. (less)
FTC : I have no relationship with the author. I requested this from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
I have heard so much about this book that I realised that I had to read it. The first thing I need to warn you of is that the book is written in first POV. The second is that the male lead has bipolar disorder but I do feel that this wan’t the most accurate portrayal of that disorder that I’ve ever seen, more a media-cised version. The third is that the love interest is written with an Essex accent. It was distracting and fucking annoying…. I also don’t recommend anyone from Essex read this book as you might be a little bit offended because, apparently, you’re all orange tinted, ditsy people with over-bleached teeth. That being said, I actually really enjoyed it.
First POV for me is always a tricky thing to read. Sometimes it can lead to complete hatred of characters (therefore I hate the book) but sometimes, as with this one, it can lead to an understanding of a character that wouldn’t happen if it was written in third. One of my friends has Bipolar disorder and, although this is a deeply romanticised view of a mental health issue that is completely unpredictable and often very scary, I liked the fact the author tried. It isn’t a pretty book and I have to admire the author for introducing the world to Ash; it cannot be easy to write a depressive, sarcastic, frequently suicidal, self-centred hero but he does and I liked the tone of the book because of it. This author has a very distinctive voice and I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading more from him.
In terms of the love story, I half loved it and half hated it. I cannot begin to tell you how much I hated the Essex dialect being written into it. It was instrumental to the story, it did mean that Ash behaved like even more of an arsehole to Darian (therefore showing Darian as even more of a nice guy) and it did show that you should never judge a book by its cover (or accent) but all I could see in my mental image of this story was Joey Essex and that just turned me right off! Thing is, even I could see that Darian was just a lovely lovely man. He didn’t pry, didn’t judge and was so generous hearted; I did wonder if he was too nice to deal with the shit he would invariably get. He seemed to take it all in his stride but I knew he would have to stand up for himself at some point. I loved the spin he put on some of Ash’s more depressed and warped thoughts, the way he brought light to them without ever judging Ash for having them in the first place. He was the complete opposite to Ash in every way and I just hoped their time together wouldn’t change his world view and make him harder.
I can’t give this book all the stars, as I really struggled with the dialogue. I also struggled with the fact that the characters are a little stereotypical. It is one that I recommend to anyone who thinks that the warnings above are manageable; both characters are memorable and their story is one that grabs your attention and keeps it. This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me swoon and made me want to throw my brand new kindle through a window…. I’m not sure I have been through such an emotional range with many other books!
**spoiler alert** FTC: I bought with my own pennies…the fact that I spent money on a book should tell you all you need to know.
This is a series that I...more**spoiler alert** FTC: I bought with my own pennies…the fact that I spent money on a book should tell you all you need to know.
This is a series that I have always loved but never reviewed. As I reread this one again this week I thought I’d pass on some love to it; the fan-girling might come across at some points but I can’t help it.
This book the third in the series. They can be read alone but I don’t know why you wouldn’t read the rest as they are just as good as this one… this one just happens to be my favorite!
Lars is on the back-end of a bad divorce. His former wife is the devil bitch from hell and because of this he is off women. Well, he is until he meets Jess. Finding a sitter for the delightful Daisy is difficult and the last thing he needs to be is attracted to her but sometimes things don’t go to plan. He manages to keep away until the weird things start to happen. Then he is thrown into close quarters with the woman haunting his dreams… of course his good intentions go through the windows!
Jess is on the run and now it looks like they’ve found her. The desire to run is overwhelming but somehow she ends up staying to be protected by the oh too tempting Lars. Both of them have complications, both of them don’t want to be attracted to each other and, as Keanu Reeves once said, any relationship which starts as a result of a stressful situation is doomed to fail. Doesn’t stop the sparks from flying though…
This book makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I love that these two people, who have had truly bad experiences because of their previous relationships, have a second chance at love. I don’t think either of them truly gave up on love as they both have children they adore because of their past lives but neither go into this easily. There are cute moments, funny moments (Daisy’s fascination with Jess’s boobs makes me laugh) and some down-right swoony moments. The whole ethos of family and romance in these books makes them a comfort read to me. I love them and every-time I need a pick me up, I know I can find one in this series. Oh, there is sexy times too … I’m not sure I own a book without sex in it!
