A definitive departure from the been there...done that of historical romances. Julia is a resourceful and intelligent heroine, determined to do all shA definitive departure from the been there...done that of historical romances. Julia is a resourceful and intelligent heroine, determined to do all she can to ensure her "happily ever after. Full review pending!...more
Dry...dry...dry! That unfortunately seems to be the only word that comes to mind in regard to The Miss Mirren Mission. Eric Woodley may be the 12th EarDry...dry...dry! That unfortunately seems to be the only word that comes to mind in regard to The Miss Mirren Mission. Eric Woodley may be the 12th Earl of Blackstone, but one would be very hard pressed to prove his genteel origins by way of his behaviour. He comes off as very withdrawn, socially awkward, and sexually repressed. There are also the added distractions of a much alluded to, as yet unexplained mission to uncover he identity of a spy, his dogged obsession with the memory of the fallen captain he served with in battle, and his constant griping about his physical limitations... due to the loss of an arm. Playing leading lady in this dreary affair, is the wonderfully irodite Miss Emily Mirren. While our brooding proving to be of no interest, whatsoever. Her"I live as I will" attitude, brings just the spot of color that this drab read needs.
But with the plot at a seeming standstill, going into chapter 4. There seemed no other choice than to throw in the towel at the midpoint of chapter 5....more
Served Hot is a steamy M-M erotic romance in which the phrase "going for coffee " develops a new, and very sweet connotation. When a lost wallet bringServed Hot is a steamy M-M erotic romance in which the phrase "going for coffee " develops a new, and very sweet connotation. When a lost wallet brings barista, and gourmet coffee cart owner, Robert Edwards Jr., within stirring distance of cute, conservative, long time patron, and secret crush David Gregory; there is no denying the smouldering attraction brewing just beneath their shy smiles and furtive glances.
Unaccustomed to, but desperate for the open honesty that Robert offers, David finds that he must finally allow himself to come to terms with the pain and loss of a previous relationship that ended in tragedy. Clearly gun shy, but willing to try. David soon comes to realize that the choice to move forward and start fresh, is an easy one; when faced with the prospect of both the perfect lover, and a true friend in his new beau.
This enchanting blend of passion, desire, and sensitivity manages to pair erotic fantasy with real-world issues in a way that highlights both in equal measure, while crafting a well balanced story in the process. Though narrated by Robert, the story told here belongs to David. It is his issues with self acceptance that serve as the emotional crux of this tantalizing tale.
The love scenes that these two share are the perfect combination of hot and sweet that make both sex and coffee irresistible. Their torrid attraction is balanced by a tender connectivity that becomes more apparent with each sensual interaction.
Served Hot is a perky tale of cuteness, copulation, coping...and the irresistibly unifying forces that are love, and a great coffee! ...more
This is a story so mired in circumstance, that it is very difficult to get a real read on the characters. As such, there is never a time when the readThis is a story so mired in circumstance, that it is very difficult to get a real read on the characters. As such, there is never a time when the reader is able to truly see Lady Vaile as herself. She is always the victim, the martyr, or Lady Vice.
This story is well told, there is just too much going on outside of the romance. To many scandals, too many plots, and too many diversions....more
Sins Of A Duke, the third offering from the Scandalous House of Calydon series, introduces readers to one Lucan Lynwood, Duke of Mondvale. While all sSins Of A Duke, the third offering from the Scandalous House of Calydon series, introduces readers to one Lucan Lynwood, Duke of Mondvale. While all surface details show our dark duke to be yet another privileged child of the ton, come to dip an unearned silver spoon into the trough of it's bounty. One only has to look the slightest bit closer to see that he is so much more.
Joining Lucan in this dangerous dance of scandal, love, passion and lies is the exquisite, albeit socially excommunicated Lady Constance Thornton. Known throughout fashionable circles as "the beautiful bastard," the enchanting Lady Thornton is no stranger to the rumor mill, the furtive glance, or the backhanded compliment.
So when a chance meeting in a moonlit garden turns into a stolen dance, and sparks an attraction that neither the duke, nor his lady are able to ignore...oh how the plot thickens.
For you see, the duke desires Lady Thornton for more than her flashing eyes and untried passion. She is the means by which he plans to right an old wrong and avenge the untimely death of his beloved sister, Marissa.
It goes without saying that authoress Stacy Reid is a masterful 'star maker' when it comes to penning complex and involving characters. The surprise this in this read comes in the knowledge of just who steals the show this time.
From all indications, one would think that Lucan, and all of his devious plotting, scheming, brooding, and stewing would win hands down. On this score though, you would be sadly mistaken. For while it is true that Lucan has the looks, power, past, and sex appeal that romantic drama lovers swoon for; it is the forthright honesty and unabashed belief in the power of self truth exemplified by Constance, that serves to set this read apart from the pack.
Constance may be an 'innocent' in the ways of love and passion but she proves quite the veteran when it comes to overcoming the obstacles that stand between her and her goals. She is the rose among thorns, and watching her mange to not only stand her ground, but bloom amid scorn, deception, and manipulation...is simply exquisite!
The romance between Lucan and Constance is one laced with a raw carnality that draws the reader in like a moth to a flame. The two of them together is a force of nature that sweeps one up to the highest of peaks and drops one into the deepest of valleys with equal aplomb.
