I’m starting to think Carly Phillips can do no wrong because once again she has delivered a book that had me emotionally reeling. I think the thing thI’m starting to think Carly Phillips can do no wrong because once again she has delivered a book that had me emotionally reeling. I think the thing that set this apart the most was the central theme of mental illness and how others perceive it. I applaud Phillips not only for writing about something so few want to talk about, but doing it in a way that had left the characters with dignity.
One of three friends who has created an uber popular phone app, Kaden goes through personal assistants like water. Mostly due to his demanding natural and unbendable habits. His quirks and attitude have driven away everyone he’s attempted to work with. Until Lexie Parker shows up unannounced, brought in by one of his business partners without his knowledge. She seems to have no problem standing up to him or dealing with his idiosyncrasies and something about that really excites him. Women have never been a constant in his life, leaving at the first chance they get, but Lexie is slowly opening him up to the idea that not everyone leaves.
With a bipolar twin sister and a highly depressed mother, Lexie is no stranger to dealing with mental illness. Putting her own life on hold time and again to be her sister’s keeper is how she’s always lived her life. Her sister always comes first. Lexie’s new boss, Kaden is sexy as sin and completely demanding and definitely won’t be willing to deal with her families issues. Yet the more she gets to know him the more she suspects he might actually understand. As the lines between boss and lover become blurred they’ll both need to make some concessions in their life that they swore was never an option.
Again, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the take on mental illness was well done, realistic and wrote with knowledge on the subject one might only get with first hand accounts. Mental illness wears many masks, everything from anxiety to bipolar disorder and I liked how Phillips encompassed several different forms and how each affects not only the person but the family as well. It took Kaden quite a while to open up to Lexie about his quirks and how they affect his daily life and I liked that he didn’t tell her everything right away (and in return, she didn’t open up completely about her family either), because both were afraid of the ramifications of talking about it, used to other peoples judgement.
As always, Phillips write sex scenes with a ton of heat, especially since branching out into the self pub world. Kaden and Lexie worked well together and the story moves seamlessly through the chapters. Not a dull moment was to be had with this one. Lexie’s compassion coupled with Kade’s need to keep women at arms length made this a dance Lexie was sure to win.
I enjoyed learning about these men who have worked so tirelessly to build their empire and look forward to each of their books. I’m even hoping for a 4th book for Kade’s long lost brother, and maybe even one for Lexie’s twin who is working so hard to get her life in order. I want her to have someone she can call her own too.
Going Down Easy is a fantastic romance story with an important central theme focusing on the stigma of mental illness. Wrote with heart and compassion, this is definitely one for the keeper shelf.
I give Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips 4 stars! ...more
After the huge release of Beck’s first two books (Love Hurts and Love Burns) I wasn’t sure what to expect from her next release. Would this be more ofAfter the huge release of Beck’s first two books (Love Hurts and Love Burns) I wasn’t sure what to expect from her next release. Would this be more of the same gritty, hard hitting love we got the first time around? Or a departure from that completely, being that indie authors don’t follow the “write in your genre only” formula. While Stoned is definitely different than what she has previously released, her voice is still the same and the characters are just as driven and in your face.
Once a drug addict always a drug addict right? Rock star, Stone has hit the the very bottom but he refuses to be a statistic. He thinks getting clean in the hardest thing he’s ever done but he soon finds out that winning back the one person he has ever truly loved is going to be much more difficult. Especially since she has dropped off the face of the earth and doesn’t want to be found.
Willow keeps telling herself she has moved on but when Stone finally tracks her down after a year and a half she’s having a hard time resisting him. He says he’s changed. He says he’s clean. But for how long? She has a different life and a daughter to take care of now and Stone just isn’t the safe bet.
Ultimately Stoned is about second chances, not letting the demons from your past define your future and forgiveness. Moving on and learning to live with your past in order to make your future as bright as possible. Stoned is heavy in content and light on the sex with the main characters only have one go around towards the end of the book. This is true to their characters though and the book was definitely not lacking in the romance department, it just shows it a different way.
