This was a really short story, and it had a bit of an insta-love to it that was a bit of a turn off for me. However, it was really well written and I...moreThis was a really short story, and it had a bit of an insta-love to it that was a bit of a turn off for me. However, it was really well written and I always love finding new m/m shifter books. C+
MinnChica: The Kit Colbana series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I adore Kit, and I love Damon. While we don’t get to see the relationship develop between Kit and Damon in this book, it is a prequel, I loved getting to see the way Kit came to be the woman she was at the beginning of the series. In this book (like the 3rd) we get to see as Kit finds her own ground. She’s been beaten down, and we get to watch as she builds herself back up.
E: I am behind on the Kit Colbana series but I loved reading this novella because I was able to see some of what formed Kit. She was recovering from some traumatic events and along the way discovered some interesting facts about herself. I also loved seeing how her relationship?friendship?its complicated? with a certain green-eyed warrior started.
MinnChica: This novella is a bit different than other prequel novellas in series I’ve read. Mainly because Kit is still becoming the Kit we know and love from the first book. I love the way that Walker has created this huge, elaborate backstory for Kit, and there are so many different nuances to why she is the way she is. I was hoping that we would get the chance to learn a little bit more about Kit’s family, but we don’t. That being said, getting to see the way Kit discovered her passion for helping people was pretty awesome!
E: I loved that aspect. Like you, I do want to know more about her family but I enjoyed this glimpse of Kit becoming the Kit we originally met. It really helps explain some of the choices she makes and how she deals with the results. Once again Daniels used a pretty gruesome series of actions to serve as the catalyst for Kit’s change but we were able to see how Kit made a difference in so many different lives. I also enjoyed her flirtation with Justin and kinda wish I could see more.
MinnChica: While I liked seeing Kit and Justin flirt a little, it will always be Kit and Damon for me. Even seeing Kit with Justin, whether it’s in her past or not, is something I’m not excited about. Yes, everyone has past relationships, but I don’t know that I would like to see Justin and Kit together romantically. Especially since I’ve become so invested in Kit and Damon. That being said, I loved the way Justin was able to flirt and tease Kit out of her funk and into the land of the living.
E: Valid points regarding Kit and Justin. But I loved their interaction :). I also liked how Kit started to use some of what she had been taught and learned how to integrate it with another person’s skills. Reading this novella really highlighted how far Kit had come when I first met her. Now I really need to catch up on this series. I give Bladed Magic a B+
MinnChica: All in all, I loved getting to see Kit in her early days working at Wolf Haven. Watching her start to come into her own skin, be comfortable with who she wants to become was such a treat. I liked getting a little taste of Kit’s world, especially since this series has quickly become one of my favorites. I give Bladed Magic a B(less)
I’ve really enjoyed d’Abo’s books in the past, so when I read this blurb, I was all in.
Sophia is looking to expand her business while working as a designer for a charity that is near and dear to her heart. She wants to prove herself in any way she can, and butting heads with the lead contractor, Flynn, isn’t how she wanted to do so. But as she and Flynn spend more time together on and off camera, the chemistry between them ignites and they are more combustible than either imagined.
While this book was fairly short, I thought it had a good pace to it. One of the things I liked best about this book was that it was very laid-back. There was no overload of emotional angst, there was no blowout due to some big drama caused by a lack of communication. Instead, both Flynn and Sophia treat their relationship like adults, once they actually commit, that is. It did take them awhile to get to the point where they could admit that ripping each other’s clothes off was more than just a fling. :)
While I liked the simplicity of the romance, I did think that the little bit of “big drama” at the end was weak. I know that sometimes a portion of a book can suffer because of the limit in length, and for me, I felt as if the big revelation about a certain person in Sophia’s past was the part that suffered. However, as d’Abo didn’t spend a lot of time going into the details of why that person had such an impact of Sophia’s life, it wasn’t a total disappointment. For me, it was more of a case of I would have just liked to see more of that sub-plot play out on the pages of the book instead of glossed over.