I love love this series. I love this book. If I owned it in paperback, the cover would have fell off by now and the pages would be all bent I’ve read it so many times.(less)
FTC: Although this author has featured on the blog several times, I have no real relationship with her. This review...more**spoiler alert** Really 3.5 Stars
FTC: Although this author has featured on the blog several times, I have no real relationship with her. This review was requested by the publicist for a fair and honest review.
This was a very sweet book that kept me entertained but never really hooked me in. I liked both of the characters but I hated pretty much every other person in the book; they were horrible individuals. Although the trope was second chance love, I felt that there wasn’t enough emotional focus on that particular plot. Things weren’t resolved, they were brushed under the carpet and then they picked up where they left off. It didn’t fit with the amount of hurt both professed to have at the start of the tale. I really enjoyed the world that Ms Braemel created (cowboys?? Come on, you know me :D) and there is every chance that I will pick up the next one.
The romance itself was very cute. They were very good together and I liked the way that they dealt with all the issues with the land. I believed in them as a couple but I did get more than a little bit annoyed with the does he/doesn’t he love me nonsense; they kept stating that this was a more adult relationship than they had before but they never could seem to talk to each other about their feelings. I felt that more emotional angst was spent on this aspect than the hurt and betrayal of the relationship before.
As I stated earlier, I really did dislike the majority of the other players in this tale. The Grandmother, both of their Fathers and his Mother?? All terrible people. The person claiming that he had part of the land? Horrible person. Ms Braemel did a very good job because I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to hate them immensely…. I liked only the brother and the romantic couple. It helped me engage with the story more, really routing for the HEA. I wanted to know what the secret was and, to be honest, I was actually quite surprised with the twists that came out. It was fun and these are the bits that will keep me reading this series.
Overall, if you like sweet cowboys with a bit of heat, this is one that could be for you. I liked the world building that Ms Braemel did and so will continue with this story.
**spoiler alert** FTC: I requested this book for a fair and honest review. I have no relationship with the author.
I requested this novella based on th...more**spoiler alert** FTC: I requested this book for a fair and honest review. I have no relationship with the author.
I requested this novella based on the strength of the first. Set in a world where supernatural and mortals live alongside each other in a world torn apart by Zombies, this series really hooked me in with its dark edges and unforgiving setting. This particular installment features sexy shifter Kayden and half fey Sorcha, warrior woman extraordinaire with beserker rage (On a side note, I’m reading a lot of Beserker characters at the moment…this is the first heroine though). I liked them together, my only issue that I felt that the paranormal plot didn’t seem to help the romance and did overtake it in my perception of the book.
Both of the characters were well written and strong. They were very well matched and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop as they learn’t to trust each other through the violence that they encountered. Again, I must stress that, although I could see their relationship develop, I wasn’t sold that they knew each other well enough to talk forever. I really really enjoyed the character of Kayden, a sexy smooth Leopard who had a possessive streak a mile long and a temper to match. A loner by nature, for some reason he was happy going against his nature to spend time with Sorcha. She fascinated and drew him, a woman who didn’t need his protection but was quite happy to offer hers to others. She was a bit of a mystery to me but I think that was because she was a bit of a contradiction in terms. Banshee’s are gentle in nature but she also had the beserker rage; it made her a little bit unpredictable. I felt I needed more time to get to know her as a heroine; I do hope that we see more of her in future books.
The side story was compelling. I was grabbed from the second the “new” zombies were mentioned and then I read furiously as we discovered the true story behind the frequent zombie attacks on London. You do need to read the first book but the world building is pretty fantastic in this series. I am so impressed with the depth of the story-telling crammed into a novella; it really is a series I recommend looking into.
