This story started out as a fun, flirty story about two friends who each harbored feelings for the other. While there was a sexual undertone to the attraction, I couldn't help feel that the desire went much deeper. As Sadie discusses the details of the catering event she's just agreed to, her thoughts wander to all the possibilities and situations she can imagine with Paul and we see how deeply rooted her attraction to Paul is. Thinking about Paul's friend, Josh, just spices things up a bit.
I really did love this story. It was a classic tale with a naughty twist. Who can resist the story of long time friends and their venture into a romantic relationship? Throw a sex club, a Domination fetish and a threesome into the mix and things really take off.(less)
Sapphire is a short read, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in content.
I found myself pushed to my emotional limits while reading Sapphire. Taylor guards herself so carefully, always staying in complete control of everything in her life. When Adam comes along and challenges her, everything she has built up starts to crack. He forces her to acknowledge that she wants to let go, she wants to lose control, and more than that, she wants to be controlled.
Adam sees the submissive in Taylor, or as he likes to call her, M. He recognizes that underneath the hard exterior is a woman who is ready and willing to bend, as long as the right pressure is applied. The first encounter that M had with Adam was hot enough. It touched on a bit of bondage and exhibitionism, as well as a bit of dominance. But when M takes Adam up on his offer to join him for an evening, things really start to heat up.
It was hard for me to like M at first. She was so closed up to the rest of the world that the author couldn't help but close her up to the reader as well. Adam was a little tricky. I liked him, especially his sex appeal. But as the story progressed, I found myself flip-flopping on whether or not I liked him. After I finished the book and sat back to think about it, I realized that I really did like Adam. He was never cruel, never demeaning and always in complete control of both M and himself. He pushed M (and me) to her limits, forcing her to face her fears of losing control. As an experienced dominant, Adam was sure to remind M that all she had to do was say her safe word to bring everything to an end. Throughout the evening, Adam gave M time to process each of the different experiences before moving on to the next. His patience was endearing and made me really like him.
While I have read some BDSM stories before, it wasn't until reading this that I realized what BDSM is all about. Most people think that it's all about spanking and bondage because it's thrilling and sexy. I'm sure it is for most people. But I think that while it is thrilling and sexy on the surface, there's so much more to it than that. When I sit back and think about this story, it's amazing to me how much M's experience with Adam allowed her to grow. Adam was able to strip her down (figuratively speaking), expose her, force her to face her fears and then build her back up again. And I think that is what the root of BDSM is. Finding someone you trust enough to be completely exposed, without fear of ridicule or judgement.(less)
Wow, this was a wild ride through a roller coaster of emotion and sexual fantasies!
Sasha White doesn't hold back and delivers life blow by blow to her protagonist, Katie. She starts us off in the story with Katie taking charge and living out her first fantasy. But that is where Katie lets go and turns full control over to Joe and things really heat up. But to Katie, letting go of control is her escape from a world where she is in control 24/7. Her job, her family, just life in general requires her to be in control and on the ball. So giving it all up when Joe makes his demands makes her nights with him even more intense.
But there is more to this story than sex. Katie is ready to leave town and move to the big city where she can just blend in. She needs to get away from her clingy mother and her new boyfriend. But when things with Joe heat up, her plans don't seem so simple anymore.
This was a great story and Sasha White delivered it well. Even Joe, who I didn't love in the beginning, eventually won me over. The way she gradually moved Joe and Katie from casual sex to something more felt natural. Katie didn't just fall head over heels in love with him, though she did have enough lust to keep me interested. Joe is a hard character, rarely even cracking a smile. He didn't just turn to mush when he was around Katie, but he showed a few tender moments to make me eventually like him.
I'm disappointed it took me so long to read this book (life getting in the way and all that), because while there was a lull in the "action" after the first scene, there was plenty to make up for it later. And the break in the sex gave me a chance to see more about Katie than just her in the bedroom (or living room, or kitchen, or... well, you get the idea) and learn more about the people in her life. The secondary characters bring Katie to life on the pages as she struggles with her relationship with her mother and her best friend.(less)
This novella was just as hot as the summer night it's set in.
A wedding, a sweltering summer night, a house full of guests and the quest for relief sets the scene for this steamy encounter.
Evie has so many house guests that she doesn't even know who is spending the night after her sister's wedding. All she knows is she's hot, miserable and doesn't have the privacy to sleep how she prefers: naked. Unable to stand the heat any more, she wanders into the kitchen for some cold water and instead runs into Lucas.
Lucas and Evie burn up the pages in this story straight out of any woman's fantasy. (less)
This book felt like a roller coaster ride! It started out well enough, escalating quickly, slowed down in between, picked up pace for a bit and then... ended. Almost abruptly.
Callie was an okay main character, but I didn't find myself connecting with her. Sure, I was reading about what was going on in her life and hoping she found the truth she was looking for, but I didn't really "connect" with her. I felt more of a connection with her house than I did with her.