Going into this one I was unsure of Stone. How could I like a drug addict, someone who had emotionally abused Willow time and time again? How could his character ever be redeemable? With Willow in a relationship with another man, a man who is everything Stone wasn’t (at least in his drug addicted phase anyway), how could I root for him and not the other guy? Somehow, I did. Somehow I wanted him to clean up, prove himself and ultimately get the girl. This is not a fast turnaround, the book spans two years. Two years of highs and lows on a journey that will really never end. Stone’s strength is shown with such conviction. His friends and bandmates being the wall in which he leaned on.
Willow is a strong heroine in many ways. Strong enough to move on and love a baby girl who was brought into the world without a choice in how she was conceived. Standing tall through Stone’s emotional abuse, bending but never breaking. She surrounds herself with a family not of blood but of choice. Her friends stepping in when she’s down and holding her until she can stand tall once more. Her well of forgiveness that she thought long dry, fills again as Stone shows her how he’s changed, how he’s pledged to be what she needs, what they both need. She spends a great part of the book conflicted over Stone and the safe choice, Joaquin. Needing to feel safe and yet wanting to follow her heart.
Stoned has everything you want to hate; cheating, drug addiction, alcoholism, emotional abuse, non-consensual sex and a love triangle. It’s dark and heavy content will weigh on you long after you finish the book, yet the underlying message will lift you up.
Stoned is a realistic take on a non traditional love story and it’s sure to be something you’ve never read before. With fantastic world building and hard hitting dialogue, Mandi Becki shows the world that not every romance is heart and flowers. Some romances are dark and unhealthy until the light shows them the way.
Chelsea is on the run and needing to hide out. The rambling inn her aunt left her is the best place to skate under the radar and start fresh. Until shChelsea is on the run and needing to hide out. The rambling inn her aunt left her is the best place to skate under the radar and start fresh. Until she runs into the one man from her past that she could never forgot. Their one night fling right before his wedding years ago left a mark on her soul she could never outrun. Now she’s back and he’s still in the town she left behind intent on making her his for good.
Jeremy knows Chelsea is hiding something because the makeup can’t completely cover the bruises and her eyes shine with a wariness he himself knows all too well because he’s hiding something too. He knows more than what he is saying but telling Chelsea everything will only sending her running again and then protecting her would become that much more difficult.
Now the two of them are in the same house and trying to deny their attraction is becoming increasingly difficult even as danger closes in on their happy bubble.
I really enjoyed this short romantic suspense. It gave me the heat I craved while still giving me the suspense I wanted and in roughly 160 pages too!I really liked the transition they had as Chelsea let her guard down and allowed Jeremy into her life. She may not have known exactly who he was but she knew she could trust him. There was a lot of heat in this short book and it made the story that much better. I never once felt like this one was lacking anything.
Fleshed out characters and great world building make The McCullagh Inn in Maine one of the better novellas I’ve read this year. I’ll be eagerly awaiting more from Jen McLaughlin.
I give The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin 4 stars! ...more
Madeline is not going to stay in the little country town for long. Here for a year, maybe two, she’s intent on proving to her boss back in New York thMadeline is not going to stay in the little country town for long. Here for a year, maybe two, she’s intent on proving to her boss back in New York that she can excel, so he’ll promote her again and bring her home. In order to do that she needs no distractions, especially not the smooth talking country boy she’s just allowed into her bed. But word travels fast in the one horse town and soon she’s on everyones radar as the woman who might just have tamed the local rodeo champion, Tanner Callen.
It was only supposed to be one night and learning Madeline is in town for a while scares Tanner because he’s not looking for more. Or at least he thought. The more Madeline resists the more Tanner wants to prove that her home was never New York and in fact could be the very last place she expected.