This book was also a bit slow to build. Although it’s clear that Sophia and Flynn have amazing chemistry with one another, much of the first part of the book is spent talking about the ins and outs of the TV show they are on, instead of the progression of their relationship. For me, that made the beginning of the book drag a bit, and it took awhile to get fully invested in Flynn and Sophia’s relationship because of it.
All in all, I thought d’Abo wrote a cute and sexy short story. I really liked the fact that the book didn’t drag out some big emotional and angsty plot point, and that the few conflicts were easily resolved. While there were some things I would have liked to be flushed out more, I enjoyed the story as it was. I give Nailed a C(less)
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 co...moreThis 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(less)
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(less)
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 th...moreCute 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. (less)
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(less)
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 was...moreI 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. (less)
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 dates...moreThis 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(less)
We have done some promo for Davis here at The Book Pushers in the past, so when I got the opportunity in my schedule to finally read one of her books, I jumped at the chance. I adore my wolf shifters, and thought Davis created a unique world.
Christa has been working for the human Shield organization for some time now, making sure that the wolf shifters don’t take out the humans. But her new boss is taking risky moves and making her rethink her position. When she is taken hostage by a shifter, she worries about which shifter rumors are true, and which are not.
Hayden enjoys his job as Marshal, and having a human mate throws him off a little. Hayden wants Christa to believe in his cause, but getting her to see his side of the story may be harder than he thinks. But as Christa’s old boss wages a war against them, they will have to fight together to save their own.
While this book can be read as a stand alone, there were multiple times when I felt like I was missing out on so much because I hadn’t read the previous books in the series. There was a lot of world building that had already been done in the other stories that wasn’t explained thoroughly, and there were times I felt as if I had to infer a lot about the world, the characters, and their ongoing fight with Shield and other rogue wolf groups. That being said, I think Davis has done a wonderful job creating a fun world to read about different kinds of shifters and humans all interacting together and finding ways to coexist.
The romance in this book felt a little rushed to me. While Hayden is all in because of the pull he feels for his mate, I had a harder time connecting with why Christa finally gave in to the romance. Hayden kidnapped her, wouldn’t let her leave, almost threatened her niece and nephew and then kept trying to keep her from her true nature, being a warrior. The sexual chemistry between them was obvious, but the emotional connection I wanted to see wasn’t as strong as I had hoped.
I was definitely intrigued by the other secondary characters of this series, and will probably go back and read the previous books. I liked how the two groups of shifters have banded together to fight the common enemy, and I wish I had a better frame of reference for their backstory, because I think it has incredible potential to be a great story arc.
While I enjoyed Hayden and Christa, I did feel like a lot of this novella was split evenly between the romance and the ongoing plot arcs, so we didn’t get a chance to really know Hayden and Christa as individuals. Again, part of that could be because I hadn’t read any of the other books, but I would have liked to see a little more in-depth character development.
All in all I enjoyed my first read from Davis, but would definitely recommend anyone starting this series to read the book in order. I really enjoyed the world building and overall plot arcs, and I am interested in going back to get fully caught up to date. For me, I would have liked a little more on the relationship and individual development of the hero and heroine. I give Divided Loyalties a B-(less)
This was super short, but VERY sexy. The only thing that kinda bothered me was that Adam was the one constantly giving sexual favors in this book, so...moreThis was super short, but VERY sexy. The only thing that kinda bothered me was that Adam was the one constantly giving sexual favors in this book, so it seemed a little one sided. :((less)
This blurb seemed like it would be right up my alley, snarky heroine, badass hero, and a suspense plot to keep me on my toes. However, this book didn’t live up to my expectations.
Maggie has been dating a Senator for over a year now, and when she finds him cheating on her, she is pretty much over the guy. But finding him murdered isn’t what Maggie wanted either, especially when she is the prime suspect. Thankfully, FBI Agent Clive was following her and able to provide an alibi.
Clive has wanted Maggie since the first moment he started shadowing her. Finding out she had nothing to do with the Senator’s shady business deals was a relief, getting to spend time and care for her was his dream and nightmare all at the same time. As the killer realizes Maggie is the main witness to his crime, her life is in more danger than she ever imagined.