Speaking of which, the author has an amazing descriptive voice. In the beginning of this book, I found myself wanting to visit Honeysuckle House. It's a character on it's own in this book and I could almost feel the energy of the house wafting off the "pages" of my Kindle. I could picture the house and it's surroundings, I could smell the honeysuckle, I could hear the creaks of the floorboards as she walked through. The house really brought this story to life.
The same went for the town, as well. It wasn't hard for me to picture the town, with all the shoppes and houses covered in ice after a huge storm. Again, Juliet Dark creates a whole new character with her description of the town. Without the "characters" of Honeysuckle House and Fairwick, I think this book would fall flat.
Sad to say, the secondary characters didn't really do much for me, either. Maybe it was the way Callie so easily accepted the supernatural revelations, one by one, without so much as batting an eye. Or it could have been the fact that there was just too much going on. There were demons, witches, vampires, succubi, incubi, fairies and more. One more mythical creature and this book would have burst at the seams! Plus, it seemed that everyone she met turned out to be one of the above. I got to the point where I thought she should just introduce herself and say, "Hi, I'm Callie. Are you a witch or a demon?" The only person through this whole story who was human (that I can recall) was Callie's boyfriend. But he wasn't even a secondary character, only having a few brief appearances.
While I did enjoy most of this book, I have to say that the "stories within the story", the books and manuscripts that Callie finds in the house, are better written. I felt like in the short clips that I read, I connected more with that main character than with Callie.
The ending fell flat for me, too. I quickly figured out who the "bad guy" was, though I'm not convinced he was all bad. Callie was alone and depressed at the end and I felt there was no real resolution. Of course, there was a bit of a twist that I didn't expect, but there were also some loose ends that were left hanging. Characters disappeared and I don't know what happened to them. Maybe that will be addressed in the next book, which, despite my "issues" with this book, I will probably still read. (less)
When I read the synopsis of this book, I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. It sounded intriguing a...moreRead my full review here: Review: The Seeking Kiss
When I read the synopsis of this book, I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. It sounded intriguing and I thought it was just the right kind of story to fit my mood for that day. I have to say, though, I wasn't very impressed. The story seemed too abrupt and clipped. Now, I know that for a short story the author has to cut out some elements to save her word count, but this seemed a bit extreme.
The story began abruptly. Nissa is going to the sex club. That's it. Nothing leading up to it. She met Hex and Aleron abruptly. Sure, there war glances and whatnot, but for someone who was waiting for her invitation to the club, she didn't seem to spend much time "mingling" if that makes sense. The sex begins abruptly, which I guess could be a bit erotic, so no problem there. But then the story just... ends. There isn't much time for me, as a reader, to enjoy the characters individually or as a couple.
All that being said, it's not terribly written. The storyline just wasn't for me. I feel like sometimes I just need some "fluff" with my stories and this didn't have any.(less)
First, let me start out by saying that (*gasp!*) this is the first novel I have ever read by Gena Showalter. Go ahead. I'll wait while you pick your jaw up off the floor...
Better now? Okay.
This started out a little confusing for me. I was worried by a few pages in if I was even going to finish this book. But as I kept reading, the plot drew me in and there was no turning back. Let me explain.
Right off the bat, we're thrown into this story centering around Jane. She has a past that we don't know about but is hinted at. The very fist scene seems to interrupt her day and I kind of felt like a neighbor who happened to be walking by, saw Jane in the window and decided to keep watching. It felt clipped and I didn't understand what was going on or the point.
As I pushed through the first chapter, it started reading like a novel within a novel. Eventually I became so engrossed in what she was reading that I had to keep going. Then, of course, Nicolai enters the plot and I was done for!
Jane was a very "vanilla" character in the beginning. She could have been any one of us. She wasn't the drop dead gorgeous heroine, she was a real woman with real problems and no extraordinary attributes. By the end of the book, we come to see the real Jane that lies beneath the vanilla surface. She's strong, stubborn, defiant, passionate, loyal and she fights for her man. She's not easily won over, even by Nicolai, but once she give her heart, she's in it for good. I really came to admire her as a woman by the end of this book.
Nicolai was an interesting character. While I was sold on him as soon as he entered the story, he took some getting used to. His memory loss made it difficult to get to know his character, but it starts to come back in bits and pieces. The time-traveling threw me for a loop the first few times and I had a hard time trying to follow along. Once I figured out what was going on, it made more sense, but it also added a bit of frustration to the plot (which is probably a good thing).
I liked the relationship that builds between Jane and Nicolai. I'm always a fan of the alpha male and their possessive instincts when it comes to their women, and Nicolai is no exception. As soon as he lays eyes on Jane, he stakes his claim on her. "Mine" seemed to be his favorite word. Cavemanesque? Probably, but I don't care. Especially when he's willing to anyone kill for her. Even Vicodin, the killer of pain, who held her prisoner (When you read the book you will understand. It's a sweet moment, trust me. LOL!).