I liked both Madeline and Tanner. Tanner being the hard working ranch hand and Madeline the up-town girl looking to prove to herself she can handle anything life throws her way with ease. Tanner showed Madeline there was more to life than just climbing the social ladder and Madeline showed Tanner that loving someone doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Short and sweet, Learning to Ride is meant to be devoured in one sitting. If you like cowboys, you’re sure to like this one. Although short, it only ever felt that way at the very end as everything is wrapped up faster than a cowboy roping a calf. The characters are likable and the story line engaging.
I give Learning To Ride by Erin Knightley 3.75 stars! ...more
This book is as ridiculous as it’s title and cover. For real people, it was at times hard to read. So let’s start at the beginning shall we?
The book o This book is as ridiculous as it’s title and cover. For real people, it was at times hard to read. So let’s start at the beginning shall we?
The book open with Rebecca mourning the lose of a beloved aunt. Apparently, being the glue that held everyone in the family together, Rebecca had to fly home to stay with her ailing aunt in her final days and then make the impending funeral arrangements. In doing all this, when she finally makes it to the airport on her way back home, she has a slight breakdown in the arms of a gorgeous man whom she has just met. Because the weather is bad, their flight (b/c DUH they are of course going to the same place) is cancelled and the man who she just met offers to share a hotel room with her. This kinda sounds like the plot of an episode of Criminal Minds or Law and Order SVU, but of course, our hero Rex isn’t trying to kill her, just, you know, get in her pants. He’s attentive and tender and Rebecca is pretty much falling all over herself to repay him for his kindness.
So things are getting hot and heavy and then we find out Rex is hung like a horse. Apparently it’s sooooooo big that other women won’t go near it. This woman writing this review included, because if I unzip your pants and a missile falls out, I’m done. Here is the description ya’ll…
“She’d had no idea a man could be that big. The head was the size of a plum- a really large plum. The shaft was as big around as her forearm. Maybe bigger.”
“She wrapped her hands around it, unable to get her fingers all the way around”
At this point, I reached over and tried to wrap my fingers around my husbands wrist to get a visual of just how big we were talking. My fingers wouldn’t close on his wrist…no…just no. No dude, hot or not, is putting that thing anywhere near me. Sorry for your luck. You can go downtown with that tongue ONLY. There’s also a very uncomfortable BJ scene. The entire time I’m picturing side show sword swallowing and cringing. CRINGING.
Alright, so Rebecca’s one night stand turns up at her place of work as the new head chef. *cue impending doom music* He was hired because he can make a mean steak. And that’s what a hotel restaurant needs to be good at I guess? He’s hell bent on firing half the staff and he’s accusing them of stealing. Rebecca is pissed that he’s uprooting everyone and mad about his drastic change in demeanor from personal to work life. Not pissed enough to stop fucking him, but you know, she’s pissed. He tells her he’s a Dom during some hate sex. She’s all like, “ok” without even thinking about it because she’s heard it’s fun. *eye roll* He gives her some cheesy safe word that you know she’s going to bust out in a fight and not during sex and that’s exactly what happens some time later when she finds out Rex isn’t who he says he is.
This is just bad guys…it was so bad that had it not been a novella I would have stopped long before the end. With stellar lines like:
“What I want is a big piece of meat”
I can’t take this serious. I just…ugh…that is all.
I honestly don’t have much to say about Wicked Ride and I’m not sure what that says about the book. On one hand, I found it incredibly sexy due to theI honestly don’t have much to say about Wicked Ride and I’m not sure what that says about the book. On one hand, I found it incredibly sexy due to the fact that our heroine, Auralie was supposedly a virgin and so much of the book is spent finding creative ways not to have actual penetration sex. On the other hand, Auralie is in a sex club being auctioned off against her will by a slimy con artist intent on using her to get the biggest payout. So, that sure puts a damper on the hotness.
