Overwhelmed is aptly named because it completely overwhelmed me from the character dynamics to the plotlines. Every time you thought you were done, thOverwhelmed is aptly named because it completely overwhelmed me from the character dynamics to the plotlines. Every time you thought you were done, the author throws another impossible situation at you and with a heavy sigh you dive back in. There is ALOT going on and the emotional angst and pain is frankly..overwhelming. While I didn't hate the book and it engaged me to a certain point, I was exhausted by the sheer dramatics of it all....more
I have to say this one didn't grab me at all like Pucked. I liked Miller okay but didn't like Sunny at all and couldn't root for them to be2.5 Stars
I have to say this one didn't grab me at all like Pucked. I liked Miller okay but didn't like Sunny at all and couldn't root for them to be together. I found her too immature, whiny, judgmental, and manipulative. She played victim all the time, running to her friends or brother when things got bad, and expected Miller to chase after her when she got her feelings hurt. I was actually happy when he finally walked away and wish he would have met someone else during that time. I felt no chemistry between them and really couldn't understand Miller's attraction to her beyond her looks.
The storyline was decent but the focus remained 85% on Miller and Sunny with Miller constantly having to jump through hoops to prove he's serious about her. I enjoyed it the most towards the end when Miller is getting himself together career wise and dealing with his life without worrying about Sunny's precious always hurt feelings. ...more
The premise of this story looked exciting-an enforcer for the mob and single father meets and falls for an elementary school teacher he hires to watch his little girl for the summer. WHAAAA? *grabby hands* If only the story itself had proved as exciting. The story isn’t bad, it just doesn’t offer anything fresh to the bad boy falls for good girl trope. Predictable and trite at some points, we watch as the hero blows hot and cold towards the heroine till the very end. A majority of the book is the heavy sexual tension that permeates the story and some very sexy foreplay but I could never get over just how much of a jerk the hero was. His only redeeming qualities was his love for his little girl and the fact that much of his attitude stemmed from his need to keep her safe from his extracurricular activities. Also, the heroine’s pollyanna routine wasn’t much more endearing. The ending was a complete left down after the build up.
NO ONE leaves the mob by just finding new friends, ignoring any summons, and moving away. NO ONE. It just isn’t done. I’m not even in the mob and I know this. It was in a sense a cop-out to get to the HEA and was left me disappointed and annoyed....more
Favorite Quote: “He’d waited centuries for her. Was it too much that she wait a few months for him to be worthy of her?”
Cormack has spent centuries trapped in his wolf form, unable to shift. Shunned by humans and shifters alike, his only salvation was with a young woman named Elen. Elen, also shunned because of her unusual magic, welcomes Cormack into her life and the two build a bond nothing can shatter.
When Elen is able to heal Cormack of his inability to shift, Cormack experiences true freedom for the first time in forever. Having always admired and respected Elen, Cormack now realises that his feelings for her are much much deeper and he wants to have it all with her.
But someone else wants Elen to. Someone who will do anything, hurt anyone, to take control of her and her gifts. Cormack must use every skill at his disposal if he is going to save his woman from a fate worse than death.
I first discovered Ms. DeLima’s Celtic Wolves series while at Coastal Magic Con 2014. I bought books one and two and devoured both quickly. A dark passionate paranormal series with romance, suspense, and some delicious action packed scenes all overlaid with a strong dose of celtic/welsh mythology. Though each story is dedicated to one hero and heroine with a romance and resolvable conflict; the arc is strong, multi plotted, and overflows from story to story. I do not recommend reading these out of order.
The Celtic Moon series is a paranormal series that revolves around tribes of wolf shifters and Guardians. The Guardians, the rulers of the shifters, have subverted their power over the centuries, using unmated females as breeding stock and killing off the weaker shifters who are unable to shift. Now the shifter tribes are revolting, wanting to live their lives in peace and freedom. This book picks up right after book two, Summer Moon, ends. The shifters barely won the battle between them and the Guardians and now the shifters are gearing up for the full-out war that is coming.
During the battle of Avon, Elen, sister to Dylan, the alpha of her village, uses her magic to save her nephew’s life by stripping a Guardian of his magic. She in turn gives the magic to Cormack, lifting the curse that has plagued him. In doing this, she opens up a door to something thought lost long ago. This draws the attention of Pendaran, the vile leader of the Guardians. He begins to court her, wanting the power she has for his own use. When Cormack learns of this, he realises that the time has come for him to make his feelings for her known but first he must soothe Elen’s hurt feelings. Cormack has been staying with Dylan since he regained his powers, wanting to relearn his humanity out from under Elen’s watchful eye. He knows her need to help him would only interfere with his need to do it on his own. But before he can tell her how he feels, Elen is betrayed and given over to the Guardians.
