Stone Hard SEALs is two books in one. I will be reviewing each book individually.
Book 1: Ryder
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I loved, loved, loStone Hard SEALs is two books in one. I will be reviewing each book individually.
Book 1: Ryder
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I loved, loved, loved this story. It's short enough to read over just a couple of hours, but packed with so much witty banter, heartfelt emotion, and sexy SEAL that you never feel rushed or cheated. Seriously, these characters are so well-developed you feel like you actually know them. Like they are old friends. I honestly have no idea how Ms. York pulls this off in a novella, but she does. Even more exciting it ushers in a new Alpha SEALS series. I can't wait!
Ryder "Stone" Maddox is one of my favorite heroes. Faced with the unbearably difficult task of leading his platoon in a rescue mission for some pretty high profile people who were abducted by Somalian pirates is just another day at the office, but fighting this attraction and need he feels for his target just may do him in.
Lily Wilson has lived a very sheltered life. As the daughter of a senator she may have well just been wrapped in wool and packed away she's been so protected. That's why a mission trip to Ethiopia seemed like a grand adventure and she jumped at the chance. Just her luck, the first time she's ever done anything without her parents blessing she gets abducted by Pirates. She's optimistic all will be okay in the end and is doubly reassured when her guardian angel, in the form of Navy SEAL Stone Maddox, comes to her rescue. Stone does more than rescue her, however. He shows her that she can feel passion and a sizzling attraction. Now, she just had to convince him to act on it.
There are few authors that can write such funny, laugh out loud stories and never lose the heat and desire. I checked my kindle for smoke or burn marks after finishing this book. Lily and Stone's attraction was that palpable. Stone often spoke in sarcasm and I love that in my men. Even better Lily gave as good as she got. She was naive and protected, but tough, smart (even if a bit airheaded at times), and a fighter. This couple was made for each other.
She paled, "I c-cant swim".
"You never wanted to learn?"
"Oh, I wanted to" she sighed. "My mother wouldn't let me. She was afraid I would drown."
"Not drowning is kind of the point of swimming."
See? Sarcasm at its best! I do so love Sabrina York and her smart, yet funny dialogue.
Book Two: Drake
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I have to start out by saying I couldn't wait for Drake's story after finishing Ryder's story. I had to know Drake's take on the events leading up to the rescue. More importantly I wanted to get to know this cocky, brash, character better. Ms. York did not disappoint. I loved Drake! Heck, I loved Brandy!
Drake tried so hard to get Ryder's approval and had really hoped that this mission would help him do it when all of his past achievements hadn't seemed to get his attention. Unfortunately, that doesn't seemed to be in the cards. If anything could go wrong in this mission it did big time. Get foiled trying to save the girl? Check. Get shot? Check. Miss getting to the extraction site on time? Check. Thank goodness the woman he was tasked with rescueing is all kinds of badass even if it does hurt his ego a bit.
Brandy has sworn off one thing in her "take-no-prisoners, live life to the fullest" lifestyle. And that is no SEALs. She learned this lesson the hard way when her first "real" boyfriend used her thinking a connection with her father, the commander, would help him further his naval career. Little did he know that their is no love lost between her and her father. So, when she finds herself stranded with an injured SEAL and she finds him all kinds of drool-worthy she is questioning her sanity. But, the more time she spends with Drake the more she finds that her feelings aren't just a result of adrenaline and fear.
I really, really liked this couple. For one, this is not your normal SEAL story. Drake was injured and not at anything near his best. Hell, Brandy had to save his butt more than once. Brandy was a take-charge, tough chick that did what needed to be doing while keeping a level head. Yet, I loved that she didn't ever try to make Drake feel like less of a man for all that she did. She was supportive and protective without emasculating Drake. Drake was all that I expected of him. He was such a smartass, but in a fun, cocky way. Yes, it hurt his ego and worked on him a bit that he wasn't able to be the big hero in this scenario, but he was man enough to know when he had to accept help. Like I said, I loved this couple!
Ms. York didn't let me down with her witty dialogue. I swear I live to read what she'll write next.
"Why did you think I was lying on you?" "Um, because you like me?" She growled. Yeah. Growled. "They would have seen you." "They would have seen me? So you laid on top of me? Did that make me invisible?"
