This was a SUPER sort novella about a military man getting together with his long ago best friend. It was cute, but I wanted more! B- Full review to coThis was a SUPER sort novella about a military man getting together with his long ago best friend. It was cute, but I wanted more! B- Full review to come...more
MinnChica: I love my sports romance, and although I’m not a huge fan of baseball, I think Dean does an incredible job of pulling the reader into the world of baseball and making you fall in love. I was really excited to read about Alice, because I thought her situation, being an umpire in a male dominated field, was really interesting, and I think Dean did a wonderful job handling the entire situation, as well as the romance.
E: I really enjoyed the first installment in Dean’s Boys of Summer series so I was excited to read about Alice. I found the hints about some of her challenges earlier very intriguing. While I enjoyed a lot of what Dean included in this story, which MinnChica mention above, I found myself slightly disappointed with the resolution of a particular thread. Despite that disappointment I am looking forward to the next installment.
MinnChica: I was also a bit disappointed in this book. While I really loved the romance between Alice and Alex, I thought it was a bit rushed at the end. I thought the build up of their romance was really well done. I liked that they became friends first, that they took their time hitting the sheets because of Alice’s love of being an umpire, and the possibilities of her losing her job if they were caught. However, once they had their big fight and were torn apart, I thought they came back together a bit too easily in the end. I would have liked the romance to be a bit more flushed out.
E: I did love the slow buildup and Alice’s very real fears. I also enjoyed watching how their relationship altered the way they handled their professional lives. It demonstrated how interwoven feelings are with everything else in life. I think my favorite example was when Alex was in the batting cage and the old security guard started giving him tips on his swing. I also agree with MinnChica that the making-up appeared to go a bit quickly given the drastic effects of their relationship. I was more bothered by the appearance that the catalyst of their break-up never suffered any consequences. I felt given the impact there should have been some sort of mention about what Alice and Alex were going to do as a result of their discovery.
MinnChica: I agree completely with E. I felt as if that particular plot point was left dangling, and I wanted some kind of resolution as well. One of the things that I wish Dean would explore a bit more in her books is continuing the story a bit further after the “I love yous.” I feel as if I need just a little bit more to really cement my belief in her characters. I think if there would have been an epilogue, or even another chapter as to where they were going to go next, I would have felt a lot better about the story overall. I can only hope that the next book in the series will take the time to update the reader on Alex and Alice’s romance.
E: YES! I wanted that something more so I could feel their relationship had a chance. So much changed in Alice’s life I wanted to see how the adjustment went. I also noticed Alex’s increased awareness of how much additional pressure he had to perform in his profession given his changed life circumstances as well. I think if they kept the same deliberation as their initial romance build-up their relationship could work but I wanted to see their characters remain essentially the same. I hope the next installment does provide us a peek at how they are doing.
MinnChica: All in all, I really enjoyed the second installment of the Boys of Summer series. I love the way that Dean is able to engage the reader and make you fall in love with the characters and the sport of baseball. I adored Alice, and while I thought she got a bit shafted at times, I really wanted to believe in her chance at a relationship with Alex. I hope that Dean gives us a chance to see them again in future books, and that we get to see their HEA in action. I give Perfect Catch a B-
E: Despite my complaints I did enjoy reading this story. I think the beauty of the romance build-up smoothed over some of my concerns about the stability of their relationship later in the story. I also thought Dean’s detailed knowledge about baseball without drowning me in minutia really helped build the setting and let me grasp Alice’s professional and personal fears along with what was at stake for both main characters. I am curious to see what she does with the next installment. I give Perfect Catch a B-...more
From the moment I first read Nicholas’s work, I fell in love. I adore the Dixon clan, and was so excited to read all about Conner, the older brother who was so protective of his sisters as they fell in love with his buddies.
Conner has practically raised his four younger sisters, and now that they are all happily paired off, it’s time for him to kick back and enjoy life. But when his teammate Gabby losses everything she has in a fire, Conner takes her in and realizes that the teammate he has come to trust and rely on, is NOT one of the guys.