The storyline, as I said, was a bit hard to follow in some points. And sometimes it seemed like it was moving slow. Not in the "boring" sense (there was enough going on the keep my nose in the book and my ass on the edge of my seat), but in that there didn't seem like there were enough pages left to tie up all the loose ends. But alas, that's the benefit of a series. You can end a book and give a couple their HEA (or not!) but not be done with the story. So, where this all leads, we shall see in the next book, Lord of Rage. (less)
Grab yourself a glass of wine, a box of chocolates, light a candle and curl up under your favorite blanket. This was the quintessential chick-lit book. Fun, flirty, a bit of drama, girl-power and a trip to Paris. It has it all.
This story started out a bit slow, centering around Annabel's wedding planning and her job. Of course, the reader can see that there is something fishy going on with Jeremy from the beginning. This is a little frustrating for me, because I just wanted to grab her and shake some sense into her. However, once the situation comes to a head, I absolutely loved the way she handled it. Of course, Jeremy was a sniveling bastard about the whole situation, but Annabel handled the situation perfectly. And, with any break-up comes self doubt and regret and Annabel has her fair share, but she doesn't go overboard with it.
What chick-lit would be complete without a trip to the City of Love? I loved the story while they were in Paris. It's full of awkward, funny, romantic and sometimes sexy moments. I loved watching Annabel progress from an emotionally scarred woman to a woman who believes in luck and love. The story is sweet and light-hearted, leaving me wishing that the trip never had to end.
However, Marie Astor brings the reader back to "real life" when the women return to New York to continue on with their lives. And what better place to wrap up the story than where it all began. Marie Astor made sure to wrap up all the loose ends (which I love!) and give each person their happy ending. Though, there is a certain character I wouldn't have minded seeing face down in a puddle of mud. And the twist at the end with Jeremy? Vindication is so sweet!(less)
What a fun novella this turned out to be. The story has been told before, but I honestly never get tired of it. Calista Fox did an excellent job, writing characters that were fun and relatable. She took a new spin on it, though, creating a history between Fiona and Michael. It made the chemistry between them much more believable.
The fact that Fiona has been emotionally scarred makes it difficult for her to trust again, but with some gentle nudging from Michael, her walls start to break down. I love their conversations. They are close friends as well as lovers and when Michael starts to talk to her about her past, she opens up to him, making me feel like they have a deeper connection than just sexual.
Oh, and who can resist the slap in the face it was when Fiona showed up at that engagement party looking smoking hot with a delicious man on her arm. I could almost hear women everywhere cheering for Fiona as she made her presence (and eventually her opinion) known. I think that's why I still love this story, regardless of how many times it's been told. Who can resist a good come back story?(less)
I had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the story and the characters but they made me so mad sometimes.
Tessa was a strong, independent ch...moreI had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the story and the characters but they made me so mad sometimes.
Tessa was a strong, independent character, hell-bent on keeping her family together. I liked that she put her family first but there were sometimes I just wanted to smack her because of the way she was trying to go about it. She is outgoing, smart and headstrong. She always goes after what she wants, in business and in her personal life. Despite her brothers' attempts to derail her romance with Luke, she lets Luke know exactly what she wants and isn't afraid of putting it all out on the table. She takes the same approach with her business, making her voice heard and not backing down when things get rough. I like that she is a "grab the bull by the horns" kind of girl.
I wasn't really sure about Luke. He was a deep character with flaws and internal struggles. He wasn't an alpha, which is normally my favorite type of guy, but I still liked him. His issues with his partner as well as with his ex made him real. His struggles are straight out of real life and it helped me connect with him on a personal level. However, sometimes I wished he was more take-charge. There were times that he almost seemed to back down and I don't usually like that in the male characters.
The conflict was simple enough. A break-in, an investigation and a business deal in turmoil. And I really don't think that part of the story was anything extraordinary. There was a lot of focus on the business deal, but even that seemed to center mostly around the characters as opposed to the business. Overall, I think this book was more about the characters and their relationships, which is fine, except that I felt like the author could have taken this story to the next level if she had put a little more into the different conflicts.
The secondary characters made me just as crazy as the main characters, which is probably a good thing, since there are more books coming. The fact that they stand out in my mind after finishing this book is a pretty good sign that I will be picking up the next one.
The fantasy of a male strip club is what might happen if you were alone with one of the men. But what if you actually found yourself in that situation...moreThe fantasy of a male strip club is what might happen if you were alone with one of the men. But what if you actually found yourself in that situation? Me, I'd probably blush and run out the door. But Elyse Mady doesn't disappoint her readers when she brings this fantasy out in Learning Curves. Leanne takes the opportunity and runs with it when Brandon corners her in the dressing room after his performance. What better way to start off a novel than with a steamy hot sex scene between a delicious male dancer and an unassuming doctoral student?