This is a romance that lets the 'white knight' look good in and out of her dress. One for the ladies...Sins Of A Duke is nothing short of a romance lover's blessing!
Doing things the easy way has never been a hallmark of veterinarian Sally Kennedy's existence. So when the opportunity to open her battered and bruise Doing things the easy way has never been a hallmark of veterinarian Sally Kennedy's existence. So when the opportunity to open her battered and bruised heart presents itself in the form of one very hunky Doyle Jackson, a fellow vet working in her practice, and her flatmate. Miss Kennedy finds that she must fight harder than ever to keep a tight leash on more than just her furry patients.
Amy Andrews pulls out all the rom/com stops in this laugh-out-loud situational comedy with a heartrendingly dramatic twist. The interactions between Doyle and Sally as they go through their days are priceless. They are a couple that readers want to fight for. As much as Sally tries to fight her attraction to Doyle, the giving in is soooooo good!
Doyle is truly the perfect romantic hero in this read. That...and he makes holding a kitten seem pornographic. It is truly refreshing to see a man hold out for a date, and have a real need to get to know his lady before taking her to bed.
Sally's back story provides readers with a dramatic emotional touchstone that works to explain Sally's reluctance and give Doyle the much needed 'dragon' that every white knight needs. This is an excellent read, that can easily be finished in one sitting.
The steamy scene with the bar stools in the kitchen, gives a whole new meaning to "communal cooking". ...more
Tempting The Corporate Spy is a very smart, sweet, and nerdalicious romance. While the whole Jon Foster as corporate spy aspect of this story proves rTempting The Corporate Spy is a very smart, sweet, and nerdalicious romance. While the whole Jon Foster as corporate spy aspect of this story proves rather flimsy in the plot pushing department, it serves the purpose of romantic gateway very well.
Jon/Johnathan plays the sensitive, wounded, and brilliantly sexy leading man to perfection. The fact that he manages to miss a few rather obvious flaws in his friend 's pitiful attempt to blackmail him. Well...we'll just chalk that one up to human imperfection, and the fact that his due diligence would have ended this trip in about a chapter and a half.
Olivia Altman, and her workaholic sexy nerdiness, proves the perfect foil for Mr. Crestwell and all of his plans and schemes. It seems that a brilliant mind, honest heart, great sex, and flashing green eyes are this Superman's custom Kryptonite.
It is in fact the lava hot passion that these two share, that keeps the pages turning right through thinner plotted moments within the read. The connection between this reviewer and the leading couple is so strong in fact, that I am hoping for another story featuring these two.
The sex scenes featured here may be on the vanilla side in terms of kink, but what they lack in terms of fetish; they more than make up for in intensity. Who says that good old fashioned sex can't be panty-melting hot.
This is a very quick, light, and very sexy escape from the everyday, that is sure to change your perception of "techies" for the sexier....more
Periwinkle Cove is a very well written romantic fantasy, with just the right level of emotional appeal. While it is true that the loss of her partnerPeriwinkle Cove is a very well written romantic fantasy, with just the right level of emotional appeal. While it is true that the loss of her partner coupled with the discovery of her inoperable brain tumor, is wearing on Darcy. It is very clear that she is trying with everything that she has, to bravely solder on.
This is a read that tugs the heartstrings at every opportunity. If not for the fast pace of scene transition, and the seamless character movement, this would be a very heavy tale.
The introduction of Livia, provides just the right amount of mystery to distract both Darcy and the reader from Darcy's problems. Add to that the obvious attraction between Darcy and Livia, and the story positively blooms as one reads.
The author is careful to limit the scope of her setting to the beach, Darcy's home, and the house that Livia shares with her sisters. The plot is also streamlined. The focus transitioning from Darcy's grief over her loss and diagnosis, to her romance with Livia and the discovery of her secret, and finally the fantasy -tastic happily ever after.
It must be said that unlike a great many novellas, the story found here is polished and complete by it's conclusion. This story is the perfect peek at the magical side of love....more
Her Unexpected Hero draws the reader in using the lure of the unexpected. Jackson never expected to meet the beautiful and vivacious Alyssa. Suddenly, tHer Unexpected Hero draws the reader in using the lure of the unexpected. Jackson never expected to meet the beautiful and vivacious Alyssa. Suddenly, there she is. Brilliantly snarky, witty, vivacious, beautiful, and under his skin.
For her part, Alyssa is quite the worse for wear, both financially and romantically speaking. As such, she knows that a relationship of any kind is not in the cards for her. Even as the enigmatic stranger, Jackson Whitman, proves an attraction that she can't resist.
This is a book that lulls the reader into believing that it is all about the sweeter side of serendipity. As things progress however, readers come to find that interactions between these two are fated to be anything but uncomplicated.
There is a bit of planned predictably when it comes to him coming to her hometown in Montana, and owning the bar at which she works. The direction in which things go from there are...surprising!
The circumstances under which the author brings these two together make for great dramatic reading and serve to up the emotional ante for both readers and characters alike. The unexpected negative of said circumstances comes in the form of Alyssa's need to fight her feelings for Jackson to the point past stupidity. Luckily, things finally do even out before book throwing frustration ensues
The romance gets off to fiery start, but is sidetracked by drama for a great portion of the read. The pacing of said romance is a decent mid-level heat, with nothing out of the norm sexually speaking.
This is a wonderful escape for readers who like drama with their romance. ...more