Gabby is used to men trying to rule her life, so she can easily see through Conner’s BS. With starting med school, she doesn’t want to get tied down in a relationship. So, despite the attraction between her and Conner, Gabby tries to put the brakes on their relationship. But Conner has other ideas, and the intense physical chemistry between them is more than either can fight.
I’ve been waiting anxiously to see what women could bring Conner to his knees. He’s been an overbearing (and somewhat adorable) Alphahole this entire series. I was so excited to read all about Gabby. I couldn’t wait to get to know her, see her bring Conner down to his knees and put him through the ringer like he has to the men in his sister’s lives. And I have to say, I adored Gabby. I thought she was great as a secondary character throughout the series, but getting to know more about her, I thought she was absolutely perfect for Conner.
Poor Conner had a lot of growing up to do in this book. He was so concerned with doing the right thing by his sisters, stepping in as a father figure that he let his job as big brother fall to the wayside. Once his sisters were all paired up, he had to relearn how to be a brother and friend. I loved the fact that Conner’s sisters and their men didn’t hold back when it came to letting Conner know just how bad he was at times. It really made his development that much stronger.
I loved that Gabby didn’t put up with Conner’s crap. She told him like it was, and made sure that he didn’t try and walk all over her, rule her life like he did with his sisters. The end scene where both Conner and Gabby have to come to grips with what they can do for one another was perfect. I loved everything about it.
All in all, I thought this was the perfect wrap up to the Counting on Love series. I adore Conner, and watching him fall in love was such a treat. I adored Gabby, and hope we can see more of these characters in (hopefully) another spin off series. I give Up by Five a B+...more
I'm giving up at chapter 4. It's written in present tense, with memories in ( ) in past tense, and that kept throwing me for a loop. Add in the fact tI'm giving up at chapter 4. It's written in present tense, with memories in ( ) in past tense, and that kept throwing me for a loop. Add in the fact that the hero and heroine use both first and last names interchangeably, and no strong feelings toward either character, I'm gonna quit while I can. :( ...more
I really enjoyed Loren’s BDSM Loving on the Edge series. I think she does an amazing job of balancing out the intense BDSM scenes with sweet romances.
Tessa moved back home after catching her preacher husband cheating, and is looking to start working on being more independent and self-sufficient. She has a list she wants to work through for herself, and getting involved in a relationship isn’t an item on that list. When Kade offers her one night to prove that she isn’t the bore her husband claimed her to be, Tessa jumps at the chance to explore her kinky side.
When Kade realizes that Tessa is the girl he loved in high school, he is even more drawn to her. The connection they had as kids is just as strong, and although they are trying to keep their relationship light, both Kade and Tessa start falling hard. While Kade is ready to settle down, Tessa is scared to be involved in another serious relationship. When her past comes back to haunt her, Tessa finds she’ll have to rely on Kade to help her get out of trouble and get started on the life she wants.
One of the things that I find very interesting about Loren’s books is that, more often than not, her hero and heroine have a past together. I think it really helps me believe in their willingness to jump into a BDSM relationship, especially if one character is new to the lifestyle. I also really love how both Tessa and Kade had some heavy guilt to deal with in relation to their shared history, and how that influenced the way they dealt with each other in the present.
The romance between Kade and Tessa was so well done. I really liked the way Loren had them slow burning throughout the entire book, with a few flashbacks to their teenage years to help us understand them better. It was just so wonderful, and I loved the way Kade and Tessa didn’t have a lot of internal drama in their relationship. Although Tessa was hesitant about being in another serious relationship, she and Kade were pretty devoted to each other from the very start. There was no big fight, no drama, no angst, and I thought that made their story that much stronger.