I love we finally get Elen and Cormack’s story. They have played a central role in the ongoing arc since book one. Though they are at this center of this story, the conflict is a bit stronger and divulges deeper than the romance. Cormack’s and Elen’s bond is strong. Built on friendship and affection, their ‘romance’ has essentially been developing for centuries. When Cormack is healed, they are finally given the chance to be together as they were always meant to be. Mild misunderstandings occur but DeLima doesn’t waste time and allows them to be easily cleared up. The love scenes were minimal but their time together is a lovely mixture of innocence and enthusiasm that stays true to their personalities.
The well plotted storyline intertwines with the romance, using multiple subplots and an expansion of the world and subsequent arc to help strengthen what is already in play. DeLima uses some devious twists and turns, to force the story down it’s intended path. Further development on the legends portion only adds to the suspense and anticipation of what’s coming.
The main conflict continues to address the long standing racism and antagonism that exists between the shifters and Guardians, drawing in and expanding the story in fascinating directions. New enemies and allies emerge, each holding an important puzzle piece to towards the big picture while we see plenty of old faces and learn more about their roles in the storm that’s coming.
The ending is an intense, violent, action packed roller coaster ride of deception, betrayal, and reward as Cormack and Elen fight to protect their love and their family. DeLima continues to improve this series with each new installment and I am excited to see where she takes us next.
A spin-off of Wright’s popular Phoenix Pack series; this new series focuses on the Mercury Pack which is led by Nick and Shayla -from Carnal Secrets. Just as with her other PNRs, Wright builds an engaging story featuring strong men and women, humor, action, suspense, and some steamy hot love scenes. Smooth writing and strong dialogue keeps the story flowing fast and able to handle the multiple plot lines. Fans will love seeing plenty of old faces from The Phoenix Pack and getting some updates on previous couples. ...more
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. You must suspend a lot of belief for Vale’s books. Insta love prevails amongst over theRating: C+
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. You must suspend a lot of belief for Vale’s books. Insta love prevails amongst over the top antics and melodrama fueled conflicts. Blake and Foster are good together. Hot chemistry and excellent banter. Storyline is well plotted though the suspense concerning Blake was odd and seemed under developed. I wish Vale had divulged a little deeper into her ex husband’s animosity towards her. Vale writes sexy fun and her books that guarantees fun fueled escapism....more
Fans have waited for Ian's story and it doesn't disappoint. This story picks up in the past and moves towards the present as two damaged people help eFans have waited for Ian's story and it doesn't disappoint. This story picks up in the past and moves towards the present as two damaged people help each other deal with the darkness inside of them. POV alternates and a lot of time in spent in each of their heads. Headway is made towards the arc while some subplots are resolved. The "romance" is more subdued then the last couple of books but given the subject matter, it's to be expected. ...more
Sophia Brown has lost her husband and her passion for life. An accomplished cook and gardener, her daughters enter her in a cooking contest hoping it will help to wake their mother up from her grief. The contest is a televised show that pairs an amateur and professional together with weekly eliminating cook offs. Sophia sees this contest as a chance to start a new chapter of her life. The only problem is her partner. Elliott Adamson
Elliott Adamson is an arrogant, cantankerous, rude Scotsman who thinks Sophia and her ideas are ridiculous. A professional chef who has burned just about every bridge he has crossed sees this contest as his last chance to dig himself out of debt. And he refuses to let a little Vermont nobody hold him back.
As Sophia fights and charms her way to victory, she learns that life often hands us no more and no less than we can handle. Fear, grief, love, and courage, when combined together, can create a taste of heaven.
A Taste of Heaven is a delicious bite of romance and humor as a grief stricken widow finds herself competing in a culinary contest with a grumpy Scotsman. Well written and throughly drenched in humor, romance, and a touch of bittersweet emotions, I found this story to be simply delightful and utterly refreshing.
Penny Watson has a talent for creating stories that appeal to the romantic in all of us. Strong, personable heroines, grumpy redeemable heroes, and a sexy emotional love story that is steeped in humor and realism. Writing of older heroes and heroines, she invites readers to see that love and sex is not just for the young and beautiful. Sophia and Elliott are both in their late 40s, well versed in the highs and lows that life holds in store for us. They have both loved and lost; Sophia is a widow and Elliott is a thrice divorced. Yet they still retain their sexuality and desires. They are older-not dead.