Logan is basically down with having sex anytime, anywhere to dull the pain of his past. Though he claims he’s not bisexual he’s totally cool getting it on with a guy from time to time…which I found hilarious. When he sees Auralie there is an instant connection though he knows he’d never have a shot at paying whatever her virginity is auctioning off for, which is kinda slimy but okay, I guess I can get past it because he’s a nice guy, who likes to get his rocks off constantly, and he does eventually save her from her greasy puppet master.
There is a TON of sex, a lot of it dirty dirty sex just as the disclaimer promised. The sex was well wrote, hot and definitely gets the job done. I think my problem is that I never really believed Logan and Auralie as a couple. There was so much sex that I think the relationship building kinda went by the wayside and as a reader we’re supposed to get on board with them as a couple after a few bouts of explosive sex. I need more.
I enjoyed the writing and the world building that was being honed (and had probably continued from the previous books) but I think it lacked in other areas that I wanted more action in. At times I thought it dragged as Logan came to grips with his budding feelings and learned how to be a functioning human instead of just a sex crazed zombie going through the motions of life. All in all, Wicked Ride was okay, but I definitely saw the potential for more.
I give Wicked Ride by Sawyer Bennett 3 stars!...more
What an incredibly awesome novelette (roughly 53 pages) that will get you hooked into the world Cora Cade is stealthily building. Tapped is an offshooWhat an incredibly awesome novelette (roughly 53 pages) that will get you hooked into the world Cora Cade is stealthily building. Tapped is an offshoot of Cade’s A Day Of Pleasure series and I must say, her writing just gets better and better. What I loved most about this short book was the ability Cade had to not only give us an entire world, but create characters that were well rounded, real and incredibly entertaining.
Georgia is the type of heroine I adore. Ballsy but sweet. She’s the type of woman who has self confidence in spades. This aspect is even better because she’s not your typical romance book heroine. She’s a size 16, not going to take anything from anyone, woman. It’s such a breath of fresh air to find a genuinely well wrote, incredible heroine who doesn’t fit in the industry mold. I loved her wit and just wished I could have had more of it. She constantly had me chuckling at her quick tongue, especially when put into situations with Will’s ex, or his *gulp* mother, after only having just met the man.
As a hero, Will is what dreams are made of. He was sheer perfection wrapped up in a smoking hot package. Who wouldn’t want a guy who could be sweet and endearing one minute and then pulling your hair and pounding into you the next moment? The sex scenes were very well done, believable and enough to set my kindle on fire. Will knew from the moment they met that Georgia was special, a keeper. I enjoyed watching him convince her to give their connection a chance.
The cast of supporting characters are lush and well fleshed out. While many of them are from Cade’s previous series, new readers will have no issues getting into the groove and latching on to them as I’ve done from the start. The sense of camaraderie and protection within the tight group of friends is deeply felt and I enjoyed the glimpse into their lives again, even if only in small amounts through Georgia’s eyes. I can’t wait to see where the series goes because I definitely need a few of these characters to get their own book, The single father sheriff? Yes. Will’s geeky brother? YES.
These 50 some pages felt like an entire book in the most wonderful way. Cade fits in so much in those pages that even with the length you feel like you’re part of the town, part of that family. I cannot wait to get more from this world and from this author! Entertaining, sexy and full of heart, Tapped is definitely a winner!
I have found a new author. Beautifully Decadent was incredibly well done, heart felt, sexy and simply perfect! L.A. Fiore, I can’t believe I’ve neverI have found a new author. Beautifully Decadent was incredibly well done, heart felt, sexy and simply perfect! L.A. Fiore, I can’t believe I’ve never read you before, but make no mistake, I’ll be reading more now.
Beautifully Decadent is book three in the Beautifully Damaged series and while I wish I had read the prior two it’s not because of being unable to follow this one, but because this one was so good I wanted to know all about the characters whose stories had come first.