Again, Loren does an incredible job with portraying the BDSM lifestyle. I love the way she balances out everyday life with the lifestyle choices of her characters. There is just as much super hot, sweaty sex as there is emotional development and nights curled up together on the couch. I liked the fantasy scenes that Kade puts together for Tessa. My only concern with this book was that time and again it was noted that Kade was a sadist; however, I felt like that aspect wasn’t explored as much as it should have been. There was one scene that explored that side of Kade and Tessa, and I thought it could have used a bit more flushing out.
All in all, I thought this was another great installment of the Loving on the Edge series. In addition to having a really wonderful romance between Tessa and Kade, we were also introduced to secondary characters that I can’t wait to find out more about. I loved the simplistic approach to the romance, and hope we get to see more of that in the future. I give Need You Tonight a B-...more
I adore this series from Nicholas about the Dixon family, and I was so excited to read more about Olivia, the good sister who doesn’t like to rock the boat.
Olivia feels as if she owes so much to her brother, Conner, and she hates disappointing him. So although she is wildly attracted to her best guy friend, Cody, she isn’t ready to act on it because of his friendship with Conner. But the attraction between her and Cody is off the charts, and the only solution she can see is to date someone else.
The last thing Cody wants is to date someone else, but if that is what Olivia wants, he’s willing to take the chance. The only problem is that they keep getting thrown together. After trying to find someone else, they realize they really are best together. But getting Connor on board with their relationship is a hurdle that isn’t easily cleared.
I’ve adored Olivia in this series, so getting to see her front and center was so wonderful. I love the fact that she was so devoted to Connor, even if that devotion was to the extreme. I’m always a big fan of the brother’s best friend trope, but I thought Nicholas did a wonderful job of tweaking it a bit, by giving Connor and Cody a troublesome history when it comes to seeing each other in relationships. I loved that the biggest hurdle in this book was overcoming Connor’s stereotype of Cody, and finding a way to be together.
Cody was such a great hero. Despite the mistake of his past that caused Connor to not trust him with Olivia, Cody was so sweet and alpha and adorable. I loved the way he and Olivia were so determined to make their friendship work, despite the sexual tension that clawed at them constantly. I thought their baking nights and movie moments were so sweet, and it just went to show how deeply in love Cody was with Olivia from the very start.
Their romance was so incredible. I loved the fact that they struggled with maintaining a strict friendship. But as they decided to date other people, I love the way they were continuously thrown together one way or another. I especially loved when we found out how sneaky Cody was being, and how Olivia was forced to react to it. I loved the way Olivia made Cody wait for her, to be sure that what they had was real.
I am so excited for Connor’s book. Nicholas does such an amazing job writing secondary characters, that I’ve already fallen head over heels for Connor. I can’t wait to see how his story unfolds, and how the Dixon family will wrap up their HEAs.
All in all I really liked the fourth book in the Counting on Love series. I thought Cody and Olivia were so perfect together, and their romance was one of my favorite in the series to date. Nicholas has absolutely become a must-buy author for me! I give Going for Four a B+...more
I have a bit of a soft spot for rock star heroes, so I was pretty excited to pick up this book.
Lacey has loved Dante since the first time she heard his music. She was his biggest fan, so finding out her company is now representing him is almost more than she can handle. Being asked to travel with him and the band has her in a tizzy, trying to balance the professional in her with the fangirl.
Dante loves his music, but the business aspect of being a rock star is starting to wear thin. Something about Lacey is refreshing to him though, so traveling and having her with him is a breath of fresh air. But as the chemistry between them ignites, Lacey’s career is put to the test against their relationship.
I thought the premise of this book had such potential, but found myself being disappointed with the execution. While the writing was good, and the story flowed well, the book felt a little simplistic at times and I found myself growing a bit bored with both the romance and the character development.
I really wanted to like Lacey, but as the story went on, it seemed as if she became more and more immature. Her internal struggle with remaining a professional around Dante, and the screaming teenage fangirl was something that was rehashed page after page, and (IMO) never fully resolved. There were moments, even at the end of the book, where Lacey struggled with reining in the fan and being herself around Dante. It made her character seem so young and immature that I struggled with liking her as the book continued on.