Overall, a dark and twisting novella set in a world I am growing to really enjoy. With a part berseker heroine and a slinky shifter hero, there is something there for everyone. (less)
**spoiler alert** FTC : I purchased this with my own money.
This going to be a short review and, since I kinda liked the way I did yesterdays, I’m doin...more**spoiler alert** FTC : I purchased this with my own money.
This going to be a short review and, since I kinda liked the way I did yesterdays, I’m doing it the Q & A way again.
Why did I buy it?
I love Tessa Dare’s books. The light comedy that underpins them all makes her books stand out from other historicals that I have read. She is auto-buy.
What did I think about the hero?
Ransom is a former man-slut (Brothel bills as long as his arm I’ll have you know) who was scarred in a duel and is now blind for all intents and purposes. When Izzy meets him, he is a grumpy hermit who doesn’t want her there but can’t get her to leave. Over the course of the book he is grumpy (which I found funny), he is dry humoured (which made me laugh like a maniac on a bus), he is romantic (which made me swoon) and he is an absolute arse (which made me mad and happy all at the same time … it makes me happy when they get all delusional :D). He was one of the best Dare heros and I loved him immensely.
What about the heroine?
Izzy is a resourceful woman whose main priority is to survive. I liked her, I liked the romance in her soul and I adored her backbone. She only let his grumpiness bend her so far and then she snapped back. I loved that she adored him for the snarky git that he was.
She had a few secrets too … and they were good ones too.
Was the romance any good?
I loved it. It was a beauty and the beast story without the disney-fication and a lot more dirty feelings!
Was there sex?
Hell yes! T’was good sex too … none of that off page crap.
Sum it up in three words
Funny, sexy and swoon-worthy. I fully recommend it.(less)
**spoiler alert** FTC : This review was requested by the author. I was not paid for the review and all the gushing is my own…I’m so sorry!
I love this...more**spoiler alert** FTC : This review was requested by the author. I was not paid for the review and all the gushing is my own…I’m so sorry!
I love this series. I cannot believe that it comes to an end but oh what an end this book brings. Ms Bailey is definitely an author who has rapidly moved up my auto-buy list and I am excited to see what comes from her in the future.
This book starts with a lie. Releasing that she has no chance with Matt as his best-friends sister, Lucy tells a lie and becomes her best-friend to lure him into her bed. It works too, but it didn’t make me like her very much. I admired that she went for what she wanted but she could have caused irreparable damage to her brothers relationship and she cared little. I have to say that this attitude was not consistent with her during the rest of the story. This was a woman who was happy to site see on her own so she didn’t trouble her brother, who wanted to get a well paid job so she can support herself and who knew when to just give her silent support to a gruff man in need. The lie was a blip in her character but it had one shining positive side; it gave them a chance to be together. Their story is one in which two very different people find that they compliment each other in a very crucial way and end up having lots and lots of very hot sex … ’tis amazeballs! :)
Matt is another good example of a Bailey hero. He is hot, brooding and a hell of a dirty talker (seriously, if you want a dirty talking hero you have to try this series!). He has a kink that he thinks will make him unappealing though…. he is into being dominant in bed. He likes to spank his women and likes to tell them what to do ….. basically he’s a little bit bossy and it makes for some very steamy reading (all Ms Bailey’s books should come with free ice and electricity voucher for a cold shower). I wouldn’t call him a Dom, I wouldn’t say that this was a BDSM book but I will say that all his bossiness usually involves very kinky instructions that lead to some very hot sex. My favorite involves a very public place, a police uniform and only a blanket for cover *fans*
Their romance is a satisfying yet steamy one. I think that Tessa Bailey has upped the steam and emotional factor in this book, making it one of my favorites in the series. The barriers to their romance are real, the emotional turmoil that comes with them is real but alongside them is the emotional baggage that Matt carries as an ex-vet. The depth of emotion that is written into this book is fabulous, creating a romance that I believed in and was part of. Ms Bailey seamlessly mixes the genres of erotic romance and gritty contemporary, forming a book that I devoured in one sitting.