Let me start by saying this book is REALLY short. We’re talking around 50 pages or so. For how intensive the blurb made this book sound, it shouldn’t be a surprise that so much of the actual story takes place off the page. However, I was kind of shocked at just how much was behind the scenes. I felt like we were a little jipped on just how much of the story was told to us. I wanted to get in on the pulse pounding action, I wanted the suspense give me heart palpitations. Instead, we had a passing mention of all the good stuff, and it was almost like we were given an overview of what happened. Not fun for me to read. :(
However, I did enjoy Maggie’s character. She was a bit of a snarky and sarcastic heroine that I knew I would have loved even more if we had gotten more of a chance to know her. She was both sweet and caring and also a little cocky. She made me laugh and I thought she was a wonderful character. I know this is going to be a series, so I’m sure her character will be flushed out a bit more, so I can only hope that readers get to know even more about her.
Clive was sweet, but didn’t really stick out in my mind after putting down the book. He didn’t have that air of badass about him that I was expecting, and unfortunately there wasn’t anything special about him that made him stick out in my mind after I was finished with the story. It was a bit disappointing to say that there wasn’t really anything bad about him, but nothing great either.
The romance was the main focus of the 50 page story, and even that kinda fell short for me. It wasn’t that the romance wasn’t good, or that the writing or character development wasn’t good. There just wasn’t enough time for Yardley to cram everything in that would have made this book spectacular.
All in all I was pretty disappointed with this book. Again, it’s not like the writing or editing was bad, there just wasn’t enough story to work for me. I am a big fan of novellas, however the story has to have enough meat on it in order for it to grab my attention, and this just didn’t make the cut. I give Wake Up Maggie a D+(less)
I really enjoyed St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay series, and was sad to see it come to an end. Thankfully, we are getting more and more Barefoot books, and the first novella in the Billionaires series was a great way to kick it off!
Zeke was the nerdy guy in high school that everyone made fun of. He was shy, smart, and more than a little awkward. But he has made up for it in spades. He works out, gained some confidence, and has built his own empire. Seeing his high school crush Mandy has Zeke thinking about the family he wants to start, and how he wants her to be a part of it.
Mandy has fallen more than she ever thought possible. From the star cheerleader and prom queen, Mandy is now up to her eyeballs in debt and working as a maid in order to get by. Seeing Zeke again makes Mandy think back on her horrible marriage, and what she wouldn’t give to find the kind of love that Zeke has to offer. But Mandy’s marriage was horrific, and moving on might not be in the cards for her.
I was a little worried that the billionaires trope would be played out, but I liked the way Zeke and his group of friends made a joke of it, and how they all treated their fortunes differently. I loved that Zeke was still 100% humble. It made him that much more adorable. I love the geek hero theme, and although Zeke isn’t as geeky as he supposedly was in high school, I thought the way his insecurities about that time played out in his relationship with Mandy was perfect.
I liked Mandy. I wasn’t too sure what kind of secrets would be revealed about her marriage, and I was a little surprised the direction that St. Claire took it, especially since it wasn’t really explained in detail. I did like the little twist we got at the end, it was the perfect balance between drama and fun. I did wonder how much Mandy’s view of herself was skewed though. Although one of her high school nemesis’ was constantly talking down at her, Mandy seemed to have a very unfavorable view of who she was in high school. I felt bad that she obviously didn’t remember the good times.
I’m anxious to read more about the Billionaires in this series, and think the introduction of them was fun and different than other billionaire books I’ve read in the past. I love the idea of following them as they try and work toward building their Minor League team and stadium.
All in all I thought this was a cute and sweet first novella in the tie-in series to Barefoot Bay. I really liked both Zeke and Mandy and thought they had such a wonderful chemistry together. I thought their romance was a little rushed, but still sweet and almost innocent at times. :) I’m anxious to read about Frankie and Elliott in the next book. I give Secrets on the Sand a B(less)
I had never read any of Cahill’s work before, so I was kinda excited to read about a party planner and sexy security officer. Unfortunately, while this book was SUPER hot, there wasn’t much else to keep me excited about reading.