I liked the characters, Leanne and Brandon. Leanne was highly intelligent but the author writes her in a way that she is relatable to most women. She has all the insecurities, stresses and ambitions that many people have. She has specific goals and works diligently to attain them.
When Brandon isn't dancing, he seems like an average guy, although very good looking. He's a college student as well, with his own goals and dreams. He comes from a tough background and it only fuels his drive to achieve more in his life. He's passionate, caring and down to earth. I liked that he hit it off with Leanne's father because every girl knows, Daddy is important!
The story line was good, although the focus on Leanne's doctoral canidacy did leave me scratching my head at times. Maybe it was a little too detailed for me to understand, but I guess if you're familliar with that kind of process, it would make the story more believable. I also liked the relationship building between Leanne and Brandon, the feud between Leanne and Gillian, the fondness between Leanne and her father and the tension between Leanne and her mother. All of these elements aided in plot development and moved the story along without slowing down the reading process. The only thing that bothered me was all the doubt and excuses that Leanne and Brandon made about why they couldn't be togeter. Especially Leanne. Through the story, it seemed as though she was embarrassed by (or thought her reputation could be tainted by) the fact that Brandon was a dancer. But, the author does address that issue by the end of the book and was relevant for the development of the final few scenes, so while it was frustrating to read, by the end I was ok with it.
I'm a big fan of chick-lit that centers around a group of friends. Something about filling the Sex and the City sized void in my life. And for the most part, this book got the job done. It had all the crucial elements: witty dialogue, devoted friends, sexy encounters and a Mexican vacation. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The only thing that bothered be was each woman's initial negative attitude towards men.
I'm all for a story about women having hang ups due to their past relationships. It's the past that makes us who we are. But to throw three women, each with their own issues, into one book... well, it seemed to create one long man-hating rant from three different perspectives. Their attitudes (well two of them) were cranky, miserable and stuck up.
However... When you think about it, that's how Carrie and the girls were, too. They all had man issues and most of the time were kind of bitchy about it. It's what kept me watching the show, and it's what kept me reading this book. I probably wouldn't have kept reading if the women were pushovers, whiny or self-loathing. For the women of this story to stand up and take charge of what they want took self confidence and guts. I like strong characters like that. I guess my point is, bitchy and cranky isn't always a bad thing in a book (or show or movie, for that matter). As long as it's done in a way that moves things along.
Of course, the friendship element was a crucial part of this story. The women are very close, which I love, and they confide in each other about everything. As the story moves along, there are trial points in their friendships, but nothing catastrophic. It's just enough to add tension and drama to the plot without derailing the whole story. And when a life-threatening event lands one friend in the hospital, it brings the women together, along with the realization that sometimes it's best to let the past stay in the past. (less)
This book started out with promise. I like that the author addressed the "taboo" of romance writers and their struggle to be taken seriously within the writing community. I also like that what started out as instruction soon turned into passion. I mean, who hasn't had that fantasy?
The problem I had was that while the sparks between the characters certainly fly, the chemistry between them was lacking. There was no denying that they lusted after each other and the author writes some amazing, steamy scenes. I just couldn't really imagine their relationship moving past the sex.(less)
I have to admit, I was hesitant to start this one. First, it was a freebie on Amazon. Usually I don't shy away from a book based on that alone, but the title made me feel like it was more historical, which isn't really my thing. When I finally picked it up, though, I was pleasantly surprised.
I really liked Samson and the fact that he seemed to possess many human characteristics made him much more relatable. Sometimes male characters (especially vampires) are written so "perfectly" that it's hard to imagine them being real. The fact that Samson struggles with real issues (trust, candor and his, um, equipment malfunction) makes him more likable and believable. I also love the way he seems to pine over Delilah. His lust is instant but it doesn't seem to be enough for him.
Delilah was an interesting character, different from most heroines found in your typical vampire romance. Sure, she's swooning over Samson right away, and she's in danger from which Samson must protect her. But she's not a pushover and when things get dicey in their relationship, she pushes back. She stands her ground and doesn't back down. I also enjoyed the refreshing change of pace in the way that the author writes Delilah's reaction to Samson's true identity.
The story is solid, with more to the plot than just Delilah and Samson. There is plenty going on to keep readers interested, including fraud, scheming, manipulation, betrayal and pain. The characters are multi-dimensional and so is the story. (less)
I loved the premise of this book. Not only does Brandy run out on her wedding, but she jumps on the back of a motorcycle and is whisked away into a ne...moreI loved the premise of this book. Not only does Brandy run out on her wedding, but she jumps on the back of a motorcycle and is whisked away into a new world. A quick make-over and a new job and suddenly sparks fly and they fall in love. I could almost call it a classic! Throw in some great humor and steamy sex and you have the perfect contemporary romance.