Watson does a fabulous job of introducing and building our protagonists, using the contest and their personality differences to highlight their amusing antagonistic relationship. Humor, infectious banter, and a touch of the whimsical blends effortlessly throughout the story as we watch this delightful couple spar and quibble with one another. Elliott is loud where Sophia is quiet. Elliott pushes where Sophia cajoles. Sophia may be small and fragile looking but she is no pushover. While she is not a professional chef, she has an innate sense of what people like and she butts heads with Elliott time and time again to force him to see what his ego blinds him to.
This competition was her fresh start. And if she had to bully the Scot to get there, then so be it.
Elliott made me laugh as well as wanting to smack him around. A very talented chef, his controlling nature and inability to delegate is his achilles heel. Large, bald, and over-brimming with sarcasm and arrogance, he is unsure what to do about the little “fairy” who refuses to bow before his obvious God like stature. He is a bit of a food snob and seems to be single-handedly spearheading a challenge to make the world like haggis. *shudder*
Let’s get something perfectly clear. This is the Elliott Adamson show. I’m the professional chef. I’m the one with the experience. I’m the one who has everything on the line. Not you. I bark orders. You follow them like a good little girl.
Their antagonism soon turns to compromise, respect, and much more as Sophia and Elliott find a pleasant rhythm together in and out of the kitchen. Light flirting on Elliott’s side slowly stokes the fires of attraction and this couples’ chemistry begins to blaze out of control. Elliott is quite the charmer when he chooses to use his powers for good with his sexy accent and smooth moves. The sexual tension is outstanding as are the actual scenes.
Sophia found himself studying his lips. She wondered what it would be like to be kissed by Elliott Adamson. His lips looked firm and decisive. Nestled within a luxurious beard. Would i tickle? Would he be selfish and seductive?
Enjoyable behind the scenes look at the cooking contest and the small insights into everyone involved gives the story a healthy balance against the romance and keeps it flowing along steadily. From other professional chefs, to temperamental judges, and overly effervescent promoters, Watson captures the frenzy and desperation that always seems to envelop these reality shows perfectly.
A Taste Of Heaven is just that and more as Watson delights and entertains readers once again with her enchanting characters, energetic story lines, and swoon worthy romances.
I picked up Red Card because I enjoy sports romances and I had seen some good reviews for the first book in the series. Red Card starts off interestingly enough. An international male soccer star falls hard for a semi pro women’s soccer player. Insta love prevails and I enjoyed seeing how emotionally vocal the hero was in his feeling for the heroine. However my pleasure soon morphed into horror as I got to know the heroine and her sister. Irrational behavior ahoy, these women are crazy. And not in an amusing way. Manipulative and abusive, the heroine and her sister had to be two of the most unlikable characters I’ve come across. The author offers explanations behind their behavior but I felt the reasons were pale and not good enough. They both treated the hero and other important people in their lives horribly. We see the heroine attack the hero physically twice, causing injury, but it is not addressed nor condemned. The heroine’s sister is just as bad with her verbal abuse of her family and the hero. The author attempts to redeem the heroine’s sister in a second chance romance; using grief to force her to change, only for me it wasn’t even enough to consider....more
What can I say? Eve and Asa make this entire book. Though the book starts out a wee bit slow, it soon picks up speed as our hero and heroine begin4.5
What can I say? Eve and Asa make this entire book. Though the book starts out a wee bit slow, it soon picks up speed as our hero and heroine begin their delicate dance. Enemies to lovers is a favorite trope of mine and from page one they fascinated me with their verbal fencing and attempts to understand one another. Soon hate turns to attraction and more as they find themselves embroiled in a mystery. Explosive chemistry, sensual erotic love scenes, and some humor kept me thoroughly enchanted. A winner all around. I am looking forward to the next book, Eve’s despicable brother, Val. Or… is he?...more
A fun fast PNR that gives us a kick arse heroine and a sexist hero who keeps getting his arse and ego kicked by heroine. Action packed, with plenty ofA fun fast PNR that gives us a kick arse heroine and a sexist hero who keeps getting his arse and ego kicked by heroine. Action packed, with plenty of humor and some very nice smexytimes. Story ends on a high note and while conflict is resolved, the romance is just beginning. My only issue was the author's overuse of giggle. Everyone only giggles and it's constant. ...more
The second book in Skye Warren’s Stripped series tells us a dark erotic story of love, loss, revenge, and redemption. No one does anti heroes quite liThe second book in Skye Warren’s Stripped series tells us a dark erotic story of love, loss, revenge, and redemption. No one does anti heroes quite like Warren but even she excelled with Blue. Blue and Lola were foster siblings until Lola betrayed him and he was sent away. Now he’s back and he wants his revenge. Pain and pleasure vie for attention as this couple flash between the the past and the present to discover where it all went wrong and how they can make it right....more
Favorite Quote: “I could stay like this all night. Breathing in your scent, never leaving your body.”