Cassandra loves her job as a party planner, and she is damn good at it. She thinks of everything, plans for everything, and is 100% devoted to work. But at one party she keeps running into the sexy Lucas, and their attraction is off the charts. Cassandra is determined to stay away from him, but she can’t seem to keep her hands to herself.
Lucas loves his job, but something about Cassandra keeps pulling his mind from security and onto her. The attraction is undeniable, but after just a day in her company, Lucas wants so much more than just a roll between the sheets. But Cassandra is completely focused on her business, so Lucas will have to go above and beyond to show her just how great they can be together.
I really wanted to love this book, but I have to say, there just wasn’t enough plot for me. I would say that about 90% of this book is all sex, and while those sex scenes are pretty darn hot, I needed more actual story. I felt like this novella moved extremely quickly from the insta-lust phase to the I-love-you phase. For me there wasn’t anything substantial to enjoy about the characters and their situation.
I did enjoy the set up of Cassandra’s business. I think the party-planning theme is super fun, and I loved that Cahill took us from a super sexy adult party with naked people to a cute and innocent princess party. The different parties gave the novella time to change gears and do a little lighthearted moment between all the naked time.
However, I have to admit that the little kid party was one of the only scenes in which Lucas and Cassandra were not naked together, and it just wasn’t enough. I have a very difficult time believing in a character’s happily ever after if they have only spent a few hours together talking about something other than sex. It just doesn’t work from me in the romance department, and I struggle with not only my enjoyment level, but also the believability.
All in all I thought this was a very sexy book, but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. If readers are looking for a extra hot, short story, than this should be one they check out. However, if you are like me and need a little more plot to go with your erotica, this might be a book you want to skip. I give 7 Minutes in Heaven a C-.(less)
I adore Barth’s writing, but add in my hometown of Minneapolis, and there was no way I could turn down this request!
Becca loves working with the small Lyndale Park Players’ theater group as their producer. But losing their director to a last minute drug rehab is stressing her out more than usual. Having to work with her high school friend Jack, who disappeared after graduation, isn’t any easier. But having Jack as director is great for the theater group, and Becca’s hormones.
Jack always had a thing for Becca, but missed out on his chance with her when their mutual best friend Ty made the first move. Jack never wanted to return to Minnesota, but now he’s back and spending time with Becca is showing him just how much he missed his friend, and maybe even the city. But when Ty shows back up out of the blue, things between Jack and Becca are strained once again, and maybe this time for good.
I loved the way that the city of Minneapolis played as secondary character to the story. I have such a love for the metropolitan I grew up in, so getting to see all the little aspects of Minnesota pop up, the midwestern phrases that I miss hearing, was such a fun and special treat for me. Non midwesterns might not get some of the little tidbits, but will absolutely still enjoy the book.
Poor Jack hated everything about growing up in the twin cities, and because of it he vowed never to come back. I have to say, I love the way he processed coming home. There were just as many moments that he loved as he hated, and Barth did a wonderful job of showing Jack’s character getting the chance to look back on his hometown through the eyes of a grown up, a successful one at that. I did think Jack was a little childish in the way he handled meeting Becca for the first time, especially since he never got any kind of resolution on his lingering feelings for Becca.
I adored Becca. I loved that her character was so willing to put her hopes and dreams on hold, but still carve out a life for herself that she could be happy in. She reminds me so much of many midwestern women I know, and I loved her all the more because of it. I was so excited to see that she was going to get the chance to finally live out her dreams, especially after she went through so much to put her life on hold for her ill grandmother.
The romance between Jack and Becca was great, even though Jack was pretty surly at times. I loved the way Becca was able to reflect on their previous friendship to find ways to break through Jack’s walls, to both strengthen their friendship and their romance. It was sweet and sexy and so fun to read! The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the way that Jack allowed Ty to come in and ruin everything he had built for himself, especially since Jack was so unwilling to get the whole story.
All in all I thought Barth wrote a fabulous Christmas themed romance. I loved the story about the Christmas play, and watching Jack go all Scrooge over it! :) Both the hero and heroine were wonderful characters, and the romance was so fun. I give Tinsel My Heart a B+(less)