Avery has just landed her dream job as the new head pastry chef for a very trendy and expensive restaurant called Clover. Her new boss, Trace, even secured her an apt from a friend who was looking for a respectable renter. That friend is Rafe and from the minute Avery sees him she’s half in love. And who is going to blame her, because Rafe is hotter than the sun, has an incredible house/ property he’s restoring by hand himself, he’s successful and he’s sincerely nice. Avery, being clumsy, gets herself into several situations that require Rafe to intervene and I found myself chuckling at her constant mishaps.
I absolutely adored Avery. She was just downright too sweet not to adore. She was giving and caring and truly had everyones best interests at heart in everything she did. While her claws didn’t appear often, I loved when they did in the face of Rafe’s bitchy girlfriend because that chick HAD TO GO.
Because Rafe spends a large chunk of the book with a girlfriend, things are slow to heat, but that simmering attraction was ever present. Their banter was spot on throughout the entire book. When the girlfriend finally gets the boot, Rafe ups his pursuit accordingly and things start to heat up.
The surrounding cast of characters enfolds Avery within their group with ease. Used to being alone, Avery loves that she’s finally found a place where she fits in. As the story progresses the plot thickens to include a mystery of why Rafe’s dad went to jail years ago and who was behind the bank robbing plot he got duped into. Now that he’s out, someone is looking to take care of the last remaining member of the bank robbing team, regardless of if he knows anything about what his other team members were looking for in that bank so long ago. The suspenseful elements definitely added another layer of awesomeness to this one and kept the story pace plugging away at a constant speed.
I loved every single minute of this book. Wonderful story telling, utilizing every bit of my imagination, Beautifully Decadent is a winner! I can’t wait for more from L.A. Fiore!
I give Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore 5 stars!...more
Dirtiest Secret was my most taboo read so far this year and I loved every second of it. Hottest Mess kept the kinky romance between Dallas and Jane goDirtiest Secret was my most taboo read so far this year and I loved every second of it. Hottest Mess kept the kinky romance between Dallas and Jane going full force and delves even further into the dark and twisted needs that each harbor as a result of their traumatic past.
While technically Dallas and Jane are siblings, it’s in name only and so I got the need to keep their connection private but I never fully thought of them as brother and sister, so I wasn’t as shocked and I wasn’t sure everyone else would be either. But, I understood. The thrill of being caught each time they had sex right under some unsuspecting party goer or movie watchers nose definitely heightened those scenes, bringing them to new levels each time.
Jane spends a great deal of time pushing Dallas past his limits in an attempt to get him to acknowledge the effects of their imprisonment years before on his psyche and his sexual needs. She demands that he tell her everything both about what happened to him so many years ago and what he has found out regarding the identities of those behind the kidnapping.
Dallas wants nothing more than to be honest with Jane but the intel he has uncovered suggests the person behind their kidnapping was close to them and he doesn’t want to upset her if he’s wrong. The darkness he feels isn’t something he wants to taint Jane with even as she pleads for him to do just that.
While I found the sex hot I didn’t think it was overly dark. Somewhat dominant and kinky yes, but nothing that left me shocked by the twistedness or anything. Dallas makes great strides throughout the book and Kenner does a fantastic job of showcasing that. Growth in a character as the book, trilogy or series progresses is what keeps me coming back for more and Kenner knows how to take her readers on that journey right along with her characters, I also enjoyed how Jane’s opinion of the covert team Dallas helms changed as she found out more details of his captivity. While I found some of her constant pushing grating, in this aspect she won me over.
Of course, just after some heavy revelations are dropped the book comes to a screeching halt with a dramatic cliffhanger that is sure to bring readers back in droves for the final book in the trilogy. Myself among them. Hottest Mess delivers an erotic story of healing and vengeance years in the making!