Addison Peacock has carried a torch for her college fiance for five years. When he leaves after graduation, promising to return, she is forced to stay due to her father’s illness. Now he’s back-only he’s married and she doesn’t find out till after they slept together. Shattered by his deceit and duplicity, Addison sees hope on the horizon in the fine, fine form of her new next door neighbor.
Damian Walker has his own problems. A car accident destroyed his sports career and took something very precious from him. Damian knows what it takes to get your life back on track and while he’d love to help Addison, he doesn’t have the inclination to be anyone’s rebound. If Addison wants a one night stand, she’s looking at the wrong man.
As Addison and Damian get to know one another better, the future starts to look brighter, but until Addison can let go of her past, all these two can ever be in next door neighbors.
Right Next Door looked in the beginning to be a lighthearted friends to lovers romance about a young woman who discovers the prince charming she waited years for is really a toad and looks to her neighbor for some sexual healing. Only it develops into being far more as we get to know the protagonists at the heart of it-Addison Peacock and Damian Walker. Love, loss, hope, and redemption all swirl together as our protagonists meet and begin their journey. The past plays heavily on the present; foreshadowing their actions and the emotional base on which they react. Both are damaged but Damian has already had ample time to move forward from his tragedy while Addison is just starting the recovery process.
“From here forward I’m going to be like the contestants from American Ninja Warrior-badass, unstoppable, and you better not mess with me because I’m not taking anyone’s shite.”
Their first meeting is like a nuclear explosion going off. Heavy flirting and instant white-hot attraction leaves them both a little stunned. Their chemistry is perfect…only they are not at the right stages on their lives to be together. Damian is looking for forever and Addison is looking for right now. Additional issues in their lives leaves them both weary of emotional intimacy and watching them get from point A to point B is a bittersweet mixture of lust, humor, misunderstandings, and some hot sticky dirty talk.
“I can’t believe you did that behind me.” “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to shoot my shite all over you like that. It was a lackluster attempt at birth control.” “What’s so funny?” “I was only upset I didn’t get to watch you touch yourself. Next time, do that when I’m looking.”
Humor and sorrow fill the pages as Damian and Addison slowly, almost reluctantly, build a relationship from friends to lovers. I wasn’t sure I would like Addison at first. She was pretty passive aggressive concerning her ex boyfriend and tended to demand a lot from Damian without giving as much in return. She also pulls a stunt towards the end that left me questioning her rationale. Despite this, it’s very easy to see why Addison is the way she is. She is caught in a whirlwind as she struggles to define who she is and where she is going after she put her heart and life on hold waiting for the man she loved to return. She never really moved on from that point in her life and deep inside she knew she has to. Addison grows monumentally throughout the story; learns to understand that love is a gift that can bring you pain and joy without destroying you in the process. She also learns to love herself.
“I need to focus on me, as selfish as that is.”
Damian I loved. While he too has some secrets and heavy personal issues he was dealing with, he had no problems being honest with himself and with Addison. He saw her and KNEW she was the one for him and is willing to wait until she realises it too. He had already been down that road of one night stands and meaningless relationships. He wants marriage, the white picketed fence, and 2.5 kids.
“My life is complicated, I don’t do casual, and I don’t play games. I won’t be giving myself away piece by piece. When I find the right woman, it’s going to be all or nothing.”
This is not to say he’s a saint because he’s not. He has his guy “moments” that only serves to push Addison away more than draw her close. Luckily for her and us, Damian is a fast learner and both are equally adept at saying they are sorry.
Pryor does an impressive job of wrangling the main conflict while pushing additional subplots into the storyline. A complex array building that tugs at your heartstrings as readers follow the path set out for them. A well-developed cast of secondary characters further the agendas set out, giving us the information our protagonist can’t or won’t give. Pryor doesn’t pull any punches and makes both Addison and Damian work towards their individual goals. The pivotal moment hurts, I won’t lie, but we are gifted with an ending that more than left this reader happy and comfortable with Addison’s and Damian’s future.