Yep, I totally dig Drake's quick wit courtesy of the awesome Sabrina York.
I really, really hope to read more about this SEAL team.
The Magdalene series by Kristen Ashley is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Soaring is the second book of the series and jHotness Rating 4 out of 5
The Magdalene series by Kristen Ashley is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Soaring is the second book of the series and just cements how much I love Kristen Ashley. Even when the story has a different feel than her typical rough and tough alpha guys taking charge I couldn't get enough. Don't get me wrong, Mickey is all kinds of hot, take charge male. He's just less rough around the edges than many of Kristen's hot guys. Sadly, the Magdalene series is only going to be 3 stories, so it's all too quickly coming to a close.
Mickey Donovan is a hot firefighter that loves his kids and doing everything in his power to give them a great life despite their alcoholic mother spiraling out of control. Life is busy and stressful and has left Mickey with more than enough insecurities of his own. After all, his own wife chose a bottle over him and their children. So, when his new neighbor catches his eye he wants nothing more than to keep her in the "friend-zone". He has a strict rule to never date anyone that lives so closely and a high-maintanence woman that is used to only the best things in life makes things even more dicey. But, the more he gets to know Amelia the harder it is to fight his attraction. Especially, when he can see the amazing woman that she is hidden beneath the designer clothes. If only he can keep his demons from ruining the chance of a lifetime.
Amelia Hathaway was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was raised to be the perfect wife, run the perfect home, throw perfect parties and raise perfect children of her own. So, when her husband publicly cheats on her and proposes to his mistress before even leaving Amelia she spirals out of control. After months of embarassing her children and making a scene anytime her path crossed that of her ex-husband and his new wife Amelia has lost her children's respect and has pretty much hit rock bottom. Now, she's moved to Magdalene and is making a new start. She knows that she has a lot to make up for, but she will stop at nothing to get her children back and to prove to them that she is no longer that mom anymore. With all of that on her plate she doesn't have time to deal with the instant attraction she felt upon meeting her sexy neighbor. And she certainly doesn't have the time or energy to deal with the hot and cold emotions he is throwing at her.
Amelia is an amazing, strong character who doesn't give herself enough credit for her strengths. I loved that she owned up to her mistakes and stepped up to make amends. Even if she did take more responsibility for all that had happened than she should have. Mickey is the best dad and a really good person. I had no doubt that he loved Amelia and wanted her to be happy. I admit that I wanted to strangle him more than once for his jumping to conclusions and not communicating. But, let's face it all of Ms. Ashley's guys are flawed, yet delectable.
I am really looking forward to Coert's story, but sad that it will be the last of this awesome series.
I am a huge fan of the Girl Series by Kate Baum and these little in-between novellas are perfect to give us a peek into the lHotness Rating 5 out of 5
I am a huge fan of the Girl Series by Kate Baum and these little in-between novellas are perfect to give us a peek into the lives of some of the secondary characters that we've come to really love. Naughty Girl (Girl Series 3.5) brings us the story of Joe and Cora. We met Cora and Joe in Brave Girl (Girl series #2) when Eve moved to the reservation to begin her service as a librarian in exchange for furthering her education. Cora is one of the fellow teachers housed with Eve. I fell in love with this group of girls almost as much as I did the original "girls" of this series. I am so happy to read more about them.
Joe wouldn't know what to do if he wasn't working hard. He helps out on a friend's farm, he does last minute deliveries to the local watering hole when they are running low and he drives the reservation teachers to and from work. He likes to stay busy, but he really likes that he met Cora. He's laid back and willing to take things as they come. He knows that Cora is the girl for him and quickly finds just how well they are matched.
Cora was raised in inner city Detroit by her beloved grandmother. She knows what it's like to work your butt off to just get by. That's why she always knew that a good education was her only way out. She's always had a calm and in-control personality which services her perfectly as she teaches the adolescents in her class on the reservation. Things weren't always easy for them on the reservation. In the beginning they were judged and treated unfairly because of their "outsider" status. Which is one of the first things that drew her to Joe. He was always kind and had a nice word to share.
When Joe and Cora finally come together it's sweet and loving. Cora is thrilled with her relationship, but feels like there is something missing. Then she stumbles across a how-to book for the aspiring dominatrix and everything just seems to click. She's done her research and all that's left to do is put her plans into action.