Brandy turned out to be one of my favorite characters. She's strong enough to know what she wants but she also has moments of weakness when she's unsure of herself and to me, that makes her very relatable. She's also very funny (I was laughing through much of the book) and had a slight ugly-duckling syndrome due to her attempts to separate herself from the family business. But of course, a make-over is inevitable and the siren that lives within her comes blazing forward. That's when the heat really kicks up!
Marco was a great hero. He had his moments where he was a complete jerk, but those moments moved the story along and were short-lived. His attraction to Brandy is almost instant, happening well before her make-over. This was a key element for me because I'm not a fan of the hero falling in love with the heroine only after he realizes she looks hot. And of course, I loved his reaction to her make-over (it's not what you might expect) and the follow-up scene (it's exactly what you might expect).
I loved the side characters, too. Brandy's mother, Marco's sister, his business partner, their employee. They were all fun characters, well written and important elements in the story-line. I would like to read more about them in future novels, but I'm not sure if the author is planning more books for them.
Of course, there's a reason Brandy ran out on her wedding and it wasn't just cold feet. And although the story centers around this event, Marco isn't without his secrets, either. The suspense isn't a large element in the story, but it's well written, weaved throughout the story, and everything comes to a head at just the right moment. It definitely kept the story moving along at a good pace and kept me interested.
This was the first Highlander book I have ever read (I know, gasp, right!) and it did not disappoint. I had a little difficulty getting around the lan...moreThis was the first Highlander book I have ever read (I know, gasp, right!) and it did not disappoint. I had a little difficulty getting around the language of the book at first, but once I got used to it, the story flowed smoothly.
My first impression was that I did not like either of the characters. It could have been the time in which the story was set (historical is generally not appealing to me) but they came off as cold, snotty and irritating, especially Alana. But as I kept reading, I found that under all that propriety was a real woman with real desires. All she is looking for is the same thing every woman is looking for. Love, companionship and passion. Ok, great sex, too. ;) But Alana isn't just a damsel in distress with a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome. She's no pushover and she has talents that will be useful to Duncan, which she uses as a bargaining tool.
Duncan starts off as a hero, rescuing Alana from certain death, but quickly becomes the captor once he realizes who she is. Despite his plan to trade her for the bow that he so desperately needs, he soon discovers that he's not so keen on the idea of handing her over and the resulting passion is sizzling hot! However, after a deal is made with Alana, he stays true to his word and lets her go. It's this honorable gesture, along with the smoking hot romance, that makes me love Duncan.
The story was fast paced, intense, sweet at times and certainly a page turner!
Yee-haw, what an exciting ride this book was! Right out of the gate, this book delivers a sexy, wild, and tempting tale of a one night stand that quickly blossoms into more.
Alex has made a few changes in his life, settling into his new role at Last Chance Ranch. Seeing Tyler again was the last thing he expected, and he quickly realizes that avoiding her (as well as resisting her) is going to be nearly impossible.
The minute Tyler lays eyes on Alex, she knows she's in trouble. Her one night fling has gone and turned himself into a cowboy, and what a cowboy he is!
These characters were fun, flirty, funny and very real. Once they see each other, the chemistry starts boiling and it's only a matter of time before they are reliving their one night of passion. Alex and Tyler decide that pursuing a fling is a great way to pass the time while she's visiting Last Chance Ranch, and the fire starts burning. Of course, nothing is that simple, and Tyler starts doubting whether her career aboard a cruise liner is what she really wants. Alex has feelings of his own, but he holds back, knowing that Tyler's career is the only commitment she's looking for in the near future. It was easy for me to like both of them, especially when Tyler steps up to the plate to rescue Alex from a party disaster. The dialogue between them was amusing and I found myself smiling through much of the book. It also really helped move the story along, allowing me to finish this book in a single day.
After I read this, I found out that it was the fourth in a series called Sons of Chance. Now, had I known, I never would have read this without reading the first three. But, I have to say that I had NO trouble following this book without reading the previous books. (less)
Let's see... overbearing father, independent daughter, sexy stranger... oh yeah, this has the makings for a hot romance!
Reading this book was a refres...moreLet's see... overbearing father, independent daughter, sexy stranger... oh yeah, this has the makings for a hot romance!
Reading this book was a refreshing treat for me. The elements that Katie Reus weaves into her plot were everything I crave in a good book. Suspense, danger, drama, conflict, secrets, a hot, protective man, a fierce, independent woman, and enough sparks to burn it all down!
Izzy was a great heroine. She's a strong woman with a good heart and enough brains to stand on her own. She doesn't back down from anyone, whether it's her father or a criminal. She knows what she wants and she goes after it and that includes the hot new man in her life. You know, grab the bull and all that.
