Yay! My favourite naughty author, Maggie Wells had a newly published story, The Last First Date.
Have you ever just dashed to the store wearing your old yoga pants, no makeup, perhaps even a hat to cover your messy hair and then worry you may run into an old boyfriend or someone you know? Well that's what happened to Jessica except she was wearing track pants and a puffy hot pink coat with a broken zipper. Just a quick jaunt to the store for your chip fix and presto there is a heartthrob, Langley. Of course Langley is wearing a suit and dress shoes and looks good enough to lick. I felt for Jessica. The last person you'd want to run into is a hottie like Langley when you feel you look your worst and miserable sleety weather is blowing all around . To top it all off, Jessica just discovered that her car is broken down. Regardless, the chemistry between the pair was still there.
I loved how the story moved forward from their first encounter. A series of entertaining events finally gets them inside Jessica's house where the freezing New Year's Eve temp outside is quickly forgotten.
Langley is a stand up guy and Jessica is highly likeable. Erotic authors like Maggie Wells impress me with their ability to write steamy sex scenes when a couple barely knows each other. I mean, does that happen in real life? (Well, not in my circle anyhow) Yet, Langley and Jessica having hot lustful sex comes across as totally believable. They connected. They aren't slutty. In fact, they seem very ordinary with Langley loving his grandma and Jessica was wearing shoes with holes in them.
One of the things that draws me to Maggie Wells' stories is how she writes the couple's banter and their conversations. There is always underlying humour but not laugh out loud forced humour. Even during sex there is conversation. Her protagonists are so likeable. I was once again treated to this banter in The Last First Date.
I wish it didn't end so quickly for Lang and Jessica. I'd love to read more about their story and future. As usual, I just want more of Maggie Wells' story.
Teasers: premixed margaritas and nacho cheese flavoured chips, scarf on doorknob, officer interruption(less)
Not a stand alone book. You need to read the series from the start.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from Unbeloved. In my mind there was no way this trio of Hawke, Dorothy and Jase would not be a triade love affair. The author never leaned toward that sort of arrangement so I pretty much figured someone would come out the loser here. I did not read other reviews because lets face it, if you have started this Undeniable series, you're sticking with it. You don't really care what others are going to say about it because you are dedicated. Having said that, I won't waste much of your time with a long, drawn-out review.
Unbeloved takes you a journey. You experience their pains. You get frustrated with their biker brotherhood "system" and you get mad at circumstances that are beyond anyone's control. Some stuff in life is not fair and there is a lot of that in Unbeloved. I was so spitting mad at times. Not mad like I was planning on stopping the novel. NO! Mad at the circumstances that were to come to be. Life is too short. I aged right alongside the Horsemen and their families. My heart broke for Dorothy for all the wrongs she has had to bear and continued to bear.
As for the heat level, Unbeloved was quite a bit more mellow compared to the previous books but probably considered very steamy in comparisons to the genre at whole. The sex in Unbeloved was relevant to the situation in every spot. Not just thrown in for shock or the erotic factor.
All in all, the story was beautifully told by the amazing writing of Madeline Sheehan. That author can write!!!
Now about the ending and the book that will come to be regarding ZZ's story; I haven't a clue what Madeline Sheehan is going to do there. As it stands now, there is very little that could redeem ZZ to me. There is a line where I think a character crosses before I can forgive and that line has been crossed ZZ. I don't can if he had the worst bringing up ever, the dude is lost to me and way past redemption. I hope he gets his due. As Deuce would say, "ZZ has to go to ground."(less)
Wallbanger was not what I thought it was going to be at all. I was pretty sure by the name and the sexy cover that it was going to be an all out erotic novel. It wasn't at all!
What a fun read. I stayed up late two nights in a row reading this Wallbanger novel. I loved it! Caroline had such a fun personality and she could turn around any situation and add a bit of humour to it. I loved her attitude. Even when she was emotionally hurting she only took a short breather to give herself a pep talk and turn it around positively. She is someone you would want in your life so it is no wonder Simon fell for her.
Caroline had a disadvantage and an advantage with Simon. I couldn't imagine having to listen to his bedroom activities through their joined wall and then start to date him. She certainly knew what she was getting into with him. Well sexually speaking I mean.
Their slow courtship was simmering goodness. That is how I knew Simon really liked her. He didn't try to rush a sexual relationship with her and they had so much fun just hanging out. I relished with a big smile on my face reading about the pair hanging out together. The sexual tension and flirtations were a riot. I especially liked a certain baking scene. *grins*
Teasers: nook sleeping, head under an afghan watching The Exorcist, Clive the cat(less)
Guess what? I actually liked Top Secret Twenty-One. I loved that it wasn't as whimsical or quirky and there was actually a bit of mystery this time. Oh yes, Ranger was in Top Secret Twenty-One a lot more too so that was a total bonus.