Every so often, I need a good shifter romance. If that shifter romance has a bear shifter in it, well, that’s even better because I have a huge soft sEvery so often, I need a good shifter romance. If that shifter romance has a bear shifter in it, well, that’s even better because I have a huge soft spot for them. When I saw this one on NetGalley available for review I knew I had to give it a chance. Plus, I don’t think I’ve read this author before and finding new to me authors is always a win.
Waking The Bear had a lot of positive high points that I enjoyed. Our hero, Griff is a rough and tumble forest Ranger who had made up his mind not to mate while the area was so volatile and an inevitable war with a pride of mountain lions loomed ever closer with each passing day. Determined to take out the threat, he never saw Amy coming until she had parked herself at his rental property and had moved in on his life. Now the mating instinct was strong, for a human no less, and Griff has to figure out a way to protect his bear brothers and the relationship shy woman who has quickly stolen his heart
Needing time away from the city and her normal life, Amy has decided the mountains are just where she needs to be to escape her past. A bad relationship and bad job, she needs time to think about her next step in life and painting gorgeous landscape for the next two months is just what she needs. Her landlord is definitely a sight, but the last thing she needs is another overprotective guy in her life.
So, like I mentioned earlier, Waking The Bear had a lot of high points. I loved Griff and Amy together, even if she had no idea who he really was for 3/4 of the book. They complimented each other well and the heat between the was steady and mounted with each encounter. Griff went out of his way to prove how unlike Amy’s ex he was while still being there for her each time danger tried to strike. He was strong, alpha and a force to be reckoned with where his enemies were concerned.
However, there were some things that gave me pause….
Amy is stubborn to a fault. Even having been told a bunch of times to stay out of the forest trails because they were dangerous, she sets out several times on her own, and gets herself into trouble. The first time I understood, I get it, you want to prove to yourself that you’re fine. That you know the dangers. That you’re independent. I’m a woman, hear me roar and all that. But the minute I run into mountain lions on a trail? I’m OUT. See ya, won’t be going back in the woods anytime soon. Not Amy, oh no. AND she gets herself into trouble at the local bar too. It’s a damn good thing Griff was keeping an eye on her, because she’d have been dead before the half way mark of this book if he hadn’t.
Griff cries. I’m not all about that either. He never quite got over his families death when he was a kid. I understand that too. I’m not heartless. But….no tears please. Not in a book anyway. I want my men mean.
There isn’t a lot of information on this group of bears. I would have preferred some more time with their leader and the other men who make up the group. I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to hang with them. I didn’t feel like I got that as much as I would have liked. I felt like I knew the mountain lions better than I did the bears, the heroes.
Sticking to the bear nature, Griff sleeps a lot during the winter. I both liked that it seemed more “real” but at the same time I wondered how that would really work. So Griff sleeps pretty much all winter? That’ll be fun for Amy at Christmas. Or when she needs to go get groceries and there is 3 feet of snow in their region with it being in the mountain and she can’t get out of the driveway. Sure, Griff will wake up for short periods, but even in the book with it being spring there is a huge emphasis on how tired he is.
Overall I just liked the book but I will definitely be back to check out book two in the hopes that my reservations disappear as the series progresses.
I give Waking The Bear by Kerry Adrienne 3 stars...more
Loved. Loved loved loved loved! Total D*ck ensnared me on page one and I absolutely fell in love with Kennedy right along with Scarlett.
Kennedy has aLoved. Loved loved loved loved! Total D*ck ensnared me on page one and I absolutely fell in love with Kennedy right along with Scarlett.
Kennedy has a reputation of being a skirt chaser. He knows it, hell everyone knows it. It’s never stopped him and he never feels bad. He lives life by his own rules, he has a lucrative career and he really wants for nothing. When he’s approached by a big law firm in town to second chair a case involving a high level cyber hacking, he’s at first dismissive. So dismissive he sends the beautiful woman who showed up to inquire about it, packing, but not before he insults her a bit too by assuming she’s a secretary instead of the brilliant lawyer she is.