The first in a spin off of Vale’s The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series bring us the boys of the Kilgore Swat Team and tRomance Suspense RATING: C+
The first in a spin off of Vale’s The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series bring us the boys of the Kilgore Swat Team and the women who bring them to their knees. Fans will enjoy seeing Tru’s sister, Reese, and Bailey’s brother, Luke, front and center in a romance suspense that pushes some boundaries reality wise but brings it home with the humor, dominant alpha men, and sensuality that Vale is known for. Reese and Luke are both in Kilgore healing from broken hearts. A chance meeting opens the door to a new life for the both of them if only their respective exes would move on already. Erotic sexual scenes blends well with the storyline as Vale builds the romance. Plenty of action and suspense round out the extremely convoluted conflict which I admit confused me. There was too many plot twists to keep up and by the end I was a little shell shocked. Regardless, Vale continues to entertain me with her strong heroines and heroes who above and beyond for the people they love. ...more
Book two in Jewel’s Alpha Hearts series gives us a young girl struggling with her father’s alcohol addiction and to keep his business afloat while fenBook two in Jewel’s Alpha Hearts series gives us a young girl struggling with her father’s alcohol addiction and to keep his business afloat while fending off a competitor's attempts to buy the business out from under her. Opposites attract is a good romance trope and Jewel hits the nail on the head with this story. Lots of drama llama, snarky dialogue, cracky subplots, crazy secondary characters, and a girl who doesn’t fall for the boy just because he’s hot. Lots of alpha posturing made for some interesting scenes as both the hero and heroine are extreme type A personalities. The sparks FLY in here. I loved how Jewel addresses some gender stereotypes by showing the hero that yes, girls can work on cars and actually be very good at it. As a former mechanic who had to fight the “good old boys” network myself at one time, I was fist pumping a few times while reading. All in all an enjoyable read that doesn’t offer much in regards to literary greatness but does offers some entertaining and steamy romantic escapism. ...more
Desolation is the last book in Jewel's Joker's MC series. Told in the past and present, we see what a former slave endured before she was rescued by tDesolation is the last book in Jewel's Joker's MC series. Told in the past and present, we see what a former slave endured before she was rescued by the MC. While I enjoyed seeing Pippa get her HEA, I was dismayed by how fast this book moved through the issues she and Tyke were dealing; skimming over or not even addressing them at all. Regardless...I am looking forward to the spin offs. :P...more
As always, Vale produces an action packed, funny as hell, smoking hot, romance with strong heroines, alpha heroes, an eccentric secondary cast, and aAs always, Vale produces an action packed, funny as hell, smoking hot, romance with strong heroines, alpha heroes, an eccentric secondary cast, and a suspenseful conflict. Review to come. ...more
This is why I continue to enjoy Lauren Dane’s erotic romances. The first in her newest series—Ink & Chrome—introduces us to two well developed proThis is why I continue to enjoy Lauren Dane’s erotic romances. The first in her newest series—Ink & Chrome—introduces us to two well developed protagonists whose strong personalities and blazing hot chemistry threaten to set the world ablaze. Add in an engaging storyline, humorous sexy banter, and some smoking erotic love scenes and you have a romance that will hold you hostage to the very last page....more
Need Me by Tessa Bailey Romance Contemporary RATING: C
The second story in Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series centers around a student, her professor, aNeed Me by Tessa Bailey Romance Contemporary RATING: C
The second story in Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series centers around a student, her professor, and the forbidden love affair. Similar to book one, the storyline is engaging with a solid set up, strong characters, and bits of humor and heartbreak. While somewhat engaging, I didn’t connect with this couple so well. I found Honey to be selfish in her objective to seduce Ben. Not until the end does the fact he could be fired for her actions even enter her mind. Ben wasn’t exactly a prince either. His childhood soured him on relationships; especially ones that had the potential to destroy everything he has worked for. He lays a lot of his baggage at Honey’s feet. I also found his demeanor unsettling as he blew extremely hot and cold with Honey and says things that didn’t seem to jive with his persona. A melodramatic conflict pushes the couple towards their HEA, making me feel a little manipulated. Regardless, I look forward to book three because hints of Russell’s story look to be very interesting.
In a series built on alpha over protective heroes, it's nice to see an alpha over protective heroine for once. I've waited a long time for Aden's storIn a series built on alpha over protective heroes, it's nice to see an alpha over protective heroine for once. I've waited a long time for Aden's story and Singh blows me out of the water in Shards of Hope. Not only in terms of protagonists but in the way she advances the arc, introduces new characters, and effortlessly continues to change the characterization of an entire race. A fabulous series that continues to grow by leaps and bounds. ...more