Yes there was the very exact same formula in every other previous book. Stephanie's mom continues to relieve her stress by ironing, lots of explosions, lots of pizza and donuts and Stephanie's grandma is hilarious.
I did find the writing style a bit different this book though. The plot seemed to actually have a mystery behind it which is something I have missed when Janet Evanovich's previous books hit the midteens. I don't think I have rated her books a 5 star since Twelve Sharp and Top Secret Twenty One won't be getting one either. However, I did enjoy it a lot and it was great reading. There are the guaranteed laugh out loud moments and for sure the great big smiles. I read the majority of the book in the waiting room at the hospital and people kept looking over at me every time I giggled. That happened a lot so that was a good sign.
I will continue to purchase these feel good books because they serve their purpose with me. I smile. I laugh. I giggle. Worth the money.
Teasers: minions, war of the grandmas, Stephanie's best 3 seconds, Russian terrorist(less)
First let me start off and say I hate serial books. Totally hate them. However I did bite at Entwined for two reasons. One, it was free. Second, it was a Tarzan and Jane book. I have always been so intrigued with Tarzan and Jane and I thought there certainly isn't any harm is downloading a freebie from Amazon.
I wasn't disappointed but I also wasn't thrilled either. I would bet if I read this story as a full length novel, I'd have liked it a whole bunch more. One of the reasons I despise serial books is because each book leaves off on a cliffhanger and you are forced to buy the next installment to read on. I really really reallllly hate that. It is such a turn off for me. I'd rather have spent $5 and got the entire book than a grabby grab for a continuous purchases. Oh well, I knew that going in so I shouldn't really complain. Good on the author for letting it been known in the book blurb that it is a serial book before you buy.
The writing was really good. Great descriptions. Easy to follow and even though it was a novella, I got to know the characters pretty fast. Since it is an erotic novella, there are a few great steamy scenes. Of course you have to read further into the series to get the smoking steamy scenes.
Couldn't go wrong for a free purchase but the carrot that was dangled in front of my face at the end did not entice me to move on to the next book. (less)
I should add since this held me off for years, some booksites list this book as part of a series. A Knight in Shining Armor can totally be read as a s...moreI should add since this held me off for years, some booksites list this book as part of a series. A Knight in Shining Armor can totally be read as a stand alone. There is no characters that I can see from previous books or continuing on. I think that is important because sometimes it is listed as book 15 or something like that. http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspo...
Okay are you ready for this statement? A Knight in Shining Armor is my very first Jude Deveraux book. Like, ever.
A Knight in Shining Armor has been on my TBR list for years. Years and years I'm telling you. I was finally motivated to read it because I really wanted to read an exceptional historical romance and something that was a "sure thing" as a great read. I've often heard that A Knight in Shining Armor is some people's all time favourite historical romance so I pretty much figured that with an exclusive label like that, I certainly would be bound to like it.
And I did. I loved it. I admit to being a little iffy at the beginning because Dougless certainly seemed as close to a doormat as possible but she definitely redeems herself throughout the book.
A Knight in Shining Armor also wasn't what I had expected. Half the book takes place in modern times (in this case the 1980's) and the other half of the book takes place in the 1560's. It was a really good plot and it was a page turner for me. There wasn't any cliffhangers or anything like that and I really liked that is was not as predictable as some romance novels can be. I liked that. I liked that the story didn't allow their romance to come easy and smooth. There were a lot of bumps along the way and much conflict to overcome. I liked that a lot too.
It has been a few days since I finished and I still find myself thinking about the characters and the ending. I think that is a pretty good sign of how much I enjoyed reading it.
Teasers: Time travel, Arabella's table, changing history, the true meaning of soul mates (less)
Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series is on a very short list of mine where by I'll pay the huge ebook price for her books. They are so worth it. Never has a female protagonist been so funny yet so smart. The combination makes excellent reading. Thank goodness for authors like Darynda Jones who can write funny scenes without making them forced humour. If Charley was real, I'd want to be her friend and hang out.
The Charley Davidson series just gets better and better with each book. These books are not stand alones so you would be lost if you just picked up this sixth novel. Don't do it. Go and get the first book, First Grave on the Right, and then devour each and every chapter one after another. You will love them. With thousands and thousands of reviews, each book receives super high ratings. Mine is no different with a perfect 5 out of 5.
I love the slow progression with having Charley understand her abilities. In doing so, the author can plan out better novels as each book brings a new dimension to Charley's character. Charley's boyfriend, Reyes Farrow just gets more delicious with each book as well.