While I enjoyed Dante, I didn’t feel as if we really got a good sense of who he was as an individual. Yes, we got to see his desire to branch out into different kinds of music and wanting to grow as an artist. However, it didn’t seem like we got to spend very much time in his head, so I felt as if I never really knew where he stood with Lacey, their relationship, and his overall career progression.
I think the thing I was most disappointed with in this book was the romance. Between Lacey’s struggle with being herself around Dante, and not a clear picture about Dante’s overall feelings, I couldn’t connect to them as a couple. I think this book had the potential to be a great Cinderella-esque story, but it just didn’t come through for me.
All in all I was disappointed in this rockstar romance from Chance. There wasn’t enough character development with either Dante or Lacey, and I struggled with connecting to both of them and their relationship. I give Rock It a C...more
While I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I’ve enjoyed Bell’s books in the past. A sexy Dom cop and an insecure heroine seemed like the recipe for success, IMO.
Something about Rafe has always made Courtney a little leary. Maybe it was his potent sexuality. or maybe it was the thought of him dominating her in bed, either way, Courtney knows she needs to steer clear of that one. But Rafe hasn’t been letting her run away, and he ends up giving her a proposition he can’t refuse: four scenes with him calling the shots.
Rafe doesn’t do more than four scenes with any woman, because then they get too connected. He knows that everlasting love isn’t in the cards for him, so committing isn’t on the table. But what Courtney needs isn’t a commitment, she needs someone to help her explore her sexualiaty, and Rafe wants to do it. Too bad Rafe can’t seem to give up on the idea of Courtney, even after their four sessions are done.
There were a few times while I was reading this book that I felt a little confused. Usually I am a stickler about reading series books in order, but I made an exception here. While I’m sure I missed some nuances and jokes, I didn’t feel like I was totally lost around this cast of characters. That being said, I think I’m going to go on a buying spree to read the previous books! :)
I really liked Courtney. She had been through a really rough time, and was trying so hard to work on finding herself again. Having come from an emotionally abusive relationship, she wasn’t looking to find someone who would be super controlling, or want a commitment from her right away. The deal she made with Rafe seemed more than perfect, especially since it gave her a chance to explore the side of her sexuality that she was intrigued by, but scared to give into. I loved the way she really tried to protect herself from falling back into old relationship habits, but that she was still willing to take the chance on love. That she was strong enough to realize she had grown into a strong woman capable of making good decisions about her love life.
My poor heart broke for Rafe. Given his past, he had more than enough reasons to worry about falling in love again, but I was a little worried he was protecting his heart a little too much. It was especially evident after he realized just how important Courtney was to him, that he continued to push her away. I hoped that he would have wised up a bit sooner, but he was a stubborn ass right up to the end.
Their relationship was SUPER sexy, and I thought Bell did an amazing job with balancing the sex scenes between smutty and sweet. I liked that Rafe pushed Courtney to her boundaries, but also that he took the time to make love to her without the bells and whistles. For me, it made their relationship seem more realistic, more true to them as individuals and a couple. Let me warn you now though: the epilogue might require a glass of ice cold water and a cigarette. *wink*
All in all, I really liked the third book in the Dare Me series. It easily came across as a stand alone novel, and had a wonderful storyline. I enjoyed the hero and heroine as well as the secondary characters. The romance was both tender and rough, and I thought Bell did a wonderful job bringing together two unlikely souls. I give Down on Her Knees a B...more
I tried. I got to about page 70 and still didn't have a good feel for the world or the main characters. It wasn't holding my interest enough to keep gI tried. I got to about page 70 and still didn't have a good feel for the world or the main characters. It wasn't holding my interest enough to keep going. ...more
I am such a sucker for Nalini Singh. As soon as this ARC hit my inbox I did a little happy dance and then immediately sat down to read. I love Vasic,I am such a sucker for Nalini Singh. As soon as this ARC hit my inbox I did a little happy dance and then immediately sat down to read. I love Vasic, I loved Ivy. I loved them together. I loved the way the series is headed. LOVED! ...more
Cute short romance about a geeky hero that has to overcome his nerdyness to win the girl. Not as good as Barth's other books, but a cute wrap up to thCute short romance about a geeky hero that has to overcome his nerdyness to win the girl. Not as good as Barth's other books, but a cute wrap up to this series. B- Full review to come. ...more
I love Hollywood romances as well as new adult. Put them together and I was pretty damn excited about this book. However, it really didn’t work for me.