Scarlett has had to deal with men like Kennedy for years. Especially since she’s the only female lawyer in her firm. She makes every attempt to hide her curves, conceal her beauty and be tough as nails to run with the big dogs. Though she despises Kennedy and his chauvinistic attitude, she soon finds there is more to him than what he shows the world. He’s relentless in his pursuit of her and her determination to stay away is quickly vanishing.
I adored Scarlett and her buttoned up, prim and proper, take no shit from any guy, ways. She knew what needed done and she wasn’t about to let Kennedy stand in her way or treat her like a secretary. Her debutante ways stopped her from being a bitch, but she had plenty of ways to make him fall in line where she needed him. As the case progressed and real danger became evident, Kennedy’s protective side roared to life in ways he didn’t understand at first. His need to bed her takes a backseat to his need to keep her safe. These two scorched the pages as Scarlett cut loose a little at Kennedy’s urging. The buttoned up ones always are the hot ones between the sheets and Scarlett certainly lived up to that saying.
This one had a more intellectual feel as opposed to books one and two. Dealing with a cyber breach of a major corporation meant a reformed hacker had to be brought in to the mix and there is a lot of conversation dealing with it, of course. I loved the different feel and thought the added characters only heightened the book and the danger they brought.
There is an epilogue that really features book one’s couple, Lincoln and Evan and it was so well done! I actually sighed with contentment and laughed at the end. It was simply perfect and fit their story so well. I’m sad to see this trilogy end but thankful I can revisit these spunky, take life by the horns characters anytime I want by re-reading…and that shit will definitely be happening!
Total D*ck gives you all the pounding pleasure and cheeky dialogue you can handle!
I give Total D*ck by Christina Saunders 4.50 stars!...more
Book two in the Bad Bitch series by Christina Saunders was definitely a book I was looking forward to. Book one blew me away with the fun writing andBook two in the Bad Bitch series by Christina Saunders was definitely a book I was looking forward to. Book one blew me away with the fun writing and awesome characters. Hardass is Washington’s book and I wanted it real bad…really really bad.
Washington is known for his stoic, hardass exterior. He never lets anyone get to close and his job never gets mixed with pleasure. His drive and ambition has made him highly sought after and he’ll be damned if he’s going to let anything get in his way. When he lands a highly publicized case and needs a second chair, he hand picks a new associate to prove her worth. Problem is, that associate is Caroline, the one associate he can’t keep his eyes off of. And soon he can’t keep his hands off her either. The woman tests every limit he’s ever given himself when it comes to fraternization but no matter how much he tells himself it’s wrong, it just feels too right to stop.
I loved how in control Washington was until he met Caroline. I loved watching that tightly reigned control shatter when she was near. The hair pulling, the dominance, yeah he lit my fuse. YUM. Caroline pulled out all the stops to turn Wash’s head. Although her outfits were borderline inappropriate in a professional setting, and she often didn’t realize how her appearance might hinder her when investigating in rough neighborhoods, I did like her. She was spunky and driven and determined to win this case not only for Wash but for her as well. She didn’t let the unknown and the more, unsettling aspects of the case keep her down. She approached everything with that same determination to see it through. I loved their interactions together as Caroline baited Washington and he responded with a leashed tongue and a ticking jaw. Until he didn’t anyway. Then it was all hot and heavy on the top of any nearby surface.
Hardass was only lacking the suspense aspect that played a huge part in book one. There was a bit, but I didn’t feel as if the build up was quite as well executed as the prior book and that’s what made this a lower rating for me. I loved the characters, I enjoyed the sex, I just needed a bit more action than I was given. I am still loving the series though and will be reading book 3, Total Dick here shortly. I am eagerly anticipating Kennedy’s story because I have a feeling his man whore ways are about to come to a sudden end.