Adam is a sexy, independent security contractor and the last thing he needs to do is babysit. But meeting Izzy suddenly makes the job much more bearable. And difficult. The attraction is almost instant and the urge to keep her safe is an instinct he can't ignore. But keeping her safe is harder than he expected, because now he has to protect her from a criminal and from his secret. Adam has alpha written all over him but he keeps his chest thumping to a minimum. Izzy is a strong enough woman to balance his character. He knows he doesn't need to shelter her, but as any good alpha knows, there's no substitute for a good ass-kicking when defending their woman. God, I loved this man!
The story was written well enough that it could have stood on it's own without the romance, which is always a good sign when I'm reading my books. The suspense was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, the danger kept me turning the pages and the characters made me fall in love with them.
Hmm... this is turning out to be a tough one to review. For starters, I somewhat liked Gina. She is a widow with three kids and works for her brother. She is attracted to Vic, though shies away from any man who's job puts him at risk. She's tough on the front but is struggling with the death of her husband. Her kids are her life, now, and her oldest is protective of her.
But then we get to Vic. There's something about him that just rubbed me the wrong way. He almost seems too immature. Maybe I was basing my opinion of the protective alpha male on Lori Foster's Edge of Honor men (I read this shortly after I finished the first three of those books) but they just seemed so cool and collected. Vic came across like a dramatic teenager. If I read the words "kill me now" one more time, I was going to burn the book. Gina wants to talk about their relationship. Kill me now. Her son glares at him because he's protective of his mother. Kill me now. He needs to have a discussion with Gina's son. Kill me now. Gina wants to tell her how she feels. Kill. Me. Now. Ugh!
The story line had promise. The idea that Vic's job somehow compromises the security of the ones he loves has the makings for a good plot. I just felt like the personality of the characters took away from the story. I'm sure it's just a matter of preference, but I think that Vic's personality would have been better suited for a romantic comedy as opposed to romantic suspense. And I probably would have liked him better in that setting. In this book, he just annoyed me. (less)
I liked the plot idea and overall theme of this story. Unassuming librarian is mistaken for a dangerous spy, librarian must prove her innocence to the...moreI liked the plot idea and overall theme of this story. Unassuming librarian is mistaken for a dangerous spy, librarian must prove her innocence to the agent who's after her, librarian and agent fall in love, librarian is cleared of all charges and they live happily ever after. It's a good concept, but I feel like it was poorly executed in this book.
First, I'd like to say that I could have liked these characters. They were fun to read about. But there were so many things that bothered me that I had a hard time connecting with them and an even harder time believing what they were saying/doing. Maggie is a smart woman. She uses the situation around her to her advantage and despite the unusual predicament she's in, she's inventive and does what she can to survive. But she also came across as needy and sometimes pretentious, which was annoying.
Luke could have been a good hero. He had the potential. But to me, a good hero is intelligent and Luke came across as a little, well, dumb. Towards the end of the story, we read that they finally figure out how to prove that Maggie is not who they think she is. But the solution was so simple that it made me mad that they didn't figure it out sooner.
I think the story overall could have been saved if it wasn't for the Scooby-Doo ending. I'll just leave it at that and let you decide for yourself if you want to read it to find out.
Before you get started, you will need to be prepared. I advise the following. A glass of wine, a cold shower and a man on stand-by.
Sex. Sex, sex, sex. Sex.
Ok, now that I got that out of my system... Where should I start?
I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about the idea of Elizabeth being the heroine in this book. I hated her in The Perfect Play and I would have been okay with never seeing her in another book again. So, while I was excited about Jaci Burton's next book in the Play by Play series, I was skeptical about Elizabeth.
Well, from the very first chapter, I got a completely different impression of her. She seemed truly remorseful for what she did to Mick and Tara. Her shields dropped for brief moments and her hard exterior began to chip away. Through the course of the novel, the reader sees Elizabeth transform from a cold, calculating business woman to a caring, compassionate and emotional lover. But despite her allowing Gavin to reveal the most intimate and personal side of her, she still has reservations about her relationship with Gavin.
Of course, Gavin made his brief debut in the first book and I knew instantly that I was going to love him. I'm a baseball fan by nature and I was so excited to see a smoking hot baseball player as the hero in a steamy romance novel, especially since Hunter Pence came to the Phillies. But I digress. Gavin is smoking hot, passionate and insatiable. He knows what he wants and what he wants is Liz. And despite her facade, he can tell that she wants him, too. Once he gets her where he wants her, it doesn't take long to move things along.
Keeping her feelings bottled up creates more problems for Liz than she expects. Gavin's brother is still pissed at her and is convinced that she's out to do the same thing to Gavin. His constant badgering is leaving Gavin with doubts and without her honesty about her feelings, Liz doesn't give him much to contradict Mick.