Olivia has always dreamt about coming to LA to work as a costume designer. When her boyfriend cheats on her back home, she has the perfect excuse to pick up her life and start anew. With a group of friends from her apartment complex, and a wonderful job at a lingerie company, Olivia is flying high with her new life. When she meets Berkeley, the sexy front man of her favorite band, he will throw a wrench in her perfect life and do everything he can to keep her forever.
I have to say, I really liked the plot of this book, I think overall it was really strong and had a great premise behind it. However, the leading lady Olivia made it near impossible for me to find much enjoyment out of this book. She came across as an immature and insecure teenager, instead of the composed and mature young adult she supposedly was. There were times when I was reading and wondering if Olivia was really supposed to be 15 or 16 instead of her 20s. For example, at one point she is hanging out with her friends and after one comment she starts doubting their friendship with her and she runs off to cry and pout.
There were also a lot of little plot points that didn’t work for me. Little things like after getting a new job and having only worked there for a few weeks, she is allowed a week off to hide from the press after going with Berkeley to the Grammy awards. Oh honey…. that’s not the way the real world works, and I hated that so much of this book was spent in alternate reality where the heroine can do no wrong. There was also a significant amount of celebrity name dropping. I get that when writing a Hollywood romance, it’s going to come up that people interact with other celebrities. However, I always prefer when the other A-listers are other made-up characters, instead of real life people. I’m not sure why that bothers me, but I don’t like it one bit.
I did enjoy Berkeley. He came across as a genuine hero who loved making music, but hated the life that seemed to go along with his celebrity status. I thought Berkeley had a lot more depth to his character than anyone else, including the two cute secondary characters that were Olivia’s best friends. Despite that, Berkeley did start to get on my nerves when he continued to settle for Olivia’s immature ways. Despite the things he told her and showed her, she still refused to believe him over the media, and made some really sketchy decisions. In addition, Berkeley seemed to apologize for every little thing. Didn’t matter if he was wrong or not, he was always saying he was sorry.
The romance was hard for me to get behind, not just because it developed so late in the story, but also because of Olivia. Again, when a character in their 20s is acting like an immature 16 year old, it’s really hard for me to get behind their happily ever after. Fans of young adult books might enjoy this one more than I did (I am not a fan of the YA genre), however I just found everything about Olivia and her relationship to be annoying and tedious.
All in all, I wasn’t very impressed with this new adult book from Delahanty. I wanted to really fall in love with the Hollywood storyline, but instead I found myself rolling my eyes and waiting for something to happen. Something special, something funny, something sad… Anything. While this book has some really good writing and editing, it just wasn’t something I enjoyed. I give In Bloom a D...more
I had never read Yates before, so when I saw this fun novella about a geeky heroine who is looking for a little fun, I couldn’t help myself.
Evie is a smart and brilliant woman who owns her own software design company, but when it comes to men, she is completely clueless. When she is contracted to design a dating app, Evie does what any woman in her position would do: research. But researching with Caleb is more than Evie expected, and after one night, Evie found she can’t seem to shake Mr. One Night Only.