We are introduced to a new character, "The Dealer" in Sixth Grave on the Edge. I like him. A lot in fact BUT having said that, just like our beloved Reyes, there is so much mystery sounding him that we have yet to determine if he is evil or good.
The much loved secondary characters all reappear in at least one scene and each one is a scene stealer. Cookie, Charley's best friend, remains as cool as always and is still the number one best fictional BFF in my opinion.
There are a good many questions left unanswered in this installment. Things that I am just dying to understand. Great cliffhanger but not the sort of cliffhanger that is going to leave you restless until the next book is released.
Teasers: Is Mr Wong, Mr Wong?, wall gone, Ubie and Cookie?, What do the angels say?(less)
What a dream for a romance book reader to experience! You know how so many time readers will ask their favourite authors questions like, "What was your inspiration?" or other questions like, "What gave you the idea for the story?" Well folks, for Crossing the Line I was there! Right there that precise moment when Evelyn Jules had her mind spinning on how to turn a brief moment in time and roll it out in to a short steamy story. It was a beautiful thing to witness.
A few years ago, two readers and two authors decided to carpool from Canada to the US to attend a popular book convention. As we crossed the border, we all swooned because our crossing guard was hot. There is just something so attractive about a man with a commanding presence, wearing an uniform and oozing intimidation. Oh yeah, he was totally good looking to top it off. Right then as he questioned our drestination and other security questions, the story Crossing the Line started to form in Evenlyn Jules' dirty smutty mind. This sexy story was the ultimate result.
Crossing the Line is very sexy and is quite possibly one of those many fantasies that women have when they see those smoldering, serious border crossing officers. I wasn't sure how Evelyn Jules was going to get the protagonists from the crossing line to crossing THE line but it was done is perfect manner and you could almost envision it. (oh come on, let the fantasy ride ladies!)
I loved it. I loved how the story came to be. I love how it was orchestrated. I loved how the author was still able to offer an air of innocence to the erotic protagonists and I loved the completely affordable price of .99 for an amazing memorable hot read. I am not sure if I will ever see a border crossing officer in the same light again. (less)
Strangers was good but not as amazing as all previous. First 4 star in a long while. Still great, just not amazing. Note: Strangers on a Train, sex cr...moreStrangers was good but not as amazing as all previous. First 4 star in a long while. Still great, just not amazing. Note: Strangers on a Train, sex crimes. (less)
Not a review. Just notes to remind me. Spoilers February - Valentine's Excellent story! 5+ rating School teacher murders I had a feeling early on who to m...moreNot a review. Just notes to remind me. Spoilers February - Valentine's Excellent story! 5+ rating School teacher murders I had a feeling early on who to murderer was but couldn't believe it Roarke's flame from past comes back 12 years later. Interesting to see a Eve jealous as she usually handles Roarke's past girlfriends well. I wasn't made how Roarke handled but he did have blinders on about Magdelina Mavis sometimes surprises me. She is a frosty best friend!! Loved how Summerset and Eve communicated together (less)
Note a review, just notes. Could have spoilers. January 2060 Roarke and Eve attend Mavis birthing classes and Mavis has her baby. Accountants murdered...moreNote a review, just notes. Could have spoilers. January 2060 Roarke and Eve attend Mavis birthing classes and Mavis has her baby. Accountants murdered and an undercover baby traffic scam. Eve seemed to really appreciate Roarke in thus story. I loved how scared they were about Mavis' pregnancy. It was funny. (less)
Not a review but rather possible spoiler notes to help me remember the story. Christmas time. Eve's wicked foster mother returns and tries to blackmail...moreNot a review but rather possible spoiler notes to help me remember the story. Christmas time. Eve's wicked foster mother returns and tries to blackmail for 2 million dollars Loved Eve and Roarke's quiet Christmas together. It felt cosy. Peabody visits Scotland with McNab over Christmas
Not a review but could be spoilers. Just wee notes to remind me of the story. Now I'm up to date with books&novellas. January 2060 right after Eve...moreNot a review but could be spoilers. Just wee notes to remind me of the story. Now I'm up to date with books&novellas. January 2060 right after Eve's wicked foster mom's story. A little haunting from a dead singer from the 1960's. (less)
Not a review but rather notes to remind me. Could be spoilers. A novella. Early spring 2059. Eve off planet. Her second time off. Peabody still an aid....moreNot a review but rather notes to remind me. Could be spoilers. A novella. Early spring 2059. Eve off planet. Her second time off. Peabody still an aid. Roarke dreamed of when he saw his dad dead. Another brief tie in between Roarke's dad and Eve's dad. Awesome motorbike ride with Eve and Roarke.(less)