I'm not sure what to say about this one... THE LAST BOYFRIEND just did not deliver for me. I could not connect with the characters at all and the enti...moreI'm not sure what to say about this one... THE LAST BOYFRIEND just did not deliver for me. I could not connect with the characters at all and the entire booked lacked substance. The male protagonist, Zane, was a dick and had zero character development until the last few sentences of the book where he all of the sudden went from 'I don't do girlfriends, relationships or love' to all hearts, flowers and I love you's. All of this with literally, a turn of the page and no reasoning behind it.
All of the characters seemed to be bipolar actually, running from hot to cold with the drop of a hat. The female protagonist, Lucky, was naive and incredibly unbelievable in her actions. The leading characters feelings and inner workings, especially Zane's, could have really used some major expanding on. Neither of them were fleshed out well and there was nothing for me to grab onto as a reader. The story-line seemed rushed in a lot of areas as well, the character development being only one.
The only good thing I can say about THE LAST BOYFRIEND is at least it was a kindle freebie and I didn't pay for it. :((less)
Tempting Her Best Friend is a short, sizzling, and satisfying novella from knock-out author, Gina L. Maxwell, perfect for readers looking for a romant...moreTempting Her Best Friend is a short, sizzling, and satisfying novella from knock-out author, Gina L. Maxwell, perfect for readers looking for a romantic morsel.
Alyssa Miller has a plan to get her best friend, neighbor, and secret love of her life to finally kick the hussies to the curb and see the blonde bombshell sitting right next-door with one sinful weekend in Vegas. But with a few careless words from Dillon Alexander, her hopes are shattered so Aly forms a new plan. Plan get-over-Dillon-and-into-bed-with-a-sexy-cover-model at the romance book convention she's attending instead. After all, a girl has needs. But when Dillon realizes Aly's plan, he knows that he can't let her go through with it. After all, what's more convenient then a friend-with-benefits right next-door for all her 'needs'? When Dillon finally convinces Aly to let him be her man for the weekend though he didn't expect to crave so much more from her...but does Aly feel the same? Or will her fears of repeating their parent's mistakes bar her from a future of love with her best friend?
With a cast of supporting characters and crazy antics that will have you giggling, Tempting Her Best Friend was a nice, refreshing read in the midst of angst filled romances with coiling plots. With the sweet romantic trope of best friends turned lovers and a long history of friendship between Alyssa and Dillon, their progression into some fabulously heated hotel sex was natural and did I mention hawt? Hawt! Tempting Her Best Friend is a light contemporary romance, perfect for those warm summer's end evenings, that has just enough fun and humor weaved into it's romance to leave you smiling at the end.(less)
This book, oy, this book. Suffice it to say, it was just not for me. I've never rated a book one star before but I suppose there is a first time for e...moreThis book, oy, this book. Suffice it to say, it was just not for me. I've never rated a book one star before but I suppose there is a first time for everything...I wish I could just leave it at that but I think it's only fair to state why this book did not work for me.
Lauren Peters has been crushing on her twin brother's best friend and business partner, Mack Hansen for years. He is her go-to fantasy man but that's all he's ever been, a fantasy. When her brother and sister-in-law go missing though and presumed dead, the fate of their infant daughter is in the air. Mack and Lauren must marry in order to gain custody of her niece. But Lauren knows that it will be a marriage in name only. The playboy millionaire would never settle down, especially with the likes of her. And even if he did, she could never give him a family. So Lauren just has to keep her feelings in check until they can gain a separation and divorce. Easy in theory, until her new husband wants to have a wedding night and many more after...
The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby had so much potential for a fabulous story. Hidden crushes... circumstances pushing the sexy couple together. Unfortunately it did not deliver. The story was rife with misconceptions and a lack of honest communication. Lauren was crushing on Mack but thought he was all business and not looking for a real marriage. Her feelings constantly waffled back and forth between living in the moment and enjoy Mack while she could to not wanting to take the risk and pushing him away. While Mack was much the same, crushing on Lauren but not wanting a commitment to not being able to envision a future without her. Of course, neither of them would even hint to their true feelings out loud so each assumed the worst in each other. The same insecurities were harped on with every page until I wanted to yell at the pages, "YES! I know you can't have children. YES! I know you're mom left your dad! YES! I know you really like each other but think it's not reciprocated!"
While all of this emotional ping-ponging was happening with our main characters, there is also the fact that two people are missing. Mack presumes, from a brief and incomplete message, that Joe and Marisol are faking their deaths to allude a criminal Joe got mixed up with. Neither Lauren or Mack though try to confirm that this is true or even try to look for the missing couple. It was all very strange and unrealistic behavior. The phrasing during intimate scenes was also a bit off. While reading one particular scene I turned to my Hubs and asked him, "If I asked you to 'take me' would that be weird?" and his reply was, "What? Like take you to the store?" Exactly... I kept trudging through the story though hoping that these two would finally have an honest conversation and some real communication. After all, how can there be a HEA for them without the ability to communicate? And that did eventually happen...with a single page and then a short epilogue that wrapped the story up way too quickly and neatly. Oy. All in all, there was just no substance to the story for me to latch on to and enjoy. There is nothing that I can say that I enjoyed about The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby which is disappointing, especially since it is an Entangled novel. Such a shame too with such a magnificent cover! (less)
A sweet and sexy start to what promises to be a sizzling new series from all-star author, Lori Foster!
Gage “Savage” Ringer is returning home after bei...moreA sweet and sexy start to what promises to be a sizzling new series from all-star author, Lori Foster!
Gage “Savage” Ringer is returning home after being disqualified from an upcoming fight due to an injury he obtained while training. Disappointed and more then a little bit resentful, he is at the local rec center where many of his friends and fellow fighters train to watch another friend and fighter headline a fight for the night in Japan. A fight he was suppose to be at. There is only one shiny light in Gage's darkness right now and that is Harper Gates. Hopefully he didn't destroy any chance he had with her though when he left for months to train, months that he didn't exchange one word with her...
I have yet to read Ms. Foster's SBC Fighters but I know that she is a big fan of MMA and so am I, so I was excited when I saw first, No Limits (book #1), and then Hard Knocks pop up on NetGalley. From what I could tell while reading Hard Knocks, Ultimate is a loose spin-off from the SBC and also has threads to the Love Undercover series.
The novella introduces a cast of fighters, giving readers little insights into them and their dynamics, and ultimately setting up the Ultimate series. This is balanced out well with the romantic aspects of the story in which we meet Harper and Gage. Their wasn't a lot of back story given for the couple but we know that they have a past relationship that while it may not have had the chance to develop into anything sexual, the potential and the feelings where there. Harper always knew this but it took Gage being away for a few months for it to sink in with him. Now he has one night to convince Harper that his feelings run deep and as a MMA fighter, giving up is not an option. While short, the story is packed with enough sexual tension and searing passion to curl your toes. I really hope that we get to see how their relationship develops further in future novels.
Bottom-line; Hard Knocks was a great introduction to a series that I expect great things from. I am looking forward to Cannon's story in No Limits and the rest of the crazy and kinky fighters we met in Hard Knocks. (less)