I often hear about Cara McKenna, that she write best erotica. I want to read her Willing Victim, but guess I'm too freaked out reading about "a...more3 stars
I often hear about Cara McKenna, that she write best erotica. I want to read her Willing Victim, but guess I'm too freaked out reading about "almost-rape" theme. Nor that I have time to read her other works (sound cliche, eh?). So, when Harlequin Cosmo Read have "Her Best Laid Plans" on Netgalley, I snatched a copy. Not just because I want to try Ms McKenna's work, but the blurb catched my interest. Set in Ireland with a hot-to-trot man with sexy accent? Sold!
When I read Jamie Webb's trip to Ireland and when she met Connor Kelleher on pub, and read how Ms McKenna describe Connor, my mind scream "OMG, ROARKE, ROARKE, ROARKE!!!. See, I always want to go to Ireland, because I read In Death series and people who knows me maybe already know my (un)healthy obsession to Roarke. Yes, I know it's silly to want to go to Ireland, just to meet my own Roarke. Now, happily married, I kinda bury my hope to go to Ireland. But reading this novella, make my hope ignite.
Her Best Laid Plans is a simple, fun and steamy short read. Perfect if you want to have a quick read. Basically the story just a fling between Jamie and Connor, how even just met for 2 days they decide to have "no strings attached" relationship. All get complicated when Jamie realized that she want to be with Connor forever, not just a fling. But she also can't abandon her first plan, to become a commander for her own plan and future.
What make me love this novella is how Ms McKenna describe about Ireland. Lush and simply beautiful. I find myself transferred to the Pub when Jamie first met Connor, to Cork Harbour when Connor took Jamie to her lesson, to feel all Jamie's experience in Ireland. My, I hope that someday I really, really can go to Ireland! To see the green hill, a mist that surround the island, a blue ocean that will make me feel drowned on it.
Even just a short story, Ms McKenna make us can relate to both her characters. I see that Connor somehow is too good to be true, and I don't know that why he's so shy at first to Jamie while he already her 5 years senior. I see his personality is contradictive. Shy, yet can be bold. Charming and also dirty in bed. For Jamie, hmm, I somehow do not want she think too hard to herself. While I praise her to her confidence and her decision to stick with her plan. The sex is wowza! Ms McKenna sure know how to write a sizzling and scorching sex scene. Make me want to check her other books (ehm!)
Need a quick read that setting in Ireland also sweet and fun? Just read Her Best Laid Plans, you will disappointed if you miss this :).
Risk of a Lifetime (RoaL) start with a bang! Full of suspense, thrill and mystery until the end, this book make me sleep la...more4 stars
HELL OF A RIDE READ!
Risk of a Lifetime (RoaL) start with a bang! Full of suspense, thrill and mystery until the end, this book make me sleep late last night. RoaL is the first novel from debut author Claudia Shelton and for her debut she doesn't disappoint. Sure RoaL have some flaws and somehow so hard for me to connect with the heroine, but overall this book make my eyes glued (pun intended) and read it in one sitting.
RoaL is about Marcy Bradley and her ex-husband, a FBI agent, JB Bradley that meet again after 3 years ago Marcy filled for divorce. JB signed the paper, yet Marcy never filled it, so technically they are still married. But Marcy hide this fact from JB for half story. This is not spoiler, because the blurb said so, lol! So, Marcy find herself targeted. From shooted in bank robbery, her office got bombed, nearly died in car accident and threatened over and over. JB back to their little city to settle his dad's property, but apparently Marcy's attempted murder make him protect her, rekindle their love and relationship. While JB suspect that the culprit is somehow related to his past.
Ms Shelton mix suspense and romance, and I see that she did a good job. The pace is fast, the mystery and suspense are well written. I keep guessing for who target both Marcy and JB, and the identity of the culprit is hidden until near the end of story. Ms Shelton also throw some emotional and psychological baggage, in the form of Marcy. I have a mix feeling for Marcy. While JB is your typical alpha macho man, who chew bullet for breakfast, therefore make him more relatable, it's hard for me to relate to Marcy. It seems like Ms Shelton want to show Marcy is a strong woman, while some of her action is scream "selfish" to me. But, there are some messages behind Marcy's decision to be separate from JB.
One, is communication. I see that Marcy and JB have some communication problem. I had married (even not 1 year yet), so yeah I know what kind of Marcy and JB faced there. Marcy think what she did for JB was for his own good, yet JB think otherwise. Sometimes we must communicate with our couple to solve problem between us. Not escape from it. Not think that our decision are good for our couple before talk with them first.