Caleb has never wanted to date a woman full time, but something about Evie has him coming back for more. After their one explosive night together, Caleb is determined to spend as much time with Evie as possible, even if it’s not between the sheets. Helping her with her app and learning everything that makes her smile isn’t his style, but for Evie, Caleb is beginning to think that long term might not be such a bad thing.
I have to say, I absolutely adore geeky heroines, and Evie was such a wonderful character. I adored the fact that she was so nerdy, and yet so confident in herself. It gave her character such depth that she could see her shortcomings, and I loved the way she tried to deal with it all. She went out and got help, she tried all the tips and tricks, and even when she was failing, she just tried again. It really endeared her to me. Made me fall for her all over again.
I thought Caleb was great as well. He was the typical bachelor who came from money. He didn’t have to work, didn’t have to scrape by, and basically lived off his family money doing whatever the hell he wanted, whenever he wanted to. At the same time, it was easy for me to tell that he was disappointed with the way life was going for him, especially once he met Evie. The way she inspired him to be more, to do more with his life was so fun to watch. I really liked the way that Caleb could see that although Evie was a little rough around the edges, there was something so special about her.
The romance between these two was so wonderful. I adored the way they really made each other better people. Evie gave Caleb the strength to find something that motivated him other than partying and women. Likewise, Caleb was a kind of sounding board for Evie, someone to help her break out of her nerdy shell and be herself around. I thought their romance was such fun, especially when Caleb shows up at her office. That scene was probably one of my favorites!
I have to say, the sex in this book was super steamy and oh-so-hot! I’m definitely going to have to pick up another Mates book in the future, especially if this is her normal style of writing. I loved the way Caleb and Evie were so into each other, that they let their emotions reign supreme a lot of the time. It led to some really interesting naked moments. :)
All in all, I really enjoyed my first Mates read. I thought Evie and Caleb were both really great characters, and although this novella was short, it didn’t read like one. It felt really drawn out and well developed. The romance was super sexy and also very sweet. I give Crazy, Stupid Sex a B...more
I really hate the trend of novella/category length books that have 2-3 in the series. It feels like I'm being cheated as a reader. I thought this wasI really hate the trend of novella/category length books that have 2-3 in the series. It feels like I'm being cheated as a reader. I thought this was just okay. The writing was good, but I wasn't really hooked on Fable or Drew. ...more
I only made it to Chapter 8. This book is pretty awful. Bad character development, ridiculous insta-love with a mix of nonsenscial angst, and multipleI only made it to Chapter 8. This book is pretty awful. Bad character development, ridiculous insta-love with a mix of nonsenscial angst, and multiple editing mistakes.
Had I spent money on this book by itself, I would have demanded a refund. Thankfully, I got it as part of an anthology, and the other books made up for this dud. ...more
I liked this one, but it wasn't without problems. Lots of editing mishaps, and the heroine starting to get on my nerves with her TSTL moments and neveI liked this one, but it wasn't without problems. Lots of editing mishaps, and the heroine starting to get on my nerves with her TSTL moments and never ending grudge holding. ...more
I don't even know where to start. This book is fucked up. Like, a lot! Deuce and Eva are seriously messed up people. Probably 80% of the book is themI don't even know where to start. This book is fucked up. Like, a lot! Deuce and Eva are seriously messed up people. Probably 80% of the book is them NOT together and with other people, and it's ugly and brutal. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't put it down. But it was like reading a train wreck......more
I have never before rooted for a heroine to get killed until now. Addison took TSTL to a while new level. There were major editing mistakes on the firI have never before rooted for a heroine to get killed until now. Addison took TSTL to a while new level. There were major editing mistakes on the first page, and I have to say that I'm glad this came in an anthology with other people for only $0.99. Otherwise, I would have demanded a refund. ...more
This is a SUPER short novella that is more like a prequel to the next story. I liked it, poor Jackson couldn't catch a break with all the blind datesThis is a SUPER short novella that is more like a prequel to the next story. I liked it, poor Jackson couldn't catch a break with all the blind dates he got set up on. LOL...more