I give Hardass by Christina Saunders 3.75 stars!...more
Wow. That’s all I thought after finishing this book. Just…wow. Let me clarify, in a good way…WOW. Christina Saunders seriously blew me away with Bad BWow. That’s all I thought after finishing this book. Just…wow. Let me clarify, in a good way…WOW. Christina Saunders seriously blew me away with Bad Bitch and as my first book by her, I cannot wait to read book two.
Evangeline is a woman you do not mess with. She has no problem chewing you up and spitting you out. And perhaps bedding you before…or hell, after she gets through with you. She’s bold, she’d brazen and she will take you down in court. Until she meets Lincoln, the opposing counsel in her biggest case yet. A case that could catapult her firm into the stratosphere and pad her pockets for a very long time. Lincoln is hiding something, she knows it, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get him to tell her everything he has on her client. If she gets to enjoy him between the sheets in the meantime, well win win for her.
Lincoln has his reasons for trying Evangeline’s scumbag client in NYC instead of New Orleans where he is from. He needs this case. He’s been after this guy for a long time, not just because of what he has done, but what else he knows. Evangeline might be collateral damage but that’s just how it goes. Lincoln thinks he has everything worked out until he actually starts to care about the woman everyone refers to as the “bad bitch” of NYC.
At the beginning of the book, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how Christina would get me on board with a main character who was a heinous bitch who couldn’t care less who she hurt on her path to the top. Then I started to see Evangeline beneath the persona she had built. How she cared for her co-workers and felt an intense need to make them as strong as she could before they moved on. How she hid from the world, afraid to ask anyone for help.
Lincoln seemed to soothe her frayed edges that she hid from everyone. He made her feel safe and connected again. I just loved them together. There is a control element to this one that just ramped up the hotness of these two. Lincoln definitely knows what buttons to push to get his bad bitch on board with whatever he had planned. The side story of his relationship with his brothers was a good lead in to book two, which is his brother Washington’s story, the brother that he had a falling out with years ago and who has a cameo in this one that drives a wedge between him and Evangeline quite nicely.
There was plenty of scorching sex and action throughout Bad Bitch that had me rapidly turning pages until the very end. I fully recommend picking this one up!
I give Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders 5 stars! ...more
When wanna-be cop, Sam notices a suspicious new neighbor, she’s determined to find out everything she can about him. Armed with homemade weapons and aWhen wanna-be cop, Sam notices a suspicious new neighbor, she’s determined to find out everything she can about him. Armed with homemade weapons and a band of nosy elderly women, Sam sets up surveillance and against her better judgement, becomes a shadow he can’t dodge.
Ash doesn’t need some nosy neighbor trailing his every move. Working undercover looking for a drug supplier is difficult enough without Sam constantly getting in his way too. Giving her something to do will not only get her out of his hair but maybe allow him to actually do his job. Except the more time he spends with her, the more he likes her, until their combustible attraction hits a breaking point and Ash is left wondering what’s more important, getting his team back together or the one woman who seems to see past the walls he created out of self preservation.
On Her Six was a fast read with snappy dialogue and well fleshed out characters. Ash and Sam together was not only hot but hilarious at times. Sam seemed to get on Ash’s very last nerve quite often, resulting in my constant chuckling as he tried desperately to keep the woman in check. She had a way of finding trouble around every corner, but at times it was her that ended up saving him…even if he wouldn’t have been in trouble in the first place if it hadn’t been for her.
Sam’s grandma and the local neighborhood watch play a large role, which was often incredibly funny. There’s just something about watching an immensely alpha man be put in his place by a handful of scrappy grandma’s that made me laugh. Ash got his revenge though by knowingly displaying his goods while being videotaped by the unstealthy group. Doing naked lunges, I just…LMAO.
I will definitely be back for book two, because Christina Elle has thoroughly hooked me with her world building and engaging characters. Both suspenseful and funny, On Her Six is worth the read for the naked lunges alone, add in everything else and you’ve got yourself an awesome book!