Two, is trust. And trust come from communication. Because of her past, Marcy always afraid that JB will get hurt in his assignment and her mental was down when she know her husband enlist for FBI. She afraid because she doesn't trust JB, beside let her past haunted him. Marcy also had too much self doubt despite she become marriage councellor. Sometimes we know what we learn, but don't know how to do it, and that what happen to Marcy. In the end, Marcy learn well from her experience and become a better person.
Marriage couple, second chance, mystery, suspense, action, all make RoaL is not to be missed. Sadly, while there were sooo many sexual tensions between Marcy and JB, the actual scene was fade to black! I wonder if almost all Ignite titles must have sex that is so vanilla. Yep, I feel somehow cheated. Because when we got so much sexual tensions between h/H, we expect for some sizzling hot sex scenes, amirite?
Anyway, I recommend Risk of a Lifetime if you love reading a romantic suspense with good mystery, good plot and writing. Also like your characters already married with second chance theme.
e-ARC provided by Entangled publisher for honest review(less)
You Again is a debut novel from Ashlee Mallory, and well, this one turn to be a good read for a debut writer. I see that the cover (and the l...more 4 stars
You Again is a debut novel from Ashlee Mallory, and well, this one turn to be a good read for a debut writer. I see that the cover (and the line) can be sooo misleading. You know, there was shirtless man on the cover, it promise some steamy sex scene, or at last steamy sexual tension. I warn you, and this is a little bit spoilery, the sex scene was fade to black scene, and the romance part actually not the main focus of You Again. If you are a romance reader, you might be a little disappointed. But if you search for a good mistery, I think that Ms Mallory already did a good job.
You Again has a small town setting, so anyone know anyone. It also has a "school sweetheart" theme, even both MCs, Allie McBride and Sam Fratto are both divorced, also have child. But this part never bugged me. The story is mainly about Allie and Sam investigate their English's teacher murder. Mr Williams. While they also deal with their condition, where Sam was hated by Allie's family because of sensitive theme on his book), also Allie that have too much self doubt and problem with her family. The mystery and the thrill thicken when someone target Allie, because they didn't want her to find the truth behind Mr Williams's murder.
I admit, I don't understand why some reviewers think that this book is part of series, because You Again is simply, standalone. I will surprised if Ms Mallory will write next part of Sam and Allie's story, because I think all plot and mystery are wrapped nicely in the end. The romance is not the best part, even I will say it's not bad written. I enjoy how with all drama that surround them (a disagree family, an annoying love rival, a sad past),romance between Allie and Sam is not rushed. And yeah, I don't mind with fade to black scene, even I had stated earlier in my review that the cover is not suitable for You Again. Maybe the publisher can use less sexy cover, and I really don't mind!! Cover is just a bonus. It's the blurb that make me request You Again in the first place.
Mystery and thriller, both are factors that make me enjoy You Again. The mystery surround Mr William's murder actually is simple, but still manage to make me curious. And well, if you pay attention, you can guess who the killer is. But, this is when Ms Mallory add some nice twist, for what the killer did to Allie (and Mr Williams) is beyond sickening. And creepy! This is a kind of killer that I gleefully enjoy (and no. I'm not psycho), because it add excitement when you are reading this kind of novel.
If you are in the mood to read thriller and mystery novel, with both MCs just ordinary people, not lawmen or agent for sort (even Sam is a crime writer), and doesn't mind with lack of steamy scenes, you would love to read You Again.
Sex and the Single Vamp have an interesting premise, also same title with another popular vampire novel, but I will set it aside. This is als...more3,5 stars
Sex and the Single Vamp have an interesting premise, also same title with another popular vampire novel, but I will set it aside. This is also the first time I read Ms Covington's book. I love the idea when h/H are both vampires and have a long vendetta between them. But I did have a little complaint, like Felicity's nickname, Cici. It is remind me sooo much with my friend's name, and I feel a little bit disturbed. But well, that's just me and actually I enjoy this novella.
The story is simple and all conflict are wrapped nicely, even there was hint that the enemy who Deacon and Cici face are still target them. The suspense is well written. The identity of the culprit who target Cici's clients was remain hidden until the end, adding nice twist to the story. I just hope that Deacon, the hero not playing hard to get, just because his promise to Cici's father, he denied his feeling to her. Plus point for this novella are the secondary characters like Mya, the Grand Fey who is Cici's friend and Andy, a were who somehow become a voice of reason for Deacon.
With a suggestive title with "sex" word, you will expect a steamy and sizzling hot story, and well, Ms Covington do not disappoint you. The sex scenes are plenty, and no fade to black scene to my relief. Maybe because even I enjoy the story, Sex and the Single Vamp is too simple, and I just feel okay toward Cici and Deacon.
If you want to read a paranormal story with vampires and happily ever after, add it with some anguish and steamy sex, you might enjoy Sex and the Vamp