This book starts out as hot as the last one left off, but Jaci Burton manages to weave a story full of emotion and drama throughout. The characters leap off the pages and come to life as they struggle with the same issues many people have first hand experience with. The passion between Gavin and Liz ignite this story and made me fall in love with both of them. Even after the climax (of the STORY!!!), when all of the issues came out and everything was laid out, I couldn't be mad at the characters. It was well written and I just had to keep rooting for them.(less)
Alfonso. Dear, tormented, dark and sexy Alfonso. I have to admit, I didn't think I would like Alfonso after the...moreWarning: Bonded by Blood spoiler alert!
Alfonso. Dear, tormented, dark and sexy Alfonso. I have to admit, I didn't think I would like Alfonso after the first book, Bonded by Blood. Although, the twist at the end with him being Lily's informant did surprise me. But I still wasn't sure how I felt about him by the time I put the book down.
Jump to Embraced by Blood and I immediately fell for him. With his tortured past, his broken heart and his protective instincts, he's the perfect alpha hero and I just couldn't get enough of him!
Lily is the perfect companion for Alfonso. She is strong, fierce, independent and a kick ass heroine. She doesn't take crap from anyone, least of all Alfonso and I love that about her.
The love, the hurt and the heartbreak between Lily and Alfonso is beautifully written. It's believable and I felt myself empathizing with the characters. The chemistry between them is intense and Laurie London does an amazing job balancing that chemistry with tension, doubt and eventually, passion.
Of course, what's a Sweetblood novel without the Darkbloods? Further building on his role within the Darkblood society, the author gives us a look into Alfonso's past, the pacts that he made with the DB's and the consequences that are inevitable in the aftermath of his betrayal. Suspense kept me on the edge my seat and anxious for more.
Lori Foster has done it again! Savor the danger is the most recent book in her "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" series and just like the previous two,...moreLori Foster has done it again! Savor the danger is the most recent book in her "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" series and just like the previous two, she doesn't disappoint.
Jackson is cocky and gorgeous, which is sometimes a horrible combination, but the author pulls it off well in this book. He's absolutely smitten over Alani and curbs his attitude around her. Mostly. And despite the fact that he doesn't remember their first round under the sheets, he knows that the connection is still smoldering and that if Alani will let him, he will reignite the fire from that night. His protective nature brings out the best in him as he takes charge of Alani's safety (despite her brother's objections).
Alani seems like the All-American girl. Sweet, pretty, sheltered. But being sheltered hasn't always worked for her in the past and she's not about to be the damsel in distress again. She's strong, determined and won't shrink back and just let things happen to her again.
One of the things I love about this series of books is that Lori Foster creates the perfect blend of tough, sexy, protective men but creates women that are strong and independent to compliment each of the men.. Sure, they need protection, but they have all been a victim once before and refuse to be again. I love these men, but I admire all of the women. Molly, Priss and Alani are all heros in this series, as well.
The story is just as intense as the last two, but with a little more mystery involved. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to put the book down.
There's something about the bad boy image of a mercenary that gets me all stir crazy. Muscular, manly and alpha; calm, smooth and protective. Lori Fos...moreThere's something about the bad boy image of a mercenary that gets me all stir crazy. Muscular, manly and alpha; calm, smooth and protective. Lori Foster creates the perfect blend of tough guy and nurturing lover. And despite having a lot of the same qualities Trace and Dare stand alone as characters in their own books.
This is the second book in the "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" series and from what I have read, it's the most intense and dark of the series. With a personal vendetta against human traffickers, Trace forges his way into the darkest recesses of humanity. Having read the first in the series (When You Dare), it almost felt like I, as a reader, had a personal interest in his mission as well. The undercover element of his mission made it a tense and exciting read.
Of course, no bad boy novel would be complete without the complications of a sexy distraction thrown into the plot. But Priss is not just your standard distraction. She is strong, independent and has a personal vendetta of her own. And despite being slightly naive and a little sheltered, she thinks on her feet and even surprised me at a few points in the story.
I loved the extra elements that Lori Foster threw into the story. Murray Colburn was awful enough, but throw in his psychopath girlfriend with a warped obsession with Trace, and the story is suddenly even more intense.
I loved Dare. I mean, with a name like Dare, who can resist? He's strong, controlled and meticulous. He's a mercenary and has...moreOh, where to start . . .
I loved Dare. I mean, with a name like Dare, who can resist? He's strong, controlled and meticulous. He's a mercenary and has the body that goes with it. He's cool under pressure and focused on the job at hand. Dare is the definition of alpha male.
Molly isn't your typical damsel in distress. She's been kidnapped, beaten and tormented for nine days, yet keeps her cool and stays practical and level headed after her rescue. Even during her captivity, she never backed down from her tormentors. She fought with them and never gave them the satisfaction of seeing her break down. She is tough as nails and has a firm grasp on her independence. I love that in a female character.
The relationship that buds between Molly and Dare is emotional and intense. Despite his tough, rugged appearance and the cool, methodical nature of his work, Dare warms to Molly quickly. He finds himself drawn to Molly, feeling a need to protect her and care for her. His alpha instincts kick in but he's not macho and overbearing. And regardless of the strong front she puts on, Molly finds herself needing Dare's comfort to put her at ease after nine days of Hell.