If you like dirty talking heroes engaging in even dirtier sex, try this book. If you have a fetish for men-in-uniform, try this book. If you want a really hot book with loads of angsty scenes, try this book. If, like me, you love this series, you’ll adore this book. (less)
FTC: I requested this book from NetGalley after reading the first two from there. I have no relationship with the author.
This book should not be read...moreFTC: I requested this book from NetGalley after reading the first two from there. I have no relationship with the author.
This book should not be read alone as it is a continuation of a series arc. I do think that you need to see how Penny and Owen meet to appreciate how far each of them have come. At the time of their meeting, Penny was pregnant and Owen was part of a neo-Nazi criminal group all trapped together after an Earthquake. Over the course of that book, Owen did grow but I knew when I started reading this one that most of his character growth had happened off-page.
At the start of this book, Penny is the mother to the lovely Cruz (so cute!) and Owen is their personal bodyguard. Her Father a prominent politician, she has started to become part of the campaign and therefore is in need of a bodyguard that she can trust. Owen has proved his worth by saving her life before so her Father hired him. Little did she know the stipulations that he had put in place when hiring Owen. Penny’s Father is a bit of a douche. I really didn’t like him the more I found out about him. Yes, he was protecting her from the former Neo-Nazi but he was really trying to impose his own ideals onto her life by putting Owen in an untenable position. It was very controlling.
Owen is batshit crazy in love with Penny. Thing is, he knows that his background means that he is unlikely to have a shot with her. He is focusing all his energy on protecting her and Cruz whilst they need him and then, if he manages to keep to all the stipulations in his contract, he will walk away knowing they are safe with a letter of recommendation to get a firefighter job. I didn’t judge him for not doing more to get her attention and say “fuck you” to Daddy dearest’s stipulations, I applauded him. He was happy in his unrequited love, sure that the best thing he could do for her was what he was doing and trying to live his life anyway. I liked him…….and then I found out about his tattoo modifications and I swooned a little. Then I found out about why he got the tattoos in the first place and my heart broke. I knew there would be a story; I just didn’t think it would be quite that story. Needless to say, I was dubious about a hero (reformed or not) who had criminal convictions and white supremist affiliations, but then I read his backstory and I knew I could stop judging him as a racist thug (I know, I am judgey with romance heroes….). At the start of the book, I knew that the actions didn’t quite fit with the appearance anyway but now my opinion is completely changed. Don’t get me wrong, he was never going to be a perfect hero to me, after all his actions were his own, but you have to give him some credit for being dealt a very bad hand. I liked him. Imperfections and all.
Penny impressed me in this book. It is clear before the kidnap that she is attracted to Owen but it isn’t until after the kidnapping that she really gets to dissect and tell him her feelings. She doesn’t care what he used to be as he has impressed her enough with the man that he has become and I respected this outlook. She let her judgement of him be based on his actions and not his outwards appearance (he has numerous Nazi tattoos as far as she is aware) and I liked this about her. It would be so easy to dismiss him but she can’t do that. I think the addition of Cruz to this particular plot was a genius way to let her shine too; her actions to save him were selfless and determined. She was strong, she was selfless and she was kind-hearted; she was a heroine who I wanted to know more about.
The suspense plot was well developed and kept the romance plot moving forward nicely. I didn’t quite know what I wanted to happen with Owen’s brother (main baddie) as I was torn between believing he could be redeemable (unlikely) and wanting to die a painful death (my reader self is blood thirsty). It was a bit of a pickle really but that edge of uncertainty kept me ploughing through the pages, another thing for me to get my teeth into.
Overall, this was a brilliant book, one I hoped Owen would get. I loved the pairing of the two of them, happy that the relationship would bring out the best of both of them. Excellent romantic suspense.(less)