This book is definitely more of a tale of self-discovery than anything else. Cora and Joe already have their love match, but in this story we get to see Cora come into herself. And what a hot ride it turns out to be.
Texas Bossa Nova is the 5th book of the Texas Montgomery Mavericks by Cynthia D'Alba and my all-time favorite. I love this seHotness Rating 3 out of 5
Texas Bossa Nova is the 5th book of the Texas Montgomery Mavericks by Cynthia D'Alba and my all-time favorite. I love this series, so that's saying a lot that this is my favorite! While all of the Montgomerys entertain me in so many ways Reno Montgomery and Magda Hobbs will always have a special place in my heart. Individually, they hold all of the character traits that I love most. Loyal, hardworking, genuine and only slightly flawed. Together, it only gets better. They compliment one another so well and seem to bring out only the best. And when this couple comes together sparks fly. You can feel the heat.
Magda Hobbs broke Reno Montgomery's heart 5 months ago not that he's shared that information with anyone. She just up and left. All Reno knows is that things were going great. The chemistry was there and it seemed everything was fine until it wasn't anymore. Magda's mom got swept in the whole faling in love with a cowboy thing and all it did was leave raising a baby all by herself, working her fingers to the bone until cancer took her away way too soon. She always swore she would never end up going down that same road that her mother did. So, when she started to see Reno as more than just a romp in the hay and started to feel like she was planting roots she bailed. Her motto is leave before they can leave you. But, when she gets the call that her dad, a dad she has only recently reunited with, has had a heart attack Magda comes rushing back.
Reno and his twin brother are doing everything they can to make their ranch a success. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to keep a ranch going and sometimes there are things that fall to the wayside. In their case it's the housework. So, when their mom hires them a live-in housekeeper as part of their Christmas present it's a God send. At least Darren thinks it is. Reno isn't so sure. The housekeeper is none other than Magda Hobbs the woman that he can't get over no matter how hard he's tried.
This book really was so funny, sweet and sexy. I can not even find all of the right words to tell you how much I loved this book. Not only were the primary characters awesome to read, but the secondary characters were just as fun. I can not wait to read more on these characters.
Wow! I am blown away with this book! Falling Hard by Sandy Sullivan is a sizzling m/m romance that is sure to melt y4.5 Stars
Hotness Rating 5 out of 5
Wow! I am blown away with this book! Falling Hard by Sandy Sullivan is a sizzling m/m romance that is sure to melt your heart. This is the first book of the Eight Second Ride series and if it's any indication of what's to come Sandy has a fan for life. I've been around the bull riding community for most of my early twenties and was really a bit suspicious of how Ms. Sullivan could pull off this particular love story in a setting known for manly men who can often be set in their ways and stubborn. After reading the story of Levi and Curt I think she did an amazing job! She detailed the fear that plagued these characters when "coming out" was discussed and the ignorance they faced from some of the riders. Although, I loved that they were mostly accepted and supported I have my doubts of how realistic that actually is at this time.
Levi Bond is at the top of his career and good thing since he's nearing the end of it, as well. He's one of the lucky ones. He has a profitable ranch and good people to keep it running well in his absence. He wants nothing more than to win the title and settle down with the man of his dreams and raise a family of his own. He has no illusions that living the life of a gay man in a small town will be smooth sailing, but most everyone he loves and respects already knows and supports his choices. Now, if he can just find that man of his dreams. Fellow bull-rider and friend Curt is what his heart wants, but he's not even sure Curt is gay.
Curt Walsh lives his life on his own terms. He's never felt loved or wanted by his family, so the nomadic life of a bullrider suits him just fine. He seldom lacks for companionship on the road. He can pretty much have his pick of a different girl every night. Except he's bi-sexual and lately his desires have been pulling him towards Levi. Levi makes him feel and want things that he's never wanted in his life. No one has ever made him consider anything permanent or even to choose one gender over the other. But, there is just something different about how Levi makes him feel in and out of the bedroom.
When this couple comes together sparks fly. You can feel the connection and the attraction right through your Kindle. It's not all sex, either. Although, don't get me wrong that part is HOT!!! But, they truly have this undeniable passion and respect for each other that just resonates to the very heart of you. I can not wait to read what else this series has to offer.