I'm a sucker for a tough guy with a soft side and Lori Foster creates him perfectly with Dare. There are some tender moments between Dare and Molly that left me swooning! He has strong hands with a tender touch. From brushing her hair and kissing her bruises to sweeping her off her feet in the bedroom, Dare is the man every woman dreams of.
This was a fun read for me. It was super fast and super sexy. The main scene of the book was scorching hot and I just wanted to read more.
I wish the b...moreThis was a fun read for me. It was super fast and super sexy. The main scene of the book was scorching hot and I just wanted to read more.
I wish the book was a little longer, as I would have liked to get to know the main characters a little more. There was just enough detail about them to grab my attention and I feel that if there was more information and story-building, this could have been a great novel.
Wow. Let me start by saying that the title of this book is the perfect play on words. As is the name of the series. This is one scorching hot, super s...moreWow. Let me start by saying that the title of this book is the perfect play on words. As is the name of the series. This is one scorching hot, super sexy, ultra kinky read. Just to be perfectly clear, if you pick up this book, expect sex. Lots and lots of sex. In all different positions, places and scenarios.
Channing is a city girl looking for an escape. She wants to get away from the life that has been planned for her and the people who have always dictated what she should be doing. She wants nothing more than the freedom that comes with following the rodeo. The smokin' hot cowboys that come with it are just an added perk. I love her personality in this story. She's strong and witty but she's also vulnerable. She's open to new experiences and is willing to try anything, as long as it's with Colby.
Colby McKay is notorious with the ladies and his reputation is no secret to Channing. But there's something about this cowboy that she's drawn to and when he agrees to let her tag along, it's certainly not going to be a free ride. Colby is a strong, alpha cowboy and shows it both in and out of the bedroom. But despite is insatiable appetite for sex and his reputation in the rodeo circuit, he finds himself falling for Channing. What starts out as a fun sex-capade turns into something more for both Colby and Channing.
I loved the relationship that builds between these two. Though their relationship starts out steamy and sexy, it gradually builds into something more. The story has some great elements that build the relationships of some secondary characters as well. I feel like I had the opportunity to meet them and to learn a little about their personalities. Lorelie James does a great job with her story-building and the book moves along at a steady pace.
This was an interesting take on the vampire novel. The characters, Jimmy and Greg, are not your typical tall, dark and sexy vampires. They are average...moreThis was an interesting take on the vampire novel. The characters, Jimmy and Greg, are not your typical tall, dark and sexy vampires. They are average, men with average physiques who just happened to be vampires. They are best friends who live in a basement apartment and like to play video games and drink beer.
Sharp, witty dialogue keeps this book moving at a steady pace and the action kept me engaged and interested. The story is interesting, combining vampires, witches and demons from Hell. There is a lot of religious undertone in this book that is used to tie together the case. A blend of the undead, wicca and Christianity make for an interesting team and even more interesting climax.
Jennifer Turner transforms the usual paranormal romance novel into an intense, emotional and passionate love story.
Toni is scarred, still battling the...moreJennifer Turner transforms the usual paranormal romance novel into an intense, emotional and passionate love story.
Toni is scarred, still battling the grief over losing her family in a brutal and violent attack. Guilt ridden over not being there and distraught over never getting one last chance to tell her family how much she loved them, she vows to always wear her heart on her sleeve. No one in her life will ever have to wonder about how she feels because she will always show them with conviction and clarity. There is nothing ambiguous about Toni and that's how she likes it.
Drake is guarded, closing himself off to anyone who might get too close. Using sarcasm and wit as a barrier, he keeps everyone at a distance, including Toni. He knows that her heart aches for her family. Charged with the duty of protecting her, he quickly finds that his need to keep her safe has little to do with his job description. And though it is forbidden due to his assignment an he has vowed never to fall for another female vampire, he can't help but want to get close to Toni. But to do that, he will have to let down his guard which means he will have to risk having his heart broken. Again.
Drake and Toni start out on rocky ground but soon discover that their passion is burning up and the intensity of their emotions overflow into the attraction they have for one another.
Of course, there is more to this novel than just a love story but for me, it's timeless. The story of Drake and Toni can stand alone without the other elements that are included in this novel. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the rest of the story. The suspense and drama only added to the intensity and I had a really hard time putting this book down.
I had a lot of fun reading this collection of erotic short stories. Roxanne Rhodes pulls together a delicious, delightful and sometimes devious anthol...moreI had a lot of fun reading this collection of erotic short stories. Roxanne Rhodes pulls together a delicious, delightful and sometimes devious anthology of paranormal encounters that range from vampires to demons to witches to ghosts and from one on one encounters to multiple partners. Pick your poison because there is something here for everyone!